vietnam tours packages

Great Vietnam Crossing
(Trip of 18 days & 17 nights)

Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi. Visit Hanoi capital
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong
Day 3: Halong – Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi. Full daycity tour. Night train to Lao Cai
Day 5: Laocai – Sapa. Visite Cat Cat valley, Ham Rong Mount
Day 6: Sapa. Visit Lao Chai & Ta Van village
Day 7: Sapa – Bac Ha market – Lao Cai. Night train to Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi – Flight to Hue. Visit Hue’s Tombs
Day 10: Hue. Visite Hue’s Tombs
Day 11: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
Day 12: Hoi An – My Son – Quy Nhon
Day 13: Quy Nhon – Nha Trang
Day 14: Nha Trang. Visit Nha Trang Bay
Day 15: Nha Trang – Phan Thiet – Mui Ne
Day 16: Mui Ne – Phan Thiet – Saigon
Option 2:
Day 15: Nha Trang – Dalat
Day 16: Dalat – Saigon
Day 17: Saigon – Cai Be floating market – Saigon
Day 18: Saigon – Departure. End of voyage.

Detailled itinerary:

Day 1: ARRIVAL– HA NOI– HALF DAY CITY TOUR (L, D)
Arrive at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. Transfer to hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology where contains more than 10,000 objects which depict all aspects of life, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Proceeding to visit Viet Nam Fine Arts Museum, you would interest about Classical and Contemporary masterpiece of Vietnam from thousand years. A moment of relax and enjoy yourself at Hoan Kiem lake, there is the most lovely Hanoi landscape in the late afternoon, and sunset. Finally, early evening is the time of water puppet show (1 hour), a unique art form of Vietnamese, at Thang Long Water Puppet Troupe theatre, and you will experience more about a specific culture in South-East Asia coming from the civilization of the agriculture of wet rice during the performance. Have lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 2 : HANOI – HALONG (B, L, D)
In the morning, transfer to Ha Long (170km), a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1994. Upon arrival, check-in on board the sailing Junk.
HALONG BAYis nearly a hidden bay with thousands of limestone islands densely rising from the blue jade water in a sea area of over 1500 square kilometres. Its 1969 green islands enfeeble the strong winds blowing from the ocean to leave the transparent water of the bay often calm in cool and healthy air
From time to time, sailing Junk appearing and disappearing between the islands make the poetic sight more colourful like sparkling pearls or coral reefs found out in the bay. The beauty of the bay is not monotonous, at different positions of viewing; it will astonish viewers with quite different fascinations. In the caves and grottoes of stone islands, you will discover and admire how many impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The caves have strange but very accurate names, stop-over to visit the caves which their own legends in their names as Thien Cung (Heaven Palace) grotto, Sung Sot (Surprising) grotto, your sailing Junk will continue to visit around the shapely islets of fighting cock, incense-burner and others. Landing in Titop Islet, there is the calm and so clean sand & transparent beaches, somewhat little rocky mountains and a beautiful tall terrace, enjoy sun-sea bathing there that always waits to give you the most wonderful sea bathing in calm, transparent water under the sunlight.Enjoy a traditional lunch and dinner with the freshest and finest seafood. Overnight on board.
Note: kayaking and massaging are optional and not included in the trip cost.

