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1          Arrival in Hanoi To be advised

2          Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua Cave – Hanoi

3          Hanoi half-day city tour with cyclo – Sapa by sharing D’car limousine bus.

4          Sapa soft trekking to Muong Hoa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai Villages

5          Sapa – Silver Waterfall – Fansipan Mount with cable car by sharing D’car limousine bus – Hanoi

6          Hanoi – Halong by sharing Cruise shuttle bus – Overnight on Cruise

7          Halong – Hanoi by sharing Cruise shuttle bus – flight Danang      afternoon flight

8          Hoi An – Bana Hills with Golden Bridge – Marble Mountain

9          HOI AN free day

10         Hoi An – Motorbike tour to the countryside – Free at leisure

11         Hoi An/ Danang – Departure      To be advised.

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Please note: The tour program is flexible. Your guide will be more than happy to adjust the tour itinerary to suit you. You can skip one site or add another if you so wish.


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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Meal provided: No meal


Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet a local Guide.

Check-in hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Meal provided: Breakfast


Travel to Ninh Binh province. On arrival, drive to visit Hoa Lu temple– The ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Enjoying the 11th & 17th century architecture style, old sculpture – carving on wood & stone depicting the daily lives, dreams and wishes for peace, good life, etc.

Enjoy an excursion by small boat along the Ngo Dong River, beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through Tam Coc - the three natural grottos (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. The boats are typically rowed by one or two local women who also sell embroidered goods.

Continue to visit Mua Caves (Hang Múa in Vietnamese) or Dancing Cave stands out for its elegant natural beauty, because of which Mua Cave has been regarded as “The Great Wall of Vietnam” or “Tam Coc’s Muse”. This is also considered the most beautiful viewpoint in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

Back to Hanoi.

Stay overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi half-day city tour with cyclo – Sapa by sharing D’car limousine bus

Meal provided: Breakfast


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to visit West Lake, the largest lake of the capital, once was named as "Foggy Lake” from its misty condition. Its name was changed to "West Lake" in 1573 to avoid the given name of King Le The Tong. Stop at Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years.

Visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place of pilgrimage. A traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas, it’s usually crowded with groups of all ages, from all over the nation, who has come to pay their respects. Within the complex you can visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (Outside visiting), Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum

Closed by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter. It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.

After that, continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – The Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

Take a cyclo in Hanoi Old Quarter – 36 streets and guilds to discover the ancient feature of Hanoi and daily life. Stop to visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake (aka Hoan Kiem Lake). From the shore, walking on the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge leads to the island.


In the afternoon, transfer to Sapa (around 05hrs on the way) by sharing D’car bus (without guide on bus)

Stay overnight in Sapa

Day 4: Soft trekking to Muong Hoa - Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai Villages

Meal provided: Breakfast


From Sapa, we visit Muong Hoa Valley, you will enjoy an easy walk downhill and along Muong Hoa River, through terraced fields passing some hamlets of the H’Mong people. Trek via Y Linh Ho through beautiful scenery to the Black H’mong Village of Lao Chai where we spend time looking around the village and learning about life in the village. Then, we walk through rice terraces and on local paths to the Zay village of Ta Van. This is the only village in the Sa Pa area where the Dzay people live. We spend time looking around the village.

We then, continue our trekking in the valley through a bamboo village. After that, we head up the side of the valley to the main a small village of the Dzao people called Giang Ta Chai, learn about the local life, then back to the rattan bridge and go up to the main road where the car picks up us to come back to Sapa.

Stay overnight in Sapa

Day 5: Silver Waterfall – Fansipan Mount with cable car – Hanoi by sharing D’car limousine bus

Meal provided: Breakfast


This morning, you will be transferred to visit Silver Waterfall, formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak and about 12km from Sapa town’s centre. With a height of 100 meter, it is a big one and the loop track is steep and scenic. From the distance, the waterfall looks like a white dragon looking down from the sky. You can reach the Silver Waterfall by car in half an hour. From there you can see stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the last forests belonging to Hoang Lien Son National Park.


