Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Vietnam on this incredible 12 day, 11 night tour of some of Vietnam’s most popular regions and attractions. From a unique homestay experience in Hanoi to scenic trekking in Mai Chau, it’s sensory overload around every corner! Experience the incredible beauty of Halong Bay and marvel at the ancient town of Hoi An. Enjoy an unforgettable royal dinner in Hue after an exciting day visiting the tomb of Minh Mang Emperor. Display daring at the Cu Chi Tunnels of Saigon before a memorable cruise along the Mekong Delta.
• Hanoi – Quoc Hoa
• Halong – Luxury Calypso Cruise
• Hoi An – Hoi An Ancient House Resort
• Hue - Eldora Hotel
• Ho Chi Minh – Aristo Hotel
• Hanoi – La Siesta Premium Hang Be
• Halong – Indochina Sails Premium
• Hoi An – La Siesta Hoi An
• Hue - Eldora Hotel
• Ho Chi Minh – Hotel Grand Saigon
• Hanoi – Apricot Hotel
• Halong – Orchid Cruise
• Hoi An – Hotel Royal Hoi An-MGallery by Sofitel
• Hue - Pilgrimage Village
• Ho Chi Minh – The Myst Dong Khoi
*Accommodation subject to change*
Day 1 Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you will meet your driver and local guide and travel by private car to your hotel for check-in. Check-in from 14:00. Early check-in is not included, please advise if this is required. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi sightseeing - Story of street food : Includes Breakfast & Dinner
Full day tour of Vietnam’s capital city, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the traditional stilt house and the revered One-Pillar Pagoda. After that visit Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. In the afternoon you can choose to visit the Ethnology Museum where you can discover the diversity of Vietnam’s many ethnic groups OR visit Vietnamese Women’s museum where you have the opportunity to learn and understand traditional culture, marriage customs, childbirth and family life, traditional women’s clothing and the role of women in the defense of the nation. Return your hotel for a short rest before the exciting street food tour.
This evening, you will have a chance to learn about what makes the Old Quarter of Hanoi such a captivating place. Here, you will be able to try many Vietnamese specialties such as banh cuon (steamed rolled rice pancake) and banh mi (the famous Vietnamese sandwich that even appears in the Oxford Dictionary). Then stop at a bia hoi (beer club) on Ta Hien Street and taste the fresh Vietnamese beer that is so popular with locals and travelers. After that, you will head to a pho restaurant where you will be able to choose between regular pho or pho tron (pho noodle mixed with chicken without soup). Then, continue your way along Hoan Kiem Lake for a tasty ice cream. You will then say goodbye to your guide and go on to explore Hanoi by night on your own before returning to your overnight hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3 Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Mua Cave - Hanoi: Includes Breakfast & Lunch
Early in the morning, you will set off for a day trip to Hoa Lu, one of the most famous sites of Vietnam for its historical remnants and impressive limestone peaks, which gives it the name “Terrestrial Halong”. There, you will also discover in the heart of the forest the temples of two Dinh kings dating back to the 10th century.
In the afternoon, you will go step onto a sampan to travel to the caves of Tam Coc (the three lagoons), nestled in the middle of an aquatic landscape and gigantic rock formations. If time permits, you will then be transferred to Mua Cave, go up 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the countryside and the Ngo Dong River from Mua Cave. After the visit, you will return your hotel in Ninh Binh. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 4 Hanoi – Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
In the morning, you will travel to Halong by private car and arrive around noon. There, you will embark on a cruise in the must-see Halong Bay. This world-famous bay is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam, with its giant rock islets covered in luxuriant vegetation overlooking the waters. Halong Bay includes some 1,900 islands and islets of rocky peaks, often uninhabited and unvisited. This scene creates a spectacular marine landscape, which earned it UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994. You will be served lunch and dinner abroad with excellent and freshly caught seafood from the bay. At the end of the day, you will have the chance to enjoy a night fishing session on the boat.
Day 5 Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi - Flight to Danang - Hoi An: Includes Breakfast
Early in the morning and depending on the season, you will wake up to enjoy sunrise over the aquamarine waters of the bay. Then the cruise will tour around the bay until you disembark at the end of the morning. After that, you will be transferred back to Hanoi for your flight to Danang.
Upon your arrival, your guide in Danang will welcome and take you to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.
Day 6 Discover Hoi An : Includes Breakfast
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the real peacefulness moment of Hoi An. You will be picked up at the hotel and pay a visit to the hustling fish market at the sunrise. When the fisherman boat arrives at the pier, the market suddenly much busier and photo delight begin. We will then head for a street food breakfast. We start tour street food tour with local taste - Banh mi Phuong, cao lau, banh trang hoa hong. End up with one cup of Vietnam coffee. Lunch on your own account.
