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- City Tour
- Meet the Locals
- Boat | Sailing Boat
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
12 Days Vietnam Highlights
- Soaking up the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter in a food discovery tour
- Spending time on a junk in romantic Halong Bay
- Visit Hue’s myriad of monuments & Explore historic Hoi An
- Explore the vibrant Saigon & boat peacefully along the hidden waterways of Mekong Delta
See the very best of Vietnam in just twelve days — a greatest-hits tour of this fascinating country!
Starting from Hanoi in the north you will explore an authentic village in the outskirts of Hanoi, cruise the waters of Halong Bay, visit Hue’s myriad of monuments & the charming town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Down south, discover the story of Saigon, and end your tour with a cruise in the Mekong Delta.
- 11x nights accommodation in double/twin room in 3-, 4-, 5-star hotel
- 11x breakfast, 5x lunch, 2x dinner
- Private transfers in air-conditioned car with private, English-speaking driver
- Local English-speaking guides in each visited city
- Tours and transfers as mentioned via private air-conditioned vehicle
- Domestic flights: Hanoi/Hue & Danang/Saigon (Vietnam Airlines, Economy Class)
- All entrance fees
- Bottled water & cold towels on sightseeing days
- Special visits & arrangements as indicated
- International flights
- Vietnam visa stamping fee
- All other meals and drinks at meals
- Hotel early check in /Late check out
- Overweight luggage
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Tips & gratuities
- All other services
- Show ticket in Saigon (from USD 22/per person)
Example Trip to customize
Welcome To Hanoi!
A warm greeting awaits you at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International airport; your private guide and driver will meet you at the arrivals lounge and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Hanoi.
While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check in time is at 02:00 pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time.
Your tour guide will provide additional details regarding your stay, and you will be able to ask any questions you may have. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Discover The Charms Of Hanoi
Today’s program is designed to give you an overview of Hanoi and your guide will pace the day according to your wishes, departing and returning to the hotel, shopping, stopping for meals, and visiting sights and areas on the schedule that you work out with them.
Some of the attractions you should consider choosing from this morning include the Museum of Ethnology, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the Temple of Literature, and/or the pagodas by the lake.
Your guide will discuss which options most interest you. In the evening, hit the streets of Hanoi for a special street food tour with your guide. Stay in Hanoi overnight.
Learn About Vietnamese Rural Life
Today, take a 2-hour drive to the picturesque village of Ngoc Hoa in Hai Duong Province. Upon arrival, change into our traditional Vietnamese farmer outfits, take our working tools and learn how to do the serious work of a farmer.
Take a bicycle ride down the village lanes to see the village up close and interact with the friendly villagers. Take a bamboo rowing boat to meet and see how local fishermen make their living on the water. Learn how to fish using the fishing net in the unique local way.
Bidding goodbye to your host family, take a short drive to stork island which is only 10km away in the Chi Lang Nam Commune. The island is in the middle of a large natural lake and it is home to about ten thousand storks and herons and various species of birds such as pelicans and teals.
Cruise Otherworldly Ha Long Bay
Today, you will drive for 4 hours to Halong Bay with many photo-stops en route to capture farmers’ activities in their rice/vegetable fields.
Arrive in Halong Bay, board your traditional junk, enjoy seafood lunch and start your shooting campaign while you cruise among thousands of limestone cliffs rising from the emerald water of World Heritage Halong Bay.
Your junk will pass by some floating fishing villages, famous limestone rock formations. Spend the night onboard in Ha Long.
Fly To Imperial Hue
You will wake up to see the sun rise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting on the pristine waters of the bay.
You may join a Tai Chi class on the sundeck if you wish before enjoying breakfast.
Continue sailing around the natural wonder of Halong Bay and have lunch onboard before getting back to the dock where your private guide and driver will be waiting for you for to drive you to the airport for your flight to Hue.
Explore The Magnificent Imperial Citadel Of Hue
Today is your insider day trip in Hue. Visit the spacious Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen emperors once ruled Vietnam. The Imperial city at Hue is the best-preserved remnant of the vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site.
Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Then, join a blessing ceremony at a local pagoda and then have a vegetarian lunch with an interaction with the Buddhist nuns.
The elaborate mausoleums of the Nguyen emperors, more like palaces than tombs, are scattered around the countryside on the outskirts of Hue. Then head out to7-storey octagonal tower which is a symbol of Hue. The rest of the day is free at leisure: you might want to explore Dong Ba Market, or simply have a rest at the hotel.
Sip On Delicious Coffee At Pristine Lang Co Beach
Depart from Hue for a 4-hour journey to Hoi An. Today you will enjoy one of the most scenic drives on your trip as you climb over the stunning Hai Van Pass (Ocean Clouds Pass) enjoying the spectacular scenery and views of the coastline below.
Your journey to Da Nang will keep you entertained as you pass mile after mile of undeveloped beaches, travel past villages, and at times drive alongside the tracks of the famous Reunification Railway. Stop to take photos on the way and also enjoy a coffee break at the untouched Lang Co Beach.
Continue to drive till you reach Da Nang, a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. In Da Nang, visit the famous My Khe Beach, otherwise known as China Beach, once a popular R&R spot for US soldiers. Arrive in quaint Hoi An and stay there for the night.
Tour Magical Hoi An
This tour gives you a quick but consistent insight of Hoi An Ancient Town and allows you to get in touch with your creative side and provides you with the opportunity to take part in an important aspect of the Vietnamese culture.
Your tour guide will pick you up to go to the center of Hoi An city, where you will visit the Hoi An Museum, Ancient Houses, Assembly Hall with Chinese influence, handicraft workshops, and the Japanese Bridge.
Move on to the house of a lantern craftsman. There, you learn about the lantern craftsman’s technique before trying yourself! This is the perfect souvenir for you to show off your craftsmanship upon your return home.
Fly To Vibrant Saigon
Today you will enjoy a transfer to the airport to catch a short flight to Saigon.
Saigon is a frenetic Asian city of markets, streets clogged with scooters, streetside food stalls, as well as foreign restaurants, office blocs, and shopping malls. It is Vietnam’s economic powerhouse and the rate of progress over the last few years has been remarkable.
Saigon is an exciting and exotic city where the pace of the life never dims and which is now looking forward with great optimism.
Explore Saigon Or Ho Chi Minh City!
Today head out to the Cu Chi Tunnels. After an introductory video, viewing various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters, you will spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong survived in this underground network.
In the afternoon visit the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam. Continue your visit to the War Remnants Museum, which contains countless artifacts and photographs graphically representing the war and its devastating impacts.
The final visit of the day is to Ben Thanh Market – an icon of the city in the center of District 1. Packed to the rafters with everything from fruits to nuts, from tourist kitsch to true bargains, it is a definite must-see.
Cruise Ben Tre River And Experience Local Life
Head to Ben Tre in the heart of the Mekong Delta, popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. It is famous for its vast rice fields, orchard farms, coconut trees, numerous waterways and beautiful landscapes.
Embark on a motorized boat trip around the scenic Ben Tre River, viewing various local industries along the way. Take a leisure walk along the village lanes visiting the local homes to try dry fruits and taste honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show.
Take a small sampan through palm-fringed back canals, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by the immense variety of tropical plants. You will have the chance to visit local homes where you can chat, mingle with locals and learn about their daily lives.