AUTHENTIC VIETNAM
AUTHENTIC VIETNAM
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AUTHENTIC VIETNAM
A circuit that will make you travel from north to south of Vietnam through all the must-see sites in the country. Visit the most beautiful sites of Hanoi. Discover the magical landscapes of Halong Bay bays with a superb night on a traditional junk. The magnificent reliefs of Sapa in the north of the country where beautiful encounters and nature marvel. Pass through central Vietnam to discover the secrets of the imperial tombs of Hue without forgetting the bustling city of Hoi An. You will have the opportunity to go through the highlands of Dalat to meet the different ethnicities of authentic Vietnam with an elephant ride to discover the country otherwise. Cruise on the Mekong River.
STEPS IN YOUR JOURNEY
Hanoi - Ha Long - Lao Cai - Sa Pa - Bac Ha - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - My Son - Quy Nhon - Pleiku - Buon Me Thuot - Da Lat - Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho
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DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
DEVELOP EVERY DAYS
  • Day 1
    Arrival at Hanoi
    Hanoi, or its historical name entitled "Thang Long" which means "dragon in flight", was the main feudal capital of the country for hundreds of years, from the Ly Dynasty (in the 11th century) to the Dynasty of Le posterior (at the end of the 17th century). That is why until now the city of Hanoi still keeps the historical, traditional and typical monuments of Vietnamese culture and the immortal values Hanoi people’s minds.

    Arrival at Noi Bai / Hanoi airport. Transfer to the hotel. Visit of Hanoi "The city located on the Red River". Walk in the residential area where are the former Palace of the Governor General of Indochina, the house and the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the single pillar pagoda. Then the temple of Mount Jade, ride rickshaw in the old district guilds.

    Lunch and dinner in town. Night at the hotel.

    Meals included: lunch and dinner
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  • Day 2
    Ha Noi – Ha Long
    Halong Bay is known as the 8th wonder of the world thanks to its magnificent landscapes, its superb caves, its pure air and rich of biodiversity. With an area of 1500km2, more than 3000 limestone islands, Halong Bay is truly a surprising destination. Explore Halong Bay on the Oriental Sails Cruise - one of the best 3-star cruises in Halong Bay.

    08:00 - 08:30 Departure in 3.5 hours at Hon Gai International Port, visit the private waiting room of Oriental Sails JSC - The OS Lounge.
    12:30 - 13:00 Welcome aboard, embark on oriental sails followed by a cruise briefing.
    13:00 - 15:30 Enjoy local seafood while Eastern Sails sail along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay.
    15:30 - 16:30 Visit of the fishing village

    They are interested in local daily life: Take a trip by wooden oar boat (about 45 minutes) around the fishing village of Vung Vieng - one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen. The village is located in a closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains, excellent facilities for good photos. It is a chance to know better the daily life of the fishermen of the village. After the visit, you could swim around the boat.

    16:30 - 17:30 Come back to Les Voiles Orientales and get some rest while the sun begins to set.
    17:30 - 19:00 Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar and on the solarium and join our cooking class with Oriental Sails Chef
    19:00 Dinner is served. Participation in other activities, night squid fishing or singing activities are available until 22:00.

    Night aboard Cong Do Area.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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  • Day 3
    Ha Long - Ha Noi
    If Hanoi was Thang Long, "Flight of the Dragon", Halong Bay, "Descent of the Dragon", and its unreal chaos of rocky peaks, the fruit of the frolics of this beast, mistress of the waters. The ghostly pitons cutting the horizon into bluish teeth or sunken mountains, of which only the summits emerge, caverns and caves where the waves disappear, game of mists and clouds, inland seas. The most singular is that these strange-shaped hills seem to float on the surface of the water, as their base is gnawed and that everywhere the silence of this sea spreads, sometimes broken by the cry of a sea bird.

    06h30 - 07h00 Start your day with a Tai Chi exercise on the terrace.
    07h00 - 09h00 Catch the morning view on the seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, have breakfast cruise to Thien Canh Son Cave.
    09:00 - 09:30 Visit Thien Canh Son Cave - the medium-sized and less visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay
    09h30 - 10h00 Restitution of the cabins. Luggage can be delivered to reception.
    10:00 - 11:00 Return to the port. Have lunch on board.
    12:00 pm: Landing of the eastern sails
    12:00 - 16:30: Return to Hanoi.

    Dinner in town. Night at your hotel.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 4
    Ha Noi – Night train for Lao Cai
    Continuation of the visit of Hanoi: the temple of the Great Genius and the pagoda of the Defense of the Fatherland located at the edge of the great West Lake, the temple of the literature (1st Vietnamese University of the 11th century); the museum of ethnography.

