HOIAN ANCIENT TOWN
VIETNAM TRAIN - 14 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS (VI-TR06)
- Theme’s program
Train, cruise, beach, highlights of Vietnam.
- The Must-Sees
In the South, you will enjoy discovering the colonial district, the historic buildings in Saigon and the exotic atmosphere of Cho Lon district. Then, get to know the daily life of the Mekong Delta’s inhabitants throughout its villages.
In the Centre, you will visit the charming old town of Hoi An and the imperial monuments of Hue. You will walk in beautiful villages known for their traditional handcraft.
In the North, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh (terrestrial Halong Bay) are well complemented by the small paths to meet locals in the villages along the way.
To relax at the beach, you will enjoy the town of Quy Nhon, which is rarely visited by foreign tours which and therefor, makes it very authentic. You might visit the fishing villages near the city.
- What will you do during your trip?
During the trip, you will have the opportunity to taste local delicacies, meals made by your Vietnamese hosts. You will attend a costume and musical dinner as well as a welcome dinner in Hanoi, a tai-chi lesson on the junk’s deck, and you will be initiated to Vietnamese cuisine. The specificity of this trip is that three journeys will be undertaken by train. This is a nice way to discover the country as you will cross different regions where you will witness the amazing diversity of landscapes. It will be one of the most exciting and exotic experience.
- Useful information
For you, we have chosen nice hotels downtown as well as a wonderful traditional junk where you will spend a night. During the tour, you will experience the rickshaw, a domestic flight, the coach, the small boats and a cruise in a junk.
We provide a national tour guide skilled in group management.
DAY 1 : YOUR CITY Flight to HANOI
Departure at your expense to the airport of departure. Check-in formalities and flight to Hanoi on regular flight. Dinner and night on board.
DAY 2 : HANOI
Arrival in Hanoi. At the airport welcome by your English speaking guide and transfer to the city.
Sightseeing around Ba Dinh square. The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum from outside, the one pillar Pagoda. Walking tour around the old quarter, the Opera colonial style, the Ly Thai To park , the Hoan Kiem lake, the city’s landmark holding the Ngoc Son temple and the The Huc Bridge. This tour will end in a magnificent colonial style house where you will be enjoying a welcome dinner. Night at the hotel.
DAY 3 : HANOI / NINH BINH
Departure for Ninh Binh, passing on a portion of the legendary track of Ho Chi Minh. Along the way, various landscapes with many typical villages. Stop in Van Long site, located in the karst area of Ninh Binh, nicknamed “Halong Bay on Land” for its beauty and extraordinary landscape.
Lunch during the excursion. Flat-bottomed boat ride on the river that veers through huge karstic rocks, intact nature. Bike ride and special encounter with the locals. Visit a traditional house. Dinner in a local restaurant. Night at the hotel.
DAY 4 : NINH BINH / HALONG BAY
Departure towards Ha Long and its world-famous bay. Boarding the junk to start your cruise. Seafood lunch while the junk sails between islands and islets. Explore the Cave Thien Canh Son, one of the most beautiful caves in the bay. Relaxation on the sandy beach of the island Hon Co.
Back to the junk. Relaxing time to contemplate the sunset on the top deck. Seafood dinner on board. If you wish you can try yourself at squid fishing directly from the rear of the junk. Night on board.
DAY 5 : HALONG BAY / HANOI overnight train to HUE
Breakfast at sunrise. Boat trip through the fishermen floating villages, you will see small schools, houses, health posts... Last lunch of delicacies from the bay on board. Landing manoeuvres of the junk.
Way back to Hanoi, with a stop along the way in Dong Trieu village known for its ceramics. Dinner in a local restaurant. Transfer to the railway station. Sleeping train to Hue. Night on board (Tourist class, 4 berths / cabin)
DAY 6 : HUE
Arrival to Hue railway station and transfer to a small hotel for breakfast and a shower.
