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Overview

We invite you who are keen to make a positive transformation in your life. These Retreats are targeted towards those who know that something in their life must change now – they can no longer wait. This retreat is designed to help participants experience the beauty, calm, and harmony with 14 days retreat through Vietnam

This tour designs to introduce you to the country’s three main regions, this 14-day Throughout Vietnam starts with the buzzing city of Ho Chi Minh then the picturesque scenes of the Mekong Delta and the network of underground Cu Chi Tunnels. In the Central, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site while exploring the former imperial capital of Vietnam

In the North, you will explore the charismatic, charming city of Hanoi with a touch of its history and one of Vietnam’s most intriguing destination, home to numerous ethnic tribes and boast the highest mountain in Indochina – Sapa as well as the perfect opportunity to see the UNESCO World Heritage area of Halong Bay.

Highlights

  • Explore Mekong Delta – known as “Coconut Island”
  • Journey to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels – a complex of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed
  • Discover Hoi An and its surroundings is by walking
  • Explore Hanoi City day with water puppet show
  • Experience soft trekking ethnic village in Sapa as Tavan, Taphin
  • Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.

Destinations

Country

Vietnam

Vietnam Destinations

Hanoi

Tour Information

Accommodations

We offer spacious en-suite accommodation, together with a large number of facilities for your convenience. Each room includes a seating area (television with large sofas and armchairs), and a communal area (table and chairs). All apartments have free access to Wi-Fi internet. Rooms are cleaned daily.
Every room has a television with basic channels. There is also a telephone for incoming or outgoing calls. The apartments also have a fridge, hair drier, tea making facilities, iron with ironing board, and clothes drier.

Food and Beverage

We believe that the starting point for rejuvenation of the body and mind is through the foods that we consume. Therefore we offer an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole foods at Retreats.

Transportation

  • Private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights Ho Chi Minh – Danang & Hue – Hanoi

Other Activities

SPECIAL NOTE for Sapa tour: Bring along light cotton dress/trouser, warm jacket (rain and wind, silk sleeping bag, mosquito repellent, good walking/hiking shoes, a walking stick, sun hat/sun lotion, hand lotion, lip balm. Roads: Driving can be a challenge as roads can be bumpy or under construction, driving time depends on weather and road conditions – only rough estimates can be given.

Includes

  • Accommodation in shared Twin/ Double/ Triple room with air-conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Domestic flights Ho Chi Minh – Danang & Hue – Hanoi
  • Meals as stated in the programme [B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner]
  • Transfers and tours
  • English speaking guides
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water of 2 bottles on bus per day
  • Cold towels

Excludes

  • Flights, optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.,
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Gala dinners during festive seasons
  • Peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking,
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels

Booking Terms

Minimum 30% Deposit to confirm the Voucher

Pre Full Paid before Departure

Booking Policies

CHILD & FREE OF CHARGE POLICY:

  • Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old with extra bed and sharing the same room with parents is charged for 65%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old No extra bed & sharing same room with parents is charged for 55%
  • Group tour of full paying 15pax, one (01) tour leader is given complimentary on twin sharing basis include breakfast (domestic air ticket is not applicable).
  • Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules, and room availability.
  • Standard Hotel Check-in time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (local time)
  • Standard Hotel Check out time: 11:00am-12pm (local time)
  • All bank charges to be born by the remitter.
  • All hotel rooms are based on the lowest category of room or Run of House excepted mentioned ones, an upgrade is subject to the supplement.
  • Halong Cruise Itinerary: The Halong cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions without prior notice.
  • Supplement charge for room rate in peak dates depends on the hotel category used. Compulsory gala dinner on X’mas, New Year’s Eve & Lunar New Year’s Eve to be advised upon booking. Prices for the group of 15 persons up in 5 stars hotels sometimes requires to re-quote bases on the hotel policy.

Supplement charge during Lunar New Year from 13th February – 21st February 2018
• US$ 20/ pax/ day for FIT booking from 2 – 4 pax.
• US$ 15 / pax/ day for FIT booking from 5 – 9 pax.
• US$ 10 / pax/ day for GIT booking from 10 pax up.

