- Duration: 10 DAYS
- Location: HANOI/ NINH BINH/ HALONG BAY/ HUE/ HOI AN/ HO CHI MINH
- Places: PRIVATE TOUR
- Prix: Cultural & History
If you are seeking a tour covering significant highlights but in a unique way, it must be your well-suited choice. First comes to Bavi Eco Tour. No one can resist the attraction of a wide variety of activities in authentic local life. Then, flow the path to Ninh Binh, the northern in-land paradise. Engage in agricultural activities, later, reach out to the Galaxy Cave gate and admire spectacular stalactites above the ceiling. After an overnight stay, relax in a luxurious private car to bound for the serenity of Halong Bay. Lean on the balcony in cruise sun deck, breathe in the fresh atmosphere of gigantic wonder, join kayaking or cooking classes during 2 days 1-night trip. The unique feature will keep going with cyclo in Hue - an exotic vehicle for most foreigners. The entire part is also well planned with the savor of Ho Chi Minh "cooked" with a new recipe. No longer in-land transport as mostly chosen by other travelers, take a speed boat in Saigon River towards Cu Chi tunnel before your sound departure flight.
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – VIP FAST TRACK MEET AND GREET
Welcome to Vietnam, upon arrival to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcome by our representative holding a sign with your name and our company logo on it. Our representative will guide you through fast-track security and visa services. After obtaining your visa and collected your luggage, will lead the way to your awaiting guide and driver. You will be privately transferred to your luxury accommodations by our professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Stay right in the heart of the city next to the central Hoan Kiem lake, with the fascinating Old Quarter right at your fingertips, you can easily explore the city at your own pace.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI – BAVI ECO TOUR - IMMERSE IN VIETNAMESE COUNTRYSIDE (B/L)
Have a hearty breakfast at the hotel then you will be escorted by an experienced English-speaking guide, a countryside located at the outskirt of Hanoi. The approximate travel time is one hour and 30 minutes. Then arriving at Mr. Duoc’s house, you will be welcomed with fresh honey tea and green lentils or lotus seeds that made by his family. Imagine a Vietnam in the old time of war through stories of Mr. Duoc, who is not only a veteran who lives during those hard times but also a green tea expert. You will visit his tea plantation which is one of the largest in Ri village and join with locals in green tea processing. Afterward, have a Vietnamese cooking demonstration with another local host and then enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a lovely garden. After that, you will wander around the village and mingling with local people. You will visit the local craftsman who has been skilled at making conical hats from a very young age and other workshops in the village to see how people there make tofu or shell the rice. As you meander through the countryside you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Then join your guides for a leisurely cycling trip along the country roads. Observe traditional Vietnamese rural life as the local people work in the paddy fields. Along the way, watch out for a water buffalo plowing a paddy field while ducks swim across the top. Stop at another host family for foot bathing following the recipes of Muong ethnic group and relaxing time before embarking on your private boat for a trip along the Da river. Later, enjoy a transfer from Ba Vi to back to your accommodations in Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI – NINH BINH (B/L)
Depart the hotel this morning at 08:30 for a 2.5 hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to Ninh Binh province, one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam with its dramatic scenery and historical temples. The rice fields here are beautiful and the mountains have earned the area the nickname ‘dry Halong Bay’, a moniker borne out by the limestone karsts which dominate the landscape.
Upon arrival, begin a leisurely 5-15 km biking trip around Tho Ha village (length is dependent on the individual) passing by peaceful villages and enjoying the rustic countryside landscapes. Continue to Dong Tam Hamlet to join in some engaging agricultural activities such as catching crabs, fishing and transplanting and watering vegetables, etc. Enjoy lunch before boarding a sampan for a 1.5 hour boat trip to float over a small canal among the paddy fields for 1km, then strolling along the curling rocky path of the foot for 200m and going up 20 steps to reach the Galaxy cave gate. Get inside the cave and admire the spectacular stalactites above the cave ceiling. Continue discovering Thien Thanh and But Hien cave and be attracted by the many natural sparkling stalactites with shapes and figures inspiring curiosity before returning on the same route.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
DAY 4: NINH BINH - HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Have a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Today you will make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. We leave the greeny rice fields of Ninh Binh behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where we'll board a traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat. Get acquainted with the facilities on board as we set sail and cruise into the bay. Savour your first hours in Halong Bay on the sun deck and simply let your eyes wander over the breathtaking scenery. We arrive at Cua Van, one of the last remaining floating fishing village in Halong Bay which some families and fishermen still use as a base for their fishing and aquacultural activities. With a small bamboo boat rowed by locals, we have a look at the floating structures in this calm and secluded area to gain some insight into village life. If you prefer to be more active, rent a kayak (extra fee) and paddle around by yourself. This is the perfect way to freely move about and explore this part of the bay. The fishing village also hosts the Cua Van Cultural Center, operated by local residents to preserve and introduce visitors to the village’s history and culture. On display are many archaeological artifacts and photographs depicting life in Cua Van. By tender, we transfer to the nearby Tien Ong cave. The cave shows evidence of human civilization dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. Fossil evidence also proves that the cave was part of the mainland continent ages ago before Halong Bay became the marine wonder it is today. Tien Ong cave reaches a depth of 50 metres and covers a total area of roughly 1,000 square metres. Follow our guide as we loop though and learn interesting details about this cavern. After returning to the boat, we sail to the overnight mooring area. During this time - the magical “blue hour” - Halong Bay reveals its true, magnificent beauty. Unwind on the sun deck with your favourite drink and be fully present in this moment. As we sail along, our chef demonstrates the preparation of popular Vietnamese dishes. You are welcome to join and practice along; remember these easy, but very tasty classic Vietnamese recipes and take them back home with you. After a bit of downtime, dinner is served. If you are still eager to learn more about Halong Bay, our on-board guide offers an enlightening presentation about the bay’s unique and intriguing insights after dinner. Alternatively, give yourself a try at squid fishing together with our staff - always an entertaining experience. While away the rest of the evening and treasure this special moment amidst the magical landscapes before falling into a restful slumber in the middle of Halong Bay where, once upon a time, sparkling jewels cascaded from heavenly dragons.
