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26DAYS - > Ho Chi Minh -> Mekong Delta -> Da Lat -> Nha Trang -> Hoi An -> Hue -> Phong Nha -> Hanoi -> Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore a beautiful and historic Ho Chi Minh City including: Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Mekong Delta – a maze of waterways, fertile farm land and floating villages
  • Hoi An – UNESCO Listed ancient town, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches
  • Hue – ancient citadel, Imperial Purple City, Royal Tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda and monastery
  • Halong Bay – UNESCO Listed region with thousands of beautiful limestone peaks and islets
  • Admire at terraced rice fields in Sapa with unique cultural values of minority people, beautiful landscapes of nature.
  • Explore the eternal soul of Hanoian cultural architecture, historic relics and religious of Hanoi

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Excursion Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Da Lat Breakfast
Day 5 Da Lat City Tour Breakfast, lunch
Day 6 Countryside Da Lat Breakfast
Day 7 Da Lat - Transfer to Nha Trang Breakfast
Day 8 Nha Trang Cyclo Tour Breakfast, lunch
Day 9 Nha Trang - Free & easy Breakfast
Day 10 Nha Trang - Fly to Da Nang Breakfast
Day 11 Hoi An - Walking Tour Hoi An - Tra Que Breakfast
Day 12 My Son Sanctuary Breakfast
Day 13 Free & easy Hoi An Breakfast
Day 14 Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - Hue Sightseeing Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Hue - Transfer to Dong Hoi - Overnight in Dong Hoi Breakfast
Day 16 Phong Nha Cave - Paradise Cave Breakfast, lunch
Day 17 Dong Hoi - Fly to Hanoi Breakfast
Day 18 Hanoi - Night Train Lao Cai Breakfast, Lunch
Day 19 Lao Cai - Sapa - Trek to Lao Chai Ta Van Village Breakfast, Lunch
Day 20 Sapa - Trek to Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village Breakfast, Lunch
Day 21 Sapa - Lao Cai - Train to Hanoi Breakfast
Day 22 Hanoi - Transfer to Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu - Trang An Breakfast, lunch
Day 23 Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 24 Halong Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 25 Vespa Tour to Countryside of Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 26 Hanoi departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Upon arrival, our guide will be holding a sign with your name and welcome you at Tan Son Nhat International airport, transfer to center of city and drop at hotel to check in

The rest of the day, you can stroll around to get used to the City or just relax to recover from the jetlag. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals:

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi tunnel

Breakfast at hotel, meet our guide at 8.00 & start visiting to the most attractive places in Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Palace - a special national relic for its historical and architectural values of Vietnam, and the War Remnants Museum. Next, we will explore a little bit about Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office – the French building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a lunch at local restaurant before leaving the city for a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels - a man-made maze with the length of almost 250 kilometers. Also, the tunnels were used to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters in the long period of war. If you are interested in, you can go into the tunnels to discover the harsh living conditions of those whose were used to live there. 

After that, taste the typical boiled tapioca and hot tea before you come back to Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Excursion

After breakfast, leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Upon arrival, boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. 

Stop over at a Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation. 

Riding a hand-rowed sampan through  canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the countryside , visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop. 

Have lunch at local restaurant. Break time.

In the afternoon, time for walking around the local village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze then Return to Ho Chi Minh City

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Da Lat

After breakfast, check out hotel then our driver will take you to airport. Transfer to Dalat by a domestic flight.

Upon Arrival. Our driver will pick you up to hotel for check in. 

Rest of the day is your own. Overnight in Dalat

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Da Lat City Tour

After breakfast, at 8.30am: our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel and heading to the RoBin Hill, Dalat Cable Car Station to get the panorama view of the Dalat City and enjoy the marvelous sight of the pine forested valley stretched down to the South. 

After taking some photos of this, an option (with your own expense) to take the cable car descending down 300 meters with the nice view of flower, vegetable fields dotted in the pine forested valley below to visit to Tuyen Lam Lake. Surrounding by pine forest, Tuyen Lam Lake looks like a paradise with the Truc Lam Zen Monastery, at present is the biggest Zen University in Viet Nam. Please dress decently, a very quiet scenery beside it’s beautiful flower garden, which is built on the top of Phoenix Hill. 

Keep driving southward, you will visit to Datanla waterfall with magnificent view and can be approached by the roller coaster (optional). 

On the way back to Dalat City center, we visit the Bao Dai King’s Palace, the last Emperor and unique cultural lifestyle of Vietnamese through Royal decoration, the meaningful place of your Dalat trip.

Have your lunch at local restaurant on the way

We continue our trip to The Valley of Love. 

Then visit Da Lat Flower Garden (formed in 1966) is known as the paradise of flowers with a rich collection of local and foreign flower types: roses, impatiens walleriana, chives, azaleas, bird of paradise, hydrangeas, orchids, cactus…. You can take pictures in the colorful flower garden, walking in bonsai park, stroll along romantic lakeside, riding horse or using the swan pedal boat.  Keeping on visiting a giant golden statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. 

Return to hotel. Overnight in Da Lat. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6

Countryside Da Lat

Have breakfast at hotel.

At 8.30 am Our guide And Driver will come to pick you up at your hotel then we start to see some destination below.

Van Thanh Flower Village: The largest flower village growing flower and vegetable in Dalat

Ta Nung Pass: We stop on a hilltop. Have a spectacular view to the valley below.

Melinh Coffee Garden and Weasel coffee: You will have a chance to try the Legend coffee ( Copi Luwak or civet cat is the same name )

Silk Factory: See all the stages to make silk from the worm to the final product.

Elephant Waterfall: The Most powerful Waterfall in Dalat.

Linh An Pagoda: Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and admire the tallest Lady Budhha and A Huge Happy Buddha Statues at the behind of the pagoda.

The tour will be finished about 17.00 then we transfer you to your hotel or the place you want in the center. 

Overnight in Da Lat. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Da Lat - Transfer to Nha Trang

 Breakfast at hotel. Free until our guide and driver will transfer you to Nha Trang. On the road, you can see beautiful sights in this highland and stopover to take nice pictures. Arrive Nha Trang, check in hotel

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Nha Trang Cyclo Tour

Our guide will pick you up at hotel 9.00 – Then, start a cyclo tour and get ready for a memorable ride. Soak up the bustling street scene as your cyclist-chauffer pedals you through the Beach Boulevard of Tran Phu where major hotels and resorts, restaurants and bar as well as boutiques are located. The cyclo then takes you to XQ historical village. Learn about the art of handmade embroidery, as you are spellbound watching XQ’s most skillful workers meticulously creating beautiful masterpieces. Continue the ride with a visit to the Stone church, the oldest Catholic churches in Nha Trang dating back to 1928. Then head to the Long Son Pagoda; its giant concrete Buddha statue is a popular vantage point to see the whole city. After a tasty local lunch, visit the centuries-old Po Nagar Cham Towers, one of the remains of Cham Kingdom in Viet Nam. As the tour soon comes to an end, relax and shopping at the Dam market for some last minute shopping. Then, head back to hotel at 14.00. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9

Nha Trang - Free & easy

Free on your own.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Nha Trang - Fly to Da Nang

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for a flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our tour guide/ driver and transfer to hotel in Hoi An for check in. Free & easy in your own way. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Hoi An - Walking Tour Hoi An - Tra Que

08:00 Depart from your hotel 

Spend a leisurely day through the scenic and peaceful countryside of Vietnam, far away from the noise of the city.  After passing through the town, you will transfer amongst villages of rice fields on quiet roads, ending up in Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau water coconut forest - 7 hectares of mangrove forest, canals, and houses covered in water coconut leaf. This place played refuge to people and local soldiers during the Vietnam War, but nowadays it is famous for its abundance of seafood.

9:30 On our journey to the village we will stop at Ba Le market, rice fields, cemeteries and schools...

10:00 In the village you will be warmly welcomed with a green tea by Mr.Han and his family, the third generation of his family to live there. There you will have free time to stroll through the village, before rowing a basket boat with the locals, learning their traditional fishing techniques in the water coconut forest.

