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Vietnam Adventure

 

19 days


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Rice terraces in Sapa

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

* Hanoi’s beautiful colonial streets
* Sapa hilltribe homestay and mountain treks
* Boat cruise in spectacular Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island
* Imperial city of Hue
* The historical trading town of Hoi An 
* Beach resort city of Nha Trang and the blissful Whale Island 
* Reunification Express train
* The dynamic and vibrant city of Saigon and the tunnels of Cu Chi.
* Homestay on the quiet backwaters of Mekong Delt
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TRIP ITINERARY

 
Day    1 Hanoi
Days   2-5 Halong bay & Catba island
Days   6-8 Sapa
Days   9-10 Hue
Days  11-12 Hoi An
Days  13-15 Nha Trang & Whale island
Day    16 Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Days  17-18 Mekong Delta & Cu Chi tunnels
Day    19 Sai Gon

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  Brief itinerary

 

Day 1 Hanoi 
Vietnam's gracious capital. Marvel at the charming Old Quarter, tour Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum or just watch the endless flow of motorbikes from a cafe patio as they zigzag through the capital's maze of streets. 

Days 2-5 Halong Bay junk overnight, Cat Ba Island
Thousands of islands rise dramatically from the waters of Halong Bay, the limestone karst formations are hollowed by intricate caves. Explore some huge mountain caves and spend the night gazing at the stars from the deck of an exquisite cruiser! Take a dip in the sea and head towards the secluded Cat Ba Island. 

Days 6-8 Sapa, hilltribe trekking & homestay 
Head off along the narrow mountain trails, along the way we'll see the H'mong farmers tending the fields, lots of waving kids and plenty of buffaloes. The scenery is spectacular, with steep rice terraces and lush, verdant hills. Our hosts this evening will treat us to a fine meal and stories of life. Watch out for their home-brewed rice wine! 

Days 9-10 Hue 
The pace of life is slow in the former imperial capital. Explore the tombs of the Nguyen emperors, visit the lively Dong Ba Market, check out the fascinating Citadel and sample Hue's culinary specialities. Don't miss a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River. 

Days 11-12 Hoi An
Hug the coastline of the South China Sea before winding our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass as we drive to Hoi An, much of the town looks exactly as it did a century ago. Walk around to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, fish markets and traditional wooden buildings. 

Days 13-15 Nha Trang & Whale Island 
laze on pristine beaches or go snorkelling amid lovely coral gardens of the blissful Whale Island, enjoy deep blue water and scrumptious seafood or relax at the beach bar to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand ! 

Day 16 Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Prepare for sensory overload as you roam the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City by cyclo, stroll through the colourful Ben Thanh Market, the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace and Cholon (Chinatown)

Days 17-18 Mekong Delta Homestay and Cu Chi Tunnels
Delve into the former stronghold of the Viet Cong guerillas at the Cu Chi Tunnels before cruising down the Mekong Delta, a rich green river world of orchards, rice fields, floating markets and small cottage industries. Be the guests of a local family is a great opportunity to learn about life in the region. 

Day 19 Sai Gon 
The city's network of markets and shops are tempting to explore, as are the colourful temples, central boulevards and French colonial buildings. Chance for last minute shopping or escape the heat at the Saigon Water Park. 

 

DESCRIPTION

travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different (perhaps group travel isn't for you), an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. Transport and accommodation are provided and to give you maximum flexibility, inclusions vary from trip to trip - please check the trip notes for full details.
group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
accommodation
10 nights hotel, 2 nights homestay, 2 nights sleeper train, 2 nights communal beach lodge, 2 nights on board junk boat
Hanoi: Hanoi A1 Hotel
Halong Bay: Junk boat
Cat Ba Island: Holiday View Hotel
Sapa Overnight train
Sa Pa: Holiday Hotel
Sa Pa homestay:
Ta Van village
Hue: Asia Hotel
Hoi An: Hai Au Hotel
Nha Trang: Que Huong Hotel
Whale Island resort
Ho Chi Minh City: Tan Hai Long 1 Hotel
Mekong Delta:
Homestay

transport 
Ha Noi – Ha Long:                                             coach or minibus
Ha Long – Cat Ba island:                                  junk boat
Cat Ba island – Hai Phong:                              hydrofoil
Ha Noi – Sa Pa and return:                               night train
Ha Noi – Hue:                                                     flight
Hue – Hoi An:                                                     coach or minibus
Hoi An – Nha Trang:                                          day train
Nha Trang – Whale Island                                 coach or minibus and boat
Nha Trang – Sai Gon:                                        flight
Sai Gon – Mekong delta – Cu Chi tunnels:     coach or minibus and boat

Tour includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• All transfers and transportation as dedicated in the itinerary
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Local English speaking tour guide
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time 
Tour excludes:
• International flights and visas
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Entrance fees and permits during free time
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program

 

PRICING INFO

Tour cost: US $1805 per person in the party of 2

 

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