OVERVIEW

Vietnam Highlights

This tour provides a unique touch to major highlights of Vietnam from the charming & bustling Vietnamese cities to the magnificent & peaceful Halong Bay. Discover the famous landscapes of ancient towns (Hue Citadel & Hoi An), spend pleasant days on Nha Trang beach and explore the vast Mekong Delta.

ITINERARY

Hanoi | Halong Bay | Hue | Hoian | Nha Trang | Ho Chi Minh | Ben Tre

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Day 01

Hanoi Arrival

Meet your tour expert will welcome you at the airport

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Not included

Upon arrival in Hanoi, our tour guide will personally meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure.
Day 02

Hanoi City Tour

Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, guided tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh Complex, completed in 1975 and featuring the Presidential Palace, House-on-Stilts, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. Discover the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first University.

Lunch in a restaurant.
 
Continue you tour in the Museum of Ethnology with a display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minorities. Back to the center of Hanoi, cross Huc Bridge to reach Ngoc Son Temple on a tiny Island of Hoan Kiem Lake.
A 45 minutes Cyclo Tour takes you through the bustling Old Quarter.
Day 03

Hanoi – Halong Bay

Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay

Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, leave Hanoi for a 3.5 hour drive to reach Halong Bay. Embark on a traditional junk.

Seafood lunch on board.

The junk passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages, Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching to Luon cave for kayaking. Explore the Titop Island with different options: swimming, sun-bathing or getting a panoramic view on island peak.
As the sun sets over the bay, head back to the junk and relax.
 
Dinner on board and experience squid fishing if you like before retiring.
Day 04

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue

Say goodbye to Halong Bay & Hanoi and fly to Hue ancient capital.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape before a visit to the impressive Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide.
While cruising back to the harbor, admie more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands.
A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls.
 
Lunch on board
 
Transfer back to Hanoi airport with your guide for an evening flight to Hue.
Meet our tour guide and transfer to your hotel in Hue. The rest of day you are free at leisure
Day 05

Hue City Tour

Discover the national capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, take boat trip along the poetic Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu pagoda, a special cultural & historical site where still preserves a legendary tale about the Heaven Fairy Lady since Nguyen Dynasty.

Head to Hue Citadel by car. Walk around and take a look into the special feudal relics of immense architectural and cultural values. Visit the major sites including the Imperial Citadel with Forbidden Royal City.

Lunch will be served by the nuns in a pagoda
for fascinating insight into the life of religious people in the area.

Visit the tomb & monument of King Tu Duc located in a very beautiful area. This is an opportunity to learn more about Nguyen Kings and to enjoy the spectacular landscape. Discover Dong Ba market and the local products.
Day 06

Hue – Hoian Half Day City Tour

From Hue to the charming ancient town

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, head to Hoi An through the mighty Hai Van Pass with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and famous Lang Co fishing village.

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Hoi An through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the Japanese Bridge. Hoi An developed most of its uniquely eclectic townscape between the 16th and 19th centuries. During most of this time Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. Over the years, many elements of these diverse architectural styles blended harmoniously with indigenous Vietnam features. Hoi An was relatively untouched by the Vietnam War, so the old world charm is stil in.
Day 07

Hoi an – Tra Que vegetable village – Cooking class

Put yourself in the shoes of a farmer and enjoy a cooking class in a village

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Ride along country lanes on a bicycle at a peaceful pace viewing local life and pausing to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges and fields of water buffalo.
Meet a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying 1.5 hours ride on Traditional Basket Boat (round boat) in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and try to catch fishes and “purple crabs” in the Canal.
Continue to drive to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village where a large variety of vegetable are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices which the local villagers have used for centuries and is still being used extensively today.
 
Meet a local family and after a short, informative and fun cooking lesson, sit down for a delicious lunch.
 
Back to Hoi An and visit the temples of Phuoc Kien, Quang Dong and a 16th Century Japanese covered bridge.
You are free for the rest of the day.
 
