- Trip Includes & Excludes
In the Vietnam Discovery tour you will visit the legendary sites but also have the opportunity to experience the local lifestyle, from the fishing villages of Halong bay to Mekong delta, who will teach you some of the local tricks of the trade.
Duration: 22 Days 21 nights
Derpart from: Hanoi
PACKAGE PRICE IN USD PER PERSON AT: All are private tour
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Day 01: Hanoi arrival
Welcome to Hanoi airport, then transfer to the city center for checking in hotel. As you have had a long air-trip, the rest of the day is free at your leisure or for a first discovery of Hanoi, and our guide is always available at your request. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02: Hanoi – City (B/L/-)
AM: Getting started from your hotel at 8.30 AM, driving to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum - the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father or uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt HouseOne Pillar Pagoda - a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave One Pillar Pagoda and transfer to West Lake, visit Tran Quoc pagoda then having lunch.
PM: After lunch, you will be transferred to visit the Temple of literature. Continue to visit Museum of Ethnology - the most interesting museum in Hanoi with many different things relating the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem lake (Restore Sword Lake). The last place of the tour is taking a walk for few minutes to visit The old quarter of Hanoi, finally enjoy Vietnam traditional water puppet show within one hour. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 03: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu & Tam Coke Bich Dong caves) - Lao Cai (B/L/-) 08:00 Meet your tour guide at hotel’s lobby
- Depart for Ninh Binh province (90 km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs.
- Arrive at Hoa Lu, which was once depicted the ancient capital of Viet Nam, settling up in the 10th century.
- Visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time.
- Learn about ancient culture through an excavation of vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated 10th century.
12:30 Arrive Tam Coc. Relax and enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant nearby.
- Board the sampan boats in Tam Coc going along river among the villages, mountains and rice fields. Passing through 3 caves "Hang Ca - First cave, Hang Hai -Second cave, Hang Ba - Third cave" to get a wonderful feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.
18:00 Arrive in Hanoi. After your own dinner, transfer to Hanoi Railway Station, we will catch the train to Lao Cai at 21h30. Overnight on train in tourist sleeper wagon, the journey will last for 10 hours.
Day 04: Lao Cai – Bac Ha (Sunday market) – Sapa (B/L/-)
07h00: the train arrives at Lao Cai railway station and our van will transfer you to Bac Ha. Upon arrival to Bac Ha, you can see thousands of people of different minorities and from every part of the area flock to Bac Ha for their weekly most important activity, Bac Ha Sunday Market. Living in the high and remote mountains, these people consider the Sunday Market as a good chance to go out, meet people, drink alcohol and exchange their handy-made products. You will see a lot of hill tribes in colorful dressing participating in this colorful melting pot. Back to Sapa on late afternoon. Overnight in Sapa
Day 05: SAPA– Lao Chai Ta Van (B/L/-)
After breakfast, the tourist will visit Lao Chai - Ta Van Village to understand more about ethnic minority communities, enjoy imposing mountain scenery, terraced fields, marvelous nature.
Visit ancient sacred stones with big - small ones which have many unique images, secret sigh. See bridge which made by rattan like Muong Hoa stream. You have lunch in Lao Chai.
13h30: The van will pick you up at Ta Van come back to Sapa Town. Free shopping at market. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 06: Cat Cat Village – Lao Cai – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/D)
07h00: Breakfast at hotel.
08h00: Visit Cat Cat village- the traditional profession of Mong people. Visit Muong Hoa stream, Tien Sa waterfall … take photos of terrace fields, learn about daily life of ethnic minority.
15h00: It‘s time to say “Good bye Sapa!” and drive back to Lao Cai. Dinner at Local restaurant. At the end of the day we catch the train back to Hanoi. Overnight in the train, sleeper wagon.
