15 day train tour in Vietnam Reunification Express
Traveling bay train along the scenic coastal regions of Vietnam
15 days/14 nights
Saigon- Cu Chi- Mekong- Saigon- Nha Trang- Danang- Hoi An -Hue- Hoi An- Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi- Sapa- Hanoi
Day 1: Saigon arrival
We will welcome you at Saigon airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day you are free at leisure.
Day 2: Saigon
The half day Saigon cty tour by cyclo will lead you along the roads of Saigon to Notre Dame, Post Office, War Museum, and Ngoc Hoang pagoda. Free in the afternoon.
Day 3: Saigon- Cu Chi- Mekong- Saigon- Nha Trang
In the morning you will leave for 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. After that you will go to Mekong River for a cruise by motor boat combined with a visit to local homes and orchards, a sampan ride experience on palm-shaded creeks, together with taste of seasonal fruit and lunch of Mekong specialities. After this you will return to Saigon to take a night train to Nha Trang.
Day 4: Nha Trang
The train arrives in Nha Trang around 5:30 am. Transfer to the hotel to drop the luggage. Then take the boat trip to visit some nearby islands where you can swim or snorkel to see the submarine life of the ocean. Further sunbathing and snorkeling will be followed by the lunch with fresh seafood specialities. Return to the offshore after cruising around. Overnight 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 will go along the coastal line of this poor region and will show you thousand magnificent landscapes of beach sites, mountains, bustle towns and the characteristic cultural lives of the local people. The train arrives in Danang at 2:16 pm. You will be picked up and transferred to Hoi An for check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day you are free at leisure.
Day 6: Hoi An
Hoi An used to be a harbor for the businessmen on the silk road connecting China, Japan, Indian, the Netherlands and Portugal since 16th century. The walking tour Hoi An will introduce you the ancient culture that is still remained, not only in the architecture but also in the life style of the local habitants. Free at night.
Day 7: Hoi An- Hue- Hoi An
Take the transport to Hue Citadel, the ex-capital of Vietnam in the pheudalism. Stop over at the top of Hai Van Pass for a couple of pictures. After arriving in Hue, visit the Tuduc tomb, Thien Muc Pagoda and the Hue Citadel. Return to Hoi An for overnight.
Day 8: Hue- Danang- Hanoi
Free in the morning.We transfer you to the train station at 1:00 pm to take the train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.
Day 9: Hanoi
After being picked up at the train station, transfered to the hotel to check-in and a refreshment, we will start the half day city tour by cyclo. 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 10: Hanoi- Halong
Transfer to the train station to take the train at 6:05 am to Hai Phong (arrive at 7:55 am). After breakfast, take the 90 minutes hydrofoil of 10:30 am to Hon Gai. After that, change to the junk to start the cruise through the World Heritage site of Halong Bay. The stunning views, limestone caves, off-shore islets, sea-bathing on board and the delicious seafood lunch will make this a remarkable trip. You will have dinner among a wonderful sunset on the ocean. Relax and overnight on board.
Day 11 : Halong- Hanoi- Lao Cai
Further cruise along the Bay, visit rock piles, sun bathing and snorkeling before getting on the hydrofoil back to Hai Phong, then at 6:10 pm railing back to Hanoi Train station (arrival in Hanoi at 8:10 pm). Change trains to go to Lao Cai (departure at 10:20 pm).
Day 12: 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, heading down on small trails to further villages, mountains, waterfalls. Take a jeep back to hotel for overnight.
Day 13: 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 to take a drive to Lao Cai station for the night train at 8:30 pm back to Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi
Transfer from the train station to the hotel. Check-in, you will have the rest of the day free at leisure.
Day 15 : Hanoi departure
Free till it is time to transfer to the airport for the flight back home.
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
Trip prices in US$ and per person
2-3 people: $1085 per person
4-6 people: $ 758 per person
Single Supplement: $268 per person
3-3 people: $1265 per person
4-6 people: $987 per person
Single Supplement: $414 per person