 

Location

Departure Time

8:30 am

Pick up

We will pick up you from the airport

We will let you know in booking confirmation

Tour Detail Itinerary

Tour Details

Multiple days

Number of day

14

Number of Night

13

Itinerary

Day 1
Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you are warmly welcomed by our local guide and transfer to hotel in Saigon for check-in. Free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 1
HOCHIMINH – PRIVATE TRIP TO MEKONG DELTA RIVER (MY THO – BEN TRE)

Morning meet our local guide in the lobby of your hotel and drive to My Tho the heart of the Mekong Delta, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways and the most beautiful landscapes, the pristine natural beauty that is Ben Tre Province. Known as “Coconut Island,” many of its people still rely on tradition and centuries-old methods of production. Our program focuses on the Giong Trom and Phong Nam districts, areas untouched by commercial tourism.

We showcase the amazing local people, the villages they call home and the peaceful Rivers they use as a part of their daily lives.

Upon arrival, take a Xe Loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you will start your boat trip through small canals with the beautiful tropical scenery. On board, enjoy a welcome drink and tropical fruits while cruising.

The cruise will first stop at a Coconut processing family owned business. Here you will learn what Ben Tre is known for and the hundreds of uses of every single coconut. Return to your boat and cruise across the water to a brick-making factory, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region.

After your visit takes a short walk to one of our friends, Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp, and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea and then board a rowing sampan taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region.

After our team rows you through the quiet canal, reconnect with your Day Cruiser and enjoy a cruise to a private riverside restaurant. It is time for you to relax and enjoy a 5-course lunch of local specialties. Relax and have a walk around the lush garden setting.

Then continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr. Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made.

Then visit the nearby house of Mr. Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker in the village. You can also feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden.

After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to your hotel in Saigon. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3
SAIGON – CU CHI TUNNELS – SAIGON

Meet in the lobby of your hotel and enjoy the journey to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels (70km from Ho Chi Minh) – a complex of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. There is more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels. For a more “thrilling” experience, you can even test your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge). Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, return to Saigon and tour continues to visit the former Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975 and continue to visit the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station, the People’s Committee Hall, Central Post Office. End the day at the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones and shop before transfer back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 4
SAIGON – HOI AN (B/L) (DOMESTIC AIR FARE IS INCLUDED)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Tan San Nhat Airport for a domestic flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by our local guide and transfer to Hoian while passing Danang city – the fourth largest city in Vietnam, the gateway to the central provinces and a seaport with nice beaches and resort. En route, you visit the Cham Museum – The world’s foremost collection of the sculpture of the ancient Kingdom of Champa, and the Marble Mountain, whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe en route then continue driving along Non-Nuoc Beach to Hoi An.

Lunch at local restaurant before checking in the hotel. Afterward, you will explore Hoian – known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a mixed Chinese-Vietnamese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets.

Having been through many ups and downs in the past, the original structures, however, are still virtually intact. That was the reason to persuade the UNESCO to recognize Hoi An as a World Heritage in 1999. Besides, the surroundings of Hoi An, especially the countryside, are one of the most outstanding highlights that visitors should experience during their stay in Hoi An. One of the best ways to discover Hoi An and its surroundings is by walking. During your leisurely walk around you will discover the daily life of the local people: green paddy fields, vegetable gardens, markets, temples, historic houses, fishermen and stunning countryside scenes will simply mesmerize you. This tour offers great photo opportunities and you may find yourself chatting with the locals and inhaling unforgettable memories.

Later, enjoy free time to visit the tailors, if you would like to have some clothing made. Rest of the day free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Day 5
HOI AN FISH AND CHIPS TOUR

08:00: Guide pick up guest at the hotel, ride bicycles to Tra Que Village.
08:30: Take around the vegetable village and join in the daily activities with the local farmer there.
09:30: Continue to take bicycles along De Vong River to Hoi An Beach wharf.
10:00: Embark on the boat to Cua Dai sand dune, enjoy casting the net show and learn how to cast net by local fisherman.
11:00: Continue to Cam Thanh Water coconut village have a brief introduction to the history there.
11:20: Take on the basket boat along the water coconut river, Fisherman will teach you how to catch the crabs (02 pax/ boat ).
Divide the group into 2 teams for basket boat racing and catching crabs. There will be a lovely present for a winner.
12:20: Embark on the boat, enjoy the folk songs show by local people there.
12:30: Enjoy special local food such as pancake, Tam Huu spring roll, fried fish …After lunch, learn how to make funny tools by water coconut leaf.
14:00: Continue to the ancient town, experience the daily life of fisherman along Thu Bon River.
15:00: Get to Bach Dang Wharf, take a bicycle back to Hotel.
15:30: Local guide bids farewell to guests and transferred back to the hotel for your own activities
Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Note: Up to 6 guests, you will attend in a sharing Seat In Coach to join with other passengers. From 7 guests up, you will participate in a private program.

Day 6
Hoi An

Free & easy, full day relaxation at your hotel, no tour, no guide, no transportation. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

Day 7
HOI AN – HUE

After breakfast, start the journey to Hue – the former Imperial City of the last dynasty of Vietnam over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Have a short stop on top of the pass – once regarded as the prime mountain pass on the North-South national road. Continue further north to Hue – a charming town set on the banks of the Perfume River. Located in Central Vietnam, Hue is the only place in the country where many historic, cultural, architectural as well as artistic values have been preserved. Tangible cultural heritage – the system of historic monuments – and intangible cultural heritage – the Imperial court music – have their own national and international values that were acknowledged as World Cultural Heritages. Hue is also the site where the northern and southern ecosystems meet, the area of river-hills, greenery and beautiful landscapes.

Arrival Hue, lunch at local restaurant before exploring the Imperial City of Hue. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the center the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Tour continues to enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Then cruise upstream to visit the Minh Mang Royal tomb, set amidst a lush pine hill by the river and considered to be one of the most beautiful mausoleums. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign.

Tonight you will be brought back to the splendid history of ancient Royal time in Vietnam, you will be charged with the Royal style decoration of the Royal Dining room, the atmosphere of the diner that you are the King with royal wears., beside you are the Queen accompanied by the servants in traditional royal clothes, all wearing traditional royal clothes. All the food served is royal dishes symbolizing the dragon, Phoenix, or peacock. The table is decorated with Hue’s colorful silk and flowers, large candle lights, the colorful lantern with dragon pattern and spotlights … All meticulously prepared to the finest details for a sumptuous dinner that fits for royalty.

It will surely surprise you with its authentic cuisines of Hue’s royalty. You will discover how Royal life was enjoying the “Royal meal” while listening to melodious music and having a feeling of being a real King. Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 8
HUE – HANOI (B/L) (DOMESTIC AIR FARE IS INCLUDED)

Located in Central Vietnam, Hue was the former capital of the last Dynasty of Vietnam and has an elegant setting on the banks of the Huong Giang or Perfume River surrounded by lush green hills. Founded as a Royal city in 1687, this small and quiet city is known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty. The city has preserved its cultural heritage including music, the arts, and many other traditions and is probably the best place in Vietnam to get a sense of the past and imperial court life. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You will visit Tu Duc Royal Tomb or Khai Dinh Royal Tomb – one of the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Lunch at local restaurant before transfer to Phu Bai Airport in Hue for a domestic flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are warmly welcomed by our local guide and transfer to hotel in Hanoi for check in. Free at leisure for your own activities. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 9
HANOI CITY TOUR – LAO CAI

Enjoy a full-day city tour today. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his former residence with Humble House on Stilts (closed on Monday and Friday), One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago. Continue the city tour to one of the following museums (note: that museums are closed on Mondays): Fine Arts Museum or Vietnam National Museum of History or Viet Nam Military History Museum or Museum of Ethnology. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon enjoy a leisurely one-hour buggy tour through the streets of this fascinating city, you will come face to face with the daily lives and activities of Hanoi’s streets as you pass through the congested, but delightful, Old Quarter. Ride pass the fascinating streets, which still bear the names of the shops that could be found in them in the 15th to 18th centuries.

Then visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are dedicated to saints. Saint Van Suong, considered to be one of the brightest stars in Vietnam’s literary and intellectual circles, was worshipped there along with other National heroes.

Dinner at the local restaurant around 20:00 hrs and transfer to Hanoi train station. An overnight train trip to Lao Cai in shared sleeping compartments (sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment). The train departs at approximately 21:15 hrs.

