EXPLORING VIETNAM (15 days - 14 nights)

This tour covers almost charming highlight sites of the country by following direction: Hochiminh (Fareast Pearl) – Mekong Delta Homestay - Danang - Hoian ancient town& cooking class - Hue imperial city – Hanoi Capital – Sapa Hill Tribes - Halong World Heritage Cruise - HanoiStarting at US$ 1050/ person
Description

A comprehensive and well balanced tour visiting all the major cities and famous sites of the country and also getting from deep of the Mekong Delta to Hill tribes of Far North. This itinerary can be used as a starting point and altered or extended to suite your requirements. In this example the tour begins in Hochiminh city and runs South to North but it can easily be reversed to begin in Hanoi and finish in Hochiminh city.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (D)
Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City your guide will greet you and transfer by private car through the city to your hotel for check-in. The buzzing southern city, formerly known as Saigon, is a tantalizing mix of old and new. Unwind after the flight with a relaxing spa treatment followed by dinner at one of the city's best restaurants.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
Today your Vietnamese experience begins with tour of Ho Chi Minh City. The half-day tour takes a unique look at familiar and not-so-familiar landmarks in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City, to reveal the city's culture, architecture, religious practices and fascinating history. Visit the Presidential Palace, War Remnants Museum and severl other city landmarks. Sample tasty Vietnamese cuisine at the famed 'Com Nieu Sai Gon' restaurant followed by an off-the-beaten path exploration of antiques street. A highlight of today will be exploring District 2 and 5 (Chinatown).
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B,L,D)
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind as you travel through Vietnam's picturesque countryside with its rice paddies and rural villages. Upon arrival in the Mekong Delta, take a walk to see Vinh Long market. Boating to visit Tien Chau pagoda and local brick& pottery workshops. Passing a fish-raft village. On the way to homestay, visit the bigest nursery garden in An Binh Island. Lunch in garden restaurant. Homestay arrival. Short cycling or walking to discover daily life.
Free for personal discovery and join the family in preparing dinner. Dinner and overnight in their house
Overnight at homestay
Day 4: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An (B)
Start this morning with a visit to the bustling floating market at Cai Rang before returning to land and driving back to Ho Chi Minh city. You'll fly to central Vietnam and continue by road to Hoi An, a charming town with a laid-back atmosphere.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An– Cooking class (B,L)
Spend the morning in a small farming village gardening, cooking with the locals and then sitting down to share your creations. Then, an afternoon walking tour introduces you to the colourful history and rich culture of this heritage town. Then time for shopping and exploring in the town
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An - Hue (B,L)
A scenic drive takes you along the coastline from Hoi An to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. En route you will stop at the Cham Museum in Danang which houses an impressive collection of Cham art and artefacts from the 5th-15th centuries. Afternoon, arrival to Hue& check in hotel.
Overnight in Hue
Day 7: Hue (B,L)
A full day tour of Hue's main sites introduces you to the intriguing past of the city. Learn about the lives of the emperors and the dynasty as you visit places such as the Citadel and royal Mausoleums. You'll step off the beaten path with a visit to Hue's local market.
Overnight in Hue
Day 8: Hue - Hanoi (B,L,D)
After a morning at leisure, fly north to the capital city of Hanoi. With a history professor, you'll take a walking tour of the city's iconic Long Bien Bridge learning about Hanoi's past and present from a different perspective. Continue your city tour with visits to West Lake and several landmark temples followed by dinner at one of Hanoi's best restaurants.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi full day– Night train to Lao Cai (B)
Today we would like to show you the major cultural sites around Hanoi city. The first visit to Van Mieu– Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature& the first university in Vietnam) then we go to Ba Dinh Square for visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, His Residence area, and One Pillar pagoda nearby. Next site is Quan Thanh temple and Tran Quoc pagoda. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest and most interesting Museum of Vietnam Ethnology, then go back to the Old quarter for shopping.
At 20h30 get to train station for night train to Lao Cai Province.
Overnight on train to Sapa.
Day 10: Lao Cai - Sapa (B)
You will arrive at Lao Cai at about 05h30. Pick up and transfer to Sapa about 37km from Lao Cai, have breakfast at local restaurant before check in. Relax or optional visit the town in the morning. In the afternoon, 2 hours trekking to visitCat Cat village, home of a Black H’mong hill tribe, which is just 3 km from Sapa town.
Overnight in Sapa town
Day 11: Sapa– Hill tribe villages– night train to Hanoi (B)
In the morning, taking a drive to Lao Chai - Ta Van villages, Home of Dzay and Black Mong hill tribes. While trekking around the village, meeting and talking with local hill tribes to learn more about their daily life, customs and traditional habits. Optional visit around Sapa town or free at leisure before taking car trip back to Lao Cai train station. Get on the train return to Hanoi.
Overnight on train
Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Early morning, arrival to Hanoi. Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Arriving midday, you'll cast off from the pier for an overnight cruise. Relax as the boat weaves around the bay amid towering limestone formations and spectacular scenery. 
Overnight on Halong Bay
Day 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
Return to shore midday for the drive back to Hanoi. En route, there is an option to stop at But Thap, one of Vietnam's oldest pagodas. You'll reach Hanoi in the middle of the afternoon with time for shopping or sightseeing.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi - Duong Lam - Hanoi (B,L)
Today explore the villages around Hanoi where the country's rich culture and traditions come to life. Explore Duong Lam where old laterite houses line the laneways, have lunch in a 100-year old house and visit unusual temples dedicated to Buddhist deities and national heroes. A farewell dinner this evening is held in the home of a local chef who's grandmother cooked for the French elite in the 1930s.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 15: Hanoi Departure (B)
Your private car and guide will be at your disposal to enjoy last minute shopping or sightseeing before transferring to Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.
 