In the afternoon, take a stroll to visit Hoi An town, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of its unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Set out to explore the quaint cobblestone streets of the town with more than 2-century-old Chinese houses. Sites include the Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple, and Phung Hung Chinese-trading house. Back to the hotel and the balance of day is free at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7 Hoi An - Hue: Includes Breakfast
In the morning, depart by car for Hue via the scenic Hai Van Pass, where we will enjoy the spectacular panorama of the central coastline from the summit. Arrive in Hue at around noon. In the afternoon, have a closer look to the home of royal family by a visit at the impressive Citadel. Round off your day with a walk around Dong Ba Market for a glimpse of local life. Back to hotel and enjoy the remainder of day free at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 8 Cooking class at Inn Side Out Garden House – Hue Sightseeing: Includes Breakfast & Lunch
This morning, you will start your cooking class with a visit to the local market, where you will get to observe the daily life of the local people and learn about Vietnam’s vegetables and fruits. Then, you will head to the Thuy Bieu village, a quiet area located on the bank of the Huong River. After a cup of tea, you will get to prepare some of the most famous dishes of Hue’s dishes. Under the supervision of your host, you will learn how to cook local Vietnamese cuisine from start to finish. Once the dishes are ready, you will enjoy your delicious work in the garden. Have a local lunch at a quiet garden house that is near the Perfume River.
After lunch, you will visit the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, one of the most beautiful sites of Hue. Built during the emperor's lifetime, in a narrow valley about 8 kilometers from the center of Hue, the tomb is a model of traditional Vietnamese art and architecture. In a calm and peaceful atmosphere, about 50 buildings are spread over the entire area of the tomb site. Altars, pavilions, theaters and temples are united, in what is called the area of worship. Then you will be guided along the paved paths along the lake to the Emperor's grave, its enclosure, the main courtyard and the stele pavilion of the tomb. You will probably be surprised by the size of the imperial tombs reflecting the dream of greatness, power and beauty of their founders. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.
Day 9 Flight to Ho Chi Mihn City / Saigon- Ho Chi Mihn Nightlife & Food Taste by Scooters: Includes Breakfast & Dinner
Today you are free at your leisure until the time when your driver (no guide) comes and accompany you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon.
This evening, immerse yourself into the cosmopolitan nightlife of this busy city by night. Soak up the energy of this urban metropolis at our central city location while watching the world go by we sip on our first drinks and try out some tasty snacks. Your expert driver will then zoom through the busy streets of Saigon as you check out some of the famous highlights in this bustling city. Feel like a local as we feast on authentic, fresh seafood dishes, eating streetside and then enjoy the local favourite that is the delicious Banh Xeo, a traditional Vietnamese savoury pancake. At the end of the tour, we roll onto a hidden coffee shop for Live Music. Sit down and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and the romantic violin melodies that enhance the singer’s deep-lying voice. All will give you a taste of Saigon Nightlife. You are then free at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Saigon.
Day 10 Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Saigon: Includes Breakfast
Travelling outside the city by private vehicle, you’ll visit the amazing 250km network of Cu Chi tunnels. Once shelter to more than 16,000 Vietcong guerrillas during the war, the tunnels were originally used for shelter against French air and ground sweeps but went on to serve as storage facilities, communication routes, hospitals and even living quarters for Vietnamese fighters during the American war. You also have the opportunity to descend into the tunnels to learn more about the harsh conditions faced by the Vietcong guerrillas who lived there. You’ll then return to the city centre for lunch at a local restaurant.
The rest of the afternoon is yours with time to freshen up before an early evening pick up to discover the lively local streets by night. Experience the city as a local enjoying authentic Vietnamese food and practices including dancing exercises in a public park, street food tasting and live music at a local bar. Return to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 11 Saigon – Mekong Delta: Includes Breakfast & Lunch
This morning you will be driven 2 hours from Saigon to Phong Nam in Ben Tre District where you’ll begin your expedition deep into the Mekong Delta. Boarding the boat at Phong Nam pier you’ll cruise along the Chet Say River, a branch of the Mekong, and stop at various local workplaces including a coconut activated charcoal factory and coconut processing factory to see how the local economy works. The boat will continue on through a small canal, exploring the local wildlife before stopping at a quiet village where you can enjoy a short walk to experience real Delta village life. Visit a mat weaving house and try your hand at making one before boarding a xe loi motorised rickshaw or biking into the village where you’ll see farms, rice fields and vegetable crops. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local specialties such as river shrimp and elephant-ear fish washed down with a beer or a cold drink at a local house before boarding a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. You’ll then take the boat back to the pier and transfer back to Saigon. Dinner is at your own leisure tonight before returning to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City - Departure : Includes Breakfast
You will be transferred with your guide to the airport for the connecting flight to your next destination or for your return journey back to your home country. Check out time is 12 noon (please ask your consultant if a late check out is required - additional charges may apply).
Concludes: Saigon/Ho Chi Minh
Children: A child rate is available for children 0-11 years of age
What to bring: Clothing adequate for duration of tour and appropriate to weather conditions, good quality insect repellent, sweat-resistant sunscreen, personal first aid kit and any required medication
Fitness requirement: Low level of fitness required for this leisurely paced tour
Note: This tour does not include drinks during the meals, meals not mentioned, personal insurance, tips and personal expenses, any service not mentioned in the program, International flights and airport taxes, visa fee upon arrival to Hanoi airport.
Rates: Are based on 2 persons sharing room/cabin. Please ask your consultant for assistance if you require a sole use price.
Operated By: Exotic Voyages