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Trip Code

CVT102

Vietnam Panorama

Trip Duration

16 Days/ 15 Nights

Trip Overview

This sample Vietnam Tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Day 2: City Tour Of Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Bac Ha

Day 4: Bac Ha Market - Drive To Sapa

Day 5: Sapa - Hanoi

Day 6: Ninh Binh Boat & Bike

Day 7: Ninh Binh -  Bac Ninh

Day 8: Bac Ninh - Halong Bay

Day 9: Halong Bay - Fly To Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An Free Day

Day 11: Cam Kim Island Cycling

Day 12: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Day 13: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple

Day 14: Saigon - Mekong Delta

Day 15: Mekong Delta - Saigon

Day 16: Departure From Saigon

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CVT102

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Vietnam!

Upon arrival to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel in the downtown. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Meals: No

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre.

In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Start the city tour with Ba Dinh Square, including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view of the presidential palace, Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts, One Pillar PagodaTemple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. Set menu lunch at a restaurant in the city.

In the afternoon, Hoa Lo Prison (A add-on if you are interested in); Ethnology Museum (about Vietnamese ethnic minorities) with water puppet show. An interesting walk along the train tracks through a part of the city residence.

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR​

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

In the morning: Departure from Hanoi at 8:00 a.m. after breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bac Ha by your private car approx. 5 hours. Lunch is served at a local restaurant on the way.

In the afternoon: Get transferred to Ban Pho village of the Flower H’mong people to start one-hour trek to visit the villages and view the rural countryside with terraced fields. Check into at a standard hotel. Dinner and stay overnight in Bac Ha.

DAY 3: HANOI - BAC HA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Ha Town (Homestay option is available for the night)

In the morning: As usual, enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Go to visit a hill tribe market in the area. Depends on your schedule, there are some markets available for you to pick: (Sunday: Bac Ha market; Tuesday: Coc Ly market; Saturday: Can Cau market). Here you will see some ethnic minority groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Yao, Tay, Nung…etc. The market offers a variety of local products includes colorful embroidery, handicrafts and all types of daily necessary stuffs. Here also available animal market where people sell and buy or barter animal such as dogs, pot-bellied pigs, cows, buffaloes and so on.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon: Take 3-hour drive to Sapa town with a quick stop at the border gate between Vietnam and China to view China and taking photos if you wish. Check in the hotel and relax. Overnight in Sapa.

DAY 4: BAC HA - SAPA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa town

In the morning: Breakfast at the hotel. At 8:30, you get picked and transferred by the car to a trekking point to Y Ling Ho Village, Muong Hoa Valley. Muong Hoa is the biggest valley in Sapa region and bottomed by a rocky river. This is a less-traveled path if you start earlier than other visitors. To start, you trek downhill the valley, the scenery of the rice terraces along your way is very beautiful and could be the highlight of the day. Cross the river on a small suspension bridge and continue the trek uphill. This is rather challenging when it is wet but definitely offers you spectacular view over the valley. Finish your morning scenic trek at Lao Chai Village where your private vehicle awaits you.

Get back the town for lunch

In the afternoon: Drive to Hanoi (approx. 5 hours). Check into your hotel in Hanoi again. Dinner on your own account.

DAY 5: SAPA - HANOI

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

In the morning: Depart from Hanoi early this morning and drive overland to Ninh Binh province, a beautiful and rustic countryside. Upon arrival, take 2 hour boat rowing at Tam Coc. This area is famous for its wonderful landscape of karst formations. The scenery along the gentle row is stunning and it is deserved to be the highlight activities of the day. Back to the dock and move to a local restaurant for a Vietnamese lunch.

In the afternoon: Continue on the sightseeing to the surroundings by bicycles. Stop to visit a pagoda or temple on the ride. About 4:00 p.m. transfer to the hotel for check-in. Refresh and relax for the remainder of the day. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.

DAY  6: NINH BINH KARST LANDSCAPE

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh

In the morning: Breakfast is served at the hotel as usual. Transfer by car to Hang Mua area. where you'll embark on a hike up to Ngoa Long mountain. There are about 500 steps to go for the summit of this limestone mountain. (At the hot humid day, it is not recommended for the seniors or those with high blood pleasure). The panoramic view from the top is worth your hard-work! Get back down and continue on with a gentle walk on the ground of rice fields, villages and ponds of lotus. This walk is very scenic through the rural land.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, drive to Bac Ninh province, the drive takes about 3,5 hours. Phu Lang Glazed Terra-cotta village is your destination today. The visit absolutely amazes you while walking to visit some family-owned workshops. Learning the local techniques of producing different types of ceramics. Transfer to a home-stay, relax and enjoy the dinner with the family.

DAY 7: NINH BINH HIKE & CERAMIC VILLAGE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay in Bac Ninh

Halong Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk.

In the morning: Breakfast at the home-stay. Bid farewell to the host family afterward. 09:00 - Take the morning drive to the Halong pier.

In the afternoon:​ 12:15 - Board your boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard. Some interesting activities are available include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck. Overnight at a en-suite cabin on boat.

