Hanoi - Ha Long - Cat Ba - Sapa - Hue - Danang - My Son - Hoi An - Nha
Trang - Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Vinh Long - Can Tho
Highlights: Visit almost
important places in Vietnam: Tour from Hanoi. It’s a city of contrasts
where main roads and boulevards are a cacophony of traffic, but a few
steps away tiny back streets are calm and peaceful. The Halong Bay, a
world’s most remarkable seascapes. Overnight on traditionally styled
boats, but also floating mini-hotels. Visit the culture and heritage in
Hoi An, a World Heritage Ancient Town before discovering Mekong Delta and
Ho Chi Minh City.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, G = Guide
1: Arrival at Hanoi (D, G)
at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you'll be met and driven to your hotel.
You'll be picked up to watch the Water Puppet show an art form unique to
northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural
Your Welcome Dinner will be served at one of the good local restaurant.
spend the night in Hanoi.
2: Hanoi City tour (B, L, G)
You'll be picked up at your hotel to start a Hanoi city tour.
10.30: You’ll visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the
marble and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state
(closed on every Monday & Friday and October & November). You’ll
see the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked. You’ll continue
to visit the One Pillar Pagoda and hear the legend of its construction,
born from the love of an emperor in the 11th Century.
- 11.00: You’ll drive to visit the serene Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest in
Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s West Lake.
- 12.00: You’ll also call the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and the
dedicated to Confucius, it is a serene retreat from the busy streets
outside and later become Vietnam’s first university.
- 13.30: Lunch at local restaurant
- 15.30: Visit the Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54
distinct ethnic minorities.
- 16.15: Pass by Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Lake
of Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it en-route to one of
the city’s fascinating museums.
- 17.15: You’ll then take to the streets by cycle ride tour of the
Ancient Quarter of 36 streets District. This densely populated corner of
the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the
street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers
today, you’ll see streets name such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper
Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this
souvenir hunter’s paradise.
spend the night in Hanoi.
3: Exploring villages around Hanoi (B, L, G)
Drive and guide will pick you at your hotel to Van Phuc silk village
10.30: You’ll arrive in Van Phuc village, a small village where families
have specialized in weaving and dying silk over centuries, once the
creators of fine material for the robes of the Royal court.
- 12.00: Drive to Bat Trang - a village famous for its fine ceramics. You
can stroll through the narrow streets to watch the manufacturing process
and meet the craftspeople.
- 13.00: You'll have lunch box in the village.
- 14.30: You'll then be picked up to drive to visit the Dong Ho
handicraft village, famous for its traditional wood-paintings, and spend
time in an artist’s house to watch the creative process.
- 16.15: You’ll drive to one of a traditional village in the North of
Vietnam to enjoy its traditional Quan Ho music performed by villagers in
the commune house. The singers have recently been officially designated
as part of Vietnam’s ‘living heritage’.
- 17.15: You'll visit Dong Ky village where most of the local families
produce furniture inlaid with mother of pearl. It’s a good example of how
the villagers work co-operatively on different stages of the
return to Hanoi to spend the night.
4: Hanoi/Ha Long/Cat Ba (B, L, G)
You’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World
Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’
You'll take a short break at Hong Ngoc Embroidery workshop.
- 11.30: You'll continue driving to Ha Long Bay.
You’ll board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old
Vietnamese court vessels. It will take you first to the World Heritage
area where you'll visit Amazing Cave. You'll have time for swimming on
the emerald water in Ha Long Bay. Your lunch will be provided on board,
usually based on fresh seafood.
On arrival to Cat Ba Island, you'll be picked up by bus to your hotel.
You’ll spend the night in Cat Ba.
5: Cat Ba/Hai Phong/Hanoi/Lao Cai (B, G)
8.30: Breakfast at your hotel, you’ll then be free to relax at Cat Co
– 16.00: You'll take a short walk to the other harbor where you'll take a
hydrofoil to Hai Phong
– 18.00: Arrive in Hai Phong, you'll take a vehicles back to Hanoi, have
refreshment at a local 2-star hotel then transfer to the station for your
overnight train to Lao Cai.
6: Lao Cai/Sapa (B, L, D, G)
6.30: You'll be met by your tour guide at Lao Cai Station and have a
breakfast at the local restaurant.
