Treasures of Vietnam 21 Days
Starts : Hanoi City , ends : Sai Gon City
Trip code: TOV21D
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 : Hanoi City Arrival
Your adventure begins in Hanoi, where a local guide will help you get to grips with Vietnam’s ancient capital.
When you arrive at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, your English-speaking local guide will be waiting to collect you and accompany you by private car to your city-centre hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to spend as you wish, whether you prefer to enjoy the facilities at your hotel or step out onto the streets to explore the chaotic capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is an alluring city of contrasts, best discovered on foot. Tonight perhaps get to know your new travel buddies over a glass of fresh bia hoi. This is a foamy, light beer made fresh each day and served in basic, open-walled ‘brew halls’. Take up a brightly coloured plastic chair and sip your tasty brew.
Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour
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 3: 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 4: Sapa sightseeing
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 5 : 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Modern Capital to Imperial Capital – Hue
The morning brings the effervescent scent of fresh Vietnamese coffee alongside your breakfast. The early hours of the day are yours to indulge in Hanoi once more before you are whisked to the airport and find yourself within the charming and once grandiose Imperial City of Hue. Your guide meets you at the airport, and soon you are drifting along the tranquil surface of Perfume River on a dragon boat. The boat is adorned with two brilliant serpents with maniacal smiles that are radiant against their blue scales. The concentric hexagonal layers of the Thien Mu Pagoda create one of the oldest religious buildings in Vietnam dating back to the early 17th century. Rising atop the hill on the north bank of the river, the seven tiers each represent a different step on the path to enlightenment.
A short boat journey brings you to the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. Modeled after Chinese architectural concepts, the emperor’s tomb sits within a six-square-mile complex constructed in the 19th century. The beauty of the complex is not just in its architectural marvels but also in its tranquility. Walk along the cobblestone paths, over the footbridge that feels almost level with the pond, and then climb the stairs of the double terrace to the entrance of Minh Mang’s tomb. The opulent attention to detail in the entirety of the complex brings awe along with beauty.
Day 10: Into the Ancients
The grandeur of the previous day sits with you in the morning light as you wonder how today could possibly compare to your previous days. Once more you will enjoy a delightful breakfast before your guide meets you and leads you across the bridge to the remarkable ruins of the citadel. What was once the former imperial seat of the government is now filled with a vast collection of historical temples, pavilions, walls, and gates. The main southern gate was constructed in the 19th century by Emperor Minh Mang. The central door and bridge were exclusive to the emperor. The Forbidden Purple City sits at the center of the complex behind the Thai Hoa palace which was almost completely destroyed during the Tet Offensive of 1968. The history of the citadel dates back hundreds of years and also to contemporary times bringing a deeper connection to what was left behind.
Day 11: Over the Splendid Pass – Hoi An
Today you will depart from Hue leaving the brilliance of the Imperial City behind you. As you make your way over the Hai Van pass you can’t help but notice the beauty of the landscape; the rolling mountains sweep down to the coastline blending the turquoise hills into the sapphire water. At times it looks like you ascend above the clouds and you notice the mountain peaks in the distance standing over the mist before it dissipates. Arrive in Danang to visit the Cham Museum. The indigenous Cham have roots that date back to the second century while the museum boasts a collection of terracotta and stone artwork that dates back to the seventh century.
The building itself is a blend of French and Champa architecture surrounded by budding flowers, dangling leaves, and simple turrets; known symbols of the Hindu religion. The museum is famous not just for its grand collection of Champa era artwork, but also for being the only museum specifically dedicated to Cham history. Its halls are filled with images of Ganesh and Shiva, tigers, and Vishnu. After a relaxing visit to China Beach you will find the charm of Hoi An comforting in the evening.
Day 12: Riverside Delight
The floating-lantern charm of Hoi An is combined with its classic history as a city that rose out of an illustrious trade route in the 15th century. Images and reminders of this historical period remain, from the Japanese Bridge to the Tan Ky house. Outside of the city shines a deep historical and cultural attachment known as My Son Sanctuary. The Hindu temple dates back to ancient Champa and can be viewed within the ruins that stand surrounded by impressively green jungle and tall mountaintops. Similar to the sandstone ruins of Banteay Srei in Cambodia, walking through the collection of temples is both peaceful and somewhat energizing within the reach of such vast history. The intricate carvings on the temples’ sides range from images of gods to myth all woven into history on the surface of the stone. The deep red shimmer of the stone stands out against the growing foliage and makes you feel as though you have discovered this ancient world.
Day 13: Rivers Lead to Oceans
The gentle drip of the river marks the serene morning within the classic Old Town streets of Hoi An. You enjoy your breakfast before venturing onward, away from the charming lanterns and unique architecture, to the stunning sand of Nha Trang situated next to the lush jungle. The Riviera of the South China Sea brings you a stretch of white shoreline and sapphire water; a panorama of mountain ranges rises behind you and numerous islands lie before you. Relax in the alluring calm of the soft, warm sand. Dig your toes into the cool, crystal water. Your days sitting beneath and umbrella tasting the fresh seafood have begun.
