Majestic Vietnam Holiday

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TOUR SUMMARY

Enjoy your holiday in Vietnam with trekking and boat trip visiting Ba Be national park, explore Ha Long Bay on luxury cruise and unwind in romantic Hoi An town. Explore local lifestyle and culture in Ho Chi Minh city and Mekong Delta. Finally, two nights relaxing in beach resort in Binh Thuan will be a perfect ending for a memorable holiday in Vietnam.

 Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Explore local culinary on Foods Tour

 Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

 Day 3: Hanoi - Ba Be National Park

 Day 4: Ba Be Lake - Hua Ma Cave - Hanoi

 Day 5: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

 Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Dong Hoi

 Day 7: Dong Hoi - Phong Nha Ke Bang - Overnight in Homestay

 Day 8: Explore National Park and Cave

 Day 9: Dong Hoi - Train to Danang - Hoi An

 Day 10: Hoi An free at leisure

 Day 11: Hoi An -

Danang - Flight to Ho Chi Minh - Explore Sai Gon Culinary on Bike

 Day 9: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cai Be

 Day 10: Ho Chi Minh city - Phan Thiet

 Day 11: Free at leisure in Phan Thiet

 Day 12: Phan Thiet - Ho Chi Minh Departure

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Explore local culinary on Foods Tour (Meals: Dinner)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel in the center of Old Quarter. By late afternoon, the  our guide will take you on Hanoi Street Food Tour in which you can try and taste famous street food of Hanoi and experience the genuine local lifestyle. Hanoi is famous for its abundance of amazing street foods and this 02 hour street food tour will guarantee you great local foods and great experiences. Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Hanoi. 

If you arrive early this day then the following optional tour is available upon request: 

Explore legendary Hoan Kiem Lake nearby on foot where our guide will introduce to you legend of the Lake and history of this 1000 years old city. You then will hop on an electric car for a ride around Old Quarter to get a brief understanding about local lifestyles here. You will stop at Dong Xuan Market – the biggest market of Hanoi and walk around for shopping and see how local people working on their daily job. 

Day 2: Hanoi city (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at hotel, you will start the city tour by visiting Hoa Lo prison or the Hanoi Hilton. The prison was built by the French administration in 1896. During the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo Prison achieved notoriety as a place of incarceration for dowed US pilots, who ironically nick-named it the Hanoi Hilton. The tour to this historical relic gives you a unique sight at Vietnam History and learn more about Vietnamese people in war. Transfer to 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. Enjoy your lunch at Koto restaurant. The restaurant was built to help street children in Hanoi, offering them accommodation, education and job training. The restaurant nowadays gets great reputation not only for the great charity works but also exquisite foods cooked by top chef. 

After lucnh, spend the afternoon visiting Museum of Ethnology, voted as one of four the best museum in Asia. Occupying a modern structure mixed with other local architect, 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 rituals. Transfer to Van Phuc Silk Village, a traditional handicraft village of Vietnam. Van Phuc has long been a universal byword of luxury, often worn by the world’s richest, most powerful citizens, nowadays, the fine and lustrous cloth that originally comes from the cocoon of the silkworm is much more affordable for "ordinary" folk. Spend your time to explore the village on foots and see how locals make silk and of course spend time for a spree shopping within this silk paradise. Transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Our guide and car will pick you up from hotel in Hanoi and transfer you to Ba Be National Park. We then will stop at Duom Temple where the ethnic Tay people worshipping the leader and hero of their community. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in Ba Be district. Arrival at Buoc Lom Wharf, embark the boat for a cruise trip to Ba Be Lake. The boat-trip will go along the Nang River and stop at Puong cave which is famous for thousand of bats and its untouched beauty.
By late afternoon, visit An Ma Temple and then enjoy the fun bamboo rafting or swim in the fresh water in the lake. Chalange yourself by hiking to our homestay (1km) in Pac Ngoi village, a small village of Tay people. Check in the Ba Be Lake View homestay. Dinner will be served with traditional Tay musical performance (available upon request). 
Overnight at homestay of Tay people’ traditional house-on-stilt (Private bungalow is available upon request).

