This tour brings to travellers a great mix of various landscapes, cultures and history from the mountainous North to amazing Halong Bay, then further to the cultural and charming areas in the Middle, and end in the wonderful Mekong delta.
DAY 1: HANOI
Arrival in Hanoi, the centuries-old beautiful capital of Vietnam, airport pick-up, hotel check-in, time at leisure. Enjoy a fantastic rickshaw ride through the bustle and hustle of Hanoi Old Quarter and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI
Full day for exploring the fascinating city of Hanoi where old and new things blend together, Vietnamese, Chinese and French cultures mix together. Activities: a pleasant walk around the peaceful Ho Chi Minh area, visit HCM Mausoleum, HCM’s stilt house and garden, the One Pillar pagoda. Take another pleasant walk at the beautiful Temple of Literature, and visit at the Fine Arts Museum. Finally take a fascinating walk through the famous 36 busy streets of the Old Quarter and shopping. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Morning check out the hotel, transfer to Halong Bay, a World Natural Heritage site. Upon arrival, check in aboard a deluxe junk and start cruising. Enjoy fabulous seafood, stunning sceneries, and water activities: swimming, kayaking (exclusive), and fishing. Overnight aboard Note: In case of small parties from 2 pax to 7 pax, we will not send a guide to Halong or on train to Lao Cai. We will use shuttle bus from the cruise company and share a junk with other guests. For any parties from 8 pax up, we will send a guide to Halong and on train to Lao Cai. Wee will arrange private transport and charter a junk in Halong. More options can be discussed case by case.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY – HANOI – LAO CAI BY NIGHT TRAIN
Morning continue the cruise along simply gorgeous sceneries including a very delicious lunch on board. Afternoon: drive back to Hanoi, boarding on the night train after dinner. Overnight on the train - 4 pax share a business air-conditioning cabin.
DAY 5: LAO CAI – MOUNTAIN MARKET – SAPA
Morning: early arrival at Lao Cai railway station, then take a scenic drive up the mountains to a colourful mountainous market of hill tribes in Muong Khuong/ Cao Son / Coc Ly etc. (depending on which date). Afternoon: drive back to Lao Cai and go on to Sapa, a tourist hub in North Vietnam. Hotel check-in and overnight in Sapa
DAY 6: SAPA
9:00 after breakfast, start a nice trekking day to Y Lin Ho village and Lao Chai village of Black H’mong people and Ta Van village of Giay people. Then transfer back to Sapa by coach. Have lunch in Sapa. Relaxation till dinner. Overnight in Sapa
DAY 7: SAPA – NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI
Morning: great soft trekking to Cat Cat village of the H’mong tribe After lunch, check out and transfer to Ta Phin village of Red Dao people. Enjoy a nice walk here. Then transfer to Lao Cai. Boarding the night train after dinner in Lao Cai. Overnight on the train - 4 pax share a business air-conditioning cabin.
DAY 8: HANOI – HUE
5:00 Early morning arrival in Hanoi, go to observe the Hanoi people doing exercises around the Hoan Kiem lake, and enjoy breakfast at the restaurant by the lake. 9:00 transfer to the airport to take a flight to Hue at 1100 - 1210, the last Royal capital of Vietnam, a World Cultural Heritage Site. Transfer to check in a hotel and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the Royal Citadel of Hue, enjoy a pleasant walk in this interesting area, then visit the amazingly full Dong Ba market. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Hue
DAY 9: HUE
Full day enjoy Hue’s typical features: peaceful, traditional and beautiful. Activities: lovely boat trip on the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu pagoda, King Tu Duc’s tomb, King Khai Dinh’s tomb. Afternoon: excellent motorbike trip with drivers to interesting traditional villages and beautiful sceneries around Hue. Dinner at a local restaurant and Overnight in Hue
DAY 10: HUE – HOIAN
Morning check out the hotel and enjoy scenic drive to Hoi An via Danang, stop at the Fine Arts Cham museum and Marble Mountains in Danang. Arrival in Hoian, a very charming ancient town, another World Heritage site in Vietnam, check in a hotel and rest till dinner. Dinner and overnight in Hoian
DAY 11: HOIAN
Morning enjoy a relaxing city walk to more than 200 years-old temples and houses. Enjoy pleasant shopping with much variety, low costs and friendly hosts. Afternoon take a fantastic bicycle ride to explore interesting villages and the beautiful countryside, or free time for shopping or swimming in the South China Sea. Overnight in Hoian
DAY 12: HOIAN – MY SON HOLY PLACE
Morning excursion to My Son, the former Religious capital of the Cham people, enjoy the scenic landscapes and mysterious Cham arts and architecture. Back to Hoian for lunch, then free time for shopping and relaxation. Overnight in Hoian
DAY 13: HOIAN – DANANG – NHA TRANG (Cam Ranh)
Morning check-out the hotel, transfer to Danang airport, take a flight to Cam Ranh 0940 - 1045 then a scenic drive along the coast to Nha Trang. Check in a hotel. Afternoon enjoy a healthy and pleasant mud bath (included) at the Ponagar hot spring. Dinner and overnight in Nha Trang
DAY 14: NHA TRANG
Morning visit Ponagar Cham Tower and Long Son Pagoda, then board on boat for half day cruise on one of the most beautiful bays of the world, enjoys swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or beach massage (excluded), visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium and beautiful fresh seafood lunch. A sumptuous seafood dinner awaits you at local restaurant. Overnight in Nha Trang
DAY 15: NHA TRANG – HCMC
Take a morning flight to HCMC. Upon arrival, meet our guide and drivers and transfer to check in hotel, have lunch at the popular Pho 2000 restaurant where Bill Clinton had enjoyed local specialties: noodle soup, spring rolls, etc. Afternoon city tour, visit China town, Cho Lon market, Thien Hau temple, the Reunification Hall, the War Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral (1880) and Old Post Office (1886), and the Ben Thanh market. Evening optional treatment with wonderful massage and spa, or shopping in the city center. Overnight in HCMC
DAY 16: HCMC – TAY NINH – CU CHI
Full day excursion to visit two contrast sites: the colourful Cao Dai Holy See of the most egalitarian religion combining 5 religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Catholicism, and Islam) and the impressive Cu Chi tunnels system, one of the most violent battlefields of the Vietnam War. Overnight in HCMC
DAY 17: HCMC – CAI BE – VINH LONG – CAN THO
After breakfast, transfer to Cai Be town located on the Mekong River riverside. Enjoy boat cruising by Cai be floating market, visiting local work shops of making pop rice, pop corn, coconut candies, rice papers, etc. Lunch to be served with the Mekong Delta specialty - Deep Fried Elephant ear fish, big legged shrimps and more. Then continue the boat tour to visit a fruit garden, ceramic factory, arrival in Vinh Long, continue by car to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong region. Hotel check-in and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Can Tho
DAY 18: CAN THO FLOATING MARKET – HCMC
After breakfast, check out the hotel and take a terrific boat trip to the floating market of Cai Rang and go through many small canals, experiencing daily activities of the locals. Have a walk through My Khanh fruit orchard and learn about farming and gardening in South Vietnam. Transfer back to HCMC. Enjoy the unique water puppet show. Overnight in HCMC
DAY 19: HCMC - DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure and with sweet memories with us.