18 days Absolute Vietnam Tour

Hanoi - Sapa - Halong - Phong Nha - Hue - Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

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Overview

Trip Name: 18-day Absolute Vietnam

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: 18 Days

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

Trip Grading: Adventure, trekking, comfortable, Culture, Classic

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi Foodie Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Hanoi City Tour - Night train Lao Cai Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Night Train to Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night Train Dong Hoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Dong Hoi - Phong Nha - Hai Eco Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Phong Nha Paradise Cave - Transfer to Hue Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Hue City Tour - Transfer to Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Hoi An Breakfast
Day 12 Hoi An - Cycling to Tra Que Breakfast
Day 13 Hoi An - Bana Hills Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh Breakfast
Day 15 HO Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16 Ho Chi Minh - Cai be Floating market - Can Tho Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17 Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18 Ho Chi Minh Departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi

Upon arrival, meet and transfer with guide to hotel for check in (Early check-in is NOT included and subject to hotel’s availability). 

Meals:

Day 2

Hanoi Foodie Tour

Enjoy a Hanoi Street Food Tour for 3hours (17.00 – 20.00). We always do highly recommend the customers could do this option. It could be considered as indoor trip that bring to you a new feeling about Vietnam cuisine. Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

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 4

Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van

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 5

Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Night Train to 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 6

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

The train arrives Hanoi station early morning, our driver will pick you up at station and transfer to hotel ( no check in), having a breakfast by your own account. Then waiting for our guide and shuttle bus pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00-8.20am and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Overnight on board

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night Train Dong Hoi

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi,  transferred to railway station to catch a night train to Dong Hoi. Overnight on a shared 4 berths cabin with A/C.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Dong Hoi - Phong Nha - Hai Eco Tour

Upon arrival Dong Hoi at early morning, our guide and drive pick you up at Dong Hoi train station, transfer to hotel to leave the luggage. Then, heading to Phong Nha - Arrive to Rescue Center. 

08:45 - 09:45: Experience the Wildlife Rescue Station

09:55 - 10:10: Transport to Botanical Garden

10:15 - 12:30: Trekking through the proper jungle

12:45 - 13:45: BBQ Lunch in Jungle and Resting

14:00- 16:30: Trekking through the jungle and back to the Botanical Garden.

16:30 - 17:00: Swimming at the beautiful natural pool

17:00- 17:15: See some wildlife animals at the Rehabilitation Centre

17:15 - 18:15: Transfer back hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Phong Nha Paradise Cave - Transfer to Hue

Morning, explore the Phong Nha cave. This was the first cave in the area to be opened to the public and at the time was the largest known cave in Vietnam. Get on boat for a journey up the river and in to the cave. Have lunch at restaurant before departing to visit Paradise cave. Paradise cave is the longest dried cave in South East Asia with the length of 31,4km. You walk up the mountain with 524 steps to enjoy cool weather and the magnificent stalactite and stalagmite when visiting 1,2km inside cave. End of the tour, transfer to Hue city, upon arrival, check in hotel and overnight in Hue. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Hue City Tour - Transfer to Hoi An

After breakfast, 8.00 our guide picks you up at hotel for a full day sight-seeing the ancient capital of Vietnam. You will board on the boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside; stop to visit the charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda). Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. From here you will rejoin your car and visit King Minh Mang’s Tomb OR King Tu Duc’s Tomb. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to visit Hue Citadel and Dong Ba Market before taking the scenic route to Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site via Hai Van pass. Upon arrival Hoi An, check in hotel and free at your own for visiting a lovely old-style house, Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the market. Spend the night in Hoi An. 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Hoi An

Today, free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

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

Day 13

Hoi An - Bana Hills

8.00AM You will be transferred to Ba Na Hills. Ba Na is 1487 meters above sea level and known as the second Da Lat or Sapa of Viet Nam. The weather here is ideally and it is said you can feel all four seasons within a day. Not many places in Viet Nam can make this claim, making it a must see on the tourist circuit. You will take a cable car to the summit of mountain.

Start visiting some attractions of Ba Na Hills: Debay wine tunnel  and have chance to taste a glass of wine here since 1923 of French. Le Jardin D’amour flower garden, Linh Ung pagoda, Thich Ca buddish statue, Wax Museum, etc.

You can also join activities and games in Fantasy Park such as free-falling tower, dinosaur park, maze, etc (Note: some games are not included in the entrance fee and on your own expenses)

Don’t forget to take a walk to the summit of the mountain at the height 1487m – the highest one of Ba Na Mountain, visit Bell Tower, Nghinh Phong tower and the Golden Hand Bridge, to take beautiful photos of the mountain and Da Nang city. 

After the tour, walk to cable car station to go down, our driver is waiting for you here and transfer you back to hotel in Hoi An. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14

Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Free day until we take an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh. Enjoy the free evening on your own plan. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

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 16

Ho Chi Minh - Cai be Floating market - Can Tho

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. Continue by car to Can Tho City. Overnight in Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17

Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh

Cruising along the small picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the daily activities along the Mekong canals, visit a rice husking mill. Disembark at Ninh Kieu quay, then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in HCMC.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18

Ho Chi Minh Departure

Our driver will pick you up at lobby of hotel and transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for flight back home. Tour ends. 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • All transfer and quality air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation at 3, 4, 5 star Hotel/ Cruise selected including daily breakfast with double room 
  • Tours with local English Speaking Guide/ Other language is available on your request
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (Breakfast: B ; Lunch: L ; Dinner: D)
  • Airport transfer at destination
  • Night train Hanoi – Sapa - Hanoi - Dong Hoi
  • Cycling
  • Foodie Tour 
  • Boat Trip Mekong 
  • Kayaking
  • Sunset party/ welcome drink 
  • Entrance fee for all destinations as Tour Itinerary indicated
  • Bottle of water available on coach ( 2 bottle/pax/day)

Exclusions

  • Domestic from Da Nang - Sai Gon & 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

Quang Binh

Chay Lap Farmstay

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