Vietnam Signature from North to South

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Location: Vietnam
  • Places: 15 Seats
  • Prix: 997 USD PER PERSON
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Vietnam is a great combination for nature lovers and culture seekers. Within 13 days, you can experience the most compelling landscape as well as experience some of the cultural aspects of each destination, start the tour from classic and charming capital, Hanoi. Then head to Northern Vietnam for marvelous Sapa with interaction with local ethnic minority groups and sailing to the emerald waters in the most picturesque bay of Vietnam. Travel to the Central of the country and find yourself lost in the hidden paradise in Phong Nha National Park, not to forget Hoi An - an enchanting lantern town, star of the region.Finish off with a warm welcome from cosmopolis Ho Chi Minh city whilst discover the rice basket of Vietnam in the mighty Mekong Delta as well as deep into history with an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels.

»Hanoi: Enjoy an incomparable combination of tradition, elegance, and progress. The northern metropolis possesses a unique architecture of beautiful colonial villas and streets lined with old trees.

»Halong Bay : Cruising to the most picturesque bay of the country, one of the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Sites.

»Sapa: Trekking through the rice terraces and interact with local hill tribes

»Hoi An: A lovely town of ancient bustling trading port between 15th and 19th century. 

»Ho Chi Minh City: Be awe by the never-ending energy of this vibrant city

»Cu Chi Tunnel: Explore the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels System which was used during the Vietnam War. 

»Mekong Delta : Discover the local's life alongside the mighty Mekong River.

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam, your adventure begins with the arrival in Vietnam. Our driver will meet and greet you at the airport then take you to your accommodations in Hanoi to get over the jetlag.

Enjoy a leisure evening on your own.

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 2: HANOI - HOA LU - TAM COC (B / L)

Today you will experience the ancient culture and history of Vietnam as well as seeing the stunning landscape and beautiful scenery when we travel to the Ninh Binh Province. This area is known as "Ha Long Bay on land" and is located 80 km South of Hanoi
AM: 8:00 - 8:30. Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, then leave by coach to Hoa Lu (2.5 hrs). Visit the historic capital of Vietnam and the famous ancient temples of Le and the Dinh Dynasties. Then our bus will transfer you from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30 PM.
PM: After lunch, boat trip to visit Tam Coc to see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many caves carved through the limestone. Then, cycle for an hour on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc - Bich Dong (around 5 km). Drive back to Hanoi and drop off at your hotel around at 18:00 PM

Overnight in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR - TRAIN TO SAPA (B)

Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi's Old Quarter, we tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish such as Bun Cha Hanoi, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstr for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbecue stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. It's then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk - this specialty is one not to be missed!

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi's best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine, and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find cafe is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits! At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

20:30 - 21:00 Pick-up at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station for a night train to Sapa (schedule 21:50 - 06:30).

Overnight on train

DAY 4: SAPA - Y LINH HO - LAO CHAI - TA VAN (B / L / D)

Pick up at Lao Cai station transfer to Sapa for breakfast and check-in hotel (if available) 12 km of trekking, visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H 'mong minority. after lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or in a drinking shop nearby the river bank, we keep on hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have the opportunity to experience their daily life, work, and original custom. Home-stay at the Dzay local house.

Overnight in Sapa

DAY 5: TA VAN - GIANG TA CHAI - SUPAN - SAPA - NIGHT TRAIN BACK TO HA NOI (B / L)

Breakfast before start tour with 08 km walking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H'mong (Giang Ta Chai and Su Pan). Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes ... through the bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get the Car to return to Sapa by bus. Free at your own program until 17:00. Overnight at the A / C soft sleeper cabin to Hanoi (schedule: 21:00 - 05:00)

Overnight on train

DAY 6: HANOI - HALONG BAY (B / L / D)

In the morning, check-out from the hotel and get pick-up by the 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 better 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 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 opt to attend the activities taking part in the boat or relax for the day.

Overnight on cruise

DAY 7: HA LONG BAY - HANOI - TRAVEL TO HUE (B / L) - FLIGHT INCLUDED 

Rise early for Tai Chi lesson 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. Then, taking the flight to Hue. Check-in your hotel and free at your leisure time to get your energy back.

