Discovery Vietnam tour 22 days from Hanoi

18, March, 2016

 Discovery Vietnam tour 22 days from Hanoi

DESTINATIONS: HANOI – HALONG BAY – NINH BINH – SAPA – HUE – HOIAN – KON TUM – BUON ME THUOT – LAC LAKE – DALAT – HO CHI MINH – MEKONG DELTA

ACCOMMODATION: 3 STAR
NUMBER OF PERSON: 07
TOUR PRICE FROM$ 1,608.00

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 - BAI TU LONG BAY / B / L / D / G
08:00: Pick up at your hotel by our private tour guide and driver
12.00 – 12.30: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.
12.30 – 13.00: Check-in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.
13.30 – 15.00: Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long bay; admire the fascinating formations on the way.
15.15 – 15.40: Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.
15.45 – 18:00: Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, swimming or kayaking.
18:00 – 19.00: Back to junk for refreshing before having dinner on board.
20.00 – 21.00: Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.

Accommodation:  Dragon Pearl Junk / Deluxe /

DAY 3: BAI TU LONG - NINH BINH / B / L / G
06:30 – 07:00: Start a new day with a Tai Chi demonstration on the sun-deck.
07:00 – 07:30: Take in the morning view of the Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy breakfast in the fresh air.
7:30 – 09:45: Cruise to Cong Do area to explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.
10:00: Check out your cabin.
10:45 – 11:30: Enjoy a Buffet while cruising towards the harbor.
11:30 – 12:00: Disembark. Where our tour guide and private van transfer you to Ninh Binh. Check in and overnight in Ninh Binh

Accommodation: Ninh Binh Legend / Deluxe /

DAY 4: NINH BINH - HOA LU - TAM COC - HANOI / B / L / G
After breakfast at hotel, check out and start drive to visit the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit to the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.

Continue to Tam Coc through stunning limestone karst valleys surrounded by picturesque fields and villages, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs. On arrival in Tam Coc have a private sampan for a leisurely 2.5-hour cruise. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields. After the boat trip, take a leisure walk through rice fields to visit picturesque Thai Vi temple or drive to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order before have lunch in the local restaurant.
After lunch, we drive back to Hanoi for relax and overnight in Hanoi.

Accommodation: May De Ville hotel / Deluxe /

DAY 5: 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 We have lunch in a good restaurant 
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.
Get back to hotel for relax and overnight in Hanoi

Accommodation:  May De Ville hotel / Deluxe /

DAY 6: NOM ANCIENT VILLAGE - NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI ( SAPA) B / 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.
We drive back to Hanoi for lunch and free at leisure until 20:30 our tour guide and driver get back to transfer you to Hanoi train station to get night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train.

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

DAY 7: SAPA TREKKING TOUR / B / L / G
Pick you up at Lao Cai train station in the early morning by our local driver and transfer you to Sapa for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will do one of the most beautiful Sapa Tours with the driving 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. 

Free time at leisure in the afternoon in Sapa and overnight in Sapa

Accommodation:  Sunny mountain hotel / Deluxe mountain view /

DAY 8: MA TRA - TA PHIN - NIGHT TRAIN BAC TO HANOI / B / L / D / G
After breakfast, check out hotel and gear up for your exciting ride. Your ride will be mostly downhill through the suburb of Sapa. You pass by Sapa town to ride along the smoothly road for 3 km, then get off the main road to head to Ma Tra village where is the home of the H'Mong people with scenic landscape of the mountain, rice terrace, corn field and pine hill before heading downhill to Ta Phin. In Ta Phin, you will witness the daily life of the Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. You will also have time to take a short walk around the village. Having lunch in the local family. And get back to Sapa for relax.

