This fourteen-day comprehensive tour of Vietnam includes the capital of Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, the Forbidden Capital of Hue, the Ancient town of Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, and Mekong Delta.
This is our sample tour only and as you're travelling tailor-made, you can make as many changes to the itinerary as you wish. If you prefer to enter Ho Chi Minh City ? no problem! We will reorganise the programme accordingly to fit your arrangements.
:_ Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Enter Vietnam at Noi Bai airport, you will be met and driven to your hotel. You will have time to relax before we present you with Vietnam daily life in the past and now with one or two hour cylo tour around the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and Old Quarter of Hanoi. You will then enjoy a Water Puppet Show and a welcome dinner at a restaurant with Vietnamese cuisines. You will spend the night in Hanoi.
:_ Day 2: Hanoi (B/L)
You will have the whole day to explore Vietnam?s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, as is Ho Chi Minh?s Mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and the museum dedicated to his memory. After lunch, you?ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi and the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam?s 54 distinct ethnic groups. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
:_ Day 3: Hanoi ? Ha Long (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast, you will leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world?s largest marine limestone ?karst? landscape. There you will board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you will be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay?s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood. Your overnight will be aboard.
:_ Day 4: Ha Long - Hanoi (B/L)
You will spend the morning cruising Ha Long Bay, followed by lunch just before docking around noon and leaving for Hanoi. Your overnight will be in Hanoi.
:_ Day 5: Hanoi ? Hue (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and drive to the airport for your morning flight to Hue. Arriving in Hue, you?ll be greeted by your guide and driven to the city centre. After checking in your hotel, you?ll depart to visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue and the Dong Ba market. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner at a garden house restaurant. Your overnight will be in Hue.
:_ Day 6: Hue (B/L)
Your morning will be started by a cruise along Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. In the afternoon, you?ll visit the tombs of Emperor Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. From there, you will return to Hue to visit one of city?s Garden Houses, a unique feature of Hue. Your overnight will be in Hue.
:_ Day 7: Hue ? Hoi An (B/L)
After breakfast, you will drive to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass. The views from the top are excellent ? you?ll be able to see Lang Co beach and the lagoon far below, and Danang spread out before you to the south. Upon arriving in Danang, you?ll visit the the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum before leaving for Hoi An. You will visit the ancient town including 400 years old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temple, 200 years old Vietnamese former merchants?house before being dropped off at your hotel. You will spend the night in Hoi An.
:_ Day 8: Hoi An ? My Son Sanctuary ? Hoi An (B)
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to the World Heritage My Son Sanctuary, 40km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. When you return, the rest of the day will be free. You will spend the night in Hoi An.
:_ Day 9: Hoi An ? Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
You will be free today until being transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, you?ll be picked up to downtown for hotel check in. You will be free for relaxing in the remainder of the day. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh city.
:_ Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You will visit the History Museum, the Museum of War Remnants, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Centre Post Office and the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City. After lunch, you will visit China town, Binh Tay market and Thien Hau Pagoda. You will spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
:_ Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City ? Tay Ninh ? Cu Chi (B/L)
A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you?ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
:_ Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City ? Vinh Long ? Can Tho (B/L)
After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City?s urban sprawl, you?ll travel to Vinh Long. There, you?ll cruise on the Mekong River, visit Cai Be floating market, fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and drop in to look at some traditional cottage industries - a workshop making the huge coffins unique to the Mekong is particularly interesting. You?ll sleep in a family house in a canal-side orchard. You will spend overnight in Can Tho.
:_ Day 13: Can Tho ? Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
The day begins with boarding a boat to cruise to Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets on the Mekong Delta ? both the journey and the markets provide insights into the Mekong rural lifestyle. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals and you will roam through the village to visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles making shop. You will drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon for overnight. Your overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.
:_ Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be free until your driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.
:__ Our prices include:
_ Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
_ Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
_ The services of an experienced English-speaking guide throughout the tour (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests? return to their hotel or reaching their destination).
_ Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
_ Domestic flight Hanoi ? Hue and Danang ? Ho Chi Minh City, including airport taxed (by Vietnam Airlines, economic class)
_ Where necessary, entry fees and permission to enter border areas for all visits mentioned in the programme.
_ Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available.
_ VAT and other taxes
:__ Our prices do not include:
_ International flight tickets and airport tax.
_ Dinners, except as specified above.
_ Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
_ Camera fees (if any)