Overnight on cruise.
DAY 5: HALONG BAY – DRAGON’S PEARL – FLY TO HUE (B/L)
Flight No VN 1549 (departs at 19h15 – arrives at 20h30)
Rise early today to view the dawn at the Wonder of the Nature World with complimentary tea and coffee being served in the dinning room. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sun deck to awaken your mind and muscles. In the morning, we set sail to the small Ti Top Island. Formerly named Cat Nang, the island received a name change after former president Ho Chi Minh and the second man to orbit the Earth, Russian astronaut German Titov, toured Halong Bay together in 1962. Since the cosmonaut was so fascinated with this picturesque islet, Uncle Ho would rename the spectacle Ti Top Island to honour Titov and as a gesture of friendship between their two countries. One arriving at Ti Top, you can go for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath towering rock formations. If you prefer to be a bit more active, climb 400 stone steps (which takes about 20 minutes) to the island’s top and be rewarded with stunning, panoramic views over the bay. There is also a viewing platform about half-way up with great vistas framed by lush greenery – perfect for photos. Back on board, you can take a shower and freshen up. Now is the time to enjoy the final moments of sailing as we head back to the harbour while a light brunch is served. Until we reach the pier, relax on the sun deck or in the dining room while savouring the last views of this iconic site. Back to the harbor and transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Hue. Board a flight to Hue and upon arrival, your English speaking guide will escort you to your hotel in the city’s center
Overnight in Hue.
DAY 6: HUE VISIT BY CYCLO- A TRADITIONAL VEHICLE (B)
08:00 Start your tour of Hue with a visit to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument take a cyclo ride through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax, full of lotus flowers in Summer, there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study. Drive onto Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601, the 21-metre tall tower is the centrepiece of the pagoda.
This afternoon, depart for the Mausoleum of Tu Duc, built decades before its occupant's death, the tomb was used as a palace retreat before becoming the Emperors’ resting place.
Continue to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. If you wish, before visiting the tombs pass the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market where a huge array of fresh produce is on offer.
Overnight in Hue.
DAY 7: HUE – DANANG – HOI AN (B/L) FUN TRANSFER BETWEEN DANANG/ HOIAN – HUE VIA THE COASTAL ROUTE
Today you will depart from Hue leaving the brilliance of the Imperial City behind you. As you make your way over the Hai Van pass you can’t help but notice the beauty of the landscape; the rolling mountains sweep down to the coastline blending the turquoise hills into the sapphire water. At times it looks like you ascend above the clouds and you notice the mountain peaks in the distance standing over the mist before it dissipates. After a relaxing visit to Lang Co Beach you will find the charm of Hoi An comforting in the afternoon.
Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 8: TRAVEL FROM DA NANG TO HO CHI MINH CITY BY FLIGHT (B/D)
Flight No VN 127 (departs at 14h00 – arrives at 15h30)
Have breakfast at the hotel and relaxing time before boarding a flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City. Approximately flight time is one hour and 30 minutes. You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Ho Chi Minh Airport by our professional driver and an English-speaking guide.
Check into the hotel and leisure time before the most fascinating street food tour that you’ve joined. Driving on a vintage Vespa and participate in Vietnamese chaotic traffic. Your tour guide will then take you to a local bar to have a welcome drink enjoy the panorama view of Ho Chi Minh City. Our first stop for dinner is a local restaurant where we would like to introduce to you our local specialties like: Vietnamese Pancake, spring rolls... After that, filled up your tummy in a local seafood restaurant with great ambience of the local and finish off with some deserts or drinks and enjoy some music performed by Vietnamese singers. Then back to your hotel for a relaxing night.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 9: EXPLORE THE FANTASTING CU CHI TUNNEL BY SPEED BOAT (B/L)
This morning, set out to discover the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels in luxury. After meeting your guide and driver at in your hotel lobby, make the short transfer to the pier, board a privately chartered speedboat and journey down the Saigon River en route to Cu Chi. Arriving hours before the crowds, you’ll enjoy near exclusive access to the site as your guide shares detailed stories covering the intriguing history of the region. After exploring the maze of labyrinthine tunnels, take a break to enjoy a riverside lunch before making the return boat trip to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival to the pier, you will be returned to your hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 10: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - HO CHI MINH CITY 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.
|Hanoi||Metropole Hotel (Premium Room)||https://www.sofitel-legend-metropole|
|Ninh Binh||Emeralda Resort (Superior Room)||http://www.emeraldaresort.com/|
|Halong Bay||Violet Cruise (Junior Suite)||https://heritage-line.com/cruise/|
|Hue||Azerai La Residence Hue (Superior Standard)||https://azerai.com/resorts/|
|Hoi An||The Nam Hai Resort Hoi An (One bedroom Villa)||https://www.fourseasons.com/hoian/|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Saigon Park Hyatt (City View)||https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/|
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