TRIP FROM SAIGON TO HANOI
12 days from Saigon to Hanoi (PEV-TR12-2)
Day 1 SAIGON
Arrive in Saigon (formerly called Saigon). Transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. An optional visit and shopping at Ben Thanh Market is available. Overnight in Saigon. (D)
Day 2 SAIGON – CU CHI – SAIGON
After breakfast, drive to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, the vestiges of the American war, an underground tunnel system constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. En route to Cu Chi, you can see how rural people live and work, view occupations such as cashew nut growing, rice farming and rice paper production. Return to Saigon in the afternoon for a half-day city tour. Visit Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Thien Hau Temple and Binh Tay Market in the city’s bustling Chinatown. Overnight in Saigon. (B,L,D)
Day 3 SAIGON – VINH LONG – SAIGON
Depart to Vinh Long, visit My Thuan suspension bridge en route. Arrive in Vinh Long. A boat trip on Mekong River to view daily lives of people who work and play on waterways of Mekong Delta. Visit Cai Be floating market, a typical bustling trade on water of Southern villagers. Continue along the small channel of An Binh Islet. Visit a ceramic tile factory, coconut-candy factory, and a rice husking business. Stop to enjoy fruits in the orchards and home-made honey alcohol, enjoy local traditional songs or visit the famous Bonsai of gardener Sau Giao, sapling garden of Tam Ho. Transfer back Saigon. Overnight in Saigon. (B,L,D)
Day 4 SAIGON – HUE
Take a morning flight to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Tranfer to hotel. Visit the Imperial Citadel, from where the Nguyen dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Continue visiting the elaborate tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh and Tu Duc. Stop en route at local families to learn how Vietnam’s famous conical hats and colorful incenses are made. Enjoy traditional folk songs on Perfume River in the evening. Overnight in Hue. (B,L,D)
Day 5 HUE – DANANG – HOI AN
A morning boat trip on the romantic Perfume River to visit Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu pagoda, then transfer to Danang by car. The scenic route passes by wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over Hai Van Pass (the Pass of Ocean Clouds). Arrive in Danang, visit Cham Museum, the best collection of Cham artifacts in the world. On the way to Hoi An, break the journey to visit the Marble Mountain, a large garden mount complex and invaluable gift of nature, listed as a national heritage. Arrive in Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries. Overnight in Hoi An. (B,L,D)
Day 6 HOI AN
A morning boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit traditional villages around Hoi An. An afternoon walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, ancient pagodas and temples, and the colourful market with shopping time. Overnight in Hoi An. (B,L,D)
Day 7 HOI AN – DANANG – HANOI
Leave Hoi An for Danang to catch flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Transfer to hotel. Hanoi is unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, ancient temples, old pagodas and peaceful lakes...A 2-hour cyclo tour to visit the historic Old Quarter of Hanoi with 36 streets named after the goods once sold there. Evening, enjoy the water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. (B,L,D)
Day 8 HANOI – BAC NINH – HA LONG
A morning city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s House-on-Stilts, One-Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature.
Afternoon, leave Hanoi for Bac Ninh, the cradle of traditional Vietnamese music and theater. Upon arrival, take a cart through the lanes to visit Dinh Bang Communal House and Do Temple, enjoy folk songs before proceeding to Ha Long Bay, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight in Halong. (B,L,D)
Day 9 HALONG – HANOI
A 5-hour boat trip for viewing numerous types of islands on the bay. Visit Thien Cung cave (grotto of the Heavenly Palace), famous for its stalagmites and stalactites, and Dau Go cave (grotto of the Wooden Stakes), where in 1288 one of Vietnam’s most famous generals, Tran Hung Dao, amassed hundreds of stakes deep inside the cave prior to a battle with an invading Mongul army. Enjoy a sea-food lunch on board. Transfer back Hanoi, en route break the journey to visit an embroidery factory of disabled with wonderful works at unexpected price. Overnight in Hanoi. (B,L,D)
Day 10 HANOI DEPARTURE
At leisure till transfer to Noi Bai airport for next destination. (B)
Optional Extension : Sapa Adventure (4 days/4 nites)
Day 9 HANOI – DEPARTURE
Arrive in Hanoi, catch the night train to Lao Cai at 21.30H. Overnight on train. (B,L,D)
Day 10 FIVE-HOUR-TREKKING, 14 km THROUGH 2 VILLAGES
Pick up at Lao Cai Rainway Station in early morning and transfer to Sapa by bus. Arrive in Sapa around 8.00H. Transfer to Hotel. Breakfast. Trek to visit 2 villages of the Black H’mong (Cat Cat and Sin Chai). Picnic lunch at a waterfall and view the Hydroelectric Power Station built by the French. Back to Sapa roughly 4.00PM. Ovevrnight in Sapa. (B,L,D)
Day 11 SEVEN-HOUR-TREKKING, 17 kms THROUGH 3 VILLAGES
Head for the valley to visit 2 villages of the H’mong and the Dzay, picnic lunch on the way or in a local family. Go on visiting the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village, view a waterfall and a suspension bridge. Walk up the road to catch a jeep back Sapa. Overnight in Sapa. (B,L,D)
Day 12 SAPA – LAO CAI – HANOI
Free to explore the town until transfer back to Lao Cai to catch the night train at 21H back to Hanoi. Overnight on train. Arrive in Hanoi next early morning. (B,L,D)
Package price in USD/person for double occupancy
A = Deluxe, B = Superior, C = Standard, D = Economy
+ Option: SAPA ADVENTURE
- Child from 0-5 years: Free of charge.
- Child form 6-11 years (without bed): = 50% adult fare.
- Child from 6- 11 years (with bed): = 75% adult fare.
- Child from 12 years up: = 100% adult fare.
All bookings requested during Chinese New Year will be added 05%
All these above rates included
- Hotel in twin or double sharing room basis with daily breakfast
- Meals: as indicated in above itinerary.
- Transfer and transportation by private car.
- Sightseeing and entrance fee as per the mentioned itinerary.
- English speaking guide.
All these above rates not included
- Travel insurance, Visa fee to Vietnam.
- Drink and beverage.
- International and Domestic airfare & airport taxes at all routes.
- Personal expenses.
- Late check-out charge at hotel.
Train Ticket Price
Hanoi-Sapa-Hanoi: 26USD (A/C, 4-soft berth)
Delux (A/C, 2-soft berth): appx. $160.00*
Superior (A/C, 4-soft berth): appx. $110.00*
*Price is subjected to change without prior notice
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