Vietnam Authentic Tour 14 Days / 13 Nights

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Start : Hanoi
Finish : Ho Chi Minh city
Destinations: Hanoi - Halong - Sapa - Tavan village - Hue - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh city - My tho - Mekong


Day 1  HANOI - arrival (D)
  • When arriving, welcome at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel.
  • Early in the evening, join a water puppet show, a distinct Vietnamese art in which a split-bamboo screen obscures puppets which stand in water and are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 2 : HANOI – City tour (B/L) 
  • After breakfast, spend your day taking a tour around the capital and visiting such sites as
  • the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside),a large memorial in Hanoi, located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945.
  • his former residence,stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam, fondly known as “Uncle Ho”.
  • One Pillar Pagoda, the emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the temple in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda,  the oldest pagoda in the city,originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years. With its harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape, the pagoda is a picturesque attraction. The sunset views from the temple grounds are renown.
  • Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first national university where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông, it is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, continue to the Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam
  • Discover Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword" , where emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when his magic sword, Heaven's Will, was grabbed by a turtle who quickly disappeared into the depths
  • Ngoc Son Temple, being built on the Jade Islet and dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Trần Hưng Đạo
  • and enjoy a rickshaw tour in the Ancient Quarter with its antique shops.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 3 : HANOI / HALONG (B/L/D) (160km – 3h30)
  • After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO.
  • Arrive around 12h30 and take a junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Halong Bay.
  • Enjoy fresh seafood set lunch while our Halong Sail is peacefully passing Burn of Incense, Dog, Fighting Cock Island and Halong fishing village. 
  • Visit the most magical and beautiful cave – Sung Sot Cave, means Surprised Cave or Amazing Cave which is on Bo Hon Island and is one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Ha Long Bay. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps.
  • Trek and swim at Titop Island, which gives you a chance to view panorama view of Halong bay from the top and do kayaking nearby.
  • Enjoy fresh seafood set dinner on the bay.
  • Enjoy films or squid fishing at night if requested.
  • Overnight on the junk.
 
Day 4 : HALONG / HANOI / LAO CAI (B/L) (160km – 3h30)
  • Wake up in the next morning at sunrise.
  • Experience Tai Chi Lesson on the sundeck if request in advance.
  • Enjoy an energizing breakfast.
  • Visit Luon Cave by small boat and then the boat passes Man Head Island, Tortoise Island.
  • Check out the cabin and clear the bills.
  • Demonstration of cutting flowers from fruits and roots.
  • Check out the boat to transfer to Cua Vang for lunch or lunch at boat.
  • Come back to Hanoi.
  • Dinner in your own.
  • In the late afternoon, transfer to the railway station to a the night train to Sapa.
  • Overnight on train (A/C soft sleeper - 4 persons/ cabin).
 
Day 5 : LAO CAI / SAPA / LAO CHAI / TA VAN (B/L/D)  (trekking – 11km)
  • Arrive at Lao Cai railway station at about 6h00 then transfer to Sapa, which is home for more than 30 minority tribes (Black H’mong, Flower H’mong, Red Dzao) and of Vietnam’s highest peak - Fansipan Mount.
  • Have breakfast in the hotel or restaurant (optional) before the trip starts.
  • Walk along the main road for a while then take a small path uphill to get to Lao Chai village of the Black H’Mong tribe.
  • Lunch en route.
  • After lunch, continue to Ta Van village to visit the Dzay tribe, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area and then stay at local house (total trekking at the average level: 11km - 5hours).
  • Dinner at the home-stay.
  • Overnight in Ta Van village at a Dzay family.
 
Day 6 : TA VAN / SAPA / MA TRA / LAO CAI / HANOI (B/L)
  • After breakfast, come back to Sapa by a private car.
  • trekking to the Ma Tra village for the discovery of Black H’mong (trekking at the easy level: 4km - 2,5 hours).
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, at about 16h00, transfer to the railway station to take the night train to Hanoi 
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight on train (A/C soft sleeper - 4 persons/ cabin).
 
