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tour
Highlights: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa – Halong – Hue – Danang – Hoian – Dalat – Saigon
Duration: 14 days/ 13 nights
Trip start: Hanoi
Trip end: Saigon
Price range: from US$ 1,434 per person
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
DAY 2: HANOI
DAY 3: LAO CAI - SA PA
DAY 4: SA PA
DAY 5: SA PA - BAC HA MARKET (SUNDAYS) - LAO CAI
DAY 6: HANOI - HA LONG BAY
DAY 7: HA LONG BAY - HANOI - HUE
DAY 8: HUE - HOI AN
DAY 9: HOI AN
DAY 10: HOI AN - DA NANG - DA LAT
DAY 11: DA LAT
DAY 12: DA LAT - SAIGON
DAY 13: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA
DAY 14: SAIGON DEPARTURE

Tour prices:

  • Group of 2 persons: US$ 1,599 per person
  • Group of 3 - 4 persons: US$ 1,428 per person
  • Single supplement: US$ 305


* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (-/-/D)

You will be met and transferred between the airport to your hotel in a private vehicle with an English speaking driver. Check in & free at leisure

An evening performance of Vietnam's famous water puppets. Puppet Masters stand partly submerged in the water and control their delicate puppets using long poles. The telling of traditional stories and fables is supported with color, movement and classical Vietnamese music. Afterwards, enjoy a buffet dinner at Brother's Cafe.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Ha Noi

 

DAY 2: HANOI (B/L/-)

Your private guide will take you by bicycle to the Quang Ba flowermarket. Admire the enormous selection of flowers and interact with local people. Visit HoChiMinh Mausoleum and witness the ceremonial hoisting of the flag, accompanied by a parade and the national song. Afterwards enjoy traditional Vietnamese Pho and coffee. Almost unique amongst Asian capital cities, Hanoi's French quarter is now fully recognized as an important part of Vietnam's heritage. Yet much of the history behind it still remains a mystery to most. Today, you will take a tour exploring the French Quarter through the ideas of its architects and the shape of its stones. It sets about unraveling all threads of civilization, which have left their mark on the area, beginning with recent reminders in a Soviet style. Discover a different world altogether as will visit the Buddhist pagoda of Quan Su, the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and Tran Hung Dao streets. Learn about the French approach to justice and punishment and hear tales of daring Vietnamese resistance to the repressive regime. Finish your walking tour with a nice cup of Vietnamese coffee.

Transfer between Hanoi Train station and your Hanoi hotel with private car and driver.
Overnight on Tulico Express, Sapaly Express or similar (4berth wooden cabin with air –condition)

Overnight Stay on Train 

 

 DAY 3: LAO CAI - SA PA (B/L/-)

Early morning, arrival Lao Cai, have breakfast at a local restaurant then transfer between Lao Cai train station and Sapa in a private vehicle with guide and driver.
You will be picked up from your Sapa hotel by private car and English speaking driver for a short drive to the Silver Waterfall (best in the rainy season from May to November). Take a short walk to the waterfall where a great view is offered of the surrounding mountains and the lush forests of Hoang Lien National Park. Here your guide will explain the many species of trees that are grown in this special area of Sapa. Continue by car to Heaven's Gate where Fansipan Mountain, the highest peak in Indochina, can be viewed.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Sapa

 

DAY 4: SA PA (B/L/-)

Depart from Sapa and enjoy the magnificent view from your private car on the way to Lao Chai village. Along the road, stop at stalls that serve tea, fruits and sweets. Arrive at the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the community. Afterwards, walk from Lao Chai to Ta Van village, where the Zay hill tribes live. Here you will rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your local guide (included). After lunch enjoy an afternoon of trekking through bamboo forests, followed by relaxation beside a waterfall. Continue and explore the Red Dao village of Giang Ta Chai. The tour ends with a return by private car to Sapa

Overnight Stay at hotel in Sapa 

 

DAY 5: SA PA - BAC HA MARKET (SUNDAYS) - LAO CAI (B/L/-)

Leaving Sapa early in the morning, travel by private car to Bac Ha Market (2.5hours). Visit the large outdoor market where various Hill-tribe peoples come to buy and sell handicraft goods. After exploring the market, enjoy a complimentary lunch at a local restaurant. Leave Bac Ha Market for Trung Do Village, and enjoy a scenic water buffalo cart ride traveling through countryside of the Tay people. From the village, travel by boat down the Chay River and experience the picturesque scenery and magnificent sights along the way. After the boat trip, enjoy a refreshing cup of tea before transport back to Sapa.
Transfer between Sapa and Lao Cai train station in a private vehicle with guide and driver
Overnight on Tulico Express, Sapaly Express or similar (4berth wooden cabin with air –condition).

Overnight Stay on Train

 

DAY 6:  HANOI - HA LONG BAY (B/L/D)

Morning, arrival Hanoi, transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast and Vietnamese coffee. 
8am for your private transfer bring you to Halong City. This takes roughly 3 hours. You may stop enroute to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30am and board the ship. Begin sailing and pass through a magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board enjoy a lavish dinner.

