Day 1: Hanoi arrival.
On arrival in Hanoi pick-up and transport to Hanoi center. Overnight stay at hote
Day 2: Hanoi city. (B, L)
Around 8:30am pick-up at the hotel. Visiting Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father odar uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leaving One Pillar Pagoda and driving to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc pagoda and have lunch.
After lunch, visiting the Temple of literature and the Museum of Ethnology – the most interesting museum in Hanoi, with many different things relating to the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem lake (Restore Sword Lake). The last place of the tour is the old quarters of Hanoi, and enjoying the walk around. Drop-off at the hotel.
All museums are closed on Monday.
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday, the whole month of October and November!
Long dresses are requested when visiting the mausoleum, temple and pagoda!
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay. (B, L, D)
At around 08:00am pick-up at your hotel and joining a group tour to Ha Long harbor: The trip takes approximately 4 hours with a short break on the way. Boarding the boat and having a welcome drink. Lunch will be served on the boat, while we cruise and enjoy the breathtaking view around the bay. We stop for a guided tour of the Sung Sot cave or the Thien Cung-Dau Go cave.
After the tour we depart for the Titop area. If the weather permits it, you will be able to take a hike on the Titop mountain, go kayaking or swim in the bay’s emerald waters.
In the evening a Vietnamese dinner will be served on the boat. After the dinner you'll have different entertainment options such as karaoke, board games, movies or stargazing on the upper deck.
Overnight stay on the boat in clean air-conditioned rooms, with private washrooms.
Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi. (B, L)
Early wake up and kayaking or swimming in the Luon cave area, before breakfast is served.
The boat will sail around the bay and make a stop at Gia Luan pier on Cat Ba island. Lunch will be served on the boat on the way back to Ha Long harbor.
Pick-up at Ha Long harbor and transferred back to Hanoi. Drop-off at the hotel in Hanoi in the evening.
Later in the evening pick-up and transport to the train station to catch the night train from Hanoi to Hue at 23:00pm. (soft sleeper with A/C, 4 pax in a cabin).
Day 5: Hue arrival. (L)
Arrival to Hue at about 10:45am, pick-up and transfe to the hotel. After lunch, free time to explore the town. Overnight at Sports 1 Hotel** (alternative: Sports 2 Hotel or similar)
Day 6: Hue city. (B, L)
Meeting with our guide at 08:30 at your hotel in Hue. We start our tour with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601, which is regarded as the symbol of Hue. Then the trip continues by car to the Imperial City - the capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945, which was recognized as a World Heritage Site.
After lunch at a local restaurant, the visit to Tu Duc Mausoleum - one of the most spectacular Royal Tombs in Hue, which is located in a narrow wooded valley in Duong Xuan Thuong village, 8km from the former imperial capital of Hue. The tomb was designed by the Emperor Tu Duc himself and was built between 1864 and 1867. Not far from Tu Duc Mausoleum is the Khai Dinh Mausoleum, built from 1920 - 1931. Khai Dinh Mausoleum is made mainly out of reinforced concrete rather than the traditional stone, a truly bizarre mélange of ancient and modern Western and Vietnamese architectural styles. On the way back to Hue City, a short stop at Incense-making village and Conical hat-making village. Overnight at hotel
Day 7: Hue – Hoi An. (B, L)
After having breakfast in the hotel, leaving Hue and driving to Hoi An. The car (minibus) will arrive in Hoi An at noon, where we'll have lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, a private city tour by foot in the Ancient Quarter of Hoi An, and discovering the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 17th to 18th centuries. The city tour includes a visit to Japanese covered bridge, Phung Hung Ancient House, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Hoian Local Market. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 8: My Son Holyland + Hoi An traditional villages. (B, L)
Departing from the hotel at around 08:00am to Myson Holyland - the Hindu center of Champa Kingdom between the 4th and 14th centuries, located 55km West of Hoi An. Enjoying the Cham Dance for half an hour as soon as we get to the site. Afterwards some spare time to exploring the holyland by your self.
After lunch, taking a private boat for a gentle cruise along the Thu Bon River to Thanh Ha Pottery Village & Kim Bong Carpentry Village. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 9: Free and easy. (B)
Either walking around the town to see the daily life of the local people or going to relax on Cua Dai beach (4km from the hotel).
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon. (B)
Leaving Hoi An and driving to Da Nang airport, where catching a flight from Da Nang to Saigon. From Tan Son Nhat airport transport to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Saigon
Day 11: Cao Dai temple and Cu Chi tunnels. (B)
At around 08:30am joining a group tour and departing to visit the Cao Dai temples in Tay Ninh (120km), where daily Mass is done by the Caodaism followers at noon. Cao Dai is a combination of Buddhism, Confusianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese spirituatism, Christianity and Islam.
On the way back to Saigon, stopping to see the Ben Dinh tunnels in the Cu Chi province. The day ends when after arriving in Saigon.
Day 12: Saigon – Mekong Delta. (B, L)
At around 08:15am joining a group tour from Saigon to Cai Be by air-conditioned bus. From there taking a boat trip to see Cai Be floating market, where the local people are selling, buying and exchanging goods from their boats. Some free time to walk around to see rice paper making and rice crisp producing etc. We then stop for a rest and have a free Vietnamese lunch in a peaceful village. Overnight stay in Can Tho.
Day 13: Mekong Delta – Saigon
We take a boat trip to discover the beautiful Cai Rang floating market and its surroundings. On the way we visit a rice husking mill and a fruit garden, where you can enjoy some tropical fruit (free). Lunch will be served in Can Tho before we head back to Saigon. On the way back we stop to visit Vinh Long market in My Tho.
Overnight at hotel in Saigon
Day 14: Saigon departure. (B)
Transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure.
End of the tour!
(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)