Tour Cost

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Note:Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners may be compulsory for a supplemental fee at some hotels.

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Cost includes:

-      English Speaking Guide.

-      All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfasts

-      Home-stay in Mekong

-      Overnight Cruise in Halong Bay

-      Boat trip in Mekong Delta

-      Water puppet performance

-      Cooking class in Hoian

-      Spa in Hochiminh city

-      Meals as indicated (B= Breakfast; L=Lunch; D= Dinner)

-      All tours& transfers in private car/ van/ bus

-      Entrance fees and permits during guided time.

-      Kayaking in Halong Bay

-      Domestic Flight 2 hops: Hochiminh– Danang; Hue– Hanoi

-      Train tickets: 4 berth with soft sleeper - deluxe air-conditioner cabin

-      Service charge and government taxes

Cost excludes:

-      International Airfares& tax

-      Personal travel insurance

-      Personal expenses such as Bar, Telephone and Laundry bills…

-      Tips and gratuities

 

Terms& Conditions:

Deposit of 50% is required upon tour booking confirmation

Balance should be settled upon your group arrival

Cancellation:

     Change departure date 20%, cancel before 30 days free, from 15-29 days 50%, from 7-14 days 70%, from 3-6 days 80%, after 2 days or without prior notice 100%.

Accommodations

LOCATION

First Class

Deluxe Class

Luxury Class

Hochiminh city

5* Saigon New World

5* Rex hotel

3* Sapphire

Hoian

5* Victoria Resort& Spa

4* Hoian Beach resort

3* Phoihoi riverside resort

Hue

4* La Residence

5* Imperial Hue

4* Huong giang resort

Sapa

4* Victoria Resort

4* Chau Long Sapa

3* Bamboo Hotel

Hanoi

5* Sheraton Hanoi

4* Sunway hotel

3* May de Ville

Halong cruise

5* Deluxe Emeraude

4* Bhaya

Phoenix

Note: We will book  similar hotel if above mentioned hotels are not available or use lower hotel category but upgrade to suit room

 

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