This adventure tour highlights the unique characteristics of Vietnam and explores the French colonial-inspired city of Hanoi, the world heritage Halong Bay, colorful hill tribes of Sapa, the seaports of Da Nang and Hoi An, the former imperial capital of Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City with its green delta of Mekong river...Adventure Vietnam in your way!
- 1. Trips length: 19 days Trip Themes: Heritages, History&Culture, Local food, Explorer Transport: Car/Bus, Train, Boat Places visited: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Sapa - Hue -Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh -Mekong Delta Tour operates: All year round Start / End cities: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City Accommodation: Hotel: 13nites, Homestay: 2nites, Boat: 1nites, Train: 2nites Price from: Available on requestTRIP FACTS:- Medium paced tour and it is ideal for thosewith interest in the insight into the entireVietnam, includes hill tribe experiences at theNorthern mountains- The trip uses air, coach, train and overnightboat trip in Halong Bay plus other short boattrips in Tam Coc in Ninh Binh, Chay River atBac Ha, Perfume River in Hue and MekongRiver in the South- The treks at mentioned places in the programare soft except the steeper one at Cat Ba National Park. It is open for alternative in badweather.- Order of events and sightseeingmay vary according to localconditionsDetailed Itinerary for VietnamOverland Classic TourDay 1: Hanoi [D]Your arrival flight lands at Noi Baiwww.customvietnamtravel.com
2. Airport where your driver and tour guide are ready to pick you up and transfer you to thecity centre for hotel check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure after the jetlag. WelcomedVietnamese diner will be served at a local restaurant in town.Over night in Hanoi.Day 2: Hanoi City Tour [B, L]Start your day with breakfast in your hotel.Today, you will spend the whole day toexplore the historic Hanoi with visits toHo Chi Minh complex with Ho Chi Minhmausoleum, Presidential palace, Ho ChiMinh stilt house. Learn the local religiouspractices at One Pillar pagoda and Templeof Literature, Ethnology museum is alsoworth visiting, as you will get theoverview of Vietnamese ethnic minoritieswith their colorful dresses and amazingcultures. Followed by one-hour rickshawride to see Hanoi daily life in the old quarter and end the day with traditional waterpuppet show. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.Day 3: Mai Chau, ethnic Thai People [B, L, D]After breakfast, you take the morning drive to Mai Chau valley in Hoa Binh province.There are stops available on the way for taking photographs. On arrival at the valley, wewill get on a stilt house of White Thai people to have lunch, which is prepared by a localfamily. In the afternoon, trek around the villages in Mai Chau with your guide toexperience locals daily life and enjoy the peaceful countryside. Diner at the family.Enjoy Thai traditional dance and music (Optional) and over night at the home stay.Daya 4: Mai Chau - Cuc Phuong National Park B, L, D]This morning, you would be awokenup by free-range roosters. Havebreakfast at the family then set ourfor a drive to Cuc Phuong NationalPark. Upon arrival, you have lunchat the National Parks restaurant andgo to visit the primate rescue centerwhere you can see different kinds ofendangered langurs. Many of themare written in Vietnamese Red Bookand can only be found in some partsof Vietnam. In the afternoon, embarka three-hour trek in the rain forest towww.customvietnamtravel.com 3. visit a thousand-year-old. Overnight in Cuc Phuong guesthouse.Day 5: Ninh Binh Halong City [B, L, D]After your breakfast, take an early drive to Tam Coc for two-hour boat row on a littleriver, which runs along the Limestone Mountain Ranges and between rice fields. Thiskarst landscape is so breathtaking that it has been considered as Halong bay in land.Lunch at a restaurant, then drive overland to Halong City. Arrive at Halong City, check ina peaceful hotel, dinner and overnight in Halong City.Day 6: Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise [B, L, D]This morning, you have an easy morning with late breakfast and rest. At 11:30 AM,check out your room and transfer to the pier for the afternoon cruise to explore the bay ofthe Worlds wonder. Cruises in Halong Bay. one of the most beautiful locations inVietnam and has been recognized as the world heritage by UNESCO. You embark yourovernight cruise boat at 12:30 and have fresh seafood lunch while the boat is headinggently for the centre of the bay. In the afternoon, beside enjoying the beautiful sceneryfrom the top deck, there is time for you to visit a limestone cave with plenty of stalactitesand stalagmites of different formations, swimming on a sandy beach and having a shortkayaking to the surroundings. Dinner and overnight on the boat.Day 7: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi [B, L]Wake up early in the morning for sunrise and a view of Bays landscape with a cup of teaor coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air. Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rusticrowboat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms. Backonto the boat and start cruising towards the harbor, while an A la cart brunch is served.Disembark at noontime, get back to your private vehicle and return to Hanoi. Afterdinner, jump on a night train to Lao Cai province. Overnight on train.Day 8: Visit to a Tribal Market [B, L]You will arrive at Lao Cai City in the early morning and walk to the nearby restaurant forbreakfast. After that, get back to your bus and drive to visit a hill tribe market in Bac Hadistrict. Here you will see Flower Hmong, Phu La, Dao, Tay, Nungall hill tribe groupsgather around for trading. It is an awesome experience of seeing colors, understandingtraditions and feeling the atmosphere. The market offers a variety of local productsincludes colorful embroidery, handicrafts and all types of daily necessary stuffs. Herealso available animal market where people sell and buy or barter animal such as dogs,pot-bellied pigs, cows, buffalos and so on.After lunch, just take a short walk to a hill-tribe village. Here you will visit some localhomes to understand more about their daily life as well as their culture and traditions.Followed by a short boat trip along Chay River (If the water level is high enough) thenhead back for Lao Cai city. Afternoon drive up to Sapa. Check in hotel and free leisure inthe evening. Overnight in Sapa.www.customvietnamtravel.com 4. Day 9: Sapa Trek and Visit Tribal Villages [B, L]After your breakfast, take a short car transfer to Ma Tra Village and spend 1.5 hours tovisit the village of Black Hmong People on foot and enjoy the rustic view of rice terracesin the valley. Back to the town for lunch and rest. Going on the trek at another valley inthe afternoon. The gentle downhill trek to Muong Hoa Valley is stunning as you will beamazed by the beauty of vast rice terraces from high to low and dotted with many roofs atthe sides of the rocky river. Along the trek, it is also a great chance for you to interactwith local people in their colorful dresses. Around 4 PM, get picked up by car for thetransfer to Lao Cai train station. Dinner at a local restaurant nearby before the night trainwith soft sleeper back to Hanoi.Day 10: Hanoi - Hue [B, L]Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning. Get a mini hotel room for shower and a rest beforetaking a short flight to Hue in the centre of Vietnam. Hue was the capital of the country.The city is well known for its monuments, architecture as well as beautiful naturallandscape. Constructed during early 19th century, the Hue Citadel was the symbol ofRoyal power with high mossy brick walls running more than 10km perimeter held theForbidden City, the living area of Emperors and their family. On arrival at Phu BaiAirport, you will be picked up and transferred to hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hue.Day 11: Hue City Tour [B, L]After the breakfast at the hotel, Cruise along the Perfume River this morning visitingThien Mu Pagoda and the ancient tomb of Minh Mang along the journey. Enjoy aVietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will explore the Citadel withyour guide and learn of its turbulent past and how it has withstood the test of time. VisitDong Ba market and some shopping if you wish. Back to the hotel for ending the day.Overnight in Hue.Day 12: Hue - Hoi An [B, L]Today, you will have an overland drive to Hoi An. The drive takes about 3,5 hour via thespectacular Hai Van pass. Have a short stop at the pass for taking photos and enjoy thepanorama view over the region. Continue the journey with a visit to to Da Nangs ChamMuseum. The Museums first building was opened in 1919, but many Cham sculpturescollected in Da Nang, Quang Nam and elsewhere were brought to the site over thepreceding twenty years.The collection was begun by French archaeologists and experts from Lcole FrancaisedExtrme Orient (EFEO). Some artefacts were sent to Paris and others to the Ha Noi andSai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) museums, but many typical objects were left inTourane (now Da Nang). Check in a hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.Day 13: Hoi An Half-Day City Tour [B, L]www.customvietnamtravel.com 5. