The best tour Vietnam Overland on 4 wheels 19 days/ 18 nights, which takes you along Vietnam from the North to the South by a private vehicle is really a fascinating trip. You can see a world with different colors in a same country, reflected by the diversity of natural beauty, local daily life and culture of many regions. Particularly, the only mean of transport on land is car, which will bring you a lot of amazing experience.
Vietnam Travel 19 days/ 18 nights
Tour Code: VN19D18N-18
Departure: Hanoi end HCMC
Destinations: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long - Danang - Vinh - Hue - Hoi An - Quy Nhon - Buon M. Thuot - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Saigon - Cu Chi - Can Tho - Vinh Long
*Highlights of this trip
- Discover the charming & ancient Hanoi, enjoy the traditional Water Puppet Show
- Visit the Natural World Heritage – Halong bay on an overnight cruise
- Visit Ninh Binh province with the famous former capital of Vietnam – Hoa Lu and the Halong bay on land – Trang An
- Trek through the natural forest and take a boat or kayak to the head quarter of Ben En National Park
- Visit Phong Nha Ke Bang, the longest cave in the world
- Take a boat excursion on gentle Perfume River in Hue to discover the tomb of Tu Duc emperor and visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City
- Visit Hoian ancient town and My Son Sanctuary– UNESCO world heritages
- Take a scenic journey along the beautiful coastal line from Quy Nhon to Nha Trang
- Spend 2 days relaxing at Nha Trang - the beach capital of Viet Nam
- Overnight as guests in the long house on stilt by Lak Lake and take elephant riding.
- Enjoy the natural beauty in Da Lat, with its green trees, rolling hills, misty lakes and fragrant pine forests
- Explore the throbbing metropolis Ho Chi Minh City & famous underground network of the Cu Chi tunnels
- Explore the colorful floating markets in Mekong Delta.
Day 1 : Arrival in Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival, you are met at the Noi Bai airport and transferred to the hotel by the guide. Check-in and relax. In the late afternoon, enjoy the Water Puppet Show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art is originated from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artists-men and women-stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move about, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water, followed by having dinner at a nice local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2 : Hanoi city tour (B,L)
Today, we enjoy a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on Monday, Friday & November), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups, several of which we will see on our forthcoming trekking. Then we take a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi
Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel and then start a 3-hour driving through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee before arriving to Ha Long City. We then transfer to a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay to enjoy a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone this World Heritage Site. While being on board, we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by swimming and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Try the feeling of witnessing the sunset on boat is really great. Dinner on board. The captain then will anchor for the night nearby a remote island. In the evening, there is the option for night fishing or just sit out on the deck and relax under the stars. Overnight on Junk.
Day 4 : Halong Bay – Ninh Binh (B,L)
Waking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. The cruise continues to move around the bay for us to discover more secluded areas, we then take kayaking and swimming in the stunning bay. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Ninh Binh via Thai Binh and Nam Dinh. Overnight in Ninh Binh
Day 5 : Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Ho Citadel – Thanh Hoa (B,L)
After breakfast, we explore the beautiful countryside in Vietnam by an excursion to Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam during King Dinh and King Le dynasties in the 10th century. We then take an amazing boat trip to visit the Trang An grottoes, which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats. All these factors make Trang An become a fascinating and worth destination. Afternoon, depart for Vinh Loc district in Thanh Hoa province to visit the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, named a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 2011. The citadel was the capital of Vietnam from 1397 to 1407 and one of Vietnam’s most impressive architectural works, using around 20,000 cubic meters of rock and nearly 100,000 cubic meters of soil. Overnight at the hotel in Thanh Hoa city.
