Vietnam Explorer Holiday - 21 Days

Start price: $1,328 /person
Duration: 21 Days / 20 Nights
Tour code: AVCT9
Destination: Ho Chi Minh- Da Lat- Nha Trang-Danang-Hoi An- Hue- Hanoi- Sapa-Ninh Binh- Ha Long Bay- Hanoi
Transport: Private car, sharing train cabin, flight, boatStart: Ho Chi Minh
Finish: Ha Noi
Accommodation: 17 nights in hotel, 2 nights on train, 1 night on boat
Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Type: Private tour, depart at any date as you wish
Physical Rate: Moderate

Overview: Vietnam Explorer trip discovers all best destinations in Vietnam from the South to North including: Cu Chi Tunnel, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh city, peaceful Dalat city, Nha Trang beach, ancient Hue and Hoi An city, My Son Holy Land, ethinic minorities in Sapa, rural life in Ninh Binh and boat trip on Ha Long Bay.

Itinerary in brief:Day 01; Arrive Sai Gon
Day 02; Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Day 03; Sai Gon - Me Kong Delta (B,L)
Day 04; Me Kong Delta - Sai Gon (B,L)
Day 05; Sai Gon - Da Lat (B)
Day 06; Da Lat city tour (B)
Day 07; Da Lat- Nha Trang (B)
Day 08; Nha Trang city tour (B)
Day 09; Nha Trang- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
Day 10; Hoi An- My Son (B)
Day 11; Hoi An- Da Nang- Hue (B)
Day 12; Hue city tour (B,L)
Day 13; Hue- Ha Noi (B)
Day 14; Ha Noi city tour - night train to Sapa (B,L)
Day 15; Sapa tribal Village (B, L)
Day 16; Sapa tribal Village (B, L)
Day 17; Sapa- night train to Ha Noi (B)
Day 18; Ha Noi- Ninh Binh (B,L)
Day 19; Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
Day 20; Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi (B,L)
Day 21; Departure (B)



Itinerary in detailsDay 01; Arrive Sai Gon
On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 02; Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
AM: Drive to visit the Cuchi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area.
PM: Takes in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, History Museum. Overnight in Sai Gon.

Day 03; Sai Gon - Me Kong Delta (B,L)
Leave Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast for Vinh Long. Arrive in Cai Be floating market, we will take a boat trip to explore the floating market, one of the most attractions in the Mekong Delta. Continue cruising to Vinh Long the capital of Vinh Long Province. What makes a trip to Vinh Long worthwhile is not the town itself but the beautiful small islands in the river. The islands are totally given to agriculture, especially the growing of tropical fruits, which are shipped to markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Binh Hoa Phuoc Island where one of the fascinating things to be seen are the “monkey bridges”. These are makeshift footbridges built of uneven logs about 30 to 80 cm wide and from 2m to 10m above the canals. For lunch sample the local delicacy, the "Elephant's Ear Fish" on Binh Hoa Phuoc Island. Proceed to Cantho, just over 30km, and a ferry ride away from Vinh Long, the bustling commercial centre of the Mekong Delta. Can Tho is one of the more attractive delta towns but as in the rest of the Mekong Delta the best sights are on the water. Overnight in Cantho.

Day 04; Me Kong Delta - Sai Gon (B,L)
Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cairang markets. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. Afternoon trasnfer back to Sai Gon. Overnight in Sai Gon.

Day 05; Sai Gon - Da Lat (B)
Free leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Da Lat. Transfer to your hotel in Da Lat.
Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 06; Da Lat- city tour (B)
Da Lat is always beautiful and lovely. It is the holly land for the couple for honey moon. The weather here is ideal for all year around. The mountain and the trees make Dalat the land of nature and the architechture here is still unchanged from the French time…From the Dalat city, you can do a tour half day or full day to many places all around.

