You will be met at the HCMC airport by your guide, who will take you to your hotel to check in. You'll have free time to relax or explore, then it's off to dinner and a renowned restaurant before your overnight stay in HCMC.
Arrive Hanoi (-/-D)
You will begin your urban experience in bustling HCMC (formerly Saigon), the country's commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. You will visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If you so desire, you can also visit the moving War Remnants Museum.
Next up, you will explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city's main shopping boulevard with shops selling clothes and accessories by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. You will surely be ready for another relaxing overnight stay in HCMC.
Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B/L/-)
In the morning you will drive to the Cao Dai temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy See Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Dai religion, whose followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. You will observe the midday service and then have lunch.
Following lunch, you will drive to visit the Cu Chi tunnels. The tunnels consist of more than 200 kilometers of underground systems. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War. You will return to HCMC for an overnight stay.
Cao Dai Temples and Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/-)
You will head to lush My Tho, where you will cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where we you will be treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with tropical fruits. You will also visit the Dong Tam snake farm, which breeds snakes for (among other things) snake wine. You will also visit VinhTrang Pagoda, which exhibits a combination of Asian and European styles. You will then arrive in Can Tho for an overnight stay.
HCM City - My Tho - Can Tho / Mekong Delta (B/L/-)
You will wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day and take a boat trip to join in the Cai Rang floating market. This is one of the most bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta, with hundreds of small boats jostling for space to sell their goods. After sampling local fruits, your guide will escort you back to the hotel through the myriad canals. You will have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.
Alternative for early birds: Join the floating market on the "The Lady Hau" cruise.
Enjoy breakfast on the "Lady Hau" while cruising to the floating market. When the "Lady Hau" arrives at Cai Rang floating market, guests are transferred to a local traditional boat to enter the market. Then, continue cruising with the hotel's guide along narrow creeks to visit a noodle factory and an orchard. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort you back to the hotel by local boat through the myriad canals. (Starting at 6:30 AM, the Lady Hau cruise and tour extension takes around 4 hours; minimum 4 persons).
Mekong Delta - HCM City (B/L/-)
This morning you will leave Ho Chi Minh City and head for Da Lat, known as the "City of Eternal Spring." Upon arrival in Da Lat, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. Late in the afternoon you will be able to take a short walk to get a feel for this delightful city. In the evening you will head out to one of the fine restaurants in town before an overnight stay.
HCMC - Da Lat (B/L/D)
Today you will take a tour of Da Lat and the surrounding areas. You will visit Bao Dai Palace and then explore the rather bizarre and very aptly named "Crazy House." The house is a brightly painted concrete house which winds itself around trees, mimicking their shapes, and it now functions as a guesthouse. You will next visit Truc Lam Thien Vien and its Pagoda. This afternoon, those interested can take the short train ride on the Cremaillere Railway to the village of Tri Mat. In the evening, you will enjoy fine cuisine at a local restaurant before an overnight stay in Da Lat.
Da Lat (B/L/D)
Your will drive, via Prenn Pass, to the "Chicken Village" (so called because of its statue of a chicken), which is inhabited by the Koho minority people. From here you will head east and down the Ngoan Muc Pass to the coastal lowlands and Nha Trang, the country's premier resort city. This part of the country was once inhabited by an ancient civilization known as the Cham, and our next stop will be at the Po Klong Garai Cham Tower. This amazing structure, which has endured the test of time, the elements and indeed war, was built in the 13th century. You will stop for a late lunch at Cam Ranh Bay before arrival in Nha Trang for check in. You will enjoy free time and discover the night life that Nha Trang has to offer before an overnight stay.
Dalat - Nha Trang (B/L/-)
Day9 - 10
In these two days you are free to relax and enjoy the resort overlooking the beautiful Bay. Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views before an overnight stay.
Nha Trang free & easy (B/-/-)
You will be free until transfer to the airport for a short flight to Danang.