Day 3 : HALONG -  HA NOI (B, L, D)
After a night on the bay, you awaken to see daylight filtering through the early morning mist and
towering rock formations. After International Breakfast Buffet, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.
Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. Return to Hanoi. Have dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: HANOI/ FULL DAY CITY TOUR - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO SA PA (B, L, D)
Today you will enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi, let experience the basic concepts of political Vietnam currently by visit to the Ba Dinh National square, One Pillar Pagoda. A nice group picture should photo in the parade yard of Ba Dinh National square with the great back view of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Continuing to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple are located on an islet of West Lake. Follow up, visit the Temple of Literature, is a classic Confucians temple from the category "Confucianism", was founded as a Confucian Temple and a huge statue and altar to Confucius remain there today, the first university in Viet Nam was founded here and many rows and rows of big stone slabs that sat on the backs of stone tortoises. These slabs are actually the stele of the school's successful doctorate candidates. In the afternoon, enjoy an interesting tour by traditional Pedicabs, the best and most stylish way as far more charming to see Hanoi and to take in the sights andsounds of the Old quarter is by Cycle (a tricycle). You will enjoy 1 hour cycle tour the Old Quarter and shopping streets to watch the daily lives of the people living on and around the busy areas, the small rickshaws will carry you strolling around the Old Quarter and shopping streets, to relax and view to daily-life surrounding or communicating is a good way to have a full impression ofthe city, catch the spirit of Vietnam. Rickshaws will return at the Garden of Hoan Kiem Lake- the Return-Sword Lake, to visit Ngoc Son– Heroic Temple, But Tower, where you will be fascinating with legendary stories from 600 years that a turtle stole a king's sword and took it to the bottom of this lake. Have lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Transfer to Ha Noi Railway Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper with airconditioning, 4-berth cabin for Standard & Superior categories, 2-berth cabin for deluxe category). Arrive 5:30 or 6:00am.

Day 5 : SA PA (B, L, D)
We are met on arrival into Lao Cao in the early morning and transferred to Sapa, driving through dramatic and breathtaking scenery.
Being attracted by the climate and the beauty of the landscapes, the French colonists had made Sapa an ideal place for relaxation and holiday. The city is located at 1650m, at roof of Fanxipan, the highest mount of Viet Nam.
After breakfast at local restaurant, we take a walk to Cat Cat valley, an H’mong village which is situated about 2,5 km from Sapa by a track that descends wrap-around through a cultivated zone. The rest of the day is dedicated to leisure or shopping for delicate embroideries and batik at Sapa Fair. Climb to Ham Rong Mount for a panoramic view of Sapa. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Sapa.

Day 6 : SA PA- LAO CHAI- TA VAN (B, L, D)
About 09:30 am, we start trekking, the first part is on the road, and turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to Muong Hoa and from there to the Lao Chai village of Black Hmong. Black Hmong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. We have lunch at Lao Chai village, after lunch we continue to Ta Van village to visit Day people. Day is a fairly small minority group in Sapa. Nowadays many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green colour. The Day houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. From here you will be picked up and transferred back to Sapa. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Sapa.  

Day 7: SA PA - BAC HA - LAI CAI - OVERNIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HA NOI (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we drive to Bac Ha market, one of the most colorful market in the northwest of Viet Nam. The Bac Ha market is held on every Sunday morning. From 7 AM to 9 AM, roads and trails in this region are very busy. A peasant pulls a donkey that doesn't want to move! Others are more prudent, preferring to transport small pigs themselves to prevent them from losing weight on their way to the market. Some go by couple, the woman carrying the basket on herback that she plaited herself and the man taking the corn alcohol he distilled. The girls are at their most beautiful, short skirts oscillating right and left with every step. The sellers display some essential products, such as groceries, books and school supplies. Some peasants come to sell their products (e.g., vegetables, handicrafts). Finally, the women calculate their day’s profit or compare goods. The girls put on make up to be more beautiful, while the men enjoy the rice alcohol and discuss about horses or land… After spending the morning exploring the market, we can walk to visit the Hmong King’s former residence and Ban Pho, where villagers make a potent maize alcohol. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Transfer to the Lai Cai train station for the night train to Hanoi (soft sleeper with airconditioning, 4-berth cabin for Standard & Superior categories, 2-berth cabin for deluxe category).

