Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport. Our guide & driver will pick up at the airport and then transfer to the hotel by private car. Free time & Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B,L)
We pass the various Government offices, the preservation colonial French residences. We first view from outside of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh square where Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of the Vietnam Democratic Republic in 1945, one pillar pagoda – one of the oldest architectures dated back from 11th century and Hochiminh Museum. The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. This structure is one of Vietnam's most iconic temples. Then we will visit the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Ha noi - City tour - Ethnology and woman museumWe drive back to Hoan Kiem legend lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple which respects Van Xuong saint and Tran Hung Dao former general commander. We also know about the Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake. End of tour with 1 hour cyclo with low speed, a great way to end the Hanoi tour. Overnight in Ha Noi
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B,L,D)
At morning, we departure to Mai Chau. On the way to Mai chau with scenic way, peaceful countryside, Pay a visit to a Muong ethnic minority village to see stilt-house and their lives. Then continue heading to Mai Chau for lunch at local family of Thai Tribe. By afternoon, we make a lovely walk (or riding by bicycle) around some White Thai villages to see people making traditional dress and stools. Dinner and overnight at stilthouse to experience local lifestyle. ( Optional – International Standard Hotels in Mai Chau)
Day 4: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh (B)
Up early for sunrise and a relaxing walk. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ninh Binh. On arrival in Ninh Binh, you will: visit Dinh & Le temples for an overview of the history of Vietnam in the 10th century , we will go to Van Lam village where we will get on a bamboo boat rowed by the local villager to explore the stunning scenery of Tamcoc - World Natural Heritage Site selected by UNESCO in 2014, the highlight of Vietnam tours Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh. Rowing along Ngo Dong river, you will pass the setting for the famous movie - Indochine directed by the French which was filmed in 1992 here. The beauty of the area has attracted millions of the French tourists since then. Continue cruising under the astonishing limestone cliffs, you will get to Hang Ca - first cave with the river going through. The cave is 132m long as you can see from our photo on the right side. Your boat is slowly getting out of the cave and continues its journey by the side of the lush rice paddy to the second cave which is connected on the same river - Ngo Dong. Leaving the 2nd cave, continue your boat trip on the river to Hang Ba – The third cave. Check in hotel in Ninh Binh
Day 5: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you’ll take a 3.5-hour-drive to Halong Bay, one of the great natural of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, the boat crew will welcome you and transfer you to the junk for check-in and enjoy a cruise around Halong Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. At the same time, you can behold thousands of limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald water. After lunch you’ll join some activities on boat to discover the beauty of the bay such as visit a cave, doing kayaking or enjoy swimming in the sea before getting back to the junk for relaxing and dinner. In the evening, you can join night fishing with locals. Overnight on board.
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - fly to Hue (B,L)
In the morning, your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea to explore the beauty of Halong Bay before disembarking time. Joining some more activities on boat and then checking out cabin. The early lunch will be served before getting back to the main dock and back to Ha Noi flying to Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue - Emperor's Tomb (B)
Be explore the city by taking the lovely boat trip on Perfume River, get more insights into a different religion by visit Thien Mu Pagoda or daily life of local people in Kim Long Village. Back to the city center by car then transfer to fine and sophisticated mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh – two of the eight famous Kings’ tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty found along the Perfume River.
Day 8: Hue Imperial City - Hoi An (B)
Breakfast then you will be transferred back Hue city centre to visit the Imperial Citadel where Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 with numerous of attractive places to see like Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. Thai Hoa Palace.... By noon, Take a scenic drive to Hoi An and pass through many breathtaking routes in the Central part which are Lang CVo - spending time in LangCo beach enroute, taking photograph from HaiVan Pass ( The pass of Sea and Cloud). Cham Museum in Danang then visit Marble Mountain and enjoying sea/sun bathing in Da Nang beach. Arrive Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 9: Hoi An (B)
In the morning, We will arrange a boad trip on Thu Bon River to visit handicraft villages ( Thanh Ha pottery village, Kim Bong carpentry village). Continue to visit Lantern village . Here you will have a brief introduction into the history, shape, and color of the lanterns, as well as the many stages of making them. You can make your own lantern and keep it as a souvenir. Continue half day to explore Hoian town: the Japanese Covered Bridge-the symbol of Hoian. Step back in time to discover the Chinese street with stunning PhucKien Hall and Phung Hung old house typical of Hoian original architecture. We then visit Hoi An vibrant market and ancient port to explore the rythm of local daily life and savor the true color, flavor and taste of the oriental. Finally, we visit Phuc Thanh Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Hoi An built in 1454 with Chinese bonze. Drop off at hotel. Night in Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An - Rural Village - fly to Da Lat (B,L)
Our guide picks up you at your hotel by car. Starting to the countryside throughout beautiful arrow roads, rice paddle field, old temple, water palm forests, enjoy the fresh air with the nature. You go to Cam Thanh Coconut Forest, join in special bamboo Basket boat on Cua Dai river, exploring the seven hectares water palm forest, learn how to catch purple crabs… Then ride to An My Paddy Field, see the buffalo – the symbol of countryside in Vietnam. Continue to the local house in Tra Que Village, enjoy welcome drink. Being transfered to the airport for the flight to Da Lat. Pick up and transfer to hotel upon arrival in Dalat. Relax & free time at night.
