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Essence of Vietnam 15 days

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Lao Cai

Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa

Day 4: Sapa – Visit hill tribe villages - Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi – Mai Chau

Day 6: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh

Day 7 : Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on boat.

Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue

Day 9: Hue City Tour

Day 10: Hue – Danang – Hoian

Day 11: Hoian – Danang – Nha Trang

Day 12: Nha Trang – Dalat

Day 13: Dalat – Saigon

Day 14: Saigon - Cu Chi tunnels - Saigon

Day 15 : Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Departure.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Arrival at Noi Bai airport, welcome and transfer to your hotel (rooms are available at noon). In the afternoon, visit the Opera House, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Welcome dinner and overnight in Hanoi.


Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Lao Cai
After breakfast at hotel. Then, explore Vietnam’s charming capital such as Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake. After lunch at local restaurant. Visit the Ethnology Museum and enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance. Dinner at local restaurant then transfer to Hanoi railways station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train.


Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa
Arrive at Lao Cai railways station at about 06 am, welcomed by our guide and our driver then depart to Sapa. Check in hotel for a shower and for breakfast, then discover Sapa and its surroundings to immerse in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. Trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai, where you will learn about local traditions and daily life. Overnight at hotel.


Day 4: Sapa – Visit hill tribe villages - Hanoi
Have breakfast at the hotel. Discover Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty, you will trek through terraced rice fields and hill tribe villages to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village then drive back to Lao Cai to catch the night train to Hanoi. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight on the train.


Day 5: Hanoi – Mai Chau
Arrive in Hanoi at 04:30, welcome and transfer to hotel nearby Hanoi railways station for a short break, a shower and breakfast. 08h30 am, depart to Mai Chau, a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields, lakes and mountains. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. Have lunch in Mai Chau then spend the afternoon, walk around Mai Chau to discover the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 6: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh
Have breakfast at homestay. Then, leave for Ninh Binh, the ancient capital of Vietnam during the 10th century. On arrival, visit Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh dynastic temple. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Then, board a small sampan for a spectacular 2-hour cruise through numerous waterways and beautiful rural landscape of limestone cliffs and rice paddies to the stunning Tam Coc caves. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 7 : Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on boat.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Then, depart to Ha Long bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of limestone islands and turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood on board as you sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit Sung Sot, the largest grottoes of Halong Bay. Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Overnight on boat.

Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Our driver will meet you at the Halong jetty and take you back to Hanoi to catch the short flight to Hue. Upon arrival to Hue airport, driver will be await for you and transfer you to hotel in Hue City.

Day 9: Hue City Tour
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City – once the Emperor's private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. Visit the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda and vibrant Dong Ba riverside market. Have lunch at local restaurant. Then, a private boat cruise down the romantic Perfume River to visit the Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and the ornate Minh Mang's tomb. Overnight in Hue.

Day 10: Hue – Danang – Hoian
Have breakafast at hotel. Drive to Hoian via Lang Co fishing village and Hai Van Pass. Visit the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain. Arrive in Hoian, check in at the hotel and enjoy walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoian – Danang – Nha Trang
After breakfast at hotel. Transfer you to Danang airport for a short flight to Nha Trang that is the most beautiful sandy beach city of Vietnam. Arrival in Nha Trang, our driver will meet you and transfer to hotel. Free at leisure and overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 12: Nha Trang – Dalat
Have breakfast at hotel. Drive up hills to Dalat and reach the mountain town of Dalat in the afternoon. Then, visit the art deco former summer residence of Bao Dai, the old Dalat Railway Station, the Central Market and famous XQ embroidery workshop. Then, walk around Xuan Huong Lake and Da Lat central market. Overnight in Dalat.

Day 13: Dalat – Saigon
After breakfast at hotel. Visit Thien Vien Truc Lam, the largest Zen Monastery of Vietnam and the Tuyen Lam Lake, then visit Lat village, home to a number of distinct ethnic minority groups. Lunch at local restaurant. Then, transfer to Lien Khuong airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh city, welcome and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 14: Saigon - Cu Chi tunnels - Saigon
Breakfast at hotel. Explore the famous historic Cu Chi Tunnels that are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Back to Saigon for lunch. Then, visit Saigon’s China Town such as Cho Lon, Lady temple, the War Remnants Museum, former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the City’s Post Office. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 15 : Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Departure
Have breakfast at hotel. Depart to the Mekong River Delta to visit Cai Be floating market, a local candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to traditional music. Lunch at a local restaurant, then cross the Mekong by motorized boat to visit some fluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. Your driver and will meet you at Vinh Long jetty and take you to Saigon. Transfer direct to Tan Son Nhat airport for the departure.

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