Day 8 : HA NOI- HOA LU- TAM COC- BICH DONG – HA NOI (B, L, D)
Arrive in Hanoi at 5h:00. After breakfast, we leave Hanoi and head south for a 2-hour drive along Highway One or former Mandarin Road. We spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le temples of the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu and then we move to Tam Coc for lunch. Tam Coc is famous for it's limestone karts hills and a meandering river which makes it way through three caves before unveiling a secluded, if watery valley. As you wend your way through the waterway on a sampan, make sure you keep an eye out for plunging Kingfishers or nimble footed mountain goats silhouetted against the skyline and rough stone. Here, the river merges seamlessly into rich green rice fields, and farmer’s dwellings can be seen, closely hugging the cliff faces of the rocky outcrops. The boats are ably rowed by locals who often employ their feet. After we continue to visite Bich Dong- a cave pagoda, stone cut steps, overgrown with banyan trees lead up a cliff face scattered with small shrines on the ascent to the cave entrance. Bich Dong Pagoda, built on Ngu Nhac Mountain, is divided into three levels: the lower Ha pagoda, the middle Trung pagoda, and the upper Thuong pagoda. On the mountain peak stands the statue of a Mandarin scholar looking at the horizon in hope of viewing the spectacular landscapes of Hoa Lu. Return to Hanoi. Have dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9: HANOI– HUE - HALF DAY CITY TOUR(B, L, D)
Hue- Vietnam's first World Cultural Heritage site.
You will be transferred to the Noi Bai airport in time for your flight to Hue, upon arrival in Hue you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
You will visit the Imperial Citadel- an impressive complex, first built in 17th century based on the ancient practice of geomancy. This construction stared in 1805 under the reign of Emperor Gia Long and completed in 1832 under the reign of Emperor Ming Mang. Under Nguyen Dynasty, the Kings had ordered to build ramparts, palaces and constructional works for royal. Over 200 years to now, it is still original with nearly 140 small and large constructions. By the way you visit the Dong Ba Market, famous throughout Vietnam for its conical hats.
Have lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hue.

Day 10 : HUE/ FULL DAY CITY TOUR (B, L, D)
Take a boat ride on the Perfume River and visit some of the more interesting sites of Hue – Thien Mu Pagoda and the tombs of Minh Mang, Khai Dinh & Tu Duc
Thien Mu Pagoda - perched on a bluff over the river and housing some very fine gold and silver Buddha images. The Thien Mu Pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is the official symbol of the city of Hue. Thien Mu means "elderly celestial woman", and refersto an old legend about the founding of the pagoda
Tomb of Minh Mang- in this opulent complex, the main buildings are arranged on an east-west axis, including a courtyard surrounded by warrior statues and several temples and pavilions. Several bridges cross two lakes before the axis ends before the vast burial mound (which is circled by a fence). The mausoleum features large gardens and lakes: a pleasant place to sit and relax.
In the afternoon you continue to visit the tombs of King Tu Duc and King Khai Dinh. The monuments were designed by the kings themselves and used as holiday retreats during their lifetime.
Tomb of Khai Dinh- dating from 1925, this is the best preserved of the lot and, while comparatively compact, quite grand at first sight. While it follows the classic formula of forecourts leading up to the tomb of the Emperor, complete with statues in attendance, architecture buffs will spot some European influences. The tomb itself is completely over the top with incredibly detailed and opulent mosaics of cavorting dragons.  
Tomb of Tu Duc- Constructed from 1864 to 1867, the complex served as a second Imperial City where the Emperor went for "working vacations". Tu Duc's contemplative nature and poetic spirit is reflected in the landscape and arrangement of the 50 buildings that at one time stood here. A vast, sprawling complex set around a lake, with wooden pavilions and tombs and temples dedicated to wives and favored courtesans (Tu Duc had 104 to choose from). The courtesans' quarters are in ruins, with only outlines and crumbling walls left amid waves of overgrown grass and silence, but other areas are stunningly well-preserved. The Emperor's tomb itself, tucked away in the back, is surprisingly modest- the final courtyard is nearly empty with just a stone coffin in the middle.
Have lunch & dinner at local restaurant.

Day 11: HUE- DA NANG- HOI AN (B, L, D)
Transfer to Hoi An (145km). Admire beautiful landscapes on the way to Hai Van Pass. Panoramic views of the clouds, the sea and the surrounding mountains unfold from the summit. Visit Marble Mountain and the Cham museum in Da Nang before arriving in Hoi An.
On arrival, visit the World Heritage sites in Hoi An. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade ceramics and high-grade silk, which is still produced in the area. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. We spend a half-day walking through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year-old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurants. Overnight in Hoian.

Day 12 : HOI AN - MY SON - QUY NHON (B, L, D)
We drive to My Son to see its architectural treasures and sculptures of Cham culture. My Son was once the capital of the great Champa Kingdom. Originally from India, the Chams were the rulers of large areas of central Vietnam between the 2nd and 15th centuries. After we leave for Quy Nhon. Stop over at Tam Ky and visit the Chien Dan Towers, built in the 13th century. The rest of the day is all yours to relax by a pool or on the sandy beach of Quy Nhon. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Quy Nhon.

Day 13 : QUY NHON – NHA TRANG (B, L, D)
Leave for Nha Trang, across picturesque coastal plains. Stop over at Tuy Hoa and visit the Nhan Towers, built in the 11th century.
Nha Trang is considered the most charming coastal town of Vietnam with a seemingly endless white sandy beach and ocean blue waters. Visit the National Oceanographic Institute, where performances various sea creatures. It was built at the beginning of the century by French. Visit the Ponagar tower which about 1200 years old… Visit the Dam market… Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Overnight in Nha Trang. 

Day 14 : NHA TRANG (B, L, D)
Boat trip to visit Nha Trang Bay, you can see the great landscape of over 19 islands on Nha Trang Bay. Visit the Hon Mun Conserve Sea Creatures Zone. To explore the ocean bed, Mun Island is one of the best places for snorkling. You will have the opportunity to see and touch numerous sea creatures and colourful fish, as well as admire the coral reefs. Boat trip to Tam Island, enjoying the water sports such as: Jetski, parasailing, volley-ball….(pay by your self ). Boat trip to Fishing Village, visiting the life of local people, view the floating fish farm, row in a basket boat. Back to the Port. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 15 : NHA TRANG- PHAN THIET- MUI NE (B, L, D)
Heading out of Nha Trang, we drive to Phan Thiet, which boasts one of Vietnam’s biggest production of fish sauce. The scenic road passes Phan Thiet Town before arriving at Mui Ne. The endless white sand beaches, the charming fishing villages, the desert-like dunes and numerous types of rare flora and fauna make Muine an ideal place for any one seeking an enjoyable escape. After checking into hotel, you have free time to relax on the beach. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Overnight in Mui Ne.

Day 16 : MUI NE- PHAN THIET- SAI GON (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Saigon. A part of the pleasure of travelling through this region is the simple joy of seeing the charming countryside and the smiling faces of the people. Along the way we can make stop as we please, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs.
Saigon is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 8 million people. Much of the daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. The full day city tour will take you around the city, from downtown Saigon to Chinatown, in order to get a general view of a developing city. See places of interests such as Notre Dame Cathedral, The Central Post Office, Reunification Hall and the history museum. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the bustling Chinese district and then get ready for shopping at the bustling Ben Thanh market.
Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.

Option 2 : The people who do not want to go to Muine can visit Dalat :

Day 15 : Nha Trang – Dalat (B, L, D)
Transfer to Dalat, a romantic city with European-styled villas and pine forests in the Langbian Plateau at 1,500 metres (about 5000 feet). Stop-over at the 13th-century Po Klong Garai Towers in Phan Rang, then drive up over Ngoan Muc Pass, named Bellevue Pass by French, with a series of switchbacks and a view of coastal plain. Arrive in Da Lat. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Da Lat

Day 16 : Dalat– SAI GON  (B, L, D)
A half day sightseeing tour is highlighted with by the Dalat Market, Lovers' Lane, Truc Lam Pagoda & the former summer residence of Vietnam’s last emperor Bao Dai… Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City past vast rubber plantations, extinct volcanic cones and endless pine forests. Arrive in Saigon- the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 8 million people. Much of the daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. The full day city tour will take you around the city, from downtown Saigon to Chinatown, in order to get a general view of a developing city. See places of interests such as Notre Dame Cathedral, The Central Post Office… Lunch & dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon

Day 17 : SAIGON– CAIBE FLOATING MARKET – SAI GON (B, L, D)
Departure for Mekong delta, an immense and fertile plain that constitutes a basket rice of Vietnam. We arrive at Cai Be, take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the daily lives of people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. The trip includes a visit to the unique "floating" market at Cai Be, and to a family-run business producing rice paper- a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Lunch is on an island mid-river, In a local house set amongst fruit orchards and bonsai trees, and then followed by a  performance of traditional Vietnamese music.
Return and drive to Saigon (Seasonally, on the way to the Mekong Delta, we can enjoy peaceful scenes of farmers seeding, ploughing, and harvesting the rice crop).  Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 18 : SAI GON – DEPARTURE (B)
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. End of service.


Price
Price net per person in US$
Valid till 30thSeptember  2017

 

Tour price in USD net per person in group of

Surcharge

Categories

2

3- 4

5- 9

10- 14

15- 18

19 up

Single

Standard

2.193

1.842

1.516

1.336

1.271

1.249

315

Superior

2.411

2.073

1.758

1.585

1.522

1.501

534

Deluxe

3.152

2.793

2.462

2.276

2.209

2.186

1.070

Note: Supplement will be added to the price of the trip during Christmas and New Year period (from the 24 of December 2016 to the 05th of January 2017), and also during the Tet Holiday from the 27th of January to 05th February 2017


City name/ Hotels liste

Standard

Superior

Deluxe

HA NOI
(3 nights)

 

Noble Hotel***
(Deluxe Room)

Hanoi Pearl Hotel ****
(Premium Deluxe)

Ha Noi Opera hotel*****
(Superior Room)

HA LONG
(1 night)

Garden Bay***
(Deluxe Cabin)

Dragon Pearl****
(Deluxe Cabin)

Dragon Lengend
(Deluxe Cabin)

OVER NIGHT
TRAIN
(round trip)

Livitrans
Ou Tulico
(Superior Cabin)

Livitrans
Ou Tulico
(Superior Cabin)

Livitrans
Ou Tulico
(Deluxe Cabin)

SA PA
(2 nights)

Sapa House Hotel**
(Superior Room)

Sunny Mountain***
(Superior Room)

 

U Sapa ****
(Superior Room)

HUE
(2 nights)

Jade Hue**
(Deluxe Room)

Romance Hue***
(Deluxe Room)

Imperior Hue****
(Deluxe City View)

HOI AN
(1 night)

Aurora Hotel***
(Superior Room)

Thanh Binh riverside****
(Junior Room)

PalmGarden Resort*****
(SuperiorOcean View)

QUY NHON
(1 night)

Royal Hotel***
( Superior Room)

Royal Hotel***
(Deluxe Garden View)

Bai Tram Quy Nhon Resort****
(Rice Field Villa)

NHA TRANG
(2 nights)

Regalia***
(Superior Room)

 

 (Superior Room)
Michelia ****
(Superior Room)

Sunrise Hotel*****
(Superior Room)

MUI NE
(1 night)

Cat Sen Hotel***
(Superior Room)

Litle Mui Ne****
(Superior Room)

Victoria PhanThiet Resort****
(Superior Room)

DA LAT
(1 night)

Mountain Town***
(Superior Room)

La Sapinette****
(Superior Room)

Ana Mandara Dalat Villa*****
(Villa  Room)

SAI GON
(2 nights)

Ruby River Hotel***
(Deluxe Room

Grand Silverland Hotel****
(Superior Room)

Grand Sai Gon Hotel
( Premium Deluxe City View)


Inclusive of above prices

Exclusive of above prices

- Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- Domestic flights
- Train tickets soft sleeper with AC
- English speaking guide
- Accommodation based on twin sharing room including breakfast.
- Lunch and dinners in the local restaurants as per program
- Entrance fees and excursions according to program

- International flights, airport taxes, visa
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Peak tourist season or special event rates
- Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
- Other services not mentioned in the program.

 

Additional Remarks:
Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability.
Hotels listed in above might not be upto standard of your expectation, especially in the remote area where limitation of accommodation.
Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations