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12 DAYS VIETNAM TRAIN TOUR

12 Days / 11 Nights

Private tour (HANVTT12): Daily departure from Hanoi with local English or French-speaking guides (other language speaking guides at surcharge)

DAY 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL    (-/-/-)
Meet on arrival at Hanoi / Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi
Meals included: None

DAY 2: HANOI CITY AND VILLAGE TOUR (B/L/-)

HALF DAY HANOI CITY TOUR
Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his former residence (closed on Monday and Friday), One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago. Afterwards, continue to Hoan Kiem Lake and visit the Ngoc Son Temple.

HISTORIC VIETNAMESE VILLAGE AND PAGODA
Drive to Duong Lam village (approximately 55 km from Hanoi). Upon arrival at Duong Lam village visit some highlights of the village, such as the Village Gate, the Communal House, an ancient house and “Mia” Pagoda.
Proceed to Tay Phuong pagoda to discover the wonderful collection of Buddhist statues dating back to the 17th century. Return to Hanoi.

WATER PUPPET SHOW
Enjoy a performance of the famous water puppet show.
The Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry has roots that date back to the 10th century when it originated in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this unique art form. Puppets are attached to a long bamboo pole and dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain. Learning to manipulate the puppets is usually a tradition that is passed on as a family secret. It takes a great deal of skill and because the puppeteer’s hands are underwater it is easy for them to hide their methods. The fascinating part is that the central stage is below the water line, and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water. A rattan curtain hides them, but they can see the stage and the audience through the bamboo slats.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi
Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at Tonkin restaurant or similar

DAY 3: HANOI – TRAIN TO HAI DUONG – HALONG BAY (B/L/-)


Transfer to Gia Lam Railway Station for a train trip to Hai Duong (ETD: 06:15). Upon arrival to Hai Duong (ETA: 07:13), continue on road to Halong City. Proceed to the Halong tourist pier for embarkation.

Start a relaxing and wonderful cruise through World Nature Heritage Halong Bay, passing bizarre rock formations, such as the Dinh Huong (the Incense Urn), Cho Da (the Stone Dog), islands with sandy beaches and Ga Choi (the Fighting Roosters) islets. You will discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea“.

The picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. You will visit Thien Cung and Dau Go grottoes situated on the south-west side of the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung grotto is covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering a narrow gate, the grotto’s 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in you will be more astonished in front of the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from the stalactites. On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters of tales. Going out of the Thien Cung grotto, you will have a sensation of just watching a unique, meticulous, interesting fine-art museum which is made by nature. This grotto is one of the most beautiful ones in Halong Bay. Legend has it, that beautiful young lady named May (cloud), caught the eye of the Dragon Prince and he fell in love with her. They were betrothed, and their wedding lasted seven days and seven nights in the very centre of the grotto.
During the boat trip fresh seafood fingertips will be served for your delights (please let us know if you do not eat seafood).
Optional kayaking (2 persons per kayak) is available at surcharge. Bring along swimwear & towels as you may want to go for a refreshing swim in the bay (if weather permits).

Accommodation at hotel in Halong
Meals included: Breakfast
Seafood lunch on board

DAY 4: HALONG BAY – BAT TRANG – HANOI – NIGHT TRAIN TO HUE (B/-/D)
In the morning return to Hanoi. On the way visit:

BUT THAP PAGODA AND CRAFT VILLAGES OF DONG HO AND BAT TRANG
Drive to But Thap Pagoda, which was built in the reign of King Tran Thanh Ton (1258-1278). The pagoda is well-known for the traditional Vietnamese art of wood carving and sculpture. Some splendid works of art are housed in the pagoda including the statue of Buddha with thousand hands and thousand eyes, and the statue of Tay Thien Dong Do Vietnam.

Continue to Dong Ho traditional block painting village, located on the banks of the Duong River in Bac Ninh province. Using the traditional Diep paper (this kind of paper is handmade by pounding the peel of Do trees with seashell – hence the name of the paper) and colours derived from nature, craftsmen print Dong Ho pictures of different themes from good luck wishes, historical figures to everyday activities and folk allegories.

On the way back to Hanoi, visit Bat Trang pottery village, situated approximately 15 km outside of Hanoi, surrounded by fertile farmland. Watch the artisans forming, painting and glazing their products, which are then baked for several days in huge kilns.

Upon arrival to Hanoi, have dinner at a local restaurant and then transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Hue (SE1 Unification Express, sharing 4-berth air-conditioned compartment).

Notes:
Our tour guide will not accompany you on the train.
Train schedule is subject to change (ETD: 19:00 hrs).
Private compartments on request at surcharge.
Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience. 
Meals included: Breakfast
Dinner at local restaurant

DAY 5: HUE CITY TOUR AND SURROUNDINGS (B/L/-)


Upon arrival at Hue Railway Station (ETA: 08:00 hrs), transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast.

