DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI, VIETNAM
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR - NIGHT TRAIN SAPA
Full-day city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, one pillar pagoda, temple of literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam, the first university of Vietnam from 10th century, The national fine art museum, next is enjoyed our one hour of cycle at he old quarter of “36 streets and 36 wares”.
Lunch will be served at local restaurant, after lunch, continue our sightseeing trip to Tran Quoc Pagoda, Army museum and if time permits, we will see the early show of the water puppet for 1hour, free time on your own of dinner before transfer to Le Duan Train station for night train to Lao Cai of Sapa, the train depart at 9.45 Pm. Overnight on Train (B/L)
DAY 3: ARRIVAL LAO CAI- SAPA VILLAGE TREKS
Arrive in the early morning at Lao Cai station, near the Chinese border, take a scenic drive to the hill station of Sapa, enjoy the spectacular views of rice –terraced mountains and black H’mong and red Dao hill tribe people dressed in their colorful wares walking along the roadside.
On arrival, check in hotel and have breakfast. From here we will start to hike down slope from the main road in Cat cat to visit black H’mong village.
Continue to hike from Cat cat to sinchai village before returning back to Sapa town.
Overnight in hotel in Sapa (B/L)
DAY 4: SAPA VILLAGE TREKS
After having breakfast in a hotel we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Day people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet.
Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages.
Back to hotel in Sapa and free time, dinner will be served at local restaurant tonight.(B/L)
DAY 5: SAPA FREE DAY- LAO CAI-HANOI/ Night Train
A whole day for your free time of relaxing or shopping or just climbing up the dragon raw mountain that near the town for visiting the orchid flower garden.
Free time for your own lunch (No lunch or dinner included today).
This afternoon, our guide and driver will be back to transfer back Lao Cai Town for taking a night train for Hanoi, the train leave at 9.15 Pm (B)
DAY 6: ARRIVAL HANOI- HALONG BAY/ ABOARD
On arrival Le Duan Train station early this morning, meet our car and guide to transfer to a local hotel for fresh up and have breakfast (your own account),
Our car and driver will come to pick you up Pick up at your hotel and depart for Halong Bay, some 170 km away from Hanoi and drive down to the biggest delta (the Red River delta), great opportunity for stopping along the way for taking pictures of local daily activities.
Welcome on board of Bai Tho Junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat. Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 7: HALONG BAY- HANOI
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45. Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping .
12h45 Transfer back to Hanoi by road and will be back Hanoi at early this afternoon, on arrival check in hotel and free on your own at leisure.(B/L)
DAY 8: HOA LU-TAM COC 1DAY
At 8.00 AM, We will pick you up at your Hotel for Hoalu in Ninh binh province, 100 km far away from south of Hanoi.
Hoa lu is the site of the tenth-century capital of an early, independent Vietnamese kingdom called Dai Co Viet. we will visit 2 temples dedicated to king Dinh Tien Hoang who seized power in 968 AD and King Le Dai Hanh in 980AD.
From here, we continue our journey to Tam Coc “Halong bay on land” .
It is a place of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks. En route, you can freely enjoy the landscape nearby or take photos as you wish. After that, we will have lunch in a local restaurant before joining our sampan trip for 2 hours and half.
The sampan slithers through three limestone tunnel caves. Along the stream the enormous limestone karsts just out from the green rice fields. The scenery is spectacular, next is returned by sampan trip on the same way back up to our waiting vehicle.
At very late afternoon will be arrival Hanoi at around 5.00PM (B/L)
DAY 9: HANOI- HUE CITY TOURS/ FLIGHT
Free at leisure until our driver will come to your hotel to transfer to Noi Bai airport for flying to Hue (some 1hour fly),
Pick up at Phu Bai airport to transfer to Hue Hotel for check in before sightseeing the city, Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty of Emperors from 1802-1945. There are many mausoleums to visit as well as the fascinating Dong Ba market, famous for selling the best conical hats in Vietnam. The sightseeing included the Imperial Citadel and the King tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, tour ends, transfer back your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight in hotel in Hue (B)
DAY 10: HUE- HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Have breakfast in hotel before checking out and heading for Hoi an ancient town, Hoi an is some 140km away and the town is just 35km from biggest city of central part of vietnam named Danang.
We will pass the fishing village of Lang co before ascending the scenic Hai van pass (cloudy pass) where a spectacular panorama of the center coastline can be viewed at the summit.
On arrival in Da Nang visit Cham museum, one of the 5 oldest museums in The ASIA, containing the finest collection of Cham sculptures and visit marble mountains before continuing to hoi an ancient town.
Check in the hotel on arrival and free time for shopping and dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.(B/L)
DAY 11: HOIAN WALKING TOUR HALF DAY
Breakfast in the hotel before start our walking tour to visit Hoi an ancient town.
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. Some places that not to be missed in town are the former merchants’homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market.
Transfer back the hotel at noon and free time for dinner. Overnight Hoian.(B)
DAY 12: HOIAN- DANANG- SAIGON -CU CHI TUNNELS/ FLIGHT
After breakfast, Free at leisure and next will be transferred to the airport for flying to Saigon.
Meet our local guide and car at Tan Son Nhat airport and drive for Cu Chi tunnels.
By 1965, 250 km of tunnels criss-crossed Cu Chi and surrounding areas -just across the Saigon River was the notorious guerrilla power base known as the IRON TRIANGLE. The Cu Chi tunnels played a vital part in the American war in that they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area only 30 to 40 km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from Saigon to the Cambodian border. The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Tour ends, drive for Saigon city, some 65km away, check in your hotel and free time for dinner. Overnight in Saigon (B)
DAY 13: SAIGON-MEKONG DELTA 1DAY
Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat navigating around the intricate small canals in the delta region, which is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up. The most interesting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the most beautiful Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunities to visit some fascinating local industries, stroll around an orchard and taste many seasonal fruits.
Continue our trip to see fascinating local industries in Ben Tre Province.
After lunch, start our return trip back Saigon, en route, will stop over at the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Saigon (B/L)
DAY 14: DEPARTURE SAIGON
Free at leisure until our driver will come to pick up you to transfer back the airport for flight onwards. Tour ends at airport (B)