Vietnam Holiday by Train
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Vietnam Holiday by Train

Overview


Vietnam Holiday by Train is an adventure tour by train through Vietnam for 15days/14 nights. The tour departs Ha Noi every Wednesday and the journey travels through most of Vietnam must-see destinations including: Ha Noi, Ha Long Bay, Hue Imperial Citadel, Hoi An Old Town, Nha Trang Beach City, the Mekong River Delta and Ho Chi Minh City (or Sai Gon). The pace of the tour is moderate and the highlights of the tour are different train journeys in which the traveler is surrounded by the Vietnamese...


Day1    (    Wednesday    )    Arrive in Ha Noi (no meal)
Day2    (    Thursday    )    Ha Noi (B)
Day3    (    Friday        )    Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Day4    (    Saturday    )    Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi – Hue (overnight train) (B)
Day5    (    Sunday    )    Arrive in Hue/Hue Citadel Tour/Hue River Cruise (no early check-in) (no meal)
Day6    (    Monday    )    Hue – Hoi An (day train: 1000 A.M – 1300 PM) (no guide on the train) /Hoi An Walking Tour (B)
Day7    (    Tuesday    )    Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Day8    (    Wednesday    )    Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Day9    (    Thursday    )    Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (full day train) (no guide on the train) (B)
Day10    (    Friday        )    Nha Trang free at leisure (B)
Day11    (    Saturday    )    Nha Trang at leisure (no late check-out)/Nha Trang Overnight Train for Sai Gon (B)
Day12    (    Sunday    )    Arrive in Sai Gon/Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (L)
Day13    (    Monday    )    Can Tho Floating Market – Sai Gon/Free at leisure (B)
Day14    (    Tuesday    )    Sai Gon – Cu Chi – Sai Gon/Free afternoon (B)
Day15    (    Wednesday    )    Depart Sai Gon (no tour guide) (B)

Hotels  (centrally located in each city)

  • Ha Noi : 3*/ 2 nights
  • Hue : 3*/ 1 night
  • Hoi An: 3*/ 3 nights
  • Nha Trang: 3*/ 2 nights
  • Sai Gon: 3*/ 2 nights
  • Can Tho: 3*/ 1 night

 

Special Promotional Rate (seat-in-coach basis, minimum 2 persons): 

USD 1075/person
*Validity: 31-May-2010

 

Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide as per itinerary: no guide for free-at-leisure days;
  • Twin/Double-shared accommodation as indicated in the program;
  • Private car for all airport transfers and tours as indicated in the program;
  • Train tickets for 4-sharing A/C soft-sleeper compartments for Ha Noi – Hue and Nha Trang – Sai Gon itinerary;
  • Train ticket for A/C soft seats for Hue – Da Nang/Da Nang – Nha Trang as per itinerary;
  • Private boat cruise on the Mekong River at Can Tho and between Vinh Long – Cai Be and the Perfume River in Hue as in the program;
  • Private Twin/Double-shared cabin on a shared-junk cruise on Ha Long Bay as per itinerary;
  • Meals as indicated in the program  B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
  • All admission fees during guided times in the program;


Exclusions

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Visa arrangements;
  • Early check-ins and late check-outs: check-in time: 14:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 A.M unless otherwise indicated by each hotel;
  • International airfares and airport taxes other than those mentioned as included above;
  • Drinks, laundry, bar or other personal expenses;
  • Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;

Itinerary


Day1    (    Wednesday    )    Arrive in Ha Noi (no meal)
Arriving at Ha Noi Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our driver without a tour guide and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Free time at leisure. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day2    (    Thursday    )    Ha Noi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we’ll tour the 1000 year old city of Ha Noi. We’ll visit different highlights of Ha Noi including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Ngoc Son temple, the Temple of Literature - 1st University of Vietnam.

In the afternoon, we continue our tour to the Tran Quoc Pagoda - Nation founding pagoda, the Quan Thanh temple.  In late afternoon, we'll have 1 hour rickshaw ride around the old quarter and a traditional water puppet show.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day3    (    Friday        )    Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We start at 9.00 A.M for the 3 hour drive 170 km through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of photo opportunities of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.

Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise, we'll stop for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Tov white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Ha Long Bay.

Day4    (    Saturday    )    Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi – Hue (overnight train) (B)
After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot.

After the last feast on board for lunch, our junk travels back to the harbor for disembarkation at 12.00 noon. We rejoin our van and travel our way back to Ha Noi. Take the overnight train bound for Hue.
Overnight on board the train.

Day5    (    Sunday    )    Arrive in Hue/Hue Citadel Tour/Hue River Cruise (no early check-in) (no meal)
Arriving at Hue, welcomed by our local tour guide and transferred to the city.
Free time for breakfast, then we'll explore Hue Imperial Citadel where Vietnam was ruled from 1805 – 1945. The Citadel was heavily damaged during the war and marks of war could still be found here and there in the area. At the heyday, the citadel included the king's working area, the residential area of the Royal Family, the concubines quarters and the worshiping areas of the Royal Family...

In the afternoon, we'll enjoy a river cruise to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and King Tu Duc's Tomb. Continue onto the Tombs of King Khai Dinh and Minh Mang and back to the hotel. Free time in the evening.
Overnight in Hue.

