Rail Tour Of Vietnam 18days
Itinerary: Sai Gon – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi – Long Tan – Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Ninh Binh – Ha Noi – Sa Pa – Ha Long Bay
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Rail Tour Of Vietnam 18days
Travel Style: Vietnam Train Tours Start from Hanoi
Itinerary: Sai Gon – Mekong Delta – Cu Chi – Long Tan – Nha Trang – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Ninh Binh – Ha Noi – Sa Pa – Ha Long Bay
– Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast;
– Private transfer and tours by a/c vehicle;
– English speaking guide (other languages are available upon request);
– Entrance and boat fees where mentioned;
– Domestic train tickets (Saigon – NhaTrang, NhaTrang – Danang, Danang – Hue, Hue – Hanoi, Hanoi – Haiphong);
– Meals as stated in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
– Service charges, room tax and handling fees.
– Visa and airport tax;
– Personal expenses (tel, fax, laundry, drinks, tips);
– Other services which are not mentioned in program.
- Day 1
Arrive Saigon …Hotel check-in, a welcoming lunch then time for a short walk around the centre of Ho Chi Minh City and become familiar with location of hotel, shops, and the way to cross the busy roads. A free afternoon before we shake off the jet-lag with a nice little dinner at a rooftop city restaurant and perhaps gather at our hotel bar for a nightcap to gradually close down our first day in Vietnam. L/D
- Day 2
City Tour/Saigon Post Office/War Museum/Thien Hau Pagoda and busy Binh Tay markets at Cho Lon – Lunch then cruise into some free time to visit shopping venues and markets or simply stroll around the centre of the city …that’s where your hotel is located!. Dinner with a floor show at the Rex Hotel. Pretty ladies! B/L/D
- Day 3
Coach tour to visit Cu Chi (tunnels), then continuing to Tay Ninh (ceremony at Great Cao Dai Temple) before taking a nice lunch at a local family-run restaurant in Tay Ninh. We return to Saigon via a stop at Ben Thanh Market and a pedestrian stroll back to our hotel. B/L
- Day 4
A coach trip to My Tho on the Mekong delta and a boat trip to Thoi Son Island for a terrific garden lunch and a look at island life and a folk music show – return to Saigon, relax , before a fantastic Dinner Cruise on the Saigon River reminds you that you’re on holidays! B/L/D
OR Day 4* for Long Tan visitors (Additional cost involved). My Tho trip (as above) followed by coach/car to Vung Tau. Dinner at our hotel then evening is free to discover “Vungers” …a drink at Ned Kelly’s Eureka Pub? B/L/D
- Day 5
Visit Reunification Palace (former Presidential Palace)/ laquerware factory then Lunch and a shopping break before Dinner and transfer to Railway Station. Our 1st night on THE TRAIN ….to Nha Trang. B/L/D
OR Day 5* (Long Tan visitors). Early start on tour of Vung Tau then off to Long Tan, Nui Dat and Long Phuoc. Lunch in Baria before rejoining Rail Tour group in Saigon for Dinner then THE TRAIN!
- Day 6
Arrive Nha Trang – beachside hotel. Brekky then boat trip to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium and Hon Tre (Bamboo Island) – Lunch on island. A beachfront setting for dinner …order what you like (Aussie steak, NZ lamb, Indian curry) …Open Menu! After dinner relax at a coffee shop by the beach opposite our hotel, or maybe try a cyclo ride along the tree-lined promenade. B/L/D
- Day 7
Early rise to practice Tai Chi with the locals on the beach before breakfast. Visit Long Son Pagoda-Po Na Gar Tower-City Centre then Lunch at our hotel. Afternoon is completely free time before dinner at a local seafood restaurant. Relax with a drink in the Dining Car before the train rocks us to sleep as it heads north to our next stop on tour, Da Nang. B/L/D
- Day 8
AM arrive Da Nang, break then transfer to hotel in Hoi An and some free time. In the late afternoon we set off on a visit to a silk making enterprise, then a guided pedestrian tour exploring the Old Town. Check out the Japanese Bridge, Hoi An museum, riverside cafes and the town market before deciding on some dinner …we know just the place! B/L
- Day 9
A free day to relax by the pool or the beach, wander Hoi Anâ€™s Old Town, or hit the shops (made-to-order clothes). A garden lunch in town and a rooftop dinner with a dance show (Cham culture) concludes a lazy, entertaining day. B/L/D
- Day 10
Depart Da Nang by train for breathtaking scenery en route to Hue, the former royal capital. Visit the tombs of the emperors, the famous Citadel Palace and take a leisurely trip along the Perfume River to the wonderful Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 10. Transfer to train for a 4 hour trip via the super-scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue. Arrive at our hotel mid afternoon before a boat trip along the Perfume River to the wonderful Thien Mu Pagoda. A cyclo tour of Hue in the early evening takes us to an entertaining Dinner. Lunch on train. A BIG DAY …coach-train-boat-cyclo! B/L/D
- Day 11
Visit the tombs of the emperors and the famous Citadel of Hue before farewelling Hue and resuming our rail journey into the North, across the 17th Parallel. Enjoy spectacular coastal and rural scenes, followed by an ”Aussie picnic dinner” before retiring to bed as our train closes the distance to the capital, Ha Noi.
