Discover Vietnam Tour

This is our most popular tour!! Our 10 day itinerary provides a mix of cultural and natural experiences for an unforgettable trip. Explore the main towns of Vietnam and discour the watery landscape of Halong Bay, the Perfume River and the tranquil Mekong Delta.

    

HANOI - HALONG - HOI AN - HUE - SAIGON

 

Day 1     Hanoi     Arrival in Hanoi

TransferOvernight in Hanoi.

Day 2     Hanoi - Halong (Breakfast: Hotel )     

Sightseeing in HanoiVisit the Ho Chi Minh Memorial ComplexBegin at the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed in the afternoons, on Mondays and Fridays, and closes annually in October and November for restoration (can only view from the outside). Continue to the PRESIDENTIAL PALACE (may be viewed from the outside only). Stroll through the park to HO CHI MINH STILT HOUSE, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows. Visit the miniature ONE PILLAR PAGODA. Also dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Today it stands near the vast HO CHI MINH MEMORIAL COMPLEX, a lovely park setting which is home to Ho Chi Minh's final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials.Visit the Temple of LiteratureTEMPLE OF LITERATURE: a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, this monument is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear stele on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.By vehicle from Hanoi (city) to Halong BayOvernight in Halong.

Day 3     Halong - Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Seafood Lunch on Boat Trip )     

Excursion by boat through Halong Bay including lunch (6 hours, private)Board your charming traditional wooden junk for cruising through the Bay. En-route lunch will be served. Following cruise by rock formations with such names as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong), Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, there is one wonderful cave to visit as Surprising Cave (Sung Sot), then stopping at Titov island. Sail past floating villages, fishermen casting their nets and pearl fisheries and observe the rhythms of daily life on the bay.By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi (city)Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4     Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (Breakfast: Hotel )     

TransferFlight from Hanoi to Danang.By vehicle from Danang to Hoi AnJourney south past the Marble Mountains and small villages.Sightseeing in Hoi An by cycloEnjoy a CYCLO RIDE through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central MARKET and the small HARBOUR where colorfully painted boats are moored. The tour will include 5 places. Visit a PRIVATE HOUSE, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; and to a typical ASSEMBLY HALL. Continue to one of a MUSEUM in the heritage town. Visit a one of a TEMPLE and a HANDICRAFT WORKSHOPS in Hoi An where local products are being made by the industry itself.Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 5     Hoi An - Hue (Breakfast: Hotel )     

By vehicle from Hoi An to Hue with sightseeing in DanangFrom Hoi An begin driving north, stopping just outside Danang to visit the MARBLE MOUNTAINS, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe. Continue to the city of DANANG, briefly passing NON NUOC BEACH, a famous spot of American soldiers during Vietnam War in 1960s, and touring the CHAM MUSEUM an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world.From Danang, journey north past LANG CO, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea, before arriving at Danang. Continue along steep mountainous roads with spectacular views of the coastline, crossing the dramatic HAI VAN PASS, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam.Sightseeing in HueHue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.Visit the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai DinhVenture into the countryside around Hue to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF TU DUC. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime, using it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theater performances. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds. Afterwards visit the IMPERIAL TOMB OF KHAI DINH, dramatically located on a hillside. The last of the monumental tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, completed in 1931, this tomb incorporates distinct European elements into the traditional Vietnamese architecture.Overnight in Hue.

Day 6     Hue (Breakfast: Hotel )     

Excursion to Thien Mu Pagoda and Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang with boat tripEnjoy a leisurely boat ride down the PERFUME RIVER, stopping first at the iconic THIEN MU PAGODA, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument. Continue cruising into the countryside to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful natural setting.Visit the Old Imperial CityLocated in the heart of Hue is the IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit DIEN THO Residence (Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS, and the original NINE DYNASTIC URNS, among other sites.Visit Dong Ba MarketDONG BA MARKET: a local market near the Imperial CityOvernight in Hue.

Day 7     Hue - Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )     

TransferFlight from Hue to Saigon.TransferSightseeing in SaigonA vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorbikes, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit EMPEROR OF JADE PAGODA, one of Saigon's most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate CITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.Overnight in Saigon.

Day 8     Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )     

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay NinhFrom Saigon, drive to the CU CHI TUNNELS.Never discovered by American forces, these tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite,connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists. Afterward, go to TAY NINH, the birthplace of the unique CAO DAI religion, a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and native Vietnamese spiritual beliefs. Every day at noon, worshipers garbed in colorful robes flock to the CAO DAI GREAT TEMPLE to participate in the daily prayer sessions, which visitors may respectfully observe from the upper balconies. (Note: shortly before and during the annual TET festival (Vietnamese New Year) the daily ceremony of the priests in Tay Ninh may be canceled without prior notice). Return to Saigon.Overnight in Saigon.

Day 9     Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )     

Excursion to Ben Tre with boat trip on Mekong RiverAfter a journey through BEN LUC and TAN AN, the proceed to Ben Tre to take a boat trip on MEKONG River to VAM XEP canal where local handicrafts and coconut sweets are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by sampan through the small canals to observe the daily life of local people along the riverbanks with some stops for a leisurely stroll.Overnight in Saigon.

Day 10     Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )     

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