11:00 After returning to Mr.Han and his family, you will enjoy a traditional therapeutic foot bath with medicinal herbs, before preparing lunch with a local family. Lunch will feature many local dishes, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, Banh Xeo local pancakes, grilled fish in banana leaf, among many other Vietnamese delicacies.

13:30 After lunch you will have free time to take a short rest and enjoy the calm of this relaxing region. Then we return to your Hoi An Ancient Town at 14h00

Then our guide will escort you to visit the ancient town with the Japanese Covered Bridge - a beautiful bridge built by the old Japanese in the 16th century. After that, we will go to visit Tan Ky old house. It is a 200 years old merchant house of Vietnamese with the fabulous architecture of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese. Continue, we will go to visit is the Fujian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien Assembly Hall). It is a typical Chinese Assembly Hall where the Chinese Businessmen worship the Goddess Mazu- the sea mother who helps and rescues people in accidents on the Ocean…. 

Come back to the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary, situated around 50km away from Hoi An, is another Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999 with 32 epitaphs and 71 monuments. The unique Hindu sanctuary is the perfectly ideal destination for those who want to learn everything about the Champa Ancient Kingdom including the history, culture, and architecture.

This morning (afternoon), you will set out on a drive to the southwest of Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary for a My Son half day tour. This is where the Cham culture in Central Vietnam started in the 4th century, declined in the 13th century, and ceased to exist in the 15th century. The once capital of the Champa Kingdom dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva is now a cluster of partially ruined and heavily damaged Hindu temples, with only 20 left, due to age and bombing during the Vietnam War. This unique and majestic sanctuary stands as a witness to a glorious bygone era of the once-thriving Cham culture.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Free & easy Hoi An

Today, it is time for you to explore art and handicraft galleries, try on clothes tailor-made, relax at the riverside restaurants or take the short journey to the nearby beach. Overnight in Hoi An.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - Hue Sightseeing

Leaving Hoi An for the scenic mountainous drive to Hue, we visit Marble Mountains  Stop at the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam, to admire the spectacular views and at the fishing village of Lang Co for a drink. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city, visiting the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king), before exploring the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba Market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15

Hue - Transfer to Dong Hoi - Overnight in Dong Hoi

Free at leisure in the morning. 

14.00 departing to Dong Hoi. it takes 3.5 hours by car. 

Upon arrival, check in hotel and free at leisure in your own way. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16

Phong Nha Cave - Paradise Cave

 

Visit the Phong Nha Ke Bang national park – World Heritage Sites. Visit Paradise cave.

Paradise cave was discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association in 2005, has the length of 31km, the longest dry cave in Asia.

You will be taken by the electrical car from the parking to the foothills of the cave (2km). You will went in the jungle, see many kind of trees and hear the sound of animals.Expore the cave about 1km on the wood foor and see lot of stalactites with different shapes.

With naturally primitive features Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting, making it very attractive to visitors. There are a series of white crystal stalactites resembling glass pillars and many other spectacular formations.

Lunch at a restaurant with local specialties from the people here processing.

Continue the journey to visit the Phong Nha Cave.

Visit Phong Nha Cave is considered "First Cave wonders"

Take a boat about 5km along the Son River to Phong Nha Cave (river cave).

On Son river, you will see pictures of the girls, the children have fun on the waterfront and have the opportunity to experience the daily life of the neighborhood riverside village bearing the Vietnamese country soul.

Conquering the Phong Nha Cave: The longest wet cave, enjoy the scenery spectacular limestone, underground river system and unique stalactite in the world. Caving Fairy & Imperial admire the beautiful stalactites blocks are created by nature over thousands of millennia.

Return to the boat station.

