Vietnam Revealed with Sapa
Small group tour
19 days -
Delve further into Vietnam on this overland journey, which reveals treasures many tourists miss. The diverse landscapes of this alluring country unfold slowly before you, offering an array of cultural gems, smiling locals, and mouth-watering cuisine. Meet fisher folk in Hoi An and farmers in the Mekong Delta, along with ethnic minorities living in the mountains of Northern Vietnam. Experience an ever-changing backdrop, from sparkling seaside Nha Trang to the quirky hilltop Dalat, through verdant farmlands to the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon and glistening Halong Bay. In Sapa, meet some of the ethnic minorities that make this region so enchanting.
- 16 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night cruise accommodation
- 1 overnight train
- breakfast daily
- 4 lunches and 3 dinners
- 1 internal flight within Asia
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- small group touring
- entrance fees
- Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
- local English-speaking guides
- return transfers
Prices and Departures
Small Group Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-4: HANOI & SAPA
On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel. Bond with your small group of fellow travellers and tour leader at a tour briefing and welcome drinks. Enjoy visiting the Ethnology Museum in Hanoi before driving to colourful, mountainous Sapa in Northern Vietnam. Wander the delightful town and local market, then embark on a walk through the Black H'mong villages of Hau Thao and Saseng, soaking up the regional lifestyle of the mountain-dwelling locals. Visit a Red Dzao village before transferring to Topas Ecolodge, with views on all sides of the valley below. Here, discover the minority villages and learn more about their unique way of life and take a walk in the Lech Valley. Enjoy dinner at Topas Ecolodge.
Hotel: The Ann
Hotel: Bamboo Sapa Hotel
Hotel: Topas Ecolodge
DAYS 5-8: HANOI & HALONG BAY
Enjoy free time exploring Sapa before driving back to Hanoi. The following day, take a walking tour of the Old Quarter and visit sites including the Temple of Literature before an evening water puppet performance. A morning drive brings you to stunning Halong Bay. Board your overnight cruise and float amongst the bay's thousands of limestone islands. Return to Hanoi, then board an overnight train to Hue.
Hotel: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Hotel: Overnight boat
Hotel: Overnight train
DAYS 9-11: HUE & HOI AN
In Hue, unearth an array of historic sites, including the Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda. At the Spiral Foundation, learn from the deaf and mute workers how to make local handicrafts. Visit Tu Duc's tomb and an incense workshop, then take a scenic road journey to Hoi An. Explore on foot in the afternoon. Join an informative Fisherman Ecotour, then enjoy a tour of Hoi An’s markets and streets.
Hotel: Moonlight Hotel
Hotel: Ancient House Resort
DAYS 12-13: NHA TRANG
Fly from Danang to the country's premier beach location, Nha Trang. An island boat cruise gives you the chance to relax, feast on fresh seafood and swim or snorkel. Get to know more about local life during a fishing village walking tour.
Hotel: Novotel Nha Trang
DAYS 14-15: DALAT
Drive to the former French hill station of Dalat, stopping at the Ponogar Cham Towers. In this fascinating town of winding streets, colourful markets and abandoned French villas, enjoy the mountain vistas from a cable car ride and admire the faded Art Deco charm of the last emperor's summer residence.
Hotel: Saigon Dalat Hotel
DAYS 16-19: SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
Travel by road to energetic Saigon, stopping en route at Kriang village. Embark on a thrilling speedboat ride to reach the historic Cu Chi tunnels. In the afternoon, get to know Saigon on a walking tour, taking in sites including Dong Khoi Street, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace. Spend a day cruising through the canals of the Mekong Delta. Spend your last night in Saigon enjoying a farewell dinner with fellow travellers. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Palace Hotel
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