Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours Package

Vietnam Overland Discovery

Start price: $1,207 /person    |    Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights    |    Tour code: AVCT7
Destination: Hanoi- Ha Long Bay- Ninh Binh- Vinh- Dong Hoi- Hue-Hoi An- Quy Nhon- Nha trang- Phan Thiet- Ho Chi Minh
Transport: Private car
Start: Hanoi
Finish: Ho Chi Minh
Accommodation: 15 nights in hotel, 1 night on boat
Meals: 16 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Type: Private tour, depart at any date as you wish
Physical Rate: Moderate
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Overview: This trip is designed for those who are looking for travel experiences full Vietnam from South to North (or vice versa if request) by private car to to explore natural beautiful landscapes, cultural heritage and the real of Vietnam.

Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B,L)
Day 3: Hanoi- Ha Long Bay- overnight on boat (B,L,D)
Day 4: Ha Long Bay- Ninh Binh (B,L)
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Vinh (B,L)
Day 6: Vinh- Dong Hoi (B,L)
Day 7: Dong Hoi- Hue (B,L)
Day 8: Hue (B,D)
Day 9: Hue- Danang- Hoi An (B,L)
Day 10: Excursion to My Son (B)
Day 11: Hoi An- Quy Nhon (B)
Day 12: Quy Nhon- Nha Trang (B)
Day 13: Nha Trang (B,L)
Day 14: Nha Trang- Phan Thiet (B)
Day 15: Phan Thiet- Saigon (B)
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Day 17: Ho Chi Minh- Departure (B)


Detail Itinerary
Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 1: Arrival Hanoi

Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up at the airport by a private driver and our tour guide and transferred directly to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B,L)
As the capital of Vietnam for a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural center of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still remains many interesting cultural and historic monuments.
8.00 AM: Our guide & private car will pick you up at your hotel to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Complex with Mausoleum, Museum, President Ho Chi Minh Stilt’s house – Where Uncle Ho lived on and off from 1958 to 1969. 
09.30 AM: The next stop is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and tower built in the middle of square lake. Then continue to visit the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first University and the place dedicating to Confucian.
12.15 AM: We will have lunch in the local restaurant.
1.00 PM:  Visiting Ethnology Museum* - is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then visit the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem (Restored Sword Lake) with its sacred Ngoc Son Temple, 1 hour cyclo around the Old Quarter Streets will give you the opportunity to gain insights of local and busy life and we finish the tour by enjoying a Water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 3:  Hanoi - Halong bay- overnight on boat (B,L,D)
8h30: After breakfast at hotel and pick you up and transfer to Halong Bay, which will take about 3 hours (160km). Arrive Halong bay, a traditional junk is waiting for you in the harbor, after check in the boat, you will have a seafood feast lunch when cruising around Halong bay and soak in the misty atmosphere of this world heritage site.  Halong bay is a breathtaking secluded bay with over 3,000 limestone islands rising from the clear emerald waters of the Bac Bo gulf. It is one of the most magnificent scenic regions in Vietnam and has been referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. The area of about 1500sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes, created over thousands of year by the waves and wind. During your Halong Bay cruise you'll visit one of the largest ‘hidden’ caves in the area. The bay view from the cave entrance will give you a great impression of how unique this area is. Later in the afternoon you can go swimming in the clear azure blue waters. Of course, you can also simply enjoy the view from the deck or help the cook catch dinner. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck with a traditional rod and tackle. You can also get out on the water and have a look around on your own. For a small own fee you can paddle out to the islands in one of several kayaks out on deck.  We will continue our excursion around this stunning bay until the sun comes down. Overnight on boat.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 4:  Ha Long Bay- Ninh Binh (B,L)
Early wake-up for a breakfast with stunning scenery, you’ll continue sailing past fascinating rock formations for a while. An early lunch will be served on board while the cruise goes back to Halong City for disembarking at noon time. Onwards to Ninh Binh (250km). Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Vinh (B,L)
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit: 
• Tam Cốc known as Vietnam's ''inland Halong Bay''. Then onwards to the Bich Dong cave pagodas dating from the 17th century.
• Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Dinh & Le Temples
• After lunch, transfer to Vinh ( 200km). Overnight in Vinh. 

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 6: Vinh- Dong Hoi (B,L)
After breakfast, onwards to Dong Hoi on Truong Son Road (200km) through war vestiges. Stop by the Dong Loc T-junction, learn the story of 10 female youth volunteers who fought and sacrificed to the safe of the road under heavy bombing. After lunch, transfer to the Xuan Son ferry landing (45km) and take a boat ride on the Son River to spectacular Phong Nha Cavern comprising Bi Ky Cave & Cung Dinh Cave.
Overnight in Dong Hoi.

