Impressive Vietnam tour 17 days from Hanoi

22, February, 2016

 Impressive Vietnam tour 17 days from Hanoi

DESTINATIONS: HANOI – SAPA –HALONG BAY – HUE – HOIAN – HO CHI MINH – CU CHI – MEKONG DELTA

TRAVEL PERIOD: FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER 2016

ACCOMMDATION: 3 STAR HOTELS

TOUR PRICE FROM US $ 1785 PER PERSON

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL / N / G

Vietnam is deserved to be a top country to travel in your lifetime which is famous for its peaceful country-sides, green rice paddy fields, rugged mountain ranges, exotic ethnic minorities, amazing white sandy beaches, spectacular bays, mysterious pagodas and significant historical sites. Travel to Vietnam with Vivutravel is a perfect idea and your Vietnam holiday packages will be memorable.
You will be welcomed upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) by our experienced English speaking tour guide and driver before transferring to your hotel for check-in. (check-in time: 14:00)
If you have chance to stay in Hanoi at the weekend, it is worth to join the interesting night market near Hoan Kiem Lake, featured with walking streets, beautiful red lanterns, local street foods and Vietnamese styled souvenirs.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: Medallion hotel / Deluxe
http://www.medallionhanoi.com/

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR / B  / L / G

08:30    After having breakfast at your hotel, take Hanoi half-day city tour covering the most famous tourist destinations of the Capital:
+ Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - a large memorial to the national hero - President Ho Chi Minh who led the country to independence and reunification (Closes on Monday, Friday & from Sep – Nov for maintenance)
+ Ba Dinh Square – where Ho Chi Minh President read Vietnam Declaration of Independence
+ One Pillar Pagoda - Symbol of Vietnam with unique architecture of lotus flower rising from a square-shaped pond
+ Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam
12:00    Our tour guide will recommend you a good restaurant for lunch
13:30    Transfer to the Museum of Ethnology where offering an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. It introduces Vietnamese traditional ways of life from religious events to the symbolic rituals as well as displays a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas outside.
16:00    We enjoy the Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. End of your trip at hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: Medallion hotel / Deluxe
http://www.medallionhanoi.com/

DAY 3: NOM ANCIENT VILLAGE - NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI / B / L /G

After breakfast at hotel, our private tour guide and driver pick up at your hotel in Hanoi, drive to Nom ancient village.
Passing the sunny road and immense green rice fields in tow side to get to Nom village, visitors seem to step into a peaceful and ancient space of several hundred years ago. 200 Year Old Village Near Hanoi.
Upon arrival, we visit the Nom Market, it is organized 12 times per month on days with the end of number 1, 4, 6, and 9. In the past, the market was a central regulator a village trading copper.
We continue keep walking to Nom temple which is described with the architectural tradition. No one remembers the exact date of its establishment. On two large steles here, the temple was rebuilt in 1680 and renovated several times afterwards.
The most special thing is more than 100 statues preserved in the Nom village. Through ups and downs of the history and major floods, such these statues still maintain the original beauty.
After visit Nom temple, we will get into the center of Nom village that is a beautiful architectural complex consisting of common house, an ancient well and banyan tree, the typical feature of the northern villages.
The superficial gateway was built over 200 years ago with four square columns that were finely carved. After the gate, the Nom village appears exactly like what one has to imagine about an ancient Vietnamese village.
The impressive thing in the Nom village is the simple and sincere way of life of villagers. All is remained unchanged and little affected by the “whirlwind” of urbanization.
Drive back to Hanoi, our tour will suggest you a good restaurant for lunch.
Free at leisure and free time to take nice photos in Hanoi old quarter until evening when our tour guide and driver come to pick you and transfer you to Hanoi train station to get night train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on train.

Accommodation: King Express train / Soft sleeper with A/C (4 people sharing)

DAY 4: LAO CAI - SAPA TREKKING TOUR / B / L / G

Pick you up at Lao Cai train station in the early morning by our local tour guide and transfer you to Sapa for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will do one of the most beautiful trekking tour in Sapa by walking to Muong Hoa valley – the home of Black Hmong and Day people living. In this route, you will have chance to shoot the stunning photos of terraced rice field, beautiful and friendly hill tribes. Discover the traditional custom and culture of different hill tribes. Have lunch on the way then back to Sapa by private car.
In this evening, you also have chance to take beautiful photos of Sapa night market.
Overnight in Sapa.

