Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival (-/-/-)
Meet on arrival at Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport and transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/-)
Drive to Cu Chi and visit the amazing complex of underground tunnels. There are more than 200 km of underground tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. Drive back Ho Chi Minh City. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon city tour: Visit War Museum, Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Photo stop at the former Presidential Palace. Visit China Town with Thien Hau Pagoda and local market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/-)
Coach trip to My Tho and visit Vinh Trang Pagoda. My Tho is famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit an orchard on an island. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Hue (B/L/-) Transfer to airport for flight to Hue, the former Royal City of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Lunch at local restaurant. Continue to visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Tombs. If time permits, we will visit one of the traditional garden houses in Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)
Visit Imperial Citadel, then depart by coach to Danang. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages. Arrival Danang and visit Cham Museum. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples, which can be reached by climbing steep steps (please wear appropriate shoes). We continue further south to the charming historic city of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day6: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An (B/L/-)
Drive to My Son, the imperial city of the Champa empire of the 4th to 12th centuries. My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious ruins comprising more than 70 architectural remains. Return to Hoi An. Lunch at local restaurant.
Known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. During a leisurely discovery tour on foot you will visit some of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and famous bridges. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An - Danang - Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/-)
Drive to Danang and transfer to airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, proceed to Halong Bay and transfer to hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. Overnight in Halong Bay.
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L/-)
Discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 1,000 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Enjoy a relaxing 5-hour boat trip through Halong Bay, fresh Seafood lunch is prepared and served on board. Drive to Hanoi for overnight.
Day 9: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Xa Linh - Son La (B/L/-)
Drive to Mai Chau, approximately 150 km from Hanoi, home to several ethnic minorities, particularly the White Thai and Muong ethnic group. Their traditional stilt houses are large structures with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the weaving of the colorful tho cam, the material used to make their clothes, takes place there. Visit Thai ethnic minority village. Lunch en route. Continue to Son La with stopover at Xaling Eithnic Village of Flower H’Mong and Green H’Mong. Arrive in Son La and overnight at a simple hotel.
Day 10: Son La - Dien Bien Phu (B/L/-)
Visit Son La Penitentiary before departing to Dien Bien with visit of Thuan Chau market. On the approach to Thuan Chau, large groups of ethnic people may be seen making their way to and from the market, laden with baskets of goods. Continue to Dien Bien, crossing the most spectacular pass in Vietnam, which is famously named by local people as Pha Din Pass meaning “the Heaven and the Earth”. Lunch at local restaurant. Along the way to Dien Bien Phu, visit some local ethnic families and villages. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 11: Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - phong tho (B/L/-)
A short visit to Dien Bien central market before visiting A1 Revolutionary Heroes’ Cemetery, Dien Bien Phu Historic Victory Exhibition Centre, General De Castries’s Bunker, Old Muong Thanh Bridge and Nam Rom river. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Lai Chau along a bumpy road, passing a series of ethnic villages of Kho Mu (Xa), Huoi Chan, and Bung Giat. Continue to Phong Tho on scenic roads, crossing the junctions of Da and Na rivers by the way of the Chinese-built Hang Tom suspension bridge. From here, the road weaves its way northwards through the picturesque and steadily more spectacular Na River valley, past more ethnic villages of White Thai, Kho Mu and later Red and White H’mong minorities. Arrive in Phong Tho. Overnight at simple hotel.
Day 12: PHONG THO - Binh Lu - Sapa (B/L/-)
Depart Phong Tho town to Sapa, admiring spectacular scenery along the way. National Road 4D climbs steadily, affording superb views of the surrounding hills. Once over the summit, the road begins its descent towards the town of Binh Lu. Immediately you will begin to see groups of Black Dao people, whose villages are located in the surrounding hills. Arrive in Sapa and check in at hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. The afternoon is free for own activities. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 13: Sapa - Full Day Tour (B/L/-)
In the morning, short walk to Ham Rong Mountain, where you might have the opportunity to enjoy a minority show performed by young minority ladies and men. On clear days you also have opportunity to an overview of Sapa town. Visit the so-called “stone forest” here. Trek back to Sapa. Lunch at a local restuarant, then visit the colorful market. A scenic 6km drive brings you to Ta Phin village, lying in a hillside meadow. The village is home to Red Dzao and Hmong people. Drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 14: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B/L/-)
Depart Sapa to Hanoi via Lao Cai. Along the way, enjoy the lovely scenery of the semi mountainous region with local villages, palm trees & hills covered with tea plantations. Lunch en route. Arrival Hanoi and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 15: Hanoi City Tour (B/L/-)
Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and the whole months of October-November) and his former Residence, One-Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first university.
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays), Quan Thanh Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
In the evening, attend the famous performance of a water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 16; Hanoi - Fullday at leisure (B/-/-)
Fullday free at leisure for relaxing or own activities and shopping (no tours, no guide included). Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 17: Hanoi - Departure (B/-/-)
Day at leisure until transfer to Hanoi / Noi Bai International Airport for departure.
Tariffs and conditions for this private tour service: Net prices in USD per person, based on Twin or double room. Validity: 30 Sept 2014
Based on 20 - 30 Pax
Based on 16-19 Pax
Based on 10-15 Pax
Based on 6-9 Pax
Based on 3-5 Pax
Based on 2 Pax
*Single supplement included
The tour includes:
Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
English speaking local guide
Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
Free Vietnam visa on arrival
The tour excludes:
Any kind of drinks
International airport departure taxes
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)