Day 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
Pick up at Noi Bai Airport and transfer to hotel. At leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: HANOI – CITY TOUR
Breakfast at hotel. Fullday city tour: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, HCM Stilt house, One Pillar pagoda, Literature temple, Ngoc Son temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, History museum, Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY – CATBA
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Halong quay for cruise through thousands of Karstic and limestone rock formations. Discover Thien Cung and Dau Go caves and a panoramic view. Continue to Cat Ba. Arrival Catba check in hotel. At leisure. Overnight in Catba.
Day 4: CATBA ISLAND
Breakfast at hotel. The primeval forest and the tranquil town make Cat Ba Island one of Vietnam’s delightful places. We spend a halfday cycling in Cat Ba, visting Cat Ba National Park , the central market and the fishing port. The reminder of today is free to relax on a beach. Overnight in Catba.
Day 5: CATBA - HAI PHONG - HANOI
Breakfast at hotel. Today we depart cycling from Catba to Hai Phong. We will go through small local villages, rice paddies… We will stop at Hai Phong and drive bus back to Hanoi. Transfer to Railway station for night train to Sapa. The train leaves at 21h30 from Hanoi railway station. Overnight in train.
Day 6: ARRIVAL IN LAO CAI - SAPA
Arrive Laocai station around 6am there will be a transfer to Sapa, situated at an altitude of 1,600 meters and 33 km from Lao Cai. It's a beautiful, scenic drive as we wind our way towards Sapa. After we have checked into our hotel and had breakfast we will embark on a soft walk to visit Catcat village to take in stunning scenery that this region has to offer. As we walk to the village nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. These minority people walk to Sapa to trade at the markets. Sapa market is always an exciting place as several different ethnic minorities congregate here. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 7: SAPA - TAVAN VILLAGE – BANHO VILLAGES
Breakfast at hotel. Today we will have pleasant trek into the scenic rice field and mountains of Sapa , there will be ample opportunity to meet with our friendly people. We walk to Laochai and Tavan village From here we pass through several H'mong villages perched on distant hill, and are sure to attract attention as this part of the country receive very few visitors. We will arrive at Ban Ho village, Tay minority people by later afternoon . We will have time to walk around this charming little village, enabling us to understand a little more about how the people live. The village is home to the Tay people and tonight we will be their guests in one of their traditional stilt houses. There we will be toasted as honored guests and will be able to sample some of their homemade rice wine !
Day 8: SAPA - SINCHAI VILLAGES
Breakfast at hotel. We embark on our five to six-hour trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you will meet. We cross the river and passing by Nam Tong villages, Red Dzao people. Lunch in Nam Cang village – Phula ( Xa Pho ) minority people, then hike through Thanh Phu, Tay minority people to Sinchai Red Dzao people for home stay. Tonight the accommodation is just rustic but the experience is enriching.
Day 9: SAPA - SUPAN VILLAGE
Breakfast at hotel. We walk uphill toward Supan, red Dzao villages. As we walk to the village nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. These minority people walk to Sapa to trade at the markets. Sapa market is always an exciting place as several, different ethnic minorities congregate here. As well as the H’mong you will also see the Dao (pronounced Zao). Dao women are particularly striking as they wear a large red turban often covered with old coins or jewelry. We meet our awaiting jeep for the drive to Sapa. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 10: SAPA – BAC HA MARKET – NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Bacha. Bacha ‘s considered one of the most wonderful and colorful markets in extreme north Vietnam where thousands of local people in their traditional attires busily buy and sell the local produces. Dog, cat, pig, horse... are all on sales. This is golden opportunity to take best shots! Afternoon we leave for Cocly, where we visit the limestone cave before we board our sampan for a couple of hour cruise along the wild river. Our awaiting van at the dock will pick you up and transfer to Laocai for overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 11: HANOI
Arrival Hanoi pick up and drop off at the old quarter for leisure and shopping. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: HANOI – HUE
Breakfast at hotel. Morning flight to Hue. City tour in Hue: Imperial Citadel (Forbidden City), tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, local market. Cruise on Perfume river to Thien Mu pagoda. Overnight in Hue.
