16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

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16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

Looking for the full experience tour of Vietnam? 16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour takes you through Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Saigon and Mekong Delta with plenty of action and highlights to immerse yourself into this enchanting culture. Picture yourself relishing the rice region of Mekong Delta by taking a traditional boat local fruit farms, stopping in exciting & iconic hot spots & popular local foodie haunts for a true Vietnam experience.

Summary of Itinerary:

Day 1: Ha Noi Arrival – Start your 16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

Day 2: Ha Noi – Night train to Sapa

Day 3: Sapa Trekking

Day 4: Sapa Trekking – Night train to Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Da Nang

Day 8: Ba Na Hills

Day 9: Hue City Tour

Day 10: Cam Thanh Eco Tour – My Son Holyland

Day 11: Cham Island Sightseeing and Snorkeling Tour

Day 12: Hoi An – Fly to Sai Gon

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Trip

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

Day 15: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City Departure – End your 16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

Day 1: Ha Noi Arrival

On arrival Ha Noi capital, we will see at the airport have private transfer to center for check in hotel. You have free time for leisure for 1st day of 16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Ha Noi – Night train to Sapa

Have breakfast at hotel.

8.00 – 8.30: Get picked up by our friendly guide and start to explore Hanoi City.

08.45: Arrive at Tran Quoc Pagoda located on Golden Fish Island in West Lake. It is the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi built in the 6th century.

09.30: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, you have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived & worked from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where worships the Godess of Mercy – It is the most unique padoga in the world.

Note:

Should dress modestly by covering from shoulders to knees when visiting Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, temples, pagodas…

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed at least 2 months (15thJune -15thAugust) for the annual maintaining but still can take picture Mausoleum and visit around that area.

11.15: Visit Vietnam Ethnology Museum to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in the whole country of Vietnam.

Special Note: We will visit Women Museum instead of Ethnology Museum closed on Mondays

12.45: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with delicious dishes.

14.00 – 14.15: Continue to visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11th century.

15.15: Leave for Hoa Lo Prison Museum which originally used by the French colonists in Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. During this later period, it was known to American POWs as the “Hanoi Hilton”.

16.15 – 16.30: Tour finishes. Back to hotel. Dinner on your own and prepare luggage for Sapa.

20:40: Transfer to Hanoi station for overnight train to Lao Cai.

Day 3: Sapa Trekking

05:30 – 06:00: Pick up from Lao Cai station to Sapa for breakfast.

8:30 – 9:00: A short walk to the gate of Cat Cat village, which is the home of Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Our local guide will show you the daily life activities of the locals, trek down to the valley bottom to the waterfall where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station; stop for photos with the bridge and waterfall; then you will walk up hill for the bus to pick you up to get back to Sapa in the afternoon.

The trekking distance is about 2.5km and it lasts for 2 hours.

12.30: Enjoy the lunch at the local restaurant.

14:30: Check in hotel and relax or discover the Sapa Town by yourself.

Recommend to take cable car to visit Fansipan Peak.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa Trekking – Night train to Hanoi

7.00 – 8.30: Have breakfast at the hotel, check out the room, and prepare a light pack for trekking (Large luggage is kept in the hotel).

8.30: Start hiking through Y Linh Ho, then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. After that, head to Ta Van village – home of the Dzay ethnic people.

The trekking distance is about 9km and it lasts for 3.5 hours

12.30 – 13.30: Have lunch at local restaurant.

13.30: The bus arrives at Ta Van Bridge and transports you to Sapa.

Free time to leisure.

Transfer to Lao Cai station in late afternoon.

Dinner on your own and take overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh

05:30 – 06:00: Pick up from train station to hotel for breakfast.

07h30 – 8h00: Get picked up by our friendly guide then depart for Ninh Binh province.

09h15: Have a short break for 15 – 20 minutes to relax.

10h30: Visit Hoa Lư ancient capital of Vietnam between 968 and 1010. You have a chance to learn about Vietnamese history in the feudal system under Dinh, Le, and Ly Dynasty.

11h45: Have a buffet lunch in the restaurant with a lot of local foods such as goat meat, fish, chicken, fried rice…. Vegetarian foods are always available in the buffet lunch.

13h00: Visit Trang An which was recognized by UNESCO as A World Heritage Site in 2014. Trang An has a wonderful tunnel cave system so Kong’s Movie Group chose this place for the New Version of Kong in 2016 – “Skull Island”. With 2 hours for the boat trip, you will be persuaded by the beauty here.

