A Vietnam Experience- 13 Days
Starts : Sai Gon City , ends : Hanoi City
Trip code: AVE13D
Ages: Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
Accommodation: Hotel 4 & 5 stars
Transport: Boat, Private Van /Car, Plane
Tour Type: Private (min 2 persons)
Day 1: The Past Meets the Present
Welcome to the endless energy of Ho Chi Minh City, once known to outsiders and most often referred to by locals as Saigon. The city is an expansive collection of modern buildings creating a skyline that is surrounded by a pulsing bustle from the residents. You are met at the airport by a private transfer and taken to your accommodation at the Sai Gon Hotel. Located at the heart of the business and entertainment neighborhood, known as District 1, the luxuries of the hotel come from its comfortable rooms, lavish view, and close proximity to the famous Ben Thanh Market and many of the city’s highlights.
Delight in lunch at one of the many splendid local eateries where the flavor of the city is not just within the food but also in the atmosphere. Pho 2000, is a distinct example of this fusion. This famous restaurant is remembered as the location Bill Clinton tasted his first pho in Vietnam while on tour in the year 2000. Follow your guide through the city visiting the landmarks that are well known to both locals and visitors and which showcase the immense diversity of Ho Chi Minh City’s past and present. The Reunification Palace was home to the President of South Vietnam until the mid 1970s and continues to be a time capsule of the era. Beyond the manicured grass and springing fountain is the large boxlike five-story building filled with a collection of tunnels, a war room, and telecommunications center frozen in time.
Stepping into the war command room you enter a space that looks as though it hasn’t been touched since the reunification of the country. Maps remain on the wall while telecommunications equipment, from phones to operating systems, is prominently displayed. In an adjoining room, war propaganda material is displayed in various manners, and the rooftop contains a terrace with a heliport. In the evening you will come to the Vietnam House where the comforts of the cuisine mix with the luxuries of the restaurant, welcoming you to Vietnam.
Day 2: Into the Country and Beyond
The morning energy reverberates through the early streets of the city brimming with the hours yet to come. You are driven awake by the scent of fresh Vietnamese drip-coffee; the rich, dark roast soothes any and every morning. After breakfast your guide and driver meet you brining you onward from the jovial city streets to the Cu Chi Tunnels. What was once an elaborate collection of underground channels is now a large war museum that offers people a peek into a vast network of over 74 square-miles of tunnels which were built beginning in the 1940s. Your guide will show you the elaborate structures, built deep enough to allow tanks to pass without damaging the network and effective enough to allow air to filter through the ground.
As you squeeze through the labyrinthine caverns it is not hard to be impressed by the construction and magnitude of the network within the cool rock of the earth. After a delicious lunch at Anh Thanh Thao Restaurant you will be taken to the airport to make your flight to Danang, and shortly you will arrive in the charming city of Hoi An. The Hoi An hotel offeres lavish rooms situated along shady, lush grounds. From the glowing pond at the entrance to the soothing reflective pool, you can relax in the comforts of the hotel and the city around you.
Day 3: History Unfolded
When the morning washes over Hoi An there is a different sound to the once bustling Southeast Asian trading port. The history reaches back to the 15th century and shines along the old streets like the paper lanterns that float beside the charming buildings. After breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you through the quaint streets on a walking tour. From Chinese temples and the Japanese Bridge to the French colonial houses stretching along the riverside, you will undoubtedly experience the delight of the city at rest.
A visit to the Museum of History and Culture brings artifacts of the rich port’s past to modern hands. The architecture of the museum itself is housed in a pagoda, with graceful angles within its antique styling while the interior displays huge bells and port-era artifacts dating back to the Champa Era. The Tam Ky house is a celebration of both architecture and history. Built in the late 18th century, the house was constructed in a pipe shape with an interior divided into various apartments that served specific functions.
The front of the house was used for storefronts while the rooms near the river were used for imported and exported goods. You can see the delicately carved wood within the home decorating the rooms with dragons and fruits. For lunch you will enjoy the quintessential flavors of cao lau, a regional dish only found within the city. The combination of noodles, pork, and local greens creates a unique and delicate balance of richness, succulence, and herbs you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
Day 4: Marbled Mountains and Purple Cities
The morning light glints off of the water and shines along the Japanese Bridge. After breakfast your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to the cluster of five hills known as Marble Mountains. The limestone and marble are carved with caves and tunnels along with temples decorating them and making them a site of pilgrimage for many locals and visitors from all around Vietnam. From the summit you can look out over China Beach and see the sapphire water of the South China Sea glistening with opulence.