    Lunch and dinner in town.

    Then transfer to Hanoi train station for the night train to Lao Cai - Sapa / KING EXPRESS train (or LIVITRANS EXPRESS, or CHAPA EXPRESS) - Cabin 4 berths / Departure 20:40. Night on board.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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  • Day 5
    Lao Cai – Sa Pa
    Meet at Lao Cai station and transfer to Sapa. Arriving at Sapa, the French settlers, attracted by the climate and the beauty of the landscape, had made Sapa a mountain resort. The city is located at 1650m, at the foot of Mount Fanxipan highest point of Vietnam at 3142m. After breakfast, start visiting Sapa by the Dragon Maw Hill, the Orchid Garden, the old Sapa Church, the market.

    Lunch and dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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  • Day 6
    Sa Pa
    Walking day from Sapa to Ta Van and Lao Chai villages. You will have beautiful rice terraces to see throughout the trip.

    Dinner in town. Night at the hotel.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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  • Day 7
    Sa Pa – Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Night train for Ha Noi
    Quaint, authentic and colorful: Bac Ha Weekly fair held on Sunday mornings. Between 7 am and 9 am, roads and mountain tracks are very lively. There, a peasant pulls his donkey who does not want to move forward. Here, another holds a piglet at the end of a leash by pushing it with a bamboo whip. Others, wiser, prefer to carry the little pigs on the platform to avoid losing weight on the way to the fair. Some go by couple, the woman carrying on the back the stack of hoods that she braided, the man the jerry can of alcohol that he distilled. They put on their best clothes. Turbans of all shapes, red, blue or black, cross simpler chests planted with fresh tea leaves or embellished with silver coins. The colorful H'mong women and girls have donned their finest skirts, all folded, swinging right and left at every step, making grandmothers look like children. The tunics are finely embroidered and the aprons shimmering. The sellers offer basic necessities (groceries, books and school supplies, toiletries, haberdashery), relayed, according to rotations which differ, by the peasants who came to sell their production (vegetables, breeding, handicrafts). Finally women calculate the benefit of the day or compare the products, the girls are beautiful, the men clink at the rice alcohol while discussing horses and land.

    After lunch in Bac Ha, walk to visit hamlets around Bac Ha: Ban Pho 1 and Ban Pho 2, inhabited by ethnic H'mong variegated. Visit the abandoned house of Huang A Tuong, a former H'mong chief.

    Dinner at Lao Cai.

    Then transfer to Lao Cai Station and take the night train Lao Cai - Ha Noi / train KING EXPRESS (or LIVITRANS EXPRESS or CHAPA EXPRESS) - Cabin with 4 berths for categories STANDARD & SUPERIOR; Cabin with 2 berths for DELUXE category / Departure 19h 30. Night on board.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 8
    Arrival at Hanoi - Hue
    Arrival at Hanoi station around 5:00 am Reception and transfer to the hotel.

    After breakfast transfer to Noi Bai airport and flight to Hue.

    Arrival and visit of Hue, ancient capital of the feudal emperors of the Nguyen of the 19th century. It has the most luxurious palaces and royal tombs of Southeast Asia, the most delightful gardens. With the perfume river, the harmonious hills, Hue is still the city of poetry. Visit of the Imperial City, the Old Quarter of Traders and the Dong Ba Central Market.

    Lunch and dinner in town. Night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.
     
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  • Day 9
    Hue
    Boat cruise on the Perfume River to visit the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady with its famous octagonal tower overlooking the river, the tombs Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, Tu Duc in an enchanting site planted with pines and dotted with ponds.

    Lunch and dinner in town. Night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 10
    Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An

    Drive to Da Nang and Hoi An. Pass on Cloud Pass, a spectacular mountain road.

    In Da Nang (Ex-Tourane), visit Cham Museum which contains the largest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Continue to Hoi An, a village with a unique charm that was, under the name of FaiFo, one of the most prosperous ports of Asia of the 17th century. The architecture of Chinese temples, pagodas and homes of wealthy merchants is remarkable. City Tour: Central Market, Tan Ky House, Japanese Bridge, Phuc Kien Temple.

    In the late afternoon: Boat trip on the Thu Bon River for the direction Cua dai mouth.

