- Duration: 15 DAYS
- Location: VIETNAM
- Places: 15 Seats
- Prix: FROM 1699 USD PER PERSON
Vietnam has many things to offer, you will see sights that challenge your mind, from splendid valleys and mountains in Sa Pa to spotless beaches in Hoi An. Vietnam will also surprise you with friendly people and stunning cuisine. This will be a remarkable trip in your life.
»Hanoi: Discover the city's French colonial history in the tree-lined avenues, grand villas and sidewalk society of the Paris of Vietnam.
»Halong Bay: Enjoy an overnight cruise in the most magnificent bay of the country, one of the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Sites.
»Sapa: Trekking in Lao Chai, Ta Van village and interact with Black Hmong or Red Dzao ethnic minorities.
»Hoi An: The peaceful essence of the atmosphere of Hoi An welcomes you to come and relax in this lantern town.
»Ho Chi Minh City: Discover "The Pearl of the Orient" and vibrant nightlife
»Mekong Delta: Explore the maze of waterways and see the traditional life of local villages
DAY 1: DEPART FROM USA
Fly from North America to Vietnam, crossing the International Date Line.
DAY 2: WELCOME TO VIETNAM - HANOI ARRIVAL
Your trip begins with arrival in Vietnam. Your private driver will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by private transportation. Check-in to the hotel and get over the jet lag.
After enjoying the first day yourself return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI - BA VI ECO TOUR (B) - HANOI
You will be picked up from hotel at 08:00 and transferred to Ba Vi. You will visit 3 villages, at each village, the local host will show you Vietnamese countryside life. You will be welcomed by M.r Duoc – a veteran, listen to his stories about his life during and after the Vietnam War. He also is an expert on handling the raw tea leaves and making it into the products to sell on the market Then you will visit a tea village with 30-years old tea trees. There besides walking and helping local people to harvest the tea leaves, you will know how to pick the best part of the tea tree to make the most wonderful beverage in the world. Then heading to Mrs. Chin’s house for a cooking lesson and have lunch with in the garden. After the lunch have some rest and your host will take you around her village and you will visit the local workshops. You will learn how to make tofu, unshell the rice and will see the workshop of local hammerer who is working there for 70 years. Cycling through the rice fields then you will arrive to the house of your next host Mr. Chau, have your feet soaking in warm water with herb leaves following the recipes of Muong ethnic minorities. Continue the boat trip along the Da river and viewing the stunning scenery and discover the life of local people alongside the river.
Drive back to Hanoi in the evening, end your Bavi Eco Tour at the hotel around 18:30.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 4: HANOI – NIGHT TRAIN TO SAPA
Have a free day in Hanoi - an unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back thousand years ago.
You could visit Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature, History or Ethnology museums or just have a walk around the Old Quarter or around West Lake. Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.
Get back to the hotel and get ready for the night train trip.
20:30 - 21:00 Pick-up at the hotel. Transfer to railway station for a night train to Sapa (schedule 21:50 - 06:30).
Overnight at the A/C soft sleeper cabin to Lao Cai (schedule: 21:00 – 05:00)
DAY 5: SAPA - Y LINH HO - LAO CHAI - TA VAN (B/L/D) GROUP TOUR
You will be picked up at the Lao Cai station and transferred to Sapa for breakfast and some rest.
Then start 12 km trekking. You will visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority, where you will see their traditional life, walk through the rice terraces and a small trail on the hill mountainside. Then have lunch, after which you will continue hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay people, where you will stay overnight at a local family. Here you will have an opportunity to experience their daily life, work, and original customs.
Overnight at the Dzay local house.
DAY 6: TA VAN - GIANG TA CHAI - SAPA - HANOI (B/L)
Breakfast before start tour with 08 km walking to visit Giang Ta Chai - a village of the red Dzao. Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape. Have lunch. After the lunch you will get back to Sapa town, which you could explore at your own pace.
At 17:00 we will transfer you to the Lao Cai train station for the night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight at the A/C soft sleeper cabin to Hanoi (schedule: 21:00 – 05:00).
DAY 7: HANOI – HA LONG BAY (B/L/D) – SHARING CRUISE, BUS
Upon arrival in Hanoi, we will transfer you to a day-stay hotel, where you could have breakfast and get refreshed before your pick up to cruise. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Halong, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.
After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which there will be a trip to the famous Limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or relax for the day.
Overnight on cruise.
DAY 08: HA LONG BAY – HANOI (B/L) – SHARING CRUISE
Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 9: HANOI FLY TO HOI AN (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED
Have breakfast at the hotel, have a free leisure time until there will be a private cab transfer you to the airport, and get ready for the next flight to Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 10 + 11: HOI AN LEISURE
Custom tailoring is a huge industry in Hoi An. Hoi An is home to more than 400 tailoring shops and thousands of tailors who are not only talented at making clothes but are skilled in making shoes and handbags as well! Average turn around time for full suits is a day and about 4 hours for handbags or shoes! If you are interested in getting custom made items, try to find a shop of your liking as early as possible during your visit.
The afternoon is the perfect time of day to see some of the famous sights within Hoi An. But first, before you set out on food to discover the city, we recommend that you grab a Banh Mi sandwich to fuel you for the afternoon. Banh Mi Sandwich in Hoi An is both famous and different from any sandwich you will get in other parts of Vietnam. The bread and fillings are unique to the region and it is a great first insight into local cuisine. We highly recommend Madam Khanh’s stand, who has been dubbed the Banh Mi Queen in Hoi An.
