Family Dream Vacation

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TOUR SUMMARY

This slow pace vacation is especially designed for family giving you and your children plenty of time for relaxing and also exploring Vietnam with fun experiences. The itinerary is carefully built and balanced allowing parents have time exploring the destination as well as enjoying family quality time with children. All activities are well chosen suitably for children as well as given plenty of free days for great flexibility of the trip.

 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival

 Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnel

 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ancient House

 Day 4: Ho Chi Minh - Flight to Danang - Hoi An

 Day 5 - 6 - 7: Hoi An free at leisure

 Day 8 : Hoi An - Flight to Hanoi

 Day 9: Hanoi city tour for family

 Day 10: Hanoi free at leisure - Night train to Lao Cai

 Day 11 - 12: Sapa - Traditional Hilltribe Market - Trekking to Minority villages

 Day 13 - 14 : Sapa - Bus back to Hanoi - Hanoi free at leisure

 Day 15 - 16 : Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Overnight on Cruise

 Day 17: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

 Day 18: Hanoi Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (Meals: None).

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh city. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. 

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi Tunnel (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Cu Chi Tunnels, also called Iron Land, is a huge system of underground tunnels that stretched over 250 km. The network was like a secret city to supported war: storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, also included specially constructed living areas, command centers and innumerable of nightmare trap doors to defend itself. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel 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 8.00 Am, our guide and car 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. Return to the city for lunch at a tasty restaurant in the city centre.

In the afternoon, you'll discover the Reunification Palace - a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, served as the presidential palace of South Vietnam until reunification in 1975. The building now functions as a museum, offering tours of the former state rooms, presidential office and library, living quarters of the president's family, and underground war rooms. Then, you'll also visit the War Remnants Museum - one of the most sobering, yet popular, museums in the city. It highlights the suffering of the Vietnamese people at the hands of the French and American forces up to 1975, and while its perspective is less than perfectly balanced, its exhibits nonetheless are well designed and ably document the folly of war. You’ll find a collection of weapons, machinery, aircraft, tanks, artifacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. Trip ends at your hotel around 4.30 Pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city. 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Ancient House (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Discovery what it is that makes Mekong Delta so special with our daily Cai Be Floating Market Tour. This tour gives you a fantastic opportunity of seeing how the Mekong Delta people get on with their busy life. For people living in Mekong, their lives are attached to rivers, water. Almost activities could be organized on river as living, working, market gathering… You will be introduced to their beautiful lifestyle when cruising among the local boats, biking around the village and interact with locals here.

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Around 08.00 Am in the morning, our guide and car will pick you up from your hotel in Center Ho Chi Minh City and start drive to Vinh Long town. When arrival, board on a local motorboat and star cruising on Mekong River. Our guide will introduce to you the floating market, trading culture and floating houses of local here. Since Mekong Delta land is split by huge cannel systems, you will then take a rowing sampan and explore the area by sampan boat that locals use to transfer around. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and green fruit garden on two sides. We will stop to visit local some workshops including pop-rice, rice-paper, coconut candy producing, honey tea, snake wine… to see how local people here utilize rice, coconut and other agriculture materials and turn them into delicious products.

The boat will then transfer you to a beautiful ancient house that still well preserved after many generations. You will be welcome by family members and the host will prepare the lunch for you. The host will also teach you how to cook “Banh Xeo” dish so you can join in cooking and make your own dish. Enjoy your lunch with authentic Vietnamese southern meals and learn more about Vietnamese family lifestyle and culture from the host. 

After the lunch, we will then take your bike and start cycling around the village. The bicycle ride will take you around the village, introduce to you the genuine beautiful Vietnamese houses and community. It will be a great opportunity to take photos of this beautiful water land. If time permit, we will stop by a drying fruit factory and a local pagoda. The bike ride under peaceful canopy of this water lands will bring you a peaceful experience, shake off the busy lifestyle of city. Start driving back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh - Flight to Danang - Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, stay free at leisure until our driver pick you up and transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport where you will take a night flight to Danang city. 