    Lunch and dinner in town. Night at the hotel.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner


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  • Day 11
    Hoi An – My Son – Quy Nhon
    Excursion to My Son, "Sacred Valley" of the Champa indianized kingdom with more than 70 towers sanctuaries from the 7th to the 13th century. Enclosed in a natural amphitheater of hills, symbolizing the female nature, this site is the pedestal of Shiva, the privileged place of contact between the world of men and the cosmic world, a fabulous sacerdotal complex still full of mystery, despite the pangs of time and wars. The temples and the "kalan" combine the grace of the decorations with the slenderness of the vertical lines. It will evoke all the spirituality that dominated this kingdom for more than five centuries and we will try to penetrate the arcane. After the visit of the My Son Towers, departure for Quy Nhon, former capital of the Cham under the name "Vijaya". In this region you can admire the beautiful remains: towers sanctuaries Cham from the 11th to the 15th century. Copper Tower, Silver Tower.

    Dinner and night at the hotel.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 12
    Quy Nhon – Pleiku
    Departure by road to Pleiku. Short stop on the road to visit the Quang Trung Museum- This national hero revolted against the absolute power of mandarins and lords Nguyen, fomenting many peasant revolts before seeing the ranks of his armies grow, and especially distinguished himself in defeating Chinese Qing armies in January 1789 at Dong Da battle in Hanoi. Continue to Pleiku.

    Arrival and installation at the hotel. After departure to visit in the vicinity of Pleiku Dektu villages ethnic Bahnars and Dekrong ethnic Giarais (attention, visit villages is subject to government authorization made by Mandarin Road). Lunch along the way.

    Dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 13
    Pleiku – Buon Me Thuot
    Departure for Buon Me Thuot, the course is a nice ride, soft to look, which often carries far above the muddy reliefs.

    Leaving the city, the road engages on a plateau of red earth and crosses for about twenty kilometers of large plantations of rubber trees and coffee while many gardens of Kinh houses are planted with pepper trees.

    Arrival at Buon Me Thuot - a small, bustling provincial town that is well known for producing coffee and pepper. The coffee is coarse grain arabica. Of the four species of foxes that live in the area, one particularly likes coffee. The guardians of the plantations, instead of hunting these animals encourage them to come by depositing seeds at the foot of the shrubs. This is the only way to recover the "fox coffee", especially prized and sold more expensive on the market. Arrival and installation at the hotel. After lunch departure for the village of Ban Don which is located 55 km northwest of Buon Me Thuot, on the banks of the Krong Kno. Ban Don is known for the capture and breeding of elephants (beware, the village tour is subject to government authorization made by Mandarin Road).

    Arrival and visit of the village of Ban Don, a Mnong cemetery whose tumulus tombs are surmounted by four poles carrying a small wooden house decorated at funeral with the blood of beef or buffalo offered as an offering. This house is for the soul of the deceased. Back to Buon Me Thuot late afternoon. Lunch along the way.

    Dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 14
    Buon me Thuot – Da Lat
    Road to Da Lat. Step to Lake Lak, boat ride, then on elephant back and discovery villages of highland ethnic groups (be careful, the visit of villages is subject to government authorization made by Mandarin Road).

    Lunch on the spot. Continuation of road to Dalat.

    Arrival and installation at the hotel. Dinner in town and night in Da Lat.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 15
    Da Lat – Sai Gon
    After breakfast at the hotel, quick visit DaLat- pretty small town of altitude characterized by the mildness of its climate. Visit the city center and the market with its rich stalls of flowers and fruits, the cathedral, Thien Vien Truc Lam pagoda, Xuan Huong Lake ... Then departure by road for Sai Gon through the rubber plantations, tea trees and coffee trees.

    Lunch along the way.

    Dinner in town. Night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 16
    Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho
    Departure for the Mekong Delta, huge and fertile plain that constitutes the rice granary of Vietnam. On the way, stop at My Tho. Then take a boat ride from Cai Be to Vinh Long, visit the Cai Be Floating Market as well as the gardens, vegetable gardens and orchards of Binh Hoa Phuoc Island.

    Lunch in the bonsai garden of a resident.

    Continuation for Can Tho. Dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 17
    Can Tho – Sai Gon – Airport transfert Son Nhat and return flight
    After breakfast at the hotel, departure by motorboat to visit one of the most lively floating markets of the Mekong Delta - Cai Rang, with its hundreds of boats jostling and clashing against each other, while their owners try to sell their goods. Cruise along this river gives the opportunity to see closely the daily life of the delta inhabitants and an authentic Vietnam. Here, the real roads are the waterways, crisscrossed with sampans and boats. The Mekong Delta is crisscrossed by a multitude of canals, paddy fields and gardens, islands and villages punctuated by the pulsations of the river. Here we slide on the water with boats or canoes. The people of the delta have been shaped by the waters of the river that governs the lives of men, from birth to death. Everything depends on the Mekong: the work of the fields, the orchards or the rice fields, the fishing, the transports, the traditions.... The driver of your vehicle will take you back to Saigon.

