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Itinerary

  • Days 1:

    Hanoi arrival - Free (D)

  • Days 2:

    Hanoi/ Visit & walk (B/L/D)

  • Days 3:

    Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Walk (B/L/D)

  • Days 4:

    Sapa/ Discovery + trekking - Lao Cai - Hanoi/ Night Train soft berth (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:

    Halong Bay - Vinh (B/L/D)

  • Days 8:

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

  • Days 9:

    Quang Binh - 17th Parallel - Hue (B/L/D)

  • Days 10:

    Hue - Pass of the Clouds - Hoi An (B/L/D)

  • Days 11:

    Hoi An - Beach extension (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:

    Dalat - Bao Loc - Saigon (B/L/D)

  • Days 17:

    Saigon - My Tho - Ben Tre (B/L/D)

  • Days 18:

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

  • Days 19:

    Long Xuyen - Saigon (B/L/D)

  • Days 20:

    Saigon tours - Departure (B/L)

Activities

Plane (Flights)
Train
Biking
Holidays on the Beach

Activities Highlights

  • Walk around Hanoi city 
  • Boat trip to Ninh Binh 
  • Hike in the villages of Sapa
  • Cruise for 24 hours in Ha Long Bay
  • Discover Cat Ba Island 
  • Make a tour of craft villages in Hue 
  • Amble along the ancient streets of Hoi An 
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Hoi An and Nha Trang
  • Visit the valley of love in Dalat 
  • Admire arroyos of the Mekong 
  • Discover the Cu Chi tunnels.

Photos of this trip


Program in details (20 days)

  • Days 1

    Hanoi arrival - Free (D)

    Meeting on arrival by our guide and transfer to hotel.

    The rest of day is free at leisure or for a first discovery of the city by yourself. 

    Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi

  • Days 2

    Hanoi/ Visit & walk (B/L/D)

    Breakfast at hotel.

    08h30: Your guide welcomes you at hotel and starts by visiting the Ethnology Museum which includes costumes, tools, musical instruments and some houses of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups (closed on Mondays). Then we visit the Literature Temple is the "first university of Vietnam" and Tran Quoc Pagoda built in the 5th century.

    Visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple. A walking tour in the old quarters of Hanoi allows you to understand the local life before attend the evening show puppets on water. 

    Dinner in town and then transfer to the station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train, soft sleeper sharing 4 berth cabin.

  • Days 3

    Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Walk (B/L/D)

    Arrive early in the morning around 05h30 at Lao Cai Station then be transferred 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 Mount Fanxipan (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 trek to the Black H'mong villagesLao Chai and Ta Van where we have opportunities to discover the specific culture of each ethnic group. Back to Sapa and overnight at hotel.

  • Days 4

    Sapa/ Discovery + trekking - Lao Cai - Hanoi/ Night Train soft berth (B/L/D)

    In the morning, we visit the daily central market of town where ethnic groups come to exchange their agricultural products or sell their traditional costumes made meticulously by hand women. It is also well-liked by young couples' place. 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 theatre 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 drive to Ta Phin village where we discover the old traditions Red Yao. 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 back to Hanoi at around 20h30. Overnight on train/soft sleeper sharing 04-berth cabin.

  • Days 5

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

    Arrive in Hanoi at about 05h00. Have a shower at the hotel and breakfast, then depart straight to Halong Bay, passing the traditional Vietnamese countryside with its villages, markets, rice fields

    ds. Stops for short break, a workshop manufactures ceramics and a school of training of all traditional artisan crafts of Vietnam. Arrival in Halong around noon, boarding around 12h00.

    Having lunch on boat with seafood while admiring 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, we visit a mysterious atmosphere by thousands of stalagmites and stalactites, then climb the top of the Titov island or go swimming at the beach if time allows you. Back to cruise, admiring the Sunset on the sundeck of the Junk, attend the cooking class and enjoy the Happy hour (buy two drinks, get one free). Seafood dinner and overnight on board.

  • Days 6

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

    After breakfast, continue the cruise through the Bay passing very beautiful places in the bay return direction, and before landing, we take lunch Brunch on board early. Back to cross the Mekong delta. On the way, visit and explore the city of Hai Phong: Flower Market and Du Hang Pagoda built from the 17th century. 

    Arrival at Ninh Binh at the end of the day. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

  • Days 7

    Halong Bay - Vinh (B/L/D)

    In the morning, after breakfast, drive to the pier of port or take a bicycle (about 2km) through a typical village with a stop to visit a traditional home. Boarding small boat for cruising for 2 hours through the spectacular scenery of rice fields. 

    Having lunch there before taking the national road No.01 to go to Vinh - the hometown of President Ho Chinh Minh. 

    Late arrival at the hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant and night at the hotel.

  • Days 8

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

    Having breakfast, leave for Phong Nha cave, continue the national No. 1 and a part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Stops along the way for admiring the beautiful scenery and taking the photos. 

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

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

  • Days 9

    Quang Binh - 17th Parallel - Hue (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, depart for Hue, continue the national No.1 and above is made bridge crossing the 17th parallel that divided the country in two for 21 years after the Geneva Accords. 

    Continue the trip to Hue for the first visits in the city's history: Imperial Citadel with all the palaces. All this corresponds to the extension of the power of Vietnam to the south. A short boat trip 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 discovered the largest Dong Ba market (Cho Dong Ba) of the city.

    Enjoy special Royal Dinner - wearing the royal costume alike emperor, queen, princess or prince and with live traditional music performances.

    Overnight at hotel

  • Days 10

    Hue - Pass of the Clouds - 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. Then drive toward Hoi An via the famous Hai Van pass where you have a beautiful view of Danang and its surroundings. 

    Stop on the way to visit the Cham museum of art and culture in Danang with its famous art collection of Hindu influence. Continue to Hoi An. Arriving in Hoi An at the end of the day.

    Overnight in Hoi An.

  • Days 11

    Hoi An - Beach extension (B/L/D)

    After breakfast and lunch at the hotel, we made ​​the discovery of the ancient city Hoi An with its monuments: Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregationfish 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. Overnight in Hoi An.

  • Days 12

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

    After breakfast at the hotel, take the road of national to the south along the coast. Lunch on the way. Photos during the arrest. Check-in Quy Nhon, an orientation tour of this beautiful coastal town. 

    Overnight in Quy Nhon.

  • Days 13

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

    After breakfast at the hotel, it's the second day of the national road heading south along the coast. 

    Lunch at local restaurant. Photos during the arrest. Arrival in Nha Trang - one of the most beautiful coastal cities with beautiful resorts. An orientation tour of the city.

    Overnight in Nha Trang.

  • Days 14

    Nha Trang/Visits & cruise (B/L/D)

    After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda. Ranked among the 29 best bays in the world, the sunshine all year round with an average temperature of 23°C. Nha Trang is always the first choice for relaxing at the beach. 

    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 Overnight in Nha Trang.

  • Days 15

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

    Depart to Dalat, through Phan Rang where we visit  Po Long Giarai Cham towers is 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 will be really fascinated by the beautiful nature. Descending from the pass, we go to Dalat. Pasteur Institute is found in 1897 by the famous Dr. Alexandre Yersin - the author of the anti-plague vaccine, his name was already homeland of an ancient tribe. At the altitude of 1500m, it deserves the name "City of Eternal Spring" because the climate is ideal, Dalat flowers throughout the year. It's also famous for its waterfalls, lakes, valleys of flowers, its green meadows and pine forests. 

    After lunch, we visit the Dalat Flowers Garden, the Valley of Love and Xuan Huong Lake.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Days 16

    Dalat - Bao Loc - Saigon (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 route is the most beautiful road trip: roses, daisies and all kinds of flowers decorating during the distance of 300 km. Fields of coffee, tea, rubber look like a romantic and big carpet at the same time. Stop at Bao Loc for break, we have the opportunity to taste the local specialties. 

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

    Free in the evening, have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Days 17

    Saigon - My Tho - Ben Tre (B/L/D)

    Depart for Mekong in the early morning. Arrive in My Tho, take a boat to the tropical islands planted with orchards and cross the channel. At the other 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 rowing sampan move into a smaller creek.

    At noon, board Turtle Island for lunch in a restaurant in the middle of the forest of mangroves. In the late afternoon, arrive at the homestay and free time at leisure. Dinner and overnight at homestay.

  • 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 joint the preparation of Vietnamese dishes with the owner and then have the pleasure of serving. 

    Landing at My Tho. Depart to Long Xuyen via Sa Dec, where Kien An Cung Pagoda, Huynh Thuy Le's house (lover of Madame Marguerite Duras and the Trung Vuong) where his mother, Mrs. Donadieu had taught school we visit.

    Continuation of the road to Long Xuyen. Arriving in the late afternoon.

    Overnight at hotel in Long Xuyen. 

  • Days 19

    Long Xuyen - Saigon (B/L/D)

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

    Visit Ong Ho islet, take small boats through several arroyos.

    Back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.

  • Days 20

    Saigon tours - Departure (B/L)

    After breakfast at the hotel, full-day sightseeing in the city: visit Notre Dame Cathedral, red brick building in neo-Romanesque style, which was consecrated in1880. Central Post Office built by Gustave Eiffel, the Opera and City Hall beautiful French and then depart for a walk-in Chinatown Cho Lon architectures. 
                                                                                        
    A multitude of small family businesses thrives today in the "Chinatown" dedicated to trading and money. 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 activities before transfer to the airport. The room is available until noon only.


INCLUDED

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • Night on board the night train/4 sleeper soft sleeper cabin 
  • Night aboard a Junk boat at Halong Bay 
  • Domestic flights + Taxes according to the program 
  • Boats and sampan for the excursions mentioned
  • Cycling and cycling for the walks mentioned 
  • Visit fees
  • English speaking guides at each stage
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

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