Very Vietnam - 10 days

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Duration

10 days

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8

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Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
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Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Cai Be, Can Tho, Cai Rang

Begin your journey in Hanoi and conclude it in Ho Chi Minh City! Embark on the Very Vietnam – 10 days in-depth cultural tour, featuring a 10-day itinerary that will guide you through Hanoi, Vietnam, and seven other captivating destinations within the country. The package encompasses accommodations in hotels, flights, the expertise of a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi

Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi, a city known for its grace, unique atmosphere, and exotic charm, making it one of the most captivating capital cities in Asia. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to discover the city's wide tree-lined avenues, picturesque lakes, ancient pagodas, and the vibrant historic old town, all easily explored on foot. For those arriving very early today or the day before, consider joining our optional Back Streets of Hanoi add-on. This exploration takes you through the charming districts of Cho Buoi, Hoang Hoa Tham, and Vinh Phuc, offering an exciting local experience—riding pillion on taxi-motorbikes through a labyrinth of narrow streets and along the scenic Ho Tay Lake shoreline.
Day 2

Day 2: Halong Bay

Hanoi – Halong Bay. Following breakfast this morning, we depart from Hanoi and head to the gem in Vietnam's picturesque crown – the incredibly stunning Halong Bay. Aboard a traditional wooden junk boat, we navigate the jade waters adorned with karst islands. After embarkation, there's a delightful lunch with panoramic views. In the afternoon, we explore Trinh Nu Cave, one of Halong Bay's finest caves, spanning an area of 2,000m² and showcasing a breathtaking array of stalactites and stalagmites. You also have the opportunity to engage in kayaking and take a refreshing swim. Later in the evening, back on board, witness a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before indulging in a lavish seafood dinner.
Day 3

Day 3: Halong Bay

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. For those early risers, the day kicks off with a serene Tai Chi class on the sundeck or indulging in a traditional massage – a perfect morning ritual. Prior to returning to port this morning, we venture into the enchanting Sung Sot cave (Surprise Grotto), a colossal 10,000m² cave featuring two grand chambers that are awe-inspiring and spacious enough to accommodate a multitude of visitors. Returning to Hanoi in the mid-afternoon, we embark on a cyclo (rickshaw) adventure through the labyrinth of streets in the French Quarter. Highlights of the journey include the Opera house and Ly Thai To park. We then transition from wheels to a leisurely stroll through the '36 streets of the old quarter,' named after the various guilds that once occupied a particular street, from silk tailors to traditional medicine shops. Later in the evening, there's an opportunity to freshen up before boarding the train (4-berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the 'Reunification Express' railway line bound for Hue. An alternative option to fly from Hanoi to Hue is also available.
Day 4

Day 4: Hue

Upon reaching Hue, we commence a guided exploration of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. Our itinerary includes a visit to the Thien Mu Pagoda, housing the oldest monastery in the city, characterized by its 21m high tower, which has become an iconic symbol of Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel, we encounter the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact replica of the Forbidden City in Beijing, featuring impressive ramparts, formal moats, and imperial palaces, some of which are in a state of ruin. Venturing into the countryside, we discover the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, with a particular focus on the elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. As the sun sets, there's an optional long boat cruise along the tranquil Perfume River, offering enchanting views of the illuminated surroundings.
Day 5

Day 5: Hoi An

Hue - Hai Van Pass - Hoi An. Today, our route takes us through the picturesque Hai Van Pass, often referred to as the "Road of the Ocean Clouds." This scenic journey unfolds breathtaking vistas of beaches on one side and lush hills on the other. Along the way, we pause for a leisurely stroll on My Khe beach, a pristine coastal stretch known as 'China Beach' during the war, featured prominently in Francis Ford Coppola’s film 'Apocalypse Now.' You might opt for a refreshing swim in the sea before resuming our southward travel along the coastal route to Hoi An. Hoi An, a captivating old-world trading port, welcomes us with its cobblestone streets, traditional residences, and small shop houses, providing a glimpse into a bygone era. The town boasts boutique restaurants, trendy waterfront cafes, charming craft shops, and skilled artisans, particularly renowned bespoke tailors offering services at reasonable prices. Our brief walking tour of this historically rich town includes visits to Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ residences, and the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. During your time in Hoi An, consider the unique optional Hoi An Street Eats add-on, an exploration of the city's popular local eateries. Experience the city's pulse on a vintage Vespa, savoring a variety of delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Secure your spot early through your reservation consultant, as availability is limited.
Day 6

