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Highlights of Vietnam - 11 Days

Vietnam is a country rich in diverse landscapes and culture. Energetic cities like Saigon are offset by the peaceful waters of Halong Bay. The charming town of Hoi An will introduce you to a more traditional way of Vietnamese living. While driving through Hue, the views of the abundant local agriculture and the spectacular coastline will take your breath away. Convenient flights between major destinations allow you to enjoy more of your time at each locale.
Start City: Hanoi City or HCM City
End City: HCM City or Hanoi
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights or 12 days / 11 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
- Visit: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Hue - Hoi An - Hanoi & Halong Bay. If you like to extend day, Pls request!

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1290 USD / per person

  • Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Included & Excluded

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi and after going through customs, a representative of VPT will meet you and will bring you to your hotel. After transfer, you have the rest of the day to yourself.
A French inspired building constructed in 1911, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi prides itself with its rich history and a century-long of hospitality and service which were enjoyed by entrepreneurs, writers, statesmen, and performers. Following extensive renovation and refurbishment, guests today enjoy world-class service and an impeccably renovated and charming old/new world hotel. The hotel is centrally located at the center of the capital and is near the Municipal Theatre. The hotel provides guests with a health club, swimming pool, a choice of three restaurants, and the Le Spa du Metropole.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Go on a morning tour around Hanoi and be charmed with its small town feel that surrounds Hoan Kiem Lake. Start your tour with a trip to Ho Chi Minh’s House then a visit to the One Pillar Pagoda and then a trip to the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam, Vietnam’s first university which was also called Van Mieu, was established within the temple to educate royals and the elite. The university provided education for 700 years and its well-preserved and maintained architecture and gardens provide visitors with a glimpse into Vietnam’s storied past. Eat a delicious lunch in one of Hanoi’s most famous restaurants, Madame Hien, for authentic Vietnamese dishes in a traditional setting. After lunch, go on a trip to the Museum of Ethnology that has outdoor and indoor exhibits that showcase Vietnam’s ethnic groups.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

A 3 hour drive that takes you through breathtaking farmlands found on the Red River Delta and the country’s gem, Ha Long Bay, where 3000 islands tower from the emerald hued waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. While on the way, you will get to see the everyday lives of typical Vietnamese as they take their farm animals to the market on their motorbikes, plough the fields, and work in the fields. Once you arrive at the port, you will board the junk ship for your overnight cruise. Cruise and enjoy the serene waters of the bay and be entranced by the towering limestone islets that take on many shapes and forms. Get to see daily Vietnamese life on the bay as you pass through fishing and floating villages.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An

Disembark from the ship and go back to Hanoi for your transfer to the airport before your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Da Nang, our guide will meet you and will accompany you to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Town.

This scenic town prides itself with modern design and an ideal location on the white sand coast of the South China Sea. Just a few minutes from Hoi An, there are 100 luxurious and roomy villas that feature curtained four poster beds, split levels, open-air shower rooms, and private terraces. Tenants of the villas are provided with a personal butler service. The gardens are landscaped with a gym, swimming pools, and also have one of the top spas in the region.

Day 5: Hoi An

Your morning tour will take you through the charming town of Hoi An, a former trading port in the 17th and 18th century that was a major part of trade in Asia. Hoi An’s easy going lifestyle and architecture have changed very little throughout the years. Take a leisurely stroll through the ancient town’s center and tour the sites of former merchants’ houses, a Chinese Communal Hall, and a 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Have a blast shopping or window shopping in one of the most colorful and splendid markets in the region!
Spend your free time in the afternoon by enjoying your hotel’s amenities. Relax on the beach or maybe rent a motorcycle to ride back into Hoi An to take pictures or just enjoy the restored 18th century houses. Hoi An also prides itself with providing tourists with some of the best tailors, art galleries, handicraft and silk shops in the country as well as highly rated restaurants that offer scrumptious local delicacies.

Day 6: Design Your Day Hoi An

There is a lot to do in Hoi An even for the most seasoned traveler so customize your day based on your preferences. Pick one of the half-day activities provided to you such as handpick produce to prepare a local dish called tam huu, join the farmers as they cultivate their farmlands, or ride a bike to a farm in Tra Que Village. Or participate in a private local cooking class at Red Bridge with a local market visit. Or cycle to some fishing and farming villages for a slice of life experience.

