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Overview

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi - Full-day City tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi traditional villages - Night train to Sapa
  • Day 4: Arrival Sapa – Trekking to hill tribe villages - Home-stay
  • Day 5: Back to Sapa
  • Day 6: Sapa – Bac Ha Sunday Market – Night train to Hanoi
  • Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay - Overnight on board
  • Day 8: Halong Bay – Ninh Binh
  • Day 9: Ninh Binh Sightseeing by bicycle - Overnight train to Hue
  • Day 10: Hue Arrival - Sightseeing tour
  • Day 11: Hue outskirt tour – Drive to Hoi An
  • Day 12: Hoi An Sightseeing
  • Day 13: Hoi An – My Son Holly Land
  • Day 14: Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 15: HCM City – Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi tunnels
  • Day 16: HCM City – Vinh Long – Can Tho
  • Day 17: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market - Back to HCM City
  • Day 18: HCM City – Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Hanoi – Arrival

Your private tour guide will meet you at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Hanoi. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your Vietnam Cambodia tour package, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.

Lunch and dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Hanoi cuisine for a true immersion experience.

Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.

Overnight in Hanoi


Hanoi - Full-day City tour

Morning

After breakfast, your Vietnam Cambodia 2 week holiday starts when your private tour guide picks you up for a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace
– The One Pillar Pagoda, an important symbol for Hanoians
– Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
– History Museum, formerly home to the École Française d’Extrême Orient in Vietnam

Lunch will be served at one of many breathtaking restored colonial villas.

Afternoon
After lunch, your tour continues.

Visits:
– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
– Hoa Lo prison (known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the American war)
– A stroll around the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake
– A cycle rickshaw ride through Hanoi’s French Quarter, characterized by wide tree-lined streets, majestic French buildings and sidewalk cafes

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi traditional villages - Night train to Sapa

Morning
Your private guide will escort you to an old fashioned village Tho Ha. This village with more than 600 years of history initiated with their handicraft ceramic which remains the traces on the walls of old houses. Nowadays the villagers live on their new job of making rice paper

Afternoon
Leaving Tho Ha Village you continue to visit the famous Bat Trang pottery village for some other fantastic photo opportunities before going back to our hotel and rest.

Evening
Your guide and driver will transfer you to a local restaurant for dinner, and then we get to Hanoi railway station for our night train to Sapa.

Overnight on A/C train
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Arrival Sapa – Trekking to hill tribe villages - Home-stay

Morning
You rise early in the morning in Lao Cai station. You will be collected by your private guide and driven in a private vehicle for  1 ½ hour trip to Sapa, check in our hotel day room for refreshment, breakfast and preparing for your gear. With your guide you will start your trek down hill to Lao Chai for breathtaking scenery of rice terraces and interact with H’mong and Yao tribal people. Stop at a streamside hut for a picnic lunch.

Afternoon
You will continue your trek for 2 hour to get to Ta Van village for your home-stay. While your host and local guide prepare your dinner, it’s your time to wander around the village and to the stream for great photo opportunities.

Evening
You will enjoy dinner cooked and served by the host family. Tonight you will stay overnight in the home-stay.

Overnight at Ta Van
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Back to Sapa

Morning
After a simple breakfast you will bid goodbye to the host and trek for almost 3 hours through paddy fields and bamboo forest. Even tually you will reach Giang Ta Chai, a village of Red Zdao minority. Here you will enjoy a short rest by the water fall, then proceed to the meeting point where the driver will take you back to Sapa town.

Afternoon
Check in your hotel then it’s your free time to explore this little Sapa town and its central market.

Overnight in Sapa
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Sapa – Bac Ha Sunday Market – Night train to Hanoi

Morning
After breakfast and check out of your hotel, you will leave Sapa and drive to Bac Ha Sunday Market, one of the famous hill tribe markets in the region. This traditional colorful market offers the best exposures for you cameramen.

Afternoon
After exploring the market, you will enjoy a simple lunch at the local restaurant. Then drive back to Lao Cai town where you make a stop at Vietnam – China border for your picture taking before going to a restaurant at Lao Cai railway station for a rest and dinner (on your own).