15h00: Continue the tour for 45 mins – cycling around the village to discover the life of the local people.

15h45: Get back to Limousine Bus then leave for Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Walk up almost 500 steps, you can reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here.

17h00: Get on the bus to return to Hanoi.

19h00: Get dropped off at Hotel in Hanoi.

Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay

05:30 – 06:00: Pick up from train station to hotel for breakfast.

8h30: Tour guide will pick you up at your hotel for Halong Bay trip. 

10h15: Have a short break on half way for 20 minutes to relax. 

12h00: Arrive at Halong Harbor. 

12h30: Welcome to Cruise and Enjoy welcome to drink and get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Check-in your room with Air-Conditioning. 

13h00: Enjoy a special lunch with Vietnamese traditional dishes, while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay. 

Afternoon Itinerary: 

15h00: Visiting Sung Sot Cave (Surprising cave). 

16h00: Our cruise will take you to the Titop/Soi Sim Island. It is noted for having a viewpoint at its peak which affords splendid views all around Halong Bay or you can enjoy your swimming on romance sandy beach. 

17h30: Come back to Cruise then take a shower, relax on sundeck, sunset watching in comfortable lounge chairs while drinking a cocktail or reading a book in the most magical moment. 

18h00: Enjoy welcome Sunset Party and Cooking Class. How to make fresh noodle roll, you can enjoy product which you make it.

Evening Relaxing:

19h00: Enjoy your dinner when sitting by overlooking sea view window in the night romantic Bay 

20h30: Playing some sports games like: Squid Fishing, singing karaoke, or relax on sundeck

* Overnight on boat: clean air – conditioning room.

Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Da Nang

6h00: Wake up in the early morning to see sunrise on sundeck.

7h00: Morning view of bay with a cup of tea of coffee. Have Breakfast! 

7h40: Start visiting Halong Bay Pearl farm. The pearls in Halong are the most renowned in Vietnam. The process of farming and retrieving pearls takes years. 

8h30: Do kayaking in Halong Bay, exploring Halong Bay in your own. 

10h00: Check-out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay.

10h45: Enjoy the lunch while cruising back to Halong Harbor. 

12h00: Return Halong Bay harbor, say goodbye to sailors and finish the cruise. 

12h30: Get on the Bus to return Hanoi. 

14h30: Stop on half way for short break. 

15h30: Drop off at your hotel. Free time.

17:00: Transfer to airport for flight to Da Nang.

Pick up from Da Nang airport and transfer to hotel.

Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Da Nang.

Day 8: Ba Na Hills

Have breakfast at hotel.

07:30 am – 08:00 am: Our Minivan and a tour guide pick you up at your hotel lobby, enjoy a ride to Ba Na Hills via Cable Car

Spend your time in the most modern Cable Car in Southeast Asia, visit Dream Stream Cable car Station and admire the breath-taking view of Da Nang coastal city.

After finishing the first cable car, you will visit The Golden Bridge – which has the most exotic structure and also the world’s most prominent pedestrian bridges highlighted by the British Guard newspaper, Le Jardin D’amourn (consists of 9 gardens), Linh Ung pagoda.

Sit on the 2nd Cable Car to visit the French Village where you could enjoy Street Music, watch Art’s statue, Campanile, Nine Floor Goddess Shrine, Tombstone Temple, Watch Carnival Performance Show, Square Du Dome …

Have lunch at restaurant (Buffet).

Take the Lava Train from Sun Kingdom to many new attractions for check-in such as Helios waterfall, Time Gate, and The Moon Kingdom …Join in Fantasy Park by walking in Fairy Forest, discovering Dinosaur Park, playing 5D wild west, enjoying 4D death race ride, watching 3D mega 360 degrees, riding on journey into the underground, entering Jurassic Park, challenging Freefall Tower and participating in an adventure in Horror House and over 90 free games.

3:00 pm: Return to the Cable Car for leaving Ba Na Hills

4:45 – 5:45 pm: Our Minivan brings you back to your hotel. Tour ends.

Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hue City Explore Full Day Tour

Have breakfast at hotel.