Day 13: HUE – DANANG - HOIAN
Breakfast at hotel. Take a very scenic trip to Danang across the Hai Van Pass - " Pass of the clouds". through the Truong Son Mountain Range that juts into the South China Sea. The mountainous stretch of the highway offers spectacular views. Arrival Danang, take a visit of Cham Museum and the Marble Mountains. Then go to visit the charming and historic city of Hoi An. Known as one of South-East Asia’s major international ports of call for Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and other trading vessels with name of Faifo. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 14: HOI AN – DANANG – NHA TRANG
Breakfast at hotel. Halfday visit Hoi An with the ancient houses, Japanese Covered Temple Bridge, Phuc Kien Temple, and Hoi An market. Flight to Nha Trang. Arrival transfer to hotel. At leisure. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 15: NHA TRANG
Breakfast at hotel. City tour in Nha Trang for visits of Ponagar Cham Towers, Hon Chong Promontory, Oceanographic Institute, Long Son pagoda. Excursion by boat to Lang Chai – fishing village. At leisure. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 16: NHA TRANG - DALAT
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Dalat. Stop on the way for a visit of Cham tower. Arrival check in hotel. At leisure. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 17: DALAT
Breakfast at hotel. City tour in Da lat with Xuan Huong lake, Linh Son pagoda, Flower gardens, Bao Dai Summer Palace, Valley of Love, Dalat Cathedral, Prenn and Datala Waterfall, Dalat market. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 18: DALAT - PHAN THIET
Breakfast at hotel. Morning go to Phan Thiet. Stop on the way to visit Cham towers. Arrival Phan Thiet, check in hotel. At leisure for swimming and sunbathing. Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Day 19: PHAN THIET
Breakfast at hotel. Morning at leisure for swimming or sunbathing. Afternoon city tour around Phan thiet with fishing villages, Phan Thiet market, Posanu Cham tower, Sand dunes. Back to hotel. Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Day 20: PHAN THIET
Breakfast at hotel. At leisure for swimming and sunbathing. Overnight in Phan Thiet.
Day 21: PHAN THIET - HCMC
Breakfast at hotel. Drive back to HCMC. Day at leisure. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 22: HCMC – CITY TOUR
Breakfast at hotel. Fullday city tour: Notre Dame Church, Central Post Office, War Crimes Museum, City Hall, Central theatre, Reunification Palace, China Town, Cho Lon market, Giac Lam pagoda, Thien Hau temple. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 23: HCMC – Cu Chi Tunnels
Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to visit Cuchi tunnels and then back to HCMC at leisure for shopping. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 24: HCMC – CAO LANH - CHAU DOC (Mekong River)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to CaoLanh, take a boat trip to visit XeoQuit Former VC Base (mangrove, cajeput jungles). Continue to Sa Dec to see bonsai garden. Drive to Chau Doc for the night, via Thotnot stork sanctuary. Overnight in Chau Doc.
Day 25: CHAU DOC - CANTHO
Breakfast at hotel. Boat cruise on Mekong river to the floating houses (fish feeding rafts), Cham minority village & Moslem Mosque. Then visit The Temple of Lady ChuaXu, see the scenery of Vietnam-Cambodia border from the top of Sam Mountain (30' walking up). Drive to Cantho for the overnight.
Day 26: CANTHO - HCMC
Breakfast at hotel. Boat cruise along the Mekong to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to see the daily life of the local people, visit Cairang & Phong Dien floating markets and fruit orchards. Back to HCMC. Overnight in Hochiminh city.
Day 27: HCMC - DAY AT LEISURE
Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure for shopping in HCMC. Overnight in HCMC.
Day 28: HCMC - DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Free until transfer to airport for departure. End of services.