2019 Tour Details
With its long history, interesting culture, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. On this Vietnam tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha National Park, Hoi An, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Hanoi, then transfer to the beautiful mountains of Sapa for a 3-night stay. Amid the verdant rice fields, the Silver Waterfall, and the highest road in Vietnam—Heaven’s Gate, you’ll learn about local life here, the variety of ethnic cultures, and the colorful atmosphere of the weekly markets. Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see historic sites, including Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, built in 1070, and One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804; and Hoi An’s Thien Mu Pagoda. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi region, where you'll have a chance to enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.You'll enjoy seeing some of Vietnam's gorgeous scenery and destinations via the water. Cruise on Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the world's most amazing scenery. You'll sail by islets, caves, beaches, and floating villages. In Phong Nha National Park, a boat ride on the Son River takes you to Phong Nha Cave. You'll also enjoy a cruise in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, where you'll pass unspoiled countryside. These are just some of the many highlights on this tour through Vietnam. From the historic sites to the gorgeous scenery, this Vietnam tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers is a vacation of a lifetime!
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SAPAVisit the local market, Ta Van and Lao Chai villages, Silver Waterfall, and Heaven Gate; Host service during your stayHANOIVisit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda; water puppets performanceHA LONG BAYDay cruise on the bayPHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARKBoat ride on Son River, visit Phong Nha CaveHUEVisit the Forbidden Purple City, Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, Thien Mu PagodaHOI ANCruise on Thu Bon River; walking tour through Hoi An Ancient TownHO CHI MINH CITYVisit the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, and Cu Chi TunnelsGuides:
PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
Sightseeing vehicle to/from and in Sapa. Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
HANOI, VIETNAM. Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city, an attractive, laidback city with charming French-Colonial-style buildings. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
HANOI–SAPA. Today, transfer to the hill-station town of Sapa known for its mountain scenery, rice fields, and colourful ethnic minorities. This afternoon, join a walking tour of this small town and visit the LOCAL MARKET.
SAPA. Your day starts with a visit to TA VAN and LAO CHAI villages, to see the traditional way of life of the Zay and Black Hmong ethnic groups. These ethnic groups live together here under the watch of Fansipan Mountain. The Zay live a sedentary lifestyle and choose land near the valley's bottom for growing wet rice. The Hmong have historically preferred higher elevations for corn farming but recently they've started gradually moving to lower land and learning from others like the Zay. After lunch, visit the beautiful SILVER WATERFALL and ascend the highest road in Vietnam to HEAVEN GATE for stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valley. (B,L)
SAPA. This morning, visit one of the famous WEEKLY MARKETS. Here, the local ethnic minority groups wear their most beautiful costumes as they sell and trade their homemade products. The Flower Hmong group is most recognisable with their colourful dress. After a quick photo stop at the China border, visit Taphin village, home of the RED DAO people who migrated from China starting in the 12th century. The Dao women are recognisable by the bright red turban they wear and, in some cases, shaved eyebrows. Tonight, consider exploring Sapa and stop at the famous "Love Market," where local Hmong and Dao come from their villages for the chance to see one another and perhaps go on a date! (B,L)
SAPA–HANOI. Return to Hanoi today. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
HANOI. Today’s included sightseeing tour takes you to many of the city’s highlights, including the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways, and ONE PILLAR PAGODA, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses that make up the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famed WATER PUPPETS.
HANOI-HA LONG BAY. Drive to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s favorite destinations, and board your DAY CRUISE through the stunning bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail through the dramatic limestone islands, then explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) and visit Titov Island. (B,L)
HA LONG BAY–HANOI–PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK. Return to Hanoi this morning and fly to Dong Hoi. From here, journey inland to remarkable PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO park littered with beautiful jungles, caves, and underground rivers. Your lodging tonight is a charming farmstay at the base of park.
PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK. This morning, take a BOAT RIDE on the Son River to PHONG NHA CAVE, famous for its rock formations with names like the “Lion” and the “Buddha.” The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the activities and serene views at your hotel. (B,L,D)
PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK–HUE. Drive to Hue, stopping at the DMZ bridge en route. Upon arrival in the imperial walled city of Hue, visit the FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY, modeled after Beijing’s famed Forbidden CIty. During your visit, you will see Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Nine Dynastic Urns.
HUE–HOI AN. Begin today with a visit to pretty THIEN MU PAGODA, made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Continue up the river to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful setting. Head south through spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) and visit the CHAM MUSEUM, then continue to the charming town of Hoi An. (B,L)
HOI AN. Start today with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside. Then, a leisurely WALKING TOUR through Hoi An Ancient Town brings you to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
HOI AN–HO CHI MINH CITY. Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions.
HO CHI MINH CITY. Today’s sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE and the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, as well as the Chinese district.
HO CHI MINH CITY. CU CHI TUNNELS EXCURSION. Today, visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels.
HO CHI MINH. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
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"Hung graduated from Hanoi National University in 1998 after studying English. He started his career in tourism shortly thereafter and has over a decade of experience leading tours through Vietnam. He possesses comprehensive knowledge of Vietnam, with interests extending to politics, history, and cultural traditions. His interest in photography and local landscapes makes him the perfect guide for snapping the ideal shot."
HA LONG BAY Ha Long Plaza Hotel (MF)
HANOI Silk Path Hotel (F)
HO CHI MINH CITY Paragon Saigon Hotel (F)
HOI AN Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa (F)
HUE Indochine Palace (MF)
PHONG NHA- KE BANG NATIONAL PARK Chay Lap Farmstay (ST)
SAPA Amazing Hotel Sapa (F)