20 DAYS – VIETNAM PREMIUM DISCOVERY

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Hanoi - Ha Giang - Pu Luong - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Phong Nha - Hue - Danang - Hue - Ho Chi Minh City
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Duration

20 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Vietnamese

About this tour

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel in twin/triple sharing room basis with daily breakfast
  • Transfer by air-conditioned bus as an itinerary
  • Private airport transfer
  • Meals as indicated: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner as program
  • Complimentary Mineral Water on tour (02 bottles/pax/day)
  • Entrance fees, boat trips, and excursions
  • Excellent local English-speaking guide on-site
  • Domestic flights: Hanoi – Dong Hoi & Danang – Ho Chi Minh
  • E- Visa with visa stamp fee
  • International flights
  • Peak season or special event rates: Christmas Eve & New Year, Lunar New Year
  • Travel Insurance
  • International air tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping for tour guide and driver
  • Others not mentioned nor specified above

Cancellation Policy

  • 60 days prior to arrival date: No cancellation charge. We Guarantee 100% Money Back. (Except local flights are non-refundable)
  • 59 - 30 days prior to arrival date: 10% cancellation charge.
  • 29 - 15 days prior to arrival date: 20%
  • 14 – 8 days prior to arrival date: 50%
  • 7 days prior to arrival date: 100 %
  • No show: 100%

Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend of traditional and modern beauties.  At Noi Bai Airport, your local guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: No
  • Hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 2: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B/L)

08.00: After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and driver and take a full day city tour of Hanoi You will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, there you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of our Uncle Ho is being kept. Keep touring to the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and visit Ho Chi Minh House on stilts. Visiting the relic to help you learn more about the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the first president and the founder of new Vietnam. You will finish this area with the One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi with its unique architecture.

Lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, continue the tour to the Temple of Literature – a Confucious temple and it was The first University of Vietnam. 

Keep driving to the Museum of Ethnology, where you will learn more about Vietnamese culture and its different minorities.

Go back to the downtown to explore Hanoi Old Quarter, the famous 36 ancient streets of Hanoi in a traditional cyclo ride. This slow-speed tour will give you a great chance to fully enjoy the classics and modern of the capital. You will have free time to go shopping or relax on your own. Back to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI - HA GIANG - YEN MINH (B/L/D)

07h00: Depart from Ha Noi to Ha Giang. Have lunch in the local restaurant.

15h00: Arrival in Ha Giang city. Start to explore the Dong Van Karst Plateau.

18h00: Arrival Yen Minh. Stay in Na Ma / Thao Nguyen hotel.

19h00: Have dinner and stay overnight in the hotel.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel in Yen Minh

DAY 4: YEN MINH - DONG VAN - MEO VAC - YEN MINH (B/L/D)

07h00: Have breakfast in the hotel.

08h30: Stop at Lung Cam village to explore the traditional house of the H’Mong people, where has been selected as the starting film “Story of Pao”.

10h00: Stop at the Vuong’s Villa to know about the King of H’Mong people.

11h00: Depart to Lung Cu flag pole, the northernmost point of Vietnam.

14h00: Continues to go to Dong Van town, enjoy yourself in Dong Van Old Quarter.

15h30: Stop at the most dangerous mountain-pass Ma Pi Leng with the deep green Nho Que River.

16h00: Drive back to Yen Minh by different way.

18h00: Have dinner and stay in the hotel.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel in Yen Minh

DAY 5: YEN MINH - HANOI (B/L)

07h00: Have breakfast in hotel, visit to Yen Minh market (Sunday only).

08h00: Check out and come back to HaNoi.    

10h30: Stop at Quan Ba to visit amazing Fairy Bosom – the symbol of Quan Ba tourism.

12h00: Have lunch in local restaurant then come back to Ha Noi.

Stay overnight in HANOI

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 6: HANOI - PU LUONG (B/L/D)

07:00 – 07:30: Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel located in the Old Quarter, depart for Pu Luong. On the way, stop at some road passes for a bird-eyed view of landscapes of several Muong villages. Visit local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority to learn about their daily life and customs; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass, one of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam.

Around at 12:00: Arrival in Mai Chau, transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature. Check- in and enjoy lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden- the Mountain Retreat.

Starting the afternoon trip following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).  Take back to the Eco Garden. Free your time to relax or enjoy swimming at pool.

19:00: Your BQ Dinner is served, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve. Overnight in Pu Luong.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Entrance fees
  • Homestay/ Hotel in Pu Luong

DAY 7: PU LUONG - NINH BINH (B/L)

7:30 -08:30: Wake up with fresh pure air and enjoy breakfast. We start easy trekking following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote rural villages of Black Thai Minorities to learn about the local people in Pu Luong. Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave) of Kho Muong village, this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition). On the way, you will meet local people showing their welcome by smiling to you. Come back the Eco Garden and enjoy the rest of the morning at your own leisure. Lunch on your own.

Transfer to Ninh Binh. Overnight in Ninh Binh

Inclusions

  • - Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel in Ninh Binh

DAY 8: HOA LU - TAM COC - BICH DONG PAGODA (B/L)

08.00: After breakfast at your hotel, your tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel to take a visit to Hoa Lu – the ancient Royal Capital of Vietnam, visit the two temples: the Temple of King Dinh and King Le, admire the unique architectures from ancient time.

Continue driving to Tam Coc village. Then board a sampan to visit Tam Coc which means literally “Three caves” (2.5-hours boat trip). Enjoy the views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious caves, as well as countryside landscapes like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields, Tam Coc is called “Halong bay on land”. It is a very good opportunity for photo lovers, freeze the special time and scenery.

Lunch on your own.

Take a cycling ride to Bich Dong pagoda nearby and climb up the mountain to have a wonderful perspective view of the Bich Dong and Tam Coc areas.

Overnight in Tam Coc.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Entrance fees, boats
  • Hotel in Tam Coc

DAY 9: NINH BINH - HALONG BAY - OVERNIGHT IN CRUISE (B/L/D)

08.00 AM: Our driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark on the cruise and enjoy a welcome drink while having a tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sails further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands.

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on the kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you on basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour of exploring the bay, we will return to the cruise for relaxation before attending a Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Note: Meals on boat with local/Asian food. Vegetarian food is available upon request

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Kayaking
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cabin on cruise: Mon Cheri Cruise

DAY 10: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)

We will continue our journey on Halong Bay in the early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on the cruise.

Sitting on the upper deck; you can relax, sightseeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.

After breakfast, we will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life.

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, we go ashore and transfer to Hanoi hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Meal: Breakfast, Brunch
  • Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 11: HANOI - FLIGHT TO PHONG NHA (B)

Today you will have free time to relax at your hotel. Check out the hotel then our driver will take you to go to Noi Bai Airport for a short flight to Dong Hoi.
Upon arrival at Dong Hoi airport, a private vehicle will be waiting for you for the drive to your hotel in Phong Nha. Check-in and relax. Overnight in Phong Nha

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Hotel in Phong Nha

DAY 12: PARADISE CAVE - DARK CAVE (B/L)

8:00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, our tour guide will meet you with our friendly driver then they will transfer you into Phong Nha national park to get to Paradise cave. Hear the call of the wild and the sounds of primates bounce off the stunning limestone cliffs on waster Ho Chi Minh trails as the newly paved single-lane road snakes through one of Vietnam’s most important conservation areas.  

8:30 – 11:30 AM: Start the journey to visit the Paradise Cave. Paradise Cave is first discovered in 2005 by the British Cave Research Association, It’s the largest and most beautiful cave in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang area by British spelunkers. It is said that the cave's beauty is reminiscent of an imperial palace and is very well presented with easy access, great walkways, and excellent feature lighting which makes it extra special. You will take the buggy car from the parking to the foothills of the cave (2km). When entering the cave, admire countless stalactites with different shapes: Thach Thien Cung, waterfall Thien Ha, Quan Tien converging, Thap Lien flower...
Leave the Paradise cave for lunch on your own and take a rest to restore your energy for an exciting adventure at Dark cave in the afternoon.  

