A Journey of Vietnam Exploration

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  • Duration: 13 days
  • Price: $2,274

Land Only 13 days/12 nights Journey of Vietnam Exploration Tour from $2274 per person, half twin. This journey captures each detail in the large painting of the colorful and picturesque cultural setting of Vietnam. In each stop, you will see the French influence on both architecture and culture. The trip combines with a memorable exclusive river cruise on the waterways of the vast Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, that makes you an unforgettable journey.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Hanoi – 2 Nights
  • Halong Bay Cruise – 1 Night
  • Hoi An – 3 Nights
  • Saigon – 4 Nights
  • Mekong River Cruise – 2 Nights
Inclusions

Includes private transfers and tours, accommodation on Double/Twin sharing room with breakfast, meals per program (drinks excluded), all sight seeing, boat fees, local English speaking local tour guides, Cyclo ride service in Hanoi, Tra Que tour in Hoi An, Complimentary 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day tour, all economy air fares within Asia.

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Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi, greeting at the airport with driver and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2 – Hanoi street food & full day city tour (B,L)

The street food tour begins with a visit to a traditional house in the old quarter to learn about the old trade and its unique architecture.  Then we stop at Hang Be market to learn about the fresh Vietnamese ingredients. We will visit on the the best Pho restaurant where people have to get in line to get seated at peak hours. Continue walking along the streets to taste street foods and learn about “local cuisine culture”, such as cha que (sausage with cinnamon), banh cuon (Vietnamese rolling cakes), bun cha (rice noodles served with cha que), and che (a popular dessert soup with many varieties kinds of beans). Our last stop is at the Bach Ma temple. Our tour ends at a local café where you can enjoy sips of café dripping from the filter.

Afternoon, continue visiting the Presidential Palace (façade only), the one-thousand-year old One Pillar pagoda and the Temple of Literature – the oldest university of Vietnam and Hoan Kiem Lake. The tour ends with the traditional cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, followed by the water puppet show at Thang Long Theatre. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 – Hanoi – Halong (B,L,D)

Morning we depart to Halong Bay (with driver only). Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side.

On arrival, enjoy welcome drink on board, receive cruise brief programs and safety instructions. Then check-in and enjoy lunch while the cruise starts cruising into quiet area of Halong Bay, passing small islets. Visit caves, grottos by bamboo boat and stop at Ti Top beach for swimming or enjoy kayaking (optional). You can enjoy cruise activities such as cooking class, Happy Hour time, watching movies, or squid fishing at night. Enjoy dinner and relaxing time on board.

Day 4 – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)

The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

Visit one of the biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat, check-out and cruising back to the Wharf. Disembark and say farewell to the crew.

Our driver will transfer you to Hanoi airport for flight to Danang.

Upon arrival in Danang, welcome by tour guide and transfer to the hotel in Hoi An check-in. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5 – Hoi An city tour and street food (B,L)

We have the walking tour Phung Hung Ancient House, Museum of Hoi An, Kwan Kung Temple, Japanese Covered Bridge and Workshop of Traditional Handicrafts.

Then visiting the colorful local Hoi An Market where we meet and chat with stall holders about their food. Our walk then continues along both high streets and back streets, discovering out-of-the-way producers and street vendors making and selling a wide variety of exotic foods. And reach to The Ancient House where we will enjoy refreshments and taste a wide selection of these local delicacies bought directly from the vendors – most of whom we saw or met on the tour. Take a boat on Thu Bon River riding through a rural area of Hoi An. The rest of day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6 – Hoi An free time (B)

Breakfast at hotel, free time in Hoi An.

Day 7 – Hoi An – Danang – Saigon (B)

We have a leisure morning until normal check-out. Transfer to Danang airport for flight to Saigon.

Upon arrival, meet your tour guide and transfer to hotel check-in. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 8 – Saigon – Mekong River Cruise to Cai Be – Can Tho (B,L,D)

Morning, Mekong River Cruise ‘s shuttle bus picks you up at hotel in Saigon and transfer to Cai Be. Get on board the Mekong River Cruise and check-in. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising.  Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.

In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.

Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.

Day 9 – Mekong River Cruise – Life on the water and floating markets (B,L,D)

Early birds can wake up for the sunrise. We will watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.

After breakfast, board a sampan boat to Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.

Later in the morning your can boat through the green water landscape on a little rowing sampan to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. Alternatively you can discover the nearby town by foot or explore the small side canals of the Mekong river on a bicycle.

The cruise boat then resumes its journey as lunch is served. In the afternoon there is the option of a land excursion either by bicycle or on foot and visit of a small village, a stroll through orchards, or a cooking class.

Day 10 – Mekong Delta – Back to Saigon (B,L,)

After breakfast and an early start through the glorious morning atmosphere on the Mekong river. Explore the delta on foot or with a small sampan. Be sure not to miss the great photo opportunities for authentic snapshots of the Mekong people and their life. Then it’s time to pack up and return to the pier from which we started. Enjoy lunch on the way back to Saigon. Check-in your hotel in Saigon and the rest of day is at leisure. 

Notes:

  • Route and excursions may be subjects to changes without prior notice.
  • Mekong River Cruise starts from Can Tho on odd dates and from Cai Be on even dates. The detailed program will be confirmed with specific travel dates at time of booking.

Day 11 – Saigon city tour and Cu Chi Tunnels (B,L)

8:00AM have an excursion to Cu Chi, 70km north of Saigon, famed for its over 200-kilometre-longtunnels was used by guerrilla during the Viet Nam War and understand how they managed to prolong the war in such difficulties. Stop at the Ben Duoc War Memorial (over 40,000 people have fallen) before testing your marksmanship with an AK rifle at local rifle range (optional).

In the afternoon, city tour includes the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral built by the French in 1880 and City Post office building. Drop by Ben Thanh Market for viewing local people doing their transaction at busiest time. Overnight in Saigon.

Day 12 – Saigon  Free day (B)

Breakfast at hotel, free time for your  own relax and  shopping in Saigon.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 13 – Saigon Departure (B)

Spend your last minutes in Saigon for relaxing or shopping until transfer to the airport for your departure flight (normal check out).

Breakfast: 12
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 3

Low Season (May – Sep 2017 & 2018) Pricing From $2274
High Season (Oct – Dec 2017 & Jan – Apr 2018) Pricing From $2405

Hotels as below or equivalent

Hanoi: Skylark Hotel Hotel
Halong: Swan Cruise Halong
Hoi An: Phu Thinh Boutique Hotel
Saigon: Alagon Central Hotel
Mekong: Mekong Eyes Cruise

Low Season (May – Sep 2017 & 2018) Pricing From $2663
High Season (Oct – Dec 2017 & Jan – Apr 2018) Pricing From $2874

Hotels as below or equivalent

Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel
Halong: Pelican Cruise
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Saigon: Grand Hotel Saigon
Mekong: Mekong Eyes Cruise

Low Season (May – Sep 2017 & 2018) Pricing From $3179
High Season (Oct – Dec 2017 & Jan – Apr 2018) Pricing From $3249

Hotels as below or equivalent

Hanoi: Hotel de L’opera Hanoi
Halong: Paradise Luxury Cruise
Hoi An: Sunrise Premium Hotel
Saigon: Sofitel Plaza Saigon
Mekong: Mekong Eyes Cruise

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Hanoi street food tour
Cyclo ride and water puppet show in Hanoi
Overnight Halong cruise
Visits to Hoi An ancient town and Tra Que vegetables village
Experience buffalo ride and bamboo basket boat trip at Cam Thanh village
Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon city excursions
2 nights on Mekong River Cruise