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.
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our tour guide will greet and transfer you to your chosen hotel for check in. Your room is always available from 14:00. Meals on your own. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Transportation: a private car
Your morning is your own!
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu in Vietnamese), situated in the place once known as the first university of Vietnam. Built in 1070 by emperior Ly Thanh Tong, the university was first opened for princes and mandarins exclusively. With its ancient courtyards, altars and roofs, Van Mieu is a very fine example of Vietnamese architecture.
Then, you will set off from Sword Lake, passing by Hang Hanh - the famous coffee street and heading towards the Catholic Church. Wandering in these peaceful alleys, your eyes will catch the daily scenes of street vendors quietly napping in the shade or a motorbike taxi-driver (or xe om in Vietnamese) sleeping precariously on his bike. Then, suddenly you will again find yourself in a noisy and busy street. Throughout the tour, your senses will be bombarded with a cascade of different sights, sounds, smells and characters that harmonize to the music of life in Hanoi. At the end of the walk, you will have time to enjoy a cup of coffee from one of the many small shops in the area.
Meals: Breakfast - Transportation: a private car
You will head off today in the direction of Hai Phong to the Got Ferry Terminal - Cat Hai township via the newest and longest bridge in SouthEast Asia, arriving at the end of the morning. Upon arrival, you will travel by tender boat to the Orchid Cruise to discover a different route to Halong Bay from Hai Phong. At lunch time, the cruise boat will set off to Da Chong Islet to where you will see a lighthouse built by the French. You will then sail to Con Vit and Gia Luan islets which are impressive limestone karst formations rising straight up out of the sea. Then, you will take a bus to explore the Trung Tang Cave located in a beautiful valley. The cruise continues through to Cat Ba island and Lan Ha Bay. You will have time to enjoy the sunset as well as the chance to join a traditional cooking class with the chef before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner - Transportation: transfer by a private car from Hanoi to Got pier, cruise on Lan ha Bay
You can begin the day with an early morning Tai Chi class before enjoying your breakfast. After that, you will explore the Ao Ech area kayaking. Then, back at the cruise boat, it will be time to enjoy a tea ceremony and a tasteful brunch while cruising back to the pier. You will disembark at the end of the morning and head back to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, another tour guide will greet and transfer you to Alba Wellness resort for check-in. You’ll spend the night in Hue.
Meals: Breakfast and brunch - Transportation: cruise and airport transfer by a private car
This morning, you’ll step into a yoga studio for an intensive and uplifting yoga class or get together with friends and step outdoors to take in the serenity of the Zen garden. Our yoga teachers will guide you to a state of inner peace and absolute agility. The remainder of your day will be free. You’ll spend the night at Alba Wellness resort.
Meals: Breakfast - Transportation: no transportation
Today you will be a pillion passenger and go on picturesque tour. Our first stop is Thanh Toan Bridge. This village is one of the most beautiful villages about 8 km east of Hue. It is famous for its breathtaking roads, peaceful rural landcape and particularly the tile-roofed bridge. Spend some time winding around the local market nearby before we head to the majestic Imperial Citadel of Hue, built in 1804 and located along the Perfume River. Remarkable for its fortress-like look and entrenched in the heart of the city, the Citadel occupies a perimeter of more than 10 kilometers. Inspired by the fortifications of Vauban, it is composed of three parts: the capital city (Kinh Thanh), the imperial city (Hoang Thanh) and the forbidden city (Cam Thanh). Although it was largely destroyed in 1968 during the Vietnam War, many endowments are used to restore and revive this invaluable heritage site nowadays. Then you’ll join a hands-on cooking class at a garden house which the local expert will teach you how to cook traditional dishes.
Followed this beautiful hand-on experience, we continue our day to the Club of Royal Martial art performance of Hue Citadel. This was originally practiced by the Imperial Guards, the people responsible for keeping the Emperor and everyone around him safe. The style is modeled off the movements of a cat, with many quick and deadly strikes. The last stop is Vong Canh Hill where you can expect stunning sunset and panoramic view. The pine forest with romantic Perfume River give you a great pictures. Back to your hotel and relax.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch - Transportation: a private car
Your day is your own! You’ll spend the night at Alba Wellness resort.
