Vietnam Hidden Charm
itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2 :Hanoi city tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong bay cruise
Day 4: Halong bay cruise
Day 5: Halong bay – Hanoi airport– Fly to Hue
Day 6: Hue - sightseeing
Day 7 :Hue - Hoi an – walking tour
Day 8: Hoi an - free day
Day 9: Hoi an – Danang - fly to Nha Trang
Day 10: Nha trang – island and snorkeling tour
Day 11: Nha trang – drive to Dalat
Day 12: Dalat
Day 13: Dalat - fly to Ho chi minh city – Cu chi tunnel
Day 14: Ho chi minh – city tour
Day 15: Ho chi minh - Mekong delta (home-stay)
Day 16: Mekong delta - Ho chi minh
Day 17 :Hochiminh free day
Day 18 :Hochiminh departure
itinerary in details:
DAY 1:22 NOV: ARRIVAL IN HANOI (D)
Welcome and met by local tour guide at the airport, then we transfer to the hotel in the center city. We are free and relax till the time of the welcome dinner at a restaurant serving fine Vietnamese cuisine. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2:23 NOV: HANOI - CITY TOUR (B)
Sites visited: Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature, Ethnology Museum, West Lake area, Hoan Kiem Lake, Water Puppet show
We will visit Ho Chi Minh complex and the Temple of Literature. This afternoon, we visit the Ethnology Museum, West Lake area (Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda), Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. We have one hour to tale cyclo to travel around the Ancient city to see the daily Life of Hanoian and one more hour to watch The Water Puppet show in the Theater on the bank of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 3:24 NOV: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISE(B, L, D)
07:45 – 08:15 : Pick-up at your hotel near by the Old Quarter in Hanoi by shuttle bus.
12:00 – 12:30 : Embark the LaFairy Sails at Tuan Chau International harbor. Enjoy welcome drink, cruise briefing & start cruising.
13:00 – 15:30 : A sumptuous is served while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands, considered by the heaven on the Earth.
15:30 – 17:00 : Explore Lờm Bò area and be charmed by this outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature. Visit Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and climb up to see the panoramic view of the bay from above. Enjoy swimming in the beautiful crystal water of the Bay (optional).
17:00 – 19:00 : Return to the LaFairy Sails for a Sunset party and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19:00 : Savor an amazing, dreamlike dinner in Fairy cave (or Drum cave or Ban Chan beach) with extremely delicious food and be awed by a wonderful fruit and vegetable carving performance. Afterwards, socialize with new friends and crew members, enjoy squid fishing, or simply relax on the boat’s top deck in the middle of the tranquil bay. Overnight on-board.
DAY 4:25 NOV: HALONG BAY- HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY (B,L,D)
06:30 : Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:15 – 08:30 : Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay. Transfer to a Day Boat for a day cruise.
09:00 – 10:00 : Go fishing with local fishermen and learn about traditional fishing methods. Explore Cửa Vạn Area by kayaking. Swimming and relaxing on the beach.
12:00 – 13:30 : Return to the day boat. Enjoy lunch onboard.
13:30 – 15:30 : Passing the Cửa Vạn fishing village to know more a bout the local life of fishermen. Visit floating Pearl Farm and learn the technique for making high quality pearls.
16:00 : Cruise back to the LaFairy Sails.
19:00 : Enjoy dinner in Fairy cave (or Drum cave or on beach)
DAY 5:26 NOV: HALONG BAY – HANOI – FLY TO HUE (B, L)
06:30 – 07:00 : Start your new day with a Tai Chi session or a photo hunt.
07:15 – 07:45 : Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay.
07:45 – 08:30 : Visit Ti Tov Island for swimming in the emerald water Or trekking to the top of the island to take the breathtaking panorama view of the Bay.
08:30 – 09:00 : Enjoy kayaking through the hidden beauty of the Bay.
09:45 – 10:15 : Pack your luggage and check out of the cabin while cruising towards the harbor.
10:15 – 11:45 : Join a cooking demonstration before enjoying an exceptional Buffet lunch.
12:00 – 12:30 : Disembark the LaFairy Sails & Farewell.
17:00 – 17:15 : Arrive in Hanoi airport and take the flight to Hue.
Pick up and transfer you to hotel in Hue.
Overnight in Hue.
DAY 6:27 NOV:HUE - SIGHTSEEING IN HUE (B)
Sites visited: Perfume river, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Duc tomb
Welcome up on arrival at Hue Railways station then we transfer to hotel. Breakfast and have short relax.(Check in time at 14:00)
Our tour starts at 08:00 in the morning at the lobby of the hotel. We will be met and transferred to the Wharf where we will cruise along the Perfume River to Visit Thien Mu Pagoda from here we will have a good view of Perfume River and surroundings.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City; and Dong Ba market.
Overnight in Hue.