Overnight in Hue

DAY 8: HUE - STYLE OF THE NATIONAL PARK KE BANG NATIONAL PARK (B / L)

Have breakfast at the hotel then our guide will pick you up at the hotel at around 7:30 am and head to the Phong Nha Ke Bung National park. On the way, you could enjoy the surrounding views of Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River, Dong Ha City and Vinh Moc Tunnels. Have a stopover at the ruins of La Vang church where blessed Virgin Mary was seen there in 1798. Then take a drive on famous Legendary Trails of Ho Chi Minh route. Indulge Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy a beautiful boat cruise on Son River, along the rustic village and Limestone Mountains. After discovering Phong Nha Cave by rowing boat and walking inside the cave for sightseeing amazing stalactites and stalagmites and other beautiful parts of nature along the river outside.

Return in Hue at about 20:00.

Overnight in Hue

DAY 9: TRAVEL FROM HUE TO HOI AN (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for your transfer to Hoi An by private vehicle via magnificent Hai Van Pass. Also known as "The Cloudy Pass" this winding mountain road overlooks lush countryside, sandy beaches and the blue waters of the East Sea.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. 

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 10: HOI AN ECO TOUR - TRAVEL TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B / L) GROUP TOUR 

Today your English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to a tour of the countryside and rivers around Hoi An. As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. After that, you will board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen. Enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also take a paddleboat trip in a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat down the waterways of a coconut palm paradise.

After the tour, you will have free time until our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, our driver will pick up you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI TUNNELS - H / D TOUR (B / L) GROUP TOUR 

Today you will be picked up by an experienced English-speaking guide to Cu Chi Tunnels, located in the countryside near Ho Chi Minh City. Approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes. The residents of Cu Chi took the war underground into a highly developed network of tunnels that at its height stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens and triage areas. Imperceptible from the ground, opposing armies could roll their tanks over the bunkers without causing damage to the tunnels below. Living conditions were harsh - in addition to fighting the war, resident's battled food and oxygen scarcity, venomous insects, and cramped living quarters. Gain important insight into the extended struggle against invading armies, and appreciation for the resilience and spirit of the Vietnamese people. After that, travelers can try the delicious manioc which was the main food for guerilla-warriors in Cu Chi during the war. Visitors can try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY - MEKONG DELTA (B / L) GROUP TOUR 

8.00 am, pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, depart for Mekong Delta tour southward Vietnam.

On arrival in Cai Be, set off for the Cai Be floating market by motorboats and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Then wander in small villages, visit fruit plantations, enlightened by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Afterward, paddling through a series of small canals to experience the charm of the Upper Mekong Delta. Arrive in Tan Phong Island, the green pearl where you can enjoy yourself with nature.

Lunchtime is a good chance to get closer with the local and you will learn how to prepare special Vietnamese dishes. Food is cooked by yourself, and fresh river food is served in the heart of the garden. Cycle in the village path through orchards. Meet the local islanders to learn more about the local daily life in the Mekong Delta.

Take a boat ride back to Cai Be and meet your bus for the trip back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 13: 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.

Destination 3-Star-Hotel Website
Hanoi Tu Linh Legend Hotel or similar  https://kimanhoianhotel.com/
Sapa Home stay
Halong Bay Legend White Dolphin or similar http://www.whitedolphincruises.com/
Hue Cherish Hue or similar http://cherishhotel.com/
Hoi An Tu Linh Legend Hotel or similar http://tulinhpalacehotel.com/
Ho Chi Minh City Liberty Saigon Parkview or similar https://www.libertysaigonparkview.com/vi/
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  • Price based on twin sharing. Single supplement surcharge USD 398 pp for 3-star hotel, USD 628 for 4-star hotel, USD 1210 for 5-star hotel.

INCLUSIVE

√Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

√All transportation mentioned above

√Domestic flights from Hanoi to Hue and from Danang to Ho Chi Minh, including up to 20 kg of checked luggage per pax

√Overnight train to Sapa and back

√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 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

EXCLUSIVE

X International flights and departure taxes

X Beverage, personal expenses, tips and gratuities

X Travel insurance

X Public holiday surcharge (if any)

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 Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00am – 05:00am

X Other services not mentioned above

BOOKING PROCESS

Don't be shy to drop us an inquiry email at sales@realisticasia.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours.   

  • Step 1Double-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 2Click "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 500 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 4Send 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.

CANCELLATION

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.

OTHERS CONDITIONS

  • 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 the confirmed booking is nonrefundable
  • Tour is available at the time of booking
  • Itinerary may be changed upon the uncontrolled weather conditions
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