15 days Vietnam in Depth

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cu Chi Tunnels - Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa

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Overview

Trip Name: 15-day Vietnam in Depth 

Type of Tour: Private Tour (This is the sample tour, you may go with all details above or we can modify to fix your date of travel)

Trip Duration: 15 Days

Starts/ Ends: Ho Chi Minh/ Hanoi OR VICE VERSA

Trip Grading: Comfortable, Classic

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cu Chi Tunnel - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa

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 Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be Floating Market Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh - Da Nang - Hoi An Breakfast
Day 5 Hoi An - Cycling to Tra Que Breakfast, light meal
Day 6 Hoi An - My Son Breakfast
Day 7 Hoi An - Hue Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hue - Fly to Hanoi Breakfast
Day 9 Hanoi - Night Train Lao Cai Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Sapa - lao Chai - Ta Van village Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Hanoi - Halong Bay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Halong Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Hanoi Breakfast
Day 15 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

After breakfast, transfer to Cu Chi Underground Tunnel – where human knowledge has been enriched by experiencing a web-like tunnel system of more than 200km in length which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war against American troops.

Back to Ho Chi Minh for lunch. Then, transfer to War Crimes Museum to see back war’s trophies, Independence palace, the Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and ben thanh market. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be Floating Market

After breakfast our guide and driver will pick you up to visit one of the must visited regions of the Mekong delta, we visit Cai be floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around in Vinh Long. Get on bus and tranfer back to Ho Chi Minh. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for 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 5

Hoi An - Cycling to Tra Que

9.00 Cycling into the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que Vegetable Village. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and see the farmers at work, later learn to make Vietnamese spring roll and free on foot massage by herbs. Enjoy a free afternoon back in Hoi An, 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, light meal

Day 6

Hoi An - My Son

Departs for My Son, My Son 70 km southwest of Da Nang, was the capital of the once almighty Champa Kingdom. It boasts a complex of ancient ruins that date back 1,700 years. This is the most complete example of ancient Champa ruins that Vietnam has maintained. Transfer back to Hoi An and free visiting a lovely old house, still occupied by the descendants of the merchants who built it over 200 years ago, before seeing the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple, the bustling market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - Hue Sightseeing

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check-out and drive over the 500m-high Hai Van pass to Hue. Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a drink before continuing on to Hue – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s former capital. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through the ancient city. Visit the Royal Citadel, the Imperial Museum, as well as the Mausoleum of King tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king). Overnight in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Hue - Fly to Hanoi

Morning fligh to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in and overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Hanoi City Tour - Night train Lao Cai

8.00 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 before transfer to station for boarding a night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Lao Cai - Sapa - Trek to Cat Cat Village

The train arrives Lao Cai station at early morning, meet our guide and start transfer uphill to the mountainous town of Sapa where the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill-tribes. Then take a walk from Sapa downhill along a narrow trail for an hour through fruit garden and vegetable farms to the southern end of Cat Cat village (from 1,486m to 1,288m). Then follow the steps down to Muong Hoa River, enjoy a short rest near Cat cat waterfall (1,212m). Continue to enjoy spectacular views of rice terraced mountains, and see local people dressed in colourful costumes walking along the roadside and return Sapa through the local market. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight in Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Sapa - Trek to Lao Chai Ta Van Village - Night Train Hanoi

Have breakfast before the trip starts. Drive to Y Linh Ho and start Trekking downhill to Muong Hoa Valley through rice paddies and small hamlets to learn the life of hill tribes here. Communication exchange with local people in Lao Chai village. Lunch at local family, continuing trekking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village settled by Dzay ethnic people which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Return Sapa by private car, free visiting local market before transfering to station for night train Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Arrive in Hanoi at around 5.15 am. Get back hotel (early check in is available at your request) 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 13

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 14

Hanoi

Today, free at leisure and overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

Hanoi Departure

Free until trasfer 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

La Beaute De Hotel

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Dragon Legend Cruise

Hoi An

Calla Villa

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Palm Garden Resort

Hue

Serene Palace Hotel

Eldora Hotel

La Residence Hue

Sapa

Sapa Unique Hotel

BB Hotel Sapa

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Ho Chi Minh

GK Central Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Rex Hotel

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