Vietnam Eco Adventures Package Itinerary 18 Days
Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights
Depart / Return: Saigon/Hanoi
Visit: Sagon - Can Tho - Mui Ne - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival
Pick up and tranfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day is free.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour (B, L)
At 08: 30, you will be a picked up from your hotel.
In the morning we visit: The Reunification Palace; War Remnants Museum; Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office.
After lunch at local restaurant we continue to visit: Giac Lam Pagoda; Cholon, including the Thien Hau Pagoda; Ben Thanh Market. Back to hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho (B, L)
Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh - a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Proceed to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 4: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), then proceed to Cai Rang floating markets, which are the liveliest in the whole religion.Have you ever tasted Vietnamese vermicelli soup? Well, now go and see how it is made. Then wander around the village and meet the friendly local people and experience how to cross a "Monkey bridge" which is built by only one stem of bamboo. Stop for lunch. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh city by bus the last stop is to visit to Mangrove forest which was a former Viet Cong base used by the guerillas during the War.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Mui Ne (B)
Four hours by car to get to Mui Ne beach from Ho Chi Minh city. You can enjoy sun bathing on the very beautiful beach in Mui Ne.
Stay overnight in Mui Ne.
Day 6: Mui Ne (B)
Free and easy in Mui Ne.
Overnight in Mui Ne.
Day 7: Mui Ne - Nha Trang (B)
After breakfast, we check out and drive to Nha Trang. Check into the resort.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 8: Nha Trang (B)
Free and easy on the beach.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 9: Nha Trang - Hoi An (B, L) - by flight
Morning free followed by a visit to the Dam market then transfer to the airport for your short flight to Da Nang. Drive from Da Nang to Hoi An.
Check in and overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoi An (B)
Free day for shopping or relaxing at your hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An - Hue city tour (B, L)
Short drive to Hue and check into the hotel. Enjoy a boat cruise along Perfume River leading to Thien Mu Pagoda one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Explore the Royal Citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with geomancy. The tour of Imperial City features Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace (Palace of Supreme Harmony), and Forbidden Purple City.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 12: Hue - Hanoi city tour (B, L) - by flight
Morning flight takes you to Hanoi. Our driver and guide will take you to Tran Quoc pagoda and then Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked and the museum dedicated to his memory. A short drive to The Temple of Literature - The first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11 th century to admire the beautiful construction and learn about Royal court and Vietnamese talents.
Have lunch in the local restaurant. Short time to relax before driving ahead to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology where you can get the overview information about ethnic groups over Vietnam through the well organized displays both in indoor and outdoor exhibition. Back to downtown for refreshment by Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple. Tour ends in your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi - Lao Cai (B) - by night train
Today is a free day again (great shopping in the Hanoi Old quarter) until transfer to the Hanoi railway station to catch your train to Sapa.
Overnight on the train.
Day 14: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai (B, L)
Arrive Lao Cai, pick up at Lao Cai Station by bus then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast then walk around Sapa until noon, check in hotel. After lunch trek to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H'mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way. Back to hotel to enjoy the night in Sapa town.
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 15: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L) - by night train
After breakfast you check out and leave your luggage in the hotel, get ready for the trip. Trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Dzay tribes then keep going along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Have a picnic lunch on the way.You go back to Sapa by motorbike/jeep. Get yourself fresh with a shower in the hotel's day room before transfer down to Lao Cai Station for the night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.
Day 16: Hanoi - Halong bay (B, L, D)
05: 00 Arrive in Hanoi. Walk to Mango hotel (next to the rail station) for breakfast and relax.
07: 30 - 07: 45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10: 30 Stopover on the way for short break.
12: 30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13: 00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15: 30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17: 00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19: 00 Dinner is served.
21: 00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing…
Overnight on junk.
Day 17: Halong bay - Hanoi (B, L)
06: 30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07: 30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08: 30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09: 30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10: 30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11: 30 Check-out.
12: 00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12: 30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14: 30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16: 30 Arrive in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 18: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Free time until transfer to Noi Bai International airport for your flight home.
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Trip Included services
Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
English speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
Boat trip as indicated in program
Air tickets: Economy class
Saigon - Da Nang
Hue - Hanoi
Train ticket: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi (4 berth cabin, A/C)
Trip Excluded services
Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if request)
Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
Other meals and drinks
Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14: 00 and check out at 12: 00/ surcharge if request)
Tips & gratuities
All other services are not made on the written form