Big Vietnam trip with beach (3 weeks)

Big Vietnam trip with beach (3 weeks)

Highlights

  • Boat Cruise through Halong Bay
  • Rowing boat trip through the Karst rock landscape of Ninh Binh
  • Hiking in rice terraces and visits to hill tribes in Sapa
  • The royal city of Hue and the picturesque old town of Hoi An
  • Backstreet tour in Saigon through residential areas away from the center
  • Round trip through the Mekong Delta with a private boat
  • Beach vacation on a dreamy tropical island.

Detailed travel program: Big Vietnam trip with beach (3 weeks)

 

Further possible round trips:
Vietnam classic (2W) | Vietnam and Cambodia (3W) | Indochina Round Trip (4W)

Private round trip “Vietnam complete” Big Vietnam trip with beach (3 weeks)

 

Day 1: Departure from Zurich
You are leaving Zurich in the afternoon.

Day 2: Arrival in Hanoi
You arrive in Hanoi in the morning. Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon you can explore Hanoi's Old Quarter on your own or relax from the flight.
Overnight: La Siesta Hotel & Spa (Deluxe room category)

Day 3: Hanoi Day Tour (Breakfast, Lunch)
The tour starts at your hotel at around 8 a.m. First, your guide will take you to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Close to the mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, one of Hanoi's landmarks, and the Presidential Palace. In the afternoon you visit the large ethnological museum in Hanoi, the temple of literature and the old town with the Hoan Kiem lake.
Overnight: La Siesta Hotel & Spa (Deluxe room category)

Day 4: Hanoi - Halong Bay (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Start in Hanoi at around 8: 00 and arriving around noon in Halong Bay (travel time approx. 4 hours). Check in on the boat, where you spend the next day.
The boat will take you to the most beautiful places in Halong Bay. You see the bizarre limestone landscape, beaches and caves. The boat offers additional activities such as kayaking, excursions on a sampan boat and the like. You will be served by the English-speaking crew.
Overnight: La Regina Grand Cruise (Bai Tu Long Suite)

Big Vietnam trip with beach (3 weeks)
Before noon you will arrive back at the port, where your personal driver will be waiting for you. Then drive directly to Ninh Binh inland (driving time about 5 hours). Your hotel is located right next to the Trang An National Park.
Before noon you will arrive back at the port, where your personal driver will be waiting for you. Then drive directly to Ninh Binh inland (driving time about 5 hours). Your hotel is located right next to the Trang An National Park.

Before noon you will arrive back at the port, where your personal driver will be waiting for you. Then drive directly to Ninh Binh inland (driving time about 5 hours). Your hotel is located right next to the Trang An National Park.
Before noon you will arrive back at the port, where your personal driver will be waiting for you. Then drive directly to Ninh Binh inland (driving time about 5 hours). Your hotel is located right next to the Trang An National Park.
Before noon you will arrive back at the port, where your personal driver will be waiting for you. Then drive directly to Ninh Binh inland (driving time about 5 hours). Your hotel is located right next to the Trang An National Park.

Day 7: Ninh Binh - Hanoi - Overnight train to Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)
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Your guide will be waiting for you with a name sign at Lao Cai train station. Drive to Sapa and check in at your hotel with beautiful views over the valley. After breakfast, trek through rice terraces and to some surrounding villages.
Overnight: Victoria Sapa (Deluxe room category)

Your guide will be waiting for you with a name sign at Lao Cai train station. Drive to Sapa and check in at your hotel with beautiful views over the valley. After breakfast, trek through rice terraces and to some surrounding villages.
Your guide will be waiting for you with a name sign at Lao Cai train station. Drive to Sapa and check in at your hotel with beautiful views over the valley. After breakfast, trek through rice terraces and to some surrounding villages.
Your guide will be waiting for you with a name sign at Lao Cai train station. Drive to Sapa and check in at your hotel with beautiful views over the valley. After breakfast, trek through rice terraces and to some surrounding villages.

