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Viet Nam adventure in 12 days

Tour Information

  • Price: Please contact us
  • Day: 12
  • Night: 11
  • Itinerary: Viet Nam

Overview

If you have ever thought of getting away for a nice break and discover new cultures, then this could be the tour you have been waiting for. You will visit the wonders of Ha Long Bay, experience the old quarter of Hanoi, enjoy the history of Hoi An, discover the excitement of Ho Chi Minh City and be amazed by the beauty of the Mekong Delta.

You will visit

Hanoi – Sapa - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay  – Hue -Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi- Mekong

Highlights:

In Hanoi you will explore the exciting and vibrant city on a tour that will take you to a wide range of attractions in and around the old quarter of the city. You will visit the Ho Chi Minh complex, Hoan Kiem Lake and the museum of Literature which is the site of Vietnam’s first university and dates back to 1070 and many others. You will also get to cruise through the shopping streets of the old quarter riding in a cyclo which is a traditional cycle taxi.

Experience the magnificent views and the mountain landscapes of the beautiful Sapa Valley. You will have the opportunity to visit the village of the Black H’mong tribes and Trek through terraced rice paddies and minority villages along the Muong Hoa River. Receive and enjoy warm hospitality as you stay overnight in home stay accommodation before setting off to discover more of the area in the morning.

Ha Long Bay The bay features 1,960 – 2,000 islets and covers a total area of 1,550 Sq Kms.

You will visit a number of the larger caverns where you will be in wonder of the very beautiful formations of Stalactites and Stalagmites, created over the centuries and have the opportunity to go Kayaking on the calm waters of the bay.

Your comfortable and intimate luxury Junk features hand-crafted wooden interiors, a dining room and pleasant air-conditioned cabins with private baths.

Hoi An was a major Oriental and international trading port and merchant meeting place for the traders and ships of Japan, China and the west during the 16th and 17th centuries. As a result, the old town in Hoi An has a diverse mixture of architectural styles and today is considered a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle. Hoi An was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

Saigon is a city full of contrasts as street vendors selling fruit and vegetables can be seen next to modern businesses and boutiques. In 1859 the city was captured by the French and from 1956 until its demise in April 1975, it was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam.

Renamed Ho Chi Minh City at the end of the American War, HCMC is very much the heart of Vietnamese business. However, the city still retains its connections to the past, particularly in Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown and in the architecture of many of the buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

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Overview

Time Destination Activity Meal
Day 1 Lao Cai / Sapa Hanoi city tour – Lao Cai / Sapa  B/L
Day 2 Ta Van Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van B/L/D
Day 3 Sa Pa Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sa pa  B/L/D
Day 4 Ha Long  Lao Cai – Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay  B/L/D
Day 5 Cat Ba  Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island B/L/D
Day 6 Hue  Cat Ba Island – Hanoi - Hue B/L
Day 7 Hue Hue city tour  
Day 8 Hoi An Hue– Da Nang – Hoi An  B
Day 9 My Son
Hoi An
My Son - Dinner Cruise
 Hoi an – Free day
B /D
B
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh  Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City  B/L
Day 11 MeKong Mekong Delta Day Tour B/L
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh - City Departure B

Itinerary

Night 1 Arrival Hanoi

Our driver will meet you at Hanoi airport and transfer you to your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

After check in, you can explore the exciting Old Quarter or simply relax until morning.

Day 1: Hanoi city tour – Lao Cai / Sapa (B/L)

0800h - Guide will meet you at your hotel & you will depart to visit:

Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

Next stop is a visit to the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius,

1200h - A delicious set menu lunch will be provided for you in a local restaurant.

1300h - Your tour recommences with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology which is widely acknowledged as the best in Vietnam and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples.

Then it is on to the Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake and was erected in 18th century. The temple is reached by crossing the Huc Bridge which literally means “Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams”. Hoan Kiem Lake is a focal point of the city and the source of many legends including the legend of the returned sword which dates back to the 15th century and refers to a magical sword used to free Vietnam from Chinese rule.

The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses and street vendors, selling a wide variety of goods. Originally each of the 36 streets names’ were related to the products being sold there. Hence you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street and you will enjoy exploring the area while riding in a traditional cyclo.

1730h - Back to your hotel where you will have free time to have dinner and a short rest.

2000h - Our driver will pick up from your hotel and transfer to Hanoi train station.

2100h - Train departure and sleep the night in a soft sleeper cabin on board the train. Travel time approx 9 hrs. Overnight in soft sleeper compartment on board the train

Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/ L/D)

0600h - Arrive at Lao Cai railway station where you will be met and transferred by shuttle bus to the township of Sapa which takes approx one hour.