DAY 7:28 NOV: HUE - HOI AN – WALKING TOUR (B)
Sites visited: Cham Museum, China Beach, Marble Mountain
After breakfast at the hotel, we travel by vehicle to Hoi An along scenic highway 1A. Along the way we will stop to contemplate the stunning views north, to Lang Co Beach and South to Danang city. Danang city with Cham Museum, China Beach – where the American named and used to have their Rest and Relaxation; and the Marble Mountain – the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, water, fire and earth). We will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon, relax and take our walking tour. Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 8:29 NOV: HOI AN - FREE DAY (B)
Today we relax at the beach or shopping in the down town.
DAY 9 :30 NOV:HOI AN – DANANG - FLY TO NHA TRANG (B)
Today we take a short fly to Nha Trang beach city. Welcome up on arrival, then we transfer to hotel. Relax at beach and overnight in Nha Trang.
DAY 10:01 DEC: NHA TRANG – ISLAND AND SNORKELING TOUR (B, L)
We are met up by local tour guide at lobby of the hotel then start our tour to Cau Da port where we take boat to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu island. Here we have chance to see a small ocean world with many kinds of sea species of Nha Trang.
Mun island is the best island for snorkeling where we can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish.
Staying on boat, we can see the sea swallows’ nests on the many caves. To Mot island or Tranh island or on a small island called “mini beach”, we relax, swim and doing water sports or other activities.
Fresh lunch at the island and then we stop at a fishing village before going to the shore; trip ends at hotel.
DAY 11:02 DEC: NHA TRANG – DRIVE TO DALAT(B)
The morning, we travel by road to Dalat with stopover at the scenic pass of Ngoan Muc and the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers.At leisure and overnight at hotel in Dalat.
DAY 12:03 DEC: DALAT (B)
Our sightseeing tour of Da Lat takes in the former residence of Emperor Bao Dai, Hang Nga House, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market, the Love Valley and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. Overnight in Da Lat.
DAY13:04 DEC: DALAT - FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B)
We transfer back to Cam Ranh airport for our short flight to Ho Chi Minh city where our local tour guide is waiting for us. Transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon free leisure time. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY14:05 DEC: HO CHI MINH – CITY TOUR– CU CHI TUNNEL (B)
Breakfast at hotel.
AM: Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during Vietnam war.
PM:This afternoon we have a haft day city tour visit Saigon: Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and the former Presidential Palace. Continue to visit the War Museum.
Overnight in Hochiminh.
DAY 15: 06 DEC: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA (HOME-STAY) (B, L, D)
08.00AM: we are picked up at lobby of hotel then transfer to Cai Be. Our trip will be started with a visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables by the luxury boat of Mekong Travel.
Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where we can see how rice paste, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn are made.
It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where we can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage proof...
The best lunch will be served at local house
After lunch, the rowing boat will take us deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta..
One more thing to do in this trip is biking! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta..
Cooking some dishes with the owners. We enjoy diner and have cup of tea or rice wine when talking together. We can ask the locals about the culture, people, history of this Island. They do not mind to answer some personal questions. Overnight in a private room of local house
DAY 16: 07 DEC: MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH (B, L)
Have a breakfast and walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning; then we boat trip to visit the brick kilns where we can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay.
Our boat will go along the floating village. We will learn how to farm catfish on Mekong River.
We can visit Vinh long market in the town. This is the best choice for us to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetable...The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where we take our vehicle transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
DAY 17: 08 DEC: HO CHI MINH FREEDAY(B)
Free leisure day.
DAY 18:09 DEC: DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Today our awaiting vehicle will transfer us back to the airport to home. Trip ends.
Legend: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch and D= Dinner
ACCOMODATION ( 1 DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM)
Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel/Cinnamon Cathedral Hotel
La Fairy sails (Deluxe Cabin)
Hue Riverside resort (Superior room)
Hoi An Riverside resort (Superior room)
Michelia Hotel (Superior premier room)
Ngoc Lan Hotel(Superior room)
Grand Silverland Hotel (Deluxe room)
*Accommodation in 1 double/twin room with daily breakfast
* Meals as mentioned in the program( B: Breakfast, L:Lunch, D: Dinner)
* Transfer from and to the airports by private vehicle with A/C.
* English speaking guide during tour (except free time)
* No guide in Airport Transfer- Guide on boat in Halong Cruise
* Train Hanoi – Hue (2 tickets in share 4 berth cabin)
* Halong bay cruise with guide on boat
* International Airfares
* International departure tax
* Meals not indicated;drink in meals
* Visas and visa arrangement
* Domestic flights:Danang - Nha Trang;Dalat - Hochiminh quoted seperately
* Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
* Personal expenses such as Bar, Telephone and Laundry bills.
* Tips and gratuities
* Bank charge/fee
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