12 days 09 nights
Visits of the most popular sites, North Vietnam, authenticity, ethnic groups, homestay, meet local populations, Halong Bay cruise, highlights of Vietnam, Mekong Delta.
In the Northern mountains, take a look at the beautiful scenery of the rice plateau landscapes and meet the various and diverse ethnic groups in their authentic villages. Learn more about their customs and discover their way of life.
In the North, you will find Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ninh Binh (known as the terrestrial Halong Bay) which are well complemented by small paths to meet locals in the villages along the way.
In the Centre, you will visit the charming old town of Hoi An where you will spend 3 nights to relax at the beach and discover the city as well as the imperial monuments of Hue. You will walk in beautiful villages known for their traditional handcraft.
In the South, you will discover the colonial district, the historic buildings in Saigon, the exotic atmosphere of Cho Lon district and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Then, immerge in the daily life of the Mekong Delta’s inhabitants throughout its villages.
We will go through a brand new road between Hanoi and Lao Cai where we will enjoy beautiful landscapes under all altitudes, from the rice plateau fields to the astonishing mountains.
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 (homestay). You will enjoy a diner on a boat in Saigon, as well as a cruise on the Halong Bay. You will meet the ethnic minorities in the northern Vietnamese mountains and visit several villages known for their traditional handcraft.
For you, we have chosen nice hotels downtown as well as a wonderful traditional wooden junk where you will spend a night. During the tour, you will have a ride on the famous rickshaw, a domestic fligh, bus and cars, small boats and a cruise in a wooden junk.
We provide a national tour guide skilled in group management.
Departure from the airport of your choice and all registration formalities for the flight to Hanoï will be at your own expense.
Dinner and night on board.
You will be welcomed by your tour-guide and transfered to your hotel from there you will have Free time to recover from your flight.
Visit of the museum of Ethnology. Walking in the gardens of the museum to discover the different types of houses of the various ethnic groups. Walking tour around the old district: The Opera and its 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 have a welcoming dinner. Night at the hotel.
The road towards the northern mountains is brand new and surprising by the diversity of its landscapes, the road starts from the valley, ascending slowly towards the mountain. Lunch in a local restaurant in Lao Cai.
Short trekking session in the heart of the mountain villages between the rice plateau lost in areas still not touched by mass tourism. there you can meet the cheers locals who will wramly welcome you. Visit of one of the villager’s houses where you will taste the local Tea.
Back on the road to Sapa. Evening walk in the charming little mountain town to discover its neighborhood businesses, the stoned church…
Dinner at your expense. Night at the hotel.
In the morning departure for a small trek in the Muong Hoa valley, the most beautiful of the area. This trek will lead you towards the tiny village of Ta Van, lost in the middle of the mountains and its rice fields. Along the way you will meet some of the ethnic minorities like the Hmongs, Dzays or Dzaos. Lunch in a family restaurant in a village of the Dzays.
Later you will visit a school which is a great way to discover how the education system works in remote areas and meet the ever smiling kids. Road to Bac Ha at the end of the day.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
NB : As tourism isn’t really developed in Bac Ha yet, there are no 3* nor 4* hotels. But there is a Possibility to do a homestay an unforgettable and magical experience.
We will take the road towards a village in the valley and more specifically its ethnic minority market which are attended by most of the ethnic groups like the Hmong, Tay, Nung, Giay… The markets: Coc Ly (Tuesday), Can Cau (Saturday) or Bac Ha (Sunday) you will have free time on the market which is a real chance and a total change of scenery.
Back on the Road to Hanoi. Lunch along the way.
Arriving in Hanoi the dinner will be at your expense. Night at the hotel.
Note: The program can be rearranged in case of there are no markets on this day.
In the morning we will Visit the temple of Literature.
Then we will do some Sightseeing around Ba Dinh square. Taking a look at the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum from outside, we will stop at the one pillar Pagoda famous for its original construction entirely in teak emerging from a pillar. Lunch in a local restaurant. after lunch you will take a ride on a Rickshaw around the old district, you will dive into the chaotic Hanoi traffic a perfect way to better learn and understand the city and the daily life of its inhabitants. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner at your expense. Night at the hotel.