City tour to visit: Tuyen Lam lake, Truc Lam Zen monastery, Prenn waterfall, Valley of Love, Bao Dai’s SummerPalace, Domain de Marie Church, Lake of Sight, Dalat Historical Village. Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 07; Da Lat- Nha Trang (B)
Transfer to Nha Trang. Along the way we make stopover at the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers. These amazing structures represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 08; Nha Trang city tour (B)
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 the Vietnam Oceanographic Institute to see the whole collection of sea creatures in Nhatrang Bay. After that, you will go to Long Son Pagoda, Catheral or Stone Church built in French colony time, Chong Promontory Rocks and the Po Nagar Temples. The tour ends after the visit to local Dam Market.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 09; Nha Trang- Da Nang- Hoi An (B)
Leisure time until transfer to airport for flight to Da Nang. Visit the Cham Museum containing the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Hoi An at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10; Hoi An- My Son (B)
08.00 am: local guide pick up you at the hotel’s lobby and depart for the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. Once there, visit the Tra Kieu capital which was the former administration center of Champa Kingdom. Discover the majestic ancient ruins at My Son including ancient towers which were built from the fourth century. Back to Hoi an.Afternoon, Walk to the old town, buy entrance tickets and begin the tour. Start visiting the Temple Kwan, Phuc Kien Temple, Tan Ky Ancient House, Phung Hung house, Japanese Bridge and cultural show rooms in Hoi An. After your walking tour If you have free time ,you can do shopping at the old town. Guide will take you back to the hotel.
Overnight in Hoi An. Day 11; Hoi An- Da Nang- Hue (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Hue via Lang Co beach, Hai van pass and Marble Mountains. Hue at leisure. Overnight in Hue.

Day 12; : Hue city tour (B,L)
8 a.m pick up from your hotel in Hue. Visit the Citdel, containing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple city, the Emperor’s private residence. Both were almost totally destroyed during the Tet offensive of 1968. Continue to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Tuduc Royal tomb followed by HoQuyen Coloseum where the tigers were pit against elephant for royal entertainment and Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Overngiht in Hue.

Day 13; Hue- Ha Noi (B)
Free leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Ha Noi.
Ha Noi at leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 14; Ha Noi city tour - night train to Sapa (B,L)
Arrive Ha Noi at about 5.30 a.m. After breakfast, transfer you to hotel to have bath and relax.
8.am: need car: you will have full-day tour of Ha Noi.You will visit the house on-stilts of Ho Chi Minh (this is where our uncle Ho spent the rest of his life) and the One Pillar Pagoda and the Litterature temple, the Museum of Ethnology.
PM: walking and cyclo
After lunch, pay visit to the Hoan Kiem lake with its Ngoc Son Temple. Continue to visit the Old Quarter of Ha Noi by cyclo. Enjoy a kind of traditional Vietnamese stage-art: puppet show.
And transfer to train station for night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.

Day 15; Sapa tribal Village (B, L)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our way up the mountains. Once at Sapa, we will check into hotel , we have a freshen up and breakfast at the hotel. At 10am from the hotel there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sinchai villages home to the Hmong hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Return to Sapa in the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 16; Sapa tribal Village (B, L)
Following breakfast at the hotel we embark on a lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. We continue onto Red Dzao villages and meet with local people and sample their culture.
Overnight in Sapa

Day 17; Sapa- night train to Ha Noi (B)
Free leisure until transfer to train station for night train to Ha Noi. Overnight on train.

Day 18; Ha Noi- Ninh Binh (B,L)
You will arrive Ha Noi at about 6 a.m. After breakfast, drive 2 hours through the northern countryside to Tam Coc. Embark on an open river sampan for a 3 hour cruise along the NgoDong River flowing peacefully between 2 spectacular limestone mountain ranges. Enjoy the wonders of nature. Feel the peace and quiet. And bring along your camera ! After lunch drive along the wonderful route of Vietnam’s “ Inland Ha Long Bay “ through villages, rice fields and impressive limestone mountains. Enter HoaLu, the capital city of Vietnam before 1010 AD, and discover an important piece of the country’s early history in the “ Ancient Capital ". Overnight in Ninh Binh.