Continue being transferred to the Sapa Cable Station for very amazing trip to Indochina’s Rooftop – Mount Fanxipan by cable car. This is particularly interesting in these northern mountains of the country, where travelers seek the rice terraces and traditional arts of a minority peoples. Cultivating the land to an altitude of around 2,200 meters are the ethnic minorities the lowland Vietnamese generically call ‘Meo’ – savages – and above them looms the bulk of Hua Xi Pan: “giant protruding rock”. You can challenge yourself when hiking 600 stone stairs more to reach the rocky peak

of The Roof of Indochina. Below you spread the foothills of the Himalayas, blanketed with rainforest and the first tendrils of fog.


In the afternoon, transfer back to Hanoi (around 05hrs on the way) by sharing D’car bus (without guide on bus)

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong by sharing Cruise shuttle bus – Overnight on Cruise

Meal provided: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Halong by sharing Cruise shuttle bus

Subject to change depending on confirmed cruise

11:30    Arrive at Le Regina private lounge – Lot 24, Tuan Chau Marina – Ha Long, enjoy welcome drink and express check-in before boarding.

12:15    Transferred by speed boat to La Regina Legend/ Grand Cruises. Welcome aboard the cruise, refresh with our welcome drink while Cruise Manager briefing cruise orientation, activities & on board safety. The boat starts to cruising to Lan Ha bay.

13:00    Cruise leaves to explore Lan Ha Bay. You will be enjoying a meal that features the distinctive Vietnamese cuisine taste while relaxing and avoiding the crowds on well-traveled roads.

15:30    You will arrive at Light and Dark Cave – one of the best attractions on Lan Ha Bay which is best known for its pristine and tranquil beauty. Exploring the area by local boat or kayaking. After that, you can swim in the green emerald and cool water around the cruise.

17:30    Return to the cruise and enjoy the Bay sunset while enjoying the "Happy Hour" special. You may also join our chef in the kitchen to learn how to make traditional spring rolls.

19:00    If the weather permits, enjoy dinner on the sundeck or in La Corona restaurant, which is on the second floor. You will have the chance to savor meals produced from premium, fresh ingredients in a distinctive fusion style that fuses the essence of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the innovative influences of modern cuisine.

After dinner, it’s your choice for a fun squid fishing, spa, karaoke or relaxing.

Stay overnight on Cruise

Day 7: Lan Ha / Halong – Hanoi by sharing Cruise shuttle bus – then fly to Danang

Meal provided: Breakfast, Brunch


Subject to change depending on confirmed cruise

06:00    Greet the new day on the sundeck with a tachi session. Enjoy the fresh air on the bay while you unwind with a cup of tea or coffee.

06:45    Enjoy a quick breakfast on board and get your day going with plenty of energy.

07:30    You will join the tour of Cat Ba Wolrd Biosphere. It will take you around 30 minutes to transfer from Gia Luan to Trung Trang – one of the most impessive caves in Cat Ba Island, Vietnam.

09:30    Back to the main boat for relaxing and check out at the reception, please put all your luggage at the outside of your cabin, crew member will help to bring luggage on land.

09:45    Lunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor.

11:00    Disembark from the cruise as our crew sa farewell, back to Tuan Chau Marina by our speed boat


Transfer back to Hanoi by sharing Cruise bus (without guide on the bus)

Meet the private car transfer them to airport for flight to Danang with driver only

Upon arrival in Danang, meet our local guide at the airport, transfer to HOI AN

Stay overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An – Bana Hills with Golden Bridge – Marble Mountain

Meal provided: Breakfast


Start our trip to Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort located in the Truong Son Mountain west of the city of Danang. The station, advertised as "the Dalat of Danang province" by local tourism authorities, was founded in 1919 by French colonists. A trip on cable car will offer you a chance to admire the panorama of Ba Na Hills, spring stream, Danang city and Danang coast from your cabin at the height of 1,487 meters above sea level.

