Highlights: Cu Chi tunnels underground network, Mekong Delta with floating markets, Da Lat romantic city, Nha Trang Beach, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Holy Land, cyclo riding & water puppet show in Hanoi, Ninh Binh – Halong Bay on land, trekking tours in Sapa, overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Grand Vietnam Tour in brief:
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong (Can Tho)
Day 4: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh & Flight to Da Lat
Day 5: Da Lat City Tour
Day 6: Da Lat – Nha Trang
Day 7&8: Nha Trang Free Days
Day 9: Nha Trang – Flight to Danang (Hoi An)
Day 10: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An
Day 11: Hoi An Free Day
Day 12: Hoi An – Hue
Day 13: Hue City Tour – Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi City Tour
Day 15: Hanoi – Hoa Lu & Tam Coc – Train to Sapa
Day 16: Sapa – Topas Ecolodge
Day 17: Topas ecolodge – Sapa
Day 18: Sapa Colorful Market – Train to Hanoi
Day 19: Hanoi – Halong Cruise
Day 20: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 21: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: HO CHI MINH ARRIVAL
Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport, welcome by our private Vietnam tour guide and driver and transfer to you hotel for check in. Ho Chi Minh, the most exciting city of Vietnam, a mecca of commerce, also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture, its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it one of the most delightful Vietnam Tours and cities to visit in Vietnam.
Free time at leisure. Overnight in a Ho Chi Minh hotel
Day 2: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS (B, L)
On this full-day program, you’ll depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 for a pleasant drive through the countryside to Cu Chi.
Before entering the tunnels you’ll see a short introductory video about their construction. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnel maze. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank, and numerous bomb craters created by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Afterwards, you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 13:00.
In the afternoon your Ho Chi Minh City tour begins with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, fine examples of classical French colonial architecture.
See the Reunification Palace, one of the city’s most important buildings. Here on 30 April 1975 the American War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum features poignant displays of the futility of war. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks, and cannons captured from the American military machine.
Visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk ao dais, the traditional costume for women.
The tour ends at approximately 18:00 and you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Note that you have the option of staying on at Ben Thanh Market and making your own way back to the hotel.
Day 3: HO CHI MINH – CAI BE FLOATING MARKET – CAN THO (B, L)
Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no doubt one of the most interesting destinations for Vietnam Tours. On arrival,we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for Lunch in a local family and bike trip in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Check in on your arrival, free at leisure and overnight in a Can Tho hotel.
Day 4: CAN THO – CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET – HO CHI MINH – FLIGHT TO DA LAT (B)
In the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly highlights of any Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Afternoon, drive back to Ho Chi Minh airport and take the short flight to Da Lat. Pick up on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Free at leisure and overnight in a Da Lat hotel.
Day 5: DALAT CITY TOUR (B)
Da Lat, a dream Vietnam tour for all Vietnamese. Today you will visit some of the most interesting sights of Dalat. You will visit the former “palace” of the last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Bao Dai. You will also visit the very colorful local market, stacked with fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, grown in planations around Dalat. Thanks to its temperate climate the mountains around Dalat are ideal for growing vegetables and flowers. One of the main attractions for local tourists is the “Valley of Love”, worth a visit just for the peculiar sight of Vietnamese cowboys.
Finally, you will make short ride on the last part of the “cremailliere” railway to the village Trai Mat.
Overnight in a DaLat hotel.
Day 6: DALAT – NHA TRANG (B)
After breakfast, we drive to to Nha Trang – The city is indisputably beautiful, bordered by mountains, with the beach tracing an impressive long swoop along a bay dotted with islands. Upon arrival, check in and free at leisure.
Overnight in a Nha Trang hotel.
Day 7: NHA TRANG FREE DAY (B)
Nha Trang is Vietnam’s best-known Vietnam beach destination, a perfect break during or your Vietnam Tours with miles of white sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms and wonderful fresh seafood restaurants. Day free at leisure, water sports abound including parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing and relaxing boat trips to the outlying islands. If you prefer to keep your feet dry then hop into a taxi or take a cyclo for an exploratory trip around Nha Trang.
Overnight in a Nha Trang hotel.
Day 8: NHA TRANG FREE DAY (B)
Free day at leisure and overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 9: NHA TRANG – FLIGHT TO DANANG – HOI AN (B)
After breakfast, our Vietnam tour guide and driver in Nha Trang will transfer you to the airport for the morning flight to Danang. Pick up on arrival and transfer to Hoi An, one of the major trading centers of South East Asia in the 16th century, now a World Cultural Heritage Site, well-known for its ancient and remarkable architecture of mixed Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese styles. Check in and free at leisure.
Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.
Day 10: HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN (B, L)
After breakfast, we invite you an interesting visit to My Son Holy land, once the spiritual capital of Champa Kingdom that dominated South East Asia for nearly a thousand years and occupied most of the central parts of Vietnam from 2nd century to 16th century with very rich in history and culture. Contemplate its remarkable red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries.
Drive back to Hoi An, end of your today’s beautiful Vietnam Tour with visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Pagoda and the colourful riverside market.
Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.
Day 11: HOI AN FREE DAY (B)
Hoi An Ancient Town – highlight of any tour to Vietnam that no Vietnam Tours maker would skip, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Danang Beach. Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.
Day 12: HOI AN – HUE CITY TOUR (B, D)
After breakfast, leave Hoi An for Hue, the last imperial capital of Vietnam, well-known for magnific architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in small villages and surrounding hills and one of the most popular cities for all the Vietnam Tours. En route have a look at the famous Danang Beach and visit Cham Museum which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.
