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 Ho Chi Minh City - 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 My Son Sanctuary 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 - Trek to Lao Chai Ta Van Village Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Sapa - Trek to Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village - Night Train Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Halong Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Vespa Tour to Countryside of Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
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

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 - 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 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 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

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 7

Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - Hue Sightseeing

Depart Hoian 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 8

Hue - Fly to Hanoi

Morning flight 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

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 10

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 11

Sapa - Trek to Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village - Night Train Hanoi

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

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 15

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

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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