VIETNAM MODERN AND RURAL LIFE EXPERIENCE (VCT04) NEW TOUR

Tour duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights

Destinations: VietNam

A great combination of Vietnam’s modern cities and the country’s beautiful rural environment from the North to the South. You will enjoy the natural beauty and warmth of Vietnam’s landscape and people as well as gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s rural and urban everyday life.    

STANDARD CATEGORY
City Accommodation Star Category Room category
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Pomihoa
Stilt House
***
***
Deluxe
Deluxe
Basic accommodation
Ky Son Moon Garden Homestay Homestay Homestay
Ninh Binh Thuy Anh Hotel *** Superior
Hai Phong Sea Stars *** Deluxe or Similar
Halong Glory Legend Cruise ***  Deluxe
Hue Em Hue
Gold Hue
***
***
Deluxe
Deluxe
Hoian Like Hotel *** Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh Vien Dong *** Superior 
Can Tho Holiday One **** Deluxe
SUPERIOR CATEGORY
City Accommodation Star Category Room category
Hanoi MK Boutique
La Casa
****
****
Luxury Room
Deluxe
Ky Son Moon Garden Homestay Homestay Private room
Ninh Binh Ninh Binh Legend **** Superior
Hai Phong Royal Lotus
Harbour View Hotel
****
****

Superior
Halong Pelican Junk **** Deluxe
Hue Eldora **** Deluxe City View
Hoian Little Hoi An Boutique Central Hotel
The Beach Little Bouique Hotel & Spa
****
****
Deluxe
Little Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh Liberty Riverside
Central Palace
****
****
Superior
Deluxe
Can Tho Iris **** Deluxe Premier
DELUXE CATEGORY
City Accommodation Star Category Room category
Hanoi Apricot
Pan Pacific
*****
*****
Sletch Room
Deluxe
Ky Son Moon Garden Homestay Homestay Private room
Ninh Binh Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort and Spa **** Superior
Hai Phong Harbour View **** Deluxe
Halong Paradise Junk ***** Deluxe
Hue Pilgrimage
La Residence
*****
****
Honeymoon Suite
Superior 
Hoian Royal Hotel
Anantara Hoi An
***** Deluxe
Deluxe Balcony
Ho Chi Minh Le Meridien ***** Classic Room
Can Tho Victoria Can Tho ***** Superior Garden View

Day 1: HANOI

Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Rest and relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: HANOI (B)

After breakfast, spend a day touring the capital. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his personal residence, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. End the morning with a visit to the Museum of Women.

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins. Follow this with a walking tour through the old quarter of the city. Visit a local house and take your time talking with the hosts and learn about their family’s life and history. Continue to Ngoc Son Temple nearby Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy a leisurely ride on a rickshaw around the city and through its hidden alleyways followed by a water puppet show in the early evening.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Note: please note Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday.

Day 3: HANOI - KY SON (B-L-D)

After breakfast, depart to Moon Garden Home stay in Ky Son village. Enjoy a welcome drink of local fresh green tea upon arrival. Then spend time to discover the Moon Garden Home stay and Ky Son village, visiting the local kinder garden and market. After that, join a cooking class, learning from the owner how to make delicious Vietnamese dishes served as lunch.

In the afternoon take a leisurely bicycle ride along charming back roads, rice paddy fields and through picturesque villages such as the ancient village of Duong Lam: visit Mia Pagoda, discover Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu commune. Continue riding through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses. Finish at Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple.

Return to the lodge and try a local tisane and a traditional herbal steam bath before dinner.

Overnight in Ky Son Village.

Day 4: KY SON – NINH BINH (HOME STAY THO HA) (B – L – D

Wake up early to join in exercises and witness traditional Vietnamese customs honoring ancestors and other morning rituals.

After breakfast relax in the stunning natural surroundings or walk around the village, stop at any home for a cup of tea.  Chat with local people about their daily life and farming. Help with plowing, transplanting seedlings or harvesting rice, tea, cassava, corn, or sweet potatoes depending on the harvest season. Collect tea and medicinal herbs in the garden to use back at the lodge.

In the afternoon, drive to Hoa Lu (2 hour and a half drive), the ancient royal capital of Vietnam. Arrive Tho ha Village in the afternoon,   check-in to your accommodation and take a countryside walk through the surrounding villages.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 5: NINH BINH - HAIPHONG (B-L)

Enjoy the fresh air of the countryside and breakfast with your hosts.

Explore the natural surroundings and peaceful rural scenery by bicycle. Meet villagers and learn about their daily work and activities, such as catching crab, fishing and transplanting rice in the fields.  Prepare your own lunch with the help of a local family at Van Long Stilt House.  

In the afternoon, continue to cycle to Nha Le’s house and enjoy 2 hours cruising down a peaceful river by boat passing through Thien Ha Cave and But Hien cave before departing for Hai Phong.  Arrive in Haiphong in the late afternoon. Check in to the hotel.

Overnight in Hai Phong

Day 6: HAIPHONG - HALONG (B-L-D)

After breakfast, spend the morning sight-seeing in Hai Phong city including a visit to the Du Hang Buddhist Temple, Hang Kenh Communal House and the French influenced Municipal Theatre.

Then depart for the stunning Halong Bay located in the Gulf of Tonkin. Arrive at Halong City, check in and board a junk. Lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay.

