Train Explorer, 14 days

Tour Overview

See the best of Vietnam, travelling from the North to the South of the country on train journey, visiting the most enchanting attractions including Hanoi, Halong Bay, Phong Nha –Ke Bang National Park Hue, Hoi An , Nha Trang Beach and thriving Ho Chi Minh City.    

We will start our journey in historic Hanoi where we will discover the capital city’s fascinating culture, historic sites and vibrant street life. We will embark on a boat trip through world-famous Halong Bay, gliding past limestone islands jutting from the emerald waters and visiting the magical Thien Cung Cave. We will take an adventurous overnight journey on a sleeper train, towards Ke Bang National Park. Here we will explore glorious and majestic caves by boat, foot and kayak, with a chance to try the zip line and mud bathe inside the caves. As we travel South, we will pass by the remarkable the DMZ Area which separated North and South during the Vietnam War. In Hue, we will explore the ancient citadel and cruise down the Perfume River, visiting pagodas and mausoleums in the area. We will take a walking tour through the picturesque town of Hoi An, learning about its multicultural heritage, seen in the unique mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture. Stopping at the sensational Marble Mountain, we will continue travelling by train south to Nha Trang and relax on one of Vietnam’s best beaches. The train journey continues its way  to buzzing Ho Chi Minh City, where will will explore the city’s French colonial history, war-time memorials - including the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels - and atmospheric streets. We will spend a day in the verdant Mekong Delta, visiting the watery world ,  lush islands and intricate canals.

Tour Information

Tour HighLight

+ Tour the most exciting attractions in Hanoi, including historic monuments, temples, museums and markets

+ Enjoy free time in Hanoi to soak up the atmosphere and try local food

+ Cruise by boat through the gorgeous vistas of Halong Bay and visit a majestic cave

+ Spend a night travelling on a sleeper train

+ Visit Ke Bang National Park, exploring some of the world’s most impressive caves, with opportunities to take part in adventurous activities on the tour

+ Learn about the Vietnam War, visiting the DMZ Area and the War Remnants Museum

+ Explore the ancient citadel of Hue as well as the attractions in the surrounding area

+ Walk around the charming town of Hoi An, taking in a cooking class and with optional time to relax on the nearby beach

+ Ride the Reunification train to Nha Trang and catch impressive views of Vietnam’s coastal line and countryside.

+ Spend a day on boat trip out to explore some offer shore islands of Nha Trang

+ Head south by train to explore the real image of Vietnam through the train window.

+ Discover thriving Ho Chi Minh City, touring it’s French colonial architecture, pagodas and markets

+ Spend two days cruising through the tranquil Mekong Delta region, passing lush islands, rice fields, floating markets and meeting local communities who live in this area

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out of your trip

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival - Hanoi

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: No

On arrival at Hanoi Airport, you are greeted  by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. You may have free time to relax and catch your first glimpse of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. This treasured city is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. The building boom has made Hanoi a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia. However, it still retains an old charm brought from a thousand year of history, with many interesting cultural and historic monuments, beautiful lakes, shady parks, bustling street markets,funny shops and open air eating spots jostled in ancient houses,and historic temples adjoining colonial style structures. They offer both local and foreigner visitors an endless exploration. You can stroll through the fascinating old quarter containing many vibrant streets which are named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. The lively atmosphere in Hanoi old quarter runs from the early hours until late at night  with many street vendors calling, horns honking, and chaotic traffic with waves of motorbikes you’ve never experienced.

Day 2

Hanoi

Spend a day to explore Hanoi, seeing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( close on Mon. and Fri) and  Ho Chi Minh House , One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of  Literature  and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.  Take a walk around the old quarter and enjoy a water puppet show.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Hanoi – Halong Bay

Take a drive through the countryside to  Halong Bay. Embark a cruise for two day trip in Halong Bay, visit the scenic stone landscape and enjoy sea activities.

OVERNIGHT: Halong Bay MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Dong Hoi

Leave Halong Bay for Hanoi and have some time free to explore the town. Board a night train to Dong Hoi.

OVERNIGHT: Vietnam MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park - Hue

Arriving at Dong Hoi, take a drive to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Enjoy a boat trip to explore Phong Nha and Dark Cave. Travel by road to Hue with stopover at DMZ Zone. Visit Ben Hai  River and Hien Luong Bridge. 

OVERNIGHT: Hue MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Hue

Spend this day to explore Hue with Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market. Drive through rolling hills to visit Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Mausoleum. Take a boat trip along the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda.

OVERNIGHT: Hue MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An

Travel by day train along  the coastline to Da Nang. Visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain before heading to Hoi An.

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An

Start exploring Hoi An on a morning walking tour. Visit Japanese Bridge, Museum of Ceramic, Phung Hung Ancient House, Chua Ong Pagoda and Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Have free to relax and explore at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Vietnam MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9

Hoi An – Da Nang – Nha Trang

Travel by day train to Nha Trang. Get a real experience of Vietnam and see landscape changing all along the way. Check in hotel in Nha Trang and relax.

OVERNIGHT: Nha Trang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10

Nha Trang

Spend this day out on a boat trip to explore Nha Trang Bay. Visit some islands of Hon Mun , Hon Tre  and Hon Mieu then relax on a beach

OVERNIGHT: Nha Trang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 11

Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh

Board our day  train again  and travel south to Ho Chi Minh. Catch a view of  pristine beaches, villages and Cham Towers. Arriving in Ho Chi Minh, take a short drive to hotel and relax.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 12

Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh

Drive to Cu Chi and explore the  Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Ho Chi Minh and Enjoy a half day city tour, including Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office , War Remnant Exhibit then take a walk in Ben Thanh Market.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 13

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta - My Tho

Travel by road to Mekong Delta and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to explore  Mekong Delta. Visit Unicorn Island and Ben Tre with cottage industries. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh with stopover at China Town.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 14

Ho Chi Minh - Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to  airport for departure

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

2 nights at hotel  on twin sharing basis , 1 night on train based on soft sleeper cabin for 4 passengers.

Included Meals:

13 breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L)

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Hanoi  with entrance fee

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Boat trip in Halong with entrance fee

Sightseeing of Phong Nha – Ke Bang park

Sightseeing tour of Hue with entrance fee

Boat trip in Hue

Sightseeing tour of Da Nang and Hoi An with entrance fee

Boat excursion in Nha Trang

Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour fo Cu Chi Tunnels with entrance fee

Boat trip in Mekong Delta s

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to/from Hanoi , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Vietnam and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

NO LISTING

Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Vietnam, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Vietnam.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

Based on the current custom regulation of Vietnam, visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes, or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1,5 liters liquor at 20% volumes and above or 2 liters liquor below 20% volume or 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks, 5 kilograms of tea in maximum, 3 kilograms of coffe in maximum, a reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings, and other goods, total value of which is not exceeding ten million VND.

Import and export of firearms and ammunition is prohibited. Transit transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and highly dangerous goods is subject to prior approval from the government of Viet Nam.

No restriction of currency is applied for entry or exit Vietnam. However you must make the declaration if you bring along  Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent.

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