Day 4: Ba Be Lake - Hua Ma Cave - Ha Long Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Enjoy your breakfast at our homestay within fresh and peaceful atmosphere of the Ba Be Lake. After breakfast with full energy, you will discover this mountain land by cyling to Hua Ma Cave (6km), the biggest and the most beautiful cave in Ba Be National Park. Enjoy the fun cycling and breathtaking scenery beside the road. After the cycling tour, you will come back to our homestay, check out and have lunch here. After lunch, you will get back to Hanoi city. Arrival in Hanoi, you will drop off at your hotel. 

Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay overnight on boat (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After your breakfast at hotel, our private car will pick you up and transferred to Halong bay on 3.5 hour ride. Arrive at Halong Bay, get on board, enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing, check in cabin and begin your cruise. Enjoy your lunch – delicious Vietnamese set menu . Head deeper inside Ha Long Bay and visit the  Floating fishing village. In this Floating fishing village you can visit by bamboo sampan for an hour or kayak in to the village then return to the Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc. Participate in fun Vietnamese cooking demonstration showing how to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available. You may also try your luck at squid fishing from the boat. Overnight on boat in Halong Bay. 

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. After your breakfast you will explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot Cave ). Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing and checking out of your room by 10.00 AM. Enjoy Set Menu for lunch in the dining room. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room, enjoying the rest of Halong bay before getting back to harbor. Arrive at Hon Gai Harbour. Transfer by tender to the pier. Get on your car and transfer to Noi Bai international airport, catch the flight to Danang city. Around 8.00 Pm, you will arrive at Da Nang airport and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in HoiAn.

Day 7: Hoi An - Free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)
Today is your free at leisure day. Overnight in Hoi An.

Tip from Mercury Travel:

With your free time in Hoi An, you can spend your time wandering around the Ancient town, shopping for souvernirs, get your own tailor-made clothes or riding bike to neary Cua Dai Beach and villages.

Day 8: Danang - Flight to Ho Chi Minh - Explore Sai Gon Culinary on Bike (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer to Danang international airport, take your early flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, our driver will welcome you and transfer you back to your hotel.

In late afternoon, join in our bike tour and explore the best of Sai Gon's foods. 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 has to offer. 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. Overnight in hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.    

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cai Be (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Around 07.00 Am in early morning, our tour guide and tour bus will pick you up at your hotel and depart early for Cai Be. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motorboat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. 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. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation, accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.

Keep cruising to a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, join to a cooking class. Enjoy your cooking experience and learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food cooked by yourself and fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Relax on the hammocks to get back your energy. In the afternoon, you will cycle around the village path with fruit orchards and bonsai garden. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh and overnight in the hotel.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh city - Phan Thiet (Meals: Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, you will transfer directly to your beach resort in Phan Thiet in Binh Thuan Province. After 3.5 hour ride, you will arrive at your beach resort in Phan Thiet. After checking in your hotel, you will spend the rest of the day relax in this beautiful beach resort, swimming and sunbathing by the wild transquil beach. Overnight in Phan Thiet. 

Day 11: Free at leisure in Phan Thiet (Meawls: Breakfast)

Today is your absolute unwind day. The time relaxing on the sunny beach, swimming in pristine water and just simpply spending time with people you love will charge you up with full energy and bring you unforgetable memories. Moreover, spend time to explore the fishing village nearby or capture majestic scenery by Ke Ga light house. Overnight in Phan Thiet. 

Day 12: Phan Thiet - Ho Chi Minh Departure (Meals: Breakfast)

After early breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer from Phan Thiet to Ho Chi Minh. You will be back at Tan Son Nhat airport around noon time and from here you will take your international flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.

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INCLUSIONS

  • Transfer with private A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with private A/C vehicle
  • 11 night accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
  • Water and Tissues in car
  • Kayaking, Tai Chi, cooking class in Ha Long Bay
  • Biking & Boat trip in Mekong Delta

EXCLUSIONS

  • International & Domestic 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
Mui Ne Mui Ne Bay Resort Pandanus Resort Mia Resort

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