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Let’s make a wonderful holiday to Vietnam cover the highlights of the country of hospitality attitude, rich cuisine and beautiful sightseeing. Set forth the tour with roaming freely around the heart of Vietnam history and culture – Hanoi. Then, go ahead to an off-beat Sapa to feel all four seasons in one day.
After 2 days to explore the local, get back in a return night train before the further steps to charming destinations including World Heritage Site – Ha Long bay, and its “Halong Bay inland”- Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, the city of lanterns – Hoi An World’s Heritage town, elegant of ancient citadel – Hue and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Your thirteen-day trip ends with the excursion in the amazing Mekong delta upon floating markets, sampan rides and fruit plantation.
Upon arrival at Vietnam’s Airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in Hanoi. The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration – just catch a sight of the city or explore the maze of streets in the city’s fascinating centre where you are certain to find something unique to buy.
The pick-up starts from 7.30 am to 8 am.
The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back thousand years ago.
This full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his Stilts House, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby, and the Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds. Also on the tour – the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake with lovers street Thanh Nien, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and one of the city’s museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. The next places in Vietnam holiday is Sapa, pick-up at the hotel and transfer to train station for a night train to Sapa.(schedule 21:50 – 06:30).
Please note that the HCM Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.
Pick up at Lao Cai station transfer to Sapa for breakfast and check-in hotel (if available) 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 the opportunity to experience their daily life, work, and original custom.
Overnight in Sapa.
*After arrive to Hanoi, you will be escorted to hotel for freshen up and the guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby for the tour*
In the morning, check-out from hotel and get pick-up by the Cruise. The memorable holiday in Halong Bay – natural wonders in Vietnam
The pick-up time will start from 7.30 am to 8 am. Take a route most scenic to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Ha Long, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to better explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.
After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can opt to attend the activities taking part in the boat or relax for the day.
Overnight on cruise
Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Today you will experience the ancient culture and history of Vietnam as well as seeing the stunning landscape and beautiful scenery when we travel to the Ninh Binh Province. This area is known as “Ha Long Bay on land” and is located 80 km South of Hanoi.
We will go for a relaxing sampan ride through the gentle and elegant landscape of plains and mountains, leading to the beautiful and mysterious Tam Coc Grottoes followed by a gentle cycle ride (4km) and boat ride to Bich Dong Cave and Pagoda. This journey takes you through breath taking scenery of rice fields and imposing mountains. We have lunch in local restaurant. Then head off to Hoa Lu, formally the capital of the Dinh and early Le dynasties between the 10th and 11thcenturies.
We will then head back to Ha Noi later in the evening.
You will be transfer to the airport. Take a flight to Hue
Overnight in Hue
Have breakfast at your hotel. Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and you will start your Hue exploration.
Start your trip with the exploring Imperial Citadel, the residence of the Nguyen Dynasty, which was Vietnam’s last royal dynasty. There you will visit The Royal Antiques Museum, one of the first museums in Vietnam. Many collections of ancient Hue and Royal antiques are displayed here: bronze wares, china, music instruments, royal attires and personal belongings of the Emperor family of Nguyen Dynasty. Then continue to Dong Ba market – the best place for cultural gifts and souvenirs.
Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit the Emperors Tombs such as Emperor Khai Dinh (1885-1925) Tomb, famous for its beauty and unique architecture style, and Emperor Minh Mang (1791-1841) Tomb. On the way back to Hue you will have a stopover at the Conical Hat village to see how famous Vietnamese traditional hats Non-La are produced, and the Incense stick making village to observe how locals make sandalwood and cinnamon incenses. Then head back to your hotel in Hue.
Overnight in Hue
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and free time until our driver come and transfer you to Hoi An by private vehicle. Check-in your hotel in Hoi An and have leisure time to explore the city on your own pace.
Overnight in Hoi An
Today you will have free time explore Hoi An at your own pace, seeing what interests you. This ancient town is full of Japanese merchant houses and pagodas, temples and antique warehouses. Or just lounge about in a laid-back riverside café on the bank of the Thu Bon River.
Overnight in Hoi An
Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy free leisure time until a private cab will transfer you to the airport for the next flight to Ho Chi Minh – called by Sai Gon – The Gem of Indochina. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh and have some leisure time to get your energy back.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Start the holiday trip to My Tho- South of Vietnam. Upon arrival, visit Vinh Trang pagoda which sated back to the late 19th century. Then boarding the sampan and cruising around four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking in the village paths to contemplate orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, and Vietnamese folk music performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation. Be rowed in a small sampan through the Thoi Son canal and treat yourself to the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business & bee-keeping farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop. Have lunch at the local restaurant. Break time.
The afternoon is time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meeting the local people to experience their daily life in the Mekong delta. Relaxing on hammocks to enjoy the cool breeze is for those do not want to join the cycling trip. Proceed to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho
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This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet
Children (2-12 age): Surcharge 85% of brochure price
Infants (0-2 age): Free of charge
Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour holiday in Vietnam, an amount 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method. After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours.
Final Payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.
All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing
Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request
Realistic Asia must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows:
31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment