Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Date: No fixed, up to your choice
Start/End: Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Cu Chi Tunnel – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh Departure
Highlights: Hanoi Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Hanoi Food Tasting Tour, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Duc Emperor’s Tomb, Imperial Citadel, Forbidden City, Dong Ba Market, Cham Museum, Hoi An Ancient Town, Japanese Covered Bridge, Pottery Museum, Tan Ky Ancient Assembly Hall, Cantonese Congregation, The Saigon Culinary Art Center, Hi Chi Minh City Tour
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Group Size: Private group
Tour Type: Food tasting tour, cooking class, classic tour
Tour Categories: Local Tours in Vietnam
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active Level: Regular itinerary
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned motor coach
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Welcome dinner with authentic Vietnamese food
Day 2: Morning Food tasting tour – Half-day Hanoi city tour
Day 3: Halong Bay full day – Fly to Hue
Day 4: Hue City tour & Outstanding vegetarian food tasting lunch
Day 5: Hue – Transfer to Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An Walking & Cooking class tour
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel
Day 8: Cooking class & Ho Chi Minh city tour
Day 9: Mekong Delta full day/ Cai Be floating market
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
Warmly greeted by a local tour guide and driver, we quickly transfer to the hotel in the city center. After taking a short rest, we enjoy our tasty dinner at a Vietnamese traditional restaurant. If today falls on the weekend, we can experience the bustling and hustling atmosphere at the night market in Hang Ngang and Hang Dao or walk the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and some streets in Old Quarter. Back to our hotel and overnight here.
Day 2: Morning Food tasting tour – Half-day Hanoi city tour (B, L)
The itinerary this morning excludes breakfast because we will take Hanoi Food Tasting Tour. First, let’s enjoy Pho Ga (chicken rice noodle) – one of the most traditional dishes of Hanoi. Then, stroll around Old Quarter to taste many different kinds of local food and drinks like rice pancakes, oil-fried pastry, pillow cake, stuffed pancakes with pork, egg coffee, draught beer, tofu, etc. along tiny streets. Afterward, discover Dong Xuan Market and Hang Be Market to get deeper insights into the daily life of local people and experience the bustling and hustling atmosphere. Finish this morning by enjoying a delicious lunch in the cozy Rue Lamblot Restaurant in Hang Trong Street with spring rolls, fried cake, grilled pork noodles, and banana flower salad. Have a rest before continuing our city tour this afternoon.
For the rest of the day, we first visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, Ba Dinh Square, New National Assembly House, One Pillar Pagoda, House on Stilt, and Uncle Ho’s fish pond by walking. Then, our diver will take us to the Museum of Ethnology which exhibits many valuable documents and vestiges of 56 ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Drive to the West Lake area, we will stop for a walk along Thanh Nien street known as one of the most romantic roads in Hanoi, and contemplate poetic scenery when the sun sets in the west. Next, stop at a coffee shop to relax and talk with our guide before backing to the hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Halong Bay full day – Evening fly to Hue (B, L)
Leave Hanoi, head to the Northeast, and spend a full day enjoying the majestic landscapes of Halong Bay – a must-visit destination in Vietnam. After driving for 3 hours, Halong Bay will make us amazed by its breathtaking beauty with 1600 mighty limestone islands and islets rising in the blue sea. Being recognized by UNESCO in 1994, Halong Bay is also well-known for its bio-diversity, and historical and cultural values.
Embark a cruise and our shipman will take us to the middle of the bay to witness various interesting shapes of islands and islets. Enjoy tasty seafood while sightseeing before disembarking. Then, take a short flight to Phu Bai Airport, and we arrive at Hue in the evening. Check into our hotel. Relax and overnight in Hue.
Day 4: Hue City tour & Outstanding Vegetarian food tasting lunch (B, L)
Morning sightseeing with Hue City Tour to many outstanding attractions. We first take a boat to enjoy the tranquil scenery of this city along with the poetic Perfume River. Then, visit the charming Thien Mu Pagoda – one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam built in the 18th century and hear our local guide tell us many stories about the Vietnam War attracted to this pagoda. Located on the top of a hill, from Thien Mu Pagoda, we can also witness the whole beautiful view of Hue and enjoy peace in our souls. Being an old capital of Vietnam, Hue today is well-known for its remained antique tombs and citadel. Therefore, the next site will be Tu Duc Emperor’s Tomb – one of the most famous Kings of the Nguyen Dynasty. Before moving to Imperial Citadel, we spend the rest of this morning visiting a colonial hat handicraft village and incense-making village to see how local people produce these products and earn their livings from them.
