Scenic Vietnam

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

15 days

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Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

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

Summary

Hanoi, Cat Ba Island, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta

Embark on a journey that commences in Hanoi and concludes in Ho Chi Minh City! The Scenic Vietnam tour offers a 15-day package, guiding you through Hanoi, Vietnam, and five other captivating destinations within the country. This comprehensive experience encompasses accommodation in well-appointed hotels, the expertise of a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

 

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi

Greetings! Welcome to Vietnam. Your journey kicks off with a welcoming gathering at 6 pm, providing you with the opportunity to meet your tour leader and fellow travelers. Should you arrive ahead of schedule, consider venturing out onto the bustling streets to explore the dynamic capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is a city of captivating contrasts, ideally explored on foot. Tonight, you might want to initiate conversations with your newfound travel companions while enjoying a glass of refreshing bia hoi. This foamy, light beer is crafted fresh daily and served in simple, open-air 'brew halls.' Take a seat in one of the brightly colored plastic chairs and savor your delightful brew. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi

Delight in a morning meal at the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, a community initiative committed to supporting disadvantaged children and those affected by trafficking. Subsequently, embark on a city exploration, witnessing the diverse history of the city mirrored in a blend of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French-influenced architectural styles. Visit notable landmarks, including the appropriately named One Pillar Pagoda, the renowned stilt house (once the abode of Ho Chi Minh), the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the Temple of Literature. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 3

Day 3: Da Bac

Depart from Hanoi following breakfast at approximately 8 am, embarking on a journey to Sung Village that takes about 4 hours. Sung Village is home to around 70 families, primarily belonging to the Dzao 'Tien' ethnic group. The community relies on farming and forest plantation as their primary sources of income. Enjoy a homestay lunch upon arrival, followed by an introductory stroll around the village. Once familiarized with the surroundings, embark on a short trek (2 kilometers) to the captivating Sung Cave and visit a tea plantation that boasts a history of a century. Be mindful that the trek includes some steep and slippery sections, so please ensure you have appropriate footwear for this activity. Following a handicraft workshop, return to your homestay for a rejuvenating hot shower and a delectable dinner. Accommodation: Homestay
Day 4

Day 4: Hanoi

In the morning, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself further in the Vietnamese highlands with a 10-kilometer trek from Sung Village to Da Bia. The initial 8 kilometers of the trek follow mostly flat terrain along well-trodden buffalo tracks. The last 2 kilometers feature a gradual incline, and for approximately 300 meters, there are some steps to climb. However, the walk maintains a steady and relaxed pace. Keep an eye out for the monumental stone at the peak of Da Bia Mountain during the hike, which traverses local villages, allowing encounters with people from the Muong ethnic tribe. Pause for lunch at Da Bia before indulging in a picturesque 1.5-hour boat cruise on the Hoa Binh hydropower reservoir. Upon reaching Thung Nai, board a bus for the transfer back to Hanoi (approximately 2 hours), arriving around 6 pm. The evening is at your leisure to explore this charming city. Consider unwinding with a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 5

Day 5: Cat Ba Island

Embrace the morning at 7:30 am as you board the bus, taking a brief pause for a quick break before embarking on a ferry journey. This morning's travel endeavors will bring you to the captivating Cat Ba Island before noon. Waste no time and commence your exploration of the scenic waters surrounding Cat Ba. Hop on a boat and spend the entire day cruising the mesmerizing Lan Ha Bay. Nestled within the expansive Halong Bay region, Lan Ha Bay stands out as one of Vietnam's most picturesque locations, featuring limestone islands and caves emerging from the emerald waters. Savor a delightful lunch onboard, and then engage in a close encounter with the colossal karsts through a kayaking adventure. Spend the night on Cat Ba Island, relishing a refreshing dip at one of the beaches and enjoying a chilled beer. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 6

Day 6: Hanoi - Overnight train

Awaken in this idyllic setting, and perhaps commence your day with a revitalizing swim. Take full advantage of the sun and sand, for this afternoon marks the return to Hanoi via ferry and bus. Upon your arrival back in Hanoi, you'll have some free time to explore the city before boarding an overnight train to Hue at around 10 pm. Shared hotel rooms are at your disposal if you wish to freshen up or organize your belongings. Alternatively, use this time to indulge in some shopping on Hang Gai Street or savor delectable Hanoi street food. Gather back at the hotel lobby at 9 pm, where you'll transfer with the group to the train station. Despite the basic conditions, overnight trains offer a rewarding experience in Vietnam. They prove to be an efficient means of covering long distances and provide a unique opportunity to grasp the essence of the country. Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train
Day 7

Day 7: Hue

Arriving in Hue shortly after sunrise, proceed to the hotel for a quick refresh. Hue stands as the focal point of Vietnam's rich historical heritage. This former imperial capital harmoniously blends bustling streets with serene beauty. The remainder of the morning is at your leisure, providing an opportunity to unwind. Consider trying a traditional Hue breakfast like bun bo Hue, a popular Vietnamese soup featuring rice vermicelli (bun) and beef (bo). Following lunch, explore the Imperial Citadel, an expansive complex adorned with temples, pavilions, moats, gates, and walls. The Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Ancestral Altars remain impressive, offering a glimpse into the awe-inspiring grandeur of the 19th-century complex. During your free time, you may opt to explore Dong Ba Market, a vibrant marketplace showcasing locally crafted items, fresh produce, and enticing street food. It's an excellent place to sample specialties enjoyed by Emperor Nguyen, such as the banh khoai royal rice cake. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 8

