This special package is designed for those who love leisure and soft adventures with an in-depth discovery of the country for 15 days to enjoy more included services to indulge yourself for a holiday of a lifetime. The tour follows a less-travelled route from northern Vietnam to southern Vietnam with a thorough look into the country’s natural beauty, culture and it’s most interesting cities and countryside.
Ha Noi Capital, Viet Nam
Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam
History & Culture, Leisure, Soft adventure,Real life local experiences
3 – medium
Hanoi – Vietnam’s bustling 1000-year-old colonial capital.
Your Tour guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim area of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center.
In the afternoon, you meet the group and enjoy an orientation walk, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Ngoc Son Temple.
In the evening, we savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food.
Accommodation: La Nueva Boutique Hotel , Hanoi or similar
Today we will explore Vietnam’s charming capital with its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes, and ancient oriental pagodas. Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Our city tour will take us to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum).
Later, we will enjoy a Water Puppet Theatre where we’ll observe the show about the daily lives of Vietnamese people in the countryside (a show traditionally performed in lakes or ponds throughout traditional villages). Afterward, it’s onto the Hanoi Street Food Tour before heading to the train station to catch your overnight train to Lao Cai.
Hanoi Street Food Tour: Authentic Experiences!
Hanoi Street Food Tour will bring you insight into Hanoi culture with authentic Vietnamese Cuisine. We will walk through the small alleys of hustle and bustle in the Old Quarter and local markets. Here you will have the opportunity to taste the most famous and yummy food: Nem Ran – Hanoi Spring rolls, Rice Steam Cakes – Banh Cuon, Bun Cha – Pork Barbecue with fresh noodles, Banh My – Yummy Vietnamese Baguette, Salads. If you’re feeling adventurous, give the local Egg Coffee a try or drink Bia Hoi – A local draught beer. Travel like locals, eat like locals!
Accommodation: on the train (First Class ưith 4 soft berths A/C Cabin).
The train arrives at the Lao Cai railway station in the early morning.
We’ll continue on a 40km drive to Sapa – Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination with fantastic scenery of mountains and terraces. Upon arrival, we can enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then catch a few hours of rest before beginning our adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape, home to many minority hill tribespeople.
In the late morning, your guide will take you on a two-hour trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai. Here we will learn about local traditions and daily life. The rest of the day is yours to wander around the town. You may want to check out the night market and the Stone Church.
Accommodation: Pistachio Hotel Sapa or similar
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before we set out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty.
Please pack what you need for trekking (light). We’ll take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with incredibly beautiful terraced rice fields then pass through remote hill tribe villages where we’ll stop to interact with them.
You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), Medium trek (~ 6km), and Long trek (~ 12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore daily life and familiarise yourself with the cultures of the Hmong, Dzao, and Dzay people who populate the region.
Have a picnic lunch at a hill tribe village then keep hiking to our homestay family, Local home meal dinners with the family hosts are great unique experiences!
Special Information for Homestay: We will stay at H’mong Ethnic People Family’s house
It’s basic and simple with great local real-life experience for tonight’s homestay is shared accommodation, our whole group shares together in a single big room in House on Stilts. With provided separate beds with clean linen, blankets, and mosquito nets, each sleeps in one.
The homestay host also provides towers, hot water for showering, and Sandals.
Please bring your walking or trekking shoes, Sun scream Mosquito Spray…
Take it easy, we embrace the Bizarre!
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, say goodbye to the host family and walk to a nearby village where we board a bus to take us back to Sapa, relax and enjoy more Sapa, and then onward to Hanoi by bus for the night, a great way to see the beautiful and peaceful countryside on the way!
Check in your hotel and enjoy a free evening in Hanoi’s hustle and bustle -Back to city life
After breakfast, enjoy the last moments of the fresh Sapa air and sublime scenery this region has to offer before we travel onward to Hanoi by bus, a great way to see the beautiful and peaceful countryside on the way!
We arrive back in Hanoi city in the afternoon and check in to the hotel. Enjoy a free evening in Hanoi’s colonial capital and explore until your heart’s content.
