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Start/Finish
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) / Hanoi
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Private
Customized Tour

Travel from the south of Vietnam and explore the enchanting sights in Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi tunnels. Find your way through the canals and hidden waterways to experience the life in the local villages in the Mekong Delta region. Walk along the charming streets of Hoi An and try out its delightful dishes, and see the Imperial City and famous royal tombs of Hue. Spend the day wandering around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, exploring the historic buildings and eating delicious local food. End the tour with a scenic ride on the junk boat in Halong Bay!

Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Arrival

You will be welcomed at the Ho Chi Minh International airport, then you will be taken directly to your hotel in downtown, in a private vehicle. Check in hotel (check-in time is from 14.00).
You can then choose to relax at your hotel or stretch your legs by taking a walk-through busy Streets of HCMC, a perfect way to explore the daily life. Dinner will be on your own tonight (with the recommendation from your Travel Specialists if you wish).

Meals included: No
Overnight in HCMC



Day 2: HCMC – Cu Chi Tunnels – HCMC City Tour

After breakfast, around 7.45am – 8.00am, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the dock, to join the boat ride along HCMC River (approx. 1hr15m). Upon arrival in Cu Chi Tunnels. Before exploring the tunnels, you will have a short introduction followed by a video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the wartime. Then, spend your time exploring the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Besides this, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. After this, a special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served.

Take a break now to relax, or try your hand at shooting a real gun.

After having Lunch, you will return to HCMC by boat, arriving around 14:00. The rest of the day and dinner will be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in HCMC

Optional tour: Explore “HCMC after Dark” on Vespa scooters where you are the passenger!  (Group tour)

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Time: 06.30pm – 10.30pm

A foodie night out on the town.

This HCMC night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience HCMC nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.

To start off this HCMC night tour, enjoy drinks at our Vespa-themed café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guidebook). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at 2 local restaurants and samplings of HCMC’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of Ho Chi Minh City while in the bustling traffic. We’ll also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.

Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese nightlife with friends. This tour includes free-flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite!

Price: Upon Request

Inclusion: Vespas, drivers, English speaking tour guide, dinners (2 stops), local music venues and café (3 stops),  one drink provided at each stop



Day 3: HCMC – Mekong Delta (Cai Be – Vinh Long)- HCMC

After Breakfast at your hotel, around 7:30 AM, we’ll depart for Cai Be. During the 2 hours ride, you will pass through the picturesque rice fields and enjoy the peaceful scenery.

Cai Be offers many exciting attractions, activities, and excursions. Nature lovers will enjoy the lush natural landscape and those interested in local culture will love meeting the very hospitable local people and discovering the way of life in this region.

9:30 AM. Arrive in Cai Be, take a boat trip to cruise along the Mekong river, pass through a small floating market, where the vendors and purchasers floating in their small boats selling and buying their agricultural products. Disembark to visit the craft village where you can witness how the local products are made.

10:30 AM. Continue cruising on the boat. Get off at the fruit orchards comprising many kinds of fruits such as jack-fruit, durian, guava, rambutan, longan, etc… drink hot tea, eat fresh fruits and enjoy live local music performance.

11:30 AM.  Head to the local restaurant by boat, attend a cooking class with the local chef, then enjoy your Lunch.

1:30 PM. After lunch, Bike along the countryside road to get to know the locals going about their day.

2:40 PM. Say goodbye and depart for HCMC.

5:00 PM. Arrive in HCMC.

The rest of the day you’ll be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in HCMC

Optional tour: À Ố Show
www.luneproduction.com/ao-showPerformed at the Opera House, À Ố show is one-of-a-kind show with optical illusions, amazing choreography, powerful acrobatics, and traditional music. Appreciate the exterior of this French-designed HCMC Opera House before venturing inside this architectural gem.Price: Upon Request*** Remarks: You can easily take a taxi from the hotel to the Opera House, or walk to the Opera House if the hotel is within walking distance.
Price: Upon request
Inclusions: English speaking guide, food.


Day 4: HCMC – Flight to Danang – Hoi An City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be on your own till check out hotel, and you will be picked up & transferred to HCMC airport for the noon flight to Danang. Welcomed by our tour guide in Danang then you will be transferred to Hoi An ancient town. On the way, we stop visit Marble Mountain. The Marble Mountains are a cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble in Da Nang. It’s also a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels, and temples all just waiting to be discovered. Reaching the summit, where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.

From the 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.

After checking in your hotel, take a walking tour winding through the narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter, visits Chua Ong Pagoda, The Assembly Hall, The 200-year-old Tam Ky house, The Japanese Covered Bridge, attend the traditional music show and explore the Lantern making factories, a typical traditional hand-made product of Hoi An. Dinner will be on your own arrangement. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An



Day 5: Hoi An Free Day

A charming town, Hoi An is perfect for you to spend a day wandering around, exploring things by yourself. You can have clothes tailor-made and completed within 24hrs at reasonable prices, or have a relaxing bike ride through beautiful local villages, or relax on the Cua Dai beach or An Bang beach. You can also join one of the optional tours below (additional charge).

