Wander in ancient cities and discover a medley of century-old traditions and modern-day living. On this private holiday in Vietnam, travel from the northern heritage city of Hanoi and the gorgeous Halong Bay to the imperial capital of Hue. Walk in the meandering streets and lush countryside of Hoi An and end your trip in busy Ho Chi Minh city, which boasts a delightful mix of French colonial influence and quintessential Southeast charm. With Vietnam’s most popular cities on your itinerary, handpicked accommodation and unique experiences, this tour is a perfect way to discover the country.
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.
Temple and City Discovery in Hanoi Explore the heritage of Vietnam’s capital by the Red River delta, on a leisurely cyclos ride through the city. Learn about the nation’s beloved revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh and visit the simple little house where he lived during his years in Hanoi. Explore the historic building that showcases the great leader’s personal artifacts and items of everyday use. Stop by a small island on Hanoi’s West Lake to see the sixth century Tran Quoc Pagoda, the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. Ride over to visit the resplendent 11th-century Taoist temple, Quan Thanh, which stands in the shade of a giant banyan tree. An old shrine nearby houses a beautiful statue of Tran Vu, a principal Tao deity. Later in the afternoon, visit Vietnam’s first national university, the 11th century Temple of Literature that is known for its traditional Vietnamese architecture. Get an insight into Vietnam’s colonial and modern history at the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ or Hoa Lo Prison, where the French incarcerated Vietnamese political prisoners. Visit the remnants of the old complex and walk through the moving display of photographs and writings. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy).
Chuyen My & Van Diem Craft Village Excursion Experience Vietnam’s traditional craft village tourism just an hour south of the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Saunter into the countryside to witness the life and style of generations of craftspeople. Each hamlet has its own expertise in the craft that shines through the individual creations. Chuyen My, a thousand-year-old craft village is now a destination for the fascinating art of traditional lacquer and clamshell inlaying. Marvel at the intricate designs of mother-of-pearl inlays that adorn furniture and artifacts. The detailing is noteworthy with unbroken, tightly fitted and carved pieces that follow themes of jungles and the seas. A half-hour away, visit Van Diem, a village that specializes in wooden furniture carving. Renowned for longstanding, high-quality woodwork trade, this craft has been generating substantial revenues for the artisans here. Follow your guide to meet the warm local families, and converse about skills that they’ve honed for ages! (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning/Afternoon; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate)
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.
Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Jasmine Cruise) Explore picturesque Halong Bay and its many attractions on this leisurely cruise. Day 1: Get settled in your comfortable accommodations aboard the cruise boat and discover the onboard facilities as you sail out to scenic Halong Bay. Step onto the sun deck and soak in the splendid views as you cruise to the floating village of Cua Van, one of the last few in the region. Choose to kayak to this interesting village or glide along in a bamboo boat rowed by the locals. Stop by the Cua Van Cultural Center for a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the village before heading out to Tien Ong Cave. Follow your expert guide into the deep cave which has evidence of human civilization dating back as far as 10,000 BC! Return to the cruise boat and sail on as you unwind on the sun deck with your favorite drink enjoying the sunset over the bay. Watch a demonstration of Vietnamese cooking by the chef and join in if you’d like. After a delicious dinner, watch an insightful presentation about the bay’s unique features or try your hand at squid fishing before you get a good night’s rest. Day 2: Wake up refreshed and sip on tea or coffee as you nibble on pastries before practicing Tai Chi on the deck under the guidance of an expert. Afterward, step ashore at Ti Top Island to swim in the cool water and lounge on the sandy beach tucked amid soaring rock formations. You could also climb up 400 stone steps to the highest point on the island and enjoy panoramic views of the bay. Return to the cruise boat and savor breakfast as you sail back to the harbor, continuing to enjoy scenic views of this iconic landmark along the way. (2 Days/1 Night; All Meals Included; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Valentine Cruise) For your Halong Valentine cruise, set out for the bay from the city of Hanoi. Board the junk at Halong Bay pier or Bai Chay, check in and meet your crew. Afterwards, you will attend a cruise safety briefing. Sail via the lovely Bai Tu Long Bay to Halong Bay. En route, you can enjoy soothing massages and spa treatments on board. Once you arrive at Luon Cave, set out to explore this natural wonder. Board small bamboo boats rowed by locals or kayak past Dau Nguoi, Head Island, Con Rùa, Turtle Island, Cong Troi, and Heaven’s Gate Island, on your way to the cave. Back aboard, sail to Titop Island where you can swim and relax or climb steps to the mountain top for panoramic views of your surroundings. Sail to Luon Bo and drop anchor before dinnertime. After a hearty meal, enjoy films, board games, cards, or even night squid fishing! Next morning, it’s time for a Tai Chi lesson from an expert at sunrise. Later, travel to Surprise Cave and a small fishing village nearby to discover life on the bay. The 100 steps you will need to climb up to explore the cave are well worth it. At the end of your journey, return to Bai Chay pier and drive back to Hanoi.
