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Vietnam Highlights Excursion 18-Day

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The trip covers all highlights of Vietnam – from Hanoi’s colorful Old Quarter to the beaches of Nha Trang, the old French hill station in the central highland of Dalat and the fantastic markets of China Town in Saigon. It absolutely offers great experience for those who want to discover Vietnam in depth. 18 days may not too long for finding yourself among our country’s timeless beauty!​

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.

Welcome to Hanoi - Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Our driver and tour guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and transfer to the hotel in the city central. Check-in the hotel and take a rest. In the afternoon, take a walk around the center, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants. Overnight in the hotel..

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.

After having “Pho” – traditional dish for your breakfast, have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Take a closer look into the heart and soul of Hanoi through its key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Then, free to explore the city amazing street food which have been ranked as the best street food in the world! Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Homestay.

After breakfast, our driver and guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and take you along highway No.6 to Mai Chau - small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. Have lunch in Mai Chau then spend the afternoon trekking off the typical tourist track, along the Song Ma River. Trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discover the natural beauty of the valley and encounter the culture of the White Thai people who are living in the region. Stop at a Thai village for the night, having dinner with a local family and enjoying a live dance and music performance in the evening. Overnight in the homestay.

Day 4: Mai Chau Trekking – Hanoi.

Start the day with a simple breakfast with your host family then take a short drive through the surrounding countryside, before setting off on a trek through rice paddies and down winding lanes to visit the “Cum” and “Xam Khoe” villages. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and enjoy an authentic lunch at one of the villages. In the afternoon, our bus transfer you back to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of the most picturque Halong’s islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters. (The cruise route depends on weather condition and permision of the Halong Authority and could be changed by season).

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Hue.

Wake up early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Your driver will meet you at the Halong harbor and take you back to Hanoi to catch your in-country flight to Hue. Upon arrival to Hue airport, driver will be await for you and transfer you to hotel in Hue City. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 7: Hue City Tour.

Have an authentic dish of the royal lifestyle in Hue then spend an entire day touring the Vietnam’s former ancient capital. Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel which is  the home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty – the Nguyen Dynasty. Enjoy the true royal lifestyle from the concept to the architecture of the Imperial city. In the afternoon, continue on your tour visiting at the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda. Stop along the way back to the hotel to visit the vibrant Dong Ba riverside market for shopping. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoian.

After having a traditional dish of Hue for breakfast, spend the morning on a private boat cruise down the romantic Perfume River to visit the Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and the ornate Minh Mang's tomb - one is impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before starting on your drive to Hoian. Pass over the 500m-high Hai Van pass and stop en route in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain. Arrive in the sleepy riverside town, Hoian, in the late afternoon, check in at the hotel and then enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 9: Hoian Cooking Class – Walking Tour.

In the morning, take part in a cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School. Meet at the Hai Scout Cafe in Hoian’s Old Town. From there, head to Hoian's colorful market. Explore the market and interact with local vendors to purchase some fresh ingredients for the cooking class. Next, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely 25min cruise along the Hoian River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Discover the school's herb and vegetable garden. Learn to cook and help prepare five traditional dishes to enjoy for lunch. You will also be entertained and taught some special techniques at the fruit and vegetable carving demonstration.

Enjoy an afternoon walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Conclude the day with a relaxing sunset boat trip. Then, you’re free at your leisure. Overnight in the hotel of Hoian centre.

Day 10: Hoian – Free at leisure.

After breakfast, you’re at leisure on beach, bay nearby or go shopping on your own interest.

Day 11: Hoian – Danang – Fly to Nha Trang.

After breakfast, your driver will pick up and transfer you to Danang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang where 10km of white sandy beach awaits. Rest of the day, you are free at leisure (please contact us for optional excursions that can be arranged such as boat trips, village excursions or cyclo rides etc.).

Day 12: Nha Trang – Dalat.

