DAY 1. DEPARTURE
Departure for Hanoi. Meals and night on board.
DAY 2. ARRIVAL IN HANOI (L, D)
Upon arrival to the airport, you will be welcomed by the guide and transferred to your hotel located at the heart of the thousand-year-old city. Check in at the hotel and time to settle.
The afternoon will be free for you to rest or take a walk in the Old Quarter. This quarter’s charm is unique and specific to the Old World thanks to the colonial architecture of its buildings. What makes it special is that it is divided into 36 streets named according to the craft professions practiced as well as the products sold there: the Silk Street, the Cotton Street, the Iron Street…
In the evening, you will have dinner at a nice restaurant with the members of your group.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 3. HANOI (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will take you to visit the city of Hanoi and more particularly the Ho Chi Minh complex: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the House on Hilts, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar pagoda.
You will also discover the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built to educate Vietnam's bureaucrats, nobles, royalty and other members of the elite.
Lunch at a local restaurant located in the city center.
After your meal, you will visit the captivating Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, where many typical ethnic objects are exhibited such as traditional costumes, tools, musical instruments, etc. It is a place where you will discover the typical houses of the 54 ethnicities living in Vietnam (warning: the museum is closed on Mondays).
Then, you will take a walk to discover the colonial part of the city and its 36 streets more in details. You will also visit the Ngoc Son Pagoda located on the Hoan Kiem Lake, symbol of the city.
In the evening, you will attend a water puppet show, which is a folkloric theatric representation of the daily rural life on the Red River.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 4. HANOI – TAM COC – HOA LU – HANOI (B, L)
Have breakfast before your departure for Hoa Lu, which was the capital of Vietnam from the end of the 10th century to the beginning of the 11th century under the reign of the Dinh, then the Lê and the Ly dynasties.
After your visit, you will be driven to the Tam Coc jetty for a cruise on the Ngo Dong River, where you will discover the majestic and natural landscapes of the inland Halong Bay.
Embark on a barge to cruise in Tam Coc.
You will discover goat brochettes, one of Tam Coc’s specialty, for lunch.
After your meal, you will have a little break before a cycle ride from the jetty to the Bich Dong Pagodas (around 2km). You will cycle through the countryside of Ninh Binh.
After your visit, you will return to Hanoi. Dinner at your expense.
DAY 5. HANOI – HALONG BAY (B, L, D)
You will hit the road after breakfast to go to Halong Bay and ride an air-conditioned bus for around 3,5 hour. You will arrive around noon and embark on a beautiful wooden junk for a 2-day-1-night cruise on Halong Bay.
Night on board, in a deluxe cabin.
DAY 6. HALONG BAY – HANOI – HUE (B, L, D)
Enjoy the sunrise on the deck and continue cruising through the splendid landscapes of this mythical bay. Have brunch on board before disembarking and setting off to go back to Hanoi.
Dinner at a restaurant or packed lunch. Transfer to the train station and embarkation on the night train to Hue (without guide). Overnight in the an air-conditioned cabin with berths.
(You can choose to take a flight instead of a night train, for a supplement of 80 usd)
DAY 7. HUE (B, L, D)
You will arrive in Hue in the morning. It is the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam and is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Transfer to the hotel for breakfast.
Then, you will embark on a cruise on the majestic Perfume River, which has forever been a true inspiration for Vietnamese artists.
The morning will continue with the visit of the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, the country’s highest pagoda which is located on the Ha Khe hill and overhangs the Perfume River.
You will have Bun Bo Hue for lunch, which originates from this city.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Imperial City.
Royal costume dinner (with at least 10 participants). Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 8. HUE – OCEAN CLOUD PASS – HOI AN (B, L, D)
Visit of the Royal Tomb of the Nguyen Dynasty, as well as the Tomb of Khai Dinh and the Tomb of Minh Mang.
After lunch, you will make a stop in a village specialized in the production of incense sticks. Then, you will hit the road to go to Da Nang, a mountainous region.
You will continue toward Hoi An and go through the Ocean Cloud Pass that will offer you a beautiful overview of the coastline of Central Vietnam.
Lunch break: you will have the opportunity to taste Banh Vac, one of the dishes exclusive to Hoi An.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 9. HOI AN – TRA QUE – SAI GON (B, L, D)
In the morning, you will take a walk to explore the Old Town of Hoi An.
