Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival (-/-/-)
Meet upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Time at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. Check - in time at 2:00pm.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Laocai (B/L/-)
We discover Hanoi-the charming capital of Vietnam today:
Hochiminh's mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday, October & November) and his residence, Presidential Palace, Tran Quoc pagoda, One pillar pagoda, French colonial quarter, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Opera, Museum of Army.
Then explore Hoan Kiem lake and a short walk in the Hanoi Old quarter to observe the daily life of local people.
Attend a performance of water puppets show.
Transfer to Hanoi Railways Station to catch the night train to LaoCai. Overnight on train.
Day 3: Laocai – Sapa villages (B/L/-)
Early arrival at Laocai Railways Station.
Enjoy 01hour drive to Sapa hill.
AM: Visit Sapa market, short trek to Laochai & Tavan villages where we meet H’mong, Dzao, Dzay people.
PM: Explore Taphin village with Black H’mong people. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Bacha market – Lao Cai - Hanoi (B/-/-)
Depart to Bacha market, the biggest colorful market in Laocai province, held every Sunday morning. You can see the ethnic minorities go to the market on the back-horse or on foot. The market is bustling from 9.00am to 12:30pm.
Then drive back to Laocai to take the train night to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Early arrive in Hanoi, transfer to hotel for breakfast.
8.00am depart for Halong bay, 180km east of Hanoi, listed as World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 1994.
12:00 we board a traditional junk to discover the 8th World Wonder where the movie "Indochine" was realized with Catherine Deneuve, French star in the 1990's. Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. It is time to relax on the deck through the most beautiful landscapes with more than 2,000 islands and islets limestone, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave, the most picturesque grotto in the bay. Swimming (if the weather permits) and relaxing on the deck. Dinner & Overnight on board.
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Continue our excursion until lunch.
12h00 Drive back to Hanoi. Visit a workshop of potteries en route and Trinh Pagoda – Yen Tu.
Upon arrival at hotel, check-in. FREE TIME. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi - Hue (B/L/-)
Morning flight to Hue.
We explore Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden city. Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to discover Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight in Hue.
Day 8: Hue (B/L/-)
Morning: Visit Tu Duc king' mausoleum and a local market Dong Ba.
Afternoon: Explore the village producing the conical hats. We walk around Kim Long Village where you can visit the original ancient house of the former mandarin, mingle with local people and experience their daily activities in the village. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue - Hoian (B/L/-)
Then we leave Hue for Danang. The scenic 3hours and half drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Visit Cham museum on the way. We continue further south to the charming historic city of Hoian. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Accommodation in Hoian
Day 10: Hoian (B/-/-)
After breakfast, discover Hoian ancient town, known to early Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoian has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit historic merchants and community houses, places of worship and Japanese bridge, market Hoian.
PM: Free time at your own activities. Accommodation in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoian – Free Day (B/-/-)
Free day at your own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Danang - Saigon - Cu chi tunnels - Saigon (B/L/-)
Transfer to Danang Domestic Airport for flight to Hochiminh city .
Drive to Cu Chi tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to Cambodian border and was three levels deep. There are more than 200km of underground tunnels, consisting of a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. The remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the war must have been like. On the way back to Saigon, stopover at local homes producing rice papers & rice wine. Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Discover Hochiminh city (formerly Saigon), the biggest economic center in the country: visit Opera house, cathedral Notre Dame and Post Office, China town, Thien Hau pagoda, Tay Son lacquer factory. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 13: Saigon – Caibe – Vinh Long - Can Tho (B/L/-)
Drive to Caibe to explore the Mekong delta. Caibe is famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. Enjoy a boat trip on the Mekong river to floating markets, tropical orchards and home industries. Lunch at local restaurant. Disembark in Vinh Long where our driver waits for you.
Proceed to Can Tho. Accommodation in Cantho.
Day 14: Can Tho – Saigon (B/L/-)
Experience an excursion to Visit Cai Rang floatting market and walk throughout the green orchard to taste some tropical fruits. Afterwards, we discover Binh Thuy ancient house in Cantho city.
Lunch at local restaurant on the way. Drive back to Saigon. Accommodation.
Day 15: Saigon – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to HCM/Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure flight. End of services. Check-out before 12:00
- Double/Twin room at selected hotels and on junk (NON-PRIVATE) in Halong bay
- Entrance fees and permits
- Train tickets Hanoi-Laocai-Hanoi on local train (Sleeper berth –cabin – 04 passengers)
- Boat trips in Halong bay, Perfume River, Mekong delta
- Private air-conditioning transfer with ENGLISH speaking guides
- Meals (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch; D: Dinner) as mentioned in program
- Vietnam visa and visa stamp fees
- International airfares & airport’s taxes to/from Vietnam
- Domestic airfares & airport taxes Economy Class with Vietnam Airlines Hanoi - Hue/Danang - Saigon
- Tips, drinks
- Travel insurances
- Other personal expenses...
Trip cost: All rates are NET in United States Dollars (US$) per person of group:
|2 pax||3 - 5 pax||6 - 9 pax||10 - 14 pax||Single Supplement|
- Star View hotel SUP (***) or similar in Hanoi
- Bai Tho Junk DELUXE (***) in Halong
- Bamboo hotel SUP (***) in Sapa
- Gold hotel SUP (***) or similar in Hue
- Lotus hotel SUP (***) or similar in Hoian
- Sapphire hotel SUP (***) or similar in Hochiminh city
- Kim Tho hotel SUP (***) in Can Tho