Accommodation: La Nueva Boutique Hotel, Hanoi
7:45 – 8:15: Get picked up from your hotel (In the Hanoi Old Quarter area
8:15 ~ 11:30: Follow the newest highway connecting Hanoi and Hai Phong.
Upon arrival at Station number 17 – OVERNIGHT CRUISE PORT, Tuan Chau Maria, Ha Long passengers will be welcomed by the receptionist at La Casta’s waiting lounge.
11:30 – 12:00: After taking a rest, our high-speed tender will transfer you to the main boat (Around 25 minutes).
Get onboard and warmly welcome from the La Casta crew team with a welcome drink.
After that, you will be given a short briefing about La Casta Cruise and the safety guidelines at our restaurant.
Complete the check-in procedure and check into our suite cabins.
13:00: Enjoy lunch in the restaurant. La Casta Cruise starts to depart for the voyage to discover Lan Ha Bay.
15:45: Visit the Ba Trai Dao area and the natural lagoon of Lan Ha Bay – this area includes the beach breaths a romantic atmosphere and three smaller islets like three giant peaches on the sea. You can join in our activities such as kayaking, swimming, sightseeing, and exploring the Ba Trai Dao area.
(In unfavorable weather conditions, to ensure the safety of our guests, this destination would be changed into a Dark and Bright cave- famous for the pristine natural beauty and poetic, attractive seascape of Lan Ha Bay. You can join with our activities such as kayaking, sightseeing on the bamboo boat, … – This is the best time for you to enjoy bamboo boats or swimming which is an interesting activity to discover the truest beauty of the stunning limestone structure and the blue sky of Lan Ha Bay).
17:30 – 18:30: Come back to our La Casta cruise and enjoy the pre-dinner sunset party with the Happy Hour Promotion (buy 1 get 1 free with some kinds of drinks) at the bar while watching the view of the bay at sunset.
18:00: Join a cooking demonstration, our chef will guide you on how to make some simple signature Vietnamese dishes.
19:30: Enjoy special seafood and typical Vietnamese food on the cruise.
21:00: Evening entertainment: Squid fishing, karaoke… Overnight on the La Casta Cruise
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner
Accommodation: 5-Star La Casta Cruise or Similar
6:15: Wake up early, join the Tai Chi session in the sundeck area, enjoy the fresh atmosphere and watch the sunrise in Lan Ha Bay.
7:00 – 7:45: Have breakfast. Admit a morning view of the bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
● Stroke the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets
09:00: Back to your cabin, relax, and check carefully all the luggage before leaving your cabin.
09:30: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay for room service. Complete the checkout procedure and enjoy your brunch at the La Casta cruise.
10:30: Enjoy brunch at the restaurant.
11:30: Disembark at Tuan Chau harbor, we hope you have enjoyed your time with us and wish you a safe onward journey.
Back to the mainland and transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue. Upon arrival, we take our bus to Hotel and then enjoy free time to explore the Romantic Hue City
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Romance Hotel in Hanoi
Today we’ll spend an entire day touring Vietnam’s former ancient capital with the Top Gear Tour. A motorbike tour is experienced sitting on the backside of a Motorbike where you can enjoy peaceful Hue countryside with its local markets, conical hats, incense-making villages, an old tiger arena, and a romantic view of the hills down to the Perfume River. We’ll also see the Kings’ tombs, the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City, and Forbidden Purple City. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial Enclosure houses many palaces and temples within its walls. Following that, we will visit the oldest, Thien Mu Pagoda before taking our bus back to the hotel for some much-needed relaxation.
Special Information: The motorbike tour is a great adventure and showcases the countryside and real-life experiences in Vietnam. It’s a lot of fun and highly recommended!
The motorbike tour has been assessed for safety and is closely monitored. Please ensure that your travel insurance covers riding a pillion on a motorbike up to 125cc. If you prefer not to participate in motorbike riding, please let your Tour Leader know and they will arrange car transportation at no extra cost.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Romance Hotel, Hue
After breakfast we drive (roughly 3 hours) to Hoi An, stopping over at Lang Co beach and then passing over the 500 meter high, Hai Van pass with stunning scenery. If the weather permits, we’ll also stop at Danang to visit the handicraft village at the foot of Marble Mountain.
