From Halong Bay to the Mekong Delta via Hanoi, a city that conceals a colonial charm not to be missed, you will pass by Sapa and Bac Ha: an essential stopover for travelers in search of beautiful encounters among mountain ethnic minorities. In the center you will discover Hue and Hoi An, the charming old towns and in the south Saigon, the bustling economic megalopolis. A delicious getaway in the Mekong Delta will end the trip in style.
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The price includes
All transfers, entrance fees, supervision, accommodation, full board except drinks and certain meals.
21 days / 20 nights
Hotels & a night hosted by locals
Active but not too much!
All ages / children from 4 years
All year round
Up to 20 participants (+ with adaptations)
- A complete discovery of the country
- Activities: by bike, by boat, cooking lessons, sea kayaking
- 2 days of easy hiking
- 2 nights hosted by locals
- 3 charming cruises
- Cultural visits to fully understand the country
Arrival in Hanoi. Walk to Hoan Kiem lake. The old town by pedicab.
Ancient village of Duong Lam with traditional architecture. Lunch in an old house and then exploring the surrounding temples by bicycle through the countryside.
Hanoi. West Lake with a visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda (the oldest in Hanoi). Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the grounds of the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature. Vietnamese traditional art water puppet show. Night train to Lao Cai.
Beautiful mountain road to reach Sapa. Breakfast, visit of the market and the city. In the afternoon, stroll in the middle of the rice fields towards the village of Red Dao of Ta Phin which offers beautiful panoramas. Meeting with the villagers. Evening in Sapa and overnight at the hotel.
Surroundings of Sapa. Day hike through the ethnic villages of the Hmong and the Giay in y Linh Ho and Lao Chai using little-used trails. The landscapes of this valley are exceptional. Picnic and continuation to the village of Ta Van. Accomodation with a giay family. Swimming in the river possible! Dinner and overnight stay with the locals.
End of the hike through the bamboo forest of Giang Ta Chai among the Red Dao. Break near a waterfall. Return to Sapa for lunch, free time to stroll around town. Then drive to Bac Ha with a stopover in Lao Cai at the Sino-Vietnamese border. Arrival in Bac Ha, accommodation with local Tay in a house on stilts. Dinner and overnight stay.
Morning at the large weekly Bac Ha market where all the surrounding villages meet. We meet colorful Hmong, Tay, Fula, Nung, Dao who trade here, dressed in their beautiful traditional costumes. A colorful moment full of observations! Lunch with the locals and walk in the village of Ban Pho. Night train back to Hanoi.
Trip to Tam Coc, Halong Bay “land”. Bike and boat ride in the middle of rice fields and rocky peaks … Airport transfer and flight to Hue. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in a simple and warm family pension.
Charming cruise in Halong Bay. The mythical dragon bay and its thousands of islets …! Thien Canh Son island, swimming, sea kayaking. Delicious lunch and dinner of seafood. Friendly evening on board and night in a comfortable cabin.
This cruise takes a different route than the other 500 boats that cruise the bay, ensuring you have a peaceful cruise. This company is a local player in responsible tourism.
Last hours of navigation. Boat tour of a floating village. Lunch on the boat before disembarking. Airport transfer and flight to Hue. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Visit of the city of Huê. Boat trip on the Perfume River. Visit of the pagoda of the celestial lady and the citadel. Walk to Dong Ba Market, the largest in the city, bustling and well-stocked. After lunch visiting the tombs of king Khai Dinh and Tu Duc. Having dinner. Night at the hotel.
Different view at Hue by bike. You will discover the quiet streets of the city to the surrounding countryside which conceal some unusual places unknown to travelers.
Lunch in a “house-garden” restaurant and visiting the neighborhood where many old garden houses are and we can find the true soul of the Hue city! In the evening, traditional music on the Perfume River, drop of lanterns on the river … magic!
“Mandarin Road” southwards via the Cloud Pass offering beautiful views at the sea. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Hoi An is a testament to the ancient architecture that could be found in Vietnam in the past. Arrival in Hoi An, check in at the hotel. Free time to stroll in the charming city center. Dinner in town and free evening, overnight stay.
Visit of the remains of My Son, ancient kingdom of Champa (6th – 13th century). Boarding for a beautiful cruise on a traditional boat. Herbal foot massage, followed by a cooking class on board while enjoying the view and the setting … You will have lunch prepared on the board. End of the afternoon free. Dinner and overnight stay.
Visit of the old historic center of Hoi An including the Japanese bridge, the Tan Ky house museum, and the Chinese temple of Phuc Kien. Tour of the picturesque market, visit of an artisanal center for silk and embroidery. In the afternoon, bike ride to discover a pretty market gardening village. dinner and evening free, overnight stay.
Flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Lunch and visit of Cho Lon’s Chinatown with its small pagodas, its market, its herbalist shops … Free dinner. Overnight stay.
Mekong Delta. Way to Cai Be, crossing the floating market to reach the lodge. First observation of the boats which trade. Several activities will be offered: fishing with the locals, bike rides, cooking or vegetable carving lessons. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Lovely cruise aboard Cochinchina for a bucolic cruise to Can Tho. The landscape and daily life along the river passes by … A walk through the villages near Vinh Long: orchards and lush vegetation. Sunset from the boat, dinner and overnight stay on board in a comfortable cabin.
The day begins in the middle of the floating market of Tra On before joining Can Tho and the large floating market of Cai Rang. You will go by sampan through the surrounding canals. Disembarkation around 11:00 AM and returning to Saigon. Arriving to the hotel and then free time. Dinner and overnight.
Visit of the Cu Chi tunnels, an incredible historical testimony to the organization of the Viet Cong army. Very informative and uplifting! Then visit the holy seat of the Caodaist church in Tay Ninh to discover this astonishing religious syncretism. Free evening in Saigon. Overnight stay.
Visit of Saigon: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel-style central post office, the facades of the Town Hall and the Municipal Theater, a lacquer factory, the war memorabilia museum. The Chinatown of Cho Lon with its temples where the locals express their fervor, its bustling markets, its traditional herbalists and the Redemptorist cathedral. Transfer to the airport and return international flight.
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