Vietnam offers visitors awe-inspiring beauty of the country's natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats. There are divine beaches, soaring mountains, some of which are cloaked by dense, misty forests. Vietnam also offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City tour – Night train to Lao Cai (B,L)
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa (B,L)
Day 4: Sapa trekking (B,L)
Day 5: Bac Ha Sunday market – Night train back to Hanoi (B,L)
Day 6: Hanoi – Ha Long (B,L,D)
Day 7: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B,L)
Day 8: Ha Noi – Hue
Day 9: Hue – Da Nang – Ba Na (B,L)
Day 10: Ba Na – Da Nang (B)
Day 11: Da Nang – Hoi An (B,L)
Day 12: Hoi An – Mỹ Sơn excursion (B, L)
Day 13: Hoi An – Fly to Sai Gon (B)
Day 14: Mekong delta excursion (B,L)
Day 15: Sai Gon departure
*** Tour schedule:
DAY 01 : HANOI ARRIVAL
You are welcome at Noi Bai airport and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 02 : HANOI CITY TOUR – NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI (B, L)
The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architectures, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples. This full day tour will take you around the most interesting sights, of Hanoi such as: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilts House, Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda nearby, the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake with lovers street Thanh Nien, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda.
Take a 1- hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter to enjoy the soul and sound of Hanoi.
After that, transfer to the Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train with A/C, soft sleeper cabin (4 people/cabin) (Private train cabin for 2 people is upon request).
DAY 03 : LAO CAI – SAPA (B, L)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at about 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. Although the drive to Sapa is only 33 km, it takes around 1.5 hours. Once in Sapa, enjoy a free morning to explore around the town.
In the afternoon, there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, a home of the Black H'mong minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families living in the area.
DAY 04 : SAPA TREKKING (B, L)
Get the show on the road in the morning from the hotel by car to head to the valley where we visit 2 villages of the H'mong and the Dzay. We have picnic lunch on the way or in a local family. We go on visiting the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village, a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Walk up to the road for the car back to Sapa. Overnight in hotel.
Trekking: 4 hours, 7km
DAY 05 : BAC HA SUNDAY MARKET – NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI (B, L)
In the early morning, take a 2-hour departure to Bac Ha ,which is the largest and also the most colourful market in the area. Every Sunday morning, many different ethnic groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung minorities gather to buy and sell local products. After lunch, you will walk to the Tay minority village of Trung Do where you will get a traditional boat and cruise along the Chay River.
Transfer back to Lao Cai for the night train to come back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
DAY 06 : HA NOI – HA LONG (B, L, D)
The train arrives in Hanoi in the early morning (05.00 AM). You are picked up here and transferred to a 3* hotel for breakfast and short rest before a journey to Ha Long.
At about 08.00 AM, take a 4-hour drive to Ha Long Bay for the overnight cruise on a deluxe junk. Beginning with a seafood lunch then exploring some limestone caves. In the afternoon you can enjoy a swim or relax in the sun on the top deck or try your hand at some kayaking.
DAY 07 : HA LONG BAY – HA NOI (B, L)
This morning, we continue moving around the bay to find more secluded areas to either swim or kayak. At around the midday, the boat will return to the main harbour before transferring to an awaiting vehicle for the journey back to Hanoi . overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 08 : HA NOI – FLY TO HUE (B, L)
Take a 1- hour flight to Hue in the morning.
On arrival, we board on a private boat for cruising on the romantic Perfume River. This time we head out for the countryside. Used to be the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors. Then, we will pay a visit to some of these tombs. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day.
Setting in the converge of rivers, and gives you a great view on the Perfume River and the surrounding area.
This afternoon, we embark on a tour of Hue City including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and the Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 09 : HUE – DA NANG (B, L)
In the morning, take a drive to Danang. You are picked up to go Ba Na. On top of Ba Na Suoi Mo cable car reaches 2 world records. From the cabin you can see the streams Mo cabin, Toc Tien white foam. Then, you are transferred to a restaurant for lunch and have a short rest in a hotel before a journey to Chua mountain, the rooftops of the city. Overnight to Da Nang.
DAY 10 : BA NA – DA NANG (B, L)
You have free time in the morning.
In the afternoon, we come back to Da Nang for lunch at a local restaurant and check in a hotel Da Nang. Freedom to explore Da Nang in the afternoon. Overnight in Da Nang.
DAY 11 : DA NANG – HOI AN (B, L)
In the morning, take a drive to Hoi An , Stop over at the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before a scenic route climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds (Hai Van Pass). On arrival in Hoi An in the late noon,you have lunch at the restaurant and relax in the hotel.
Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 12 : HOI AN – MY SON EXCURSION (B, L)
In the morning, take a drive to My Son, a World Heritage, 40 kms far from the southwest of Hoi An. My Son was the capital and also the religious center of Cham people, now adays remains with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, is regarded as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, built from the 7 to 13 centuries such as Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia.
We come to back to Hoi An for lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we visit the tranquility and charm of Hoi An Town with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas that make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Ovenight in Hoi An.
DAY 13 : HOI AN – FLY TO SAI GON (B, L)
You are transferred to Danang's airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh.
On arrival, drive to Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnels reached from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh trail near the Cambodian border to the Saigon River were a part of an underground network built by the Vietcong during the American War.You will have the opportunity to creep into a tunnel to experience how the Vietcong lived and fought during this time.
Back to the city center to visit the Reunification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Nearby are the Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 14 : MEKONG DELTA ECURSION (B, L)
We leave Ho Chi Minh to lush My Tho, where we cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where we are treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong , complete with tropical fruits. We also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine before heading back to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 13: HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE (B)
You have time at your own leisure until being transferred to the airport for your flight departure. End of our services.