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A Taste of Vietnam

Tour Code: VNH15-TV

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A Taste of Vietnam

Tour type: Highlight Tours

Duration: 15 days / 14 nights

Operate: Year round / on demand

  • Overview

    Itinerary

    Day 01: Welcome to Vietnam – Arrive in Hanoi

    (-, -, D)

    Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in, tour-briefing and free at leisure to acclimate yourself. Enjoy Welcome Dinner hosted by VNR Travel at one of the most traditional restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 02: Hanoi Full Day City Tour – Night Train to Sapa

    (B, -, -)

    Meet your guide at hotel and start a full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. We’ll see the city’s outstanding historical and cultural sites: President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential homes, the National Assembly area, and an opportunity to learn more about the country’s constitution. We’ll continue to the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, and become acquainted with Vietnam’s two major religions, Buddhism and Confucianism. We top off the morning by touring the Fine Arts Museum then enjoy lunch at a nice restaurant.

    We restart in the afternoon with the Museum of Ethnology where cultures of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups are depicted. We get back to the very heart of Hanoi for a walk around the Lake of the Restored Sword then explore the famous Old Quarter of 36 guild streets by rickshaw. Evening highlight is a performance of the internationally renowned water puppetry theater. Return to Hanoi station and finish the memorable trip.

    Night train to Sapa.

    Day 03: Sapa

    (B, -, -)

    Early morning arrival at Lao Cai, then transfer upland to the town of Sapa and hotel check-in. The rest of the day is devoted to exploring this exotic region of the Northern Hill Country, visiting the unusual markets, and getting acquainted with the different ethnic hill tribes such as the H’mong, Red Dao, Tay and others. We then talk a short walk out of town for a great vista of Vietnam’s highest mountain range, Fansipan, filled with terraced rice paddies and deep valleys. Enjoy the incredible mountain vista at sunset.

    Overnight in Sapa.

    Day 04: Sapa

    (B, -, -)

    An entire day to enjoy the natural wonders, or learn more about the varied cultures of the region’s Hill People. We will have ample opportunity to visit different villages of the H’mong, Red Dao, and Tay people in the Muong Hoa Valley. Home visits are included, and be sure to bring our cameras. This is a Photographer’s paradise. Walking by foot, hill climbing, trekking, or taking it easy by jeep. Overnight in Sapa.

    Day 05: Sapa – Night Train to Hanoi

    (B, -, -)

    If we are in Sapa from Monday to Saturdays, we will take a jeep tour to Silver Waterfall and Heaven’s Gate Pass (the highest Pass in Viet Nam, over 2,000 meters). Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding valley.

    If this day is a Sunday, we will visit Bac Ha Hill Tribe Market instead. Drive three hours to town of Bac Ha and thrill to the sights at the Bac Ha Market. On this day, the various hill peoples gather in all their finest, most colorful, clothing at one of the biggest market gatherings in Vietnam’s northern mountain region. This is their special one-day of the week to trade, shop, and socialize. Not to be missed, especially for photographers.

    In the late afternoon, the night train returns to Hanoi.

    Day 06: Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

    (B, L, D)

    Pick up at Hanoi station, in the morning we start our exploration day by a ride to Halong Bay, northeast of Hanoi and enter into the Red River Delta, rich with rural beauty and picturesque rice-farming villages. Not just pictures, we can stop for close-up views of  buffalos ploughing, women in conical hats scooping their paddies. Once reaching Halong Bay, we board our cruise and set sail for an extraordinary cruise of Halong Bay. Declared as the World Heritage Site twice for its nature beauty and geological by UNESCO, we’ll cruise through its three-thousand islands and rich rock-formations and stop at Ga Choi Island, Dinh Huong Island, Dog Island, Sail Island… You’ll be able to sample the rich seafood served on-board while viewing the islands. Late afternoon we have chance to explore the bay on our kayaks. We’ll close out the day by a romantic dinner and overnight on board.

    Day 07: Halong – Hanoi - Danang - Hoian

    (B, L, -)

    Wake-up for sun shine and morning coffee then we take a bamboo boat to visit Sung Cot Cave – one of the largest in Halong Bay. We then continue our exploration by the cruise pass-by the city’s market – Hon Gai and enjoy our last seafood lunch on-board before get back to Halong City. Our car will take us back to Noi Bai airport for late afternoon flight to Danang. We’ll drive to Hoian Town, 30 Km south of Da Nang.

