Day 1: Arrive - Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, our guide will greet and accompany you to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where everything and anything is for sale!. We then transfer out to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Back to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city - Can Tho (B, L)
Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh - a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets, which are the liveliest in the whole religion. Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Stop for lunch. On the way back to HCM city by bus the last stop is to visit to Mangrove forest which was a former Viet Cong base used by the guerillas during the War. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Mui Ne (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free until time transfer to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet province with the long beach and dunes. Here you have the day free for activities like swimming or snorkeling. Overnight in Mui Ne.
Day 6: Mui Ne - Free (B)
Free at your leisure on the beach. Overnight in Mui Ne.
Day 7: Mui Ne - Free (B)
Free at your leisure on the beach. Overnight in Mui Ne.
Day 8: Mui Ne - Nha Trang (B, L)
Today we drive along the coast to the next destination, Nha Trang. The city famous for it’s long beach and white sand. Here you can do as little or as much as you desire - from snorkeling or diving on the nearby reefs to lazing on the beach in the crescent-shaped lagoon. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 9: Nha Trang Full Day Boat Trip (B, L)
Full day boat cruise around the offshore islands of Nha Trang bay with ample opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 10: Nha Trang (B)
Free time on the beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 11: Nha Trang - Quy Nhon (B, L)
Leave Nha Trang for Quy Nhon, famous for the Cham capital of Cha Ban from the 10th to the 15th century almost ruin. Ancient Cham remains including walls, moats, roads, statues, temples (Thap Thap & Canh Tien) can be found inside the ruins of Cha Ban. The Duong Long Towers (built in the 13th century) and the Banh It Towers (built in the 12th century) are also worth visiting for their exquisite architecture. Overnight in Quy Nhon.
Day 12: Quy Nhon - Hoi An (B, L)
Depart for Ancient Hoi An town, old port from the 17th century, effected by Japanese and Chinese architect. Stop over to visit the stone carving village of Non Nuoc, Marble Mountain. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 13: Hoi An Walking Tour (B, L)
Morning orientation tour of Hoi An’s historic old quarter. The remainder of the day is free to wander around the narrow windy streets of this charming of fishing town. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 14: Hoi An - Hue (B, L)
Leave the ancient town for Hue, the Old Royal city from 17th century under Nguyen Dynasty. Passing the Hai Van pass (Cloudy pass), Lang Co beach. Upon arrival, we spend this afternoon visiting the former Imperial citadel. Remainder of the day is free. Overnight in Hue.
Day 15: Hue Full Day Boat Trip (B, L)
Drive to Perfume river bank, we embark on boat for cruising along the river, visiting Thien Mu pagoda, Romantic Tu Duc Tomb, Majestic of Khai Dinh Tomb and Dong Ba market nearby river. Overnight in Hue.
Day 16: Hue - Quang Binh - Boat trip (B, L)
Leave Hue legend city for Quang Binh province. Stop on route to visit Vinh Moc Tunnels in the legendary DMZ and see how the Vietnamese warriors lived and fought under ground. Upon arrival Phong Nha, take boat trip to visit giant grotto of Phong Nha, one of the Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites reflecting a land and people that are known to few. Overnight in Quang Binh.
Day 17: Quang Binh - Ninh Binh (B)
Full day drive to the North of Vietnam for the next destination - Ninh Binh province. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 18: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Cave - Hanoi (B, L)
Take a boat trip on the river to visit Tam Coc, known to travellers as Vietnam’s inland Halong Bay then get to know the interesting historical twist of Hoa Lu during Dinh Dynasty and early Le Dynasty in Vietnam. Proceed to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 19: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Our full day of sightseeing includes a visit to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s House, built on stilts in a traditional Vietnamese style. Continue on to visit One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius; and the former "Hanoi Hilton" prison, so named by American POWs during the war. After lunch, explore the fascinating maze of back streets on a pedicab ride through the Old Quarter. Evening enjoy an entertaining performance at the Water Puppet Theater, an art form that originated in northern Vietnam over 1000 years ago. End of the show and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 20: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
07:30 - 07:45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10:30 Stopover on the way for short break
12:30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17:00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19:00 Dinner is served.
21:00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing… Overnight on junk.
Day 21: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Lao Cai (B, L) - by night train
06:30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07:30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08:30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09:30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
12:00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14:30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. 20:00 Our guide will drop you off at rail station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day 22: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)
Train arrives at Lao Cai Railway Station at around 06.00AM. Transferred to Sapa by private small bus. Have breakfast at the hotel or in the local restaurant (optional). Relax. Your guide will meet you at the hotel for short downhill walk to Cat Cat village, the village of the H’mong tribe in the valley, which remains very original and uninfluenced from other cultures. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H’mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village and further down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A "white curtain" cascade appears, in the flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather… Have dinner at a local restaurant and then discover Sapa in night. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 23: Sapa - Trekking to the villages (B, L)
Today we have enough time to visit the bustling Sapa Market where the Red Dao, Black Hmong, Tay and Xa Pho ethnic minorities converge from the nearby mountainsides and valleys to trade their goods and buy provisions. We then get well off the beaten track as we embark on a walk to explore this beautiful mountain region and the culture of the ethnic minority in this area. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 24: Sapa - Lao Chai - Tan Van - Lao Cai (B, L) - by night train
Breakfast before private jeep transferring you to Lao Chai village, a village of Black H’mong. Short walk down to the river to visit a hill tribe house, experiencing their life style and the local women making their handicraft and clothes. Further along the road, the Ta Van is the village where the Dzay people live. See the village and their customs. Return to Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 25: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Train arrives at Hanoi railway station at 05:00. Free in the morning until time transferred to Noi Bai airport for flight back home. End of services.