Exclusive discovery features: Tour to Duong Lam and Tho Ha, two ancient villages in the Red River Delta. Bike ride in the rural area around Tay Phuong Pagoda. Cyclo trip in Hue and to rural area of Hoi An and boat trip on Thu Bon River, cooking class in Hoi An and dinner hosted by nuns in Dong Thuyen Pagoda. Walking tour to Kim Long Village in Hue. Home hosted dinner in Dalat.
Day 1: Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival to the airport, you well be met by our guide and transfer to you hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Full Day of City Tour
Morning start our tour to discover Hanoi, a peaceful city with beautiful trees and lakes, the city has thousand years of history and culture. Drive over the French Quarter, that can explain to you why this city so called “ Paris of the East” before visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – the symbol of the country and Presidential Palace, Presidential Garden, his House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Then visit Temple of Literature – the central of culture of Hanoi.
After enjoying your lunch in local restaurant, visit Ethnology Museum in which you can study the great outline of 54 ethics people living in Vietnam. Back to the center of the city for one hour cyclo trip around Old Quarter of Hanoi. It is great chance for you to discover the daily life activities of local people in the most attractive area of the city. Your tour will be concluded with great experience of Water Puppet show – the unique art of Vietnamese people from Red River Delta. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Full day to - Tay Phuong Pagoda - Duong Lam Village - Lao Cai
Morning take one hour drive to Tay Phuong, one of ten most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of the hill, this pagoda is very famous about the collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from 17th century and great architecture. Then take 45 minutes bike ride the rural area around Pagoda through green rice field, local villages. It will be the great chances for you to discover the daily life activities in the Red River Delta, interact to local people and feel the real atmosphere of rural area.
After that, back to the car for driving to the ancient village of Duong Lam, the place so called “Hoi An of the Red River Delta” as still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys, visit Communal House in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Enjoy the great home hosted lunch in traditional atmosphere in the oldest house in the village of Mr.Hung date back to 1635 then take another bike ride around the village before driving back to Hanoi. After dinner, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train. Includes: (B, L).
Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa
Arriving in Laocai early in the morning, you will take one and half hours drive to Sapa – the town with four seasons in a day. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Enjoy breakfast in very cozy atmosphere of the hotel then take some time to refresh before joining us for an orientation walk around the town of Sapa. It is said that you will find four seasons in a day here, but Sapa is normally seen in a thin mist. Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, after having sometime for resting, you will take the short trip driving to Tram Ton Pass, the highest section over the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. It is compared to “The Gate to Heaven”. Here you admire the grandiose mountainous view of the North West of Vietnam. A photo for souvenir should not be missed! On the way back to Sapa, we stop to visit Thac Bac, Silvery waterfalls, one of the most popular tourist attractions of the neighborhood. Overnight in Sapa. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van
This morning, we have chance to explore the villages of different ethnic groups around Sapa. First, we take very beautiful drive from Sapa to the villages along the valley of Muong Hoa. The scenery like a painting of Mother Nature with the fields on the terrace, waterfall on the hill side, the green of the vegetation, a winding stream down below and the air is so fresh and pure. Our first stop is at Lao Chai village of the H’mong people. It is said that H’mong was one of the first immigrants to this area and famous for their hand weaving and terrace rice field in Sapa.
We take a walk around the village and to the village of Ta Van of the Giay people via the terraces rice field and the trails, experience the diversity of hill tribe people there. After that, you will be transferred back to Sapa by car for lunch at local restaurant (own account). The rest of the day is on your own arrangements. You can choose to do some shopping in town, or you should not miss the visit up to Ham Rong Mountain where you can admire the view of Fansipan, “the roof-top of South East Asia” as well as the romantic view of the whole town in the mist. Overnight in Sapa. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Sapa – Ecolodge Resort
You have the whole morning to relax and discover Sapa together on your own or taking another hike to Cat Cat and Sin Chai Village. A swimming in heated swimming pool or a massage in the hotel also can make you feel so refresh. Check out Victoria Hotel before noon and enjoy lunch at local Restaurant. After lunch, drive to Ecolodge Resort, very impressive and romantic resort above Muong Hoa Valley.