THE EMPERORS’ TOMBS
Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Visit Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc Royal Tombs, considered to be the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue.

IMPERIAL CITY AND CYCLO TOUR THROUGH OLD HUE
Explore the Imperial City of Hue. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall  encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow  Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Then, the cyclo will take you through the narrow lanes of old Hue, passing homes, shops, hidden cafés, bonsai gardens and parks.

Accommodation at hotel in Hue
Meals included: Breakfast at local restaurant
Lunch at Ancient Hue restaurant or similar

DAY 6: HUE – TRAIN TO DANANG – HOI AN (B/L/-)


Transfer Hue Railway Station for a short, but very scenic train journey to Danang (SE3 Express, 10:45 – 13:15). Pick up from Danang Railway Station and transfer to Hoi An.

HOI AN WALKING TOUR
Known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roof houses and narrow streets. Having been through many ups and downs in the past, the original structures, however, are still virtually intact. That was the reason to persuade the UNESCO to recognize Hoi An as a World Heritage in 1999. Besides, the surroundings of Hoi An, especially the countryside, are one of the most outstanding highlights that visitors should experience during their stay in Hoi An.
One of the best ways to discover Hoi An and its surroundings is by walking. During our 4-hour leisurely walk you will discover the daily life of the local people: green paddy fields, vegetable gardens, markets, temples, historic houses, fishermen and stunning countryside scenes will simply mesmerize you. This tour offers great photo opportunities and you may find yourself chatting with the locals and inhaling unforgettable memories.

Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An
Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at Tam Tam restaurant or similar

DAY 7: HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN (B/L/-)


MY SON SANCTUARY – A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
My Son, located 69 km southwest of Danang, was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, between the 4th and 12th centuries. My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs. The main component of the Cham architectural design is the tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king. On the way back, stop for a short visit to the Sa Huynh Champa Museum in Tra Kieu.

SUNSET CRUISE
Transfer to the pier and board the boat for a river cruise down to Cua Dai. Observe the passing parade of the local fishing boat fleet setting sail to the sea and witness the magic of the sun slowly sinking down in the western sky. Meet and engage with local fishermen and get hands-on experience of traditional round net and cast net fishing. You also have the opportunity to learn how to manoeuvre a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. Return to the boat for a cold beer or a soft drink and a Vietnamese snack.

Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An
Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at Red Bridge restaurant or similar

DAY 8: HOI AN – DANANG – TRAIN TO NHA TRANG (B/L/-)


Visit the marble-carving village at the foot of the mountains. Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples can be reached by climbing steep steps (please wear appropriate shoes).
Proceed to the railway station for the day train to Nha Trang (Unification Express, sharing 4-berth air-conditioned compartment).
Upon arrival to Nha Trang at approx. 21:42 hrs, transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Notes:
Your guide will not accompany you during the train journey.
Train schedule is subject to change (ETD: 13:03 hrs).
Private compartments on request at surcharge.
Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Accommodation at hotel in Nha Trang
Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch box on train

DAY 9: NHA TRANG ISLAND TOUR (B/L/-)


MUN ISLAND “THE ONLY MARINE PARK IN VIETNAM”
Pick up at your hotel and drive to the harbour for embarkation. Visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium and continue the cruise to Mun Island – Vietnam’s only marine park. Snorkel at the island to discover Nha Trang’s stunning underwater world, sunbath and swim at Tam Island. Hop on a local basket boat and enjoy a seafood lunch at Mieu Island or at Con Se Tre Resort (Bamboo Resort). Explore the life of fishermen at Mieu fishing village before we return to the hotel.

Accommodation at hotel in Nha Trang
Meals included: Breakfast
Seafood lunch

DAY 10: NHA TRANG COUNTRYSIDE CYCLING SAFARI – NIGHT TRAIN TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)

FULL DAY COUNTRYSIDE CYCLING SAFARI


Our full day countryside cycling safari takes you even further “off the beaten track” along scenic trails to small local villages, towns and farms. These tailor-made biking excursions are one of the best ways to experience the “true” Vietnamese countryside and culture.
08:00 hrs: We depart by air-conditioned van to the Dien Khanh citadel. Start cycling through peaceful and picturesque Dien Binh villages, where we will stop at orchards, village markets, administration centres and local homes. Enjoy your Vietnamese lunch at a Memento country home. Taste local specialities, such as Banh Xeo (pancake), spring rolls, etc. Go fishing, indulge yourself with a traditional massage or just watch the locals pursuing their daily tasks. Return to Nha Trang.
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to Nha Trang Railway Station for the night train to Ho Chi Minh City (SE3 Express, sharing 4-berth air-conditioned compartment).

Notes:
Your guide will not accompany you during the train journey.
Train schedule is subject to change (ETD 22:03 hrs).
Private compartments on request at surcharge.
Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience. 
Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at local restaurant

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)
The train arrives in Ho Chi Minh City at approx. 05:00 hrs. in the morning. Pick up and have breakfast in a local restaurant.

