Vietnam Timeless Charm - 11 days 10 nights

Departure Date

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Duration

11 days

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Maximum Seats

4

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Sapa, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ba Be National Park

Embark and conclude your journey in Hanoi! Experience the Vietnam Timeless Charm – an 11-day, 10-night Explorer tour that will lead you through Hanoi, Vietnam, and six other captivating destinations within the country. This comprehensive package encompasses hotel accommodation, a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and additional amenities to ensure an enriching travel experience.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Walking Old Quarter Street Food tour (Dinner)

Our dedicated vehicle will fetch you from Hanoi International Airport and transport you to your centrally located hotel. Complete the check-in process at your chosen hotel. Engage in the Hanoi Walking Street Food tour during the evening, immersing yourself in the flavors of Vietnamese local cuisine, featuring dishes like Bun Cha, Pho, Banh Cuon, Egg Coffee, various desserts, and more. Your tour guide will accompany you back to the hotel, allowing you to relax and unwind. Spend the night at your accommodation in Hanoi.
Day 2

Day 2: Legendary Hanoi City full-day (Breakfast, Lunch)

Commence your day with a hotel breakfast and be prepared for the day's excursion in the lobby. 7:45 – 8:30: The tour guide will pick you up from the hotel. 08:30: Commence the exploration of the Ho Chi Minh complex, offering you the opportunity to witness the preserved body of Ho Chi Minh. Stroll through the Ho Chi Minh garden to discover the two residences where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. 09:30 - 09:45: Visit the unique One Pillar Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. 10:15: Explore the Lacquer Paintings workshop, the largest center in Hanoi. 10:45: Choose between two options: • Option 1: Bat Trang ceramics & pottery village (available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) • Option 2: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) 12:30: Indulge in a delectable lunch at our restaurant, featuring an array of eight delicious Vietnamese dishes. 13:30 – 13:45: Proceed to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam during the feudal system. 15:00: Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, built in the 6th century, showcasing the oldest Bodhi Tree in Vietnam planted by Ho Chi Minh. 15:45: Depart for Hoan Kiem Lake to explore Ngoc Son Temple, dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao, the victor over Mongolian invaders in the 13th century. 16:15: Conclude the tour. Enjoy an evening dinner at your leisure before returning to the hotel. Overnight at your Hanoi hotel.
Day 3

Day 3: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Sampon Boat trip - Cycling (Breakfast/Lunch)

Between 7:30 and 8:00, our designated tourist bus will collect you from the lobby of your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to commence the journey to Hoa Lu. From 10:30 to 10:40, you will reach the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu. Explore the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple, both dating back to the 10th century, unraveling the heroic tales of these two kings during the Chinese Wars. Between 11:50 and 12:00, indulge in a buffet lunch featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine. From 13:10 to 13:15, reboard the tourist bus to proceed to Tam Coc wharf. Embark on a sampan ride along the Ngo Dong River to discover the beauty of Tam Coc, with its three distinct caves. Between 15:25 and 15:30, grab a bicycle and pedal around the Tam Coc area, savoring a traditional Vietnamese tea break. At 16:30, rejoin our tourist bus for the return journey to Hanoi. Between 19:00 and 19:30, you will arrive back in Hanoi, with drop-off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
Day 4

Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Surprising Cave - Sunset Party - Cooking Class (Lunch, Dinner)

