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(Hanoi, Sapa, Lao Cai, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Dalat, Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City)
The ultimate tour of Vietnam – from hiking the rice terraces of Sapa to biking the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, see all of the major highlights from North to South. Along the way explore the fascinating history of Hanoi. Witness the stunning landscapes of Dalat and Halong Bay, from the dramatic limestone cliffs of the North to the rolling hills of the Central Highlands. Enjoy the many beaches as you travel the coast, fishing in Hoi An, and exploring caves in Hue. This is an all encompassing and active tour of Vietnam, with private touring throughout.
Welcome to Vietnam! Please be sure that your visa has been pre-arranged, or that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. These documents will be presented to customs at your first point of entry into the country.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
The Silk Path is located in the heart of the charming old quarter of Hanoi, which has countless tourist attractions, government and diplomatic institutions, as well as proximity to the business district of the city. With the hotel's 106 well-appointed exclusively designed rooms and suites, it is no surprise that Silk Hotel is a preference choice of a traveler. The hotel has a 2 level restaurant with private dining rooms, a unique bar, and a fitness center and sauna. Silk Path Hotel guarantees a comfortable stay with all luxury amenities within reach.
In the morning, you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred by private car to Ninh Binh province, located 110km from Hanoi to the South, Tam Coc cave may be one of the most spectacular sights in Vietnam. Along the Hoang Long River, vast limestone cliffs rise out of the rice paddies making Tam Coc somehow similar to Halong Bay, thus Tam Coc is also called Halong Bay on land. A river trip to Tam Coc and through three caves of Tam Coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local residents come to harvest the rice planted along the river or when they transplant seeding for the next crop. Next to Tam Coc is Hoa Lu, the relics of the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century. What remains are temples dedicated to the two heroes, King Dinh and King Le who had chosen Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city. Though the temples are not wholly maintained, some precious antiques are still well preserved such as the whole-stone dragon thrones; wooden has-relieves and lacquered statues of King Dinh, Kinh Le and Queen Duong Van Nga who in turn got married to both of the Kings. Entrance fees and mineral water is included in this tour. Lunch will be prepared for you at a local restaurant.
Today, you will take a walking tour that explores the French Quarter through the ideas of its architects and the shape of its stones with your own English speaking guide. It is set in the time from the unraveling of all the threads of civilization, which have left their mark on the area, beginning with recent reminders of Soviet style. Just around the corner, discover a different world altogether as we visit the Buddhist pagoda of Quan Su, the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and Tran Hung Dao streets. You will learn about the French approach to justice and punishment and hear tales of daring Vietnamese resistance to the repressive regime. Enjoy the end of your tour with a nice cup of Vietnamese coffee.
Meet your driver for a train station transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Travel in style on board the Victoria Express Train. The Victoria Express Train features one dining carriage and two sleeping carriages to make your travelling experience a most comfortable one. With its elegant carriages, the Victoria Express Train recalls a more romantic era. Passing through the exotic landscapes of North Vietnam, between the charming cities of Hanoi and Lao Cai it offers every visitor a wonderful traveling experience. Watch the beautiful scenery in front of you, from the luxury of your seat, or take a nap in the comfort of our cozy sleeping carriage. If you prefer, you can indulge yourself in our dining carriage, “Le Tonkin”, where you can savor the delights of traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisine. *Please note the dining car is not always available, it is only part of some departures.
Transfer from the train station in Lao Cai to Sapa with a private vehicle and driver.
Depart from Sapa and enjoy the magnificent view from your private car on the way to Lao Chai village. Along the road, stop at stalls that serve tea, fruits and sweets. Arrive at the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the community. Afterwards, walk from Lao Chai to Ta Van village, where the Zay hill tribes live. Here you will rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your local guide (included). After lunch enjoy an afternoon of trekking through bamboo forests, followed by relaxation beside a waterfall. Continue and explore the Red Dao village of Giang Ta Chai. The tour ends with a return by private car to Sapa
The Victoria Sapa Resort is the only luxury hotel in North-Western Vietnam, and was built as a traditional mountain chalet with accented wooden décor and a welcoming stone hearth fireplace. The Victoria Sapa Resort overhangs the village, blending in perfectly with the natural surroundings. The resort features 77 stylishly designed rooms, each with private terrace, wood flooring and a warm touch of local decoration. Enjoy fine dining at Ta Van Restaurant and enjoy a glass of red wine by the fireplace at Ta Fin Bar. After a day of sightseeing in the Sapa region, unwind at the spa center before turning in.
From Sapa you will be cycling downhill into Muong Hoa and the Ban Ho valley. The ride offers beautiful views of the fantastic mountains and rice paddy fields along the way to a Tay stilt restaurant, where you will have lunch. After eating, you will take a pleasant walk to the Ecolodge, which consists of 25 individual lodges placed in a circle around the hills. From the Ecolodge there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of Tay, Red Dao and Xa Pho minorities. Later you will cycle over to the nearby Red Dao village of Lech. Here you have time to explore the daily life of the Red Dao people. After visiting the Red Dao village you cycle back to the Ecolodge from where you will return to Sapa by car.
Transfer from Sapa to the train staion in Lao Cai with a private vehicle and driver.
Transfer this morning from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The drive is roughly 3 hours.
Your heavenly journey across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam's most fascinating wonder. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard the ship’s luxury facilities in stunning surroundings.
Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon like fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of the emerald water.