Day 6 : Thanh Hoa – Ben En National Park – Vinh city (B,L)
Morning after having breakfast, depart for Ben En national park, 46km in the southwest of Thanh Hoa city. The park is well-known for its bio-diversity with a great range of rare plants including the green ironwood and hundreds of years old 3m-diameter trees. The park boasts a diverse fauna with 91 species of animals, 201 species of birds, 54 species of reptiles, 31 species of amphibians, etc. This park and scenery is pristine and unspoiled by mass tourism. On arrival at the park headquarter, we will take the kayaking for 20 minutes to the botanic island where we will trek through the natural forest to enjoy the sceneries, watch the bird and different animal, after trekking 3 km we will take motorized boat or kayak back to the park headquarter, time free for coffee/ tea or swimming in the lake. After lunch, we will continue our road trip to Vinh city. Arrival in Vinh city at the end of the day, check in the hotel. Overnight in Vinh city.
Day 7 : Vinh – Phong Nha Cave – Dong Hoi (B,L)
Leaving Vinh city, the homeland of revolution movement in 1930, we drive to Ha Tinh and turn to the part of Ho Chi Minh trails, stop in Dong Loc T-junction for admire the spirit of girls scarified for the flow of transportation on the trails during the war. Continue driving through the forest, mountain road, the Truong Son relic sites, army airport and country villages to Phong Nha – Ke Bang Unesco natural World Heritage. Take a cruise on the Son River to discover Phong Nha Cave, the longest water cave in the world, and also the important part of Ho Chi Minh legendary road. In the late afternoon, we head to Dong Hoi. Check in the hotel and relax. Overnight at hotel in Dong Hoi.
Day 8 : Dong Hoi – DMZ – Hue (B,L)
Morning, we leave the beach town, drive southward through Demilitarized Zone during the war against American to visit Vinh Moc tunnel, which was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quang Tri Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. Lunch en route. On arrival in Hue, we take a boat trip on the picturesque Thien Mu pagoda, or Heavenly Lady Pagoda. Built in 1601 between a river and a pine forest, this pagoda is one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country. Among many interesting artifacts displayed here, there is the car which the former monk Thich Quang Duc left in Saigon before burning himself to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Day 9 : Hue – Danang – Hoian (B,L)
In the morning, take a visit to the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We continue our south bound journey by road to Hoi An. The scenery en route is very beautiful. We make a stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments before winding our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass to admire the stunning views north to Lang Co beach and south to Danang City. Continue on our way down to the other side and head to Da Nang where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed China Beach, and the Marble Mountains.
Day 10 : Hoian (B,L)
Morning, we enjoy a half day orientation tour of Hoian including the Chinese Assembly Halls, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Pagoda and Tan Ky House. Have a lunch in the restaurant. Afternoon, we will take a boat cruise on Thu Bon river to visit Thach Ha, the ceramic and pottery village. Learn how to make the beautiful jars, bow. Return to hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Hoian.
Day 11 : Hoian – My Son – Quy Nhon (B,L)
From Hoi An, we drive to My Son, the Hinduism Sanctuary of Champa kingdom built from VII to XIII centuries, recognized as Unesco World Heritage. The complex of brick towers, decorated with statues, sculptures divided in many groups and located in the mysterious forest look up to Cat Tooth Holly Mountain. Continue driving southward through region of coconut beaches and Champa towers, we make a stop at Chien Dang tower, Sa Huynh beach for lunch. On arrival in Quy Nhon in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Quy Nhon.
Day 12 : Quy Nhon – Nha Trang (B,L)
Leaving Quy Nhon, we drive on the way along the central coast through Tuy Hoa rice bowl towards Nha Trang. This place is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town. It is more lively and urban in character than other beach destinations like Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It is also the scuba diving center of Vietnam. On arrival, be picked up and transferred to hotel. After check in the hotel, you have time for relax. After lunch, we will visit the Po Nagar sanctuary, a beautiful site of the Cham and the Xom Bong fishermen's village and pass Long Son pagoda to explore more. Time at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 13: Nha Trang - Lak Lake (B,L,D)
After breakfast, departure for Lak Lake. We arrive in Buon Me Thuot city where we will stop for lunch after more than 3 hours of driving. Then we continue for 1 hour to reach the Lak Lake. On arrival at Jun village nestling by the romantic lake, we will cruise on Lak Lake by dug-out canoe for 1 hour to visit the local people fishing. Next, stop to visit the M’Lieng village on the other side of the lake. Walk around the village to discover the daily life of the ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands. At the end of the day, take an elephant riding for 1 hour. Time at leisure. Enjoy your dinner and overnight as a homestay guest at the village.
Day 14 : Lak Lake – Dalat (B,L)
Morning after breakfast, we leave the Lak lake for Dalat after 3 hours of driving. On arrival in Dalat, check in the hotel. We then have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will take a sightseeing tour of Da Lat including the former residence of Emperor Bao Dai, Hang Nga House, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market, the Love Valley and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda then stop at one of the Vietnam’s most unlikely hotel known as the “Crazy House” . Enjoy your free time or walk around Dalat’s central lake. Overnight at the hotel in Dalat.
Day 15 : Dalat – Saigon (B,L)
After having breakfast at the hotel, our destination today is Saigon, 320km from Dalat. Keep driving down the hill, we will pass through numerous coffee and rubber tree plantations. Stop for photo and visit some coffee plantations. Along the way, take a visit the Dambri Waterfall in Bao Loc Town. Have lunch at a local restaurant before continuing the journey to Saigon. On arrival in Saigon city in the afternoon, check in the hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 16 : Saigon- Cu Chi Tunnels – City tour (B,L)
Morning after having breakfast,depart for the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Vietcong in the American war. Afternoon, we take a half day to visit all famous sites of this bustling city. The first destination is the now-demolished wartime American Embassy. After that, we head to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975, followed by some French colonial structures including the Old Saigon Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral. Apart from the religious meaning, the even more special captivating point of this Cathedral is its special neo-Romanesque style of architecture. After visiting the Jade Emperor Pagoda, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese food. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offer guests many freshly delicious dishes. You also can find any goods for daily use as well as variety of eye-catching local handicrafts, souvenirs here. Overnight at the hotel in HCM city.
Day 17 : Saigon – My Tho – Can Tho (B,L)
We drive to My Tho, best known for its extensive orchards and immense fruit gardens of Mekong Delta. Arrival in My Tho, we take boat cruise on the Mekong River to see the “Dragon-Unicorn-Tortoise-Phoenix” islets before heading to the Thoison islets for visiting local house making their traditional products from coconut, banana caramel and coconut caramel. Continue our trip to visit an orchard on an island and take a horse-cart around the village. Have lunch at Hao Ai garden restaurant with special “Elephant fish” on islet then swim sampan through Coconut canals. We then come back to pier for the next visit to Dong Tam Snake farm, including a number of snake breeds for eating, for their skins and for producing antivenin. Most of the snakes raised here are pythons and cobras. After that we proceed to Can Tho. Overnight at the hotel in Can Tho.
Day 18 : Can Tho – Cai Rang – Saigon (B,L)
At the early morning, you are transferred to the boat pier for taking a boat trip on Mekong River to visit Cai Rang floating market. The best time for visiting this market is from sunrise when you have a chance to witness how it is bustling. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even smuggled goods like cigarettes. Continue to visit the coconut lined channels, “Monkey” bridge and fruit orchard. After enjoying your lunch, drive back to Saigon. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.
Day 19: Saigon – Departure (B,L)
There is a free time i until the departure transfer to airport for your flight home. End of services
Accommodation based on double room
Halong Bay cruise 1 night (Join-in)
An air-conditioned private vehicle from north to south
An English speaking guide (National guide)
Cyclo tour & water puppet show in Hanoi
Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
Private boat excursion in Tam Coc, Ben En, Phong Nha, Hue, Nha Trang, Lak Lake and Mekong Delta
All entrance fees
Kayaking in Ben En national park
Elephant riding in Lak Lake
Water & cool towels
Government taxes & service charge
International air ticket
Early check in/ late check out
Gala dinner on 24th and 31st December if any
Drinks and meal not mentioned
Surcharge for Tet holiday between 31st Jan 2014 and 4th Feb 2014
Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
Other services not mentioned
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