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Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide who will accompany you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to unwind and leisurely explore Hanoi's charming tree-lined boulevards and captivating French colonial architecture.
Accommodation: In Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi SightseeingEmbark on a memorable day in Hanoi, Vietnam's captivating capital, beginning with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex for insights into the country's history, culture and values. Understand Vietnam's struggle for independence and the impact of Ho Chi Minh's leadership.Explore the ancient Temple of Literature, a classic example of Vietnamese architecture and the country's first national university, offering a glimpse into Vietnam's rich history. Opt to visit Hanoi's renowned museums, including Hoa Lo Prison (nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US pilots during the war), the Army Museum, the National Fine Arts Museum, the History Museum, or the Ethnology Museum.After visiting Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake, one of Vietnam's oldest pagodas and the site where American politician John McCain crash-landed in 1967, enjoy a leisurely Cyclo ride through the charming streets and captivating shops of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Conclude your day with a traditional Water Puppet Theatre performance, offering a unique cultural experience.Accommodation: In HanoiMeals: Breakfast
Day 3 Hanoi Street Food WalkingThe walking tour begins from Hanoi's serene Truc Bach Lake, with Ngu Xa village as the first stop for a snack of delicious Pho Cuon. Explore the lively Chau Long Market and continue to a local food stall to watch the chefs at work, then dine on a famous local dish of pork and noodles, called Bun Cha. Stroll through Dong Xuan market's atmospheric lanes of shops and street stalls, stopping to sample some local snacks. Try out Banh Ran, Banh Xeo on Ly Quoc Su Street, and Banh Cuon on Bao Khanh Street.The street food walk ends with a visit to one of Hanoi's best-kept secrets, a tucked-away cafe with amazing views over Hoan Kiem Lake. Here, you can try the local favourite, egg coffee, or perhaps a chilled beer. The tour ends here, you can continue gastronomical exploring on your own. Feel free to ask your guide for directions and any suggestions.Accommodation: In HanoiMeals: Breakfast
Day 4 Mai Chau Valley & Bicycle Ride Ban Kha VillageEmbark on a scenic 135 km drive to Mai Chau, the gateway to Vietnam's impressive Northwest. Explore the picturesque valley by cycling through charming villages, lush rice paddies, and traditional stilt houses. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Mai Chau's nature and rich cultural heritage. Visit a Thai family to learn about their daily lifestyle and traditional customs, gaining a deeper understanding of the Thai minority culture. After a day of fascinating cycling and cultural exploration, enjoy a warm and welcoming night in a friendly Thai homestay in Mai Chau.Accommodation: In a Thai traditional stilt-houseMeals: LunchCycling: Distance – Approx. 22 km (13.6 mi.); Grade - Easy
Day 5 Mai Chau Valley HikingToday, you will enjoy a day trek to the remote rural villages of Mai Chau. Start with a pleasant and easy stretch to Na Meo and Na Cut villages. After that, hike through a lush bamboo forest to reach Xam Pa village, where you can immerse yourself in the serene landscapes adorned with lofty limestone mountains, luxuriant cassava fields, corn fields, terraced fields, and traditional charming houses on stilts. From Xam Pa, continue your trek to Cha Long, a quaint village nestled in a peaceful valley surrounded by rice fields. Take a leisurely stroll to explore the village before heading to your homestay for the night.Accommodation: In a Thai traditional stilt-houseMeals: Breakfast, Picnic lunchHiking: Distance – Approx. 14 km (8.6 mi.); Grade – Moderate
Day 6 Travel to Ninh BinhSpend your morning leisurely in the picturesque Mai Chau valley. You may opt for a guided village walk to experience authentic local life. Discover daily customs, wander through working farmlands and rice fields, and learn about traditional rice wine production and vibrant textile weaving. After your visit to Mai Chau, travel to Ninh Binh, renowned for its unique karst landscape of towering green hills and stunning rice fields in the Red River Delta. In Ninh Binh, you'll find Thung Nham bird park, where the late afternoon, typically around 17:00, is the ideal time to visit. Embark on a boat trip to witness thousands of birds returning after their food search, creating a magical scene in the bird garden. Immerse yourself in the natural surroundings, enjoy the fresh atmosphere, and peacefully listen to the melodious songs of birds. Thung Nham remains a hidden gem for travellers exploring Ninh BinhAccommodation: In Ninh BinhMeals: Breakfast
