Twelve Day Highlight Vietnam from North Down To South

Departure Date



12 days



Maximum Seats


What's Included?

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


Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Sapa, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

Embark on a journey that commences in Hanoi and concludes in Ho Chi Minh City! The Twelve Day Highlight Vietnam from North Down To South is a comprehensive 12-day tour package that guides you through Hanoi, Vietnam, and six additional destinations. Your accommodations will include hotels and hostels, accompanied by the expertise of a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy inclusive features such as meals, transportation, and more throughout this enriching experience.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Airport pick up – Hotel check in (Meal: No)

Welcome to Vietnam! Our chauffeur will greet you at Noi Bai Airport and escort you to the hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Indulge in a welcome drink upon arrival and complete the check-in process at the hotel. Take advantage of free time to explore Hanoi's Old Quarter, immersing yourself in local life and savoring the flavors of street food. Hotel check-in time: 13:00 Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi. Inclusion: Private airport pick-up; Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi - Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Cycling 1 Day (Meal:B,L)

8:00 – 8:30: Your driver and tour guide will rendezvous with you at your hotel, commencing the Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour. The bus will make a midway stop after 1 hour and a half for a brief break, allowing you to stretch your legs and capture some scenic countryside photos. Continuing the journey to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam during the 10th century under the rule of two dynasties, Dinh and Le Empire. Explore the history, culture, architecture, and development of Vietnam through the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le. Gain insights into aspects of Vietnam that may still be unfamiliar to you. Next, the bus will transport you to a local restaurant where you'll enjoy a buffet lunch featuring an array of delectable local dishes. Notably, try the renowned goat meat, a specialty of Ninh Binh. Following lunch, your tour guide will provide insights into Tam Coc before embarking on a tranquil rowing boat journey on the Ngo Dong River. Glide through the three caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba) and marvel at the "Halong Bay on land." Encounter local farmers working in the rice fields, offering you a glimpse into the charming countryside life in Vietnam. After the boat excursion in Tam Coc, hop on a bicycle to explore the paddy fields and meander through the local village, providing you with an immersive experience of the simple daily life of the local people. 16:00: Return to the bus and begin the journey back to Hanoi, bidding farewell to the enchanting destination. 18:30: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi. Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English-speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Buffet Lunch); Rowing boat trip; Cycling time; Complimentary water; Hotel in Hanoi
Day 3

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise (Meals: B, L, D)

Check out of your room and leave your luggage at the hotel. Bring only a handbag with essentials for the trip: passport, clothing, camera, walking shoes, sandals, and any other necessary items. 8:00 – 8:30: Your tour guide and bus will pick you up from the hotel, heading to Halong Bay by bus with a short break halfway. 12:45: Arrive at Halong Harbor. The crew welcomes you on board with a refreshing Welcome drink. Check into your cabin and savor a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, enjoy free time for sunbathing on the sundeck, capture photos while cruising amidst the numerous mountains. 15:00: The cruise anchors in the center of Halong Bay. Explore Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave), one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. 16:00: Head to Ti Top Island, where you can hike to the top for panoramic views of the entire bay, sunbathe on the sandy beach, and swim in the pristine water. 17:15: Return to the boat. Delight in the sunset with fruit and wine. Our onboard chef will conduct a Cooking Demonstration, sharing the secrets of making Vietnamese spring rolls. You'll have the opportunity to practice making them yourself. 19:00: Dinner will be served with a variety of delicious Vietnamese dishes. After dinner, enjoy free time to watch a movie, play cards, or participate in the squid fishing game. Overnight on the cruise. Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English-speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); Welcome drink; Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave); Titov Island (Hiking, swimming, sunbathing); Sunset Party (Free fruit & a glass of wine); Cooking Demonstration; Complimentary water
Day 4

Day 4: Halong Bay – Kayaking – Hanoi ( Meals: B, L )

Wake up a bit early to relish the Sunrise in Halong Bay, a serene moment during your journey. 7:00: Delight in a delicious breakfast. 8:15: Embark on a kayaking adventure amidst the picturesque mountains, exploring the beauty of Halong Bay at your own pace. 9:30: Return to the cruise and check out of your cabin. Take some leisure time to relax on the sundeck and admire the bay's scenic views. 11:00: Indulge in a delightful brunch as the cruise sails back to Halong Harbor. 12:30: Board the bus for the return journey to Hanoi, with a short break halfway. 16:30 – 17:00: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi city. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi. Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English-speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch); Kayaking; Tai Chi lesson; Complimentary water
Day 5