Day 08

Hoian

A leisure day

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Meals: Breakfast

The day is left free at your leisure for walking around this charming ancient town to the market or for some shopping.
 
Custom tailoring is a huge industry in Hoian. Hoian is home to more than 400 tailoring shops and thousands of tailors who are not only talented at making clothes but are skilled in making shoes and handbags as well. If you are interested in getting custom made items, try to find a shop as early as possible during your visit.
Day 09

Hoian – Danang – Fly To Nha Trang

Fly to a beach city

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Danang Airport in the morning for a flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, your tour guide and driver will escort you to the hotel for check-in.
The rest of day you are free at leisure.
Day 10

Nha Trang

Enjoy a luxury day cruise

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Embark on a traditional junk in the morning and start cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay through the Tam, Mot, and Mun islands. Your next destination is Bai Cau in Dam Bay Lagoon where you can either go snorkeling, swimming, fishing, walking, kayaking in either a normal or glass-bottomed kayak, or try a basket boat.

Lunch on board.

Cruise back to Nha Trang Harbor passing Vung Ngan floating village, Vinpearl Island and Tri Nguyen Aquarium. The next destination of the afternoon is Mieu Island for a walking tour in the local fishing villages. Learn about the way of life away from the mainland and interact with the friendly locals while learning a little about the daily lives of the villagers. Spend a few minutes exploring the beautiful landscape by basket boat. 
Head back to the port on the junk.
Day 11

Nha Trang

A leisure day

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Meals: Breakfast

 This day is left free at your leisure for your own discovery in Nha Trang city or beach.
Day 12

Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to a dynamic city

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to Cam Ranh airport to take a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam's largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business.
 
Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh city, meet your guide at the airport and start your tour of Ho Chi Minh city. Begin with China town markets & Heavenly Lady Temple (Thien Hau Pagoda) - dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. Continue with a visit of War Remnants Museum containing a poignant display about the futility of war. Close to the museum, have a view of the Central Post Office, some of the best examples of French colonial architecture. Next, visit Tan Dinh church – a special church in Pink color.
Day 13

Ho Chi Minh – Ben Tre Boat Trip – Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a peaceful day in Mekong Delta

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Your guide & driver will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the “Capital of Coconut" – Ben Tre.
On arrival in Hùng vương Pier (Bến Tre town) take a boat on Bến Tre river – one tributaries of Mekong River and observe lively activities along the river as fishing, water transfering, etc... Stop at a brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit a coconut processing workshop located along Cái sơn canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to Nhơn Thạnh village. Take a walk to a family workshop making sleepmats and enjoy some fruits. Take a tuk tuk or ride on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on realy life and find out  about tropical culture from Peasants.

Lunch at a local restaurant.
 
In the afternoonm, take a rowing-boat along water palm creek and boat along Cái Cối creek back to Hùng Vương Pier. Transfer to Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 14

Ho Chi Minh Departure

Say goodbye to our team at Ho Chi Minh Airport

Accommodation: Not Included

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, free time at your own leisure until the transfer to the airport for your flight departure.

Note

Optional evening activity on day 1: Hanoi food on foot tour
Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do - on the street
Stroll through hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s charming old quarter
Learn more about Hanoi’s unique food culture
Try local specialties with influences from French and Chinese cuisine
Take in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem lake from a secret café 
 
Day 3 & 4: Itinerary with Phoenic Cruiser
 
Day 7: For those uncomfortable with a pushbike, other methods of transport can be arranged

TOUR INCLUSIONS

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to
give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
Trip Inclusions
  • Full transportation by air-conditioned car as tour program indicated
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Boat trip in Ha Long Bay and Nha Trang
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Double/twin sharing accommodation with daily breakfast 
  • Internal flights (quoted separately)
     
Trip Exclusions
  • International flight tickets
  • Optional food tour
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses & tips
 

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