Essential Highlights of Vietnam 8 Days
Travel the length of Vietnam on this weeklong tour, stopping in HCMC (in the south), Hanoi (in the north), and the beachesand small towns of the central coast in between.
You’ll begin in dynamic HCMC, the country’s commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. You’ll also check out Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If you wish, you can also visit the powerful War RemnantsMuseum. Then, venture through the colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city’s main shopping boulevard with fashionable boutiques and accessories designed by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high-quality linens, and housewares. Caffeine addicts will want to try the South’s strong Vietnamese iced coffee and a banh mi (baguette sandwich).
Next, take a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels and watch an unusual, eclectic religious ceremony at the main temple of Cao Daism, a unique fusion of world religions, in Tay Ninh. Alternatively, you can spend the day cruising the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta.
Next, you will fly to atmospheric Hoi An, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site and river town, crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets. Nearby, you’ll see ancient sculptures in the Cham Museum, and tour Buddhist cave temples in the Marble Mountains. You may also opt to stay at a luxury beach resort in nearbyDanang, or a boutique riverside hotel in the heart of Hoi An.
You’ll wrap up in Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital, where you will explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. You’ll want to be sure to walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, then ride a cyclo to dinner, and watch a performance at the Thanh Long Water Puppet Theater. You will love dining in French colonial villas converted into gourmet restaurants and people watching at stylish cafes. Art lovers will also want to shop for impressive modern art in the city’s many galleries. And of course, you will want to visit Hanoi’s main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature.
Best of all, you’ll spend a day cruising Halong Bay, where thousands of limestone rock sculptures jut dramatically from these and numerous grottoes have created an ephemeral, fantastic landscape.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transportation
- Accommodation shared in a double room with daily breakfast
- All domestic flights
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets
- Tissues and water on coach
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter
- Services charges and government tax
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flights & departure taxes if any
- Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
- Other services not mentioned above
Day 1. Arrive HCMC (D)
You will be greeted at the HCMC airport and transferred to your hotel. You have much appreciated leisure time beforea private afternoon tour of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. It is the largest and busiest city in Vietnamwith a population of 7 million people and much of daily life takes place on the streets, which are lined with shops, stallsand vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath. You will want to explore bustling Ben Thanh Market, the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace. You will have an overnight stay in HCMC.
Day 2: Mekong Delta Excursion (B/L)
The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam and is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam as it producesthree crops of rice per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta areamarks the end of a 4,500 km journey made by the Mekong River after having traveled through six countries. Traditionaltransportation in the Delta is by boat along a vast network of canals and channels. Boating along these canals and visitingthe floating markets always proves to be a fascinating and rewarding experience for all visitors.
You will leave HCMC to head for lush My Tho, where you will cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation ofthe canals to an orchard. There, you will be treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong,complete with tropical fruits. You will also visit the snake farm, Dong Tam, which breeds snakes for, among other things,snake wine. You'll then head back to HCMC for an overnight stay.
Day 3: HCMC - Danang - Hoi An (B/-/L)
You will transfer to the airport for a flight to Danang on Vietnam Airlines. Upon arrival at Danang you will be greeted by ourguide who will begin by escorting you on a tour of Danang City, including the Cham Museum where you can find out moreabout this ancient but advanced civilization. After leaving Danang you will make your way to the Marble Mountains, where there will be the opportunity to climb to thetop and admire the temples that have a commanding view over the surrounding district. You will continue to the delightfultown of Hoi An, approximately 30 km away. Once in Hoi An, you will check into your hotel and have some free leisure timebefore an overnight stay in Hoi An.
Day 4. Hoi An (B/L/)
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese,Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk which is still produced in the area,as well as ceramics.
Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerouscafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy ahalf-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the ChineseAssembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. You will have free time in the afternoonbefore another overnight stay in Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An - Danang - Hanoi (B/-/D)
You will next head to the colonial capital city Hanoi, a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonialarchitecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples. You will have free time before an optional cyclo ride aroundthe old quarter before dinner at a super restaurant in the French Quarter. Later, you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamesewater puppet show before an overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 6. Hanoi (B/L/)
This full day tour will take you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh'sMausoleum and his Stilts House, the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda nearby and the Old Quarter, known for itsmaze of 36 streets and former craft guilds.
Also on the tour, you'll find the Lake of the Restored Sword, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful WestLake, lover's street Thanh Nien, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and one of the city's best museums,either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. You will stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L)
In the morning you will drive to Halong Bay City, approximately 3 hours away. Once at Halong Bay City you will bewelcomed on board for a four hour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves inthe area. As you are cruising, the boat crew will serve you a sumptuous local seafood lunch. Afterwards, you'll sail back tothe harbor and rejoin your car back to head back to Hanoi for the night.
Day 8. Departure (B)
|Cities||Hotels List||Room Type|
|Superior Category / 3-star hotel|
|Hanoi||Hanoi Imperial Hotel||Superior|
|Medalion Hanoi Hotel||Deluxe|
|Halong Bay||Huong Hai Deluxe Junk||Deluxe Cabin|
|Dragon Pearl Junk||Deluxe Cabin|
|Hue Heritage hotel||Deluxe Garden view|
|Hoi An||Ancient House River Resort||Deluxe Garden view|
|Ho Chi Minh||Signature Saigon hotel||Deluxe|
|Palace Saigon hotel||Signature Superior|
|First Class Category / 4-star hotel|
|Hanoi||Sunway Hotel Hanoi||Superior|
|Silk Path hotel||Deluxe|
|Halong Bay||Halong Pelican Cruise||Deluxe Cabin|
|Hue||Eldora Hue Hotel||Deluxe|
|Hoi An||Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa||Deluxe riverview|
|Hoi An Boutique Resort||Superior|
|Ho Chi Minh||Liberty Central Hotel||Deluxe|
|Deluxe Category / 5-star hotel|
|Hanoi||Intercontinental Westlake Hanoi||Superior|
|Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi||Deluxe|
|Halong Bay||Emperor Cruises||Royal Suite|
|Hue||Pilgrimage Village & Resort||Deluxe|
|Hoi An||Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa||Deluxe Oceanview|
|Golden Sand Resort & Spa||Deluxe|
|Ho Chi Minh||Caravelle Hotel Saigon||Deluxe|
|Sofitel Plaza Hotel Saigon||Superior|
|Luxury Category / Luxury 5-star hotel|
|Hanoi||Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi||Grand Luxury|
|Halong Bay||Emperor Cruises||Signature Suite|
|Hue||La Residence Hue||Deluxe Riverview|
|Hoi An||The Nam Hai resort||One bedroom villa|
|Ho Chi Minh||Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel||Park room|