Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Start / End: Ho Chi Minh /Hanoi
Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh – Hue – Hoi An – Ninh Binh – Ha Bong Bay – Hanoi
Tour Type: Culture, Leisure, Heritage, and Experience
Tour Categories: Vietnam Vacation Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely!
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Transportation: Private transportation by air-conditioned car
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (Saigon)
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour – drive to Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta
Day 4: Cai Rang Floating Market – Fly To Hue
Day 5: Hue City Tour
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An
Day 7: Half-Day Tour Of The Rustic Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An – Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour – Bat Trang ceramic village
Day 10: Hanoi – Day Tour To Duong Lam Ancient Village
Day 11: Hanoi – Ninh Binh
Day 12: Halong Bay Cruise
Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (Saigon) (L or D)
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh, the bustle and hustle city in Vietnam. As soon as you are in Vietnam, our tour guide and driver will be waiting and hold your name board. Transfer you to your hotel in Saigon and give you the detail about the 14-day tour in Vietnam.
Take a rest and be ready for the trip tomorrow.
Overnight in Saigon.
(Note: if your flight is in the morning, the afternoon is free, explore Ho Chi Minh in your style)
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour – drive to Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
Enjoy the breakfast, today you will be ready for your Vietnam Tour with a full day to visit the famous underground tunnel network in Cu Chi.
In the morning, 8:00 Starts with a 1.5hour drive to Cu Chi tunnels. Have an overview of Cu Chi tunnels by the documents. Your guide walks you around to witness the traps, bunkers, trenches, and experience crawling a piece of the underground tunnels. Drive back to the city for a set menu lunch at a restaurant
In the afternoon, Continue on the trip by visiting the War Remnants Museum; The former Presidential Palace; The Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Post Office, the main highlights in Ho Chi Minh city.
Overnight in Saigon hotel
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
Known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the Mekong delta is carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens. This will be a unique product in the south of Vietnam, where boats, houses, and markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals, and streams that criss-cross the landscape like arteries.
In the morning, the driver will pick you up and drive southward to Mekong Delta. It takes nearly 2.5 hours. Upon arrival in Ben Tre, embark on a motorized boat trip along the scenic Ben Tre River, viewing various local industries along the way. Have some stops to visit local workshops: making bricks by the kilns; Making coconut candy; Sleeping straw mats. Take a motor cart passing fruit and vegetable fields. Ride a short sampan boat on a small creek of water with coconut trees. Lunch at a garden restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive to Can Tho City which is considered the capital of the Delta. Check-in your hotel for staying overnight.
Day 4: Cai Rang Floating Market – Fly To Hue (B, L)
Have you heard about a floating market in the Mekong which is known as home to many bustling floating markets? This day is when you can feast your eyes on many interesting things on the water at Cai Rang Floating Market.
In the morning, make sure you have a full of breakfast at your hotel and check out. 08:00 – Get to Ninh Kieu quay where you board a motorized boat to meander through the market. Followed by a short ride to Ba Cong village to pay a visit to a family who specializes in making rice paper and noodles. Cruise back to the quay and make your way back to Ho Chi Minh City. Lunch is served on the way.
In the afternoon, Keep driving toward Saigon and heading to the airport for you to catch a late-afternoon flight to Hue, in Central Vietnam. Get picked up and check into your hotel for the night.
Day 5: Hue City Tour (B, L)
Take a visit through Hue’s eventful past as you explore its ancient imperial architecture including; a boat trip along the charming Perfume River, the Emperor’s Private Residence, Thien Mu Pagoda, and a royal tomb.
In the morning, breakfast in the hotel is as usual. Drive to visit King Minh Mang’s tomb & King Khai Dinh’s tomb. Return to the city for lunch at a restaurant.
In the afternoon, discover the Ancient Citadel. The walk through the complex is very interesting and informative. Transfer to visit the charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda). Setting on the bank of rivers, it gives you a great view of the Perfume River and the surrounding area. End the day by boarding a private boat, cruising on the romantic Perfume River back to the city center.
Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (B)
Ancient and peaceful, Hoi An has to these days well preserved its most sacred treasure, the centuries-old architecture. For those who don’t know Hoi a which used to harbor foreign traders back in the 17-18th, and become an important heavily-frequented trading port in Southeast Asia.