Evening
Your local private guide will say goodbye to you before boarding your night train back to Hanoi tonight.

Overnight on A/C train
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Halong Bay - Overnight on board

Morning
Arrive to Hanoi early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from train station and help you check in your day use hotel rooms for shower and repacking your luggages. Your breakfast is served in a Hanoi restaurant/ hotel. You will then drive for 4 hours to Halong Bay with many photo stops en-route to capture farmers’ activities on their rice/vegetable fields.

Afternoon
Arrive to Halong Bay, board your traditional junk, enjoy seafood lunch and start your shooting campaign while you cruise amongst thousands of limestone cliffs arising from the emerald water of World Heritage Halong Bay. Your junk passes by some floating fishing villages, famous limestone rock formations. The cruise journey also includes a visit to Sung Sot – the largest cave in the bay.

Evening
You will have a chance to climb summit of the Titov Island to shoot the sunset over Halong Bay before dinner and rest for our night on board.

Overnight on board
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Halong Bay – Ninh Binh

Morning
Enjoy our breakfast and morning cruise with an early lunch before getting back to the dock. We then drive straight to Ninh Binh town with photo stops en-route.

Afternoon
Arrive to Ninh Binh you will check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Ninh Binh Sightseeing by bicycle - Overnight train to Hue

Morning
Eat well at breakfast as your activities today are tough. You choose your bicycle (or by private car if you are not keen on cycling) and start cycling through picturesque countryside to Hoa Lu formal citadel, visiting King Dinh and Kinh Le temples then continue your ride on to Tam Coc. This cycling path is another paradise for photographers.

Afternoon
Arrive to Tam Coc area, have lunch in a local restaurant, leave your bikes there then take our 2 hours rowing boat ride through a heaven like scenery combining limestone karst and rice paddies and river. Your boat also takes you through 3 water caves with side lagoons for our photos. Back to the dock you take our bicycles and go back to your hotels for your shower.

Have your dinner (at your own account) and catch your night train to Hue. The train ride is 11 hour and you will arrive in Hue around 8:00 the following morning.

Overnight on A/C train
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue Arrival - Sightseeing tour

Morning
On arrival in Hue, you will be collected by your private guide and transferred in a private vehicle to check in your hotel, enjoy breakfast and rest afterwards.

Afternoon
Your guide and driver will take you to a Buddhist monastery for a vegetarian lunch.
After lunch you visit the Emperor Khai Dinh Mausoleum, considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. This large mausoleum took only 3 years to construct and reflects a mix of Asian and European styles.

Continue you to visit the Royal Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled the country from 1802 till 1945. Learn about the history of the place and discover your good spot for our shoots.

Transfer to the docks to embark on a dragon boat to cruise the Perfume River. During the cruise, you will visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda with its characteristic seven-tiered tower. You will also see the Austin car which took Monk Thich Quang Duc to Saigon where he famously set himself on fire in 1963 as a dramatic protest against the unfair treatment of Buddhists by the Diem regime.

Dinner is on your own. We recommend Mandarin Café to meet and talk to Mr. Phan Cu, a famous Hue photographer, and of course to enjoy his works.

On returning to your hotel in Hue, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue outskirt tour – Drive to Hoi An

Morning
After breakfast depart Hue you will drive south to Da Nang and Hoi An. Today you will enjoy one of the most scenic drives over Hai Van Pass. From the summit you can enjoy the spectacular of the coastline and Da Nang city below.

Reaching Da Nang you will stop to visit My Ke Beach and the Marble Mountain. Then continue to drive to the nearby town of Hoi An.

Afternoon
Arrive to Hoi An, check in your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Over night in Hoi An.
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Hoi An Sightseeing

Morning
You will spend the morning on a walking tour winding through the narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter.

Visits:
– Chua Ong Pagoda
– The Assembly Hall
– The 200-year-old Tam Ky house
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
– Local markets

Lunch will be served at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will embark on a short boat trip to visit Thanh Ha handicraft ceramic village, and Kim Bong Carpentry Village, famous for its carpentry and traditional woodworking products.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hoi An – My Son Holly Land

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to My Son Sanctuary.