Accommodation: Sunny mountain view / Deluxe
http://sunnymountainhotel.com/

DAY 5: SAPA - MA TRA - TA PHIN TREKKING / B / L / G

After breakfast at hotel, left the busy Sapa town by driving to the small road where we start trekking to Ma Tra of Black Hmong people, the beautiful walk through the terraced rice filed and it is very interesting to experience the daily life of the locals when you stop for visit to one of the families. Picnic lunch on the way then we continue to Ta Phin village of the Red Dao people. Explore the village then private bus back to Sapa. Free at leisure and overnight in Sapa.

Accommodation: Sunny mountain view / Deluxe
http://sunnymountainhotel.com/

DAY 6: SAPA - COLORFUL MARKET - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI / B / L / G

The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;

Market days:
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market - Sundays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays

In the late afternoon, your Sapa tour guide and driver transfer you back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train.

Accommodation: King Express train / Soft sleeper with A/C (4 people sharing)

DAY 7: HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISE / B  / L / D / G

This morning, our tour guide and driver will pick you up at train station to mini hotel for having breakfast and taking shower before travel to Halong bay.
8:00: our private tour guide and driver will pick you and drive to Halong Bay.
12:00-12:30 : Arrive in Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf. Transfer to Halong Emotion Boat by tender.
12:30 : Welcome drink on the boat and check in to your private cabin.
13:15-14:15: Serve buffet lunch on board while cruising to some magnificent Halong bay scenes.
14:45 -15:00: Visit Titop island where you take your time on swim, sunbath, trekking....
16:30: Arrive in Pearl Farm Village. Visit around and swim, kayaking in the bay.
17:30: Back to the cruise and join cooking class to have experience in some traditional dishes. Tea time on sundeck.
19:00: Time for dinner and evening entertainments: bar, spa, squid fishing and overnight on the cruise.

Accommodation: Emotion cruise / Deluxe room
http://www.halong-emotion.com/

DAY 8: HALONG BAY - HANOI - FLIGHT TO Hue VN 1543 16:00     17:10 / B  /  L / G

6:00 : Practice Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
7:00-7h30: Start your day with a light breakfast. During breakfast, cruising to explore other part of Halong Bay, admire the beauty of one in seven new wonder in the world.
8:30 - 9h30: Arrive in Surprise cave, explore the Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long bay.
9:45: Check out and take all luggage outside of your cabin, cruise back to the Tourist Wharf through Ha Long bay.
10:00: Have brunch and clear bills.
11:30: Back to the Tourist Wharf. Where our private tour guide and driver transfer you back to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival Hue, our local tour guide and driver in Hue will welcome you to hotel for check in and overnight in Hue.

Accommodation: Romance Hue hotel / Deluxe city view
http://romancehotel.com.vn/en/

DAY 9: HUE CITY TOUR / B / G

A full day trip to visit the old capital city of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, with first stop at the Imperial Citadel giving you a better understanding of the beauty of Vietnamese Royal architecture and culture.
Then we will take a beautiful dragon boat trip along Perfume River and visit to Thien Mu Pagoda – one of the most popular attractions in Hue. It is located on the banks of poetic Perfume River with typical traditional architecture of Hue pagodas and famous for the event that Buddhist monk from this temple, Thich Quang Duc, burn himself to death for anti-government protest in 1963.
The next stops will be King Ming Mang and King Khai Dinh tombs which are the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty.
Back to hotel for relax and overnight in Hue.

Accommodation: Romance Hue hotel / Deluxe city view
http://romancehotel.com.vn/en/

DAY 10: HUE - DRIVE TO HOIAN / B / G

After breakfast, drive to Hoi An - highlight of any tour to Vietnam - is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. On the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world and Marble Mountain - a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, free to take walking tour of the Hoi An ancient town centre. Overnight in a Hoi An hotel

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort / Deluxe Pool view
http://www.vinhhungemeraldresort.com/ 

DAY 11: HOIAN BIKING TOUR / B / L / G

Spend a day leisurely cycling though the scenic countryside of Vietnam, far from the traffic the motor scooters, and the noises the city. You will cross the islands on the Song Thu river delta using local transportation, including ferries and floating bridges...
This tour will take you on a visit to artisans making bricks according to age-old. You will discover how wooden river boats are made and learn the secret of weaving the colorful straw Hoi An sleeping mats. Try the renowned Vietnamese basket boats. You will spend the day with first-hand contact with one of the rural inhabitant of the region, far from the usual tourist circuits. At lunchtime you will be invited into a local home for a traditional Vietnamese meal, and learn their customs and traditions. After you have relaxed for a while under the shade of a mango tree, you will begin your return towards Hoi An, which will take about an hour.
Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Accommodation: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort / Deluxe pool view
http://www.vinhhungemeraldresort.com/