At 8:00 AM, your tour guide will rendezvous with you at the hotel, marking the commencement of your journey to Halong. By 10:15, you will arrive in Hai Duong province, where a brief 20-30 minute break will be provided for your comfort. Noon marks the arrival at Tuan Chau Harbor. 12:20: Extend a warm welcome aboard the cruise, where you'll be treated to a refreshing drink and a concise introduction to the cruise and safety protocols. Proceed to check into your cabin equipped with air conditioning. At 12:30, relish a delightful lunch featuring Vietnamese traditional dishes while navigating the enchanting waters of Halong Bay, marveling at the captivating rock formations. Afternoon Activities: By 15:00, explore the Sung Sot Cave, also known as the Surprising Cave. At 16:00, the cruise will transport you to Titop Island, renowned for its panoramic viewpoint offering splendid vistas across Halong Bay. Alternatively, you can indulge in a swim at the romantically sandy beach. 17:15: Return to the cruise for a shower, followed by relaxation on the sundeck. Witness the breathtaking sunset from comfortable lounge chairs while sipping a cocktail or engrossed in a good book during this magical moment. 18:00: Participate in a welcome sunset party and a cooking class featuring the art of making fresh noodle rolls. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy the products of your own creation. Evening Relaxation: At 19:00, savor your dinner while seated by the sea-view window, embracing the romantic night ambiance of the bay. By 20:30, engage in some leisure activities such as squid fishing, singing karaoke, or solving puzzle games. Overnight on the boat in a clean, air-conditioned room.
Day 5

Day 5: Halong Bay - Pearl Farm Visiting - Kayaking – Hanoi - Night train to Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)

At 6:00 AM, awaken early to witness the sunrise from the sundeck. By 7:00, relish the morning serenity of the bay's landscape with a comforting cup of tea or coffee, followed by a delightful breakfast. At 7:40, embark on a visit to the Pearl Farm, renowned for producing the finest pearls in Vietnam. The intricate process of cultivating and harvesting pearls spans several years. By 8:30, engage in a kayaking adventure to explore the captivating beauty of Halong Bay. At 10:00, conclude your cruise experience and savor the final moments on the bay. By 10:45, enjoy lunch while cruising back to Tuan Chau Harbour. At 12:00, the cruise docks at Halong Bay harbor, bidding farewell to the crew and concluding the cruise. By 12:30, board the shuttle bus for the return journey to Hanoi. At 14:30, make a brief stopover in Hai Duong province for a short break. By 16:30, arrive back in Hanoi, where you will spend the night at the hotel and relish a delightful dinner. Come 8:00 PM, you will be escorted to Hanoi Railway Station to check-in to your train cabin.
Day 6

Day 6: SaPa arrival – Trekking to Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

At 5:30 AM, we reach Lao Cai, and from there, a one-hour van ride uphill awaits, transporting us to the enchanting town of Sapa. This journey offers captivating glimpses of stunning landscapes and remarkable rice terraces. Upon reaching Sapa town, By 7:00 AM, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Following that, take approximately 2 hours to relax, and if desired, refresh with a rejuvenating shower. Between 9:00 and 9:30, embark on a brief 5km mountain trail walk to explore Y Linh Ho village, home to the black Hmong tribe. This secluded village provides an authentic encounter with Sapa culture and community. Immerse yourself in the raw cultural experience by entering native houses, learning about their customs, and observing the creation of handicrafts from natural materials like hemp and indigo. Continue the journey down the Muong Hoa River, where you can rest or swim before trekking uphill to Lao Chai village, where a picnic lunch will be served. At 13:00, post-lunch, explore Tavan village, home to the Day and Red Dzao tribes, situated amidst the picturesque Muong Hoa valley. Marvel at the breathtaking panoramas of rice terraced fields. Between 15:00 and 15:30, enjoy dinner and spend the night at a local house. Accommodation: Homestay in Sapa with the local community.
Day 7

Day 7: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa – Lao Cai ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

At 8:00 AM, indulge in a nourishing breakfast at the homestay before embarking on an approximately 8km trek toward the Red Dzao village of Giang Ta Chai. Throughout the journey, navigate diverse terrains, including ascents and descents, bamboo forests, and notable landmarks like the waterfall, Rattan bridge, and Stream. Take a brief pause at this scenic spot for a rest, swim, and partake in a picnic lunch. By 14:30, continue the uphill trek for about 2km to reach Hau Thao village. From here, catch a convenient car ride back to Sapa. Enjoy the freedom to explore Sapa town and its market at your leisure before relishing dinner. Later in the evening, you will be transported to Lao Cai train station to board the night train destined for Hanoi. Overnight on the train, concluding the journey back to Hanoi.
Day 8

