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Essential Vietnam - 10 Days

Essential Vietnam

Vietnam · Private Tour · 10 Days
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Private Tour
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culture
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landscape

Cross Vietnam north to south and cover the destinations you just cannot miss: colorful and busy metropolis, charming old towns, glorious imperial monuments, and breathtaking natural wonders.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saigon
Day 2 - Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
Day 3 - Mekong Delta Tour
Day 4 - Saigon → Hue
Day 5 - Hue → Hoi An
Day 6 - Cooking Class & Hoi An Walking Tour  
Day 7 - Hoi An →  Hanoi
Day 8 - Hanoi → Ha Long Bay
Day 9 - Ha Long Bay → Hanoi
Day 10 - Hanoi

What is included

  • Private airport transfers in Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Saigon
  • Domestic flights Saigon - Hue, Da Nang - Hanoi
  • Transportation on tour in air conditioned vehicle
  • 9 nights accommodation at standard hotels with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • Sightseeing English speaking guide in each location
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Beverages at meals
  • Tips and personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Saigon

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with guide.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Au Lac 2 Hotel

Deluxe Saigon

day
2
Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a drive northwest of Saigon to the famous Cu Chi tunnels.

Cu Chi Tunnels tour

The tunnel complex was initially started in 1948 to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. The tunnels also served as communication routes, storage facilities for food and weapon caches as well as hospitals and living quarters for guerrilla fighters throughout the American war. A visit to the underground villages will provide a better understanding of the tunnels history, the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat. Return to Saigon.

Saigon city tour

Saigon is the country’s commercial center and, with over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, it's a city that never sleeps. Despite the well-documented hustle and bustle, Saigon retains its connections with the past. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick building with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris (it is only possible to visit inside when no service is being performed). Then head across the square to the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel.

Continue your visit with the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American war, revealing the history of Saigon during its turbulent recent past. Further, drive to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight of the American war through the local’s eyes (Please note that some of the photos are very graphic). Then sit down at a street coffee shop for a break to observe the daily life of the locals, and have a little personal chat with your guide over a cup of coffee. Your guide will give you some interesting tips such as how to cross the road without breaking a sweat or to say a few simple words in Vietnamese as well as offer an insight of the local’s daily lives.

Overnight at the hotel.  

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Saigon → Cu Chi Tunnels70 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Au Lac 2 Hotel

Deluxe Saigon

day
3
Mekong Delta Tour

After breakfast, depart for a drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River.

Mekong Delta boat trip

Take in the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the highway as you leave behind the busy city. Arrive at the waterfront pier and hop on an enjoyable motor boat excursion. Along the way, catch a glimpse of the Delta scenery, houses built on stilts and local fish farms.

Upon arrival at Turtle Island, enjoy a leisurely walk through the village observing tropical gardens. You will have the chance to see a family run-business where they make coconut candy directly in front of the pier. Continue on your journey by sampan and be paddled by a personalized rower while you take the time to discover the maze of small canals.

Bid farewell to your friendly boat rower and take a short stroll through a shaded area of coconut gardens before reaching a rest-stop to enjoy a cup of honey tea and a traditional folk song performance. Lunch will be served at My Tho where you can taste some local delicacies before returning to Saigon in mid afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Saigon → Ben Tre107 km 2h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Au Lac 2 Hotel

Deluxe Saigon

day
4
Saigon → Hue

Flight to Hue

After breakfast, transfer to the airport with guide for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with guide. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm.

Imperial Citadel tour

Start your tour with a 10-minute cyclo ride from your hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court.

Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. From there, your driver will pick you up and drive you to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Saigon → Hue 1h 20min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Asia Hue Hotel

Executive Deluxe Hue

day
5
Hue → Hoi An

Royal Tombs tour

After breakfast, drive from your hotel to visit the serene Tu Duc Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui and the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture showcases elements of eastern art and western design. Then, transfer to your Hoi An hotel with guide.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Hue → Hoi An145 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Vinh Hung Emerald Resort

Deluxe Pool View Hoi An

day
6
Cooking Class & Hoi An Walking Tour  

After breakfast, enjoy a 15-minute boat ride to a local market with a chef from Market Restaurant and Cooking School.

Cooking class

Your chef will share with you how to pick a fresh egg, which herbs to buy and how to select ripe fruit. Head over to the school, an elegant old building with a French colonial style exterior and traditional Hoi An interior. Then participate in an entertaining, hands-on cookery course with other guests. Chat with your chef to learn more about typical ingredients of Central Vietnamese cuisine then enjoy tasting what you have prepared. 

Walking tour

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage -listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. This afternoon, enjoy your walking tour in town. There is plenty to visit including the old merchant’s houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings and the colorful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Vinh Hung Emerald Resort

Deluxe Pool View Hoi An

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7
Hoi An →  Hanoi

Flight to Hanoi

After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang airport with guide for your flight to Hanoi. With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm.

Hanoi city tour

Upon arrival in Hanoi, start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of Uncle Ho resides (outside).

After that, you can visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House where he lived and worked. It is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom.

Wind your way afterwards to the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest of all pagodas in Hanoi - located beside the dazzling West Lake, and Quan Thanh Temple with its spacious and charming landscape helps highlight the ancient and romantic beauty of this area. Quan Thanh Temple is dedicated to Saint Huyen Thien Tran Vu who guarded and administered the north of the country. Transfer to your hotel. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Hoi An → Da Nang 45min
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Da Nang → Hanoi 1h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Skylark Hotel

Deluxe Hanoi

day
8
Hanoi → Ha Long Bay

Transfer to Halong Bay

After breakfast, depart for a drive to Ha Long Bay with a quick rest stop at Dai Viet Center - the best place to stop and stretch your legs en route.

Halong Bay cruise

On arrival in Ha Long Bay, board your junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. Then explore Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling takes on numerous shapes and forms. Remainder of the afternoon is to enjoy swimming if weather permits. Return to your boat for dinner. Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.  

Overnight at the junk.

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Hanoi → Ha Long Bay182 km 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Halong Image Junk

Private Deluxe Ocean View cabin Ha Long Bay

day
9
Ha Long Bay → Hanoi

Halong Bay cruise

You will be rewarded when waking up early to enjoy the sunrise. After an early breakfast, set sail on a small bamboo boat to explore Luon cave, where the cliffs are reflected in the clear water and time seems to have stand still.

Return to Hanoi

Return to the junk and enjoy an early light lunch on board while cruising back to the boat docking station. Transfer back to Hanoi. You may wish to visit a traditional pottery workshop en route. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Ha Long Bay → Hanoi182 km 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Skylark Hotel

Deluxe Hanoi

day
10
Hanoi

After breakfast, transfer to the airport with guide for your onward flights. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Saigon
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Au Lac 2 Hotel

Deluxe
Hue
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Asia Hue Hotel

Executive Deluxe
Hoi An
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Vinh Hung Emerald Resort

Deluxe Pool View
Hanoi
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Skylark Hotel

Deluxe
Ha Long Bay
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Halong Image Junk

Private Deluxe Ocean View cabin

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$1390
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$1409

Photos

Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue
Minh Mang Tomb, Hue
Halong Bay
Mekong Delta
Old Post Office, Saigon
Cu Chi Tunnel, Saigon
Hanoi
Imperial Citadel, Hue
Japanese Bridge, Hoi An
Ha Long Bay
Surprise Cave, Ha Long Bay
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

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