From the lodge there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of the Tay and Red Dao minorities. You will have great time to relax and recover in white stone bungalow; it was built based on ecological principles. You will have full day to enjoy your stay in this resort, so quiet and calm, totally pure atmosphere. After beautiful buffet dinner, you can be back to your private bungalow. You will be totally refresh when wake up in the next morning. Overnight at Ecolodge Resort. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Sapa – Hanoi
The morning is at leisure. You can spend time in the resort or take a short hike to Ban Ho, the nearby village of Tay people. After lunch at the resort, check out and drive back to Sapa. On the way drive to Laocai, you will take another escorted tour to Ta Phin - the village of the Red Dao. In the evening, take the overnight train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Arrive to Hanoi in early morning then depart to Halong bay through Red River Delta. Upon arrival to Halong welcome on board and set sail through bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where you can admire thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, cruising to the most beautiful part of Halong Bay, then take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, go swimming on a beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fish men who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Overnight and dinner on the Junk. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Halong Bay – Tho Ha - Hanoi
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi. On the way, visit Tho Ha the famous village of terracotta products before 20th century. Discover village through narrow and zigzag alleys with the old houses had been constructed from broken part of terracotta from the past. Walking over village cemetery to the dyke, where you can see the village from distance over the beautiful lake. Overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (Brunch).
Day 10: Hanoi - Hue
Morning transfer to Airport for the flight to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Upon arrival, check in the hotel then enjoy the lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon take a cyclo trip from your hotel over famous Trang Tien bridge and Dong Ba market. The cyclo will take you around the ancient citadel of Hue, getting over the streets, local shops for the over view of daily life and architecture of this famous citadel. Stop at Noon gate of Imperial Citadel for the walking tour to the inner area of the citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Half day Hue city tour
Morning we drive to visit Thien Mu pagoda, the symbol of Hue city then take a walk around Kim Long Village where you can visit the original ancient house of the former mandarin, mingle with local people and experience their daily activities in the village.. Then visit Tu Duc Tomb, discover beautiful and impressive architecture of this unique construction in Hue as well as the story of the King there. After lunch at local restaurant, the rest of the afternoon is free at leisure. In the evening, experience the vegetarian dinner at Dong Thien Pagoda and interact with the nuns there. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B,D).
Day 12: Hue - Danang - Hoian
Morning depart to Danang through famous Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival, visit Cham Museum with great collection of sand stone artifact from 4th to 13th century. After lunch in Apsara restaurant, drive to Hoi An, the little attractive town very famous as living museum which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Check in to the hotel then take the orientation walk around the town. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B).
Day 13: Full-Day Hoi An city tour
Morning take a walking tour to Hoi An ancient town. Visit Phuc Kien congressional assembly hall, Japanese Cover Bridge and Tan Ky ancient house. Then you have free time for discovering the town on your own or shopping. Afternoon take a cyclo trip to rural area of Hoi An. Follow the Thu Bon river bank and enjoy the great view of Hoi An town over the river then discover the villages of local people before taking the boat trip on Thu Bon River. It is great chance to see the daily life activities of local people along the river. On the way back to Hoi An, enjoy the beautiful sunset on the river. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Hoi An - Myson
Early morning we will drive to My Son, the Holly land of Champa kingdom date back from 4th to 13th century. Arrive to My Son before it getting crowded by the other tourists, you will have great chance to discover and feel the great ancient atmosphere of the complex of nearly 70 difference towers there, where you can find the best brick sculpture in the world and learn about the influences of Hinduism to their culture. My Son also had been recognized to be culture world Heritage in 2000.Back to Hoian for lunch. Afternoon is free for shopping and further discovery of Hoian on your own before attending to the cooking class at Morning Glory Restaurant. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B,D).
