Essential Vietnam Tour
Essential Vietnam Tour - 15 Days
You will discover
- Day 01Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) arrival (D)
- Day 02Saigon City Tour (B/L/-)
- Day 03Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B/L/-)
- Day 04Can Tho – Saigon (B/-/-)
- Day 05Saigon – fly to Danang – Hoian (B/-/-)
- Day 06Hoian – Thanh Ha – Kim Bong villages (B/- /-)
- Day 07Hoian – Hue (B/-/-)
- Day 08Hue – Discovery (B/-/-)
- Day 09Hue – Minh Mang – Boat trip to Thuy Bieu Village – Fly to Hanoi (B/L/-)
- Day 10Hanoi city tour – night train to Lao Cai (B/-/-)
- Day 11Lao Cai – Sapa trekking to Ma Tra – Ta Phin (B/L/-)
- Day 12Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Train to Hanoi(B/L/-)
- Day 13Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)
- Day 14Halong – Hanoi (B/L/-)
- Day 15Hanoi – Departure (B/-/-)
You will be interested in:
- The Reunification palace (or the war memorials Museum), the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office in Saigon
- Mekong Delta River discover with its floating market and traditional handicraft villages.
- Uncover the lifestyle in Hoian as well as walk in the ancient town to admire the nice treets with traditional typical houses.
- Peaceful Hoian and sunset boat on Thu Bon River.
- Hue beauty with citadel and its history.
- Visit the handicraft villages in Hue
- Visit Hanoi with its famous sites especially the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, temple of literature and ethnic museum
- Walking in the old quarter of the Vietnam capital
- Trekking in the ethnic villages in valley of Sapa.
- Magnificient rice terrace
- Beautiful cruise trip on Bai Tu Long Bay with easy and interesting activities.
Day 01 : Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) arrival (D)
Upon arrival, our Authentik Travel’s tour guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
After briefing tour, our tour guide will give you some first information about our country and enjoy a welcome dinner at a finest restaurant.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 02 : Saigon City Tour (B/L/-)
Meet our tour guide and enjoy a full day city tour.
Visit the Reunification palace (or the war memorials Museum), the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office inspired by the Orsay Station in Paris.
Then transfer to Cho Lon District to discover its old quarter, the wholesale Binh Tay Market and Quan Am pagoda a colorful pagoda and one of the oldest pagodas in the city, its architecture and decorations have still remained since its construction.
Return to Saigon city for a walk in the city center, the former Catinat streets, exterior of Opera house, the city hall as well as Ben Thanh market.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 03 : Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B/L/-)
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Cai Be ( 120km – 2.5 hour driving) visit a Cao Dai temple on route.
Upon arrival, embark a boat trip on the branch of Mekong River to Vinh Long. Experience the rhythm of life on the legendary Mekong River by a visit to Cai Be floating market and the canals with orchards.
Visit crafts workshops of rice popcorn, coconut caramel and rice cake…
Biking or walking on the village paths to discover the ancient and beautiful Phu Chau pagoda where the serenity reigns and meet the local people.
Enjoy a lunch in open air restaurant where you could taste a famous local specialty: The Elephant Fish ear, tasting great fruits, rowing a small rowboat in the canals which are shaded by the fruit trees.
Continue our boat trip to Vinh Long, meet our driver at pier for a transfer to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho in the later afternoon. Check in hotel and relax.
Free time on your own to discover the city by Mekong River.
Overnight in hotel in Can Tho.
Day 04 : Can Tho – Saigon (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the pier for a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market, a largest and lively marking in Mekong Delta.
There are so many colors and smells in the bubbling atmosphere where hundreds of sampans are filled with goods such as rice, fruits, and craft products …all is shown to sell from the early morning.
We leave the market and continue the boat trip through the canals and visit a fruit gardens (or replace the garden by the nursery field by the river)
Back to An Binh Market which is full of fishes, fruits and vegetables.
Stop at Binh Thuy ancient house with orchid garden where “The Lover” was filmed.
Transfer back to Saigon and arrive in the later afternoon.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 05 : Saigon – fly to Danang – Hoian (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight to Danang, pick up and transfer to Hoian ancient town.
Enjoy a city tour in Hoian ancient town which listed in Heritage of Human. A real treasure need to be discovered: Hoian Museum, Japanese bridge, China Town, Quan Thang ancient house, the local market and the old busy port in the 15 century for the international boat and junks from China, Netherlands, Japan, and Poland...
Finally, visit silk factory (optional) of Thang Loi known as a good address in Hoian to have tailor made silk clothes.
