Highlights of Vietnam

  • Stay in Vietnam's vibrant capital, Hanoi.
  • Explore Hanoi's hectic Old Quarter with a local guide.
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lan Ha Bay's stunning emerald waters.
  • Visit the charming UNESCO town of Hoi An.
  • Learn how to prepare an authentic Vietnamese meal.
  • Stop off at the magnificent Marble Mountains outside Da Nang.
  • See the famous Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Cruise along the meandering Mekong River.
  • Experience local life along the Mekong Delta.

Discover the highlights of Vietnam from north to south on this incredible 10-day itinerary.

This whirlwind itinerary is the ideal trip for the first-time visitor to Vietnam. Discover the highlights of Vietnam from the capital city of Hanoi to bustling Ho Chi Minh City. During the trip, you can enjoy a scenic cruise on Lan Ha Bay, navigate the charming ancient town of Hoi An, learn about the Vietnam War while visiting the impressive Cu Chi tunnels and see how locals live along the Mekong Delta.

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi

Upon your arrival in Hanoi, you will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city. Should you stay at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, you can enjoy a 45-minute Hotel Path of History Tour led by the hotel’s resident historian.

Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Silk Path Luxury Hanoi – Hang Bong (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Hanoi Full-Day City Tour with with Old Quarter Cyclo Ride

Discover the highlights of Hanoi during this revealing full-day city tour of the “Paris of the East”, home to faded-yellow colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and picturesque lakes. The experience includes a visit to the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing marble-and-granite monument which houses the preserved body of Viet Minh leader Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known by the Vietnamese as “Uncle Ho”. Afterwards, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, an ornate Buddhist temple constructed in 1049 whose shape mimics a lotus blossom. Then continue to Ho Chi Minh’s House, a simple wooden house in tranquil surrounds where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Following this, you will venture to the Temple of Literature, the first national university of Vietnam that was established in the late 11th century and which is an exquisite example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the intriguing Museum of Ethnology, which showcases an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. You’ll then embark on a thrilling one-hour Cyclo Tour through Hanoi’s tumultuous Old Quarter, known for its “36 streets of 36 wares”, which is a labyrinth of shop-lined streets scattered with street vendors, mopeds and authentic eateries. Your introduction to Hanoi will conclude with a Water Puppet Performance, a distinctly Northern Vietnamese art form believed to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River.


Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Silk Path Luxury Hanoi – Hang Bong (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Day 3: Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay

Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay

After breakfast, you'll leave Hanoi and head to Lan Ha Bay, a stunning dreamscape littered with thousands of jungle-capped limestone karsts which dot the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful Vietnamese junk for an overnight cruise with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on board.


Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Heritage Line – Ginger Cruise.
Superior Category: Orchid Trendy Cruise.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay

Day 4: Lan Ha Bay to Hoi An

Lan Ha Bay to Hoi An

Wake up early to enjoy the bay bathed in ethereal morning light. After breakfast, you'll continue cruising quietly through the spectacular limestone formations of Lan Ha Bay.

After disembarking your cruising vessel, you will meet your guide at the pier and transfer to Hanoi’s airport for your scheduled flight to Da Nang.

Once you arrive in Da Nang, you will be transferred to your next hotel in Hoi An, whose beautifully preserved Ancient Town bustles with local life and authentic Vietnamese culture.


Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Anantara Hoi An Resort (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Boutique Hoi An Resort (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Lan Ha Bay to Hoi An

Day 5: Hoi An Sightseeing

Buffalo Cart & Fishing Life Tour and Hoi An Walking Tour

The flat and tranquil roads around Hoi An’s countryside are perfect for exploring with a traditional buffalo cart, an authentic and oft-glimpsed mode of transport in Vietnam’s rural corners. Across Vietnam, farmers and buffalo working the verdant fields have become an iconic symbol of rural life, with buffalo being a farmer’s most prized possession. During your scenic ride, you’ll glimpse stunning vistas of the Vietnamese countryside, which consists of mist-shrouded rice paddies, shrimp farms and vegetable farms. Reaching a dock, you will board a local river boat and embark on a cruise down the scenic Hoi An River, stopping along the way to try your hand at casting a traditional fishing net, a common fishing method still practiced today. You can then learn the art of paddling Vietnam’s unique round basket boats before returning to your river boat to sit down for a sumptuous selection of light seafood dishes and a refreshing as you head back upriver and return to town.

