Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival

Meals: None
Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a orientation walk of the old city. The walk will finish at the center where you can join for a ‘Bia Hoi’ beer in local language with local people and fellow travelers. In the evening you have option to see the water puppet show.
Overnight at Hanoi Triumphal Hotel – Superior room

Day 2: Hanoi – Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Meals: B L D
Depart from Hanoi to Pu Luong. First stop will be at Sai Village, where you will start trekking for about 4 hours to Hang village through Tan Phuc and Duom villages where you will stay overnight. Explore the cave at Hang village in the afternoon. This village is home of Thai minority. You will stay in Thai stilt house, experience their traditional custom and attend Thai music show at night. You can help them cook food in the kitchen or out in the vegetable garden. You will have opportunity to interact with the host family through guide, during the home stays and learn about their lifestyle, culture and normal way of living in the village. They do not speak English, so guide will be translating the conversation.
Overnight at the Hang Village homestay

Puluong National Preseve

Day 3: Pu Luong National Reserve

Meals: B L D
Following breakfast, continue trekking from The Hang village to the small villages of Eo Ken, Pa Ban, Dong Dieng. Ending point at Kho Muong village after about 6 hours trekking. Kho Muong village is home of Muong minority. Experience the different custom between the minorities and learn about their lifestyle and local practice. You will be amazed by the innocent character of the locals and rich hospitality to wel-come you.
Overnight at Kho Muong Village homestay

Day 4: Pu Luong National Reserve

Meals: B L D
Depart from Kho Muong village; you will have a little harder trekking for today because climb through Pu Luong Mountain. Pass some small village and having lunch along the way until reaching Cao Hoong village.
Overnight at Thai people’s homestay

Day 5 Pu Luong National Reserve

Meals: B L D
Spending your trekking day through rice terrace, forest, uphill and downhill from Cao Hoong village to Nua village that pass the village of Kit, Thanh Cong and Bon villages. Having lunch at village along the way. Upon arrival at the village, you can help the host family in preparing meal at the kitchen or give few English lessons to the local kids.
Overnight at Nua village homestay

Day 6 Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Cuc Phuong National Park

Meals: B L D
Today the trek will be easy for about 2 hours to Hin Village. Upon arrival, transfer on a motor-bike to Ban Tom Village where bus will be waiting. Drive to Cuc Phuong National Park, your next destination.
Overnight at Guest House at Cuc Phuong National Park

Day 7 :Cuc Phuong National Park

Meals: B L D
After breakfast visit the Primate center and learn about the world’s endangered species and the imitative being made to re-habitat them. In the afternoon you can go for a walk around the Cuc Phuong National Park.
Overnight at Guest House at Cuc Phuong National Park

Day 8: Cuc Phuong National Park – Halong Bay

Meals: B L D
Drive to Halong bay, one of the natural wonders of the world. Halong bay is also recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at the Halong bay, board a traditional junk and start cursing. You will be visiting the famous cave during the cruise and stopping for refreshing swim. All the meals will be served on the boat.
Overnight on Anh Duong Junk

Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Meals: B L
After a short cruise in the morning, you will bid fare-well to the crews and drive back to Hanoi. On our return trip to Hanoi we will stop at a pottery village. Here you can admire this centuries old craft and try your hand at painting your own little clay pot after a short introductory lesson
Free evening the discover the back streets of the old city and French quarter
Overnight at Hanoi Triumphal Hotel – Superior room

Ha Long Bay

Day 10: Hanoi – Hue

Meals: B
Early start to see the locals engaged in Tai Chi and aerobics around the Hoan Kiem Lake. You can join them and start you day with some healthy exercise or simply enjoy the morning sight of Hanoi. You can visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and the temple of literature.
Check out in the noon. This evening take a overnight train, sleeper train to Hue, also known as the cultural capital of Vietnam.
Overnight on Train (4 sleeping berths cabin with AC)

Day 11: Hue – City

Meals: B L
Meet upon arrival by your guide and depart for the wonderful Hue City tour.
Today we will focus on the life of one of the most interesting emperors of Vietnam: Tu Duc. You will learn about his life and times and visit his tomb.

Your guide and driver will transfer you to the boat-landing where you will board a dragon boat for a pleasant boat trip on the Perfume River. On our pleasant river journey to Tu duc’s tomb, we stop at the very characteristic Thien Mu Pagoda.

Tu Duc was Vietnam’s fourth emperor and lived from 1829 until 1883. During his reign Vietnam lost its independence to France. Tu Duc is said to have had 104 concubines. You learn everything about his life and the lives of the emperors during you visit.

