This tour takes you to the quintessential destinations from north to south of Vietnam. Within 15 days, this tour will give you a moderate schedule enabling an in-depth visit at each sight. The stately Hanoi, the magnificent Halong Bay, the former capital city of Hue, the charming Hoi An ancient town, the bustle & hustle Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the waterway of the Mekong Delta are all packed up into your ideal Vietnam vacation.
 

Tour Code: VTL 03
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Type: Luxury
Starts / Ends: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Route: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An town (Charming World Heritage site) Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1:
Arrival Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City tour
Day 3: Hanoi Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi fly to Da Nang transfer to Hue via Hai Van Tunnel
Day 6: Hue
Day 7: Hue – Hoi An via Hai Van pass
Day 8: Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang fly to Saigon
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh tour
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi – Cao Dai Temple
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh– Mekong
Day 14: Mekong – Ho Chi Minh
Day 15: Departure

 
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Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (D)
Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Hanoi
Upon our arrival at the Noi Bai (Hanoi) airport, our local guide will meet us and escort us to our hotel. The rest of the day is ours to relax and recover from jetlag. Tonight we will have dinner at one of the finest restaurant in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi (B, L)
Accommodations: Intercontinental West Lake Hotel
Sites visited: Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ba Dinh square, Temple of Literature, Museum of Ethnology, Cyclo in Hanoi old quarter, Water puppet Show
On this day we will first visit Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh complex followed by the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon we will visit Museum of Ethnology and explore Hanoi old quarter by cyclo (paddle rickshaw). In the evening we will enjoy the water puppet show

Water puppet Show in Hanoi

Water puppet show

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Transfer via: Vietnam Airline
Accommodations: Ginger Junk Cruise
Sites visited: Halong Bay
Special Meals: Sea Food on Junk cruise
In the morning we will depart Hanoi by van for Halong bay (World Heritage site). Arrive at Halong about noon time, we are welcome on board of Halong Ginger Cruise and set sail through bay while lunch is served. We will passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with Halong Ginger golden sails, go swimming on a quite beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. Later afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fish men who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. At sunset time, kayak or simply take a bamboo rowboat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board Ginger , enjoy cocktails while watching sunset and later unwind at Ginger restaurant.

World Heritage - Halong Bay

World Heritage – Halong Bay

Day 4 Halong bay – Hanoi (B)
Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel Hanoi
Greeting the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock for our return back to Hanoi.

Morning Tai Chi excercises in Halong Bay cruise

Morning Tai Chi excercises in Halong Bay

Day 5: Hanoi fly to Da Nang transfer to Hue via Hai Van tunnel (B, L)
Transfer via: Vietnam Airlines
Accommodation: La Residence hotel & Spa
Site visited: Imperial city, Forbidden Purple City
This morning, we will be transferred to the airport to take flight to Da Nang airport. Welcome upon arrival in Da Nang we will be welcome and transfer to Hue via Hai Van tunnel. We will have lunch at Lang Co beach. After that, we transfer to hotel for checking in. Relaxing until 3PM, we will visit Imperial city, Forbidden Purple City. Overnight in Hue.

Forbidden Purple City in Hue

Forbidden Purple City in Hue

Notes: from 1st April 2013 Hue airport will be under re-construction and there won’t be any flight from/to Hue airport

Day 6: Hue (B, L)
Accommodation: La Residence de Hue Hotel
Sites visited: Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang tomb, Perfume River
We will take a dragon boat to cruise along the Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu pagoda, after that, we will take our van to visit to the majestic and scenic Emperor Tu Duc tomb. We are free at leisure in the rest of afternoon.

Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An via Hai Van pass (B)
Accommodations: Palm Garden Resort
Sites visited: Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum, Marble Mountain, Chine Beach,
After breakfast, we depart Hue for Hoi An travel through the high pass of Hai Van with its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean en route to Da Nang. We will visit: Cham Museum, Marble Mountain, “Chine Beach” and then going to Cua Dai Beach for our resort. We are free at leisure in the rest of afternoon.

