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Discover the real Vietnam on this seven-night rail tour starting in Hanoi on the banks of the Red River, one of the most ancient capitals in the world where you can find well preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and unique museums. Enjoy an overnight cruise on Lan Ha Bay filled with amazing limestone islands. Travel on overnight trains with the locals whilst watching the breathtaking scenery as you pass through villages rice fields and mountains. Your tour concludes in Ho Chi Minh – (Saigon) buzzing with energy and full of color you cannot help but be mesmerized.

Highlights

  • Hanoi full day city tour,
  • Overnight Cruise Lan Ha Bay,
  • Walking Tour of Hoi An,
  • Cooking Class & Photo stop tour in Ho Chi Minh
  • Overnight onboard the Reunification Express Train

Package Also Includes

  • Meals as outlined in the programme
  • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in Hanoi
  • 1 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in Hoi An
  • 1 nights’ accommodation Ho Chi Minh
  • Rail on Reunification Express in a 4-berth sleeper based on 2 sharing
  • Cabin on 2-day Lan Ha Bay Cruise
  • All Transfers
  • English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees, boat fees in Vietnam
  • Service charges, room tax and handling fee
  • Vietnam visa approval (stamp abroad, stamp fee excluded)
  • Train tickets as per itinerary
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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – HANOI
Welcome to Hanoi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is free for you to explore (overnight Hanoi)

DAY 2 – HANOI
This morning's visit is to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside only) and the former President’s stilt house. Continue visiting the iconic One-Pillar Pagoda and the History Museum. Then you have some free time for lunch before your afternoon visit to the Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. Then at 4pm meet up with your guide and set out for an exciting food walk to seek and find Ha Noi delectable street food.  Start first with a cold glass of Bia Hoi, popular draft beer, try a bowl of noodle soup, locally known as Bun Thang. Next to Quan Goc Da to enjoy Bánh G?i (Pillow shaped crispy dumplings) and the delicately made fish sauce then stop by Bánh M? Lãn Ông stand, selling thin baguette styled bread with pate. Finally try the colourful and flavourful varieties of O Mai (Salted or Sugared Dried Fruits) in Hang Duong (Sweet) street. (Overnight Hanoi) B

DAY 3 - HANOI – HAI PHONG BY DAY TRAIN – LAN HA BAY
Today you drive to Long Bien railway station for the day train from Hanoi to Hai Phong, upon arrival you will be transferred to Got Pier for your night cruise on Lan Ha Bay. Once on board enjoy a savoury lunch.  Your cruise passes the islands of Con Vit and Gia Luan. These amazing lime stone structures rise out of the sea in an impressive manner. Learn about the local fisherman and take a ride in a coracle the small fishing boats they use. Alternatively, you can enjoy some kayaking or simply just have a swim. During winter you can take a guided cycling tour to Viet Hai village, and visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud and bamboo. Back onboard and enjoy happy hour and a cooking class on the deck. (Overnight onboard) B L D

DAY 4 - LAN HA BAY – GOT PIER -HANOI – SLEEPER TRAIN TO DA NANG
Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck. After breakfasting your cruise comes to an end. Return to Hai Phong where you will be transferred to Hanoi. In Hanoi you can take a panoramic cycle tour around the Old Quarter and drop by Thang Long theatre to enjoy the famous Water Puppet Show, a unique Vietnamese traditional art. The rest of the day is free leisure time before you take the night train to Danang. (Overnight onboard train) B

DAY 5 – DA NANG
Picnic breakfast on board train, once you have arrived in Danang you will transfer to Hoian to have lunch at a local restaurant before checking into your hotel. Then an afternoon walking tour of Hoi An to discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Visit Hoi An’s colorful local market, Tan Ky old house, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Travelers can also see residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An's growing textile industry. (Overnight in Hoian) B

 DAY 6 – HOIAN – DA NANG – SLEEPER TRAIN TO HO CHI MINH
Free time this morning for a leisurely breakfast before you catch your late morning train (Overnight onboard train) B

DAY 7 – HO CHI MINH
Early arrival in Ho Chi Minh, pick up at Saigon (old name of Ho Chi Minh city) railway station then transfer straight to your hotel for an early check in with breakfast. You have the option to take part in the “Half day gourmet tour” Which includes a visit to the local market where the Chef chooses the fresh ingredients. Continue to the cooking class and learn to cook three dishes in a very hands-on manner under his instruction. (Menu is varied depending on the day). After the class, can enjoy what you have cooked. A complimentary dessert and free flow of mineral water, "Tra da" (green iced tea) will be on offer. In the afternoon eenjoy an outside photo tour stopping at Reunification Palace, the beautiful Central Post Office, Opera House, City Hall (Overnight Ho Chi Minh) B

DAY 8 – HOI CHI MINH
Breakfast at your hotel and then you have free time until your arranged transfer back to the airport where your tour concludes. B

Note for footer please note the overnight train cabins in Vietnam are small and no ladders are available for the upper berth cabins. We suggest you travel light due to storage space. We also advise you take your wash facilities. Local cuisine can be bought onboard.

MEAL GUIDE

B – BREAKFAST, BR – BRUNCH, L – LUNCH, AT – AFTERNOON TEA, D - DINNER

La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

Excellently situated within easy reach of all Hanoi’s main attractions, La Belle Vie Hotel welcomes you with timeless elegance, warmth and immaculate style .Combining elegant Vietnamese charm with seductive modern touches, 100 guest rooms offer you great comfort, refined style and a wide range of amenities and services that take care of your daily, recreational and business needs. La Belle Vie definitely is an oasis for corporate and leisure travelers offering the "True Vietnam Experience.”

Northern Hotel

Northern Hotel

Conveniently located in the heart Saigon, Northern Saigon Hotel is just a few steps away from the historical Opera hours, walkin street, commercial buildings, entertainment outlets and other sightseeing destinations. It is beautifully designed in modern architecture in a cozy setting and fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that provide utmost convenience and ultimate comfort. Whether you are on business or leisure Northern Saigon Hotel is absolutely a venue of choice for a memorable stay.

Hoian Silk Luxury

Hoian Silk Luxury

Conveniently located right in Hoi An Ancient Town , The Hotel is just 300 m from the renowned Hoi An Ancient Town and Hoi An Market. While Japanese Covered Bridge is 500 m away, and Da Nang International Airport is accessible within a 30 km drive.

The Silk Luxury Hotel & Spa is designed in modern , elegant and convenient accommodation. The Hotel houses a restaurant serving a delectation of local and international cuisines. Offers free WiFi access in whole area of property. If features two swimming pools with one outdoor and one semi-indoor, a fully-equipped gym, business center and Spa therapy. Guests can approach our 24-hour font desk for any assistance with transport and tour arrangements.

Allergo Hoian

Allergo Hoian

Situated at the heart of the locale, Allegro Hoi An also exemplifies the heart of Hoianese people: hospitable, honest and welcoming. We love to share the hidden beauty of this ancient town while providing you with upscale comforts and the ideal ambience to unwind and absorb Hoi An’s peaceful pace of life.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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