Day 19; Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
After breakfast , you will be transferred to Halong Bay, which will take about 3 hours. Arrive Halong bay you will board to cruise around Halong bay and soak in the misty atmosphere of this world heritage site. Halong bay is a breathtaking secluded bay with over 3,000 limestone islands rising from the clear emerald waters of the Bac Bo gulf. It is one of the most magnificent scenic regions in Vietnam and has been referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. The area of about 1500sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes, created over thousands of year by the waves and wind. You will have the opportunity to swim from your boat and explore some caves. You will enjoy a seafood feast for lunch on board. We will continue our excursion around this stunning bay until the sun comes down.
Overnight on boat

Day 20; Ha Long Bay- Ha Noi (B,L)
We have a whole morning on boat exploring the amazing limestone backdrops. We are treated to a seafood lunch before drive transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 21; Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for international flight to your home. End of tour.

Caption : B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner

We only choose standard 3 star hotels or boutique hotels that are clean, comfortable, located in a good location that provides good services and friendly staffs for our clients. All of our chosen hotels have good reviews and feedbacks from our previous clients and other famous travel forum such as: trip advisor, lonely planet, etc.

Ho Chi Minh: Most of what you'll do in Saigon as a traveller will be in and around District 1, so we will choose the hotels in this area. You can easy access to almost popular attractions within Ho Chi Minh City like Ben Thanh Market, Independent/Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and City Opera House.
We will choose optional available hotels below:
Catina Saigon Hotel
Family Inn Saigon Hotel
Sanouva Hotel
Elios Hotel

Can Tho: Our chosen hotels are located at the heart of Can Tho City.
Nambo Boutique Hotel
Kim Tho Hotel
Sai Gon Can Tho Hotel

Da Lat: We will choose optional available hotels below:
Fortune Hotel ( Dai Loi hotel)
Golf 3 Da Lat Hotel
La Sapinette Hotel

Nha Trang: We will choose optional available hotels below:
Green Hotel
Starlet Hotel
Nha Trang beach Hotel
Prime Hotel
Asia Paradise Hotel

Hoi An: You can choose the hotel which is located in the heart of beautiful Hoi An, Old Quarter or choose hotel near the beach. With a short 5 kilometre ride between them, you’re never too far away from either but your location will definitely change the atmospherics of your Hoi An stay. In this tour, we will choose the hotels in the old quarter. Please let me know if you want to stay in the hotel near beach.
Ha An hotel
Vinh Hung hotel
Thuy Duong 3 Hotel

Hue: Our hotels have good location and walking distance to Perfume River, shopping district, art galleries, and entertainment center and offer convenient access to major tourist attractions. We will choose optional available hotels below:
Holiday Diamond Hotel
Asia Hotel
Hue Serena Palace Hotel
Orchid Hotel
Moonlight Hue Hotel

Hanoi: We would like to use the hotels located in the center of Hanoi's Old Quarter so that it is convenient for you to walk around and do your shopping. It is also located near major attractions such as Dong Xuan Market, Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, etc. We will choose optional available hotels below:
Hanoi Serena Hotel
Hanoi Essence hotel
Hanoi Elegance Hotel
Hanoi Authentic Hotel
La Dolce Vita Hotel

Sapa: We choose good location hotels with great view, friendly staffs and good services. We will choose optional available hotels below:
+ Sapa Bamboo Hotel
+ Hmong Sapa Hotel
+ Holiday Sapa Hotel
+ Sapa unique Hotel
+ Sapa Paradise View Hotel
+ Sapa Panorama Hotel

Ninh Binh: We will choose optional available hotels below:
Hoang Son Peace Hotel
Square hotel
The Long hotel
Thuy Anh hotel

The sample quote is for 3* hotel standards. If you have any special requests or want to change the hotel category, pleasecontact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.

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