Day 7: Dong Hoi- Hue (B,L)
Drive to Hue (165km), passing the former demilitarized zone (DMZ) along the Ben Hai River (1954 - 1975) where vestiges of fierce battles can be seen comprising the ruins of the old Quang Tri Citadel, Dong Ha Town, the Truong Son Cemetery and Ben Tac Bridge. Travel on Truong Son Road, nicknamed the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the north-south supply route during the Vietnam War. Overnight in Hue.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 8: Hue (B,D)
A morning tour focuses on the Imperial Citadel, built in 1804 on a site chosen in accordance with the principles of geomancy, and the Dong Ba Market, famous for its best conical hats in Vietnam. In the afternoon, visit the tombs of King Tu Duc (ruled 1848 - 1883) and King Khai Dinh (ruled 1916 - 1925). The monuments, designed by the kings themselves, were also used as holiday retreats during their lifetime. Overland to Thien Mu Pagoda, attend the afternoon service. In the evening, a typical royal court dinner with a presentation of ancient dancing and court music is optionally arranged (minimum group size: 10). Court royal music of Nguyen Dynasty has been recognised as a world intangible heritage by UNESCO in late 2003. Overnight in Hue.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 9: Hue- Danang- Hoi An (B,L)
As we bid Hue farewell this morning we continue our south bound journey, this time in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Today's destination is the old trading town of Hoi An. Along the way though we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. From here we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Continuing on our way down the other side and into Da nang, where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed China Beach, and the Marble Mountains. The rest of the day is free time to relax by a pool side or on the sandy beach of Cua Dai. A cruise on the Thu Bon River to nearby handicraft villages (Thanh Ha, Kim Bong) is optional. Overnight in Hoi an.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 10: Excursion to My Son (B)
Enjoy a day trip to explore two World Heritage sites recognised by UNESCO in 1999. First, travel over rural roads to My Son (55km), where architectural treasures and sculptures of Cham culture dating from the 7th to the 13th century can be explored. Then transfer to Hoi An, a centuries-old city with ancient houses, temples, markets and handicraft workshops. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An- Quy Nhon (B)
Transfer to Qui Nhon by car ( 300km), stop on the way for view a Cham Tower in Binh Dinh. Qui Nhon, known for ruins of the ancient Cham capital of Chaban, has changed dramatically for the last few years to the new holiday destination with new resort projects. Upon arrival, visit the Tay Son Museum, famous for its show of traditional martial arts backed up by battle drums.
Check in the hotel in Qui Nhon city.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 12: Quy Nhon- Nha Trang ( 250km) (B)
Breakfast at resort. Morning at leisure on the beach for relaxing. Then overland transfer to Nhatrang along coast line. Arrive Nha Trang, First the car will drive you to Cau Da for a visit the Vietnam Oceanographic Institute. After that, you will go to Long Son Pagoda, Chong Promontory Rocks and the Po Nagar Temples. The tour ends is to visit to local Dam Market.
Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 13: Nha Trang (B,L)
Transfer to Cau Da Jetty for a day cruise to Tam Islet and Mun Islet. The water is clear and the marine life is diverse for snorkelling and sunbathing. Optional activities include scuba diving, jet skiing, wind surfing & parasailing on Tam Islet. Lunch of seafood is served on board. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 14: Nha Trang- Phan Thiet (B)
Drive 250km from Nha Trang to Phan thiet, Binh thuan province, an emerging destination for beach vacationers with stunning sandy beaches in the seaside areas of Mui ne - Ham tien (vietnam’s capital of resorts), Doi Duong -  Thuong Chanh, Tan Thanh - Ham Thuan Nam - Cape Ke Ga and La Gi - Ham Tan.
 
On the way, visit the white lakes, where snow white sand dunes reflect themselves on the still water and colored muine sand dunes, a perfect place for photographers. The coast offers spectacular views at sunset along the Cape Ne beach drive.
 
This afternoon spend the whole day relaxing on the beach and enjoying the resort facilities. Overnight in Phan Thiet.

Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 15: Phan Thiet- Saigon (B)
After breakfast, you will have a half day tour around Cap Ne and Phan Thiet city before transfering to Saigon. Phan Thiet offers a variety of activities for a short break, including beach sport, golfing at an 18 hole seaside course, photo safari at coloful sand dunes and white lakes, river cruise trip, mountain trip, etc. (on own account) there are many restaurant along the mui ne beach offering a variety of cuisines and some interesting shops. Overnight in Saigon.



Vietnam Overland Discovery 17 Days / 16 Nights | Vietnam Tours PackageDay 16: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel (B,L)
Drive to visit the Cuchi Tunnels. At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon  all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s,  let the Viet Minh  and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area.  It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers.  In places, it was several  stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth,going to school. The ground here is hard clay, which made this whole thing possible.  But even so, the planning and construction was incredible.  People dug all this with hand tools, filling reed baskets and dumping the dirt into bomb craters.  They installed large vents so they could hear approaching helicopters, smaller vents for air and baffled vents to dissipate cooking smoke.  There were also hidden trap doors and gruesomely effective bamboo-stake booby traps. Today, the trees and bushes have grown back.  And since 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors.
Afternoon visit Reunification Palace, War Remmants Museum, Emporor Jade pagoda, and visit Dan Sinh Market to buy military memorabilia.  Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh- Departure (B)

Morning at leisure until the departure transfer to airport for your flight home.

                          Caption: B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner



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  • Give you a realistic experiences trip throughout of Vietnam to combine essential sites and hidden places: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha Natural World Heritage, Cultural World Heritage Hue, My Son sanctuary Holy Land, and Charming Hoi An.
  • Discover the country past and present-ruined temples of the Cham Empire, glorious pagodas & royal tombs of Nguyen Dynasty, tragic sites of the Vietnam War: Dong Loc T-junction, DMZ, Cu Chi Tunnel, etc
  • Get closed to local friendly people and their exotic cuisine
  • Relax on the most beautiful beaches in Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet

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