Vietnam Leisure Tour

Vietnam Leisure Tour – 13 days – From $1,189

Incredible beaches, rice paddies and remote tribal villages are all part of this extended tour of Vietnam. Vietnam Leisure tour 13 days experience Hanoi, Ha Long, Sapa, Hoi An. In this trip you will visit the 1000 years old Hanoi capital, sleep on cruise in Ha Long Bay as we drift among the craggy limestone islets, exercise Sapa stunning mini adventure trekking and completely relax on beach in Hoian. Experience historical landmarks, spectacular scenery, delicious banquets and beautiful beaches all with a touch of comfort on this 13-day leisure.

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Tour Name: Vietnam Leisure Tour

Type of tour: Private

Tour Duration: 13 Days

Starting: Hanoi capital city, Vietnam

Finishing: Danang, Vietnam

Tour Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking

Destinations: Hanoi – Ha Long – Sapa – Hoi An

Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (-/-/-)
Being personally welcomed and transfer to hotel by Vietnam Great Tours staff

Day 2: Hanoi free day at leisure (B/-/-)

Day 3 – Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Travel to Halong bay by private comfortable transportation, enjoy 3 days Ha Long bay cruise on the cruise.

Day 6: Hanoi city tour with night train to Lao Cai (B/L/-)
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Hanoi‘s highlights with Vietnam Great Tours tour experts
Night train to Lao Cai

Day 7: Lao Cai – Bac Ha weekend market – Sapa (B/L/-)
Enjoy the colorful Bac Ha hill tribe weekend market

Day 8: Sapa – Village Trekking – night train to return Hanoi (B/L/-)
Visit villages such as Lao Chai and Tavan – homes to H’mong, and Dzay people.

Day 9: Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An ancient town (B/L/-)
Being picked up at train station in the early morning
Being transferred to Hanoi airport for flying to Danang, then be transferred to Hoian

Day 10, 11, 12: Hoi An free day on beach (B/-/-)

Day 13: Hoi An – Danang depart (B/-/-)
Departing Danang for your onward flight. End of Vietnam Leisure Tour.

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Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (-/-/D)
Vietnam Great Tours guide and driver will welcome you with the VIETNAM GREAT TOUR LOGO & your name on signboard at the airport and drive you to the hotel, it takes about 30 min to get to the hotel.

Colour Vietnam Tour start specialty by Welcome dinner in a fine restaurant hosted by Vietnam Great Tours.
A Water Puppet Performance will be the evening highlight. This is the unique form of Vietnamese art come from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.

Included: Tour guide, Airport transfer, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi free day at leisure (B/-/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel. You are free at leisure

Included: Breakfast, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
08h00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Ha Long City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12.30 Boarding our boat at Tuan Chau Port – enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions.
13.15 – 14.00 Passengers enjoy the deluxe Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch.
Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.
14.00 – 16.30 Cruise through Halong Bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas including Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Finger Islet.
16.30 Arrive at Cua Van Floating Fishing Village. This is one of the largest fishing villages on the Bay. Guests can choose between kayaking through the village or visiting on small bamboo boats (sampans) rowed by villagers.
Kayakers will depart from the boat in two-seater, self-rowed kayaks, kayaking through the village and back to the boat. A kayaking tour guide will lead the way.
18.00 Depart and sail for about 30 minutes to Luon Bo area, and anchor overnight.
18.00 – 18.30
Attend the Fruit and Vegetable carving lesson led by our Head Chef. During the lesson, the chef will conduct Fruit and Vegetable carving, showing the guests how we decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese food.
18.00 -19.00 First Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).
19.30 Dinner is served.
20.45 Evening activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi are available, as well as massage service (massage service is available throughout the cruise). Also, everyone can try their luck at squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew.
21.00 – 22.00 Second Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).
23.00 End of program for Day 1.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bus from Hanoi to Ha Long, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees, Kayaking, Luxury Cruise