Vehicle transfer you back Dong Hoi City for overnight 

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 17

Dong Hoi - Fly to Hanoi

Breakfast at hotel. Afternoon, catch a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our tour guide/ driver and transfer to hotel for check in. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 18

Hanoi City Tour - Night train Lao Cai

Our guide will pick you up at hotel at 8.00 & start a sightseeing today includes explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, start a Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End the day’s explorations enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Then, free shopping at the Old Quarter before transfering to railway station to catch a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in a shared 4 berths cabin with A/C. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19

Lao Cai - Sapa - Trek to Lao Chai Ta Van Village

Arrive into Lao Cai early in the morning and transfer to Sapa hotel (approx 1hrs drive), enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. Sapa is an old hill station located 1,600m above the sea level with breathtaking scenery of mountain ranges and sweeping rice terraces. Sapa is known for its colourful markets, different minority villages and fine example of tribal architecture. Later today, 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. A 2km-trekking down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. Lunch at a local family, it gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes…on the way. Get back to Sapa by Car. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20

Sapa - Trek to Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village

A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the riverand then next 6 km to Sin Chaithe village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain“the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way a car to return to Sapa. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 21

Sapa - Lao Cai - Train to Hanoi

Free at leisure until 15.30 transferred to Lao Cai station for overnight train to Hanoi. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 22

Hanoi - Transfer to Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu - Trang An

At 5.25: Arrival Hanoi train station. 

Have breakfast before starting the journey to Ninh Binh

Upon arrival, leaving your big luggage at hotel then visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel with Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple dating back to the 17th Century. 

11:30: Enjoy the lunch at our restaurant with the great local cuisines.

In affternoon, leave for the Trang An Grottoes, an out-standing natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometer rise dramatically out from rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountain are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.

Embark on a traditional sampan gently roweddown the exquisite river through numerous  caves: Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, Thanh Truot Cave,...and Cao Sơn Temple, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Temple…

Then come back to the hotel for check in. 

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 23

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Breakfast at hotel before starting your journey to Halong Bay and arrive at around midday to board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Thousands of towering pillars of sea and wind-carved limestone karst make the bay an unforgettable sight. After lunch, explore some of the huge limestone caves dotted around the bay and visit a floating fishing village. Then the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim, soak up the sun on the top deck, or try your hand at kayaking. In the evening enjoy a seafood feast for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbour and the return drive to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 25

Vespa Tour to Countryside of Hanoi

VESPA TOUR for 5 hours – start at 8.00 – 13.00 A view of Hanoi and the countryside unlike anything you could see from a package tour and much more than you could see on your own or from another tour company in Hanoi. Our guide will show you all of the local life and traditional villages near Hanoi in a short period of time without missing out on any experience. Keep driving through vegetable farms, rice farms and stop for a visit to a temple and pagoda that dates back to 257 BC, the perfect place for you learn about the history of Hanoi and Vietnam. During these 5 hours, your feelings will change about the countryside and city people and how the live. Let's go and see what it looks like. We welcome you and are excited to give you an experience unlike any other! 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 26

Hanoi Departure

Free until transfer to airport for flight back home. 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • All transfer and quality air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation at 3, 4, 5 star hotels selected including daily breakfast of Twin or Double sharing
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (Breakfast : B ; Lunch: L ; Dinner: D)
  • Airport Transfer at destinations
  • Kayaking/ Rowing Boat
  • Cycling 
  • Entrance fee for all destinations as Tour Itinerary indicated
  • English Speaking Guide/ Other languages are available on request
  • Bottle of water available on coach ( 2 bottle/pax/day)
  • Cooking Class
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • Vietnamese Gov’s Tax

Exclusions

  • Domestic & International airfare 
  • Drinks and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam visa
  • Personal expenses (telephone, shopping...)
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Single Supplement
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

Bella Rose Suite

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Le Journey Cruise

Aclass Stella Cruise

Athena Cruise

Hoi An

Zen Boutique Hotel

Ann Retreat Hotel

Palm Garden Resort

Hue

Rosaleen Hotel

EMM Hotel Hue

La Residence Hue

Sapa

Sapa Relax Hotel

BB Hotel Sapa

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Nha Trang

Majestic Hotel Nha Trang

Liberty Central Nha Trang

Intercontinental Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh

Lotus Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Majestic Hotel

Ninh Binh

Ngoc Anh Hotel

Tam Coc Garden Resort

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Quang Binh

Chay Lap Farmstay

Da Lat

Len's Hotel

Colline Da Lat

Dalat Palace Heritage

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