    Overnight in Hoian.

    Day 08: Hoian Walking Tour

    (B, -, -)

    The day will be spent exploring Hoian’s winding streets and centuries-old architecture, which combines Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese influences. Highlighted are the Chinese Assembly Hall, homes of the old merchant families. ancient temples, and the Japanese Bridge.

    Overnight in Hoian.

    Day 09: Hoian – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City

    (B, -, -)

    Morning drive to Danang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival there is a city overview tour of the important landmarks: The Central Post Office, The former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saigon waterfront, and finally, the excitement of the Cho Lon District (Saigon’s ‘China-town’). You’ll have ample opportunity to experience the Binh Tay Central Market and the Thien Hau Pagoda.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels

    (B, -, -)

    Meet your private guide at hotel at 8:30 AM then drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside to Cu Chi Tunnels. That’s an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. There is a chance to visit the underground shelters where the revolutionary cadres were living.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long Day Trip

    (B, L, -)

    Meet your guide at hotel and leave Saigon for Vinh Long early in the morning. On arrival at Cai Be, we’ll board a boat to explore the floating market, typical of the Mekong Delta. Continue by boat to Binh Hoa Phuoc Island to visit orchards of tropical fruits and have lunch in the famous Bonsai garden of Mr Sau Giao. After lunch we proceed by boat to Vinh Long Town for transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Phan Thiet –No guide

    (B, -, -)

    Pick you up at hotel, drive to coastal city of Phan Thiet. Rest of the day is free to explore the city and enjoy oceanic fresh air, breathtaking sunshine covered the whole region. Accommodations arranged at one the most luxurious hotels & resorts.

    Overnight in Phan Thiet.

    Day 13: Phan Thiet

    (B, -, -)

    Free day at leisure. Optional tours are available.

    Overnight in Phan Thiet.

    Day 14: Phan Thiet – Ho Chi Minh City

    (B, -, -)

    Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Free day to refresh yourselves.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Day 15: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City – No Guide

    (B, -, -)

    Rest and relax before departure from Ho Chi Minh City, or explore the city on your own. Transfer and departure assistance provided.

    Rates

    Price table02 pax04 pax06 pax08 pax14 pax upSGL Supp
    Superior1550 $1113 $994 $990 $970 $919 $483 $
    Deluxe1878 $1440 $1321 $1318 $1298 $1246 $811 $
    Luxury2273 $1836 $1717 $1718 $1693 $1642 $1206 $

    Inclusion

    • Accommodation ½ twin sharing room
    • Transfer  & Transportation as program
    • Express train Hanoi – Lao Cai & returned, A/C cabin with soft sleep berth
    • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • English or French speaking guide
    • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
    • Additional surprises

    Exclusion

    •    Visa in Viet Nam ( compulsory and has to be arranged in advance)
    •    International and domestic flights - subject to change without notice ( HAN-DAD//DAD-SGN)
    •    Travel insurance
    •    Drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
    •    Tips and personal expenses
    •    Any other service not mentioned

    Special Notes

    TOUR PACKAGE

    •  The prices below are in USD, per person, based on DBL/TWN occupancy and group of min 02 pax
    •  Rates are valid until 30 Mar, 2017 ( except peak period 20Dec - 5Jan,2016 and 15 Jan - 30Jan,2017)

    List of hotels recommended by VNR Travel:

    Location

    ACCOMMODATION

    Luxury

    Deluxe

    Superior

    HANOI

    De L’Opera

    Silk Path

    La belvie 

    SAPA

    Victoria Sapa

    Chau Long

    Bamboo Sapa

    HALONG BAY

    Indochina Sails

    Victory Cruise

    Image Junks

    HOIAN

    Palm Garden Resort

    Hoian Trails Resort

    Vinh Hung 2

    HO CHI MINH CITY

    Majestic

    Grand

    Huong Sen

    PHAN THIET/MUI NE

    Victoria Resort

    Teracotta Resort

    Sealion Resort

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