Grand Tour of Vietnam – 19 days

Central Post Office Cai Rang Floating Market CaoDai Worship Cu Chi Tunnels Da Lat city Nha Trang Beach My Son Holly Land Hoi An Thien Mu Pagoda Hanoi city Tran Quoc Pagoda Sapa Trekking Sapa Sapa church Halong Bay Dau Go cave

This unique 19-day tour unveils all the highlights of Vietnam ( from South to North), you will be amazed by the bustling Saigon at night, the Mighty Mekong Delta, the valleys and waterfalls in Dalat, Then chill out on the white sandy beaches of Nha Trang Learn about the fascinating history of Vietnam by visiting the World Heritage Sites of Hue citadel and Hoi An ancient town, explore the Emperors tombs in the Hue Citadel, to discover the unique customs of the ethnic people in the mountainous area of Sapa tour, and to witness the extraordinary beauty of Ha Long Bay.

Tour Information
Itinerary

Meals:
Day 1

Ho Chi Minh City and arrival

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel. Take an orientation tour in the afternoon (if time permits). Welcome dinner. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.


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Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your sightseeing tour at the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of the war in April 1975. Then visit some impressive French colonial structures including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Tour of town and Thien Hau and Quan Am pagoda. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum, we end the city tour at Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sale. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.


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Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi tunnels

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive west to Tay Ninh, headquarters of Cao Dai region. On arrival, attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. On the way back, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese troops during the civil war. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, etc. and were used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Drive back to HCMC. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.


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Day 4

Ho Chi minh city - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to Cai Be by car/van, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking the picturesque flat rice fields (seasonal). On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit the Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into the small villages to visit the orchard and fruit plantation. Keep cruising to Vinh Long through a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arriving in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long town, where you can immerse yourself in  the nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of the garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Transfer by motor boat to a small village in Cai Rang district. Check into your riverside cottage. In the afternoon, go cycling or trekking around the village to experience the rural lifestyle of the Mekong Delta people. Join a family as a member, then share the meal with them. Enjoying an evening of traditional folk music. Overnight in your riverside cottage.


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Day 5

Phong Dien - Cai Rang

After breakfast, take the morning boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market which is at its busiest at this time of day. Keep cruising through the small channels system and visit a rice noodle making village. Experience the "Monkey Bridge" in the Delta. Visit a second floating market (Cai Rang). Break for lunch. Return to Ho Chi Minh City.


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Day 6

Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Da Lat via National highway 20. Enjoy the smooth drive and the beautiful landscapes. Stop for photos at the La Nga lake and the floating village. Visit the Datanla waterfall. Lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Da Lat. At leisure in the late afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Da Lat.


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Day 7

Da Lat city tour

Breakfast at your hotel. Treat yourselves a wonderful day to visit the City of Spring.  Start with a scenic cable ride to have panoramic view over the verdant city. Then to visit Truc Lam meditation Monastery in Vietnamese architecture, visit Tuyen Lam Lake, which has immense water surrounded by lush pine forest. Next destination is Cock Church, a Church with beautiful French architecture.

Continue the trip to Valley of love, where you can take many nice photo with flowers. Then visit XQ Historical embroidery art Villagewhich creates delicate and refined embroidered pictures. The time to make such art work is 3 years. Stop over at Dalat jam workshop where we can buy some special food from Da Lat or visit the strawberry garden.

After that, transfer to the Summer Palace, which used to be the retreat for our last emperor - Bao Dai during summers. Back to your hotel. Dinner on your own.Overnight at your chosen hotel in Da Lat


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Day 8

Da Lat - Nha Trang

Breakfast at resort. Depart to Nha Trang. Lunch during the  route. Stop for photos at the Polongiarai Cham tower, the Ngoan Muc pass and Canh Ranh bay on the way to Nha Trang. At leisure in the afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Nha Trang.


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Day 9

Nha Trang and its off shore island

Breakfast at your hotel. Taking the morning boat trip to visit the offshore islands including Hon Mun, Mot island. See the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Lunch on Hon Tam island. Free time for swimming. Returning  to Nha Trang. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Nha Trang.


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Day 10

Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoi An

Breakfast at your hotel. Free until transfer to Cam Ranh airport for boarding flight No VN 336 to Da Nang (12:05 - 13:20). Pick up and transfer to Hoi An Ancient town. Free in the afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Hoi An.


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Day 11

Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for My Son to visit the Cham Holy Land, a World Heritage site. Afterwards stroll around the town, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An and the Danang-style temples and pagodas. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Hoi An.


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Day 12

Hoi An - Hue

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Hue via Da Nang, visit the Marble mountain, the Cham museum. Stop for photos at the Hai Van pass and Lang Co beach. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy a dinner cruise and night boat trip accompanied by a performance of Hue folk songs. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Hue.


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Day 13

Hue - Ha Noi

Breakfast at the hotel. Cruise on the Perfume River to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a setting of gardens and lakes. Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Phu Bai airport for boarding flight No VN 244 to Hanoi (14:55 - 16:10). Pick up at Noi Bai airport and transfer to hotel. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Ha noi.


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Day 14

Ha Noi City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh temple. Cyclo ride around the old quarter streets from Hang Dau to Hang Gai. Dinner on guest’s account Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi railway station for boarding the Express Train to Laocai. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin. (4 pax/cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).


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Day 15

Lao Cai - Catcat - SinChai ( 4 hours trekking, 12 km, 2 villages )

6 : 00 am – Arrive at Laocai train station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel. Have breakfast and a shower. Trek around 12 km to visit two villages of the Black H'mong (Catcat and SinChai). Enjoy a picnic lunch by a waterfall and see the hydroelectric power station established by the French. Transport by Jeep from Catcat back to Sapa at around 4pm. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Sapa.


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Day 16

Sapa – Giang TaChai – Sapa ( 5 hours trekking, 17 km, 3 villages )

Breakfast at the hotel. Head for the valley by jeep to visit two villages of the H'mong and the Dzay. Picnic lunch en route or with a local family. Visit the Red Dzao in Giang TaChai village, stopping off to see a picturesque waterfall and suspension bridge. Walk up to the road and take the jeep back to Sapa. Dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer to Lao cai train station for boarding the Express to Ha Noi (20:15 - 5:00).


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Day 17

Ha Noi - Ha long

Arrive in Hanoi at around 5:30am. Pick up at the train station and leave for Ha Long through the Red River Delta. Arrive in Halong Bay and board the Huong Hai junk. Have lunch, then visit Ha Long Bay, Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Sail island and Ti Top Beach. Have dinner on the junk, whilst enjoying the sunset. Drinks and overnight on the junk. (Optional: Kayaking).


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Day 18

Ha long - Ha noi

Have breakfast. Visit man's head island, Tortoise island, Toad island, Bai Tho mountain. Return and have lunch on the junk. Back to Ha Long wharf. Coach trip back to Hanoi. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Ha noi.


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Day 19

Ha Noi - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Free for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure. End of services. Finish your Grand Tour of Vietnam.

Price & Bookings
Grade tour Price per person in US$ Single
supplement
2 pax3 - 4 pax5 - 7 pax8 - 10 pax11 - 15 pax
Standard Class **$2215$1954$1697$1585$1558$328 
First Class ***$2357$2096$1838$1727$1699$437 
Superior ****$2928$2667$2409$2298$2271$878 
Deluxe *****$3479$3218$2960$2849$2822$1299 
(Seasonal prices apply and will be confirmed when booking! All rates are quoted in US$)

Tour price includes :

  • A/c private car/van/minibus for pick up, transfer & sightseeing as per program
  • Domestic flights: Nha Trang – Da Nang; Hue – Hanoi (economy class)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Private boat trips in the Mekong Delta, Nhatrang, Hue
  • Share cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Kayaking paddles
  • A/c private soft sleeper cabin: Hanoi – Lai Cai – Hanoi ( 4pax/Cabin )
  • All entrance fees
  • Hotel accommodation based on Twin or Double room share
  • Meals as indicated in the tour program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Approved invitation letter for Vietnamese visa

Tour price excludes :

  • International flight to/from Vietnam
  • Vietnamese entry visa fee : /person
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Tip for guide and driver.
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