In the late afternoon, we transfer you back to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

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

DAY 9: HANOI - FLIGHT TO HUE / B / G 
Flight: VN 1541 09:00 10:10
Upon arrival Hanoi train station, we will transfer you ahead to Hanoi airport for breakfast then get the morning flight to Hue. Upon arrival Hue, our local tour guide in Hue will pick you and transfer you to hotel for check in (If rooms are available)

Free time at leisure and overnight in Hue

Accommodation: Hue romance hotel / Deluxe city view /

DAY 10: 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:  Hue romance hotel / Deluxe city view /

DAY 11: 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 12: 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 13: HOIAN - MY SON HOLY LAND / B / G
After breakfast we drive to My Son, Unesco World Heritage, and the Hinduism Sanctuary of Champa kingdom built from VII to XIII centuries. The complex of brick towers, decorated with statues, sculptures divided in many groups and located in the mysterious forest.

Drive back to Hoian town for free walking around ancient town Overnight at hotel

Accommodation:Vinh Hung Emerald Resort / Deluxe pool view /

DAY 14: HOIAN - DRIVE TO KON TUM / B / L / G
Pick up at hotel in Hoi An. Departure to Kontum - small and beautiful town in the Central highlands on the bank of the mysterious Dakbla river. And you will stop the village Konhongo Kotu of the Banah and drop into the community Rong house. Visit the wooden church inside the town, closely the church is the Orphanic Vinh Son where hundreds of children live, and the seminary of Kontum. Overnight at hotel in Kontum

Accommodation: Indochine / Deluxe

DAY 15: KON TUM - DRIVE TO BUON ME THUOT / B / L / G
Breakfast at the hotel. Overland to Buon Ma Thuot, on the way drop into tea, rubber, pepper plantation. Visit the ethnographic museum, which provides a comprehensive insight into the many distinct ethnic groups of the province, which include the Ede and M'nong, among others. Displays feature traditional Montagnard dress, as well as agricultural implements, fishing gear and musical instruments. Drive to Buon Don, a famous place of elephant hunting and taming in the ancient period. Across the suspension bridge (250m) through the Srepok river, the ancient house over 120 years-old of the Laotian and the grave of the elephant hunter. Back to Buon Ma Thuot city for check-in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Buon Ma Thuot city.

Accommodation: Saigon Ban Me /Deluxe /

DAY 16: BUON ME THUOT - DRIVE TO LAC LAKE 
Breakfast at hotel. The smoke waterfall of Draynur is your best choice to see in the morning. Continue to Lak Lake, Walk around M’Nông hill tribe villages of Jun and Le. Elephant riding across the lake, boat trip (dugout canoe). Enjoy the gong music dancing show with local wine drinking Overnight at Lak Resort

Accommodation:  Bungalow Lak Resort / Standard

DAY 17: LAC LAKE - DRIVE TO DALAT / B / L / G
Breakfast at hotel. Overland to flower city Dalat. Begin the sightseeing by a visit at the Dalat railway station. Continue visiting the flower garden, with a profusion of colorful blooms, including flowers rarely seen elsewhere in Vietnam and visit the Bao Dai's summer palace, for an insight into the daily life of the last Vietnamese emperor and his family. Drop into central market of flower and fruit. Overnight at Dalat.

Accommodation: Dalat Palaza Hotel / Superior/

DAY 18: DALAT - DRIVE TO HO CHI MINH / B / L / G
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Truc Lam monastery and Tuyen Lam lake. Then overland to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon ariival Ho Chi Minh, check in hotel if rooms are available. Free time at leisure and overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Accommodation:  Alagon city point hotel / Deluxe

DAY 19: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR / B / L / G
Start your day visiting two iconic architectural landmarks the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office built between 1877 and 1883 by renowned designer Gustav Eiffel. 
From the cathedral, take a short stroll along Dong Khoi Street to the Opera House. 
Next, visit the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government. 
Head to Cholon the city’s Chinatown and Thien Hau Pagoda which is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Continue through the narrow streets to Binh Tay market that sells everything from hats to dried squid!

Accommodation:  Alagon city point hotel / Deluxe

DAY 20: 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 21: CAI RANG FLOATING 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:  Alagon city point hotel / Deluxe

DAY 22: 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!!!

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INCLUSION:
• Private 16 seated van take care you during the trip
• 01 domestic flight Hanoi – Hu (economy class of Vietnam airlines)
• 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 br
• 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