Tour code Th0074
Price 1016 USD/Pax
Duration 20 Days
Tour route Hanoi - Halong - Sapa - Hue - Hoi An - Danang - Hochiminh city
This is a 20 day adventure tour of Vietnam, start from the North, under well the middle and finish the trip at the South.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Up on your flight lands at Hanoi International Airport, warmly greeted at the airport hall by our driver and guide. After that, you will be transferred to your appointed hotel at Hanoi Old Quarter for check in. Now, your remaining leisure time can be used to take a rest or to explore the land of Hanoi. At the end of the day, your night will be spent at your Hotel in Hanoi.
From your hotel, you will be picked up by our guide and driver at around 8.00 to 8:30 AM. Take your time visiting Ho Chi Minh complex, an architect structure totally dedicated to President Ho Chi Minh, also known as Uncle Ho, the great father of Vietnam – namely Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as the final resting place of the President. Ho Chi Minh Stilt House where Uncle spent his lifetime in the time period of 1958-1969, and Ho Chi Minh Museum giving visitors insight on the merits of this great figure towards Vietnam country. After getting to know Uncle Ho, head to One Pillar Pagoda, the iconic Buddhist temple representing Ly Dynasty’s architecture. Also in the commemoration of the Ly Dynasty, visit Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam. The last activity in the morning is having lunch at a local restaurant.
Unlike morning activities which are fixed within weeks, afternoon ones change through days. On Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, a visitation to Bat Trang ceramic village is conducted, giving you access into a whole new world of ceramic masterpiece. Also, the entire production process, from clays preparation to items shaping, decorating and baking, is waiting for you to be a part of. You can take your works as well as other items home at reasonable prizes. On the other hand, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays, you will be taken to Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
After a complete day of exploration, at late afternoon, our guide and driver will drop you off at your hotel where you rest at night.
08:00 – 08.30 AM, from your hotel, temporarily tell Hanoi goodbye and depart to Hoa Lu – Tam Coc. The two destinations belong to Ninh Binh province which is taken into account as ‘Halong Bay on land’, 95 kilometers away from Hanoi to the south. Upon Tam Coc arrival, visit the splendid karst landscape of three wondrous Tam Coc grottoes via a ride on sampan boat, taking you through beautiful shallow rice fields. Coming back for lunch at a local resturant. Next, you will have a stop at Hoa Lu, the country’s capital in the dynasties of Dinh and Early Le in the 10th and 11th century. However, its sanctuaries were not constructed until the 17th century. Nowadays, we still catch sight of a stone pedestal placing the royal throne, bronze bells as well as Emperors’ statues. At 6 PM, you will be taken back to Hanoi.
AM, our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel and head to Halong Bay—the must-visit attraction on your Vietnam journey—through a drive of 3 and a half hours. We also provide you with a break of 30 minutes at the middle of this. Between 12 and 12:30 AM, embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise which takes you through thousands of Islands. Prior to enjoy a delectable lunch as well as admire the heaven-sent scene of Halong Bay as the V’Spirit Classic Cruise makes its way among adorable limestone islands and stunning emerald green water, do not forget to pay attention to the cruise briefing.
When arriving at Bo Nau Cave at 3:30 PM, participate in kayaking at Halong Bay’s hidden areas around Bo Nau Cave for one hour. After that, get back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise and then head to Soi Sim Island where you can go swimming and sunbathing at its beach or catch sight of Halong Bay from above, on top of the island. By 5:30 PM, return to the main boat to take a shower and entertain yourself by leisure activities of taking photos or sipping drinks on Sundeck, among the gorgeous colors of sunset and twilight.
Dinner is served at around 7 PM. While eating, catch a glimpse of how the delicious Vietnamese foods are made at a cooking demonstration. After the meal, you can join in chatting with other cruise partners, dancing, squish fishing, or simply lazing around. Among the soft and peaceful sound of the sea, overnight on boat.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:30, among the romantic atmosphere of sunrise. Before that, you can be an early bird and spend time exercising Tai Chi or hunting photos. Once your stomach is pleasantly fulfilled, in order to satisfy your eyes, the V’Spirit Classic Cruise directs to Sung Sot (Amazing) Cave, one of the largest and most attractive caves of Halong Bay. After one hour of Sung Sot Cave exploration, return to the boat at 9:30 AM – you are about to check out of your cabin now. From 9:30 to 10:30 AM, continue your Halong Bay Cruise, passing by Dog Islet, Ba Hang fishing village, and so on. While the boat head back to the harbor at between 10:30 and 11:30 AM, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. As you leave the V’Spirit Classic at around 12 or 12:30 AM, back to Hanoi by our bus, which includes a break half way. After another 3.5 hours drive, back to hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy your time before moving to the railway station for a departure to Lao Cai by train.
Day 6: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai, Tavan Villages Visiting (B, L, D)
5:30 AM in the early morning, arrive in Lao Cai Station . Picked up to Sapa where breakfast is served. From 10 AM, trek to Muong Hoa valley and visit three villages Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai, Tavan – the habitats of H’mong and Dzay minority groups. Along the way, enjoy local lunch. After a day full of ethnic lifestyle exposure, your night will be spent at hotel or villager’s house in Ta Van.
Day 7: Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Night Train to Hanoi (B, L, D)
Visit the Silver Waterfall and a hydro electric station constructed by the French at Cat Cat village during a two hour period – from 9 AM to 11 AM. Trekking back to Sapa, now you are free to discover the beautiful town. At 5 PM, our driver will take you back to Laocai station where you take a night train to Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi Free Day until Departure for Hue (B)
Itinerary: On your Hanoi arrival at 5:30 AM, our driver will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in Hanoi for an early check in. You are free to do anything at your wish till the departure for Hue. After picking you up from Hue Airport, our driver will take you to the city situated on the banks of Huong River. Your night will be spent there.