CU CHI TUNNELS


Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels. For a more “thrilling” experience, you can even test your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge).

HALF DAY SAIGON CITY TOUR
Formerly known as Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River.
Your sightseeing tour includes visiting bustling Cho lon (Chinatown), Thien Hau pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas of the Chinese in the area and colourful Ben Than Market. Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station.
Photo stop at the former Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975 and continue to visit the War Remnants Museum.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals included: Breakfast at local restaurant
Lunch at Hideaway Restaurant or similar

DAY 12: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE  (B/-/-)
Time at leisure until transfer to Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast
“WE WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE JOURNEY”
TOUR PRICE BASED ON
Superior Hanoi Boutique Hotel 1 – Deluxe room (Hanoi), Mithrin Hotel – Superior room (Halong), Festival Hotel – Deluxe room (Hue), Ancient House Resort – Superior room (Hoi An), Hon Tam Sea and Sun Hotel – Deluxe room (Nha Trang), Sapphire Hotel – Superior room (Ho Chi Minh City)
Please contact us for rates based on different hotels.

TOUR PRICE

 

Price in USD per full paying guest in shared twin/double
room occupancy in a party of

Service Description

1 guest

2 guests

3-5 guests

6-9 guests

Child (*)

Single room supplement

Hotels as mentioned in the tour programme

2,380.00

1,372.00

1,172.00

987.00

733.00

271.00

 

 

 

   

 

 

(*)  Child policy:
Discounted rates are applicable for 1 child (from 2 – 11 years of age) accompanied by 2 full-paying passengers (in other words, for every 2 full-paying participants 1 child is entitled to the special child rate).

OUR TOUR PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF
• Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
• Meals as stated in the programme [B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner]
• Transfers and tours with local English or French-speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
• All entrance fees, boat fees and cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
• Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
• Train tickets Hanoi – Hai Duong on local train
• Train tickets Hanoi – Hue, Hue – Danang, Danang – Nha Trang and Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City on Unification Express as mentioned (in shared air-conditioned compartment with 4 soft berths)
• Bicyle and and helmet rental
• Snorkel gear (mask and snorkel)

NOT INCLUDED ARE
• Domestic airfare (quoted separately)
• International airfare to / from Vietnam (quoted separately, if requested)
• Optional tours
• Kayaking in Halong Bay
• Surcharges for other language guides
• Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
• Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
• Drinks with meals
• Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
• Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

CANCELLATIONS
• Refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced.

• FIT (Individuals): Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the company or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors, other penalties imposed by suppliers such as hotels):
• Between 29- 21 days before departure:  According to the costs incurred will be charged
• Between 20 days and 15 days prior to departure: 25% of package price
• Between 14 days and 8 days prior to departure: 50% of package price
• Between 07 days and 2 days prior to departure: 75% of package price
• 1 day prior to departure or no show:   100% of package price

• GIT (Groups): Cancellation of tours due to minimum number of participants will be advised 6 weeks before departure of the tour; in which case Happy Go Travel will offer an alternative tour of a similar standard or a full refund. Cancellation policy for GIT bookings will be advised separately case by case.

• HOTEL ONLY
• Between 29- 21 days before departure:  no charge
• Between 20 days and 15 days prior to departure: 60% of accommodation price
• Between 14 days and 0 days prior to departure: 100% of accommodation price
• Certain Hotels impose stricter cancellation policies which will be advised separately.

PLEASE NOTE
• For air ticket reservations, we require the guests’ full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change until paid in full and ticketed.
• Airfares are subject to increase without prior notice.
• Please be advised that prices will be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers.
• This is a quotation only and neither reservations for services nor hotel bookings have been made.
• Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.

CONTACT INFORMATION OF HAPPY GO TRAVEL
HAPPY GO TRAVEL - HANOI HEAD OFFICE:
Address:  5th floor,  130F Thai Thinh str, Trung Liet, Dong Da,  Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone during office hours:  +84 24 32 686 686; +84 24 32 898 898
Fax:  +84 24 32 171 783

EMERCENCY CONTACTS (ENGLISH AND GERMAN-SPEAKING)
Mobile: Mr. Thang (Managing Director) (+84) 934556056

IMPORTANT NOTICE
 Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Happy Go Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmes. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
 Programmes, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
 We strongly advise to leave valuable items (money, passport, credit cards, jewellery, sensitive documents, laptop computer, etc.) in the hotel safe. During excursions and roundtrips, personal belongings, especially money and valuables should NEVER be left on vehicles, even during short breaks, and carried around at all times. Happy Go Travel is not responsible for any loss or theft.
 Vietnam being a developing country is in full process of upgrading its infrastructure. Therefore, driving overland can be cumbersome due to ongoing road constructions.

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