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 Apricot Hotel, InterContinental Westlake
3 - 4Halong BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingGlory Legend, Jasmine Cruise
4 - 6HuéPerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HousePilgrimage Village, La Résidence Hôtel (Hué)
6 - 8Hoi AnUNESCO World Heritage Site, Beach, Relaxation, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese ArchitectureMaison Vy, Hoi An, Anantara Hoi An Resort
8 - 10Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleLiberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel, Vila Song

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  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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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

Full Day Tour Of Hanoi With Cyclos Ride
Delve into Hanoi’s colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Start at the historic mausoleum and former house of Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh. Visit the beautifully designed lotus-shaped Buddhist temple of One Pillar Pagoda. If you wish to gain an overview of Hanoian culture and ancient architecture then you will be in for a treat at the Temple of Literature, whilst the Museum of Ethnology offers fascinating insights into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. You can observe the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter with a thrilling one hour cyclo ride, where many local people go about their daily lives. To complete this culturally rich day, enjoy a performance at the mystical Water Puppet Theater, which brings to life a traditional artform describing daily life and the legends of Vietnam’s history. (Full Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs; Private activity & transfer; Fitness level: Easy. Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every afternoon on weekdays except Monday and Friday when it is closed all day; between September to December, it is closed everyday.)

Hotel Options

The Apricot Hotel – Opt 1
RoomSketch King
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
InterContinental Westlake – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 4

Day bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay (dep. 08:00, arriv. 12:00)

Halong Bay

1 Day

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 in Halong Bay.

Included Activities

Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Jasmine Cruise)
Set sail into Halong Bay! Take a four hour drive from Hanoi to reach the jetty and take a boat to the Jasmine Junk. After your safety briefing, feast on a seafood lunch while cruising past limestone islands. Visit Tien Ong Caves, or take a bamboo boat ride to Halong’s oldest floating village at Cua Van. Back on the junk experience a Vietnamese culinary demonstration, unwind with a massage, and enjoy a cultural performance before dinner. Begin the next morning with Tai Chi before heading to a beach. Cruise back to Halong through picturesque Ti Top Island, Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain. Enjoy your brunch on board just before you arrive at Royal Park Pier around 1100 hours, before a leisurely drive back to Hanoi.

Legend Glory Included Activities
Cruise on Halong Legend Junk Day 1: Hanoi to Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay Drive through the picturesque paddy fields of Red River Delta, to reach Halong. En route, stop in Hai Duong province and enjoy refreshments. At the Tuan Chau Wharf, take a photo break aboard the Glory Legend Private Lounge before you are transferred to the boat where you will be briefed as you enjoy your welcome drink. Lunch is served en route to Vung Vieng through the magnificent Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay, where famous sites like Perfume Rock, Fighting Cock, Lonely Rock and Saddle Rock await. Friendly local people at the village will help you row your boat through various sites and islands where you can enjoy swimming and kayaking. Enjoy a relaxing evening back on the boat or some squid fishing, and indulge in a pre-booked massage or a cooking class on the sundeck, before sampling an authentic Vietnamese dinner. Day 2: Halong Bay to Hanoi Warm beverages and pastries are served early and followed by a Tai Chi lesson on the boat. Afterwards, you can disembark and climb the 100 steps to reach the beautiful Sung Sot Caves. After your expedition, enjoy a leisurely brunch aboard the Halong Legend as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Wharf. Once you disembark, you can visit a traditional pottery workshop on your way back to Hanoi.

Hotel Options

Glory Legend – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
Jasmine Cruise – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCruise
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

Highlights Of Hué
Discover Hué’s imperial past of Nguyễn lords on a thrilling twenty to thirty minute cyclo ride that takes you to the tombs, pagodas and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Imperial City. Enter the main gate and witness a palatial world of magnificent architecture, landscaped gardens and ancient, intriguing stories! On the banks of Perfume River, visit the compelling seven storey tower of Thien Mu Pagoda, the city’s best-preserved religious monument. Drive for thirty minutes to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, which showcases an outstanding fusion of eastern and western architecture. Visit the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, which was built on feng shui principles and harmonizes with its natural environs. You can also stop off at an incense stick maker’s house!

Hotel Options

Pilgrimage Village – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
La Résidence Hôtel (Hué) – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
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

Walking Tour Of Ancient Hoi An
Discover the magnificent Ancient Quarter of Hoi An on a walking tour. Glance into the city’s illustrious past as a trading port as you meander through narrow pedestrianized narrow streets, brimming with well-preserved buildings and unique cuisine. Visit the restored 17th century Chua Ong Pagoda, which was dedicated to ancient Chinese General, or head to the Chinese Assembly Halls of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, which boasts outstandingly ornate wood carvings. Explore the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, the delightful 400 year old Japanese covered bridge, and other historic merchant houses whose architecture have been influenced by the Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. Soak up the atmosphere in the quarter’s colorful market, which offers an array of silks that you can get stitched into stunning garments within a day or two! Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Hotel Options

Maison Vy, Hoi An – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Anantara Hoi An Resort – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
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

Saigon Opera House & AO Show (2 Hours)
Discover the iconic opera of Ho Chi Minh City! In the late evening, set out to discover the unique history and architecture of the 19th century Saigon Opera House, which was built by famous French architect Eugene Ferret. Witness a live performance inside the theatre to truly appreciate this historic venue. Before the A O Show begins, step backstage to witness an exclusive presentation of instruments used in the performance and/or meet one of the actors. Gain unique insights into the history and inspiration for the performance. An intricate blend of bamboo cirque, acrobatics, live music and visual drama, the show itself is a beautiful depiction of life in urban and rural Vietnam. Enjoy traditional live music and plenty of action, supported by exquisite stage design and lighting to make it an unforgettable experience! (Show Timings – 6:00pm – 7:00pm or 8:00pm – 9:00pm)

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.

Hotel Options

Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Vila Song – Opt 2
RoomWriters Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 $ 2,080 /person
  • Option 2 $ 2,830 /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: Full Day Tour of Hanoi with Cyclos Ride
    • Halong Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Jasmine Cruise)
    • Halong Bay: Legend Glory Included Activities
    • Hué: Highlights of Hué
    • Hoi An: Walking Tour of Ancient Hoi An
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Saigon Opera House & AO Show (2 Hours)
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: 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
What our guests say about this trip

If you are like us you would rather travel on your own, but traveling in Vietnam and Cambodia was a little intimidating – not like traveling in Europe. Enchanting Travels made traveling on our own very easy by providing excellent guides and chauffeurs in each of the locations we wanted to visit. We were able to customize our tour based on our desires and the suggestions from Enchanting. Our guides were flexible and we felt we were in total control of our vacation. We believe we saw more in our short time in Vietnam and Cambodia (just over 2 weeks) because we had a personal chauffeur and guide making getting from one location to the next easy.

– Martin & Carol Brzeczek
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