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Vietnam discovery – 14 days

  • Duration: 14 days -13 nights
  • Trip Code: VPT15
  • Price: Price From: $1364 - $2372
Be amazed by the French charm of Hanoi, View a traditional water-puppet performance, Relax onboard a junk on the pristine waters of Halong Bay, Dine on lavish seafood banquets, Explore imperial Vietnam in Hue, Try some tailor-made clothes in picturesque Hoi An, Check out the sights of Ho Chi Minh City, Cruise along the Mekong river, Go into the underground tunnels of Cu Chi, Observe the colorful ceremony of Caodaism.
  • meals included:: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
Day 1: Arrival to Hanoi
On arrival at Noi Bai international airport, you will be met by your local tour guide and driver taken and to your hotel in the city center. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ha Noi city.
 
Day 2: Hanoi – Lao Cai  ( B/L/_)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next head to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university (Almost 1000 years old). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a 1 hour cyclo tour of the old quarter of Hanoi with its busy streets full of shops offering bargains. Dinner at your expense. After dinner you will be transferred to the train station for departure to Sapa on the night train. Stay overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.
 
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van ( B / L / _ )
You will arrive at Lao Cai station at around 6:00am. Transfer from Lao Cai Station to Sapa. Enjoy breakfast and start our trek downhill to Y Linh Ho village in the Muong Hoa Valley. Stroll through rice paddies and small hamlets to witness the lifestyle of hill tribes in the area. Chat with local people in Lao Chai village. Continue roaming through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village, home of Dzay ethnic people. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way and continue on to the base of Sapa valley which is well known to be the most beautiful valley in the area. Head back to Sapa in the afternoon. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Sapa.
 
Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat – Ta Phin - Hanoi ( B / L / _ )
Breakfast at the hotel. Start a downhill trek to Cat Cat village, home of the Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy a nice waterfall in Cat Cat village and beautiful scenery along the way. You will be taken by Jeep back to Sapa. Check out of the hotel. Have lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, go by car to a village to visit the home of the Red Dao people, stroll around the village to explore the customs, daily life and weaving techniques of the Red Dao people. Transfer to Lao Cai for an overnight train back to Ha Noi. Stay overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.
 
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong ( B / L / D )
Arrive in Hanoi at around 5am. Pick up at the railway station for a transfer to a restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast depart for Ha Long Bay. Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay, board the junk. Enjoy lunch onboard and cruise the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay, including Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Sail island and Ti Top Beach. Have dinner on the junk as you enjoy the sunset. Drinks and stay overnight on the junk. (Optional: Kayaking).
 
Day 6: Halong - Hanoi - Hue ( B / L )
Have breakfast onboard, then visit Man's Head island, Tortoise island, Toad island and Bai Tho mountain. Return to the junk for lunch. After lunch, head back to Ha Long wharf and depart for Hanoi. Transfer to Noi Bai airport to board flight VN 1545 to Hue (20.10-21.20pm)  You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Dinner on guests account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hue city.
 
Day 7: Hue ( B / L  / _ )
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a morning cruise on the Perfume River. Visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, set in gardens and lakes.  In the afternoon, visit Dong Ba market and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy a night boat trip on the Perfume River, highlighted by a performance of Hue folk music. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hue city.
 
Day 8: Hue - Da Nang - HoiAn ( B / L  / _ )
Eat breakfast at your hotel before departing for Hoi An. Stop for photo opportunities and sightseeing at Hai Van pass, Lang Co beach and Marble mountain.  Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, roam around town and visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Pottery Museum, Old House of Tan Ky, the Cantonese congregation, silk street of Hoi An and Chinese-style temples and pagodas. Dinner at your expense. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hoi An.
 
Day 9: HoiAn - My Son - HoiAn ( B / L  / _ ) 
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for My Son to visit the Cham Holy land (World Heritage listed). Return to Hoi An.  Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, free leisure time in the afternoon to explore, go to the beach, shop or just relax. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hoi An.
 
