The Authentic Vietnam Tour in 16days
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The trip covers all the highlights of Vietnam which give visitors the opportunity to admire the hidden charm of Hanoi, to discover the unique custom of the Ethnics people in the moutainous area of Sapa, to witness the extraordinary beauty of Halong bay. It also takes the visitors to back to the history of Vietnam where you can experience the World Heritage Sites of Hue citadel & Hoi An ancient town. The white sandy beach of Nha Trang lingers the visitors before heading Southwards to the bustling city of Hochiminh, the mighty Mekong Delta and the heroic Cu Chi tunnels and much more for your discovery. All are awaiting for your soonest visiting.
Tour program: The Authentic Vietnam
Duration : 16days / 15nights
Group size : 2 guests/Min
Target: " Smaller group for a better care "
Detailed itinerary: HA NOI - SAPA - HA LONG - HUE - HOI AN - HCMC - CU CHI - TAY NINH - CAI BE - CAN THO - Departure
Day 1: Arrival to Hanoi ( D )
Arrive at Noi Bai international airport. Visa arrangements. Welcomed by your local tour guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. Take an orientation tour on the cyclos ( If time permits ). Welcome dinner. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour ( B/L/_)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidence Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and one Pillar pagoda. Continue with the Temple of Literature Vietnam's first university. Lunch at local reaturant. Afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh temple. Cyclo ride around the old quarter streets from Hang Dau to Hang Gai. Dinners on guests account. Transfer to train station for departure to Sapa with the night train ( schedule: 21:00 - 05:00 ). Overnigh at the A/c soft sleeper cabin.
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa ( B/L/_ )
Arrival to Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. Pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast and shower in hotel before the trip starts. Trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes. Have a picnic lunch on the way then keep going along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Return to Sapa. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi ( B/L/_ )
Breakfast at hotel. We start the trip after breakfast, heading up to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zdao tribe where you will have lunch. After lunch you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel then get yourself ready before heading down to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way. Dinner on guests account. Transfer to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Ha noi. Overnight on the A/c soft sleeper cabin.
Day 5: Ha Noi - Ha long ( B/L/D )
Arrive Hanoi around 5 : 00 am in the morning. Pick up at the train. Transfer to the restaurant for breakfast. Then, Leave for Ha Long Bay. Arrive Ha Long Bay and board the Huong Hai junk. Check in. Have lunch then visit Ha Long Bay, Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, round over Tuan Chau island , Dog island , Sail island, Ti Top Beach, have dinner on junk, enjoy sunset, drink and over night on the junk. ( Optional : Kayaking ).
Day 6: Ha long - Ha noi ( B/L )
Have breakfast. Visit man's head island, Tortoise island, Toad island, Bai tho mountain. Return and have lunch on junk. Back to Ha Long wharf. Coach trip back to Ha Noi . Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi- Hue ( B/_/D )
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai airport for boarding to Hue on flight VN 245 ( 12 : 40 - 13 : 50 ). Pick up and transfer to hotel. After breakfast visit local market in Hanoi ( if time permits ). Afternoon, visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy the dinner cruise on the perfume river and the Hues folk songs. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hue.
Day 8: Hue ( B/L/- )
Breakfast at hotel. Take a morning cruise on the Perfume River to visit royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a setting of gardens and lakes. Free at lsire in the afternoon. Dinners on guest acoount. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hue.
Day 9: Hue - Danang- Hoi An ( B/L/_)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning drive toward Hoi An (about 4 hours). Drive along Lang Co beach and through Hai Wan Pass to Danang city. Continue toward Hoi An, which was originally a Cham seaport influenced down centuries by traders from various cultures. on the way stop at the Marble Mountains. The charm of Hoi An makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. Dinners on guest account. Overnight at your proposed hotel.
Day 10: Hoi An (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Starting early in the morning with the morning market. Afterward stroll around the town, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Afternoon- visit Myson holy land. Return to Hoi An. Dinners on guest account. Overnight at your proposed hotel.
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Nha Trang ( B/L/_ )
Breakfast at hotel. Free for shopping in hoi an. Depart for Danang for a visit of Cham Museum, home to Vietnam's largest collection of Cham treasures. Lunch at local reaturant before transferring to Danang airport for boarding to Nha Trang on flight No VN 337 ( 14 : 10 - 15 : 30 ). Pick up at Cam Ranh airport anf transfer to hotel. Fre at leisure in the beach sity. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 12: Nha Trang and it offshore islands ( B/L/_ )
Breakfast at hotel. Take the morning boat trip to visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium, the off shore islands around Nha Trang with the Mun mot island. Enjoy your swiiming and beach activities. Lunch at Tam island with fresh seafood. Return to Nha Trang. Dinner on guest account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 13: Nha Trang HCMC, City Tour (B/L/_)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Cam Ranh airport for boarding to Ho Chi Minh City on flight No 451 ( 8 : 15 - 9 : 30 ). Pick up and transfer to hotel. A sightseeing tour to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame cathedral, the Old Central Post Office. Tour of Chinatown and Tien Hau & Quan Am pagodas. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum we end the city tour with Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sale. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in HCMC.
Day 14: HCMC - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - HCMC (B/L/_)
Breakfast at hotel. Driving west to Tay Ninh, head quarter of Cao Dai region. on arrival we attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. on the way back a stop for a visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnels network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Driving back to HCMC. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in HCMC.
Day 15: HCMC- Cai Be - Vinh Long ( B/L/_)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to the upper Mekong Delta, take the mortorised boat to visit the Cai Be floating market, roam into the villages to vexperience the daily lifes of the local people, enjoy the fresh fruit in the orchards, proceed to Vinhlong by crusing to enjoy the charm of the Upper Mekong river, visit the Binh Hoa Phuoc village. Lunch served right in the heart of the bonsai garden. Return to mailand. Return to Hochiminh city. Dinner on guests' account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in HCMC.
Day 16: Hochiminh city and departure ( B/_/_ )
Breakfast at hotel. Free for your own activities until transfer to Tan San nhat airport for departure.
Tour price includes :
Transportation by private car/van
Domestic flights : Ha Noi - Hue; Da Nang - Nhatrang; NhaTrang - HCMC ( Economic class )
A/C soft sleeper train ticket Ha noi - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
All pick ups and transfers from/to airport ; From/to boat quay
English speaking tour guide
All entrance fees
Hotel accommodation based on 2 guests sharing a Twin or Double.
Half board package meals indicated as : B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.
Approved invitation letter for Vietnamese visa
Tour price excludes :
International flight to/from Vietnam
Other meals not mentioned in the program.
Laundry & telephone fee at hotels
Vietnamese Entry visa
Flexibilty on request :
- Homestay can be arranged in Can Tho ( the lower Mekong Delta )
- Full board package can be arranged during the trip
- Train travel experience can be replaced by domestic flight from Hanoi to hue or Danang to Hochiminh city.
- Extended trip to Angkor Wat ( Cambodia )
- Extened trip to Phu Quoc island
- Extended trip to Mui Ne beach