Go searching for unique places and scenic landscapes: Vietnam has been considered one of the best tourist destinations for years now, thanks to its magnificent nature reserves and its landscapes. This 10-day discovery tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, however, will take you beyond your usual vacation, allowing you to visit the beauties of the whole country. Set off from Hanoi, in the north of the country, and enjoy this traveling holiday between nights by train, cruises, visits to temples and ancient cities, excursions to the valleys and traditional dinners to Ho Chi Minh, the final destination of the tour. Vietnam awaits you, leave for an alternative holiday and let yourself be surprised!
Arrival at Hanoi airport and transfer to the city. Free time to visit the city. The charming beauty of the city, characterized by exclusive cultural relics, ancient streets of old houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined avenues and romantic lakes have made it into one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. Hotel accommodation in the center of Hanoi.
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning starts with a tour of the city and the Ho Chi Minh complex, near which is the city’s pagoda. Next, visit the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam.
Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem lake and the temple of Ngoc Son. Then, take a bike ride through the streets of the ancient district of Hanoi. Transfer to the station to take the night train to Sapa. Departure around 21:00. Overnight by train in cabins with 4 beds each.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Arrival at Lao Cai in the morning. Transfer by bus / car to the hotel to unwind and have breakfast. Excursion to reach the upper town of Sa pa. 1.5 h hike, with breathtaking views of the valley and rice terraces. Arrival at the village and tea break with local family. Continue the trek to the village of Lao Chai and visit the villages. This is the largest and most scenic valley of Sapa. Picnic and return to the village of Ta Van. Dinner with a local family. Accommodation and overnight stay in a local house.
Pasti: colazione, pranzo, cena
After breakfast, time to explore the surroundings. 3h trekking for Tavan giay and for the village of Giang Ta Chai. Vegetation grows thicker as the trail leads into a quiet village perched on the side of Mount Hoang Lien. After visiting a village family, return to Ta Van to rest and have lunch.
In the afternoon, free time to explore the city of Sa pa and visit the market, full of local crafts. Transfer to the station by 5 pm and dinner, before taking the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight by train.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Arrival in Hanoi around 5.30 in the morning. Transfer from the station to a small hotel to take a shower. Breakfast and departure for Halong Bay. From here, 3.5-hour journey by bus / shuttle to Halong. Stop along the way for photos and coffee before arriving in Ha Long City. Around 12:00, boarding cruise and briefing about the tour. Lunch on a cruise in the limestone islands. In the afternoon, visit the incredible cave of Sung Sot, the most beautiful cave in Halong bay. Then continue to the island of Titov. Break to take a swim and relax on Titov beach. From there, climb up to the summit of the island for a panoramic view of the bay. Return to the boat and continue the tour to a new relaxation area. At sunset enjoy the scenery of the sun setting over the bay, before the local dinner on board. Overnight on board in a double cabin.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Start the day doing some Tai Chi or taking spectacular shots from the boat. Breakfast on board. Then, take a Kayak tour around the cave of Luon. Return by boat and relax on board in the cabin. The tour continues exploring the bay, passing by the fishing village of Ba Hang, the islet of the dog and other places of interest. From here return to the port. Fruit carving and cooking class on board. Vietnamese traditional lunch. Disembarkation from the cruise and transfer by bus / car to Hanoi. From here continue to the airport for the domestic flight to Danang. Arrival in Danang, transfer to the ancient city of Hoian, check in at hotel and rest.
Day dedicated to excursions. Cycle tour through the Vietnam countryside, away from the noise of the city, to the fishing village of Van Lang and the forest of Bay Mau. During the tour, you will stop at the market of Ba Le, rice fields, cemeteries and schools will outline. Welcome to the village with a local family. Free time to explore the surroundings. Excursion in a typical local boat, with fishing on board. Return to the village and therapeutic treatment with medicinal herbs, then subsequent preparation of lunch. In the afternoon free time before returning to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the ancient city of Hoian, once an important Asian trading port, declared today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also famous for its shops, especially tailors. Overnight at hotel in Hoian
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh. Transfer to the city and visit the most interesting places: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Old Post Office, War Remnants Museum. Visit the lively Ben Thanh market. Accommodation in hotel.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Transfer to My Tho after breakfast, arrival in 2 hours. This trip offers a wide range of landscapes to be awed by.
Once in My Tho, take a boat trip on the Tien River through the four beautiful islands known as Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island. Visit of local villages and passage through the canal of Bao Dinh. Excursion to the coconut country. Lunch will be served in the heart of the orchard. After lunch, visit the local fruit gardens. Continuation of the tour by bike or horseback. Relax in the late afternoon and return to the hotel.
Optional night tour in Saigon (55 €)
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Breakfast and free time until transfer to the airport. End of the tour, greeting of the participants.
Changes in the itinerary may incur. Organizers may modify the tour accordingly to weather conditions to ensure the safety of participants.
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