Day 01: Arrival In Hanoi
Pick-up at the airport by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel in Ha Noi.
Hanoi – the Capital City of reunified Vietnam – is a charming city with its authenticity, its big avenues or shadowed small streets, liveliness, endowed with numerous lakes and well-taken care public parks.
A pedicab ride thru the colonial quarter with its historic buildings and thru the 36 busy streets and guilds of the ancient quarter, North of the Restored Sword Lake. Welcome Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02: Hanoi
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of Ha Noi, take a walk in the presidential quarter to have a look at the French governor’s ancient Palace including the visit of President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house on-stilts, the one-Pillar Pagoda, the Literature temple.
In the afternoon visit the Museum of Ethnology inaugurated in 1997, which holds a rich collection of objects and documents recounting the habits and customs of 54 different ethnic groups of Viet Nam, then enjoy the water puppet show in the evening. Dinner in town and overnight in the hotel.
Day 03: Hanoi – Halong
Departure for Halong Bay. A restful day is waiting for you aboard a comfortable junk in heavenly landscapes of Halong Bay. Welcome aboard at noon. Lunch on board with seafood.
HALONG BAY is one of the most magnificent landscapes of the world known as the 8th wonder of the world. The general view of rocks and water gives a very impressive sight.
Cruising in the bay to visit the Thien Cung grotto (the Heavenly Palace grotto) and the Dau Go grotto (the Grotto of the wooden stakes). The latter is divided into 3 compartments adorned with stalactites and stalagmites which assume the shapes of animals and human beings. Overnight in the hotel.
Opportunity to have a swim in a quiet creek or on the Titov beach.
Splendid panorama in the Bay at sunset.
Day 04: Halong – Hoa Lu (190 KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Hoa Lu. Lunch en route.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 05: Hoa Lu – Thanh Hoa (60 KM)
After breakfast, take a boat ride in Thung Nang, next to Hoa Lu (known as the Halong Bay on land), a new site not yet affected by tourism. It is a particular sight of amazing beauty. A marvellous ride in rowboats threading your way between lotus ponds and limestone rocky mountains. Splendid poetic landscapes, the harmony between human and nature. Get in touch with the peasants to discover their daily activities. Back to the boat deck. Cycle to Thanh Hoa.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 06: Thanh Hoa – Vinh (148KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Vinh. Lunch on the way. Visit of the local markets on the way. Arrival in Vinh. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 07: Vinh – Dong Hoi (198KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Dong Hoi. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 08: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Dong Hoi (90 KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Phong Nha grotto, about 50km in the North-West of Dong Hoi. Boat trip on the ” Son” river to visit the Phong Nha grotto, one of the most beautiful in the world, in the Ke Bang national reserve, recognized as world heritage by UNESCO. Lunch on the spot. Get back to Dong Hoi. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 09: Dong Hoi – Ho Chi Minh Trail – Hue (190KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Hue along Ho Chi Minh Trial, a very famous trail during the American war. Lunch on the way. Crossing the DMZ zone at the 17th parallel and visiting the famous sites such as Vinh Moc Tunnels, Ben Hai River, Truong Son national Cemetery. Arrival in Hue. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 10: Hue
Breakfast in the hotel. Boat trip on the Perfume river to discover the Royal Burial valley of the NGUYEN Dynasty. During the boat trip, stop to visit the Heavenly Lady pagoda which looks down on the Perfume rver in the middle of the sacred valley. Lunch in town. Visit the Mausoleum of king Khai Dinh, the Imperial Citadel. Overnight in the hotel.
Option : Enjoy the traditional music and royal dance show in the Duyet thi Duong royal theater in the imperial city.
Day 11: Hue – A Luoi (64KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to A Luoi on the National Route 49. On arrival in A Luoi, visit a village to discover the tropical forests, the life style and the traditions of the minority ethnic groups including Pa Co and Ta Oi. Lunch on the spot. Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
Day 12: A Luoi – Giang (110KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to Giang. Picnic lunch. Arrival in Giang. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 13: Giang – Hoi An (110KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycling to Hoi An. Lunch on the way. Arrival in Hoi An, cycling to the villages in the outskirts of the city. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 14: Hoi An
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Hoi An ancient city. You will notice, while visiting Hoi An, the perfect preservation of the great deal of ancient houses of which Tan Ky House, located in Nguyen Thai Hoc street, is the most famous. After lunch, visit the Hoi An museum, the Chinese Temples, the covered Japanese Bridge built in 1593. Boat trip in the Thu Bon river to Cua Dai river mouth to have a look at the fishing villages and people fishing along the way and then watch the sunset on the way back. Dinner in town and overnight in the hotel.
