Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
On arrival in Hanoi, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy at leisure the rest of the day for personal explorations. In the evening you will meet our guide again and go to a fine restaurant in town for our welcome dinner.
Include: Hotel in Hanoi, Transportation, Meals: Welcome dinner, Tour guide
Day 2: Hanoi – half day City tour
Today starts after breakfast at the hotel, our destination will be the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Ho Chi Minh Museum, then the Temple of Literature. Free at leisure time in the afternoon, for shopping, entertainment at the Vincom Center, or personal discoveries before returning to your Hotel.
Include: Hotel in Hanoi, Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Tour guide, Entrance fees
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Am: Pick up from your hotel at 8am by bus (we may do several pick-ups), for the 3.5 hour journey through the country side of the Red River Delta to Halong City. On arrival, board the Halong Phoenix Cruiser, a fresh seafood lunch (vegetarian menu available) will be served while the boat starts the cruise.
Pm: Take a short tender ride from your boat in the middle of the bay, to an island and discover the famous Surprising Cave (Sung Sot), followed by another island visit (Titop Island) for swimming and relaxing on its sandy beach. As the sun sets over the anchorage area, it is your time to lean back on our well designed deck, with your favorite drink and take in the beauty of the bay. A dinner of seafood will be served. Spend the night on your boat.
Include: Accommodation on Boat , Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees, Junk Insurance
Day 4: Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island by traveling boat
Am: The morning is breath-taking in the serene Heritage Site, enjoy your breakfast before leaving the Halong Phoenix Cruiser for an active day on another site of the bay. A local support boat will take us to a sleepy water area of Cat Ba National Park, where you grab the paddle and make your own strokes to discover parts of Lan Ha Bay. It is your time to explore the labyrinth of limestone cliffs that rise out of the sea, paddle through floating houses and deserted lagoons and see wild sandy beaches from our sleek ocean kayaks.
Pm: Lunch BBQ lunch on beach (at tidal permission) or on the boat, relax and swim at your own private beach. More kayaking to other parts of the bay, by now you will be pro kayakers, seeing other amazing limestone karts formations from the water up close and personal, in ways many people can only imagine! When you get tired, leave your kayaks behind to take a transfer boat to Cat Ba Island. We then drive you to Cat Ba Eco Lodge, an ideal jungle lodge that compliments the local culture, and perfectly in tune with the surrounding environment.
Include: Hotel in Cat Ba , Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees, Junk Insurance
Day 5: Cat Ba – Hanoi
Am: After your breakfast, your options are: Relax and do some reading at the lodge; Stick to our original itinerary: be guided on a hike of Cat Ba National Park (2 hours hiking) after a short bus ride from the lodge. Not only is this physical reward, and magnificent view, it is the ideal time to photograph the stunning views.
Pm: We take a hydrofoil boat ride from Cai Vieng Pier to Hai Phong City, and then a 2 hour drive back to Hanoi. Arriving at your hotel around 17h00.
Include: Hotel in Hanoi , Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Tour guide on boat, Entrance fees
Day 6: Hanoi – Free day – Night train to Hue at 19:00
Free day, at your leisure until at 7pm when you transfer to Hanoi Railway station and take a Reunification Express train to Hue, the Formal Capital of Vietnam. Your family will stay in a private cabin (4 soft sleeper bed cabin with air conditioner).
Include: Overnight on Train, Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Tour guide, Entrance fees, Train ticket: Hanoi – Hue
Day 7: Hue – Boat cruise in the afternoon
Our local guide will welcome us at the Hue Railway Station. Transfer to your hotel, check in and relax. After lunch we take a Dragon boat along the Perfume River to visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda (Heaven Lady Pagoda), one of the Nguyen King’s Tomb (Majestic Tu Duc King’s Tomb) and return to the city in the late afternoon.
Includes: Hotel in Hue, Transportation, Meals, (breakfast, lunch), tour guide, entrance fees, boat cruise.
Day 8: Hue – City tour and transfer to Hoi An
The Nguyen dynasty ruled Vietnam from 1802 until 1945 from Hue and several of its most prominent Emperors are buried in the surrounding countryside. This morning, we will have a tour around this fabulous city, a visit to Hue would not be complete without taking in the attractions, that include the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. After lunch we transfer to Hoi An, stopping at Lang Co beach, for coffee and refreshments, then onto the Hai Van pass, where we will alight from our vehicle at the top to take in the stunning views north over Lang Co beach and south over Danang city. Arriving in Hoi An we check into our hotel before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring and shopping.
Include: Hotel in Hoi An, Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Tour guide, Entrance fees
Day 9: Hoi An – Free day
Hoi An is a charming, small town which can be easily explored on foot. Between the 17th and 19th centuries the town was a thriving international trading port with a large Chinese and Japanese population. We can spend our time walking around the historic town soaking up the atmosphere, exploring the Chinese assembly halls, ancient temples and fascinating ancestral homes. The town is also famous for its shops, in particular it’s large number of excellent tailors. We also have the option of taking a day trip to My Son, about 1 1/2 hours away. My Son is another UNESCO world heritage-listed site. Here, in a secluded valley, the Cham built over 70 impressive Hindu-style temples, many over a thousand years old.
Include: Hotel in Hoi An, Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: Hoi An – fly to Ho Chi Minh City
This afternoon we transfer to Danang city for a short domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Up on arrival in Saigon we transfer to your hotel. Relaxing for the remainder of the day.
Include: Hotel in HCMC, Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, Flight ticket: Danang – HCMC
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City tour and Cu Chi tunnel
After breakfast we will discover the sites of HCM City including the Reunification Palace , War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post office and the Ben Thanh market. After touring the sites around the largest city in the country you will enjoy your lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi, and the amazing underground tunnels. On our way there, we will drive through pleasant countryside, rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short, introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. We return to hotel at around 6pm.
Include: Hotel in HCMC, Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Tour guide, Entrance fees
Accommodation: Sapphire Hotel Saigon
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Can Tho
After breakfast transfer by air-conditioned car to My Tho where you will travel in a motorized boat along the Bao Dinh canal, lined with stilt houses and fruit plantations. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market and Turtle Island and enjoy lunch served in the heart of an orchard. Enjoy the continuing boat ride through the Tan Trach canal in Ben Tre, cruise under the shadow of the water coconut trees, and visit a family business to experience a taste of the agricultural lifestyle. Trek through the fruit plantations on Thoi Son island and row among the numerous creeks before returning to My Tho by rowboat. Transfer to Can Tho and check in to your hotel on arrival.
Include: Hotel in Can Tho, Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Tour guide, Entrance fees, boat trip
Day 13: Phong Dien – Cai Rang – Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, take a boat trip to see the famous Phong Dien floating market bustling with activity in the morning hours. Cruise through the intricate system of small channels, visit a village that specializes in making rice noodles and see the delicate “monkey bridges” of the Mekong Delta. Visit a second floating market at Cai Rang then break for lunch. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping to visit the bonsai garden in My Tho along the way. Arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City around 5:30pm for a free evening to relax, to have dinner, or go shopping.
Include: Hotel in HCMC, Transportation, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Tour guide, Entrance fees
Day 14: Saigon – Departure
You are free, at your leisure for your final day in Ho Chi Minh City before your onward flight.
Include: Transportation, Meals: Breakfast