Route: HANOI – HALONG – SAPA – HUE – DANANG – HOIAN – SAIGON – MY THO – CAN THO
Tour code: VNOO1
Duration: 14 days 13 nights
Day 1: Arrival – Hanoi
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be picked up from Noi Bai airport and taken to a hotel in Hanoi for a relaxing evening and dinner at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.
Includes: Ground transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, dinner
Day 2: Hanoi city tour
After breakfast at the hotel, start your city tour at the Ho Chi Minh complex, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, the iconic One-pillar pagoda and the historic Tran Quoc pagoda. Continue with a visit to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university established in 1076, then have lunch in one of Hanoi’s famous restaurants. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology then ride in a traditional cyclo around the famous Old Quarter, stop at Dong Xuan market, and enjoy a water puppet show before dinner.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hanoi, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long
Your car will pick up at your hotel in Hanoi at around 8:30AM and drive you to Ha Long, arriving around noon. Our crew in Ha Long will welcome you aboard a junk with a complimentary drink and help you check into your cabin. A seafood lunch will be served and at 13:00 the 3.5 hour cruise on Ha Long Bay begins, visiting the famous karsts including Mat Qui (Monsters’ face) islet, But Moc islet, and Cap De islet, as well as Trong (Drum) and Trinh Nu caves and a floating fishing village for insight into a unique way of life. Explore Luon cave from 16:40 to 17:30 and enjoy plenty of time for swimming and sun bathing. Savour a beautiful sunset dinner and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
Includes: Transportation, accommodation on the boat, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 4: Ha Long – Hanoi – Lao Cai
Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Ha Long Bay’s landscapes with a cup of tea or coffee and fresh fruit. From the upper deck of the junk you will be amazed at the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising up from the crystal-clear water. The quiet is quite eerie; you can hear birds singing and cicadas chirping onshore accompanied by the gentle lapping of the waves against the boat; the perfect soundtrack to the fresh air and gentle breezes. Explore the Sung Sot (Amazing) cave for an hour, then swim and relax at Titop beach before cruising back to the mainland at 09:30 while enjoying a brunch buffet from 10:30 to 11:30. Return to in the harbor around noon then drive back to Hanoi, arriving around 16:00. Free time to relax and have dinner at restaurant before being escorted to railway station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, departing at 22:00.
Includes: Transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai in an air conditioned cabin with four soft berths, breakfast.
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat
Arrive in Lao Cai around 06:00, transfer to Sapa by car. After breakfast at hotel, your guide will meet you at the hotel for a short trek to Cat Cat village that belongs to the H’mong ethnic people in the valley. The village has remained generally free of outside influences and provides excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone mountains and lush paddy fields. Enjoy visits to local families and observe some of their traditional customs then travel down into the valley to see the stunning white curtain of the Cat Cat waterfall surrounded by the flowery valley and deep green pine trees. The rocks near the river and waterfall are a popular place for taking picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather. Return to Sapa for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Sapa, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch.
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Hanoi
Have breakfast at the hotel before travelling in a private car to Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong people. Take a short trek down to the river to visit a hill tribe house and see local women making their traditional costumes, then move on to the Ta Van village of the Dzay ethnic minority. Trek back to main road to meet the car back to Sapa then transfer to Lao Cai for diner and overnight train back to Hanoi
Includes: Transportation, tour guide, entrance fees, train from Lao Cai to Hanoi, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 7: Hanoi – Hue
Upon arrival in Hanoi around 5:30am, you will be picked up by by our car and driver to have breakfast and enjoy free time and have lunch yourselves in Hanoi until transferring to the airport for the 12:40 flight to Hue. Our guide will meet you at the airport in Hue to take you to your hotel. Free time in Hue after check-in; dinner yourselves
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hue, tour guide, flight from Hanoi to Hue, breakfast
Day 8: Hue City tour
In the morning, tour the Hue Royal Citadel, constructed by Emperor Gia Long in the first decades of the 19th century, and now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Imperial Museum containing many historic artefacts from the Imperial city then travel to the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh and have lunch at restaurant. Take a leisurely boat trip along the Perfume River in the afternoon to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang and the famous Dong Ba market. Dinner at restaurant, evening free.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hue, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch.
Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the ancient town of Hoi An over the Hai Van Pass to Da Nang, stopping at Lang Co Beach, the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain en route. Lunch in Hoian. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries, and enjoy the traditional architecture and relaxed lifestyle. Visit the centuries-old homes of merchants, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful, bustling market…..Evening free to have dinner and explore the town.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Hoi An, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast and lunch
Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City
Have the morning free in Hoi An to relax, go shopping and enjoy the atmosphere of this intriguing ancient town, then transfer to the airport in Da Nang for the 13:30 flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be met at the airport by our representative and taken to your hotel to spend a free evening in the city and stay overnight.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, tour guide, flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City, breakfast.
Day 11: Saigon City tour
After breakfast at your hotel, take a full day tour of this historic city visiting the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and the famous architecture of the city center including Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater and Xa Loi pagoda, as well as Ben Thanh market and China town (Cholon).
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast, and lunch.
Day 12: Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho
8:00 pick up at your hotel after breakfast to transfer by car to My Tho where you will travel in a motorized boat along the Bao Dinh canal lined with stilt houses and fruit plantations. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market and Turtle Island and eat lunch served in the heart of an orchard. Enjoy the continuing boat ride through the Tan Trach canal in Ben Tre, cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees, and visit family businesses to experience a taste of the agricultural lifestyle. Trek through the fruit plantations on Thoi Son island and row among the numerous creeks before returning to My Tho by rowboat. Transfer to Can Tho and check in to your hotel on arrival. Evening free.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Can Tho, tour guide, entrance fees, boat trips, breakfast, and lunch.
Day 13: Phong Dien – Cai Rang – Ho Chi Minh
After breakfast, take a boat trip at 8:00am to see the famous Phong Dien floating market bustling with activity in the morning hours. Cruise through the intricate system of small channels, visit a village that specializes in making rice noodles and see the delicate “monkey bridges” of the Mekong Delta. Visit a second floating market at Cai Rang then break for lunch. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping to visit the bonsai garden in My Tho along the way. Arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City around 17:30 for a free evening to relax, have dinner, or go shopping.
Includes: Transportation, hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, tour guide, entrance fees, boat trips, breakfast and lunch.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, your day is free to enjoy the city until you transfer to the airport for your outgoing flight.
Includes: Airport transfer