During your time on the mountain, enjoy a visit to:

  • Fantasy Park: the amusement park reserves countless funs and surprises, which of course involve well-tailored games to keep little kids occupied and delighted all day long.
  • The Le Jardin with the relics of the French, such as the force of the French horse, nearly 100-year-old grapefruit trees and traces of ancient villas. Especially Debay cellar, wine cellar was built by the French in 1923, spent nearly a century, they still retain cellar wild, mysterious, is the work of the French single remaining fairly intact Ba Na.
  • Linh Ung Pagoda, located on the peak of Ba Na Mountain at the height of 1.400 meters, was officially inaugurated on the 5th of March, 2004. You can also feel your interests with a lot of pretty villas, newly built hotels, and bungalows here. Each one has its own flower garden with many types of aristocratic flower that Frenchmen left during the 50 past years.
  • Keep taking nice walk to Golden Bridge. Winding its way around a 150-meter course lined with flowers, a golden bridge shimmers against the Ba Na Hills, supported by a pair of giant hands. The bridge sits 1,400 meters above sea level, an altitude which creates the illusion of a silk strip hiding in the clouds above Da Nang.

Take cable down and back to Hoi An


Stop to visit Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Danang city in Vietnam. The five 'mountains' are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth).

Stay overnight in Hoi An

Day 9: Free leisure day at Hoi An Ancient Town (NO TOUR)

Meal provided: Breakfast


Free leisure day at HOI AN

Stay overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An – Motorbike tour to the countryside – Free day at leisure

Meal provided: Breakfast, Vegetarian lunch in motorbike tour


8:30: The scooter drivers will pick you up from the hotel and we will start with a safe ride to the motorcycle trip to the villages around Hoi An, the tour will start at the Thanh Ha pottery village, which is more than 500 years old, where you will see the residents who still preserve the method of making pottery by hand from their ancestors and you can learn how you can make a vessel. Your own pottery and maybe also buy a souvenir to take home.

We will continue and go to visit a home factory of noodles (rice noodles) and rice paper. Here you can learn how to make rice paper or noodles and maybe even taste it.

An easy drive will bring us to the Kim Bong carpentry village. We will visit home factories for wood carving. Here we can see how carpenters carve wood and how wooden ships are built.

We continue driving through rural and peaceful landscapes along the river enjoying the view until our next stop a home factory for the production of sleeping mats, local traditional handicrafts.

After the tour, we will go to a light meal at a vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant.

Back to your hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An/Danang - Departure (without guide)

Meal provided: Breakfast


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to the next destination with the driver.

Free for strolling around the airport.

Have a safe and sound flight!

End of services.

+ 9 nights at hotels with breakfast on a private double/twin sharing room

+ 01 night on sharing cruise based on a private double/twin sharing room

+ Meals mentioned in the itinerary

+ Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program

+ Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver

+ Cyclo riding in Hanoi

+ Private boat in Ninh Binh

+ Lantern making workshop (Join in group)

+ Round trip by cable car in Fansipan / Bana Hills

+ Round trip by sharing Cruise bus Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi

+ Round trip by sharing Eco bus (VIP ticket) Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi

+ Private English-speaking guide with legal license in each region

+ 02 bottles of mineral water/ pax/ day and souvenir

+ All taxes and service charge

- Bank fees for both sides (Prefer cash on arrival)

- Stamping fee at the airport (25 USD/pax)

- Early check in and late check out at all hotels

- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)

- Tipping for guide, driver

- Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program

- Travel insurance

- International or domestic air ticket and airport tax

Flight HAN – DAD: 105USD/pax/way (Promotion ticket, flight with Vietnam Airlines)

The airfare might be changed depending on the booking time

- Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, flood), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc…

- Surcharge for Holiday/ Peak Season

- Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item

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