Impressive Vietnam tour 14 days from Hanoi

11, March, 2016

Impressive Vietnam tour 14 days from Hanoi

 DESTINATIONS: HANOI – SAPA – NINH BINH - HALONG BAY – HUE – HOIAN – HO CHI MINH - MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE

TRAVEL PERIOD: FROM 1 MAY TO 30 SEPTEMBER
TOUR COST IN USD PER PERSON:
 TOUR PRICE FROM: UAD $ 1,650.00

DETAILED ITINERARY:
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL / 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:  May De Ville hotel / Deluxe 

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR - NIGHT TRAINTO LAO CAI (SAPA)  / 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 We have lunch in a good restaurant ( Vietnamese food)
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.
20:30 We transfer you to Hanoi station to take night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.

Optional (Hanoi street food tour on request from 17:00 to 20:00 on request)
We walk to explore everyday life of Hanoian, try some more different dishes which are very special, popular and favorite such as;
1. Banh Trung – sticky rice cake
2. Banh Ran - Sticky rice pancake
3. Banh Cuon – rolled sticky rice cake
4. Xoi – Sticky rice with pork
5. Fried Tofu and Vermicelli Shrimp Sauce
6. Bun Cha - Hanoi Style Vermicelli with Grilled Pork
7. Bia Hoi – Draught beer
8. Banh Chuoi – Banana pancake
9. Vietnamese coffee
10. Mix fruits

Accommodation: TSC Express train / Soft sleeper with A/C (4 people sharing in a cabin)

DAY 3: 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 Sapa Tours with the trekking to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the Black H'mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world's most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique culture. Drive back to Sapa for relax.
In the evening, you have chance to discover Sapa life-night.
Overnight in Sapa.

Optional: If you do not like to stay at hotel in Sapa, in this night we can stay in Ta Van village ( Homestay) then next day morning, our driver will come to Ta Van and pick you back to Sapa and drive to Bac Ha market as normal.

Accommodation: Sunny Mountain Hotel / Deluxe Garden view

DAY 4: SAPA - COLORFUL MARKET - NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HANOI
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 - 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: TSC Express train / Soft sleeper with A/C (4 people sharing in a cabin)

DAY 5: HANOI - NINH BINH - FAMILY HOMESTAY / B / L / D / G
Early morning, we will pick you from train station to mini hotel for relax and breakfast before going to Ninh Binh.
Arrival Binh Binh Family homestay, check in and have Vietnamese lunch.
13:00 We leave our homestay by car to Kenh Ga area for trekking for 1,5hour in the middle of nowhere in middle mountains and valleys with rice fields discover some caves.
15:30: Take a motorboat for 8 km along Hoang Long river to see amazing landscape and daily of Catholic people living on floating village's.
After 45 minutes we check out motorboat and cycling along riverside on dike to see many buffalos, cows, ducks and beautiful life of local people in countryside.
17:00 Get back homestay, talking with local people take relax on hammock.
19:00 Have dinner with Vietnamese foods and overnight at homestay

Accommodation: Ninh Binh Family homestay

DAY 6: NINH BINH - BAI TU LONG BAY / B / L / D / G
7:00: Have breakfast with family 
8:00: We say goodbye the host and heading to northeast of Vietnam to Halong bay. Stop on the way to relax
12.30: Arrive at Swan office, transferred by tender to Swan Cruise.
12.45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefing about safety on boat and activities included then check in cabin.
3.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Halong Bay.
15.00: Arrive to kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.
17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.
19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.
20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.
Overnight onboard with Swan Cruise.

Accommodation: Swan Cruise / Deluxe

DAY 7: HALONG BAY - FLIGHT TO HUE / B / L / G
Flight: VN 1545 19:55 21:05
06.30: Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck.
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food – ‘PHO’
08.00: Explore the Thien Canh Son. guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay and this Cave, made by Mother Nature
09.30: Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.
Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier. Where our private car and tour guide transfer you to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival Hue, our local tour guide will welcome you to hotel check in. Overnight in Hue

Accommodation: Romance Hue hotel / Deluxe city view

DAY 8: HUE CITY TOUR / B / L / G
Start your wonderful day trip by 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. Continue visit the Imperial Citadel which will give you a better understanding of the beauty of Vietnamese Royal architecture and culture. Back to hotel for relax and discover another site of Hue city by your own. Overnight in Hue.

Accommodation: Romance Hue hotel / Deluxe city view

DAY 9: HUE - DRIVE TO HOIAN / B / G
After breakfast at hotel, we 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 Hoi An.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort / Deluxe pool view

DAY 10: 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.
Free at leisure and overnight in Hoi An.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort / Deluxe pool view

DAY 11: HOIAN - DANANG - FLIGHT TO HCM - CITY TOUR / B / G

Flight: VN 109 09:10 10:40
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

DAY 12: 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

DAY 13: CAI RANG LOATING MARKET - 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

DAY 14: HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE / B / G
Free time at leisure until our tour guide and driver come to hotel and transfer you to Ho Chi Minh airport for your departure flight with the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tour, goodbye and see you again!!!

END OF SERVICE!

INCLUSION:
• Private cars take care clients during the trip
• 02 domestic flight Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh (economy class)
• English speaking tour guides
• 1 night on the cruise in Halong bay
• All entrance fees as in the program
• Boat trips as indicated
• All meals as in the program
• Accommodation in double / twin shared room with daily breakfast
• Mineral water on touring
• Visa to Vietnam (Except stamp fee at the airport = usd $ 25 per person)

EXCLUSION:
• Flight in / out Vietnam
• Other meals
• Visa stamp fee = usd $ 25 per person
• Tips for tour guide and driver
• Other drink
• Personal expenses
• Insurance
• Other not mentioned in the itinerary