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Itinerary

  • Days 1:

    Hanoi arrival (L/D)

  • Days 2:

    Hanoi - City tour - Lao Cai (B/L/D)

  • Days 3:

    Lao Cai arrival - Sapa (B/L/D)

  • Days 4:

    Sapa (discoveries + walks) - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B/L/D)

  • Days 5:

    Hanoi arrival - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

  • Days 6:

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

  • Days 7:

    Ninh Binh - Vinh (B/L/D)

  • Days 8:

    Vinh - Phong Nha Cave - Quang Binh (B/L/D)

  • Days 9:

    Quang Binh - Hue (B/L/D)

  • Days 10:

    Hue - Hoi An (B/L/D)

  • Days 11:

    Hoi An visits - Free at the beach (B/L/D)

  • Days 12:

    Hoi An - Quy Nhon (B/L/D)

  • Days 13:

    Quy Nhon - Tuy Hoa - Nha Trang (B/L/D)

  • Days 14:

    Nha Trang visits + cruise (B/L/D)

  • Days 15:

    Nha Trang - Po Klong Garai - Dalat (B/L/D)

  • Days 16:

    Da lat - Bao Loc - Ho Chi Minh city (B/L/D)

  • Days 17:

    Ho Chi Minh city - My Tho - Ben Tre (B/L/D)

  • Days 18:

    Ben Tre - Sa Dec - Long Xuyen (B/L/D)

  • Days 19:

    Long Xuyen - Ho Chi Minh city (B/L/D)

  • Days 20:

    Ho Chi Minh city- visits / departure (B/L/D)

Activities

Train
Biking
Accomodation
Car / Minivan
English Speaking Guide

Activities Highlights

  • Explore the Vietnamese traditional art by attending the water show puppets in Hanoi
  • Walk to the ethnic villages in Sapa to observe the specific culture of each ethnic group
  • Admire the sunset & drink a cocktail on the upper deck of the Junk in Halong Bay
  • Cruise by small rowing through the spectacular scenery of Ninh Binh - Halong Bay on land
  • Visit the most beautiful famous caves of Vietnam, Phong Nha cave in Quang Binh
  • Promenade the largest market in Hue, Dong Ba and see the daily local life
  • Contemplate  the museum of Cham sculpture in Danang with its famous art collection of Hindu influence
  • Observe the Hoi An ancient town with its must-see monuments
  • Relax really in the emerald water of the Hon Tam Island in Nha Trang Bay
  • Immerse deeply yourself in the lovely atmosphere of Dalat 
  • Taste the regional specialties (tea & coffee) in Bao Loc
  • Go to the Ben Tre village market and prepare the Vietnamese dishes with the villagers
  • See the ancient French architecture in Saigon.

Photos of this trip


Program in details (20 days)

  • Days 1

    Hanoi arrival (L/D)

    Meet on arrival by our guide, then transfer to hotel. 

    Lunch at the local restaurant.

    Free time in the afternoon to relax or for your first own exploration of the city.

    Welcome dinner at local restaurant.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Days 2

    Hanoi - City tour - Lao Cai (B/L/D)

    Full day to discover the capital of Vietnam. We start by visiting the Ethnographic Museum which includes costumes, tools, musical instruments and some houses of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups (closed every Monday). Then we visit the Temple of Literature, the "first university of Vietnam", and Tran Quoc Pagoda founded in the 5th century. 

    Visit Ngoc Son Pagoda in Hoan Kiem Lake. A walking tour in the old quarters of Hanoi allows you to understand the local life. In the evening, attend the water show puppets. 

    Dinner in town and then transfer to the station for the night train to Lao Cai.

    Overnight on board/ soft berth 4 berth cabin.

  • Days 3

    Lao Cai arrival - Sapa (B/L/D)

    Arrive at Lao Cai Station in the early morning, then transfer by private car to Sapa, we admire the rice terraces hidden behind the clouds of the morning. Located 1,650 meters 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 in 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 local restaurant. 

    Afternoon, we take a walk to the Black H'mong village in Lao Chai and the Dzays village in Ta Van where we have the opportunities to discover the specific culture of each ethnic group.

    Back to Sapa in the late afternoon.

    Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Sapa.

  • Days 4

    Sapa (discoveries + walks) - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B/L/D)

    Morning: we visit daily the Sapa market where ethnic groups come to exchange their agricultural products or sell their traditional costumes made meticulously by the women's hand. It is also well-liked by young couples. 

    Then we are going to climb the Ham Rong mountain (Dragon Jaw) where we can not miss the opportunity to take great photos of the area. An interesting walk takes us to the theater where we will have the opportunity to attend the dance performance of five ethnic groups of Sapa. 

    After lunch at local restaurant, return to Lao Cai, we will make a detour to Taphin village where we discover the old traditions Yao Reds. Before going to the station, a 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 to Hanoi. Overnight on board the train, car air-conditioned sleeper, comfortable.

  • Days 5

    Hanoi arrival - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    The train arrives at 05:00 to Hanoi station, having breakfast and shower at the hotel, then drive to Halong Bay through the traditional Vietnamese countryside with its villages, markets, rice fields. Tops for visiting a workshop manufacturing the ceramics and a school of training of all traditional artisan crafts of Vietnam. 

    Arrival in Halong around noon, check-in cruise and enjoy the welcome drink on board.

    Having lunch on the boat while admiring the fascinating formations on the way. An extraordinary landscape, "one of the wonders of the world", nearly three miles of limestone islands and fantastic shapes: turtle, sailing sampan, etc ... scattered in the emerald water with a surface of 1,500 km². 

    Stop at the Surprise cave, walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting, then climb to the top of the Titov island or just swimming at this beach if time allows you. Admiring the Sunset on the upper deck of the Junk.

    Dinner and overnight on board.

  • Days 6

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

    After breakfast, continue the cruise through the bay by passing the very beautiful places in the bay in return way, and before landing, we take the brunch on board early noon.

    On the way back, cross the Mekong delta. Visit and explore the city of Hai Phong: Flower Market and Du Hang Pagoda dated to the 17th century.

    Arrival at Ninh Binh at the end of the day. 

    Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

  • Days 7

    Ninh Binh - Vinh (B/L/D)

    In the morning, after breakfast, take a bicycle (about 2 km) through a typical village and visit a traditional home. Boarding the small rowing for 2 hours through the spectacular scenery of rice fields. 

    Having lunch in Ninh Binh before follow the national road No. 01 to go to Vinh - the hometown of President Ho Chinh Minh. Arrival at the hotel in the late afternoon.

    Dinner and night at the hotel.

  • Days 8

    Vinh - Phong Nha Cave - Quang Binh (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, departure for Phong Nha following always the national 01 and a part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Stop on the way to relax and take a photo. 

    Arrival at Phong Nha around at noon, lunch and then take the cruise trip in the river to visit the most beautiful famous caves of Vietnam, Phong Nha cave, there are more than 250 million years of formation and that is recognized by UNESCO as a natural World Heritage Site.

    Go head to the town of Quang Binh where we pass the night at the hotel.

  • Days 9

    Quang Binh - Hue (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, depart for Hue, still following the national 01 and crossing the 17th parallel that divided the country in two-part for 21 years after the Geneva Accords. Continue to Hue for the first visits in the city's history: The "Vauban" Citadel with palaces in the Forbidden City. All this corresponds to the extension of the power of Viet Nam until the south. A short cruise for an hour in the Perfume River and then visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, located at the edge of the river. 

    Back to town for lunch at local restaurant and then discover the Dong Ba market, the largest ones in the city.

    Royal Diner - suit accompanied by traditional music. Overnight at hotel.

  • Days 10

    Hue - Hoi An (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at the hotel, visit a village of the family making incense sticks and conical hats and a typical tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.

    Heading to Hoi An via the famous Hai Van pass where you have a beautiful view of Danang and its surroundings (to the South China Sea). 

    Stop along the way to visit the museum of art and culture of Cham in Danang with its famous art collection of Hindu influence. Continue to Hoi An.

    Arriving in Hoi An at the end of the day.

    Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.

  • Days 11

    Hoi An visits - Free at the beach (B/L/D)

    Having breakfast, we walk to discover the Hoi An ancient city with its monuments: Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, the fish marketJapanese bridge and a traditional Vietnamese house and then a cruise on the Hoai River to see more activities in the real fishermen and countryside outside the city. 

    Free time at the beach at the end of the day.

    Dinner and overnight in Hoi An

  • Days 12

    Hoi An - Quy Nhon (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, leave Hoi An and deading on the national road to the south and along the coast. 

    Lunch on the way. Taking photos during the arrest. Check-in Quy Nhon, an orientation tour of this beautiful coastal city. 

    Dinner and overnight in Quy Nhon

  • Days 13

    Quy Nhon - Tuy Hoa - Nha Trang (B/L/D)

    Breakfast at hotel, it is the second day to follow the national road heading towards the south along the coast. 

    Lunch at local resto. Stop on the way for photos and rest. Arrival in Nha Trang - one of the most beautiful coastal cities with beautiful resorts. An orientation tour of the city.