DAY 12: HOIAN DAY FREE / B /

Hoi An Ancient Town -the highlight of any tour to Vietnam that no Vietnam Tours maker would skip, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Day free to cycle through rice paddies in the countryside of Hoi An ancient town, shop for souvenirs among the antique shops and art galleries, or just sit at sidewalk cafes and soak up the atmosphere of this quaint town. Or relax on the white sandy beach of the famous Cua Dai Beach. Overnight in a Hoi An hotel.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort / Deluxe pool view
http://www.vinhhungemeraldresort.com/

HOIAN - DANANG - FLIGHT TO HCM – CITY TOUR VN 109 09:10     10:40 / B / G

Free at leisure until we pick you up and transfer to Danang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh (operated by Vietnam Airlines)
Pick up and transfer to Ho Chi Minh hotel for check in.
In the afternoon we visit Ho Chi Minh city tour including the War Remnants Museum has a wealth of images from the wars, the most moving being a gallery entitled 'Requiem' which is dedicated to Vietnamese and foreign journalists and photographers who perished during the French and American conflicts.The Reunification Palace was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975 when the North Vietnamese tanks came crashing through the front gates, bringing the U.S.-Vietnam War to a dramatic end. Close to the Palace some of the best examples of French colonial architecture are represented in the forms of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Ben Thanh market.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Accommodation: Sunland Hotel / Deluxe
http://sunlandhotel.vn/

DAY 14: HO CHI MINH - CU CHI TUNNELS / B / G

After breakfast at hotel, we drive to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence where you will understand more about the Vietnam War or American War, a must see Vietnam Tour for any tourists to learn about Vietnam past and present days.
Drive back to hotel for relax and free time to take nice photos of Ho Chi Minh city.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Accommodation: Sunland Hotel / Deluxe
http://sunlandhotel.vn/

DAY 15: HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA - CAN THO / B / L / G

Today we will start our exploration of the Mekong Delta, a major rice producing area. This must be one of the most fascinating riverine deltas in the world. The Mekong splits into nine major arteries. A vast network of rivers and waterways with thousands of ships of all sizes plowing the waters gives the Mekong Delta a very special atmosphere and no double one of the most favorite destinations for Vietnam Tours. On arrival, we will make a boat trip to the Cai Be floating Market, visit villages and meet the people of the Mekong Delta. Continue your boat trip to An Binh Island for Lunch in a local family and take a rowing boat in the afternoon. Continue to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Check in on your arrival, free at leisure and overnight in a Can Tho hotel.

Accommodation: Muong Thanh hotel / Deluxe
http://muongthanh.vn/vi/hotel/can-tho-44.html

DAY 16: CAN THO - HO CHI MINH / B / G

In the morning, we make the boat cruise to see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats), truly highlights of any Vietnam Tours where you will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals and later, you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill, a rice noodles making shop which are nice chances to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Around noon, transfer back to Ho Chi Minh for overnight.

Accommodation: Sunland Hotel / Deluxe
http://sunlandhotel.vn/

 DAY 17: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE / B / G

Free until we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh and connect with your departure flight. We hope that you have enjoyed your time with us and look forward to welcoming your next Vietnam Tours. Vivutravel says goodbye and see you again!!!

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SERVICES INCLUSIVE:
•    Accommodation at hotels in twin / double share room with daily breakfast
•    Return train tickets Hanoi- Lao Cai - Hanoi
•    Transportation as program with air-condition in private car
•    1 night on the cruise in Halong bay
•    Private English speaking guides
•    Domestic flight Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh with economy class of Vietnam airlines
•    Entrance fees & excursions as mentioned
•    Meals as indicated
•    Boat trip in Hue, Mekong
•    Fresh water – 2 bottles per person per day
•    Visa letter on arrival Vietnam (Except visa stamp fee at the airport = usd $ 25 per person)

SERVICES EXCLUSIVE:
•    International flight tickets
•    Tips for tour guide and driver
•    Other drinks
•    Other meals
•    Personal expenses
•    Insurance
•    Other not mentioned in the itinerary