ST – VN 01: Intensive Vietnam, 20 days, travelling by car, boat, plane, train, motorbike, tuk tuk, etc: Hanoi – Ha Long – Lao Cai – Muong Khuong – Sapa – Hue – Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang – Mui Ne – HCMC – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi – Can Tho – HCMC.
This tour offers many popular tourist attractions and activities in Vietnam. You will enjoy variously beautiful sceneries, lively daily life and traditions, in other words, real sights and tastes of the country.
Schedule: first Wednesday of the month.
Tour code: ST - VN 01
Day 1: Home – Hanoi (B-L-D)
Arrival in Hanoi, the 1000-year-old capital city of Vietnam, airport pick-up, hotel check-in.
Afternoon: 1 hour rickshaw tour around the town center to be amazed by the unique hustle and bustle of the city.
Day 2: Hanoi (B-L-D)
Full day for exploring the fascinating city of Hanoi where old and new things blend together, Vietnamese, Chinese and French cultures mix together.
Activities: a pleasant walk around the peaceful Ho Chi Minh area, another pleasant walk at the beautiful Temple of Literature, a fascinating walk through the famous 36 busy streets of the Old Quarter, and a good visit at the interesting Ethnology museum.
The day is ended with an interesting water puppet performance.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long bay (B-L-D)
Morning: a nice visit to the famous Bat Trang ceramic village
Afternoon: a scenic drive through rice paddies and mountains to Halong Bay, a World Natural Heritage Site.
Hotel check-in, at leisure till dinner, an easy walk in town after dinner.
Day 4: Ha Long Bay – Lao Cai (B-L-D)
Morning: an enjoyable cruise along simply gorgeous sceneries including a very delicious lunch on board.
Afternoon: drive back to Hanoi, boarding on the night train after dinner.
Day 5: Lao Cai – Muong Khuong – Sapa (B-L-D)
Morning: early arrival at Lao Cai railway station, then a scenic drive up the mountains to the colourful Sunday market of hill tribes in Muong Khuong.
Afternoon: drive back to Lao Cai and go on to Sapa, a tourist hub in North Vietnam.
Day 6: Sapa (B-L-D)
Morning: great soft trekking at Ta Phinh village of Red Dao people.
Afternoon: another enjoyable soft trekking to Cat Cat village of the H’mong tribe.
Day 7: Sapa – Hanoi (B-L-D)
Scenic drive along mountains, green fields of rice, maize, and sugar canes along the Red River.
Day 8: Hanoi – Hue (B-L-D)
Flight to Hue, the last Royal City, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Afternoon: excellent motorbike trip with drivers to interesting traditional villages and beautiful sceneries around Hue.
Evening: end the day with a special dinner feast.
Day 9: Hue (B-L-D)
Full day enjoy Hue’s typical features: peaceful, traditional and beautiful.
Activities: lovely boat trip on the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu pagoda and Minh Mang tomb, 1 hour cooking lesson aboard to learn about the impressions of the artistic style of Hue cuisine. Then drive to the Royal Citadel of Hue, enjoy a pleasant walk in this interesting area, then visit the amazingly full Dong Ba market.
Day 10: Hue – Hoian (B-L-D)
Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoian with many beautiful photo stops on route.
Visit the Cham museum in Danang, then a nice climb on the Marble Mountains.
Overnight in the charming ancient city of Hoian, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Day 11: Hoian (B-L-D)
Full day enjoy the wonderful features of Hoian: relaxing, charming, and great shopping
Activities: pleasant city walk to a museum, a Chinese temple, an old Chinese merchant’s house, the famous Japanese pagoda bridge, and many beautiful shops. Afternoon enjoy a uniquely fabulous bicycle ride through the gorgeous sceneries of the countryside.
Day 12: Hoian (B-L-D)
Another enjoyable day including boat and bus trips to the most impressive ruins of the country in My Son.
Afternoon some free time for shopping and relaxation in Hoian.
Day 13: Danang – Nha Trang (Cam Ranh) (B-L-D)
Morning flight to Cam Ranh, then a scenic drive along the coast to the harbour in Nha Trang, board on boat for half day cruise on one of the most beautiful bays of the world, enjoys swimming and snorkeling.
Day 14: Nha Trang – Mui Ne (Phan Thiet)
Morning city tour in Nha Trang, visit the popular Po Nagar temple and Long Son pagoda. Transfer to Mui Ne, a marvelous area of seaside resorts, palm plantations and sand dunes.
Afternoon enjoy a beautiful walk through the dunes, villages and river.
Day 15: Mui Ne – HCMC
Free morning to enjoy the hotel beach and swimming.
Afternoon drive to HCMC
Day 16: HCMC (B-L-D)
Full day city tour in HCMC, the biggest city of Vietnam, a modern hustle and bustle city.
Activities: visits to busy China town, beautiful Chinese temple, interesting War museum, charming city center, interesting lacquer ware factory.
Day 17: HCMC – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi (B-L-D)
Full day excursion to visit two contrast sites: the colourful Cao Dai Holy See of the most egalitarian religion and the impressive tunnels system of the most violent battlefield of the Vietnam War.
Day 18: HCMC – Can Tho (B-L-D)
Start your exploration of the terrific tropical Mekong Delta with a bus drive to Xeo Quit, a former communist military base, and then enjoy wonderful boat trips around scenic swamps and forests of eucalyptuses and ivies.
Late afternoon drive to Can Tho, the capital of the Mekong delta
Day 19: Can Tho – HCMC (B-L-D)
Morning a wonderful boat trip to lively floating markets and villages along the lower Mekong branch, a fascinating tuk tuk ride along evergreen rice fields and orchards.
Afternoon drive back to HCMC
Day 20: Departure for Home Sweet Home (B)
Tran sfer to the airport for departure.
End of service
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast (based on twin sharing, superior rooms)
- All meals indicated in the program
- All ground transport on tour with A/C vehicles , boats, motorbike, bicycle, rickshaw, tuk tuk, etc., all the domestic flights
- All entrance fees
- Local English, French, German speaking guides
- Gifts and maps
- International flight tickets to and from Vietnam
- Visa for VN (840,000 VND/pax)
- Domestic and International Insurance surcharge
- Personal Insurance
- Personal expenses such as d r inks, camera fees
- All other accounts not mentioned in the above inclusions.