After breakfast, have a drive up hills to Dalat with a stopover of rural Nha Trang on your way out for a peek of what countryside living in Vietnam is all about. You will reach the mountain town of Dalat, known as the “City of Eternal Spring”, after a few hours on the road. An afternoon of sightseeing takes in the art deco former summer residence of Bao Dai – the last Emperor of Vietnam, the old Dalat Railway Station, the Central Market and famous XQ embroidery workshop. There will be the chance for a short walk around Xuan Huong Lake to get a feel for this delightful city in the evening. Overnight in the hotel in Dalat city.

Day 13: Dalat – Fly to Saigon.

After breakfast, visit Thien Vien Truc Lam – the largest Zen Monastery of Vietnam. Then take the steps down toward the Tuyen Lam Lake, enjoy sightseeing of the nicest vast lake of Dalat on boat. On the way back to the city for lunch, visit Lat village, home to a number of distinct ethnic minority groups with varying traditions and beliefs. Here you have the chance to purchase traditional handicrafts and gain a unique insight. Then, transfer to Lien Khuong Airport for onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon the time of arrival, our driver will take you to the hotel then enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure or explore the city on your own. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 14: Saigon City Tour.

Enjoy a full day to tour Saigon’s diverse attractions. Start with a visit to Saigon’s China Town, then learn about traditional Vietnamese medicine at the FITO Museum and browse through the amazing array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. Stop for lunch then continue on the city tour with a visit to the War Remnants Museum and former Presidential Palace. Conclude the day exploring the city’s French colonial architecture, stopping at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the City’s Post Office. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 15: Saigon – Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels.

Today you travel outside of Saigon to visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and partake in the noontime prayer service. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: “Caodaism”, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. After lunch in a local restaurant explore the famous historic Cu Chi Tunnels on the way back to the city. The tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Take a short discovery in the “masterpiece of the war time”, listen to some thriller stories which actually happened. Then, transfer back to the hotel and you’re free on your own. Overnight in the hotel of Saigon centre.

Day 16: Saigon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho.

Today you leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, Cai Be. Along the way, stop at a candy factory and orchard garden, where you have an opportunity to listen to the local’s traditional music. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at a riverside restaurant, then cross the river by motorized boat to visit some fluvial islands and explore the countryside by bicycle. Our driver will meet you at Vinh Long pier and take you to Can Tho City for the night. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 17: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Saigon.

Wake up early, after breakfast, leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motorized boat. Continue the boat ride to visit the Mekong Delta’s famous fruit orchards and sample the fresh, exotic fruit. Then venture deeper into the country-side, passing traditional houses made of wood and palm leaves as you observe the activities of the local people. Return to Can Tho city for lunch then drive back to Saigon, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in the hotel of Saigon centre.

Day 18: Saigon Departure.

Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home. Have a safe flight back home. The excursion ends.

Destinations: Hanoi, Mai Chau, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoian, Nhatrang, Dalat, Saigon, Tay Ninh, Mekong Delta (Cai Be & Can Tho)

Trip Duration: 18days 17 nights

Trip type: Private Tour

Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.

Highlights: 18 days traveling from North to South Vietnam with Rosanta Travel and together create your lifetime experiences as we explore the colorful hill-tribe villages in Mai Chau, stay overnight on Halong Bay cruise, discover Hoian and surroundings and explore the waterways and lust fruit orchards of the Mekong Delta. The trip covers all highlights of Vietnam – from Hanoi’s colorful Old Quarter to the beaches of Nha Trang, the old French hill station in the central highland of Dalat and the fantastic markets of China Town in Saigon. It absolutely offers great experience for those who want to discover Vietnam in depth. 18 days may not too long for finding yourself among our country’s timeless beauty!

Trip cost depends on your group size. Please send us an enquiry for availability & the most updated price.

Trip cost inclusive of:

- Accommodations 

- Daily breakfasts and other meals as mentioned in the itinerary

- Transportation by private car with A/C

- English speaking guide

- 3 domestic flights (Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Nhatrang, Dalat – Saigon)

- All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Trip cost exclusive of:

- International Flights

- Travel insurance

- Vietnam Visa

- Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers

- Beverages & other personal expenses.

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