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Culture and Ethnic groups of Vietnam

(12 days 11 nights - tour code PAKCEG12)

Vietnam offers visitors the beauty of its natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats. There are wonderful beaches, soaring mountains, some of which are full of forests. Vietnam also offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world.

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

At Hanoi Airport, our guide will greet and accompany you to your hotel. In the evening (18h30 or 20h30), you may enjoy the water puppet show. Dinner and night at a hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

Drive to Ha Long city for about 3 hours. Transfer to Deluxe Junk, lunch with fresh seafood. Start a 4 hours cruise into Ha Long Bay to see the amazing karsts with different forms, floating fishing village.
Afterwards, take a smaller boat to the kayaking area where you will be given a lesson on safety and paddling by our expert guide. Then visit Luon cave, enjoy swimming, sun bathing at Ti Top beach. Overnight on the boat

Day 3: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

Enjoy the sunrise, have breakfast before discover Surprise Cave with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose.
You will return to Hanoi at 16h00, have time to discover the Old Quarter Street by traditional cycle. In the evening we will board a soft sleeper train to Sapa. Overnight on the train.

Day 4: Sapa - Cat Cat village

6h00 - Arrive in Lao Cai. The bus trip to Sapa takes a little more than an hour giving you an idea of the impressive paddy fields panorama. Check into your hotel.
13h00 - Start trekking to Cat Cat (4-5 km) and visit the Hmong ethnic group walking in the paddy –fields. After that, down into the valley, you can see the old hydroelectric power station building (which was built by the French in 1925). Overnight at a hotel in Sapa

Day 5: Lao Chai - Ta Van villages

In the morning, start trekking (8 km) down the valley along local paths and across rice paddies to visit Black Hmong and Giay ethnic groups. Have a picnic lunch along the way. Our jeep picks you up back to Sa Pa. 18h00 - Bus from hotel in Sa Pa to Lao Cai (19h00). 9.15pm - Night train back to Hanoi (soft sleeper with air-conditioning). Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Hanoi - Hue

Flight to Hue in the morning. With a small sampan we make a cruise upstream the Perfume River to visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda and king Minh Mang’s grave.In the afternoon, you discover the Imperial Citadel. Overnight at a hotel in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An

On the road from Hue to Hoi An, you will see Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass and the Marble Mountains. Visit the Cham Museum.
Discover Hoi An ancient town. Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as being a World Culture Heritage in 1999. Hoi An used to serve as an active trading port with the Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch and Chinese merchants during the 17th and 18th centuries. The streets, houses and architecture remain ‘untouched’ despite a turbulent history. Overnight at a hotel in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang

Morning is at leisure. Drive to Da Nang airport for the flight to Nha Trang. On arrival you will be picked-up by our guide and driver to hotel for your accommodation. Free afternoon to relax, swim or enjoy sunbathing. Overnight at a hotel in Nha Trang

Day 9: Nha Trang

You will spend a nice time on a boat and visit a fishing village. You will be able to enjoy Nha Trang beaches, the most beautiful ones in Vietnam. In the evening we will board a soft sleeper train to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight at a hotel in Nha Trang

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh city

You will arrive in Ho Chi Minh city early in the morning. We spend the day visiting the Independence Palace, the US War crimes museum and discovering the endless activities of the city. Overnight at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho – Ho Chi Minh City

Morning: Coach trip to My Tho (2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City). My Tho is a prosperous town of 170,000 inhabitants in the Mekong Delta. It is famous for its wide gardens and very large rice fields. Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit an orchard on an island. Lunch on the way then visit a snake farm and drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight at a hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh city – Departure

Free until transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure.

Price per person in USD
Package Class123-67-910-1515+1 paxSingle Room Surcharge

- Domestic flight
- All accommodation based on twin share
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All transfers/ transport
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time
- English/French speaking guide during guide
- Train tickets (soft sleeper, 4 beds compartment)
- Boat cruises in Halong bay, Perfume river, Nha Trang and Mekong river

- International flights
- Visas and visa fees
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry