Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour ( B, L )
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise ( B, L,D )
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi ( B,L )
Day 5: Hanoi – Danang flight - Hoian ancient town ( B , L)
Day 6: Hoian - Hue( B, L )
Day 7: Hue – Ho chi minh flight ( B )
Day 8: Ho chi minh city – Cu chi tunnel ( B, L)
Day 9: Ho chi minh – Mekong Delta - Ho chi minh ( B, L )
Day 10: Ho chi minh departure ( B )
Itinerary in details:
Day 1: Ha Noi arrival
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel, check in, relax. Today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam.
Overnight at hotel in Han.
Day 2 : Hanoi city tour ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour with the Ho Chi Minh Complex from outside. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on every Monday, Friday, and from 15th June to 15th August for annual maintenance), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon, We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Time for shopping in the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market, Hang Gai Street, Hang Bong Street, Hang Ngang Street…
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Optional- Street food tour including dinner
Time frame: Around 3 hours
At around 17:30, our tour guide will meet you again at your hotel lobby, then start walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday. Special thing that tour guide would like to introduce some popular authentic food in lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants) where you feel comfortable to sit down and enjoy some favorite dishes and nice drinks too.
It's interesting to taste some local food stalls and mini restaurants in hidden alleys and sidewalks, to learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language.
Street food tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, kow how a Hanoian cook the meals. What’s a great way to discover Vietnam culture.
Cost: 24 USD / person
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay on board ( B, L, D )
Breakfast at hotel, then 8:00 AM start a drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee ( by your own ) before arriving to Ha Long City.
12:00 – 12:30 Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13:30 – 14:30 Savor a delectable lunch as cruises among the limestone islands.
15:00 – 16:00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16:00 – 17:00 Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17:00 – 17:30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17:30 – 19:00 Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board.
Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi - ( Brunch )
06:30 – 07:15 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:30 – 08:30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09:00 – 10:00 Kayak around the Luon Cave.
10:15 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
10:15 – 10:45 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10:45– 11:30 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
11:30 - 12:00 Disembark cruise. We will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for trip back Hanoi, check in, relax.
Day 5: Hanoi – Danang flight – Hoian ancient town ( B, L )
This morning transfer to airport for flight to Danang. The guide in Danang will pick you up, transfer to Hoian ancient town.
Today we have a lot of time to explore Hoian ancient town. We take a tour to explore Hoian ancient town, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders. Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also famous for it's shops in particular it's large number of tailors. If you wanted, you could have a whole new wardrobe made for you here!
Overnight at hotel in Hoian.
Day 6: Hoian – Hue ( B ) - 150km, around 4 hours traveling by road
This morning there is plenty of time to relax or discover Hoian by yourself. You can spend your time walking around exploring the many Chinese assembly halls and fascinating ancestral homes, some of which have been occupied by the same family for fifteen genera ions. You might like to take a boat ride with one of the local women across the Thu Bon River. Perhaps you would like to hire a bicycle and head off on a scenic ride to the town, about 4 km away. There's even the chance to improve your culinary skills with a Vietnamese cooking lesson! One thing is for sure - there is no shortage of things to do in this town!
Afternoon say good bye Hoian and embark on northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Stop en route at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. The guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds. Arrival Hue, we take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies.
Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 7: Hue – Ho chi minh ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, we set out for the exploration of Hue's famous highlights, including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945.
We embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Khai dinh, built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors final resting place. Transfer to the airport for flight to Ho chi minh city. The guide in Ho chi minh city will pick you up, transfer the city center, check in, relax.
Day 8: Ho chi minh city – Cu chi tunnel ( B, L ) – 70km 1 way
Morning after breakfast, 8:00 AM pick up at hotel, drive tothe famous Cuchi Tunnels. It takes you nearly 2 hours traveling by road from Ho chi minh to Cu chi tunnel.
At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was several stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth, going to school.
Back city for lunch.
Afternoon take city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. We visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office, Opera House and the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
Day 9: Ho chi minh – Mekong Delta – Ho chi minh (B, L)
You will be picked up at your hotel, transfer to My Tho, 80 km from Ho chi minh city. It takes you around 2 hours to get the area. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta.
On arrival at My Tho, you will take the leisurely motorized boat on the Tien River through the four beautiful islands known as Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island.
On the way, you will see the fishing port, stilt houses, boat-building workshops. The cruise will lead you through Bao Dinh Canal to enter Ben Tre Province - "the country of coconut" to see a typical agricultural model call "Garden - Pond – Cage” then enjoy coconut candy mill and the relaxing honey tea. Then take an amazing rowing boat trip on the small canal - fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s tree and cool breezes.
Lunch will be served in the heart of the orchard garden, where you will enjoy countryside delicacies.
After lunch, we will walk into the village, visit fruit gardens, enjoy the tropical fruits while listening "Southern Vietnamese folk music". Here we also can join the daily activities of the local people and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.
Your expectations will be fulfilled by final boat trip back to My Tho on the Tan Thach natural canal.
On the way back to Ho chi minh city, you will stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda . Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh
Optional Tour: Saigon Nightlife & Food taste by Scooter tour ( 7 dishes)
From 18:00 – 22:30 around 4.5 hours
+ This trip is best for: Nightlife activities combine street food tasting, people with food restrictions, music lovers, and sightseeing.
+ Vegetarian, Israeli and Asian will have different menu to suit each taste, food restriction and religion.
Giving you the idea of “How is Saigon’s nightlife like?”, our ride takes you from the fancy city center (district 1) to totally quiet corners of neighborhood districts such as district 4, 3 and 2; to local & hidden spots that Saigonese people love to hang out at night.
Pick you up from the hotel, we’ll first drive you off the chaotic traffic of district 1, then through couple criss-cross alleys to a local seafood store in district 4 that is well-known by locals but won’t be found by tourists. We’ll have a taste of some local dishes such as steamed clams with lemongrass, grilled mussels with scallion, etc. (*Vegetarian, Israeli and Asian will have different menu to suit each taste, food restriction and religion.)
Leaving district 4, we make a ride to a riverside park in district 2 for a short walk side by side an awesome night view of Bach Dang pier with local beer and snack pairings. Next stop is at a not-too-popular “Banh Xeo” store but still one of the most favorite by local gourmets serving us Vietnamese Pancake and Southern food. Then, we head to a street food alley where you find yourself holding a glass of Avocado smoothie with Coco-nut ice cream, sitting on Vietnamese stools surrounded with local people & ambience. At the end of the tour, we roll onto a hidden coffee shop for Live Music. Sit down and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and the romantic violin melodies that enhance the singer’s deep-lying voice. All will give you a taste of Saigon Nightlife. Enjoy your ride!
- Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
- Scooter with English speaking driver.
- Qualified helmet.
- Rain Poncho.
- English speaking guide.
- Local food and drinks.
- Mineral water and wet tissue.
- $5000 Accident Insurance/case
Cost: 60 USD / person
Day 10: Ho chi minh departure ( B )
Free until transfer to airport for your home flight. End of tour.
Standard 3 *
Superior 3 *
First class4 *
Deluxe 5 *
Adamas 3 *
Le Carnot 3 *
La Belle Vie 4 *
Pan Pacific 5 *
Oriental Sail 3 *
Oriental Sail 3 *
V’ spirit Premium 4 *
Athena 5 *
Kim an 3 *
Aurora 3 *
Silk & Luxury Hoian 4 *
Allergo 5 *
Rosaleen 3 *
Cherish 3 *
Romance 4 *
Imperial 5 *
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Le duy 3*
Sunland 3 *
Harmony 4 *
Majestic 5 *