Discover Vietnam 18 days

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Tour information:

  • Tour code: T88VP03
  • Duration: 18 days
  • Transport: car, boat
  • Route: Noi Bai Airport – Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels  – Mekong Delta – departure.

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Itinerary in brief:

  • Day 01 Hanoi – Arival
  • Day 02 Hanoi City tour – Night train
  • Day 03 Lao Cai – Sapa
  • Day 04 Sapa villages – Hanoi
  • Day 05 Hanoi – Halong
  • Day 06 Halong – Cat Ba
  • Day 07 Cat Ba – Halong – Hanoi – Hue
  • Day 08 Hue – city tour Car + boat
  • Day 09 Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An
  • Day 10 Hoi An Free
  • Day 11 Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang
  • Day 12 Nha Trang Boat
  • Day 13 Nha Trang – Saigon
  • Day 14 Saigon – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi
  • Day 15 Saigon city tour
  • Day 16 Saigon – Mekong Delta
  • Day 17 Mekong Delta – Saigon
  • Day 18 Saigon – Departure

Itinerary in details:

Day 1: Noi Bai Arrival – Pick up (D)

Arrive at Noi Bai Airport. Meeting with your guide and transfer to the hotel.

Welcome dinner featured with Vietnamese specialty at local restaurant. Evening is reserved for Water Puppet Show. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour – Sapa (B,L) (Night train)

Your tour starts with a visit to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, One pillar pagoda and Visit Ethnology Museum. After lunch, visit Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first college -Quoc Tu Giam then roaming around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old quarter with a cyclo ride.

20.00 Transfer to Train Station for night train to Sapa. Overnight on the train (solf sleeper A/C cabin).

Day 3:  Sapa – Cat Cat (B)

Early arrive in Lao Cai (5h30), pick up and transfer to Sapa. Free for visiting ethnic market in Sapa town.

Afternoon trekking to visit Cat cat village, H’mong people and Cat Cat waterfall lying in a small valley. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Lao Chai – Ta Van – Hanoi (B, L) (Night train)

All day trekking to visit some minority villages. Lao Chai – Ta Van.You will meet some different minority people H’mong, Day, Red Dao, you can see the different colorful dresses.

17.00 transfer to Lao Cai train station for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train (solf sleeper A/C cabin).

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi (B, L,D)

5.00 Arrive to Hanoi Train Station. Pick up and transfer to the hotel. 08.00 Depart to Halong Bay. Arrive in Halong Bay around 12:00.

Begin your cruise in Halong Bay where seafood lunch is served on the boat. Go on admiring the amazing kasts with different formations on the way to the cave. Visit to the Halong Bay’s largest cave of Sung Sot (Amazing Cave).

Next stop is Titop Island where you can spend the time climbing up to the top of island for a panoramic view of the bay or go down for swimming at the sandy beach.

Back to the cruise, free for swimming, sunbathing … Relax on the sundeck and enjoy free fruit and drink served by the crew. Join a cooking demonstration to learn how to prepare some traditional Vietnamese dishes with our professional chefs then sit down for dinner.

After dinner, free time at your leisure: relaxing, enjoying music or fishing for squid and fish on the bay (equipment provided) then retiring to the comfort of your cabin.

Day 6: Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island – Lan Ha Bay (B,L,D)

Have breakfast on boat while cruising toward Cat Ba Island. Stop at Van Gia Village along the way to transfer to the day boat and cruise toward to Viet Hai Wharf belonging to Cat Ba National Park. Taking a 5km ride to Viet Hai village to explore the lifestyle of local residents.

Back to the boat then enjoy a kayaking trip to explore Tai Keo Lagoon and some sandy beaches. Have lunch while cruising to Beo Wharf. Disembark and check in your hotel in Cat Ba Island. Free to explore Cat Ba town for your own activities.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cat Ba Island.

Day 7: Cat Ba Island – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B,L,-)

After breakfast, transfer to Beo Wharf. Get on the day trip boat and cruise along Lan Ha Bay then transfer to our awaiting cruise on the bay.

Cruise stops over for swimming, snorkeling (equipment provided) and taking photos before cruising back to the harbor. On the way, witness the beauties of Dinh Huong Island (incense burner), Cho Da Island (stone dog), and Ga Choi Island (fighting cocks).

Disembark and take a bus to Halong City for lunch. Return to Hanoi with short break on the way. Arrive in Hanoi around 5:00 pm.

