18 days Absolute Vietnam Tour

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

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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 - Trek to Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Trek to Lao Chai - Ta Van Village - Night Train 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 Breakfast
Day 13 Hoi An Breakfast
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

 Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, our shuttles bus & guide will be holding a sign with your name and welcome you at Noi Bai International airport, transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest day is free at leisure or explore the city by yourself.

Meals:

Day 2

Hanoi Foodie Tour

Enjoying 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 transferred 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 - Trek to Cat Cat - Sin Chai Village

 Arrive at Lao Cai railways station at at early morning (around 5-6.00am). Our driver and guide will welcome you take a driver to uphill to the mountainous town of Sapa where the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill-tribes. Departure at 9.00AM 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 5

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

After breakfast at hotel, drive south into the Muong Hoa Valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam and today we will trek for approx. 2.5 hours through farmlands and rolling hills from Lao Chai village to Ta Van village to explore the life and culture of local ethnics. Return to sapa for free visit local market and free easy in your own way until our driver will pick you up from hotel lobby to transfer you to Lao Cai station, tonight you will take a night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on a shared 4 berths cabin with A/C.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

The train arrives Hanoi station at early morning, our driver will pick you up at station and transfer to hotel ( no check in)  having 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, then get 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 at afternoon 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

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

Today, free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

Hoi An - Da Nang - Fly to Ho Chi Minh

 After breakfast the driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport where you will board a flight to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival, your guide will meet you and transfer you to to your hotel for check in.  

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

HO Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel

Breakfast at hotel, after picked up at 8.00AM, you will take a short sight-seeing: visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the War Remnants Museum. Then, a half-day excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving you a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Return Ho Chi Minh late afternoon and free leisure in your own way. 

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 
  • 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 & 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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