The Authentic Vietnam Tour 16 Days 15 Nights



Price of the trip: Start from US$ per person.
Length of the trip: 16 Days/15 Nights.
Starting: Hanoi - Ending: Saigon
Routes: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoian - Danang - Nha Trang - Saigon - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Tour Type: Land tour + well selected hotel + domestic flights/trains, private guided with your own English speaking guide ( unless otherwise specified), your own driver at your own pace and schedule.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Hanoi (D)

Arrive at Noi Bai international airport. Welcomed by your local tour guide and driver and transferred to your hotel in the city center for check in. Take an orientation tour on the cyclos ( If time permits ). Welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour ( B,L)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the PresidencePalace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and One Pillar pagoda. Continue with the Temple of LiteratureVietnam's first university. Lunch at local reaturant. Afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh temple. Cyclo ride around the old quarter streets from Hang Dau to Hang Gai. Dinner on guest's account. Transfer to train station for departure to Sapa with the night train ( schedule: 21:00 - 05:00 ). Overnigh at the A/c soft sleeper cabin.

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

Arrival to Lao Cai station at 05:00 in the morning. Pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast and shower at hotel before the trip starts. Trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes and have a picnic lunch on the way then keep going along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Return to Sapa. Dinner on guest's account. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi ( B,L)

Breakfast at hotel. We start the trip after breakfast, heading up to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zdao tribe where you will have lunch. After lunch you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel then get yourself ready before heading down to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way. Dinner on guest's account. Transfer to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Ha noi. Overnight on the A/c soft sleeper cabin.

Day 5: Ha Noi - Ha long ( B,L,D)

Arrive Hanoi around 5 : 00 am in the morning. Pick up at the train. Transfer to the restaurant for breakfast. Then, Leave for Ha Long Bay. Arrive Ha Long Bay and board the Huong Hai junk. Check in. Have lunch then visit Ha Long Bay, Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, round over Tuan Chau island , Dog island , Sail island, Ti Top Beach, have dinner on junk, enjoy sunset, drink and over night on the junk. ( Optional : Kayaking ).

Day 6 : Ha long - Ha noi – Hue ( B,L)

Wake up early in the morning for a great sunrise and a breath of fresh ocean air. Breakfast served on boat then we do a leisurely cruise through thousands of seemingly never ending islands. These are great opportunities to capture some amazing photographs.

We stop to visit a floating fishing village and listen to some legendary stories of the fishermen's daily life. Take one last swim somewhere in the middle of the bay to refresh before cruising back to the Halong city pier. By noon we be ashore and break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then we hit the road back to Hanoi. We arrive and finish our tour at your hotel by 5:00 pm.

Board your 11:00 pm night train, AC soft sleeper to Hue.

Day 7: Hue, city tour (B,L)

Arrival in Hue at 10:00 am then transfer to your Hotel. After morning preparations we will go on a relaxing cyclo or bicycle tour. We will also visit the Forbidden Purple City and Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.

Day 8: Hue – Hoi An ( B,L)

Breakfast at hotel. Take a morning cruise on the Perfume River to visit royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a setting of gardens and lakes. Leave Hue in the evening by a mini van for Hoian. From here it will take us about 4 hours to get to Hoian. There is fabulous sightseeing en route and we may make stops at: Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass, Cham Museum, and the Marble mountains. Then onto Hoian, overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An, walking tour in the ancient town (B,L)

The center of Vietnam is home to many of World Heritage Sites and Hoian is one of them. Here in this ancient town of Hoian, 30 km south of Danang, lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River.

Occupied by early western traders in the 16th century, Hoian has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets. The original structure of some of these streets still remain almost fully intact. All the houses were made of rare wood, decorated with colorful lacquered details and panels engraved with Chinese characters. Always a favorite place!
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An - Nha Trang ( B)

Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport in Da Nang for your noon flight to Nha Trang. A taxi takes you to your hotel, it is free to chill out on the beautiful white sand beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 11: Nha Trang, island boat trip( B, L)

Morning pick up from hotel and transfer to the boat station (45 minutes). Hop on the boat and begin a day on the water. The first stop will be at Mum island. This is one of the best places for snorkeling in Nha Trang. Hold your breath for as long as you can and dive deep into this colorful world of fish and coral. Next stop, Tam Island, for sun bathing and relaxing on the off shore beach. Lunch will be served at a nearby fishing village with a selection of fresh seafood. After the lunch we will visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium then take the boat back to Nha Trang city. Free time in the evening and overnight at your hotel.

Day 12: Nha Trang – Saigon, city tour ( B, L)

We take an early flight this morning at 7:45 am, arriving to Saigon at 8:40 am, transfer downtown and check-in at our hotel before our city tour of bustling Saigon started. Visit the Binh Tay Market in Cho Lon; stopover at Thien Hau, a 150 year old Chinese Temple; then to a Lacquer wares workshop and the Jade Emperor pagoda. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office. We’ll drop you off at your hotel around 5:30 pm. Overnight in Sai Gon

Day 13: Tay Ninh and the Cu Chi tunnels ( B, L)

Departing Saigon at 8:30 am from your hotel for a morning excursion to Tay Ninh to the Great Cao Dai Temple (a place to worship a mixture of Buddhism, Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity).We see the noon mass at the temple (1 hour). Lunch in Tay Ninh.

In the afternoon we visit the Cu Chi outdoor museum to learn about the infamous tunnel systems of the Viet Cong. Take this opportunity to get a unique understanding of the guerillas underground fight strategies during the war and crawl through 50 - 100 meters of the 200 km tunnel system. On the way back to Saigon, local rice paper workshops, and views of Vietnam countryside and paddy fields are pleasant sights. We’ll drop you off at your hotel around 5:30 pm.

Day 14: Saigon to the fertile Mekong Delta (Cai Be – Can Tho) ( B, L)

Depart Saigon at 8:00 am from your hotel. Head south to Cai Be. Upon arrival at 10:30 am, board a boat for a journey through the Mekong's floating market. See how river life goes on here, watch the trading between merchant ships and local farmers. Alive and exciting. Cruise through the secluded canals and cross the Mighty Mekong to an island where we will stop to enjoy fresh seasonal fruit before boating to Vinh Long. Back on the bus for our trip to Can Tho to overnight.

Day 15: Can Tho – Saigon (B)

An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, then we have some distance to cover. First a cruise, then a walk on a quiet country road taking in the magnificent scenery and getting a little bit closer to the locals as they go about their daily routine. In the afternoon we head back to Saigon. At your same Saigon hotel by 6:00 pm.

Day 16: Departure Saigon, goodbye Vietnam ( B)

Breakfast at hotel. Depending on your flight you may have sometime for some more shopping. Then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Goodbye and hope to see you again soon!

Tour Prices

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Trip includes:

  • A/c private car/van for pick up, transfer and sightseeing as per program.
  • Domestic flights: Ha Noi - Hue; Da Nang – Nha,Trang; Nha Trang - HCMC (economy class)
  • A/c private soft sleeper train ticket: Ha noi - Lao Cai - Ha Noi
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Shared cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Kayaking paddles
  • Private boat trips in Hue and the Mekong Delta
  • All entrance fees, cyclos and cruises
  • Hotel accommodation based o­n 2 guests sharing a Twin or Double room
  • Approved invitation letter for Vietnamese visa
  • Half board package meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)

Trip excludes:

  • International flight to/from Vietnam
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Laundry & telephone

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