Vietnam tours are best experienced privately so you can take in the vivid daily life. This unique vacation takes in the bustling cities of Hanoi & Saigon as well as an exhilarating boat ride through the famous Halong Bay!

Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3HanoiColonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient ArchitectureSilk Path Hotel, InterContinental Westlake
3 - 4Halong BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingDragon's Pearl, Halong Bay Jasmine Cruise
4 - 6HuéPerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HousePilgrimage Village, Vedana Lagoon (Hué)
6 - 8Hoi AnUNESCO World Heritage Site, Beach, Relaxation, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese ArchitectureVictoria Beach Resort (Hoi An)
8 - 10Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleLiberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, IC Asiana Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Ideal For

  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 $ 1,935 /person
  • Option 2 $ 2,565 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 9 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh / Saigon
  • All activities as listed :
    • Hanoi: Hanoi City Highlights Tour with Cyclos
    • Halong Bay: Included activities at Dragon Pearl
    • Halong Bay: Included activities at Halong Jasmine Cruise
    • Hué: Hué City Highlights Tour
    • Hoi An: Half Day Walking Tour of Hoi An City Highlights
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Half day Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (by Road)
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: City Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hotel

Hanoi

2 Days

Hanoi has served as a beautiful capital city and the seat of government for Vietnam for over a thousand years.

Included Activities

Hanoi City Highlights Tour with Cyclos
Explore Hanoi’s colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Start at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum housing his preserved body; behind is his House with a view of a lotus pond. Visit the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature for an overview on Hanoian culture and ancient architecture; the Museum of Ethnology offering insights into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Enjoy a 1hr cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. End at the Water Puppet Theatre.

Hotel Options

Silk Path Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
InterContinental Westlake – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategorySimple
Day 3 - 4

Drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay (165 km, 4 hrs)

Halong Bay

1 Day

Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkins is a dazzling world.

Included Activities

Included activities at Dragon Pearl
On a 1N Dragon Pearl cruise, visit Hanoi-Halong Bay-Hanoi. Arrive at Hon Gai Intl Harbor on a hotel shuttle bus; board the Dragon Pearl; check-in, meet your crew, have a cruise safety briefing. Set sail to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay; lunch on board; see astonishing formations of the bay; further at Cap La, enjoy kayak paddling around the fishing village here. Back on the junk, swim / relax before dinner. Overnight on board at Cong Do. Next day, cruise amid the bay’s panorama to visit Thien Canh Son cave; alight to swim. Return to the junk for lunch; cruise back to the harbor; check out; drive back to Hanoi.

Included activities at Halong Jasmine Cruise
Enjoy a 1N Jasmine Junk cruise through Halong Bay. Take a scenic drive 4hr/165kms from Hanoi; transfer by tender to the Junk; check-in; enjoy a seafood lunch; cruise past limestone islands and beaches. By tender, visit Tien Ong Cave to see stalactites and stalagmites; take a bamboo boat ride to Cua Van Fishing Village – Halong’s biggest and oldest floating fishing village. On board, enjoy a Vietnamese culinary demo; moor overnight; enjoy a massage/sundowner; see a pre-dinner presentation. Early next morning, enjoy Tai Chi on the sundeck; transfer to a white sandy beach with crystal clear water. Cruise slowly back to Halong via picturesque Ti Top Island, Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain; brunch is on aboard before arrival at about 1100hrs; transfer to Royal Park Pier; drive back to Hanoi.

Hotel Options

Dragon's Pearl – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
CategoryMid-range
Halong Bay Jasmine Cruise – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
CategoryUpmarket
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Halong Bay to Hanoi (165 km, 4 hrs)

Flight from Hanoi to Hue

Transfer from Hue Airport to Hotel

Hué

2 Days

The ancient Imperial Capital of Hué, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.

Included Activities

Hué City Highlights Tour
Embark on a 10min cyclo ride to see the Imperial past of Nguyen Lords – tombs, pagodas and the Imperial Citadel’s remains (UNESCO site). Here, enter via the lofty main gate; admire magnificent architecture and gardens, and learn of Ancient Hue’s events and intrigue. Some well preserved sections remain intact inspite of heavy bombing, while others have been restored. Drive down to visit Hue’s best-preserved religious monument, the compelling Thien Mu Pagoda, standing on the riverbank with a 7-storey tower. Take a 30min drive out to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, showcasing east-west design and architectural elements. Visit the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb built on fen-shui principles, harmonizing with its natural environs. En route back to your hotel, perhaps halt at an incense stick making house.

Hotel Options

Pilgrimage Village – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
CategoryUpmarket
Vedana Lagoon (Hué) – Opt 2
RoomLagoon View Bungalow
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
CategoryDeluxe
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Hue to Hoi An (135 km, 3 hrs)

Hoi An

2 Days

Hoi An plays testament to its remarkable history as a major port town, booming with grand architecture of old Japanese merchant houses, pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shopfronts lit with glowing silk lanterns, and ageing tea warehouses.

Included Activities

Half Day Walking Tour of Hoi An City Highlights
Discover the World Heritage town of Hoi An on a walking tour, manoevering narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter. Once a prosperous trading port (17th-19th Cent), it boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, providing insight into Hoi An’s illustrious past. Visit Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings, the 200-yr-old Tam Ky ancestral house, old merchant houses with Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architectural influences, the 400-yr-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the colorful market offering an array of fresh ingredients and umpteen local specialties including silks..which can be stitched into garments within 1-2 days.

Hotel Options

Victoria Beach Resort (Hoi An) – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
CategoryUpmarket
Day 8 - 10

Drive from Hoi An to Danang (30 km, 1 hr)

Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh / Saigon

Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport to Hotel

Transfer from Hotel to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

2 Days

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony.

Included Activities

Half day Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (by Road)
Drive two hours northwest of Saigon via urban areas and typical lush Viet countryside to reach the world famous Cu Chi tunnel complex – initially started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French. These tunnels also served as communication routes, food storage facilities, weapon caches, and comprised hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters during the American war. Understand the tunnels’ history, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Viet resilience during combat.

City Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
Explore Saigon, a city that never sleeps – volatile yet vibrant, overcrowded yet exciting, Saigon collides a previous era with modernity. Walk by historic landmarks; see lovely French colonial buildings on Dong Khoi street/Rue Catinat; see the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville and Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central P.O. Drive 6km away to visit Thien Hau temple in District 5, here make a wish writing it on a small card and attaching to an incense coil in the local custom.

Hotel Options

Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
IC Asiana Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryDeluxe

International Departure

Beautiful sunset at Halong bay, Vietnam, shutterstock_148565825
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