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Classic Vietnam

Itinerary: Hanoi –Sapa - Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An – Saigon – Mekong Delta – Phan Thiet.
Duration: 21 Days

Classic Vietnam Tour Itinerary

Classic VietnamDAY 1:  HANOI - ARRIVAL

  • You are picked up at Noi Bai Airport for the transfer to the city center for hotel check-in.
  • O/N in Hanoi (please see hotel category below).

DAY 2:  HANOI – CITY TOUR (B/ L/ D)

  • After breakfast there is a full day tour of Hanoi starting with a morning walk around misty Hoan Kiem Lake and then head to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum with a possibility of seeing the body of Ho Chi Minh. You will then visit the One-pillar Pagoda before moving on to the Temple of Literature.
  • After lunch time (lunch is at your own), drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology and then enjoy the rickshaw around the small narrow streets of the Old Quarter with its quaint buildings, shops and bars.
  • Enjoy a water puppet show in the evening.
  • Lunch & dinner is at your own account.
  • O/N in Hanoi (please see hotel category below).

DAY 3: HANOI - HOA LU – TAM COC – HANOI – NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI SAPA (B/L/D )

  • This morning, we depart to Ninh Binh Province. Upon arrival, we will firstly visit Hoa Lu, the place of former capital of Vietnam around 10th century. Here we see the ruins of the former capitol before the legendary Ly Thai To moved the Imperial city to Hanoi. In the late morning, we depart for Tam Coc for lunch at local restaurant.
  • After lunch, we take a traditional sampan through beautiful rice paddy scenery and the three famous grottoes: Hang Ca, Hang Giua and Hang Cuoi
  • Late in the afternoon, we drive back to Hanoi for the night train to Lao Cai - Sapa
  • Overnight on train

DAY 4:  LAO CAI – SAPA (B/ L/ D)

  • Arrive Lao Cai in early morning, transfer to Sapa for breakfast at hotel. Hotel early check-in (early check-in is subject to hotel’s availability).
  • Lunch is at your own.
  • Afternoon, transfer and have a soft trek to visit Lao Chai – Ta Van where you will see the daily life of Black H’Mong and Day in Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages Back to SaPa Town.
  • Dinner at your own.
  • Overnight in Sapa.

DAY 5 : SAPA – VISIT A TRIBE MARKET - LAO CAI - NIGHT TRAIN TO HA NOI (B/ L/D)

  • Breakfast at hotel. Check out hotel.
  • Transfer to Lao Cai and continue the drive through the mountainous border area between China and Vietnam. Visit a very colorful hill-tribe market. It reflects a very photogenic display of Flower Hmong, Nung and Phu La ethnic costumes. Have a visit and experience the activities of commodity exchange and purchase of the local ethnic minority people.
  • Lunch and dinner are at your own.
  • In the afternoon, transfer back to Lao Cai.
  • Take the night train from Lao Cai to Hanoi.

DAY 6: HANOI –HALONG BAY: ENJOY THE 3DAYS 2 NIGHTS PACKAGE (B/ L/ D)

  • Pick up at the station in very early morning. The train arrives around 4.30 AM – 5.00 AM (early in the morning). Upon arrival, you are picked up and transferred to visit a local flower market before transferring back to hotel for breakfast at the hotel before drive to Halong Bay for a cruise.

08:00
Scenic three-hour drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay.

12:00
Check-in at Bhaya Café, Halong City.
Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome drink followed by a cruise briefing.

13:00
Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam PhaOan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.

15:30
Visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (1 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities:
-Kayak into the floating village or swim near the Bhaya
-Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc.;

17:00
Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien.
Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck.

19:30
Sumptuous set-menu seafood dinner onboard (or gala dinner for Christmas Eve)

21:00
Take in the movie on the Lounge Deck or retire to your cabin.
Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.

  • Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic (seat-in-coach junk).

DAY 7: HALONG BAY  - LAN HA BAY (B/ L/ D)

06:15
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck.

07:00
Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise the Bay.
Have breakfast in the Dining Room.

08:30
Transfer to Bhaya Spirit for the Lan Ha Bay excursion.

10:00
Cycling on Cat Ba Island if weather permits or guided kayaking and swimming at Three Peach Beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by turquoise waters.

12:00
Fresh seafood lunch is served onboard.

13:30
Continue on to discover Ho Ba Ham Islet, the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay and bordering the Gulf of Tonkin. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel under a karst mountain (time and tides permitting).

16:00
Return to Bhaya Classic.

17:00
The vessel cruises back through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Happy Hour and Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck.

19:30
Sumptuous Set-menu dinner onboard.

21:00
Take in the movie on the Lounge Deck or retire to your cabin.
Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.

DAY 8: HALONG BAY  - HANOI – FLIGHT TO HUE (Brunch)

06:15 - 07:00
Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee are served.

07:00
Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong(Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.

8:30
Explore Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.

09:30
Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard.
The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor.

11:00
Disembark at Bhaya Café, Halong City. Return to Hanoi.

15:00
Transfer for the evening flight to Hue.
Upon arriving in Hue, transfer to downtown for hotel check in.
Overnight at hotel in Hue.

