Day 1: Arrival Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be picked up from airport to a hotel in Hanoi for relax. Dinner will be served at one of the nicest restaurants after brief discussion on tour.
Overnight at proposed hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Hanoi. After breakfast at hotel, start city tour with Hochiminh Complex for visit Hochiminh Mausoleum, Hochiminh Museum and One pillar pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda. Continue to visit Literature temple, the first University in Vietnam in 16th century. Have lunch in one of famous restaurant in Hanoi. Afternoon visit ethnological museum then have cyclo in the old quarter and visit Dong Xuan market, enjoy water puppet show in the afternoon before dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong. Pick up at your address in Hanoi at 8:30 am by Van and drive to Halong. Arrive at 12:00. At Halong port, our Crew welcomes you on Dragon's Pearl Junk, enjoy welcome drink and check into your cabin. Lunch with seafood will be served right after. At 1:00 pm, boat starts 3.5 hours cruising into Halong Bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Mat Qui (Monster’s face) islet, But Moc islet, Cap De islet, Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu cave, to a Floating Fishing village to see this unique way of life and then explore Luon Cave. There will be lots of time for swimming, sun bathing. Enjoy a great sunset dinner and relax under the starlit sky before retiring to the comfort of your cabin. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Lao Cai. Early risers can enjoy a morning view of Bay’s landscapes with a cup of tea, coffee, fresh fruits. Sitting on the upper deck, we can enjoy the breath - taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; we can hear birds singing, cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze. And then explore Sung Sot Cave, swim and relax at Titop Beach. Boat start cruising back and brunch buffet will served from 10:30 to 11:30 am, check out procedure at 11:35 am. Arrive at harbor by 12:00 noon, and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 4:00 pm, relax then have dinner before escorted to Railway Station for night train to Lao Cai depart at 10:00 pm. Includes: Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat. Upon arrival in Lao Cai, transferred to Sapa by car. Have breakfast. Relax. Your guide will meet you at hotel for short trek to Catcat village, the village of H'mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generally uncorrupted outside forces. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H'mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A "white curtain" cascade appears, surrounded by flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather. Overnight at the Sapa Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Hanoi. Breakfast before private car transferred to Lao Chai village, a village of Black H’mong. Short trek down to river to visit hill tribe house to see their living style and the local woman made their handicraft clothes. Further on along the road, the Tavan village where Dzay people staying can be seen. Visit the village and reach their customs. Trek back to main road and the car take you back to Sapa, transferred to Lao Cai for night train back to Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Hanoi – Hue. Train arrives in Hanoi at 5:30 am, you will be picked up to have breakfast, relax and sightseeing or shopping until transferred to airport for flight to Hue depart at 12:40, upon arrival in Hue, you are picked up to hotel for relax and overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Hue. In the morning visit Royal Citadel which was constructed by Emperor Gia Long in the style of French military architect Vauban during the first decades of the 19th century. Before leaving the site of Imperial city we visit Imperial Museum, many precious objects which were salvaged from the Imperial city then we visit Khai Dinh Tomb, have lunch. Afternoon boat trip along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang tomb, visit Dong Ba market. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Hue – Danang – Hoi An. Drive to Hoian on the way visit Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach, via Danang and visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain en route. Afternoon visit Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. Take a walking tour of the ancient town center to visit the former merchants' homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Hoi An – Danang – Saigon. Morning free at your relax. In the afternoon you will be transferred to airport for flight to Saigon, depart at 1:30 pm, upon arrival in Saigon, you will be picked up to hotel for relax and overnight. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 11: Saigon. Full day city tour, visit Former Presidential Palace, the War Crime Museum, the central complex of architecture: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, Xa Loi Pagoda, where keeps the glass vase that on its central altar contains the heart of Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who felt so strongly about the in humane treatment of his fellows that he committed suicide by burning on June 11, 1963 as a final protest, visit Ben Thanh market and China town. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 12: Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho. At 8:00 am pick up at hotel. Transfer to My Tho. Take the motorized boat through the Bao Dinh natural canal; view the stilhouse and the fruit plantation along the canal sides. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market. Proceed to the Tortoise Island. Lunch served in the heart of the orchard. Enjoy the nice boat ride through the Tan Tach natural canal in Ben Tre, cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees. Visit the family business where you can experience the agricultural lifestyle. Trekking through the fruit plantation in Thoi Son island, enjoy the rowing boat ride on the creeks before returning to My Tho by rowing boat. Proceed to Can Tho. Check in on arrival. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Phong Dien – Cai Rang – Saigon. At 8:00 am after breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market with the busy sense right at the time. Keep cruising through the small channels system, visit the rice noodles making village. Experience the "monkey Bridge" in the Delta. Visit the second floating market of Cai Rang. Break time for lunch. Return to Hochiminh city. Stop for visit and rest at the Bonsai garden in My Tho. Finish the trip around 17:30 in HCMC. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Saigon – Departure. Free until transferred to airport for your ongoing flight. Includes: (B).
- Accommodation at hotels in places as indicated in program
- Meals as indicated in program (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Train tickets: (4 berth, A/C, soft sleeper)
- Royal or Tulico or 3 or 4 star hotels option
- Victoria Express or 5 star hotel option
- Hanoi–Lao Cai–Hanoi transportation
- Air tickets (Economy class, Vietnam Airlines) Hanoi–Hue and Danang–Saigon
- All admission cost at places
- Tour guide at places (language upon inquiry)
- Boat trip at places.
- Other meals and drinks/ personal expenses
- International air fares/airport taxes
- Visas application fees to Vietnam (+15 USD/1 person, exclude 25 USD stamping fee at airport)
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