07:00 – 7:30 am: The van and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hoi An

08.00 – 08.30 am: Picking up at Da Nang city and leaving for Hue city

On the way, we will stop to visit some beautiful attraction such as: Hai Van pass – is an approximately 21km long mountain pass on National Route 1A in Vietnam. It is the natural border of Thua Thien Hue Province and Da Nang City, one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam.

And sightseeing Lap An Lagoon – Lang Co beach – With more than 10km long white sand beach and blue sea water, Lang Co beach is an ideal place for relaxing, swimming and taking photos.

10:45 am: You will visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, the tomb had elements of Eastern art mixed with Western designs.

12:00 pm: Having a nice lunch with Hue cuisine and rest at beautiful restaurant.

1:00 pm: You will continue visiting Hue imperial city – the palace of 13 Nguyen Kings with Ngo Mon Gate, Library, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, etc.

3:00 pm: Visiting Thien Mu pagoda associated with culture and history of Hue.

3:45 pm: Return to Da Nang / Hoi An.

6:00 pm: We will drop you off in Da Nang.

7:00 pm: We will drop you off in Hoi An.

Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 10: Cam Thanh Eco Tour – My Son Holyland

Have breakfast at hotel.

About 9:00 am: Transfer to Cam Thanh village by car on the way, meet local fishermen and experience the daily life.

Enjoy hands-on experience of round net and cast net fishing done by local fishermen.

Learn to paddle the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat and join in a basket boat race.

You will see the basket boat performance.

Go to catch the crabs, drop the net.

Return fisherman’s house and joinning the cooking show with fire performance of the master Chef (if you would like to be the Chef is possible ) 

Enjoy have Lunch (7 local dishes) and mineral water.

1:00 pm: Keep your moving to Hoi An city and depart to My Son Sanctuary – The World Cultural Heritage. 

2:30 pm: Arrive at My Son Sanctuary and we’ll have 2 hours to discover the site by walking throughout the landscape, learning histories with our local English-speaking guide, and enjoying the Champa’s traditional performances.

4:30 pm: Get back to minivan then transfer to the wharf for taking a boat trip to Hoi An with a nice and cool breeze on boarding, beautiful sunset river scenery on the biggest river in Vietnam Central named Thu Bon River. Get your camera ready for the amazing moment of local people’s activities along the river 

6:00 pm: Arrive at Hoi An, we will drop you at your hotel.

Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 11: Cham Island Sightseeing and Snorkeling Tour

Have breakfast at hotel.

8:00 – 08:30 am: Pick up at hotel (Hoi an city) to Cua Dai harbour.

09:00 am: Relaxing in fresh cool wind , you will enjoy the beautiful landscape on a speed boat to Cham Island.

09:30 am: Arriving at Lang Beach.Visiting the Marine Protected Area, The Boat Shelter, Hai Tang pagoda, Traditional fishing Village.

10:00 am: Swimming and snorkeling.

11:30 am: Staying at Bai Ong ecological zone or Bai Chong beach, swimming, taking time to enjoy a sea food lunch.

2:00 pm: Packing luggage for return trip to Hoi An.

14:30 – Seeing you off at your hotel. Free time in the afternoon.

Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 12: Hoi An – Fly to Sai Gon

Have breakfast at hotel.

Free time to leisure.

Transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Saigon.

Pick up from airport to hotel.

Free time and overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Trip

Have breakfast at hotel.

07:30 – 08:00: Take the morning trip to visit Independence Palace, also known at the Reunification palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeing the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum the museum has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars. 

Have lunch at local restaurant.

Depart for Cu Chi tunnel, the trip will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served. 

Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun. 

Return to Saigon.

Dinner on your own and overnight in Sai Gon.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

Have breakfast at hotel.

07:30: Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and start the trip to Cai Be. Upon arrival in Cai Be, have a boat ride to the remaining site of a renowned wholesale floating market on the Tien River many years ago. This site entitles you to learn something about the local trading habit that has changed due to the age of modern society when more terrestrial transportation and high techniques of agriculture have dominated everywhere. There, you can realize how diverse the area is and how rich orchard gardens are, which makes it the basket of fruit in the lower part of the Mekong River.

Ramble in small villages where you will uncover the beauty of an ancient house and learn about the indigenous culture. Make a short visit to a small family business where the locals make coconut fudges and crispy rice popcorn. Savor delicious fresh fruit and feel the slow rhythms of Southern Vietnamese folk music – a kind of music entwined with the life and culture of the Mekong Delta people. Paddle through small canals – an exciting experience since you can look around, unwind, and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the Upper Mekong Delta. Additionally, after arrival on Tan Phong Island, immerse yourself in nature’s tranquility.