Day 11. Early start to visit the famous Citadel and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before returning to hotel; lunch, then on to Hue’s historic railway station. PM: All aboard to cross the 17th Parallel and into the North. Dinner on train (a party!) and an overnight trip before arrival in Hanoi early the next morning. Spectacular scenery and sunsets! B/L/D
- Day 12
Arrive at Ninh Binh Station (100km south of Hanoi) around 6.30AM and then breakfast at a local tourist restaurant. We’re here to have some fun in boats and visit the spectacular scenery in the region surrounding Hoa Lu and the Tam Coc caves ”poetically (and aptly) called ”Halong Bay on the ricefields”. By mid morning our group resumes the journey north aboard a tour coach travelling through verdant rural countryside to the national capital, Ha Noi . Check-in to our hotel in the centre of the city’s famed Old Quarter then kick back with a nice lunch and a free afternoon and evening to wander/shop your way around the lake and stores in the city centre, or explore the scenes and bargains available in the fascinating Old Quarter. Dinner venues are easy to find …or perhaps some room service and relaxation? B/L
- Day 13
A coach tour around the city fringes on our way to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and wartime home amid the expansive gardens surrounding the former residence of the French Governor of Indochina. Later we visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda and the ancient Temple of Literature before it’s time for lunch then a free afternoon. At 6PM we’re attending a performance of Hanoi’s celebrated Water Puppet Theatre and then the fun continues with dinner at a favourite restaurant. After dinner we transfer to Hanoi Railway Station ready for an overnight rail trip NW to Lao Cai and the mountain region near the China Border. B/L/D
- Day 14
Arrive Lao Cai then scenic bus trip to Sa Pa (mountain resort/former hill station) and visit local sites. PM includes a tour in Russian jeeps and some easy trekking thru local H’Mong Villages Lunch and Dinner at our hotel. B/L/D
- Day 15
Free morning to laze or experience the kaleidoscope of scenes in Sa Pa town. Midday checkout then lunch before starting on scenic downhill drive to Lao Cai (train) – includes visit to the China Border and a cold drink or two before the train departs. Dinner in Lao Cai before our last night on the train as we head back to Hanoi. B/L/D
- Day 16
Arrive in Hanoi, farewell our friendly rail crew, then transfer to coach for trip to Ha Long Bay …coffee stop enroute. All aboard our JUNK before 9AM for breakfast and the start of a relaxing boat cruise around the islands and grottoes of this World Heritage attraction. Spend a day & night aboard our JUNK and enjoy wonderful seafood for lunch and dinner …great dining! B/L/D.
- Day 17
Morning coach trip back to Hanoi then lunch at local restaurant (another favourite!). Afternoon and evening is free time to rest/shop/walk in the Old Quarter, the museums or around the shops in central Hanoi. A Farewell Party at our “Final Lunch” on tour then it’s time to finish your shopping or party-on in Ha Noi’s new, trendy nightspots. LAST NIGHT IN VIETNAM! B/L
- Day 18
Morning free for final shopping before Hotel-Airport transfer.
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience
The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.
– Price is in United State Dollar (USD)
– Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.
– Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.
Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.
Re-check the services you would like to book then click “Submit Booking” (“Send My Inquiry” for Land Tours) to navigate to the final step. At the final step, fill your necessary information in the detail information form.
Please fill correct information, especially the email address and phone number so that we can contact with you to process the booking. Once finish filling the information, click “Submit” button to send the request to us.
Note: An automatic email will be sent to your email address and our salespeople will soon contact you regarding the reservation. In the meantime, you have successfully sent your request to us. Please remember to utilize our “Book Together” feature in reservation process to have more savings.
The booking process is represented through 5 steps below:
Step 1: Check Rates
Fill in the numbers of adults, children and infants of your group, enter your departure date and click ‘Check Rates’ button, you will see the accommodation prices.
Once you selected an accommodation, click ‘Book It’ button to continue.
Tips: To get more special discounts, please take a look at ‘Trip saving for booking together’ section where you can check rates and get a discount for booking 02 services at the same time. The discount amount ranges from US$3 to US$60 per room per night (hotel) or per pax (tour).
Step 2: Book Extra Services
This step meets your needs in booking optional services like transfer, visa, kayaking or other interesting activities related to your current booking.
Tips: Don’t forget to book hotels, tours together in this step! It’s a smart way to get more savings.
Step 3: Submit Booking
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After your booking is submitted, the system navigates to a ‘Thank you page and send you an automatic email listing all the services you requested.
Our travel consultant will get in contact with you within 01 working day to inform about the service availability & payment.
Step 4: Confirm Availability & Deposit
1. Check availability :
After receiving your booking request, our consultant will check the availability of the services. If the services are available, our consultant will send you a payment link for the deposit by email, otherwise we will give you some alternative suggestions.
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After receiving the payment link in the email sent from our consultant, please make the deposit as soon as possible to secure your booking. When we receive your deposit payment, our consultant will reserve the services for your booking as following:
If all of the services are reserved successfully, we will send you a Confirmation Email including the deposit invoice and other useful information
If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.
Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.
Step 5: Final Payment
The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.
The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.
Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.
At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.
The deposit is required to guarantee your reservation (tours, hotels, transfer, etc.). After receiving your deposit, we’re going to reserve the services for you. So the deposit is required to secure your booking. Normally, 30% of total cost will be required for deposit at the booking time. For some urgent cases or special types of promotion, we will require full payment at the booking time. Learn more: how to pay deposit
Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.