Embark on a small boat in Hoian town then depart to Thu Bon River which was very busy exchange place and there were a lot of international ships in the 15 century. The boat trip will take you along the river to Cua Dai sea gate. This is a good chance for you to appreciate the landscapes of peaceful village by the river bank and admire the fishermen’s activities on the river.
Enjoy the sunset in the late afternoon from April to November.
Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
Day 06 : Hoian – Thanh Ha – Kim Bong villages (B/- /-)
Pick up from your hotel in Hoian Town and transfer to Thanh Ha village. Located 2km from the town and there are 23 families still do pottery as the main job since the 16 century.
The village is known for its pottery restoration activities which we could find the village’s pottery in the ancient house in the town.
After the visit to Thanh Ha, we will discover the private village’s porcelain museum.
Then the boat trip will take us to Kim Bong village. On the boat, you will immerse yourselves into comfortable fresh air and enjoy the beauty idyllic landscapes on the both sides of the river.
This village has been long known for its wood carving. At first, the artisans inherited the techniques from the northern Vietnam. Later, from business exchange, they could adopt successfully the know-how of Chinese, Japanese sculpture and cultivate their own style.
Walking to understand their daily life and visit carpenter workshop to admire their talent. It is possible to buy some wood products for your souvenirs.
Return to Hoian town by boat.
Day 07 : Hoian – Hue (B/-/-)
Depart from Hoian ancient town to Hue. Drive along the coastline.
Arrive in Danang, enjoy a walk to My Khe beach where you could enjoy the view to giant Goodness of Mercy statues in the Linh Ung Pagoda. Take photos of fishermen activities by the beach and visit Cham Museum which preserves the most important Cham culture collections in the world.
Continue to Hue on the Mandarin Road via Sea Cloud Pass (Hai Van Pass). Stop on the top of the pass to enjoy the breathtaking view to the ocean and Danang city.
Arrive in Hue – check in your hotel.
Day 08 : Hue – Discovery (B/-/-)
Transfer to pier by the Perfume River bank to embark a Royal boat trip to the villages in the East of the city. This is an opportunity to discover the local life on the both side of this poetic river.
Upon arrival in Tien Nom village, disembark for the bike ride (or option for motorbike) in the countryside through 3 villages: Tien Nom – Thanh Tien – Sinh village. The trip will immerse you into the daily life rhythm in the villages.
In Tien Non Village, meet the peasants working on the fields and vegetable gardens. Then visit a family worship house in the village.
Reach to Thanh Tien village, an artificial paper flower village dated back 400 years. Besides the rural works, they make paper flower for New Year festival to offer their ancestors the best wishes. Visit Mr Hieu’s family, one of the well-known artisans in the village to learn how to make paper flower under his instructions.
Keep going to Sinh Village, a cradle of 400 year folklore print in Hue. Meet Mr Phuoc who will explain the techniques of traditional prints. You will find beautiful souvenir in this trip.
Take boat back to the city.
In the afternoon, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest pagoda in Hue, dating back 1601. This is a spiritual highlight of the city and well known for its majestic octagon tower and beautiful view to the Perfume River.
Then continue to the most anticipated site in Hue: Hue citadel, the only vestige symbolizes for what was once the imperial city of Vietnam.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 09 : Hue – Minh Mang – Boat trip to Thuy Bieu Village – Fly to Hanoi (B/L/-)
At 8.00, transfer upstream of the Perfume river to visit the emperor Minh Mang tomb, an architecture masterpiece that harmoniously highlights the nature and imperial religious works.
After that, we will take boat trip along the Perfume River to Thuy Bieu Village. The boat trip will offer you the picturesque landscapes on the two sides.
Then visit a temples dedicated to the village protector, a traditional garden house with hundred year of age. Obviously, stop for great photos and contact with the peasants working in the gardens and vegetable fields should not be missed.
Lunch is served at Mrs Loan in the village of Thuy Bieu.
In the afternoon, take a short flight to Hanoi. On arrival, our tour guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10 : Hanoi city tour – night train to Lao Cai (B/-/-)
Today, we discover deeply the capital of Vietnam, filled with timeless charms. Start to visit the Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) the first University of Vietnam built from the 11th century by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Continue to visit Chua Ha (Ha Pagoda) known as a sacred place to pray for the luck in love, especially for the future spouse.
After that, transfer to Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into our Vietnam cultures through traditional costumes, tools, music instruments and real typical traditional house of many minority ethnic groups. Enjoy a special water puppet show in the museum garden.
Lunch is served in Cha Ca Thang Long restaurant (Grilled fish with vermicelli) a Hanoi specialty.
In the afternoon, discover the Ho Chi Minh complex included: Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh House on stilts, fish pond.
