- Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Arrival Hanoi - Good morning Vietnam Welcome to Vietnam, transfer of 45 min to your hotel in town, (if it is still early then we can venture out for some culture shocks on a short walking tour in the Old Quarter of Hanoi - this is the way to get familiar with the people and the culture). Welcome dinner and water puppet show at night. Overnight in Hanoi.
- Day 2: Hanoi City Tour ( B, L )
Hanoi - City tour of a 1000 years old Capital. Leave at 8h00AM, on the three wheels of a cyclo you will be guided through Hanoi history and culture & people and get some more shocks of the culture. This tour draws to: the Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of literature, one of the Museums (Ethnology, Fine Art, Army, Women, History...) with lunch at restaurant then back to the Old Quarter for some more exploration.
- Day 3: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hanoi - Lao Cai (B, L)
Ninh Binh: Tam Coc & Hoa Lu - the ancient capital. Breakfast then leave at 8 am by mini van for a day trip to Tam Coc for the boat trip along the paddy fields through the caves then lunch served by in the River side Restaurant. Next is the drive through the villages along the limestone mountains to visit the ancient capital city of Vietnam. Drive back to Hanoi at 4.30 p.m. Night train at 9h30 PM to Sapa (soft sleeper with A/C).
- Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L, D)
Sapa hill station trek with colourful minorities. Arrive Lao Cai Station in the early morning. Jeep ride to Sapa for sightseeing en route. Arrival Sapa, take breakfast then leave for wonderful trek (5 - 6 hrs) along the rice terraces, through the forest and cross the stream with stops for visit the H'Mong and Dzao villages (picnic lunch). Check in and stay home at the Dzao in Ta Phin village and dinner and sleep in their traditional house.
- Day 5: Sapa (B, L, D)
Trek back to Sapa. Breakfast and leave the village for trekking (3hrs) another way up hill to the main road then jeep back to Sapa, check in hotel with lunch served in Sapa then free after the long trek to discover the town at your own taste.
- Day 6: Sapa - Tam Duong ( B, L, D)
A wonderful jeep ride upwards the Northwest of Sapa, mounting over the amazing pass of Tram Ton where offers the spectacular views, hitting our zigzag roads descending down to Binh Lu, through the traditional villages with stops to visit and talk to the locals. Overnight in Tam Duong.
- Day 7: Sapa - Lao Cai (B, L, D)
Sightseeing around Sapa. Night train back to Hanoi. Breakfast and crawl uphill back on the same way for more shot of this fabulous areas (If this falls on Sunday then 2 beautiful markets can be visited on the way back to Sapa). Jeep ride at 4 p.m. to Lao Cai Station and take night train back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi in the next morning.
- Day 8: Hanoi - Ha Long (L, D)
Hanoi to Halong Bay - the World Heritage. Arrival from Sapa in the early morning. Take a mini van Ha Long city then boat cruise straight to the Bay with seafood lunch served on the Bay, cruise along the wonderful bay in the afternoon with cave visit and swimming, dinner and sleep on boat (under thousands of stars)
- Day 9: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B, L)
Visitors often wake up at 6 a.m. for the sunrise, offering great photos as it is raising up from the ocean and through the peaks of the limestone islands Breakfast served on boat. Cruise back to Ha long City. Lunch in a restaurant and drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Ha Noi.
- Day 10: Hanoi - Hue (B)
A free day in Hanoi to taste around the city of Hanoi (Wondering around, cooking class, shopping....). Take a night train at 19.00PM. to go Hue (AC soft cabin of 4 persons).
- Day 11: Hue ( L, D )
City tour of Vietnam last feudal dynastyArrival in Hue at 7.30 AM then transfer to Hotel. On a relaxing cyclo or riding on a bicycle, we will visit the town, Forbidden Purple City and Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
- Day 12: Hue ( B, L )
Boat trip, van to Hoi An. Breakfast then a boat trip at 7.30 AM along Perfume river to visit Thien Mu Pagoda emperors? tombs of Minh Mang. Leave Hue in p.m. by a mini van for Hoi An, we stop on the way for Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum, Marble mountain, Lang Co Beach, to Hoian for hotel for overnight.
- Day 13: Hoian (B)
[vietnam tour] Walking tour in the ancient town. Breakfast at hotel then walk with your tour guide to visit around Hoi An: the old Tan Ky House, Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Shop for tailored made silk products or spend your time at the wonderful beach (4km away). Dinner and enjoy a show of traditional arts of the Centre.
- Day 14: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B)
Fly to Nha Trang (the best beaches & sea corals). Breakfast from hotel then airport transfer to Da Nang for flight (at 10.10AM) to Nha Trang, car pick up and transfer to your hotel then free to chill out on the beautiful and white sandy beach.
- Day 15: Nha Trang (B, L)
With boat trip. Leave hotel after breakfast to boat station for boating to 3 or 4 islands with activities of swimming, snorkeling (one of the 29 bays in the world with the most beautiful corals), lunch on the boat. Chilling out on the beach... then visit the fishing village before returning to Nha Trang. Overnight in Hotel.
- Day 16: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City Tour ( B )
Flight to HCM, Breakfast at hotel then fly at 8.25 AM. to HCM city to be picked up by van to your hotel, then take a short city tour of SaiGon to visit Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, former US Embassy, War crimes Museum, Chinatown, Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Hotel.
- Day 17: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Tunel (B,L)
Tay Ninh and Cu Chi tunnels. We have our breakfast before taking the van at 8 a.m to Tay Ninh with the Great Cao Dai temple (a mixture of Buddhism, Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and Christian). We see the noon mass (~one hour). Lunch in Tay Ninh. Afternoon we visit Cu Chi - a fabulous tunnel. You will have an opportunity to get the unique experience of guerillas living and fighting underground during the war (a crawl through 50-100 meters out 200 km of the tunnel system is unforgettable). Local rice paper workshops, nice paddy fields are pleasant sights on the way. Overnight in Hotel in Sai Gon.
- Day 18: Ho Chi Minh - Can Tho (B, L)
Sai Gon to the fertile Mekong of CaiBe & CanTho. Departing Saigon at 08h00 head south to Cai Be. On arrival walk through the village streets and watch locals making manioc chips before boarding a boat for a journey through the town's floating market. Cruise through the secluded canals to an island where we stop to enjoy seasonal fruits before our boat takes us to VinhLong where we get back on the bus for our trip to CanTho to overnight.
- Day 19: CanTho - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets. We stop for a walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine. We try a xe loi, the local colonial-era cab pulled by motorbike, on a country road. In the afternoon we head back to Saigon, with a visit to a MyTho bonsai garden. Back in Saigon at 18:00.
- Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)
Free until transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Meals as mentioned
English/French speaking tour guide
Hotel (Double/twin sharing)
Private boat trip
A/C private car/van/minibus transfert
Air-ticket Da Nang - Nha Trang, Nha Trang - Sai Gon
Train-ticket: Ha Noi - Lao Cai - Ha Noi, Ha Noi - Hue.
International airfares & airport taxes in/out Vietnam
(Single) Entry visa to Vietnam (US$ 69 per person for On-arrival visa)