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Duration:
 15 Days / 14 Nights

15 Days Best of Vietnam from Saigon

 

The trip will provide you with an authentic experience throughout all of the major sightseeing from the south to central and the north of Vietnam.

 

Special Features

•  Discover Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam

•  Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – View historical relics and experience the underground tunnels from the Vietnamese- American conflict

•  Boat in The Mekong River Delta through canals, floating villages & mangrove forests.

•  Experience Nha Trang Beach City and appreciate the beaches, islands, resorts, spas, and seafood

•  Enjoy Danang’s beautiful beaches, unique local food, and spa retreats

•  Tour Hoi An, where the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999

•  Explore Hue, the first-world UNESCO cultural heritage site in Vietnam

•  Enjoy the many highlights of Hanoi – the old town, street food, natural lakes, ancient pagodas, and museums

•  Discover Sapa with mountain trekking opportunities, ethnic homestays, and beautiful views

•  Visit Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site with thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea

 

The itinerary is flexible to change anything to suit your needs

Day 1/ Saigon:  Arrival Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Airport pick up – Meet your tour manager at hotel to go over any questions in your itinerary (D)

Day 2/ Saigon:  Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon (B)

Day 3/ Saigon:  Saigon – Mekong Delta Boat trip – Saigon (B, L)

Day 4/ Nha Trang:  Saigon – Fly to Nha Trang Beach City (a 1hr flight) – Free (B)

Day 5/ Nha Trang:  Nha Trang Island & Snorkeling Tour (B, L)

Day 6/ Hoi An:  Nha Trang – Fly to Danang (a 1hr flight) – Hoi An Walking Tour – Free (B)

Day 7/ Hue:  Hoi An Local Tour by Cycling – Boat – Fishing – Cooking Class – Hue (B)

Day 8/ Hue:  Hue City Tour & Boat Trip (B)

Day 9 / Hanoi:  Hue – Fly to Hanoi (a 1hr Flight) – Hanoi Cyclo Tour & Water Puppet Show (B)

Day 10 / Night train to Sapa:  Hanoi Full Day City Tour – Overnight train (B, D)

Day 11 / Sapa:  Arrival Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai Village (B, L)

Day 12 /Night train back Hanoi:  Sin Chai – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Overnight train (B, L)

Day 13 / Halong Bay:  Arrival in Hanoi – Halong Bay – Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship  (B, L, D)

Day 14 / Hanoi:  Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)

Day 15 / Departure:   Hanoi – Departure (B)

Trip Package Includes

•  A/C private transfers indicated in the program
•  All intra-flights (Vietnam airlines, economy class, airline taxes & service charges included)
     ∗  HO CHI MINH CITY/SAIGON (SGN) – DANANG (DAD): a 1hr flight
     ∗  DANANG (DAD) – NHA TRANG (CXR): a 50min flight
     ∗  HUE (HUI) – HANOI (HAN): a 1hr flight
•  14 nights of accommodations
    ∗  3 nights Ho Chi Minh City

    ∗  2 nights Nha Trang
    ∗  1 night Hoi An
    ∗  2 night Hue
    ∗  2 nights Hanoi
    ∗  2 nights return train: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
    ∗  1 night Sapa
    ∗  1 night Halong Bay on the cruise ship
•  23 meals: 14 breakfast, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
•  Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star cruise ship in Halong Bay (A/C private double/ twin cabin for 02 persons on the cruise ship)
•  Private boat to cruise in Hoi An, Hue, and Mekong River as indicated in the program
•  All admission costs at places mentioned in the itinerary
•  English-speaking tour guide
•  All entrance fees
•  All taxes & service charges
•  Local sim card for cell phone

 

Trip Package Excludes

•  Other meals and personal expenses that are not noted in the program

•  Trip insurance

Day 1:

Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Pick up & Check in hotel - Welcome Dinner

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Dinner · Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Attractions:

Ho Chi Minh City

Activities :

Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City or still called Saigon, look for a greeting board with your name, and our tour guide will escort and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Today, if time permits, you will have a welcome meeting with the salesperson who contacted you directly via email to go over any questions or changes to your itinerary…and IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS, PLEASE ASK HIM/HER THAT DAY…, followed by dinner at a traditional local restaurant in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Stay the night in a central hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Day 2:

Saigon City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Breakfast · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Activities :

Breakfast at the hotel. 8 AM pickup to begin a full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy and then visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 1975. Notice the French colonial structures such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, and the War Remnant Museum, and continue to the bustling Ben Thanh Market. Lunch at a local restaurant in Saigon and then explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network built by Vietnamese fighters during their long struggle for independence. Return to Saigon hotel around 5:30 PM for free time. This evening, stroll through the outdoor night market of Ben Thanh for unique souvenirs and street food.

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Day 3:

Saigon – Mekong River Delta Boat Trip - Saigon

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Breakfast · Lunch · Boat · Tour guide · All entrance fees · Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Activities :

8 AM Pick up in hotel lobby. Mekong Delta boat trip to My Tho and Ben Tre, famous for small wooden boats, sweet candy, and local folk songs. Tour ends with 5P with drop-off at your hotel in Saigon.

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Day 4:

Saigon – Fly to Nha Trang Beach City - Free

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · Internal flight Saigon – Nha Trang ·  Hotel in Nha Trang

Attractions:

Nha Trang

Activities :

Breakfast, airport transfer for a short flight to Nha Trang Port City. Lunch on your own, with free time to explore Nha Trang or the beach. Overnight in Nha Trang

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Day 5:

Nha Trang Island & Snorkeling Tour

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · Boat · All entrance fees · Hotel in Nha Trang

Activities :

After breakfast,  depart for Cau Da port around 8 AM.  The first stop is Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island, where many sea species from Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province create a miniature ocean world. Then stop at Mun Island, a great island for snorkeling because of the abundance of colorful coral and fish. You can even see caves where sea swallows build their nests. Then relax, swim, and participate in watersports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh beach, or what is still known as “Mini beach.” Enjoy lunch on the island. Before returning to your hotel, you will stop in a fishing village.  Overnight in Nha Trang.

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Day 6:

Nhatrang – Fly to Danang – Hoi An Walking Tour

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · Internal flight Nha Trang – Danang/Hoi An · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hoi An

Activities :

After breakfast, we leave Nha Trang for Danang/Hoi An by a 50min flight, upon arrival at Danang airport, transfer you to your lovely hotel in Hoi An. This afternoon, take a walking tour of Hoi An’s old town, including visiting the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and the vibrant market. On the walking tour, you will see many low-tiled houses scattered along the small streets. Hotel in Hoi An

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Day 7:

Hoi An Local Tour by Cycling - Boat - Fishing & Cooking Class – Danang Tour - Hue

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · Lunch of Cooking Class · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hue

Activities :

After breakfast, a short bicycle competency test will be given. For those uncomfortable with a pushbike, then other methods of transport can be arranged. The tour starts by cycling along level ground to the Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village. Ride along country lanes viewing local life and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges and fields of water buffalo…Take a short break with a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying a 30-45 minutes ride on a Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and spend your time catching fish and “purple crabs” in the canal. Continue biking to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetables are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries.  Have lunch with a local family. Afterward, leave Hoi An for Hue, stopping along the way to see the main sights of Danang, including Cham Museum and Marble Mountain. Arrive in Hue and check into the hotel.

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Day 8:

Hue City Tour & Boat Trip

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hue

Activities :

Hue is an ancient historical capital city. There are more than 100 architectural works reflecting the life of emperors and mandarins under Nguyen’s reign. Situated in the middle of hills on the southern bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings. Pickup at  08:00 AM in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to the wharf to cruise along the Perfume River to visit: Thien Mu Pagoda (The Heavenly Lady pagoda) with a good view of the Perfume River and its surroundings. Then, we travel to explore Tu Duc King’s tomb, one of the most beautiful works of Royal Architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. Transfer back to the city to lunch at a fine local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Hue Imperial and Forbidden City, Garden house, and Dong Ba market. Tour ends around 06:00 PM. Transfer to hotel in Hue.

