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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 and Saigon as well as an exhilarating boat ride through the famous Halong Bay!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3HanoiColonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient ArchitectureThe Chi Boutique Hotel Hanoi, Silk Path Hotel
3 - 4Halong Bay/Lan Ha BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingA Class Legend Cruise, Stellar Cruise Halong Bay
4 - 6Hoi AnUNESCO World Heritage Site, Beach, Relaxation, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese ArchitectureLa Siesta Resorts & Spa Hoi An, Boutique Hoi An Resort
6 - 8HuePerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HouseAlba Spa Hue, Pilgrimage Village
8 - 10Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleLiberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

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  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Hanoi Airport to Hotel

Hanoi

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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).

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Silk Path Hotel – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 4

Drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay via New Highway Road (160 kms, 2.5 hrs)

Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay

1 Night

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.

Included Activities

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. On 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.
(2 Days/1 Night; Shared Activity; Private Transfers; Meals Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change.)

Activities Aboard Stellar Cruise, Halong Bay: One Night and Two Days
Day One – Embark on the Stellar Cruise at Tuan Chau marina. Sip on welcome drinks and set sail soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. Freshen up in your cozy cabins, and relish a leisurely lunch with stunning views of the dramatic limestone islands. Set out to explore the expansive and beautiful Surprising Cave and afterward, you can swim and snorkel around the Titop island. After a nap on board, gather on the top deck for a sociable sunset party. A lavish Vietnamese dinner later, retire for the night in your plush beds. Alternatively, you can join the crew to fish for squids at night. On day two, rise and shine with Tai Chi classes on the sundeck. After a wholesome local breakfast, sail past numerous islets before anchoring at Luon Cave. Explore the island kayaking or take the guided bamboo boats. Lunch is served after a cooking demonstration of spring rolls. Recount your experience returning to shore and bid farewell! (Full Day; Best time to travel: March – December; Duration: 2D/1N; Shared Activity & Private Transfer; Meals Included: All meals. Please bring swimwear, sunglasses and sunscreen.)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleCruise
Day 4 - 6

Day bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi (dep. 12:00, arriv. 16:00)

Flight from Hanoi to Danang

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

Hoi An

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Hoi An to Hue - En route via Hai Van tunnel (130 kms, 3 hrs)

Hue

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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).

Hotel Options
Alba Spa Hue – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 8 - 10

Transfer from Hotel to Hue Airport

Flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh / Saigon

Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport to hotel without a guide

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 1,990 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 2,290 /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.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Hanoi – Danang
    • Hue – Ho Chi Minh / Saigon
  • All activities as listed :
    • Hanoi: Temple and City Discovery in Hanoi
    • Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: A Class Legend Cruise in Halong Bay (One Night/Two Days)
    • Halong Bay/Lan Ha Bay: Activities Aboard Stellar Cruise, Halong Bay: One Night and Two Days
    • Hoi An: Walking Tour of Hoi An
    • Hue: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Highlights of Ho Chi Minh 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
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
Halong Bay, Vietnam. Unesco World Heritage Site. Most popular place in Vietnam
What our guests say about this trip

This trip was the second time we old timers have travelled with Enchanting Travels and as before, every thing went like clockwork. Two of the best trouble free trips we have ever done. We loved the fact that we chose our own destinations and all details and the bookings were well taken care of. The recommended activities were most varied and enjoyable. The guides and drivers who accompanied us were excellent in every way, always ready and waiting and accommodating, we were sad to farewell them. We couldn’t fault the accommodation at all. In India our rooms were always beautiful and fascinating, in Vietnam very comfortable and exceptionally well staffed. If we travel to another Asian country we will definitely use this company again, it is most professional and flexible. We highly recommend them.

– Sheila Curtis
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10 days $ 1,990 / person

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