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Itinerary

  • Days 1:

    Hanoi arrival

  • Days 2:

    Hanoi sightseeing - Night train to Lao Cai (B/L/D)

  • Days 3:

    Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L/D)

  • Days 4:

    Sapa - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)

  • Days 5:

    Hanoi - Ninh Binh (B/L)

  • Days 6:

    Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

  • Days 7:

    Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flying to Hue (B/L)

  • Days 8:

    Hue sightseeing (B/L/D)

  • Days 9:

    Hue - Hoi An (B/L/D)

  • Days 10:

    Hoi An sightseeing (B/D)

  • Days 11:

    Hoi An- My Son - Hoi An (B/L)

  • Days 12:

    Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

  • Days 13:

    Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B/L/D)

  • Days 14:

    Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

  • Days 15:

    Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

  • Days 16:

    Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Activities

Plane (Flights)
Train
Junk Cruise
Biking

Activities Highlights

  • Walkthrough Hanoi's ancient city 
  • Cruise to discover Ha Long bay 
  • Sampan ride to admire the beauty of Trang An (Ninh Binh) 
  • Visit the Imperial Citadel Hue 
  • Discover the ancient city Hoi An
  • Enjoy shopping in Saigon 
  • Navigate along the Mekong.

Photos of this trip


Program in details (16 days)

  • Days 1

    Hanoi arrival

    Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, warmly welcomed by our guide, and transfer to the center of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has retained the old world charm of the French colonial area. The face of Hanoi has not changed much in decades.

    This is probably the most charming city of Vietnam with its authenticity, large shady avenues, numerous lakes, and manicured gardens.

    Meals included: None

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    The room is available from 14:00

    Arrival flight: To be advised

     

  • Days 2

    Hanoi sightseeing - Night train to Lao Cai (B/L/D)

    We begin the tour of the capital by the complex Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, which dominates the Ba Dinh Square, and his house on stilts to understand a great man whose life has been very modest life. The One Pillar Pagoda is famous for its original construction connected to an interesting legend from the 11th century. 

    Then visit the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucius and his disciples. As you visit the University, we understand more feudal education in Vietnam. In the afternoon, we visit the Ethnology Museum, the largest museum and also the most complete of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. A cyclo ride an hour in the old quarter with its narrow shopping streets allow us to discover the main interests of the Vietnamese capital. 

    End of the day, we visit Ngoc Son Temple in Hoan Kiem Lake, the giant tortoise in this temple tells the legend of the lake from the 15th century. Attend the water puppet show in the evening - the typical art due to Vietnam. 

    After that, you will be taken to Hanoi Station for your sleeper train to Lao Cai - Sapa.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Overnight on the local train (sharing train - soft sleeper 4 berth cabin with air-conditioned)

     

  • Days 3

    Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L/D)

    Arrival in the early morning at Lao Cai Station then transfer by private car to Sapa, we admire the rice terraces hidden behind the clouds. Located 1,650m above sea level, with the temperate climate, Sapa was an old resort created by the French in the region of Fanxipan Mount (3143m) which is considered as the roof of Indochina. 

    This city interest you by the mosaic of minorities H'mong, Red Yao, Tay, Dzay Safo... For hundreds of years, they live together and conduct their ancestral life despite modernity. 

    Rest at the hotel and lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon, we trek to the Black H'mong villages Lao Chai and Ta Van Dzays to where we have opportunities to discover the specific culture of each ethnic group. Back to Sapa by car.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

  • Days 4

    Sapa - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)

    Morning, you will visit the daily Sapa central market where the ethnic groups come to exchange their agricultural products or sell their traditional costumes made meticulously by women's hand. It is also well-liked by young couples place. Then we are going to climb the mountain Ham Rong (Dragon Jaw) where we can not miss the opportunity to take great photos of the area. An interesting walk takes us to the theatre where we will have the chance to attend the dance performance of five ethnic groups of Sapa. 

    After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Lao Cai, we will make a detour to Ta Phin village where we discover the old traditions Red Yao. Before going to the station, stop at the border Sino - Vietnamese where we see the confluence of the Red River (red) belonging to Vietnam and Nam Thi River (green) to China. 