Day 4: Cruise to Luon Cave and Trong Cave, visit the pearl farm village (B/L/D)
06.45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
07.00 Enjoy Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck (lasting for about 30 minutes).
07.45 Enjoy Breakfast served in the dining room.
08.30 – 16.00 Guests are transferred to the Indochina Sails Day Boat, a spacious and comfortable wooden junk with lounge, dining room and sundeck. Daytime activities include cruising to less trafficked areas of the Bay, visiting Surprise Cave and kayaking around Luon Cave and Trong Cave area (the itinerary could be revised flexibly based on weather conditions). Lunch is served on board mid-day.
After lunch, guests will pay a visit to Pearl Farm in the afternoon.
16.00 Return by tender to the Indochina Sails boat. Rejoin the cruise and relax on board as we sail to the overnight anchorage.
18.00 – 19.00 First Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).
19.30 Dinner is served.
20.45 Evening activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi are available, as well as massage service (massage service is available throughout the cruise). Also, everyone can try their luck at squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew.
21.00 – 22.00 Second Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).
23.00 End of program for Day 2.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees, Kayaking, Luxury Cruise

Day 5: Visit nature white sand sketch of the Titov Island, climb climb to the peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay (Br/-/-)

06.45 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
07.00 Enjoy Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck (lasting for about 30 minutes).
07.45 – 9.00 Guests are transferred by tender to the Titov Island. About one hour is spent on the island, allowing time to climb to the peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay (there is also an expansive viewing deck half way up). After the climb, there is time left to relax on the beach and have a swim.
09.00 Upon returning to the boat, guests will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish
packing. Please collect all of your belongings from the cabins and leave heavy luggage outside the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
09.30 Enjoy a full breakfast in the dining room. Bills are settled after breakfast.
Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
11.00 Arrive at Tuan Chau port, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation. The driver will pick you up and transfer to Hanoi.

Included: Brunch, Bus from Ha Long to Hanoi, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 6:  Hanoi city tour with – Lao Cai (Overnight on the train) (B/L/-)
Highlights of today: visit the best known sites of Hanoi and learn Vietnamese culture through the authentic Hanoi cuisines
Breakfast is at the hotel,

08:30 Am: Our guide and driver pick you up at the hotel lobby for a full day exploring Hanoi. The first destination is the most highlights of Hanoi, which is Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, His House-on-Stilts, One Pillar pagoda…

Then enjoy an hour Cyclo trip around Hoan Kiem lake and the Old Quarter which is known as the 36 streets and guilds with ancient buildings and narrow streets. From these streets, thousands of traditional things have been sold for hundreds years. Every street was named according to the specific thing the businesses living there sell, for example Silver Street, Rice Street, Shoes street, etc.
We continue our tour by visiting the Temple of Literature – a temple to Confucius, this is well-known as Vietnam’s first University built in the tenth century.

Lunch today is a special local dish called Pho bo Hanoi or Hanoi Noodle soup with beef at the most famous Pho eatery and another dish is Bun Cha Hanoi in English is Noodle with grilled pork. This delicious dish is served with Hanoi flavorful spring roll.

After lunch time you enjoy a drive out to the outskirt of Hanoi to visit Museum of Ethnology where you can not only study about the history of Vietnam’s ethnic groups but also South East Asia’s. It is well-known as one of the ten most interesting museums in Asia voted by viewers of Tripadvisor.com.

Next, we will head back to Hanoi’s centre to visit Ngoc Son Temple situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. If time permit, you will go sightseeing through the old quarter to explore the old city on foot with numerous shops and photo opportunities.
In the evening, you will be on an overnight train trip heading to Sapa.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Train tickets, Overnight train

Day 7: Lao Cai – Bac Ha hill tribes weekend market (B/L/-)
6:00 Am Arrival in Lao Cai, meet your guide at platform and driver to be transferred to a mini hotel for freshening up. For breakfast, enjoy a warm noodle at the most popular eatery of Lao Cai.
7:30 Am After breakfast, Visit the famous Bac Ha morning weekend market the most authentic in the region by car. It is the largest market in the area, located inside the small town of Bac Ha. The market is literally a riot of color on every Sunday morning as many different ethnic groups such as Flower Hmong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung minorities… gather to trade.