Notes: Train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at the surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Day 10
LAO CAI – SAPA – LAO CHAI - TAVAN – SAPA

Early morning (approximately 06:30 hrs) arrival at Lao Cai, the border town to Yunnan, China. The journey starts with a 38 km drive on winding roads up the mountains to Sapa, located approx. 1,500 m above sea level. On clear days you can see the highest mountain of Vietnam, the Fansipan.

Arrival Sapa, enjoy the breakfast at the hotel, drive from Sapa town down to Lao Chai village. Views of the Muong Hoa Valley and magnificent surroundings of mountains and rice terrace fields can be seen from this road. Along the road, people from many ethnic minority groups (H’mong, Zay, and Red Dao) are likely to be met, and there are stalls along the way that serve tea, fruits, and sweets. Soon after turning off the main road and taking a local path, we will arrive in the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the villagers. Continue walking from Lao Chai to Ta Van village, where the Zay hill tribes live. Here you take a rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your local guide in a local house.

After lunch, continue walking to the meeting point for your transfer back to Sapa town. The rest of the day is at leisure. Discover Sapa town on your own, its bustling market, the colorful dresses of the ethnic people, tea and coffee shops as well as the local life in this mountain town. Accommodation at hotel in Sapa.

Day 11
SAPA – MA TRA – TA PHIN – LAO CAI – NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI

Enjoy a trekking to Suoi Ho village with tea plantations and cardamom gardens. Follow the buffalo trails to visit the hospitable villages of the Black Hmong minority people in Ma Tra. After passing a school and scenic views en route, a picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, continue trekking to Ta Phin village where you will meet Red Dao people who are famous for their weaving skills. Delicious lunch prepared by your local guide in a local house.

Proceed to the meeting point and transfer back to Sapa. After a short rest (time permitting), transfer to Lao Cai railway station.

Dinner will be severed at the local restaurant before boarding the overnight train trip to Hanoi at around 20:15 hrs (shared sleeping compartments, sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment).

Notes: Train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at the surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Day 12
HANOI - HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT ON JUNK

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, pick up from the train station and transfer to the local hotel for breakfast, shower and quick refreshment before proceeding to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi) – a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty, you will experience a rural area dotted with villages, rice fields and farms providing the many parts of the nation with rice, fruits, and vegetables. Short rest stop en route, you will reach Halong city after 3.5 hours.

12h00 – 12h30: Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13h00 – 15h30: Savor a delectable lunch as Cruises among the limestone islands.
15h30 – 16h30: Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Luon Cave area. Back to the Cruise.
16h30 – 17h30: Cruising to Titop 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.
17h30: Cruise back to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set.
19h00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board.

Day 13
HALONG BAY – HANOI

 

06h30 – 07h00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30: Have to breakfast at sunrise.
08h30 – 09h30: Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30: Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30: Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10h30 – 11h30: While heading back to the harbor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 – 12h30: Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi, short rest at Dai Viet or Hong Ngoc or ABC shopping en route back.

Note: The above itinerary is for your reference only as each cruise will have its own different itinerary and will be slightly different.

Arrival Hanoi, you will explore the famous thirty-six streets in the Hanoi’s Old Quarter by yourself – the represented eternal soul of the city and the top special historical vestige and sight-seeing of the capital, luring international visitors thanks to their most original state.

End the day with a performance of the famous water puppet show. The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater, it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the water line, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats.

Optional Ionah Show @ surcharge of US$ 35/ pax
Ionah Show – a unique experience combining modern dance, theater, circus, and music, visual and light effects. It delivers novelty and originality in performances and stage effects. Ionah Show is only performing on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.

Day 14
HANOI – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel, free at your own leisure until transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your international flight home. We hope you had an exciting holiday with us. Making it an affair to remember!

Tour Filter

Main Languages

English

Food Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tour Types

  • Customize Tour
  • Private Group

Retreat Activities

  • Adventure Activities
  • History & Culture
  • Honeymoon Holiday
  • Photography

Traveler Type

  • Private Couple
  • Group of Friends
  • Family with Children
  • Old Persons over 50s
  • Teenager Activities
  • Executive Retreats
  • Women Only
  • LGBT
  • Privates
  • For Everyone

Means of Transportation

  • Flight
  • Private Car
  • Boat

Means of Accomodation

  • Hotel

Escorts Services

  • Group Tour Guider

Max Group Size

15