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Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 1: Hoi An

Welcome to Vietnam and the start of your deferred honeymoon. Upon arrival Da Nang airport, met and transferred to hotel in Hoi An. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Hoi An.

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 2: Hoi An

In the morning, we will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful local markets. The afternoon is free at leisure to get some tailor-made clothes, relax at riverside restaurants or take a short journey to the nearby beach. Overnight Hoi An

A local man in front of an ancient building in Hoi An

Day 3: Hoi An - Hue

This morning we will drive from Hoi An to Da Nang for visits to Thuy Son Mountain and Marble Mountain. We then drive to ancient capial Hue. Overnight in Hue

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 4: Hue

This morning we take a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River. We stop at Thien Mu Pagoda to see the 7-storey octagonal tower and an old Austin car which transported the bonze Thich Quang to Saigon in 1963 for his self-immolation. Continue tour by boat to Minh Mang Tomb built between 1841 and 1843. The Emperor’s tomb complex consists of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions etc) designed on a symmetric axis. In the afternoon we begin to see the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors under Nguyen Dynasty. We then drive outskirts of Hue to the impressive tomb of King Khai Dinh. Our last stop today is the Dong Ba Market. Overnight Hue

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 5: Hue - Sapa

Take the mid-day flight from Hue to Hanoi. Up on arrival, met and transferred to Hanoi for a visit to Ngoc Son Temple and a short walk around the famous Hoan Kiem Lake before the night train at 2040pm to Lao Cai. Shared cabin of 4 sleeping berths on the train

A lady from one of the hill tribes near Sapa

Day 6: Sapa

Arrive Lao Cai by early morning, met and transferred to Can Cau market – one of the very colorful markets in the area. Here you have chance to capture an authentic ethnic market and local people in their charming costumes. Overnight in Bac Ha at the Sao Mai Bac Ha.

A local child in Sapa

Day 7: Sapa

On every Sunday mornings, many ethnic people and tourists come to Bac Ha market – the most highlights of the province. This is the biggest market for ethnic groups coming to exchange stuffs or just to meet friends and show their nice costumes. Drive to Sapa in the afternoon and free for the night

Villagers in Sapa

Day 8: Sapa - Hanoi

Spend the whole day trekking and visiting villags of Lao Chai and Ta Van to see local people in their daily life, see their houses on stilts and beautiful terrace fields. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi. Shared cabin of 4 sleeping berths on the train

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 9: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Welcome to Hanoi. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to a 3-star hotel to relax and enjoy breakfast. Later this morning we drive to the strikingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, we board our traditional wooden junk boat and cruise the emerald waters studded with a thousand or so karst limestone islands. Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng. Tonight, there's a Vientnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served. Overnight - Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. After a light breakfast the Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor. Travel back to Hanoi arriving midafternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Hanoi.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 11: Hanoi

Today we commence our exploration of Hanoi by visiting the Ho Chi Minh complex, starting at the President’s Mausoleum. We continue to his humble “house on stilts”, see the French colonial Presidential Palace and the 11th century One-Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards we visit the Temple of Literature, the first Vietnam University dating to 1070. After lunch (by guest’s account), we go to the Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museum containing the ethnic costumes of the various minorities of VN, as well as relics, tools and even full size replicas of their homes and buildings. We then take a Cyclo tour through the Old Quarter, before attending a famous Water Puppet show. Overnight Hanoi

The Huc Bridge

Day 12: Hanoi

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight to your onward destination.