12 day Vietnam Rail Tour - The Reunification Express Traveling along the legendary Vietnam
Itinerary (12 days/11 nights)
Saigon- Nha Trang- Danang- Hoi An- Danang- Hanoi- Sapa- Hanoi
Day 1: Saigon arrival
We will welcome you at Tan Son Nhat Airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day you are free at leisure.
Day 2: Saigon- Tay Ninh- Cu Chi- Saigon- Nha Trang
In the morning, you will depart for Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh province, what is known as the centre of the holy chair of Caodaism. This religion includes bits and pieces of most of the religious philosophies known in Vietnam during the early 20th century. You will attend a ceremony at the temple and please take your shoes off as entering the temple. After lunch you will visit the Cu Chi tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. Then you will return to Saigon for a night train at 11:00 pm to Nha Trang.
Day 3: Nha Trang
The train will arrive in Nha Trang around 5:30 am. You will be transferred to the hotel, have breakfast (not included in the program) and wait for the check-in time. This day you will be free to explore the beach.
Day 4: Nha Trang
Today you have a free day in Nha Trang.
Day 5: Nha Trang- Danang- Hoi An
We will transfer you to the train station to take a train at 5:23 am to Danang. The train goes along the coastal line of this poor region will show you thousand magnetic landscapes of beach sites, mounts, bustle towns and the characteristic cultural lives of the local people. The train arrives in Danang at 2:00 pm. You will be picked up and transferred to Hoi An for check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day you are free.
Day 6: Hoi An- Danang - Hanoi
Free in the morning. We transfer you to the train station at 1:00 pm to take the train to Hanoi. You will overnight on the train.
Optional: because it is a long tour, this part can also be done by flight.
Day 7: Hanoi
After being picked up at the train station, transferred to the hotel to check-in and refresh, you will start a full day city tour. The sightseeing tour will show you the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the one pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, the Ngoc Son Temple and the Ancient Quarter.
Day 8: Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi- Lao Cai
In the morning, you will transfer to Halong Bay, about 200 km from Hanoi. It takes you about 3 hours to get there. Then you will have a cruise on Halong Bay to most caves, have seafood on board for lunch and have pleasure time for swimming and sunbathing. In the afternoon, you will return to Hanoi for a night train at 10:20 pm to Lao Cai.
Day 9: Lao Cai- Sapa
The train arrives in Lao Cai early in the morning around 6:00 am. You will be woken up and picked up for a drive to Sapa for refreshing and having breakfast. Then, take a jeep to Ta Van for a trekking through Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai along a stream, up and down on the hill side trails. After having lunch, you will head down on small trails to further villages, mountains, waterfalls. Take a jeep back to hotel for overnight.
Day 10: Sapa- Lao Cai- Hanoi
After breakfast, walk down to Shin Chai of the Black H'Mong then head along the stream to Cat Cat, a village close to Sapa but out of commercialization for their specific tradition. Visit the local houses on the way back to Sapa. Free at leisure around Sapa until 5:30 pm, then you will take a drive to Lao Cai station for the night train at 8:30 pm back to Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi
Transfer from the train station to hotel. Check-in, then free at leisure.
Day 12: Hanoi departure
at leisure till your own departure
Trip prices include :
- Accommodation on a twin share basic with daily breakfast
- English speaking guide on tours and excursions
- Meals as indicated within the itinerary
- All in country transport within the journey as described in the program
- Arrival & Departure airport transfers
- Admission fees and permits during guided excursions
- Soft sleeper train with A.C tickets
Trip prices do not include :
- International Airfares
- International Airport tax
- Meals and drinks not mentioned
- Personal expenses such as Bar, Laundry & Telephone bills
- Admission fees and permits during free time
- Tips and gratuities
in US$ and per person
2-3 star hotels:
3-3 people: $605 per person
4-6 people: $ 571 per person
Single Supplement: $211 per person
4 star hotels:
3-3 people: $718 per person
4-6 people: $621 per person
Single Supplement: $285 per person