Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai - Ta van
Day 4: Sapa – Bus to Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise
Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Danang – Hoi An
Day 8 - 9: Explore Hoi An Town
Day 10: Hai Van Pass - Explore Hue City - Flight to Ho Chi MInh
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be - Overnight in Homestay
Day 13: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh Departure
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Meals: None)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer to hotel in the center of Old Quarter. Free at leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Train to Sapa (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
ur 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. Dinner is on your own arrangement. 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 - Ta van (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. Transferring back to Sapa town. Overnight in hotel in Sapa.
Day 4: 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 03.00 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. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
You will arrive in Hanoi in early morning and then check in mini hotel for rest and breakfast. Around 8.00AM, our driver will pick you up then starting the 3 and a half hours drive to Halong Bay. Embark on Cruise followed by cruise briefing.
Savor a sumptuous lunch while boat cruising further along the limestone islands of Fighting Cock, Dog Rock and Incense Burner. You'll have chance to visit Amazing Cave, the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong Bay. Then back to the boat to enjoy drinks on Sundeck, snap photos the view of the Bay, go swimming or just relax as the sun starts to set.
Those who fancy some experience in cooking Vietnamese dishes can join in our brief Vietnamese cooking demonstration on board while having some free drink. Dinner is served with selection of Vietnamese food and seafood. Socialize with other guests or just laze around. Overnight on board in a tranquil area. (Evening activities available: night squid fishing, karaoke, dancing...)
Day 6: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. Our cruise weighs anchor to sail through the bay and pass by several beautiful places such as Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Early breakfast will be served in the dining room. You then will transfer to a smaller boat for Lan Ha Bay excursion. Spend your day with guided kayaking and swimming at Three Peaches beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by the turquoise water. BBQ lunch is served on boat. We then will continue to discovery Toi and Sang Cave (depend on the tide condition), the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time permitting). Around late afternoon, you will return to big Cruise for dinner and overnight in Ha Long Bay.
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Danang – Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
In the morning, start your day with swimming, exercise or photo hunt and have breakfast at sunrise. Get your hand on some kayaking, visiting Luon cave, swimming. Option: For those who do not fancy kayaking can visit TiTop Island to enjoy the panorama view of Halong Bay or just relax, swim at the beach. Head back to the Harbor.
Transfer back to Hanoi for the airport and take the flight from Hanoi to Danang international airport. Upon arrival at Danang airport, our driverl will transfer you to hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Explore Hoi An Town (Meals: Breakfast)
Today is free at leisure. Spend your day relaxing or explore the town or shopping. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Today you can choose one of our following activities for your day. Overnight in Hoi An.
Option 1: Cooking class: You will take part in a cooking class with an expert chief and try to cook the Quang Nam traditional food before taste your dishes. A real experience of Middle Vietnam cuisine! Follow our chef to local outdoor market, try new local ingredients and learn about local culinary. Have fun with cooking class under the guidance of chef and enjoy your result as a big feast with everybody.
Option 2: My Son Sactuary: your private car will transfer you to My Son Sanctuary on a ride of 40km. When you reach the My Son Sanctuary, follow your guide on a walking tour around the impressive tower-temples — remains of the political and religious capital of the Champa Kingdom. By the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples had been built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom. As you marvel at sandstone bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, learn about the My Son civilization’s devotion to Hindu deities like Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva. After My Son tour, we will transfer back to Hoian by car and drop you off at your hotel.
Option 3: Biking to Tra Que - Fishing & Farming in Cam Thanh Village
This tour will take you to Cam thanh villages, located next to Thu Bon river, with a lush Nipa forest spread over an area of several hundred hectares and hundreds of hidden channels tangled beneath the broad leaves, was the refuge for VC the war. Tra Que Village is a small vegetable village that supplys fresh herbs and vegetable for Hoi An Town and nowadays, visitors can not only enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, but also have the opportunity to unite with the warm and peaceful life for these villagers.
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. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An – Hai Van Pass - Hue City - Flight to Ho Chi MInh (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer by car to Hue city on 3.5 hour ride. The ride will take you through the Hai Van Pass where you can capture majestic view of mountain and ocean from the top. Upon arrival in Hue city, we will spend the rest of the day for city tour.
We firstly transfer to visit Tu Duc tomb, one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty. After studying the secret stories behind the tomb, we'll drive back to the city center with some stopovers at the conical hat and incense sticks village to know about handicraft villages in Hue. Enjoy lunch with tradition Hue cuisines that known for its exquisite and elegant cooking styles. We'll then continue our Hue day trip with a visit to the Royal Citadel - one of the best places in Hue to experience the tradition, culture and rhythms of the Vietnamese Royal life in the past. We will then take a boat along Perfume River to the next attraction, Thien Mu Pagoda - a picturesque landscape besides Perfume River and a perfect place to enjoy peaceful and serene atmosphere that also gives you chance to watch praying time of the monks here.
Transfer to Phu Bai airport and take your late afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, our guide will transfer you to your hotel, check in your hotel and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Start your tour today by a traveling through the typical Southern Vietnam delta to visit Tay Ninh, to explore Cu Chi Tunnels - the famous historic place in Cu Chi district. With more than 200km of underground tunnels and many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels Cu Chi Tunnels has become the home of thousands of fighters and villagers in Vietnam War. Coming here you can discover how people communicate and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters during the war. After Lunch at local restaurant, you will return to Ho Chi Minh city.
You will then continue your tour visiting the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government. It was here on 30 April 1975, that the war ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. Pass by iconic architectural landmarks the Notre Dame Cathedral built from French colonization. You will then visit War Remnants Museum with documents, artifacts and other evidence of the Vietnam War. The eye-opening history of this country will enrich your knowledge and fascinate those who love history. Transfer back to hotel and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be - Overnight in Homestay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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.
Around 07.30 Am in the morning, our guide and minivan tour bus 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.
Day 13: Cai Be – Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Enjoy your breakfast at home-stay with beautiful tranquil atmosphere. After breakfast, say good bye to our host and we will hop on the boat and start explore the area. We will be visiting Mr Ba Duc's ancient house, a well preserved house in harmonious combination of two architectural styles: Vietnamese and French. Stop by a rice-husking mill to learn about the procedure for rice production. Stop by a small handcrafted workshop of "Cham La" to see how the local use the coconut leaves and weave them into the roofs of homes.
We continue cruising on beautiful Mekong River with green scenery along the bank and daily life of locals from the cruise. Arrive at another local house, enjoy warm welcome from the host and cheer a rice wine cup with the host. Enjoy an exciting walk around the huge fruit garden of the host and learn more about exotic local tropical fruits. Enjoy lunch served at local house; you will head back to HCMC by Mini Van/Bus. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, free at your leisure until our drive come to pick you up and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. End of services.