Uncover the beauty of Vietnam’s landscapes and heritage on this customized Vietnam trip from the north to the south of the country. Beginning your vacation in the ancient city of Hanoi, visit its Old Quarters, markets, and famous landmarks such as the Temple of Literature. Explore the stunning Halong Bay on an overnight cruise, gliding past its towering karst formations and stopping at picturesque little islands dotting the bay. Next in Hue, discover the imperial city with a guide and then discover its verdant outskirts and scenic villages on a biking adventure. Next door in Hoi An, you can take a walking tour through the famous heritage city and sign up for an authentic cooking lesson at the Red Bridge Cooking School.
Take a break on the sandy shores of Nha Trang, framed by dramatic mountains on one side and the South China Sea on the other. The final stop on your customized Vietnam trip is Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, which you can explore on a tailor-made walking tour with your private guide and chauffeur.
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Hanoi has served as an erstwhile capital city and the seat of government for over a thousand years. Explore exotic ancient monuments and remnants of colonial imperialism as well as affable merchants at Hanoi’s night markets and at bustling street food stalls.
Group Tour of Hanoi Discover the rich cultural and architectural history of Hanoi over the course of this exciting day. Start your tour at the marble and granite mausoleum of the revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh. Next, pause to admire the wooden architecture of the One Pillar Pagoda that resembles a lotus. Arrive at a picturesque island in the West Lake to view the sixth century Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in the city and a symbol of the country’s ancient Buddhist heritage. Explore the centuries-old tradition of Vietnamese pottery-making at the Tran Pottery Village or head to the Ethnography Museum to learn the history of this land. After lunch at a local restaurant, leave for the 11th century Temple of Literature. Originally built to honor the great philosopher, Confucius, it was later expanded into the Imperial Academy, Vietnam’s first national university. Drive along the picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake framed by the imposing Ngoc Son temple and later, explore the atmospheric Old Quarter on your own. (Duration: Full Day; Shared Activity & Transfers; Time: 0745 hrs; Lunch included; Fitness level: Easy; Please bring a hat, umbrella, rain-coat, light bags and avoid wearing shorts, mini skirts or shirts without sleeve; Please note that Bat Trang pottery village visit is available on Mon, Wed & Fri and Ethnology Museum on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat)
Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkins is a dazzling world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can witness the dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone islands as they rise spectacularly from the ocean. Geologically an extension, Lan Ha Bay is just as beautiful as Halong Bay but a lot more isolated.
A Class Legend Cruise in Halong Bay (One Night/Two Days) Day One: Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay making a quick stop en route for some refreshment. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise boat as you sail towards mysterious Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island, one of the finest and widest grottoes in Halong Bay. Next, stop at Ti Top Island for some swimming and snorkeling. Trek up to the highest point on the island for a bird’s eye view of the panoramic bay. Return to the boat in time to catch the sunset as you enjoy a cocktail party followed by dinner featuring an authentic Vietnamese menu. Before you retire for the night, try some squid fishing, read a book, watch a movie, or play board games. Day Two: Get up early in the morning for a Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck before you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Sail down to Luon Cave and go exploring on a kayak or jump into one of the bamboo boats rowed by friendly locals. Return to the cruise boat and participate in a cooking demonstration on making spring rolls. Check out and have an early lunch as you sail back. Transfer back to Hanoi by road stop at a local village in the countryside to stretch your legs. (Duration: 2 Days/1 Night; Shared Activity; Private Transfers; Meals Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change.)
