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Embark on a 10-day journey through Vietnam's culture and landscapes. Explore Hanoi, cruise Halong Bay, discover Hue, and explore Hoi An. Dive into history in Ho Chi Minh City, then cruise the Mekong Delta. Enjoy comfortable accommodations and expert guidance for an unforgettable adventure.

Highlights


  • Hanoi Exploration: Discover the ancient streets and landmarks of Vietnam's capital, including Ba Din
  • Halong Bay Cruise: Embark on an overnight cruise through the breathtaking karst islands of Halong Ba
  • Imperial Hue: Explore the Imperial Citadel and Minh Mang Tomb in Hue, while cruising along the Perfu
  • Charming Hoi An: Wander through Hoi An's UNESCO-listed ancient town, visit the My Son Sanctuary, and
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Delve into the history of Ho Chi Minh City with visits to the War Remnants Museum,
  • Mekong Delta Discovery: Experience the tranquility of the Mekong Delta with a full-day tour, includi
  • Cultural Immersion: Enjoy traditional Vietnamese water puppet shows, indulge in local cuisine, and e
  • Scenic Transfers: Travel through scenic routes like the Hai Van Pass and enjoy panoramic views of th
  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from expert guidance throughout the trip, ensuring a seamless and unforgett
VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS

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VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL - CAPITAL OF VIETNAM

Welcome to Vietnam!

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, link up with your driver for an airport transfer with an English-speaking

guide in the private vehicle. It takes about 45 minutes to come and pick you up. Your visa should be pre-arranged, or

you can have a visa-on-arrival letter in your luggage. Go to the custom desk as the first point of entry into the country

and present these documents for visa upon arrival. Fast track service can be booked in advance.

Hanoi, or can be called “River-bound City” as its name means is Vietnam’s capital with more than a thousand years

of history since 1010. The city’s gorgeous beauty is contributed by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique

houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes which have made it one of the

most charming cities in Asia.

Meals: N/A

Stay overnight in HanoiD

DAY 02: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR2: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Our journey starts with a full-day tour of discovering the city, especially the iconic landmarks. Begin at Ba Dinh

Square, where you will appreciate the imposing facade of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the revered resting site of

revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and

through October-November). Explore the traditional stilt houses around the city, showcasing a unique architectural

style, allowing for ventilation and protection from flooding in the city’s historic neighborhoods.

Afterward, visit the One-Pillar Pagoda which was built in 1049, and is famous for its lotus shape, the pagoda stands

as a symbol of devotion and resilience. Venture to West Lake (Tay Ho), a tranquil oasis in contrast to the bustling

city centre. Delight in the serene ambience, adorn with embassies, trendy coffee shops, and locals engaging in

morning exercises. Visiting the ancient Tran Quoc Pagoda, situated on a peaceful peninsula and considered one of the

oldest pagodas in Hanoi. After lunch, you will journey to the renowned Temple of Literature (Van Mieu)-Vietnam’s

first university, exclusive for princes and mandarins.

Then, meander through the historic Old Quarter and the enchanting surroundings of Sword Lake. Pause at the

picturesque Ngoc Son Temple, perched on an island in the middle of the lake. Experience the rich cultural heritage

and serene charm of Hanoi’s iconic landmarks on this unforgettable journey. Take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old

Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trade from the past. Our tour finish with a

traditional Vietnamese water puppet show in Thang Long Opera Theatre

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Hanoi

DAY 03: HA NOI - HALONG OVERNIGHT ON BOAT – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGEDA £DAY 03: HA NOI - HALONG OVERNIGHT ON BOAT – U

The day starts with a transfer from Hanoi's Old Quarter to breathtaking Halong Bay. The transfer is approximately

1.5 to 2 hours. You may stop on the way to appreciate the local scenery. Upon arrival to the port, you'll take a

speedboat transfer to your cruise

Embark on your cruise and enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by an introduction. Boarding time is at approximately

12:15 PM.

Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk when your journey across Ha Long Bay

starts. Ha Long Bay means Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon

landed down from the sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates

back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2.

After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go

swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathe on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing

village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three

generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner and enjoy

the bay view at sunset. Enjoy a nice relaxing swim in the emerald water and try your hand at kayaking here, which

allows you to explore the karst rock formations up close.

