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Trip Type : Private Guided
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Authentic Vietnam

Exotic Voyages
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
14 days
From: $ 3,238 $ 231 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Hanoi icons including Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh President complex
  • Discovery of Mai Chau valley: nature, culture, ethnic people
  • Ninh Binh, commonly known as ""Terrestrial Halong Bay"", is famous for its multitude of sugar loaf mountains towering over rice fields, which provides a surprising and unusual landscape.
  • A truly authentic experience at the local home-stay in Mekong delta"

Short Description

This package Vietnam tour is all about sharing all of this fabulous country has to offer. We take you from the North to the South exploring all the important and exciting sites along the way! You will visit great and bustling cities, Hanoi and Saigon, get yourself immersed in tranquil and stunning countryside of Mai Chau and Ninh Binh, amazed by historic charms of Da Nang-Hoi An, and of course get on board to explore the Mekong Delta and wondrous Halong Bay.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Hanoi
End City Saigon

Trip Includes

  • Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
  • Local English speaking guide(s)
  • Breakfast and other meals mentioned in the program B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
  • Boat and bike rental as mentioned
  • All entrance fees where mentioned
  • Accommodation in the category chosen or similar & Non - Private junk cruising in Ha Long Bay

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Arrival flight: TBA

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by local guide and transferred to the city for hotel check in. Free time in the afternoon to freshen up after a long flight or explore the traditional streets of the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake vicinity on your own way. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast

Depart from your hotel in the early morning to take a walk through Hang Be market – one of the most famous markets in Hanoi thanks to its diverse array of goods and eye catching displays. Take this chance to observe the daily life of the locals and capture some memorable pictures. Then, start to explore the diversified architecture of Hanoi and its famous 36 streets of the Old Quarter by a walking tour.  The purpose of today’s walking tour is to discover Hanoi’s architecture, which reflects the atmosphere and soul of Hanoi. The rich diversity reaches from Vietnamese, Chinese and French colonial to Communist architecture. You will find Hanoi a real architectural treasure as you explore a traditional tube house. And you will see how attractive a small pagoda in the center of Hanoi can be.

Just before your lunch, visit Hanoi’s first university - the Temple of Literature - dating back to 1070. This historical centre of learning is now dedicated to Confucian worship. In the afternoon, continue your visit to the Ethnology Museum to have a glimpse into the richness and diversity of Vietnam 54 ethnic groups. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Note: Ethnology Museum is closed on Monday. We will replace it by other museum in case of being closed.

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Free morning at disposal. After lunch (your expense), departure from Hanoi for Mai Chau on a picturesque road through the valley. Arrive in Mai Chau and check in at a traditional stilt house of the Thai ethnic minority. Take a bike ride to discover the surroundings. In the evening, enjoy your dinner and overnight in a Thai traditional house on stilts.

Day 4: Mai Chau exploration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will spend this whole day for a trekking tour in Cun Pheo and Xam Khoe village. In the morning, be transferred to Cun Pheo Village where you will start a light trekking. Cun Pheo village is home of Muong People and about 7km away from the home-stay place. Then we leave Cun Pheo and trek to Xam Khoe Village (8-10km). Along the way we pass many villages and lush rice fields. Picnic lunch on the way. In the afternoon we trek around the area to see the nearby gardens and terraced rice fields. Dinner and overnight at the homestay-place.

Day 5: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, take a walk around to say good bye this little charming village. At around noon, drive out of town to Nho Quan – Van Long. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and take the opportunity to take some photos of the seemingly endless rice fields bordered by the mountain ranges. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Ninh Binh - Van Long

Meals: Breakfast

Spend this whole day to explore the beauty of Ninh Binh. Once you’ve arrived in Van Long you will board a traditional Sampan rowing boat which will transport you through marvelous scenes of limestone mountains which create a surreal picture.  Following this experience, you’ll journey by bicycle along the dike to a typical local house for a special lunch prepared by the family living there. A great possibility to join in the real life and together with the people of Vietnam. In the Afternoon we’ll head to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam from 938 to 1010 to learn more about the history of the country. Transfer back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. End of tour.

Day 7: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning, leave Hanoi by private vehicle for Halong Bay, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin. After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. Overnight on board in the open air of Halong Bay.