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Day 9:

Hue – Fly to Hanoi - Free

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · All entrance fees · Internal flight Hue – Hanoi · Hotel in Hanoi

Attractions:

Hanoi

Activities :

After breakfast, transfer to Hue airport to catch a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi

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Day 10:

Hanoi City Tour – Catch the night train to Sapa

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · All entrance fees · accommodation on the train from Hanoi – Sapa (first class, soft sleeper, A/C four wooden berths cabin)

Activities :

At around 8 am after your breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and we start our full day trip to visit the rest main sites of Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum and one pillar pagoda, West Lake area, Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. We have lunch in the traditional restaurant in the center of Hanoi before continuing our trip in Hanoi by visiting Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hoa Lo Prison, seeing the Water Puppet Unique show, then enjoy our dinner until escort you to Hanoi Railway Station to catch our night train to Sapa. Stay overnight on the train

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Day 11:

Arrival Sapa – Cat Cat & Sin Chai Village

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · All entrance fees · Hotel in Sapa

Activities :

This morning,  arrive at Lao Cai Railway Station around 6 am. After the train ride, the tour guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel in Sapa to check in and have breakfast. Relax until around 11:30 am when the tour guide escorts you to lunch in Sapa town. Next, take a trekking tour to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages, located in nearby Sapa town. See the H’Mong people weaving and dyeing cloth. Also notice the paddy fields and the animals of the local H’Mong people, chickens, water buffaloes, and pot-bellied pigs. Trekking through these villages, we also have a chance to see the old hydroelectric power station which was built by the French.  Return to the hotel in the center of Sapa town. In the evening, you can explore the Sapa Love market situated near the hotel. Overnight in Sapa.

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Day 12:

Sapa - Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van Village – Catch Night train back Hanoi

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · All entrance fees · accommodation on the train from Sapa – Hanoi (first class, soft sleeper, A/C four wooden berths cabin)

Activities :

After breakfast, around 8:30 AM,  you are escorted to start a trekking tour to  Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai Village,  via the valley of Muong Hoa. Trek to these two villages to learn about Black H’mong people, Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. Then continue to Ta Van village to visit the Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in northwestern Vietnam. Some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor.  In the late afternoon, transfer back to  Lao Cai Railway Station to have dinner before catching a night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

 

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Day 13:

Arrival Hanoi – Halong Bay – Cruise & Overnight on a 5-star Cruise Ship

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · Lunch · Dinner · All entrance fees · Cruise & Overnight on the cruise ship in Halong Bay 

Activities :

At around 5 AM, the train arrives at Hanoi Railway Station. The tour guide will escort you to the hotel to relax before breakfast. 8 AM – 8:30 AM our driver will pick up and start the 3.5 hours drive to Halong Bay, 12h00 – 12h30 Embark on cruise ship followed by cruise briefing, 13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch on cruises along the limestone islands of Fighting Cock and Turtle Island, 15h30 – 17h30 Visit Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave and kayak along the hidden parts of the bay, 17h30 – 19h00 Go swimming, snap photos, or relax as the sun starts to set, 7 PM dinner is served. Overnight on board.

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Day 14:

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Tour guide · Breakfast · Lunch · All entrance fees · Hotel in Hanoi

Activities :

06h00 – 07h00 Start your day with swimming, exercise, or a photo hunt, 07h00 – 11h00 Have breakfast at sunrise. Cruise to Fishing Village, pass Dog Rock and Incense Burner, and then head back to the harbor to disembark the cruise ship around 11h00, 12h00 – 16h30 Transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi for check-in. Then free to explore Hanoi and the night market in the old town of Hanoi. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

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Day 15:

Hanoi - Departure

Included:

Private A/C transportation · Breakfast 

Attractions:

Airport transfer

Activities :

Free time for more discoveries in Hanoi, until it’s time to transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home or your next destination.