Tonight is also a great night to chill out with the ship's "Enjoy the Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1) at the bar" while

watching the view of the bay at sunset. Or indulge in a massage at the end of your evening if you wish -- Please book

with the Cruise Manager directly. On board join in a traditional cooking class in which the chef introduces and

instructs you on the preparation of Vietnamese dishes. Dinner is served with delicious local food prepared by the

wonderful on-board catering staff. Enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck. You can hands-on

squid fishing at night or watch a movie in the restaurant. Spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stay overnight on cruise in Ha Long Bay

Note: the detailed program might be changeable slightly because of each program of cruise confirmed and weather

situation.

DAY 04: HALONG – HANOI – FLY TO HUE

In the morning, wake your body and mind up with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Have

some tea and coffee onboard and continue exploring Ha Long Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of

its major highlights. Then, check out at 09:30 and have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at

11:00 AM to transfer to Hanoi capital.

Free at leisure until meet our guide then transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for flight to Hue City.

Upon arrival at Hue International Airport, you are transferred to town with your guide in private vehicle. The

transfer from airport to hotel is approximately 20 minutes. Check-in & relax

Meals: Brunch

Stay overnight in Hue

DAY 05: HUE CITY TOUR WITH RIVER CRUISE – DA NANG – HOI AN

Morning, take full-day tour of Hue City, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 and the last refuge

of Vietnamese feudalism. The city’s beauty is contributed by a natural scenic landscape and an extensive variety of

historical relics. Begin with Hue Citadel, a famous UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is the fortress-like

grand complex with the size of 520 ha built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy

ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam

Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner

Continuing by take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to enjoy the large view from the river and its beautiful

sides. Stop along the way and land on shore to visit two outstanding historical landmarks namely the Minh Mang

Tomb, where the second Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist

monastery that has a gorgeous view to the river from a vantage point with its origin dating back to 1601. Afterwards,

transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass – or Ocean Cloud Pass in Vietnamese meaning. Enjoy an impressive headlandand-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooks the

Pacific Ocean. Arrival Hoi An, get your hotel check-in and take a rest.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Hoi An

DAY 06: HOI AN FULL DAY ANCIENT TOWN & MY SON

Today, transfer about 40 km to the West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world

heritage which was once a religious centre of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The

site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the

4th and the 14th Centuries in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes

in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia,

Ayutthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java.

In the afternoon, discover the charm of Hoi An which is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is now a

peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a

fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and other cultures including China, Japan, Thailand and the

Philippines. Your sightseeing will include the iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to

one side as a presentation of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics - an elegant Vietnamese-style

wooden house built in 1858, showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an

ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple which was built in 1653 by Chinese settlers worshipping Guan

Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market fulfilled

with colors and activities.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Hoi An

DAY 07: HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CH MINH HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Your morning is at leisure until your transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon arrival, your private driver and guide will be ready to transfer you to your accommodation, a journey that

takes approximately 30 minutes.

Embark on a captivating, privately guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City, where the architectural tapestry tells the

compelling tale of Chinese influences and colonial history. Begin with iconic historical sites, and tailor your

experience to your interests. Choose between the poignant War Remnants Museum, which vividly illustrates the

impact of the Vietnam War, or the immersive FITO Museum, which delves into the rich history of traditional

medicine in Vietnam. Explore the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until

the end of April 1975.

Conclude your visit with leisurely free time to wander and discover the hidden gems of Saigon, immersing yourself in

the city's charm. Finally, indulge in some shopping at the French-built Ben Thanh Market, a historical landmark

dating back to 1870. The market's main entrance clock tower has become an iconic symbol of the city, and within its

vibrant surroundings, you can partake in the local market's lively atmosphere, filled with colors and activities.

DAY 08: HO CHI MINH HALF DAY CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS – STORY OF WAR

Commence your day by meeting your guide and embarking on a transfer approximately 75 km North-west of

downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels, a significant underground hideout and

resistance base utilized by Viet Cong forces during the French and American wars. These tunnels, meticulously handdug, comprised a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways, stretching as far as the Cambodian

border and spanning over 120 km. The tunnels' complexity is astounding, housing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells,

clinics, schools, depots, trenches, and emergency exits, all strategically designed for guerrilla warfare. Their depth

and strength allowed them to withstand destructive bombings and remain self-contained enough to endure

prolonged sieges. Return to the city around noon for a well-deserved rest.

