Tour code: KVI 06  private travel with english speaking guide

 

Hanoi - vietnam absolute Sapa minorities - Vietnam absolute Halong Vietnam travel Mui Ne
 
vietnam-absoluteBeginning in Hanoi, our comprehensive Vietnam tour takes in the local environs and surrounding districts before traveling to Sapa in the mountainous north to meet and interact with the colourful ethnic tribes of the region, after which you will board a luxury junk for a cruise on Heritage Listed Halong Bay. Flying to Hue, you will then discover the ancient cultural capital of the country and the ancient port township of Hoi An, before an extensive journey through the central highland region of the country, culminating in some beach time, before you head for Saigon and the Mekong Delta Region. Vietnam’s stunning scenery and wondrous panoramas are on display throughout this extensive Vietnam tours.
 
Highlights
  • Discover Hanoi’s secrets, including a cyclo ride through the maze of streets that are the Old Quarter and a traditional water-puppet show.                                                                        
  • Explore “Halong Bay in the ricefields” by row-boat, a beautiful setting where limestone peaks rise from the surrounding verdant rice-fields.
  • Spend 2 days in the northern mountainous region, enjoying unforgettable encounters with the minority groups, both in villages and at colourful and vibrant markets.
  • Hike in incredible landscapes of rice terraces and bamboo forests in the heart of the North.
  • Enjoy a cruise on Halong Bay, a Unesco World Heritage since 1994, including a night onboard
  • Enjoy exploring the Imperial City of Hue, the old capital, that is Heritage Listed by Unesco
  • Cruise on the Perfume River, by sampan, to the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady
  • Visit Hoi An, full of charm and culture, and Heritage listed by Unesco for its architectural buildings, fine craftsmanship, and its ancient shops
  • Journey to My Son to visit the archaeological site of the ancient Cham era city, heavily influenced by Hindu and Buddhist styles
  • Explore the life in highland area
  • Enjoy the day as “free time” on the beach of Muine at your leisure
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the sites of Ho Chi Minh City and surrounds
  • Immerse yourself in the colour and atmosphere of the lively floating markets of the Delta region
 
 

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We have designed the itinerary to give you a taste of what is achievable.
We will tailor your journey to suit your needs and budget.
Infinite adjustments can be made, including accommodation and day trips.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival


Hanoi - Arrival Voyage Vietnam

  • Met and welcomed by your guide upon arrival
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Enjoy a traditional cyclo ride of exploration through the busy streets of the ‘Old Quarter’
  • Enjoy a water-puppet show, a traditional and ancient art form, unique to Vietnam.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner with the director of Hanoi Voyages
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi including breakfast.

Day 2: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc


Halong on land - Vietnam absolute 21 days

  • Head north to Hoa Lu, the site of the country’s first capital (years968-1009)
  • Visit the temples of Dinh Tien Hoang (restored in the 17th century) and Le Dai Hanh
  • Head for Tam Coc town, known as ‘Halong Bay in the rice fields
  • Have lunch in Tam Coc town
  • Board small sampan and traverse the Ngo Dong River through the rice fields
  • Enter three sacred caves, the Tam Coc Caves
  • Return to Hanoi in the afternoon
  • Transfer to the Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Sapa
  • Overnight on train.

 

Day 3: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van


Sapa - Vietnam absolute

  • Arrive at Lao Cai Train Station very early in the morning
  • Refresh in a provided bathroom and have breakfast
  • Head to Sapa for a day of hiking to meet ethnic minorities in their homelands, in the heart of rice fields
  • Visit the village of Y Linh Ho in Muong Hoa valley
  • Trek for about 6 kms through landscapes of terraced rice fields to Lao Chai village, home of the Black H'mong minority group.
  • Meet people proudly dressed in their distinct identifying costumes
  • Walk a distance of 2 km to the Ta Van Giay village inhabited by other ethnic groups
  • Transfer back to Sapa
  • Overnight at hotel in Sapa, breakfast included.
 