Day 10: Sapa - Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10: Sapa - Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
Overnight stay: Scarlett Boutique (room category The Rhett)

Day 10: Sapa - Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today visit the major attractions around Hue: the tomb of Khai Dinh, the Thien Mu pagoda in the East of the city, and the old Royal Town ("imperial city") with artfully restored palaces. A dragon boat takes you back to your hotel.
Overnight stay: Scarlett Boutique (room category The Rhett)

Day 10: Sapa - Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast drive along beaches and rice paddies to the Hai Van pass ("cloud pass"). There you can enjoy the views over the coast and continue until Hoi (journey time approx. 4 h). You come in the early afternoon in Hoi an at.
Your guide will take you through the city and shows you the most beautiful sights such as the Japanese bridge and the Chinese assembly halls. Beautifully Hoi an is in the evening: many restaurants are decorated with colored lanterns, which reflected picturesquely in the river.
Overnight: Ann Retreat Resort & Spa (room category Grand Deluxe)

Day 10: Sapa - Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today you will do a cooking class (small group tour). You will visit the local market where you will shop for the food for the cooking class. A boat takes you on a 20-minute drive to the Red Bridge cooking school in green surroundings. There you will learn how to prepare some traditional dishes. Afterwards you will be served lunch where you will eat, among other things, the dishes that you have prepared yourself. The boat will take you back to central Hoi An. The rest of the afternoon is at your own disposal.
Overnight: Ann Retreat Resort & Spa (room category Grand Deluxe)

Day 10: Sapa - Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
You can choose between a rice farmer or a fishing tour. These are both half-day tours, a combined day tour with both is also possible.
Fishing tour: You will drive to local fishermen and learn how to catch fish in the river with small and large nets. Afterwards, take a traditional basket boat through an impressive forest of water coconut palms.
Rice Farmer Tour: You cycle from your hotel along rice fields to Mr. Nhi's farm. There you will be given farming equipment and Mr. Nhi will show you how to grow rice the traditional way. You can then work the field with the help of a water buffalo and a plow.
Overnight: Ann Retreat Resort & Spa (room category Grand Deluxe)

Day 10: Sapa - Hanoi - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)
Your guide takes you from Hoi An to Danang (travel time approx. 30 minutes and you take the flight to Saigon. In Saigon your guide picks you up at the airport and you drive directly to the famous tunnels of Cu Chi. This is where you stayed during the Vietnam War the Viet Cong warriors hiding from the bombing of the US troops. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your hotel in Saigon city center.
Overnight: Liberty Central Saigon Riverside (room category Premier Riverview)

Day 16: Saigon City Tour, Saigon Food Tour (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your guide will show you the main attractions in central Saigon. In the morning you visit the Ben Thanh Market and take a walk through the city center to the famous shopping street "Dong Khoi". There the guide will show you the Notre Dame Cathedral, the colonial post office and the Reunification Palace. After lunch you will visit the War Museum and see how the Vietnamese typically shop at a local wet market.
In the evening you go on a Saigon Food Tour: young Vietnamese take you to local restaurants. You sit in the back seat of the mopeds and experience Saigon through the eyes of the locals!
Overnight: Liberty Central Saigon Riverside (room category Premier Riverview)

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Your guide will take you to My Tho in the Mekong Delta (approx. 2 hours drive). You move into your private boat in sampan style. You have your own room, shower / toilet and a nice lounge. The entire boat as well as the crew (cook, captain, service staff) are at your disposal during the entire voyage. The boat goes from My Tho to Ben Tre, the area in the Mekong Delta with the most beautiful landscapes. You'll see palm groves and mangrove forests, and occasionally climb ashore to visit local workshops.
Accommodation: private boat for 2 persons

Day 19: Mekong Delta - Saigon - Phu Quoc (Breakfast)
After breakfast on the boat you will visit a local wet market, a workshop where coconut is processed and take a bike tour. Then your Mekong trip ends, you drive back to Saigon to the airport and take the flight to Phu Quoc. There you will be picked up and taken to your hotel directly on the beach.
Overnight stay: Cassia Cottage (room category Modern Premium)

Day 19: Mekong Delta - Saigon - Phu Quoc (Breakfast)
You relax on the beach at your resort. Your hotel is located on a central stretch of beach and there are many dining options nearby. In the evening we recommend visiting the Night Market in the city of Duong Dong, where you will find countless small restaurants with fresh seafood.
2 nights: Cassia Cottage (Modern Premium room category)

Day 22: Phu Quoc - Saigon, departure from Saigon (breakfast)
A driver will take you to the airport for the flight to Saigon. In Saigon you will be picked up at the airport and taken to the Ibis Hotel right next to the airport, where a room is available for you and you can use the hotel infrastructure (spa, lounge, gym, etc.). About 2 hours before departure, take the Ibis shuttle bus to the terminal.

Arrival in Zurich the next morning

Price: Day 19: Mekong Delta - Saigon - Phu Quoc (Breakfast) price overview

 

Im tour price includes:

  • Overnight stay in a double room (usually 4-star hotels)
  • Meals as specified in the detailed programme
  • Domestic flights
  • Transfer in air-conditioned private car
  • English-speaking guides (German on request)
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Usual tips for guide and driver

 

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses for drinks / snacks in between