In the afternoon, enjoy some activities in the bay, or just spend some time relaxing on board (Possibility to swim in the bay if weather permits). Dinner is served on board. 

Overnight on Halong Bay.

 

Note: Visits or activities will be slightly different depending on each junk’s itinerary. Your tour guide will be replaced by a local guide on board during your cruise.

Day 7: HALONG BAY – HANOI – HUE (B – Brunch)

Breakfast on board and enjoy the fresh morning in the bay. The cruise ends around 11h00 am. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi airport. On the way, visit But Thap Pagoda.

Arrive at Noi Bai airport in the late afternoon and take the flight to Hue.  Welcome upon arrival at Hue airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Hue.

 

Note: Breakfast or brunch will be served on board depend each junk‘s service.      

Day 8: HUE (B)

After breakfast, take a boat for a short cruise on the Huong river. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda which is located on the river bank and is an iconic seven-story pagoda considered the unofficial symbol of the city.

In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel, a complex covering an area of 520 hectares comprising three circles; the Hue Capital Citadel, the Royal Citadel and the Forbidden Citadel. Continue to Emperor Tu Duc's Mausoleum, built according to the laws of geomancy. Before returning to the hotel, take a walk through Dong Ba Market, where you can find anything from fabric and gold to fake watches, fresh flowers and street food.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 9: HUE – DANANG – HOI AN (B)

After breakfast, drive to Danang via the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Visit the Cham Museum, one of the best museums on the ancient kingdom of Champa. Continue to the charming old town of Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port, active from the 15th to the 19th century. Many of the buildings in the town are very old and the whole town is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site.

In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour in the old town. The Old Quarter has 850 magnificent old structures that still line the streets; old shop houses, shady pagodas and colorful communal halls. Visit Phuc Kien Pagoda and the Japanese wooden bridge. End the day with a fun activity and learn to make a lantern with local artisans and gain a deeper understanding of Hoi An’s history and culture through its art and traditional crafts.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10: HOI AN – COCONUT VILLAGE – HOIAN (B – L)

After breakfast, transfer to Bach Dang dock for a full day trip to the rural village outskirt of Hoian. Board a wooden boat to Cam Thanh village. Admire a green and fresh beauty of the water coconut ranges along the river bank and relax to the sound of to the wind flees into the tree in the background. Transfer into a smaller boat and commence cruising on the Cua Dai River. Along the way, our guide will explain more about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, their family and their community. Be a real local fisherman by joining hands with the locals to catch fish with the net on a Vietnamese unique bamboo basket boat. Continue to explore the tranquil coconut-palm while listen to the extreme condition in the past war and how these ranges of coconut palm had become home to many soldiers. End the program with a warm welcoming lunch at a local house in the village. Relax and transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight in Hoian. 

Day 11: HOI AN – DANANG – HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Danang Airport fora morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). On arrival, proceed to your hotel and check in. enjoy a full day exploring the city. Visit the former Presidential Palace, or as it is known today - the Reunification Palace. Then head to the historical heart of the city and visit the Notre Dame Cathedral (outside visit only due to its renovation). The red bricks of the cathedral walls were originally from Paris, France. From there, take a short walk to the old Central Post Office. After that, visit the best-preserved buildings from the colonial era, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville now home to Saigon’s municipal authorities. Continue to Catinat building. Built in 1927, in an art deco style, it has once again become a hub for fashion conscious Saigonese and contains many designer boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés.

In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum and discover some different perspectives on the war.  End the day with a visit to China town with its the bustling Binh Tay Market. Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Note: Notre Dame Cathedral: outside visit only due to its renovation till 2019

Day 12: HO CHI MINH CITY – CAI BE – VINH LONG – CAN THO (B)

After breakfast, drive to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Visit a Cao Dai Temple on the way. In Cai Be, board a sampan for a cruise on the Mekong River and its numerous canals. Visit an old colonial house and a rice popcorn factory along the way.

In the afternoon continue on to Vinh Long and then drive to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 13: CAN THO – MY THO – HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

After breakfast, board a sampan to visit the Cai Rang floating market and a local fruit farm. Then visit the charming, colonial style Binh Thuy House (over 100 years old). Explore Can Tho’s local market before heading back towards Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City late in the afternoon.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 14: HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

After breakfast, relax until departure to Tan Son Nhat airport.

 

End of our services.

Our prices include:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels.
  • Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English speaking guides for tours.
  • Entry fees for sightseeing.
  • Private cabin on sharing Junk in Halong bay 
  • Private boat for trips in Hoalu, Hue, Hoian and Mekong Delta
  • Local train Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi in sleeping carriages of 4 berths with air-conditioning.
  • Meals as mentioned: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, (D) for dinner.
  • Taxes: V.A.T. Our prices do not include:

 

Our prices do not include:

  • Visa for Vietnam.
  • Flights Hanoi – Hue/Danang - Ho Chi Minh City.
  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not note specifically mentioned in the program. 

Note:

  • Hotel room will be available from 13h00 only.
  • Program is subject to change without prior notice due to unexpected changes in airline schedule.
  • We reserve the right to adjust prices at any time in the event of an increase in fuel surcharges.
  • Visa to Vietnam is available upon arrival at the airport with prior arrangement for authorisation letter. 
  • In general most venues are closed throughout the period of the Lunar New Year in Vietnam.

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