Grand tour Vietnam 20d/19n

Opt : 20 days/ 19 nights - group or private tour

Trip code: GTVN20D

Day 1: Arrivan Hanoi (L, D)

You are arrival at our thousand years Capital – Hanoi city. Our guide will welcome you at the Noi bai airport and then be transferred to your hotel in the center of city.

After freshen up, we would like to show you of Hanoian daily life with one hour Cyclo (trishaw) ride around the old streets, Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple and then enjoy one hour performance of Water Puppets show. Back to your hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 2: Perfume Pagoda - Sapa (B, L, D)

Today we would like to show you the major cultural sites around Hanoi city. The first visit to Ba Dinh Square for visiting Uncle Ho’s (Ho Chi Minh President) Mausoleum (Mondays & Fridays closed), His Residence area, and one Pillar – pagoda nearby, then we go to Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature & the first university in Vietnam).

In the afternoon, we will visit the largest and most interesting Museum of Vietnam Ethnology, then go back to the Old quarter for shopping, free time until local train to Lao cai – Sapa. Overnight on train.

 

Day 3: Sapa - Ethnic Market (B, L, D)

Upon arrival to Lao Cai train station, picked up by our guide, enjoy breakfast at local restaurant then drive to visit one of the colorful tribal market near Sapa area (incase no Market available at your date, you will visit Cat Cat & Ta Fin villages). 

Tuesday: Coc Ly Market ( 56km from Lao Cai )
Wednesday: Cao So
Lunch in town then transfer to Sapa for staying O/N in the Hotel .n Market ( 81km from Lao Cai )
Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin Market (65km from Lao Cai )
Saturday: Can Cau Market ( 87km from Lao Cai )
Sunday: Bac Ha Market ( 67km from Lao Cai )

Then transfer to Sapa for overnight. 

 

Day 4: Trekking Village - Hanoi (B, L, D)

Drive to visit Lao Chai village – home of Black H’Mong – here you trek through terraced rice fields to villages, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life and habits. You then trek through Ta Van village. Car pick up at Ta Van and transfer to Lao Cai station for overnight train back to Hanoi. 

 

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)

Early arrive in Hanoi and check in sub-hotel for fresh up and breakfast. 08:30am picked up and transfer directly to Ha Long bay, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty.  Arrival in Halong Bay after 3.5 hour, transfer to a junk for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. The cruise may stop for a while for visiting a beautiful case, if not today, you will do tomorrow according to each boat/junk’s itinerary. Again your dinner served on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (optional) and later overnight on board.

 

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L, D)

In the morning, your breakfast or brunch will be served while doing further cruise to explore the beauties of the Bay before returning to the Wharf. Enjoy brunch on board before disembarking. Return to Hanoi by private car. Free time for optional visit and dinner is on your own arrangement. Overnight in Hanoi 

 

Day 7: Hanoi - Dong Hoi (B, L, D)

Take early morning (wake up around 04:30am) flight to Dong Hoi town. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for breakfast (early check out not guaranteed).

After breakfast, we start the excursion to Phong Nha Grotto – Ke Bang National Park. Getting on boat and cruise on the world's longest underground river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. After on boat for 700m, a large dry passage is appear, then you can walk to discover the cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remains of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside. Overnight in Dong Hoi Town.

 

Day 8: Dong Hoi - Hue (B, L, D)

Leave Dong Hoi early for Hue. Drive along back to Hue with a stopover at historic Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River and the famous Vinh Moc Tunnel. Arrive at your hotel in Hue city at noon. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hue.

 

Day 8: Hue City tour (B, L, D)

This morning, we join a half day cooking class at Vuon Y Thao Garden Hourse. First we follow Mrs. Cuc, the restaurant owner to Dong Ba central market, where she gives an instruction on how to choose ingredients for our cooking lesson. Then we have her demonstration for 3 Vietnamese dishes. Lunch is the food we have prepared.

In the afternoon, we start the tour with the visit to Imperial Citadel and King Tu Duc Tomb, King Minh Mang tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda. Overnight in Hue. 

 

Day 10: Hue - Hoi An (B, L, D)

Today we will heading to Hoi An through Hai Van pass, and Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. Visit Cham museum on the way, Cham museum is the open air collection of Cham sculpture. Many of the sandstone carvings are breathtaking. After check-in at hotel, you will be free for the remainder of the day. Overnight in Hoi An.