After spending the whole morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

Enjoy goat meat if you like, this food is reserved only for special meal celebrations such as weddings. Then take a tour to the town’s “castle” built in the early 20th century by a Hmong warlord, co-designed by French and Japanese architects. We continue our tour by heading on foot to the Ban Pho village. In the late afternoon, return to Sapa for hotel check in and town orientation. Since it has been a long day, the evening is on your own. There are numerous options of nearby restaurants for your independent dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Hotel in Sapa

Day 8: Sapa – Village Trekking – night train to return Hanoi (B/L/-)
Breakfast is at Victoria resort
09:30 Am meet your guide at hotel lobby and walk to town. Visit Dragon Jaw Mountain
11:30 Return to hotel for check out.
12:00 Go for lunch at a popular eatery in town.
01:00 Pm Depart for a short drive down to Muong Hoa Valley to begin the couple hours of easy trekking mini adventure through the region’s most picturesque countryside, via villages such as Lao Chai and Ta Van – homes to H’mong, and Dzay people.
This mini adventure is an absolutely spectacular trek through the stunning scenic village inhabited by some of the friendliest tribal people you can ever meet.
Later this afternoon, being transferred straight to Lao Cai rail way station for boarding the overnight train back to Hanoi. Dinner tonight is included.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Train ticket, Overnight train

Day 9: Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B/-/-)
Arrive at Hanoi station at 5:00AM next day. Being picked up from Hanoi train station, transfer to your hotel for check in, freshen up and having breakfast and then being transferred to the airport for boarding a flight to Danang. On arrival, you will transfer to Hoi An.

Included: Breakfast, Private car, Hotel in Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An (B/-/-)
Free day at leisure

Included: Breakfast, Hotel in Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An free (B/-/-)
Free day at leisure

Included: Breakfast, Hotel in Hoi An

Day 12: Hoi An free (B/-/-)

Free day at leisure

Included: Breakfast, Hotel in Hoi An

Day 13: Hoi An – Danang Departure (B)
You are free at leisure until being transferred to Danang airport for boarding the flight to Hanoi, then connecting your flight back to home

Included: Breakfast, Airport transfer

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us enquiry for availabilities and the most up dated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly.

Category Price per person in USD according to number of people in your party
From 01st October – 31st December, 2017 (high season)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
Deluxe (5 Star) 1575 1445 1392 1366 1053
Category Price per person in USD according to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep, 2017 (summer promotion)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
Deluxe (5 Star) 1390 1264 1214 1189 889

Trip inclusions:

  • Accommodation based on twin sharing room and breakfast
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Full transportation by private car or bus as tour program indicates.
  • Full meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and boat fees
  • Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast; (AC room)
  • Kayaking, cooking class and Tai Chi lession on cruise in Halong
  • Train ticket round way – private comfortable and clean train
  • Cold water and towel during tours

Trip exclusions:

  • All international and domestic flight tickets
  •  Visa
  • Personal or travel insurance
  •  Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, drinks,
  •  Emergency transfers.
  • Late check out / early check in.

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.

LIST OF HOTELS

Locations

Deluxe Category

5-star hotel

Hanoi

Apricot

Halong bay

Indochina Sails

Sapa

Victoria Sapa

Hoian

Sunrise Hoian Resort & Spa

Special note:

List of hotels is recommended by Vietnam Great Tours™. Please feel free to advise hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotels category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)

Please note that all of our trip are privately designed. So that price includes the above-mentioned hotels, activities, and transport, and visits to attractions are by private car and guide unless otherwise stated. Your guide will pick you up from lobby of your hotel in the morning. The guide will confirm the pick-up time the day before. If you prefer to start next day’s trip earlier or a little later, please feel free to tell your guide.

  

 

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