Upon arrival in Hoi An, we’ll check in at the hotel. After settling in, it’s time to start exploring with a sightseeing walk through the Old Town to visit the city’s major attractions. You’ll also be given a sightseeing pass (note that the pass is valid for 3 days there, please always bring it with you when in town) so you can further explore select attractions at your leisure. The evening is free for you to enjoy, there are many cafes, restaurants, and bars as well as places to shop and even have clothes tailor-made!
Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An.
Today, enjoy the relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors, and numerous cafes.
Immerse yourself in the tranquillity and charm of this sleepy riverside town. From the 15th to 18th centuries Hoi An was a thriving international port frequented by the Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Arab traders, who came to trade in the high-quality silk still produced in the region.
Take the opportunity to order tailor-made clothes, shop for souvenirs and jewelry and explore the beautiful night market stocked with unique colorful lanterns. If shopping isn’t your thing, take the weight off your feet in one of Hoi An’s many cafés and restaurants, enjoy a massage or relax on Cua Dai or An Bang Beach.
At around 4 pm we’ll join a Vietnamese Cooking Class. This includes a trip to the local market to get the ingredients we need, then we’ll return to the restaurant and learn to cook authentic Vietnamese cuisine under the guidance of an expert chef. Afterward, we’ll all sit down to enjoy the delicious meal we’ve prepared.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An.
After breakfast gets ready for the Easy Rider Tour. We will cycle from the hotel to the countryside in Hoi An with local guides. We’ll see locals farming in nearby villages and stop to talk with people along the way. We continue biking to see the Water Buffalo where you have the opportunity to take a short ride on this magnificent animal. Later, we’ll float through a coconut farm in large round bamboo basket boats, lots of fun. Finally, we cycle a little further to take a river cruise back to the ancient town.
You’ll have a free afternoon and evening to continue exploring on your own. This is the last chance to pick up some last-minute souvenirs or collect those tailor-made clothes!
Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An.
After eating breakfast at the hotel we’ll say goodbye to Hoi An. We’ll drive to the airport to take an early flight to Vietnam’s biggest commercial hub: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Upon arrival, we’ll first travel outside the city to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – Iron Land. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime.
Enjoy your own lunch at a restaurant near the tunnels or in downtown Ho Chi Minh Next, we check in at the hotel and then set out on a guided walk tour to visit sites such as Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market. Once the tour is over the rest of the day is yours to explore freely.
Accommodation: Eden Star Hotel, Saigon.
Today we leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. First, enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel. We’ll drive to the riverside town passing a green rice field and board a private boat cruise on the Mekong River. Expect to visit a tropical fruit garden with traditional music, a coconut candy factory, a bee farm, and rowing boats before stopping for lunch on one of the islands with great local food. Today you leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta-the biggest delta with Rice baskets in Vietnam.
PM: Take a Motor Cart – It’s great fun. Afterward, your driver will meet you at Vinh Long pier and take us to the center of the Mekong Delta for the night in Can Tho City – A poetic city by the Hau River. Once there, you’ll have a free evening to do as you please.
Accommodation: Ninh Kieu Riverside Hotel, Can Tho or similar
Grab an early breakfast at the hotel before we leave to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motorized boat. We’ll continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous fruit orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit then venture deeper into the countryside, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves. Here we have the chance to observe the activities of the local people as we visit a local family to see how to make noodles and rice paper used in the making of fresh spring rolls! When we’re done we’ll pick up our things at the hotel and then drive back to Saigon where you’ll have the rest of the day to discover the wonders of this metropolitan city.
Accommodation: Eden Star Hotel Hotel, Saigon.
You’ll have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a free morning before driving to the airport to catch your flight home or on to the next adventure!
For those who are staying longer and want to explore Ho Chi Minh City further, you can ask your guide or the hotel for available day trips.
We trust you have had a great holiday in Vietnam.
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Amazing Vietnam, loved this tour so much and highly recommend AVT Travel!