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An

Optional tour: Hoi An Cooking Class at Red Bridge Cooking Centre (join-open class)

Time: From 08.15am – 01.00pm

We start the day (8.15am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café – meeting point (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town)

Visit Hoi An colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds, and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy the free use of our 20-meter swimming pool – towels and showers provided.

Price: Upon Request
Inclusions: Cooking course as described with Lunch
Clients can easily take a taxi from hotel to meeting point and back, the cost is about $3-$5  each way depending on the location of your hotel.



Day 6: Hoi An – Hue City Tour

After breakfast, you will drive to Hue. Today, you will enjoy one of the most scenic drives over Hai Van Pass, where you can stop to enjoy the spectacle of the coastline, Lang Co Beach.

Arrive in Hue by noontime, check in hotel and take a short rest before embarking on an afternoon tour exploring Hue’s famous royal tombs, illustrious examples of the Grand Dynasty’s past, and garden houses. First, we will visit Minh Mang’s tomb that is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. Next point will be the Emperor Khai Dinh Mausoleum, considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. On the way back to town, you will visit a local workshop where you can see how incense sticks and traditional conical hats are made.
You’ll be on your own in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hue


Day 7: Hue City Tour – Flight to Hanoi

Start the Hue city tour today by taking a traditional dragon boat trip on the poetic Perfume River. During the cruise, you will visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda with its characteristic seven-tiered tower. You will also see the Austin car which took Monk Thich Quang Duc to HCMC where he famously set himself on fire in 1963 as a dramatic protest against the unfair treatment of Buddhists by the Diem regime.

Continue on to the Hue Royal Complex, former home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last Monarchy of Vietnam from 1802 – 1945. You will explore the ancient and atmospheric walled Citadel which contains the former Imperial Palace and the Forbidden Purple City. Especially you will have a chance to visit Hue Royal Antiques Museum – A collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty. After that, stop to visit at Dong Ba Market – the most famous market in Hue to discover daily life and get more experience about local people here.

Have lunch at the restaurant and take a rest before the transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi, be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in the downtown of Hanoi for check-in. The rest of the day will be your free time.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 8: Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, dive into the sights sounds and aromas of Hanoi. Start with Ho Chi Minh Complex including his Mausoleum (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all afternoon, every Monday & Friday, and from late September until December), the Presidential Palace, the historic Stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Continue on our journey through Hanoi, we will drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda (which means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century in the Westlake and also a famous attraction for pilgrims.

From there, we’ll head to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”.

Around 12.30: you will have lunch at a restaurant. Afterward, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi. We then take a short drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (Ethnology Museum is closed every Monday). Afterward, take a cycle rickshaw ride through the Old Quarter then enjoy a Water Puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

From 18.00 – 18.30, return to your hotel, the rest of the day will be free.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Optional: Hanoi Street food tour (private tour)

We’ll start our walking tour of Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan. Along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of products, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and the history of popular northern dishes.

Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we’ll wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.

Our next stop will be a food stall for you to try our Bread, a little food stall with a few typical tiny Vietnamese chairs on the sidewalk where we enjoy the delicious fresh baguettes while observing the neighborhood.

Next one is another famous dish – Bun Cha. Bun Cha consists of vermicelli, herbs and grilled pork. At this secretly hidden café, we will watch a demonstration and then try some egg coffee, a scrumptious local delicacy.

Continue to other food stalls near Hoan Kiem lake where we try some dishes such as Che “Vietnamese style pudding” and Nom “papaya salad with beef”.

It’s time for dessert as we’ll venture down a small alley and try the local tradition of fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced – this specialty is one not to be missed!

Price: Upon request
Inclusions: English speaking guide, food.



Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on boat

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. The journey is through the rich farmlands where you can observe the everyday life of Vietnamese villagers. Arriving in Halong Bay in the late morning and you will board a traditional “junk” boat. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary.

Towards the end of the day, the boat will set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner will be served with fresh seafood, salad, and fruit. You will spend the night in your private cabin aboard the Junk in Halong Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on boat, private en-suite cabin

Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Departure

Early risers can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise over the bay. On a clear day, you will have the chance to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay

Enjoy breakfast while the vessels slowly cruise back the jetty. Disembark at around noontime and you will be transferred back Hanoi then transferred to Hanoi airport flight Departure.

*** Note: In case your flight departure is in the morning or afternoon time, one more night in Hanoi should be added.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch on Cruise

End of tour.

Pricing

The price of this trip varies according to selected airlines, the number of people in your party, dates of departure, hotel standard, and availability of ground services. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we would be more than happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh city with highlights
  • Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1 night
  • Boat trip on Saigon River to Cu Chi tunnels
  • Mekong Delta discovery

Travel Services

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Excursions
  • All transfer in AC vehicles
  • English speaking guide(s)

  • Domestic flights
  • Local boats
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlights

  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Small group size (Max 10-15 persons).
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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