Highlights of Vietnam

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: Saigon or Hanoi
End City:  Hanoi or Saigon
Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
Route: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Hue – Hoi An – Hanoi & Halong Bay

Vietnam Private Tours1 Highlights of Vietnam

  • Itinerary 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Itinerary 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • Rate
  • Day 1: Saigon arrival

    Upon arrival in Saigon you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city center. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
    Meals: None
    Accommodations: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 2: Saigon city tour – Cu Chi tunnels

    Depart this morning for the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later.
    It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years…. getting married, giving birth.
    During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded.
    Afternoon, we come back to Saigon for visiting the city including: War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Center Post Office, City Hall, Opera house and end tour at Ben Thanh Market, you have more chance to do shopping. Back to hotel, the rest of day is free and you discover Saigon by yourself.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodations: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon

    We leave hotel early in the morning driving Southward Saigon to Cai Be. This is special experience of Mekong Delta with a visit to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruising among local sampans coming from all provinces of the delta full of fruits and vegetables. The next stops will be the Candy factory, orchard garden, listen to traditional music and have lunch in the ancient house. Come back Saigon and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodations: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 4: Saigon to Hue

    After breakfast flight to Hue – Vietnam’s former imperial capital. Wander the last empire’s Forbidden City – We get a boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue’s best-known religious sites, Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue to discover Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen’s Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and Forbidden Purple City.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodations: Hotel in Hue

    Day 5: Hue drive to Hoi An

    Visit the tomb of the former Nguyen Dynasty Emperor & Tu Duc before driving south to nearby Hoi An. Enjoy the architecture, local delicacies and friendly locals that make Hoi An a true Vietnam highlight on an afternoon walking tour and market tour with the students of ‘Streets’ organization.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodations: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 6: Hoi An Free & Leisure

    Today is at leisure to enjoy Hoi An with its many galleries, tailor shops, cooking  and Biking.

    Day 7: Hoi An flight to Hanoi

    After breakfast then drive to the airport to catch your flight to Hanoi – The capital of Vietnam.  Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Hanoi bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at a downtown restaurant of your choosing then set out on a guided city tour.  In the afternoon you will visit such sites as Temple of Literature, Hilton Prison then enjoy a traditional water puppet show.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay

    In the morning leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (180 km) known as one of the UNESCO sites, Halong Bay is praised for its beautiful scattered limestone karsts and isles. The journey from Hanoi to Halong City takes about 4 hours through Red River Delta, with stops along the way for refreshment breaks and interaction with locals. Arrive in Halong City around noon. Board a nice boat and begin your exploration of magical Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations. An excellent, fresh seafood lunch and dinner will be served on the boat. Overnight onboard the very comfortable and charming boat in the open air of Halong Bay.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Halong Bay
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi

    After breakfast onboard, we’ll keep cruising on the bay and return to the pier around 11:15 a.m. We’ll return to Hanoi, passing a vast expanse of rice fields of the Red River Delta. Stop en route to visit a pottery village. Transfer directly to the Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.  You’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 10: Hanoi 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.

  • Day 1: Saigon Arrival

    Welcome to Vietnam’s bustling, vibrant and financial hub: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, meet your driver then get transfer to your hotel in the city center. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag and explore the city on your own.

    Meals: None

    Accommodation: SILVERLAND CENTRAL – TAN HAI LONG HOTEL & SPA

    Address: 14-16 Le Lai Street, Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh City – Viet Nam – Web: www.tanhailonghotel.com.vn

     Day 2: Saigon – Mekong Delta

    After breakfast, we will drive you to 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 will go to Can Tho.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Accommodation: Accommodations: Nam Bộ Boutique Hotel  Web: http://nambocantho.com/doku.php

    Day 3: Cai Rang floating market / Saigon

    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.

    We will transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.

    Meals: B / L

    Accommodation: SILVERLAND CENTRAL – TAN HAI LONG HOTEL & SPA

    Address: 14-16 Le Lai Street, Dist. 1 Ho Chi Minh City – Viet Nam – Web: www.tanhailonghotel.com.vn

    Day 4: Saigon City Tour Flight to Hue

    Enjoy a half day to tour Saigon’s diverse attractions. Start with a visit to Saigon’s China Town then continue on the city tour with a visit to the War Remnants museum and former Presidential Palace. We conclude the day exploring the city’s French colonial architecture, stopping at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office then flight to Hue . On arrival, our driver will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. After check in, the rest of the day is at leisure

    Meals: Breakfast.

