Vietnam Mountains, Minority Ethnic Groups And Relaxation

16 days / 15 nights

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Overview

"Vietnam Mountains, Minority Ethnic Groups, and Relaxation" is a long journey full of diverse and exciting experiences that provide a profound insight into Vietnam's rich culture and abundant natural beauty from south to north. Starting in Saigon, travelers head to Cu Lao Dai (Long Island) to experience the Mekong Delta culture and lifestyle. Continue to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and former international trading port with centuries-old architecture. Hoi An has a lively night market and a lantern-lit river. Visitors can also see the stunning coastal scenery and live like fishermen on Hoi An's islands. The journey continues to central Vietnam, where we will explore Hue, the former imperial capital and home of the Nguyen Dynasty. This historical site features grand pagodas, regal tombs, and the legacy of the Nguyen emperors. Moving north, the journey begins in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. Unlike Saigon, Hoi An, and Hue, Hanoi blends a thousand years of culture and history with modernity and unique heritage. After exploring the city and enjoying cultural activities, the journey continues to Halong, a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning sea, mountains, and caves. Following the tranquility of Halong's landscapes, the journey continues to Sapa, which offers a completely different natural experience with its majestic, untouched mountains, terraced fields stretching as far as the eye can see, and the unique beauty of the local ethnic minority communities. Travelers will trek to directly experience the pristine and magnificent natural landscapes, occasionally cruising on rivers to relax and observe nature while immersing themselves in the diverse culture through local markets and other intriguing activities. After these challenging and rustic mountain experiences, travelers travel to Nha Trang, another coastal Vietnamese city. Nha Trang is a coastal city with beautiful emerald waters, pristine white sandy beaches, and numerous beautiful bays with small and large islands. Visitors can explore islands, visit landmarks, temples, local markets, and the Vietnam Oceanographic Institute to see Nha Trang Bay's fascinating marine life.

The exploration in Nha Trang marks the end of this 16-day journey, allowing travelers to savor the unique beauty found throughout the entire country of Vietnam.

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Trip code: ADV0007VN16D

Destination: Vietnam

Itinerary

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (or Saigon)- Tan Son Nhat International Airport. You will be met at the airport by your English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in downtown Saigon.

Overnight in Saigon.

In the morning visit of Saigon: the Reunification Palace - a building that symbolizes the government of South Vietnam and brings us back to 1975 when the communist tanks entered Saigon, the Chinese temple of Thien Hau which has more than 150 years of history, the Post Office, the Duomo, the Ben Thanh market. We leave Saigon to go to the pier at the Co Chien River where we take the local ferry to go to Long Island (Cu Lao Dai). After a bike ride, we arrive at the home of the inhabitants where we stay. Accommodation and time are available to get acquainted with family members. Then, walk around the village to see the activities of local people, visit the small pagoda of the village, the school...

Overnight stay in the local house in Mekong

Wake up with the crowing of the cock - a typical sound of the countryside every morning. We visit the local market by bike accompanied by your host and then return home for breakfast.

We continue to discover the island by bike crossing the fields and the beautiful countryside landscapes to understand local life. 

After lunch at the home of the inhabitants, we say "goodbye" and take the ferry back to the dock. Return to Saigon. Overnight at the hotel.

Hochiminh departure. Free time at leisure for last-minute shopping before transferring to the airport for departure to Danang.

Arrive in Da Nang - Da Nang International Airport. You will be met at the airport by your English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in downtown  in Hoi an
In the afternoon, discovery of Hoi An - UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, the Phong Hung House, the pagoda of Phuc Thanh the oldest pagoda of Hoi An (1454) erected by a Chinese monk, the central market, the port.

Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

In Hoi An, you can have custom-made clothes made for you. "Ao dai" is one of the most requested products by women. (Paid by yourself)

In the morning, we will take a boat trip to the Cu Lao Cham Island. Upon arrival at the pier of Bai Lang, visit the 300-year-old well of the Cham and Hai Tang pagoda. Walk to understand the life of fishermen on the island of Cu Lao Cham. Free time on the white sand. Lunch on the island of Cham. At 1.30 pm return to Hoi An. Afternoon at leisure in Hoi An in the old quarter or at Cua Dai Beach.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Transfer to Hue 120km from Hoi An via the Nuvole hill which offers a splendid view of the center. Stop in Danang to visit Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum. Arrival at the hotel in Hue for check-in. In the afternoon, depart by bicycle to visit the Imperial city of the Nguyen dynasty (1804 - 1945) where hundreds of years old architectural works are preserved, including palaces.

