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Vietnam Classic Tour

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The journey begins from Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city which exhibits the highlights from both the North to the South. You will enjoy cycling to Hanoi's Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; experience the unique northern Vietnamese water puppet performance; spend a night cruising through Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk ship; visit the s...

The journey begins from Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city which exhibits the highlights from both the North to the South. You will enjoy cycling to Hanoi's Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; experience the unique northern Vietnamese water puppet performance; spend a night cruising through Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk ship; visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot; tread the footsteps of emperors from the Forbidden Purple City to the imperial tombs of Hue; explore the underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels; visit the Mekong Delta - Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, cruise the water through calm villages and green fields. Your holiday finishes off with three nights in a secluded beach resort on the untainted tropical island of Phu Quoc.

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This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

When you arrive at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel downtown.

The remainder of the day will be free for you to do as you please.

Meals: None
Overnight in Hanoi

Visited:
Hanoi

Day 2: A day in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital

After a truly scrumptious breakfast, delve straight into Hanoi's sights and sounds on a tour that covers all the essentials.

You will visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Mausoleum, Uncle Ho's former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and The Temple of Literature, which, dating back to 1070, is Vietnam’s oldest university.

Your lunch today will be at a one-stop-shop for street food of every variety and region of Vietnam.

Sit around the restaurant's giant central tree, and take your pick from the food stalls on all four sides busily cooking spectacularly lip-smacking delicacies to order.

In the afternoon, explore the Museum of Ethnology, which contains an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities.

Next, enjoy an hour-long cycle ride winding through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a mus-seet for any visitor in Hanoi!

The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.

​Note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Mondays and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Visited:
Hanoi

Day 3: Taste the real Vietnam: street food and unusual ingredients at Hanoi's market

After a brief transfer from your hotel, you will start with a pleasant stroll to Truc Bach Lake for your first tasting - Pho Cuon with lots of opportunities to take photos.

Next stop is Chau Long market for a browze, highlighting the ‘wet’, unusual fruits, livestock, frogs. 

Continue with a short taxi ride to a shrimp restaurant to sample West lake’s most famous dish.

Continue with another taxi transfer to one of the best Bun Cha stalls in Ha Noi where you will enjoy Bun Cha - grilled pork patties and pork belly with sticky rice noodles.

On your way back, you will stop at a traditional Ha Noi café, established in 1936,  to enjoy its speciality: black sticky rice or green rice with yoghurt, coffee with yoghurt or great passion fruit with yoghurt.

Return to your hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to do as you please.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi  

Visited:
Hanoi

Day 4: Off to Halong Bay on a traditional junk (Join other travellers on the cruise)

After breakfast, you will leave for Halong Bay with a refreshment break en route.

Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands.

Visit ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather is nice.

Return to the junk refreshed and invigorated and relax on deck with a drink ready for the sunset.

Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on a wooden junk in Halong Bay


Day 5: End of the cruise, time to fly to Hoi An

Enjoy an early morning swim (if the weather allows it) followed by breakfast.

Then, visit one of the famous caves in the middle of the bay before cruising back to the main harbor for the 4-hour drive straight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon flight to Danang.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel in Hoi An.

​Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Visited:
Da Nang Hoi An

Day 6: Explore Hoi An in a half-day guided walking tour

At 09:00 a.m., your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and show you around the old town.

You will, then, start a walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, a museum and the colorful local market.

Following the narrow lanes, you walk along tiny streets with houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures.

After your walking tour, your time will be at leisure to wander around or go shopping.

Your lunch will be at a local restaurant.

The remainder of the day will be yours to do as you please.

​Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Visited:
Hoi An

Day 7: Free day of leisure in Hoi An

A free day at Hoi An.

Note: There are various optional activities for your free time in Hoi An, such as joining a cooking class, visiting rural villages around Hoi An by bicycle, take a day trip to My Son Ruins. Those options can be added at additional cost.

​Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An

Visited:
Hoi An

Day 8: Capture your Journey in Hue

A free morning in Hoi An. 

Afternoon drive north to the Royal City of Hue with a pit stop at either the Cham Museum in the city centre or the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements in nature.

Continue the scenic route to Hue, enjoy the view of the coastline and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds), adding spice to your travels - have your camera at the ready for some great photo opportunities.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight in Hue

Visited:
Hoi An Huế

Day 9: Hue, imperial citadel and royal tomb 

After breakfast, you will spend the full day on a city tour of the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnamese capital during the Nguyen Dynasty, firstly with the ancient walled Citadel including the former Imperial Palace.