    Accommodations: Saigon Morin Hotel

    ADD: 30 Lê Lợi St, Hue  Thua Thien-Hue, Vietnam – WEB: www.morinhotel.com.vn

    Day 5: Hue City Tour

    Spend an entire day touring the Vietnam’s former ancient capital. Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City – once the Emperor’s private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial Enclosure houses many palaces and temples within its walls. In the afternoon, continue on your tour stopping at the Imperial Museum, Tu Hieu Pagoda and vibrant Dong Ba riverside market.

    Meals: B / L

    Accommodations: Saigon Morin Hotel

    Day 6: Hue – Danang – Hoian

    Spend the morning on a private boat cruise down the romantic Perfume River to visit the Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) and the ornate Minh Mang’s tomb. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before starting on your drive to Hoian. Pass over the 500m-high Hai Van pass and stop en route in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain. Arrive in the sleepy riverside town, Hoian, in the late afternoon, check in at the hotel and then enjoy the rest of the evening free at your leisure.

    Meals: B / L

    Accommodations: Boutique Hoi An Resort

    ADD: Group 6, Block Tan Thinh, Ward Cam An, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam – WEB: http://www.boutiquehoianresort.com/

    Day 7: Hoian Cooking Tour

    07h30 You can order taxi from your Hotel to Hai Café.( $3 / per car ) The cooking class start from 8.15am 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: Boutique Hoi An Resort

    Day 8: Hoian – Danang – Hanoi

    Transfer via: Vietnam Airlines (VN1510 @ 14:15–15:25) arranged by VNPT

    Free day until our driver takes you to Danang airport for your flight to Hanoi . On arrival, we will take you to the hotel. After check in, the rest of the day is at leisure.

    Meals: B

    Accommodations: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

    WEB: http://www.goldensilkhotel.com/ ADD: 109-111 Hang Gai Street , Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi , Vietnam

    Day 9: Hanoi City Tour 

    A fully guided tour of the highlights of Vietnam’s capital city.

        Temple of Literature (11th Century)

        Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

        One Pillar Pagoda (11th Century)

        Presidential Palace

        Ho Chi Minh’s Museum

        Museum of Fine Arts

        Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton.

        Water Pupet Show

    Meals: B / L

    Accommodations: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

    ADD: 109 Hàng Gai, Hoan Kiem District  Hanoi, Vietnam – WEB: http://www.goldensilkhotel.com  

    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay

    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: B / L / D

    Accommodation: Victory Star

    More detail the boat at: http://www.halongbestcruises.com/halong-victory-star.html

     Day 11: Bai Tu Long Bay

    06:30 Enjoy sunrise over the Bay

    07:00 Continental Breakfast

    08:00 Transfer on Private Day boat

    08:30 Continue cruising through Ha long Bay  and contemplate Man’s head islet, Tortoise islet then Soi Sim Island, discover the bay from the nice Panorama, and enjoy swimming on the most beautiful beach.

    12:30 Back on Day Boat for an excepetional Seafood Lunch

    13:30 Kayaking at Dark/ Light Caves.

    15:00 Continue cruising through the bay

    16:00 Back to overnight boat

    19:30 Set Dinner in Dining Room

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

    Overnight on your junk

    Meals: B / L / D

    Accommodation: Victory Star

    Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi

    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.

    Meals: Brunch buffet

    Accommodations: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

     Day 13: Hanoi Departure

    After breakfast at hotel, have some free time on your own before time to transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

    It’s time to say goodbye, we thank you for travelling with us and warmly welcome you to come again.

    Meals: B

    Accommodations: None.

  • From: US$1390 ++ / Per Person

    What’s Included:

    – Accommodations

    – Visa Approval Letter

    – Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary

    – Transport by private car with AC

    – English – speaking guides

    – 2 internal flights: SGN – HUE & HOI AN – HANOI.

    – Service of English speaking guides in every location

    – Water & tissues

    – Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

    What’s Excluded:

    – Travel insurance

    – Vietnam stamp fee (45 USD/ single entry/ person)

    – Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers

    – Other personal expenses.- Visa fee

    – Tipping and other personal expenses.