Day 8: Halong bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After tea break, the boat continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy this more isolated bay’s spectacular and unique islands of the bay.  Eventually, back at the pier you will disembark at around 11.00 am. Transfer back to Hanoi, directly to the airport where you will take a brief flight to Danang . Flight: TBA. Be welcomed by your local driver on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An Town (30 km – 45 minute driving) for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.     

Day 9: Hoi An - My Son - Ancient town

Meals: Breakfast

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. In the afternoon, take a stroll to visit Hoi An town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Set out to explore the quaint cobblestone streets of the town with more than 2-century-old Chinese houses. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, and Phung Hung Chinese-trading house. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Hoi An free day - No guide nor vehicle

Meals: Breakfast

Free days to enjoy the beach or at disposal for your further exploration. Let yourself be seduced by the old charm and the serenity of Hoi An. Besides its historical interests and the charm of its small streets, the city is also renowned for its culinary specialties, its large white sandy beach and the opportunity to shop in its numerous boutiques (tailoring, ancient ceramics, lanterns and other decorative artifacts). Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Hoi An – Saigon

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Free time at leisure until good time for transfer by local driver to the airport in Danang to fly to Saigon. Flight: TBA. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by local driver and transferred to the hotel in city center. Balance of the day is free for your own discovery of the capital of the South.

Despite  its  rush  to  modernity,  Saigon,  as  it  is  still  known,  is  a  friendly  and  welcoming  place  with  many  reminders  of  its  turbulent past  and  a  palpable  momentum  towards  the  future. In the evening, you could visit Ben Thanh Night Market to see how lively this city by night is. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels on boat joining trip

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today, you will enjoy a joining trip exploring Cu Chi Tunnels with totally new experiences: accessing into Cu Chi by boat instead of car, exploring local life outside Saigon. Embark on your speed boat from Ho Chi Minh City’s pier; your English-speaking guide will introduce you to life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slips through knots of floating water hyacinths on this scenic one-hour boat trip. After a short documentary, your guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts. A traditional Vietnamese lunch of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. Return back Saigon and free for the balance of the day. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Saigon - Mekong Delta  - Homestay in Ben Tre

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today you will be transferred from Saigon to Ba Lai (2 hours driving), where you will start your excursion deep into the Mekong Delta area. Walk in the milpa and explore the daily life of the locals here then bike into the village. Take a rest at a local’s home to see how they make sugar cane juice or even try making it yourself. Continue your way through a coconut handicrafts workshop, gardens and orchards of the locals before having lunch at the garden house of Mr. 10 Ưa.     In the afternoon, take a short walk to the boat station and embark along the legendary Ba Lai River through the coconut stretches. Stop to visit the coconut coir manufacturing facility before having sightseeing at the local’s life along the river. You will finish the day by watching how people make bricks by the local’s handy methods. After that, go to home stay Le jardin du Mekong in Cho Lach, Ben Tre by car about 1 hour. Arrive Le Jardin du Mekong, welcome by friendly hostess, relax 30 minutes, than do walking tour to discover village. In late afternoon help the hostess for preparing dinner. Overnight in private room.   

Day 14: Ben Tre - Saigon – Departure

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast take a bicycle to experience the Cho Lach‘s countryside. Along the path, you can see many farmer houses with flower planting, learn about their working conditions, visit a local market where feature fresh, healthy, locally grown & produced food from this region. Back to the home stay for check out and return back to Saigon for your departure flight back home. Meals on your own. End of services.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Accomodations

  • Ha Noi - Hotel de L Opera Hanoi ***** (Opera Deluxe room)
  • Mai Chau - Homestay Mai Chau (Sharing with other guests)
  • Ninh Binh - Emeralda Ninh Binh resort & spa **** (Deluxe room)
  • Ha Long - Signature Ha Long Cruise (Junior Suite)
  • Hoi An - Hotel Royal Hoi An Mgallery Collection **** (Deluxe room)
  • Ho Chi Minh - Hotel Des Arts Saigon **** (Deluxe room)
  • Mekong Delta - Le Jardin Du Mekong homestay (Private bedroom)

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  • Drinks during the meals
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Any service not mentioned in the program
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Domestic flights in economy class, subject to change

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