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12 Day Vietnam Grand Tour with Homestay Experience

HIGHLIGHT
  • 12 days exploring Vietnam highlights from the North to the South
  • 2 Comfortable stays at 3-star hotels, 6 cozy homestay experiences, 1 cruise overnight
  • 2-nights in a Deluxe cabin onTrain to Sapa
  • 2 Domestic flights: Ha Noi to Da Nang, Hue to Ho Chi Minh City
  • 3 UNESCO cultural heritages site tours and stays: Hue, Hoi An, My Son
  • A fantastic Ho Chi Minh City experience tour
  • Majestic Sapa rice terraces and charming peach and plum blossoming hills
  • Stunning Mekong delta waterways of My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho and lively Cai Rang floating market
  • Cruising and one night on 3 star cruise ship in magnificent Halong Bay - a UNESCO natural heritage and current winner of New 7 Wonders of Nature
  • All transfers, pick-ups and drop offs, cruising in Mekong and Halong Bay
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Mineral water supplied to keep you refreshed
  • Meals noted in itinerary–daily breakfasts plus 8 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Chauffeured transfers to each sight in the comfort of an air-conditioned mini bus



OVERVIEW

 
Day
 
Destination
 
Activity
 
Meal
Day 1
Hanoi
Hanoi arrival. Overnight in Hanoi
No
Day 2
Halong Bay
Visit Halong Bay. Overnight on cruise
B, L, D
Day 3
Halong Bay
Back to Hanoi. Train to Sapa. Overnight on train
B, L
Day 4
Sapa
Sapa trekking. Homestay overnight
B, L, D
Day 5
Sapa
Sapa trekking. Train to Hanoi. Overnight on train
B, L, D
Day 6
Hoi An
Fly to Hoi An. Homestay overnight in Hoi An
B
Day 7
Hoi An
My Son Sanctuary. Homestay overnight in Hoi An
B, L
Day 8
Hue
Transfer to Hue. Homestay overnight in Hue
B
Day 9
Hue
Hue city full day tour. Homestay overnight in Hue
B, L
Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
B
Day 11
Mekong delta
Visit My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho. Homestay overnight in Can Tho
B, L, D
Day 12
Mekong delta
Visit Can Tho & Cai Rang floating market. Back to Ho Chi Minh City
B, L


Day 1 – Hanoi arrival 
We will pick you up at airport then transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is at your leisure. We recommend you to take a slow walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, which is very scenic, so remember to bring your camera. In walking distance from your hotel, you can go to Thang Long theatre where you can enjoy traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Another option is to do some shopping, you will find plenty of shops in the old town as well as street night market. Should you wish to taste famous Vietnamese coffee, you will find many coffee shops in French style with a view to the lake. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 – Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Pick up at your hotel at 8.00 am then we will depart for Halong Bay. On the way we stop at a handicraft workshop for a short break. Enjoy the journey through Red River Delta with lush rice fields, water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese rural life. After we arrive in Halong, check-in on cruise and relax for a while. Then we lift anchor and sail to visit Sung Sot caves where we have one hour for kayaking. We will be cruising between the many lime stones and set anchor at beautiful spot. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. There will also be a cooking class on board, where you can learn to cook some basic Vietnamese dishes. Overnight in Ha Long Bay at the cruise ship.
 
Day 3 – Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
The beautiful sunrise in Halong bay should never be missed, especially if you are into photography. The breaking of a new day could start with a Tai chi session (if you are keen on early morning exercise). Breakfast will be served on the boat around 7.30 am, you will then have time to enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through the magnificent limestone karst formations on your return towards Halong City. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. Drop off at Twins hotel for short staying. 
Our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby to transfer you to train station.
Overnight on train to Sapa.
 
Day 4 – Sapa trekking – Homestay – Dinner with ethnic family (B, L, D)
Pick up service at train station then transfer to Sapa town. After 1 hour transferring, we will stop at a local restaurant for breakfast and relaxing. The guide will meet you around 9.00 am to join the tour. Walking from Sapa towards Muong Hoa valley where you will discover the wonderful scenery of Hoang Lien mountain ranges and meet Black H’mong tribes. Trek through terraced rice paddies and minority villages along the Muong Hoa River. We then cross the suspension bridge towards the Zay village, arriving at Ta Van, where we have dinner cooked on a wood fire enjoying the company and hospitality of Zay family and homestay overnight-
 
Day 5 – Sapa trekking (B, L, D) 
Enjoy mountainous landscape with your sunrise coffee as well as a delicious breakfast before ready to trek through bamboo forests towards Giang Ta Chai waterfall. We then cross over a rattan suspension bridge and enter into Giang Ta Chai village which is inhabited by the Red Zao minorities. Here we will experience their daily life and cross over the Muong Hoa River up the mountain to visit Su Pan Village of the H’mong people. After that, stop for lunch at a local restaurant and wait the car transfer back to Sapa. Take a fresh shower and have dinner before heading to train station to back Hanoi. Overnight on train.
 
