12 Days Panoramic Vietnam Tour

Hanoi, Lao Cai, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta

Tour Code: TCT-Vietnam-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

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12 Days Panoramic Vietnam Tour

Tour Feature

Adventure to Sapa to explore the ethnic villages
Halong Bay Cruise to enjoy the outstanding natural view
Walk in the Old Quarter as a local does
Cooking lesson at Hoi An Ancient Town
Early morning to visit the floating market of the Mekong Delta

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Hanoi transfer service to hotel
02 Hanoi Lao Cai Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple, Water Puppet Performance
03 Lai Cai Sapa Muong Hoa Valley, Ta Van Village
04 Sapa Hanoi Villages of Cat Cat
05 Hanoi Halong Bay Halong Bay Cruise
06 Halong Bay Hoi An Cave of Surprises
07 Hoi An  Hoi An Ancient Town, Cooking Lesson
08 Hoi An Free day to explore Hoi An by yourself
09 Hoi An Ho Chi Minh War Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau Pagoda
10 Ho Chi Minh Mekong Delta, Mekong River cruise
11 Ho Chi Minh Cu Chi Tunnels
12 Departure Ho Chi Minh Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Hanoi

Meals: No meal
Overnight: In Hanoi

Upon arrival, our guide will be holding a sign with your name and welcome you at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, transfer to Hanoi Old Quarter and drop at hotel to check in. The rest of the day, you can stroll around the Old Town to get used to the City or just relax to recover from the jetlag or enjoy Half Day Tour by Cyclo to discover chaotic streets of the Old Quarter (your own expenses).

Hanoi City View
Hanoi City View

Day 2Hanoi Lao Cai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: on the train

Breakfast at hotel, our guide and driver will meet you at lobby of hotel at 08:00 AM for full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End of the day you can enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Afterwards you are free until 8.00pm and be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Sapa.

Note: If you don’t want to share train cabin with the other passengers, please let us know to book a whole four berths cabin or a cabin with two berths. Surcharge is applicable

Water Puppet Performance
Water Puppet Performance in Hanoi

Day 3Lao Cai Sapa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: In Sapa

Arrival at Lao Cai station at 6:00 am. Pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast before the trip starts. Drive to Y Linh Ho and start Trekking downhill to Muong Hoa Valley through rice paddies and small hamlets to learn the life of hill tribes here. Communication exchange with local people in Lao Chai village. Cook & have lunch at local family, continuing trekking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van Village settled by Dzay ethnic people which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Diner and overnight Hotel

Ta Va Village
Sapa Ta Va Village

Day 4Sapa Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: on the train

Breakfast at the hotel then we embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe Villages of Cat Cat, home to the H’mong hill tribe’s minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way and share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Jeep back to Sapa. Check out the hotel. Have lunch at the local rest aunt. Afternoon, Free to visit Sapa town and go shopping. Dinner on guests account.

Sapa Ethnic Village
Cat Cat Village

Day 5Hanoi Halong Bay, Sharing cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: on board of Halong Bay Cruise

After arriving Ha Noi at 5 AM, you’ll be transferred to a day-use hotel with breakfast to rest until pickup time for your trip to Halong Bay.

Check-out from hotel and get pick-up by the Cruise. Take a route most scenic to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Halong, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to better explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.

After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can opt to attend the activities taking part in the boat or relax for the day.

Note: In case of bad weather (the boat is not allowed to push off or not allowed to overnight in the sea), the Ha Long bay tour could be cancelled without notice. We will consider other replacement tour or refund based on the specific circumstances

Halong Bay Cruise
Halong Bay Cruise

Day 6Halong Bay Hano, Sharing cruise & bus Hoi An,

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Hoi An

Rise early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00.

Transfer you to the airport for your flight to Da Nang and transfer to Hoi An. Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent.

Hoi An
Hue An

Day 7Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Hoi An

We start the day (8.15am) with a welcome drink at Hai Scout Café (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit Hoi An’s colourful main market, and experience its amazing sights, sounds and aromas. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers, to see and taste the wonderful variety of foods on display. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s best-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked.

*Vegetarians are provided with replacement ingredients.

1. Making fresh Rice paper

2. Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp

3. Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with Shrimp, Herbs & a Peanut Sauce

4. Seafood Salad with mixed Vietnamese Herbs served in Half a Pineapple

5. Mi Quang Chicken Noodles

6. Food Decoration – Tomato Rose & Vietnamese Cucumber Hand Fan

* Lunch includes the above meals as well as:

Steamed Ocean Fish on a bed of Freshly Chopped Vegetables (not included in the demonstration)

• Finish at approximately 12.30pm – transfer back to central Hoi An arriving approximately 1.00pm

Hoi An Cooking Lesson
Hoi An Cooking Lesson

Day 8Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: In Hoi An

Today is free for you to enjoy sightseeing at this ancient town with numerous interesting places. It is time for you to explore art and handicraft galleries, try on clothes tailor-made, relax at the riverside restaurants or take the short journey to the nearby beach.

Hoi An
Hoi An

Day 9Hoi An Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning, our car (no tour guide ) will pick you up at lobby of hotel and transferred to Da Nang International Airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh. Our driver and tour guide will holding a sign with your name and welcome you. Transfer directly to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. After check in, take half day city tour including War Museum, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit China bustling city with Thien Hau pagoda.

Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral

Day 10Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Ho Chi Minh City

Travel about two hours south of Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Hop aboard a small boat and explore the waterways stopping off at a small home-based factory where workers process coconuts to be used in products like matting and candy. Then transfer to Le Jarai, a converted rice barge and continue your cruise along the Mekong River. Join in a demonstration of Vietnamese cooking and watch the river go by as you enjoy a sumptuous three- course lunch of Mekong specialties! Late in the afternoon back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Floating Market
Floating Market

Day 11Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: In Ho Chi Minh City

Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour will bring you to a network of tunnels stretching over 250 km, have proven to be one of the most famous and historical aspects of the Viet Nam War. The tunnel system was created in 1948 to assist the Viet Minh as they fought the French for independence. Digging and building of tunnels continued over the next 25 years until it was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals and command centers. The tunnels could house thousands of people who lived almost entirely underground for years. In 1988, two sections of tunnels were opened up for visitors. Now you have the chance to enjoy this wonderful and informative experience. Created with “moving parts” these structures were designed to livable for long periods of time. And for those who are interested, there is an opportunity for you to fire off rounds from a war era M16 or AK47 at the nearby firing range. (This activity is optional; Fees for firing range are not included).

Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 12Departure Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, free for leisure until our driver (no tour guide) will pick you up at lobby of hotel in Ho Chi Minh and transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for flight back home

Service ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Group Size Oct 1st – Apr 30th May 1st –Sep 30th
2 ~ 5 pax

$ 1480

$ 1421

6 ~ 9 pax

$ 1268

$ 1217

What are Included
  Internal flight or train as specified
  Private transfer between airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

What are Excluded
  International air tickets or train tickets for arrival and departure
  Gratuities to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services
  Comprehensive travel insurance

※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2023 to Dec 31, 2023, except some local festivals and national holidays.
※   TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※   Prices are worked out based on 4-star hotels
※   Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※   TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

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