    Boarding the overnight train from Lao Cai at around 20h30 to Hanoi. Overnight on train, soft sleeper 4 berth cabin with air-conditioned.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Overnight on the local train (soft sleeper with air - conditioner)

  • Days 5

    Hanoi - Ninh Binh (B/L)

    The train arrives at 05h00 to Hanoi train station after having a shower at the hotel and breakfast, depart to Ninh Binh, you will arrive at the Nature Reserve of Van Long after two hours’ drive (110km), you board a bamboo rowboat as soon as we arrive for 1 hour rowing along this beautiful wetland of Van Long, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies and towering limestone mountain peaks.

    After lunch served at a local riverside restaurant, you make a short transfer down a peaceful countryside road to Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital eleven centuries ago. Here, spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le temples of the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu which are dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the founders of the ancient capital during the 10th century.

    Alternatively, you might opt for a biking trip around the countryside of Van Long natural reserve instead of Dinh & Le King temple.

    In the evening, you are free at your leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh

    Distance: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - 1h30 minutes

  • Days 6

    Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    In the morning, you will travel to Halong Bay (3,5 hours). Upon Halong city arrival, transferred by tender to cruise – enjoy a welcome drink and cruise briefing, check into cabins and begin your cruise. HaLong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Overnight on cruise

    Distance: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - 3,5 hours

  • Days 7

    Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flying to Hue (B/L)

    Early in the morning and depending on the season, you will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the aquamarine waters of the bay. Then, you will practice tai chi in the sundeck for clients who want to do while the cruise will be around the bay until you disembark at the end of the morning. After that, you will then return to Hanoi for your flight to Hue. Welcomed and taken to a hotel in Hue by a local guide.

    In the evening, you are free at your leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast, brunch

    Distance: 170 kilometers – 2h 30min to 2h45min

    Suggested flight: HAN - HUI in the afternoon

  • Days 8

    Hue sightseeing (B/L/D)

    The capital of the dynasty Nguyens of 1802-1945, declared world heritage site by UNESCO since 1993, Hue offers its visitors a perfect picture of harmony between many well-preserved charms of the milieu of nature historical sites. 

    You will begin the city tour by boat to Thien Mu Pagoda, located along the Perfume River. The cruise takes you to the Minh Mang tomb, this majestic tomb reflects the Eastern philosophy of harmony between man and nature. 

    Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Imperial Citadel, a Vauban style architecture, built in the style of the Chinese imperial palace between 1805 and 1832. At the end of the day, the walk to Dong Ba market where you will find the best conical hats in Vietnam.

    Royal diner, you are in the costumes of emperors, queens, princes, and princesses, imperial taste the dishes accompanied by traditional music.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

  • Days 9

    Hue - Hoi An (B/L/D)

    Morning you visit the tomb of Tu Duc Emperor amidst frangipani and pine trees, this is not a simple tomb, benefit the idea of eternal life than death and visit it evokes traditional village manufacturing incense and conical hats. 

    Lunch at a local restaurant in the city of Hue and then the road to Danang via the famous road to the Hai Van Pass, you will have a beautiful view of dozens of kilometers of beaches of the peninsula of Lang Co. 

    In Danang, you visit Cham Museum (built-in 1916), the famous collection of the civilization of the Champa kingdom and the Marble mountain, next to the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. Continue to Hoi An, Hai was Fo or Faifo, one of the busiest commercial ports from the 17th to the 18th centuries throughout Asia: Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Indonesian and French and Dutch are not skirted. Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999, this charming city fascinates not only the authenticity of the architecture, the romantic scenery of the river and the beach but especially by the light of lanterns spooky after sunset. 

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Distance: Hoi An – Hue 150km – 3 hours

  • Days 10

    Hoi An sightseeing (B/D)

    Morning you discover the ancient city of Hoi An visiting old houses a traditional Vietnamese house, a Chinese congrération, Japanese covered bridge in the old neighborhood. 

    Free lunch in town and in the afternoon at your leisure to discover the beautiful city. Rent bicycles (in option) for exploring the surrounding area and relax on the beach. 

