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CTV10: Trans Vietnam Tour 17 days

Destination: Hanoi – Sapa – Tam Coc - Halong – Hoian – Danang – Bana Hills - Hue - Ho chi minh – Cu chi tunnel - Mekong delta – Can tho – Ho chi minh
Starts in: Ha Noi
Ends in: Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 17 days 16 nights
Tour code: CTV10

Trans Vietnam Tour 17 days

Trans Vietnam Tour 17 days
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Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa by sharing luxury coach – Cat cat village – Heaven Gate – Silver waterfall ( B, L )
Day 4: Sapa – Fansipan peack by cable car ( B )
Day 5: Sapa – Lao Chai – Tavan village – Back Hanoi by shuttle limousine ( B, L )
Day 6: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam coc – homestay in Ninh binh ( B, L )
Day 7: Ninh binh – Halong overnight cruise ( B, L,D )
Day 8: Halong – Hanoi ( B, L )
Day 9: Hanoi – Danang flight – Hoian ancient town ( B, L )
Day 10: Ecotour Cam Thanh – Biking Tour & bamboo basket boat ( B, L ) 
Day 11: Hoian – Bana Hills - Danang (B, L)
Day 12: Danang  - Hue ( B, L )
Day 13: Hue  – Flight  to Ho chi minh city (B)
Day 14: Ho chi minh – Cu chi tunnel ( B, L )
Day 15: Ho chi minh – Mekong detal – My tho – Ben tre - Can Tho (B, L)
Day 16: Can Tho – Ho chi minh (B, L)
Day 17: Ho chi minh departure ( B )
 
Itinerary in Details:
 
Day 1: Ha Noi arrival
Upon your arrival in Noibai International Airport in Hanoi, you are welcomed and transferred to hotel in Hanoi center by our Asia View Travel guide, check in, relax. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour with the Ho Chi Minh Complex from outside. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on every Monday, Friday, and from 15th June to 15th August for annual maintenance), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university.  Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Lunch at local restaurant. 
Afternoon, We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Time for shopping in the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market, Hang Gai Street, Hang Bong Street, Hang Ngang Street…
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Optional- Street food tour including dinner
Time frame: Around 3 hours
At around 17:30, our tour guide will meet you again at your hotel lobby, then start walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday. Special thing that tour guide would like to introduce some popular authentic food in lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants) where you feel comfortable to sit down and enjoy some favorite dishes and nice drinks too.
It's interesting to taste some local food stalls and mini restaurants in hidden alleys and sidewalks, to learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. 
Street food tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, kow how a Hanoian cook the meals. What’s a great way to discover Vietnam culture.
Cost:   28 USD / person
 
Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa by sharing luxury coach – Cat cat village – Heaven Gate – Silver waterfall ( B, L )
This morning you will be picked up at hotel by shuttle limousine, start the trip to Sapa. It takes you around 5,5 hour drive in a very good road – New Highway to Sapa. Arrive in Sapa at around 12:30 PM. Local guide in Sapa will welcome you, help to check in hotel, relax. 
Lunch at local restaurant. 
Afternoon we  do the a tour with car and guide  to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sansaho village home to the H'mong  hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Continue to toward the Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. The walk commences at a point nearby the waterfall, by a descent on a trail through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. Transfer back Sapa town. Time for you to explore Sapa town. You can wander around the local market, the shopping streets with many colorful handicrafts. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
 
Day 4: Sapa – Fansipan peack by cable car ( B )
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, tour guide take you to Cable Car Station to start the trip to conquer Fansipan peak- the roof of Indochina house. As you know the cable car in Sapa is the world’s longest and highest cable car, running up from sleepy Sapa Town in Lao Cai Province to the peak of 3,143-meter Fansipan Mountain, known as Indochina’s rooftop. Enjoy the view from the highest point of this incredible mountain. The lush green and subtropical vegetation makes this mountain really very beautiful. You have a good time to see the view and take photos, visit pagoda the spiritual destinations and trek up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. (Spend about 1,5 hours for hiking and taking photos). Come back to Cable Car Station and return to Sapa town. 
 
Day 5: Sapa – Lao Chai – Tavan village – Back Hanoi  ( B, L ) by shuttle limousine
After breakfast, we start the trip to the South East of Sapa alongside Muong Hoa valley, down to Lao Chai village, take picture of paddle field and visit minority house and school. The lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages - study textile tradition of craft women o Black H'mong and Red Dzao.  
After lunch at local family in Ta Van village, back Sapa town and get ready to take on the luxury coach back Hanoi, sharing with other passengers.  The trip takes around 5,5 hour in a very good road – New Highway, schedule is  2:30 – 8:30 PM.
Check in hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 6: Hanoi – Tam coc - Mua cave – homestay in Ninh binh  ( B , L )
Morning 8:00 AM depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, located around 100 km far from Hanoi. The area is well known with the green and yellow rice paddy fields, spectacular limestone formations and the great place to discover local fie in Vietnam countryside. After 2 hour drive, we arrive Tam coc , check in local homestay, then get ready to hop on your bike, ride through the countryside to visit Bich Dong Pagoda,
Lunch with home made meal at homestay. 
Afternoon, take aboard sampans at Tam Coc to ferry down the Boi river, spend some time relaxing on a 2 hour boat trip. The boat goes through 3 cavernous limestone tunnels, offering a cool break from the sunshine and astounding views of the cave structures. After boat tour in Tam Coc, we drive to visit Mua Cave where you can get the impressive panoramic view of Tam Coc and Ninh Binh city when you reach the top point of Ngoa Long mountain. Climbing up almost 500 steps of Mua cave area, you can reach to the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here. 
Overnight at homestay in Ninh binh
 
