BEST OF VIETNAM TOUR

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The 16 Days – Best of Vietnam Tour will take you to the most well known tourist sites in Vietnam, highlighting the historical sites in different cities, this well paced tour encompasses all the must see sights of Vietnam: Hanoi Old Quarter, the beauty of Halong Bay’s nature, the Old Royal City in 19th Century in Hue, … through this tour you will have chance to discover the history, customs, cultures, religions, beliefs about ethnic minorities in Vietnam, you will have opportunity to know-well about Vietnamese lifestyle.

Tour Duration: 16 Days
Tour Route: Hanoi - Sapa - Halongbay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh
Dates: Daily
Starts/Ends: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature
Activity Level: Easy
BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa

Day 4: Fansipan Peak – Cat Cat Village

Day 5: Sapa – Hanoi

Day 6: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay over night on cruise

Day 7: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue

Day 8: Hue

Day 9: Hue – Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An Countryside Tour By Motorbike

Day 11: Hoi An Free & Easy

Day 12: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh – Cai Be

Day 15: Cai Be – Vinh Long – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh

Day 1: ARRIVE IN HANOI

Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties.
At Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in.

Day 2: HA NOI CITY TOUR – WATER PUPPET SHOW (B/L)

AM: Have breakfast in your hotel. Then you will start Hanoi city tour with visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace – a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. You will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda – one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture. Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature – The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next you will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow – speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital.

After that you will enjoy Water Puppet Show – A traditional art performance of Vietnam tour. O/N in Hanoi.

Day 3: HA NOI – SA PA (B/L)

07:00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by the driver and transfer to Sapa by shuttle bus.

At about 12h30: Arriving in Sapa, have lunch at a local restaurant and go to your hotel to relax. After lunch, we start trekking from Sapa town. Our trekking route is from here to through the villages of Hmong and Dzay people, chances to meet the locals working on the mountainsides or the rice terraces, to take photograph of picturesque valleys & awesome scenery, then keep on trekking to Ta Van village of Dzay. Return to Sapa town.

Free at your leisure for the rest of day. O/N in Sapa.

Day 4: FANSIPAN PEAK – CAT CAT VILLAGE (B/L)

AM: : A half day tour to explore the highest peak of Indochina, Mt. Fansipan (3.143m) by the newly launched cable car.

PM: Visit Cat Cat village of the black H’mong, walk around the village  and then return to Sapa.. O/N in Sapa.

Day 5: SA PA – HA NOI (B/L)

AM: you will have free time in Sapa for walking around the town.

PM: 15:00 return Hanoi by shuttle bus. Arrive Hanoi at 20:00PM and check in hotel. O/N in Hanoi.

Day 6: HA NOI – HA LONG BAY OVER NIGHT ON CRUISE (B/L/D)

09.00 AM: The driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 2.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands.

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, you will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Day 7: HA LONG BAY – HA NOI – HUE (B/L)

You will continue our journey on Halong Bay in the early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on a cruise. Sitting on the upper deck; you can relax, sight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. After breakfast, you will explore Sung Sot cave – one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next, keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life.

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch. You leave the boat around 11:30 at noon, you go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi.

About 15.00 PM, you will arrive at your hotel in the Old Quarter. Our private car will wait for you at the hotel, transfer you directly to the airport for your flight to Hue. When arriving in Hue, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel by our tour guide and driver. Stay overnight in Hue.

Day 8: HUE (B/L)

08.30 AM: Our tour guide will wait for you at the hotel lobby to start the tour around Hue Old Citadel.
Rising up in the ancient land, you board on a private boat for cruising on the romantic Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient royal tombs of emperors past, and visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop. Setting in the converge of rivers, and gives you a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. From here you will take a drive to visit King Minh Mang tomb & King Khai Dinh tomb. Lunch at a local restaurant.
This afternoon you will join a tour of Hue City including the Old Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City – an amazing historic landmark in Hue – a definite must-see sight to learn more about the history and architecture that visitor should not miss when travelling to that peaceful area. After the tour you will be transfer back to your hotel. Free in the evening. Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: HUE – HOI AN (B/L)

08h30 : Transfer to Hoi An( 120km far from Hue). On the way, you will stop at Lang Co beach, Hai van pass. On arrival Da Nang, visit Marble mountain- Ngu Hanh Son ( Moutains of the Five Elements ). Climb up Thuy Son ( Water ) by the stone stairs and enjoy the panoramic view of the nearby countryside, and visit Huyen Khong cave before entering Tam Thai and Linh Ung pagodas. Take a rest at the foot of the mountain, where you can visit Non Nuoc stone village. Here, you can see the local skillful sculptors creating many marble products which are exported to many countries worldwide.