While onboard, at your leisure you can take advantage of the Spa, Beauty and the Massage services provided. You will also have the opportunity to attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for lunch and dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.
Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment. The 4 Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed while experiencing the spectacular scenery of the "Bay of Descending Dragons". Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy lingering in the sunshine and discovering the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360° view while benefiting from the presence of a 'Moonlight Bar". Celebrated for being the only Cruisers in Halong Bay to provide complete spa facilities with dry sauna, Jacuzzi, massages and beauty treatments, Paradise luxury boats dispose of Spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine yet prestigious experience in Halong Bay.
In the morning, early risers can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colourful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.
The Paradise Luxury Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am. From here you will drive back to Hanoi.
Fly from Hanoi to Hue.
The Pilgrimage Village offers guests the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture, along with delicious meals, peaceful life of a quiet countryside retreat. The Pilgrimage Village embodies the subtle connection of traditional stylish and modern art concept. Each of the 99 guests rooms are furnished with modern amenities, centered around the guests' experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
Depart early morning by private vehicle and English speaking guide and transfer to visit Viet Nam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Phong Nha-Ke Bang contains some of the largest limestone formations in the world and has an extensive cave system that you will explore with an experienced local guide. After lunch (included), transfer back to Hue.
In the morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to visit the Hue Citadel - Vietnam’s former imperial capital and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, this citadel is far more elaborate than those constructed by previous empires. After exploring this site, continue to visit the Tu Duc Tomb and stop at the Dong Ba market for shopping.
Transfer from Hue to Hoi An with a private vehicle and driver.
At Anantara Hoi An Resort experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation in Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away. Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard. Delve into Vietnamese culture with language, savour authentic local dishes and popular world flavours in elegant and casual settings beside the river. Meet up at the heritage inspired wine bar for an atmospheric view of Hoi An’s street life or laze by the pool and let the staff bring an exotic cocktail to your sun bed.
Enjoy this private guided tour to CamKim Fishing Village. Here you will see the sights along the river and learn how to fish with the traditional methods of the Mekong. You will be instructed how to row a boat, spread a net, and catch fish. Afterwards head to a local restaurant and prepare your catch. Return to Cua Dai to take photographs and watch the sunset, or to go to the Bay Mau coconut forest in the Thuan Tinh eco- tourism zone.
You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken on a city tour to visit the ancient architecture of Hoi An. The city is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.
Transfer from Hoi An to Danang with with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide.
Fly from Danang to Dalat.
Transfer between Da Lat airport and your hotel with private vehicle and English speaking Driver.
The Ana Mandara Villas are comprised of seventeen fully restored colonial-style villas, with a total of 70 accommodations spread between seventeen individual, original French colonial villas, each originally constructed between the 1920’s and 1930’s by French settlers. The villas retain the unique personalities of their original, owners while being lovingly restored to their former glory – with a touch of luxury and utmost care taken to preserve original design, decor and charm.
In the morning you will be picked up and brought to Lang Bian Mountain, the highest peak from Dalat to the south of Vietnam. Trek from the base, 1,450 metres and 2,169 metres to the summit. You will pass a vegetable farm, wood, and rain forest. Enjoy the commanding view of the highlands (from which, on a clear day, is possible to see the South China Sea). After lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue to visit Lat village - the indigenous people of Dalat with their rich culture, long houses, and weaving's.
Fly from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City.
Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho with a private vehicle and English speaking driver. En rout, a stop will be made in Cai Be where you can visit the colourful floating market. Travel along the Mekong canals to Dong Ho Hiep island, located between Vinh Long and Cai Be. Discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical rural life of the Mekong Delta. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a stroll along the narrow canals before continuing to Can Tho.
The Victoria Can Tho Hotel is the only luxury hotel in the centre of the Mekong Delta, the four star Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants. The Victoria Can Tho Resort features 92 rooms, including 8 luxurious suites, all designed with wood flooring, authentic Vietnamese decoration and balconies offering spectacular views of the river, pool or of the garden. Each room combines the elegance of traditional artifacts and the comfort of an international standard hotel.
This morning you will depart for Ninh Kieu wharf by shuttle-boat, where you can see bustling activity along the Can Tho riverbanks. You may get to see how local people go fishing with fish traps and how they transport passengers as well as products by the waterway. Approaching the Cai Rang floating market, you can see the local people who use a traditional “offering pole” for exchanging consumer goods. To understand more about the lifestyle, go into the small creeks called Rach Nho in which the southern countryside can be seen clearly before cruising back to Ninh Kieu Wharf. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, ride through the Can Tho countryside on bicycles and stop at a fruit orchard to taste some of the fruits of the Mekong Delta.
Transfer from Can Tho to Ho Ch Minh City with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide.
The Renaissance Riverside is located in the heart of Saigon's business district, the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon offers first-class hospitality, comfortable rooms and modern amenities. After a long day, relax at the poolside terrace or enjoy a leisurely dinner at Kabin, known as one of the finest Chinese restaurants in the city. Take a dip in the rooftop pool and visit the Health Club for an invigorating workout with the latest gym equipment. Otherwise, simply enjoy the incredible views of the Saigon River and stroll to museums, galleries and other area attractions. You’ll find that the hotel’s central location, panoramic views and impeccable service makes this the ideal place to stay while visiting Ho Chi Minh City.
Depart from Ho Chi Minh City International airport - end of itinerary.
January 15, 2014
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