Day 11: Da Lat: Farm & Waterfall (B,L)
Leaving the romantic city, you will explore the beauty of the Dalat countryside including following spot: • Flower plantations – See the large display of colorful flowers on the local farm. • Coffee plantations – At the weasel coffee farm you can enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee at the local café with panoramic views of the coffee plantation. At the weasel coffee farm you can enjoy a cup of Vietnamese coffee at the local café with panoramic views of the coffee plantation • Rice wine distillery Visit a rice liquor distillery and learn about the process of wine making before sampling a cup of the produce. • Silk factory Learn about traditional silk producing methods and watch the skillful workers process the silk to make the scarves you can buy in the stores. • Elephant Waterfall The powerful and impressive Elephant waterfall (35m high – 40m wide) is the second widest waterfall in Lam Dong province. Next to the waterfall is Wind Cave, with its deceptively narrow entrance between two cliffs, revealing large caverns inside. The caverns are full of wind making a sound of roaring thunder! Back your hotel. Overnight in Da Lat
Day 12: Crazy House - Datanla Waterfall - fly to Sai Gon (B)
Visit Crazy House. This is the number one attraction in Dalat. This house is the work of a Vietnamese artist who wanted to restore the habitat in the heart of nature. The result is to say the least ... strange! When you enter the enclosure, you immediately feel like you are in Wonderland and we would not be surprised to see Alice running after the white rabbit between two rooms. Datanla Waterfall (25m high) is one of the more easily accessed falls in the vicinity of Dalat. It nestled under canopies of the primeval jungle with soft white waters flowing over rock shelve and drop into death valley. Those who are looking for thrills should try the (mini) roller coaster ride from the top of the falls or an easy 15 minute walk gets you to the bottom. Then our driver will transfer you to the airport to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Sai Gon Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13: Saigon City - Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
After breakfast, we will start to visit War Museum, Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. Continue to the Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral. Depart to Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km. From Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumberable trapdoors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S. - Vietnam American must have been like. Back to hotel and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14: Saigon - Mekong Delta -Ben Tre -Saigon(B,L)
Heading out of Saigon toward to Ben Tre. On arrival at Hung Vuong Pier (Ben Tre city).We take a boat tour along its wide expanse. Stops will be made at some of Ben Tre’s most renowned handicraft workshops, where diligent workers fire bricks, process coconut into many different forms and weave mats with the aid of dried reeds and a huge loom. Take the opportunity to have a go at weaving your own mat under the guidance of an experienced local. Next, we will take a walk around a picturesque village and its beautiful, tropical surrounds. A local Xe Loi (motorised rickshaw) will take us into the jungle where we can discover exotic fruit orchards and enjoy lunch in a restaurant overlooking the river. Try the local specialities of elephant-ear fish and freshly caught river shrimp. After lunch, we will spend the rest of the afternoon lounging on a sampan boat as we are rowed through Ben Tre’s iconic backwaters. Make sure to bring your camera as the overhanging water palms and coconut trees create a magical ambiance that you will certainly want to commit to memory.
Day 15: Saigon - fly to Phu Quoc/ Nha Trang (B)
In the morning, we transfer to airport for short flight to Phu Quoc (or Nha Trang) for BEACH RELAXING
Day 16: Phu Quoc (or Nha Trang) (B)
Leisure at beach
Day 17: Leisure - fly to Saigon - Departure (B)
There's free time to explore or relaxing by your own. Then going to airport for short flight to Saigon & connect the international flight to home. End of trip.