Day 7: Hoi An - Hue

A drive north through the villages in Lang Co and the Pass of Ocean Clouds to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam, will provide you with many unforgettable memories. En route, drop by the Cham Museum that contained the finest collection of Cham sculpture.
In the afternoon, discover the secrets of the Mausoleum of Khai Dinh which follows traditional Vietnamese design with a hint of European making it one of the unique tombs in Hue.
Dinner will be served in one of Hue’s beautiful garden homes also known as nha vuon locally. These are homes are privately owned, designed traditionally, and are set in gardens. Some of the homes are associated with the old Royal Imperial Court and their traditional design that follows feng shui.
La Residence Hue is a boutique hotel that has 122 rooms and has all of the luxuries of a larger hotel. Beautiful views greet guests each morning as the windows open to a panoramic view of the Imperial Citadel and the Perfume River. The hotel provides splendid dining experiences at the Le Parfum, and creates a relaxing ambiance with its bar, Le Gouverneur, both of which provide world-class service.

Day 8: Hue City Tour

In the morning, you will be taken on a cyclo tour of the city. Your first stop is the Imperial Citadel, the center of the Nguyen Dynasty that ruled from 1802 to 1945. The ancient citadel is a reflection of the opulence and ceremonies conducted by the dynastic rulers as well as the scars left behind by decades of turmoil during modern and ancient times. The Citadel was severely damaged during the latter stages of the war, but despite the damage and subsequent rehabilitation, the Royal Citadel still has vestiges of its former majesty and grace.
Go on a trip to Dong Ba Market accompanied by your private tour guide. The market is one of the noteworthy destinations in Hue. The stalls in the market come alive with vibrant colors and are a good way to experience local life.
End the morning with lunch in a home of a local and expert on the culture of Hue. Born in Hue in 1940 to a noble family, your host is a famous historian who has dedicated his life to research about Hue. Your host has also conserved and compiled valuable photos as archives on Hue’s history, architecture, and culture throughout its history.
Your afternoon itinerary consists of a cruise along the Perfume River and a trip to Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient structures in Hue. Before returning to your hotel, you will go to the tomb of Minh Mang, which is situated in serene ponds and gardens.

Day 9: Hue fly to Ho Chi Minh City

You will be picked up at your hotel for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival you are picked up and transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon, explore the streets of Cholon, Chinatown in the city, visit the myriad of shops and markets in the area, and the Cantonese Thien Hau Pagoda, which is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. The FITO Museum, the country’s first traditional medicine museum, is next on the itinerary. The museum showcases an astonishing collection of 3,000 items that are relevant to Vietnamese traditional medicine. You will also be taken to Binh Tay Market.
Situated in Lam Son Square at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the 9-storey Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel is near many restaurants, parks, and the major tourist destinations. Park Hyatt Saigon is a luxury hotel in every sense of the word and provides guests with world-class restaurants and an exclusive spa, Xuan Spa.

Day 10: Design your day Ho Chi Minh City

One day will be allotted to whatever you want to add to your itinerary. You can choose one of the options namely: a day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is a network of tunnels dug by the North Vietnamese forces and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Experience the tunnels through the eyes of an experienced guide.
After exploring the tunnels, go downtown for lunch at Dong Pho restaurant. After eating lunch, head to the Reunification Hall, formerly the Presidential Palace, with a photo stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral. You also have an option to go to the tunnels via speed boat through the Saigon River or a day tour of the Mekong Delta. Your first stop will be the floating market of Cai Be, boating among locals coming from different provinces in the Mekong Delta selling all sorts of vegetables and fruits.
Your sampan will head to Dong Hoa Hiep Island situated between Cai Be and Vinh Long. During the brief cruise, you will be awed by many breathtaking landscapes along the river and get to see rural life along the Mekong Delta. These islands found in the Mekong River are still widely unknown to tourists. Go on a trip to an old Mandarin house that dates back to the 19th century, where the family will greet you with tea. Other stops on the trip include a traditional tile and brick factory, a rice market, and an opportunity to see the locals’ way of life such as the way they use palm leaves for homes and how cookies, coco sweets, and rice paste are created. After lunch, you will return to the city.

Day 11: Saigon Departure

Free at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for the departure flight.

The Rate vary frequently. Please email us at sales@vietnamprivatetours.com  to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.

Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city center. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

NOTE: If you go early in Hanoi, We can extend the city tour.

Meals: None

Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas; Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice.

Meals: B / L

Accommodations: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3:  Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.

07.30    Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter & depart to Halong Bay.

11.30 – 12.15    Arriving at Victory Coffee. Hon Gai Pier.

12.30    Transfer via tender to your junk. Welcome drink - Cruise briefing, safety instructions,  Check-in cabins - Depart for Halong Bay

13.00     Enjoy local sea food lunch while the junk sails to Ha Long Bay passing by Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster head) and Am tich (Teapot) islets.

