Hanoi - Vietnam
Start and end in Hanoi! With the Explorer tour Vietnam Timeless Charm - 11 days 10 nights, you have a 11 days tour package taking you through Hanoi, Vietnam and 6 other destinations in Vietnam. Vietnam Timeless Charm - 11 days 10 nights includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Our private car would pick you up at Hanoi Internatinal Airport and drop you off at your hotel in the city center.
- Check in your hotel
- Participate in the Hanoi Walking Street Food tour by night to experience the Vietnamese local cuisine such as Bun Cha, Pho, Banh Cuon, Egg Coffee, Deserts,....
- Tour guide take you back to hotel and take a rest
- Overnight in Hanoi hotel
Have breakfast at hotel & ready for the trip at lobby.
7:45 – 8:30: Tour guide pick up at hotel
08:30: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, you have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around Ho Chi Minh garden to see 2 houses where he lived & worked from 1954 to 1969.
09:30 - 09:45: Visit One Pillar Pagoda where worshipping the Goddess of Mercy – It is the most unique pagoda in the world
10:15: Visit the Lacquer Paintings workshop – the biggest center in Ha Noi.
10:45: Visit one of these :
• Option 1 : Bat Trang ceramics & pottery village
(On Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays )
• Option 2 : Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
(On Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays & Sundays)
12:30: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine with 8 delicious dishes.
13:30 – 13:45: Continue to visit Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam in the feudal system.
15:00: Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda – was first built in Ha Noi in 6th century. You will see the oldest Bodha Tree in Vietnam planted by Ho Chi Minh.
15: 45: Leaving for Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple where worships General Tran Hung Dao who defeated Mongolian invader in 13th certury.
16:15: Tour finishes. It's time to enjoy dinner by yourself and comeback hotel
7h30 - 8h00: Our tourist bus will pick you up at your hotel lobby in Ha Noi Old Quarter for departure to Hoa Lu.
10h30 - 10h40: Arrive Hoa Lu ancient capital of Viet Nam. You will visit Dinh King temple and Le King temple in the 10th centery, finding out the heroic histories of this two king in Chinese Wars.
11h50 - 12h00: Having a buffet lunch with Vietnamese cuisine.
13h10 - 13h15: Get on the tourist bus continue going to visit Tam Coc wharf for taking the sampan go along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc (three different caves).
15h25 - 15h30: Get your bicycle, biking around Tam Coc area and enjoy Vietnamese tea break.
16h30 - 16h35: Get on our tourist bus to return Ha Noi.
19h00 - 19h30: Arrive Ha Noi, drop off at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter.
08:15 – 08:45: Hotel or private address pick up with our shuttle bus. Short break half way.
11:45 – 12:00: Arriving Tuan Chau marina, transferred by tender of cruises.
12:45 – 13:00: Welcome aboard the cruise. Refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain,
crew in the cruise briefing, safety instruction.
13:00 – 13:15: A special lunch in Vietnamese cuisine of
fresh seafood and an assortment of
appetizing favorites are served while sailing through
Islets of Con Vit.
16:00: The Cruise sails through Lan Ha Bay. The area is
surrounding of extraordinary limestone
karsts landscapes. We progress to Ong Cam Area of Lan Ha Bay- a separate part of Ha Long
Bay. This is a quiet tourist paradise in Vietnam, enjoy kayaking and/or enjoy swimming in the
crystal-clear waters of the Bay.
17:30: Back to Cruise, drop anchor for staying overnight. Enjoy cooking
demonstration (teaching you how to make our speciality, Spring rolls) and the complimentary
Sunset Party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruit.
19:00: Dinner is served in the restaurant. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you
by our wonderful onboard catering staff. After dinner, retiring to your cabin or join the fishing
excursion, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar, wifi access or play exciting games. Overnight
06:00: Enjoy sunrise and admire the never-ending miraculous scenery of the Bay. Practice an
invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck.
06:30: Light breakfast, coffee and tea served.
07:00: Visit Dark & Bright Cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious
beauty in the middle of the World Heritage.
09:15: Back to our Cruise, relax before checking out.
10:00: Lunch is served on board.
12:00: Disembark at the Tuan Chau marina by tender. Take our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi
15:00 – 15:30: Arrival back at your hotel or home.
20:00: We will take you to Hanoi Raiway Station and check-in your train cabin
5:30AM: Arrive in Lao Cai around, we will take 1 hour van ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride gives you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival Sapa town.