At lunchtime, we will be served a special vegetarian meal in a local restaurant. Then, have a short rest and continue our trip with the 2 famous sites of Hue which are the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City. Here, get deeper insights into a part of the Vietnam Feudalism Period by listening to stories about the Kings, their families, their dynasties, etc. Besides enjoying pleasant Hue traditional music performances, we can pretend to be Nguyen’s King and Queen by renting traditional costumes. End our trip by walking around Dong Ba Market. Overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue – Transfer to Hoi An (B)
After breakfast, we transfer to Hoi An Ancient Town by car. To get to this town, we must travel through Hai Van Pass – one of the most majestic passes in Vietnam and Danang City. On the road, the driver will stop to let us witness the surrounding landscapes and take photos. In Danang, we will visit Cham Museum, My Khe Beach, and Marble Mountain whose name represents 5 elements of nature (mental- wood- water- fire- soil). In the late afternoon, set our foot on Hoi An and check into our hotel. Leisure time for us in the evening. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Cooking class & Hoi An walking tour (B, L)
Morning activities start with Hoi An Cooking Class where we can learn how to cook traditional dishes of the Center from skillful chefs. We first go to the local market to buy ingredients for the meal with the help of a guide and chef. Back at the restaurant, watch a cooking demonstration by a chef then we make dishes by ourselves. At the end of class, each person will be given a cooking recipe book. Enjoy our lunch before continuing the tour.
In the afternoon, your walking tour includes many well-known attractions in Hoi An like the Japanese Covered Bridge, Pottery Museum, Tan Ky Ancient Assembly Hall, Cantonese Congregation, handicraft workshop to enjoy a short traditional music performance, etc. During the tour, please feel free to ask a tour guide to stop at any place we want to take a look. End the day by returning to a hotel and taking a rest. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – Danang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel (B)
Warmly welcomed in Ho Chi Minh City this morning after a short flight, then we quickly transfer to Cu Chi Tunnel – one of the most famous historical monuments of Vietnam. Cu Chi Tunnel is a secret underground system built in the Vietnam War and Indochina War including innumerable trap doors, living areas, storage facilities, hospitals, kitchens, weapon factories, and command centers with a length of over 250m in the total. Here, we can also witness other remaining historical vestiges of a magnanimous period of time like a US tank or many bomb holes made by 500lb bombs. Here, we can get experience as a person who lives in that wartime by trying cassava, sweet potato, tea, etc. Another option for us is using a gun with real bullets. In the late afternoon, return to Saigon and overnight here.
Day 8: Cooking class & Ho Chi Minh city tour (B, L)
This morning starts with a Hands-on Cooking Class at The Saigon Culinary Art Center which is not only a class where we can learn to cook the traditional food of the Southern part but also a place where we can fall in line with local people. The chef will help us to choose fresh ingredients at the market and make simple dishes like salad, spring roll, and a pork dish. At the end of the course, we can receive the cooking recipe book to make some Vietnamese dishes at home.
Itinerary this afternoon includes The Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Post office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. End the day by visiting Ben Thanh Market before back to the hotel. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 9: Mekong Delta full day/ Cai Be Floating Market (B, L)
Leave Ho Chi Minh City in the morning, southwest through Mekong Delta, and visit the eventful life of local people in Cai Be Floating Market (Tien Giang Province) where we can buy a variety of goods, fruits, and agricultural products in small boats. Then, along the tangled canals, we row the boat to farther island villages to get closer to life of local people. Visit some handicraft villages and peaceful landscapes of the countryside by walking or riding a bicycle before returning to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
After breakfast, we farewell Saigon and transfer to the airport for our departure flight. Trip ends. Thank you for joining Vietnam trips with Go Vietnam Tours!
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