Valleys, trekking and excursions: itinerating tour in Vietnam

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10 days / 9 nights
Availability : May - December
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh
Max People : 14
From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh: 10 days to fully discover Vietnam

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!

Itinerary

Day 1 The adventure begins - Hanoi

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.

Day 2Hanoi tour - Night train to Sa Pa

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

Day 3Lao Cai - trip to Sa Pa - Villaggio Ta Van

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

Day 4Tavan giay- Sa pa - return to Hanoi

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

Day 5Hanoi- Halong bay cruise

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

Day 6Return to Hanoi - Danang and Hoian

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.
Meals: breakfast

Day 7Hoian's Old Town - Cycling tour and boat trip

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

Day 8Ho Chi Minh tour

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

Day 9MyTho- Boat and horseback tour

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

Day 10Ho Chi Minh- End of the adventure

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.

The price includes

  • 4 nights in double hotel room, breakfast included
  • 2 nights in train cabin
  • 1 night in local house in Ta Van
  • 2 nights on the cruiseship
  • Meals as scheduled
  • Bike and boat tours
  • Transfers via bus/shuttle
  • Tour guide
  • Access to natural areas

The price does not include

  • International flights to/from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh
  • Contract management fee: 10€ per person, mandatory
  • Fees and expenses for visas
  • Extra expenses and tips (very common)
  • Anything not explicilty mentioned in "the price includes"

Partner terms and conditions

CANCELLATION POLICY

Shall participants cancel their booking, cancellation fees applied by the partner will amount to:

– up to 65 days from departure date: no fees
– Between 64 and 42 days from departure date: 15% of total price
– Between 41 and 21 days from departure date 30% of total price
– Between 20 and 14 days from departure date: 45% of total price
– Between 13 and 7 days from departure date: 60% of total price
– 6 days or less from departure date: fees will amount to the total price of the tour.

If the tour includes tickets and services provided by other partners (plane tickets, hotel bookings, etc) it will not be possible to refund participants of such costs.

The partner shall refund participants within 3 weeks from cancellation notice

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Clients must undersign an “Assistance, Medical, Luggage” insurance.

PARTNER’S RESPONSIBILITIES:

The partner is not to be held responsible for any damage, extra expense or accidents due to unpredictable reasons.

Sharewood can also provide for:

  • Airline ticket office
  • Transfers on site
  • Reservation of any extra nights (aside from the selected package)
  • Cancellation insurance policy
  • “Assistance / Medical / Luggage” insurance policy
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