Day 07: Hanoi Arrival – Free day at your time (B/-/-)
Arrival in Hanoi on early morning, our van pick you up to hotel for check in. Breakfast at hotel and free at your time for leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 08: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
We take you to one of the wonders of nature; Halong Bay. During our way we pass magnificent green rice paddies tended by peasant women with conical hats. The entire rice paddy strip is like a beautifully designed patchwork which leads us to the heart of the Red River Delta. In Halong City we enter our private boat for a full afternoon of cruising in the bay of the dragon, with more than 3000 limestone islands scattering up from the emerald water. You will be overwhelmed by its sublime beauty and serenity. Ha Long Bay was recognized as Natural World Heritage by UNESCO in 1994 and is worldwide known for its unique landscape endowed by wind and water. We visit some of the most beautiful grottos and have the opportunity to get a panoramic view of the bay as we climb the Ti Top Mount. In the evening you enjoy a meal of fresh seafood, including shrimps, squids, fishes and other delicious bites prepared by our professional cooks. After watching the sun go down in this fairytale-like environment we sleep on board of our deluxe Junk.
Day 09: Halong Bay - Hanoi – Hue (B/L/-)
After waking up in this dreamy environment, white sandy beaches appear as the tide begins to fall. Great opportunities for swimming and sunbathing! We take a small boat to reach some fishing villages in the middle of Lan Ha bay to experience their floating life. We visit their floating schools and experience their floating mini-supermarkets! After this amazing experience we continue our way back to the road to drive towards Bai Chay where we have lunch in a local restaurant. We return to Hanoi for the flight to Hue. Pick up to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue (B/L/-)
Morning: we visit the Forbidden Citadel, which seems to be untouched despite turbulent history like the wars. With a small sampan we make a cruise upstream the Perfume River to visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda and the Hon Chen Temple. From here, we will start a trek towards the remote area of small imperial tombs. Impressive and mysterious, because many of these imperial tombs seem to be forgotten. We will finalize our excursion at one of the most romantic places of the area; the complex of Tu Duc Emperor's tomb. Located in lush vegetation, the tomb combines majesty with oriental charm.
The rest of the day you will be free to visit the Dong Ba Market, to search for nice souvenirs for the loved-ones at home. Overnight in Hue
Day 11: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/L/)
We leave to Hoi An by the well-known and stunning Mandarin Road. On the top of the Ocean Cloud Pass, we have a panoramic view over Danang and the surrounding areas. In Danang city we visit the Cham Museum, exposing countless antique articles of the former Cham Kingdom which lasted until the 16th century. We climb the Marble Mountains, a set of 5 mountains which represent the 5 factors that constitute our universe. From here, the view upon China Beach is in one word breathtaking.
We continue our trip by arriving in Hoian. Also this ancient town was recognized by UNESCO as being World Cultural Heritage in 1999. Hoian used to serve as an active port of trade with the Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese people during the 17th and 18th centuries. The streets, houses and architecture are remained ‘untouched’, despite turbulent history. We also visit the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Tan Ky ancient house before checking-in at the hotel in Hoi An .
Day 12: Hoian - Tra Que Farming (B/L/-)
After breakfast we would like to combine some free time with shopping possibilities or Swimming (Cua Dai Beach), than a visit to TRA QUE VILLAGE(“vegetable village”) with cooking lunch and learning about vietnamese cousine. Free at your time for leisure. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 13: Hoi An – My Son – Nha Trang (B/-/-)
After having a nice breakfast in our hotel we continue our trip towards My Son holly land. Located just 60 km from Danang, My Son includes a complex of impressive temples and sanctuaries of the former capital of the Cham's Kingdom. This area used to be a glorious empire between the 5th and the 13th century. Today, most of the temples are nothing more than a mysterious impression of what the bright period of the Indian culture of the Cham people could have been. Return to Danang for flight to Nha Trang, you will be welcomed by our guide by arrival at Cam ranh Airport. Overnight in our hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 14: Nha Trang (B/L/-)
Nha Trang Sight-seeing tour: Ocean Institute, Long Son Pagoda, Cham Tower of Po Nagar and then enjoy a pleasantly healthy mud bath at the hot spring nearby. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 15: Nha Trang– Dalat (B/L/-)
After breakfast, leaving there to Dalat. Lunch at local restaurant upon arrival.
In the afternoon, visit Emperor Bao Dai’s summer palace - Crazy house – Cable car (return ticket) to Robinson Hill, Thien vien Truc Lam Pagoda. Overnight in Dalat flower city…
Day 16: Dalat (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to visit – Valley of Love, Dalat flower garden… and transfer to Dalat… Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, transfer to visit Lambiang located on Lang Biang Plateau, Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province. It’s only about 12km from Dalat centre and sometimes called Lam Vien Mountain as well. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 17: Dalat – Ta Cu mountain – Muine Beach (B/L/-)
Breakfast and transfer to visit Ta Cu Mountain in Phan Thiet belongs to Ta Cu tourist site which attracts a lot of tourists come here to explore and take part in recreational games. On the top of the mountain, there is a sacred Buddhist pagoda with the name Linh Son Truong Tho pagoda for the Buddhists pilgrims and tourists come to visit and worship daily. Currently, this is the most famous tourist site in Phan Thiet. Check in hotel and overnight.
Day 18: Muine Beach – Saigon (HCM City) –Tay Ninh (B/L/-)
Breakfast and transfer back to Saigon for lunch, in the afternoon, transfer to the village of Tay Ninh where we visit the Cao Dai Temple, the center of Caodaism in Vietnam. Caodaism is a bizarre and unique sect in Vietnam, which represents a mix of Taoism, Christianity and Confucianism. Saints who are praised here are Jesus, Buddha and legendary people like Victor Hugor, Churchill and Nguyen Binh Khiem! Their religious ceremony is celebrated everyday and we will have the chance to get to know more about this mysterious sect. Oveernight in HCM city.
Day 19: HCM – Cai Be floating market - Vinh Long – Can Tho (B/L/-)
AM: Leave the frenzied pace of the city behind for the sedate pace of the Mekong Delta at 0800 and along the way soak up the wonderful scenery. After arriving in the town of Cai Be, board your boat for a cruise on the mighty Mekong River, cruise down small tributaries and waterways and explore the delta's second most famous produce after rice, tropical fruits. On Binh Hoa Phuoc Island, visit a famous Bonsai Garden which is owned by local celebrity 'Mr Giao'. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the gardens which are filled with ancient plants sculpted into strange forms and shapes.
PM: In Vinh Long your car and driver will be waiting to transfer you to Can Tho city for overnight.
Day 20: Can Tho – Saigon (HCM city) (B/L/-)
AM: After enjoying breakfast at the hotel you will make an early departure to see the delightful Cai Rang floating market, perhaps the most colorful and unique of all the markets in Vietnam. Depart the floating market by boat, then onto Cai Rang Be canal and then have a lunch.
PM: After a delicious Vietnamese lunch, visit some of small fruit garden & enjoy tropical fruit there. (you can take biking 30 minutes in the countryside road - require surcharge for biking fee ). Back to Saigon for overnight.
Day 21: Saigon - Free day at your time (B)
Breakfast and free time for leisure or shopping. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 22: Saigon (HCM City)– Departure (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, car / van pick you up from hotel and transfer to Tan San Nhat airport for Ho Chi Minh city departure to the next destination or coming back home. Goodbye Vietnam and “Hen gap lai” (See you again).
End of services.
– Accommodation in 03star hotel on triple sharing room with daily breakfast
– Full board with meals as stated in the program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Diner)
– Air-conditioned Car/Van for all land transportations
– Train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (A/C wagon for tourist/4pax/cabin)
– Local English speaking guide.
– Boat trips as mentioned in the program above.
– Entrance fees
– Cable car (return ticket)
– Water puppet show
– Drinking water on tour (2bottles per day per pax)
– Domestic air-fares and airport tax as indicated in the program: Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Nha Trang
– Visa stamp & fees (We can arrange both visa approval letter and visa on arrival upon request)
– International air tickets and airport tax not mentioned in the program
– Meals not mentioned in the program (between 10USD/meal/person)
– Drinks, tips, phone and all personal expenses not clearly indicated in the