Essence of Vietnam – 14 Days

This Vietnam Tour package- 14 Days is your great choice if you want to experience the highlights of Vietnam: the land, the people, the culture, and the history, as a Vietnamese person would be. In this special Vietnam trip, you will experience from the North to the South by all forms of transport: car, train, airplane, boat, walking and hiking.
During 2 weeks traveling with Vietnam Tours Expert, you will trace a path of the founding of Vietnam, starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon (or vice versa).

Type of trip: Private tour – Vietnam Classic Tour
Trip Duration: 14 days 13 nights
Start city: Hanoi or Saigon
End city: Saigon or Hanoi
Destination: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Hue – Saigon – Mekong Delta (or vice versa)
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (Meals: N/A)

Upon arrival in our thousand years Capital – Hanoi City, our Vietnam Tours Expert tour guide will welcome you at Noi Bai airport and then transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Relax to recover somewhat from jet-leg and for the refreshment.
If time permits, take an orientation tour of Hanoi. You will know our legend/history about Hoan Kiem Lake (the lake of the Restored Sword), our architectural and our way of with small streets and its name (Old quarter).
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Sapa (Meals: Breakfast)
Today, we will take the sightseeing of the most city’s outstanding historical and cultural sites. The Hanoi city tour includes:
– The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
– One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature ( The Oldest University In Vietnam ) for the brief understanding about the two most popular religions in Vietnam (Buddhism and Confucianism).
– Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art).
– Enjoy our welcome show of northern rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show.
You will have time for dinner then being transferred to Hanoi Railway station for night train to Sapa.
Overnight on train in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C.

Day 3: Sapa sightseeing (Meals: Breakfast)
Arrive at Lao Cai train station at about 5.00am. Meet the local guide at the main entrance and take our private car for the transfer to Sapa 35km away.
Have breakfast and relax before exploring Sapa town and the local market in the town.
In the afternoon, take a 2km short trekking with the local guide to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong Ethnic. Meeting and talking with locals at their home to learn more about their daily life and get to know their habits. From here, you will have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French by the wonderful waterfall. Get back to the town in late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa trekking to villages (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
A whole day today is for discovering the nature as well as different culture of hill tribal people. From your hotel, we drive through the spectacular scenery of Fansipan Mount, and through scenic Muong Hoa valley. We walk up and down the rice terraces, hills, bamboo forests and streams to Lao Chai and Ta VanVillages which is decorated by terraced-fields and the house of H’mong, Red Zao and Zay people. You will have great opportunity for taking photos of breathtaking landscapes, meeting friendly hill-tribe people at home and work, and getting to understand their tradition, habits…Enjoy picnic lunch. We will return to our hotel in Sapa by car in late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Note: A full or half day trekking or moving by car and short walk is on your request.
Overnight in your hotel in Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa Hill Tribe market – Night train back to Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast we will leave for a Hill Tribe Market for about 3 hours driving. Join in the colorful market of the tribal people in this region. On the fair market the H’mong, Dzao, Phu La people in their best traditional costumes go to the market for shopping and meeting friends and relatives…
Say goodbye to the colorful market and drive to Chay River where you will get on a boat for a river adventure. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high Rock Mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls while cruising along the river. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (Trung Do village) by the river. After the boat trip, we drive back to Laocai and pay a short visit to the Vietnam-Chinese border gate.
You will have time for your own dinner at a local restaurant in the town before driving to the railways station for night train to Hanoi.
Note: Market tours are available on Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday.
Overnight on train in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C.

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise – A World Heritage Site (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The train arrives back to Hanoi around 4:00am, meet our guide at the train station for the transfer to a day use hotel for few hours relaxing and having breakfast.
8:00 am: After breakfast, you will leave for Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you will board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you will be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood.
Overnight on cruise in Halong Bay.

Day 7: Halong Bay – Da Nang – Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Participate in Tai Chi o­n the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave by row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
Your Halong Bay cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your driver and drive to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for the late afternoon flight to Da Nang.
Arrive in DaNang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An town, around 30km away.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary (Meals: Breakfast)
Morning, take a discovery trip to My Son, 40km from Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. My Son, considered being in the same league as some of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Admiring great architectural and art works of the Cham lost Kingdom. Having a brief understanding of the history, culture for which My Son was recognized the World Cultural Heritage. Return to Hoi An before noon.
In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour around Hoi An ancient town to see the major attraction. You will visit a historical Old House, Japanese Covered Bridge, Old Temple and Silk Factory.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An – Hue & Royal Palaces (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast in the hotel, you will have a 3.5 hour driving over the scenic Hai Van pass along the coast to the old citadel of Hue. You will have a short stop in spectacular Lang Co beach for refreshment. Visit Cham Sculpture museum and Marble Mountain in Da Nang before continue on our drive to Hue.
Afternoon, take the sightseeing tour in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.
Then you will embark on a drive to Hue’s countryside, through scenic villages and green rice fields to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is one of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes.
Late afternoon, enjoy the leisure boat trip on the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda and admire sunset.
Overnight in your hotel in Hue.

Day 10: Hue – Saigon (Meals: Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon). On arrival, you will explore this cosmopolitan city o­n a guided tour. Highlights of your day are the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Municipal Theater, Ben Thanh Market, Cho Lon and a Buddhist Temple.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 11: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
This morning we set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for its floating market. Here we will board our private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. We will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular dish of ‘Elephant ear fish’, before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta. Towards the end of the day we arrive in Can Tho where we stay overnight.
Overnight in your hotel in Can Tho.

Day 12: Visit Cai Rang floating market – Saigon (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we start our trip with a boat trip on sparkling streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang floating market. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. Afternoon drive back to Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 13: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Great Temple (Meals: Breakfast)
Depart hotel in the morning for Cu Chi to visit the Tunnels. Cu Chi Tunnels are a network of underground tunnels begun in 1948 by the Viet Minh in their struggle against the French. These tunnels were expanded and used by the Viet Cong during the war between Vietnam and America. Americans called this the “Iron Triangle” and was a stronghold of the Vietcong for almost thirty years. Walk underground in the tunnels.
From here you will continue on to see the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh, where each day at noon a prayer service is held. It is a striking structure on a very large compound. The term Cao Dai (meaning higher tower or place) is a euphemism for God. Caodaism was found in the 1920’s by Ngo Minh Chieu, using a combination of teaching from Buddism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other religions into one religion to promote peace. Return to Saigon in mid-afternoon and free in the rest of the day.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 14: Saigon Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
You will be free until the departure time until the transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight home or to next destination. Say farewell to Saigon & Vietnam. Finish your unforgettable Vietnam Holidays arranged by Vietnam Tours Expert.

TOUR PRICE IN USD PER PERSON

Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly for the right price!

Tour cost included:

  • Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All domestic flight tickets
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
  • Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge.

Tour cost excluded:

  • International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Travel insurance, Vietnam Entry Visa fee
  • Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels