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VietnamMekong Delta by boat, kayak and bike

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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our tour guide will greet and transfer you to your chosen hotel for check in. Your room is always available from 14:00. Meals on your own. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Locations Visited Today: Hanoi - Transportation: a private car

The Lapis (Hanoi)

Day 2: Hanoi Classic Visit with Water Puppets Show

This morning your guide and a private car arrive to take you to discover the capital with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - a tribute to the architecture of Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow, his traditional stilt house and the One-Pillar Pagoda - built in the 11th century. Later on, you will visit the Ethnology Museum. Created in November 1997 at the Francophonie Summit, it is both a research center and a public museum featuring the 54 ethnic groups found across Vietnam.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu in Vietnamese), situated in the place once known as the first university of Vietnam. Built in 1070 by emperior Ly Thanh Tong, the university was first opened for princes and mandarins exclusively. With its ancient courtyards, altars and roofs, Van Mieu is a very fine example of Vietnamese architecture. Then, continue your way to the Old Quarter and the surroundings of the Sword Lake.

Today you’ll have tickets for a traditional water puppet show, an art form which was invented a thousand years ago by the farmers of the Red River Delta area and then elevated to royal entertainment under the Ly and Tran dynasties. This typical and enchanting art form often portrays scenes of everyday life and legends to a backdrop of traditional music. Then your guide will drive you back to your hotel for overnight stay.

Locations Visited Today: Hanoi - Transportation: by a private car

The Lapis (Hanoi)

Day 3: Off to Lan Ha Bay - Cruising & Kayaking

You will head off today in the direction of Hai Phong to the Got Ferry Terminal - Cat Hai township via the newest and longest bridge in SouthEast Asia, arriving at the end of the morning. Upon arrival, you will travel by tender boat to the Peony Cruise to discover a different route to Halong Bay from Hai Phong. At lunch time, the cruise boat will set off to Da Chong Islet to where you will see a lighthouse built by the French. Have International Buffet Lunch while passing via the islets of Con Vit area, an untouched area where is belong to Cat Ba National Park. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. You will have time to enjoy the sunset as well as the chance to join a traditional cooking class with the chef before dinner. You’ll spend the night on the boat on Lan Ha Bay.

Transportation: transfer by a private car from Hanoi to Got pier, cruise on Lan ha Bay - Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Peony cruise (Hanoi)

Day 4: Continue Cruising - Return to Hanoi - Flight to Danang - Drive to Hoi An

You can begin the day with an early morning Tai Chi class before enjoying your breakfast. After that, you will arrive Gia Luan, progress to Trung Trang cave by PEONY bus on Cat Ba island which is located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park with Kim Giao forest around the cave.

Trung Trang Valley is the largest valley on Cat Ba Island. The valley covers an area of approximately 300 hectares, has a depth of 10m to 30m and is around 15km in the middle of Cat Ba National Park. It measures 300m lengthwise through the mountains. The cave was carved by nature for more than 2000 years and has many stalactites that take on various shapes that will awe and inspire visitors to use their imagination... Then, back at the cruise boat, it will be time to enjoy a tea ceremony and a tasteful brunch while cruising back to the pier. You will disembark at the end of the morning and head back to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you’ll meet another local guide and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast and brunch - Transportation: cruise, airport pick-up by a private car

HanoiDanang Hoian, Hoi An
Night at Hoi An Boutique Resort (Hoi An)

Day 5: Hoi An - Fishing in all its Forms - Guided Walking Tour of Ancient Town

Setting off in the early morning, you will ride your bicycles into the Cam Thanh countryside, you will ride across plains of flooded rice fields and have the opportunity to observe picturesque scenes of the local's daily life with a background of verdant countryside. After arriving at the local boat pier, you will board a boat that will transport you to the seaport of Cua Dai, at the mouth of the Thu Bon River, which runs through Hoi An. At this point, two very different activities will be awaiting you to enjoy.

First of all, you will be initiated to a form of fishing using huge nets raised by special pulleys, the catch, accessed only by paddling out in “basket boats”. After this first fun activity, a bamboo basket boat will take you into the mangrove forest. This amazing round basket boat will carry you along the forest and, from there, you will be able to watch and take part in scenes of crab fishing. At this point, you’ll no doubt be invited to try and manoeuvre your boat yourself, but it’s not an easy task making circular paddle movements while trying to make sure you keep your balance! Be that as it may, it's certainly a lot of fun. As a reward for your morning's efforts, you will be accompanied to a local family’s house to enjoy a lunch consisting of local dishes carefully prepared by the fishermen. The friendly and hospitable family will welcome you to give a hand in preparing the lunch or to make toys fashioned from coconut leaves, a very fun and enjoyable activity for both adults and kids.

​After that, you return to visit Hoi An Ancient Town. As a Unesco World Heritage Site, it offers you a glimpse into what a Southeast Asian trade center looked like hundreds of years ago. Meander down narrow lanes framed by many old houses and see local people trading at the market, visit the famous Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple and Tan Ky Trading House. Discover the harmony of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and French architectural elements in this fascinating town. Then your guide will take you back to your hotel to relax. The remainder of your day will be free.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch - Transportation: a private car

Hoi An
Night at Hoi An Boutique Resort (Hoi An)

Day 6: Hoi An - Drive to Danang – Morning Flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Cultural City Tour

Today your guide and a private car arrive to take you to the airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, another tour guide will greet and transfer you to your hotel for check-in and have lunch (at your own account). Your room is always available after 2.00 pm.

​After relaxing time at your hotel, your guide will come back to escort you to visit the historical sites of the city: the old Post Office (built in the French Indochina era), Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi Street - a wide avenue lined with luxurious shops and hotels. After that, you will discover the city’s Chinatown (Cholon), where Binh Tay international market and Thien Hau pagoda are located. At the end of your visit, you will have some free time to stroll around and explore the city.

Meals: Breakfast - Transportation: a private car

Hoi AnDanang Hoian, Ho Chi Minh City
Eden Star (Ho Chi Minh City)

Day 7: Explore the Mekong Delta by Boat & Bicycle

In the morning you will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong delta, also known as the “Green Venice” of Vietnam. After visiting a brick factory in Phong Nam where bricks are still hand-made, step onto a boat for a cruise along the Chet Say river (one of the Mekong’s arms). You will make several stops along the way to discover different local workshops, allowing you to understand better the specialties of the local economy. The boat will then cross a small canal and stop at a small village, where you will continue your discovery of the delta by visiting a workshop specializing in carpet-weaving. You will even be able to try this activity yourself, before hopping in a xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or on a bicycle to wander around the village. You will see traditional farms, rice fields and vegetable plants, before stopping at a small local restaurant to taste a delicious (and generous) lunch made of regional specialties, such as “elephant-ear fish” and freshwater shrimps.

In the afternoon you will get back on the sampan for some leisure time along the narrow canals. You will travel back to Ho Chi Minh City by car.

Meals: Breakfast - Transportation: a private car

Mekong Delta
Eden Star (Ho Chi Minh City)

Day 8: Departure

At right time, your guide and a private car arrive to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport to connect your departure flight to your home country. Your room is available until 12.00 noon. Tour ends!

Meals: Breakfast - Transportation: by a private car

HanoiDanang HoianHoi AnHo Chi Minh CityMekong Delta

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For 2 Adults
SeasonPrice Per Adult
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From October to December $1,420
From February to April $1,500
From May to September $1,470

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