Northern & Central Vietnam Tour
|Duration||14 days 13 nights|
|Journey||Hanoi - Sapa - Halong - Ninh Binh - Danang - Hoi An - My Son - Hue|
Day 1 : Arrive in Hanoi
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. Free times for relax and stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Night train to Lao Cai (B/L/D)
This full day tour takes you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi then start for the excursion. We will visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilts House, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby and the Hanoi Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds. Also on the tour - the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake or Ho Tay with lovers Thanh Nien Street, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and QuanThanh Temple and one of the city's museums, either the History Museum or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. We will take 1 hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
Please note that the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is open in the morning only, it is closed on Monday and Friday, and most museums are closed on Mondays.
Free at your leisure until transfer you to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train (Share wooden 4 berth cabin - Soft sleeper with A/C).
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Soft Trekking (B/L/D)
Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.30. Take a transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast at local restaurant and explore Sapa Town, visit Sapa market. Have lunch & Check in the hotel.
In the afternoon, you will visit Sapa town and take a 2km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong minority. Back to Sapa for lunch. In the afternoon visit Ta Fin village with Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Hill tribe villages – Night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)
In the morning, take a drive to visit Lao Chai village – home of Black H’Mong – here you trek through terraced rice fields to villages, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life and habits. You trek through Ta Van village – home of Dzay hill tribe, if you like more trekking, you can keep trekking to Giang Ta Chai through the bamboo forest to the village of the red Dao people if the weather is good and get on car back to Sapa. Free time for relax before transfer to Lao Cai. Have dinner at local restaurant before getting on night train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train (Share wooden 4 berth cabin – Soft sleeper with A/C)
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay overnight on junk boat (B/L/D)
Arrive Hanoi early in the morning, transfer you to a local restaurant for breakfast then depart for Halong Bay. Drive about 03 hours through the rice fields in the Red River Delta to Ha Long city. Upon arrival, check in a junk boat for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with delicious seafood lunch served on board.
In the afternoon, cruise on a boat in the crystalline emerald green water of Ha Long bay, among thousands of spectacular limestone islands and islets and discover Surprising Cave, the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay. The boat stops at an ideal location for Sea Kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. Explore the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are not so accessible otherwise. Overnight on junk boat.
Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Ninh Binh (B/L/D)
In the morning, one more kayaking trip around the stunning Ha Long bay and enjoying sunrise before returning to the junk. Lunch served on board while cruising toward Ha Long harbor. Disembark at around 12:00 and drive to Ninh Binh. Upon arrival, check in the hotel and overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 7: Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Mai Chau Valley Home Stay (B/L/D)
Have breakfast at the hotel, check out and take a short transfer to visit Tam Coc, Tam Coc known as "Halong Bay on land" boasting breathtaking scenery, “Tam Coc” means three caves. After lunch we get on small rowing boats, the boat trip to all three caves takes about two hours. Take a short drive from Tam Coc to Hoa Lu through picturesque landscapes of rice fields, limestone mountains and countryside's villages. We will visit Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam – Hoa Lu, visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city of Dai Viet. Have lunch then drive through the countryside road which is less touristy to Mai Chau. In the evening, you can join in a traditional music and dance performance. Home stay in a Thai family’s house on stilt in Mai Chau Valley.
Day 8: Mai Chau Trekking to Villages around – Hanoi (B/L/D)
Awake to the sound of nature. Take an early trek around the valley of relaxes and enjoy the pristine environment and the peace of the countryside and beautiful landscapes with green rice fields...
After Lunch, drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/D)
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer the the airport for the flight to Danang. Meet upon arrival at Danang International Airport, then transfer to visit Cham Museum, Marble Moutains & Da Nang Beach before proceed to Hoi An old town. Lunch at local restaurant. Discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Its sizeable community of foreign merchants resulted in a unique architectural style with Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. Walking tour in Hoi An to Chinese Assembly Hall & Temples, old houses & Japanese Covered Bridge. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An (B/L/D)
Begin the day with an excursion to My Son Holly land of the former Cham Kingdom (the ruins of the former Cham Capital in the 4th century). Lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon you will be taken on a boat ride on the Hoai River to Thanh Ha Pottery village. At every turn you will see the remarkable tenacity of the local people as they work at their craft that has been handed down through generations. Courtyards are lined with hand cut bricks, drying in the accommodating sun. Village elders turn the potting wheels whilst their children shape the vessels. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An - Danang - Hue (B/L/D)
In the morning drive to Hue via Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean & Clouds), passing through many pretty red-tiled villages with fruit orchards, enjoying spectacular views of sky and sea. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for check-in. Lunch at local restaurant. PM: Visit Imperial Citadel, Imperial Museum and Dong Ba market. Dinner at local restaurant.
In the evening: Enjoy traditional folk music on boat on Perfume River. Overnight in Hue.
Day 12: Hue city tour (B/L/D)
Boat trip on Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang tomb. Lunch at local restaurant. Then transfer to visit the Tu Duc & Khai Dinh tombs. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 13: Hue – Hanoi (B/L/)
Have breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time until transfer to Hue Airport for the flight back to Hanoi. Pickup at the Noi Bai airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time and overnight in Hanoi.
14: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Leisure time until transfer to airport for flight back home. Fin of services.
Price & booking
Valid from now until the end of December 2016
Package Price in US dollar per person
- 9 nights accommodation at the 3 stars hotel with daily breakfast
- 1 night homestay as mentioned in the itinerary
- 1 night on 3*** Halong cruise as mentioned in the itinerary
- 2 nights on Train as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Flight ticket Hanoi – Danang and Hue – Hanoi (Economy class with Vietnam airlines or Vietjet)
- All entrance fees of sightseeing places
- English speaking guide
- Bottle of mineral water (2 bottles/pax/day)
- Optional tour & Insurance
- International flights & Granitites to service staffs
- Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Tipping for Tourguide and Driver
Terms and condition
- Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
- Child below 12 yrs old (with extra bed) and sharing the room with parents is charged for 75%.
- Child below 12 yrs old (No extra bed) and sharing the room with parents is charged for 65%
- The price of tour just for NORMAL day, please confirm in case of Holiday, Weekend