Day 02: Hanoi / Lao Cai - night train
Day 03: Lao Cai / Sapa
Day 04: Sapa / Lao Cai / Hanoi - night train
Day 05: Hanoi / Halong
Day 06: Halong / Ninh Binh
Day 07: Ninh Binh / Hanoi / Hue
Day 08: Hue
Day 09: Hue / Danang / Hoian
Day 10: Hoian / Danang / Saigon
Day 11: Saigon / Ben Tre / Saigon
Day 12: Saigon Departure
DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL
Arrival in Hanoi. Welcome and transfer to your hotel. First contact with the capital, orientation tour: the Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son pagoda, dedicated to the genius of Literature. We further visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, built in 6th century, then the Quan Thanh temple, dedicated to the Tran Vu genius. Strolling in the old quarter of the 36 corporations, real heart of the Old Hanoi, where all the street names starts with the word “Hang “ that reminds to the product or the job that people were practicing in the past. Dinner in town and overnight at your hotel.
DAY 02: HANOI, VISIT OF THE CITY / LAO CAI
Deeper visit of the Capital and discovery of its colonial and traditional atmosphere: The marble mausoleum, the One Pillar pagoda, erected by king Ly Thai Tong, the Ho Chi Minh house in stilts, the temple of literature built in 11th century, considered as the first University of Vietnam. We continue our visit in the afternoon: the ethnographic museum, rickshaw tour in the old quarter of the city. Water puppet show, then transfer to the railway station for Lao Cai. Overnight on board.
DAY 03: LAO CAI / SAPA
Early arrival at Lao Cai, transfer by road to SAPA. Check-in at your hotel, breakfast. Then visit of the Sapa market, pedestrian walk up to the H’mong Cat Cat Village. Lunch in town. In the afternoon, we visit the TaVan and Lao Chai villages. Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 04: SAPA / BAC HA / LAO CAI / HANOI
Drive to Bac Ha to visit a very colorful market. This day must be a Sunday. Lunch at Bac Ha, drive to Lao Cai to take night train back to Hanoi.
DAY 05: HANOI / HA LONG
Early arrival in Hanoi, transfer to our hotel to enjoy breakfast. Road to HA LONG, registered at world heritage by UNESCO in 1944. Cruising on a traditional junk through the wonderful sceneries. Sea food lunch on board. Visit the marvelous caves, dinner and overnight on board.
DAY 06: HA LONG / NINH BINH
Landing around noon time. Road to Hoa Lu - Ninh Binh, old capital of Vietnam. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
DAY 07: NINH BINH / HANOI / HUE
Visit of the temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties, original and splendid architectural work, then the site of Trang An. Boat trip on flat bottom boats, through the peaceful sceneries. Then visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in northern Vietnam. Lunch at Hoa Lu. Bicycle rides or cart ride, driven by a buffalo, through the country side. Back to Hanoi. Transfer to the railway station to take the S1 train for Hue. Overnight on the train.
DAY 08: HUE
Arrival at Hue in the morning. Transfer to your hotel to enjoy breakfast. We start to visit HUE, that still keeps the imperial charm. Boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda. It is the oldest and most beautiful religious construction of HUE, the Imperial City, surrounded by large moats, with the South Gate, the palace of Supreme Harmony, the Forbidden City, where the Emperor used to live with his close family. In the afternoon, we visit Minh Mang’s mausoleum. Dinner with local specialities.
DAY 09: HUE / DANANG / HOIAN
Heading to Hoi An, passing through the “pass of he Clouds”, Arrive in Danang, visit of the CHAM museum, that gathers the most beautiful collection of CHAM sculptures. Our journey continues to Hoi An. Lunch, visit of Hoi An City, previously called Faifo, classified at the world heritage by UNESCO. HoiAn is a perfect example of Vietnamese classic architecture, with the covered bridge, the houses of precious wood, dating from the 17th century, the communal houses of the congregations of Canton and Phuc Kien, and the numerous silk shops; bicycle rides thru the cozy old little streets. Dinner in town. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 10: HOIAN / DANANG / SAIGON
Fly to Ho ChiMinh city or Saigon, the pearl of the Far East Orient. HoChiMinh city or Saigon has numerous architectural works, worth of interest: The Central Post Office, colonial construction in 1886, the “Notre-Dame” Cathedral, with neo-roman inspiration, and red bricks imported from Marseille (France), the Reunification Palace, former residence of the general governor of Cochin China, the municipal theatre, the lively Ben Thanh Market, and the busy Chinese quarters with shop and stalls, selling all kind of goods.
DAY 11: SAIGON / BEN TRE / SAIGON
Day excursion on the luxuriant environment of the Mekong Delta. Boat trip through the branches of the river, the canals, the typical villages, the orchards. Short drive with horse driven carts, tasting of local products, tropical fruits and tea with honey. Lunch and return to Saigon.
DAY 12: SAIGON / DEPARTURE
Free at leisure till departure. End of our tour services.
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