Day 10: HoiAn - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City Tour ( B / L  / _ ) 
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Danang airport to board flight VN 1307 to Ho Chi Minh City (8.00-9.10am) You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Take a sightseeing tour to Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Visit some fantastic French colonial structures including the Notre Dame cathedral and the Old Central Post Office.Lunch at the local restaurant. Next, head to Chinatown and visit Thien Hau & Quan Am pagodas. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum we end the city tour with a trip to Ben Thanh markets, where anything and everything is up for sale. Dinner on guests account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh city - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City ( B / L  / _ ) 
When you finish breakfast, head west to Cao Dai Headquarters. On arrival, attend the fantastic mid-day temple service where followers fill the hall wearing colorful robes, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Lunch at the local restaurant. On the way back, visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Return to HCMC. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Day 12 : Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Be - Can Tho ( B / L / D )
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Cai Be by air-conditioned private car. Board a LE COCHINCHINE authentic Mekong sampan. Welcome aboard with a complimentary drink. Cruise down the river and explore the lively Cai Be floating market. Cruise through the intricate maze of waterways to visit  handicraft villages, meet local people, be invited inside their homes and sample various tropical fruit. Upon arrival at Vinh Long island where we will set off on a walking or cycling sightseeing tour of Binh Hoa Phuoc islets. Next the Le Cochinchine sampan sets sail to Can Tho via Cho Lach and Tra On. Disembark at Cho Lach village and take a pleasant a stroll or cycle along paths in the countryside and discover tropical fruit orchards and enjoy the local people's activities. Visit a cottage industry, a local farm and sample seasonal fruits. Take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong River to Mang Thit whilst enjoying aperitifs and a magnificent sunset over the river. Dinner and stay overnight on board.
 
Day 13 : Tra On - Can Tho - Vinh Long ( B / _ / _ )
Wake to the sounds of the Mekong Delta coming to life at the start of another wonderful day. After breakfast, cruise along canals and visit  Co Chien village to experience the lifestyle and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Take a leisurely cruise up the Bassac River (Hau Giang River) and enjoy the amazing scenery. On arrival at Can Tho, explore Cai Rang market, one of the liveliest floating markets in the Mekong Delta where hundreds of small boats laden with fruit jostle for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. Cruise along a palm-shaded canal to see traditional-style houses in which the local people live as well as lush orchards, busy ship-building yards and bustling markets where they make their livelihoods. It is now time to disembark from the boat. You will be met by a car and taken to lunch in a local restaurant. Lunch is at your own expense. Return to HCMC with a stopover at the bonsai gardens in My Tho. Arrive back in HCMC late afternoon. Dinner at your own expense. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
 
Day 14 : Ho Chi Minh City – departure ( B / L / _ ) 
Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy free leisure time until your transfer to the airport for departure. End of services.
Hotel Class Price in party of Single
Supplement
 
2 pax 3 - 4 pax 5 - 7 pax 8 - 10 pax
Standard Class ** $ 1729 $ 1588 $ 1435 $ 1364 $ 449 Booking
First Class *** $ 1811 $ 1670 $ 1519 $ 1448 $ 530 Booking
Superior **** $ 1961 $ 1821 $ 1671 $ 1601 $ 671 Booking
Deluxe ***** $ 2372 $ 2235 $ 2087 $ 2018 $ 1057 Booking

(Seasonal prices apply and will be confirmed when booking! All rates are quoted in US$ / person )

Tour price includes:

A/c private car/van for pick up, transfer and sightseeing as per program.
Domestic flights: Ha Noi - Hue; Da Nang – HCMC (economy class).
A/c private soft sleeper train ticket: Ha Noi - Lao Cai - Ha Noi. ( 2 - 4 pax/Cabin )
English speaking tour guide.
Shared cruises on Ha Long Bay & The Mekong river
Kayaking.
Private boat trips in Hue
All entrance fees, cyclos and cruises.
Hotel accommodation based on 2 guests sharing a Twin or Double room.
Approved letter of arrival for Vietnamese visa.
Half board package meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner).

Tour price excludes :
 
International flight to/from Vietnam
Vietnamese entry visa fee : US$25 
Travel insurance
Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program
Personal expenses.
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