7:00AM: We have breakfast at the hotel. And relax about 2 hour, you can take a shower.
9.00 - 9.30: Begin a short walk of 5km along mountain trail to visit Y Linh Ho village which is inhabited by black Hmong tribe and completely secluded from tourists, especially you are able to embrace raw Sapa culture and community by coming into some native houses to discover their own culture and custom as well as study how the local tribe make handicraft from natural materials such as: hemp, indigo…ect. Continuing to walk down MuongHoaRiver where you can take a rest or swim before trekking uphill to Lao Chai village where your picnic lunch will be served.
13.00: After lunch, you will visit the Day and Red Dzao tribes of Tavan village, which lies in the middle of MuongHoa valley where excellent panoramas of rice terraced fields.
15h00 – 15h30: There you will have dinner and stay over night at local house.
Accommodation: Homestay in Sapa with local people
8.00:You have breakfast at the home stay before trekking about 8km towards the Red Dzaovillage of Giang Ta Chai. On the way you will trek up and downhill then through bamboo forest before arriving at the waterfall, Rattan bridge and Stream where you have short rest to swim and picnic lunch.
14h30 Continuing to walk uphill about 2km to HauThao village where we catch the car to return to Sapa. You are free to discover Sapa town and Market before having dinner then being transferred to Lao Cai train station to catch the night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train and get back Hanoi
5h00: You arrive Hanoi Railway Station. Take a taxi to small hotel in Old Quarter that we book for you to take a rest.
8h00: Our tour guide will pick you up by car at your hotel, transferring you to Lang Son. We will start by driving in the direction of the Chinese border for about 3 hours, before stopping at Chi Lang Pass - a 20-km-long gorge created from a narrow valley between two mountains.
This place occupies an important position in Vietnamese history, being the place of many victories against various Chinese invasions over the centuries and millennia, as far back as 981AD. As such it bears the reputation of Vietnam’s strongest citadel and bastion. Here you will have roughly an hour to walk around and explore the area around the Quy Mon Quan Gate, which translates as “The Gate of Monsters”, named for the many invasion forces that would spill through the pass over the course of history only to be beaten back by stalwart Vietnamese defenders.
After lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang, you will continue your trip into the pass, stopping to visit Mother’s Temple and Dong Khe – an important historical site where The Battle of Dong Khe was fought during the First Indochina War. In fact, this was the very first battle of the Indochina Wars, and the fighting here took place through September and October 1950, ending in a resounding victory for the Viet Minh.
In the evening you will get to enjoy dinner and overnight rest in a local homestay owned and operated by a local Nung family.
Highlights and activities: Chi Lang, Quy Mon Quan Gate, Dong Khe Battle Site, Ethnic Villages, and a 3-5km walk.
Overnight at homestay with local people
After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies right on the border with China. Here you will have another chance to meet and interact with the local Nung people living in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmithing. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields.
Nestled amongst these amazing landscapes is the breath-taking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, split half and half between Vietnam and China. You’ll get some time here to simply take in the amazing atmosphere surrounding the falls, which presents an excellent opportunity for some fantastic photography.
Once you’ve finished at the falls, it’s time to head over to Nguom Ngao Cave, for a very different, but no less impressive natural wonder. The cave stretches for 2,144 meters underground and is brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.
You will then return to Cao Bang town and head down the “snake pass” to Ba Be Lake, where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Tay fashion and owned and operated by a local Tay family. Here you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a delicious and authentic home-cooked meal.
Highlights and activities: Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, Ethnic Villages
Overnight at homestay with local people
After breakfast we’ll kick the final day of the tour of by boarding a boat and setting off onto the lake. It’s up to you how to spend your time on the boat, whether it’s relaxing and enjoying the views or going for a swim in the cool waters to refresh yourself. The views consist of stunning karst formations all around you covered with patches of wild vegetation and a rich wildlife.
The boat will then continue along the Nang River, giving you a chance to explore the caves of Puong Grotto where you can marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites created through river erosion, as well as observe the thousands-strong bat colony that lives here.
Now that you’ve reached the end of your tour, you’ll be driven the roughly 230 kilometres back to Hanoi, with a stop at a tea plantation nestled among rolling hills. Once we arrive in Hanoi it is time to say farewell, having made lifelong memories and connections.
Highlights and activities: Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave, Tay ethnic villages.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Enjoy free & easy time in Hanoi until your flight time.
We will arrange private car to take you to International Airport. It's time to say good bye and thank you for using our service!