Advance excursion 19
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Advance excursion 19

Code   EPA19
Tour type   Package tour
Duration   19 days
Route  

Hanoi- Halong baySapa - NinhBinh- Hue - Hoi An -  Nha TrangDalat-Ho Chi Minhcity - CuChi Tunnel - Can Tho

Description   Vietnam, a country of contrasts. A rich colonial history dominates its cities, sitting side-by-side with scenes that characterize the spirit of Southeast Asia.

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi

On arrival you are picked up by tour guide and transfer to hotel. If  time permits, we embark on a cyclo for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 2:  Hanoi - Halong

After breakfast depart for Halong city. Along the way we make a stop over at Hai Duong province to observe embroidery-making women at work. On arrival we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone Karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Visit the amazing Thien Cung and Dau Go grottoes. After a seafood lunch on board we return to Halong city. Free at leisure discover Halong city.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 3:  Halong - Hanoi

Enjoy sunrise in Halong city. Free at leisure until transfer back to Hanoi. Visit The lake of returning sword and Ngoc Son temple. Enjoy a famous  Hanoi water puppets show before dinner. Transferring to train station for Lao Cai. Overnight in train cabin.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

  

 

Day 4: Lao Cai - Sapa 
7h30 arrive Lao Cai, pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast and shower in hotel before the trip starts. A 8-km on the rim of a deep valley, followed by 30-minutes walk take you to so-called rattan bridge & the ethnic
Ta Van village which is dwelled by Dzao people followed by a walking visit to Cat Cat village. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

 

Day 5: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa
We start the trip after breakfast, heading up to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zdao tribe where you will have lunch. Amazing sceneries and beautiful waterfall are to be seen in the afternoon before going up to the main road where you will be picked up by motorbike/jeep. Ride back to Sapa and you might stop some times on the way to take photos of the fabulous valley of Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch 


Day 6: Sapa- Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Upon leaving Sapa we set off on our scenic drive through the border town of Lao Cai to the colourful Sunday Market at
Bac Ha (we change route in other days). This market also attracts a wide variety of ethnic minority groups including the Variegated Hmong, Dao, Phu La, La Chi and Tay. They still retain their old age cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. The experience of this congregation is colorful and unique. After the market we enjoy a walk around the area, visiting the Hmong King’s former residence and Ban Pho where the villagers make the potent local maize alcohol. In the mid afternoon, you are transferred to Lao Cai train station for a night train journey to Hanoi. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

 

Day 7: Hanoi

After breakfast enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. The complex also comprises the One Pillar pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. After lunch visit Temple of literature, also know at the First university. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

 

 

Day 8: Hanoi - Ninh binh
After breakfast depart for Ninh Binh, the place so call "the inland Halong bay". We visit Hoa Lu - the ancient capital in the 10th century and relax on a rowing boat along Tam Coc. After dinner depart by bus for Hue. Overnight on bus.
Meals :  Breakfast, Lunch

 

 

 

Day 9: Hue

Arrive Hue in the morning. Check in hotel. Enjoy a boat ride on the Perfume River, Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Tomb. Overnight in Hue. Visit the Imperial Citadel – first built by King Gia Long in 1805. Here you will visit Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, The Mieu Temple, and the Nine Dynastic Urns and Khai Dinh Tomb. Overnight in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 10:  Hoi An

After breakfast depart for Hoi An. Arrive Hoi An ancient town, a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit the Merchant house, the Japanese bridge, the community hall. Lunch at local restaurant. Free at leisure for relaxing and shopping in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 11:  Hoi An - Nha Trang
After breakfast depart by road for Nha Trang (11 hours). Along the way stop for Dai Lanh beach, Song Cau bay and Sa Huynh beach.  Arrive Nha Trang and check in hotel. Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 12: Nha Trang
In the morning, meet and transfer to Cau Da Jetty for a full day boat cruise to Tam island and Mun Islet for a relaxing day on the beach. Optional activities include scuba diving, jet skiing, wind surfing & parasailing on Tam Islet. Lunch at a local restaurant on the Island. Afternoon, free at leisure for relaxing at Nha Trang Beach. Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast - Lunch

 

Day 13: Nha Trang – Dalat
In the morning, depart Nha Trang for Dalat, a cool mountain station. Lakes, waterfalls, evergreen forest and colonial architecture make Dalat one of the most enjoyable places in Vietnam. En route visit at Po K’long Gara Cham Tower. Lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive in Dalat and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight at hotel in Dalat.

 

Day 14: Dalat
Visit Lat ethnic minority village and the Valley of Love. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon, continue to Linh Phuong pagoda, King Baodai's Palace and Truc Lam Thien Vien. Overnight at the hotel in Dalat.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch – Dinner

 

Day 15: Da lat - Ho Chi Minh
After breakfast drive to Ho Chi Minh city. En route visit La nga lake, Bao Loc pass, Bao loc town. Arrive Saigon and transfer to hotel. Free at leisure shopping at 
Ben Thanh market. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh - Cuchi
The head quarter of Cao Dai sect is located in Tay Ninh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. After breakfast we travel by roads to Tay Ninh to see the ornate
temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Afterwards we continue to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh - Mytho - Can Tho
Drive to My Tho in the Mekong Delta region. Take short walk through a local market. Take a boat cruising along the mekong river. Visit local farming village. Enjoy a south region traditional music show - Cai luong. In the afternoon, transfer to Can Tho and free at leisure. Overnight in Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 18: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh
After breakfast take a boat trip on the Mekong river to visit Cai Rang floating market, watch local villagers producing rice paper, pop-rice and rice husking. Visit Cham village. In the afternoon, free at leisure until transfer back to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch

 

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh - Departure

After breakfast visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Centre Post Office, Independence palace, War museum. After lunch transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure.

Meal: Breakfast, lunch

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