Vietnam classic 16 days

  • Duration:16 days
  • Destinations: Hanoi-Halong-sapa-Hue-Hoian-Sai Gon-Can Tho
1.603 USD

Some destinations evoke mental images the moment their names are mentioned, and Vietnam is one of them. A frenetic and fascinating country, it calls to mind conical-hatted street vendors, water buffalo plodding across rice fields, mopeds buzzing through cities and floating markets on the Mekong River.

The days when Vietnam was best known for its conflict with America are long gone. From the temples of Hanoi and the islands of Halong Bay to the beaches of Nha Trang and the palaces of Hue, it is a country now firmly etched in the travel psyche.

At times, Vietnam is an assault on the senses. Life in its feverish cities is conducted largely on the streets, among chattering bia hois (pavement pubs) and steaming pho (noodle soup) stands. The country’s two main cities – Hanoi in the north, Ho Chi Minh in the south – are different in many ways, but they share an intoxicating energy. Ancient pagodas and colonial houses jostle for space with new-build skyscrapers, while labyrinthine back-alleys hum with life. These narrow streets are atmospheric places to spend time, day or night.

The country’s long, thin shape, sometimes compared to two rice baskets at either end of a pole, means these two cities form natural start and end points to an itinerary. The highlights along the way, meanwhile, are as well packed as the spring rolls which adorn market stalls: nature-lovers, history buffs, beach bums and foodies are all catered for in singularly Vietnamese style.

Those heading into the countryside can expect not only glorious scenery, but a rich cultural web of different ethnic groups. The US wartime legacy can still be readily explored – perhaps most notably at the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh – but this is a country to enjoy for what it is today, whether you’re here for a few days or a month.

16 DAYS

Detail of program:

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Our car will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel,overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation:1 deluxe room at Sky Lark hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

8:00: Departure. For the start of the tour journey visit by coach trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful waters, and visit Ngoc Son temple. Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho"s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh"s house on stilts.Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi . Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple ( Taoist, dating from the Ly Dynasty ) and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake ( One of the oldest in Vietnam ).

PM: After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum, continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. Vietnam"s first university constructed in 1070, it"s gardens and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam"s past. Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: 1 deluxe room at Sky Lark hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B / L/ D), GROUP TOUR

7:30 – 8:00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta. Stopover at Hai Duong province for refreshment about 20 – 30 minutes.

12:00 – 13:00: Arrive in Tuan Chau Wharf – Breaking and taking photo at Glory Legend Private Lounge Transfer by tender to the boat.

13:00 – 15:30: Check in and enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise brief and safety instruction by crew member and Cruise Manager Start cruising. Enjoy set menu lunch while cruising to magnificent Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way. You will have opportunity to see the famous such as: Perfume Rock, Fighting Cock, Lonely Rock, Saddle Rock…. before arrives to “Vung Viêng” village.

15:30 – 17:30: Visit “Vung Viêng” village by a rustic – row boat, meet the local people who will help you row the boat for sightseeing. Enjoy quiet space and fresh air, you will feel truly relaxing. Free optional swimming and kayaking around many small and big islands at emerald Bai Tu Long water.

17:30 – 19:30: Back to the boat and free time for relaxing.

Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)
Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Then enjoy the spring rolls you make together and Happy Hour (buy one drink, get one free). It is time for chatting and relaxing.

19:30 – 23:00: Deluxe Vietnamese Dinner will be served.

Evening activities include: Leisure time for chatting around the bar, watching many sorts of Vietnam cultural films. Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Glory Legend Cruises’ music. Reading magazines in room and dining room. Passengers may also try their luck with squid fishing on the boat.

Accommodation: 1 deluxe cabin on Glory Legend cruise or similar cruise

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DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI - TAKE NIGHT TRAIN TO LAOCAI (B / L), GROUP TOUR

06.00 – 09.00: Taking part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).
Coffee, tea and pastries… for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.
Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.

09.00 – 11.30: Check out and make payment in reception area. Have a set menu brunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as approaching the wharf.

11.30: Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye to the crew.

12.00 – 16.30: Return from Halong to Hanoi by shuttle bus. Stop over the middle to visit a traditional workshop.

16.30: Arrive in Hanoi. free until 7:30pm our staff take you to train station to take night train to Lao Cai.

Accommodation: 2 deluxe tickets Fanxipan or Sapaly express train(soft sleeper with aircon,4 persons in one cabin), you will share cabin with another tourists.

DAY 5: LAO CHAI - TA VAN (B / L / D), PRIVATE TOUR

Our staff pick you up at the train station and transfer to Sapa,you will have breakfast before to start 12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. after lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom. Overnight in Sapa.

Accommodation: Home-stay at the Dzay local house.

DAY 6: TA VAN - GIANG TA CHAI - SU PAN - SAPA (B / L / D), PRIVATE TOUR

14 km walking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get A Car to return to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.

