Riding The Vietnam Express Train Tour 12days

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Itinerary: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Ha Long Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

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    All about the Riding The Vietnam Express Train Tour 12days.

    Riding The Vietnam Express Train Tour 12days

    Travel Style: Vietnam Train Tours Start from Hanoi

    Duration: 12days/11nights

    Itinerary: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Ha Long Bay – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    *English speaking guide
    *All transportation and transfers
    *All accommodation on twin share basis at Victoria Hotel
    *Return Victoria Express train
    *Meals as indication
    *Admission fees and permits where applicable
    *Drinking water during the trek.
    * English or French Speaking Guide
    * Boat Trip Cruise in Ha Long Bay

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    *Airfares & airport taxes
    *Pre/post trip arrangement
    *Visa and visa arrangement
    *Travel insurance
    *Other personal expenses

    1. Day1 Hanoi – Arrival

      Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or to begin exploring the city. In the evening watch a performance of the renowned water puppet theatre whose origins date back over a thousand years. OVERNIGHT IN HANOI.

    2. Day2 Hanoi – Sightseeing

      A full day to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing his mausoleum, former residence and the One Pillar Pagoda. Also visit the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon visit the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. A one-hour tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo is a relaxing way to end the day. The tour includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese “long house”.

      OVERNIGHT IN HANOI. [Breakfast]

    3. Day3 Hanoi – Bac Ninh – Ha Long Bay

      After breakfast drive to Bac Ninh, the cradle of traditional Vietnamese music and theatre. On arrival take a horse-drawn cart through country lanes to visit the Dinh Bang communal house and Do temple. Enjoy local folk songs before proceeding to Ha Long Bay for overnight.

      OVERNIGHT IN HA LONG BAY. [Breakfast]

    4. Day4 Ha Long Bay – Boat Cruise – Hanoi – Hue by overnight train

      Relax on a 5-hour boat cruise through magnificent Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO designated World Heritage site. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board. Return to Hanoi, stopping en route at Phu Lang ceramic village or Dong Giao woodcarving village. In the evening transfer to railway station for an overnight train to Hue. (S1 class recommended)

      OVERNIGHT ON TRAIN. [Breakfast, Lunch]

    5. Day5 Hue – Sightseeing

      Arrive in Hue and transfer to hotel. The rest of the morning is free for rest or to begin exploring the city. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Citadel and the elaborate tombs of Emperor Khai Dinh and Tu Duc.

      OVERNIGHT IN HUE. [Breakfast]

    6. Day6 Hue – Danang – Hoi An

      Morning boat cruise on the romantic Perfume River. Visit the elegant Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Drive along the coast, through emerald-green paddy fields and over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass. En route, visit Danang’s Cham Museum with the world’s finest collection of Cham artwork. Upon arrival in the ancient port of Hoi An transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the town.

      OVERNIGHT IN HOI AN. [Breakfast]

    7. Day7 Hoi An – Sightseeing

      Embark on a half-day walking tour of this quaint town visiting ancient merchants’ houses, a Hokkien temple, a 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Afternoon trip to a lantern workshop to learn the techniques involved and then create your own. Finish the day with a sunset boat trip on the Thu Bon River to Thanh Ha pottery village.

      OVERNIGHT IN HOI AN. [Breakfast]

    8. Day8 Hoi An – Danang – Nha Trang (by day train)

      In the morning, transfer to Danang railway station for the day trip to Nha Trang. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of mountains, rice fields and ocean. Arrive in Nha Trang in the evening. Transfer to hotel.

      OVERNIGHT IN NHA TRANG. [Breakfast]

    9. Day9 Nha Trang – Boat Cruise – Ho Chi Minh City (by overnight train)

      In the morning, enjoy Nha Trang’s turquoise waters and white sandy beaches with a boat cruise to offshore islands in Nha Trang Bay. In the afternoon, visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang Cathedral and the Oceanographic Institute. A visit to a local fish and food market is optional. In the evening, transfer to the railway station for the overnight train to Ho Chi Minh City.

      OVERNIGHT ON TRAIN. [Breakfast]

    10. Day10 Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels

      Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to hotel. The rest of the morning is free for rest or to begin exploring the city. In the afternoon drive to the remarkable Cu Chi tunnels, just outside Ho Chi Minh City. During the war “Viet Cong” guerillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels, using them to hide during bombing raids and stage surprise attacks.


    11. Day11 Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Boat Cruise

      Drive through the scenic Mekong Delta to My Tho and board a boat to an orchard garden. Take a horse-drawn cart to Quoi Son to visit a bee farm and float on a sampan through narrow, tree-lined canals. Continue to Tan Thach commune to visit a family-run enterprise making coconut candy. After lunch return to Ho Chi Minh City stopping en route at Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Temple.

      OVERNIGHT IN HO CHI MINH CITY. [Breakfast, Lunch]

    12. Day12 Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

      The morning is free for shopping before transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure.

      End of services. [Breakfast]

    Accommodation for Your Journey

    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.

    Hotel Standards

    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 tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Accommodation for Your Journey

    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.

    Important note:

    – 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

    Here you can review, add or remove your booking items, complete and submit your booking form.

    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.

    Notice: our email may go to your spam mailbox, please check your spam mailbox if you don’t receive our response in one working day.

    2. Deposit:

    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.

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