Day6    (    Monday    )    Hue – Hoi An (day train: 1000 A.M – 1300 PM) (no guide on the train) /Hoi An Walking Tour (B)
Transferred with guide to Hue Train Station, our guide will assist you onto the train before leaving.
Take the train and enjoy the most scenic region of Vietnam from the train windows.
Arriving at Da Nang, welcomed by our tour guide and driver and transferred to Hoi An.
Arriving in Hoi An, we'll have time for refreshment, then enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An Old Town which filled with goods and merchants from around the world once.
Free time at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An Ancient Town.

Hoi An was a famous trading port back to the 16 – 19th centuries. Hoi An was called at by merchants from China, Japan, Persia, Europe….at the times. The town’s architecture is a perfect combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese styles. Hoi An nowadays still retains the atmosphere of the old town dated back to the heyday which never fails to charm the visitors. Residents of the town are of Vietnamese and Chinese origins.

Apart from the cozy ancient town, Hoi An also offers the pristine white sand Cua Dai Beach which claimed one of the most charming beaches in the country. Hoi An has always been unforgettable memory for our dear travelers.


Day7    (    Tuesday    )    Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Full day at leisure. Only accommodation with breakfast is included.

Day8    (    Wednesday    )    Hoi An free at leisure (B)
Full day at leisure. Only accommodation with breakfast is included.

Day9    (    Thursday    )    Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang (full day train) (no guide on the train) (B)
In early morning, our tour guide and driver will call at your hotel and transfer you to Da Nang Train Station. Our tour guide will assist you onto the train before leaving. Enjoy the 12-hour train journey to Nha Trang beach city.
Arriving at Nha Trang in the evening, welcomed by our tour guide and driver at Nha Trang and escorted to the hotel.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day10    (    Friday        )    Nha Trang free at leisure (B)
Full day at leisure. Only accommodation with breakfast is included.

Day11    (    Saturday    )    Nha Trang at leisure (no late check-out)/Nha Trang Overnight Train for Sai Gon (B)
Full day free at leisure. Please kindly remember to check out at 11:00 A.M
In the afternoon, our tour guide and driver will come back to transfer you to the train station.
Our guide will assist you onto the train before leaving.
Enjoy the overnight train journey bound for Sai Gon.
Overnight on board the train.

Sai Gon sprawls its length along the Saigon River. With convenient transportation and location, Sai Gon has always been busy with trade and commerce for hundreds of years since its formation.
Sai Gon boasts its high rise buildings and luxurious hotels along the riverside. This area is particularly stunning at night when the city full of light can be viewed from a boat cruising on the Sai Gon River. There are also some rooftop bars and restaurants for you to watch Saigon at night from above.

Sai Gon is a city on the go, busy days and nights. It’s required no effort to find something to entertain ourselves while in Sai Gon. There are many pagodas, temples and museums in the city. Those who want to have more active experiences may like to get lost in the busy and exotic markets selling most of things on earth, the numerous bars and sidewalk cafes always full of guests, smoke and music, or just take part in the traffics like nowhere else in the downtown area. If those things are not enough, then there are lots of parks and water parks around the city for you to get relaxed.

Day12    (    Sunday    )    Arrive in Sai Gon/Sai Gon – Cai Be – Vinh Long – Can Tho (L)
Arriving at Sai Gon in early morning, welcomed by our tour guide and driver and transferred to the Mekong Delta. We'll have a stop at a local cafe for you to have breakfast (which is paid on your account), then travel through the heart of the verdant Mekong Delta to Cai Be where we take our own boat for a trip to Vinh Long.

At Cai Be we will adore an exotic floating market with boats carrying loads of commodities for bartering. We can engage in the bargaining sessions with the local merchants for the fresh fruits of the region. Then we’ll move on to visit exotic occupations still carried out by the locals such as making dry young rice, making rice papers, making coconut candy. After that our tour brings us to an old house with traditional Vietnamese architecture and we’ll learn about agricultural works through the ancient tools used here in the past.
Lunch is served right in a bonsai garden amid trees and tranquility. After lunch, we’ll relax with some walking tours or cycling tours through the village to learn more about the local life. We’ll also sample a bonsai garden and visit a ceramics workshop before rejoining our car to travel further to into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Dinner is on our own tonight. Overnight in Can Tho.

Day13    (    Monday    )    Can Tho Floating Market – Sai Gon/Free at leisure (B)
In early morning, we'll take one hour boat trip to the Cai Rang floating market with hustling and bustling activities, on the way back visit a local orchard to taste some seasonal fruits. After the boat trip, we'll get back to the hotel and have some time relaxing and travel back to Saigon. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.
Overnight in Sai Gon.

Day14    (    Tuesday    )    Sai Gon – Cu Chi – Sai Gon/Free afternoon (B)
At 08:00 AM, our team calls back at your hotel and take you to Cu Chi. Cu Chi was once famous for the legendary tunnel system which at the height stretched over 250 km. In Cu Chi, you will have to check these tunnels of 3 levels yourself by creeping in the narrow tunnels. We’ll be surprised to find out how people made these tunnels and find out how life of the local people was during the Second Indochina War. Travel back to the hotel and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day15    (    Wednesday    )    Depart Sai Gon (no tour guide) (B)
You have free time until our driver comes back and transfers you to the airport for your departure flight. We trust you had a wonderful Vietnam holiday on the train with Private Tour Vietnam and full photo album of Vietnam.