Immerge in the deep nature of the North West highlands and discover the real life of the Hmong ethnic, explore Halong bay – one of the wonders of the world, experience the life of the Vietnamese farmer, taste the culinary art of the country and try a motor bike ride in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Just a touch to the Sparkling Vietnam Charm and you feel the soul of Vietnam!
Arrival at the airport. Welcome by the local guide and transfer to the hotel. Hanoi, capital of Vietnam from XI century, preserves its original image: old temples, ancient traditional streets, French style quarters, etc. Free time to explore the city. Overnight in 4*hotel.
The morning is dedicated to a visit to one of the oldest craft ceramic village of Vietnam. We cross the Red river and drive on a dyke that encounters Hanoi to Bat Trang village. On arrival, we walk around the village to watch how ceramic items are made and experience painting on ceramic. We continue to the market where countless ceramic goods are displayed then to the old local house to listen to people telling the history of the village. Lunch at the local house. We come back to Hanoi and visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum square, the “One Pillar Pagoda” built in the early 11th century, Tran Quoc pagoda, the Temple of Literature, home to the oldest university in Vietnam, and explore the old quarters. Overnight in 4*hotel.
After breakfast we take a road up to Son La. The trip passes through the mighty mountainous landscape, endless sugar cane plantations. We arrive at the Hmong village where all the people still wear their original dresses and keep in life their tradition. Welcome by the Khen – a traditional musical instrument- and folkloric dance. As a Hmong tradition, we start the visit to the home of the Chief of village there we can get an introduction about Hmong ethnic. Lunch is served at the local house. After a short rest, we participate in the activities of the village and visit the Hmong at their own houses. We leave the village in the farewell Hmong music performed by the villagers and arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Overnight in 4*hotel.
After breakfast, transfer by road to Ha Long bay. The name of Ha Long comes from the legend of the dragon going down to the sea. We board the lovely typical ship for an extraordinary cruise through thousand of islands, islets and rocks. Enjoy buffet lunch while sailing on the bay. In the afternoon, we experience a local rowing boat to visit Luon cave. The rest of the day is for swimming, relaxing on the beach or climbing up to the top of Rock mountain to enjoy a spectacular panorama view of the bay.Back to the ship. Relax and enjoy sunset on the sun deck while cruising to overnight anchorage. Sumptuous dinner is served on board following by a full relax in the peaceful and quiet night in the bay. Overnight on 4* cruise.
The new day starts with Tai Chi class on the sundeck and sunrise on the bay. Enjoy coffee, tea and bakeries on board while cruising to Surprise grotto for a visit of the most impressive caves of the bay. We continue sailing in the splendid beauty of the bay while brunch buffet is served. The cruise ends in the late morning and we take a road to the airport for the flight to Hue. Overnight in 4* hotel
Hue has been imperial capital of the last Vietnamese dynasty and preserving its very distinctive aspect affected by the royal life style and customs. In the morning, we visit the historic Thien Mu pagoda on the riverbank of the Perfume river then to the Imperial Citadel including the Noon gate, the forbidden city, the …Enjoy Hue cuisine in the typical green garden house where a collection of more than 200 antic ceramic items are displayed. Transfer to Hoi An and visit the old town: the Japanese covered bridge, the ancient house with the architecture influenced by Japanese and Chinese design, the Cantonese Assembly Hall, the old streets. Overnight in 4*hotel.
After breakfast, we cycle the narrow paths and enjoy the peaceful countryside before getting arrived to Tra Que herb garden veggie village. We visit the local farmers and listen to them talking about their “Organic farm” and how the products are consumed in Hoi An and its surroundings. Experience the farming activities with the local to know how to grow the vegetables. We keep biking throughout the rice paddy fields, the shrimp farms, and the picturesque landscape to Cam Thanh Ecological village. We then arrive at a local house and it’s time to share the daily life of a rice farmer and get familiarized with the farming work. Lunch will be served at the family following by a rest in a pure countryside atmosphere and a therapist foot massage. In the afternoon, we experience the basket boat for a traditional fishing then visit the water coconut palm plantation and have fun to catch crab. We walk around Phuoc Hai village, meet former guerrillas telling about their memories of the last war. We return to the boat, continue riding on the quiet river to watch the life of the people and enjoy the sunset with Vietnamese traditional snacks and cold drinks while the fishing boat are leaving the village for offshore. We come back to the hotel by road. Overnight in 4*hotel.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City plays not only a role of a largest commercial city but also a hub of sciences, technology, and industry of the country. Welcome by the guide and transfer to the restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, we experience the scooter ride to visit the city: Chinatown with the bustling Binh Tay market, Thien Hau temple – one of the oldest temples of the city, the War Museum, the municipal Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy Vietnamese coffee before getting back to the hotel. Overnight in 3* hotel.
After breakfast, we take a road southwards to Tien Giang. A watery delta irrigated by the mighty Mekong welcome us with peaceful countryside, friendly people. We get on a local motor boat, pass by the fishery farms, the floating market then go into the narrow canal. We make a call at the village, visit local craft workshops, taste seasonal fruits and enjoy to the live traditional music performance. A horse-cart ride on countryside paths takes us to the honey farm hidden in the orchards where a delicious cup of natural honey tea welcomes us. The adventure comes to the peak when we get a sit in a wooden boat rowing along the creek to explore the fauna of the region. The boat ride ends at the local riverside restaurant where lunch with specialties is served . Transfer by road back to the airport in Saigon for flight to next destination. En of services.
* B: Breakfast/ L: Lunch/ Br: Brunch/ D: Dinner
* Inclusion: Accommodation in twin share, English speaking guide, air conditioned car/ bus, entrance fees, meals as itinerary, domestic air tickets (economic class), boat in Hue, Hoian & Ben Tre.
* Terms and conditions applied.