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asiantrading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street planreflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce thisunique heritage site.This morning, together with your expert tour guide, you take a half-day tour of the citysancient quarter with old temples, local houses and museums. In the afternoon free onyour own for shopping or relax on the beach. Overnight in hotel.Day 14: My Son Visit [B, L]Honorably recognized as a World Heritage in 1999, My Son Holy Land is captivating invarious cultural values. Therefore, it is extremely useful and meaningful for thoseinterested in Southeast Asian culture, which owes its core to ancient Cham culture, todrop off the land. Although time and the wars have destroyed some towers, the remainingsculptural and architectural remnants still reflect the style and history of the art of theCham people. Their masterpieces mark a glorious time for the architecture and culture ofthe Cham, as well as of Southeast Asia.Start from your hotel, the short drive takes you to the holy land of My Son, walk aroundthe valley to visit the temples which is remarkable with the brick constructions and learnabout the ancient kingdom existed in the area from 2nd to 17th centuries. Drive back toHoi An and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hoi An.Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City [B]Free on your own until the transfer to Da Nang Airport for an-hour flight to Ho Chi MinhCity. Transfer to the downtown of the city. Check in your centrally located hotel and freeat leisure for the remainder of the day. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.Day 16: Cu Chi and Tay Ninh Caodaist Temple [B, L]Drive thru the countryside toward Tay Ninh city, 100 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Onarrival to the head quarter of local Cao Dai religion, you will have a chance to witness thedaily ceremony at Cao Dai Holy See, and meet followers come to attend the ceremonywearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism,Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism. Having lunch at a local restaurant then continue thetrip to Cu Chi, visit the incredible underground tunnel network constructed byVietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight at Ho ChiMinh City.Day 17: Mekong Delta Excursion [B, L]This Mekong Delta trip provides you a look at varieties of the life and scenery on theMekong River itself as well as on the bank of the river. Start the trip by a drive to VinhLong, which on the way is green/yellow rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon.On arrival, you will embark on a boat for cruising on the Mekong River with a passingfloating Cai Be market. Along the river, we have more exploring of the local life, farmerwww.customvietnamtravel.com 6. and handicraft productions. We then access to An Binh Islet for enjoying the verypeaceful atmosphere of countryside. You are invited to enjoy lunch at local House whilelistening to the folk songs of Nam Bo performed by the local family artists. In theafternoon we continue driving toward Can Tho for overnight.Day 18: Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City [B, L]The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. Thisday we take a boat trip exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, which thetrading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, whether it is pumpkins,pineapples, sugar canes. After an impressive boat trip, disembark at Ninh Kieu quay thenvisit an ancient house in Binh Thuy 10 km from Cantho city and Can Tho museum.Lunch at local restaurant on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City via My Tho.Day 19: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City[B]The morning is free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for flight home or carryingon with more Custom Vietnam Travels destinations.INCLUSIVE: Accommodation with daily breakfasts Meals mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner) Expert tour guides Private air-conditioned vehicles Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time Boats in Halong Bay , Cat Ba Island, Tam Coc, Chay River, Perfume River inHue and Mekong River in the South Two bottles of mineral water/person/dayEXCLUSIVE: Insurance of any kind (Compulsory) International flight tickets Visas and airport departure tax Tips and gratuities Meals, drinks and others that not mentioned clearly in the inclusion aboveWHAT TO BRING: Good trekking shoes, Umbrella, Poncho, Sun glasses, Sun cream and mosquitospray School stationery for local kids if you wish For other please refer to the Ultimate packing listwww.customvietnamtravel.com 7. 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