Once in Dark Cave, you will receive some necessary safety equipment before continuing on. You will have chance to try some adventure activities including two different ziplining opportunities: one which is combined with swimming in the Chay River, and one which will transport you across the river to touch the entrance of the Dark cave. It will be a 700m exploration of the cave and enjoyment of a highly adventurous mineral-mud bath inside the cave (but please kindly don’t expect it as a spa)! 

At about 16:00 PM: Back to your hotel by car. Overnight in Phong Nha.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch
  • Hotel in Phong Nha

DAY 13: PHONG NHA - VINH MOC TUNNEL - DMZ - QUANG TRI - HUE (B/L)

07.30 am: Breakfast in the hotel then checks-out.

Today you will explore Phong Nha Cave. At the boat station a traditional boat will be waiting and drive you and the guide on the Son river to the entrance of the Phong Nha Cave. The boat takes approx. 5km along the Son River to tour the Phong Nha Cave. The Son River is not a regular river; it is a river of which origin is located underground. On this boat ride participants get the chance to fully wake up and see what’s going on beyond the touristic center of Phong Nha. (river cave) Conquering the Phong Nha Cave: The longest cave in Southeast Asia, enjoy the scenery spectacular limestone, underground river system and unique stalactite in the world. Caving Fairy & Imperial admire the beautiful stalactites blocks are created by nature over thousands of millennia.

Lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, transfer from Phong Nha to Hue. On the way, we will stop to visit Vinh Moc Tunnels Complex, then visit some of the most famous battle-field in Vietnam War, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge, lying in the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, of the Vietnam war. This area still bears the scars of the massive bombardments that took place - the few remains of the many camps and combat bases, the barren ground pockmarked with craters, and the tens of thousands of graves in the National Cemetery, are solemn reminders of war.

Arrival on Hue, hotel check-in then relax on your own.

Overnight in Hue

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch
  • Hotel in Hue

DAY 14: HUE - BOAT TRIP ON PERFUME RIVER - ROYAL TOMB - ANCIENT CITADEL (B/L)

08.30: Your tour guide will start you for the tour around to discover Hue. Waking up in the ancient land, you will board on a dragon boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River. Being the former capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, Hue now is a great attraction for tourists with many old and interesting constructions left.

Visiting some impressive royal tombs of Nguyen emperors can make you excited today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop. Setting in the convergence of rivers, you can have a great view of the Perfume River and surrounding areas. Drive to visit the tombs of King Minh Mang & King Khai Dinh

Lunch on your own.

This afternoon is dedicated to a tour in Hue City to discover the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City - an amazing historic landmark in Hue - a definite must-see sight to learn more about the history and architecture that visitors should not miss when traveling to this peaceful land.

Drive back to your hotel, relax and stay overnight in Hue

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee, cruise
  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch
  • Hotel in Hue

DAY 15: HUE - BANA HILLS - HOI AN (B/L)

08.00: Meet your guide and driver to head to Ba Na Hills. Take Cable Car ride from Ba Na Hills station, stop at By Night station to visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda, The Old Villas of French. Continue moving up by cable car to the Nui Chua Mountain – the top of Ba Na range, visiting Nghinh Phong top, Le Nim Villas, Orchid Garden… Experience hill climbing train (first and unique funicular in Vietnam) and visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), flower garden Le Jardin D’amour.

You should not miss walking on the famous Golden Bridge hanging in the foggy hills of the mountain, witness the amazing and gorgeous view of Da Nang City

Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Free for joining games in Fantasy Park – the third biggest indoor games zone in Vietnam with series of interesting games: 4 – 5D film, skiver, The death race, dinosaur park…

15h00: Transfer from Ba Na Hills to Hoi An. Arrival in Hoi An and do the check-in your hotel. Free time at your leisure. Overnight in Hoi An

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch
  • Hotel in Hoi An

DAY 16: HOI AN ECOTOUR - BASKET BOAT (B/L)

08.30: Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby, then he will hop you on a cycling ride around Hoi An, ride towards Tra Que vegetable village – A very famous place of the farmers cultivating about 20 types of vegetables and herbs such as mint, lettuce, basil, cilantro, broccoli....