City tour of Hue. Declared Patrimony of UNESCO. Visit of the citadel built in ‘Vauban’ architectural style. Pursuit to the Imperial City and discover the magnificent temple of the Nguyen Dynasty. Road towards a local family restaurant on the river bank, on the way, assist to the manufacturing of conical hats and incense sticks. Lunch in that restaurant.
Pursuit with a Dragon boat ride on the Perfume River, excellent way to discover the local life of the river. Disembarkation and visit of the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady and the tomb of Tu Duc. Dinner in a local restaurant. Night at the hotel downtown.
DAY 7 : HUE / HOI AN
Road to Hoi An through the astonishing “Pass of the ocean cloud”. Photos stop on the top of the pass to admire the view. Lunch in a restaurant in town.
Walking tour in the ancient town of Hoi An: Chuc Thanh Pagoda, the Fujian Chinese community house, charming colonial buildings. Walk among 800 buildings of historical interest. Stop the Japanese covered bridge, historic symbol of the city. Boat tour on the river to get in touch with the life on the river bank. Dinner in a local restaurant. Night at the hotel.
DAY 8 : HOI AN / DANANG overnight train to QUY NHON
Road to Danang and its Cham museum holding a great collection of Cham sculptures and other artefacts. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Boarding on a train towards Quy Nhon, soft seat AC seating class. Rather long journey (around 6 hours) but the train goes through some stunning sceneries, mix between the see on your left and mountains and fields on your right. The food vendors in the alleys and the friendly locals will really make this experience unforgettable.
Arrival in Quy Nhon late afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Dinner in local restaurant. Night at the hotel.
DAY 9 : QUY NHON
Departure towards Eo Gio, coastal village not far from Quy Nhon. Along the way stop in a Tuong Phat Doi pagoda home of a giant golden Buddha statue in Vietnam.
Walking around the village and on the beach to observe the fisherman activities. Seafood lunch in a local restaurant. Back to Quy Nhon and visit of a Cham temple not far from the city. Transfer back to you hotel. Dinner in a restaurant in town. Night at the hotel.
DAY 10 : QUY NHON overnight train to HO CHI MINH
Day at leisure to enjoy the beach. Lunch at your expense. Late afternoon transfer to the train station for a sleeper train towards Ho Chi Minh.
Dinner on the train. Night in the train, soft sleeper AC class (cabins 4 bunks).
DAY 11 : HO CHI MINH
Arrival early morning, transfer to a small hotel for a shower and breakfast.
Walking tour around the old colonial district, where most the buildings from the colonial era are located. Photo stop in front of the Reunification Palace. Visit of the central post office, designed by Gustave Eiffel’s workshop, followed by Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed in 1880. Walk on the ex-Catinat street to the city hall, the municipal theatre and the historic “Continental” hotel.
Lunch in a restaurant in town. Tour in Chinatown very commercial area, the great Binh Tay Market, herbalists alleys, these plants are essential in traditional medicine and the Thien Hau Temple, known for his statuettes glazed ceramic. Dinner in a restaurant in town. Night at the hotel.
DAY 12 : HO CHI MINH / CAI BE / CAN THO
Visit a traditional lacquer factory. Road towards Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. The delta is a large network of canals on a huge area of 40 000 km².
On the way visit of a Cao Dai temple, religion born in the south of Vietnam. Cruising along the canals surround by a luxuriant vegetation and passing by a wholesale floating market. You will enjoy local fruits on the boat.
Discover the making of rice cake, coconut candy and rice wine. Lunch on an island: the elephant ear fish. Pursuit by road to Can Tho. Check-in at hotel. Dinner at restaurant next to banks of Mekong’s arm. Night at the hotel.
DAY 13 : CAN THO / HO CHI MINH Flight to YOUR CITY
Early departure for a small cruise on the river: boating towards Cai Rang floating market. Hooking of a smaller boat selling fruits, tasting of fresh pineapple in an exotic atmosphere.
Road back to Ho Chi Minh City, lunch at local restaurant. According to the flight schedule, transfer to airport. Assistance for registration formalities and flight to your city on a regular airline flight... Dinner and night on board.
DAY 14 : YOUR CITY
Breakfast on board. Arrival to your city.
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