Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Arrival Hanoi - Good morning Vietnam Welcome to Vietnam, transfer of 45
min to your hotel in town, (if it is still early then we can venture
out for some culture shocks on a short walking tour in the Old Quarter
of Hanoi - this is the way to get familiar with the people and the
culture). Welcome dinner and water puppet show at night. Overnight in
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour ( B, L )
Hanoi - City
tour of a 1000 years old Capital. Leave at 8 a.m, on the three wheels
of a cyclo you will be guided through Hanoi history and culture &
people and get some more shocks of the culture. This tour draws to: the
Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of literature, one of the Museums
(Ethnology, Fine Art, Army, Women, History...) with lunch at restaurant
then back to the Old Quarter for some more exploration.
Day 3: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hanoi - Lao Cai (B, L)
Binh: Tam Coc & Hoa Lu - the ancient capital. Breakfast then leave
at 8 am by mini van for a day trip to Tam Coc for the boat trip along
the paddy fields through the caves then lunch served by in the River
side Restaurant. Next is the drive through the villages along the
limestone mountains to visit the ancient capital city of Vietnam. Drive
back to Hanoi at 4.30 p.m. Night train at 9h30 pm to Sapa (soft sleeper
Day 4: Sapa (B, L, D)
Sapa hill station trek with colourful minorities. Arrive Lao Cai
Station in the early morning. Jeep ride to Sapa for sightseeing en
route. Arrival Sapa, take breakfast then leave for wonderful trek (5 -
6 hrs) along the rice terraces, through the forest and cross the stream
with stops for visit the H'Mong and Dzao villages (picnic lunch). Check
in and stay home at the Dzao in Ta Phin village and dinner and sleep in
their traditional house.
Day 5: Sapa (B, L, D)
back to Sapa. Breakfast and leave the village for trekking (3hrs)
another way up hill to the main road then jeep back to Sapa, check in
hotel with lunch served in Sapa then free after the long trek to
discover the town at your own taste.
Day 6: Sapa - Tam Duong ( B, L, D)
wonderful jeep ride upwards the Northwest of Sapa, mounting over the
amazing pass of Tram Ton where offers the spectacular views, hitting
our zigzag roads descending down to Binh Lu, through the traditional
villages with stops to visit and talk to the locals. Overnight in Tam
Day 7: Sapa - Lao Cai (B, L, D)
around Sapa. Night train back to Hanoi. Breakfast and crawl uphill back
on the same way for more shot of this fabulous areas (If this falls on
Sunday then 2 beautiful markets can be visited on the way back to
Sapa). Jeep ride at 4 p.m. to Lao Cai Station and take night train back
to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi in the next morning.
Day 8: Hanoi - Ha Long (L, D)
Hanoi to Halong Bay - the World Heritage. Arrival from Sapa in the
early morning. Take a mini van Ha Long city then boat cruise straight
to the Bay with seafood lunch served on the Bay, cruise along the
wonderful bay in the afternoon with cave visit and swimming, dinner and
sleep on boat (under thousands of stars)
Day 9: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B, L)
often wake up at 6 a.m. for the sunrise, offering great photos as it is
raising up from the ocean and through the peaks of the limestone
islands Breakfast served on boat. Cruise back to Ha long City. Lunch in
a restaurant and drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 10: Hanoi - Hue
free day in Hanoi to taste around the city of Hanoi (Wondering around,
cooking class, shopping....). Take a night train at 19.00 p.m. to go
Hue (AC soft cabin of 4 persons).
Day 11: Hue ( L, D )
tour of Vietnam last feudal dynastyArrival in Hue at 7.30 a.m then
transfer to Hotel. On a relaxing cyclo or riding on a bicycle, we will
visit the town, Forbidden Purple City and Dong Ba market. Overnight in
Day 12: Hue ( B, L )
Boat trip, van to Hoi An.
Breakfast then a boat trip at 7.30 a.m along Perfume river to visit
Thien Mu Pagoda emperors? tombs of Minh Mang. Leave Hue in p.m. by a
mini van for Hoi An, we stop on the way for Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum,
Marble mountain, Lang Co Beach, to Hoian for hotel for overnight.
Day 13: Hoian (B)
Walking tour in the ancient town. Breakfast at hotel then walk with
your tour guide to visit around Hoi An: the old Tan Ky House, Covered
Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Shop for tailored made silk products
or spend your time at the wonderful beach (4km away). Dinner and enjoy
a show of traditional arts of the Centre.
Day 14: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B)
to Nha Trang (the best beaches & sea corals). Breakfast from hotel
then airport transfer to Da Nang for flight (at 10.10 a.m) to Nha
Trang, car pick up and transfer to your hotel then free to chill out on
the beautiful and white sandy beach.
Day 15: Nha Trang (B, L)
boat trip. Leave hotel after breakfast to boat station for boating to 3
or 4 islands with activities of swimming, snorkeling (one of the 29
bays in the world with the most beautiful corals), lunch on the boat.
Chilling out on the beach... then visit the fishing village before
returning to Nha Trang. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 16: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City Tour ( B )
to HCM, Breakfast at hotel then fly at 8.25 a.m. to HCM city to be
picked up by van to your hotel, then take a short city tour of SaiGon
to visit Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, former US Embassy,
War crimes Museum, Chinatown, Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Tunel (B,L)
Ninh and Cu Chi tunnels. We have our breakfast before taking the van at
8 a.m to Tay Ninh with the Great Cao Dai temple (a mixture of Buddhism,
Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and Christian). We see the noon mass (~one
hour). Lunch in Tay Ninh. Afternoon we visit Cu Chi - a fabulous
tunnel. You will have an opportunity to get the unique experience of
guerillas living and fighting underground during the war (a crawl
through 50-100 meters out 200 km of the tunnel system is
unforgettable). Local rice paper workshops, nice paddy fields are
pleasant sights on the way. Overnight in Hotel in Sai Gon.
Day 18: Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho (B, L)
Gon to the fertile Mekong of CaiBe & CanTho. Departing Saigon at
0800 head south to Cai Be. On arrival walk through the village streets
and watch locals making manioc chips before boarding a boat for a
journey through the town's floating market. Cruise through the secluded
canals to an island where we stop to enjoy seasonal fruits before our
boat takes us to VinhLong where we get back on the bus for our trip to
CanTho to overnight.
Day 19: CanTho - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating
markets. We stop for a walk on a quiet country road to take in the
magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their
daily routine. We try a xe loi, the local colonial-era cab pulled by
motorbike, on a country road. In the afternoon we head back to Saigon,
with a visit to a MyTho bonsai garden. Back in Saigon at 18:00.
Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City departure
Breakfast at hotel then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home