AUTHENTIC VIETNAM SOUTH TO NORTH *OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO SAPA – MOUNTAINS OF NORTH VIETNAM*

Duration

12 days

Location

Overview

Itinerary:  Ho Chi Minh (2 nights - excursion to Mekong Delta) - flight to Danang - Hoi An (2 nights) - Hue (1 night) - flight to Hanoi (4 nights - excursion to Ninh Binh) - Halong Bay (1 night on junk)....👇👇👇

Included/Exclude

  • Hotel
  • Van
  • Domestic flights
  • Visits
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • International flights
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Personal spending
  • Drinks in the meal

Tour Plan

Arrival in Ho Chi Minh, reception by the local English-speaking tour guide and transfer to the hotel in the center of the city. (The rooms are available after 2:00 pm).

Meals at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure by road to the Mekong Delta. On the way, visit a Cao Dai temple, a religion founded in 1920 by the intellectuals of the South. Discovery of a rich and interesting mixture of culture and traditions, a mixture of western and oriental ideas. Continuation to the region of Ben Tre. 

Boarding for a boat ride on one of the 9 branches of the Mekong River. Stops in local workshops and different plantations on shore to understand the importance of the Mekong River in the economy of this region.

Walk in a typical village, to discover the daily life of the inhabitants. Visit their gardens where you can taste local products.

Lunch in a family house with specialties: "elephant ear fish". 

In the afternoon, return to Ho Chi Minh City by road. Visit Chinatown, very commercial and known for its special atmosphere and for the great Binh Tay Market. Walk in the neighborhood with its numerous temples, Chinese shops and traditional medicine pharmacies where essential plants can be found. Finnish with the Thien Hau Temple, known for its ceramic statuettes.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel. 

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, discover on foot of the old  district, where there are colonial buildings. Photo stop in front of the Reunification Palace. Visit the central post office, designed by Gustave Eiffel’s workshop, followed by Notre Dame Cathedral, with red bricks, constructed in 1880. Walk on the ex-Catinat street to the City hall, the Opera House and the historic “Continental” hotel.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Then transfer to Ho Chi Minh Airport to board the flight to Danang City.

After the flight, reception in Danang and transfer by road to your hotel in Hoi An (30km)

Rest of the afternoon free to discover Hoi An on your own.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, discover the ancient town of Hoi An: the Chuc Thanh Pagoda, 1454, the oldest in the city and with typical Vietnamese architecture. Visit an artisan center where we can see the traditional crafts of the city, visit the house of the Fujian Chinese community, discover the history and the architecture of a secular house in the old quarter. Walk through the 800 buildings of historical interest. Visit of the Japanese covered bridge, historical symbol of the city. 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you have free time to enjoy the city on your own. Possibility of going to the beach near the city center.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Start the day with the transfer by road to Ba Na Hills, where the famous Golden Bridge is located. Upon the arrival, you must take a cable car, with amazing views, to reach the photogenic bridge. Free time to discover the themed Ba Na Hills park.

After the visit, descent on the cable car and road to Hue, the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Visit the Thien Mu pagoda that is known for its octagonal shape. Boat trip on the Perfume River at sunset, where you will have the possibility to participate in a lantern ceremony on the river, a good way to discover the local traditions. 

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit the city of Hue. Declared as UNESCO Historical Heritage since 1993, it offers to the visitors a lot of historic sites very well preserved. Visit the citadel, built in the architecture style "Vauban". Discovery of the Imperial city and of the majestic royal palaces, testimonies of the life of the last Vietnamese dynasty, the Nguyen.

Discovery of the magnificent temple of the Nguyen dynasty, to admire the altars of 10 emperors.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport of Hue to board the flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.

After arrival, transfer to the city center. Walk in the surroundings of the Ba Dinh square. Pictures in front of the impressive Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, place of eternal rest of the greatest leader of the Vietnamese people. Visit the One Pillar pagoda, known for its original construction in teak, emerging from water.

Then transfer and check in at the hotel. 

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. 

To start the day, a rickshaw ride in the center of the city allows you to discover the main centers of interest of the Vietnamese capital: the neighborhood of the “36 corporations”, the quarter of the embassies, the surroundings of the lake …

Visit to the temple of Literature, built in the 1070, a symbol of the education in the country, that represents the traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Then, walk through the picturesque colonial district to feel the atmosphere of this old city passing by: The Opera, a magnificent colonial style building built in 1910, a work of art of the architecture.

The Ly Thai To park, and it’s an imposing bronze statue of the Vietnamese king creator of Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem lake, symbol of the city, where you can visit the Ngoc Son temple and the Huc bridge

To finish the day a water puppet show, a traditional Vietnamese art.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel. 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Road to Ninh Binh, also known as the Halong Bay on land, because of its incredible landscapes. Along the route, you will see many villages and various sceneries.

Ride in a flat-bottomed rowing boat, on a small river surrounded by rice fields and karstic mountains, an exceptional natural landscape. 

Lunch in a local restaurant: Roasted goat and puffed rice, a local delicacy.