Day 14: Beached Leisure
There is no more soothing sound than that of the water lapping at a powdery sandy shore. Whether you sleep through the sunrise or prefer to watch the deep pink and purple hues of the sky spread to the distant islands and rising hills, it will happen one way or another. The day is at your whim and pleasure, giving you the opportunity to spend it resting in the sand with your fingers sliding into the softness, or golfing along the palm tree studded course if you so desire. For a spectacular view of the coastline you could enjoy a snorkeling tour that takes you just off of the reef. The coral is as iridescent as the fish, some of which are striped at angles and others glow neon yellow. Turtles glide through the water, coursing through the still and glassy current beneath the surface. The world within the sea is as stunning and interesting as the world above it. The cool saltwater is refreshing while the sun warms your skin giving you a perfect balance, a magnificent ambiance, and a fabulous first full day along the shore.
Day 15: Independent Beaching
Today brings another chance to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the beaches and jungle offering you the best of leisure and activity, whichever you prefer—possibly even a mixture of the two. After breakfast the sun begins to hover over the sand. For a spectacular visit to the surrounding culture you could visit Long Son Pagoda where an image of Buddha reaching over 72 feet tall is surrounded by images of monks celebrated for their stance against corruption. A long, arching dragon glides and guides the path along the steps to Buddha. If you follow the path behind the statue you will come to a panorama Nha Trang reaching across the city to the sea.
Day 16: South China Sea to Capital City of the South
The fresh scent of the sea will soon drift into the distance as you are taken from Nha Trang to the airport to catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in the south. This former capital of South Vietnam could be called the most modern city in the country. The skyline reaches higher and farther than one you have seen thus far. However, the essential ambiance of the country, that of culture and flavor, is alive and well in the depths of the city center, around the Saigon River, and extending outward beyond the reach of the skyscrapers’ shadows.
The city dates back to the reign of the Khmer and has been evolving ever since. The sensual aromas of ginger and garlic dance through the eclectic streets. In the evening you can enjoy the delicate flavors of the national dish and I Love Bun located in District 1 on Ly Tu Tron, allowing you to try new flavors or relive dishes you tasted along the rest of your journey, from tomato and crabmeat soup, to spicy beef noodle.
Day 17: Former Saigon
The scent of breakfast reminds you of the luxurious sands of yesterday as you enjoy the flavors and aromas that have brought you to what was once Saigon. After your meal your guide will once again meet you within the lobby of your hotel ready to show you the wonder of the city. The streets showcase what once gave the title of “Pearl of the Orient” to Ho Chi Minh City. Within the remarkable history you find a bright red light shimmering off of the stone of the Notre Dame Catholic Church. Each piece of the cathedral was originally brought from France in the 19th century creating a grand display of faith and artistry in the district. The twin bell towers rise over 190 feet into the air framing the intricately woven rose window as the centerpiece of the façade. The fast paced energy of the city swirls around its classic past, whether from the French colonial architecture or the Reunification Palace, you will find the secret treasures and experience the open history that the city has to offer.
Day 18: Above the Clouds and Under the Ground
After breakfast you will prepare to step outside of the urban life for a day as your guide brings you to the unique site of the Cao Dai Temple. Founded in the 1920s in order to synthesize the faiths of Animism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Christianity, the complex is a towering, colorful display of architecture with an interior containing a balcony that runs along the walls giving you a perfect view of the midday processions. Above the portico on the façade is the Divine Eye and a mural at the front entry hall depicts the “Third Alliance between God and Man.” The ceremony is truly one of a kind, displaying the mixture of hymns that cover both Western and Vietnamese tones in an elegant manner. When you look up you will notice a ceiling painted with stars. Later in the day you will be guided through the magnificent and complex design of the Cu Chi Tunnel system before being brought back to Ho Chi Minh in the evening.
Day 19: Bobbing Along the Mekong Delta
The energetic streets of Ho Chi Minh City are once again left behind as you make your way to Cai Be to board your riverboat that will take you along the Mekong River. Once situated on the water you find the length and atmosphere unmistakably compelling covering an area around 15,000 square-miles, traveling from the Tibetan plateau down to the South China Sea. The riverbanks are lined with fringed palms while you watch the iconic image of locals paddling down through the water on shallow skiffs while wearing conical hats to shield themselves from the sun.
Visit the celebrated bonsai garden where the pine scent of the trees reaches the soft earthen aroma of the riverbanks. Rows of bonsai flourish in the atmosphere along the Mekong, their strong but malleable branches reaching outward and upward. Delicate flowers blossom within the garden. You can’t help but stare at them as they burst with red along a sea of green. As you continue your adventure down the Mekong you will have a private transfer by road to Can Tho for the evening.
Day 20: In Early Markets
In the cool air of the morning you find yourself returning to the Mekong River floating along the peaceful waterway. Soon the tranquil swaying of the palms opens to a crowd of skiffs swarming along the banks. You have come to the quintessential Floating Market at Cai Rang. The jovial cries come from both shoppers and vendors. The scent of citrus and lush fruits brims over the market, ranging from pineapple to rambutans. There is also an aroma of freshly frying fish from one of the boats that perks up the atmosphere. Skiffs are almost overflowing with products, bright oranges to tremendous jackfruits all for sale and each one assuredly delectable. En route to Ho Chi Minh City you will stop at a local orchard where you can taste the succulent tropical fruit, in case you hadn’t indulged at the market already.
Day 21: Return from the Depths
Your final breakfast in the country brings the bittersweet flavor of Vietnamese coffee to your palate. The bustling energy of Ho Chi Minh City begins to swirl through the streets once again. The morning is yours to enjoy the neighborhoods once more, from the zesty spices of Cholon to one last taste of pho before your flight. Soon your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to Tan Son Nhat Airport where you will continue the journey, but this time towards 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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