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Enjoy this leisurely-paced Serene 15-Day Exclusive Journey Through Vietnam tour within two weeks, from North to South, that allows ample time in each location, with a great mix of included activities and free time to explore.
Discover the charming Hanoi and get a different view of this bustling capital from the back of a vintage Vespa. Interact with local villagers and learn how they brew their favorite drink – green tea. Pedal through the lush fields in sleepy Ninh Binh before moving to explore the stunning limestone scenery of Halong Bay. At the next stop, spend three days in the historic Hue and soak up the majesty of the ancient imperial town, dine on the delicious cuisine and embrace the serenity of Tam Giang Lagoon.
The last stop of this Vietnam tour is Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city, which is flourishing with a sophisticated café culture and burgeoning interest in eclectic art. Head to the Mekong Delta – ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’–home to communities who make their living from the rich, fertile landscape. Explore the glorious waterways and immerse the local experiences in the region.
Your Vietnam tour begins with your arrival in Hanoi. Your private driver will meet and greet you at the airport. They will escort you to your accommodation. Check in to the hotel and get over the jet lag. You can mooch through the streets of the city. Historic charm, architectural marvels, and products variety are splashed all over this area. After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Explore more of Hanoi today in style from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you for a ride through the atmospheric streets of the Old Quarter, admiring its famous landmarks such as the Opera House and the narrow Train Street. Head toward Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to see the President’s Place, Parliament House, and other government offices while your guide shares stories about the history of Hanoi. Pass Huu Hiep Lake and the crash site of the US plane shot down during the 1972 bombing raids of Hanoi—a poignant reminder of recent history. Then ride along the calm and beautiful West Lake to see the Monument to John McCain. Your next stop is an idyllic hidden village on an island in the Red River, where you can meet a resident family and learn more about local life. Then it’s on to a nearby kumquat farm, where the small trees are grown as a traditional gift for the New Year, symbolizing luck, health, wealth, fertility, and peace. Stop for some famous “egg coffee” at a local coffee shop, then head back to the Old Quarter via the Long Bien Bridge. This magnificent structure was built over a hundred years ago and connects the Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts. The tour finishes with a hearty lunch at a local restaurant and a transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel then our experienced English-speaking guide escorts you on the trip to Ba Vi, a countryside located on the outskirt of Hanoi.
Arrive at Ri village, enjoy the welcome drink and snacks and meet your first host – Mr. Duoc, who is a Vietnam War veteran and tea-farm owner. Listen to the stories of Mr. Duoc’s life during the war while enjoying the drink and then visit his tea plantation. You will learn how to pick the best tea leaves to make the most wonderful beverage in Vietnam. Carry on with the tea production at his small workshop, where most of the work is manual.
Then have a short drive to Moc village, where you will meet your next host Mrs. Chin, who will teach you how to cook local Vietnamese dishes. Later have the meals you made for lunch in a beautiful tropical garden.
Have a short break after lunch, and join Mrs. Chin for a walk around the village. You will visit some local families to understand the rural lifestyle and learn how tofu, conical hats, and other local products are made. Then have a cycling trip through beautiful paddy fields.
Wrap up your countryside tour with traditional feet soak in warm water with herbs, following the traditional recipes of the Muong ethnic minority. It will relax you (and your feet) after cycling around the village. Later, enjoy a transfer from Ba Vi back to your accommodation.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the 3 hours trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh by private vehicle. Upon arrival, you will have free time. You could spend time exploring the lush green neighborhood.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. Head to Ninh Hai Village where you will cycle and explore the rural villages and the valley. You will visit a local family to see the daily life of the people here. Then continue cycling on the narrow trail road and through beautiful green rice fields towards the Emerald Cave. After exploring the cave cycle through Thung Nang Valley, where you can enjoy the breathtaking sceneries. Continue cycling to the Tam Coc Valley, where you will have a break and see a spectacular limestone mountain called “Halong on land”. Then visit the market to learn more about the locals’ lifestyle, and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will take you to the Tam Coc dock, where you will board the sampan boat. Take a boat trip down the river among the villages, mountains, lush rice fields, and magnificent caves in the limestone hills. After the boat trip, you will get back to your hotel.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
After breakfast, you’ll take a 3.5-hour-drive to Halong Bay, one of the great nature in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
On arrival at the pier, you will board the cruise and enjoy the fantastic views of limestone rocks and the karst grottoes. Have an utterly delicious seafood lunch and enjoy the time at the sundeck exploring the Bay. The cruise will stop in a secret place where you will spend time kayaking or swimming, so you can explore the karst grottoes closer. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.
Overnight on cruise.
Rise early today to view the sunrise at the wonder of nature with breakfast served in the dining room. A Tai Chi class on the sun deck will awaken your mind and muscles.
Then head off to visit the limestone cave full of stalagmites and stalactites. After your exploration return to the boat to check out and enjoy the brunch while the cruise is sailing back to the harbor. Later you will be transferred to Hanoi, from where you will take a flight to Hue.
Overnight in Hue.