14:00 PM arrive Hoi an. Check in hotel. Free at your leisure.

Day 10: HOI AN COUNTRYSIDE TOUR BY MOTORBIKE (B/L)

8:30 AM: Picking -up our guests at hotels/ hostels/ guesthouses
8: 35AM – 2:00PM: On our Hoi An Countryside Tour, you will discover 4 unique villages in the Hoian countryside one by one. At these villages you’ll have the following experiences:

Tra Que village: our local guides will tell you about the history of the village and the traditional farming practices used there. We will also have some Vietnamese coffee while enjoying the peaceful countryside views.

Thanh Ha village: in this village, our guests will visit a pottery workshop and fishing village. Here, we will learn how to make traditional Vietnamese pottery from the local artisans.

+ Kim Bong village: in this village, our guests will have the chance to observe a traditional occupational village. You will learn how to make rice noodles, a popular ingredient of many famous dishes.

Cam Thanh village: we will take you on a bamboo basket boat ride through the water coconut forests, a unique experience you can only have in Vietnam! We will have a cozy lunch while in this village.

Day 11: HOI AN FREE AND EASY (B/L)

Today is another day for you to get insight into peaceful beach in Hoi An enjoy whatever facilities or activities that you’ve missed at the previous day. If you would like to explore the Vietnam’s history and local life you should spend time to go to the ancient town, by shuttle bus or bike, to explore the unique old architecture as well as go shopping. Overnight stay in Hoi An.

Day 12: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L)

About 02 hours before your filght, the driver will come to the hotel and drive you to the airport for your 90 minute flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City.
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, the most bustle and hustle city in the south of Vietnam. This is one of the must-visit first cities attracting international tourists. At Tan Son Nhat Airport, the guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in.
After relaxation, it is your free time to discover the city, walk around Ben Thanh market or taste very delicious local cuisine. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 13: HO CHI MINH (B/L)

08.30 AM: After breakfast at hotel, your private guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. A one and half hour drive takes you to Cu Chi Tunnels where human knowledge has been enriched by experiencing an web-like tunnels system of more than 200km in length which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war against American troops.
After the lunch in the local restaurant, in the afternoon, you will have a city tour including the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many locals. The tour also includes the War Remnants Museum, the Old Post OfficeChinatown and Ben Thanh Market – the central market for the city and one of the liveliest areas.
About 04.30 PM, the tour finishes and you will be dropped off at your hotel and then you are free to relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 14: HO CHI MINH – CAI BE (B/L)

07.30 AM: After breakfast, your guide will take you to the trip to Cai Be pier ( 86km ) from HCMC by car / van via Trung Luong Freeway.
The program will start with a visit of Cai Be floating market. Then, we’ll come to Tân Phong island for biking / walking on village paths to see the local daily life: orchard, school, church, pagoda, traditional houses and maybe the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta… On the way, we can make some stops to see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof and specially see how they wave the dried water-hyacynth to make many products: baskets, bags, hats, wallets, shoes…

Then, the rowboat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy the peaceful time. Lunch can be served at Ba Kiet / Muoi Huong

Back to our boat to go across one of the longests river in the world, Mekong River, to come to An Bình Island. Travel on Muong Lo handmade canal to check in at Út Trinh homestay

Have a fresh shower before cooking some special dishes with the members of local family. We’ll enjoy dinner & overnight at homestay.
*If group of 1-9pax: enjoy traditional music before check-in

*If group of 10pax&up: enjoy traditional music after dinner

Day 15: CAI BE – VINH LONG – HO CHI MINH (B/L)

Have a breakfast and check-out for a walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning & arrive the local workshop to see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop- rice... Enjoy some sweets with a cup of hot tea. Boat trip to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. Our boat will go along the floating village. We will see how to farm catfish on Mekong river. Also, we can visit Vinh Long market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetables… The cruise will end at Vinh Long city around 10:00AM!

Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Lunch en-route at a local restaurant.
Once in Ho Chi Minh city, do check-in and free time at your leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 16: HO CHI MINH (B/L)

Free time at your leisure, sightseeing, shopping, buy souvenirs, and take photos until be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (03 hours prior to your flight time). Thank you and see you again!

 

 

 

 

Inclusions

  • 15 breakfasts 15 lunches 1 dinners
  • Hotel (15 nights), Cruise (1 night)
  • Car, Walking, Trekking, Cruise, Plane, Boating, , Bikking
  • Fly from Hanoi to Hue (1 hour 20 minutes)
  • Fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh city (01 hour 20 minutes)

 Included services

  • Accommodations with daily breakfast as mentioned
  • Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Water on coach per tour days
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions
  • Internal flights
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