Explore stunning landscapes Explore stunning landscapes Admire the impressive limestone karsts of Ninh Binh and Halong Bay, then cruise through the Mekong Delta’s lush waterways.
Get a local perspective of Vietnam Get a local perspective of Vietnam Venture through Ho Chi Minh City’s maze of laneways and dine at Hanoi’s best street stalls with insightful local guides
Indulge in Vietnam’s best Indulge in Vietnam’s best Stay at luxury hotels, dine at top tables, meet friendly locals and discover incredible traditional handicrafts and art.
Welcome to Hanoi! Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon can be spent exploring the wide, tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture and the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake. Overnight in Hanoi.
- Hanoi City Tour
To start our holiday, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese breakfast, with a bowl of steaming Pho at one of Hanoi's most popular eateries. After enjoying the national dish we take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, a focal point for many of the local residents who gather there each day to practice Tai Chi, play badminton and do aerobics.
We’ll then visit a local coffee shop to observe how Hanoi locals enjoy sipping Vietnamese bitter sweet coffee at Café Giang. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from early September until mid November). A short walk from the mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh's stilt house & the lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda – resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture.
Then cap off the day with a show at the water puppet theatre - a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history. Back to your hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meal: L, B
- Crusing on Halong Bay Hanoi - Halong Bay
Early this morning journey north to Halong Bay (approx 4 hour drive), stopping for refreshments en route. UNESCO Listed Halong Bay is undoubtedly one of Vietnam's most spectacular regions. Thousands of karst limestone and jungle covered peaks and isles, rise dramatically out of the emerald waters of the bay.
Spend the day cruising around the islands onboard a traditional Junk boat. Stopping to explore caves and coves and to swim in the emerald waters. You can also take a row boat to visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng - where you'll gain a fascinating insight into the daily life of the local people. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and set dinner whilst onboard. Overnight in Halong Bay Junk.
Meal: L, B, D
Transport: Mini-Van, Boat, Cruises/ Junk, Kayak
- Halong Bay to Hue
Enjoy the fresh air and the gentle breeze of the bay this morning as you relax onboard the Junk. There will be more opportunities to swim and explore hidden caves before returning to port. Our next stop is Dong Ho Village, famous for its long-preserved art of making pictures. We’ll visit a studio in village, where you can watch the procedure of carving and printing these paintings and learn about the local folk tales represented in the paintings.
Heading to the Hanoi Airport for our flight to Hue in central Vietnam. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Meal: L, B
Transport: Mini-Van, Flight
- Hue & the Perfume River
Begin a full day tour of Hue to enjoy a boat trip on Perfume River (Huong River) to Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang tomb. Thien Mu Pagoda is an octagonal tower of seven tiers that rises majestically over the Perfume River. Minh Mang tomb is perhaps the most majestic of all Hue’s tombs. This tomb is well known for its harmonious blend of architecture and natural landscape. Continuing, we travel to the quaint Thuy Bieu Village, famous for growing Thanh Tra fruit. Here we’ll see garden houses, ancient ancestral temples and chat with the local people. You can join them in gardening or drinking tea and discover the daily life of the locals.
After our home hosted meal in Hue, we head to the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City which was created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Enjoy free time for some “retail therapy” at Dong Ba Market before transferring back to the hotel. You may also have a chance to have a sunset cocktail on Vong Canh Hill this evening or to eat like the emperors once did, sampling royal rice cakes in one of the many riverfront restaurants(Optional). Overnight in Hue.
Meal: L, B
- Ancient Hoi An
Travelling by bus, head south through coastal rice paddies before traversing the spectacular Hai Van Pass. En route you'll be treated to some stunning mountain scenery. After a brief visit to the beautiful China Beach, arrive at Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An and its delicate beauty is being restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of it look exactly as they did more than a century ago; it's the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it.
- My Son & free time in Hoi An
This morning offers an excursion to My Son, the holiest and evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites. Here at the ancient Kingdom of Champa you'll see the burial tombs of the Cham royals and national heroes, before returning to Hoi An ancient town for a free time. Overnight in Hoi An.
Meal: L, B
- Sizzling Saigon
Fly to Saigon today and transfer to your hotel. Saigon is known as Vietnam's most lively, modern and cosmopolitan city. This afternoon, enjoying an orientation tour of the city, visiting Notre Dame (from the outside as renovations are taking place), an impressive neo-Romanesque Cathedral, the Central Post Office Building, Dong Khoi Street, formerly the center of haute couture and China Town. Overnight in Saigon.
Transport: Mini-Van, Flight
- The Mekong Delta
Enjoy a 2hour drive to explore the beautiful Mekong Delta today! Early this morning drive to Bentre to travel overland through the beautiful countryside of the Mekong Delta where we take a traditional sampan boat ride to explore the peaceful waterways.
During the boat trip, visit a local cottage industries making bricks, coconut husking factory, orchards…Take tuk tuk or biking along the village roads. In the afternoon, we travel to Can Tho. Overnight in Homestay Can Tho.
Meal: L, B, D
Transport: Mini-Van, Bicycle, Rowing Boat, Local Boat
Morning cruise along the Mekong's small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat where we will visit the bustling Cai Rang Floating Market. Take in the beautiful scenery and watch the locals going about their daily lives along the Mekong canals. Our next stop is Binh Thuy Ancient House - a rare and well-preserved example in Can Tho City of a characteristic Mekong Delta house, we a unique combination of French and Vietnamese design features, a lush garden with a wide variety of plants, which includes orchids and a record cactus.
After time for lunch we return to Saigon and transfer to the airport in time for your international flight onwards.It is possible to extend your stay here, in Saigon.
Should you wish to do so, we recommend exploring the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum or taking a day trip to the famous Chu Chi Tunnels.
Meal: L, B
Transport: Mini-Van, Local Boat
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 2 dinner
Services of an English speaking guide for all scheduled sightseeing
Water Puppets Performance in Hanoi:Sampan cruise on the Mekong Delta
1 night aboard a Halong Bay Junk boat: 2 domestic economy flights
Hanoi to Hue and Da Nang to Saigon
All transfers and transportation in private air conditioned vehicles
Guided tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon
Hue - boat trip on the Perfume Rive.
Hotel in Hanoi (Paradise Boutiue Hotel, Angel Palace Hotel)