In the Heart of Vietnam, 15 days

Day 1     HANOI
Upon arrival, welcome by the local guide at Hanoi airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Note:  Rooms are available from 2pm. In the afternoon, an orientation tour of the city to discover the capital including the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, built in 1070, Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning the “Restored Sword”, is one of the scenic spots in the city;   and Ngoc Son Temple, built in the 19th century and beautifully situated on a little island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake.  By late afternoon, enjoy a cyclo (rickshaw) tour through the Old Quarter. The first day will conclude with a traditional water puppet show, featuring sketches about the daily life and beliefs of the rural people.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2     HANOI – HOA LU – HANOI – OVERNIGHT TRAIN        (B/L)
After breakfast, travel through the countryside to Hoa Lu, the ancient 10th century capital of Vietnam. On arrival, enjoy a bicycle ride to Bich Dong Pagoda, a 15th century complex, and continue to Thung Nang pier.   Then, board on a small sampan boat for a spectacular trip through one cave and numerous waterways, passing through beautiful rural sceneries of limestone cliffs and rice paddies. In the afternoon, visit Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh Dynastic Temples before traveling by road back to Hanoi. In the evening transfer to the railway station for the night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on board.

Note: In case of physical difficulty for cycling, transportation by vehicle can be arranged.

Day 3     OVERNIGHT TRAIN – LAO CAI – SAPA        (B/L)
Arrive at Lao Cai railway station early in the morning.  Then, depart to one of the several minority markets in the region. Depending on the day of the week, the markets are operating in different villages. Meet various ethnic minorities who come to exchange not only their goods but also interesting everyday life stories from their own community. In the afternoon, drive to Sapa and check-in at the hotel. Sapa is home to over 30 ethnic minorities and the highest peak of Vietnam, Mount Fansipan (3,143 m). The end of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Sapa.

Note: Sapa is a town of altitude, it is not uncommon to find temperatures below 10 degrees during the winter (November to February); only few hotels offer in-room heating.
Note: Due to the early arrival in Lao Cai, we recommend travelers to book a day use room upon arrival.

Day 4     SAPA        (B/L)       
After breakfast,    early departure for a full day discovery of the minority villages located in the Sapa Valley. First stop is in Lao Chai Village, home of Black H’Mong community. Then a walk toward Ta Van Village (2 km) through rice fields, to visit a Giay minority village. Continue walking to the bamboo forest of Giang Ta Chai. This part of the trip is fascinating because of its beautiful sceneries and colorful ethnic minorities such as the Red Dao. After a rest at the edge of a waterfall, climb a small hill to meet the driver, who is waiting at Giang Ta Chai. During the afternoon, visit Cat Cat Village before returning back to Sapa in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Sapa.

Day 5     SAPA – LAO CAI – HANOI – OVERNIGHT TRAIN        (B/L)      
After breakfast, stroll through Sapa Market before heading to Thac Tien Waterfalls (1.3km walk) and stop at Traurion Pass to enjoy the breathtaking view. The afternoon is at leisure until the time of departure to Lao Cai to take the night train back to Hanoi (departure in the evening).
Overnight on board the train.

Day 6    OVERNIGHT TRAIN – HANOI – HALONG         (B/L/D)
Arrive early in the morning in Hanoi. After breakfast in a local restaurant, travel by road to the majestic Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Along the way, stop at a traditional ceramics factory in Phu Lang Village in Bac Ninh for a short walk along the street lined with varieties of workshops of  home-made ceramic products. Arrive in Halong by midday and board on a junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Halong Bay. In the afternoon, navigation between the karts, some of which display extraordinary shapes, if time and weather allow, stop for a swim in the jade-colored waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Dinner and overnight on the junk.

Note: Due to the early arrival in Hanoi, we recommend travelers to book a day use room upon arrival.
Note: The private guide is not authorized to accompany passengers on board the junk. Therefore, during the cruise the private guide will be replaced by a local guide.
Note: Possibility to enjoy the cruise on a private junk. For more information, please consult us or visit the Private Junk section in this document.

Day 7     HALONG - HANOI - HUE          (B/Brunch)
After the breakfast, junk resumes its course. During the morning, it crosses the bay and stop to visit a natural cave. Brunch will be served on board before returning on the coast around 11h00 and transfer by road to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue. If time permits, stop to visit But Thap Pagoda, built under the dynasty of King Tran Thanh Tong (1258-1278). It is one of the finest pagodas in the country's north and known as Vietnam's first Buddhist center. Upon arrival in Hue, welcome by the local guide, transfer and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 8     HUE        (B/L)
After breakfast, explore Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Discover the Imperial City, the former imperial seat of government. This is a great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries, featuring art and costumes from various periods of Vietnamese history. Then visit the Celestial Lady pagoda, one of the most venerated sites in the city of Hue. In the afternoon, visit the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, the 4th emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam, who reigned from 1847–1883. The buildings and gardens have been shaped according to the directives of geomancy (Feng Shui). Together, they form a huge park where the beauty nature is everywhere. Last stop at villages to see how conical hats and incense sticks are made.
Overnight in Hue.