Day 8: Hanoi arrival - Lang Son - Quang Uyen (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

At 5:00 AM, your arrival at Hanoi Railway Station signals the beginning of your journey. Take a taxi to the small hotel in the Old Quarter, which we have arranged for your relaxation and rest. By 8:00 AM, our dedicated tour guide will pick you up in a car from your hotel, leading you on a transfer to Lang Son. The journey commences with a 3-hour drive toward the Chinese border, eventually arriving at Chi Lang Pass—an impressive 20-kilometer gorge carved between two mountains. Chi Lang Pass holds significant historical importance in Vietnamese history, marked by numerous victories against Chinese invasions spanning centuries, reaching as far back as 981 AD. Recognized as Vietnam’s formidable citadel and bastion, this site provides an hour for exploration around the Quy Mon Quan Gate, also known as "The Gate of Monsters," a name derived from the numerous invading forces that historically traversed the pass, only to be repelled by resilient Vietnamese defenders. After a satisfying lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang, continue the expedition through the pass, with stops to visit Mother’s Temple and Dong Khe, a crucial historical site associated with The Battle of Dong Khe during the First Indochina War. This battle, which unfolded in September and October 1950, marked the inaugural conflict of the Indochina Wars and concluded with a decisive victory for the Viet Minh. In the evening, relish dinner and prepare for an overnight stay in a local homestay managed by a Nung family. Highlights and activities include exploring Chi Lang, Quy Mon Quan Gate, the Dong Khe Battle Site, Ethnic Villages, and a 3-5km walk. Overnight at the homestay, immersing yourself in the local community.
Day 9

Day 9: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Following a delightful breakfast at the homestay, your journey continues towards Trung Khanh, situated right on the border with China. This leg of the adventure offers another opportunity to engage with the local Nung people residing in the village of Phuoc Sen. This mountainous village is renowned for its traditional blacksmithing, producing essential farming tools that play a vital role in the lifestyle evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields. Nestled within these remarkable landscapes is the awe-inspiring Ban Gioc Waterfall, stretching over 300 meters, divided evenly between Vietnam and China. Take some time to absorb the incredible atmosphere surrounding the falls, providing an excellent backdrop for captivating photography. After the waterfall experience, proceed to Nguom Ngao Cave for a distinct yet equally impressive natural wonder. This cave extends 2,144 meters underground, adorned with remarkable stalactites and stalagmites. Following these explorations, return to Cao Bang town and navigate the "snake pass" to reach Ba Be Lake. Here, you'll spend the night in a homestay crafted in traditional Tay fashion, owned and operated by a local Tay family. Relish the opportunity to unwind, savor a delicious, authentic home-cooked meal, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. Highlights and activities encompass Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, and interactions with ethnic villages. Overnight at the homestay, offering an authentic experience within the local community.
Day 10

Day 10: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch)

Following breakfast, we commence the concluding day of the tour by boarding a boat for a serene journey on the lake. How you choose to spend your time on the boat is entirely up to you — whether it's unwinding and relishing the scenic views or taking a refreshing swim in the cool waters. The surroundings boast stunning karst formations enveloped in patches of untamed vegetation, complemented by a diverse wildlife. The boat voyage then progresses along the Nang River, offering an opportunity to explore the Puong Grotto caves. Here, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites formed through river erosion and witness a thriving bat colony numbering in the thousands. As the tour concludes, a drive of approximately 230 kilometers will take you back to Hanoi, with a stop at a tea plantation nestled amidst rolling hills. Upon reaching Hanoi, it's time to bid farewell, having forged lasting memories and connections. Highlights and activities include Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave, and visits to Tay ethnic villages. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.
Day 11

Day 11: Hanoi departure

Savor leisurely moments exploring Hanoi at your own pace until your scheduled flight. A private car will be arranged to transport you to the International Airport. As the time to bid farewell arrives, we extend our sincere gratitude for choosing our services!

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1170 USD 770 USD 3star
Deluxe 1370 USD 970 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program..
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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