Day 4: Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Ham Rong - Train - Hanoi


Sapa - Vietnam absolute

  • Commence the day with a hike to the Ma Tra village of  Black H’mong, along narrow trails, through pine forests, and wonderful gardens
  • Trek to Ta Phin village, home to the Red Dzao ethnic minority group
  • Trek for 1 km to a large cave called Ti O Cam, under a mountain.
  • Journey back to Lao Cai passing many tea plantations and small villages
  • In the evening take a night journey to Hanoi
  • Overnight on train

 

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong bay - Cruise and night on board


Halong voyage vietnam

  • Travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay with tour guide
  • Halong Bay, with its 1969 islands, is set in beautiful turquoise waters and was recognized for its natural beauty by UNESCO in 1994, and classified as a World Heritage Site.
  • Receive a welcome drink on boarding
  • Install in private cabins
  • Start your cruise while enjoying lunch.
  • Lunch is served from a delicious seafood menu while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Admire the beautiful landscapes
  • Visit the mysterious  Canh Thien cave
  • Relax on the island beach and enjoy swimming
  • Kayak for 1 hour
  • Dinner is served outdoors, (weather permitting), or in the indoor dining room
  • Overnight on board

 

Day 6: Halong - Cruise - hanoi


Dragon-Pearl-Junk voyage Vietnam

  • Enjoy a journey through the Vung Vieng fishing village
  • Discover the floating houses and the lifestyle of its population, who live permanently  on the water, and visit a floating school
  • Lunch on board the junk will close this beautiful cruise
  • Disembark from the junk
  • Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi including breakfast.

 

 

Day 7: Hanoi - City tour


One pillar pagoda - Vietnam absolute

  • This city tour gives a glimpse and an introduction to the history and highlights of the nation’s capital, and includes:
  • Visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to see the embalmed body of the nation’s hero
  • Visit the One Pillar Pagoda
  • Visit the Temple of Literature
  • Discover the Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest in Vietnam
  • Enjoy a lunch of the specialties of Hanoi
  • Visit the Ethnology Museum, one if the finest museums in the country
  • Enjoy some free time to stroll through the Dong Xuan market
  • Transfer by private car to the airport for a flight to Hue
  • Met and welcomed by your guide upon arrival
  • Transfer to your hotel in Hue
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hue including breakfast.


Day 8: Hue


Imperial city - Hue - Vietnam absolute

  • Hue is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its ancient relics, historical monuments, local culture and well preserved architecture:
  • Visit the Imperial Palace, where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945
  • Enjoy a cruise on the gentle Perfume River
  • Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda on the river bank
  • Visit a conical hat and incense-stick making village and the Dong Ba Market
  • See Khai Dinh’s tomb
  • Enjoy a lunch of Hue’s unique, spicy cuisine
  • Take a cyclo ride through shady lane-ways and past many historical sites
  • Overnight in a hotel in Hue, including breakfast.

 

Day 9: Hue - Hoian


lanterns - hoian - Vietnam absolute

  • Travel from Hue to Hoian via the Hai Van Pass.
  • Visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang on the way.
  • Discover the five Marble Mountains, each named after a component of the planet; Fire, Wood. Iron Water and Earth
  • Enjoy a delightful stroll around the ancient town, and discover the reasons why UNESCO bestowed World Heritage rating on the town.
  • See the 400yr old covered Japanese Bridge, temples, pagodas, museums and other architectural monuments
  • Overnight in a hotel in Hoian including breakfast.

 

Day 10: Hoian - My Son


My Son - Vietnam absolute

  • My Son is a World Heritage of Humanity recognized by UNESCO in 1999.
  • Travel to My Son, the ancient capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, including Tra Kieu (the Lion Citadel)
  • Watch some talented Khmer dancers, telling stories through dance
  • Take a relaxing boat cruise to visit the pottery villages of Thanh Ha and Kim Bong, to see the artisans at work
  • Overnight at a hotel in Hoian, including breakfast.

 

 

 

Day 11: Hoian - Komtum


Hre minority Vietnam absolute

  • Pick up is from your hotel at 8am
  • Depart to Kon Tum in the Central Highlands
  • Visit the 11th century Chien Dan Cham towers
  • Visit a minority peoples village of the H’Re Tribe
  • Visit the ethnic minority village of Sedra, in Kondu and meet the inhabitants
  • Overnight at a hotel in Kon Tum, including breakfast.

 

 

Day 12: Komtum - Buon Me Thuat


Jarai-peoples Vietnam absolute

  • Depart to Buon Ma Thuot through the Ta Grong Pass
  • See the striking contrast between the vivid green of the coffee plantations and the red laterite stone of the district
  • Visit the Jarai peoples’ village of Yachim near Yaly Lake
  • Discover their amazing funereal art
  • Overnight at a hotel in Buon Ma Thuot, including breakfast.

