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A Glimpse of Vietnam Tour 17 days

This new set tour is ideal for travelers whose time is limited but still want to have a panorama of the diversity and the majestic beauty of enchanting Vietnam. Enjoy this trip, you will be also impressed by the charm of Vietnam's nature, colorful ethnic minority groups as well as friendly smiles.

Day 1: Good morning Hanoi
Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi, we will meet and take you to your hotel, check-in and today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam. Overnight in Hanoi.
Inclusion: transfer, guide, hotel,

Day 2: Hanoi city tour, night train to Lao Cai
Depart at 8:00 am from your hotel by van. We will begin our day by visiting Uncle Ho, learning about his great life at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and his residential place. Next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature. The site of Vietnam's first University, built in twelfth century, to teach Confucius's theory to royals. Here we will also have a chance to see a traditional music performance. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant for a taste of authentic Hanoi Pho (noodle soup). In the afternoon, choose one from the numerous museums or temples around Hanoi (Museum of Ethnology, Women's Museum, History Museum or Quan Thanh Temple). In the late after walk around Hoan Kiem lake and Hanoi's fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun, shopping, and street side traditional food, maybe to try one "hanoi bia". This is your chance to be part of typical Hanoian style and its traditional Vietnamese culture. We finish our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam. We can help you to get back to your hotel if you wish, but often our guests would rather just spend the evening enjoying a drink with a view of the city. Dinner on your own.
8:30 pm: Transfer from an prearranged meeting spot to the station for your night train to Sapa boarding at around 9:50 pm. You will be in shared AC soft sleeper cabins to travel North to Lao Cai town.
(Our tour guide will show you a mini hotel which you will have shower and basic breakfast before going on Halong bay).
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, lunch, puppet show ticket, 1 local beer, train ticket.,

Day 3: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa, trek to Ta Phin (~ 14km)
Today's morning: The train arrives at about 6:30 am; look for the "Sapa Pathfinder Travel" sign when you exit the train station, as our guide will pick you up. Then take a morning drive through the clouds by car / van to Sapa (~ 1.5 hours). When you arrive in Sapa you will be taken to a local restaurant for a morning shower & breakfast.
We will then take short ride from Sapa to our trekking base where we start our trek up and down hills (~ 5- 6 hrs) through terraced rice fields, bamboo ranges and many minority villages. Lunch break before we keep hitting the road to Ta Phin village. Our Dao host family will welcome you to their traditional home where we will share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, entrance fee, all meals, permit, homestay. ,

Day 4: More in Ta Phin and back to Sapa
At the first gleam of daylight, you will see and hear the sounds of morning village life. You can join your host family in some of their activities like feeding the animals, cleaning the houses, gardening or preparing breakfast. After breakfast, we could take a short morning wander around the village or resulting in more time spent with the host family.
You will be then supported by our car / van back to Sapa (30 minutes). When we arrive back in Sapa, check in to the hotel, shower, and pause for lunch on your own. At 2:30 pm we will take an easy walk (~ 5km) to Cat Cat village, homeland of Black H'mong hill tribe and to take part in a traditional ethnic music performance put on by the ethnic minority people. Your own dinner and evening, sleep in the hotel in Sapa.
Note: The music show in CatCat is closed on Wed afternoon, an alternative will be arranged.
Inclusion: Breakfast, transfer, guide, entrance fee, music show ticket, hotel.,

Day 5: A wonderful trek to Hmong village (~ 6km), then Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi
Wake up in Sapa town, breakfast at the hotel then enjoy the morning with some of your new friends that you may have met the afternoon before. You have the entire morning and lunch for free time and visiting the lively markets.
At around 2:00 pm, travel by car/van down to the south of Sapa town then we will do a mix of wonderful trek & hike along the terraced paddy fields, streams and villages (2- 3 hrs) to visit the peaceful Hmong village of Y Linh Ho to learn more about the Black Hmong. You will return to Sapa by van. A refreshing shower will be arranged before your train in Sapa or Lao Cai. Dinner on your own well before the train leaves for Hanoi and arrives to Hanoi at about 5:00 am.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, breakfast, entrance fee,