Day 15: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang
Morning transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Nha Trang – the dynamic ocean town beside one of 29 most beautiful bays in the world. Upon arrival to Nha Trang, check in the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure to discover the town on your own or just relax on the ideal beach. Overnight in Nha Trang. Includes: (B).
Day 16: Nha Trang - Full day with ocean & islands
Morning we will depart for an excursion out to the bay of Nhatrang, one of 28 best bays in the world. Our first stop is at Mun Island, one of the reserved islands in the area. You can spend time for swimming, snorkeling or take a ride on the glass-bottom boat to explore the beautiful underwater life. Nha Trang is the best place in Vietnam for coral, different species of sea creature and crystal blue water. Then we will have lunch on Tam Island, relax on the beach or experience some water sports like parasailing, canoeing, jet-ski…. On the way back, we visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium where you can see some sea creatures you might have not known before taking a walk over fishing village on Mieu Island. Overnight in Nha Trang. Includes: (B, L).
Day 17: Nha Trang - Dalat
Morning drive to Dalat – the city of flower over great scenery of highland. After lunch in local restaurant, check in to your hotel in Dalat. In the afternoon, take the orientation work to city center, the market of Dalat and famous XQ embroidery workshop. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Dalat. Includes: (B)
Day 18: Dalat
Morning drive to Robin Hill, then take a cable car to Thien Vien Truc Lam over the great panorama view of the city. Visit Thien Vien Truc Lam, the great monarchy of famous trend of Buddhism in Vietnam. Drive back to the city then take a short walk along Tran Hung Dao street, where you can feel great atmosphere of the Hill Station in the past by the French Villas remained along the street. Visit Dalat Station, one of the most beautiful stations in South East Asia, where you still can see the original steam locomotive. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit Linh Phuoc pagoda and the vegetable farm nearby. In the evening, enjoy the home hosted dinner in the hospitable family in Dalat. Overnight in Dalat. Includes: (B,D).
Day 19: Dalat - Saigon
In the morning visit Chicken village of Lat people before drive to Lien Khuong airport the flight back to Saigon. Upon arrival, take tour to Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office. After lunch in local restaurant, take a tour Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, where hundreds of local people come and burn the incense for their luck, prosperity and happiness. After that, visit History Museum, where you can see great outline of the 4000 years history of the country. Overnight in Saigon. Includes: (B).
Day 20: Full day to Tay Ninh + Cu Chi Tunnels
Morning depart for Tay Ninh, the head quarter of Cao Dai religion. On arrival we will have time to visit the impressive Holy Temple of Caodaism, the famous local religion that is the symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism before attending the fantastic mid-day mass. After having lunch in local restaurant, drive to Cu Chi, the famous network of tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 250km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Saigon. Includes: (B).
Day 21: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Vinh Long - Can Tho
Morning drive from Sai Gon to Cai Be. Upon arrive, embark for the boat trip to colorful Cai Be floating Market, then visit some local home factories to discover traditional rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longans drying process. After enjoying beautiful lunch at a family run restaurant with typical food from Mekong Delta, you will cruise over main stream of Mekong River to the canal to visit Tam Ho nurserling garden. Enjoy the beautiful the taste of different kind of local fruit and the folk music performed by local artist. Visit the brick and pottery factory that using the rice husk to be the fuel for firing in their very impressive kiln in 40 days before disembark at Vinh Long pier. Back to the bus to drive to Can Tho, the capital of Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho. Includes: (B, L).
Day 22: Can Tho - Saigon
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ninh Kieu wharf for a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market where local people whole sale all product of Mekong Delta. It will be great chance for taking part to the local activities and taking pictures. Then continue by boat to visit the local bustling inland market before visiting Rice processing factory. The car picks up at Ninh Kieu Wharf and transfer back to Saigon with lunch stop at Mekong Rest Stop Restaurant. Overnight in Saigon. Includes: (B, L).
Day 23: Saigon - Departure. At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00). Includes: (B). Tour ends.
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