    Dinner at a restaurant in town.

    Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

  • Days 11

    Hoi An- My Son - Hoi An (B/L)

    Morning on the way to My Son, 70 kilometers from Hoi An which was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO along Hoi An all temples and shrines wasn't only the religious capital but also the last houses of emperors of the Cham kingdom of the 05th to 13th centuries. They tell us the most glorious of this kingdom ruined through architectures and sculptures but how to make bricks there is still a mystery scientists time. 

    Back to Hoi An for lunch. Afternoon free to explore at your leisure the beautiful city. Possible to rent bicycles for exploring the surrounding area and relax on the beach. Overnight in Hoi An.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Distance: Hoi An - My Son - 40km

  • Days 12

    Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

    Transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Meet on arrival by our guide, then transfer to the city. Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon), the economic center of Vietnam, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta is also the largest city, the population of more than 8 million.

    City tour: Notre Dame Cathedral, red brick building in neo-Romanesque style, which was consecrated in 1880. Post Office built by Gustave Eiffel, the Opera House and City Hall with beautiful architecture.

    Visit the Thien Hau Pagoda if the time permits.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

    Suggested flight: DAD - SGN at noon

  • Days 13

    Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B/L/D)

    In the morning, you will travel to Mekong Delta (Cai Be) - one of the regions that possess the most magnificent paddy fields in Vietnam. First of all, you will visit unique local workshops where you are going to see how local people create things such as Vietnamese rice paper and earn a living from those, then take a sampan ride and paddle along the small canals that pass through the mangrove forests. Let’s try to travel like a local by a sampan boat as this is the main means of transportation of the local people in Mekong Delta.

    Have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Take a short break and fill your tummy with Vietnamese food! Walk or cycle around the village and make some spontaneous discoveries such as a visit to a local school. You’ll find many interesting things in the Delta to explore and remember.

    After that, you will travel to Can Tho for overnight.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

    Distance: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be - 3 hours

  • Days 14

    Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

    In the morning, you will take a private boat to visit the floating market in the early morning. Many local products are sold here and in particular a large variety of fruits, some of which you might have never seen before. There are small boats offering all kinds of snacks and local soups from which you can get your early breakfast. Continue the boat trip to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous fruit orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country-side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people.

    Visit of local market An Binh and travel to return in Ho Chi Minh City with the stop along on the way.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

    Notes:

    • Dress: It is hot all the year-round in South of Vietnam so short, T-shirt, the sandal is highly recommended
    • The best time to visit Cai Rang floating market is in the early morning, at about 5 or 6 am
  • Days 15

    Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

    Drive to Tay Ninh where there is the greatest Cao Dai Temple, an amazing religion, is unique and pure in Vietnam with more than two million followers, mostly in the South. We have the opportunity to attend the noon Mass on the altar and find all the great men of the world: Cakyamauni, Confucius, Jesus Christ, Laos Tseu even Janne d' Arc, Victor Hugo, Lenin, etc ... the eye symbolizes divine philosophy "all religions are moving toward the same path". 

    After lunch, we continue to visit Cu Chi Tunnels which is known by the name "Iron Triangle" and the "free Fire zone" allowing these tunnels are controlled by the Viet Cong areas communicate with each other when they were isolated from American or South Vietnamese areas. They also provided shelter to the population during air attacks. The Vietcong soldiers lived there in harsh conditions, they are also living witnesses of patriotism of the Vietnamese.

    Then return to Ho Chi Minh city and a free night at your leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

    Distance: 75 kilometers - 1hr 55 min

    Note: Cu Chi Tunnels is not recommended for people with claustrophobia

     

  • Days 16

    Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

    Free time for your shopping or at leisure before the transfer to the airport for departure flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    The room is disposal until noontime only

    Departure flight: To be advised


INCLUDED

  • Accommodations as mentioned in the program
  • Night Boat in Ha Long Bay
  • Domestic flights and taxes mentioned in the program
  • Boat and sampan for the excursions mentioned 
  • Cycling for the walks 
  • Entrance fee for visits 
  • English guides to the course and by stage (or a single guide for all along the circuit to your wish) 
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

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