Real Taste of Vietnam 13 days

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13 days



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What's Included?

All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ben Tre

Vietnamese cuisine continues to capture the hearts of both domestically and worldwide foodies owing to its cultural differences across the country. If the dishes of the North are about savory, then the Central region is rich with spicy flavor, and the Southern cuisine is full of sweetness. If you want to partake in a diverse and well-rounded venture of Vietnamese cuisine then this 13-day Real Taste of Vietnam tour is a perfect choice. Get an authentic experience by visiting all of its most famous landmarks from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city, spending time in the kitchen with some of the country’s most renowned chefs, and tasting Vietnamese local dishes.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

- Arrive in the lovely city of Hanoi and be warmly greeted by our tour guide. Note: Please be present at Pole No.10 (Outside the Terminal Gate at the airport) and contact us, so we could easily search for you. - 14:00 is the time hotels in Hanoi start their check-in service, so you can get there by that time, or pay an additional fee for early check-in. - The rest of the day is yours for relaxing. Meals: NA Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour by Mortobike

- Meet our guides at your hotel at 8:00 to start your trip around Hanoi on the rental motorbike. - Here are the famous attractions and Hanoi food that you will visit. 1. Cafe Trung (Egg Coffee) at Cafe Giang on Yen Phu St - Even if you are not a coffee-lover, it is still worth trying this creative mixing of coffee by Vietnamese people. 2. Long Bien Bridge/ Chuong Duong Bridge - Enjoy the view of Long Bien Bridge, built from 1899 to 1902 and known as the oldest bridge in Hanoi - After that, pass through the famous Chuong Duong Bridge, with four lanes and steel span. 3. Nha Hat Lon (Hanoi Opera House) - Built by the French government in the early years of the 20th century. - Enjoy the very famous Trang Tien’s Ice cream and listen to our guide talking about the unique structure with outstanding values in terms of history, culture, architecture, and art. 4. Ho Guom (Hoan Kiem Lake) - Peaceful place with a fascinating history, located in the center of Hanoi's historic district. 5. Nha Tho Lon (St. Joseph's Cathedral) - A Roman Catholic cathedral with a neo-gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago. - One of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. 6. Hoa Lo Prison - The French called it Maison Central, a generic name for a colonial prison. Whatever its name, the notorious prison housed a century of torture within its walls. - Used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. 7. Ho Tay (West Lake) - Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, having a circumference of 17 km with plenty of historic places of interest, five-star hotels, stylish restaurants, cafes, and nightlife venues that are worth exploring along the shoreline. - Tran Quoc pagoda was built in the 6th century and is located on an island in the middle of West Lake. 8. Huu Tiep Lake and The B52 - Visit the B52 plane crash site, a remarkable victory of Vietnam soldiers during the Vietnam war. - Get to visit a local market nearby to see the daily activities of the Hanoians. 9. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - The final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. - Our tour guide will fill you in with more stories about our Uncle Ho and historical information. - Take some time to see the attraction from outside and take pictures, 10. Lunch at The Old Quarter - Enjoy some delicious local Vietnamese food after a whole trip. - After that, our driver will drop you off at your hotel in the old quarter. Note: The above itinerary is subject to change, based on the day’s weather and traffic conditions. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 3

Day 3: Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

- Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi after breakfast and driven to the World Heritage. - On your arrival, you will be welcomed on board, check-in, and enjoy the Halong Bay overnight cruise. - Lunch then will be served onboard with different kinds of fresh seafood. - After having a break for lunch, you will take part in some activities such as sightseeing, kayaking, or swimming. - An elaborate dinner will be ready to serve you, along with the relaxed vibe of Halong Bay at night. Enjoy your dinner and your night onboard. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight on board
Day 4

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi Foodie Tour

Morning - Start your second day in Halong with an early Tai Chi class during the sunrise, suitable to refresh your mind. - After breakfast, the cruise will take you to explore the most stunning caves in Halong for the last time. - On the way back to the main dock, lunch will be served. Afternoon - After transferring to Hanoi, you will have free time to visit The Old Quarter, and try Vietnamese street foods. - The local dishes that you must try are Banh Cuon (Steamed rice rolls), Banh Mi, etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 5

Day 5: Flight to Hue

- Have your breakfast at the hotel then relax until flight time. Our driver will come to pick you up, then drive you to the airport for the Hanoi to Hue flight. - The tour guide welcomes you at the airport and then transfers you to a hotel in City Centre for check-in. - In the late afternoon, a cyclo driver will pick you up from your hotel. - Have dinner in royal style and enjoy "royal dishes" which used to be served only to the King in the past. - Stay overnight at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 6