Day 6: Hanoi - Ha Long, welcome on the boat
Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning at round 5:00 am. Please find your way by foot back to a mini hotel near the Tran Quy Cap station gate to have shower and basic set menu breakfast.
Depart, 8: 00 - 8: 30 am on a shared van from your hotel to Halong city. After 3.5 hours driving and viewing simple, country side, rice paddy life, we arrive at the at port. At 12.00, the junk crews welcome guests on board at Hon Gai Wharf. Check- in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing. Lunch with fresh local seafood while cruising to Bai Tu Long bay via Indochina film studio, Teapot islet, Blockhouse islet, Goat Head islet. Stop for swimming, visit mysterious Thien Canh cave. Relax at a wild beach, swim & kayak to explore the bay. Back to junk to enjoy relaxing or the sunset. Dinner and overnight on board nearby Vong Vieng village or Trinh Nu cave.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrances fees, kayak, boat/junk, breakfast, lunch, dinner, permit, fishing gears.,

Day 7: Explore the tranquil scenery in Bai Tu Long bay, back to Hanoi- Night train to Hue
Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of Bay's landscape. From 7.30 to 8:00 am have breakfast in the fresh air then visit Vong Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat. Meet the locals, visit floating school & fish farms. More time to swim in the middle of the bay. From 10: 15, we serve on a La-Carte-Menu, you can order any dishes in the menu whenever you want for breakfast and lunch. Continue cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations. 11: 45 check out cabin while cruising back. By noon at 12:00, we will be ashore then hit the road back to Hanoi at around 4: 00 pm.
6:00 pm, we pick up from our office or your hotel for night train to Hue. Boarding at 7: 00 pm. You will be in shared AC soft sleeper cabin (s).
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, boat/junk, breakfast, lunch, train ticket.,

Day 8: Arrival Hue, city tour of Vietnam last feudal dynasty, boat trip
Arrival Hue at around 10:00 am. Station pick up then transfer to hotel to take a short rest, have late breakfast before visiting the former Imperial Citadel. Lunch is next at a local restaurant. Then in the afternoon we will visit the splendid royal tombs, there are actually more than 6 tombs but we will choose to visit two of three tombs as below: Minh Mang, Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. After that we walk/transfer to the boat dock for our cruising on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooking the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam. Transfer back to your hotel. Check in hotel. Free time to relax, shower and stay overnight at your hotel.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, local boat, hotel. ,

Day 9: Hue - Vietnam cyclo, visit market. Transfer to Hoi An
After breakfast at your hotel 9:00 am. We will go on a relaxing Vietnam cyclo ride to visit Dong Ba market around 1hour then transfer to Hoi An. From here it will take us about 4 hours to get to Hoi An. There is fabulous sightseeing en route and we may make stops at: Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass, Cham Museum, and the Marble mountains. Then onto Hoi An, overnight here. This is also a very good chance for you to get get nice tailor-made clothes at a reasonable price.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, Vietnam cyclo, hotel. ,

Day 10: Hoi An - Walking tour in the ancient town, easy biking to Tra Que vegetable village
The center of Vietnam has many World Heritage Sites and Hoian is one of them. This ancient town of Hoi An, 30 km south of Danang, lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River.
9:00. Hotel pick up then we walk around the town with your tour guide to visit the old charming Hoi An. We will visit the old Tan Ky House, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, the stylish Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. After that you will make a bicycle trip to countryside of Hoi An for more enjoyment at Tra que vegetable village - a famous one in Hoi An. Walk around for visiting and knowing more of the way local people plant variety of vegetables. Back to hotel. Free time to relax, discover other corners of Hoi An town. Overnight at your hotel.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, hotel.,

Day 11: Hoian - Nha Trang
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport in Danang for noon-flight to Nha Trang. Airport pick up then transfer to your hotel, it is free to chill out on the beautiful white sand beach.
Inclusion: transfer, guide, hotel, domestic flight ticket

Day 12: Nha Trang, island boat trip
Morning pick up from hotel and transfer to the boat station (45 minutes).Hop on the shared boat and begin a day on the water. The first stop will be Tri Nguyen Aquarium with a collection of sea fish Then we will cruise to Mot Island. This is one of the best places for snorkeling in Nha Trang. Hold your breath for as long as you can and dive deep into this colorful world of fish and coral. Next stop, Coral Island, for sun bathing and relaxing on the off shore beach and lunch will be served with a selection of fresh seafood. After lunch, cruise to Tranh island for more swimming and relaxing then take the boat back to Nha Trang city at around 5: 00 pm. Free time in the evening and overnight at your hotel.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, local boat, hotel,