11.30: You'll be picked up to visit a market frequented by ethnic
minority peoples. Although it’s quite a long drive, the landscape is
attractive and the ethnic markets are a fascinating experience. Unlike
those in the tourist areas, the markets that we choose are for not only
buying and selling, but also meeting places for ethnic minority people to
meet and exchange news. There will be plenty of color and authentic
costumes, but very little to buy as souvenirs unless you want to barter
for a water buffalo or a sack of fertilizer!
- 12.30: You'll have picnic lunch at local restaurant.
- 15.30: Drive to Sapa, a scenic mountain area with high peaks, rivers,
valleys and hillside terracing. The villages are traditional and are
typically tucked away at the bottom of the hill slopes. Most of the
villagers wear traditional costumes. The rest day will be free to explore
Sapa town by yourself. You’ll spend the night in Sapa.
7: Sapa/Lao Cai (B, L, G)
8.30: Breakfast at your hotel
11.30: You’ll hike down a scenic valley calling in at the H’mong ethnic
minority villages on the way. You'll then be driven by Jeep to visit Lao
Chai village - the village of Black H’mong people.
- 12.30: You'll have picnic lunch.
- 14.30: You'll take a Russian Jeep to visit Ta Van village - the village
of Day people and then visit Red Dao ethnic minority people of Giang Ta
- 15.00: You'll return to Sapa to refresh at a local standard hotel.
- 17.00: Escorted to Lao Cai station. You’ll have dinner by yourselves.
You'll then take an overnight sleeper train at 20.00 back to Hanoi.
You’ll spend the night on the train.
8: Hanoi free (B)
You'll arrive in the station and be escorted to your hotel. The rest day
will be free. You'll spend the night in Hanoi
9: Hanoi/Hue (G)
time will be your own until you'll be driven to the airport for your noon
flight to Hue. On arrival, you'll check in your hotel in the city centre
and have a Hue city tour in the afternoon.
16.30: You'll be picked up to visit Imperial Citadel, once the seat of
the Emperors of the powerful Nguyen Dynasty that ruled Vietnam from 1802
to 1945. You’ll begin with a stroll around the area between the Citadel’s
massive walls and the defensive moat, now filled with lotus flowers.
You’ll then enter via the Noon Gate to wander around the Thai Hoa Palace,
the Pavilion housing the Nine Urns of the Nguyen rulers, and the remains
of the Royal Palaces.
- 17.30: You'll visit the bustling Dong Ba market, which is one of the
most famous markets in the Centre areas. You'll spend the night in Hue.
10: Hue (B, L, D, G)
8.30: Breakfast at your hotel
10.00: You'll enjoy a motorized boat cruise along the Perfume River
along to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, a tranquil pagoda in the banks of
the Perfume River.
- 12.00: Take a drive to the Royal Tombs of Minh Mang, the most majestic
emperor and a staunch follower of Confucianism with many wives,
concubines and a small army of children.
- 13.30: Drive back to Hue for lunch at a typical Vietnamese restaurant.
- 16.45: In the afternoon, you'll drive to visit Royal Tu Duc tomb, the
"poet Emperor", is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake
and pavilion complex and the Royal Khai Dinh tomb is an unprepossessing
concrete construction on the side of a wide valley.
evening, you'll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a
comfortable atmosphere of another of the garden houses. The garden houses
are a unique feature of Hue. The houses are traditional, privately owned,
and set in attractive formal gardens.
spend the night in Hue.
11: Hue/Hoi An (B, L, G)
8.30: Breakfast at your hotel, you'll then be picked up to travel to Hoi
12.00: You’ll drive to Lang Co Beach and the lagoon far below. You'll
then cross the high mountain pass of Hai Van with excellent view to see
Danang spread out.
- 14.00: You’ll have lunch at local restaurant and have a brief to visit
Cham museum, a remarkable Hindu statuary.
- 15.45: Driver and guide will take you to visit Marble Mountain, Stone
Carving village where you can admire the stone products of local people
and Non Nuoc Beach.
- 17.30: You'll continue driving to Hoi An and have a visit Hoi An
Town, and enjoy its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam.
spend the night in Hoi An.
12: Hoi An/My Son/Hoi An (B, G)
8.30: Breakfast at your hotel
11.15: Drive to visit the World Heritage My Son Sanctuary, the guide will
show you the remains of the remarkable brick towers, and explain their
origins and purpose.
- 12.00: You'll return to Hoi An. Rest of day will be free perhaps to
stroll around the Old Quarter of relax on the beach. You’ll spend the
night in Hoi An.
