DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Saigon/Hanoi
DURATION 21 days / 20 nights
PHYSICALITY 1/10

 

Hotels/junk information:

Please note that the mentioned hotels below for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotels, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value

City Hotels Stars
Hanoi La Dolce Vita hotel 3*
Ha Long Glory Cruise junk deluxe
Ninh Binh Tam Coc Ecolodge hotel 3*
Vu Linh Local house
Dong Van Hoa Cuong, Dong Van hotel 3*
Ba Be Local house
Bao Lac Duc Tai hotel 2*
Hue Moonlight hotel 3*
Hoi An Ancient house resort 3*
Saigon Golden Rose hotel 3*
Can Tho Kim Tho hotel 3*
Cai Be Mekong Lodge
Buon Me Thuot Dam San hotel 3*
Nha Trang Asia Paradise hotel 3*

 

Tour price:

This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please click “customized this trip” to get the price of your group and your travel date.

 

Services included:

  • Transfer & transportation on tour with private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Accommodation at local house in Vu Linh, in Ba Be
  • Local English Speaking Guides as the mentioned program (one guide/one place)
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fee (except the free day)
  • Cruise in Ha Long Bay with a charming junk: shared junk, private cabins with bathroom, A.C
  • Private boat cruise in Hue, in Hoi An, in Mekong delta, in Vu Linh, in Ba Be & in Lac Lake
  • Elephant ride in Lac Lake: 01 hour
  • Private sampan boat ride in Ninh Binh
  • Bicycle for the trip to Ninh Binh
  • Meals as indicated “B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Diner”
  • Water puppet show in Hanoi: 1st class
  • Authorization for Ha Giang, Dong Van and Meo Vac area

 

Services excluded:

  • Meals and drink not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses & tip
  • Internal & international airtickets
  • Bank charges relating to the payment
  • All services not mentioned above.

Keywords: family, children, child,  classic, discovery

“1”

Day 1: Saigon arrival & Sightseeing

Welcome to Vietnam. Arrive in Saigon by flight ???, pick up by your guide and driver, then transfer to Saigon, the economic city of Vietnam. Then, you will begin your exploration of Sai Gon including the War Remnant Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and general Post Office, which was reportedly, designed Gustaf Eiffel.

Walk amongst the frenzied merchants and buyers of Cho Lon market and visit Thien Hau Pagoda – one of the most celebrated Temples in Sai Gon Overnight at Hotel

“2”

Day 2: Saigon – Cu Chi tunnels – Cai Be (B, L, D)

Drive early morning to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, just outside Ho Chi Minh. During the war for independence, Viet Cong guerillas built the labyrinth of narrow tunnels virtually underneath U.S. bases, using them to hide during bombing raids and to stage surprise attacks. Then, driver to Cai Be; we will get on our charming shuttle boat to reach Mekong Lodge, the green pearl of Mekong Delta.

The boat transfer is part of the trip experience itself as it is your first contact with the Mekong’s fertile alluvial water, which shapes the richness of the land. Disembark and welcome you to Mekong Lodge; our smiling staffs in local traditional costume await you at Mekong Lodge iconic front bamboo-shaped gate. Enjoy a delicious lunch in our Mekong Riverside Restaurant.

Take some rest and begin our private walking tour to discover the nearby village around Mekong Lodge. We will visit families making coconut candy and brick to see the traditional production of goods in Mekong Delta. Meet and talk with local people, known for their friendliness, warmth and generosity In the evening, get some hands on culinary experience by joining our Vietnamese cooking class. Our chefs will instruct you to prepare the Mekong Lodge signature dishes. Have fun and some interesting recipes to take home with. Enjoy dinner in a cozy atmosphere

Overnight at Lodge

“3”

Day 3: Cai Be – Can Tho (B)

Begin our second day with buffet breakfast, then getting on our rowed sampan to visit Cai Be floating market, a cultural feature of Mekong Delta. Try to visit it early and you will see the most vibrant scene on Tien River with hundred of boats gathering for fresh produce trade. Come back to Mekong Lodge to continue the discovery of Mekong Delta with short cycling on its tranquil winding lanes and crossing canals.

Take in the fresh air, beautiful view and taste some freshly picked fruit in local orchards. Then, transfer to Can Tho. After check-in, enjoy the walking tour around for visiting of Can Tho Overnight at Hotel

“4”

Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang floating market – Saigon – Buon Me Thuot(B)

Wake up early in the morning to visit Cai Rang floating market – the most interesting part of trip, and then continue to visit some small channel and village around the area. Then, transfer back to hotel (the breakfast will be prepared on board while boat cruising to Cai Rang market). Then, transfer to Saigon airport for flight (17:15-18:05).

Arrival in Ban Me Thuot, meet local guide and driver and transfer to hotel

Overnight at Hotel

“5”

Day 5: Buon Me Thuot – Van Phong Bay (B)

After breakfast, take a dugout canoe ride on pristine Lak Lake, and take an elephant ride (1 hour) through M’nong hill tribe villages. On the way, we pass Buon Ma Thuot, an interesting city in which we visit the Ethnographic Museum.