Cruise on Lan Ha Bay with Stellar of the Seas (Two Days/One Night) Discover the enchanting, less touristy Lan Ha Bay on a Stellar of the Seas luxury cruise vessel. Day 1: Embark on the cruise at Tuan Chau marina. Following a welcome drink and a safety briefing session, check into a spacious suite for some quiet time for relaxation. Relish a hearty lunch in the indoor or outdoor dining area before you start sailing. Glide past the beautiful Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan harbor, and other karst islands and limestone outcrops of the bay. Sunbathe on the lounge area in the upper deck, or dive into the waters for a leisurely swim. Socialize at a sunset party on the upper deck or simply lounge in the seating area watching the spectacular sunset. Indulge in a spa treatment, try your hand at board games and squid fishing, or watch movies in the entertainment area. Enjoy a barbeque dinner on the poolside, and sip cocktails from the bar with panoramic bay views before you retire to your suite for the night. Day 2: Watch the morning sun rays at the upper deck and join a refreshing Tai Chi session. Relish a local breakfast before heading to the mysterious Dark and Bright caves bordering Halong bay. Hop onto a kayak or a bamboo boat rowed by the local people to discover breathtaking beauty in two corridors cutting through a karst rock – one of which is a long dark tunnel of water, and the other bright and opening out to a lake. Observe the local flora – casuarina pines and weeping fig trees on the sides of the cliffs, and animals such as Cat Ba langurs. Row back to the cruise vessel and sail back to the mainland. Learn how to make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls, guided by an expert chef. Enjoy an international buffet lunch as you return ashore and disembark at the marina. (2 Days/1 Night; Times: 0800 hrs – 1600 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfers; All Meals Included; Fitness Level: Easy)
The ancient Imperial Capital of Hue, 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.
Group Tour of Hue City Explore the imperial city of Hue on this fascinating day trip! Meet your guide at the local pier before taking a traditional dragon boat cruise down the Perfume River, soaking in the beautiful riverside landscape surrounding you. Your boat ride ends at the Thien Mu pagoda, standing atop a hill by the river. Explore the seven-storied medieval monument and enjoy panoramic views of the Perfume River flowing beneath. Drive over to the famous UNESCO World Heritage ‘Complex of Hue Monuments’, which houses the Imperial Citadel, and admire its intricate architecture. Stroll through the royal gardens, stopping at the old royal court, as your guide shares historic trivia. Visit the royal antique museum before dropping by the bustling Dong Ba market for a feel the pulsating city. (Duration: 4 hrs; Time: 0800 hrs & 1230 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Hoi An pays 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.
Red Bridge Cooking School Experience For the adventurous palates, visit Red Bridge cooking school – a highlight of Hoi An’s culinary scene. Meet your chef at Hai Café in the old town for an introduction and welcome drink. Then explore the central market with him, learning about the quintessential ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy photographic moments on the 20min cruise to the school, with glimpses of local river life. Visit the school’s herb garden and enjoy a private hands-on cooking class. Savor what you have created. (Duration: Half Day; Time: 0800 hrs or 1100 hrs)
Walking Tour of Hoi An Accompany your local expert through the narrow lanes of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An, which served as a prosperous trading port from the 15th century to the 19th century. Stroll through the pedestrian-only streets of this well-preserved architectural heritage passing by various buildings, temples, merchant houses, and pagodas showcasing French, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences. Walk across the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge over the stream as your guide narrates its history. Head on to the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation for a closer look at the intricate wood carvings on the walls and beams. Explore the vibrant local market, past stalls displaying colorful wares, spices, and exotic fruits, that is particularly famous for its locally produced silk and tailors who even have a section of the market dedicated to them. (Duration: 2 hrs; Time: 0900/1400; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy.
Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony. Rapid and thrilling and, even with the maddening traffic as cyclo drivers speed under vast neon billboards, you can immerse yourselves in variety at HCMC.
Group Tour of Saigon City Discover the vibrant spirit of modern Saigon, whose roots are firmly planted in its historic culture and heritage! Visit some of the city’s most popular landmarks, as your guide keeps you engaged with the historic significance of each, filling you up with interesting trivia all along the way. Enjoy a leisurely tour of the former Presidential Palace, which functioned as the Government headquarters during the American War. Take a stroll around the recently renovated Notre Dame Cathedral, noting the historic red brick structure that was originally built with materials imported all the way from France! Cross the central town square to visit the colonial era Central Post Office, before stopping at the War Remnants Museum. Return to your hotel after being dropped off at De Tham Street. (Duration: 4 hrs; Time: 0745 hrs and 1200 hrs ; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Transfer from your hotel to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 2,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 2,490 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following flights in economy class unless otherwise specified:
Hanoi – Hue
Danang – Nha Trang
Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
All activities as listed:
Hanoi: Group Tour of Hanoi
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: A Class Legend Cruise in Halong Bay (One Night/Two Days)
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Cruise on Lan Ha Bay with Stellar of the Seas (Two Days/One Night)
Hue: Group Tour of Hue City
Hoi An: Half Day Red Bridge Cooking School Experience
Hoi An: Walking Tour of Hoi An
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Group Tour of Saigon City
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
A high-quality air-conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
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