Beauty of Vietnam 19 Days

Beauty of Vietnam 19 Days
Starts : Hanoi City , ends : Sai Gon City
Trip code: BOV19D
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)

 

Detailed Itinerary

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
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: The Perfume River

In the morning you will have a private transfer to the airport where you will soon find yourself in the former capital of Vietnam and then on to the Imperial City of Hue. The Perfume River is a remarkable waterway that winds around the lushness of forests and mountain slopes. Step onto a dragon boat, where the bright hues of the smiling dragon bring luck to its passengers and scares away the malevolent spirits. The water is calm and the breeze is cool as you cruise through the tranquil water surrounded by stunning landscapes.

You come to the celebrated Thine Mu Pagoda, known for its history during the Vietnam conflict and its beautiful concentric, hexagonal architecture. Climb the steps that take you through the four pillars framing the seven-story structure and which bring you to the base of the temple towering over the riverbank and the open courtyard. The modest temple stands within the plaza, home to a bronze laughing Buddha image. There is an exquisite charm within the temple complex that welcomes you to the Imperial City.

 

Day 10: The Majestic Touch of Emperors

The day is filled with another burst of splendor predicated upon the city’s great history. Your private guide will take you through some of the open beauty that is associated with the tombs of old emperors, filled with opulence on a grand scale to commemorate the leaders in life and beyond. The Tomb of Khai Dinh is located on a hillside and brings together Vietnamese and European elements. The entrance marks the beginning of a large staircase that rises to a tripartite gate, the center entryway once reserved for the emperor Khai Dinh. The concrete and stone are blackened along the exterior giving a particularly gothic ambiance to the complex; however, the interior sings with an explosion of color from its rich mosaics. Within the Honor Courtyard you find Mandarin honor guards immortalized in stone guarding the tomb and watching out over the open plaza, each one unique in their own way. The atmosphere is compelling, lavish and tranquil.

 

Day 11: The Seat of an Empire

The imperial past is strong and looming over the city that brings with it so much architectural and artistic artifacts from the museum and the standing remains. Today you will follow your guide through the famous citadel where walls thicker than six-feet and which span over six-miles sit on the north bank of the river. Constructed in the 19th century, the fortifications were surrounded by a large moat. The modern walls now house a large portion of the city’s population.

The aroma is a sweet mixture of the surrounding trees and the rich scent of bun bo Hue, a rice noodle dish filled with flavor and aromatics. There is bustling life within the gates, filled with tradition and mixing with the modern markets of today. You can see the Nine Holy Cannons near the Flag Tower, each one over 15 feet long. The forbidden city once stood at the center of the complex where only the emperor was allowed to enter; however, during the Tet Offensive in 1968 the central area of the citadel was destroyed leaving only the gates and the courtyard remaining.

 

Day 12: The Fringe of History

After breakfast you will be met by your private guide and taken to an area that was once known as the Demilitarized Zone. Within the peaceful walls of the Khe Sanh Combat Base your guide will inform you of the history of this place; in 1968 the hillsides were said to have trembled with war. The open space sits within the sprawling mountains and abundant greenery. The remains of the past are on display as well, from the large tank standing near the tree line to the remaining helicopters situated quietly on their pads. A small museum further offers insight into history in the form of old photographs and reconstructed bunkers. The aroma of coffee plantations rushes along the foothills.

Near the base you will also find the town of Vinh Moc which literally went underground during the conflict by creating a series of impressive tunnels. Over 90 families created over one and a half miles of tunnels stretching over three levels. Follow your guide through the labyrinth where the cool air of the tunnels relieves the tropical heat and where you can experience the depths at which the villagers burrowed to ensure their survival.

 

Day 13: Collecting the Wild

Today you leave the history of the Demilitarized Zone behind you for a sensational journey into the stunning nature at Bach Ma. The mountain range sits at the edge of the South China Sea giving you access to both the tropical reaches of the forest and a view to the sapphire water below. The highest peak is over 4,350 feet above sea level where birds chirp and sing, and the trees sway in the breeze. What was once a French resort area is now home to conservation efforts that allow you access to the trails and walkways brimming with colorful flowers and active wildlife, from river otters to iguanas, and combining the best features of both North and South Vietnam. In the distance you can hear the power of a waterfall careening down the mountainside. Your guide brings you to the edges of the precipice where the water forms a wave down the rocky terrace. You look out over the open mountain range witnessing the majesty of nature within the sights, sounds, and aromas of the day.

