Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival
Arrive at Noi Bai international airport. Welcomed by VBT’s tour guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Today we commence our exploration of Hanoi by visiting the Ho Chi Minh City complex, starting at the President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. We continue to his humble “house on stilts”, his musuem and the 11th century One-Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards we go to the Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museum containing the ethnic costumes of the various minorities of Vietnam, as well as relics, tools and even full size replicas of their homes and buildings. After lunch in a great local restaurant, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature which was the first Vietnam University dating to 1070. You will take short time to visit the Hoa Lo Prison Musuem before head to the Old Quarter. You will have one hours for shopping & walk around Hoan Kiem Lake in the middle of the city and visit Ngoc Son Temple. Enjoy water puppet show. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: 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 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
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. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Hue (B, L) - by flight
08:00 Viet Bamboo Travel’s guide will pick you up at hotel and leave Hanoi Capital for Ninh Binh, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way. About 10:00 arrive Hoa Lu, visit the the two temples of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). Have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch you will get on bamboo boat - rowed by the local people - in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way, you also have chance to see the paddy field if you visit Tam Coc in April or September. 15:30 Back to the Harbour for the transfer to Hanoi. Transfer you to the airport for the flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue City Tour (B, L)
08:30 VBT’s guide and driver will pick you up at hotel
09:00 Visit the Imperial Citadel - the grand complex of palaces built by Nguyen Dynasty (the last Dynasty of Vietnam feudalism).
10:00 Transfer to visit Thien Mu Pagoda - the symbol of Hue tourism
11:00 Experience local market in Hue at Dong Ba Market.
11:40 Transfer to restaurant for lunch.
12:00 Have lunch with Hue specialities.
13:30 Tranfer to visit two of the most beautiful royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty Kings: Khai Dinh and Tu Duc tombs.
16:00 Drop in an incense traditional village for photos stop.
16:30 Transfer back to city center. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Imperial Citadel. Then drive to Hoi An. Visit Cham Museum in Da Nang. Afternoon visit Marble Mountain and enjoying sea/sun bathing on East Sea. Arrive in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An (B)
Free and easy in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B, L) - by flight
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Hoi An - an old trading town, some 30km from Da Nang. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Tan Ky Old house, Assembly Hall Chinese, Phuc Kien Pagoda, Hoi An Museum and Market. Lunch at restaurant. Transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang airport for flight to Nha Trang. The guide will welcome and escort you to the hotel. The rest of day is open to explore Nha Trang or spend time on the beach. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 10: Nha Trang - Boat Trip to Islands (B, L)
08:30 Pick up at hotel to Cau Da port. Cruise to Mun Island by private boat (Ebony Island). Stop for one hour of leisurely snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. The snorkeling equipment is provided for viewing the marine wildlife and plentiful coral reefs.
11:00 Visit Bamboo resort where you will enjoy excellent fresh cuisine for lunch. After lunch, enjoy swimming and relaxing on the beach of the island
14:30 Continue the fun-filled day stopping at Tri Nguyen aquarium.
15:45 Visit a fishing village where you can see the villagers at work catching cuttlefish, shrimp, flower crabs. Test your skills in a basket boat - for hire. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 11: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B, L)
After breakfast, leave Nha Trang for Da Lat - The charming city in the Highland. Visit okrongarai Cham Tower and enjoy the beautiful scenery en route when going over Ngoan Muc Pass. Visit Hoa Binh market, Prenn Water Fall and Tuyen Lam Pagoda in Da Lat. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight in Da Lat.
Day 12: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Flower Garden, Former Palace of Emperor Bao Dai - The last Emperor of Vietnam. Lunch. Afternoon, transfer to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B, L)
08:30 Our driver and guide will pick you up at hotel to drive to My Tho. Take a boat trip around four beautiful Islets: Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix on Tien River. Through Xep canel to visit Mekong traditional houses at Quoi An village (make all from coconut tree). See coconut collection set and how the locals make handicrafts from coconut trunk and shell. Enjoy seasonal fruits and listening to traditional music. Take the horse-cart on village path and stop at Ben Truc orchard, taste honey with tea or wine. See bees-breeding in wooden boxes at local farms. Take rowing-boat on water palm creek. Lunch on islets (if any). Boat to visit a coconut candy workshop, taste candy (Special products of Bentre province). Back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Departure (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning we visit: The Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. After that, we will transfer you to the airport for flight back home. End of services.