Day 6: Hoi An

Embark on a cycling excursion into the rural landscapes, guiding us to Tra Que village. In this quaint locale, we delve into time-honored agricultural methods and delve into the realm of traditional medicine. Today is a hands-on experience, as we actively participate in field and garden maintenance and join in the preparation of a delightful lunch!
Day 7

Day 7: Hoi An

Enjoy a leisurely day to unwind or explore more sights. You might consider a serene rowboat excursion along the river or indulge in a day of relaxation by the beach or hotel pool. Alternatively, you can choose to embark on an adventure to the UNESCO-listed My Son sanctuary or opt for a day trip to the Ba Na Hills. Here, you can experience the world's second-longest cable car ride, explore the resort, and stroll along the remarkable Golden Bridge (booking and payment on-site).
Day 8

Day 8: Can Tho

Depart from Hoi An and catch an early flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Afterward, embark on a journey to the Mekong Delta, often known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam. This region is renowned for its lush harvests of tropical fruits, flowers, and rice, offering picturesque landscapes along its intricate network of canals. Boarding our sampan in Cai Be, we navigate through the waterways, observing the vibrant daily life on the riverbanks. Passing by colorful trading boats, houseboats, and playful children swimming, we make stops to explore local cottage industries producing popcorn, coconut candies, and paper. Today's lunch is served in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.
Day 9

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

Departing from Can Tho, we make an early visit to the bustling Cai Rang floating market today. Witness the vibrant scene as waterborne vendors trade melons, pineapples, fresh greens, sacks of rice, and children's toys at impressive heights and speed from one sampan to another. Afterward, we journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as the Pearl of the Orient, contemporary Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic urban center in constant motion. Modern skyscrapers, gourmet dining establishments, upscale malls, and trendy bars and spas coexist with ancient pagodas, colonial-era landmarks, and bustling street markets. Our walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City encompasses visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office, and the poignant War Remnants Museum. The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 10

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

On Monday, take advantage of a leisure day to explore and savor the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City before your departure transfer to the airport. Consider indulging in a soothing foot massage, exploring souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market, or visiting the majestic Independence Palace with its concealed bunker and subterranean military command center. Alternatively, you have the option to extend your stay and join a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Delve underground to navigate the extensive network of tunnels and hideouts utilized by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters. Witness booby traps, trap doors, or even test your marksmanship with an AK-47 at the firing range.

Tour Overview

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival (-/-/-)

Day 1: Vietnam Intro Begins!

Pick-up at Tan Son Nhat International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2

Day 2: Mekong Delta - Cai Be floating market (B/L/-)

The day will begin with a two-hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, we will take a boat cruise to visit Cai Be Floating Market. This market is a place where everybody gathers to buy and sell agricultural products. The market operates all day but it is only busy in the early morning. This market is different from the traditional ones because people buy and sell products on boats. Discovering this market, you can see business activities on rivers; understand the life of people in the South West region. Floating on the water, visitors can enjoy the relaxing moments. At the floating market, you can watch locals aboard their small boats trading fresh goods and local commodities. We will stop over at a local house where we can see how they make coconut candy, rice-paper, rice-pop corn and rice wine. Leave Cai Be for Tan Phong Islet where the maze of shady creeks will surely fascinate you, take a rowing-boat in a small channel. You will have a chance to spend time, enjoying traditional music and tropical fruits. Have a traditional lunch at a local house, including the popular dish of ‘Elephant-Ear Fish’. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3

Day 3: Free time in the morning - Cu Chi Tunnels - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/-/-) - by flight - 1 hour

Free time at your leisure in the morning. In the afternoon, check out for a half-day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels before flying to Da Nang. Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels stretching over 250 kilometers, have proven to be one of the most famous and historical aspects of the Vietnam War. The tunnel system was created in 1948 to assist the Viet Minh as they fought the French for independence. Digging and building of tunnels continued over the next 25 years until it was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storages, weapons factories, field hospitals and command centers. The tunnels could house thousands of people who lived almost entirely underground for years. There, people led relatively normal lives, which included getting married and raising children. During the American War, the entire area of Cu Chi was designated as a free fire zone; and was therefore, heavily attacked and bombed. In 1988, two sections of tunnels were opened up for visitors. Now you have the chance to enjoy this wonderful and informative experience. Created with “moving parts” these structures were designed to be livable for long periods of time. And for those who are interested, there is an opportunity for you to fire off rounds from a war era M16 or AK47 at the nearby firing range. (This activity is optional; fees for firing range are not included). After the trip, transfer to Tan Son Nhat International airport to go to Hoi An. Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Check in and relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 4