There is plenty of time left to discover the nearby village of the M’Nong tribe. The M’Nong predominantly inhabits the majority of the Central Highlands, and is well-known for their ability train elephants. Then, transfer to Nha Trang, arrive at Whales Island’s harbor and boat transfer to hotel

Overnight at Hotel

“6”

Day 6: Whales Island free day (B)

Free time at leisure, no services… No Services Overnight at Hotel
“7”

Day 7: Whales Island free day (B)

Free time at leisure, no services… No Services Overnight at Hotel
“8”

Day 8: Whales Island – Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

You will meet your driver and transfer to Nha Trang airport for flight (13:20-14:20) to Da Nang. On arrival, you will meet your guide & driver, then visit the Marble Mountain before transfer to the ancient town of Hoi An. The rest of day is free for relaxing on Cua Dai beach

Overnight at Hotel

“9”

Day 9: Hoi An – Tra Que village – Hoi An (B, L)

Tra Que Vegetable Village is 3 km far from Hoi An old town on the direction of northeast.  This land was formed 300 years ago, surrounded by De Vong River and Tra Que Lagoon, so it has very good atmosphere with fresh air….

From the village of Tra Que, vegetables of many kinds have been provided for restaurants, hotels, Hoi An’s people as well as for other localities in Quang Nam Province and Danang City. Many kinds of organic and sweet smelling herbs have been planting in this area for ages. Tra Que’s raw vegetables have been added up to make aromatic flavor to specialties of this village such as Tam Huu, Banh Xeo, Quang noodle, and vegetables cooked with garlic and so on.

Especially, the vegetable village has several herbs containing medicine that is good for health and made up oriental medicines (also called Vietnamese Traditional Medicines). Coming to Tra Que Vegetable Village, you will perceive cultural cachet of the traditional village. You will see the landscape of the green, clean and picturesque vegetable village with your own eyes. Together with the local farmers, you can exchange, investigate the techniques of cultivation, care and harvest of vegetables.

Your feet will be looked after by traditional medical methods (your feet are soaked in a basin with boiled water cooked with some kinds of medicinal herbs gathered from gardens). Combining with foot massage, your feet will be treated for tiredness after having spent time traveling for a long time. We believe that after the tour to Tra Que Vegetable Village, you will feel buoyant and cheery and enjoy the real life of the local people of this place.

Overnight at Hotel

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Day 10: Hoi An sightseeing – Da Nang – Hue (B)

Enjoy a walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.

Then, take a cruise up the Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha pottery village Afternoon, drive to Hue via scenic Hai Van Pass, where we enjoy the spectacular panorama of the central coastline from the summit. Stop at Lang Co to stretch your legs and enjoy the white sands of this peaceful beach. Arrive in Hue in the afternoon and drop off at hotel

Overnight at Hotel

“11”

Day 11: Hue sightseeing – Ninh Binh (B)

You will board on a small boat to make a cruise upstream the Perfume River to visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the elaborate tombs of Emperor Tu Duc, founded between 1864-1867 by three thousands soldiers and workers. Afternoon, visit the majestic Imperial Citadel of Hue, and finish the day with a visit of the Dong Ba market. Then, transfer to Hue station for overnight train (19:42 – 08:05 + 1) to Ninh Binh Overnight on train (shared cabin with 4 soft sleepers)
“12”

Day 12: Ninh Binh sightseeing (B, L)

Morning, you will cycle to Trang An Eco-Tourism area. Trang An Eco-Tourism complex is a home of 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna that many of them in the Red book of Vietnam. It is also a gathering of 31 valleys, 48 cross-water caves and we will visit 3 to 6 of them. On the rowing boat, you can enjoy the fresh air, clean and clear water with under water grass. Experience ourselves the feeling and emotion when we are on the water caves…. After lunch at local house.

You will then cycle on narrow path to Mua Cave cave where you will climb 450 stairs and enjoy a spectacular view of Land Halong Bay from the top. Afternoon, visit Bai Dinh pagoda, this is a largest cultural site of south-east Asia : magnificent, gigantic with its over 100 tone golden Buddha, its 500 smaller ones, its 500 meters long alleys and its 500 tone bell. Overnight at Hotel

“13”

Day 13: Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)

Morning, you’ll be driven about 3hrs to famous and magnificent Ha Long Bay for 24hrs cruise. Spend the afternoon cruising through the 3,000 limestone pinnacles piercing the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most incredible natural wonders and was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

– 12h00: Check in
– 12h30-13h00: Transfer to Image boat by tender
– 13h00-13h15: Welcome on boat enjoy welcome drink and follow Operation Manager briefing safety on boat as Image Ha Long Cruise heads to Hoa Cuong, Ngon Tay, Duoi Ca.
– 13h30-14h30 : Have lunch on boat
– 15h00-15h45: Transfer to small bamboo boat to visit Luon cave
– 15h45-17h00 : Visit Titov island
– 17h00-18h00: Back to the boat continues cruises to find safety place for overnight (near 587 islet or Luon cave). Free time on boat
– 18h00-19h00 : Happy hour ( buy two drink, get one free )
– 18h30 – 19h00 : Cooking Class
– 19h30 :  Have dinner on boat
– 21h30-23h00: Join squid fishing. Overnight on deluxe junk (shared junk, private cabin with bathroom)

