12days trip

Itinerary in brief :

Day 01. HA NOI – Arrival
Day 02 : HA NOI
Day 03. HANOI - HAIPHONG  -  CAT BA ISLAND  -  LAN HA BAY
Day 04. LAN HA BAY -  CAT BA ISLAND  -  HA NOI – NIGHTTRAIN TO LAO CAI
Day 05. LAO CAI – MINORITY MARKET – SAPA
Day 06. SAPA –Sa Seng, Hang Da, Hau Thau & Giang Ta Chai village- LAO CAI – HANOI
Day 07. HA NOI – HUE by flight
Day 08. HUE – DA NANG – HOI AN
Day 09. HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN - DA NANG – SAI GON by flight
Day 10. SAI GON – MY THO – BEN TRE – THOI SON
Day 11. VINH LONG – CAI BE – SAI GON
Day12. SAI GON – départure

Itinerary :

Day 01. HA NOI – Arrival   
Inclus
: transfert airport, accommodation

Arrival in Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. Welcome by our driver, without guide then transfer to our homestay or hotel. Free time to discovery Hanoi by yourself.

Day 02. HA NOI   
Inclus
: breakfast, lunch, car, guide, entrance ticket, water Puppet Performance ticket, accomodation

08h00: Visit Ba Dinh square: Governor’s palace, Hô Chi Minh Mausoleum (except Monday and Friday) and his stilted house, One-Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Lunch at local restaurant. Then visit one of the Museum:  Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday) or Vietnamese women museum or vietnam military history museum or museum of Vietnamese revolution (choose at last minute). In the late afternoon, you will enjoy the Water Puppet Performance.
Overnight at our homestay  or hotel

Day 03. HANOI - HAIPHONG  -  CAT BA ISLAND  -  LAN HA BAY   

Inclus
:  breakfast, lunch, dinner, transfert by car, motobike, traditional junk 23 hours, kayaking, speedboat, entrance ticket

We depart from Hanoi  at 7h00am by car  (105 km, 2h30 drive), where we take a fast boat that takes us to the Long Phu pier on Cat Ba island at 10h00. To reach the town of Cat Ba (approximately 30 km), where is located our junk, we offer one-hour ride on a motorcycle with driver, off the beaten track. or by bus if a motorbike does not suit you.
 Around 12:30, we board on one of our private junks. You can go for a kayak ride and discover a fishing village. Our junk first go through Lan Ha bay before going to Ha Long bay and isolated islands. Sailing is possible depending on the wind. Make the most of this tour, relax, swim and enjoy the sun on deserted beaches, depending on weather conditions at the time. Lunch and dinner consist of seafood (fishes, shrimps, squids, shellfishes) purchased on the same day to local  fishemen. We spend the night on board in a creek in Lan Ha bay.

Day 04. LAN HA BAY -  CAT BA ISLAND  -  HA NOI – NIGHTTRAIN TO LAO CAI     
Inclus
: breakfast, lunch, car,guide, bicycle, speedboat, entrance ticket, train ticket

We continue our cruise in Halong Bay. You have the choice between take a walk on plage or ride a bicycle  1h/way to the village of Viet Hai on Cat Ba Island. Our itinerary is off the beaten track  so you don’t visit cave. Lunch at local restaurant or on boat. It depends on the availability of our junk, We will confirm at the moment of embarking.

 13h00: Return by bus, speedboat to Hai Phong, and car to Hanoi, where we arrive around 18:00
In the evening, go to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train Hanoi-Lao Cai (4-berth air-conditioned cabin).

Day05. LAO CAI – MINORITY MARKET - SAPA   
Inclus
: breakfast, lunch, guide, car, entrance ticket, accomodation

After breakfast at hotel, you have 2 choice :

Option 1 : Visit Cat Cat village ( the H’Mong) with music show, daily market at Sapa.
 Free time until transfert to Lao Cai
Option 2 :Departure to market by car, visit one of the typical market of minority market
according to the day: Saturday : Can Cau Market, Sunday : Bac Ha Market.

Return to Sapa by car. Overnight at hotel at Sapa

Day 06. SAPA –Sa Seng, Hang Da, Hau Thau & Giang Ta Chai village – LAO CAI – HA NOI   
Inclus
: breakfast, lunch, guide, car, entrance ticket, train ticket

After breakfast, visit Saseng, Hang Da village.
The trekking starts around 9:00, with a car taking you to the trail. It starts with a 1h30-2-hour walk with a difference in height of 500 meters, an effort rewarded by a spectacular view from the top on the entire Valley of Muong Hoa. Picnic lunch among the rice fields, then we go down to the Commune of Hau Thau, before ending at the superb Giang Ta Chai Watrefalls (Silver Waterfalls).Return to Sapa by car then transfer to Lao Cai to take nighttrain to Hanoi. (4-berth air-conditioned cabin).

Day 07. HA NOI – HUE by flight   
Inclu
s : breakfast, lunch, car, guide, entrance ticket, accomodation

Arrival in Hanoi early, transfert to our homestay to breakfast.
Transfert to Noi Bai airport to take flight to Hue. Welcome at Hue airport by our driver and guide and transfer to town. Have lunch at local restaurant.

