The ultimate Vietnam trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Explore Vietnam's fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, wander the ancient Vietnamese streets of Hoi An, experience the history-soaked monuments of Hue and bask in the undeniable charm of Hanoi. Experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine and the renowned friendliness of the Vietnamese people. Top it all off with an overnight cruise on mystical Halong Bay and you won't ever want to leave.


Start
Hanoi
Finish
Ho Chi Minh
Destination
Vietnam
Code
VHL
Physical rating
Theme
Classic

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your tour guide will pick you up at the at Noi Bai airport and take you to your hotel in Hanoi to check in.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is famous for its hundred-year-old architectures and rich culture with relative influence from other Southeast Asia countries, China and France. This is also a place where you can indulge yourself in the luscious unique tastes of traditional and local delicacies.

Optional activity: Enjoy the water puppet show – a unique traditional art of Vietnam – at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre or take a bus about 25km to the west of Hanoi for an innovative and magnificent show of water and lighting reflecting the local lives of Vietnamese people from the past till now.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

08:00 AM: Start the morning tour with a number of attractions:

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: The most visited attraction in Hanoi which serves as the resting place of Ho Chi Minh President. Lying beside Ba Dinh Square, it consists of the Presidential Palace, the house on stilts and so on, reflecting the life of this high respected president

One Pillar Pagoda: Situated within the Ho Chi Minh Complex, the pagoda is elegantly built as a giant lotus emerging from the square-shaped pond, along with the mysterious legend about the origin of this idea

Temple of Literature: Founded in 1070 and served both as an university and the place to worship the kings and famous scholars. This is the first university in Vietnam." 

Have lunch at a local restaurant and loosen up for afternoon activities. We begin the afternoon tour with:

Museum of Ethnology: This interesting museum was created with the purpose of preserving cultural heritages and provide an insight in to the life of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam

The Old Quarter: Once was a lively trading area under Ly Dynasty starting in 11th century, through years and years it still remains its characteristics and becomes the most bustling trading center of Hanoi, while still preserves the antique touch of the past.

Optional activity: Cyclo tour/Electric car around the Old Quarter.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong (B, L, D)

08:30 AM: Pick up from Hanoi to Halong by bus. You will reach Halong at around 11:30 AM.

12:00 PM: Board the cruise, join in the activities and spend the night on board (Itinerary depending on cruise).

Overnight on cruise.

Day 4: Halong - Hanoi (B)

06:00 AM: Morning exercise on sundeck, have breakfast relax while the cruise heading back to the harbour.

12:00 PM: Return to Hanoi by bus.

Free in the afternoon. You can stroll around the area for some souvenirs or find a secluded coffee shop to sip on a hot aromatic egg coffee.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi - Hue (B)

06:00 AM: Check out then get dropped off at Noi Bai airport to take the morning flight to Hue at 09:55 AM. Arrive in Hue at 11:05 AM, you will be picked up at Phu Bai airport then head to your hotel to check in.

As of today, there is no other region that can be on par with this ancient capital, which possesses a large number of relics that still retain their inherent forms from the distant past.

01:00 PM: Join the half-day city tour:

Minh Mang Tomb: Minh Mang tomb still retains a very traditional and ancient beauty which is richly influenced by Confucianism.

Khai Dinh Tomb: A synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements, whose grandiose exterior is covered in blackened concrete, creating an unexpectedly Gothic air, while the interiors resemble an explosion of colourful mosaic.

Imperial Citadel: An intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history which has become one of the must-see attractions for tourists coming to Hue.

Thien Mu Pagoda: Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as Linh Mu Pagoda, is an ancient pagoda located on Ha Khe hill with the poetic view of Huong River, about 5km from the city centre.

Optional activity: Cruising along the quixotic Perfume River while listening to Hue Royal Court Music and lighting up the vivid night with your own flower lights.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue - Hoi An (B)

09:00 AM: Transfer to Hoi An by bus, arrive in Hoi An at 11:45 AM, check in and relax at hotel.

Hoi An Ancient Town was once a bustling international trading port and now has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage since 1999, preserving numerous architectural heritages dating back hundreds of years.

01:00 PM: Half-day city tour, visit the Ancient Houses, Hoi An Market, Hoi An Museum, the Chinese Assembly Halls Hoi An, Art and Craft Manufacturing and the must-see Japanese Bridge.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An (B)

Free day in Hoi An.

Optional activity: Hoi An Memories Show - an open-air stage that are elaborately staged, combining art, costumes, sound and light, bringing loads of surprises and bursting emotions to visitors.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

05:30 AM: Airport drop-off at Da Nang to take the 08:10 AM flight to Ho Chi Minh City and arrive at around 09:35 AM. You will be picked up at Tan Son Nhat and taken to the hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) is one of the most modern and busy cities in Vietnam. It is known for its French architectures, including Notre Dame Cathedral built entirely of materials imported from France and the Central Post Office built in the 19th century. Located along the city’s streets, especially around the bustling Ben Thanh market, are the local food stalls and restaurants where you can find whatever suits your taste.

01:00 PM: Join the half-day city tour where you will visit the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Ben Thanh Market.

Optional activity: Join in the food tour to dig in the culinary culture of the South or take a look deeper in to the beauty of Vietnam in urbanization through acrobatics & bamboo cirque performance on stage with A O Show.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 9: Mekong Delta (B, L)

Drive a few hours to Ben Tre and start sight-seeing around the Mekong Delta.

Mekong Delta possesses a complicated system of rivers and canals. Here you can mingle with the bustling atmosphere at the floating market in the early morning, admire the unique architecture of old houses or stroll around the fruit orchards for some sweet and fresh tastes of local products.

In this tour, you will hop on a boat trip followed by a short walk to the local village. Join a cooking class before digging in the delicious lunch. There you will take a relaxing row boat back to Ben Tre before heading back to HCMC.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B)

Spend your time for some last minute shopping before being dropped off at Tan Son Nhat airport to take the flight departing from Ho Chi Minh onto your next destination.

Have a safe trip!

Meals

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Plane, Private minibus, Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights)

Included activities

HCMC - Mekong Delta day trip including coconut gardens & village tuk-tuk tour
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Hue - Imperial Citadel
Hue - Perfume River boat ride
Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
Hanoi - Temple of Literature
Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda & HCM stilt house
Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner

Dates & Price

Start price per person based on hotel standard and number of travellers. The price is subject to change depending upon availability and high or low season. Prices may change, so secure your trip today!

Price Per Person In USD

Hotel Single traveller 2 - 3 4 - 5 6 - 7 8 - 9 10 - 11 12 -14
3 Stars 1565 965 788 715 703 676 658
4 Stars 1799 1082 905 832 820 793 775
5 Stars 2514 1440 1263 1190 1177 1151 1133

Important notes

1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for flight tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this.
3. This trip includes a domestic flight. Checked luggage allowance is a maximum 20kg, with up to 7kg carry on luggage. Any excess luggage charges will need to be paid directly to the airline at check-in.


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