Road towards the pride of Vietnam the famous Halong Bay. We will Arrive around noon.
Boarding for a cruise in a traditional wooden junk, you will navigate through the astonishing karstic limestones and the 3000 islands emerging from the emerald green waters of the Tonkin gulf bay. For lunch you will have delicious local Seafood dish. following the water flow we will enter the heart of the bay listed as UNESCO world heritage site since 1994.
Quick stop on an island to enjoy the beach and watch the sunset on the bay. Dinner will be composed of delicious Seafood. Night on board.
We will take a small boat in order to visit an intriguing naturally craved cave. lunch on the board.
After the Check out, we will take the Road to Hanoi and along the way, a quick stop in the Dong Trieu village and its famous ceramics, an opportunity to meet locals. Transfer directly to Hanoï’s airport and boarding for your flight towards Hue. Arrival and transfer directly to your hotel.
Dinner at your own expenses. Night at the hotel.
Note: Possibility to transfer from Hanoi to Hue by night train, unforgettable experience. Details in price list on the last page.
Visit of the Citadel : the Imperial city, located in the heart of the Citadel, discover the Imperial City through the Palace of Supreme Harmony.
Road towards the Thien Mu pagoda recognizable by its high octagonal tower. Departure for a cruise on the Perfume River to discover the countryside landscapes surrounding the area. Lunch in a local house on the river bank.
Dinner at your own expenses. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day free, you can at your leisure discover the old town by your self and take a rest. Meals will be at your own expenses. Night at the hotel.
No guide or driver during this journey.
Option (can be done on day 7 or 8): Snorkeling around the Cham Island there are two different spots where you can relax on a beach. There are Regular snorkeling activities with 1 tank dive or 2 tank dive.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy the beach or to continue exploring the city. Meals at your own expenseq. Night at the hotel.
No guide nor driver this day.
Option: Departure in the morning towards the ancient ruins of My Son. These ruins are the biggest remains of the Cham realm, in its Pinnacle which was from the VIIth to the XIIIth century. My Son is located at 69km south-west of Danang and was an Imperial City during the Cham dynasty. These Hindu influenced temples which are completely different from the rest of the Vietnamese temples you can see, it is worth the trip.
Back to Hoi An. Lunch at your own expenses the rest of the afternoon will be free. Dinner at your own expenses. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. At dawn, transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City you will take the road towards the Cu Chi war tunnels.
This 200km long network of connecting tunnels was dug by the Viet Congs during the Vietnam War. You can enter those tunnels by an enlarged entry where you can learn the conditions of the Vietnamese soldiers during the conflict. lunch in Ho Chi Minh city.
Sightseeing in the old French district. taking a look at thecentral post office: Constructed between 1886 and 1891, this building is a real footprint of the French colonists. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel’s workshop and is inspired from Parisian buildings.
The Notre Dame Cathedral: This red bricked cathedral is one of the landmarks of the city. It was constructed by the French between 1877 and 1880.
Rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. Dinner at your own expenseq. Night at the hotel.
Take a tour in the Chinese district also known as Cholon. Visit the local market Binh Tay, where you can find everything from food to textile. A quick walk in the narrow streets filled with shops selling traditional medicine products after this, we will visit the impressive Thien Hau Pagoda.
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 we will quickly stop to visit a Cao Dai temple, a religion born in the south of Vietnam. Cruising along the canals surrounded by a luxuriant vegetation and passing by a wholesale floating market. You will taste local fruits on the boat. You will stop along the way to discover how locals makes rice cake, coconut candy and rice wine an interesting experience. Lunch on an island to taste a speciality the elephant ear fish. Road back to Ho Chi Minh City and rest of the afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner on a cruise following the Saigon River. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day and meals at your own expenses, last time for shopping. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight to home. Check-in and boarding.
Breakfast on board. Arrival.