Day 5: Hanoi – Sapa – Ylinh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (Meals:B,L,D)

Check out of your room and leave your luggage at the hotel. Bring only a handbag with essentials for the trip: passport, clothing, camera, walking shoes, sandals, and any other necessary items. Embark on a 12km trek through the terraced fields from Sapa town to the homestay. 6:30 - 7:00 am: A shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the sleeper bus. Depart for Sapa with a short break on the way for relaxation and stretching your legs. 12:30-13:00: Our local tour guide warmly welcomes you to Sapa. Upon arrival in Sapa, the Real Sapa Experience trip begins. Start by trekking through the town to observe the daily life and architecture. As you explore the town, you'll step onto the terrace rice, corn, and potato fields. Experience more than just natural landscapes and fresh air; the host will share local culture, customs, and habits, providing a non-touristy experience. Continue trekking through the villages to gain a deeper understanding of the life of minorities in Sapa. Witness simple houses, observe daily life, and interact with the locals, creating a genuine connection. On the trekking route, encounter terrace after terrace of fields, along with a charming waterfall for relaxation and photo opportunities. Upon arriving at the guide's house, her family welcomes you as a long-lost member. Participate in preparing dinner with the family by picking vegetables from the garden and cooking local foods in the kitchen, all while exchanging stories. In the evening, experience the warm atmosphere of a local family. Share and learn about their culture through the stories the host is delighted to impart. Overnight at the guide's house. Inclusion: Sleeper bus Hanoi – Sapa; Local English-speaking tour guide; All entrance fees, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner; Local home-stay; Complimentary water on the bus; Trekking time; Cooking with the host
Day 6

Day 6: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai village – Sapa – Hanoi ( Meals: B, L )

Feel free to rise a bit early and witness the host starting a new day, preparing breakfast that everyone can enjoy together. You have the following options: Embark on a trek to explore more distant villages and scenic areas, passing through the bamboo forest and terrace fields. Alternatively, you can inform your guide of your interest in working in their family's fields, participating in activities such as harvesting, planting, or field maintenance. Return to Sapa town via shuttle bus. Enjoy some free time to explore the local market in Sapa town and discover the town at your leisure before returning to Hanoi. 15:30: Board the sleeper bus for the return journey to Hanoi. 21:30: Arrive in Hanoi Old Quarter. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi. Inclusion: Sleeper bus Sapa – Hanoi; English-speaking tour guide; All entrance fees; Meals (Breakfast, Lunch); Trekking time; Shuttle bus in Hanoi
Day 7

Day 7: Hanoi free time – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An (Meals: B)

Today, you have the freedom to explore Hanoi's Old Quarter at your own pace. You may choose to visit attractions such as the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, or Ngoc Son Temple. Later, the driver will transport you to Noi Bai Airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival at Da Nang Airport, our driver will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An, where you will complete the check-in process. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An. Inclusion: Airport transfer in Hanoi; Airport pick-up in Da Nang; Flight ticket with 20kg hand baggage allowance; Hotel in Hoi An
Day 8

Day 8: Famring & Fishing Trip (Meal:B,L)

Between 09:00 and 09:30 AM, your tour guide will rendezvous with you at your hotel. Embark on a cycling adventure through charming country lanes to reach a local farming village. Along the way, seize the opportunity to capture captivating images with farmers in the fields, fishponds, and alongside buffalo. If you wish, you can even experience riding a water buffalo. Continue your journey to a local home where you will be warmly greeted with local water known as "En water." Subsequently, the farmer will accompany you to the boat station for a serene boat ride along the coconut-palm-lined waterways. Escape the bustle of traffic, motor scooters, and city noise as you discover and practice traditional Vietnamese fishing techniques using round and cast nets. Paddle in Vietnamese bamboo basket boats, soaking in the tranquil surroundings. Participate in the daily agricultural activities alongside local farmers, engaging in tasks such as collecting seaweed fertilizer, sowing, raking, watering, and harvesting. Upon leaving the garden, return to the farmer's home to indulge in a foot massage infused with local herbal treatments. Following lunch, cycle back to your hotel. Between 13:30 and 14:00, arrive at your hotel, granting you free time to explore the enchanting beauty of Hoi An's old town. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An. Inclusion: Mini-van for hotel pick-up and drop-off within Hoi An; English-speaking guide; Bicycles; Helmet; Boat cruise including Vietnamese bamboo basket boats; Enjoy a basket boat dancing performance; Origami teaching featuring birds, grasshoppers, flowers, and more; Light traditional local rice dishes at a local farmer's house; Lunch on the boat cooked by Captain Cook; Numerous photo opportunities.
Day 9