Between the 15th and 19th centuries Hoi An (then known as “Faifo”) was a prosperous trading port which attracted Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish merchant ships. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose immaculately preserved Ancient Town is renowned for its quaint architecture, pedestrian streets and distinctive local cuisine, enabling visitors a glimpse into Hoi An’s illustrious past. The city’s narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour of its numerous atmospheric sites, which include old merchant houses varying between Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, built in the 1590s; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with its intricate woodcarvings; and the colourful local market with stalls that brim with local specialties including silk.


Accommodation
Deluxe Category: Anantara Hoi An Resort (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Boutique Hoi An Resort (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Hoi An Sightseeing

Day 6: Hoi An

Hoi An Culinary Experience at Market Restaurant

In the morning, learn the secrets of preparing traditional Vietnamese cuisine during a market tour and cooking class. Visit a local market in the company of an experienced chef from the Market Restaurant and Cooking School. Here your chef will share shopping tips including how to select the freshest eggs and ripest fruit and which herbs are best used in Vietnamese cuisine. Afterwards, you’ll continue to the culinary school, which occupies an elegant French colonial-style building. Here you’ll participate in an interactive cookery course, with the chef teaching you all about the essential ingredients of Central Vietnamese cuisine. Afterwards, you can enjoy the fruits of your labour and taste the authentic dishes you’ve prepared.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.


Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Anantara Hoi An Resort (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Boutique Hoi An Resort (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with Half-Day Da Nang City Tour

In the morning, you will be driven to the coastal city of Da Nang for a half-day city tour that begins with a visit to the Museum of Cham Sculpture. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of artefacts from the Kingdom of Champa, which ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to 13th century and whose intricate Hindu architectural relics dot the surrounding landscapes. Following this, you will venture to the dramatic Marble Mountains, which consist of five marble hillocks that were once islands. Thuy Son, the largest of the mountains, houses a number of ancient Buddhist sanctuaries. From here you can enjoy stunning panoramic views over the East Sea and bordering beaches.

After your tour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight south to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Once you land in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.


Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Hotel des Artes Saigon – MGallery (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Liberty Central Saigon CityPoint Hotel (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City Highlights Tour

A two-hour drive northwest of Ho Chi Minh City lie the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of labyrinthine, connecting underground tunnels that were of major strategic import for the Viet Cong during both the Vietnam War and their earlier fight against Vietnam’s French colonialists. Established in 1948 to protect Viet Cong guerillas from French air and ground sweeps, this innovative tunnel system also served as living quarters, communication and supply routes and housed hospitals plus food and weapon caches. Touring these underground compounds, you will gain a detailed understanding and appreciation of the tunnels as well as an insight into the hardships and fierce resilience of the Viet Cong against their adversaries.

With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Ho Chi Minh City is truly a city that never sleeps. Despite its modernity, the city maintains a strong link to Vietnam’s past and a city tour will allow you to discover some of its most notable historic landmarks. These include the elaborate, Romanesque-style Notre Dame Cathedral, whose construction was completed by the French colonialists in 1880. You’ll also visit the Central Post Office, built in 1891, which is another stunning example of the city’s French colonial architecture. The head to the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon government during the Vietnam-America War. You’ll then go to the War Remnants Museum, which gives a vivid perspective of the war with America through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Afterwards, you’ll experience Ho Chi Minh City’s famed street coffee culture as your guide provides a brief language lesson as well as insights into the daily life of the city’s residents.


Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Hotel des Artes Saigon – MGallery (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Liberty Central Saigon CityPoint Hotel (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8: Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Mekong Delta

Ben Tre in Depth

From Ho Chi Minh City, you will venture 1.5 hours to Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta, notable for its tropical fruit gardens and traditional products made from coconuts. Here you can visit a brick factory and learn about how bricks are made by hand following centuries-old traditional methods before boarding a private local boat for a cruise along the scenic waterways of the Mekong Delta, observing snippets of local life as you drift gently along. Enjoy shore excursions to a coconut workshop and a family-run mat shop and visit the home of a local fruit farmer by either tuk-tuk or bicycle. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll board a rowing sampan to enjoy close-up views of the palm-lined waterways of the Delta before returning back to Ho Chi Minh City.


Accommodation:
Deluxe Category: Hotel des Artes Saigon – MGallery (or alternative hotel of equal standard).
Superior Category: Liberty Central Saigon CityPoint Hotel (or alternative hotel of equal standard).

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Mekong Delta

Day 10: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Depart Ho Chi Minh City

At a pre-arranged time, you will meet your guide and be transferred to the airport, where you will board your onward flight.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

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Availability of tour components and flights seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price given is therefore for guidance only.
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