DAY 1. FLIGHT TO HANOI
Flight to 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.
Later, a cycle rickshaw will take you around the Vietnamese capital. You will be able to explore a charming and dynamic city where tradition meets modernity.
You will explore the Old Quarter, the heart of the Vietnamese capital. 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. 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 5. HALONG BAY – HANOI – LUANG PRABANG (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 to the airport of Hanoi for your flight to Luang Prabang.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 6. LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU (B, L, D)
Early in the morning, you will be able to assist to the Alms Giving Ceremony: as the sun rises in Luang Prabang, around 200 Buddhist monks depart from their various temples to gather their daily meal. The tradition of alms gathering dates back to the 14th century, yet still today locals wake early to prepare the food for the monks and wait quietly by the roadside to give their gifts.
After the ceremony, you will eat a delicious traditional Lao breakfast before exploring the colorful market of Luang Prabang.
Once you have discovered all the savors the market has to offer, a tuk tuk will take you on a ride to explore the city: you will see the Royal Palace which has been turned into a National Museum, as well as the Phra Bang, the palladium of Laos.
Then, you will ascent Mount Phousi that will offer you a breathtaking view on the main edifices of Luang Prabang. After that, you will return and take a walk in the Old Quarter of the city.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
The day will continue on a boat: you will go up the Mekong River, toward the Pak Ou Caves. An aperitif will be served while you will be able to admire the sun setting on the Mekong.
Return to Luang Prabang in the end of the day.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 7. LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI – LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)
Your day will begin with the visit of Wat Xieng Thong, the temple of the royal city, Wat Visoun as well as the Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre.
Then, you will hit the road to go to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, where you will eat a delicious picnic.
Return to Luang Prabang at the end of the day and dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 8. LUANG PRABANG – PAKSE – KHONG ISLAND (B, L, D)
In the morning, you will take a flight to Pakse and cross Laos from North to South. Upon arrival to the airport, a vehicle will come pick you up and take you to Champassak, once the seat of the Kingdom of Champasak, an independent Lao state which was abolished by the French in 1945 when they created the Kingdom of Laos.
After lunch, you will hit the road to go to Ban Hat, where you will cross the Mekong Delta to reach Khong Island.
Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay on Khong Island.
DAY 9. KHONG ISLAND – KHONE ISLAND – KHONG ISLAND (B, L, D)
You will embark on a small boat for a cruise on the Mekong River, in the middle of the 4,000 Islands. There, you will discover Khone Island, which is located in a verdant and peaceful environment. Bicycle ride and discovery of many colonial vestiges as well as the Li Phi Waterfalls that you will be able to reach after you crossed a few little hamlets and bamboo forests. After that, you will continue to the Pa Peng Waterfalls, also known as the “Niagara of Mekong”.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will continue toward another jetty and will embark a slow boat to observe the Irrawaddy dolphins. Then, you will go back to Khong Island.
Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 10. KHONG ISLAND – OU MONG – VAT PHOU – PAKSE (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will hit the road to go to Pakse.
You will discover the Khmer ruins of Ou Mong, located in a very bucolic area. After that, you will visit the Vat Phou Temple. Less imposing than Angkor Wat, these ruins are just as majestic.
Lunch during your visit.
Continuation to Pakse. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 11. PAKSE – BOLAVEN PLATEAU – PAKSE (B, L, D)
Departure for the Bolaven Plateau, via Paksong. You will drive through coffee and tea plantations. Once you have reached Tad Fane, you will see majestic waterfalls from afar, erupting from cliffs hidden by the jungle. After that, you will learn more about the Alak (the Pong Neua village houses a beautiful spirit house) and the Katou (the Kok Bhoung village) minorities.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
You will take a walk in Khiang Tad Soung village, which houses Nge people.
Return to Pakse. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Pakse.
DAY 12. PAKSE – DEPARTURE (B)
Day free at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your international flight.
DAY 13. ARRIVAL
Arrival in your country during the day.