Day 7 Ninh BinhExperience the magnificence of Bai Dinh Pagoda, Southeast Asia's largest complex, nestled at the base of Dinh Mountain. Marvel at colossal stone statues, immense bronze bells, and a monumental 100-ton bronze Buddha. Enjoy panoramic vistas before returning to Ninh Binh for lunch. Later, embark on a captivating bamboo boat excursion through the Trang An Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Glide along winding waterways and through limestone caves, passing by ancient temples, while taking in the serene beauty of this natural wonder. This boat excursion is an essential part of your Ninh Binh adventure, offering a tranquil and captivating experience.Accommodation: In Ninh BinhMeals: Breakfast
Day 8 Halong Bay CruiseSet aside the bicycles and embark on a morning drive through the lush farmlands of the Red River Delta, where you'll witness vibrant green rice fields and experience the charm of Vietnamese village life. Upon arriving at Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning limestone islands, step aboard a traditional boat for an enchanting overnight cruise through this natural wonder. Marvel at limestone karsts, deserted beaches, tranquil fishing villages, and hidden lagoons, all in the captivating setting of Halong Bay.Accommodation: On the boatMeals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerPlease note: The Halong Bay cruise itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 9 Halong Bay Cruise & Overnight Train to HueIf weather permits, enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise over the bay and opt for Tai Chi or a tranquil moment with coffee or tea, observing the fishermen. The boat sets sail once more, giving you the chance to appreciate once more the beauty of Halong Bay before returning to the pier and heading back to Hanoi. Later in the evening, catch the Reunification Train to Hue, the former Capital city of Vietnam. Hue is home to the impressive Imperial City, a distinguished UNESCO World Heritage Site, that awaits your exploration.Accommodation: On the trainMeals: Breakfast
Day 10 HueAfter disembarking from the train in Hue, transfer to your hotel for check-in, and enjoy the morning at your leisure. Later, immerse yourself in the grandeur of a bygone era as you visit the Imperial Citadel, which once served as the ruling grounds of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Following your tour of the Imperial Citadel, discover the vibrant atmosphere of Dong Ba Market, renowned for its exquisite conical hats and an array of local products. Tonight, indulge in the rich flavours of local delicacies at one of Hue's finest restaurants at your leisure.Accommodation: In HueMeals: Breakfast
Day 11 Overland Travel to Hoi AnToday, embark on a captivating upstream cruise along the Perfume (Huong) River aboard a dragon boat, passing by the Imperial City en route to the sacred Thien Mu Pagoda. Explore the serene halls and shrines of Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, delve into the intriguing histories of the two Nguyen emperors, Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, whose reigns coincided with France’s colonial rule. Visit the opulent tombs of these emperors, each reflecting a unique legacy. Tu Duc's Tomb is a poetic masterpiece amidst lush gardens, reflecting the emperor's love for nature and literature. Khai Dinh's Tomb is an enchanting fusion of Vietnamese and European styles, boasting intricate mosaics and vibrant colours.Head south on a picturesque three-hour drive to Hoi An. Travel along the road by the East Sea, offering breath-taking coastal views, and admire the stunning mountain scenery on the Hai Van Pass, known as the Road of the Ocean Clouds. Upon arriving in Hoi An, you will check into the hotel. Here, you will have the rest of the day to unwind after your journey.Accommodation: In Hoi AnMeals: Breakfast
Day 12 Hoi An Walking Tour & Thanh Ha Pottery VillageHoi An, an enchanting UNESCO World Heritage city, was a significant Asian trading port in the 16th and 17th centuries. The city still retains its remarkable architecture and laid-back lifestyle, seemingly untouched by time. Today, trade revolves around fine arts, crafts, and tailor-made clothing. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter to explore Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, Tan Ky ancestral house, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and Hoi An's lively market.Later, enjoy a delightful three-hour boat cruise along the Thu Bon River. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you visit Thanh Ha pottery village, where generations of artisans have perfected the delicate art of pottery-making. Continue to the charming Kim Bong carpentry village, where skilled artisans create beautiful handicrafts and sculptures, preserving the essence of their cultural heritage.Accommodation: In Hoi AnMeals: Breakfast
