Tour of Vietnam Highlighting the Culture, Cuisine & Scenery 16 days
A unique 16-Day Tour of Vietnam highlighting the Culture, Cuisine & Scenery of this fascinating country including a journey on the Luxurious Victoria Express from the Bustling City of Hanoi to the mountainous splendor of Sapa.
Travel along the length of Vietnam and get fascinated by its natural opulence and cultural splendor. The country has a diverse assortment of treasures to mesmerize you in its North, Central and Southern regions. Hanoi is more of a traditional city, preserving its age-old traditions and history from the banks of the Red River to the Gulf of Tonkin. Navigate through the karst landscape of Halong Bay and cherish the ultra-luxurious experience on the 5-star Emperor Cruises. Further north awaits you with sprawling green terraced rice fields of mountainous Sapa. The majesty of North Vietnam is excellently complemented by the ancient imperial heritage of Hue and colonial beauty of Hoi An in Central Vietnam. The southern part of the country reflects a contrasting aura with utter liveliness and modernism along with its war-torn memories.
Experience the culture, scenery, and flavors of Vietnam in this immersive tour.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transportation
- Accommodation shared in a double room with daily breakfast
- All domestic flights
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets
- Tissues and water on coach
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter
- Services charges and government tax
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flights & departure taxes if any
- Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
- Other services not mentioned above
Day 01: Arrive Hanoi (B/D)
You will arrive at Hanoi Noi Bai Airport and transfer to the Sofitel Plaza Hotel. You will have afternoon free time, followed by dinner at the Emperor restaurant, which is set in a beautifully restored French Colonial Villa where the chefs serve up Southern Vietnamese specialties. There will be a traditional folk show included with dinner.
Day 02: Hanoi - Sapa (B/L/D)
You will have free time in the morning and then lunch at the Le Tonkin restaurant , which specializes in preparing authentic Northern Vietnamese Cuisine. In the evening, you will transfer to the Victoria Express train for an overnight journey to Lao Cai! Dinner will be served on the train.
Day 03: Arrive Lao Cai - Sapa (B)
The train arrives at Lao Cai train station at approximately 6:00 a.m. and there will be a vehicle waiting to transfer you to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km, but it takes around 1.5 hours.
Once at Sapa, you will check in to your hotel (early check-in subject to availability). You will have breakfast at the hotel restaurant then enjoy a free morning to explore around town. In the afternoon there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong hill tribe minority peoples. As you walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, you will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here you will have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. You will stay overnight in Sapa.
Day 04: Sapa (B)
Following breakfast, you will explore the Sapa Sunday market and then set out on a 3-4 hour trek that will take you along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H'mong and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the way to Ta Van village. You will stay overnight in Sapa
Day 05: Sapa - Hanoi (B)
Day 06: Hanoi (B/L)
You will have a tour of local food market, led by a renowned chef, followed by cooking class! You will then have a private city tour in the afternoon and an overnight stay.
Day 07: Hanoi - Halong Bay-Hanoi (B)
In the morning you will drive to Halong Bay City, approximately 3 hours away. Once at Halong Bay City you are welcomed on board for a four hour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As you are cruising, the boat crew will serve you a sumptuous local seafood lunch. After a 4 hour navigation you will sail back to harbor and rejoin your car and head back to your hotel in Hanoi for an overnight Stay.
Day 08: Hanoi - Hoi An (B/D)
You will fly to Hoi An and stay 3 nights at The Nam Hai. The first day will be before dinner at the famous White Lantern restaurant for a five-course meal featuring Hoi An's unique cuisine.
Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre in the 17th and 18th century and many of the original buildings remain. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the ancient town centre, including the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the colorful local market area of this unique UNESCO-designated World Heritage city.
Day 09: Hoi An (B/D)
You will have a morning cycle tour through the paddy fields down to the nearby beaches. Next there will be free time in the afternoon before an evening dinner at Tam Tam restaurant, situated in an old colonial villa and run by a French expatriate. It provides a great combination of food, wine and people watching.
Day 10: Hoi An (B)
You have free time for the entire day.
Day 11: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B)
You will transfer to Hoi An Airport for a flight to Nha Trang and 3 nights at the Evason Hideaway Resort. The afternoon and evening are free.
Day 12: Nha Trang (B/L)
You will have a full day boat trip, including a BBQ lunch and snorkeling in Nha Trang Bay.
Day 13: Nha Trang (B)
The morning is free, followed by a private tour of Nha Trang, including a visit to the 9th century Cham Towers and 14-meter high Buddha statue.
Day 14: Nha trang - HCMC (B/D)
You will transfer and flight to HCMC for two nights at the Park Hyatt Hotel. In the afternoon, you will have a private city tour by cyclo. Followed by dinner at Vietnam House restaurant. The cuisine of the south uses many herbs and spices and has been influenced by Cambodia, Thailand and India, among others. Curries using coconut milk are an example of this influence. The south also has a wide selection of tropical fruits and vegetables that are not readily available in the cooler north.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City (B)
This morning you will drive to the Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy-see Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye ( the official symbol of Cao Daism). Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. You will have time to witness the midday service, then have lunch before a drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels.
Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War. You will stay overnight in HCMC .
Day 16: Depart Vietnam (B)
Today is departure day and time to bid your guide farewell. There will be a transfer waiting to take you from the hotel to the airport for your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey home and we know you will take away many wonderful memories of the sights and tastes you have savored.
"Cam on va chao tam biet" - Thank you for traveling with us and see you again!
|Cities||Hotels List||Room Type|
|Luxury Category / Luxury 5-star hotel|
|Hanoi||Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi||Grand Luxury|
|Halong Bay||Emperor Cruises||State Suite Room|
|Sapa||Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa||Deluxe|
|Sapa Train||Victoria Express train||Superior 4-berth sharing cabin|
|Hoi An||The Nam Hai resort||One bedroom villa|
|Nha Trang||Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay||Beach Pool villa|
|Ho Chi Minh||Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel||Park room|