Day 8: Hue

Embark on today's adventure as you traverse the landscapes on the back of a motorbike. Accompanied by your dedicated driver, begin with a journey around the Imperial Citadel, encompassing the Forbidden Purple City. While the latter suffered extensive damage during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, its resilient, foliage-covered ruins serve as a poignant testament to its storied history. Gain insights into the harrowing impact of the war during this visit. Break up your exploration with a serene dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River. Next, proceed to the Thien Mu Pagoda, an unofficial symbol of Hue dating back to 1601, and still an active Buddhist monastery. Witness the car left by a monk who self-immolated in protest against the mistreatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. Ride to a unique lunch spot at a convent or Buddhist monastery, where you'll indulge in a delightful vegetarian feast. Following lunch, journey to the regal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, situated amidst a picturesque setting of a lake, frangipani bushes, and pine trees. As the day concludes, seek recommendations from your leader for the best places to savor imperial street specialties in the evening. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 9

Day 9: Hoi An

Embark on a bus journey, traveling southward through coastal rice paddies with a stop at Lang Co Beach. Traverse the captivating Hai Van Pass, a segment of the highway that, despite its occasional bumps, offers breathtaking views overlooking Lang Co Beach and beyond. The striking Marble Mountains will serve as your backdrop as you reach Hoi An, approximately 4 hours later. Recognized as a World Heritage site, Hoi An is undergoing meticulous restoration and preservation. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it played a pivotal role as one of South-East Asia's major international ports from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Presently, certain parts of Hoi An retain the exact charm of over a century ago, capturing the essence of bygone eras. The city has a unique appeal that grows on you with every exploration. Upon arrival, partake in a walking tour that guides you through the significant sites of Hoi An's enchanting Old Town. Highlights include a historic house (once the residence of a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall, and a museum. You'll notice a distinct Chinese influence in the appearance of pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the narrow streets. Your tour includes a sightseeing pass, allowing you to visit a selection of major attractions at your own pace. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An

On your day of leisure, consider embracing some active pursuits, such as renting a bicycle to explore the picturesque countryside. This offers an excellent opportunity to gain insights into the rural landscape of Vietnam. Alternatively, you may opt for optional activities, including a day excursion to My Son Cham, which features elaborate World Heritage-listed temples showcasing the cultural richness of the Cham civilization. Another option is a scenic cruise along the Thu Bon River or a visit to the nearby Cua Dai Beach. Your leader will be available to provide recommendations and assistance regarding activities in Hoi An. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 11

Day 11: Hoi An

Indulge in another day of exploration in the UNESCO-listed Hoi An. Take a leisurely stroll through the Central Market and peruse the vibrant street stalls offering an array of paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns, and more. Hoi An is renowned for its skilled tailors capable of crafting exquisite items to your specifications within a few hours. Bring along your favorite garment or a picture, and they will replicate it for you. Consider visiting a local workshop to discover the art of making rice paper, or perhaps engage in a Vietnamese cooking class to acquaint yourself with traditional culinary techniques, all while relishing the delectable outcomes of your efforts. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 12

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

Proceed to Danang (approximately 45 minutes) for your flight bound for Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly recognized as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is marked by a captivating fusion of the past and present, blending elements of the East and West. The bustling urban scene, teeming with a multitude of individuals going about their daily routines, creates a dynamic ambiance. The city's French influence is evident in the delectable baguettes and coffee offerings. Immerse yourself in a guided tour that introduces you to the city's essence, passing notable landmarks such as the General Post Office, Reunification Palace, and the Opera House. Make stops at the War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral for deeper insights. Utilize your free time this evening to explore one of Vietnam's liveliest markets, Ben Thanh. This bustling marketplace is ideal for acquiring last-minute snacks, cooking utensils, ingredients, or gifts for friends and family before your journey home. Consider indulging in some market delicacies for dinner as you browse. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 13

Day 13: Mekong Delta

Embark on a southward journey today via a private bus (approximately 3 hours) to discover the enchanting Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, board a boat to navigate the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta, often referred to as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam due to its role in cultivating rice, tropical fruits, and flowers for the entire country. Disembark at Ben Tre and explore a local cottage industry, sampling the region's famous candies. Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through the remote village, making stops to taste tropical fruits, visit a honey farm, and gain insights into rural life. For lunch, savor regional specialties at a restaurant in the heart of the delta, including the renowned elephant-ear fish. Afterward, embark on sampans (small rowing boats) for a tranquil paddle along the canals, shaded by lush water coconut trees. Spend the night at a guesthouse in the Delta, where the accommodation is relatively simple, featuring shared bathroom facilities and dormitory-style rooms. The soothing sounds of nature in the night create a memorable experience. Accommodation: Guesthouse
Day 14

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City

Return to Ho Chi Minh City by bus, perhaps concluding your Vietnam adventure with a final bowl of pho, a celebratory moment shared with your newfound friends. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 15

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City

Your journey through Vietnam concludes with breakfast today. The day does not include any scheduled activities, allowing you the flexibility to depart at your preferred time. If you choose to extend your stay and explore Ho Chi Minh City more deeply, consider exploring our Urban Adventure day trips.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1915 USD 1515 USD 3star
Deluxe 2115 USD 1715 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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