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Classic Vietnam (15 days, 14 nights)

ITINERARY

Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (D)
Arrive to Noi Bai Airport. You are welcomed by our driver at exit gate. Transfer to hotel (45min). . Check in and have a restful overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEINGS / LAO CAI (B,L,D)
The full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s highlights sites including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum and his stilt house, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. You also have chance to visit historic University – The Temple of Literature, that dates back to the 11th century; learn about Buddhist practices in a serene lakeside pagoda. The Visit the famous Ethnology Museum. Back to the Old Quarter to walk through the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds, the guild streets were named for their product or location and still bear such names nowadays; and then join in a unique water puppet show that features the Viet folklores and culture. After dinner, your guide will see you off at Hanoi Train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Day 3: LAO CAI / SAPA / CAT CAT VILLAGE (B)
Arrive at Lao Cai train station at around 6 am. Welcome by our tour guide and transfer to hotel in Sapa (1 hour drive). Once in Sapa, have breakfast and check-in to your hotel (early check in upon on availability). Free time to explore the town yourself. Afternoon starting by an enjoyable walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H’mong minority peoples. You will have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area before heading back to Sapa in the late afternoon. Overnight in Sapa town.

Day 4 SAPA / LAO CHAI / TA VAN / LAO CAI / HANOI (B,L)
Breakfast in hotel, you will explore the Sapa daily market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek down to Muong Hoa valley, travel though the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong, and Dzay people. Amazing view from the walk with a lot of local hill tribes people on the way make your experiences here. Lunch along the way at a local restaurant on the way. Back to the main road where your vehicle is waiting to take you back to Sapa town. Free until transfer back to the train station around 5pm for night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Day 5 HANOI / HALONG (B,L,D)
5.00, Arrives Hanoi. Check in a hotel nearby the train station to refresh and breakfast before heading to Halong. At 08:00, you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay and board a boat, enjoying lunch as sail through bay. The magical bay is home to thousands of limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you’ll enjoy cocktails or cooking classes while watching the sunset, before indulging in a lavish dinner onshore. Afterwards, you can choose to do anything from joining movie night, playing board games, or relaxing at the beauty spa before retiring for the evening.


Day 6 HALONG / HANOI (B,L)

You’ll the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, you will be taken to a beautiful limestone grotto before returning to the junk for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. You’ll then have free time to enjoy the Hanoi nightlife and staying overnight. Overnight in Hanoi

Day 7 HANOI / HUE (B)
Enjoy your free time until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Hue. You are welcome by our local driver in Hue and transfer to hotel. This afternoon you will tour the Citadel. Tonight you will enjoy a Royal Dinner set menu in local restaurant. Check in and overnight in Hue.

Day 8 HUE CITY TOUR (B,L)
Embark the cruise on the Huong River, stop at Dong Ba Market and buy necessary food for a cooking class with our chef. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda – the symbol of Hue City and back to the boat for a scenic cruise to Thuy Bieu village. Arrive on Thuy Bieu and visit the garden house, ancient ancestral temples, an incense making family to discover the daily life of local people. Come back to Thuy Bieu restaurant for a cooking class where you will prepare lunch by yourself. After lunch, relax with a short herbal foot bath and massage. The rest of the day visit Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Tombs. Back to hotel and overnight in Hue.

Day 9 HUE / HOI AN (B,L)
Follow by the Ancient citadel is an ancient town – Hoi An. After a rewarding drive through the scenic Ocean Clouds Mountain Pass (Hai Van pass) with a stop in Cham Museum and Marble in Danang, you will arrive to Hoi An. Check in hotel and leisure time. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 HOI AN (B)
A half day wandering through the picturesque streets of this 16th century trading port, where the buildings remind us of its Chinese, Japanese, French and Vietnamese architectural styles; Visit the Chinese Embassy Halls, Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Pagoda & Tan Ky House. Afternoon will be free time to for shopping or relax. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11 HOI AN / DANANG/ HCMC (B,L)
Transfer to airport for morning flight to HCMC. On arrival transfer and check in to your hotel. Half-day orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City including The Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Hall, War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 12 HCMC / CAO DAI / CU CHI (B,L)
This morning, we transfer to Tay Ninh where the Cao Dai Temple located, to observe the midday service. Cao Daism is a combination of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. After lunch, explore the complicated network of underground tunnels in Cu Chi, which were used by the V.C and guerilla fighters during Vietnam war. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 13 HCMC / MEKONG DELTA / HCMC (B,L,D)
Discover the lush beauty of the Mekong Delta as you wind your way down narrow canals on a sampan that glides along fruit orchards, paddy fields and sleepy villages; visit a floating market, where vendors display the delta’s bounty of fruits and vegetables on their boats. However, busy selling and buying, they will never forget to throw you happy smiles and wave at you. Overnight onboard.

Day 14 MEKONG DELTA / HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
Breakfast on board, then continue to cruise the Mekong delta before you head back to the wharf where your vehicle is waiting to take you back to HCMC. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 15 HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
Free for your own leisure until pick up and transfer to airport for your departure flight..

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Cities Hotel Category
Superior (3*) Deluxe (4*) Luxury (5*)
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter Hanoi Pearl Hanoi De L’Opera
Halong Bay Image Cruise Dragon Pearl Indochina Sails
Hue Moonlight Saigon Morin Imperial Hue
Hoi An Vinh Hung Emerald Vinh Hung Resort Palm Garden
Ho Chi Minh Sannouva Grand Silverland Rex
Can Tho Kim Tho Nam Bo Boutique Victoria Can Tho

 

INCLUDE & EXCLUDE
Tour price includes:
• All private transfer and transportation
• Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
• Experienced local English / French speaking guide
• All domestic flights as per itinerary
• Boat trip as per tour
• Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
• All sightseeing tickets
• Water and tissues on coach
• Complimentary Approval document for Vietnam visa
• Services charges and government tax

Tour price excludes:
• International flights & departures taxes
• Beverage
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
• Vietnam visa stamping fee on arrival at airport
• Others not mentioned above

Category Price valids from 1 Jan, 2014  – 31 Dec, 2014
2 3-4 5-6 7-8 SRS
Superior  $1,751  $1,590  $1,410  $1,324  $396
Deluxe  $2,054  $1,892  $1,713  $1,626  $699
Luxury  $2,436  $2,274  $2,095  $2,008  $1,081

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