“14”

– 06h15-06h45: Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the Sundeck
– 07h00 : Have breakfast on boat
– 07h45-08h45 : Explorer Visit Surprise cave (about 60 minute by walk)
– 09h00-09h30 : Check out cabin
– 10h30 : Have lunch on boat
– 11h30: Back to Tuan Chau pier. Transfer by tender
– 12h00: You will meet your guide & driver, and transfer to Hanoi. Stop en route for visiting of ceramic village of Phu Lang. – Evening, enjoy a performance of the traditional Water Puppet show

Overnight at Hotel

“15”

Day 15: : Hanoi – Ha Giang (B, L) - Friday

Morning, pick up at your hotel and drive from Hanoi to Ha Giang. Stop en route many times for taking photos of the most beautiful countryside in the North. Lunch en route at local restaurant. Afternoon arrive Ha Giang followed by a visit to Tay minority at Phuong Do village before check in hotel. Overnight at Hotel
“16”

Day 16: Ha Giang – Dong Van(B)

Today you will travel by car up to the altitude of 1,500m, through the mountain landscape and paddy-field terraces. Stop en route for photo taking at Quyet Tien minority market where the minorities of Nung, White H’Mong, Po Y, Dao Lanten, Tay gather for trade. Continue to Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain before reaching a White H’Mong village specialized in flax weaving. After lunch you will drive up to the mountain (1,432m) to visit the ancient village of White H’Mong.

Stop en route for photo taking at Chin Khoanh slop. Drive to Sung La to visit Pao’s house (from a famous movie), explore the typical architecture of an H’Mong ancient house and a LoLo’s house before visit the old H’Mong King Palace, belongs to Vuong family.

Arrive late afternoon and check in hotel.

Overnight at Hotel

“17”

Day 17: Dong Van, Meo Vac market – Vu Linh village(B, L, D)

Morning visit the minority market right in Dong Van town before reaching the Ma Pi Leng top (1,245m) for breakfast and to admire the panoramic of rocky mountain, the Nho Que river and paddy-field terraces.

Continue to visit Meo Vac market then proceed 15km to visit the village of Dao Ao Dai (Zao Long Dress) at Sung Mang. Afternoon, transfer to Vu Linh village where you will overnight. Evening, have diner with Daos family

Overnight at local house in Vu Linh village

“18”

Day 18: Vu Linh village – Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast prepared by host family, we are going to Thac Ba Lake, start from Mr. Ba home stay (Ngoi Tu village) and first “deeper” discoveries of the lake.

Stop in a traditional Dzao house to drink a cup of tea and walk to interact with one of the many Dao families of the region (15 min.). Walking on one of the islands and go up a hill to enjoy a beautiful walk and view of the lake.

After lunch at local house, driver back to Hanoi

“19”

Day 19: Hanoi sightseeing – departure (B)

Morning, leave hotel your experienced guide for a street food tour in old quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes.

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery.

Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.  Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.

It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed! Your guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café with stunning views over the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake.  This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy that we will sample whilst admiring the hustle and bustle of the city centre below. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!.

Afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Vietnam’s capital by private vehicle, including the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. Pay visits to typical Vietnamese places of worship, Tran Quoc Pagoda, along the shore of West Lake. Just before noon, tour Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature.

Free time at leisure in Hanoi until transfer to Hanoi airport for your international flight

Please note:

– The regular check-in time for all hotels is 14:.00. Early check-in is subject to availability
– The regular check-out time for all hotels is 12:00. Late check-out is subject to availability.

Tour overview

You will cruise ‘the bay of the descending dragon’ (Halong Bay), visit the scenic limestone landscape of Trang An and wander the streets of imperial Hué and charming Hoi An. The white sandy beaches of Nha Trang and the bending waterways of the magnificent green Mekong Delta will make your stay in Vietnam complete. This trip truly highlights the natural and cultural wonders of Vietnam, combined with a relaxing beach-break in between

Brief program:

–       Day 01: Ho Chi Minh arrival

–       Day 02: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi tunnels – Cai Be

–       Day 03: Cai Be – Can Tho

–       Day 04: Can Tho – Cai Rang market – Ho Chi Minh – Buon Me Thuot

–       Day 05: Buon Me Thuot – Nha Trang

–       Day 06: Nha Trang free day

–       Day 07: Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An

–       Day 08: Hoi An – Tra Que village – Hoi An

–       Day 09: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue

–       Day 10: Hue sightseeing

–       Day 11: Hue – Hanoi sightseeing

–       Day 12: Hanoi – Ninh Binh sightseeing

–       Day 13: Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay

–       Day 14: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

–       Day 15: Hanoi – Vu Linh village, Yen Bai

–       Day 16: Yen Bai – Ha Giang

–       Day 17: Ha Giang – Dong Van

–       Day 18: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac

–       Day 19: Bao Lac – Ba Be national Lake

–       Day 20: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi

–       Day 21: Hanoi departure

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