Overnight Stay on board in Ha Long

 

DAY 7: HALONG BAY - HANOI - HUE  (B/L/-)

Wake up to Tai Chi exercises on the sun deck and continue cruising the bays. Breakfast buffet will be served in the restaurant. Then you will visit the limestone grotto. Disembark in Halong City around 11am and you will be met and transferred between the airport to your hotel in a private vehicle with an English speaking driver. Enjoy a short flight today to Hue. Arrival Hue, transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hue

DAY 8: HUE - HOI AN (B/L/-)

Morning, you will be transferred by private vehicle to visit the Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, this citadel is far more elaborate than those constructed by previous empires. After lunch (included), continue your tour with a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Enjoy this romantic cruise and visit the Minh Mang Tomb. Finish up at Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue.

Transfer to Hoi An with private car and English speaking Driver.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hoi An

 

DAY 9: HOI AN (B/L/-)

Begin your day with a guided bicycle ride through old streets to the workshop of a local artisan. Receive a brief introduction to the history, shape, and colour of traditional lanterns, and learn the process of making them. You will have an opportunity to create your own lantern and keep it as a souvenir. Next continue to a Hoi An cooking school, where you will learn to cook traditional Vietnamese food, have lunch and relax. After lunch you will return to the workshop to decorate and pack your lantern. The tour ends with a guided ride back to the hotel.

Overnight Stay at hotel in Hoi An .

 

 DAY 10: HOI AN - DA NANG - DA LAT (B/L/-)

Morning, transfer to Danang airport for flight to Dalat.

Arrival Dalat, you will be picked up by private car and english speaking driver and taken to the Cable Car Station. Enjoy a ride to Tuyen Lam Lake. Upon arrival, take a boat trip to a local village where you will enjoy a short elephant ride through the park. Lunch is included.
Overnight Stay at hotel in Dalat 

 

 DAY 11: DA LAT (B/L/-)

You will be picked up by private car and English speaking guide today and transfer to Lang Bian Mountain, the highest peak from Dalat to South of Vietnam. Trek from the base 1, 450m to the summit 2, 169m. You will pass a vegetable farm, wood and rain forest. Enjoy the commanding view of the highlands (from which is possible to see the South China Sea on a clear day). After lunch (included) in a local restaurant, we continue to visit Lat village - the indigenous people of Dalat with their rich culture, long houses and weavings

Overnight Stay at hotel in Dalat

 

 DAY 12: DA LAT – SAIGON (B/L/D)

Transfer between Da Lat airport and your hotel with private vehicle and English speaking Driver.
Fly from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City.

Arrival Saigon, you will be picked up by private car and English speaking driver for a visit to Jade Emperor Pagoda that is a lovely and quiet place of worship. The temple was filled with elaborate wooden carvings on tablets and towering papier-mâché statues. Continue on to visit some more major temples: Phuoc An Hoi Quan Pagoda (for the Chinese God "Guan Gong"), and Quan Am Pagoda (for the Budhhist Bodhisattva of "Guan Yin"). Enjoy a cyclo tour around the city centre and make a stop at Ben Thanh market - the biggest market in Ho Chi Minh City for shopping. You can buy fresh tropical fruits and local products.

Take an enjoyable evening cruise. “Bonsai I” is the biggest existing dragon boat in Vietnam and a replica of a Royal Vietnamese style dragon boat dating back from the 19th century. The three decks offer 3 stylish bars, large buffet and dining deck, live cooking stations, show stage, wheel house, bathrooms, cabins and a fully operated kitchen. The cruise goes along Saigon’s modern skyline to the outskirts of the city.

Overnight at hotel in Saigon

 

DAY 13: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA (B/L/-)

Take a full day tour to the Mekong Delta. Drive with your private car and English speaking driver to Vinhlong, a 2.5-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a boat trip along the Mekong River to view the daily life of local people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. The trip includes a visit to the unique floating market at Cai Be. Lunch is included with this tour.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City in late afternoon.


Overnight Stay at hotel in Saigon

 DAY 14: SAIGON DEPARTURE

Enjoy a private transfer with English Speaking Driver to airport for flight departure.

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Price Include:

  • 10 night accommodations at 3 - star standard hotel with daily breakfast based on twin sharing
  • One night accommodation on board in Halong based on twin sharing
  • Train ticket from Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi by Tulico Express or Sapaly Express
  • Domestic airfare for flight from Hanoi – Danang // Danang – Dalat // Dalat – Saigon  
  • Private transportation with English speaking guide.
  • Private boat for sightseeing as stated in the program.
  • Entrances fees + sightseeing as indicated.
  • Vietnamese food as mentioned in the program
  • Gov’t tax and service charge.
  • Mineral water is available (free)
  • Vietnam Visa Approval letter (free)
  • Vietnam Traditional Gift (free)


Price Exclude:

  • Visa, Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!
  • Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Years from 20 – 30 Jan 2012: US$ 15/ pax/ day
  • Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve