Seventeen days discovery Vietnamese culture and daily life and history in style. It covers the most renowned sites in Vietnam as well as some of the little known places and much more.. This tour is outstanding and should be called "The Trip of a Lifetime".
 

Tour Code: VTL 725
Price:
Duration: 17 days
Tour Type: Luxury
Starts / Ends: Ho Chi Minh / Ha Noi
Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Nha Trang – Hue – Da Nang – Hanoi – Trang An Grotto caves – Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Halong Bay – Cat ba Island

17 days wow vietnamBRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city – Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – My Thuan – Sadec on Le Cochinchine cruise
Day 4: Cai Thia – Vinh Long – Tra On on Le Cochinchine cruise
Day 5: Tra On – Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city – fly to Nha Trang
Day 7: Nha Trang – free for Beach and Golf
Day 8: Nha Trang – Island & Snorkeling tour
Day 9: Nha Trang – Fly to Da Nang – transfer to Hue – Relax & to be Kings & Queens
Day 10: Hue – boat trip & Garden House
Day 11: Hue transfer to Da Nang via Hai Van tunnel – Fly to Hanoi – cooking class
Day 12: Hanoi city tour
Day 13: Hanoi – Trang An Eco-Tourism Area – Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on Deluxe junk)
Day 15: Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba National park
Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 17: Hanoi – Departure

 
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city – Arrival (D)
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement
Accommodation: Caravel hotel – 5 stars in Central city
Up on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, we will be welcome at the airport by Viet Vision Travel’s tour guide and then transfer to hotel. Check in and relax.
In the evening, we enjoy our welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour (B)
Accommodation: Caravel hotel – 5 stars in Central city
Sites visited: Reunification Palace, Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon… After breakfast at hotel, at 8:00, we depart our hotel for the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that we will visit War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. We also stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam. In the afternoon we will visit Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon and market. Here we can experience our Vietnamese Southern daily life. Then we will be back to hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


Saigon Old Post Office

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be – My Thuan – Sadec on Le Cochinchine cruise (B, L, D)
Accommodation: Le Co Chinchine cruise – Deluxe
Today, we check out hotel (leave big luggage at hotel and bring necessary things for 3 day boat trip), and transfer to Cai Be where we will board Le Cochinchine boat. We arrive at Cai Be at midday and check in with welcome drink. After that, Le Co Chinchine sets sails to Cai Thia while lunch is served on boat.

In this afternoon, we will embark on a lovely cycling excursion on the bank of the peninsula browing several verdant villages to visit the gardens and orchards, local houses and many opportunities meet with people and get insight into Delta life. On the way to My Thuan, we will visit Cao Dai Great Temple; then be back to cruise and continue toward Sadec where is a nice quiet town overlooking Mekong River. We will visit lively Sadec food market and primary school headed by Magueritte Duras. We also walk along the village path and get ourselves acquaintance with rural activities as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, vegetable farm and fish farms.


Cao Dai Great Temple

In the end of the day, we relax on boat while it is downstream. Dinner and overnight on boat.

Day 4: Cai Thia – Vinh Long – Tra On on Le Cochinchine cruise (B, L, D)
Accommodation: Le Co Chinchine cruise – Deluxe
Breakfast on board on the Mekong.
Today we visit Binh Hoa Phuoc island and go for walk through the islets, sampling native fruits viewing local handicraft production and meet the local people.
Then we transfer to local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, the mazes of waterway local pop-rice and sweets production. After visiting Cai Be floating market, we visit old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers; then back to boat to continue boating to Co Chien while lunch is served. Arrive at Co Chien, we embark on a pleasant, walk on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people’s activities. We also visit a cottage industry, local farm and sample seasonal fruits. Boarding back, we enjoy our welcome back drink and enjoy sunset at open bar on the deck. Dinner is served while Le Co Chinchine cruising Mang Thit river. Dinner and night on board.

Fruit selling in Cai Be Floating Market
Fruit selling in Cai Be Floating Market
Day 5: Tra On – Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city (B)
Accommodation: Caravelle hotel – 5 stars in Central city
Breakfast on board. The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day our boat set sails to Can Tho through tributary and canals.
We will transfer to Cai Rang: one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards, ship building yards, rural and water activities in full swing. Then we board back at noon, with a welcome-back drink.