 

Day 14: Watching Over the Water

The morning washes over the mountain range with bright light and the sweet songs of the birds calling from beneath the canopy. The first half of the day is yours to enjoy the nature on grand display all around you. Whether you prefer to stroll through the trees or venture on a more challenging hike which will have you overlooking the edges of the South China Sea. After breakfast, much of the day is at your leisure. The cool early hours shift into the warmer afternoon bringing comfortable shade and fabulous hues beneath the sunlight. You are met by your private transfer and taken to the charming city of Hoi An, where the merchant past shaped its quintessential present within the elegant architecture and sleepy town atmosphere.

 

Day 15: Beneath the Paper Lanterns

The ancient city of Hoi An sits along the quiet Thu Bon River with the charm and elegance of history displayed in the soft sway of the Chinese lanterns which drape across the main streets. The city was once the center of trade for silk, porcelain, pepper, and cinnamon dating back to the 16th century. After breakfast your guide will take you through the streets that make the town feel more like an outdoor museum than a living, breathing, working city. The Japanese Covered Bridge has become an icon of the city. The structure reaches over the riverbed in a lovely artistry featuring sloping, tiled roofs and statues paired on either side of the entryways, monkeys on one and dogs on the other, both guarding the bridge from intruders and spirits.

When visiting the Tan Ky House you will come to the quintessential building that stood during the heyday of the city’s trading. Constructed by a Vietnamese family over 200 years ago, you can still find Japanese and Chinese influence in its architecture, from the ceiling along the sitting area to the delicate Chinese poems inlaid on mother-of-pearl and hung from the various columns that support the roof. The back of the house faces the river and was once rented to merchants, allowing them access to the waterway which was once the most prosperous point of the city. Although the streets are filled with locals and visitors alike, the quaint buildings and lavish history create a charming atmosphere that is hard to ignore and impossible not to enjoy.

 

Day 16: The Complexity of Temples

The day is yours to explore the city or surrounding countryside as you prefer; however, if you choose to enjoy an excursion to the My Son temple complex you will experience the intricate wonder of ancient architecture which has endured through regime changes and has survived the elements. After breakfast your private guide will bring you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the second-century. The Hindu-themed ruins offer impressive and stunning sculptures set like a movie within the tropical jungle. Temples and towers rise above the trees in the open plaza and looked to have been forgotten through time. The red stones stand out against the lush jungle backdrop where mountains undulate along the skyline. The scent of trees and warm earth lingers in the breeze.

The Cham architecture showcases a solid tower base, sacred tower body, and top built in the shape of a man making an offering, each level representing a different tenant of belief. The serene sounds of the complex are only enhanced by the gracious animal calls of the jungle, from chirping birds to swaying branches. As you come closer to the temples you will be able to see the intricate detail that lies along the sides of each temple, where the statues of men, gods, demons, animals, and legends are carved into the now coarse stone.

 

Day 17: Only an Introduction

Today brings the calm sounds of the Thu Bon River which continue to make their way through the center of town. You spent your last evening strolling along the gentle light of the main streets that emanated color from the paper lanterns gracing the roadside. Today you will once again have a private transfer to the airport to Sai Gon.

 

Day 18 : Ho Chi Minh City tour

In the morning, you’ll experience a classic Vietnamese art form: a water puppet show. Watch a short performance of this type of puppetry, which dates back to the 11th century and features lacquered wood puppets that appear to dance on the surface of a shallow indoor pool.

Get an overview of Vietnam’s diverse cultures at the National History Museum. Your guide shows you artifacts that reflect the evolution of Vietnam, from modern-day people back to the Cham and Khmer dynasties, and the Dong Son civilization from the Bronze Age.

Enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes for lunch at a local restaurant. Then step into your cyclo for a one-hour tour along Dong Khoi Street, the heart of old colonial Saigon and formerly known as Rue Catinat. Admire fine examples of French colonial architecture as you pay a quick visit to the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office nearby. Get great photo ops of other classic colonial landmarks such as the Saigon Opera House and Saigon City Hall.

Before your cyclo tour winds down, stop outside the Reunification Palace (aka Independence Palace), site of dramatic events during the 1975 Fall of Saigon that marked the end the Vietnam War. Your cyclo tour ends at one of the most liveliest markets in Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh market. Have time to shop for souvenirs among a bounty of goods, then return in your private vehicle to your hotel

Day 19 Saigon – your way
Today offers free time for you to independently explore Saigon your way, before included departure transfer to the airport.


 

Trip includes:

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

Entrance fees
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

TRIP EXCLUDES:

+ 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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Hanoi

Halong Bay

Sapa

Ninh Binh

Hue

Hoi An

Ho Chi Minh

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