Day 1 (Arrival in Hanoi)
On your arrival our driver picks you up and transfers you to your hotel in Hanoi. In the afternoon, we get acquainted with the city by meandering amongst the local people, around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. (Dinner is included).
Day 2 (Hanoi / Mai Chau)
Departing from Hanoi we head along the highway to Hoa Binh province, and there is plenty of incredible mountain scenery along the way.
We arrive in the remote region of Mai Chau, a picturesque valley, full of rice fields and serene villages which are perfect for exploring. We hike around 8 km, along tracks and paths used by the locals and descend to the village of Van, home to White Thai minority people. After dinner, we stay overnight as guests in a traditional White Thai wooden house. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 (Mai Chau / The Floating Village of Kenh Ga / Trang An)
We walk around cornfields, across hills and through rice terraces, past several small White Thai villages. Later that morning, we drive to Ninh Binh province. This is followed by a leisurely boat ride along the Hoang Long River.
Here, we explore the floating village of Kenh Ga, set amongst stunning limestone scenery and a network of tranquil backwaters, and we walk amongst scenic outcrops and open rice fields.
We stay with a local family in a peaceful village in Ninh Binh. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included).
Day 4 (Trang An / The Red River Delta)
This morning we explore Trang An, an area which is well-known for its beautiful limestone mountains. Here, we take a stroll around some villages. This is followed by a delightful bicycle ride past beautiful rock formations and peaceful villages before we enjoy a boat trip along the river of Trang An. After, we settle in with a local family and learn how to make rice noodles, spring rolls and other typical dishes in the Red River Delta. The night is spent with the local family. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 5 (The Red River Delta / Bai Tu Long Bay)
Driving east we arrive in Halong City where we board our boat and begin the cruise, amongst 3000 spectacular limestone peaks, whilst having lunch on the boat.
Those who are fit enough and would like a close up view of the stunning limestone outcrops can climb aboard our kayaks for a leisurely exploration of the bay.
On Van Don island we settle in with a local family for the night to experience their way of life. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 6 (Bai Tu Long Bay)
After breakfast we spend the morning cycling on Van Don Island and relaxing on the beautiful beach.
A few hours of boating and kayaking follows – time to appreciate the beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay as we cruise further around the bay, the scenery becomes more and more picturesque.
Arriving in Cai Rong Island, we spend the night in a relaxing and comfortable hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 7 (Cai Rong Island / Hanoi)
This morning it is time to return to the capital, Hanoi. With Hanoi only 4 hours away, we leave Cai Rong for some discoveries in a local market and a fishing village.
After lunch in Hon Gai town we drive to Hanoi. On the way we have a refreshment stop at Dong Trieu, a traditional ceramics village, and arrive back in Hanoi at around 5 pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 8-9 Hanoi
Today you have the whole day free in the charming capital of Ha Noi, for personal explorations. The following day (Day9) we undertake a City Tour and visit the sights of Hanoi including the Museum of Ethnology, the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum complex.
We also leave plenty of time to sample Hanoi’s culinary delights. In the evening we attend a performance of traditional water puppetry, unique to Vietnam, before we board The Reunification Express bound for Da Nang, and transfer to Hoi An (Lunch and dinner on Day 8 are excluded).
Day 10-11 (Hoi An)
During our stay in Hoi An we visit My Son Temple, regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and the former capital of the ancient Champa civilization that ruled central Vietnam between the second century and the thirteenth century.
There is something in Hoi An for everyone, from historical architecture to art galleries, boat cruises and excellent shopping. Weather permitting, there will be time for you to relax on the beautiful beaches here. (Lunch and dinner on Day 11 excluded).
Day 12 Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City
This morning we enjoy a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, and after arrival, drive for 2 hours to Cu Chi District, here, we spend time interacting with local people, before we visiting some of the underground tunnel system, which stretched over 250 km from Saigon to the Cambodian border.
Arriving back to Ho Chi Minh City for your accommodation for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 13 (Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta)
From Ho Chi Minh City we travel to the floating market of Cai Be and enjoy a boat journey that enables us to view the amazing waterways and observe the floating markets and learn about the way of life of the people of the delta region. We reach Ben Tre province, home to many lush fruit orchards, and a former stronghold of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. This evening we settle in with a hospitable local host family for a dinner and an overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 14 Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City
We continue our exploration of the Delta by cruising along the Hau River, passing mangroves and fruit orchards, stopping at our leisure to savour the Delta’s sweet and succulent crops, that brings us into contact with local people. We will then meet and board our road vehicle and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival we have some free time for personal discoveries of the city, before we conclude our journey with a farewell dinner in one of the city’s best restaurants. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy free time until you depart HCM City. (Breakfast is included).