Vietnam Grand Tour 18 Days / 17 Nights
Start tour: Ho Chi Minh
The Vietnamese national culture emerged from a concrete living environment: a tropical country with many rivers and the confluence of great cultures. The natural conditions (temperature, humidity, monsoon, water-flows, water-rice agriculture ...) exert a remarkable impact on the material and spiritual life of the nation, the characteristics and psychology of the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese nation was formed early in the history and often had to carry out wars of resistance against foreign invaders, which created a prominent cultural feature: a patriotism that infiltrated and encompassed every aspect of life.
- Day 1 : Hochiminh city and arrival
- Day 2 : Hochiminh city tour
- Day 3 : Hochiminh city - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels
- Day 4 : Hochiminh city - Cai Be - Vinh Long
- Day 5 : Hochiminh city - Dalat
- Day 6 : Dalat city tour
- Day 7 : Dalat - Nha Trang
- Day 8 : Nha Trang and its off shore island
- Day 9 : Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An
- Day 10 : Hoi An - My son - Hoi An
- Day 11 : Hoi An - Hue
- Day 12 : Hue - Hanoi
- Day 13 : Ha Noi City Tour
- Day 14 : Lao Cai - Sapa
- Day 15 : Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
- Day 16 : Ha Noi - Ha long
- Day 17 : Ha long - Ha noi
- Day 18 : Hanoi - Departure
Day 1 : Hochiminh city and arrivalArrive to Tan San Nhat airport. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel. Take an orientation tour in the afternoon ( if time permits ). Welcome dinner. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hochiminh city.
Day 2 : Hochiminh city tour ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. Start a sightseeing tour to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame cathedral, the Old Central Post Office. Tour of Chinatown and Thien Hau & Quan Am pagodas. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum we end the city tour with Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sale. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in HCMC.
Day 3 : Hochiminh city - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels (B)Breakfast at the hotel. Driving west to Tay Ninh, head quarter of Cao Dai region. on arrival we attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. on the way back a stop for a visit Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnels network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Driving back to HCMC. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in HCMC.
Day 4 : Hochiminh city - Cai Be - Vinh Long (B)Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Cai Be, stop for photos at Tan An town over the flat rice fields. Arrive to Cai Be, start the motorized boat ro visit the Cai Be floating market, experience how people exchanging goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Visitors then roam into the small villages to visit the orchard, fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through small canals to enjoy the charm of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit some hand made family business products such as the coconut candy mill, the crispy rice popcorn. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village the green pearl of Vinh Long town where you can indulge yourself into the nature . Have lunch with fresh river food served in the heart of the garden. Enjoy the southern Vietnamese traditional folk music. Take a nice walk through the bonsai garden. Meet the car/van in Vinh Long. Return to HCMC. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in HCMC.
Day 5 : Hochiminh city - Dalat ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Dalat via the National highway 20. Enjoy the smooth drive with the beautiful landscape. Stop for photos at the La Nga lake and the floating village. Visit the Dambri waterfall. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Dalat, visit the tea and coffee plantations in Lien Khuong. Free at leisure in the late afternoon. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Dalat.
Day 6 : Dalat city tour ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. Star the sightseeing tour in Dalat with the Bao Dais summer palace, the Tuyen Lam lake, try the elephant ride around the lake, visit the Hang Nga crazy house and the valley of love. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Langbian mountain, visit the Lat village. Return to Dalat. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Dalat.
Day 7 : Dalat - Nha Trang ( B / L / )Breakfast at resort. Depart for Nha Trang. Lunch en route. Stop for photos at the Polongiarai Cham tower, the goan Muc passrt, Canh Ranh bay on the way to Nhtrang. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 8 : Nha Trang and its off shore island ( B / L / )Breakfast at your hotel. Take the morning boat trip to visit the off shore islands with the Mun Mot island, visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Lunch on the Tam island. Free for swimming. Return to Nha Trang. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 9 : Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An ( B / )Breakfast at your hotel. Free until transfer to Cam Ranh airport for boarding to Danang on flight No VN 336 ( 12 : 05 - 13 : 20 ). Pick up and transfer to Hoi An Ancient town. Free at leisure in the afternoon. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hoi An.
Day 10 : Hoi An - My son - Hoi An ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for My Son to visit the Cham Holy Land - the World Heritage. Afterward stroll around the town, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hoi An.
Day 11 : Hoi An - Hue ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Hue via Danang, visit the Marble mountain, the Cham museum. Stop for photos at the Hai Van pass, Lang co beach. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit Visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy the dinner cruise and night boat trip with the Hue folks songs performance. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hue.
Day 12 : Hue - Hanoi ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. Cruise on the Perfume River to visit royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a setting of gardens and lakes. Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to Phu Bai airport for boarding to Hanoi on flight No VN 244 ( 14 : 55 : 16 : 10 ). Pick up at Noi Bai airport to hotel. Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hanoi.