Upon arrival at Danang airport, our driver (no guide) will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An. After checking in your hotel, you will overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An free at your leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is your free at leisure day. Spend your time for relaxing, swimming ior shopping in town. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

 Today is free at leisure. Spend your day relaxing at hotel or biking around town or shopping. Overnight in Hoi an.

Day 7 : Hoi An free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is free at leisure. Spend your day relaxing at hotel or biking around town or shopping. Overnight in Hoi an.

Day 8: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in Old Quarter, center of Hanoi city. Overnight in Hanoi.

Optional Activities: The Best of Hanoi Foods - Private tour (Surcharge +45 USD/person)

You are a foody and expect to try the best of Hanoi cuisines. How about taking a big fun walking tour around Old Quarter and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer??? Hanoi has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s explore the city with our guide and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Hanoi has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Hanoi’s cuisine. We will take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are famous among locals.

Our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel and start the The Best of Hanoi Foods Tour (2.5-3 hour). We start walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, first visiting the colorful local markets where we meet stall holders and talk about their food and learn about local culinary. Then continue along both high streets and back streets exploring many corners in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our guide will introduce to you the most famous locals’ foods stores and taste all of famous Hanoi foods including Hanoi traditional foods like Bun cha, Banh cuon, Cha Ca, to exotic foods like Bun Oc or Bun Rieu Cua or legendary “egg coffee”. Under guidance of our friendly tour guide, you will be introduced to the city with the best foods Hanoi has to offer and unique opportunities to travel like a local. Walk on foot back to your hotel.

Day 9: Hanoi city tour for family - Bat Trang Ceramic Village - Water Puppet Show (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) 

Around 09.30 Am, 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). 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.

Enjoy delicious Vietnamese set menu lunch at one of the best restaurant in Hanoi – the Luxury Home Vietnamese Restaurant (http://www.homerestaurant.vn) or Viet Deli Restaurant. After lunch, we will transfer you to Bat Trang pottery Village, one of the oldest tradition handicraft villages in North Vietnam. When you arrive, you and your family will have chances to witness the pottery producing process by local artisan. You especially can hand down to make your own pottery products. The fun time making pottery will definitely make your children happy and bring you unforgettable memory.

We will then 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. Exploring the busy Old Quarter on Cyclo, paddled by locals, so you can observe the unique local lifestyle and understand better Vietnamese culture. Walk to Thang Long Theater nearby and enjoy the tradition water puppet show, a Vietnamese tradition show reflecting local lifestyle and history through puppet performance. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 10: Hanoi Free at leisure - Night train to Lao Cai (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is your free day. Enjoy your day with shopping or swimming and relaxing at your hotel.

Around 09.00 pm, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer by taxi to Tran Quy Cap train Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Day 11: Lao Cai - Sapa - Traditional Market (Meals: Breafkast, Lunch)

Arrive in Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. Our driver will welcome you and then transfer by our comfortable private car to Sapa. The ride uphill to Sapa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. After breakfast your driver and guide will take you to one of the local markets (Coc Ly on Tuesday/ Sin Cheng on Wednesday/ Can Cau on Saturday and Bac Ha on Sunday). Wander through the stalls packed with hand-crafted goods peddled by the various hill tribe peoples who come here to buy and sell their wares. In the afternoon, continue on your way to SaPa: Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination, famous for its breathtaking views of cloud-woven mountaintops and gaping valleys. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 12: Lao Cai – Sapa –  Lao Chai – Ta Van (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

You will have breakfast at hotel before we start our trekking tour to visit Cat Cat Village, the oldest hill tribe village in Sapa. From Cat Cat village, we continue to trek Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. Notice that the trekking route from Cat Cat to Lao Chai is off the beaten track that only our professional guide can guide you on this route. This trekking route offers stunning landscapes and sceneries, also with 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 small picnic lunch. After lunch, depend on your health condition, we can continue trekking to Ta Van village of the Dzay people and explore the lifestyle if Dzay minority. Transfer by car back to hotel in Sapa town. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Hotel in Sapa. Approximated trekking distance: 14km – 5 hour.