Cai Rang Floating Market

11 h00 we disembark in Can Tho and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city – fly to Nha Trang (B)
Transfer via: Domestic flight – Viet Vision Travel’s arrangement (morning flight)
Accommodation: Diamond Bay resort – 4 star at Beach
Today we transfer to the airport for our short domestic flight to Nha Trang. After 1 hour flight, we arrive at Nha Trang Beach city. Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide who will take us to resort. Check in and relax at white sand beach.


Nha Trang Beach

Free for activities: kayak, pedal boats, volleyball nets or foot balls

Day 7: Nha Trang – Beach and Golf (B)
Accommodation: Diamond Bay Resort & Golf Nha Trang
Breakfast at resort.
Today is free day for Unlimited the beach games ( non – motorized ) or Golf (50 golf balls ).
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang – Island & Snorkelling tour (B, L)
Accommodation: Diamond Bay Resort & Golf Nha Trang
Breakfast at resort.
We will be met by tour guide for full day tour at lobby of resort then transfer to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit; many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. Mun Island is the best island for snorkeling where we can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. We will also be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nest.Then relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling “Mini beach”. Taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back we will visit a fishing village before going to the shore. Overnight in Nha Trang.

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Snorkeling in Nha Trang

Day 9: Nha Trang – Fly to Da Nang – transfer to Hue – Relax & to be Kings & Queens (B, D)
Accommodation: La Resident de Hue hotel – 5 stars
Transfer via: Domestic flight – Viet Vision Travel’s arrangement (morning flight)
This morning, we transfer back to the airport for our short flight to Da Nang. Arriving at Da Nang airport, we will be welcome by a local tour guide then transfer to Hue. On the way, we will visit Hai Van Pass with Lang Co beach…
The rest of the day, we are relax at hotel. In the evening, we will be King and Queen in our Royal Dinner. Overnight in Hue.


Travelers in King and Queen’s costume

Day 10: Hue – boat trip & Garden House (B, L)
Accommodation: La Resident de Hue hotel – 5 stars
Hue is known as an ancient Capital city of many original historical vestiges. There are more than 100 architectural works to be extremely reflected the life of Emperors and Mandarins under Nguyen’s reign. Situated in the middle of hills on the Southern Bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings.
Our tour starts at 08:00 in the morning at the lobby of the hotel. We will be met and transferred to the Wharf where we will cruise along the Perfume River to visit:
- Thien Mu Pagoda (The Heavenly Lady pagoda), from here we will have a good view of Perfume River and surroundings.


Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

- Tu Duc King’s tomb, which is one of the most beautiful works of Royal Architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest.
Then we transfer back to the city for our delicious lunch at a fine local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City; Tinh Gia Vien Garden house and Dong Ba market. Tour ends at around 06:00PM at hotel. Overnight in Hue.


Tu Duc King’s tomb, Hue

Day 11: Hue transfer to Da Nang airport via Hai Van pass fly to Hanoi – cooking class (B, D)
Transfer via: Domestic flight – Viet Vision Travel’s arrangement (morning flight)
Accommodation: Sheraton Hanoi hotel – 5 stars
After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to Da Nang airport via Hai Van tunnel for our flight to Hanoi. One hour later, we will be welcome at the airport by local tour guide; transfer to hotel and relax.
In the afternoon, we join our cooking class at Viet Kitchen Spring restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.


Cooking Class with Viet Kitchen Spring
Notes: from 1st April 2013 Hue airport will be under re-construction and there won’t be any flight from/to Hue airport.

Day 12: Hanoi city tour (B)

Accommodation: Sheraton Hanoi hotel – 5 stars
Today we start our one day city tour from the lobby of the hotel. We will drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hour to visit: Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum and one pillar pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education.

Lunch will be at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam; Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Following by that we will wander around the city by car to see the real life of Hanoian as well as the difference parts the city.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

After that we will take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally, each of the 36 streets names’ was related to the products being sold there. Before we go back to hotel, we will have chance enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. The trip will be finished after the show at the hotel.


Busy streets in Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 13: Hanoi – Trang An Eco-Tourism Area – Hoa Lu Ancient Capital (B, L)
Accommodation: Sheraton Hanoi hotel – 5 stars
We are met at the lobby of hotel by local tour guide then transfer 2,5 hour driving to Ninh Binh where we take amazing rowing boat to visit Trang An Eco-Tourism area. Trang An Eco-Tourism complex is a home of 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna that many of them in the Red book of Vietnam. It is also a gathering of 31 valleys, 48 cross-water caves and we will visit 3 to 6 of them. On the rowing boat, we can enjoy the fresh air, clean and clear water with under water grass. Experience ourselves the feeling and emotion when we are on the water caves…. After that, we transfer to restaurant for our lunch.