Day 6 – Hanoi – Hoi An (B)
Arrive in Hanoi around 5.00 am next day. You will be welcome and pick up by our private guide and transfer to hotel for having rest. After breakfast transfer to airport for the flight to Danang.  Landing to Danang airport, our drive will take you to Hoi An  ancient town, which is 30 km from Danang. The rest of the day is at your leisure to freely discover Hoi  An city on your own. Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Day 7 – My Son Sanctuary tour (B, L)
Our guide will pick you up at around 8.00 am and take you to My Son, a World Heritage site, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. You will learn about the Cham history and how this massive sanctuary was built. My Son is a complex consisting of more than 65 architectural towers and temples dating back to 4th century. The site was used for religious ceremonies for Kings of the ruling dynasty as well as burial site for national heroes and royal family up to the 19th century. My Son is considered to be of same historical significance as Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. After the visit, you will be taken about 30km by bus and embark on boat for the trip back along the Thu Bon River back to Hoi An. Back to Hoi An around 2.00pm. The rest of day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
 
Day 8 – Hoi An - Hue (B)
Leave Hoi An for Hue by a private care. The car ride takes you around 3.5 hours through Hai Van pass, which is very beautifully scenic. Upon arrival, check in hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Hue.
 
Day 9 – Hue city full day tour (B, L)
You will be picked up at 8.30 am then transfered to visit the Imperial Citadel, this was the center of power for the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled between 1802 and 1945. Here, we will visit Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. We will board a boat for a wonderful trip on Perfume River and a visit to Thien Mu pagoda where you will enjoy a vegetarian meal prepared by the local nuns. The afternoon continues with a visit to the fantastic tombs of the emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. Our guides will give you a deep understanding of the King’s philosophy of geomancy and how this affected royal life. The rest of day is at your leisure. You are free to discover the ancient city by your own. Overnight in Hue city.
 
Day 10 – Hue fly to Ho Chi Minh city (B)
After breakfast transfer to Hue Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to freely discover the city on your own. Suggested activities are shopping at Ben Thanh Market with a lot of choices for Vietnamese handicrafts and local delicacies, also . Another two other popular shopping places, even for locals are Saigon Square 1 (Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street) and Saigon Square 3 (Hai Ba Trung street). There are many bars and coffee shops nearby for your taste. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 11 – Mekong delta (B, L, D)
You will be picked up at around 8.00 am from hotel then depart for My Tho where we will take a boat ride along the river and enjoy the houses on stilts and see fruit plantation along the river banks. We then proceed to Tortoise Island where we will have lunch in the fruit orchard. A beautiful boat ride through Tan Thach canal in Ben Tre, cruising under the shadow of the water coconut trees. We visit a family workshop making coconut candy which is a local delicacy. We will also enjoy rowing in a boat along the creeks. After taking a delightful walk through the fruit plantation and villages we proceed to Can Tho where we will have dinner. Overnight in Hung Homestay.
 
Day 12 – Mekong delta – Ho Chi Minh city (B, L)
After breakfast, we take the morning boat trip to visit the Phong Dien floating market, the river is at its busiest at this time of the day. Keep cruising through the small cannels system and visit a rice noodle making village. We then visit an orchard, cycling the countryside (optional), before heading back to Can Tho for lunch. Back to Ho Chi Minh City. Tour end.
Price
  • Tour price: USD 806/pax
  • Single Supplement: USD 250
  • Valid period: 2017. 
  • Black-out period: 20 January - 6 Febuary 2017
Terms and Conditions
  • Booking must be made at least 10 days prior to departure
  • Tour starts every day in the mentioned periods (subject to availability)
  • Children policy is applied upon request
Tour includes
  • Twin share ccommodation
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Domestic flight Hanoi – Da Nang & Hue – Ho Chi Minh City
  • English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
Tour excludes
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and personal expenses
  • Drinks and Tips
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