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Vietnam Cultural Diversity Tour 22 Days

Duration:  22 Days/21 Nights
Tour Itinerary: Vietnam from North to South
Highlights: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Lao Cai - Sapa - Quang Binh - Hue - Hoi An - My Son - Nha Trang - Phan  Thiet - Mui Ne - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnel

Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi (D)

You are warmly welcomed by our tour guide at Noi Bai Airport and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi capital. Enjoy your free time as you want. You can take a rest to remove tiredness or wander the surroundings.
In the evening, attend Water Puppet Show, which uses unique expressing forms to tell attractive legends and stories. Enjoy a welcome dinner.
Overnight in Hanoi.


Day 2: Hanoi - Ninh Binh (B, L, D)

In the morning, enjoy a Hanoi city tour with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Residence, One Pillar pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, Army Museum and Hanoi Flag Tower.
In the afternoon, proceed to Ninh Binh to visit Hoa Lu - ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century and the remains are the two temples of Dinh King & Le Kings. Enjoy a dinner in Ninh Binh.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

After breakfast, drive to Tam Coc which is considered as "Halong Bay on Land".
Then take a sampan on winding streams deep in rice fields and limestone rocks to visit Tam Coc caves.
After lunch, leave Ninh Binh for Halong Bay via Hai Phong Port City. Enjoy a featured dinner and spend your nightlife in Halong bay.
Overnight on board.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Lao Cai (B, L)

Take a morning cruise around to perceive the beauty of Halong Bay. Explore this UNSECO World Heritage site in possession of an outstanding, universal aesthetic value.
Stop to visit Surprising Cave, one of the most beautiful, biggest caves on Halong Bay and enjoy lunch on boat. Back to Hanoi then get a night train to Sapa.
Enjoy your nightlife in the train.

Day 5: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)

Arrive at Lao Cai train station at about 5:30am. Take a transfer to Sapa. Check in the hotel and freshen up after a long trip with breakfast in the good weather of Sapa.
Then wander around Sapa town. In the afternoon, take a 2km short trek to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong minority, and have dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Sapa town.


Day 6: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L)

This day starts with a hort drive to visit Lao Chai and Ta Van Villages, home of H’mong and Day ethnic.
Enjoy slope rice field, bamboo valley, rustic villages and villager's daily work along the way.
Return to Sapa and take a transfer back to Lao Cai station for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.


Day 7: Bat Trang Ceramic Village - Van Phuc Silk Vilage - Quang Binh (B, L)

Arrive at Hanoi in the early morning. Take a drive back to a hotel in Hanoi centre and have a rest. Then start a trip to Bat Trang Pottery Village at 09:30.
After a featured lunch, continue on to Van Phuc Silk Village to learn how they make their products. You can take some for souvenir or present.
Later you are escorted to the train station to take the night train to Dong Hoi, a town of Quang Binh Province.
Overnight on train.


Day 8: Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park (B, L)

After hotel check-in and relax, drive to Phongnha - Kebang National Park. Board a boat and cruise the world's longest underground river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical the natural aspects of the caves are.
After 700m cruise, a large, dry passage appears, discover the cave for 500m by walking. Have a chance to explore the remain of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside.
Overnight in Dong Hoi town.


Day 9: Quang Binh - DMZ - Hue (B, L)

Drive along Ho Chi Minh Trail back to Hue with a stopover at historic Hien Luong Bridge, a bridge over Ben Hai River which was bisected between South Vietnam and North Vietnam in Vietnam War.
Then head to the famous Vinh Moc Tunnel a tunnel complex which was built to shelter people from the intense bombing, strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam in Vietnam War .
Continue the drive to Hue and stay overnight in Hue.

Day 10: Hue City Tour (B, L, D)

Start the tour with a visit to Imperial Citadel, a walled fortress and palace in the former capital of Vietnam. Appreciate the blend of Western and Eastern architecture in Khai Dinh Tomb. Continue on to Tu Duc Tomb, built for the Nguyen Emperor Tu Duc and divided into a Temple Area and a Tomb Area. Head to Thien Mu Pagoda, whose pagoda has seven storeys and is the tallest in Vietnam. Later take a boat cruising along Perfume River to appreciate beautiful sunset and enjoy Vietnamese traditional folk song on boat.
Overnight in Hue.


Day 11: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)

Morning drive to Hoi An through Hai Van pass, Lang Co Beach - one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam.
Visit Cham Museum on the way. Cham museum is the open air collection of Cham sculpture with many of the sandstone carvings.
After check-in, visit the Ancient town.
Enjoy your nightlife in Hoi An.


Day 12: Hoi An - My Son (B, L)

In the morning, take a private car from Hoi An town to the stunning My Son Holy Land, Vietnam's most important ancient site of Champa Kingdom, a Unesco World Heritage site, whose monuments are set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by the massive Cat's Tooth Mountain with clear streams running between the structures. Later back to Hoi An for lunch. Enjoy your leisure time in the afternoon for beach activities or relax on the bank of Thu Bon River or go shopping around.
Overnight in Hoi An.