Overnight at a hotel in Hue.

After breakfast, you will visit the romantic city of Hue with a boat trip on the Perfume River. Disembark to visit Thien Mu pagoda. You will continue by boat to the Thuy Bieu village where you can rent a bicycle or visit the village on foot. Vietnamese cookery course. After lunch, relax with a foot massage with herbs. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting the tomb of the King of Tu Duc.

After the visit, transfer to Hue Airport for flight to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi - Noi Bai International Airport. You will be met at the airport by your English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in downtown Hanoi.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
08:00A.m: We will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda, The French colonial Styled Presidential Palace, and the historical Temple of Literature, the first university of VietNam, built in 1070 in honor of Confucius.

In the afternoon we will see the Museum of Ethnology and then attend a traditional Water Puppet show. This art originates from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artists – men and women – stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move about, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water. The audience is meant to experience the atmosphere of a village festival. Then visit Hoan Kiem Lake (The Restored Sword Lake) and the Ngoc Son Temple, which is on an island in the northern part of the lake. We will enjoy a Cyclo tour along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The Old Quarter includes 36 old streets with each name representative of the type of merchandise sold in it.

Note: Please kindly note that Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (the inside) will be opened only in the morning. It will be closed every Monday and Friday. Besides the outside of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, you can still visit Ba Dinh Square, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilt, and One pillar pagoda as usual. The Museum of Ethnography also closed every Monday." 

Overnight in Hanoi
After breakfast, drive to Halong Bay (3 hours), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whoever comes to Vietnam should not miss the chance to visit Halong Bay, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea.

The program will be changed depending on which cruise choosing.

Halong Bay is in the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf and stretches over an area of 1,500 km2 with three thousand green islands that look like jewels. Upon arrival at the harbor, we will embark on a junk. We will enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on the boat while experiencing the majestic beauty of Halong Bay. The Junk is a wooden sailboat designed in a traditional Vietnamese style while offering a full range of modern amenities.

Visit the fascinating Dau Go Cave called “The Cave of Marvels” and Thien Cung Cave, the “Heavenly Palace Cave” surrounded by spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

After dinner, enjoy fishing with local fishermen. The reflection of the limestone outcrops, the sight of fishing boats lit up in the darkness; enjoy these precious moments in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.

Overnight on board the junk.
Morning alarm to practice Tai Chi and admire the sunrise. Coffee and biscuits on the junk. Continuation of the cruise to visit the caves and brunch on board before landing. Return by car to Ha Noi with a stop on the way to visit the pagoda of But Thap, one of the most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam.

Upon arrival in Hanoi. After dinner at a local restaurant (pay by yourself), we will transfer to Railway Station for a night train to Lao Cai

Overnight in train (Cabin 4 bed) 

6.30a.m: arrive at Lao Cai, pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. You will have breakfast and some time for a rest. 

Then we will trek around Sapa, about 12 km, to Lao Chai village and keep going along Muong Hoa Valley - the bottom of the Sapa Valley to get to Ta Van village which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. These are Black H’Mong and Dzay ethnic villages. We will visit the people in their homes, visit schools and observe how they work the terraced rice fields surrounding the villages. It is an opportunity to admire the most beautiful rice terraces of Sapa and to meet the inhabitants, the children. The afternoon will be at leisure so you can explore Sapa for yourself the church of the Madonna del Rosario, the Sapa market, a lively meeting place for the various ethnic groups in the area and where the red Dzao and the black H'mong and the Kinh sell their products.

Overnight in a hotel in Sapa.

