DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI
Pick you up at Noi Bai airport on arrival, transfer to Hanoi for check in Hotel and free time on your own of exploration the city. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI- HALONG BAY CRUISES
Have breakfast at hotel before check out and heading for Halong Bay, some 170km from Hanoi capital, driving time around 2 and half hours.
Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
On arrival Halong city, welcome on board of Bai Tho Junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat. Overnight on board junk.(B/L/D)
DAY 3: HALONG BAY- HANOI- NIGHT TRAIN TO SAPA/ Train leave at 9.15
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay.
After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45.
Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping.
12h45 Transfer back to Hanoi by road and will be back Hanoi at early this afternoon, Free time for your walking in the old quarter Hanoi or having dinner before meet back our tour guide to transfer to Le Duan Train station for night train to Sapa, the train departs at 9.45pm tonight. Overnight on train.(B/L)
DAY 4: ARRIVAL SAPA- VILLAGE TREKS
Arrive in the early morning at Lao Cai station, near the Chinese border, take a scenic drive to the hill station of Sapa(some 40km), enjoy the spectacular views of rice –terraced mountains and black H’mong and red Dao hill tribe people dressed in their colorful wares walking along the roadside.
On arrival, check in hotel and have breakfast. From here we will start to hike down slope from the main road in Cat cat to visit black H’mong village, continue to hike from Cat cat to sinchai village before returning back to Sapa town. Overnight in hotel in Sapa.(B/L)
DAY 5: SAPA TREK TOURS
After having breakfast in a hotel we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Day people.
This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages.
Back to hotel in Sapa and free time, dinner will be served at local restaurant tonight.(B/L)
DAY 6: SAPA FREE DAY-LAO CAI-HANOI (NIGHT TRAIN)
A whole day for your free time of relaxing or shopping, no lunch or dinner today,
This afternoon, our guide and driver will be back to transfer back Lao cai city for taking night train, the train leave at 9.15 Pm (B)
DAY 7: HANOI – HUE ANCIENT CITY
On arrival Le Duan train station at early this morning, meet again the guide and driver to transfer to local hotel for your fresh up and to have breakfast, next is transfer to the Noi Bai airport at Hanoi for your flying to Hue at central Vietnam, the flight takes for 1hour.
On arrival Phu Bai airport of Hue, meet with our local guide and driver to transfer to the hotel for check in and fresh up.Overnight in Hue (B)
DAY 8: HUE CITY TOUR
Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty of Emperors from 1802-1945. There are many mausoleums to visit as well as the fascinating Dong Ba market, famous for selling the best conical hats in Vietnam.
This morning, we will start our sightseeing tour in hue including to visit the Imperial Citadel and the King tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh,
This afternoon you will be free on your own of exploration the city of go shopping.
Dinner in town is on your own too. Overnight in hotel in Hue (B/L)
DAY 9: HUE – HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Drive from Hue for two and half hours to Danang, we will pass the fishing village of Lang co before ascending the scenic Hai van pass (cloudy pass) where a spectacular panorama of the center coastline can be viewed at the summit, upon arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures and visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
Check in the hotel on arrival and free time for shopping and dinner. Overnight in Hoi An. (B/L)
DAY 10: HOI AN WALKING TOUR HALF DAY
Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics.
A morning walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 - year old, Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
Tour ends, free at this afternoon for your own exploration the town.
DAY 11: HOI AN- MY SON HOLY LAND
Have breakfast at the hotel before starting for our half day sightseeing tour to the holy land of Cham people in Vietnam some 60km away from Hoi an town, the My Son.
My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam.
The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century.
This site is a Must-See for those people who are interested in architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam.
Tour ends, we will drive back to Hoi an for your free time of shopping this afternoon. Tonight, we will spend one more night in Hoian hotel. (B)
DAY 12: HOI AN-DANANG- SAIGON
After breakfast, Free at leisure and next will transferred to the airport for flight to Saigon.
Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s biggest city, also called the Economic Capital. Today, the city’s core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings, so much so that Saigon was called the Pearl of the Far East(Hon Ngoc Vien Dong) or Paris in the Orient (Paris Phuong Đong).
Free time to visit Saigon. Overnight in hotel in Saigon. (B)
DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY TOURS- CU CHI TUNNELS
This morning, we will depart for Cu Chi tunnels. By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas –just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE.
The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon . At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like.
The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return back to Saigon for lunch, next will be visiting the Reunification Palace, war Museum, China Town and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Tour ends, transfer back Saigon for lunch and free time at leisure. Overnigth Saigon (B/L)
DAY 14: SAIGON– MEKONG DELTA 1DAY
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl.
On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The most interesting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the most beautiful Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits. And then we continue our trip to see fascinating local industries in Ben Tre Province.
After lunch we return to Saigon with stop over at the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel and Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 15: SAIGON DEPARTURE
Free time until transfer back the Tan Son Nhat International airport for flight onwards, tour ends (B)