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Insight Vietnam Tour 19 days
Insight Vietnam Tour 19 days
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Duration :
19 days
Start date:
03/27/2017 (MM/dd/yyyy)
Depart from:
Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi
Tour route:
Saigon – Cu Chi tunnels – Mekong Delta – Dalat – Nha Trang – Hoian – Hue –Hoa Lu Trang An – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Tour code:  VNL4/ 
Duration:  19 days 18 nights
Tour route: Saigon – Cu Chi tunnels – Mekong Delta – Dalat – Nha Trang – Hoian – Hue –Hoa Lu Trang An – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hanoi
 
Brief itinerary:
Day 1  Ho Chi Minh City arrival (Welcome dinner)
Day 2  Ho Chi Minh City tour (breakfast + lunch)
Day 3 HCM City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (breakfast + lunch)
Day 4 HCM City – Mekong Delta (breakfast + lunch)
Day 5  HCM City – Fly to Dalat  (breakfast + lunch)
Day 6  Dalat – Nha Trang by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 7 Nha Trang - visit islands by boat (breakfast + lunch)
Day 8 Nha Trang – Fly to Danang – Hoian (breakfast + lunch)
Day 9 Hoian – My Son Holy Land (Breakfast + lunch)
Day 10 Hoian – Hue by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 11 Hue city tour by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 12 Hue – Fly to Hanoi (breakfast + lunch)
Day 13 Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi by car (breakfast + lunch)
Day 14 Hanoi countryside -cook with local –night train to Sapa (breakfast + lunch)
Day 15  Sapa – LaoChai – TaVan – Giang Ta Chai Village   (breakfast + lunch)
Day 16 Sapa – Ban Ho – Nam Toong – Night train back Hanoi (breakfast + lunch)
Day 17 Hanoi – Halong Bay -overnight on Cruise (breakfast +lunch+ dinner)
Day 18 Halong Bay – Hanoi by car (brunch on cruise)
Day 19 Hanoi Departure (breakfast)

Tour price includes:

  • A private tour package for your group.
  • Accommodation based on twin/double sharing room
  • Meals are mentioned in the program (B: Breakfast – L: Lunch – D: Dinner)
  • Private transportation with air conditioned on tour
  • Round trip train ticket Hanoi – Laocai-Hanoi
  • Halong Bay Cruise
  • All entrance fees
  • Mineral water and tissue
  • Private experienced English or French speaking guide. Other languages guide upon on request.
 
Tour price excludes:
  • Individual expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • International & domestic air-fare (we will offer price case by case)
  • Meals and drink other rather than specified.

Day 1             Ho Chi Minh City arrival (Welcome dinner)
Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam. You are picked up at the Tan Son Nhat international airport by our tour guide and private car. Transfer to the city centre for check in hotel. Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
 
Day 2             Ho Chi Minh City tour (breakfast + lunch)
After breakfast at your hotel. We will have a full day to visit the city. In the morning, we start from Cho Lon (big market), Chinatown district, to discover the area’s markets, shops and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. We continue visiting Vietnam's first traditional medicine museum, the FITO Museum, with an amazing collection of 3,000 items relevant to the development of traditional Vietnamese medicine. In the afternoon, we will visit Presidential Palace Stroll, War Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral. This church was built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 3 HCM City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (breakfast + lunch)
Today, we leave HCM city at around 8 am and head to Tay Ninh.  We visit the Great Holy See Temple, built in 1926, is considered one of the most striking structures in all of South-East Asia. Here you have chance to attend the midday ceremony’s extravaganza to witness the daily mass held by the Cao Dai followers which is a fantastic experience.
After lunch time, we continue visiting Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during both the French and American wars. It is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. Back to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight stay.
 
Day 4 HCM City – Mekong Delta (breakfast + lunch)
After breakfast, depart for My Tho. This peaceful city lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands. On the way, we stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, enjoy the folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation. Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat you in the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop. In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for those can’t joint the cycling trip. Back to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight stay.
 
Day 5 HCM City – Fly to Dalat  (breakfast + lunch)
Breakfast at the hotel. Then we take the flight to Dalat (40 minutes). Established as a hill station at the beginning of the century, Dalat is reminiscent of an alpine town with its French chalets and pine forests. 
In the afternoon, we will visit Dalat City with Bao Dai's Summer Palace that sits on a hill just outside the main centre. Bao Dai was the Last Emperor of Vietnam and the Palace has been preserved exactly as he left it in 1954. It is a classic example of art deco that is a tourist attraction in itself. Continue the tour with the former railway station (in use only for an optional steam train ride) which is remarkable with its architecture and its old steam locomotive.  Visit Xuan Huong Lake and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda where the folkloric a Buddhist monk, Vien Thuc, produces his abstract paintings and writes poetry. At the end of tour, we will walk around local bustling central market, renowned for its fresh vegetables and fruit that is rarely found in a tropical country. Overnight stay in Dalat.
 