13: Hoi An/Danang/Nha Trang (B)
time will be your own until you'll escorted to Danang airport for your
flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, you'll driven to your hotel to check in
at the hotel overlooking the bay. The rest day will be free on the beach.
You'll spend the night in Nha Trang.
14: Nha Trang boat tour (B, L, G) (join-in basis)
have a breakfast at your hotel before your vehicles comes to pick to you
to the harbor for your Nha Trang boat tour.
11.30: You'll take a cruise to Mun Island where you'll anchor
off for swimming and snorkeling, relax on the beach and enjoy the
beauty of the corals in the sea.
- 14.00: You’ll cruise to Mot Island for lunch on the boat, you'll then
have an entertainment such as dancing and singing together with other
passengers on the boat. A floating mini bar will served some of
Vietnamese wine with fruit.
- 16.15: You'll continue cruising to Tam Island for swimming or relaxing
on the beach. You'll have a fruit party on the boat on the way to Mieu
Island. You'll be rowed in a circular bamboo-basket boat to visit a
fishing village on Mieu Island.
- 16.30: You'll return to Nha Trang to spend the night.
15: Nha Trang city tour (B, G)
breakfast at your hotel, your car and driver will take you to the Nha
Trang city tour.
9.30: You'll be driven to visit Long Son Pagoda and hike up on steps to
the mountain where you'll have good view to sea Nha Trang city. You'll
also visit the one of the biggest Buddhist statues in Vietnam on the top
of the mountain.
12.10: You'll travel to visit to the impressive Ponaga Cham tower. You'll
then be taken to the hot spring spa for your relaxing in the mud baths
and mineral water pools. You can wallow in mud in an outdoor bath, shower
in spring water, and bathe for as long as you like in a large hot mineral
water swimming pool set in beautiful gardens.
afternoon, you'll be free to stroll around Nha Trang's beach. You'll
spend the night in Nha Trang.
16: Nha Trang/Ho Chi Minh City (B, G)
be free and then be picked up to Nha Trang airport for your flight to Ho
Chi Minh City. On your arrival at the Tan Son Nhat airport, you'll be
driven to your hotel. You'll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
17: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L, G)
Your car and driver will come to take you for your Ho Chi Minh City tour
10.30: You’ll be driven to visit History Museum, an exhibition of the 5th
century ‘Oc Eo’ civilization.
- 12.00: You’ll visit the Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial,
but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’
- 13.15: Lunch will be served at the local restaurant.
- 14.00: You’ll visit Centre Post Office with colonial building and the
- 14.45: You'll be driven to visit the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of
the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable
carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin
and tortoise sanctuaries.
- 17.00: You’ll have approximately two hour to visit the Ben Thanh
market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with
every conceivable commodity and a visit to lacquer workshop to see the
complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional
Vietnamese craft product. End of your services at the hotel. You'll spend
the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
18: Ho Chi Minh City/Tay Ninh/Cu Chi (B, L, G)
12.00: You’ll be picked up to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See in
time to watch the mid-day ceremony. The Cao Dai is a ‘new’ religion
unique to Vietnam with around a million followers. Both its creed and its
architecture are remarkable and exotic. The service lasts about half an
hour – the rituals are based upon an eclectic mixture of Catholicism,
Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. Discreet photography is OK, but shoes must
be left outside
- 13.30: You'll be driven to local restaurant to have lunch.
- 14.30: You'll visit the Cu Chi tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground
passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and
the Viet Cong to suddenly materialize as if from nowhere, launch a
lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly.
- 15.45: You’ll drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. End of the services at
19: Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long/Can Tho (B, L, G)
10.30: Drive to Vinh Long, a city famous by the Mekong River and floating
- 15.30: You’ll cruise to visit Cai Be floating market, fruit orchards, a
traditional family-run brick kiln, and drop in to look at some
traditional cottage industries - a workshop making the huge coffins
unique to the Mekong is particularly interesting. You'll have a lunch at
one of the local family and have a short show of traditional music in
Mekong Delta which is operated by the local people.
- 16.00: You'll have time to wonder around the fruit market to buy some
kind of famous tropical fruit such as banana, pomelo, dragon fruit and so
- 17.30: You'll be driven further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho where
you'll spend the night.
20: Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)
10.45: You'll have breakfast at your hotel and then be picked up to Ninh
Kieu Harbour. You'll then take about two hour boat trip to cruise along
the Mekong River to Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets. You can
enjoy the Mekong rural lifestyle.
- 13.15: You’ll travel back to Vinh Long to have lunch at local
- 15.15: You’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City. You'll spend the night in Ho
Chi Minh City.
