Day 1: International Arrival, Ho Chi Minh City at Leisure
Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City our guide will hold your name sign and wait for you at the airport, and then you will be escorted to check in your hotel. The rest of the day is for your leisure.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing (B/L)
This morning set out for the incredible underground Cu Chi Tunnel constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the Vietnam War. Then it’s a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City including the War Remnants Museumand Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace). There, Ben Thanh Market, Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall are all within walking distance and absolutely nice choices for a free stroll.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Can Tho (B/L)
Today we head for My Tho in Mekong Delta to take a boat trip on Tien River and visit My Tho Fish Market and four islands. Later, ride a cart through a beautiful village to the Mr. Muoi Hai’s House to enjoy honey tea.
After a sampan cruise along the canals of Mekong River return to My Tho pier and drive to Can Tho. Check in and enjoy some leisure time on your own.
Overnight: Can Tho
Day 4: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City – Hue (B/L)
Today starts with a boat trip along the endless waterways of mighty Mekong River to Cai Rang Floating Market where hundreds of boats are loaded with fruits, vegetables and fish jostling for trade, and a visit to the Bun Tau Noodle Factory. After a delicious lunch, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, check in to hotel and enjoy some leisure time.
Day 5: Hue City Tour (B/L)
After breakfast, you will first visit the majestic Minh Mang Tomb erected in 1840s. Then sail the Perfume River by Royal Dragon Boat to the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest one in Vietnam. Transfer to visit Imperial Citadel with cobbled paths and tour theForbidden Purple City, a walled fortress and palace in the former capital. Later on, absorb the energy, sounds and odors of the bustling Dong Ba Market.
Day 6: Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L)
After a relaxing breakfast we head for Hoi An while enjoying the view of the coast and Da Nang from the top of Hai Van Pass on the way. On arrival in Da Nang, visit Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum which has a fascinating collection of rare works of art, and last, the famous Marble Mountain. Arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon, check in to hotel and have some free time on your own.
Overnight: Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An Sightseeing (B/L)
Overnight: Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hanoi (B/L)
This morning, we will have a half-day tour to My Son-Holy Land -My Son Sanctuary of the former Cham Kingdom. After lunch, you will be escorted back to Da Nang airport for your flight to Hanoi.
Upon your arrival in Hanoi, our guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour (B/L/D)
In the morning, explore Hanoi by touring some major historic sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. In the afternoon, we visit Museum of Ethnology and cycle through the Old Quarter of Hanoi (by Rickshaw) (about 1hr), last stop is Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy a Water Puppet Show to learn more about Vietnamese traditional culture.
Note: Please note that the HCM Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.
Day 10: Hanoi-Sapa (B/L)
After breakfast, you will drive to Sapa from Hanoi with a 5 hours drive, stop for a break or take photos en route. After checking in hotel and taking a rest at Sapa, we will visit the Silver Waterfall – the most beautiful waterfall in Sapa then enjoy the great view and feeling at the "Heaven Gate" of Sapa – the highest point of Hoang Lien Son mountain range where you can see majestic Lai Chau Valley and imposing Fanxipan mount.
Day 11: Sapa Trekking Tour (B/L)
Today you will take a morning walking tour to a busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H’Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Afterwards, you will do a trekking tour (about 3 hours hike) to Lao Chai and Ta Van Village of the Black H’mong and the Day people, you will enjoy the fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world’s most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Drive back to Sapa for overnight.
Day 12: Sapa – Hanoi (B/L)
This morning, you will visit Ma Tra Village first and then trek through the rice terraces to Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao minority (about 3 hours trekking). After lunch in the village, drive back to Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
08.00 – 8:30: Our guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Ha Noi, being on a mordern shuttle bus heading to Bai Tu Long bay, Ha Long city
12.00: Arrive at Swan office, you have a short time to relax in the office before embark Swan cruise
13.30: Enjoying delicious Vietnamese for lunch while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay.
15.00: Leave the cruise to discover Cap La Island- the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long bay. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing
17.30: You are back to the boat to enjoy sunset party while our cruise’s sailing to Cong Do area
19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner on board.
20.30: Free time for relaxing on the sundeck, listening to music, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.
Overnight on board on Bai Tu Long bay
DAY 14: TRA SAN – THIEN CANH SON CAVE – HON GAI HARBOR – HA NOI (B/L)
06.30: Freshen up your new day with doing Tai Chi
07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food. Tea and coffee is available
08.00: Explore Thien Canh Son cave. Your guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and this Cave, made by Mother Nature
09.30: Back to your boat by tender then finish packing.
Please remove all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier).
10.30: Join in Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat.
11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier
12.30: Say goodbye Halong Bay then returns to Hanoi and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 15: Hanoi, Departure (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have some free time on your own before going to the airport for your international flight home.