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.
Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich imperial heritage on this tour of historic Hué. The town is dotted with ancient pagodas, royal tombs, and the remains of an imperial stronghold. Set off after breakfast to visit Hué’s iconic, 17th century monument of Thien Mu Pagoda, whose narrow, seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterwards, you could either explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hué Monuments centered on the Imperial Citadel, or the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. At the Imperial Citadel, be dazzled by the regal architecture and royal gardens. Set amid a forested area, the Royal Tomb is equally spectacular. In the afternoon, drive down to the charming little village of Duong No, which was home to the young Ho Chi Minh. Walk over to the ornate Thanh Toan Covered Bridge spanning the Perfume River, featuring traditional Asian design and a timber arch dotted with ceramic elements and elaborate calligraphy. (Best Time to Travel : Oct – Mar;Times : 9 AM – 3 PM;Duration – 5 hours;Private Activity;Fitness level: Easy).
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.
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. (Half Day; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 0900/1400; Duration: 2 hrs; 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.
Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City Explore Saigon, a city that never sleeps! With its vibrant, exciting energy and brimming with people, you’ll quickly notice how modernity has collided with its rich history. The best way to explore Saigon is by foot, as you wander along and witness quaint yet sure French colonial buildings on Dong Khoi Street, also known as Rue Catinat. Witness many other historic landmarks, including the Opera House, the former Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the spectacular Presidential Palace. Visit the central Post Office, not to send your postcards home but to witness a magnificent feat of architecture. Want to make a wish? Visit Thien Hau Temple in District 5, where it is the local custom to attach your dreams to an incense coil. Kindly note that it is not possible to visit inside the Notre Dame during church services. (Timings:08:30 hrs- 17:30 hrs ; Private Activity)
Serene Ben Tre Village Life Experience the timeless rhythms of Mekong country life on this day trip to the tranquil village of Ben Tre. Leave the urban bustle of Ho Chi Minh for the calm waters of the Mekong. A leisurely boat trip brings you to the quaint village where your first stop is a coconut workshop. Marvel at the variety and intricate beauty of products made from this eco-friendly resource. Next, hop on a bike or tuk-tuk to arrive at a lush orchard heavy with tropical fruits. Walk through the leafy fragrant groves where fruits like pomelo, rambutan and durian are grown the organic way. Drop by a wooden chopstick workshop to witness the age old techniques that go into making this ubiquitous dining accessory. Tuck into a colorful ethnic lunch at a local restaurant after which you are ready to return to your hotel but not before you have experienced the serene delights of sailing in a sampan or wooden boat. (Full Day: Time: 0800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 8 hrs; Fitness level: Easy).
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 14 days / 13 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Hanoi – Hue
Danang – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
All activities as listed :
Hanoi: Temple and City Discovery in Hanoi
Hanoi: Chuyen My & Van Diem Craft Village Excursion
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Jasmine Cruise)
Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Valentine Cruise)
Hue: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
Hoi An: Walking Tour of Hoi An
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Serene Ben Tre Village Life
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
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
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)
What our guests say about this trip
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