Explore Vietnam

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TOUR SUMMARY

Discover Vietnam through the best travel destinations including Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh. The tour is an exciting chance to discover Vietnam culture, thousand year old city of hanoi, unique tradition of ethnic people in Sapa, charming Hoi An town and Unesco World Heritage Site in hue city.

 Day 1: Hanoi Arrival 

 Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Night train to Sapa 

 Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai - Tavan 

 Day 4: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Supan – Sapa - Bus to Hanoi

 Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay

 Day 6: Halong Bay - Flight to Hue

 Day 7: Hue city tour 

 Day 8: Hue - Hai Van - Explore Hoi An Ancient Town

 Day 9: Hoi An Free at leisure

 Day 10: Hoi An - Flight to Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Explore Sai Gon Culinary on Bike

 Day 11: Ho Chi Minh Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (Meals: None)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, Our driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in center of Hanoi city. Check in your hotel and free at your leisure on the rest of the day.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Night train to Sapa (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Our private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel. We will start your full day city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex including of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, Presidential Palace (Outside Only), Uncle Ho’s House on stilt, One pillar pagoda. The tour in Ho Chi Minh complex provides tourist a clear understanding about the hero of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's modern history. Then visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, built in 1076 and at first used for education of royal children only. Throughout its hundreds of years of activity in the feudal, thousands of Vietnamese scholars graduated from this university. Have lunch at local restaurant and try Vietnamese traditional food. 
You’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. Finally visit Museum of Ethnology, one of four the best museum in Asia. Occupying a modern structure, the terrific collection here features well-presented tribal art, artifacts and everyday objects gathered from across the nation. In the museum, tourist exploring Vietnam’s diversity culture and life style of 54 ethnic groups, walking in houses on still of ethnic people to experience their life style or traditional ritual. Exploring the famous Hanoi Old Quarter on electric Car or Cyclo to understand more about the life style of Vietnamese people. Transfer to Hanoi train Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai - Tavan (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Arrive in Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. You are welcomed by driver, then transfer by bus to Sapa. The bus ride uphill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. You will have breakfast at hotel before we start 12 km of trekking to visit Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. The trekking route offers some challenges as you balance on the rice terraces and a small trail on the steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful village perched on the Hoang Lien mountainside. Head downhill and relax by a local stream for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we continue trekking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we have a unique home stay experience (Home-stay or hotel are available upon request). Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Supan – Sapa - Night train to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast, we start the day with an easy trek of 10 km to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). The trekking will take you along local paths, up and down rice terraces and into the villages and home of local hill tribes. Enjoy a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge with picturesqu4e landscapes… through bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the jeep to return to Sapa. 
Around 6pm take a bus transfer to Lao Cai train station for night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train and reach Hanoi on the next morning.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
In early morning, our car will pick you up from train station and take you back to your hotel for refreshment, prepare for Ha Long Bay tour.
In the morning our tour bus and guide will come to your hotel and transfer you to Ha Long Bay. After an approximate 3,5 hour drive - we  will arrive at Ha Long Bay wharf, you will be met by our crew who escort you on board and serve welcome drinks. You then check into your cabin and we begin cruising into Halong Bay. Have lunch in the restaurant while you enjoy the stunning views of the Bay. In the early afternoon we arrive at floating fishing village and drop anchor. Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community. We disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. If you want private moment you can also go kayak by yourself to discover the surrounding area (Kayaking fee is included). See first-hand what life is like living on the water. Back on board we head for the island and beaches for swimming and relaxing on deck to pamper yourself. On the island you can go swimming, relax on the beach, play sport or hiking to the top of the mountain for overview image of the bay. At night, you can join in our activities like squid fishing, karaoke, movies or simply relax on quieted top deck for fresh atmosphere of the bay. Overnight on boat in Ha Long Bay.

