Land Only 12 day/11 night Highlights of Vietnam Tour from $2196 per person, half twin. This journey comprising most of the highlights, will give you the most highlights of Vietnam. The trip from North to South will bring you experience of Vietnam’s friendly people, rich history and diversified culture.
Itinerary at a Glance:
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, Aodaigo ladies in Hue and 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 Bay (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 – Hue (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 meets and transfers you to Hanoi airport for flight to Hue, widely known for its monuments built under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945). Upon arrival, tour guide picks up and transfers to the hotel in Hue check-in. Overnight in Hue.
Day 5 – Hue City tour (B,L,D)
This morning we travel eastward along the city river to Thanh Toàn tile-roofed Bridge in Thanh Toàn village, about 8 km from Hue city. Here we will enjoy the peaceful scenery of the countryside with farmers working on their tranquil rice fields, talk to friendly local people in the small market and learn more about their daily life. Leaving Thanh Toàn Village, we head to Vọng Cảnh Hill to have a vista of the beautiful Perfume River. have a stop at Hổ Quyền Arena, built in 1830 on the south bank of the Perfume River. It was the arena where duels between elephants and tigers were arranged for the entertainment of the Emperors, the royal families and mandarins. Next, visit the family garden, learn how to make some Hue cakes like banh beo, banh loc… and enjoy lunch here. We stop for a rest at Hè Café. Its owner, Mr. Nguyen Van He, is an artist and a war items collector. You may be curious and interested in learning the history behind his collection of Vietnam War items, such as canteens, zippo lighters, soldier headgears and etc. A short walk from Hè Café is Từ Hiếu Pagoda, also known as the resting place of the Nguyen Dynasty’s eunuchs.
Afternoon, visit the former Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.
Tonight enjoy dinner at Mrs. Tuyet’s family, a distant royal branch. Back to hotel and the rest of day is free at leisure.
Day 6 – Hue – Hoi An city tour (B)
This morning, visit Dong Ba Market before departing Hue for Hoi An. On the way, stop at Danang to visit Cham Museum. Arrive in Hoi An and check-in hotel.
Afternoon, we have the walking tour to visit Hoi An Ancient town, featuring Phung Hung Ancient House, Museum of Hoi An, Kwan Kung Temple, Japanese Covered Bridge and Workshops of Traditional Handicrafts, colourful Hoi An Market. The rest of day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 7 – Hoi An Tra Que and Cam Thanh Village (B,L)
You commence the day by leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life. Then visit the organic vegetable village, join in the farmer’s daily activities, such as watering and planting vegetables. Then experience riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field. Next, you will board the boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat in the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities. Have lunch at the house of a local people.
The rest of day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8 – 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 9 – Cu Chi Tunnels – City tour (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: War Remnants Museum, features 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 10 – Day trip to Cai Mon – Ben Tre (B,L)
Today we depart for the Mekong Delta, referred locally as “the rice bowl of Vietnam”. Our trip features Ben Tre Town, located about one and a half hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City, well-known in Vietnam as the land of coconut”. During the trip, you will experience the real life of local folks in the Mekong Delta region.
On arrival in Ben Tre, we will visit seedling cultivation in Cai Mon located in Cho Lach District and well-known as orchards throughout the region. It was originated over a century ago by a French parish priest known only as Gernot, who then was administering a Christian parish in Cai Mon, Cho Lach. Highlight of the day would be a bicycle ride through the village under shadowy forest of palm trees. Back to Mo Cay and take a boat trip on river, we can see the daily life of the delta’s residents along the river banks. Stop to visit some craft-villages of coconut fabric. Lunch with local delicacy will be arranged at a farmer’s house. Take a rest before driving back to Saigon.
Day 11 – Saigon Free day (B)
Breakfast at hotel, free time for your own relax and shopping in Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 12 – Saigon Departure (B)
The morning is at leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight (normal check out).
Low Season (May – Sep 2017 & 2018) Pricing From $2196
High Season (Oct – Dec 2017 & Jan – Apr 2018) Pricing From $2262
Hotels as below or equivalent
Hanoi: Skylark Hotel Hotel
Halong: Swan Cruise Halong
Hue: Eldora Hue Hotel
Hoi An: Phu Thinh Boutique Hotel
Saigon: Alagon Central Hotel
Low Season (May – Sep 2017 & 2018) Pricing From $2624
High Season (Oct – Dec 2017 & Jan – Apr 2018) Pricing From $2773
Hotels as below or equivalent
Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel
Halong: Pelican Cruise
Hue: Saigon Morin
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Saigon: Grand Hotel Saigon
Low Season (May – Sep 2017 & 2018) Pricing From $3234
High Season (Oct – Dec 2017 & Jan – Apr 2018) Pricing From $3394
Hotels as below or equivalent
Hanoi: Hotel de L’opera Hanoi
Halong: Paradise Luxury Cruise
Hue: La Residence Hue
Hoi An: Sunrise Premium Hotel
Saigon: Sofitel Plaza Saigon
International air fares
Hanoi street food tour
Cyclo ride and water puppet show in Hanoi
Overnight Halong cruise
Hue city tour on scooters with Aodaigo ladies
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
Non-touristic Mekong Delta trip