You will then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue.

You might get some great deals at the local Dong Ba Market.

Have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will cruise along the Perfume River by dragon boat to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and drive to the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang or King Khai Dinh.

Return to your hotel by road just before sunset.

Please note: You might consider a candle-lit dinner set in a garden house which is a traditional feature of Hue's culture. Both the garden house and the cuisine are a great introduction to Hue's culture.

​Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hue

Visited:
Huế

Day 10: Visit Cu Chi tunnels

After breakfast, drive to Phu Bai airport in Hue for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you will be met by another local expert guide. 

After lunch at a riverside restaurant, visit the amazing network of underground tunnels which was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong.
This huge construction was a habitation for villagers during the war.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 18.00.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City


Day 11: Explore Ho Chi Minh city (formerly Saigon), a cornerstone in Vietnam’s history

Today, you will embark upon a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opening part of Vietnam's proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former South Vietnam Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office to get your camera working overtime whilst peeking into the past of Vietnam.

​In the afternoon, sightseeing in Chinatown, with a walking tour through its backstreets, taking part in the locals daily life.

Stop-off for a visit to Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th century as a tribute to the goddess of seafarers.

Delve deeper into Chinatown by visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where the locals actually shop.

Then back to your hotel by around 5.00 p.m.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Visited:
Ho Chi Minh City

Day 12: Introduction to the Mekong Delta

At 8.00 a.m., depart for a 2-hour drive to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River.

Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city.

Upon arrival, take a boat on Ben Tre River – one of the tributaries of Mekong river - to witness lively activities along the river such as fishing, water transferring.

Stop a while to see how to make bricks in traditional style by printing and baking.

You will also visit one of the workshops working on coconut processing, located along the canal...

Take a walk to a family workshop making sleep mats and enjoy some fruit.

Later, take a moto-cart on shady village paths, passing by green rice fields and vegetable plans to be able to dive into real life and find out about tropical culture from the locals.

After lunch at a riverside restaurant, enjoy rowing a boat along water palm creek, then boat trip back to the pier where you will be taken by your private car to Can Tho for overnight accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Can Tho


Day 13: Cai Rang floating Market

Today a half hour boat cruise will take you the vibrant Cai Rang floating market to experience a special type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships.

Then continue on a small canal to a fruit garden where your guide will show you around, before having a plate of delicious fruits.

Return to Can Tho and observe the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks.

Drive to Can Tho for an early lunch before driving to Can Tho airport for a short flight to Phu Quoc.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up by the resort’s shuttle.

Note: Cai Rang market is one of the three biggest markets (Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Cai Rang) in the Mekong Delta. You can visit the market at any time of the day but it is most crowded from sunrise to 9:00 am.

​Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

Visited:
Cái Răng Can Tho Phu Quoc Island

Day 14: Phu Quoc free days

Free days on Phu Quoc island!

Phu Quoc Island is now becoming the paradise resort in Vietnam.

It is not only the perfect destination for leisure beach vacations but also popular for weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

Visited:
Phu Quoc Island

Day 15:  Phu Quoc peaceful island

Besides relaxing on the white sandy beach, you can also explore villages to see the local life or many famous fish sauce factories located around this peaceful island.
Tour starts and ends in Ho Chi Minh City.
On these 2 relaxing days visit Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf Of Thailand, a perfect relaxation spot with forested mountains and white sandy beaches.

Meals: Breakfast
​Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

Visited:
Phu Quoc Island

Day 16: Returning home

The last day will be on your own until pick up at the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport in good time to connect with your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi Da Nang Hoi An Huế Củ Chi Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta Can Tho Cái Răng Phu Quoc Island

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,170 / 16 days
Excluding international flights
For 2 For 4 Single supplement
4-star hotels high season $2,160 $1,850 $660
4-star hotels low season $2,060 $1,760 $630

Included in price:

  • All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers
  • 14 nights of accommodation in chosen hotels – Twin/Double shared basis and 1 night on a traditional wooden junk on Halong Bay
  • Domestic flight tickets in Vietnam: Hanoi – Danang, Hue – Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho – Phu Quoc and Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh City (economy class by Vietnam airlines)
  • Experienced English-speaking local guides
  • Private boat cruise in Hue and in the Mekong Delta and on the Tonle Sap lake
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • All entrance fee as mentioned in the program

Not included in price:

  • Entry visa to Vietnam
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurances
  • Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program

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