Pick you up at Sapa Hotel to Lao Cai province through the countryside along the Chay River for 17 km to Coc Ly which offers beautiful scenery of high mountains, narrow valleys and terraced rice paddies. Enjoy several photo stops along the way, especially of the beautiful tear farms near Phong Hai. Arrive in the Coc Ly market at about 08.00 am, at the crowded time of the market. Join local ethnic people for about 2 hours in the morning to enjoy the exciting atmosphere as well as the activities of this weekly market. Walk from section to section, corner to corner, seeing and smelling of different local products, spices, vegetables, farming tools, handicrafts, even medicinal herbs…especially meeting smiling people everywhere. Coc Ly is also a famous cattle market where local farmers from villages in the region sell cows, horses, water buffaloes, and pigs…, and there is a large ground just beside the main marketplace for this activity. The market is always crowded for the whole morning and over after lunchtime. Leaving the market at noon, boarding a motor boat, and cruising downstream the Chay River for 1.5 hours to Trung Do village of the Tay which is beautifully set on the bank of the river. Spend about an hour walking to explore this charming village before continuing the boat trip briefly to Bao Nhai. And enjoy a boat ride down the Chay River on this memorable excursion that combines colorful culture and fascinating history.

In the afternoon, transfer to Lao Cai, take the train to Ha Noi

Overnight on train (Cabin 4 bed) 
Arrive early in Hanoi. 

After breakfast. Free time at leisure for last-minute shopping before transferring to the airport for departure to Nha Trang
Upon arrival, reception by the driver and transfer to the Dam Mon pier 100km from the center of Nha Trang. About 30 minutes by boat to get to Whale island to do as Robinson Crusoe. Check-in and free time.

Breakfast included.

Overnight at a hotel on Whale Island in Nha Trang.

08:00A.m: We depart from the hotel. This excursion takes you to visit a selection of the numerous attractions in Nha Trang City. First, the car will drive you to Cau Da for a visit to the Vietnam Oceanographic Institute to see the whole collection of sea creatures in Nha Trang Bay. After that, you will go to Long Son Pagoda, Catholic or Stone Church built in French colony time, Chong Promontory Rocks, and the Po Nagar Temples. The tour ends after the visit to the local Dam Market.

Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.

Free to Nha Trang for maritime activities or just relax on the beach.

Breakfast included.

Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.

Free time until the transfer to the airport for the flight to Saigon and take your flight back from Saigon depending on the time of your flights.

Breakfast included.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the category chosen or similar (We haven't blocked any room yet) based on double/twin sharing with daily breakfast.
  • All local boat rentals and cycling as mentioned in the program. Cruise on Seat in coach (SIC) junk in Ha Long bay.
  • Transfer from and to the airports by private vehicle with A/C. Transportation by private vehicle with A/C.
  • Local English speaking guide(s) in Vietnam.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program. 15 B: Breakfast, L: 1Lunch, 1D: Dinner.1 Bruch
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program. Mineral Water (01 bottle/pax/day)

Exclusions

  • Late check out or Early check in
  • Visa fee upon arrival in Vietnam (25 USD for one 1 month or 3 month single entry visa).
  • Meals and drinks are not mentioned in the program.
  • International flight/ Domestic flight tickets and airport taxes.
    All internal/ regional flight tickets in economy class with/without departure tax (+300 USD/pax) 
  • Tips & personal expenses. Personal insurance. Any service not clearly mentioned in the program.

Accommodation

First Class : 3-Star Hotel

Superior : 4-Star Hotel

Deluxe : 5-Star Hotel

Important Info

PRICE IN USD PER PAX (in a private tour for a group of 2-6 adults)

IMPORTANT INFO


Cancellation Policy


1. Cancellations must be advised by email / fax

2. The cancellation fees will apply:
  • Cancelation 30 days prior to arrival date: USD 50 per person will be charged.
  • Cancelation from 20 days to 30 days prior to arrival date: 30% of total invoice amount will be charged
  • Cancelation from 10 days to 20 days prior to arrival date: 50% of total invoice amount will be charged
  • Cancelation less than 10 days prior to arrival date or no-show: 100% of total invoice invoice amount will be charged

Refund Policy

If tour participants buy additional services which are not included in their program, the service fee will be charged on spot.
If tours participants cancel some services and / or portion of the tour program at their will during the trip, reimbursements shall not be made for these unused services and /or portions.
If in the course of the trip, an illness or mishap befalls a tour participant that entails extra services and /or medical attention arranged by company, all the related additional costs shall be defrayed by the participant himself or herself on the spot.

From

$1,039/Pax

Applied for group 11-15 persons