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Vietnam Vietnam from north to south

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The journey begins from Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city which takes in the highlights from the North to the South. You will enjoy a cyclo ride of Hanoi's Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; experience the uniquely northern Vietnamese water puppet performance; spend a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk; visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi...

The journey begins from Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city which takes in the highlights from the North to the South. You will enjoy a cyclo ride of Hanoi's Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; experience the uniquely northern Vietnamese water puppet performance; spend a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk; visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot; tread in the footsteps of emperors from the Forbidden City to the imperial tombs of Hue; explore the engrossing underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels; visit the Mekong Delta - Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, cruise the watery through sleepy villages and green fields.

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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'll be welcome by one of our representative and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

Visited:
Hanoi
Accommodation
Night at Sky Lark (Hanoi)

Day 2: Hanoi – Free Morning of Leisure – Afternoon Street Food on Foot Tour

After breakfast, your time will be your own!

At 11.00 AM, embark on a Hanoi street food tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter where your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tempt your taste buds with the famed Hanoi dishes at local eateries. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. At the end of your tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be your own! Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Street Foods

Visited:
Hanoi
Accommodation
Night at Sky Lark (Hanoi)

Day 3: A Day in Hanoi - Vietnam's Capital

This city tour of Hanoi takes in essential sites which will commence from your hotel lobby at 08.30 a.m. In the morning, you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. After lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you'll continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples; enjoy a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Hanoi
Accommodation
Night at Sky Lark (Hanoi)

Day 4: Off to Bai Tu Long Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)

At 08.00 AM, you will be picked up at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Bai Tu Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break en-route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk with cruise briefing, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit a less visited ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars. Overnight on a cruise boat on Bai Tu Long Bay.​

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visited:
Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 5: Continue Cruising - Hanoi - Flight to Danang, Transfer to Hoi An

Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. You will visit a fishing village by a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and pearl farms 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. On arrival, met and transferred to your selected hotel in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Visited:
Bai Tu Long Bay, HanoiHoi An
Accommodation
Night at the Lotus Hoi An Resort (Hoi An)

Day 6: Hoi An - Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure

At 9:00 AM sharp, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to give you a proper show-around of the old town. You'll start a walking tour with a lion's share of places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls; the museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you'll meander through tiny streets studded by houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. After such gallavanting, your time will be your own to wander around or getting amongst some retail therapy. This afternoon is your own. Overnight in Hoi An​.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Hoi An
Accommodation
Night at the Lotus Hoi An Resort (Hoi An)

Day 7: Hoi An – Free Day of Leisure

A free day in Hoi An to spend as your wish!

Apart from exploring Hoi An's World Heritage architecture & colorful market on foot, you might visit Vietnam's grandest Cham ruins at My Son; attend a cooking class at a riverside restaurant; or join other travelers to get up close and personal to daily farming and fishing life. For early risers, why not capture the real Hoi An by joining a 4-hour photography tour led by a local expat expert? If you want to go below, hop on a boat to Cu Lao Cham Island for a fun and relaxing day to explore exotic coral reefs and marine life [best between March & September]. If you'd like any of these activities to be included during your free time in Hoi An, just let it be known during your enquiry, or ask one of the Travel Specialists. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Hoi An
Accommodation
Night at the Lotus Hoi An Resort (Hoi An)

Day 8: Free Morning in Hoi An - Drive North to Hue

A free morning at leisure in Hoi An.

Afternoon drive north to the Royal City of Hue with en-route stop to visit either the Cham Museum in the city centre OR the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature. Continue the scenic route to Hue, enjoy the view of the coast line and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds) makes your journey interesting and have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. Overnight in Hue​.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Hoi AnHuế
Accommodation
Thanhlich (Huế)

Day 9: Hue - Imperial Citadel & Royal Tombs

After breakfast, you'll spend the full day for a city tour of Imperial City of Hue, firstly with the ancient walled Citadel including the former Imperial Palace. You'll then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue. You might get some great deals done at the local Dong Ba Market. Have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will cruise the Perfume River by a dragon boat to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and drive to visit the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang or King Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel by road just before sunset.

Hue was the Vietnamese capital during the Nguyen Dynasty 1802-1945 and ruins of the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the Citadel and the Imperial City. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City was modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. Many of the buildings were damaged by French aerial bombing and the Tet Offensive in 1968. Now it is slowly being restored thanks to generous funding by UNESCO.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Huế
Accommodation
Thanhlich (Huế)

Day 10: Morning Flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Visit Cu Chi Tunnels

After breakfast, drive to Phu Bai airport in Hue for an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

When you arrive, you will be met by another local expert guide who will escort you for 1,5-hour drive to Cu Chi Tunnels. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. Return to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 18.00. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City​.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation
Prague Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City)

Day 11: Explore Ho Chi Minh City Tour (Formerly Saigon)

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opener to a part of Vietnam's proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue by heading to Chinatown with walking tour through back streets of China town near Cho Lon to view the local daily life. Stop off for a visit of Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers. We delve deeper into Chinatown visiting the amazing Cholon Market for an insight into where locals shop. Then you'll be back to hotel at around 17:00.

​Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation
Prague Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City)

Day 12: Explore the Mekong Delta, Transfer to Can Tho

This morning you'll head south to visit of Cai Be floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn ...Visit a handicraft village where you can see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof. Later, a rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy peacefulness of the Delta.

You will also see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to interact with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta. A tasty lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon walk around and then enjoy some fresh fruits while listening to the traditional music. The trip today also takes in some gentle cycling along village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where you will drive to Can Tho in the heart of the Mekong Delta for overnight stay.

​Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation
Hau Giang (Can Tho)

Day 13: Cai Rang Floating Market – Return to Ho Chi Minh City

Today an half hour boat cruise will take you to visit 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 to small a canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. Return to Can Tho and observing the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch en-route, arriving in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited:
Cái Răng, Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation
Prague Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City)

Day 14: Returning Home

Your time will be your own until being picked up 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


Hanoi Bai Tu Long Bay Hoi An Huế Ho Chi Minh City Củ Chi Mekong Delta Can Tho Cái Răng

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. $2,000 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person2 Pax4 Pax
Oct- Apr$2,000$1,650
May- Sep$1,920$1,570

Included in price:

  • All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers
  • Accommodation in chosen hotels – Twin/Double share basis and 1 night on a cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • Domestic flight tickets in Vietnam: Hanoi – Danang, Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (economy class by Vietnam Airlines)
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Private boat cruise in Hue and in the Mekong Delta
  • Meals as indicated in the programme
  • All entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
  • 1 hour cyclo ride & First class water puppet tickets
  • All VAT and other government taxes

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
  • Bank transfer fees
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