Cham Museum in Danang

Cham Museum in Danang

Day 8: Hoi An (B)
Accommodations: Palm Garden Resort
Sites visited: Hoi An town
In the Morning we will do the walking tour in Hoi An town, This quaint riverside town still boasts a wealth of century’s old traditional architecture. The influences of several Asian cultures can be seen in the old houses and waterside buildings. It is also famous as a place to be instantly created inexpensive tailored outfits.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

Day 9: Hoi An (B)
Accommodations: Palm Garden Resort
Today we have our free day at our leisure to enjoy shopping in Hoi An or enjoy the beach.

Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Transfer via: Vietnam airlines
Accommodations: Caravel Hotel Saigon
Today we will transfer to Da Nang to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh City in the early afternoon, after short flight, we will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day, we are at leisure.

Day 11: (Saigon) Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L)
Accommodations: Caravel Hotel Saigon
Sites visited: Former Presidential Palace, North Dame Cathedral, General Post office, War Museum, Ben Thanh Market, China Town

Former Presidential Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

Former Presidential Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast we depart our hotel for the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that, we will visit War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. Before our lunch, we stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post. In the afternoon we will visit: Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon, Chinese town and market. Here we can experience Vietnamese Southern daily life.

A corner inside bustling Binh Tay market

A corner inside bustling Binh Tay market

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Cao Dai temple (B, L)
Accommodation: Caravel Hotel Saigon
In the morning we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will explore the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that we will drive to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai temple. This religion is an odd mix of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucianism and Christianity. Join Cao Dai worshippers for their daily noontide ceremony. We return to Ho Chi Minh city for Overnight

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B, L)
Accommodation: Victoria Can Tho Resort
Sites visited: Cai Be floating market, island, work shops, farmer houses
After breakfast we depart Ho Chi Minh City for Cai Be town, where we will take the boat ride through the natural canal, view the stilt houses and the fruit plantation along the riversides. Before boating to the river island where we will enjoy our delicious lunch in the heart of the orchard, we visit the Cai Be wholesale fruit market. After lunch, we continue on cruising through the natural canal in island, and under the shadow of the water coconut trees. We also visit the local family where we can experience the agricultural lifestyle. Walking through the fruit plantation in An Binh Island, we will take the rowing boat ride along the creeks before going to Vinh Long by motorized boat. Then we transfer to our vehicle to drive to Can Tho city.

The boat full of fruits in Cai Be Floating Market

The boat full of fruits in Cai Be Floating Market

Day 14: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Saigon (B)
Accommodation: Caravel Hotel Saigon
Sites visited: Cai Rang floating market
After breakfast this morning, we will take the morning boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market with the busy sense right at the time. Then we keep on cruising through the small channels system, visit the rice noodles making village. Let’s try experience the “Monkey Bridge” in the Mekong Delta before returning Ho Chi Minh city via Vinh Long to visit the local snake farms.

Hustling and bustling Cai Rang Floating Market

Hustling and bustling Cai Rang Floating Market

Day 15: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Departure (B)
Transfer via: International flight at our own arrangement
Today we have free time at our leisure be for transfer to airport for our departure flight home.

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

What’s included ?

  • Experienced English speaking guide/s (Other languages upon request)
  • Private good vehicles
  • Vietnam domestic flights: Hanoi – Da Nang, Da Nang – Saigon
  • Airport taxes
  • 5 star hotels and resorts with daily breakfasts
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • 1 unique cultural performance – Water Puppet Show
  • Entrance fees to all scenic spots as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Government taxes and service charges except tips for tour guides and drivers
  • Private boat trips in Mekong River, Perfume River…
  • Water during the trip

Recommended Hotel List:

Location

Hotels (5* Standard)

Hanoi Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake Hotel
Hue La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue
Halong Ginger Cruise Halong
Hoi An Palm Garden Resort Hoian
Ho Chi minh City Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
Can Tho Victoria Hotel Can Tho
 
 

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