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What to Expect

With its bustling cities, charming countryside, spectacular natural landscapes, and sumptuous cuisine, Vietnam is a destination that captures the imagination like no other. This vibrant backdrop is packed with highlights and offers something for every taste; there’s cooking classes, cruises, immersion activities, historical discoveries and cultural exploration. From the towering karst formations of Halong Bay to the Perfume River in Hue, and the busy streets of Saigon to sedate rice villages, Vietnam is an eclectic and unforgettable place, where magical memories are made

What You Will Do

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival

(-/-/-)

Chào mừngđến với Vietnam!
Upon arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai Airport your driver and guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Check-in at 14.00 pm and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 2

Hanoi - Understanding Vietnam’s People & Culture

(B/-/-)

After breakfast, meet with your driver and begin the day’s activities with a trip to Hanoi’s Ethnology Museum, exhibiting examples of architecture, puppetry, calligraphy and a unique stone game called O An Quan. Next, have lunch at Bun Cha Huong Lien, then visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076. After that, you will visit Ngoc Son Temple, located in the center of Hoan Kiem Lake. Finally, embark on a CYCLO tour to see Hanoi’s famous ‘36 streets’.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 3

Hanoi - Sapa - Black H’mong Village of Ma Tra

(B/-/-)

After breakfast, leave city life behind to enjoy a nice walk into a hidden valley in Sapa; an area that is seldom visited. Take a short walk along a dirt trail through beautiful gardens and lush pine forests, to the Black H’mong ethnic minority village of MaTra. Continue through paddy fields and spectacular scenery and visit a local school. From there, head to the church of Ta Phin, where your car will take you back to Sapa.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 4

Full-Day to Topas Riverside Lodge

(B/L/-)

Journey into Hoang Lien National Park, to Sin Chai village. You are now “off the beaten track”. Enjoy beautiful views of mountains, waterfalls and deep valleys, as the trail leads you to the Red Dao village of Nam Nhiu. Here you will meet villagers, visit their homes, and learn more about daily life. Walk to Nam Cang village, where lunch is served at Topas Riverside Lodge. Take a swim in the river, before meeting your driver for the journey back.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 5

Sapa - Hanoi

(B/-/-)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred back to Hanoi for time free at
leisure and overnight stay.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 6

Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay

(B/L/D)

After breakfast, transfer to Bai Tu Long Bay. Enjoy a welcome drink onboard the Tonkin Cruise boat, then set off cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay, with lunch served on board. Explore Vung Vieng Village. Swimming, sunbathing and relaxing are offered at Ban Chan Beach, then sit back and enjoy the sunset with a cocktail as the boat continues cruising to Cong Dong. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, then the evening is free at leisure.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 7

Bai Tu Long Bay - Ninh Binh

(B/L/-)

Halong Bay is breathtakingly beautiful in the mornings. Enjoy a session of Tai Chi on the upper deck of the boat, followed by a light breakfast. Visit Thien Canh Son cave and islets, then enjoy a delicious brunch as we continue to cruise back towards the harbor through beautiful green scenery. Meet your guide and driver for transfer to Ninh Binh for overnight stay.

Day 8

Ninh Binh - Van Long Nature Reserve Cycling Tour - Hue

(B/-/-)

After breakfast at your hotel, our guide and driver will collect you at around 8.00 am and transfer you to Van Long Nature Reserve; a famous location that appeared in the film King Kong 2: Skull Island in 2017. Enjoy lunch before departing to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, your driver and guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 9

Hue - Forbidden Purple City

(B/-/-)

Visit the Forbidden Purple City in the Citadel of Hue; a cultural and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. At noon, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Board a dragon boat on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Then, visit the tombs of the emperor’s Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, representing a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influences.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 10

Hue - Immersion Lang Co - Hoi An

(B/L/-)

After breakfast, you will check out and head to Hoi An via Lang Co; a unique natural location known locally as Heaven’s Door. Make a stop at a local fishing post, have lunch in an authentic stilt house above the water, and try the delicious fresh seafood prepared by the family. Swimming and snorkeling can also be enjoyed here. Next, head to Hoi An. Via the breath-taking Hai Van Pass and Lang Co beach.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 11

Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary & Old Town Walking Tour

(B/L/-)

At 8.30 am, start a walking tour to Japanese Covered Bridges, Pottery Museum, the centuries-old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and a vibrant local market. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will be driven to the World Heritage Site known as ‘My Son Sanctuary’; a cluster partially ruined Hindu temples, built between the4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. Return to Hoi An by local boat, then enjoy free time at leisure.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 12

Hoi An Free Day

(B/-/-)

Spend a day free at leisure.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 13

Hoi An - Saigon

(B/-/-)

Today you will have free time until your driver and guide pick you up 2.5 hours before your departure time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport, your driver and guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. At around 18.00 pm, depart from your hotel for a Vespa tour of Saigon, introducing you to the city’s unique and vibrant nightlife.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 14

Saigon - Mekong Rural Life

(B/L/-)

Travel by car to the Cai Be Cao Dai Oratories for transfer by the tourist boat to the floating rice market at An Cu commune in Cai Be district. Visit the ancient village of Dong Hoa Hiep commune and Tan Phong islet, before lunch at The Mekong Eco restaurant. Take a cycling tour to a number of local houses to learn about local cottage industries, then return to the pier and go back to Saigon.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Day 15

Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Departure

(B/-/-)

At 8:30 you will meet your driver and guide. A morning drive will take you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels; more than 200 km of tunnels built here by Vietnamese guerrillas during the American war. Explore the bedrooms, meeting rooms, air-raid shelters and smokeless kitchens, and experience life underground in this extraordinary tunnel complex. After visiting the tunnels, you will be transferred directly to Saigon Airport for your flight home.

(Overnight at local hotel)

Choice of accommodation

Our ‘15D14N Highlights of Vietnam’ package includes:

  • • All transfers and transport as per programme
  • • All accommodation as per programme (based on double/twin sharing room)
  • • Service of English-speaking guides
  • • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • • All entrance fees on tour

Our ‘15D14N Highlights of Vietnam’ package does NOT include:

  • • Air tickets (both domestic and international)
  • • Early check in/or late check-out where not mentioned above
  • • Insurance, Personal expenses, All drinks, Tip
  • • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • • Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (normally New Year periods, Christmas, Lunar New Year, and National Holiday)

Good to know

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