Combination of classic & adventure tour. It is great chance to explore the scenic highlands, home to many hill tribe groups and the wonders of Vietnam.
Day 1: ARRIVAL – HO CHI MINH CITY (-/-/-)
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel for check in.
An afternoon city tour of Ho Chi Minh City includes the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, a lacquerware factory, and the Chinatown with Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: FULL DAY TO MY THO + BEN TRE (B/L/-)
Transfer to My Tho, where we enjoy a boat trip on the Mekong River along narrow waterways through the lush vegetation to an orchard garden where we have the opportunity to ride the bicycle on the village road, discover the local people life with visit to candy oven, ceramic factory, and then have lunch followed with seasonal fruits. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: HO CHI MINH CITY – DALAT (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we have a 6-hour drive to Da Lat, the” city of eternal spring” set around a lake and surrounded forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside.
Time for visiting the Lam Ty Ny Pagoda, then have a walk in the Center Market and around Xuan Huong Lake.
O/N in Da Lat.
Day 4: DALAT – NHATRANG (B/-/-)
To day, take a sightseeing tour of Da Lat includes Truc Lam Zen Monastery and a boat trip on Tuyen Lam Lake.
Afternoon transfer to Nha Trang with stopover at the scenic pass of Ngoan Muc and the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers.
O/N in Nha Trang.
Day 5: NHATRANG (B/L/-)
In the morning, pick up at hotel and visit the Institute of Oceanology, then have a boat trip to fishing village, Sand Beach and Hon Tam Island. Time for relaxation by bathing in private beach with transparent cool water
After seafood lunch, we will be back to the Boat Harbour & transferred by car to hotel.
Afternoon, free time for leisure on the beach.
O/N in Nha Trang.
Day 6: NHATRANG – BUON MA THUOT – LAK LAKE (B/-/D)
The Cham Ponagar Towers is also visited this morning before depart for Buon Ma Thuot. On arrival at Lak Lake, enjoy an elephant ride through hill – tribe villages and paddy fields. The last interest of today is an evening performance of gong and dance.
Dinner and overnight at June village.
Day 7: BUON MA THUAT – PLEIKU (B/-/-)
Upon leaving the longhouse, we take a dugout ride on Lak Lake to visit M’lieng typical village, home to the M’nong hill tribe people. Then, drive through Vietnam’s biggest growing coffee area to Pleiku.
O/N in Pleiku.
Day 8: PLEIKU – HOIAN (B/-/-)
Full day drive to Hoi An, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Along the way you can make stops as you please, to stretch your legs and take photographs.
O/N in Hoi An.
Day 9: HOIAN – HUE (B/-/-)
In the morning, we visit Hoi An Town with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance; Japanese covered bridge, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of Viet nam’s most delightful places. After driving to visit Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples, proceed to Hue. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van Pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel).
O/N in Hue
Day 10: FULL DAY HUE CITY TOUR (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, we have a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue to discover Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City.
In the afternoon visit the elaborate mausoleums of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.
O/N in Hue.
Day 11: HUE – HANOI (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, flight to Hanoi.
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, transfer to Hanoi Center for an orientation tour via Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Colonial Quarter and West Lake.
The afternoon, we visit the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred Ngoc Son Temple. And then, a cyclo tour in the old quarter streets to discover the local people life.
Evening: Water puppets show, the unique Vietnam traditional art.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 12: HANOI – HOA BINH – MAI CHAU (B/-/D)
Today, we start the adventure journey to the hidden North Vietnam by
In the morning, we start from Hanoi to Hoa Binh – the nearest place from Hanoi that we can see the ethnic minorities.
Upon arrival in Hoa Binh, we will take a 2-hour boat trip on Hoa Binh Lake for relaxation & viewing daily local life of Muong and Dzao People living around the lake. After lunch at Hoa Binh, proceed to Mai Chau. The valley of Mai Chau, with Thais’ s houses-on-stilts, is surrounded by rice fields, mountains and forest.
Free time in Mai Chau valley & view sunset behind the hills. After dinner in a family, we have the opportunity to take part to a traditional dance show.
O/N at house on stilts in Pom Coong remote village.
Day 13: MAI CHAU – SON LA (B/-/-)
This morning we are going to have a short trekking journey (or bike tour) to some of remote villages of Thai People inhabiting in Mai Chau valley. This trip to the northwest highland of Mai Chau offers a balance of cultural and physical activities set amongst some northern Vietnam’s stunning natural landscape.
Then transfer to Son La. During a long day traveling, you have the opportunity to enjoy the northern scenery.
O/N in Son La.
Day 14: SON LA – DIEN BIEN PHU (B/-/-)
The morning we visit Son La old Prison and some of nearby hill-tribe villages before we depart for Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive battle in Vietnam’s struggle for independence in 1954.
The scenic route climbs over Pha Din Pass before dropping down to Dien Bien Phu Town where we have chance to visit the museum, A-1 hill and the former French command post with its trophy tank.
O/N in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 15: DIEN BIEN PHU – TAM DUONG (B/-/-)
Upon leaving Dien Bien we spend a full day traveling through Vietnam’s most mountainous region. Along the way there are some opportunities to explore the spectacular scenery with a mixture of terraced fields and hill villages and visit the Red Hmong, Kho Mu, Mang, Dao hill-tribe people.
O/N in Tam Duong.
Day 16: TAM DUONG – SAPA (B/-/-)
After a morning bumpy drive through the most beautiful hidden-north landscapes region, we arrive in Sa Pa. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sa Pa is a former French hill resort and home to some of Vietnam’s most colorful ethnic minority groups. Free afternoon to discover the town with its villas in French architecture, church and Ham Rong Mountain.
O/N in Sa Pa.
Day 17: FULL DAY SAPA TOUR (B/-/-)
Time to visit Sa Pa Market where the Red Dao, Black Hmong, Tay , Xa Pho ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valley to trade their goods and enjoy a walk to some nearby hill tribe villages such as Cat Cat, Lao Chai and Ta Van villages.
O/N in Sa Pa.
Day 18: SAPA – HANOI (B/-/-)
Full-day drive back to Hanoi. The scenic route following the Red River passes through picturesque landscapes changing from the Tonkinese Alps, via midland to the Delta Region.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 19: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/-/-)
Depart for Hai Phong with stop to visit Bat Trang ceramic village. On arrival in Hai Phong-the biggest port town of northern Vietnam, we have a short sightseeing tour through tree lined boulevards to Hang Kenh Communal House and Du Hang Pagoda with fine wooden carvings. Proceed to Ha Long Bay.
O/N in Ha Long.
Day 20: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L/-)
A 5-hour boat trip to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Visit of a grotto then seafoodlunch on board. Drive back to Ha Noi.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 21: HANOI – Departure (B/-/-)
At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00).
Cost in US$ per person in the party (valid 30 Sep’11)
GRAND VIETNAM TOUR
3 – 6 pax
7 -10 pax
11 – 14 pax
Full board supplement
– Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
– Accommodation in hotels (twin shared room)
– Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch
– English or French speaking guide
– Entrance fee to indicated sights
– Air ticket Hue – Ha Noi
– Water puppet show
– Boat trips
EXCLUDING: Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance…
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