Day 13 My Son Cham Pa RuinsDiscover the Champa Ruins of My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Champa temples dating from the 4th to the 13th centuries, showcasing intricate Hindu architecture that reflects Vietnam's rich cultural history. After exploring My Son, return to Hoi An. Enjoy leisure time to explore the peaceful countryside, perfect for leisure cycling experiences. Take a walk through the ancient town of Hoi An, exploring the picturesque centre with its restored 18th-century merchants' houses, mossy-roofed chapels, and temples. Hoi An is also home to silk shops, art galleries, handicraft shops, and dozens of excellent restaurants. It's renowned for its tailoring as well. Bring your favourite piece of clothing or even just a picture, and they can replicate it for you."Accommodation: In Hoi AnMeals: Breakfast
Day 14 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City & Afternoon SightseeingFly to Ho Chi Minh City, often known as Saigon among locals. Situated near the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest urban centre. Upon arrival, embark on an interesting city tour. Visit the War Remnants Museum, providing insights into the American phase of the Vietnam War. Explore the Reunification Palace, once the residence of South Vietnam's President. Immerse yourself in the Notre Dame Cathedral, a spiritual and cultural landmark from the era of French presence in the Orient. Continue to the General Post Office, an elegant example of French colonial architecture. Conclude your tour with a visit to Ben Thanh Market, where you can explore a diverse selection of goods, ranging from delightful confections to fresh produce.Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh CityMeals: Breakfast
Day 15 Mekong DeltaExplore the charming Mekong Delta on your journey to Ben Tre, known as the homeland of coconuts. Discover the local lifestyle centred around coconuts, used to create various products like fibres, coconut flesh, milk, and oil. Witness traditional brickmaking at a kiln. Take a serene sampan boat ride along the Mekong River, surrounded by fishing and cargo vessels. Ride a “Xe Lam” or bike through the village, savour honey tea and tropical fruits. Visit a workshop to learn about pop rice, coconut candy, and fiery rice wine. Enjoy a tranquil rowing boat journey through a creek lined with water coconut palm trees. Observe locals crafting hats and mats, using coconut leaves for their homes. Conclude with a sampan boat ride to My Tho, where your private vehicle awaits to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh CityMeals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16 Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion
Set off on an approximately 60km drive outside of Saigon to the legendary Cu Chi tunnels. An incredible underground tunnel network was constructed by the Viet Cong to fight the American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War. Learn about how the tunnels were built, the conditions faced by soldiers and guerrillas, and the hardships they endured while using the tunnels. You even have the option to descend into the real tunnels where the Viet Cong hid and fought. After exploring the tunnels, you will be driven back to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Accommodation: In Ho Chi Minh City
Day 17 Depart Ho Chi Minh CityDepending on the time of your flight, a private car will transfer you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your onward journey.Accommodation: Check-out time is 12:00Meals: Breakfast
PRICES & DETAILS
A rough idea of the price and what is included in this tour program. The exact price depends on the season, accommodation and activities, it will be provided on your personalised quote.
|GROUP SIZE||2 PERSONS||3 – 6 PERSONS||7 – 10 PERSONS||SINGLE SUPP.|
|Valid from Aug 01, 2023 – Sep 30, 2024|
- Prices are quoted in USD per person based on double-sharing occupancy.
- Prices apply for individual traveller bookings only (FIT, not groups).
- Single supplement will be added to the package prices for bookings of single occupancy rooms.
- Fourteen nights of hotel accommodation
- One night of accommodation on a non-private boat
- One night of accommodation the Reunification sleeper train Hanoi to Hue (sharing a 4-berth cabin)
- All specified sightseeing, including entrance fees
- Transportation and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Knowledgeable local guide proficient in either English or French
- Domestic flights as specified
- Daily breakfast, four lunches, and one dinner
- Government tax and service charges
What's Not Included
- Any International flights
- Vietnam Visa
- Single supplement
- Optional tours and activities
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Tips & gratuities
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks
- Any other services not specified in the itinerary