Day 1 – Hanoi (D)
After arriving in Hanoi you will be transferred to the hotel where you will enjoy some free time before meeting your tour leaders and our guide for a meet and greet. After a brief discussion about everyone’s photography skill level and needs it will be time to enjoy our first dinner together.
Day 2 – Hanoi => Tho Ha Village / City Tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for Tho Ha village to see how the locals make rice paper, then back to Hanoi for lunch. After lunch we head to a picturesque bamboo basket fishing village in the Hung Yen province. We will return to Hanoi in the evening for dinner.
Day 3 – Hanoi => Halong Bay (B, L, D)
This morning we head 160 km east to Halong Bay. Upon arrival, we board our private boat for an unforgettable cruise. There will be a welcome seafood lunch on board whilst we cruise in Halong Bay visiting some of the islands and caves. Late afternoon we will admire the sunset over the bay and enjoy some drinks on the deck or attend a cooking demonstration.
Day 4 – Halong Bay => Hanoi => Lao Cai (B, L, D)
Today we continue cruising the bay and visiting some other sights before enjoying a brunch. It will then be time to return to Halong wharf, disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. A lunch box will be provided en route. Once we have arrived in Hanoi, we will go for a ride by Xich Lo (rickshaw) around the old town before enjoying a delicious dinner. After dinner we will head to Hanoi train station for an overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 5 – Lao Cai => Sapa (B, L, D)
This morning we will arrive in Lao Cai station and proceed to Sapa town for breakfast. After breakfast we head to Ban Ho and Nam Xai villages where we will photograph the Xa Pho people in their different traditional dresses. We will take our time to admire the photogenic landscape and rice terraces along the way before coming back to Sapa for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch there will be time to review the images you have taken so far with your tutors or alternatively just enjoy some free time before having dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6 – Sapa (B, L, D)
This morning we focus our time on market photography. Vietnamese markets are a hive of activity and are wonderful places to capture everyday life as well as all of the colourful fruit, vegetables and food on sale. After lunch we will continue to photograph the locals before enjoying another delicious dinner.
Day 7 – Sapa => Hanoi (B, L, D)
We have a long day ahead of us today so we will be leaving very early in the morning with breakfast boxes to drive to Muong Hum where you will get to photograph some stunning big rice terraces from the top of the valley in the early morning light. As we are off the usual tourist trail there are no restaurants so we will have lunch boxes for our journey. We continue to drive and photograph more rice terraces around in Y Ty. Once we arrive in Lao Cai town you will be able to relax and freshen up at the hotel for a few hours. After dinner we will leave Lao Cai town boarding a night train to Hanoi.
Day 8 – Hanoi => Hue (B, L, D)
We will arrive very early in the morning in Hanoi where will be picked up and transferred downtown for breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast we leave Hanoi for Hue with an early morning flight arriving in Hue city. This afternoon we will photograph models inside the incredible Imperial Citadel. You will be able to learn how to set up your shots and direct your models to capture some stunning photos.
Day 9 – Hue => Danang (B, L, D)
After checking out of the hotel, we leave Hue for Danang by bus. We will photograph some fishermen with huge nets on their small boats. On the way we will see the picturesque Hai Van Pass (pass of the Ocean Clouds). We will continue driving through many beautiful red-tiled villages and enjoy spectacular views of the sea and the sky. After lunch we will go to photograph the monkeys on Son Tra Island.
Day 10 – Danang => Hoi An (B, L, D)
This morning we have one more chance to photograph the monkeys on Son Tra Island before leaving Danang for the charming Hoi An old town. On arrival in Hoi An we will have lunch at a local restaurant before checking into our hotel. After a few hours to relax we will head out to take a boat trip on Thu Bon river to photograph the big net fishermen as the sun sets. By the time we come back to Hoi An it will be getting dark so we will be able to photograph the local stores that sell beautiful lanterns. These stores glow with a multitude of colours in the evenings.
Day 11 – Hoi An (B, L, D)
As we have had a packed scheduled so far, today we have a relaxing day planned where we will stroll through Hoi An and practice our street photography in the afternoon. You are of course free to use today to explore Hoi An by yourself or even spend some time shopping. The Old Town is a charming place full of photo opportunities.
Day 12 – Hoi An => Danang => Saigon (B, L, D)
This morning we have an early start to take pictures at the colourful local market before coming back to the hotel for breakfast. We will then visit the local merchant houses that were built more than 200 years ago, and the Chinese temple where the first Chinese arrived in Vietnam. After lunch it is time to pack our bags to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Day 13 – Saigon (B, L, D)
Today we will go to the biggest post office in Indochina in the early morning followed by the Catholic church that was built by the French in the 18th century. Then it is time to photograph the many monks and nuns at the university where they both study and have daily lunch together in the Binh Chanh District. This afternoon we are going to take pictures of the monks and locals as they pray inside the pagoda in Saigon before enjoying a final farewell dinner together.
Day 14 – End Of Tour (B)
Today our amazing Vietnam adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, we will say our goodbyes and be transferred to the airport.