7:30 and 8:00 AM, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to some of Hue’s prides: three imperial tombs of Emperor Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, Tu Duc, as well as the Incense and Conical Hat Making Village. Also, you will have time to observe the splendid performance of Van An, a Vietnam’s traditional type of martial arts. Next, enjoy a buffet lunch including traditional foods of Hue as well as other Asian and Western foods – no drinks included. At noon, our bus continues to take you to Hue Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. On the way back, get on the boat to cruise along the Huong River, enjoying the sunset. At around 5 PM, you will be taken back to your hotel, relax at remaining time of the day. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Day 10: Hue – My Son – Hoi An Tour (B, L)
In the morning, from your hotel, you will be picked up by an air-conditioned minivan, transferring you to Hoi An. Along the way, we stop sometimes for visiting Lang Co Beach, Fishing Village, Hai Van Pass and Stone Village. Your lunch will be served with Vietnamese foods at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will have an interesting encounter with Cham culture inside My Son Sanctuary by visiting the Cham Museum and My Son Ruined Temple as well as enjoying a Cham music show. When these activities are done, our driver will bring you to Hoi An and drop you off at your hotel.
This day is all about exploring Hoi An through the acts of walking and cooking. Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you straight to the Old Town of Hoi An. Now, leisurely wander around those ancient streets with an irresistible charm made of delightful architectures.
After walking around the street and communicating with local people we will join in a cooking class at a famous Lantern Town restaurant. This is a valuable chance for you to make a wide range of delectable dishes with the help of the chef. In order to create the feast, drop by local markets for the best ingredients, fresh and sometimes a little exotic. Tasting the foods you have made, you may be amazed by your own cooking talents. Hopefully, when you get home, you can surprise your family and friends by the dishes you have learned today – Some of them might be legendary.
Day 12: Hoi An – Danang Airport – Depart for Ho Chi Minh (B)
Before transferring to Danang airport for your departure flight to HCM. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our tour guide and driver will greet you warmly and transfer you to your appointed hotel for check in. After checking in, spend your free and leisure time to discover Ho Chi Minh City.
Before joining in this Cu Chi tunnel and Ho Chi Minh tour, enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Now head to Cu Chi tunnel, a man made maze used by Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War. This underground construction is perfect for hiding, evacuating and practicing in the war times, equipped with deadly bamboo traps to prevent enemies’ attacks.
In the afternoon, we will take you to the Museum of War Remnants located at Vo Van Tan Street, Ho Chi Minh City – A place storing exhibits relating to the Vietnam War. Next, spend some times to visit Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City’s main church and also its symbol of Catholic religion. This construction is designed and constructed in the early 20th century by Gustave Eiffel, the architect who built the famous Eiffel Tower. Then, head to Jade Emperor Pagoda, an architecture also known as Tortoise Pagoda and built in 1909. It is among the five most notable shrines in Saigon with the statue of Jade Emperor – Ngoc Hoang or Ngoc De, the God of Heaven. Spend the entire night at your hotel.
8:00 AM in the morning, our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel and then transfer you to Vinh Long to join in an exciting boat tour down the Mekong Delta.
At the beginning of the program, visit Vinh Long market with a variety of marine foods like fish, shrimps and agriculture products like vegetable and tropical fruits. Next, find out the local’s way of making potteries by visiting brick kilns. After that, head to Mr. Tiger’s nursery garden, an agriculture success where you can enjoy various fruits along with homemade rice wine among the sound of traditional music. As the rowing boat takes you to smaller canals, enjoy your peaceful time with glimpses of traditional wood houses, palm tree leaves, and local farmers doing their daily chores. Head to Ut Trinh’s house or other’s on An Binh Island for homestay. Closely explore local lives through activities of biking on village paths, picking up fruits, and cooking meals with your homestay’s owners. Stay overnight at a private room of your homestay.
Day 15: Mekong Boat Tour – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast early in the morning before heading to the colorful floating market of Cai Be on boat, surrounded by other barges carrying fruits and vegetables. Drop by handicraft villages and traditional workshops to see how local people make foods like rice paper, pop corn, coconut candy or set up cottage roofs by sewing coconut leaves. By arriving at Cai Be town, the cruise ends.
At 8:00 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Mui Ne favored with Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches. When you arrive at hotel in Mui Ne, check in and have lunch. At Mui Ne’s beaches, enjoy leisure time of lying on the sand or sunbathing, or participate in exciting activities of surfing, kayaking and diving.
Day 17: Mui Ne – Free at your leisure (B)
This is your free time
Day 18: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
In the morning, enjoy your own leisure time. In the afternoon, at 1:00 PM, our tour and driver will pick you back and take you back to Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the whole night in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City – Depart (B)
Enjoy yourself until the time we transfer you to the airport where you take an onward flight. This is the end of our services.
Tour price includes:
– All meals on the tour
– English-speaking guide, Entrance fees, Security permits.
– Accommodation , cabin on cruise
– Night Train tickets 2 ways Hanoi-Laocai -Hanoi (soft sleeper with air-conditioning, cabin of 04 berth Train)
– Transport by private Jeep as tour program.
– Jeep go and back as the program
– Phone calls, other private expenses.
Notes: Advised to take good walking shoes, raincoats, jackets, torch, insect repellent …