From the deep waters and limestone karsts of Halong Bay to the fascinating villages and rural setting and stunning mountain scenery of Sapa in the north this journey truly offers the best of Vietnam.
Day 1 FRI: ARRIVE SAIGON
On arrival you will be transferred to the Grand Hotel for two nights.Day 2 SAT: SAIGON
Today you will travel to Cu Chi Tunnels. Constructed by Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam War, these tunnels ran directly under military bases and were used both as shelters and to stage surprise attacks. This afternoon, visit to the Reunification Palace, History Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Opera-House, City Hall, Dong Khoi Street and Ben Thanh Market. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 3 SUN: SAIGON/CAN THO
Spend a day exploring the colourful floating markets and lush back waterways of the Mekong Delta. Journey to Cai Be and Vinh Long, walk to the villages and visit to some local home factories. Discover the stunning landscapes as you sail along the river and observe the typical Mekong Delta rural life. Continue to Can Tho and stay one night at the Victoria Can Tho Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 4 MON: CAN THO/SAIGON
Early this morning, take a boat ride to the bustling floating markets of Cai Rang where countless boats, loaded with local produce are moored alongside the riverbank ready for trading. Sail through the markets and watch the locals haggle and trade their wares to interested buyers. A stop will be made at the vibrant tropical fruit gardens before returning to Saigon and stay one night at the Grand Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival, travel to the charming town of Hoi An. Along the way, stop at Non Nuoc Beach, Marble Mountain and visit the Cham Museum, Stay two nights at the Hoi An Historic Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast 1 | Lunch 1 | Dinner 1Day 6 WED: HOI AN
Described as a ‘living museum’ with narrow winding streets and rows of carefully-preserved ancient houses, Hoi An has unique charm and atmosphere. Enjoy a cyclo tour, visit the Japanese covered bridge, a Chinese communal house, take a boat ride on the Thu Bon River and visit Thanh Ha where skilled locals produce beautiful pottery.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 7 THU: HOI AN/HANOI
This morning transfer to the airport in Danang for your flight to Hanoi and stay one night at The Ann Hotel. Lunch will be at KOTO Restaurant. This afternoon visit the History Museum and the Temple of Literature which was the first university in Vietnam. Enjoy an evening at the Water Puppet Show.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 8 FRI: HANOI/HALONG BAY
Travel to Halong Bay via the rich farmlands and villages to join your overnight cruise on board the “Indochina Sails” junk. Observe the natural beauty of the unique grottoes that rise towards the sky as you leisurely sail the emerald green waters of the bay.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 9 SAT: HALONG BAY/HANOI
Watch the sun rise over the bay before your return to the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Stay two nights at the The Ann Hotel.
Meals: BreakfastDay 10 SUN: HANOI
Today visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his wooden cottage and the One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy a walking tour through the bustling Old Quarter and continue to Hao Lo Prison, formerly known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’, Temple of Literature, Quan Thanh Temple and the Museum of Ethnology. This evening enjoy the Water Puppet show and dinner at the Ly Club.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 11 MON: HANOI/SAPA
Morning at leisure. This afternoon visit the Temple of Literature and the History Museum Early this evening you will be transferred to the railway station to board the overnight train to Lao Cai.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 12 TUE: ARRIVE LAO CAI/SAPA
Arrive Lao Cai and transfer to Sapa where you will stay two nights at the Victoria Sapa Hotel. Once an old French hill station during the colonial days, this lovely valley region is home to the Dao, Giay and Hmong minorities. After lunch, visit the Trung Do village and stop at a traditional Tay minority house for tea, follow by a cruise (replace by buffalo carriage ride Dec-Apr) along the Chay River and enjoy the picturesque scenery and sights.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 13 WED: SAPA
Today, explore the villages of Lao Cai and Ta Van where you will meet the local ethnic minority population still wear their distinctive traditional clothing. Visit the Zay hill tribes and obtain a glimpse into their local way of lifestyle.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 14 THU: SAPA/LAO CAI/HANOI
Enjoy the stunning mountain scenery today as you travel to Cat Cat villages in Muong Hoa valley. Visit the Black Hmong ethnic group in their traditional clothing of deep blue indigo, here you can learn the skill of weaving and embroidery of their traditional clothing. Transfer to Lao Cai for your overnight train to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 15 FRI: ARRIVE HANOI
Early morning arrival into Hanoi and transfer to the The Ann Hotel for one night. Remainder of the day is free.
Meals: BreakfastDay 16 SAT: DEPART HANOI
Farewell Vietnam as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Vietnam domestic economy class air travel
- 12 nights 4 star hotel accommodation,
- 1 night on board “Indochina Sails” junk
- 2 nights on board “Fanxipan” train - 2 berth
- 15 buffet breakfasts, 12 lunches and 8 dinners
- 1 evening cultural show with transfers
- Return transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
- Vietnam visa for Australian passport holders
- Travel kit and backpack