Upon arrival at Danang International airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An. You will have free time to walk through the narrow winding streets of Ancient Town before an overnight stay in Hoi An.
Nha Trang - Danang - Hoi An (B/-/-)
Today, you will have free time to further explore Hoi An Ancient Town.
You may want to visit Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge, followed by relaxing at a local pub, shopping or visiting the local tailors who make quality clothes in a flash. Or, you can take a boat trip to Cu Lao Cham, visit its fishing villages and do some snorkeling before enjoying a Vietnamese seafood lunch at a Cham jungle restaurant. You will have an overnight stay in Hoi An.
Hoi An free at leisure (B/-/-)
You will leave Hoi An for another World Heritage site, Hue, via the Hai Van pass. You will stop to visit the Marble Mountains and a handicraft village before arriving in Hue, where you will tour sites including the Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba market.
In the evening you will enjoy the fine cuisine of Hue at a local restaurant and then have an overnight stay.
Hoi An - Danang - Hue (B/-/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will board a private boat and go cruising on the romantic Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with many tombs of emperors past, and a visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day, and from here you will cruise further to ornate Minh Mang's Tomb. You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to visit Tu Duc's Tomb and Khai Dinh's Tomb. You will have an overnight stay in Hue.
You will transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi, the colonial capital city, famous for tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and classic pagodas and temples.
In the afternoon you will explore Hanoi, from the fascinating Old Quarter to hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer-ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. You can also shop for impressive modern art in the city's many galleries after visiting Hanoi's main cultural attractions, including the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature. You will stay overnight in Hanoi.
Hue - Hanoi (B/L/-)
You will have a full day of leisure to explore this charming city.
In the evening your guide will take you to the Hanoi Train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, where you will begin your Sapa adventure.
Hanoi - Lao Cai (B/-/-)
Once at the Lao Cai station (around 6 a.m.), there will be a vehicle waiting to transfer you to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km, but it takes around 1.5 hours. Once at Sapa, you will check in to the hotel (early check in subject to availability). You can freshen up and have breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel and then enjoy a free morning to explore town. In the afternoon you will take a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong hill tribe minority people. As you walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, you will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here you will have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. You will have an overnight stay in Sapa.
Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L/-)
Following breakfast, you will explore the Sapa Sunday market and then set out on a 3-4 hour trek that will take you along buffalo paths and trails and through the hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to the H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery, and is an area inhabited by some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the way to Ta Van village and then transfer back to Lao Cai for the Express train and an overnight journey back to Hanoi.
Sapa - Lao Cai - Train back to Hanoi (B/L)
Arriving in Hanoi at around 5 a.m., you will be picked up and taken to a restaurant for breakfast and morning coffee. You will then leave Hanoi by private vehicle at 8:30 a.m., arriving at the jetty around 12:30 p.m. You will set off on a deluxe cruise and enjoy a welcome drink after check in.
A fresh seafood lunch will be served at 1 p.m. At that time, you will begin a 3.5 hour cruise through mystic Halong Bay, to see the amazing karsts and their many different formations. You will also see Mat Quy (Monster's face) Islet, But Moc Islet, Cap De Islet, Trong (Drum) Cave, Trinh Nu Cave, and a floating fishing village, with its unique way of life. Then, you will head to Luon Cave and enjoy swimming, sun bathing at Ti Top beach or climbing the peak of the mountain for a breath-taking panoramic view of Halong Bay. You will enjoy another seafood feast for dinner, and for the night owls, there is an option of night fishing before an overnight stay aboard.
Lao Cai - Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Rising to the sound of the bay waters, you will have time for an early morning dip, followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.
After breakfast, you can explore Sung Sot Cave, swim and relax. You will cruise back to the jetty while brunch is served as you are cruising through the bay and observing more fascinating rock formations. You will then rejoin your car and drive back to Hanoi for an overnight stay.
Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/-/-)
There is no activity planned for today, so you are free to enjoy yourself souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)