In the morning, the morning drive to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass will occupy half of your day. There are a few stops for photo opportunities such as at Lang Co Beach, and Hai Van Pass you may want to take. Arrive at Hoi An ancient town. Check into your hotel for a short rest, then go for lunch at a nice restaurant.
In the afternoon, embark on a walking tour to visit feature sites of Hoi An Old Quarter: Hoi An wet market; Japanese Covered Bridge; Phuoc Kien, a Chinese Assembly; Tan Ky ancient house; and watch the art of handicraft making at a Hoi An workshop.
Day 7: Half-Day Tour Of The Rustic Hoi An (B)
The morning is yours for leisure on Cua Dai Beach or doing your things.
In the afternoon, take a bicycling tour to the nearby countryside: Pedaling the country lane-ways to reach some of the villages that are dotted throughout the region, stopping to talk to the locals and learn about life in this part of Vietnam. Passing through the emerald rice paddies, snaking waterways, and plenty of waving children surely make a big impression on you. Following your guide to the bank of the Thu Bon River and take a boat trip and discover the waterway before going back to Hoi An. Approach the dock and walk to the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An – Hanoi (B)
This morning is easy for you to relax on the beach to do some shopping in the Old Quarter. Check out your hotel by noon.
In the afternoon, transfer to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Get picked up on arrival and rest for the remainder of the day.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi City Tour – Bat Trang ceramic (B, L)
Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center.
In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Start the city tour with Ba Dinh Square, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a view of the Presidential Palace, Uncle Ho’s house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university. Set menu lunch at a restaurant in the city.
In the afternoon, head to the ceramic village, Bat Trang, where you can see with your own eyes the locals make the ceramic. Then, you also can make a product by yourself.
Back to Hanoi and enjoy the dinner. Tonight, let’s taste the traditional show, the water puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi – Day Tour To Duong Lam Ancient Village (B, L)
8.00 a.m. you will be picked up at your hotel and then transferred to Duong Lam Ancient Village which is about 1,5 hours away. Upon arrival, take a biking tour along the small ancient alleys to visit Mong Phu Temple. Then you will continue riding around the village to explore the daily life and farm works of Vietnamese villagers. Stop to visit two ancient houses and meet and talk with the hosts. Have lunch with a local family. There, you will have a wonderful chance to taste the typical Vietnamese lunch of the rustics. In the afternoon, visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple where worship two national heroes of Vietnam. And the last destination you will visit is Mia Pagoda, a peaceful and antique Buddhist building. Back to Hanoi late in the afternoon.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B, L)
In the morning, drive to Ninh Binh province which takes you about 2.5 hours through the fertile land of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, you will take a 2-hour sampan boat ride at Tam Coc (Three caves) considered to be Ha Long Bay Inland Bay featuring karst formations. It is a beautiful landscape along the rows of vertical sides of limestone mountains and rice fields. The local rowers will take you gently through three beautiful limestone caves with hundreds of stalactites on top. Return to the pier and transfer to a local restaurant for a Vietnamese lunch.
After lunch, hop on a bike for a scenic ride along the back roads through stunning views of towering mountains on the ground of ponds, rice fields, and temples, the rural village in the area. On bicycles, we will have as many stops as you want to take pictures. One of the stops is Bich Dong Pagoda. Bich Dong Pagoda is an important religious place for people in the region. You will take a short walk up to visit the three structures of the temple. About 3:30 pm, drive back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Halong Bay Cruise (B)
In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, get picked up for the morning transfer to Halong Bay pier. (The pick-up times are a bit various between the different boats. You’ll be provided the detailed cruise program by your private travel specialist)
In the afternoon: Around noon – Board your boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard. Some interesting activities available include kayaking, swimming, and sunbathing on the sun deck. Overnight at an ensuite cabin on the boat.
Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)
In the morning: Wake up early in the morning for sunrise and a view of the Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Join a taichi class (availability depends on the certain boat you take)… An early lunch is served on the way back to the pier. Disembarkment by noontime
In the afternoon: Relaxing on the return bus journey. Check back into your Hanoi hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi Departure (B)
Today is your last day. It depends on your departure flight time, You may have to rush in the morning or just be free at leisure or do some last shopping until getting transferred to the airport.
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