After dark, the Old Town in Hoi An transforms into a mystical row of lights and lanterns. In fact, Hoi An is a big center for paper lantern manufacturers and merchants. Every shop or establishment will have a few lanterns outside, but the real sight is the lantern market. Here you’ll be able to see how these lanterns are made and will have a plethora of choices should you wish to take some home with you.
After a stroll through the market, check out the outdoor traditional theatre. You will have a chance to see Vietnamese folk dancers and musicians perform traditional pieces. The theatre runs from 9 pm to 10 pm at the square on Nguyen Thai Hoc street. It is completely free and open to the public so it’s interesting to see, even if it’s just for a few minutes as you pass by. Before you get back to your hotel, be sure to light a candle box and set it in the water. Many kids sit along the banks of the channel and offer candles to you – remember to make a wish.
Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 12: HOI AN FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B) – FLIGHT INCLUDED
Breakfast at the hotel. Then, taking the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in your hotel and free at your leisure time to get your energy back.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 13: MEKONG DELTA (B/L) – GROUP TOUR
(start 7:20 am – return around 17.30 )
7:20 am Pick up from hotel.
Kick start your day with a hearty breakfast and a trip to Mekong Delta follows, depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking aroundthe country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.
Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business, visit a honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.
Have lunch at a local restaurant. Break time.
In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for those can’t join the cycling trip. Return to Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
DAY 14: HO CHI MINH – CU CHI TUNNEL (B/L) – GROUP TOUR
Depart for Cu Chi tunnel, the trip will take approximately one and a half hours driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by an 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 Ho Chi Minh.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh
DAY 15: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH DEPARTURE (B)
Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.
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√Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
√All transportation mentioned above
√International flights from Los Angeles / San Francisco / New York to Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh to Los Angeles / San Francisco / New York, include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax., China Southern or similar. If you are traveling from a different city, please contact us
√Domestic flights between Hanoi to Danang and Danang to Ho Chi Minh include up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax
√Overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa, and Sapa to Hanoi.
√Accommodation shared in Double/ Twin/ Triple room with daily breakfast (including 5% service fee and 10% VAT tax)
√Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)
√Experienced English speaking guide
√Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
√All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary
√Tissues and water on coach
√Service charges and government tax
√Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
√24/7 hotline support guaranteed
√Vietnam Visa letter approval
√No extra charge after services confirmation
X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
X Travel insurance
X Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
X Early check-in and Late check-out (If not mentioned)
X Visa stamping fee on arrival at the airport (Vietnam: 25$/person)
X Other services not mentioned above
FLIGHT ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
- All flight tickets for set departure date must be booked 90 days in advance. After 90 days, a surcharge might be applied.
- Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopovers or a substitute airline. Such changes are beyond our control, as availability on flights can vary.
- Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
- Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days.
- Seat Assignments : Please note some airlines and/or fare types do not allow advanced seat selection and require it to be done at the airport check in only. Please contact us to confirm the flight schedule and seat selection availability.
Don't be shy to drop us an inquiry email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
- Step 1: Double-check all single supplement fee (if any) or solo traveler surcharge (if you explore the journey on your own) and choose the date you prefer to go for the trip.
- Step 2: Click "Book Now" on the date you want to go and fill in the form with your requirements (if any), then to confirm the booking can click on "Pay Now" and make 900 USD deposit to secure your place via the link payment by credit card (Payment fee 3%) or by American Express (Payment fee 3.85%)
- Step 3: We will send you a voucher confirmation within 24 -48 hours after receiving the deposit.
- Step 4: Send us your scan copies of passports for the process of making a visa approval letter; All the information will be kept confidentially. Pack your suitcase and be ready for an exciting holiday with us
If you would like to make any adjustments or have any concerns about the tour, click on "Enquiry Now" and let us know your request by filling in the form and we will get back to you within 24 hours. Please note down your phone number in the email or any contact details that you prefer us to reach you, this will enable us to have efficient communication with you. Several email exchange to confirm your final tour program.
PAYMENT AND DEPOSIT
1. Payment Process
- Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount of 100% internal-flight tickets and 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method.
After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours.
- Final Payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.
2. Payment Type
- Online payment by Credit Card with ONEPAY: We accept American Express, Visa card, MasterCard and JCB card since Realistic Asia is a verified member of OnePay system. Your card information will be protected during the transaction by using the security system with OnePay. Your invoice will be created when you confirmed the booking and send you the guideline to deposit your spot.
Kindly note: Payments by credit cards or American Express we apply a service fee of 3,85%. If you need more details and further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
- By Bank Transfers: If you prefer to do the bank transfer, please contact us so we can send you the bank detail information. However, all the bank fee and foreign currency exchange have to be taken care at your end.
Realistic Asia must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive advice in writing and cancellation charges would apply as follows:
- 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
- 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
- 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
- No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment
CONDITION OF INSURANCE
- Realistic Asia demands that all clients going on our trips hold proper personal medical insurance. If clients do not hold insurances and refuse to sign on before departure, Realistic Asia reserves the right not to carry out the trip.
- Kindly acknowledge your acceptance of the above terms and conditions by signing and returning to Realistic Asia a copy of the present contract and of the attachment with all itineraries.
- Price based on twin sharing. Single Supplement fee surcharge
- Any un-utilized services, unused tours or hotel rooms are non-refundable
- Any amendment/cancellation made after confirmed booking is nonrefundable
- Tour is available at the time of booking
- Itinerary may be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions