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Best of Vietnam 14 Days/13 Nights

Highlights: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa -  Halong Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Saigon - Cao Dai - Cu Chi - Can Tho
Starting: Hanoi - Vietnam
Ending: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) - Vietnam

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)

Arrival transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon private walking city tour, visit local market. Evening water puppet performance. Welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour - Lao Cai (B/L)

Full Day City Tour in Hanoi : Vietnam 's artistic and intellectual capital. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Enjoy people watching at stylish cafes. Shop for impressive modern art in the city's many galleries. Also visit Hanoi 's main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature. Your adventure trip to Sapa begins with an overnight train from Vietnam 's capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
 

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L)

The train arrives at Lao Cai train station at approximately 6:00 a.m. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours.

Once at Sapa, you will check-in hotel (Early check-in subject to availability). Have breakfast at the hotel restaurant then enjoy a free morning to explore around town. In the afternoon there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong hill tribes minority peoples. As you walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Overnight in Sapa.
 

Day 4: Sapa – Lao Cai - Train back to Hanoi (B/L)

Following breakfast, you explore the Sapa Sunday market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. We will stop for a picnic lunch on the way to Ta Van village. You are transfered to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
 

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Arrive in Hanoi around 5am. Pick up from here, transfer to local restaurant for breakfast and morning coffee. Leave Hanoi for Halong by private vehicle at 8:30 a.m. arriving at the jetty around 12:30 p.m. Our crew welcomes you on board the Deluxe Cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink, check-in your cabin. A fresh seafood lunch will be served. At that time, we will begin our 3.5 hours cruise through mystic Halong Bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations: Mat Qui (Monster's face) islet, But Moc islet, Cap De islet, Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu cave, floating fishing village, with its unique way of life. Then head to Luon cave, enjoy swimming, sun bathing. Enjoy another seafood feast for dinner and for the night owls, there is an option of night fishing. Overnight on cruise.
 

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)

Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emeraude water of the bay. After breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.), swim and relax at Soi Sim beach. At 9:30 a.m., our boat cruises back to the jetty while brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We continue cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations. Cabin check-out is at 11:45 am. Our boat arrives at the harbor by noon. Drive directly from Halong to Hanoi airport for your short flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport , you will be transferred to your hotel. At leisure. Overnight in Hue.
 

Day 7: Hue (B)

Today we explore this fabulous city. We start with a visit to the Citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City , the Emperor's private residence. The Imperial City , created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing . There are many palaces and temples inside. We also visit the Imperial Museum, The Tu Hieu Pagoda and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside market. Overnight in Hue.
 

Day 8: Hue – Danang - Hoi An (B/L)

Rising up in the ancient land, enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Then, board a private boat for cruising the romantic Perfume River, visit Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), the ornate Minh Mang's tomb. We will enjoy lunch before disembarking the Dragon boat. Leave the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Hue for Hoi An, we will travel over the Hai Van pass, stop in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An. Once in Hoi An, we will check into our hotel and have some free time to explore. Overnight in Hoi An.
 

Day 9: Hoi An (B/L)

From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. We enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour there will be free time to shop or relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
 

Day 10: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) (B/L)

Leaving Hoi An, we make the 60 minute drive from Hoi An to Danang Airport . From Danang we take the one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City , where we transfer directly to our centrally located hotel. We embark on a city tour of Saigon including The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, Remnant War Museum, Giac Lam Pagoda, China town with ancient pagodas and temples, and bustling Binh Tay Market. Overnight in HCMC.
 

Day 11: Cao Dai Temple & Cu chi Undergound tunnels (B/L)

This morning we drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh to observe the midday service. Following lunch we will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels and then return to HCMC at around 6 pm. Tay Ninh , near the Cambodian border, is home to the unique Cao Dai sect, whose patron saints include Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name a few. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh has been described as a Walt Disney fantasia of the East. The temple's exterior is decorated with multi-colored dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of religious symbols. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side. The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Overnight in HCMC.
 

Day 12: HCMC - Can Tho (B/L)

Leave HCMC to lush My Tho where we cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where we are treated to a delicious lunch in a bonsai garden in the heart of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. We also visit the snake farm Dong Tam that breeds snakes for, among other things, snake wine and enjoy a bonsai garden in Trung Luong, visit VinhTrang pagoda, a combination of Asian and European pagoda before heading Can Tho city, heart of the Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.
 

Day 13: Can Tho - HCMC (B/L)

You wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day. Take boat trip to join in the Cai Rang floating market – one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space to sell their goods and to experience the Mekong rural lifestyle. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort the guests back to the hotel through myriad canals. Lunch at local restaurant before return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in HCMC. Alternative for people can wake up early: Join in Floating market by “The Lady Hau” cruise. Enjoy breakfast on the "Lady Hau" while cruising to the floating market. When the "Lady Hau" arrives at Cai Rang floating market, guests are transferred to a local traditional boat to enter the market. Then, continue cruising with the hotel's guide along narrow creeks to visit a noodle factory and an orchard. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort the guests back to the hotel by local boat throughmyriad canals. (Starting at 6:30 AM, the Lady Hau cruise and tour extension takes around 4 hours; minimum 4 persons).
 

Day 14: Departure (B)

There is no activity planned for today. Enjoy your free time for souvernir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Cam on va chao tam biet!

Prices

Group size
Valid from now until 30 Sep 2011
Price per person in USD in party of
1
2
3 - 4
5 - 6
7 - 9
11 - 14
Sgl Sup
 Superior 2*
3,024
1,904
1,667
1,565
1,463
1,365
321
 First Class 3*
3,654
2,256
2,019
1,917
1,815
1,717
535
 Deluxe 4*
4,850
2,983
2,747
2,644
2,543
2,445
968
 Luxury 5*
7,562
4,385
4,149
4,047
3,945
3,847
1,903

Tour price includes:

• Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
• All private transfer and transportation
• Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
• Experienced English or French speaking guide.
• All In-tour flights as per itinerary.
• Private boat trip as per tour.
• Halong Bay Cruise program shared in Twin/Double cabin as per tour.
• Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
• All sightseeing tickets.
• Seasonal fruits, tissues and water on coach.
• Complimentary Vietnam visa on arrival pre-approved letter.
• Services charges and government tax.
• Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
• No extra charge after confirmation
• 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
 

Tour price excludes:

• International flights & departures taxes
• Beverage
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
• Vietnam visa stamp fee ( US$ 25 & 02 passport photos per person)
• Other servives not mentioned above.

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See Also

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