DAY 8: BAC NINH - HALONG BAY

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on a boat

In the morning: Wake up early in the morning for sunrise and a view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Join a taichi class (availability depends on the certain boat you take) Further scenic cruise to other parts of the bay with a limestone cave visit. An early lunch is served on the way back to the pier. Disembarkation by noon time.

In the afternoon: Take the return drive toward Hanoi and to the airport for catching an early evening flight to Danang for Hoi An ancient city in the center of Vietnam. Get picked up by the regional tour guide and driver. Transfer to Hoi An, check into your hotel and stay overnight.

DAY 9: HALONG BAY - HANOI & FLY TO DANANG

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Hoi An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shop houses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings. This is also known as the silk paradise with a lot of tailor-made shops for cloths and shoes. The town is about 7 km from Cua Dai Beach.

In the morning: Just take it easy and relax at your hotel or do shopping in town if you wish.

In the afternoon: Embark on a walking tour to visit feature sites of Hoi An Old Quarter: Hoi An wet market; Japanese Covered Bridge; Phuoc Kien, a Chinese Assembly; Tan Ky ancient house; Watch the art of handicraft making at a Hoi An workshop.

DAY 10: HALF DAY WALKING TOUR

Meals:  Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your cycling tour at 8:30 from the hotel. The destination is Cam Kim island. It is a beautiful rural area, with a lot of vegetation, little temples and nice rice fields. Along the ride you will have chances to get some local interactions such as visiting local families and watch the traditional works of making noodle, home-made rice wine, weaving sleeping mats. Enjoy a soft lunch with traditional noodle soup. Ride back to the hotel in the early afternoon and relax for the rest of your day. Stay one more night in Hoi An.

DAY 11: HOI AN RURAL BIKE

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

In the morning: Breakfast at the hotel. Get transferred to Danang airport to catch the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon. Upon arrival, you will be met and greeted by another local guide for the rest of your trip. Transfer to the downtown for hotel check-in. The lunch today is at a restaurant in town. In the afternoon: Take a city tour with your tour guide. The city's featured sites to visit included: Notre Dame Cathedral; The colonial Post Office, renowned for its architecture; Reunification Palace; War Remnants Museum to learn more of Vietnam’s turbulent past. End your day with a stroll around Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Saigon

DAY 12: FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

In the morning: Breakfast at the hotel 8:00 a.m - Drive out of the bustling city for Cu Chi District Locates approximately 70 km northwest of Saigon. This is a beautiful green land with fruit gardens, rice paddies and plantations. Cu Chi Tunnels are like a spider web in the soil of Cu Chi District. It consists of more than 200 km of narrow underground tunnels that connecting half or total covered hideouts, shelters, fighting bunkers, hospital, school, living rooms and so on… All was built and used by Viet Cong for resistance against their enemy during the French and American war.

After touring Cu Chi, make your way for approximately 1hr to Tay Ninh, to the Cao Dai Temple. Upon arrival around noon, you will watch part of a Cao Dai service, with an explanation of this interesting religion.

In the afternoon: Have lunch in a local restaurant. Drive back to Saigon (Approx. 3 hrs.). Overnight in Saigon.

DAY 13: CU CHI TUNNELS AND CAO DAI TEMPLE

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

hTe ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the delta is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens. It's a water world that moves to the rhythms of the mighty Mekong, where boats, houses and markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that criss-cross the landscape like arteries.

In the morning: 08:00 - Depart from the hotel and drive southward to Mekong Delta. The drive takes nearly 2.5 hours. Upon arrival in Ben Tre, embark on a motorized boat trip along the scenic Ben Tre River, viewing various local industries along the way. Have some stops to visit local workshops: making bricks by the kilns; Making coconut candy; Sleeping straw mats. Take a motor cart passing fruit and vegetable fields Ride a short sampan boat on a small creek of water-coconut trees. Lunch at a garden restaurant.

In the afternoon: Drive to Can Tho City which is considered as the capital of the Delta. Check in your hotel for staying overnight.

DAY 14: SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho City

Have you heard about A Floating Market in Mekong? The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day is when you can feast your eyes on many interesting things on the water at Cai Rang Floating Market.

In the morning: Have breakfast at your hotel and check out. 08:00 - Get to Ninh Kieu quay where you board a motorized boat to meandering through the market. Followed by a short ride to Ba Cong village to pay a visit to a family who specializes in making rice paper and noodle. Cruise back to the quay and make your way back to HCMC. Lunch is served on the way.

In the afternoon: Drive back to Saigon for the last night in Vietnam.

DAY 15: MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Today is your last day of the trip in Ho Chi Minh City. You are free at leisure or go to do some last shopping before getting picked up and take the private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

End of service.

DAY 16: DEPARTURE FROM HO CHI MINH CITY

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation based on double basis with daily breakfast at mentioned hotels or similar ones upon availability

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary each day

  • Private English Speaking tour guides in each city of visit

  • Private air conditioned vehicle transfers per itinerary

  • Entrance tickets at indicated sites

  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Cyclo riding in Hanoi

  • Bikes with helmets in Hoi An & Ninh Binh

  • All operation service charge and government tax

  • Bottled water on the vehicle

EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Any international flights

  • Domestic flight tickets (quote separately)

  • Banking fee (if any)

  • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part

  • Visa arrangement

 
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