Evening take the night train to Hue (19.00 or 23.00). Overnight on train.

Day 8: Hue (B,L)

Pick up then transfer to your hotel in Hue. Boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Tu Duc and King’s tombs (Khai Dinh)  in the same morning.

Visit Imperial Citadel in the afternoon. The tour ends by shopping at Dong Ba Market. Free time for your own diner.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

Transfer to Da Nang . Spend time in Lang Co beach en-route, taking photograph from Hai Van Pass (The pass of Sea and Cloud). Cham Museum in Da Nang.

Transfer to Hoi An and free time. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An – Walking tour (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour to visit Hoi An ancient town with Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien Temple, Tan Ky Ancient House, Phung Hung house and cultural show rooms in Hoi An.

After your walking tour, if you have free time ,you can do shopping at the old town. Guide will take you back to the hotel. Free time at on your own activities.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Da Nang to the day train to Nha Trang (11.00 – 20.00).

Pick up and transfer to Nha Trang upon arrival. Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 12: Nha Trang boat trip (B,L)

08.30  Pick you up from your hotel and transport to Nha Trang harbor.

09.00  Leaving for Mun Island, observe the structure of Salangane Island and enjoy snorkeling on the extraordinary coral reefs which are covered with the multicolored fishes.

11.30 Leaving for Mot Island. Have lunch with many excellent dishes, enjoying the floating bar with big fun.

14.00 Getting to Tam Island and take a rest at Tam Resort. You can enjoy the fruit party and also some water sports.

15.45 Back to Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Visiting aquarium and seeing sea biology inside Neptune’s place with hundred of fishes.

16.45: Land at the harbor then back to the hotel. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 13: Nha Trang – Saigon  (B)

Free time to discover Nha Trang.

Afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight to Saigon. Pick up and transfer to hotel upon arrival. Free time at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 14: Saigon – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi (B,L)

Full day visit to two famous destinations in the southern including Tay Ninh and Cu Chi. Leave Ho Chi Minh City, we visit the head quarter of Cao Dai sect in Tay Ninh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. On arrival we see the ornate temple and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 15: Saigon – city tour (B,L)

Pick up at 08:30 and depart for the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that, visit War Remnant Museum, where you can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. Before lunch we stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get our good shots for our memory of the biggest city in Vietnam.

Afternoon visit: Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon, Chinese town and market. Here you can experience our Vietnamese Southern daily life. We will be back our hotel after visiting Giac Lam pagoda, one of the oldest and finest pagodas in Ho Chi Minh City

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 16: Saigon – Mekong (B,L)

08.00 Pick up at your hotel in HCMC. Depart for My Tho. Take the boat ride through the Bao Dinh natural canal; view the stilt houses and the fruit plantation along the river sides. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market. Proceed to the Tortoise island. Lunch served in the heart of the orchard. Enjoy the nice boat ride through the Tan Thach natural canal in Ben Tre, cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees. Visit the family where you can experience the agricultural lifestyle. Trekking through the fruit plantation in Thoi Son island, enjoy the rowing boat ride along the creeks before returning to My Tho by motorized boat. Proceed to Can Tho. Dinner on guests ‘account.

Overnight at hotel in Can Tho.

Day 17: Phong Dien – Cai Rang (B,L)

07.00 After breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market with the busy scene right at the time. Keep cruising through the small channels systems, visit the rice noodles making village. Experience the “Monkey Bridge “in the Delta. Visit the second floating market of Cai Rang.

Break time for lunch. Return to Ho Chi Minh City via Vinh Long to visit the local snake market.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 18: Saigon – Departure (B)

Free time until transfer to the airport for departure flight. End of services.
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Inclusions:

  • Pick up and see off services
  • Welcome dinner
  • Water puppet show
  • All transfers per program
  • Water and wet tissue
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi, Hanoi – Hue, Da Nang – Nha Trang
  • Welcome dinner and water puppet show ticket
  • Domestic flight Nha Trang – Saigon
  • Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Boat trip in Nha Trang
  • Boat trip in Hue
  • Mekong Boat trip
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions:

  • Visa arrangement
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Extra food and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses

Tour Notes:

  • Beware of your luggage and money
  • Passengers are advised not to take along big luggage for convenience.
  • Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
  • Bring passport to check in hotel and cabin
  • Things to bring: sun scream, swim suit, camera & good shoes.
  • All customers should follow tour guide’s instruction for your safety.

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