    Arrival in Saigon. Dinner in town, then transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport and return flight.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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TRAVEL PRICE (Prix par personne en EUR)

ESTIMATED PRICE
(Depending on season, types of accommodation and activities)
PRICE OF THE TRIP
(price per person in EURO)
These prices are valid until 09/30/2020

  • The estimated budget for this trip is from 1 211 € / person.
  • Talking about fixed prices when discussing about a personalized trip makes little sense. Indeed, it varies depending on many factors (quality of services, period, turnaround time and many more).
  • The only exact price will be the one of your personalized quote.  
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NOTES
  • A supplement will be added to the price of your trip during the period of Christmas and New Year (from 24 of December 2020 to 04 of January 2021), as well as during the period of the festivities for Tet (from 10 of February to 17 of February 2021)

Name of city / List of hotels Standard Superior Deluxe
HA NOI
La Beauté de Hanoi***
(Deluxe room)
www.la-beautehanoihotel.com/
MK Premier boutique****
(Deluxe room)
http://mkpremier.vn/
Pan Pacific hotel*****
(Deluxe room)
https://www.panpacific.com/
NIGHT TRAIN
King Express
(Shared cabin of 4 people)
http://www.kingexpresstrain.vn/fr/
King Express
(Shared cabin of 4 people)
http://www.kingexpresstrain.vn/fr/
Chapa Express
(VIP Cabin)
http://www.chapaexpresstrain.com.vn/
HALONG
Oriental Sails
(Superior Room)
https://www.orientalsails.com/
Garden Bay ***
(Deluxe Cabin)
http://www.gardenbaycruise.com/
Indochina Junk *****
(Superior Room)
https://www.indochina-junk.com/fr/
SAPA
Sa Pa Boutique***
(Superior city view)
http://www.boutiquesapahotel.com/
Pao’s Sapa****
(Deluxe room)
http://paoshotel.com/
Silk Path*****
(Deluxe room)
http://silkpathhotel.com/
HUE
Jade Hotel**
(Deluxe Room)
http://www.jadehotelhue.com
Romance Hue Hotel****
(Deluxe Room)
http://romancehotel.com.vn
Imperial Hue Hotel*****
(Deluxe City View)
http://www.imperial-hotel.com.vn
HOI AN
Aurora Hotel***
(Superior Room)
http://aurorahoian.com
Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel****
(Deluxe Garden View)
http://thanhbinhriverside.com
Sunrise Premium Resort & Spa (Deluxe room)
https://sunrisehoian.vn/
QUY NHON
Royal Hotel***
(Superior Deluxe)
http://royalquynhon.com/
 
Muong Thanh Quy Nhon ****
(Superior)
http://quynhon.muongthanh.com/en/home.html
Muong Thanh Quy Nhon ****
(Suite)
http://quynhon.muongthanh.com/en/home.html
PLEIKU
Ngoc Se Hotel***
(Double Room)
http://ngocsehotel.com/
Hoang Anh Gia Lai ****
(Valley view deluxe room)
http://www.haglhotelpleiku.vn/vi/news.aspx?cateid=22
Hoang Anh Gia Lai ****
(Suite Room)
http://www.haglhotelpleiku.vn/vi/news.aspx?cateid=22
BUON ME THUOT
Dakruco***
(Superior Room A)
http://www.dakrucohotels.com/
Dakruco ***
(Deluxe Room)
http://www.dakrucohotels.com/
Dakruco ***
(Junior Suite Room)
http://www.dakrucohotels.com/

These prices include
  • Land transport by private vehicle, air-conditioned
  • Domestic flight of Hanoi / Hue on Vietnam Airlines in economy class
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the program or similar, breakfast included
  • Lunch and dinner (at local restaurants and / or at the hotel and on board the boats)
  • The assistance of a French speaker-guide at each stage of the trip: North, Center & South
  • Entrance tickets for the visits mentioned in the program
  • The tour (1h30) by rickshaw in the old neighborhoods of Hanoi
  • The water puppet show in Hanoi
  • The day aboard a junk in Halong Bay including lunch and dinner with seafood
  • Boat Tours to Hue, Hoian, Lake Lak, Vinh Long & Can Tho
These prices do not include
  • International flights
  • International airport tax
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses
  • Insurance and assistance
  • Any other service not mentioned above
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