Today’s tour will start at your hotel, where you’ll be picked up by a traditional cyclo (three-wheeled bicycle taxi) and set off to explore Hue’s culinary hotspots. Cross the historic and colorful Trang Tien Bridge and head to Dong Ba, Huế’s oldest and largest market. Here you’ll see colorful fresh local fruit and produce and get the chance to try most of the distinctive ingredients used in regional dishes. After enjoying a bounty of snacks and fresh fruit (and buying some souvenirs), you’ll hop back on the cyclo and explore more of the city, stopping en route for a cup of coffee at a local café. Your tour draws to a close at a series of local restaurants, where you’ll sit down and enjoy some of the best local cuisine on offer while your guide shares stories and explains the local food traditions. End the memorable meal with a desert local to Hue, then return to your hotel for the evening.
Overnight in Hue.
Your guide will pick you up around 8:00-8:30 am, and you will head to the boat station, from where you will take a boat trip. The dragon boat will cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered to be the most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam. Then you will head to the Imperial Citadel, the residence of the Nguyen Dynasty, which was Vietnam’s last royal dynasty. After exploring the citadel, visit The Royal Antiques Museum, one of the first museums in Vietnam. Many collections of ancient Hue and Royal antiques are displayed here: bronze wares, china, music instruments, royal attires, and personal belongings of the Emperor family of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Then continue to Dong Ba market – the best place for cultural gifts and souvenirs. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit the Emperor’s Tombs such as Emperor Khai Dinh’s (1885-1925) Tomb, famous for its beauty and unique architectural style, and Emperor Minh Mang’s (1791-1841) Tomb. On the way back to Hue you will have a stopover at the Conical Hat village to see how famous Vietnamese traditional hats Non La are produced, and the Incense stick making village to observe how locals make sandalwood and cinnamon incenses. Arrive back at your hotel around 4:00-4:30 pm.
Overnight in Hue.
Our team will meet you at your hotel around 8:45-9:00 am. Start your cycling trip by passing by communal houses along the river’s canals, rice fields, and the Thanh Toan bridge. Upon arrival at Thuy Thanh village, you will have some time to explore the local market, followed by a visit to the Agricultural Museum to learn about the tools used by farmers in Vietnam (plows, sickles, hoes, rice-hulling mills). Join the folkgames for fun or try some agricultural activities if you like! Have lunch at the local homestay in the village. You’re invited to join cooking with the host, a lovely couple Nua & Sy, who retain their authentic talented skills of gardening and cooking. After lunch, you will take a car to the An Bang cemetery. Well off the usual tourist trail lies the biggest cemetery in the country, locally known as City of Ghosts. After Vietnamese reunification in 1975, many residents of An Bang Village emigrated to Europe and the USA. From here, they sent money back to their relatives who stayed behind, making it one of the wealthiest villages in Vietnam.
According to the villagers’ beliefs, having a meticulously cared for and decorated tomb will bring the family good fortune. All this makes the cemetery a piece of art! Later, drive to An Truyen village, where you will embark on the motor sampan to visit Dam Chuon, in the Tam Giang lagoon – the biggest lagoon system in South East Asia. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the local life on the lagoon. You will visit a local fishermen’s family, where you could learn how to catch fish in a very unique way. Snap a couple of nice shots of the lagoon before stopping by a local restaurant, to enjoy some cold drinks with the cooked fish you have caught. Back to the hotel around 17:30-18:00.
Overnight in Hue.
Relish the remaining moment in Hue before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh. When you arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in the city centre. The rest of the time is free at leisure.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Have breakfast at the hotel and depart to Cai Be. Upon arrival in Cai Be harbor, you will take a boat trip transfer to Mekong Lodge. Check in your room and have lunch. In the afternoon have a bike tour around the neighborhood. Enjoy the views of the countryside. Then visit Kim Phuoc Pagoda, if you will be not too tired you also could visit the local market. Have some rest after you are back at your resort and join a cooking lesson in the evening followed by dinner.
Overnight in Cai Be.
Meet your guide after breakfast and take a boat trip to Cai Be floating market. Here you will see many different boats full of fruits and vegetables for sale and feel the special atmosphere of the Mekong Delta. Get back to your resort to have lunch. After lunch, have a bike trip to Tan Phong island, where you will visit some local handicraft villages. You will see there how locals are making handmade banana leaves hammocks and house products made of water hyacinth. Enjoy fruit and Vietnamese folk music while you are there. Then take a small rowing boat to ride through narrow canals. After you are back at the resort, have some rest and dinner.
Overnight in Cai Be.
Have breakfast and have some free time before checking out the hotel. Take a boat trip to the Cai Be harbor where our driver will meet you and transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh, and spend your free time relaxing or exploring the city at your own pace.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Vietnam Tour Ends!
Goodbye and safe travel!
Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program).
– All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary
– Tissues and water on coach
– Service charges and government tax
– 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet
X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities
X Early check-in and late check-out (If not mentioned)
X Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec, 31 Dec and 21 Jan (Tet)
X Public holiday surcharge (Christmas and New Year, Tet holiday) if applicable
X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am
X Services not mentioned above
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Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request
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