Day 7 : HANOI (B)
  • Arrive in Hanoi at about 6h00 in the morning and transfer to the hotel.
  • Have breakfast with Pho (rice noodle) or Banh Cuon.
  • Take a free day to visit Hanoi on your own.
  • Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 8 : HANOI / HUE (B/D) (600 km – 1h15 by plane)
  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take your morning flight to Hue, (pronounced ‘hway’), was  a Unesco World Heritage site, deeply evocative capital of the Nguyen emperors(1802-1945) still resonates with the glories of imperial Vietnam, even though many of its finest buildings were destroyed during the American War. Palaces and pagodas, tombs and temples, culture and cuisine, history and heartbreak – there’s no shortage of poetic pairings to describe it.
  • After arrival, check in hotel.
  • Visit the Imperial Citadel, City of the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), Visit some of the most highly revered site in this World Heritage area; The Flag Tower, South Door, Edict Pavilion, Supreme Harmony Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 9 : HUE (B/L)
  • After breakfast, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River passing Dong Ba market and visit Thien Mu pagoda on the riverbank and Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb,  ponds and gardens is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, visit the conical hats and incense stick making village.
  • Discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s mausoleum, which is unique among the royal tombs in Hue, Vietnam. Where other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 10 :  HUE / DANANG / HOI AN  (B/L)           100 km – 2h00
  • After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang through Hai Van Pass and through the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co.
  • When arriving in Da Nang, visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain,  (Ngu Hanh Son) is about 8km southeast of Da Nang City. This is a cluster of five marble mountains lying close to the sea. That is why, it is dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, which means Mountain and Water in Vietnamese.
  • Continue to the riverside town of Hoi An, an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries and officially listed as a World Heritage Site.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures :
  • Quan Cong temple – the brave and loyal Chinese General.
  • Phuc Kien pagoda, This is the most well-known assembly hall in the ancient town.Fukjianese were Chinese traders who first came to Hoi An in great number, at least in the XVII century. That was the reason why all above mentioned gods were worshipped in this pagoda after the collapse of the old pagoda.
  • The Japanese Bridge, Hoi An’s signature landmark used widely as an emblem of the town. It was built by Japanese merchants in the 16the century
  • Tan Ky ancient house, the most popular of Hoi An’s old houses.
  • Hoi An port, the World Heritage listed by Unesco.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Day 11 : HOI AN / DANANG / HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L) (1000 km – 1h15 by plane)
  • After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh, under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochin-china and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, name of Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).
  • When arriving in Ho Chi Minh, transfer to your selected hotel.
  • In the same morning, discover a busy Saigon, enjoy a tour in the Old Colonial Residential Quarte and visit:
  • the City’s old Hotel, a palace built by the French architect Paul Gardès of 1902-19081 in the center of Saigon in Indochina at the time.
  • the Opera House, inspired by the architecture of the Opera Garnier in Paris, which was built in 1900. The facade of the opera is a replica of the Petit Palais in Paris
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral, The famous central Saigon Cathedral, built in 1877, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels, built with materials imported from France.
  • Post Office signed by Gustave Eiffel.
  • Lunch in a restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, discover the Chinese quarter “Cho Lon” and its impressive Binh Tay market.
  • End of the day with a visit to a lacquerware factory.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 12 : HO CHI MINH CITY / MY THO / MEKONG (B/L/D) (75 km – 2h00)
  • In the morning, depart from Ho Chi Minh City and drive to My Tho, located in the heart of the Mekong  Delta.
  • When arriving in My Tho, take a boat for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals to Ben Tre.
  • Visit a coco candy factory where you can taste local specialties.
  • Take a coach to visit a garden house and enjoy tea with honey and fresh tropical fruits.
  • Lunch in M.Hai’s house.
  • In the afternoon, walk around the Hai’s village.
  • Dinner and overnight in homestay.
 
Day 13 : MY THO / CAI BE / HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L) (75 km – 2h00)
  • After breakfast, transfer to Cai Be, take a sampan to visit Cai Be floating market, “floating halls” where focus each day boats filled with fruits and vegetables.
  • On the way, lunch at Mekong Restop restaurant– a romantic place.
  • Arrive in Saigon late in the afternoon.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Saigon.
 
Day 14 : HO CHI MINH CITY – Departure (B)
  • After breakfast, free time before your transfer to the airport by our guide.

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Price include

  1. Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  2. English speaking guide
  3. Accommodation in twin or double shared rooms including breakfasts
  4. Train tickets (air-conditioned soft sleeper).
  5. Luxurious boats for cruises
  6. Entrance fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
  7. Lunches and dinners (L/D) mentioned
  8. Government taxes (VAT, etc.)
  9. Flights (Hanoi - Hue / Danang – Saigon) including airport taxes

Price exclude

  1. International flights and airport taxes
  2. Visa for Vietnam
  3. Insurance of traveler (obligatory)
  4. Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned : Beverage, tips, etc.