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14 Day Vietnam Homestay Starting from Hanoi

HIGHLIGHT
  • 14 days exploring Vietnam highlights from the South to the North
  • 3 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 historic Hanoi full day 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 9 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Chauffeured transfers to each sight in the comfort of an air-conditioned mini bus
OVERVIEW

Day
Activity
Accommodation
Meal
1
Hanoi Arrival - Leisure
Legacy Hang Bac Hotel
 
2
Hanoi city tour - Night train to Sapa
King Express Train
B, L
3
Sapa Trekking. Overnight at Homestay
Sapa Homestay
B, L, D
4
Sapa Trekking. Train back to Hanoi
King Express Train
B, L, D
5
Hanoi - Halong Bay
Majestic Cruise
B, L, D
6
Halong Bay - Hanoi
Legacy Hang Bac Hotel
B, L
7
Fly to Hoi An - Leisure
Lemongrass Homestay
B
8
Visit My Son Sanctuary
Lemongrass Homestay
B, L
9
Transfer to Hue - Leisure
Tam Tinh Vien Homestay
B
10
Hue City tour
Tam Tinh Vien Homestay
B, L
11
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City - Leisure
Ruby River Hotel
B
12
Visit Mekong Delta
Hung Homestay
B, L, D
13
Back to Ho Chi Minh City
Ruby River Hotel
B, L
14
Ho Chi Minh City Departure
 
B

Day 1 – Hanoi Arrival
We will pick you upon your arrival and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 – Hanoi City Tour - Night train to Sapa (B,L)
You will be picked up for city tour at around 08:00 - 08:30 am, then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore theHoan-Kiem-Lake-Hanoi-Vietnam-Holiday-Oriental-Colours.jpg architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). 12:00: Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, the Guide will take you to visit either Bat Trang pottery village (applied on Mon, Wed & Fri) or the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat). Then, visiting the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Take a short rest at hotel before being transferred to train station for the night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.

Day 3 – Sapa trekking (B, L, D)
sapa-tours-vietnam-holiday-Oriental-Colours--1-.jpgPick 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 3 – Sapa trekking. Back to Hanoi (B, L, D)
sapa-terraced-rice-fields-vietnam-holiday-Oriental-Colours.jpgEnjoy 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 4 – Hanoi - Halong Bay cruising (B, L, D) 
Pick up at train station at around 5.30 am, then transfer you to hotel for a short rest and have breakfast.  At 8.00 amhalong-bay-tour-vietnam-tour-packages-Oriental-Colours.jpg 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 5 – Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L)Hanoi-mobile-flowershop-Oriental-Colours--1-.jpg
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. Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 6 – Hanoi fly to Da Nang/Hoi An (B) 
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)
My-Son-Sanctuary---Hoi-An-Tour---Oriental-Colours.jpgOur 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 transfer to Hue (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Hue city by private car. 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 Tour (B, L, D)
hue-citadel-vietnam-holiday-Oriental-Colours.jpgYou 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) 
Free time until pick up time for airport transfer. Arrival in Ho Chi Minh city, check in hotel. Relax. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 11 – Visit Mekong Delta (B, L)
floating-market-in-can-tho-vietnam-holiday-Oriental-Colours--1-.jpgYou will be picked up at around 7:45 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 head to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho.
 
Day 13 – Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
After breakfast, we take the morning boat trip to visit the Cai Rang 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. Then, you ride bicyle along trail in countryside (option) before the transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 14 – Ho Chi Minh City departure (B)
You have free time to visit some tourist outstanding sites and go shopping in Ho Chi Minh City until the scheduled pick up time for your homeward flight. Good bye and see you again. 
Price
  • Tour price: USD 857/pax
  • Single Supplement: upon requested
  • Valid period: 2018 - 2019 
  • Black-out period: 1 - 15 Feb 2019
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 will be applied upon requested
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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