Day 7: Ninh binh – Halong bay overnight cruise ( B, L,D )
This morning you wake up early to visit the local morning market that’s very busy and noisy from 5AM to 8:30 AM. The local people buy and sell everything, very noisy and busy but friendly and that’s our daily life in Vietnam countryside.
Back homestay for breakfast ,
9:00 Am drive to Halong bay.
12:00  Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13:30 – 14:30 Savor a delectable lunch as cruises among the limestone islands.
15:00 – 16:00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16:00 – 17:00 Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17:00 – 17:30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17:30 – 19:00 Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board. 
 
Day 8: Halong bay cruise – Hanoi  ( B, L )
06:30 – 07:15 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:30 – 08:30  Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09:00 – 10:00 Kayak around the Luon Cave.
10:15 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
10:15 – 11:00 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
11:00 – 12:15 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
Our car will transfer you back to Hanoi.
14:30 – 15:00 : Arrive back to your hotel in Hanoi, check in, relax.
 
Day 9: Hanoi – Danang flight – Hoian ancient town ( B, L )
This morning transfer to airport for flight to Danang. The guide in Danang will pick you up, transfer to Hoian ancient town.  On the way stop to visit Marble mountain. The five mountains consist of rock outcrops that are made of marble. Each mountain is said to represent a natural element and is named accordingly to Water, Wood, Fire, Gold and Earth. The largest, Water, has a number of grottos and caves. Arrive in Hoian, check in hotel.
Today we have a lot of time to explore Hoian ancient town. We take a tour to explore Hoian ancient town, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders.  Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also famous for it's shops in particular it's large number of tailors. If you wanted, you could have a whole new wardrobe made for you here! 
Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
 
Day 10: Ecotour Cam Thanh – Biking Tour & bamboo basket boat ( B, L ) 
• Distance: 10km 
• Transport: Bicycle 
• Activities: Cycling, basket boat cruise, fishing, relaxing foot massage with medicinal herbs, cooking classes and lunch at local family house. 
Spend a day leisurely cycling though the scenic and peaceful countryside of Vietnam, far away from the noise of the city. After passing through town, you will find yourself cycling amongst villages of rice fields on quiet roads, ending up in Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau water coconut forest - 7 hectares of mangrove forest, canals, and houses covered in water coconut leaf. This place played refuge to people and local soldiers during the Vietnam War, but nowadays it is famous for its abundance of seafood. On our journey to the village we will stop at Ba Le market, rice fields, cemeteries and schools...In the village you will be warmly welcomed with a green tea by Mr. Han and his family, the third generation of his family to live here. You are then free to stroll through the village, before rowing a basket boat with the help of skillful locals, learning their traditional fishing techniques in the water coconut forest. After returning to Mr. Han and his family, you will enjoy a traditional therapeutic foot bath with medicinal herbs, before helping to prepare lunch with a local family. Lunch will feature many local dishes, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, Banh Xeo local pancakes, grilled fish in banana leaf, among many other Vietnamese delicacies. Free time and the opportunity for a short rest will follow lunch, before we return to your hotel.
The rest of afternoon free to discover the town by yourself.
 
Day 11: Hoian – Bana Hills - Danang (B, L)
This morning say goodbye Hoian, head out to Ba Na hills. Take Cable Car which gains 5 world scores to Ba Na hills station. Stop at By Night station to visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda, The Old Villas of French. Continue moving up by cable car to the Nui Chua Mountain – the top of Ba Na range, visiting Nginh Phong top, Le Nim Villas, Orchid Garden… Experience hill climbing train (first and unique funicular in Vietnam) and visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), flower garden Le Jardin D’amour and Linh Ung Pagoda.
You should not miss walking on the Golden Bridge amid the foggy hills of the mountain, enjoy the gorgeous view of Da Nang City.
Have buffet lunch at Bana Hills restaurant.
Afternoon: Free time for you to enjoy the amazing view in Ba Na Hills and do the great photoshoot.
15:00 catch the Cable car to Toc Tien Station and then transfer back to Danang. Check in, relax.
Overnight at hotel in Danang
 
Day 12: Danang  - Hue ( B, L )
After breakfast at hotel, visit Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Then embark on northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of VietnamThe guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds. Arrival Hue in Hue at noon time. 
This afternoon we visit the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
 
Day 13: Hue  – Flight  to Ho chi minh city (B)
Breakfast at hotel, we embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam.  One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Khai Dinh,  built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors final resting place. Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh  . The guide in Ho chi minh  will pick you up, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax.
 