Day 13: Sapa free at leisure - Bus to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is your free day.

Tips from Mercury Travel:

With your free time, you can go up to Ham Rong peak where you will be able to experience a stunning view over the charming town of Sapa. This is a great chance for some unforgettable photos! This is recommended for good weather days (Entrance fee is not included). You may simply stay relaxed with beautiful view of mountains or shopping for hill tribe souvenirs in town.

Around 04.00 Pm, our bus will pick you up from hotel in Sapa town with comfortable shuttle bus departs to Hanoi. Enjoy beautiful views driving along the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. The bus is equipped with large individual seats, A/C and wifi. 2 stops on the way: one for toilets at about 6.30pm and the other one for dinner at about 8.00pm. The dinner is not included. Around 10.00pm: Arrival in Hanoi center and the bus will drop you off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Day 14:  Hanoi Free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)

Today is your free day. Enjoy your day relaxing or shopping in town. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 15: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Around 08.00 to 08.30 Am, our tour bus and guide will come to your hotel and pick you up for Ha Long tour. After 4 hours ride (including 30 minute break) you will arrive Hon Gai harbor. We will go on board with welcome drink and welcome briefing from Cruise Manager. Enjoy Vietnamese set menu lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and into Ha Long Bay. Start to discover the floating Vung Vieng fishing village while sitting on rowing boats with local people. Arrive at Ban Chan Beach, you will spend your time for swimming, sunbathing or enjoy kayaking around the area.

In the afternoon, relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising and docking for overnight. Around 07.30, Enjoy romantic dinning experience on top deck with BBQ dinner and Vietnamese cuisines (If weather permit and group is over 15 people). After dinner, it is free time to joining movies in the restaurant, board’s game or squid fishing. Overnight on Cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 16: Ha Long Bay – Kayaking  (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Enjoy a light breakfast will be served in restaurant. After breakfast, you will transfer to our Day Boat, a smaller boat we use to explore the Cong Do – Cap La area on day trip. You will then hop on a local fishing boat and learn the fishing technique from local people. The fishing experience with locals provides you further ideas about local lifestyle of people in Ha Long Bay. You will spend your rest of afternoon for more relaxing time or swimming and kayaking around the area. By late afternoon, we will return to main Garden Bay Cruise. Relaxing and Enjoy the rest of the day on board. Enjoy dinning with dinner and Vietnamese cuisines

Day 17: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

If you are a morning person then today you can rise early for our morning tai chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and admire the tranquil atmosphere of Ha Long Bay in early morning. Light breakfast will be served in restaurant. Around 08.00, you will transfer to Island nearby, climb up small steps to explore the Thien Canh Son Cave. This is one of the most impressive of Ha long Bay with rich history and geology value but still very wild and untouched by human. After 1-hour cave tour, we are back to the boat for check out, put your luggage out to corridor and settle your bill at restaurant. Lunch will be served in restaurant while the boat is cruising back to harbor. We will transfer back to Hanoi and tour ends at your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. 

Day 18: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

You will transfer by private car to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight leaving Vietnam. End of services. 

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with A/C vehicle with experienced driver
  • Airport Transfer with private A/C vehicle - no guide escort
  • 14 nights in accommodation in with breakfast
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Knowledgeable English speaking guide in tour
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Comfortable shuttle bus Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
  • 1 free local sim card with internet connection
  • Kayaking, boat trip, cooking class & Tai Chi in Ha Long Bay
  • 2 nights on cruise in Join in Ha Long Bay Cruise tour
  • Biking & Boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • 1 night on Deluxe train Hanoi - Lao cai with A/C soft berth
  • Private biking, fishing & farming trip in Hoi An
  • 2 Domestic flights Ho Chi Minh - Danang & Danang - Hanoi

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
Sapa H'Mong Sapa Amazing Sapa Victoria Hotel
Hoi An Hoi An Lantern Vinh Hung Emerald Almanity Hoian

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