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11 Days Vietnam Highlights Tour

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh

Tour Code: Vietnam-01

Tour Type: Private Tour

Price from: US$1388

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Tour Feature

  • Halong Bay Cruise in a less-touristy water
  • Walk in the Old Quarter as a local does
  • Explore the UNCEO heritage My Son ruin
  • Early morning to visit the floating market of the Mekong Delta

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Hanoi Arrival

Arriving in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the Day is at your leisure to explore the tree-lined boulevards, French Indochinese architecture and tranquil lakes of this unique city.

Overnight: Hanoi

Meal: No Meal

Day 2 Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1.000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites and our days’ tour will visit the highlights. See the grand and solemn Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov), the ‘icon of Hanoi’ – The One Pillar Pagoda, the beautiful Temple of Literature, West Lake’s Tran Quoc temple and Quan Thanh Pagoda as well as the fascinating Ethnology Museum, the bustling Old Quarter and at the end of the day – a water puppet performance.

Overnight: Hanoi

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3Hanoi

Leave the city behind with a short drive through rural northern Vietnam to Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s first capital. After visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel, take a sampan boat ride through the rice paddies and enormous limestone karsts to reach the sacred Tam Coc Caves. (Note: In place of Tam Coc, you can opt to visit either Trang An, a nature reserve, or Thung Nang, a lush valley.) End your visit with a climb up to the Bich Dong Pagoda for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside before returning to Hanoi in the afternoon.

Overnight: Hanoi

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4Hannoi- Halong Bay

After breakfast, enjoy the 3.5 hour ride Halong Bay and take in the lush scenery as you drive through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Upon arriving in Halong, board your boat. Lunch will be served as you cruise amongst the bay’s rock formations and unspoiled pockets. As the sun sets, enjoy dinner onboard and your boat will anchor in the bay for the night.

Overnight: Halong Bay on board

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Halong Bay – Hoi An

This morning, watch the sunrise from the deck and enjoy a full breakfast (or brunch) as your boat sails back to the harbor. Depending on the availability of time after disembarking, your guide will take you to Hanoi’s Old Quarter for you to enjoy some time at leisure or drive straight to Noi Bai Aiport for your short flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival a private vehicle will be waiting for you for the 40-minute drive to Hoi An.

Overnight: Hoi An

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6Hoi An

ToDay will be spent discovering Vietnam’s rich cultural and historical heritage. The morning begins with a visit to My Son, the capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom, and Tra Kieu (formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel) to view the Cham ruins and artifacts. This afternoon, a walking tour of Hoi An’s ancient town centre will take you back in time to when its was a major trading port in Asia.

Overnight: Hoi An

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7Hoi An - Hue

Enjoy this morning at leisure before leaving for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Driving through Danang, stop to visit the Cham Museum that houses the finest collection of Hindu-Cham sculptures in the world. Continue driving along the scenic coast of central Vietnam, first ascending the Pass of Ocean Clouds for panoramic views of the surroundings before descending to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co.

Overnight: Hue

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Hue

Start your Day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. After exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument take a cyclo through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. This afternoon, visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River. Continue to former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb and end the Day at Khai Dinh’s Tomb which boasts a traditional Vietnamese design with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide.

Overnight: Hue

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Hue – Ho Chi Minh

ToDay, fly to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon. Begin your sightseeing tour of HCMC at the bustling Chinese district of Cholon, and continue to FITO Museum, Vietnam’s first traditional medicine museum, and Ben Thanh Market to see the wide variety of goods for sale. This afternoon, depending on your preference, visit either the War Remnants Museum or History Museum, and the former Presidential Palace. Finish the Day with a stroll around the city’s colonial architecture, including the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Note: History Museum is closed on MonDays.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh

TToday, leave the bustle of the city behind for a day of exploring scenic rice fields, waterways and colorful markets of the Mekong Delta. Cruise along the Mekong tributaries to Cai Be floating market and visit cottage industries that make ‘pop’ rice, rice paper and coconut candies. Cruise deeper to Dong Hoa Hiep Island and discover the rural lifestyles and daily activities of the delta inhabitants. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late this afternoon.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11Ho Chi Minh Departure

Free at leisure before transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport with the local guide pick you up from your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices (per person in US$)

May.1 - Sep.30 First Class Deluxe
2 pax $1346 $1716
2-5 pax $1226 $1590
6-9 pax $1092 $1455
Apr.1 - Oct.31
2 pax $1388 $1810
2-5 pax $1265 $1685
6-9 pax $1135 $1546

Price Includes

  • Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  • Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  • Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing
  • All attraction entrance fees as specified
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  • Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours, meals, activities and services
  • Travel Insurance

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