Day 9     HUE - DANANG - HOI AN        (B/L)
After breakfast, depart to Danang via the Hai Van Pass. On arrival, visit the Cham Archaeological Museum with an extremely rich collection, tracing the history of this lost civilization. Then, resume the journey to the port town of Hoi An, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10     HOI AN        (B/L)
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel to visit the famous Old Quarter of Hoi An. This is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Walk around Hoi An ancient town and explore its treasures. The buildings and street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Then, visit a lantern making cottage and learn how to make one. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion by boat on the Thu Bon River with a stop, along the way, at a traditional ceramic and carpentry village. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the old city or the beach (if weather permits).

Day 11     HOI AN - DANANG / HO CHI MINH CITY        (B/L)
After breakfast, transfer to Danang Airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Welcome on arrival by the local guide and explore Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the economic capital of the country. Visit the old colonial residential quarter, including the City Hall, built from 1902-1908 in a French colonial style, Opera House, built in 1897 by French Architect Eugene Ferret, the contemporary Reunification Palace (inside) and the elegant 19th century Notre-Dame Cathedral. Then, stroll around the Central Post Office built, neoclassical architectural style, built in the early 20th century by Eiffel. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the War Museum; it contains exhibits relating to the American period of the Vietnam War. Walk in the picturesque Chinatown "Cho Lon" which houses the Thien Hau Pagoda. The Pagoda was built in honor of the protective Goddess of sailors. From there, transfer for a stroll at the impressive Binh Tay Market and visit Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest pagoda of the city. The day ends with a stop at a lacquer factory to learn the manufacturing process.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12       HO CHI MINH CITY - CAI BE - VINH LONG - CAN THO        (B/L)
After breakfast, drive to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival, board on a sampan boat for a cruise on the Mekong River and its myriad of canals to Vinh Long. Visit an old colonial house and a rice popcorn factory. Enjoy a tasting of local specialties for lunch. In the afternoon, continue the journey to Vinh Long and then drive to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta. Check-in at hotel and time is at leisure.
Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 13     CAN THO - CAI RANG - CHAU DOC        (B/L)
After breakfast, board on a Sampan boat to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market (where each day the boats are filled with fruits and vegetables) and witness the rural life and the beautiful vegetation along the riverbanks. Then stroll through Can Tho’s market and then drive to Chau Doc, near the Cambodian border. On arrival, lunch at local restaurant then climb Mount Nui Sam (284m), a center of Buddhist pilgrimage also dotted with dozens of temples and pagodas bringing together Chinese, Cham and Khmer’s influences. On arrival visit the most important religious sites before heading back to town and check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Chau Doc.

Day 14     CHAU DOC - HO CHI MINH CITY            (B/L)
After breakfast navigate through a fascinating floating village where fishes are bred for export. Stop at a Cham village, to meet the minority Muslim community and visit a mosque. Return back to Ho Chi Minh City via Cao Lanh road and stop for lunch. Arrive in the evening and check-in at the hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 15     HO CHI MINH CITY        (B)
After breakfast, the day is at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City.
Note: Rooms shall be released by 12pm (noon).
Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for the departure flight.
End of our services.

Day of the week

Village

Distance from Lao Cai

Distance from Sapa

Ethic minority

Tuesday

Coc Ly

35 Km

75 Km

H’Mong, Tu Di, Pa Di, Tay, Nung, Hani

Wednesday

Sin Cheng

120 Km

160 Km

H’Mong, Nùng, Tày,

Thu Lao

Cao Son

75 Km

115 Km

H' Mong, Phù Lá, Dao, Hán Noir

Thursday

Lung Khau Nhin

65 Km

105 Km

H' Mong, Phu la, Dao

Saturday

Can Cau

95 Km

140 km

H' Mong Fleur, H'mong,  Rouges & Noirs, Dzay, Tay

Pha Long

70 Km

110 Km

H’Mong Fleur, Dao, Nung

Y Ty

70 km

110 km

H' Mong, Dao, Dzay, Ha Nhi

Sunday

Muong Khuong

50 Km

90 Km

H'Mong, Dao, Phu La, Nung

Bac Ha

70 km

110 km

H' Mong, Tay

INCLUSIONS
Accommodation in a shared double or twin room at selected hotels
Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle as per program
English speaking guide for each area except during time at leisure
Entry fees for all sightseeing tours as mentioned in the program
Private boat for the trips mentioned
Overnight on board of a Junk in cabin double (shared cruise)
Meals as mentioned in the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch or (D) for dinner
Government taxes currently in force (V.A.T.).

EXCLUSIONS
Visa for Vietnam
International flights and airport taxes
Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned

NOTE: Visa into Vietnam available upon arrival at the airport with prior arrangement for authorization letter
In general most places are closed in Vietnam throughout the period of the Lunar New Year
Program is subject to change without prior notice due to airlines unexpected changes of schedule or flight cancellations

Departure date
E.g., 23 Oct 2017
$3,115.00
Price dates: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Sunday, April 30, 2017
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