You will be blown away by the magnificence of this city and its main points of interest: the Fukian Assembly Hall, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Thanh Pagoda, the Common House of Phuc Kien as well as numerous tailor shops…
Then, you will cycle (or take a car) around the farming village of Tra Que, which supplies vegetables to the whole region. You will then attend a cooking class to learn how to make Banh Xeo, a savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion, and bean sprouts.
Your efforts won’t be in vain because you will get to taste what you made during lunch.
After your meal, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sai Gon. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a local guide and transferred to the city.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 10. SAI GON – MEKONG DELTA – SAI GON (B, L, D)
Departure for My Tho, a city located on the Mekong Delta, in the middle of a verdant and luxurious countryside. You will have the opportunity to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda and a Cao Dai temple.
Then, you will embark on a boat for a cruise on the Delta Mekong. You will reach an island where you will be able to taste delicious seasonal fruits, cultivated in the orchards of the region.
After you freshened yourself, you will visit a coconut-based candies workshop and learn how to make sweets. This visit will be followed by a carriage ride in the village as well as a cruise on a barge in a palm forest.
Lunch break: you will have the opportunity to taste one of the region’s specialties, the “Elephant Ears” fish.
Return to Sai Gon. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 11. SAI GON (B, L)
Your day will start with the visit of Sai Gon’s famous sightseeing sites: the ancient colonial district with the Central Post Office which was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the outside of the Independence Palace.
Walk in Cho Lon, the city’s Chinatown. There, you will explore the colorful and famous Binh Tay Market.
After that, you will discover local handicraft and learn all about the process of making lacquer.
Dinner at your expense. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Option: Vespa excursion in Sai Gon (80 usd/person)
Contrary to a simple bus tour, our Vespa tour will give you an overview of Sai Gon. It will also allow you to live an original and unusual experience on the road, among all the other scooters which have become one of the symbol of Vietnam. Thanks to this excursion, you will spend a nice and convivial time with the locals.
The tour includes: The Birds Club (morning excursion), the Venerable Thich Quang Duc Memorial, the flower market, the Ong Bon market, the tailor-made accessories market, the Chinese medicine market in Chinatown, the Van Phat pagoda, the Thu Thiem Tunnel, the Independence Palace, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the old Central Post Office as well as the office of the CIA in Dong Khoi.
DAY 12. SAI GON – MOC BAI – PHNOM PENH (B, L, D)
In the morning, you will hit the road toward Moc Bai and will cross the border near Bavet. You will then be welcomed by your Cambodian guide and will continue toward Phnom Penh and pass through the Mekong River on the suspended bridge of Neak Loeun.
Lunch on the way to Phnom Penh and arrival in the early evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 13. PHNOM PENH – SIEM REAP (B, L, D)
Your day will start with a visit of the Royal Palace, the King and Queen’s principal residence. Inside de palace, you will discover the Silver Pagoda that houses frescoes inspired by the Ramayana and some treasures of the Crown.
Visit of the National Museum, Cambodia's largest museum of cultural history and the country's leading historical and archaeological museum.
Lunch before your transfer to Siem Reap through the Kompong Thom province. You will have to admire gorgeous landscapes with rice fields and traditional houses. Arrival in the early evening.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 14. SIEM REAP – ANGKOR – SIEM REAP (B, L, D)
This day will be dedicated to the discovery of Angkor, built at the beginning of the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII.
The visit will start at the South Gate and you will be greeted by its famous and fascinating giant faces. Then, you will discover the Bayon and Phimeanakas temples as well as the Terrace of the Leper King and the Terrace of the Elephants.
You will return downtown to have lunch at a local restaurant.
After your meal, your will visit the Ta Prohm and Ta Keo temples. Ta Phrom, Angkor’s biggest temple, was built in 1186 by King Jayavarma and is dedicated to his family. Ta Keo was built between 968 and 1001 and is 50-meter high. It is typical temple-mountain, an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the home of the gods in Hinduism.
You will continue your visit at Angkor Wat, a World Heritage Site. As the most well-preserved temple of Angkor, it is considered as the greatest Khmer architectural work.
Dinner at a local restaurant, accompanied with an Aspara traditional show. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 15. SIEM REAP – DEPARTURE (B, L)
Visit of the Old Market where you will meet the craftmen of Angkor.
Lunch and free time for you to shop in Psar Chas. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.
DAY 16. ARRIVAL
Arrival in your country during the day.