Your day continues in the Cham Museum of Danan before venturing over the majestic landscape of the Hai Van Pass. The hills roll into the mountains that peak into the sky while tumbling down to the seaside. The land is draped in lush emerald greenery while the sea is washed with iridescent blue. In the afternoon you will enjoy a lunch at Lang Co where the fresh seafood allows you to savor the exceptional and diverse flavors of the country.
You arrive in Hue with a visit to the Forbidden Purple City; it is located inside the Citadel and dates back to the 19th century under the reign of Emperor Gia Long. Almost entirely destroyed during the Tet Offensive of 1968, what does remain highlights the strength and dedication of a past empire. Your night will be spent within the luxuries of the Hue Hotel located close to the calm banks of the Perfume River and at the center of all that the city has to offer.
Day 5: Discovering Imperial Pasts
The day truly begins after breakfast when you will meet your guide who will bring you to discover the grand history of the ancient Imperial City. You come to the river and board a dragon boat. The colors and detail of the boat are stunning, from the blue scales of the dragon to its multi-colored strands of hair streaming from its half-ferocious, half-jovial glare. Drift along the Perfume River, the mist rising through the air filling the warm morning with a cool scent. The Tien Mu Pagoda has become an icon of Vietnam and Hue, with large concentric hexagons climbing into the air.
However, it is the tombs of the emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh that tend to mesmerize people. Modeled after Beijing’s Forbidden City, the 19th century royal constructions span six square miles with 10 gates and stone walls that are around six feet thick. The atmosphere is calm and embracing, steeped in regal architecture and sensational artifacts. After a quick transfer to the airport you will arrive in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. You are met by your guide and taken to the Hanoi Hotel located at the eclectic edges of the Old Quarter.
Day 6: Limitless Capital
There is a considerable difference between the emotive city rush of Hanoi compared to the sleepier city of Hue. However, the energy of the streets is compelling and captivating, bringing traditional culture to the modern neighborhoods. Motorbikes venture down the roads, bicycles rush alongside the streets, and women wearing conical hats and carrying flat, rounded baskets filled with limes hustle along en route to the market. With a culture that dates back 1,000 years the mixture of preserved buildings and skyscrapers allows history and modernity to coexist. After breakfast your guide once again meets you, ready to show you the sensational highlights of Hanoi.
This full-day private tour of Hanoi showcases the best of a city known as the “Paris of the East”. Travelers will kick off their morning with a stop at the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where they will get an up-close look at the former leader’s stilt-house residence, mausoleum and Presidential Palace before exploring the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Afterwards, visitors with journey to the Temple of Literature, which was constructed as an homage to the great thinker Confucius. Travelers can wander the grounds of the first university in the nation, which dates all the way back to 1070! The historic halls are lined with decorative turtle backs inscribed with the names of university graduates. Five impressive courtyards with paths once reserved for the Emperor are now open to the public. Check out the statue of Confucius in one of the courtyards and marvel at the bronze storks standing atop resting turtles meant to guard the academic. Because Ho Chi Minh Moausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, travelers will tour the Hoa Lo Prison instead.
Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch in comfort and style before touring the Museum of Ethnology. Championed as the top museum in the country, this impressive hub of culture and history offers up plenty of information about the 54 ethnic minorities that make up this nation. From there, travelers will head to Ngoc Son Temple, located on a small island in the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. This striking architectural masterpiece dates back to the 13th century.
Visitors will end the day on an hour-long cyclo tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where an expert driver will navigate the narrow streets and back alley passes. Travelers can comb through the wares at tiny shops and quiet storefronts before returning to the hotel.
Day 7: Hanoi to Sapa by private car
Our adventure starts with the drive to the mountain town of Sapa. The journey to Sapa will take the best part of the day. The drive is worthwhile though, as the scenery on your northward journey into the highlands is both dramatic and breathtaking.
Using a private car is more convenient and more flexible. The travel time is shorter because you don’t have to wait for others as by train , and it allows you some breaks for photographs, refreshments or a toilet stop along the way.