In the afternoon, embark on a city tour, commencing with the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral

constructed over 130 years ago by colonial French using materials entirely imported from Marseilles, featuring

stained-glass windows from Chartres. Continue to the Sai Gon Post Office, an elegant colonial building designed and

built in the early 20th century by the renowned French architect Gustave Eiffel. Proceed to Cho Lon, the city's

Chinatown, where you'll visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure built in 1909 to honor

the Lord of Heaven. Filled with smoky incense and adorned with intricate carved figurines, the temple remains a

vibrant hub of worship, with many devotees lounging in the front garden.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 09: HO CHI MINH - FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA (My Tho)

Today, anticipate being picked up as you embark on a journey passing miles of expansive rice fields, traversing a

lively road to reach the Mekong Delta, the world's largest delta and Vietnam's predominant rice bowl. Upon arrival in

My Tho City, embark on a motorboat, meandering through intricate canals to closely observe local daily life and take

in the picturesque landscape of waterways and verdant islands.

Disembark on Thoi Son Island, where you'll be treated to the enchanting melodies of Southern traditional music

performed by local artists. Transition to a paddle boat for a leisurely cruise through narrow canals, visiting

households engaged in traditional practices such as coconut candy and rice-wine making. Continue your journey by

motorized boat to another island, where a visit to a bee farm awaits. Here, savor tea infused with fresh honey

straight from the beehives, complemented by a delightful array of fresh fruits.

On the return to My Tho, make a stop to explore the Vinh Trang Pagoda, a prominent local Buddhist structure

constructed in 1850. The pagoda boasts a unique architectural fusion of Vietnamese, Roman, Chinese, and

Cambodian styles, featuring a highly ornate façade. Consider indulging in a delightful lunch at a local Vietnamese

restaurant. As the tour concludes, make your way back to Ho Chi Minh City, cherishing the memories of a day filled

with cultural richness and natural beauty.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH - DEPARTURE

Meet our guide & driver at the hotel lobby then transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for flight

What's included


  • Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One-night cruise on a wooden junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D=Dinner)
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private boat for sightseeing as mentioned in the program, Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned
  • Mineral water is available as complementary
  • Visa approval letter
  • Exclusions:
  • Airfares (international and domestic)
  • Visas and visa stamping fees into the region countries (Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia etc...)
  • Meals (other than those mentioned in the program) • Drinks and Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Early check-in or late check-out (surcharge if requested) • Travel Insurances (compulsory)
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone call
  • Peak season & Compulsory dinner surcharges if any
  • All not mentioned above

Itinerary


  1. Visited Places:
  2. Hanoi
  3. Sa Pa
  4. Hạ Long Bay
  5. Haiphong
  6. Hue
  7. Da Nang
  8. Hội An
  9. Ho Chi Minh City
  10. War Remnants Museum
  11. Cu Chi Tunnel
  12. Mekong River Delta

DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL - CAPITAL OF VIETNAM

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. Explore the city's ancient streets and landmarks like Ba Dinh Square.

Meals: N/A

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 02: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Discover Hanoi's iconic landmarks on a full-day city tour, including Ba Dinh Square, the One-Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. End the day with a traditional water puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 03: HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT CRUISE

Transfer to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. Explore the bay's karst islands, visit a fishing village, and enjoy activities like kayaking and squid fishing.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stay overnight on the cruise in Halong Bay.

DAY 04: HALONG – HANOI – FLY TO HUE

Cruise back to Halong City, then transfer to Hanoi for a flight to Hue. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and relax.

Meals: Brunch

Stay overnight in Hue.

DAY 05: HUE CITY TOUR WITH RIVER CRUISE – DA NANG – HOI AN

Explore Hue's Imperial Citadel and take a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Visit landmarks like the Minh Mang Tomb and Thien Mu Pagoda before transferring to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 06: HOI AN FULL DAY ANCIENT TOWN & MY SON

Visit the My Son Sanctuary in the morning, then explore Hoi An's ancient town in the afternoon. See landmarks like the Covered Bridge and Tan Ky House.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 07: HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CHI MINH HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Transfer to Da Nang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Embark on a guided city tour, visiting landmarks like the War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market.

DAY 08: HO CHI MINH HALF DAY CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning, then visit landmarks like the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Jade Emperor Temple in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 09: HO CHI MINH - FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA (My Tho)

Explore the Mekong Delta with a full-day tour, visiting islands, a bee farm, and the Vinh Trang Pagoda.

Meals: Breakfast

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH - DEPARTURE

Transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight.

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