Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, the sprawling metropolis that once was the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country’s commercial center. You have the day free to relax and adjust to the frenetic pace and humid heat of Saigon
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Nha Trang (B)
A city tour by cyclo is a great way to take in the sights: including Cholon (Cholon means Big Market) and the Chinese quarter. Visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Binh Tay Market. Continue the tour with a visit to Reunification Palace, the residence of the presidents of South Vietnam before 1975. Or head out of town to the infamous Cu Chi tunnels where thousands of Vietnamese lived underground during the war. We catch the overnight train to Nha Trang
Day 3: Nha Trang (B)
Arrive in Nha Trang in the morning. Explore the local shops and markets, sit on the beach soaking up the sun or visit nearby historical towns. Optional activities can include a boat trip to nearby islands for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Day 4: Nha Trang – Da Nang (B)
Today is free for your leisure on beach or refresh yourself at one of most beautiful beach in Vietnam. On the evening, we take an overnight train to Danang.
Day 5: Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
From Danang, it is only a short drive to the picturesque port town of Hoi An, once known as Fabio, was an important trading town with strong south Chinese influence and connections.
Day 6: Hoi An (B)
You can take a walking tour of this living museum which includes the Museum of History and Culture, the Tan Ky house, the Japanese bridge, the Fujian Assembly Hall and lunch at a riverside restaurant to sample some of the local delicacies. Hoi An is also a shopping Mecca for tourists in the region – tailors can produce virtually anything overnight – clothing, silk lanterns, lacquer ware and other crafts abound. And for sun worshipers, Cua Dai Beach is 4kms from town.
Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (B)
Just a 3 hour drive to the north of Hoi An is the city of Hue. Our drive takes us over Hai Van Pass and past Lang Co Beach.
Upon arrival in Hue, once the imperial capital, you can take an optional tour to the Citadel which also contains the Forbidden Purple City, modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. Badly destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968, a significant restoration has occurred. A true highlight of Hue is the surrounding countryside.
Day 8: Hue – Hanoi (B)
You travel by boat along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the tombs of two of the Emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, or hop on a motorbike for a countryside tour. Late Afternoon or early evening board an overnight sleeper train to Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L)
Arrive in the early morning to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. We will then transfer to a private bus for a 3 hour drive to Halong Bay.
Thousands of islands rise dramatically from the waters of Halong Bay and, to further their beauty, intricate caves have been hollowed out through these limestone karsts formations. Aboard a sailing junk we'll enjoy a seafood lunch before visiting some of these islands and caves. Perhaps we'll have a chance to take a pre-dinner swim, before transferring to the mainland for our overnight stay.
Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)
After breakfast, we'll transfer back to Hanoi. Upon returning to Hanoi you can take a walk through Hanoi's Old Quarter – a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. In the evening you have an option to attend a performance at the famous Water Puppet Theatre. Vietnamese food is one of the world’s most delightful of cuisines, and we'll say good bye over a meal in the Old Quarter.
Day 11: Hanoi (B)
Today you visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum. The Mausoleum houses the remains of Ho Chi Minh, the founding father of the unified Vietnam (the mausoleum and museum is closed October-November)
Day 12 Hanoi departure (B)
Departure is after breakfast, when our tour ends.
• 3* star: 689$ Per Person (Min. 2 persons)
• 4* star: 959$ Per Person (Min. 2 persons)
• 5* star: 1,209$ Per Person (Min. 2 persons)
Halong Bay boat trip with lunch
Max 15, Avg 10
Tour Guide throughout
Hotels (8 nights), sleeper train (3 nights).
My Own Room
Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops, with the following exceptions:
Nights 2, 4 and 8, Sleeper Train
Train, local bus, air conditioned bus, walking, and boat.
11 Breakfasts, 01 Lunch
Allow USD180 for meals not included.
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