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Vietnam discovery – 14 days

Vietnam discovery

Be amazed by the French charm of Hanoi, View a traditional water-puppet performance, Relax on board a junk on the pristine waters of Halong Bay, Dine on lavish seafood banquets, Explore imperial Vietnam in Hue, Try some tailor-made clothes in picturesque Hoi An, Check out the sights of Ho Chi Minh City, Cruise along the Mekong river, Go into the underground tunnels of Cu Chi tour, Observe the colorful ceremony of Caodaism.

  1. Cao Dai Templet

  2. Cho Lach

  3. Cu Chi Tunnels

  4. Danang city

  5. Halong bay

  6. Hanoi city

  7. Hochiminh city

  8. HoiAn city

  9. HoiAn Japanese Bridge

  10. Hue city

  11. Huong river

  12. Lao Chai

  13. Laocai

  14. Me kong Delta

  15. Mekong Delta Floating Market

  16. Sapa

  17. My Son

  18. Ta Van

  19. Thien Hau Pagoda

Day 1

Arrival to Ha Noi

On arrival at Noi Bai international airport, welcome by the guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in the city center. Leisure time for relaxing after the flight. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi City.

Meals: B, L

Day 2

Ha Noi - Lao Cai

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next head to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university (Almost 1000 years old). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a 1 hour cyclo tour of the old quarter of Hanoi with its busy streets full of shops offering bargains. Dinner on guest’s account. Pick up at hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi railway station for boarding the Express Train to Lao Cai. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin. (4 pax/cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).

Meals: B, L

Day 3

Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Arrive at Lao Cai station in early morning, transfer from Lao Cai Station to Sapa town. Enjoy breakfast and start trekking downhill to Y Linh Ho village in the Muong Hoa Valley. Stroll through rice paddies and small hamlets to witness the lifestyle of hill tribes in the area. Time to speak to local people in Lao Chai village. Continue roaming through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village, home of Dzay ethnic people. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way and continue on to the base of Sapa valley which is well known to be the most beautiful valley in the area. Head back to Sapa in the afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Meals: B, L

Day 4

Sapa - Cat Cat - Ta Phin - Ha Noi

Breakfast at the hotel. Start a downhill trek to Cat Cat village, home of the Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy a nice waterfall in Cat Cat village and beautiful scenery along the way. You will be taken by Jeep back to Sapa. Check out of the hotel. Have lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, go by car to a village to visit the home of the Red Dao people, stroll around the village to explore the customs, daily life and weaving techniques of the Red Dao people. Dinner on guest’s account Transfer to Lao Cai for the night train back to Ha Noi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin. (4 pax/cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5

Ha Noi - Ha Long

Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, pick up and transfer to the hotel in the old quarter for shower and breakfast. Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through paddy fields in the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. Board the Junk and enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, check in to your cabin. Enjoy a sea seafood lunch served on board. Cruise on the Bay and enjoy beautiful views of this world natural heritage site with limestone cliffs growing up from the green tranquil water. See Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island. Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) or Kayak into the village then return to the vessel for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc. Have dinner and relax in the quiet and calm of the Bay. Overnight on board.

Meals: B, L

Day 6

Ha Long - Ha Noi - Hue

6:00 – 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. Return to the boat by tender. 9:00 – 11:30: Check out and 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. 11:30am: Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye to the crew. Back to Ha Noi. Transfer to Noi Bai airport to board flight to Hue. Pick up and transfe to the hotel. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at hotel in Hue City.

Meals: B, L

Day 7


After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a morning boat trip on the Perfume River. Visit the Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, set in gardens and lakes. In the afternoon, visit Dong Ba market and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy a night boat trip on the Perfume River, highlighted by a performance of Hue folk music. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at hotel in Hue city.

Meals: B, L

Day 8

Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

Breakfast at hotel before departing for Hoi An. Stop for sightseeing at Hai Van pass, Lang Co beach and Marble mountain. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, roam around town and visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Pottery Museum, Old House of Tan Ky, the Cantonese congregation, silk street of Hoi An and Danang-style temples and pagodas. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Meals: B, L

Day 9

Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for My Son to visit the Cham Holy land (World Heritage listed). Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people. Return to Hoi An. Have lunch at the local restaurant, free time in the afternoon. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Meals: B, L

Day 10

Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Danang airport to board flight  to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, Pick up and transfer to hotel. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, pick up and transfer to hotel. Take a sightseeing tour to Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the until the end of April 1975. Visit some fantastic French colonial structures including the Notre Dame cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. After lunch at the local restaurant visit the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: B, L

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh city - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast at your hotel, head west to  Cao Dai Headquarters. On arrival, attend the fantastic mid-day temple service where followers fill the hall wearing colorful robes, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Lunch at the local restaurant. On the way back, visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12

Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Be - Can Tho

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Cai Be by air-conditioned private car. Board a Mekong sampan. Welcome aboard with a complimentary drink. Cruise down the river and explore the lively Cai Be floating market. Cruise through the intricate maze of waterways to visit handicraft villages, meet local people, be invited inside their homes and sample various tropical fruit. Next the sampan sets sail to Can Tho via Tra On. Take a leisurely cruise along the Mekong River to Mang Thit whilst enjoying aperitifs and a magnificent sunset over the river. Dinner and stay overnight on board.

Meals: B

Day 13

Tra On - Can Tho - Vinh Long

Wake to the sounds of the Mekong Delta coming to life at the start of another wonderful day. Take a leisurely cruise up the Bassac River (Hau Giang River) and enjoy the amazing scenery. On arrival at Can Tho, explore Cai Rang market, one of the liveliest floating markets in the Mekong Delta where hundreds of small boats laden with fruit jostle for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. Cruise along a palm-shaded canal to see traditional-style houses in which the local people live as well as lush orchards, busy ship-building yards and bustling markets where they make their livelihoods. It is now time to disembark from the boat. You will be met by a car and taken to lunch in a local restaurant. Lunch is at your own expense. Return to HCMC with a stopover at the bonsai gardens in My Tho. Arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: B, L

Day 14

Ho Chi Minh City – departure

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for departure. End of services. Finish the Vietnam discovery tour.

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Grade tour Price per person in US$ Single
2 pax3 - 4 pax5 - 7 pax8 - 10 pax
Standard Class$1508$1350$1200$1089$292
First Class$1550$1392$1242$1131$324
(Seasonal prices apply and will be confirmed when booking! All rates are quoted in US$)

Tour price includes: 

  • A/c private car/van for pick up, transfer and sightseeing as per program. 
  • Domestic flights: Ha Noi – Hue; Da Nang – HCMC (economy class). 
  • A/c private soft sleeper train ticket: Ha Noi – Lao Cai – Ha Noi. ( 2 – 4 pax/Cabin ) 
  • English speaking tour guide. 
  • Shared cruises on Ha Long Bay & The Mekong river Kayaking. 
  • Private boat trips in Hue All entrance fees, cyclos and cruises. 
  • Hotel accommodation based on 2 guests sharing a Twin or Double room. 
  • Approved letter of arrival for Vietnamese visa. 
  • Half board package meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner). 

Tour price excludes : 

  • International flight to/from  Vietnam  
  • Tips for the guide and driver ( group 1-8 pax : 5$/day/pax – group 9-16 : 3$/day/pax) 
  • Vietnamese entry visa ( USD$ 45) 
  • Travel insurance  
  • Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program  
  • Personal expenses  
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