Day 6: Halong Bay - Flight to Hue (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck or take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a Halong Bay sunrise. After breakfast we set sail for Bo Hon Island. Disembark and visit (Sung Sot) Surprise Cave. It is one of the largest grottoes in Halong Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. An early lunch is made available to enjoy while we head back to Halong wharf on another scenic route. We arrive back at the wharf at 12 noon for our drive straight to Noi Bai international airport and take your late flight to Hue city. Upon arrival at Phu Bai airport, our car and guide will transfer you to Hue, check in your hotel and overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Hue city tour (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will enjoy your city tour exploring the imperial city of Hue, the former capital of Vietnam from 17th to 19 century. We start this half-day tour with a cyclo ride from your hotel in Hue city to visit the Royal Citadel - the not-to-be-missed attraction when you travel to Hue - which has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Learn more about Vietnamese history, tradition architecture, culture and rhythms of the Vietnamese Royal life in the past. After that we'll take a boat trip along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Easing your mind from stresses of daily life to enjoy the fresh and peaceful atmosphere here at the pagoda is a great feeling. Relaxing trip on the boat back to the city center will also give you more photo catches. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.

Day 8: Hue - Explore Hoi An Ancient Town (Meals: Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer from Hue to Hoi An. The ride go through the Hai Van pas for a magnificent scenery of mountain and ocean. Star to explore Hoi An, a former port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. The tour includes stops at several famous landmarks including Chua Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors.  From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An. Back to hotel and free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

Free at leisure on the whole day. Overnight in Hoi An.

Around 08.30 AM, our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby and we will departure by bicycle to Cam Thanh Village. The bicycle ride takes you through the peaceful green palm forest, provides countless opportunities for taking photos. We will arrive at a local house in Cam Thanh Village. We will then get on boat and participate in daily works of local fishermen such as rowing, fishing techniques… Stay relaxed at Mr. Phong house and enjoy a cup of green tea before wandering around the village to observe local lifestyle .

We will then continue our trip to Tra Que Village. The ride will go through vast rice fields before our stop at Ba Le market where locals exchange and trade their agriculture products. We arrive Mr. Chinh’s house around noontime. After enjoying a welcome drink, you will have a chance becoming a genuine farmer with Vietnamese traditional clothes, hat and tools. We will head to the farm and participate in different farming works that bring you unique experiences.

We come back to Mr. Chinh’s house and enjoy a traditional foot massage with herbs therapy that help you recover after working time on the field. The host will then prepare you a lunch that you can participate in cooking Vietnamese traditional foods. Enjoy your lunch in a warm atmosphere of a local farmer family.

We will then bike back to Hoi An town. On our way we will stop by Chuc Thanh pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hoi An that was built in 1671 featured many beautiful bronze details and valuable antiques of 17-18 century. We arrive back to Hoi An town around 03.00 PM.

Day 10: Hoi An - Flight to HoChiMinh - Cu Chi Tunnel - Explore Sai Gon Culinary on Bike (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Breakfast at your hotel. Free at your leisure until our guide and car transfer you to Danang international airport taking your morning flight to Tan Son Nhat airport. Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh, you will check in your hotel.

Around 1.30 Pm, our guide and tour bus will pick you up from your hotel and depart to visit Cu Chi - a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. 

Around 05.30 Pm in late afternoon, join in our bike tour to explore Ho Chi Minh city's culinary on bike. We will take a big fun ride around Saigon and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer. Saigon has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s get on the bikes and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Saigon. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Saigon’s cuisine.

We will take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are out of the touristy area and located in hidden alleyways. Besides the part of all delicious and unlimited food, you can also enjoy the city as we will zip around on the bikes from place to place for the dishes while receiving an insiders’ view into the culture that defines Saigon from our guides, who are so much passionate in showing you the bests of their city. Transfer back to your hotel, overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

Transfer you to Tan Son Nhat international airport, take your flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with private A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi-Ha Long- Hanoi
  • Limousine bus transfer Sapa - Hanoi
  • Train tickets Hanoi - lao cai on sharing cabin of 4 berth with AC
  • Cooking class & kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • Boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • 2 Domestic flights: Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Ho Chi Minh

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival & stamp fees
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

Following hotels are your accommodations arranged accordingly for each standard. Our travel experts have inspected hundred hotels but only choose the best for you.
City Economic Group Private Deluxe Primary Luxury
Hanoi Hanoi Legacy Hotel Essence Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole
Ha Long Rosa Cruise Paloma Cruise Signature Cruise
Ho Chi Minh Beautiful Saigon Hotel Paragon Saigon Hotel Lottle Legend
Hoi An Hoi An Lantern Vinh Hung Emerald Almanity Hoian
Hue Cherish Hotel Eldora Hotel La Residence

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