Tailor-made idea (complimentary): Zipline & Highwire Experience with Local Expert: You can consider a half day to experience zipline and highwire with local expert at Alba Wellness resort. Our Highwire and Zipline systems were designed and installed by Altus Outdoor Concept, the world leading treetop adventure game developer based in France and verified by Vertic Alps Expertise, a French authority to ensure the highest safety. Highwire features 32 challenges in 587m wire cable at the height of 6m from the ground. Course 1 is designed for families while course 2 and 3 for adventure lovers. Zipline has 560m long, launching from Ma Yen mountain, Truong Son range at the altitude of 45.5m above the ground.
Meals: Breakfast - Transportation: by private car
After breakfast, your guide will drive you to Tam Giang Lagoon. You will discover the local life of the people living around the lagoon, and then go to a local house with a beautiful view of the fisherman boats and the lagoon. Here you can observe how the locals fish using small cages and long fishing nets. Then you’ll take a bike ride to the village, crossing beautiful rice fields and stopping on the way to discover how rice is made by hand before coming back to the local house for lunch.
In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by another tour guide and transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch - Transportation: a private car
In the morning, you will set off to visit the historical sites of the city: the old Post Office (built in the French Indochina era), Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi Street - a wide avenue lined with luxurious shops and hotels. After that, you will discover the city’s Chinatown (Cholon), where Binh Tay international market and Thien Hau pagoda are located. Depending on your interests, you can choose to visit the War Remnants Museum or the FITO Museum. The first exhibits US weapons and vehicles used during the Vietnam War, along with photos showing the consequences of this war and details of the chemical weapons that were used (caution: some images can cause discomfort). The FITO Museum, which is the largest private museum in the country, is dedicated to illustrating the history of traditional medicine in Vietnam.
In the evening, you’ll take an evening scooter ride through this hectic but beautiful metropolis to discover how Ho Chi Minh City nightlife unfolds. From the chaotic traffic of the city center to totally hidden corners; from famous tourist stops to the trendiest hangout places for Saigonese people; you will travel through 4 central districts of Ho Chi Minh City (Districts 1, 4, 3 and 2). You will first scooter your way through the very small and typical alleys of District 4 before stopping at a popular streetside local seafood restaurant to taste some trendy Vietnamese dishes like fried pine nuts or steamed clams with lemongrass. Then, the tour will take you to a place often visited by locals to try the traditional Vietnamese pancakes called banh xeo. After that, the driver will take you to a local coffee shop for some live music and your night will end with a stop at a building for an awesome rooftop view of the vibrant city by night and an opportunity to enjoy the dance floor.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner - Transportation: a private car and scooter
In the morning you will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to explore Ben Tre in the Mekong delta, also known as the “Green Venice” of Vietnam. After visiting a brick factory in Phong Nam where bricks are still hand-made, step onto a boat for a cruise along the Chet Say river (one of the Mekong’s arms). You will make several stops along the way to discover different local workshops, allowing you to understand better the specialties of the local economy. The boat will then cross a small canal and stop at a small village, where you will continue your discovery of the delta by visiting a workshop specializing in carpet-weaving. You will even be able to try this activity yourself, before hopping in a xe loi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) or on a bicycle to wander around the village. You will see traditional farms, rice fields and vegetable plants, before stopping at a small local restaurant to taste a delicious (and generous) lunch made of regional specialties, such as “elephant-ear fish” and freshwater shrimps.
In the afternoon you will get back on the sampan for some leisure time along the narrow canals. You will travel back to Ho Chi Minh City by car.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch - Transportation: a private car and scooter
At right time, your guide and a private car arrive to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport to connect your departure flight to your home country. Your room is available until 12.00 noon. Tour ends!
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.