Walk around Tra Que vegetable village to see and interact with local people working in their gardens, cross vast rice fields in the countryside, which is far away from the tourist trails. You will also see many activities of the inhabitants through the villages out of Hoian. The local farmers will show you all about cultivation methods and help you learn how to protect vegetables from insects as well as join the farmers in preparing gardening activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering, transplanting and tending the greens.

Continue riding through paddy fields, Ba Le market, kindergarten...to reach Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau coconut water forest - about 7 hectares, surrounded by mangrove forests, canals and houses. This place used to be a refuge for local people and VC soldiers during the Vietnam War. Nowadays, it is a famous place for seafood products. You will be warmly welcomed by a local family, taste some green tea and start to stroll around the village. Experience a basket boat row with the skillful locals and discover their techniques of traditional fishery in water coconut forest.

Back to the family for a foot massage with medicinal herbs, traditional therapeutic practice before getting ready to prepare your lunch with the local family

Lunch will feature many local delicacies, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, BanhXeo local pancakes, grilled fish in banana leaf and others.

After lunch, free time and take a short rest before returning to your hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.

Inclusions

  • Bike cycle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Basket boat, foot massage
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hotel in Hoi An

DAY 17: HOI AN - DANANG - FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

Breakfast in the hotel then frees on your own. Check out the hotel.

Follow the schedule, your guide will take you to Danang airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

When arriving in Ho Chi Minh city, you will be welcomed by your local driver and transferred to the hotel.. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

DAY 18: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR - CU CHI TUNNELS (B/L)

08.30: After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at your hotel lobby. Take about one and half of hour drive, you will arrive in Cu Chi Tunnels where you will start discovery to enrich and experience a web-like tunnel system of more than 200km in length which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the Vietnam war.

 Lunch on your own.

Drive back to HCM city, you will take a tour to discover the city by visiting the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. This fascinating building is filled with history and evidence of the former Saigon government. The tour also includes the War Remnants Museum, the Old Post Office and Ben Thanh Market. Drive back to your hotel and then you are free to relax.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel: in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 19: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA - OVERNIGHT IN HOMESTAY IN VINH LONG (B/L/D)

07.30: After breakfast, your guide will take you on the trip to Cai Be pier (86km) from HCMC by car or van via Trung Luong Freeway.

On the arrival, you will start with a visit to Cai Be floating market. Then cruise to Tan Phong island for biking or walking on village paths to see the local daily life: orchards, school, church, pagoda, traditional houses. On the way, we can make some stops to see the locals making rice paper for spring rolls, sewing coconut leaves for cottage roofs and especially see how they wave the dried water hyacinth to make some products: baskets, bags, hats, wallets, shoes... Then, the rowboat will take you to go deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy a peaceful time.

Lunch is served in a local home.

Back to the boat to go across one of the longest rivers in the world, Mekong River, to come to An Binh Island.

Check in Ut Trinh homestay. Have a fresh shower before participating in cooking some with the members of the local family, enjoy dinner & overnight in the homestay.

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Entrance fees, boats
  • Homestay/ Hotel in the Mekong

DAY 20: MEKONG DELTA - HO CHI MINH CITY - DEPARTURE (B/L)

Have breakfast and do check-out, go for a walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning, arrive at the local workshop to learn how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop- rice... Enjoy some local specialties with a cup of hot tea.

Take a boat trip to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. Keep boating along the floating village, you will see how the fishermen farm catfish on the Mekong river. Also, we can visit Vinh Long market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, and vegetables….

Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh city. 

Lunch en-route by your own.

Follow the schedule, your guide will take you back to Ho Chi Minh Airport for your departure flight.  With the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with us, hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to seeing you again!

Inclusions

  • Private transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee, boat
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

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Language

English
Vietnamese

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