Day 4: Hoi An City Tour in the morning (B/-/-)

Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town on foot is one of the best ways to take in the city’s charm. While exploring this small yet beautiful town, tourists and frequent visitors find that it is a place of tranquility and peace. The unique atmosphere here combines elements of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Some of the most remarkable views of the town are from the Ancient Houses. From here, visitors can catch a glimpse of a long-gone past and more subdued and simple time. The tour includes visits to Hoi An Market, Hoi An Museum, many of the town’s renowned Ancient Houses which boast a remarkable architectural style, Assembly Halls of Chinese influence, Art Craft Manufacturing and of course the must-see Japanese Covered Bridge. These spots are considered as typical architecture styles in Hoi An and reflect clearly the cross culture among France, Japan, China and Vietnam. Passing over hundreds of years and withstanding the severity of the weather, Hoi An still exists and keeps the ancient and quiet beauty. Once strolling around the ancient city, you will contemplate the simple and rustic life activities, the trellises of windflowers covering around the houses. It is certain that this tour will bring great moments for you. Have free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5

Day 5: Hoi An Foodie tour - My Son Sanctuary (B/L/-)

Discover Hoi An’s countryside and its local foods by bicycle. Local foods in Hoi An are known and enjoyed by the tourists once setting foot here. In Hoi An, these cuisines are very popular and sold everywhere in all streets. Moreover, these cuisines are considered as unique symbols for the culture and introduced to every tourist. We will ride to a local restaurant for Hoi An specialty - Cao Lau. We then bike through the countryside to a Tra Que Village. You will also learn how to make special “white rose” dumpling cakes with a local family and taste your products. Continue riding to Cam Nam to enjoy the Yin and Yang food such as: Banh Dap (“cracked or smashed rice pancake”), Che Bap (“corn and coconut sweet soup”). In the afternoon, visit My Son Sanctuary - an experience that should not be missed. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. Wander around the lost Champa Kingdom that dated back to the 3rd century, explore the temples and learn about the fascinating history behind this sanctuary of Hinduism. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6

Day 6: Hoi An - Free day (B/-/-)

Free time all day to explore Hoi An on your own or take optional tour with Hoi An Express. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7

Day 7: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ha Noi City Tour (B/L/-) - by flight - 1 hour

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Da Nang International airport to go to Ha Noi. Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Check in and god for lunch before a City tour. With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Ha Noi is full of charms. Visit some of Ha Noi’s heritage sites such as Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), the first Imperial school in Vietnam, built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. We will also visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple (Jade Mountain Temple), But Tower (Pen Shaped Tower), Dai Nghien (Inkstone Stand) and The Huc Bridge (Wooden Bridge painted in red). Then, we will take a cyclo (pedicab) ride around “the 36 meandering streets” of Ha Noi’s historic Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life. The history of Ha Noi dated back for over one thousand years, and Ha Noi has different cultural characteristics compared to other areas in Vietnam. The lifestyle, cuisine, fashion… of Ha Noi folks bear special features and through this journey, we can perceive these. It is very interesting to discover Ha Noi in the morning, when the life has just started and we can enjoy the busy atmosphere. Hanoians are very friendly and hospitable. Hopefully, this is the most remarkable memory of your trip to Vietnam. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 8

Day 8: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

The wondrous Ha Long Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive sights. Heading out of town, we will embark by boat for an exploration of legendary Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is home to some 3000 limestone islands that rise out of the clear emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way, we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and enjoy a visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Overnight on the cruise.
Day 9

Day 9: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (B/L/-)

After breakfast, swimming and sunbathing. After lunch, return to Ha Noi. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 10

Day 10: Ha Noi - Departure (B/-/-)

Have breakfast at the hotel and relax until the time of transfer to Noi Bai International airport for your departure flight.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1965 USD 1565 USD 3star
Deluxe 2165 USD 1765 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* all tens 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
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • 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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