Vietnam Highlights

5 star Code tour: CAT03 | Duration: 14 Days
Brief Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Day 2: City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta
  • Day 4: Cai Rang Floating Market & Flying To Hue
  • Day 5: Hue City Tour
  • Day 6: Hue - Hoi An
  • Day 7: Half-Day Tour Of The Rustic Hoi An
  • Day 8: Hoi An - Hanoi
  • Day 9: Hanoi City Tour
  • Day 10: Hanoi - Day Tour To Duong Lam Ancient Village
  • Day 11: Hanoi - Ninh Binh
  • Day 12: Halong Bay Cruise
  • Day 13: Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • Day 14: Departure From Hanoi
Vietnam Highlights
  • DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
    DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
    Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!
    Transfer to the city for hotel check-in
    The remainder of your first day is free to relax and adjust yourself from jetlag.

    - Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong or Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City is now the most populated city in Vietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Oriental style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in a very special sense.
    Included Meals: Not available
    Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
    DAY 2: CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS
    DAY 2: CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS
    After the first night relaxing, today you will be ready for your Vietnam Tour with a full day to visit the featured sites of Saigon and the famous underground tunnel network in Cu Chi.
    In the morning, 8:00 a.m. Start with a 1.5hour drive to Cu Chi tunnels. Get an overview of Cu Chi by watching a documentary. Your guide walks you around to witness the traps, bunkers, trenches, and experience crawling a piece of the underground tunnels.

    Drive back to the city for a set menu lunch at a restaurant

    In the afternoon, Continue on visiting the War Remnants Museum; The former Presidential Palace; The Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Post Office
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
    DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA
    DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA
    Today you'll travel south by private bus (approximately 2.5 hours) to explore the Mekong Delta. When you arrive, you’ll board a boat and explore the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as ‘the rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the fertile delta is where rice, tropical fruit and flowers are grown for the whole country.
    Upon arrival in Ben Tre, embark on a motorized boat trip along the scenic Ben Tre River, viewing various local industries along the way. Have some stops to visit local workshops: making bricks by the kilns; Making coconut candy; Sleeping straw mats. Take a motor cart passing fruit and vegetable fields. Ride a short sampan boat on a small creek of water coconut trees.Lunch at a garden restaurant.
    In the afternoon, drive to Can Tho City which is considered as the capital of the Delta. Check-in your hotel for staying overnight.​
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Can Tho City
    DAY 4: MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON - HUE
    DAY 4: MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON - HUE
    Have you heard about A Floating Market in Mekong? The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day is when you can feast your eyes on many interesting things on the water at Cai Rang Floating Market. In the morning, have breakfast at your hotel and check out. 08:00 - Get to Ninh Kieu quay where you board a motorized boat to meandering through the market. Followed by a short ride to Ba Cong village to pay a visit to a family who specializes in making rice paper and noodle. Cruise back to the quay and make your way back to HCMC. Lunch is served on the way. In the afternoon, Keep driving toward Saigon and heading to the airport for you to catch a late-afternoon flight to Hue, in Central Vietnam. Get picked up and check into your hotel for the night.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hue
    DAY 5: HISTORICAL TOUR OF HUE
    DAY 5: HISTORICAL TOUR OF HUE
    - Hue is one of the main cultural, religious and educational centers of Vietnam. So far, Hue remains to be the only originally historical vestige city in Vietnam. Many of Hue’s attractions are found along the banks of the romantically named Perfume River

    In the morning, breakfast in the hotel as usual. Drive to visit King Minh Mang's tomb & King Khai Dinh tomb.
    Return to the city for lunch at a restaurant.
    In the afternoon, discover the Ancient Citadel. The walk through the complex is very interesting and informative.
    Followed by a short transfer to visit the charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda). Setting on the bank of rivers, it gives you a great view of the Perfume River and the surrounding area.
    Ending the day by boarding on a private boat, cruising on the romantic Perfume River back to the city center.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hue
    DAY  6: DRIVE TO HOI AN
    DAY 6: DRIVE TO HOI AN
    Ancient and peaceful, Hoi An has to this days well preserved its most sacred treasure, the centuries-old architecture. The town used to harbor foreign traders back in the 17-18th, and once is an important heavily-frequented trading port in Southeast Asia. ​ In the morning, the morning drive to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass will occupy half of your day. There are a few stops for photo opportunities such as at Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass you may want to take. Arrive at Hoi An ancient town. Check into your hotel for a short rest, then go for lunch at a nice restaurant. In the afternoon, embark on a walking tour to visit feature sites of Hoi An Old Quarter: Hoi An wet market; Japanese Covered Bridge; Phuoc Kien, a Chinese Assembly; Tan Ky ancient house; Watch the art of handicraft making at a Hoi An workshop.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hoi An
    DAY 7: HALF-DAY TOUR OF THE RUSTIC HOIAN
    DAY 7: HALF-DAY TOUR OF THE RUSTIC HOIAN
    The morning is yours for leisure on Cua Dai Beach or doing your own things.
    In the afternoon, take a bicycling tour to the nearby countryside: Pedaling the country lane-ways to reach some of the villages that are dotted throughout the region, stopping to talk to the locals and learn about life in this part of Vietnam. You will be passing emerald rice paddies, snaking waterways and plenty of waving children. Following your guide to the bank of the Thu Bon River and take a boat trip and discover the waterway before going back to Hoi An.
    Approach the dock and walk to the hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast
    Hotel in Hoi An
    DAY  8: HOI AN - AFTERNOON FLY TO HANOI
    DAY 8: HOI AN - AFTERNOON FLY TO HANOI
    This morning, it is easy for you to relax on the beach or doing some shopping in the Old Quarter of Hoi An.
    Check out your hotel by noontime.
    In the afternoon, say goodbye to Hoi An and transfer to Da Nang airport to take a short flight to Hanoi.
    Arrive at Noi Bai airport, get picked up and make your way to the city center. The remainder of the day is for your relaxation or getting out on your own discovery.
    Included Meals: Breakfast
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 9: HANOI CITY TOUR​
    DAY 9: HANOI CITY TOUR​
    Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center.

