Vietnam Mountains, Minority Ethnic Groups And Relaxation

16 days / 15 nights

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Overview

Vietnam is a place you can travel with much more relaxation, from the Mekong delta in the South, the World Unesco Heritages in Hoian Ancient town, the Imperial Citadel in Hue, the Halong bay. If you enjoy a bit of activity and nightlife mixed into your beach holidays, the coastal towns of Da Nang and Nha Trang offer just that. Or set your sights on Cham Islands in Central Vietnam
Further on to the North, this tour take you to visit SAPA and the Hilltribe Villages in North-Vietnam, experience their daily life, and admire spectacular mountains.
Much more still await you to explore Vietnam

Trip code: ADV0007VN16D

Destination: Vietnam

Itinerary

Welcome to the guide upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Saigon. Transfer to the center and accommodation in the hotel for rest after the long flight. At 16.00 we will make a bicycle excursion to create a first impression of the most modern and dynamic city in Vietnam.

- Breakfast included.
- 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 the Long Island (Cu Lao Dai). After a bike ride, we arrive at the home of the inhabitants where we stay. Accommodation and time 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 ...

- Breakfast included.

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.

- Breakfast included.
Overnight at the hotel.

Morning flight to Danang (1.15 flight hours) where the guide and driver will welcome you.
Transfer to Hoi An 30km from Danang. Hotel accommodation. In the afternoon, visit the main attractions of the UNESCO heritage city: 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. After the visit, you will have some free time and you can take the bike to go to Cua Dai beach, 4 km from the center, to admire the sunset and to relax.

- Breakfast included.
- Overnight at 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.

In the morning, we will take a boat trip to the Cu Lao Cham Island. Arrival at the pier of Bai lang, visit of 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.

- Breakfast included.
- 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 the marble mountain and the Cham museum. Arrival and hotel accommodation in Hue. In the afternoon, departure by bicycle to visit the Imperial city of the Nguyen dynasty (1804 - 1945) where hundreds of years old architectural works are preserved, including palaces.

- Breakfast included.
- Overnight at hotel in Hue.

After breakfast, we begin to visit the romantic city of Hue with a boat trip on the Perfume River. Disembark to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Continue by boat to the Thuy Bieu village where we can take the bicycle or go on foot to visit the village. We learn to cook Vietnamese food with cooks. After lunch, relax with a foot massage with herbs in the inhabitants' gardens. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting the tomb of the King of Tu Duc. Among the many tombs of the kings of the Nguyen dynasty, that of the King of Tu Duc is more spacious, more beautiful and closer to nature. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi.

- Breakfast included.
- Reception and transfer to the hotel in the center.
- Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

A day to visit the capital of Vietnam: the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh - founder of Vietnam (the visit of the interior is impossible on Monday), his house on stilt and the One Pillar pagoda, the Tran Vu- Defense pagoda of the town to the West lake and the museum of ethnography with the collection of the uses and customs of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Afternoon, visit of the Temple of Literature - the first university of Vietnam - built in the 11th century. This temple has become the symbol of Hanoi and Vietnamese culture.
At the end of the day, a trip to the old quarter will promise you many interesting discoveries. Finally, we will visit the temple of Ngoc Son on the shores of Lake Hoan Kiem - the heart of Hanoi - and we will see a puppet show on the water, an art of the peoples of the Red River delta.

- Breakfast included.
- Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay - the eighth wonder of the world through the rice fields and the countryside of the delta of the Red River. Arrival in Halong at about noon, boarding a wooden boat for a magnificent 2-day / 1-night cruise in the bay. During this cruise, you can admire many Karst Mountains, caves, lagoons in all forms. Moreover, light, clouds and fog create unexpected atmospheres. You can climb to the mount of Tito to get a view of the bay, take a bath or discover the bay by kayak. 
In the late afternoon, the ship will drop anchor to spend the night in the bay. Meals with seafood on board.

- Breakfast included.
Overnight on board in a private cabin.

We advise you to wake up early to admire the splendid sunrise over the bay and then take part in a Tai Chi exercise with the boat team. The return cruise will allow you to discover other parts of the bay.
Disembarkation at 11.30. Return to Hanoi. Visit the Bat Trang ceramic village 20km from the center. In the evening, transfer to the train station for Lao Cai.
- Breakfast included.
- Overnight on board in an air-conditioned berth.

Early arrival at the Lao Cai station. Check-in at a standard hotel near the station to rest. After breakfast, we leave for Bao Nhai where we will take a boat trip on the Chay river to go to the Coc Ly market - a weekly market of minority ethnic groups. It's a charm typical of the mountainous regions of the north. You will be able to see the color explosion of their costumes and understand their products, their food ... and a part of their life.
After this visit, we return to Lao Cai and continue the road to Sapa - capital of the Alto Tonlino. Check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Sapa town center: the market, the church and the Ham Rong mountain to get a view of Sapa.
- Breakfast included.
Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, we go down to the Muong Hoa valley to visit the village of Lao Chai and that of Ta Van. It is an opportunity to admire the most beautiful rice terraces of Sapa and to meet the inhabitants, the children. Stop at the village of Ta Phin - country of the Red Dzao to meet the locals and understand their traditional medicines. 
Return to Sapa and transfer to Lao Cai station to return to Hanoi. 

- Breakfast included.
- Overnight on board in an air-conditioned berth.

Flight To Nha Trang And Navigation To Reach The Island Of Whales

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

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in double/twin shared room as hotel list with daily breakfast
  • A night at the inhabitants' home on the LONG island
  • One night aboard the boat in Halong
  • Two nights on the Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi train
  • The vehicle with private air conditioning for all the mentioned transfers
  • Local English speaking guide. Except Nha Trang
  • All breakfasts and 7 meals (two on Long Island, one on Hue and three on board in Halong)
  • 1 bottle of water / person / day of visit
  • Insurance covering covid treatment with the liability of USD 10,000

Exclusions

  • International flights arrival and departure from Saigon
  • 4 Flights: Saigon-Danang// Hue – Hanoi// Hanoi - Nha Trang - Saigon with Vietnam Airlines: USD495 per person
  • Entry visa fees in Vietnam 25 usd / person
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (around 25 usd / group / day)

Accommodation

First : 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

$1,125/Pax

Applied for group 16-20 persons