12 Day Luxury Vietnam Adventure
Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Halong Bay - Ninh Van Bay - Ho Chi Minh City
Start your chic adventure in the charming capital of Hanoi, Vietnam's artistic and intellectual capital. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, ride a cyclo to dinner, and watch a performance at the famed Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Dine in French colonial villas converted into gourmet restaurants.
Board the luxury Victoria Express train bound for remote Sapa. Trekking to villages, visit local markets where hill tribe minorities trade their goods. View spectacular waterfalls and drive through mountain valleys. Mountainous northern Vietnam is one of the best places in Asia to see dramatic mountains covered with terraced rice fields.
Travel Halong Bay for a memorable adventure on of the most beautiful bays of the World with kayak, boating activities & caves climbing. See Halong Bay in style on board Bhaya - a newly built wooden junk featuring twenty luxurious cabins furnished in classic Eastern style.
Next fly to the resort town of Nha Trang to spend several days in a secluded private villa overlooking beautiful Ninh Van Bay at the Evason Hideaway Ninh Van Bay. Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
Continue to dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, the country's commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops.
Warmly welcome on arrival in Hanoi airport. Transfer to hotel for check-in. Welcome dinner at Wild Rice Restaurant. Overnight at Sofitel Metropole Hanoi.
Start your luxury adventure trip in Hanoi , Vietnam 's artistic and intellectual capital. Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake , and watch a performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Dine in French colonial villas converted into gourmet restaurants. Enjoy people watching at stylish cafes. Shop for impressive modern art in the city's many galleries. Also visit Hanoi 's main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature. Overnight at Sofitel Metropole Hanoi.
You will be able to enjoy a free day of leisure in the colonial city Hanoi . You may like to visit the bustling, narrow streets of the Old Quarter, or perhaps opt for some cultural sights by viewing some of Hanoi 's many museums, in particular the Museum of Ethnology dedicated to Vietnam 's 54 ethnic minority peoples. Perhaps you could visit Hoa Lo prison, formerly known by its inmates as 'The Hanoi Hilton'. Some of its more notable guests included Senator John McCain and Douglas Peterson, the first post-war US Ambassador to Vietnam.
You could stroll around the French quarter where many of the Embassies are located. Maybe a shopping expedition in the old quarter or just relaxing around one of the many parks and lakes that helps to make Hanoi one of the greenest cities in Asia. Your trip to Sapa starts with an overnight train journey from Vietnam 's capital city to the border town of Lao Cai . The luxury Victoria Express departs at 22:00 p.m. Overnight on train.
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours. Once at Sapa, we will check into the Victoria Hotel in order to freshen up, and have breakfast at TaVan Restaurant in the hotel and then enjoy a free morning to explore around town.
After 10 a.m. pickup from the hotel, there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the Black H'mong minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Overnight at Victoria Sapa Hotel.
Following breakfast, we explore the Sapa Sunday market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet.
We will stop for a picnic lunch on the way to Ta Van village. This afternoon we transfer back to Lao Cai for the Victoria Express train journey back to Hanoi . The train departs at 21:15. Overnight on train.
Arrive in Hanoi at around 5 am in the morning. Pick up from here, transfer to local restaurant for a breakfast and morning coffee.
Your heavenly voyage across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam’s most fascinating wonder. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard our luxury facilities in the stunning surroundings. Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water.
While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you will attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colourful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.
Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am. Rejoin your car for a private transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Noi Bai airport for your short flight to the the resort of Nha Trang to spend 3 nights in a secluded private Beach Pool Villa overlooking beautiful Ninh Van Bay at the Evason Hideaway Resort at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.
Free time to snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
Enjoy your time and facilities of the resort at your leisure.
Transfer to Nha Trang airport for your short flight to HCMC, the country's commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. Visit the Reunification Palace , the Opera House and Hotel de Ville. If desired, also visit the moving War Remnants Museum.
Explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street , the city's main upscale shopping boulevard with boutiques selling clothes and accessories designed by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. Try the south's strong Vietnamese iced coffee and a banh mi (baguette sandwich) and enjoy what HCMC nights have to offer. Overnight in Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel.
Tour ends after breakfast, followed by a transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your onward flight home.
Hanoi Hotel - Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
Overnight Train - Victoria Express
Sapa - Victoria Sapa Hotel
Halong Cruise - Emperor Cruise (All-inclusive & Unlimited services)
Ninh Van Bay - Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Hochiminh - Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
- Return flights from Johannesburg to Koh Samui
- All domestic flights.
- Airport Taxes
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- All private transportation.
- Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast
- Experienced English speaking guide.
- Halong Bay cruise program
- Train ticket Hanoi-LaoCai-Hanoi, shared in 4-berth cabin
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets.
- Tissues and water on coach.
- Services charges and government tax.
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
- Vietnam visa
- Other services not mentioned above.
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.