The road connecting from Hanoi to Lao Cai is Highway and take 3hours driving
From Lao Cai to Sapa. The car ride uphill takes a bit more than an half hour, giving you a glimpse of the region’s stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces along the way. When you reach Sapa, Check in Hotel and have a lunch at local restaurant
Your today trek departs from Sapa to Ta Phin valley. Walk with your experienced guide through the town for about 20 minutes before turning down a dirt road to Ma Tra, a Black Hmong village defined by its traditional clothing and customs. The moderate hiking route through this rural community offers more picturesque vistas of vegetable gardens and rice terraces flanked by green mountains rising in the background. You have time to visit with local families and learn about traditional fiber processing before continuing your trek to Ta Phin village, located in one of the most scenic valleys in Vietnam. Exploring the village, admiring the embroidered clothing and red headscarves worn by the tribal women of this ethnic group called the Red Dao. you’ll return to Sapa by private, air-conditioned car to check in to your hotel and eat dinner. You’re free to explore the charming town’s sloping streets or the market with many colorful handicrafts, or head up to Ham Rong peak for a fantastic photo op over Sapa .
Day 8: Sapa
Following a hotel breakfast, meet your guide in the morning and depart on a second trek from the town of Sapa to Golden Stream valley. Today’s hike offers more stunning views of rice terraces and gardens as well as Mt Fansipan, whose summit rises 10,312 feet (3,143 meters) above sea level. After crossing a suspension bridge, marvel at the breathtaking scenery as you continue through the Golden Stream valley, stopping at Lao Chai village for lunch. After your meal, follow your guide on a walk through this village where Black Hmong people reside, and continue on to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay tribe. This part of the hike is relatively easy, though the trail can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended. You’ll visit with some local families and learn about their daily lifestyle and fascinating culture, before departing to the main road to meet up with your driver and return to Sapa.
Stay overnight at hotel in Sapa
Day 9 : Sapa sightseeing > Drive back to Hanoi
Today We begin our Sapa experience with an orientation walk along the town ’s historic boulevards, passing some of its most interesting sights as Stone Church, Flower Park and smile of little red Dzao girls follow your step with their innocent eyes.
Stop at the Market to see the busy of trade of tribes fresh produce as fruits, vegetables, domestic animal.
Continuity with a steep and very beautiful hike down to Cat Cat Village ; if you’re too exhausted or unfit to hike back up, our car ready and willing to car you back to your hotel.
Cat Cat Vilage is Black Mong Vilage, Traditionally, they were the poorest of the poor, hut have rapidly learnt the spirit of free enterprise. Most of the Montagnards have had little formal education and are illiterate. Take a change to communicate with Black Mong by your guide’ s help to experience the Montagnards nature life. ” Dragon water fall ” is the best to stop for ” Kodak at moment” before we hike through the Green Rice field before back to Sapa.
Say Goodbye Sapa and we take our private car for 4hours driving back to Hanoi
Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Explore one of Vietnam’s most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a 2-day cruise of Halong Bay. Marvel at the spectacular sight of more than a thousand limestone peaks rising from the emerald waters of the ocean as your junk boat sails past mysterious caves and blissful bays. Soak up the soothing sunshine on the tanning deck; plunge into the crystal clear waters during a refreshing dip or kayak ride; and pleasure your palate with delicious Vietnamese cuisine throughout the 2-day expedition. Enjoy the luxurious facilities of the junk boat, which include: hot and cold running water; en-suite bathrooms with powerful showers; an elegant dining room and licensed bar serving an extensive selection of wines; a courteous crew; and a sun-tanning area and relaxation deck.
After early morning pickup from your hotel, depart from the capital for Halong Bay – an approximate four-hour drive by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival at Halong Bay around midday, you’ll be greeted by a tour representative and transferred to the traditional junk boat. Settle in with a complimentary welcome drink as you begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Meet the expert crew and get acquainted with your small group while you dine on a delicious seafood lunch, including tea and coffee. After lunch, unwind and soak up the sun on the top deck – a great spot for photographing the natural wonders of the bay – as your captain finds a secluded area, perfect for swimming in the clear waters. You’ll have the chance to try your hand at kayaking and explore some of the ancient limestone caves dotting the bay. As you glide along the most secluded lagoons, admire the surrounding limestone karsts amid unforgettable scenery only accessible by kayak! The modern kayaks are lightweight and easy to maneuver, and all participants will be issued water buoyancy vests. The junk boat will be nearby at all times, serving as a back-up vessel for those who need it. After exploring, retire to the boat for more relaxation on the deck and enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar if you’d like. In the evening, your cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as your crew weighs anchor in the heart of the bay. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to try some night fishing from the boat.