At lunch time, you not only enjoy luscious food but also get closer to the locals as it is a chance to learn how to prepare Vietnamese specialties. The meal is cooked on your own and served in the heart of the local garden.

Cycle on the village path through orchards. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Visit Ba Kiệt’s ancient house.

Take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip to Can Tho City. Proceed to Can Tho City and overnight in Can Tho.

Day 15: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City

Have breakfast at hotel.

Take a leisure boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River) then visit to Cai Rang floating market which is the liveliest one in the whole of region.

Walking trip to visit the fruit plantation and local noodle factory. Visit Munir Ansay Pagoda – a Khmer pagoda, renowned for its unique structure and Con Son tourist area to experience picking and enjoying seasonal fruits.

Have lunch and return to Ho Chi Minh City.

17:00 – 17:30: Drop off at your hotel.

Dinner on your own and overnight in Sai Gon.

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City Departure/See You Again

After having breakfast at hotel, you have relaxing time in Ho Chi Minh city until transfer to the airport for the flight back home. End your 16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour!

16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

TOUR INCLUDES

Transportation:

– Train ticket Ha Noi – Lao Cai/Sapa (soft sleeper, 4 berth air condition cabin).
– All private airport, train station transfer.
– Accommodation: 12 nights at 3-star hotel, 1 night on 3-star cruise in Ha Long Bay, 2 nights on train.

Meals inclusive in itinerary:
– Breakfast at hotel
– Lunch in daily group tour
– Dinner in Ha Long trip and Sapa

Daily group tour follow itinerary (transport, English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunch):
– Hanoi city tour
– Sapa 2 days 1 night trekking
– Ninh Binh Day Tour
– Ha Long Bay overnight on cruise
– Ba Na Hills
– Hue City Tour
– Cam Thanh Eco Tour – My Son Holyland
– Cham Island Sightseeing and Snorkeling Tour
– Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Trip
– Mekong delta 2 day (Cai Be – Can Tho)

Tour Excludes
– Personal entertainment expenses.
– Personal costs: telephone fee, laundry, tip for tour guide.
– Meals out of tour (lunch and dinner at freetime).
– Airfare.
– Viet Nam Visa.

16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

What CAN be Refunded:

Some tours may require a minimum number of travelers to operate. The affected traveler will be fully refunded or may choose a similar tour product as a substitute. Should this occur, it would be under very rare circumstances.

Please note that the product substitute chosen by the traveler may be more expensive than the original product and therefore may be subject to an additional cost.

Any additional refunds based on extenuating circumstances will depend on the individual tour operator.

16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

What CANNOT be Refunded:

All hotel and tour schedules are arranged ahead of time. Any person failing to appear on the day of departure will not be refunded.

No refund will be given for any portions of the tour unused by the traveler after tour departure regardless of circumstances.

Airfare is completely non-refundable and non-changeable for tours when airfare is included in the final price.

Hotel extensions and Instant Confirmation products (admission tickets, city passes, etc.) cannot be exchanged or refunded once confirmed.

16 Days Vietnam Essential Tour

Our cancellation Policy:

30 or More Days – 100% of total purchase amount can be refunded (Deduct Domestic Airfare as it is completely non-refundable)

16 – 29 Days Prior to Departure Date – 75% of total purchase amount can be refunded (Deduct Domestic Airfare as it is completely non-refundable)

07 – 15 Days Prior to Departure Date – 50% of total purchase amount can be refunded (Deduct Domestic Airfare as it is completely non-refundable)

0 – 06 Days Prior to Departure Date – Non-refundable

Please note that cancellation fees are calculated based on the date we receive your Cancellation Request via email and travel service start date.

If a tour is scheduled to depart within the next 6 days, we will not change a traveler’s departure date and will not offer a refund.

All cancellations must be made directly with Old Quarter Travel.

In most cases, reservations paid by wire transfer, cash deposit, or money order/traveler’s check/cashier’s check will be refunded via Bank. FOR REFUNDS PROCESSED BY BANK WITH ANY ASSOCIATED FEE WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE OVERALL REFUND AMOUNT.

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