Visit of the Imperial City : the Noon Gate, the Palace of Supreme Harmony, the Royal Reading Pavilion, the Nguyen Dynasty temples. Overnight at hotel at Hue

Day 08. HUE – DA NANG – HOI AN   
Inclus :
breakfast, lunch, car, guide, entrance ticket, small boat, accommodation

Taking a boat to visit Thien Mu pagoda and Emperors Tu Duc, Khai Dinh or Minh Mang Mausoleums (you choose one of three mausoleums). Have lunch at local restaurant

Departure from Hue to Hoi An (130 km, 3-hour drive) going through the magnificent beach of Lang Co and the Pass of the Clouds. Visit Linh Ung pagoda or Cham museum, visit Marble mountain if the time permits. Arrival in Hoi An. Overnight at hotel at Hoi An.

Day 09. HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN - DA NANG – SAI GON by flight   
Inclus :
breakfast, lunch, car, guide, entrance ticket, accommodation

After breakfast, you have 3 choice:
Departure for My Son, the capital of the Cham Kingdom in the 10th and 11th century. Visit the archaeological site
Free time to relax on beach ( without service, only breakfast and airport transfert )
Bicycle ride to visit Cam Thanh village, contact to local people, discovery their daily life

In the afternoon, visit the Old Hoi An: Faifo Harbour, the ancient houses Tan Ky, the typical market, the Chinese temple, the Japanese Bridge, etc.

Transfer to Da Nang airport to take flight to Saigon . Arrival in Saion, pick up and transfer to hotel by our driver without guide. Night at hotel.

Day 10. SAI GON – MY THO – BEN TRE – THOI SON   
Inclus
: breakfast, lunch, minibus, small boat, bicycle, guide, entrance ticket, accommodation.

 The 1st part:08h:00 departure  from your hotel by minibus to My Tho, 70km southwest of Sai Gon on the banks of the Tien river, a distributary of the Mekong. Our guide will give you the information about Saigon, the life in Vietnam, Mekong, the history…

Arrival in My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda - one of the oldest pagoda in the south Viet Nam. You will understand clearly Vietnamese culture, ancestor worship via Vietnamese Buddhism and Taoism and Confucianism
The 2nd part: Arrival in My Tho, we take small boat cruise on the Mekong River to see the “Dragon- Phoenix” islets. Disembark at Tan Thach and walking until a local restaurant. Lunch with speciality of Mekong. Continue to another village to taste the local products like tropical fruits, bee honey tea. Bicycle ride about 2hours along the countryside road, you will pass the rice field, the orchards. Then taking boat along the canals. Drive to Binh Duc where a small boat wait for you to Thoi Son islets. Night at homestay or hotel

Day 11. VINH LONG – CAI BE – SAI GON   
Inclus :
breakfast, lunch, car guide, barque,bicycle, entrance ticket
After breakfast, drive to Cai Be and take a boat to visit the floating market then craft village, discovery the daily life of local people, enjoy some of tropical product: bee honey tea, coconut candy,  rice paste. Have lunch at house of Kiet family.
You take a big boat to Vinh Long, 170km south of Saigon. After 1hours on boat though the canals, you can relax on a hammock for a short rest.  Arrival at An Binh islet where we go to a homestay house, you can freely taste many seasonal fruits of Vietnam and observe daily life of the local folks when you listen to Southern tradtional music performed by the locals Don Ca Tai Ta.
About 16h, you take a boat to visit local workshops making bricks then disembark at Vinh Long, after visiting colorful local market,the driver take you to Saigon. Drop you off at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day12. SAI GON - départure   
Inclus
: breakfast, lunch, car, guide, entrance fee

Our visit of Saigon stars at 9:00:  the Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, ancient street Catinat, Jade Emperor temple, Vinh Nghiem pagoda, Ben Thanh and Binh Tay market, walk through the Chinese District of Cho Lon.
Transfer to Tan San Nhat airport to take home flight. Fin du circuit.

Rate per person in usd

                  2 pax    3 pax    4 pax    5 pax    6 pax.
Superior   1475    1260    1130    1070    990
Single supplément for the 3rd and 5e person : 116 usd/pers

Deluxe    1825    1580    1430    1350    1300
Single supplément for the 3rd and 5e person: 477 usd/pers

Rate exlud  flight ticket from Ha Noi to Hue and from Da Nang to Sai Gon. Supplement for flight ticket 60 to 120 usd/pers/way
We will confirm the price at the moment of booking.

Hôtels superiors
Hanoi:   Parfumdautomne Homestay
               www.parfumdautomne.com

Ha Long: Parfumdautomne junk
                http://www.parfumdautomne.com

Sapa:     Hotel Elegance or similar
               http://www.sapaelegancehotel.com/vn/

Hue: New star hotel
           http://www.newstarhuehotel.com/

Hoi An: Thuy Duong 3 hotel or similar
          http://www.thuyduonghotel-hoian.com/

Mekong:    homestay
Saigon:     Blue diamond hotel or similar
                 www.bluediamondhotel.com.vn


Hôtels deluxe
Hanoi: Maison d’Hanova hotel
             http://www.hanovahotel.com/

Ha Long: parfumdautomne Junk
                http://www.parfumdautomne.com

Sapa:  Chau Long or similar
             http://chaulonghotel.com/

Hue: Pilgrimage village
          www.pilgrimagevillage.com
Hoi An:Hoi An ancient house village hotel or equivalent
            www.ancienthousevillage.com

Mekong: homestay
Saigon   Rex hotel
               http://www.rexhotelvietnam.com/home/