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You have two weeks for Vietnam, what to see to make your trip memorable? Now, what do you think about a short time in every region of Vietnam: North, Central and South? Relaxing on the beach? Does it rime to you? So, get your feet on this trip!

TRIP SUMMARY

DayItinerary
1Hanoi Arrival – Food Tour (D)
2Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
3Hanoi – Sapa (B, L)
4Sapa – Hanoi (B, L)
5Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
6Halong Bay – Hanoi – Flight To Da Nang (B, L)
7Da Nang – My Son – Hoi An (B)
8Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight To Nha Trang (B)
9Nha Trang 4 Island Tour (B, L)
10Nha Trang – Flight To Ho Chi Minh City (B)
11Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)
12Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
13Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
14Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – FOOD TOUR (D) (GROUP TOUR)
Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi and Vietnam.
Upon your arrival at the Noi Bai international airport, your car and driver will already be there waiting for you with a name board and transfer for around 30 minutes you to your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter for check-in (Early check-in is subject on availability).
In the evening, the tour guide will come to pick you up and go to walking tour around Old Quarter. This tour is called Food on Foot tour. By this tour, you will visit the Old Quarter, learn about history of Hanoi city, try the traditional food on the way of the tour. You will also visit the symbol of Hanoi ( Hoan Kiem lake ) and the night market if the day is at the weekend: Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Overnight in Hanoi Old Quarter hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B, L) (GROUP TOUR)
After your leisure breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide and driver to start your city with the famous Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you have the chance to contemplate the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Afterwards, you set off to the 1000 years old Temple of Literature. This is Vietnam’s first university and dated back to the year 1070 and is now the destination for young students to praise for luck in their upcoming exams. Savor your lunch at a nice restaurant.
After lunch, you will continue your trip to one of the most attractive museums in Hanoi – Museum of Ethnology. At this historical place you will be clearly explained by your guide about all the 54 ethnic minorities with hundreds of beautiful displays. Take also your time to observe the traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground.
Now comes the time to pay a visit to Ngoc Son Temple on a small island of the Hoan Kiem Lake by crossing the The Huc bridge, which name carries the meaning of ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. Listen to its history from the 13th century.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Note:
The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on each Monday and Friday and annually from 08. September to 08. November for maintenance.
Museum of Ethnology is closed each Monday.

DAY 3: HANOI – SAPA (B, L) (GROUP TOUR)
Get picked up early in the morning by your enthusiastic tour guide at your hotel and start your tour for 2 days and 1 night in Sapa. You will arrive in Sapa by noon time, when you have time to refresh yourself a little and take your lunch with local specialties.
After a short break to refill your energy from a long drive, you will be transferred for 7 km to the gate of Cat Cat village. Here you will discover the local life of the H’Mong ethnic minority, trek down the valley to the foot of the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station and stop at the bridge for authentic photos of this unforgettable moment. You will finish your today trek by passing by breathtaking landscapes and arrive after 3 km at Shin Chai village. Your car is already waiting for you there to take you back to Sapa town.
In the evening you have free time at your leisure to discover Sapa with all its attraction like the stone church, the historical square and lake. Should you be lucky enough and stay here on Saturday, you should definitely not miss out the chance to take part in the love market of the Red Dao.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: SAPA – HANOI (B, L)
After your leisure breakfast in your hotel, you start a new trekking route in this mountainous area. Your car will bring you to the starting point in Y Linh Ho. Start your exciting trek along the most beautiful valley in Sapa of Muong Hoa, through the mesmerizing rice terraces to contemplate the spectacular landscapes of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. You finish your trip in Ta Van village of the Dzay ethnic minority. The trekking route is about 9 km with a duration of 3 and a half hour. Get picked up at the Ta Van bridge and return to your hotel in Sapa, where you can take a rest and some refreshment. You have free time at your leisure to buy some souvenirs or just to relax until you head back to Hanoi at around 3.00 pm. You arrive at your hotel in Hanoi at around 9.00 pm.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B, L, D) (GROUP TOUR)
After breakfast, your guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter and set off for around four hours through scenic landscapes with beautiful rice paddies to Halong Bay. Upon your arrival at the pier of Halong, you will embark on a wooden tender which takes you to your cruise on the bay. Enjoy your delicious seafood lunch and immerse into the fresh air and sceneries of breathtaking islands and limestone karst passing by. In the afternoon you have time for some watersports like swimming and kayaking in the crystal clear water. Depending on the itinerary of your cruise, you also explore some of the limestone caves in the region.
As the sun starts to set, the ship will set its anchor in a tranquil area for the night. Dinner and overnight on board.
Accommodation: Cabin on Halong cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: HALONG BAY – HANOI – FLIGHT TO DANANG (B, L)
You are recommended to get up early this morning to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the bay when the sun rises or participate in the Tai Chi exercises for good health. Enjoy your breakfast on board as the ship sails through the bay for an exploration of more remote areas back to the pier. Depending on your cruise itinerary, you may also have the chance for further exploration of mysterious caves like Sung Sot (Surprise cave) or the well-hidden Thien Canh Son cave. On your arrival at the pier, your shuttle bus will bring you back to Hanoi. From the Hanoi Old Quarter, you take a transfer to the airport for a flight to Danang.
Accommodation: Hotel in Danang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: DANANG – MY SON – HOI AN (B) (GROUP TOUR)
After your breakfast in the hotel, you set off for your today adventure (around 60 km, about one and a half hour) to My Son sanctuary. This ancient imperial city during the Champa dynasty, (from 4th to 12th century), was the place to hold religious ceremonies of the kings and burial place for Champa royals and national heroes. On your arrival, you will have one and a half hour to discover the 65 architectural Champa temples, spread all over a valley of roughly two kilometers, surrounded by two breathtaking mountain ranges. It was the year 1999, when UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. You should also take some time to enjoy the traditional Aspara dancing of Cham girls.
Then it’s time to return to Hoi An from the Cau Lau boat station. Stream leisurely along the Hoi An river and spend some time to visit Kim Bong carpentry village, Pottery village and Cam Ha fish market.  The rest of your day is free at your leisure to relax or discover the ancient town of Hoi An
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8: HOI AN – DANANG – FLIGHT TO NHA TRANG (B)
After your leisure breakfast, you will take the transfer to the Danang airport for a flight to Nha Trang. Enjoy the glory sunshine on the white sand beach with crystal clear water. What do you expect more for relax?!
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9: NHA TRANG 4 ISLAND TOUR (B, L) (GROUP TOUR)
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up to start your amazing 4 island tour in Nha Trang. Head for several minutes to the Cau Da pier (distance depends on your hotel location) to embark a boat to your first destination, Hon Mieu island. On this island you will visit the Tri Nguyen aquarium with many samples of spectacular sea creatures.
Jump on your boat again and set off to Mun island. On this island, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. This is also a marine preserve area with colorful fishes and corals.
Come to Mot island where you take lunch while you can enjoy the “Dance and Drinking” on the floating bar.
Your last island, the Tranh beach, offers you the best opportunity for swimming and sunbath. Watersport like jet sky, parasailing or diving are available on your own cost.
Return to your hotel in Nha Trang where the rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: NHA TRANG – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B) (GROUP TOUR)
Enjoy the last minutes on the beach before you take the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the city center (Early check-in is subject of availability).
In the afternoon, your guide will pick you up for a 60 km journey to the famous Cu Chi tunnels (around one and a half hour drive). On arrival, you will get a short introduction and watch a documentary video about the life of Viet Cong in these tunnels during the war. The tunnels were not only home to thousands of people, but also supplied routes and hospitals for the soldiers. Then you have the chance to discover the tunnels by yourself. Jump in and explore the storage facilities, weapon factories, kitchens, etc. Afterwards, you are offered the choice to try out real guns like AK47 or MK16 at the nearby shooting range. You can then relax with rice tapioca and green tea just like the guerrilla soldiers during the war. Your trip today ends when your car takes you back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (B, L) (GROUP TOUR)
After breakfast, your guide meets you in your hotel and set off to the two historical landmarks of Notre Dame Cathedral, a still active church and favorite place for Vietnamese wedding photos, and the Central Post Office built by the renowned designer Gustav Eiffel.
Take a short walk from the cathedral along Dong Khoi Street to the Opera House. Your guide will tell you the interesting history of this once a bomb shelter.
Head to the Reunification Palace, which used to be a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government. Right at this on 30 April 1975, the American war ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.
Then it’s time for lunch in a nice restaurant. After a short midday break, you continue your exploration with the War Remnants Museum. All of the exhibits like military aircraft, weaponry and many photographs here contain tragic stories of the city’s darkest time during the Vietnam War.
Your next visit belongs to Cho Lon – the city’s Chinatown and Thien Hau Pagoda which is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. In the late afternoon, you take a cyclo ride through the narrow streets of Binh Tay market to get a close look into the daily local activities.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA (B, L) (GROUP TOUR)
After breakfast in your hotel, you set off along 70 km for one and a half hour to My Tho city. In My Tho, you have some time to visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, one of the best known temples in this region. Then you embark a motorboat to the Turtle island. Stroll along the Mekong river with wonderful natural sceneries and view to fishing ports, stilt houses, etc. Upon your arrival on this island, you will visit a bee farm and enjoy the honey tea. You have also the chance to learn about the coconut candy making process in a local workshop. Continue your boat trip along a canal lined with orchards and covered by the shadows of the water coconut trees. You enjoy your lunch in a local house in the heart of an orchard garden.
After your midday break, you will take a walk through the village, visit fruit gardens. Feel free to enjoy the local fruits while you are listening to traditional Southern Vietnamese folk songs. You have also the choice to participate in the daily activities of the local farmers. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere of the beautiful countryside. Return to My Tho through the amazing Tan Thach canal and take a transfer to Can Tho.
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY (B, L)
Enjoy your breakfast in your hotel and take then a further boat trip to explore the lower part of the Mekong river, especially the Cai Rang floating market. This is an original and most bustling place of this region. Try out some local specialties on the market, a quite unique experience that you are hardly to find anywhere else.
In the afternoon, you will visit a local village to get an inside view of the rural life. Try to cross the monkey bridge with only one bamboo stilt. Your last visit for today will be the Can Tho market. Take a three and a half hour drive back to Ho Chi Minh city.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITY DEPARTURE (B)
After your leisure breakfast, you have some free time to discover the city by yourself or just relax in your hotel until the transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Hope you enjoyed your time with us and see you again on your next trip. End of your tour!
Note: Your room is only at your disposal until noon time.

Inclusion

• 12 Nights accommodation in 3 star hotel based on shared double or twin room with daily breakfast • 01 Night accommodation on 3 star Halong bay cruise based on shared double or twin cabin • Meals as mentioned in the program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner) • Domestic flight: Hanoi - Danang; Danang - Nha Trang; Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh city • Airport transfers by private air-conditioned car • Group tours by coach as mentioned in the program • Cruise in Halong bay • English speaking guide • Entrance fees, sightseeing tickets. • VISA approval service to get visa on arrival (multi entrance) in Vietnam • 01 mineral water bottle/tour day

Exclusion

• International flight tickets • Tax and service charge • Bank transaction fee • Single supplement surcharge • Drinks, other than water on activity days • Tips for guides and drivers (optional) • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...) • Travel insurance • Other not mentioned services in “Inclusion”
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