Walk through the plantations or bike ride in the nearby villages, meeting with the locals.

Visit the temples of Kings Dinh y Le in Hoa Lu, the ancestral capital of Vietnam, surrounded by a picturesque landscape.

In the afternoon, return by road to Hanoi, transfer to your hotel.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Road to Halong Bay through the Red River Delta.

Arrival in Halong, boarding in a traditional junk, where you will navigate through imposing mountains and about 3000 islands and islets emerging from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. 

Welcome drink and installation in your cabin.

The junks are a unique way to discover Halong Bay.  The cabins are equipped with AC, a private bathroom with shower, toilet, and hot water.

Lunch on board, and departure for a fantastic cruise in Halong Bay: undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes in Asia.

Discover one of the most beautiful natural caves.

Small introduction to Vietnamese cuisine on board.

Dinner on board with specialties of the Bay.

Night on the junk, an unforgettable memory.

To finish the day and if weather permits, a night fishing session of squid will be organized.

If weather permits, the sunrise is the best moment to photograph the Halong Bay and also for a Tai Chi lesson on the upper deck with nature.

Breakfast on board.

Continuation of the cruise towards a floating village, discover a different way of life, fish farms, floating houses and community buildings. Each year more and more people move to land seeking for a better life but the culture and traditions are still strong among “the people of the sea”.

Early lunch on board as a "brunch".

Disembarkation and travel by road to the hotel Hanoi.

After checking in at the hotel, free time in the city. 

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Time at leisure for personal activities.

According to the flight schedule, transfer to the airport to take the return flight.

Meals free. Night in the plane.

End of our services.

Breakfast on board. Arrival in your city.

NOTES

  • Extension to add to our programs with departure in Hanoi.
  • Ideal Time of Travel: from March to October, very green and beautiful nature. In Sapa, winter care (December and January): very foggy and cold (minimum 2 degrees), prepare warm clothes.
  • Strengths: Exploring the mountains of northern Vietnam with its stunning landscapes of rice terraces and its numerous minority ethnicities.
  • Suggestion International flight: departure from Hanoi many options (Qatar Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines…)
  • For groups of less than 10 pax, consult us to get corresponding rates
Our hotels
Destination Nights Htl. 4* STANDARD

& Meals standard + superior

Htl. 5* SUPERIOR

& Meals superior

SAPA 2 PISTACHIO (Superior room) 

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SILK PATH GRAND RESORT (Classic Room)

https://sapa.silkpathhotel.com/ 

HANOI 1 REX HANOI (Deluxe room) 

http://rexhanoihotel.com/

The Oriental Jade (Emerald room) 

http://www.theorientaljadehotel.com/

Breakfast at the hotel.

Reception by the English-speaking guide and early departure on the new beautiful road to Lao Cai, a city in the north of Vietnam, on the border with China.

Lunch at a local restaurant on transfer.

Then we continue on our way to Sapa, at the foot of Mount FanSiPan, the highest point in Vietnam.

In Sapa, discover on foot the Muong Hoa Valley, the most beautiful in the region. The road to the Ta Vang village is charming, with the houses of the Black Hmong and Dzay ethnics, the work of the flooded rice terraces and incredible natural landscapes.

Visit of a Dzay family in the village of Ta Van, time for a warm encounter with its local inhabitants.

Return to Sapa at the end of the day.

For those who want it, time for an evening walk to discover the city: the stone church, the market ...

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel. 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Start the day with a walk through beautiful valleys, between mountains and rice paddies, to discover local life in the towns of Ma Tra (Hmong ethnic group) and Ta Phin (Dzao ethnic group), the two majority ethnic groups of the Sapa region (approximately 2 to 4 hours, depending on what the group chooses).

Lunch in a family house in the village.

In the afternoon, continue the walk in the villages and with the visit to a typical house of the minority ethnic groups, there you will have the opportunity to learn more about the life of the ethnic groups of the mountain and share a warm moment with its inhabitants.

Towards the end of the afternoon, transfer back to the hotel in Sapa.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Colorful ethnic minority market in the mountains of Bac HaBreakfast at the hotel.

Visit a weekly market where all ethnicities are present. You can discover the Hmong Flores, the Black Dzao, the Tay, the Black Hmong in their traditional costumes. A colorful, warm show.

Visit to the neighboring villages, where the Hmong, the Phula live… A walk in the villages, mainly populated by the colorful Hmong, in a fascinating valley.

The markets change villages depending on the day of the week: Coc Ly (Tuesday), Can Cau (Saturday) or Bac Ha (Sunday). The visits will be adapted according to the dates of the trip.

Lunch in a restaurant or in a family home, depending on the day.

Transfer to the Sino-Vietnamese border to assist incessant activities of merchants.

Depart for Hanoi through mountainous landscapes. Upon arrival, installation at the hotel in Hanoi.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Time at leisure for personal activities.

According to the flight schedule, transfer to the airport to take the return flight.

Meals free. Night in the plane.

End of our services.

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