Day 15: Hoi An – Kham Duc (140 KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycle to My Son, a world heritage. It is one of the biggest site of the Champa kingdom vestiges. Their various architectural designs reveal the genius and the skills of the Cham craftsmen. Lunch on the way. Cycling on to Kham Duc. A lot of picture-takings along the way. On arrival, visit the village of the minority ethnic group Katou. Dinner and overnight in a guest house.
Day 16: Kham Duc – Kontum (195 KM)
After breakfast, cycling to KonTum. Lunch on the way. Arrival in KonTum. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 17: Kontum
Breakfast. Visit the wooden Cathedral, the Bishopric of KonTum. Strolling in the village of the BahNar. Lunch on the spot. Then continue to discover the life style of the local people and their tombs. Dinner in town and overnight in a house-on-stilts.
Option : Enjoy musical show of gongs and silas performed by the BahNar.
Day 18: Kontum – Pleiku (60 KM)
Breakfast. Cycling to Pleiku. Visit of the Tnung lake, known as the pearl of the central Highlands. After lunch, visit the village of the Jorai with their typical Communal Houses (Nha Rong) and their tombs.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 19: Pleiku – Buon Ma Thuot (200KM)
Breakfast. Cycle to Buon Ma Thuot. Lunch on the way. Arrival in Buon Ma Thuot. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 20: Buon Ma Thuot
Breakfast. Visit of the village of the M’Nong with their typical Communal Houses (Nha Rong) and their tombs. An excursion on elephant’s back to discover the Yok Don national reserve, one of the biggest national reserve of Viet Nam (58.200 ha). Among the 46 species of wild and rare animals in Indochina, 38 have been found in Yok Don. In the afternoon visit of the D’raysap Falls called « Misty Falls ». Dinner and musical show with ethnic songs and dances in the tragi-epic gong beats of the Ede. Overnight in a house-on-stilts.
Day 21: Buon Ma Thuot – Da Lat (210KM)
Breakfast. Cycle to Da Lat by the National Route 27. Arrival in the village of the Jun, an ethnic group of the M’nongs who are very brave and experienced in hunting wild elephants. Dugout ride on the lake. Lunch enroute. Arrival in Da Lat – the eternal spring city. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 22: Da Lat
Breakfast. Visit of the Railway Station including a short ride by train from Da Lat to Trai Mat (5 km). Visit the village of the Lat and Chil minority ethnic groups. After lunch visit of the ancient Bao Dai Palace, a big villa in the 1930’s turned into a Museum, nowadays. Discover the Truc Lam pagoda called the “Zen Institute”. Strolling in the market filled with flower and fruit stands, located in the French quarter of this highland station. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 23: Da Lat – Bao Loc (120 KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Early departure for Bao Loc. Lunch on the way. On arrival in Bao Loc, tasting coffee and jasmin or lotus flower scented tea. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 24: Bao Loc – HCMC (195 KM)
Breakfast in the hotel. Cycling to SaiGon. Many photo-stops along the way. Lunch on the way. Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 25: HCMC
Breakfast in the hotel. Take a walk on Dong Khoi street ( Ex- Catinat), visit the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, the City Hall, the Opera, China Town with the Heavenly Lady Temple and you will be strolling in the Chinese herbalist quarter to have a look at the activities of Saigon. Finally visit of a Lacqueware factory. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 26: Free Day
Breakfast in the hotel. Have a Farewell Dinner. Overnight inthe hotel.
Option 1: Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels
Coach ride to Tay Ninh, about 100 Km in Noth-West of Ho Chi Minh City, a bordering province of Cambodia. Visit the Holy-See of the Caodaism, a typical Vietnamese religion in the Mekong delta. You will attend the Noon Mass, a very interesting ceremony during which the priests wear different colorful dresses. Lunch in Tay Ninh. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, stop at the Cu Chi Tunnels to discover “The Underground Village” which used to be Headquarters of the South Viet Nam Liberation Front, to understand more about the last American War, the patriotic feelings, the courage of the guerrilla resistants and the worse and incredible condition of life that the revolutionary soldiers had to suffer. Get back to SaiGon.
Option 2: Sai Gon – Mekong Delta – Sai Gon
Set out for Tien Giang. Boat trip along the canals of Tien Giang and Ben Tre which criss-cross the orchards of the Mekong
Lunch on the island. Visit of a handmade confectionery. Get back to Sai Gon. delta. Discover the unusual villages, covered with fruit trees on the islands. A region of lively beauty – peaceful landscapes, luxuriant vegetations with unexpected scenes of daily life.
Day 27: HCMC / Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Free time for the last shopping’s until the transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. End of our services.