0800h - After breakfast, a morning shower and leaving your main luggage at the hotel, we will walk from Sapa towards Muong Hoa valley. Here you will discover the wonderful scenery of the Hoang Lien mountain range and meet people of the Black H’mong tribes before Trekking through terraced rice paddies and minority villages along the Muong Hoa River.

We then cross the suspension bridge towards the Zay village, arriving at Ta Van, where we have dinner cooked on a wood fire and enjoy the hospitality of a local Zay family.

Overnight in Home stay accommodation or hotel in Sapa .

Day 3: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sa pa (B/L/D)

Enjoy views of the magnificent landscape with your sunrise coffee and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Once you have said your goodbyes, you will set off to trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall, cross over a rattan suspension bridge and enter Giang Ta Chai village which is inhabited by the Red Zao minorities

Once there you will experience daily life before crossing over Muong Hoa River up walk up the mountain to visit Supan village, the home of the H’mong people. We then board the bus back to Sapa where you can take shower in the hotel and have dinner before transferring to Lao Cai train station for the night train back to Ha Noi.

2115h – Train departs for your return journey to Hanoi and overnight is in a soft sleeper cabin on board the train.

Day 4: Lao Cai – Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

0500h - Arrive at Hanoi train station and transfer to the hotel where you can have a shower and enjoy breakfast.

0745h-0830h - Your transport will pick you up at your hotel and you will depart for Ha Long Bay. You will stop for a short break at the Humanity center situated approximately half way on to the bay and enjoy local specialties.

1200h - Arrive Ha Long Bay and transfer by tender to your luxury Junk where the captain will welcome you on board the boat. A delicious lunch will be served for you as the boat passes through many of the thousands of islands and islets within Ha Long Bay.

1530h - You will have the opportunity to explore what is commonly thought to be the biggest and most amazing cave in Halong Bay, the Surprise Cave.

1700h - Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and observe the daily life of the local community there.

1930h - Enjoy a dinner of local or Western food and spend a romantic night on board the Junk.

Day 5 - Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island (B/L/D)

0730h - Enjoy your breakfast while complimentary tea and coffee is served.

After breakfast the boat will stop at Van Gia fishing village for you to take photos. Then after a short trip on the smaller day boat to Viet Hai harbor, you will ride 30 minutes by bicycle to Viet Hai village, which is part of Cat ba National Park. Once you have taken a short break it will on to get a brief look into the lifestyle of the local villagers.

1300h - Lunch is served on day boat while cruising to Monkey Island to observe the monkeys and weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to go swimming.

1530h - Arrive Cat Ba Island and check into your hotel and enjoy some free time before dinner.

1900h – Dinner will be provided in the hotel and after you will have more free time to explore Cat Ba town in the evening.

Overnight in Hotel on Cat Ba Island.

Day 6 - Cat Ba Island – Hanoi - Hue (B/L)

0630h - Your new day will starts with joining the Tai chi class or simply enjoying the scenery. Breakfast is at the hotel before you board the shuttle bus to Cai Beo harbour where you will meet the day boat and cruise back to the Junk.

1000h - Visit Ba Hang Fishing Village to experience the lifestyle of local people. After returning to the boat, it will be time to join the cooking class in the on board restaurant and enjoy what you have cooked for lunch.

1200h - Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.

16.30h: Arrive in Hanoi and check back into the Hotel.

Free time untill the driver will pick you up from your hotel in Ha Noi and transfer to Ha Noi airport for flight to Hue 

Arrival to Hue airport your driver will pick you up at the airport and tranfer you to your hotel in Hue 

Over Night in Hue

Day 7 : Hue city tour :

0900h - Your day of discovering the wonders of Hue will begin when your English speaking meets you at the Hotel.

As part of your Hue city tour you will visit the impressive complex of the Imperial Citadel. Built in the 19th Century and surrounded by high stone walls and moat, the Citadel was once the exclusive home of the Nguyen Imperial Family. It is similar to the famous Forbidden City in Beijing and is not to be missed.

1200h - A delicious set menu lunch will be served at a local restaurant and after lunch you will take a cruise on the famous PerfumeRiver and visit Tu Duc and Minh Mang tombs.

Tu Duc Tomb is one of the most beautifully designed tombs of the Nguyen dynasty. Embedded in a lush pine forest, the tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Tu Duc (1848-83) who had the longest reign of all emperors of the Nguyen dynasty.

Return to your hotel at approximately 1500h

Day 8 : Hue– Da Nang – Hoi An – (B)

0700h - Your guide will meet you at the hotel and travel with you in an air conditioned private vehicle from Hue to Hoi An driving over Hai Van pass. The scenery from the top of Hai Van pass is spectacular and offers some great photo opportunities.