Boat trip in Trang An Eco-Tourism area

In the afternoon, we will visit Hoa Lu ancient Capital city of Vietnam of Dinh Dynasty between 968 & 980AD. Then we go back Hanoi.

Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on Deluxe junk) (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Paradise Junk Cruise – Luxury cruise in Halong Bay
We will be picked up from our appointed hotel in Hanoi from 7:45 to 8 o’clock in the morning. Then we depart Hanoi for Halong Bay, along the way we will have a coffee break at a humanity center. Arrival Tuan Chau private wharf at noon time (11:45), we transfer to our Luxury Paradise Cruise. On the cruise we will have a welcome cocktail and having a briefing, safety instructions then check in our luxury cabins.


Halong Bay

As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard our luxury facilities in the stunning surroundings.
Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water.


Halong Bay Floating Village

While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you will attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.
Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world. Overnight in our cabins

Day 15: Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba National park (B, L, D)
Accommodation: Paradise Junk Cruise – Luxury cruise in Halong Bay
As the day breaks, you are invited to join a Tai Chi demonstration taking place on the top deck of the vessel. Enjoy a buffet breakfast on the main vessel before being transferred to our day-boat, Paradise Explorer, which will take you to Cat Ba Island. Dropping anchor at Viet Hai jetty, cycle or get a motorbike ride through the jungle to reach the village. Wander around the fields and houses, hike in the forest and immerse yourself in Cat Ba National Park lush vegetation.


Travelers in Cat Ba National Park

Back on Paradise Explorer, lunch will be served as the boat starts sailing again. On the way, stop at Dark Cave & Light Cave area. Kayak, swim, or just enjoy the quiet and splendid setting. Back on the main vessel, relax and enjoy the facilities at leisure. Bar open, spa, massage & beauty services available for bookings according to your will.
Dinner served onboard followed by movie night, board games or just enjoying a cocktail surrounded by limestone rocks majestically springing out from silent waters in the night.

Day 16: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, D)
Accommodation: Sheraton hotel – 5 stars
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colorful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am.


Morning Tai Chi in Halong Bay

Day 17: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement Today our awaiting vehicle will transfer us back to the airport for our flight to home. Trip ends.
About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price is per person and based on two people shared one room. For single traveler please kindly add the single supplement price. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

What’s included ?

- English speaking guide (other language up on arrival)
- Private transfer and transportation by new air-condition car, van or bus
- Domestic flight tickets: Saigon – Da Nang, Da Nang – Hanoi
- Entrance fees & permits
- Meals indicated in the program (Meals codes are: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Accommodation with 5 stars with daily breakfast
- 1 bottle of water/person/day
- Snorkeling gear (in Nha Trang )
- Sundeck-chairs on cruise/s

On Le Co Chinchine cruise:
- Tour guide on board
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary
- Biking and sampan boat rides
- Services of crews during the cruise on board
- 1 Complementary food massage
- Pre-dinner drink

On Paradise junk cruise:
- Welcome Cocktail
- Cruise Itinerary and Program as dedicated above
- Entrance and Sightseeing Fees & Permits
- On-cruise English-speaking Tour Guide
- Luxury Cabins or Suites with A/C
- Luxury en-suite Bathroom
- 1 Asian Lunch and 1 Set lunch
- 2 Set Dinners
- 2 Continental Buffet Breakfast
- Kayaking (included & subject to availability)
- Snorkel Equipment (included & subject to availability)
- Tai Chi Session
- Insurance, Taxes and Service Charges
- Bicycle in Viet Hai Village
- Private transfer Hanoi / Halong Bay round trip with air-condition van (Shuttle bus option is available with the cruises)

Meals
- If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they san server you better. If you are a food lover, Viet Vision Travel can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.
- Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
- Breakfast – Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include Vietnamese, Cambodia and Western dishes to meet every diner’s taste.
- Lunch – Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese or Cambodian restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese or Cambodia dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners’ tastes. At some of the meals one complimentary soft drink is served.
- Dinner – Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese or Cambodian food, Viet Vision Travel suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.