Upon arrival in Hue, visit the Imperial Citadel, the Purple Forbidden City and Thien Mu pagoda before taking the beautiful sunset cruise on Perfume Pagoda back to your hotel. Overnight in a Hue hotel.
Day 13: HUE – FLIGHT TO HANOI (B)
After breakfast, we drive to visit the Mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. After Lunch, we take you to the airport for the short flight to Hanoi with Vietnam airlines. Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tours guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
Free at leisure. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel
Day 14: HANOI CITY TOUR (B, L)
Hanoi without a doubt is a beautiful stop for your Vietnam Travel. Today, we enjoy a full day city tour of this charming capital city including the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the impressive Ethnologic Museum (or Museum of Fine Arts, Army Museum, History Museum, Woman Museum, Hoa Lo Prison), the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword. Late afternoon we take a cyclo tour for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Enjoy a glass of “Bia Hoi – draught beer – included” at Ta Hien Street before we enjoy a fantastic traditional water puppet show.
Overnight in a Hanoi hotel
Day 15: HANOI – TAM COC – HANOI & TRAIN TO SAPA (B, L
After breakfast, we continue your grand Vietnam Tours by heading south for the two hour drive along Highway One. We spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Dinh Bo Linh successfully conquered Vietnam’s first independent rulers, the Ngo Dynasty. On his death in 980, General Le Hoan wisely married Dinh’s widow and established the Le Dynasty and enlarged the citadel.
We then move on to Tam Coc – Poetically penned ‘Halong Bay on the rice paddies’, the area around Tam Coc boasts stunning scenery. While Halong Bay has rugged rock formations jutting out of the sea, here they soar skywards from a sea of green. After a three hour boat trip along the Boi River, we do beautiful bicycle trip to Bich Dong pagoda for visit to a very nice pagoda and cave before returning to Hanoi. This evening, we take the overnight train to Sapa.
Day 16: LAO CAI – SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – TOPAS ECOLODGE (B)
Arrive in the early morning in the border town of Lao Cai where it’s a short transfer to Sapa. In the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings.
After breakfast at a local restaurant, take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H’Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Afterwards, drive to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the Black H’mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world’s most beautiful terraced rice fields and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Continue to Topas Ecolodge for overnight.
Day 17: TOPAS ECOLODGE – BAN HO VILLAGE – SAPA (B)
After breakfast, if you wish to explore more, we will trek down Ban Ho and Nam Toong villages of the Tay and Red Dao people to see their unique way of living, culture and tradition… Pick up and drive back to Sapa.
Check in and free at leisure. Overnight in a Sapa hotel.
Day 18: SAPA – MARKET – LAO CAI & TRAIN TO HANOI (B)
The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;
Can Cau Market – Saturdays
Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market – Sundays
Cao Son Market – Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market – Thursdays
Coc Ly Market – Tuesdays
In the late afternoon, your Sapa tour guide and driver transfer you back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Day 19: HANOI – HALONG BAY CRUISE (B, L, D)
Pick up from the train station, this morning, we have already arranged a room in a mini hotel for you to have shower and breakfast before driving to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours.
11:30 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
12:15 Transfer by tender to the Indochina Sails boat – enjoy Welcome Drink. Receive cruise briefing and check in to cabins and begin cruise.
13:00 Lunch – deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu.
Massage service is available beginning after lunch and throughout the cruise.
14.30 Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.
15.15 Transfer back to the boat and sail for approximately 45 minutes to our second destination – the Bat Cave area.
Halong Travel16.15 Arrive at the Bat Cave area. There are two programs to choose from at this time. One option is a 40 minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surrounding waters. Kayaking is $10. per person unless already booked as part of your package. Water is supplied.
The second option is to visit the largest floating fishing village in Halong Bay. We will travel to the village on the tender and tour the village for approximately 20 minutes.
18:30 Arrive at Luon Bo area – anchor for overnight.
19:00 Dinner – deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.
20:30 Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:15, board games and playing cards are available, join squid fishing from the boat with our crew, massage services are available. Also at this time we offer, when possible – depending on weather conditions, an excursion to a nearby squid fishing boat. We travel by tender and you will be able to board the squid boat and see how the local fishermen catch squid and other fish, the excursion lasts about 45 minutes.
21:00 – 23:00 Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine excluded).
23.00 End of program for Day One
Day 20: HALONG – HANOI (B)
6:45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
7:00 Arrive at the Surprise Cave area, there is a small fishing village here. Relax onboard. You may join Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck at 7:00, duraion about 30 minutes.
8:00 Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up the 100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour on foot for approximately 45 minutes.
9:00 Upon return to the boat take time to freshen up and please check-out of cabins. Please leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.
9:30 Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after breakfast.
10:00 Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room and enjoy the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
10:45 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
11:00 Transfer by tender to the pier. Pick up and drive back to Hanoi. Stop in Bac Ninh to visit the famous But Thap pagoda that located among picturesque villages, rice paddy fields…,transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in a Hanoi hotel.
Day 21: HANOI DEPARTURE (B)
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorable Vietnam Holiday until our private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for travel to Vietnam and with Viet Nature Tours.We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Trip and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!
Private transportation as program
Hotel accommodation as indicated (Check-in time: 14:00, Check-out time: 12:00)
All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
English speaking guides
Meals as mentioned ( B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)
03 Economy flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh – Da Lat, Nha Trang – Danang & Hue – Hanoi
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