Day 6 Dalat – Nha Trang by car (breakfast + lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Nha Trang on high way road. Drive on a panoramic route down a lush mountain pass to the coastal plains of Central Vietnam. The highland crops of coffee, tea and vegetables are replaced with that of tobacco, grapes and rice as the road descends into a dry climate. Follow the coast past salt ponds and vivid green rice fields to Nha Trang.  After lunch time, we will visit Nha Trang city tour with the Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Alexander Yersin Museum, the ‘XQ’ workshop where exquisite handmade embroideries can be seen.  Overnight stay in Nha Trang Beach City.
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Day 7 Nha Trang - visit islands by boat (breakfast + lunch)
In the morning, we take a boat trip on Nha Trang Bay to visit some of the nearby islands where you can swim and snorkel in the clear warm waters. Along the way, visit nearby villages or simply relax on the boat’s deck and ‘people watch’ as Vietnamese villagers, whose descendants have lived on these islands for generations, go about their daily lives. After fresh seafood lunch on ‘Bamboo Island’, return to the pier.  In the afternoon, you are free time on the beach. Overnight stay in Nha Trang.
 
Day 8 Nha Trang – Fly to Danang – Hoian (breakfast + lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel. Take the flight to Danang. Upon arrival, meet local tour guide and drive 35-minutes to Hoi An.  Hoi An is a destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses; and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop-houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday.  In the afternoon, uou will visit the Japanese Bridge, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, the ancient house Tran Phu and the Hoi An museum. Enjoy shopping with tailor made clothing, lanterns, shoes and food or, just relax on the beach. Overnight stay in Hoian.
 
Day 9 Hoian – My Son Holy Land (Breakfast + lunch)
Today you will visit My Son Holy Land. Located 70 km southeast of Da Nang, My Son was the capital of the once almighty Champa Kingdom. It boasts a complex of ancient ruins that date back 1,700 years. This is the most complete example of ancient Champa ruins that Vietnam has maintained. You will return Hoi An and free time. Overnight stay in Hoi An.
 
Day 10 Hoian – Hue by car (breakfast + lunch)
After breakfast, we leave for Hue - the former imperial capital of Vietnam.  On the way to Hue, we stop at Danang and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.  Arrive Hue, check in hotel and overnight stay in Hue.
 
Day 11 Hue city tour by car (breakfast + lunch)
Today we will have full day to visit Hue ancient capital. Start visiting with the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument depart for Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Constructed in 1601, the 21-meter tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. Continue to former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds.  Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb designed in traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. 
Before coming back your hotel, we walk around Dong Ba Market with your guide.  The market is another of the must see sites in Hue, the stalls are teeming with color and a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life. Overnight stay in Hue.
 
Day 12 Hue – Fly to Hanoi (breakfast + lunch)
Brekafst at the hotel and take morning flight to Hanoi. Arrival capitals of Vietnam we visit the Temple of Literature which is the Vietnam's first university Quoc Tu Giam, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. Continue visiting the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Back to the city central, you continue walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and visiting Ngoc Son Temple which to be the heart of Vietnam. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
 
Day 13 Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi by car (breakfast + lunch)
After breakfast, we will travel to Hoa Lu temple which is dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.
After lunch time, we will visit Trang An - is a less visited nature reserve surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). Trang An 'eco-tourism' area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river. Back to Hanoi for overnight stay.
 
Day 14 Hanoi countryside -cook with local –night train to Sapa (breakfast + lunch)
In the morning, we leave Hanoi and drive west of city. To the west of the city there are many smalls farms, where much of produce sold in the city market is grown. There are vegetables gardens, tropical fruits and very hospitable local people. Depend on the season this will involve ranking, sowing, water greens, picking greens and other garden activities. You will have be having opportunity to ask experienced for local farmers about cultivation techniques and lifestyle. Lunch at local family.
In the afternoon, you are free time in Hanoi.
At around 07 pm, you are picked up and transferred to Hanoi train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa.  Overnight on the train in a soft sleeper cabin sharing.
 
Day 15  Sapa – LaoChai – TaVan – Giang Ta Chai Village   (breakfast + lunch)
Arrival Lao Cai station at around 05:00 am. Meet our local guide, enjoy breakfast before have long trekking. You will admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight. Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well-tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will reach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Sapa.   Approx: 1-hour driving/ 4 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.
 
Day 16 Sapa – Ban Ho – Nam Toong – Night train back Hanoi (breakfast + lunch)
After breakfast, we start our trekking day by walking downhill through the breath-taking scenery. We will trek through rice paddy fields until we reach Ban Ho village. This is a Tay village. We have a short visit of local house before a suspension bridge a nice house where your guide will prepare your delicious lunch. After lunch, we continue our walk to another village. This is a Red Dao village this time, called Nam Toong. Stop by a nice house to taste a cup of tea before heading back to Ban Ho. Swimming is possible but you absolutely should check your guide’s advice before jumping on the water. Our vehicle is waiting for us for the journey back to Lao Cai Station for night train to Hanoi. Approx: 2 hours driving/ 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch.
 
Day 17 Hanoi – Halong Bay -overnight on Cruise (breakfast +lunch+ dinner)
Arrive early in Hanoi where a hotel near station will be available to freshen up & breakfast before heading to Halong Bay by road.  Following breakfast, leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner and overnight on boat.
 
Day 18 Halong Bay – Hanoi by car (Brunch on Cruise)
Enjoy your fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
 
Day 19 Hanoi Departure (breakfast)
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home. End of your service.

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