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Vietnam in Depth

TVN04: 14 Days Private Tour of Hanoi - Laocai - Sapa - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
From $1999 per person Free Inquiry
Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, HanoiTran Quoc Pagoda, HanoiHoi An Ancient TownStreet vendorsWar Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh CityNotre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City
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Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam! As soon as you arrive at the airport in Hanoi, your personal guide will meet you with a warm smile and take you to your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned car. In the afternoon, there is an initial walking tour to the main sites of Hanoi: the Opera House with its typical French architecture, the Old Quarter with busy alleys and shops, the quiet and peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake where the local people like to roam, and the Ngoc Son Temple which is located alongside the lake. In the evening, a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food will be arranged at a good local restaurant. After dinner, you could have a good rest at your hotel.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 Hanoi City Tour - Night train to Laocai
Continue the Hanoi city tour to the Ba Dinh Square and the West Lake. Ba Dinh Square is the political center of Vietnam. In honor of the chairman Ho Chi Minh, his Mausoleum was built here to preserve his body permanently so the future generations may pay their respects to this great leader. The other attractions you will visit here are Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace. In the afternoon, we will go ahead for the rest of the key sites of this capital city. First you will visit the Temple of Literature, and then the Ethnology Museum which is interesting and introduces Vietnam's traditional culture, folk-customs and way of life in detail. With an abundant collection of artworks, daily commodities, and also maps, videos and models, it shows the diversity of Vietnam's culture vividly. After that you will have a relaxing time at the beautiful West Lake with a short visit to the Quan Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance before taking an overnight soft sleeper train to Laocai.

More about train trip in Vietnam: To get more local experience, we will arrange one train trip for you. Generally, we arrange shared 4 berths soft sleeper cabin. If you do not want to share the cabin with other travelers, we could update to private cabin with surcharge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: overnight soft sleeper train
Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh's stilt house
Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Day 3 Laocai - Sapa
Arrive at Laocai, drive to Sapa and check in at the hotel. Trekking through the terraced rice fields to the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai. (B)
You will arrive at Laocai in the early morning. You will be picked up at the train station and then transfer to the hotel in Sapa, which is 40km from the station. After breakfast at the hotel, you will have some time to rest and recover from the tiring train journey. Later, explore this charming mountain town escorted by your tour guide. Sapa is a famous summer resort in Vietnam. It is permeated by a strong French and European colonial culture atmosphere and mixed with local minority feature. The town attracts many tourists from all over the world, especially those from Western countries. Today, you will have a two hour's trekking trip through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Sapa
Explore Sapa town further, pass through hill tribe villages. An overnight train back to Hanoi. (B+L)
Around this colorful town with its group of European-style buildings, there are remote hill tribe villages, splendid terraced rice fields set amongst haunting natural beauty. Today you will have a longer trek to explore the Sapa town further, and discover the local minority people's life in depth. Depending upon your physical ability, you may choose to have an easy trek which of about 3km, a medium trek of 6km or a long trek of 12km. The hill tribe villages you will pass through are the homes of the H'mong, Dzao and Dzay people. You will learn more about their culture and daily life from your guide and also your own experience. Lunch is arranged at a hill tribe village today. And after the excursion, you are driven back to Laocai and take an overnight soft sleeper train back to Hanoi.

Kind notice: You may meet some children in the villages. They will be honored to take photos with you. If you could share them some snacks, candies or biscuits, it will be definitely a happy day for them.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: overnight soft sleeper train
Terraced rice fields in Sapa
Sapa terraced rice fields
Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise
Railway station pick-up, have a short break. Drive to Halong Bay to board a luxury cruise and stay one night on the cruise. You will have a wonderful time. (B+L+D)
The train arrives in Hanoi in the early morning. Your guide will wait for you at the train station and pick you up on time. After having breakfast and a short break at Cosiana Hotel (3 stars) nearby the railway station, you will be transferred to enjoy another highlight in the Hanoi holiday package: the Halong Bay. The transfer to Halong Bay takes 2.5 to 3 hours. Enjoy the countryside view along the way or just take a rest on the car. You will be re-energized from the moment you step on board the Junk Cruise by the breathtaking surrounding scenery. Halong Bay is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is an amazing natural area comprising soaring limestone islands and surprising caves. After having lunch onboard, enjoy the scenery as we sail out into the bay. The islands we will cruise around in the afternoon through many islets. And you will also visit one of the three main caves among Thien Cung, Dau Go and Sung Sot, and have a relaxing time on a sheltered white-sand beach if weather permits. Tonight, you will stay aboard your junk. There is nothing more peaceful than relaxing on the sundeck with fresh air and a beautiful night sky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Hue
Relax on board, disembark around noon and fly to Hue. Airport-hotel transfer. (Brunch)
Join in Tai Chi class on the top deck in the morning if you awake early. Later after you enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, you will set out to explore some nearby islands by an interesting rowboat. Return to the junk and take your time on the sundeck to enjoy the majestic view of Bai Tu Long Bay. Brunch is served on board during your return trip to Halong City and your fascinating cruise tour ends as you arrive at the pier. You will be picked up at the pier and transferred to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Hue, a former ancient capital of Vietnam. Upon arrival, your guide and driver in Hue will meet you at the airport warmly and take you to check in at the hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Brunch
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay
Day 7 Hue City Tour
Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue Royal Palace, Tomb of Tu Duc, Dong Ba riverside market. (B+L)
Hue is located in the middle part of Vietnam. It was an ancient capital for three dynasties with a precious complex of monuments. Today, you will have a full day to explore this ancient town starting from the Imperial City (The Citadel), which is the imperial palace of Nguyen dynasty. It is also the largest and most complete ancient architectural complex that exits in Vietnam. The places you will visit in the afternoon include the Hue Royal Palace, Tomb of Tu Duc  and the vibrant Dong Ba riverside market.