Day 13 : Ha Noi City Tour ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidence Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house o¬n stilts and o¬ne Pillar pagoda. Continue with the Temple of Literature Vietnam's first university. Lunch at local reaturant. Afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh temple. Cyclo ride around the old quarter streets from Hang Dau to Hang Gai. Dinners o¬n guests account. Transfer to train station for departure to Sapa with the night train ( schedule: 21:00 - 05:00 ). Overnigh at the A/c soft sleeper cabin.
Day 14 : Lao Cai - Sapa ( B / L / )Arrival to Lao Cai station at 5:00 in the morning. Vietnam TripAdvisor's tour guide pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast and shower in hotel before the trip starts. Trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes. Have a picnic lunch on the way then keep going along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful o¬ne in the area. Return to Sapa. Dinner o¬n guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Sapa.
Day 15 : Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi ( B / L / )Breakfast at the hotel. We start the trip after breakfast, heading up to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zdao tribe where you will have lunch. After lunch you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel then get yourself ready before heading down to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way. Dinner o¬n guests account. Transfer to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Ha noi. Overnight o¬n the A/c soft sleeper cabin.
Day 16 : Ha Noi - Ha long ( B/D)Arrive back to Hanoi around 5 : 30 AM. Vietnam TripAdvisor's guide pick up at the train station & leave for Halong through the Red River Delta. Arrive Ha Long Bay and board the Huong Hai junk. Check in. Have lunch then visit Ha Long Bay, Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, round over Tuan Chau island , Dog island , Sail island, Ti Top Beach, have dinner on junk, enjoy sunset, drink and over night on the junk.
Day 17 : Ha long - Ha noi ( B / L )Have breakfast. Visit man's head island, Tortoise island, Toad island, Bai tho mountain. Return and have lunch on junk. Back to Ha Long wharf. Coach trip back to Ha Noi . Dinner on guests account. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Hanoi.
Day 18 : Hanoi - Departure ( B )
Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure.
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Price per person in USD in the party - from 1st Oct 2012 to 30st Apr 2013
|Mid- range 3*||3,082||1,876||1,668||1,416||1,296||370|
Price per person in USD in the party - from 1st May 2013 to 30st Sep 2013
|Mid- range 3*||2,946||1,777||1,574||1,329||1,212||355|
|Hotels||Mid-range (3+*)||Superior (4*)||Deluxe (5*)||Premium (5+*)|
|Hanoi hotels||Tirant hotel, Medallion or similar||Sunway, Folower Garden or similar||Sofitel Plaza, Intercontinental, Horison,||Sofitel Metropole|
|Sapa hotels||Bamboo hotel,Holiday Sapa,or similar||Chau Long Hotel or similar||Victoria Sapa||Victoria Sapa|
|Quang Binh Hotels||Sun Spa Resort or similar||Sun Spa Resort or similar||Sun Spa Resort||Sun Spa Resort|
|Hue hotels||Asia Hotel, New Star, Hue Queen or similar||Saigon Morin, Novotel, Park View or similar||Imperial hotel or similar||La Residence|
|Hoian hotels||Glory Hotel, Lotus hotel or similar||Hoian trail, Hoi An Beach, Hoian Hotel or similar||Life Resort, Golden Sand or similar||The Nam Hai Rosort|
|Nha trang Hotels||The Light,Sea and Sund hotel or similar||Yasaka hotel, Novotel hotel, or similar||Sunrise Beach, Vinpearl Resort||Ana Mandara|
|Saigon Hotels||Sapphia hotel, Northern Hotel Saigon inn, Elios or similar||Liberty Central, Duxton, Saigon Palace, Grand Hotel or similar||Caravelle, Renaissace Riverside or similar||Park Hyatt Saigon, Sheraton Hotel|
|Can Tho hotels||Kim Tho hotel or similar||Golf Can Tho||Victoria Can Tho||Victoria Can Tho|
|Halong Cruise||Glory cruise, Phoenix Cruise or similar||Glory cruise Paloma Cruise, White dolphin cruise or similar||Paradise Cruise , Indochina Sails or similar||Violet Cruise, Paraidse Peak cruise|
Trip Included :
- A/c private van for pick up, transfer & sightseing as per porgam.
- Domestic flights : Nha Trang - Danang; Hue - Hanoi ( Economic class ).
- English speaking tour guide.
- Private boat trips in the Mekong Delta, Hue.
- Share cruise in halong bay.
- Kayaking paddles.
- A/c private soft sleeper cabin : Hanoi - Lai Cai - Hanoi.
- All entrance fees.
- Hotel accommodation based on Twin or Double share.
- Meals as indicated in the tour program : B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; Dinner.
- Approved invitation letter for Vietnamese visa.
- Purified water and wet towel.
Trip Excluded :
- International flight to/from Vietnam.
- Travel insurance;
- Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program.
- Laundry & telephone fee at hotels.
- Vietnamese Entry visa.
- Prices are per person (US$), based on double occupancy
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays from Mid-September to Mid-November.
- Price excludes Personal expenses, gratuities to guides and drivers
- Vietnam & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (subject to change).
- Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners apply between Dec. 23 - Jan. 02 and during period of Lunar New Year.
- Prices subject to change without notice.