Day 13: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang (B)

After breakfast, our tour guide will escort to Danang Airport to take the flight to Nha Trang around noon. Upon arrival, have a good rest and enjoy a leisure time on the beach of Nha Trang. You can enjoy the warn sunshine or participate in some exciting water sports. At the end of this day, spend your nightlife in Nha Trang.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 14: Nha Trang City Tour (B, L)

Enjoy a one-day boat trip. Visit Mun Island, the best site for snorkeling where you will see lots of live colorful corals and fish. This site has been officially protected under the support of Danish Government.
Relax, sunbath and swim at Tam island. Then visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island. At this place, the life of the many sea species of Nha Trang ocean that being made in a smaller world of this aquarium can be seen.
Return to Nha Trang about 16:00.
Overnight in Nha Trang.


Day 15 -17: Nha Trang - Phan Thiet - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B)

After breakfast, continue driving to Phan Thiet to enjoy fresh air and relax on the beach, wonderful beach of Vietnam. Enjoy your first night in Phan Thiet.
Next morning take a drive to Da Lat to enjoy fresh air and relax. Stay overnight in Da Lat.
This day is highlighted by a Da Lat Sightseeing tour. Visit Love Valley, Xuan Huong Lake, and Than Tho Lake. Go shopping at XQ Art Embroidery Garden until taking flight to Saigon and stay overnight there.

Day 18: Saigon (B, L)

This day begins with Reunification Palace, a famous landmark on behalf of Vietnam's independence in Saigon. Then head to War Museum to learn about the turbulent period of history in Vietnam from the displays of war remnants, and visit Notre Dame Cathedral blending with Western and Eastern architectural elements.
After lunch, roam around Binh Tay Market to know about the local customs. Visit Thien Hau Pagoda, a Chinese style temple dedicated to Thien Hau deity. And the bustling China Town is also on your visit-list.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day 19: Saigon - Mekong Delta (B, L)

Mekong Delta tour entertains you with a good look at varieties of the life and scenery on the Mekong River itself as well as on the bank of the river.
Start the trip by a drive to Vinh Long. On arrival, board a boat cruising along Mekong river by passing floating Cai Be Market. Explore the local life, handicraft productions.
The boat continues toward Can Tho, have a chance of enjoying sunset on the way to Can Tho.
Overnight in Can Tho city.


Day 20: Mekong Delta - Saigon (B, L)

The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. Explore the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, where particular local productions are sold on each boat.
After an impressive boat trip, drive back to Saigon via My Tho with a stop at Bonsai Garden.
Spend your nightlife in Saigon.

Day 21: Saigon - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi (B, L)

Drive a long way on the country side of Vietnam to Tay Ninh, 100 km from Saigon. Proceed to the head quarter of Cao Dai religion to witness the daily ceremony at Cao Dai Holy See, meet followers who come to attend the ceremony, wear colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism.
Have lunch at a local restaurant, then continue to Cu Chi, the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence.
Overnight at Saigon.


Day 22: Saigon Departure (B)

Enjoy the free time for shopping or other activities you are interested in, later you will be transferred to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your next destination.
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  • Private transfer (air-conditioned vehicle) as listed in itinerary;
  • Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary;
  • Local English speaking tour guide in each city as programmed;
  • Hotels with daily breakfast in each city as programmed;
  • Meals at local restaurants as indicated (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner);
  • Domestic flight tickets and train tickets;
  • Daily bottle of mineral water;
  • Service charge and government tax.;
  • Private boat in Halong Bay & Mekong Delta
  • International flights of arrival & departure;
  • Optional meals/attractions/activities/tours;
  • Travel assurance & Personal assurance
  • (Better to purchase on your own in your country);
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers;
  • VISA fees;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Others not mentioned
Destination Hotel/Resort/Cruise Class
3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Hanoi Indochina Legend Hotel (Superior room) or similar Prestige Hotel (Superior room) or similar Moevenpick Hotel (Superior Deluxe room) or similar
Sapa North Star Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar Chau Long Hotel (Superior room) or similar Victoria Sapa Hotel (Superior room) or similar
Halong Bay Bai Tu Long Junk (Deluxe cabin) or similar Glory Cruise (Deluxe cabin) or similar Indochina Sails Junk (Superior cabin) or similar
Hue Hue Queen Hotel (Classic room) or similar Romance Hotel (Superior room) or similar Imperial Hotel (Deluxe city view room) or similar
Hoi An Lotus Hotel (Superior room) or similar Hoi An Riverside Resort (Superior room) or similar Palm Garden Resort (Superior room) or similar
Nha Trang The Light Hotel (Superior room) or similar
Yasaka Hotel (Superior room) or similar
Sunrise Hotel (Superior room) or similar
Mui Ne Dynasty Resort (Superior room) or similar Saigon Mui Ne Resort (Standard room) or similar Blue Ocean Resort (Standard room) or similar
Saigon Elios Hotel (Superior  room) or similar Kim Do Royal City Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar Majestic Hotel (Colonial Superior room) or similar
Can Tho Saigon Can Tho Hotel (Superior room) or similar Ninh Kieu II Hotel (Superior room) or similar Victoria Can Tho resprt (Superior room) or similar

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