 

Day 11; Hoi An - My Son Holly tour (B, L, D)

We travel about 50km from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area.

Leaving this site we go back by car about 30 km then will go on a Boat trip along the Thu Bon river. Have a lunch box; disembark sometimes to visit the handicraft pottery village located a long the riverside. Get back to the Hoian old town by boat. We continue to walk to visit ancient town of Hoian. The visit will includes Japanese covered bridge, some Chinese Assembly Halls, and some typical Vietnamese houses of 18 century. Free time for shopping later on. Overnight stay in Hoian.

 

Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang (B, L, D)

Transfer to Da Nang Airport to fly to Nha Trang. Relax on the beach. Overnight stay in Nha Trang.

Round trip airport transfers without guide included.

 

Day 13: Nha Trang Island tour (B, L, D)

In the morning, we take a boat trip to Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island, and continue cruising to Mun Island, the best site for snorkeling where you will see lots of live colorful corals and fish. This site has been officially protected under the support of Danish Government. Have lunch at Se Tre Island before returning to the city.

In the afternoon we visit to Long Son Pagoda, and Cham Po Nagar temples. Just next to Cham Po Nagar temples is the Thap Ba Hot Spring center. Enjoy fun with Mud bathing and Mineral springs swimming. Overnight in Nha Trang.

 

Day 14: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B, L, D)

In the morning, we drive from coastal city to highland by road. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for fresh up.

Half day city tour commence with a short drive to Robin hill – former artillery base (1650m) (5300 f), full view to the city of Dalat. Then take a cable car (2,3 km ) to Tuyen Lam lake – the nicest lake of Dalat and Truc Lam Zen Monastery - the biggest Zen Monastery of Viet Nam. Next up enjoy short elephant riding near the Tuyen Lam Lake area, back to your hotel for overnight.

 

Day 15: Da Lat City tour (B, L, D)

Pick up from hotel. Transfer to Lang Biang Mountain, the highest peak from Dalat to the South of Vietnam. Trek from the base 1.450m (4.850f) to the summit 2.169m (7.000f). Pass vegetable farm, woods and rain forest. Enjoy the commanding view of the highlands.

Visit Lat village – the indigenous people of Dalat with their rich culture, long houses, weavings... Back to Dalat city for overnight.

 

Day 16: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel and relax until your flight to Hochiminh city. (Transfer included without guide)

Welcomed at International Tan Son Nhat airport by our tour guide then transferred to your hotel in the city center. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi tunnels (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we leave the hotel around 08:00am for Cuchi district to visit the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tour guided by a soldier named Chu Nam (Uncle Nam) who is the witness of history (subject to availability)

Drive back to the city for lunch after 4-hour excursion.

Afternoon visit will offer a quick view of the busiest city including War Museum, Reunification Palace then discover China Town lively life. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 18: Mekong Delta (B, L, D)

After arrival in Cai Be, a boat will take you to the floating market. Have lunch at an Ancient garden house, then we proceed to Vinh Long through small and beautiful canals, tranquil villages, the marvelous natural setting of Mekong Delta region. Stop at An Binh islet, famous for fruit orchards. Enjoy the local tropical fruits and see the orchards, ceramics, popcorn and rice paper shops... A nice chance for bicycle riding through the village and the local handicraft shops. Another stop at Vinh Long market, and then we continue driving to Can Tho. Over night in Can Tho.

 

Day 19: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

Cruising along the small picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the daily activities along the Mekong canals, visit a rice husking mill. Disembark at Ninh Kieu quay and visit an ancient house in Binh Thuy (10 km from Cantho city) and Cantho museum. Drive back to HCMC via My Tho. Overnight in Hochiminh city.

 

Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B, L)

Free time for last minute shopping before transferring to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure. Airport transfer without guide

Type of tour Group 2 - 4 people
( per person in US $ )
Group 5 - 8 people
( per person in US $ )
Superior 3* 2099 USD 1699 USD
Deluxe 4* 2599 USD 2099 USD
Luxury 5* 3399 USD 2999 USD

Peak season surcharge:

+ 25% on Christmas 24/12; New Year 31/12 and Lunar New Year’s Eve.

Note: Child under 5 years old: free of charge
           Child from 5-12 years old: 50% charge

           Children from 12 years old up full price charge

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  • Bus  /mini van transfer
  • Train return ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Boat trip in Perfume Pagoda/Halong/ Hue / Mekong
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  • Guie speaking
  • All meals as per program
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