On this 11-day guided trip, you get to explore three remarkable destinations of three different regions of Vietnam. The trip starts with a tour of Hanoi, where you will see some major landmarks. Then, we travel to Hoa Minh, which is a mountainous province that lies in the country’s northwest. We will also visit Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, we explore the surrounding region in a boat. Then, we head towards Hoi An, which is famous for its ancient town bisected by canals. Next, we tour the Hue city, the former capital of the country. Likewise, we explore the Mekong Delta before heading towards Ho Chi Minh City.
Explore Hanoi’s Old Quarters
Witness Halong Bay’s unique karst towers
Cruise down the Mekong Delta
Sightsee Hoi An’s Ancient town
- Accommodation (7night on hotel, one night on the boat, one night in
- An English-speaking tour guide
- All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Domestic airfare
- Entry fee to all destinations as per the itinerary
- International airfares
- Visa to Vietnam
- Optional excursions and activities
- Personal expenses (Phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.)
Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, our representative will welcome and transfer you to the hotel in Hanoi. On the way, he will give you a brief explanation on your further trip. There is no plan made for this day, so you can relax in your room or go out to explore the city. Some of the major attraction of the town includes the 36 streets of the Old Quarter, and big Dong Xuan covered market, the crafting and trading activities around each street’s specialty, temples, and communal houses before reaching the Hoan Kiem Lake. In the evening, you can go to a street food hunting trip. Vietnam is world-famous for its delicious street food.
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel in the morning. Then, we begin the sightseeing tour of Hanoi with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, and a temple devoted to Confucius. From here, we head north to the Ho Chi Minh complex, where you will visit the gardens of the Presidential Palace, the one-pillar pagoda, and the house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh spent the last days of his life. Afterward, we head towards Truc Bach Peninsula for lunch. Here, you can have the “pho cuon” and “pho xao,” which is the specialty of this region. You can choose several other dishes on pho noodles, sautéed beef, and fresh herbs. Then, you board on an electric cart, which takes you around the largest lake of the city. We will cover over 18km and takes around one hour to see a different Hanoi. On the way, we stop at the oldest wooden pagodas in town. Later, we walk throughout the Ngoc Ha Village, which takes you through a maze of narrow alleys with a market, schools, and shops everywhere. We will also visit the B52 lake on the way where you can see the aircraft shoot down during the American war. After exiting this maze, we spend the afternoon in a relaxed atmosphere with a beer and some fresh peanuts.
Hanoi/ Hoa Binh/ Original Mountain Village
Today, we head towards a mountainous region of Hoa Binh province. We drive up a pass to reach its top, which is an entrance of a hidden village, Muong village. If the condition of the road is good, the car will reach the village. Otherwise, you have to descend into the valley and enter the first plateau. You will see gorgeous sceneries with terraced rice fields and mountain forests in the background. Then, we walk on a single path and pass a vast waterfall and walk while winding along the river and its natural pools. After walking for a while, we reach a homestay, which is a traditional house on a stilt that overlooks cascades and natural lakes and hosted by a family of Muong ethnic people. This is our accommodation for the night. The homestay has a multi-share room, so you need to share a room with other travelers and the hosts. However, the accommodation is comfortable, and you will get a unique perspective on the rural life of Vietnam. Today, we will have an authentic Vietnamese food for dinner.
Hoa Binh/ Ninh Binh
After breakfast, we head out to tour around this gorgeous village and also other nearby
villages. In the afternoon, we board on the car and head back to the entrance of the nature reserve. Today, you will enjoy a mouthwatering lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Ninh Binh region. Upon arrival at Ninh Bing, we will visit the Trang An, a karst landscape with shallow rice fields and some beautiful long grottos. Then, we move to Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital during the 10th and 11th centuries under the rule of Dinh and Early Le Dynasties. From here, we cycle along the village road to Tam Coc and Thai Vi Temple, built in the 13th century during the Tran Dynasty, which four generations of Tran kings used to worship. Then, we return to the main road where your vehicle will be waiting for you. We board on the car and head towards the hotel in Ninh Binh.
Note: If you are traveling in May or early June, we recommend you to visit Tam Coc- - Bich Dong instead, which is the best time to see the rice fields while rowing boat.
Ninh Binh / Halong Bay
We start the day early and head towards Halong Bay. Driving across the Red River Delta, we reach the pier a little before noon. Upon arrival, the crew will welcome us with a refreshing welcome drink. Then, we board on a beautiful wooden boat and embark for an overnight cruise in the stunning seascape of Halong Bay. Onboard, you can have some delicious seafood buffet lunch while enjoying the views of limestone islands. In the afternoon, we reach a quiet area where you will see very few travelers. Here, you can relax or go swimming or kayaking. The programs can change depending on the weather and time of the year; however, you will mostly be able to enjoy time on sandy beaches. We end the day with a mesmerizing view of the sunset from the sundeck. Then, in the evening, we will watch a cooking demonstration before dinner. The accommodation in the boat is a comfortable private cabin with en-suite bathroom.
Halong Bay/ Hanoi/ Hoi An
Wake up early in the morning and join us for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai Chi is a great way to start your day as it helps you both mentally and physically. You can also see the enchanting sunrise from the deck. If you do not prefer to move the body, enjoy coffee or tea while watching the sunrise. In the afternoon, we head back to the coast. Before heading back to the coast, we can visit a cave. You can have brunch while returning to the cast. Board out of the boat and then hop on the car. Then, we head straight to Hanoi airport from where we will catch a flight to hoi An. Upon arrival at the Hoi An airport, you will meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An.
Hoi An/ Boat Trip and Cycling
You will meet your guide in the morning at your hotel. Then, you head out for a short walk around the old quarter where you can get insight into the architecture and different monuments of the ancient port town. Then, you board a traditional long-tail boat and cruise on the waterways of the region. You sail along the Thu Bon River to reach the Cam Thanh mangroves. The canals feel as if you are cruising through Mekong Delta with its decoration of the coconut trees. Then, you board down on land and visit the workshop of some of the most skilled bamboo craftsmen of the region. Then, we board an electric cart and head towards a place where we will have lunch. in the afternoon, we take a cycle and ride on the rural trails of the Cam Thanh Peninsula. After riding for about an hour, we reach Tra Que Organic Village, which is famous for its tasty herb. Here, a farmer will welcome you and introduce you to a variety of plants. In the evening, we head back to the hotel.
Day Eight :
Hoi An/ Hue/ Dam Chuon Lagoon
You will have free time today until the afternoon. You can explore more of the city at this time. in the afternoon, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive to Hue. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later in the afternoon, we drive for about 12km along the fascinating road of tombs to the Chuon Lagoon. Then, you will meet another Hue community, the fishermen of the lagoon. We jin then on a boat, and they will teach us different fishing techniques. The lagoon is huge and can supply seafood to the entire village daily. You can enjoy mesmerizing sunset over the lagoon, and you can also help them fishing. In the evening, we enjoy the fresh seafood-based dinner at a local restaurant.
Hue/ Ho Chi Minh City
In the morning, we visit the Tu Hieu Pagoda and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Then, we cycle around a mandarin village where you will explore ancient houses built in beautiful orchards and gardens. In the afternoon, we enjoy lunch with the locals then head to the airport to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in the center of the city. The rest of the day is free for leisure. You can explore this bustling city.
Ho Chi Minh City/ Mekong Delta
Depart from Ho Chi Minh city, we move towards Mekong Delta and sail downstream on the Mekong River. you can see lots of floating cages full of fish and stop by the brick kilns where you can see how the way of making pottery. Here, you can also learn about the ways of making different types of potteries, rice pare, and coconut candies. Next, we visit the home of the Ut Trinh family, where you will enjoy fruits and a cup of tea while interacting with the family. You can also enjoy a traditional music performance and choose to have your lunch here. In the afternoon, you can cycle along the village roads and see the lifestyle of the locals before heading back to the boat to continue the trip along the Mekong, one of the longest rivers in the world. Mekong Delta is also a major agricultural region of the country; it produces about half of Vietnam’s rice production. Tonight, we stay at Mekong Riverside Resort.
Mekong Delta/ Ho Chi Minh City
In the morning, we transfer you to Ho Chi Minh City. If your flight leaves in the evening, you can explore the city. The guided tour follows the Graham Greene trail and takes you on a journey of both the colonial and the modern Saigon. Saigon’s neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a hub of Catholicism in modern Vietnam and is also one of the major attractions of the city. We will also visit the Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, which still functions as a post office and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many attractive details. We continue the tour towards the former Rue Catinat and see the famous Hotel Continental. Next, we visit the Municipal Theatre, built in 1897 with the original design by French Architect Ferret Eugene, which is another landmark of the city. This theatre was rebuilt in 1998 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Saigon. We conclude the trip with a stop at the Caravelle Hotel, home to many journalists and secret agents during the Vietnam War. From the rooftop of the hotel, you can get a panoramic view of the city.
We will transfer you to the airport before approximately three hours of your scheduled flight.