Overnight: Ensuite twin cabin aboard traditional junk boat in Halong Bay
Day 11: Halong Bay – Ninh Binh
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, there’s time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Then, head to the Cave of Surprises – the biggest cave in Halong Bay – where you’ll discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites as you walk along the lit paths on a guided tour. After another delectable lunch around midday, start your cruise back to the main harbor before transferring to your awaiting vehicle for the four-hour journey to Ninh Binh. Explore the stunningly lush scenery of Ninh Binh Province, a region many consider to be an inland version of the world-famous Ha Long Bay
Arrive at Ninh Binh, check-in to your hotel and enjoy free time.
Have dinner and stay overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 12: Ninh Binh Cruise – Hanoi
Today, We learn about the important role the area played in Vietnam’s history. This city was the ancient capital of the country in the 10th and 11th centuries and was built by the Dinh and Le dynasties. Hoa Lu is surrounded by limestone mountains and the Hoang Long River, naturally protecting it and making for an incredibly picturesque setting. At 11am, head for the ruins of the temples left by the Dinh and Le dynasties. Explore the excavation area at the Le Dai Hanh temple and the remains of the 10th-Century Royal Palaces.
We then have a 40-minute bike ride from Trang An to the to Tam Coc, known for its resemblance to famous Ha Long Bay and gorgeous rise paddies. Meaning ‘three caves,’ Tam Coc is the perfect place for countryside exploring, a total of 5km cycling that passes along a country road through lush rice paddies.
Get in 2-person sampan boats and drive up the river to three different caves. Explore their natural wonders and then return to the dock, where our private car will be waiting to drive back to Hanoi. The guide will return you to your hotel and enjoy free time.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 13: Once More Around
The morning brings with it your final day in Hanoi and Vietnam, filled with the bittersweet taste of rich roasted coffee. Spend the early hours returning to your favorite sites of the city, from the spiced scents of the Old Quarter to the tree fringed banks of Hoan Kiem Lake where the graceful Rising Sun Bridge arches over the tranquil waters below. Later in the day your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and take you to the Noi Bai Airport for your journey home.
All accommodations (with Twin/Double rooms) while on tour
The tour price includes all hotel accommodations with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available accommodations without sacrificing value. Although the quality may vary slightly from one hotel to another, our commitment to your comfort is unwavering. Two-bedded rooms and One-beded with Queen size rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are accommodated in two-bedded rooms plus a rollaway cot where available, and are not recommended for comfort.
All transfers and road transport in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
– For a private smaller groups (2pax -10pax), modern sedan cars and minibuses are used.
– For tour groups of 11pax or more travelers, air-conditioned Hyundai with 19- 25-35 seats are used on all road journeys. These vehicles are designed with excellent viewing windows and a high roof. All our vehicles are modern, spacious, comfortable, well-maintained, and safe
•Complimentary airport transfer on arrival and on departure days
All Breakfasts & Lunches on tour
• Breakfast – Is always included on all Vietnam Royal Tourism – European Continental breakfasts are supplied at the hotels where you stay. The Continental style usually consists of rolls, butter, jams, tea or coffee and juices.
• Lunch – Your Lunch meals are included and generally served at a local restaurant
• Dinner – is not included and is always up to you – allows you the freedom to eat what you want and enjoy the local flavors.
Please note: If you have special dietary requirements (eg Vegetarian), let us know so we can notify restaurants and prepare appropriate food for you.
Experienced, friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Your tour guide is a professional, fully trained employee of Vietnam Royal Tourism
All sightseeing as specified including entrance fees
Airfare While on Tour
– All on-tour flights must be purchased through Vietnam Royal Tourism as part of your tour package . From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us.
– The cost of international flights from your country to Asia (starting city) is not included in our prices. We believe we are giving all our customers, wherever you live, the flexibility to travel from regional airports, in any class of travel and include a stopover en route if you so wish. It also allows you the opportunity to use your frequent flyer points if you so wish
Visa Approval Code or Visa on Arrival
– After approval, we will fax or email you a copy of the Approval letter as an attachment
– Our Service do not include the Stamping Fee of about US$25-165/ 1pax to be submitted directly to the Embassy or Consulate (the stamping fee vary from Embassy to Embassy) or pay at Airport for Stamping Fee with Visa on Arrival
+ International airfare& airport taxes
+ Travel insurance
+ Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges (which will be advised at time of booking) ,
+ Personal expenses
+ Tips & gratuities
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