21: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, G)
be free until you'll be picked up to the airport for your international
per person in US$:
Number of people
Supplement for single occupancy
until December 31, 2013
for peak season of hotels are not inclusive in the prices above.
Breakfast and accommodation in twin or double room.
One-way domestic flight tickets: Hanoi - Hue,
Danang - Nha Trang, Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City including domestic
flight airport taxes.
Return train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi,
air-condition soft four berth cabin.
Boats cruise as programme, enjoy a private cruise
on traditional junk in Ha Long Bay.
Hydrofoil ticket: Cat Ba - Hai Phong
Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an
experienced, safe driver.
Experienced English-speaking tour guide as
indicated in the itinerary.
Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned in the
Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the local
restaurants and on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
do not include:
International flight tickets and airport tax.
Dinners except as specified above.
Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
list for Five Stars standard
Hanoi: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi (***** city centre,
Cat Ba: Cat Ba Sunrise Resort (**** a secluded
resort by beautiful mountain and beach - private 8000 meters beachfront,
Seaview Superior Room) or similar
Sapa: Victoria Hotel (**** the best hotel in Sapa
with separate building, Superior Room)
Hue: Imperial Hotel (***** in the heart of city
centre, Deluxe River-view Room) or similar
Hoi An: Sunrise Hoi An Hotel (***** Perfectly
positioned along the popular Cua Dai Beach, Deluxe garden view room) or
Nha Trang: Sunrise Beach Resort (***** luxury hotel
overlooking the bay, Superior Sea-view Room) or similar
Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Hotel (***** city
centre, Colonial Superior Room) or similar
Can Tho: Victoria Hotel (**** on the bank of Mekong
River, Superior Room) or similar
list for Four Stars standard
Hanoi: Sunway Hotel Hotel (**** comfortable hotel
about a fifteen-minute walk from the city centre, Superior room) or
Cat Ba: Cat Ba Island Resort (**** a walking
distance to the beach, Superior Ocean-view Room) or similar
Sapa: Chau Long Hotel (*** overlooking Muong Hoa
valley & Mount Fansipan, New Wing ROH Room)
Hue: Huong Giang Hotel (**** on the bank of the
Perfume River, Deluxe River-view Room) or similar
Hoi An: Hoi An Trails Resort and Spa (****
surrounded by the De Vong river and green rice field. Just 20 minutes walk
to the beautiful beach, Superior Room) or similar
Nha Trang: Yasaka Hotel (**** located right on the
beachside of Nha Trang Bay, Superior Room) or similar
Ho Chi Minh City: Golden Central Hotel (**** city
centre, Deluxe room) or similar
Can Tho: Golf Hotel (**** city centre, Deluxe
River-view Room) or similar
list for Three Stars standard
Hanoi: La Belle Vie Hotel (*** good location,
Superior Room) or similar
Cat Ba: Holiday View Hotel (*** located in the heart
of Cat Ba tourist center, Superior Room) or similar
Sapa: Holiday Sapa (***, city centre, overlook the
beautiful valley, Superior Room) or similar.
Hue: Mondial Hotel (*** city centre with outdoor
swimming pool, Superior Room) or similar
Hoi An: Lotus Hotel (*** with swimming pool, 2km
from town centre, Superior Room) or similar
Nha Trang: Green Hotel (*** new high rise building
with nice view and service, Superior Room) or similar
Ho Chi Minh City: Elios Hotel (*** ideally located
in the city centre, Standard Room) or similar
Can Tho: Kim Tho Hotel (*** overlooking the Mekong
River, Superior Room) or similar
list for Two Stars standard
Hanoi: Nam Hai hotel (*** in the Old Quarter,
Standard Room) or similar
Cat Ba: Princes Hotel (** local standard, Standard
Room) or similar
Sapa: Thai Binh Hotel (** city centre, on the foot
of Ham Rong Mountain, Standard Room) or similar
Hue: DMZ Hotel (** good location, ROH Room) or
- Hoi An: Vinh Hung 2 Hotel (*** town centre,
Standard Room) or similar
- Nha Trang: Prime Hotel (***located close by Nha
Trang beach, just 5 minutes walking, Standard Room) or similar
Ho Chi Minh City: Hoang Phu Gia Hotel (*** the best
localted in district 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Superior room) or similar
Can Tho: Ninh Kieu Hotel (** city centre, Standard
Room in Hotel A1 & A2) or similar
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