Fascinating Vietnam Tour 12 days
Discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including magnificent Halong Bay, historic Hoi An, the enigmatic Cham Towers in My Son, and the ancient capital Hue. This trip starts in colonial Hanoi and ends in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon).
In charming Hanoi, you will dine in one of the French colonial villas which have been converted into gourmet restaurants, explore the fascinating maze of 36 streets in the Old Quarter.
Next, you will cruise along dramatic limestone islands in Halong Bay and visit a fishing village.
Further south, in Hue, you will marvel at its citadel, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas, and temples. Then it’s off to the river town of Hoi An, where you will tour centuries-old merchant houses, and visit busy silk and fish markets.
In Danang, you will stay several days at the beachfront Furama Resort. Nearby, you will see the ancient sculpture in the Cham Museum or My Son, and tour Buddhist cave temples in the Marble Mountains.
Then visit atmospheric Hoi An, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site and riverfront port town crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, cafes, and bustling silk and fish markets.
In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s dynamic commercial center, you’ll explore colorful produce markets, or perhaps stop in a designer shop to order haute couture ao dai. You’ll also take a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War and were the Viet Cong Guerilla’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. Then you will have another day trip to tour the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta to see the traditional side of Vietnamese life.
- 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
- Halong Bay cruise program
- 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$ 45 & 1 passport photo each person)
- Other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)
You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival at Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will take a private walking city tour to visit local markets and Hanoi’s Old Quarter, known for its 36 streets and former craft guilds. In the evening you will enjoy a water puppet performance before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi (B/L)
The post-colonial capital city of Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, numerous lakes, pagodas, and temples. This full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilt House, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Also on the tour will be the Lake of the Restored Sword, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake “with “lovers' street” Thanh Nien), the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and one of the city's museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. You will stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Today you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (a World Natural Heritage site) via the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, you will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while lunch is served. You will pass through the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth. After lunch, you will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck.
In the late afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. At sunset, you can kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board, you can enjoy watching the peaceful sunset and later unwind at a restaurant. You will stay overnight onboard.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
You’ll wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay and after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. You will have a walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Then you will drive back to Hanoi and stay overnight.
Day 5: Hanoi - Hue (B/D)
Day 6: Hue - Danang- Hoi An (B/L)
Rising up in the ancient land, enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Then, board a private boat for cruising the romantic Perfume River, visit Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), the ornate Minh Mang's tomb. We will enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Leave the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Hue for Hoi An. We will travel over the Hai Van pass, stop in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An. Once in Hoi An, we will check into our hotel and have some free time to explore the town. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: 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 numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. We enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour, there will be free time to shop or relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An - HCM City (B/L)
You will then leave Hoi An for Danang Airport to take a one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon you will embark on a city tour of HCMC (Saigon) including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market. You will stay overnight in HCMC.
Day 9: Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi tunnel (B/L)
This morning you will drive to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holy See Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion and home of the Divine Eye, the official symbol of this unique religion. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. You will also be able to observe the midday service.
Following lunch, you will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War. You will stay overnight in HCMC.
Day 10: HCM City - My Tho - Can Tho / Mekong (B/L)
You will leave HCMC to lush My Tho where you’ll cruise on a private boat through the green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you are 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 that breeds snakes for snake wine and Vinh Trang pagoda. You then head to Can Tho city, the heart of the Mekong Delta, for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Mekong Delta - HCM City (B/L)
Wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day and take a boat trip to join in the Cai Rang floating market, one of the most bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta, with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space to sell their goods. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort you back to the hotel through myriad canals. You will have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.
Alternative for early birds:
Join the floating market on the "The Lady Hau" cruise
Enjoy breakfast on the "Lady Hau" while cruising to the floating market. When the "Lady Hau" arrives at Cai Rang floating market, guests are transferred to a local traditional boat to enter the market. Then, you will continue cruising with the hotel's guide along narrow creeks to visit a noodle factory and an orchard. After sampling local fruits, our guide will escort guests back to the hotel by local boat through myriad canals. (Starting at 6:30 AM, the Lady Hau cruise, and tour extension takes around 4 hours; minimum 4 persons).
Day 12: Depart Vietnam (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|
|Can Tho||Saigon – Cantho||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|
|Can Tho||Victoria Can Tho Resort||Superior|
|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|
|Can Tho||Victoria Can Tho Resort||Deluxe|
|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|
|Can Tho||Victoria Can Tho Resort||Deluxe|