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12 Days Essential Vietnam Tour with Mekong Cruise

INT-V-EVT12 12 Days Essential Vietnam Tour with Mekong Cruise

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City plus Mekong Delta, Halong Bay and Sapa, this 12-day tour covers all the essential attractions and culture in Vietnam, which will show you the best that Vietnam has to offer.

Your tour commence from Hanoi. Take a cyclo tour to travel through the famous Old Quarter to view the most elegant French colonial architectures and the bustling streets in Hanoi; then take the overnight train to Sapa to experience the culturally diverse of ethnic minorities and year-round cloud-shrouded mountains landscapes; and then take a luxury Halong Bay cruise to explore the many lime karsts jutting out of the green waters. And transfer to Hoian to discover the beauty of this ancient town. At last, move to Saigon, to witness the busy city life in Saigon and enjoy a full day unique Mekong River Cruise.

TOUR CODEINT-V-EVT12

PLACES VISITED Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay - Hoian - Saigon(Ho Chi Minh City) - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Saigon

DEPARTURE DATESDates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

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Trip Highlights

  • Travel to Hanoi and experience a fusion of French and Vietnamese.
  • Experience hilltribe culture and ancient customs, and discover stunning scenery and friendly people.
  • Enjoy Halong Bay and it's many limestone islands on this private full-day tour.
  • Stroll through atmospheric streets in Hoi An Ancient Town and relax yourself totally.
  • Take a cyclo tour to explore the essential sites in Saigon.

At a Glance

Hanoi(1 night)

Train to Sapa(1 night)

Sapa(1 night)

Train to Hanoi(1 night)

Cruise on Halong Bay(1 night)

Hoian(3 nights)

Ho Chi Minh City(2 nights)

Can Tho(1 night)

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Itinerary Day by Day

Vietnam Tour, 12 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi

Flight: International flight on your own arrangment or on requests.
Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Vietnam! The land of unique culture and stunning natural view.
Upon your arrival, your local tour guide will welcome you at the airport then escort you to hotel with private car. Check in hotel and relax.
A welcome dinner with traditional Vietnamese music will give you a first taste of Vietnamese cuisine and their culture.

Day 2 Hanoi City Tour—Discover the capital city of Vietnam.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, oriental style old buildings, luxuriant trees along street, local market, motor-bikes, etc, A city tour in Hanoi will give you the first impression of oriental.
In the city tour, you will visit the Hochiminh Mausoleum and his former, the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or Vietnam History Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake and a Cyclo tour to the old quarter of Hanoi.
Finish your day off at the Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.
In the evening, board the overnight train to Lao Cai to discover the mountain tribes in northern Vietnam. Overnight on the train.

Day 3 Arrive in Lao Cai, Sapa—Stunning mountain view and terrace fields, primitive villages

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Arrive in Lao Cai railway station in early morning around 6:30 am. You guide will pick you up from the train and then escort you to your hotel in the highland town Sapa. Enjoy breakfast in hotel and have a short rest.
In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing walking tour through the beautiful rice terrace fields, visit the Ta Van Village and Red Dao Village to discover the local ethnic tribe Back H’mong and Giang Ta Chai.
Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4 Full Day Bac Ha market—impress by the color of the ethnic costume & authentic tribes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave Sapa in the morning and drive to Bac Ha Market (approximately 2.5 hours drive). Be impressed by the colorful costume of the local Flower H’mong people, and experience the local market and discover the local life of the ethnic people.
In the afternoon, visit the Trung Do village to enjoy a water buffalo cart ride through the beautiful rice fields and the village to the riverside, then take a boat ride along the Chay River for about 30 minutes.
Tonight, you will board the overnight train for heading back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

Day 5 Arrive in Hanoi, Full Day Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Hanoi in early morning, a visit to the morning flower market to the flower market where you will find how the Vietnamese like flowers. After a light breakfast, we will drive Halong City for the Halong Bay Cruise. Upon arrival, you will board the cruise ship for a relaxing Halong Bay Cruise through the stunning Halong Bay. You could be absolute relax by lying down on the sun deck to enjoy the beautiful scenery and sun shine. A shore excursion will bring you to discover a beautiful cave, visit a local fishing village with opportunity to interact with local people. When the sun become a drop of burning gold that slid nearer the sea horizon, enjoy your dinner while enjoying a charming sun set.

Sample itinerary of 2 days Paradise Halong Bay Cruise FIRST DAY

Your heavenly journey across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam's most fascinating wonder. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard our luxury facilities in the stunning surroundings. Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you will attend our chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.

Day 6 Half Day Halong Bay Cruise, Flight to Hoian

Meals: Breakfast,

Greeting by the morning sun rise from the sea horizon, you can join a Thai Chi lesson for some morning exercise before breakfast. Visit a limestone grotto in the morning and disembark around 11:00 am then transfer to airport for onward flight to Danang. Upon arriving Danang, you will be pick up and transfer to hotel in Hoian (about 30 minutes drive). Check in hotel and overnight in Hoian.

Sample itinerary of 2 days Paradise Halong Bay Cruise

SECOND DAY Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colourful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am.

 

Day 7 Full Day My Son Heritage, Hoian Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the My SON Holy Land in the morning to discover the ruined temple which was built in the 4th century. When drive back to Hoian, visit the historical Hoian Ancient Town includes the colorful local market, the Tan Ky Old House, Fukien Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You can also visit the local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.
In the evening, the local people will hang up the red lanterns, it will give you the feeling of traveling back to ancient time.

Day 8 Full Day Hoian—Relax on the Beach!

Meals: Breakfast,

Hoian is also famous for its beautiful sandy beach. Today you will relax to just enjoy sun shine and the beach.
If you want some fun activities today, we highly recommend you to join a fishing tour to experience being a local fishman, or go diving in Cham Island.

Day 9 Flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Half Day City Tour

Meals: Lunch

Enjoy free time in the morning until transfer to Danang airport for onward flight to Saigon. Upon arrival Saigon, you will meet your local guide in Saigon and escorts you to the hotel.
In the afternoon, explore Saigon with Thien Hao Pagoda, the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum.

Day 10 Vinh Long & Can Tho— discover the Mekong Delta

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Your Mekong delta discovery will start from visiting the colorful floating market in Cai Be. Travel along the Mekong Canals to Dong Ho Hiep Island, located between Ving Long and Cai Be where you will discover the rural life of the Mekong Delta. After lunch in local restaurant, enjoy a stroll along the narrow canals before driving to Can Tho.
In the evening, you can wander around the night market in down town Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho. 

Day 11 Half Day Can Tho, Drive back to Saigon

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

When sun is rising up from the horizon, you will have a boat trip to see the Cai Rang Floating Market so enjoy the selling and buying activities of local people. Along the boat trip, you will also enjoy watching bustling activities along the Can Tho Riverbank.
Drive back to Saigon in the afternoon and check in hotel for a rest.
In the evening, enjoy a cruise dinner on Saigon river to enjoy the beautiful night scenery of the city.

Day 12 Departure for sweet home

Enjoy free time until transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

Bon voyage and safe journey home.

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Destinations: Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay - Hoian - Saigon(Ho Chi Minh City) - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Saigon

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