Day 6: Full day Hue City tour

Morning - Thien Mu Pagoda, a famous Buddhist attraction, will be the first destination on your Hue City Day Tour. It is located on the Perfume River’s bank with its ancient design. - Continue the journey with a visit to the Imperial Citadel. Here, visit the front gate, the Flag Tower, The King’s Palace, and the Museums of Royal Antiquities. - Finally, a short visit to Dong Da Market will end your morning trip. Walk through kiosks to understand the daily business of local sellers. Purchase some interesting souvenirs before having lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon - Visit Khai Dinh Tomb, the smallest tomb of the Nguyen Emperors but known as a perfect combination of Oriental & Western Styles. - Head to the most majestic Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, which is famous for landscape and oriental architecture. - Travel to a conical hat village to see how craftsmen make this beautiful product and get a chance to interact with locals before transferring back to the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 7

Day 7: Road Transfer: Hue - Hoi An

- Get transferred to your booked hotel in Hoi An by shuttle bus or private car. During the journey, you can stop by some spots for sightseeing and photoshoot (admission fee is not included). Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 8

Day 8: Tra Que Village

Morning - Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby after breakfast, then at 8:00, head to a local farm in Tra Que Village. - Trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land, fertilizing with seaweed from the local lake, raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, picking greens, and many more gardening activities. - Spend the rest of the morning working on the farm, then have a break to prepare lunch with your host family. - The lunch includes many local delicacies including spring rolls and local pancakes. Afternoon - Relax with a foot massage, then say goodbye to your host family and ride back to Hoi An. - In the late afternoon, you can ride to the home of the craftsman who will show you a brief introduction about the history, shape, and color of the lantern as well as the steps of making them. - Have a chance to make your own lantern and keep it as a souvenir. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 9

Day 9: Hoi An Foodie Tour

Afternoon - Start around sunset and will walk you through local cafes, food stalls, markets, and restaurants, giving you a filling food adventure for the memory books. Hoi An traditional dishes include: 1. Banh Mi - Taste the signature Vietnamese sandwich hand-made by royalty, the Banh Mi Queen. 2. Cao Lau - The difference between Cao Lau and other noodle dishes is the texture. Cao Lau noodles are firmer and chewier. - The best way for enjoying Cao Lau's taste is to eat from street vendors who only serve Cao Lau or a small handful of local dishes. 3. Banh Beo - Go through small alleys and stop at local business houses to discover a Vietnamese traditional cake: Banh Beo, a popular snack of the Hoi An people. 4. Banh Khot - A round pancake made with rice flour, turmeric, coconut milk, quail egg, and vegetables - Find this dish at a famous street vendor near Hoai square. 5. Balut - One of the Top 10 weird foods in the world: It is not an egg anymore but, it also has formed a duck yet - Free at the Ancient Town or go back to the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 10

Day 10: Transfer from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh

- Enjoy your free time before transferring to the airport in Da Nang for the Ho Chi Minh City flight. - On arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check-in and relax. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 11

Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Morning - 8:00: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, a collection of underground tunnels and constructions, used by the Saigon Liberation Army during the Vietnam War. - Have a chance to crawl along the tunnels to see how life and war happened at that time and admire the creativity of the Vietnamese for creating such a place. - Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on your way back to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon - Get to some historical sites such as the Independence Palace or the War Remnants Museum, and some of the French architectural symbols in Saigon such as Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral or the Old Post Office. - Finally, your tour will end at a local market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city here. - Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, you will have free time to relax. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12

Day 12: Full day Discover Mekong Delta

Morning - 8:00: get picked up at your hotel in Saigon and head to Ben Tre Province to discover Mekong Delta. - Head to Ham Luong River (a branch of the Mekong) by boat - Stop by local workplaces to have a picture of how the local economy works, including brickwork, and a coconut processing workshop. - Be taken to a quiet village to have a short walk and experience real Delta village life, - Boarding your 'xe loi' (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and traveling into the forest where you can visit fruit orchards. - A delicious and filling lunch will be served at a riverside restaurant, featuring such local specialties as elephant-ear fish and river shrimp, washed down with some cold drinks or beers. Afternoon - Board a sampan boat for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. - Around 17:00, back to your hotel in Saigon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh Departure

- Enjoy your lazy last morning in Ho Chi Minh City, and have breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. - Free until our transfer comes, and you are transported to the airport for your flight back home. Note: Hotel check-out time is 12:00 noon. Late check-out can be settled with a surcharge. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: NA

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1839 USD 1439 USD 3-star
Deluxe/Superior 2039 USD 1639 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .


* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips on Halong Bay.
* Domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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