Day 13: Nha Trang - Saigon, city tour
We take an early flight this morning at 7:45 am, arriving to Saigon at 8:40 am, transfer down town and check-in at our hotel before our city of bustling Saigon starts. Visit the Binh Tay Market in Cho Lon; stopover at Thien Hau, a 150 year old Chinese Temple; then to a Lacquer wares workshop and the Jade Emperor pagoda. In the afternoon visit the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office, we'll drop you off at your hotel around 5:30 pm. Stay ovvernight in Saigon.
Inclusion: Transfer , guide, entrance fee, breakfast, domestic flight ticket , hotel,

Day 14: Tay Ninh and the Cu Chi tunnels
Departing Saigon at 8:00 am from your hotel for a morning excursion to Tay Ninh to the Great Cao Dai Temple (a place to worship a mixture of Buddhism, Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity). We see the noon mass at the temple (1 hour). Lunch in Tay Ninh.
In the afternoon we visit the Cu Chi outdoor museum to learn about the infamous tunnel systems of the Viet Cong. Take this opportunity to get a unique understanding of the guerillas underground fight strategies during the war and crawl through 50 - 100 meters of the 200 km tunnel system. On the way back to Saigon, local rice paper workshops, and views of Vietnam countryside and paddy fields are pleasant sights. We'll drop you off at your hotel around 5:30 pm. Overnight at your hotel in Saigon
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, hotel,

Day 15: Saigon to the fertile Mekong Delta (Cai Be - Can Tho)
Depart Saigon at 8:00 am from your hotel. Head south to Cai Be. Upon arrival at 10:30 am, board a boat for a journey through the Mekong's floating market. See how river life goes on here, watch the trading between merchant ships and local farmers. Alive and exciting. Cruise through the secluded canals and cross the Mighty Mekong to an island where we will stop to enjoy fresh seasonal fruit before boating to Vinh Long. Back on the bus for our trip to Can Tho to overnight.
Inclusion: transfer, guide, hotel, entrances fee, breakfast,

Day 16: Can Tho - Saigon
An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, then we have some distance to cover. First a cruise, then a walk on a quiet country road taking in the magnificent scenery and getting a little bit closer to the locals as they go about their daily routine. In the afternoon, we head back to Saigon. We will drop you at the same hotel by 6:00 pm.
Inclusion: transfer, guide, hotel, entrances fee, breakfast, local boat,

Day 17: Departure Saigon, Goodbye Vietnam
Breakfast at hotel. Depending on your flight you may have some time for some more shopping. Then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Good bye and hope to see you again soon!
Inclusion: transfer, breakfast,

2 persons: $US 1610/person
4 persons: $US 1331/person
S.S: $US 476.00

S.S is used for Single Supplement: A surcharge added to the cost per person when one wants to have her/his own room.

Visa, Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!

What To Bring Items:
Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, toiletries, sun-block, insect repellent, flashlights, good shoes, personal first aid kit & medicines, small VND notes for buying drinks. If you feel the need then sleeping bags, cable lock for your bags is recommended.

- Hotel: We use 3 star standard hotel (s), twin shared room (s). Upgrade is available on request. Check - in: 14:00; out: 12:00 noon. Early check in if it is subject to availability.

- Sites Closed: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday and the whole September and November for the maintenance. Others might be closed too, please check this with our travel consultant. No short or informal wear is allowed in the Mausoleum.

- Sleeper Train to Sapa/Hue: Please click here for more information. If you take flight from Hanoi to Hue instead of train, please see the additional cost per person that includes: transfers, domestic flight ticket and 3 star standard hotel in Hue (twin shared room) for that night:
• 2 persons: $US 72/person
• 4 persons: $US 66/person
- Homestay condition: Very basic,
- Trek & cycling time: is just approximate and depending on your personal fitness and weather.
- Meals: Vietnam food
- Halong Bay tour: We share mini - van, deluxe Red Dragon or Lagoon Explore Junk with maximum 10 people and twin shared cabin aboard.
- Car / Van Quality: Using new AC car or van depending on your group size
- Tour guide: English speaking guides (on site).


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