Tips for Imperial City ticket: The ticket is an IC card and will be recycled when check in. So take a photo of it before check-in is a better way to keep it as a souvenir.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
Take a boat ride to visit Lady Pagoda and Minh Mang's tomb. An afternoon drive to Hoi An, en route overlook one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. (B+L)
The Perfume River is considered to be the soul of Hue. It runs through the whole city and brings life into this historical town. In the morning, you will take a private boat cruising down the river to visit the Lady Pagoda, also named Thien Mu Pagoda and then visit the ornate Minh Mang's tomb. After having lunch at a riverside restaurant, you drive to Hoi An passing over the 500m-high Hai Van pass where you can overlook one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. You will also stop en route in Da Nang to visit the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain. Arrive in Hoi An in the late afternoon and you will be free for the rest of the day to explore the town on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary
Morning excursion to My Son Sanctuary. Free afternoon to explore Hoi An Ancient Town. (B)
Forty kilometers from Hoi An, there is a Holy Land to Vietnamese, My Son Sanctuary. Just as the ancient town Hoi An, it is also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its cultural value. My Son Sanctuary is the most important shrine left by illustrious Champa Kingdom. This morning you will be escorted by your guide to learn more about these exquisite ruins. Then we will return to Hoi An and the remaining time is free for you to explore the town or do some shopping. Different from the noisy and bustling Hanoi and the peaceful Hue, Hoi An is so classical and modest that you will feel relaxed among the local people who live in calm and ease.

Meals: Breakfast
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An Ancient Town
Street vendors
Vendors on the street
Day 10 Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Aiport-hotel transfer, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Post Office, Ben Thanh flea market. (B)
Drive to Da Nang and take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, a modern metropolis in Vietnam. Your guide will pick you up at the airport for your check in at the hotel. You will make your own lunch arrangements choosing a restaurant in the downtown area with the assistance of your guide. In the afternoon, you have a city tour to the key sites of Ho Chi Minh City: the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, the solemn and majestic Notre Dame Cathedral and the nearby City Post Office. Finally there is a stop at the local flea market Ben Thanh Market for some shopping.

Meals: Breakfast
War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City
Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City
Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple. (B)
Today, you will have a full day excursion for a side trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple. Cu Chi Tunnels are underground passageways used during the war as protection from the enemies. They were constructed initially in 1948 by linking some of the blindages created during the war with France. Later during the Vietnam War, the tunnels are expanded to 200km long. There you will find complete facilities like a treatment room, meeting room, sleeping room and a command room etc. During the ruthless war, it was agreed that the tunnels were effective hiding-places, safe shelter for the forces and enabled the ambush of the invaders. Then you will visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. Caodaism is the third largest religion in Vietnam which is a fusion of various elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam both in thoughts and architectural style. Here, with luck, you may also be able to partake in the noontime prayer service. You will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City after today's trip.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Can Tho
A day trip to Ben Tre. Cruise on Ham Luong River, Local orchards and workshops, Countryside tour, Visit a local family. (B+L)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will depart early today for a drive to the Mekong River Delta. First you will arrive at a riverside town, Ben Tre. Along the way on the Ham Luong River, there will be a stop at a candy factory and an orchard garden where you may see the manufacture of rice paper and the production of coconut candy. You then cross the river by boat to visit a local family and explore the countryside by bicycle or "Xe Loi" to discover the daily activities of the local people. Later today, your driver will meet you at Ben Tre and transfer you to Can Tho City for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Can Tho - Floating market - Ho Chi Minh City
Cai Rang floating market, fruit orchards, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. (B)
This morning, we will take you to visit Cai Rang which is the largest and colorful floating market in the Mekong Delta. Along the way you will see hundreds of boats packed with vegetables, plants, fruits, foods, etc. A boat trip will take you to Mekong Delta's famous fruit orchards and then to explore deeper into the countryside to discover and observe the local people's way of life. Return to Can Tho for lunch before we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast
Floating market on Mekong Delta
Cai Rang floating market
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City Departure
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have some free time prior to your departure to the airport. Your colorful and memorable Vietnam tour ends here as we see you off on your homeward flight.

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
HanoiPan Pacific Hanoi Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
SapaSilk Path Grand Resort & Spa Pistachio Hotel Sapa
Halong BayIndochina Cruise Signature Cruise
HueIndochina Palace Moonlight Hotel Hue
Hoi AnLa Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa Little Beach A Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ho Chi Minh CityHotel Nikko Saigon Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Can ThoVictoria Can Tho Resort - Deluxe Room Victoria Can Tho Resort - Superior Room
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels$2649 $2384$2239 $2015
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels$2409 $2168$1999 $1799
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Two domestic flights(economy class seat): Hanoi - Hue; Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Two nights accommodation on Fansipan Express train in shared 4 soft berths cabin with A/C
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flight into and out Vietnam
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa fees
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