DAY 9: HUE – CITY TOUR (B/ L/ D)

  • After breakfast, you will board a boat on the romantically named Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest padoda in Hue city. Car picks up and transfer back to visit the Hue Citadel.
  • Have lunch at a typical garden restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, we drive to visit Tu Duc Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb.
  • O/N in Hue City (please see hotel category below).

DAY 10: HUE –DA NANG - HOI AN (B/ L/ -)

  • After breakfast, we proceed to Da Nang. En route, stop for sightseeing at Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival in Da Nang, we drive to visit to Cham Museum and Ngu Hanh Son (the Marble Mountains). Then proceed to Hoi An for hotel check-in.
  • Free at leisure in the afternoon.
  • Evening, free at leisure to discover Hoi An illuminated by various lanterns.
  • O/N in Hoi An City (please see hotel category below).

DAY 11: HOI AN – MY SON (B/ L/ D)

  • Morning discover My Son Holy Land, recognized as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
  • Afternoon walk around to visit Hoi An ancient town with nice quiet streets, old houses and a quay existing until now. Hoi An is a picturesque riverside town south of Da Nang.Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. You can visit Quan Cong Temple, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, Japanese Covered Bridge... Overnight in Hoi An.
  • O/N in Hoi An (please see hotel category below).

DAY 12: HOI AN – DA NANG- FLIGHT TO SAIGON (HO CHI MINH CITY) (B/L/D )

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Free at leisure till the check out time
  • Transfer to the Da Nang airport for the flight to Saigon.
  • Upon arriving in Saigon, you will be picked up and transfer to downtown. Free time at leisure in Saigon
  • Overnight in Saigon

DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (B/L/ D)

  • After breakfast, take all day for city tour which including a visit to the Reunification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. Next is the Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. We continue to the War Remains Museum, where you can learn a lot about the Vietnam War., China Town, Thien Hau Pagoda in the city’ s bustling China Town.
  • In the afternoon is at leisure to relax and visit the show room and factory of lacquer-ware.
  • Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 14: HO CHI MINH – TAY NINH – CU CHI TUNNELS (B/ L/ D)

  • Morning, transfer to Tay Ninh. Arrive in Tay Ninh at lunch time. Participate in the Noon-Ceremony at Tay Ninh Holly Church of Cao Dai.
  • we ride for 70km to the outskirt to visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, a well-known historical vestige of the Vietnamese revolution. As a distinctive architecture, this cobweb-like tunnel complex is a network of underground dug-outs of over 200 kilometers long, consisting of many layers and turnings with meeting, living and fighting quarters where we learn the first hand how the Viet Cong survived the extraordinary underground existence during the Vietnam war.
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 15: HO CHI MINH - MY THO - CAN THO (B/ L/ D)

  • Departure for My Tho, arrive take  a boat for cruise along islets and tropical orchards.
  • Cruise through the canal and reach to the land in Tien Giang to visit a coconut candy factory then take a horse cart to take a tour through the village. Stopover to taste tropical fruits and visit a bee farm then continue a row boat through the narrow, trees – line canals of the river.
  • Then transfer to Can Tho.
  • Arrive in Can Tho in the late afternoon. Check in hotel.
  • Overnight in Can Tho.

DAY 16: CAN THO – HO CHI MINH (B/ L/ D)

  • Early morning have a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market at the crossing point of different rivers and small canals (if the tide would be high enough)
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh.
  • Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 17: HO CHI MINH – BEACH EXTENSION IN PHAN THIET (B/ -/ -)

  • Free at leisure until the pick up time to transfer to Phan Thiet Beach for 5days on the beach.
  • Our guide and drive will take you to Phan Thiet. Drop at the hotel.
  • Overnight in Phan Thiet

DAY 18: PHAN THIET – AT BEACH LEISURE (B/ -/ -)

  • Free leisure at beach.

DAY 19: PHAN THIET – AT BEACH LEISURE (B/ -/ -)

  • Free leisure at beach.

DAY 20: PHAN THIET – AT BEACH LEISURE (B/ -/ -)

  • Free leisure at beach.

DAY 21: PHAN THIET – AT BEACH LEISURE – TRANSFER TO HO CHI MINH (B/ -/ -)

  • Free leisure at beach until the pick up time to transfer to Ho Chi Minh
  • Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to airport for flight home.
  • End of services.

Trip Cost: Please contact us for tour cost.

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation with breakfast at the hotels mentioned in the hotel list or similar
  • Private transfer as per program
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Boat cruise in Halong Bay (sharing Junk)
  • Train ticket HANOI –LAO CAI – HA NOI(in a solf sleeper cabin shared with other group)
  • All boat trips as per program
  • All entrance fees
  • 02 mineral water bottles/pax/visiting day

SERVICES EXCLUDED:

  • All international air tickets and international airport taxes
  • Visa upon arrival to Vietnam (25$/pax)
  • Domestic air tickets (SAIGON-DANANG & HUE-HANOI) – Economy class
  • Early check-in & Late check-out at hotels
  • Other meals not to be mentioned in the program
  • Beverage in meals
  • Tourist insurance
  • Personal expenses and others not to be mentioned above. 
  • Optional visit, Gala Dinner, New Year Eve, Lunar New Year Eve, Christmas Eve etc.

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