Day 9: My Son sanctuary 1 Day (Meal: B, L)

Between 08:00 and 08:30, our bus and tour guide will collect you from your hotel or stay in Hoi An. As we leave Hoi An and cross the Cua Dai bridge, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Hoi An river system, mountains, and Cham islands. Our journey takes us to a bustling fishing village, where market traders showcase their evening catches, providing excellent opportunities for memorable photographs. By 09:45, we reach My Son, often referred to as the "Valley of Kings" by French historians. This ancient site served as the capital of the Chăm Pa Kingdom from the 4th to the 15th century. A traditional dance performance precedes our walking tour of the Cham ruins, featuring a short ascent along a jungle-bordered track. As you explore the area, our guide will delve into the history of this religious site, once a burial place for Cham monarchs. At 12:00, we begin our return journey to Hoi An, where we initiate a boat trip on the Thu Bon River. Departing from Nguyen Hoang dock, this two-hour boat excursion will take you past Duy Hai fishing village, Tra Nhieu weaving village, Kim Bong carpentry village, and Cam Thanh coconut jungle village. By 15:30, the boat trip concludes at Nguyen Hoang dock in the old town. You'll have the freedom to explore the old town or return to your hotel using your preferred mode of transportation. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hoi An. Inclusion: Transportation; All entrance fees; English-speaking tour guide; Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch); Boat trip; Complimentary water; Hotel in Hoi An.
Day 10

Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang airport – Ho Chi Minh city (Meals:B)

Exploring Hoi An's old town is a delightful experience, offering an opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional customs and architecture. Stroll leisurely through the charming streets, capturing photos of ancient houses that reflect a blend of Chinese and Japanese influences. Take a moment to savor a delightful coffee by the riverside, creating lasting memories. Your driver will be ready to pick you up from the hotel, providing a convenient transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, your driver will greet you and transport you to your hotel in the city. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Inclusion: Meal (Breakfast); Private airport transfer and pick-up; Flight ticket Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City with 20kg hand check; Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11

Day 11: Mekong Delta Discovery My Tho - Ben Tre Full Day (Meal: B,L)

Between 07:30 and 08:15, your driver and tour guide will collect you from your hotel, signaling the beginning of your journey away from the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh. The destination is My Tho, a charming town situated on the left bank of the Mekong River. As you board the sampan, cruise along the river, passing by the enchanting Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands. A stop at Unicorn Island invites you to stroll through the country lanes, exploring orchards and savoring tropical fruits. Immerse yourself in the local culture with traditional folk songs performed by the talented residents. Venture to a fruit plantation and embark on a hand-rowed sampan ride through Thoi Son canal, relishing the scenic countryside. Explore a family-run business, visit a honeybee farm, and indulge in honey tea and the art of coconut candy making. After a satisfying lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy some leisure time. In the afternoon, cycle around Tan Thach village, engaging with local villagers to gain insights into their daily lives in the Mekong Delta. For those opting out of the cycling excursion, relax in a hammock and relish the refreshing breeze. As the day concludes, return to Ho Chi Minh City, with a drop-off at your hotel around 17:00. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Inclusion: Transportation; English-speaking tour guide; Boat trip; All entrance fees; Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12

Day 12: HCM city – Flight out (Meal:B)

Take your time to explore Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace, visiting attractions such as Ben Thanh Market and China Town. Immerse yourself in the local flavors, savoring delicious foods, and experiencing daily life. When the time comes, we will arrange your transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure. This marks the conclusion of your journey. Note: Solo travelers will be accommodated in a shared dorm room at the hostel during their vacation. This is a group tour, and different groups will be formed for each trip during your vacation. Inclusion: Private airport transfer; Meal (Breakfast) Who should join? - This tour is suitable for everyone, including children. Price Structure: - The quoted price is on a per-person basis. This is a 3-star package; please let us know if you are interested in upgrading to a 4 or 5-star package! Should you wish to extend the trip, add more nights in any city, or start from the South, please inform us!

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1129 USD 729 USD 3star
Deluxe 1329 USD 929 USD 4star

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program..
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 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
  • Entry permit 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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