Day 14: Ho chi minh – Cu chi tunnel ( B, L )
Morning after breakfast, 8:00 AM pick up at  hotel, drive tothe famous Cuchi Tunnels. It takes you nearly 2 hours traveling by road from Ho chi minh to Cu chi tunnel. 
At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was several  stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth, going to school. 
Back city for lunch.
Afternoon take city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. We visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, Opera House and the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
 
Optional Tour: Saigon Nightlife & Food taste by Scooter tour
From 17:30 – 22:30 around 4.5 hours
+ This trip is best for: Nightlife activities combine street food tasting, people with food restrictions and sightseeing. 
+ Vegetarian, Israeli and Asian will have different menu to suit each taste, food restriction and religion.
 
From 17:30 – 22:00 around 4,5 hours
Itinerary:
At 5:30 PM, your personal English speaking tour guide will be waiting at your hotel lobby to meet and greet. We will do a quick instruction on how to drive safely and what you need to do in the back of our scooters. And hang on tight, let's the journey begin!!!
2/ We will go with the flow of traffic during the rush hour but we guarantee it's not a big problem since we are good drivers. After 20 - 25 minutes, we will be completely outside of those tourist destinations and be at real local vendors, where you have a chance to try Vietnamese noodles, pancakes while learning about the history and also special significant of each dish.
3 / At this point, you will probably be quite full, so let's take a short sightseeing, zip around the city, feel the cool of the weather, take a look at our amazing nightlife and slowly fall in love with Ho Chi Minh city.
4 / Feel relax yet? Here comes the traditional Street BBQ in Vietnamese style. What can be more authentic with a mini oven on the table and grill different types of meat and eat it instantly? Ooh, did i mention about local frozen beer, it's a perfect place to have a drink for sure.
5/Are you full now, cause we still got our last stop for the dessert. Let's try some Vietnamese sweet desserts that will leave a great taste and impression about our cuisine.
6 / After closing the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel around 10:00 PM, wish you all the best and hopefully we have a chance to see you again.
 
Include:
• All local foods & drink
• Qualified helmet, poncho.
• Cooking & local market
• English speaking tour guide
• Pick up & drop off at hotel 
• Motorbike
• Accident insurance, maximum 10,000 USD
Cost:  60 USD / person 
 
Day 15: Ho chi minh – Mekong detal – My tho – Ben tre - Can Tho (B, L)
You will be picked up at your hotel, transfer to My Tho, 80 km from Ho chi minh city. It takes you around 2 hours to get the area. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta.
On arrival at My Tho, you will take the leisurely motorized boat on the Tien River through the four beautiful islands known as Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island.
On the way, you will see the fishing port, stilt houses, floating fishing village.
The boat trip will lead you to Thoi Son island, walk into the village, visit fruit garden, enjoy the tropical fruits while listening "Southern Vietnamese folk music". Here we also can join the daily activities of the local people and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside, taste the relaxing honey tea, local jam, visit coconut candy factory, specialties of Mekong river area. Time for you to ride a horse cart under shadow of lush fruits orchards, lines of green coconut trees in calm village. Then take an amazing rowing boat trip on the small canal - fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s tree and cool breezes.
Lunch will be served in the heart of the orchard garden, where you will enjoy countryside delicacies.
All make you feel like living in the past in peaceful and beautiful Mekong delta, forget all difficulties in life and relax totally. 
Your expectations will be fulfilled by final boat trip back to My Tho on the Tan Thach natural canal.
Continue to drive to Can tho, check in hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Cantho.
 
Day 16: Can Tho – Ho chi minh (B, L)
Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we breakfast and start our trip with a boat cruise on sparking streams along the endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River to Cairang  floating markets. There will be hundreds of boats loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade. Sellers advertisers their wares by crying out across the waters. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. After lunch transfer back Ho chi minh city
 
Day 17: Ho chi minh departure ( B )
Free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.

Price
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Tour includes:
• All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• 2 days 1 night cruise in Halong Bay ( private cabin – sharing boat )
•  1 night at homestay in Ninh binh
• All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles ( sharing luxury coach Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi )
• Private English speaking guide during guided time
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
• Boat cruise as stated
• Domestic flight ticket:  Hanoi – Danang, Hue - Ho chi minh
• Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
• Mineral water & towel
• Government taxes & Service charges
 
Tour excludes:
• International flights to and from Vietnam
• Vietnam visa  (If request)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Early check in or Late check out
• Optional Tours
• Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year period
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals
• Tips and gratuities

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