 

 

 

Day 13: Buon Me Thuat - Lac Lake


Lac lake Vietnam absolute

  • Depart along the scenic Highway 27 to Lak Lake
  • Stop at Jun Village
  • Enjoy an elephant ride and cross Lak Lake to Mlieng village, home to the M’nong and Ede Minorities
  • Walk through the village and see their traditional long houses
  • Cross back to the other side of the river in  dugout canoe
  • Overnight at a resort in Lak Lake, including breakfast.

 

 

Day 14: Lak Lake - Dalat 


Dalat Vietnam absolute

  • Drive to Dalat
  • Dalat is nicknamed "the city of eternal spring" because of its pleasant climate and beautiful environment of lakes, waterfalls and forests!
  • Visit the Love Valley
  • Visit the Xuan Huong Lake
  • Visit a Chinese pagoda
  • Visit the Flower Garden
  • Visit the Prenn Waterfall
  • Overnight in a hotel in Dalat including breakfast.

 

Day 15: Dalat - Muine


Muine Vietnam absolute

  • Transfer by private car to Phan Thiet, a small harbor town that thrives on fishing and is renowned for the production of fish sauce
  • Enjoy free time at your leisure, enjoying the pleasures of the sea on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches
  • Overnight in a hotel in Muine including breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Day 16 - 17: Muine


Muine beach Vietnam absolute

  • Enjoy free time at your leisure, enjoying the pleasures of the sea on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches
  • Overnight in a hotel in Muine including breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 18: Muine - HCM City


Muine - vietnam absolute

  • Enjoy free time at your leisure, enjoying the pleasures of the sea on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches
  • Head to HCM City
  • Overnight in a hotel in HCM City including breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 19: HCM City - Cao Dai - Cu Chi


cao dai temple - Vietnam absolute 21 days

  • Drive through the countryside to Tay Ninh Province
  • Observe picturesque scenery, local people and village life on the way
  • Visit the Cao Dai Temple
  • See the melding of the secular and religious philosophies from East and West
  • Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant
  • Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an unbelievably complex system of tunnels built by the Vietnamese resistance fighters
  • Return to HCM City late in the afternoon
  • Overnight at a hotel in HCM City including breakfast.

 

Day 20: HCM City - Mekong delta


Mekong delta Vietnam absolute 21 days

  • Head to the Mekong Delta Region
  • Discover the largest floating market in Vietnam
  • Board a local sampan
  • Discover hidden islands, beautiful vegetation, ancient colonial buildings and productive orchards
  • Witness the lifestyles of inhabitants on Dong Hoa Hiep Island
  • Visit some of the many cottage industries
  • See their products including rice paper, coconut candy and rice popcorn
  • Lunch will be served in one of the ancient houses
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Overnight at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City including breakfast.

 

Day 21: HCM City - Departure


  • Enjoy free time at your leisure
  • Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

 

Our prices include:

 

All accommodation in DOUBLE or TWIN rooms at suggested hotels
All meals as mentioned in the program (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
All road transport by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
All transfers by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
All other transportation used for travel: sampan, small boat, etc...
A competent professional guide at each stage the entire time, (except during free time)
All tours as per the designed program
All entry fees for places you visit
All the entertainment and shows mentioned in the program
All program activities (cycling, bike, kayak, or others...)
Air tickets for flights: HCM City - Hoian, Hue - Hanoi including the airport and government taxes.
The cruise in Mekong: 2 days - 1 night on board of the luxury class, PRIVATE SONG XANH sampan
The cruise in Halong Bay: 2 days - 1 night on board of the luxury class, PRIVATE PRINCESS junk
Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc....)


Our prices exclude:

International flights to and from your home country, 
Beverages, personal expenses and other services not clearly mentioned
Tipping guides and drivers, which are of course not mandatory, but always appreciated, are subject to your discretion.
Travel insurance of any kind that you subscribe to personally
Any free time services: including car and driver, tour guide, lunch and dinner.

 

 

Contact us for a free quote

 

 

We have designed the itinerary to give you a taste of what is achievable.
We will tailor your journey to suit your needs and budget.
Infinite adjustments can be made, including accommodation and day trips.

« Hand-stich » your unique « tailor-made » travel

« Hand-stich » your unique « tailor-made » travel



 

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