For those who are interested in visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: it is opened only in the morning and closed every Monday and Friday. We have to queue up sometimes to a couple of hours to go inside the mausoleum.
Transfer to the old quarter to visit the Hoan Kiem lake ( Restored Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son temples in the middle of the lake. In the late afternoon, take a night train to Sapa.
Overnight on night train ( share 4 berth AC cabin)
Day 11 : Lao Cai – Sapa trekking to Ma Tra – Ta Phin (B/L/-)
Arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning, our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer to Sapa town.
Enjoy breakfast and leave your luggage at your hotel and start a discovery day to ethnic villages.
Departure from your accommodation for the hike following the itinerary: Ma Tra – Ta Phin which is less touristic. The journey will lead you to the superb rice terrace valley, meeting the local people of Black Hmong and Red Zao ethnic group. They were original from south of China. They settled in Vietnam in the 11 century. They live in the high altitude and far away from modern world. This helps them to preserve their traditional, their own language and especially their ancestral way of life. Make a stop on the way to visit a Hmong family in Ma Tra Village, and a school. After 3 hour trekking, you will reach to Red Zao village to pick up our car for transfer to the town.
Trekking distance: 12km – 3 hours.
Free in the afternoon to relax or discover the small sapa town on your own.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 12 : Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Train to Hanoi(B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Cat Cat Village of Black Hmong and enjoy a trekking day. Visit its beautiful waterfall then follow the path to Y Linh Ho village.
Arrive in Y Linh Ho Bridge, stop to relax a little bit then keep going to trek following the buffalo path through the hills. You will have chance to enjoy the splendid view over the rice terrace valley considered the most fantastic of the world.
Lunch will be served on the way.
After lunch take a short break before trekking to the Lao Chai village of the black Hmong and Ta Van village of the Zay peole.
At 16.00 meet our driver and transfer to Sapa
Walking distance: 15km – 6 hours.
Relax and dinner on your own till transfer to Lao Cai railway station for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight train to Hanoi ( Share 4 berth AC cabin)
Day 13 : Hanoi – Halong (B/L/D)
Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning, check in a hotel by the railway station for your refreshment and breakfast.
At 8.00am, our driver will meet you for a transfer to Halong via Bac Ninh and Sao Do. Extensive rice fields as far as your eyes can see will follow you along the way.
12.00 Embarkation at Hon Gai port, enjoy welcome drink.
13.00 Lunch on boat with seafood while cruising in to the bay through the enchanting landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay ( Small Dragon Bay).
15.30 Take part in activities according to the boat such as: visit Thien Canh Son cave, do kayaking, bamboo sampan ride to the Vang Vieng fishing village or just simply lazy on boat.
18.00 return to the boat, shower and take a rest.
19.00 enjoy a sumptuous dinner on boat.
Overnight on boat with private cabin (with air conditioner and bathroom).
Day 14 : Halong – Hanoi (B/L/-)
You are advised to get up early to enjoy the fresh air and sunrise in the beautiful scenery of Bai Tu Long
Breakfast on the boat.
8.30 enjoy activities. Either visit the cave or embark a small bamboo sampan to visit Vung Vieng Fishing village, one of the spectacular floating villages in Halong. Encounter the locals and fishermen’s farm as well as a floating school (depends on the boat’s activity schedule)
9.30 return to the boat and check out the cabin.
10.00 cruise back to Hon Gai port. On the way back, we will enjoy lunch on boat. Last look at the legendary bay where dragons descended.
11.45 Arrive the pier and take a transfer back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi at 16.30. Check in hotel and relax.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 15 : Hanoi – Departure (B/-/-)
Free till transfer to airport for your flight home.
Private tour price
The prices are quoted on USD and based on per pax (Twin/double sharing - 3 star accommodation)
Valid to 31 December 2018
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast ( Twin or double)
- Private car transfer
- Boat trips
- Halong cruise 1 night.
- Domestic flights
- All entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Vietnam Visa approval letter.
- Water on tour
- Service charges and Tax
Service Not Included
- International flight tickets from/to your country
- Travel insurance
- Meals not indicated
- Personal Expenses: laundry, drinking, telephone…
- Tips and gratuities
- Other not mentioned in the tour
What clients say about us?
Right from the time of my enquiry, to tour around Vietnam, the team at Authentik was very proactive and professional in their approach.Jan 8, 2018
A tailor-made trip perfectly organized by Authentik Vietnam.Nov 26, 2017
I still remember that we appreciated the warm welcome and warmth of the people who welcomed us into their family.Nov 21, 2017