Accomodation: 1 Deluxe room at Sapa Panorama hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 7: CAT CAT - SIN CHAI - TAKE NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI (B / L / D), PRIVATE TOUR

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 river, and then next 3 km to Sin Chai, the 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 jeep to return to Sapa.we will take shower before go to train station to take night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

Accommodation: 2 deluxe tickets Fanxipan or Sapaly express train(soft sleeper with aircon,4 persons in one cabin), you will share cabin with another tourists.

DAY 8: HANOI - HUE - PRIVATE TOUR

Our car will pick you up at the train station then go to Hanoi airport to take flight at 8:55am to Hue,another car pick you up and transfer to hotel.free to visit city.Overnight in Hue.

Accomodation: 1 Deluxe at moon light Hue hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 9: HUE CITY TOUR (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

About 8a.m after breakfast at the hotel ,the Guide will meet you at the lobby and take you go to the Hotel,we start the tour. We will visit : Khai Dinh tomb, Tu Duc Tomb and Minh Mang tomb. On the way back to Hue city for lunch we will drop off the conical hat making & incense making village. Lunch at the restaurant in Hue city . After lunch we continue travel by private car to The Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and then gat on the Dragon boat to see fishing village and enjoy the sunset along the Purfume river on the way back.Finish the Hue city tour around 5p.m . Overnight at the beautiful hotel in Hue.

Accomodation: 1 Deluxe at moon light Hue hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 10: HUE - HOIAN (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

At 8a.m From Hue to Hoi An 140kms, you will pass through da nang city before coming Hoi An.On the way , the car will creep Hai Van moutain pass , it is about 15 munite drive in the trench, this is the longest trench of Vienam and Asia , it was built by cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.On the way you have more chance to see the beautiful sight seeing of the center of Vietnam, this is the stage of road which most of tourists say : the most neautiful sight seeing in Vietnam. One side is moutain and the other is beach.we will stop at Lang Co beach , you get out the car and take some photos for memory.Lunch on the way in Da nang.
The first place we will visit in Da Nang is Cham museum. Then we continue to go to Hoi An old town. On the way we have chance to see the sight seeing with the special beautiful scenery of Da Nang ( Quang Nam ) . Pass through The Marble Moutain then we will Straight to Hoi An. Overnight in the beautiful hotel in Hoi An.

Accomodation: 1 Deluxe pool view room at Vinh Hung Emerald Resort or similar resort

DAY 11: HOIAN - MYSON (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

7:30am we will go to then we will visit Hoi An ancient town: the Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien Pagoda, Phung Hung old house, Quang Dong Assembly Hall,cyclo tour in old town and then take a boat on Thu Bon river ,we will visit Kim Bong village . then we will have lunch before go to My Son Holy Land, a World Heritage, Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries was built from the 7 to 13 centuries.Overnight in Hoian.

Accomodation: 1 Deluxe pool view room at Vinh Hung Emerald Resort or similar resort.

DAY 12: HOIAN - SAIGON (B), PRIVATE TOUR

You will be free until our car pick you up and transfer to Da Nang airport to take flight 12:15 to Sai Gon,another car pick you up and transfer to hotel.Overnight in Sai Gon.

Accommodation: 1 Deluxe room at Signature hotel

DAY 13: SAIGON CITY TOUR - CUCHI TUNNELS (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

7:30am We start the trip by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, followed by exploring the Reunification Palace, and the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum.

PM: Cu Chi Tunnels.

Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.

Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".

Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to Sai Gon.Overnight in Sai Gon.

Accommodation: 1 Deluxe room at Signature hotel.

DAY 14: SAIGON - CANTHO (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

7:30am Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel.

Accomodation: 1 deluxe room at Kim Tho hotel.

DAY 15: CANTHO - SAIGON (B / L), PRIVATE TOUR

After breakfast, take a boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River), then visit the Cai Rang floating market, which are the best in the region. You will probably have tried Vietnamese vermicelli soup, so now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and talk with the local people. Learn how to cross a "monkey bridge" which is built from a single bamboo. Break for lunch and then get on the car back to Saigon.Overnight in Sai Gon.

Accommodation: 1 Deluxe room at Signature hotel.

DAY 16: SAIGON DEPART (B), PRIVATE TOUR

You will be free until our car transfer to airport to take flight back home,end of your trip.

Note:

B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner

Tour cost: All rates are quoted in USD.

Price: 1603 USD/person

- Single suplement: 815 USD/person.

Include:

- Transport(private car with private tour and by bus with group tour).

- Meals follow program(local food).

- English speaking guide.

- Entrance fees.

- Accommodation in Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Hue, Hoian, Sai Gon, Can Tho.

- Cool water.

- Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai,Lao Cai to Hanoi.

- Flights from Hanoi to Hue,Da Nang to Sai Gon.

- Vietnam visa on arrival(approval letter).

- Boat in Halong,Hue,Hoian,Mekong.

Exclude:

- Drinks, laundry, telephone and other private services.

- Tip for guide and driver.

- Visa stamp fee.

- Travel insurance.

- Price will be change for Vietnames new year.

- Early check in & late check out for accommodation.

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