Highlights of Vietnam Tour

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  • icon-date18 Meals

The Highlights of Vietnam tour covers the most famous destinations of the country. From bustling cities (Hanoi and Sai Gon) and charming ancient towns (Hue and Hoi An) to lush forests and breathtaking landscapes (Ha Long Bay) – We have it all!

Day 1: Hello Hanoi!

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in, drop off your bags and get some rest. (Our first-day schedule could be created and modified to meet your time of arrival and there will be a chance of taking a cyclo ride for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets if time permits)

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

Our tour starts first with the Temple of Literature, and Quoc Tu Giam which are the most iconic places in Hanoi. Then, make our way to Ho Chi Minh Complex to check out Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where preserved Uncle Ho’s corpse for people all over the country and international visitors to visit their beloved old father, and Ba Dinh Square where President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. Another signature place in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda- a unique architectural style pagoda built-in 1049. After that, we will visit the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s Residence which was used as his workplace and home back in the old time respectively, and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Continue to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. After lunch, visit the Ethnology Museum which is not only a museum but also a research center, specializing in exhibiting the ethnic people and culture of Vietnam. There will be other activities on the side such as traditional festive and water puppet shows to participate in. After that, head to the Old Town for a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and explore its alive 36 streets. Related tour: Hanoi Tours (Daily Tour)

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Day 3: Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)

One of the “cannot miss” destinations when visiting Vietnam is Ha Long Bay, the wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, get on a cruise ship to start the journey around Ha Long Bay. It is no need to describe how amazing it is to see the spectacular landscapes with approximately 1600 limestone islands scattering the emerald green water surface and numerous natural caves. You will immerse yourself in nature by floating in the middle of the sea with a kayaking adventure. After kayaking, watch the sunset. I am sure being there at that magical hour will be a memorable experience for your trip. There will be drinks at the desk or interesting activities such as fishing with local people in the evening.

Day 4: Ha Long Bay- Fly to Hue

Enjoy your breakfast and the beauty of Ha Long Bay or join a cooking class that shows you how to make Vietnamese spring rolls and other traditional food before disembarking time. Then you will be transferred to Noi Bai Airport for a short flight to Hue. Spend the night in Hue.

Day 5: Hue Imperial City & Emperor’s Tombs (B, L) 

Our guide will pick you up at the hotel to visit the ancient tomb of Vietnam’s kings. The first stop will be The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh’s Royal Tomb which consists of many royal tombs. One of those belonged to Khai Dinh, who built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution. It has mixed architecture of Western and Asia, modern and traditional Vietnam. Tu Duc tomb is our next stop which is a complex system of the pavilion, temple, chamber, courtyard and personal palace and is also a symbol of himself, portraying one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s Emperor with majesty, power but elegance and grace. Afterward, make our way to Citadel has a variety of structures in the royal style. Our guide will explain in depth about the history of 13 reigns of Nguyen Emperor while seeing the tombs. Then, take a romantic dragon boat trip on the Perfume River to front of Thien Mu pagoda to enjoy the sunset.

Day 6: Da Nang- Golden Bridge- Hoi An (B, L)

On the ride from Da Nang to Hue, we will stop at Lang Co beach for breakfast and a short break. The beach is 8km long with white sandbank and mixture of natural scenery of Hue forming a mysterious picture and the charming of the fishing village. After that, we will make our way to Hue by driving through the famous Hai Van pass. This mountain pass is one of the world’s greatest coastal stretches. From the top, we can see jungle topped mountains slope down into the sea, shaping uninhabited bays, and forging waterfalls. Before reaching Hoi An, we will stop in Da Nang to visit Ba Na Hills, Chua Mountain and the Dreaming Stream. Cannot miss the famous Golden Bridge which achieves many rewards for its impressive design. This bridge was built at a height of 1.400m above sea level and features a harmonious blend of groundbreaking architecture and spectacular nature.

Day 7: Charming Hoi An (B, L)

Our morning start with a biking trip to a Van Lang- Cam Thanh fishing Village, embark on a sampan bamboo basket and participate in a rowing competition and practice of old Vietnamese fishing technique. Rest at Mr. Phong’ house for a welcome tea then take a walk around the village. Keep biking to Tra Que herbal passing through the rice fields and fish ponds. A quick stop at Ba The market where local people exchanges their self-consumption in the region before visiting Mr. Chinh’ home for a foot massage with medical herbs that are home-grown in his garden and our cooking class. Return to the center to explore the Old Town.

Day 8: Sai Gon City Tour (B)

After breakfast, our driver will take you to Da Nang International Airport where you take your flight to Sai Gon. Upon arrival, soak up the city’s rich historical and cultural tapestry as you tour

through the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office. Visit the incredible Reunification Place which was named in global history in 1975 and was built for the South Vietnam Government during the Vietnam-American War and the War Remnants Museum.

Day 9: Sai Gon- Cu Chi Tunnel- Cao Dai Temple (B, L)

Fill your energy with a tasty breakfast before heading to one of the most must-visit places in the south- Cu Chi tunnels. Allow half an hour for the introduction to the history of Cu Chi and its creation and purposes. Then exploring some permitted areas of the systems including living areas and martial facilities. Make our way to the opulent Holy See temple in Tay Ninh province to see the noon service of Cao Dai Sect adherents. Cao Dai is a fascinating religion combining aspects of Christian, Buddhism, Muslim, Taoism and Confucius into a single religion. Return to Sai Gon, the rest of the day is your free time.

Day 10: Mekong Delta- Ben Tre (B, L)

After having breakfast, we travel to Hung Vuong Pier in Ben Tre. Take a boat at Ben Tre River for sight-seeing lively activities along the river such as fishing, and water transfer. Arriving at Phong Nam Ferry, we will wander along An Hoa River and stop at a craft brickyard where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to handmade bricks. Watch and learn how coconut candies are made at several workshops, especially at Ms. Lan’s coconut candy workshop, then taste local tropical fruits and honey tea. Afterward, hop on a cart, and travel through some tranquil villages where you can spot fruit gardens and observe the locals in their daily life. After lunch, we will take a rowing boat along water palm creek and go back to Hung Vuong Pier to get back to Sai Gon.

Day 11: Sai Gon- Departure (B)

We enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions and your free time before getting transferred to Tan Son Nhat International Airport where your journey with us ends.