    In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Start the city tour with Ba Dinh Square, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view of the Presidential Palace, Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university.
    Set menu lunch at a restaurant in the city.

    The afternoon visits include Hoa Lu Prison, Women's Museum, Ngoc Son Temple and Water puppet show, a typical northern Vietnamese art form.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 10: NINH BINH BOAT AND BIKE
    DAY 10: NINH BINH BOAT AND BIKE
    The morning drive to Ninh Binh province takes you about 2,5 hours. Upon arrival, take 2-hour sampan boat ride at Tam Coc (Three Caves). This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations. It is very beautiful scenery along the row with sheer sides of limestone cliffs and rice paddy-fields. The local rowers will take you gently through three beautiful limestone caves with hundreds of stalactites above your heads. Back to the dock and transfer to a local restaurant for a Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, you will jump on a bike for a stunning ride along the back roads through the beautiful scenery of towering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages in the area. On the bike, we will have as many stops as you want to take photographs. One of the stop is Bich Dong Pagoda. Bich Dong pagoda is an important religious place for the locals in the region. You will take a short hike up to visit the three structures of the pagoda. Afterward, go and check-in your hotel for today stay.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Ninh Binh
    DAY 11: NINH BINH HIKE & CERAMIC VILLAGE
    DAY 11: NINH BINH HIKE & CERAMIC VILLAGE
    In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by car to the Hang Mua area. where you'll embark on a hike up to Ngoa Long mountain. There are about 500 steps to go for the summit of this limestone mountain. (At the hot humid day, it is not recommended for the seniors or those with high blood pleasure). The panoramic view from the top is worth your hard work! Get back down and continue on with a gentle walk on the ground of rice fields, villages, and ponds of lotus. This walk is very scenic through rural land. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to Bac Ninh province, the drive takes about 3,5 hours. Phu Lang Glazed Terra-cotta village is your destination today. The visit absolutely amazes you while walking to visit some family-owned workshops. Learning the local techniques of producing different types of ceramics. Transfer to a home-stay, relax and enjoy the dinner with the family.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Home-stay in Bac Ninh
    DAY 12: BAC NINH - HALONG BAY
    DAY 12: BAC NINH - HALONG BAY
    Halong Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk.

    After having breakfast, bid farewell to the host family at09:00 - Take the morning drive to the Halong bay.
    In the afternoon:​ Board your boat around noon and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard.
    Some interesting activities are available include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck...
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Overnight in a boat
    DAY 1: HALONG BAY - HANOI
    DAY 1: HALONG BAY - HANOI
    In the morning: Wake up early for sunrise and a view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
    Join a taichi class (availability depends on the certain boat you take)
    Take a further scenic cruise to other parts of the bay with a limestone cave visit.
    An early lunch is served on the way back to the pier.
    Disembarkation by noon time, and then get on the vehicle and making your way back to Hanoi for the last night of your trip.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Overnight on boat
    DAY 14: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    DAY 14: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    Today is your last day. It depends on your departure flight time, you may have to rush in the morning or just free at leisure or do some last shopping until get transferred to the airport for your flight home.
    Goodbye Vietnam!
    End of your Vietnam adventures.
    Included Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Not available
    Includes
    • Accommodation based on double basis with daily breakfast
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary each day
    • Private English speaking guides
    • Private air-con vehicle and transfers per itinerary
    • Entrance tickets at indicated sites
    • Boats in Mekong River, Perfume River and Halong bay
    • Bottled water in the vehicles
    Excludes
    • Travel insurance
    • Drinks and other meals
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Any international flights
    • Domestic flight tickets (quote separately)
    • Banking fee (if any)
    • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part
    • Surcharge on national holidays such as Christmas and Tet Holidays
    • Visa arrangement
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