    Dinner and overnight in Nha Trang

  • Days 14

    Nha Trang visits + cruise (B/L/D)

    Morning: we visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda. The beaches of Nha Trang are ranked the 29th among the best bays in the world, the sun shines all year with an average temperature of 23°C. Nha Trang deserves a paradise for beach extension. 

    Afternoon, we take a boat trip to Hon Tam Island in Nha Trang Bay where we can make swimming in the emerald water, underwater to discover beautiful nature dives. We cruise to the Tri Nguyen Aquarium in Bong Nguyen (Hon Mieu Island) to admire the most comprehensive collection of fish, crustaceans, mollusks and sea turtles this.

    Dinner and overnight in Nha Trang.

  • Days 15

    Nha Trang - Po Klong Garai - Dalat (B/L/D)

    Depart to Dalat, through Phan Rang where we visit Cham towers of Po Long Giarai dedicated to Cham king in the 13th century, we continue our journey by taking the road through the Splendid pass (Ngoan Muc). 

    A stop at the top we are really fascinated by the beautiful nature. Descending from the pass, we come to Dalat. Found in 1897 by the famous Dr. Alexandre Yersin - the author of the anti-plague vaccine, his name was already the homeland of an ancient tribe (in Lats). 

    At the altitude of 1500m, it deserves the name "City of Eternal Spring" because the climate is ideal. Dalat flourishes all year. It is also famous for its waterfalls, lakes, valleys of flowers, its green meadows and pine forests.

    After lunch, we visit the Botanical Gardens of Dalat, the Valley of Love and Xuan Huong lake.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Dalat.

  • Days 16

    Da lat - Bao Loc - Ho Chi Minh city (B/L/D)

    We leave the city of poetry and love to continue our journey to Ho Chi Minh City, we can say that this is the most beautiful road trip: roses, daisies and all kinds of seasonal flowers decorating the length of 300km. Fields of coffee, tea, rubber make the table top trays both romantic and grand. Stop at Bao Loc, we have the opportunity to taste all the regional specialties. 

    Arrive at Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the economic center of Vietnam. Located in the heart of Cochin in the Mekong Delta, it is also the largest city with a population of more than 8 million.

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Days 17

    Ho Chi Minh city - My Tho - Ben Tre (B/L/D)

    In the early morning, depart for the Mekong Delta. Arrive at My Tho, take a boat ride through the tropical islands planted with orchards and cross the Xep channel. At the end of the canal, horse carts await you for a walk in the villages. You will visit an orchard where you can enjoy the fruits and drink tea with honey. 

    Then you will board the sampan rowing into a smaller channel. At noon, reach the Island Turtle for lunch in a restaurant in the middle of the forest of mangroves.

    In the late afternoon, arrived at the homestay and free time to relax.

    Dinner and overnight at the inhabitant.

  • Days 18

    Ben Tre - Sa Dec - Long Xuyen (B/L/D)

    Breakfast at homestay, then walk in the orchard with the owner. You will then go to the village market and participate in the preparation of Vietnamese dishes with the owner and then taste them. Landing at My Tho

    Route to Long Xuyen via Sa Dec, where we visit the Kien An Cung pagodaHuynh Thuy Le's house - lover of Madame Marguerite Duras - and the Trung Vuong school, where his mother, Mrs. Donadieu had taught. Continuation of the road to Long Xuyen. Arriving late in the day.

    Overnight at hotel in Long Xuyen.

  • Days 19

    Long Xuyen - Ho Chi Minh city (B/L/D)

    Early morning, we visit the floating market in Long Xuyen, lively and authentic. We discover the daily activities of people living on the Mekong. 

    Visit Cu Lao Ong Ho on foot and in small boats through several arroyos.

    Return to Ho Chi Minh city.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Days 20

    Ho Chi Minh city- visits / departure (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we spend a full day visiting the city: Notre Dame Cathedral, red brick building in neo-Romanesque style, which was consecrated in 1880, Post Office built by Gustave Eiffel, the Opera and City Hall of beautiful French architectures and then a walk in Chinatown (Cho Lon). 

    The richly decorated pagodas and Chinese temples are very different in style of Vietnamese sanctuaries. Visit the Thien Hau pagoda and Binh Tay Market wholesalers. Free time for shopping or your own exploring the city before transfer to the airport. The room is available until noon only.


INCLUDED

  • Accommodations in the hotels as mentioned in the program 
  • Private vehicle, air-conditioned + competent driver for the transfer on land 
  • Soft sleeper night train 
  • 4-berth cabin: HANOI - LAO CAI / LAO CAI - HANOI 
  • English-speaking guides during the trip as mentioned
  • Boat trips as mentioned 
  • All entrance rights to the sites for the guided days
  • Meals mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

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