After enjoy especial vegetarian lunch arranged by nuns of Dong Thuyen pagoda, you will visit the Forbidden Purple City, constructed under Emperor Gia Long’s reign in the early 19th century AD. It’s located inside the Citadel of Hue, which was the location of fighting between US forces and North Vietnamese during the Tet offensive of 1968. Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. Hue was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993.
Overnight at Duy Tan 2 Hotel – Superior room

Day 12: Day tour of Vinh Muc tunnel and DMZ

Meals: B L
Your guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning. Today you will visit the former Demilitarized Zone, an area 5 kms north and south of the 17th parallel, which separated North and South Vietnam before re-unification in 1975. This area saw lots of action during the Vietnam War. Today we will visit some famous places in this area such as The Rockpile, Dakrong Bridge – part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail – and the former Khe Sanh combat base. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit the Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai River, the Truong Son cemetery where many fallen Vietnamese soldiers are buried as well as the tunnels of Vinh Moc, where villagers were hiding because of heavy bombing by the American planes. As such the tunnels were in fact an underground hideout as opposed to the tunnels of Cu Chi in Southern Vietnam that were constructed as an underground guerilla base. We enter the tunnels and explore the subterranean passageways. Drive back to Hue.
Overnight at Duy Tan 2 Hotel – Superior room

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Day 13: Hue – Phu Mong village – Hoi An

Meals: B
Before departing Hué today we explore Phu Mong village, a community of ancient garden houses. Like other garden houses in Hué, the romantic and peaceful Phu Mong garden houses, each within its own private landscape, typically has two main areas: the wood structure and a surrounding garden, both designed according to geomancy and the owner’s spiritual life and talents. About 200 years ago, Phu Mong was home to a senior royal officer of the Nguyen Dynasty. Due to the rank of the early owners, the houses were built solidly and they withstand the monsoons, typhoons, and squalls which often devastate the central city. Phu Mong today includes more than ten garden houses built 150-200 years ago;
After exploring the village, we drive south along the mountainous coast of central Vietnam En route to Hoi An, we ascend Hai Van Pass, with its incredible views over the Lang Co Lagoon and the South China Sea.

We’ll also have time for a short climb up the Marble Mountains to see the shrines and limestone caves that blanket the hills, with spectacular views over the famed “China Beach”
Later this afternoon we arrive in Hoi An, a picturesque town along the Thu Bon River. This exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port, dating from the 15th century, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings. The French patisserie near the hotel’s pool is just the place for dessert for those who have had a full day. Others may choose to see the city at night and sit at one of the many sidewalk cafés for an evening treat.
Overnight at Bach Dang hotel – Superior room

Day 14: Hoi An

Meals: B
This morning we take in charming Hoi An, where we discover the town’s many charms on a walking tour, which is by far the best way to appreciate life in this quaint fishing village. We visit local historical houses and temples and visit the famous Japanese bridge. As Hoi An is known for it’s extraordinary talent in tailoring we explore the local cloth market, at which point you are free to explore and taste some of Vietnam’s best cuisine.
Then, go to the port where you will embark on the boat. From the boat, you can enjoy the busy daily life of Hoi An people. Continue to Thanh Ha pottery village where you can learn and enjoy the daily life of Thanh Ha people. Observe all the steps of making a pottery product: vase, pot, kettle, cooking pot,…embark on the boat to visit Kim Bong carpentry village, listen to the history of the village, come to visit the ship-building yards, see the handicrafts and sculptures.
Overnight at Bach Dang hotel – Superior room

Day 15: Hoi An – Nha Trang

Meals: B
Take a day train with the locals to Nha Trang. This day train ride is a great experience to see how the local citizen travels in Vietnam. In other aspect, you will see the beautiful country side, green rice paddy fields and South China Sea during the train journey. Arrive Nha Trang in the evening
Overnight at Oriole Hotel – Standard room

Day 16: Nha Trang

Meals: B
Free day to lay down by the beach. You have the option to visit the country side and take a mud bath to pamper yourself. Evening is fun and lively with lot of bars offering happy hour drinks.
Overnight at Oriole Hotel – Standard room

Day 17: Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City (by train)

Meals: B
Enjoy your last day in this relaxed town. In the evening, we take overnight sleeping train to Ho Chi Minh City
Overnight on Train (4 sleeping berths cabin with AC)

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: B
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel by your private guide and driver for your excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels. During the Vietnam War the Vietcong dug out an extensive tunnel complex that served as a sanctuary in the fight against American forces. Part of the complex has been left in its original state. You can crawl through these tunnels. Return back to the Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon
Overnight at Elegant Hotel – Superior room

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Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City tour

Meals: B
After breakfast, you will be taken on a orientation walk of the city. During the walk, you will visit Reunification Palace, The Notre Dame Cathedral, The General Post Office and City Hall and the war remnant museum.
Overnight at Elegant Hotel – Superior room

Day 20: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long

Meals: B L
This morning our driver will pick you up from your hotel, then drive for 2.5 hours to Cai Be, on arrival we’ll transfer to boat and cruise the Mekong River to Vinh Long. During the trip you’ll have a chance of witnessing the exotic bustling floating market, sample tropical fruits in a local orchard and visit family-run businesses such as, coconut candy, pop-corn, and rice-paper manufacturers. Our lunch will be served in a local bonsai garden. After lunch, we will ride bicycles to further explore this fertile island.
Overnight at An Binh Island’s homestay

Day 21: Vinh Long homestay – Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: B
This morning, we visit the floating market and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight at Elegant Hotel – Superior room

Day 22: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

Meals: B
Have breakfast at hotel.
Free at leisure until check out hotel and transfer to airport for leaving flight