See the highlights of Vietnam in one trip! Visit the bustling city of Hanoi, walk through the tea plantations in Sapa, swim in Halong Bay, relax on the beaches of Da Nang and marvel at the Mekong Delta!
ALL YEAR, BUT BEST FEBRUARY TO APRIL OR AUGUST TO OCTOBER
Upon your arrival in Hanoi we shall warmly welcome, pick you up and take you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to settle down, explore Hanoi and relax. We recommend that you head out and explore the shopping and old quarters.
Duration: 4,5 hours/ Tour starts: 8.00 – 12.30
The best way to travel in Vietnam is by scooters, you will experience authentic Hanoi more than you ever would with a hot crowded bus tour. During a vespa tours you will have a unique and exciting touch of Hanoi, experiencing the past, present and future. Riding pillion behind our driver will take you to the must-see landmarks away from the tourist areas that only a true native Hanoian knows. Some of the places included in our tours are City Gate, Long Bien Bridge, West Lake, Phu Tay Ho Temple & Van Nien Pagoda. We also visit local marketsand stop for fresh fruit juice, My Dinh, the new Hanoi city, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the French quarter. Lunch is enjoyed at special restaurant.
Following a pick-up from Lao Cai Station on arrival, you transfer to Sa Pa on the dramatic mountain roads of Hoang Lien Son. Check into your hotel on arrival in Sapa town center and freshen up before enjoying breakfast. After breakfast we start a walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home of the H’Mong ethnic minority. Today you will discover H’Mong villages nestled in the valley and meet some of the hill tribes, whom will be going about their daily lives. We welcome you to learn about their traditional culture and to engage with local families where possible. In the evening you return to your hotel in Sapa.
Following breakfast at your hotel, you embark on a lovely trek following the buffalo trails of the surrounding hills. You will pass several tribal villages, including Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to the Black H’Mong and Dzay ethnic minorities. Soak up, and marvel at, the spectacular scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Once you reach the valley floor you will have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valley, walled by the multi-layered rice terraces and scattered villages. As the afternoon and evening draws near we return to Sapa to have dinner. There will be free time to walk around the city centre a while before you transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for the return train ride to Hanoi.
After early arrival in Hanoi you will be transferred to have breakfast in a local restaurant and refresh yourself before we embark on the 2.5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay. For next day and a half you will stay relaxing a cruise. As the ship cruises through Ha Long Bay passing through many amazing islets, you can choose to either be guided to several attraction spots and activities in the bay; or alternatively, you can decide to spend your time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Kayaking and swimming will be available as activities during the cruise.
After the spectacular morning cruise, disembark the cruise and drive back to Hanoi before flying to Da Nang.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and sleep-in if you’d like. For the rest of the day, you are free to relax/explore at your own leisure.
In the morning, depart from Da Nang for an excursion to Sanctuary of My Son. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999 the tower-temples were the seat of the Champa Kingdom for the majority of its existence between the 4th and 13th centuries. Explore the ruins then visit the small museum at the entrance to My Son before heading back to Hoi An.
Continue to Hoi An, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a well-preserved little town with many streets are off- limits to motorbikes to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and go for a walking tour visiting former merchants’ homes. Visit one of the lantern making workshops to see the craft of lantern making first hand before moving onto the colourful riverside market. Today you will also see numerous art galleries and tailor shops where you can get made-to-order clothes if you wish.
After breakfast your guide will pick you up at the hotel, transfer to Cua Dai harbor. Relax in fresh cool wind and enjoy the beautiful landscape on the speed boat to Cham Island. Visit Au Thuyen where the local boats are hidden in storms. Walking along the rice field to visit the over-100-years-old temple of Hai Tang Pagoda and fishing village. Transfer to Bac island for snorkeling. Here you can swim, see the forest of nice coral under the sea. Go back to Bac island for relax, swimming, sunbath and enjoy lunch with fresh seafood.
After breakfast, transfer from Hoi An to Hue about 3 hours.. We will then visit the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, which showcases elements of both Eastern art and Western design in its architecture. The next visit is for Tomb of Tu Duc King that is one of the most popular and impressive of the royal mausoleums available in Vietnam for the public visit. We will finish with a private excursion of the Imperial Citadel – a UNESCO listed site. Despite being bombarded heavily by bombs during the Vietnam War, many sections of the citadel are still intact and incredibly well-preserved. Other sections have been restored with care by the Vietnamese Government. The evening finishes with a royal dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then you’ll be transferred to the airport to fly to Ho Chi Minh City Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City you will be taken to the hotel to check-in and can spend the rest of the day free at your own leisure.
After having breakfast, starting at 8:45am, you will begin with a group cooking class. After your class you will head to explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the very few remaining monuments from the Vietnam War. Somewhat 200 km of tunnels dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerrillas during the conflicts lies beneath the ground in Cu Chi. It remains one of the most impressive examples of the fierce Vietnam War. In the evening, you can enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views from the Bitexco Tower Saigon Skydeck. From the 49th floor of this skyscraper in the center of the city, you can gaze out over urban landscapes, the Saigon River and all of the city’s top attractions and surroundings.
Today the tour takes you further south to the Ben Tre province this morning. Situated in the Delta of Mekong River, Ben Tre is famous for its tropical fruit gardens and traditional handicrafts and candy made of coconuts. As part of an authentic Mekong Delta tour, you will visit an old brick kiln, coconut workshop, a small family-run mat workshop, as well as meeting the locals to learn about traditional techniques they have been using for hundreds of years. After this, you get on a tuk-tuk (or hop on a local bicycle and ride for 3 km) and travel along the narrow village roads admiring the tranquillity of the Mekong villages. The tour stops at a farmer’s house where you enjoy tropical fruits grown in the garden. We will then continue to a simple local restaurant for lunch and have a short break before getting into sampan to have a taste of rowing the boat. After this excursion, we change to a motorboat and cruising back to the pier followed by transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City to stay for the night.
After breakfast, you can relax or explore the city on your own terms before for your departure. We shall say farewell at the airport when our driver will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home country, which concludes a wonderful, memorable trip.
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