My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu Temples constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries by the kings of Champa. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is “Bhadresvara”. The temples are in a valley roughly 2 km wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremonies for the Kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though much of the complex has been destroyed over time, there are still many majestic ancient temples to see in this area.

Afternoon
Returning to Hoi An, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An
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Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Morning
Your private driver will collect you and take you to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon).

Upon arrival to Saigon, you will be met by your Saigonese Guide and transferred in a private vehicle to the hotel in downtown to check in. Free time for your leisure afterwards.

Afternoon
Your guide will take you out for lunch in the famous Pho 2000 restaurant for a typical Vietnamese pho noodle. After lunch you will visit the War Remnant Museum, The Notre Damn Cathedral, Opera House and the General Post Office. Your tour also uncludes a visit to Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in Ho Chi Minh City

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCM City – Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi tunnels

Morning
We recommend late and full breakfast this morning as you will skip lunch.
At about 9.am we depart to Tay Ninh to visit the Holy Cao Dai Temple. One of the most striking temples of Southeast Asia, the Cao Dai Great Holy See Temple has a unique architectural style that reflects the blended religious traditions of Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianis. We arrive at the temple around mid-day and attend the amazing and unique mid-day service which you will never ever see anywhere in the world.

Afternoon
Having lunch in a local restaurant before you continue to drive to Cu Chi tunnel for our exploration of the famous underground tunnel system.  Cu Chi tunnels is an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels, over 250km in length and up to three levels deep in places, played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City.

Back to HCM City in late afternoon. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCM City – Vinh Long – Can Tho

Morning
Your tour starts with a drive through the Mekong Delta to Cai Be floating market. From here we board our river boat for a cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong. You will arrive at the lush orchards of Vinh Long where the lunch will await you at a fruit orchard where family descendants will welcome you with a cup of warm green tea.

Afternoon
After lunch wind your way to the city of Can Tho, which is considered to be the heart of the Mekong Delta. Here you will spend the night at your hotel.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market - Back to HCM City

Morning
Rise early for a boat trip to the Cai Rang market, the biggest floating whole-sale market of the Mekong region. Here you will have a chance to practice your bartering skills! The market is filled with small boats darting through the water as vendors sell their wares.

Continue along narrow canals, stopping at a fruit orchard to taste some of the succulent fruit in season before making a short walk to Ba Bo bridge (water level allowing).

Afternoon
Return to your hotel in HCM City. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Tonight your guide will take you out for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in HCM city
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)



HCM City – Departure

After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday as this mark the end of your 2-week vacation in Vietnam. Your private driver will pick you up and take you to the Da Nang airport for your departure flight home.

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Useful Information

This Vietnam In Depth Tour is crafted to dig into the most authentic features Vietnam has to showcase, and upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best route and service choices. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Hanoi’s best known landmarks, enjoy Hanoi food
  • Experience the Russian style night train to Sapa and to Hue.
  • Enjoy colorful Sapa hill tribe markets, local tribal villages and stunning landscape
  • Spend a night for quality time on board an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay.
  • Visit Imperial Citadel and Emperor Mausoleums in Hue.
  • Climb the Marble Mountain, Walk through charming town of Hoi An and taste the local food.
  • Have fun with beach time, cooking class, or get some cloth made in Hoi An.
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh City landmarks: War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Reunification Palace. Crawls of the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Enjoy a discovery day in lush green Vinh Long, and Floating Market in Can Tho


Dining Experience

  • 17 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners and 11 lunches at well-selected restaurants (Vegetarian/ Halal food upon request)


Travel Highlights

  • Private Tour Guide in each City of visit (Other languages upon request)
  • Private driver with air-conditioned vehicle for daily tours or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked Restaurants and Hotels. (Specified in each quotation)
  • Entrance Fees/ Admission for all sightseeing. Well selected activities with some possible extra supprises.
  • All airport transfers
  • Tour includes regular route PLUS off the beaten track visits.


What’s Included?

Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C vehicles, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax and service charge.


What’s Not Included?

Your international flights from and to Vietnam, entry visa to Vietnam, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.