North to south Vietnam excursion 12
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North to south Vietnam excursion 12

Code   EPNSE12
Tour type   Package tour
Duration   12 days
Route   Hanoi - Halong - Sapa - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi - Mekong delta
Description   Exploration of Vietnam's marvelous World Heritage sites will amaze everyone. This trip provides the best features of both the North and Central areas of Vietnam: from stately Hanoi, to the mountainous area of Sapa, the ancient town of Hoi An, and the natural wonder of Halong bay, with its 2000 islands, all of which differ in shape and size and  rise from the emerald water of the Gulf of Tonkin. This is a real masterpiece of nature. All this will surely stir your imagination.

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 tranfer 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 - Danang

After breakfast enjoy a half 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. Transfer to Noibai airport for flight to Danang. Arrive Danang and transfer to Hoi An.  Free at leisure for relaxing at Cua Dai beach. Overnight  in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

 

Day 8:  Hoi An

In the morning, a half day city tour in 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 9: Danang - Ho Chi Minh
In the morning, free at leisure until transfer to Danang for flight to Ho Chi Minh city. On arrival you are picked up at airport and transfer to hotel. Free at leisure shopping at  Ben Thanh market. Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

 

Day 10: 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 11: Ho Chi Minh - Mytho
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. Back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Day 12: 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

 

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-         All transportations in program with air-conditioned vehicle

-         Accommodation: twin sharing room

-         Boat trips in Halong, Mekong delta

-         Meals as indicated

-         Flight tickets: Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Ho Chi Minh

-         English or French or Chinese speaking guide

-         Entrance fees to indicated sights

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Price Table (USD/pax)
No. of Guest Economic Standard Deluxe Luxury
Private 1 pax $1999 $2279 $2999 $3529
Private 2-3 pax $1199 $1319 $1799 $2029
Private 4-6 pax $879 $999 $1589 $1829
Private 7-10 pax $699 $889 $1379 $1629
Single Surcharge $110 $165 $440 $660

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