The pass, which once formed the boundary between the kingdoms of Dai Viet and Champa, also forms a boundary between the climates of northern and southern Vietnam, sheltering the city of Da Nang from the winds that blow in from the northwest.

You will arrive in Da Nang at approximately 1130h and after having lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the Cham Sculpture Museum. Next stop will be at the Marble Mountains and Non Nuoc village where you will ride the new twin glass elevators to the main area for a visit before continuing onto Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9- My Son - Dinner Cruise (B/D)

0830h - Start from your hotel and travel 50km from Hoi An to My Son holy land in a private air conditioned vehicle with your English speaking guide. My Son was a major religious site for the people of the ancient Champa Kingdom which flourished between the 4th and 13th centuries The Champa people ruled Central Vietnam until it was finally annexed by the Vietnamese in the 19th Century.

The Champa King lived in the political capital of Tra Kieu (whose commercial capital was the port of Hoi An) and so the My Son complex became the most important temples of the Champa Kingdom. Bricks were used to build the temples without the aid of mortar and sculptures of gods, priests, animals, and scenes of mythical battles adorned the walls. The temples were places of worship to the Hindu God Vishnu.

My Son was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

After exploring the ruins and history of My Son and viewing a short traditional Champa Peoples music concert, you will start your journey back.

1230h – Arrive Hoi An

The afternoon is yours to relax or try on the new clothes you have had made.

18h45: Transport will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to your 90 minute evening dinner cruise on the Thu Bon River. Your cruise boat has an onboard kitchen and bar and you can sit back and enjoy views of the old town while enjoying a set menu of local delights.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9 - Hoi an – Free day( B)

Enjoy some free time in Hoi An for shopping, sitting on the beach and relax

Day 10 - Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Free time until our drive meets you to transfer you to Da Nang airport to board your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

1330h - After checking into your hotel in district 1 HCMC, there will be time for a short rest before your English speaking guide meets you at the hotel. You will depart on a private tour to explore and discover what Saigon has to offer. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 7 million people.

You will visit many interesting and famous places including, Ben Thanh Market, War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace,Notre Dame Cathedraland the Central Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and the stones used to create it were exported in its entirety from France. The Central Post Office, finished in 1891 is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11 - Mekong Delta Day Tour (B/L)

0700h – The day begins with pick-up at your hotel. From there, it is a quick transfer to our pier in District 1 where you will board one of our speedboats for a 1 hour 30 minute, very interesting boat ride to the Mekong Delta. During the ride, you will be served a light breakfast and you will see many interesting sights that your personal tour guide will be able to explain. Once you arrive in the Mekong Delta you will begin your excursion, visiting a local riverside market, an authentic village with colonial architecture, a local pagoda, various workshops, and narrow lush jungle canals.

Saigon express trained the chef in Saigon and bring your food with them to ensure your lunch is prepared to a very high standard.

1500h - Returning to your hotel in HCMC for overnight

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh - City Departure (B)

Free time until your private car and driver arrives to transfer you to HCMC airport where unfortunately, your time with us will come to an end.

Children Policy

1) 1 child under 4 accompanied by and sharing room with two full paying adults stays free of charge

2) Additional children aged 3 to 7 years old welcome but are required to pay 75% of deal price.

4) A flight supplement of $135.00 is required for all children aged 0 to 5 years old.

5) Children 9 and above pay normal deal price.

Notes:

  1. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details
  2. Tour can starting from Ho Chi Minh city or Ha Noi City.

Prices/Booking

Tour cost:

Superior Class with 3 star accommodation: $1169/pax

Deluxe Class with 4 Star accommodation: $1459/pax

Luxury Class with 5 star accommodation: $1789/pax

Tour Includings:

  • Accommodation.
  • Private pick up and transfer.
  • English/French speaking tour guide.
  • Meals specified in tour program.
  • Return Train Tickets to Sapa.
  • Domestic air tickets per program.
  • Boat trips specified the tour program.
  • All entrance, permission and visiting fees.

Exclusions:

  • All airfares to/from Vietnam
  • Meals which are not included in the program.
  • All gratuities and tips to drivers and guides.
  • Visa arrangements

Additional information

  • All prices are per person in US $ based on double occupancy.
  • Surcharges and / or compulsory gala dinners are applicable between December 23rd and January 2nd and also during the Lunar New Year period.
  • Prices subject to change without notice.

Meals:

  • Should you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarian vegan or food allergy) please advise us in advance.
  • Meals provided are included in the itinerary.
  • Breakfast will be served in your hotel and will include Vietnamese and Western dishes.
  • Lunches are arranged at Vietnamese restaurants in scenic areas. Your tour guides are happy to assist with your selection.

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