15.00    Visit Surprise Cave - Explore the most famous grotto in entire Halong Bay

16.30    Visit Titop Beach –   You can clim up to the top of the island getting the whole view of Halong Bay or swimming on the very descent beach.

18.00    Overnight anchorage near Titop  and enjoy the sunset

19.30    Savor our Set-dinner in dinning room

21.00    Activities: Relax on deck, drink service,fishing or karaoke (Charter Cruise) Overnight on your junk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Accommodation: Cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly to Danang – Hoian.

06:30    Watching sunrise over the Bay

07:00    Enjoy light breakfast

08:00    Cruise through Ha long Bay  and contemplate Man’s head islet, Tortoise islet

08:30    Arrive at Tunnel Cave - Have a tour in a lovely lagoon  by local rowing boat.

09:30    Check-out cabins and settle bills – Luggage collection.  Having international buffet brunch served while cruising through Bai Tu Long bay, Bai Tho mountain and Ha Long market.

11:00    Arriving at pier. Time to say goodbye. Our car waiting there & take you back to Hanoi for your flight to Hoi An.

Meals: Brunch

Accommodations: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 5: Hoian Cooking Tour

Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

10h30 You can order taxi from your Hotel to Hai Café.( $3 / per car ) The cooking class start from 11:00am with a welcome drink at Hai Café (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town, Tel: 3863210) – our meeting point.

Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours - the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our new 20 metre swimming pool.

Recipes: - Vegetarians are provided with replacement ingredients.

1.         Rice paper (making)

2.         Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp

3.         Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with Shrimp, Herbs, Bean Sprouts & a Peanut Sauce

4.         Seafood Salad with mixed Vietnamese Herbs served in Half a Pineapple

5.         Vietnamese Eggplant in Clay Pot

6. Food Decoration – Tomato Rose & Vietnamese Cucumber Hand Fan.

*   Lunch includes the above meals as well as:

Steamed Ocean Fish on a bed of Fresh Vegetables (not included in the demonstration)

What’s Including:

•           Welcome drink (non-alcoholic) at Hai Café and water / soft drinks at Red Bridge.

•           Local English speaking tour guide and chef

•           Boat trip

•           Cooking demonstration and lunch

•           All recipes and notes

•           Return transfer from Red Bridge Cooking School to central Hoi An

•           Free use of Red Bridge swimming pool (towels & showers provided) - taxis are available back to town / beach area for around US$3 per car.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Accommodations: Hotel in Hoi AN

Day 6: Hoian – Danang – Hue.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check-out and drive northward to Hue over the 500m high Hai Van pass. Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a drink before continuing on to Hue – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city, visiting the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc – a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king.

Meals: B / L

Accommodations: Hotel in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Fly to Saigon.

Have breakfast at the hotel then drive to the airport to catch your flight to Vietnam’s modern metropolis: Saigon. Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choosing then set out on a guided city tour. The rest of this afternoon you will visit such sites as the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.

Meals: B / L

Accommodations: hotel in Saigon

Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai

08h00 our guide & driver travel outside of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Next you will visit the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and partake in the noontime prayer service. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace. Have lunch in Tay Ninh and return to Saigon for your flight to Hue. On arrival our driver will pick you up & transfer to your hotel.

Meals: B / L

Accommodations: Hotel in Saigon

Day 9: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Can Tho

Today you leave Saigon and travel to the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before driving to the riverside town, My Tho. Vietnam tour makers on a whirlwind Vietnam holiday often take a day trip here to catch a glimpse of the Mighty Mekong, and today you will have the great chance to row along the Bao Dinh Canals into the heart of the famous river. Silted houses and fruit planations are passing us along the canals, leaving you a surreal yet quite Vietnam-movie-like impression. Later, we will go to the Tortoise Island for lunch with the locals.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a boat ride through the Tan Thach Canal in Ben Tre, rowing under the shadows of the fruit trees. Later, we will arrive in Thoi Son Island , and we will take a break there.
Later in the afternoon, we drive to Can Tho.
Meals: B / L
Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho

Day 10: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, cruise along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat, to the Cai Rang - Phong Dien floating market.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery and Take part in the daily activities of the locals who lives along the Mekong canals. A nice chance to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. After that we go back to HCM
Meals: B / L
Accommodation: Saigon Hotel

Day 11: HCM departure

Have breakfast at hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

The Rate vary frequently. Please email us at sales@vietnamprivatetours.com  to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

What’s Included:

- Accommodation
- Vietnam Visa Approval letter
- Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Private transportation by A/C car as itinerary
- Cruise in Halong Bay
- Flight tickets
- English speaking guide
- Water
- Entrance fees, boat trip, performance & excursions.

What’s Excluded:

- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Tipping and other personal expenses.

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