We have designed this cultural journey for people keen to experience the diversity of Vietnam,but with limited time to spare, and wewill take you to discover the very best that Vietnam has to offer in fourteen days. You will discover several UNESCO World Heritages sites, including magnificent Halong Bay, historic Hoi An, and the ancient capital Hue. This trip starts in colonial Hanoi and ends in vibrant Ho Chi Minh city (aka Saigon).
In charming Hanoi, you will dine in one of the French colonial villas which have been converted into gourmet restaurants, explore the fascinating maze of 36 streets in the Old Quarter and cruise along dramatic limestone islands in Halong Bay.
Farther south, in Hue, you will marvel at its citadel, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples. Then it's off to the river town of Hoi An, where you will tour centuries-old merchant houses, and visit busy silk and fish markets.
In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's dynamic commercial center, you'll explore colorful produce markets, or perhaps stop in a designer shop to order haute couture ao dai. You'll also take a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong Guerilla's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. Then you will have another day trip to tour the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta to see the traditional side of Vietnamese life.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Orientation dinner (D)
Upon arrival at airport, you will see our smiling driver holding a signboard with your name to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel in town for check in.
You will have some free time to relax after the long flight.
In the evening, our tourguide with driver will pick you up at the hotel to transfer for the Orientation dinner where you will meet the other members of the group.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi full-day City tour (B,L)
The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back a thousand years.
This full day tour takes you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilts House, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda and, nearby, the Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds. Also on the tour, the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake (with lovers street Thanh Nien), the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and the Ethnology Museum.
Please note that the HCM Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.
Day 3: Hanoi Free day (B)
Today, you’re free to explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops, selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. You can take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, enjoy people-watching at one of the numerous stylish cafes or shop for modern art in the city's myriad galleries.
Then you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep before one more amazing day.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise (B,L,D)
In the morning, you will depart Hanoi around 07:30 - 08:00 for a three and a half hour drive by the shuttle bus through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay City. On the way, you will stop for refreshments, and upon arriving in Halong City, you will take a tender transfer to your junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. As you cruise the magical bay, you will notice thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons' teeth. Later in the afternoon, you'll visit a fishing village with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you'll enjoy cocktails or a cooking class while watching the sunset, and later you can unwind at a restaurant with a lavish dinner. To end the day, you can enjoy some evening activities such as movie night, board games, or a beauty treatment, before an overnight stay on the junk.
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – night train to Hue (Brunch)
After rising to the sound of the ocean coming to life, you'll enjoy breakfast, take a Tai Chi class and watch the sunrise over the bay (if you choose to get up that early!) You will visit a beautiful limestone grotto, and then head back to the junk for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Disembarking at the Cruise Café Lounge, you'll rejoin you’re the shuttle bus for transfer back to Hanoi then our car will transfer you to the train station for the overnight train to Hue.
Day 6: Hue full-day city tour (B,L)
Upon arrival Hue, you will be transferred to the hotel for the breakfast.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will board a private traditional boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River as you head out to the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded by ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. From here, you will rejoin your car to pay a visit to ornate Minh Mang's and Tu Duc's tombs. You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to visit Hue Citadel, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Imperial Museum. You will stay overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Transfer Hue – Hoi An by bus (B)
This morning you will be joining the bus for transferring to Hoi An.
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in. Free time at leisure to explore the town.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An –Villages Cycling tour (B,L)
Spend a day leisurely cycling though the scenic countryside of Vietnam, far from the traffic the motor scooters, and the noises the city. You will cross the islands on the Song Thu river delta using local transportation, including ferries and floating bridge Floating bridge - Hoi An - cross the amazing wooden bridge .
This tour will take you to discover how wooden river boats Kim Bong Village wooden handicraft - Hoi An are made, learn the secret of weaving the colorful straw “Hoi An” sleeping matsVietnamese handycraft in countryside of Hoi An Try the renowned Vietnamese basket boats basket boat maker in vietnam - Hoi An . You will spend the day with first-hand contact with one of the rural inhabitant Lunch with local family of the region, far from the usual tourist circuits.
At lunchtime you will be invited into the home of a local Vietnamese family for a traditional Vietnamese meal, and learn their customs and traditions. After you have relaxed for a while under the shade of a mango tree, you will Begin your return towards Hoi An, which will take about an hour.
Day 9 & 10 : Free time at leisure (B)
These two days, you’re free to explore the Hoi An Ancient Town by visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge followed by a relax at a local pub, do some shopping or visit the local tailors who make quality clothes in a flash. Or you can take an option boat trip to Cu Lao Cham, visit its fishing villages and do some snorkeling, enjoy Vietnamese seafood lunch in Cham jungle restaurant.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
This morning you will have some free time at leisure until time our driver coming to hotel for picking you up to the Danang Airport for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival the driver in Ho Chi Minh City will transfer you to hotel in town for check in. the rest of the day will be free time at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel (B)
In the morning you will enjoy a half-day private excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War.
In the afternoon you will embark on a city tour of HCMC (Saigon) including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market.
Day 13: Mekong Delta Excursion (B,L)
Ben Tre is the best option for a day trip to the Mekong Delta from Saigon, since it is only around 2 hours away, and 15 minutes from My Tho. However, this wonderful destination retains an authenticity which has been somewhat lessened in nearby My Tho.
This picturesque and friendly Mekong Delta town has historically seen very few travelers, but the recent opening of a bridge connecting Ben Tre and My Tho has made it far easier for day trippers to visit from Saigon.
Our one day cruise excursion starts at 8:00 am from the lobby of your hotel in Saigon with a drive to Ben Tre. While there, you can take a walk along the waterfront, lined with French era shops and houses, and you'll see plenty of coconuts being unloaded from boats for dispatch around the country. Then, jump on a boat for a couple of hours of cruising on the Mekong River. You will enjoy your delicious lunch at a local restaurant or on board. The excursion will end at around 4:00pm where the vehicle will await you for your transfer back to Saigon.
Day 14: Departure (B)
There are no activities planned for your final day, so you can unwind and plan for the next leg of your journey or opt to take in even more of the city’s offerings before being escorted to the airport for your onward flight.