- Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) – Arrival
- Day 2: HCMC City – Half-day City Tour – Cu Chi tunnels
- Day 3: HCM City – My Tho – Can Tho
- Day 4: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
- Day 5: Hoi An – Walking Tour of the Ancient Town
- Day 6: Hoi An – Hue
- Day 7: Hue – Flight to Hanoi
- Day 8: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
- Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
- Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi
- Day 11: Hanoi – Departure
- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) – Arrival
Your private tour guide will meet you at Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCM City) Tan Son Nhat airport when you arrive for your holiday to Vietnam, and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in HCMC. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be yours to explore at your leisure.
In the evening your private guide will meet you again and take you to a local Vietnamese Restaurant for a welcome dinner. You can sample some of the most delightful southern Vietnamese cuisine. After that you can head to the Rex Hotel’s rooftop bar for some drinks (at your own account). It was a well-known hangout spot for the former US military officials.
Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.
Overnight in HCM City
HCMC City – Half-day City Tour – Cu Chi tunnels
After breakfast, your 10 days package tour in Vietnam officially starts as your private tour guide and driver pick you up for a guided tour around HCM City to visit the city’s historical landmarks. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), where the war officially ended on April 30th, 1975 when tank 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of the home of the President of the Republic of Vietnam
– War Remnants Museum, highlighting the suffering of the Vietnamese people during recent conflicts – not entirely unbiased
– Notre Dame Cathedral considered being one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Vietnam. It was built in the period 1877 – 1880 by the French architect Bourad.
– The Opera House, a popular backdrop for wedding photos, now used as a Municipal Theatre. This area is rich with history from the times of the French invasion to the filming of Phil Noyce’s “The Quiet American.”
– Jade Emperor Pagoda, built in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang) – this is one of the most impressive temples in HCM City, filled with statues of deities and heroes.
You also have a chance to pass by the Former U.S. Embassy (now becoming the Consulate General of the United States) and the Saigon villa of General Westmoreland.
Lunch will be served at the renowned Pho 2000 Restaurant, where former US president Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea once patronized.
You will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels which were built by the Viet Cong during the battles for the south of Vietnam. This vast network of tunnels, stretching over 150 km, was built by the Viet Cong during the battles that took place in the south. You will take a walk through the reserve and get to see:
– the Secret Entrance to the tunnels
– workshops for the handmade weapons
– the clinic, commander, meeting and kitchen bunkers
If you are feeling brave, you can crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 underground levels.
After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will return to HCM City where the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – My Tho – Can Tho
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to My Tho town. Upon arrival, you will embark on a motorboat and heading out on the mighty Mekong to Con Qui Islet. In contrast to many of the overly visited Mekong islands, we choose Con Qui for its quieter, less crowded, and more authentic slice of Mekong life. Enjoy a walking tour through this green and unspoiled island. Make some stops for photos and glimpses and of the daily lives of local villagers.
You’ll then take a small boat as you are rowed quietly along the thick mangroves of Vam Xep, a small canal with little village houses dotted along its sides. Get off the boat to enjoy some honeyed tea at the ‘Coconut Artisan’ village to check out the workshops where a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted.
You next take a small sampan along Vam Chua canal, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of Saigon which seems far, far away. Finally you stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Reboard the boat to head back to My Tho and continue the drive through the fields and towns of the Mekong to Can Tho city, stopping at the Vinh Trang Pagoda if time permits.
Spend the evening at your leisure seeing the town by foot or find a quiet place for a cocktail by the river.
Overnight in Can Tho
Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Flight to Da Nang/ Hoi An
Rise early for a boat trip to the Cai Rang market, the biggest floating whole-sale market of the Mekong region. Here you will have a chance to practice your bartering skills! The market is filled with small boats darting through the water as vendors sell their wares.
Continue along narrow canals, stopping at a fruit orchard to taste some of the succulent fruit in season before making a short walk to Ba Bo Bridge (water level allowing).
Get back to the City where you continue to visit Binh Thuy old house and then transfer (20 minutes) to Can Tho Airport to take a short flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival in Da Nang, your private tour guide and driver will take you on a short drive to the nearby Hoi An Ancient Town. After the hotel check in you will have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Walking Tour of the Ancient Town
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a half-day walking tour of Hoi An through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter. From the 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.
– Chua Ong Temple
– The Assembly Hall
– The Japanese Covered Bridge
– The Phung Hung ancestral house
– Hoi An Central market
Spend the rest of the day however you wish in Hoi An as you experience a real vacation in Vietnam. Sunbathe on the beach, go shopping, or become familiar with the quaint streets of Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Hue
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for the drive to Hue (travel time approximately 4 hours) via Da Nang. During this drive, you will stop to visit the famous My Khe Beach, otherwise known as China Beach was once a popular R&R spot for US soldiers. Continue your scenic road journey over the stunning Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass which offers panoramic views of the coastline below.
Upon arrival in Hue, you will take a city tour of the highlights in Hue.
– The ancient walled Citadel and the Imperial Enclosure, a former home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last monarchy in Vietnam.
– The Forbidden Purple City
– Dong Ba market, where locals purchase their fresh produce
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Flight to Hanoi
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for an adventure on a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River. During the cruise, you will visit the Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda with its characteristic seven-tiered tower. You will also see the Austin car which took Monk Thich Quang Duc to Saigon where he famously set himself on fire in 1963 as a dramatic protest against the unfair treatment of Buddhists by the Diem regime.
In the last part of the cruise, you will visit the Emperor Tu Duc Mausoleum, considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. This large mausoleum took only 3 years to construct and reflects a mix of Asian and European styles.
A vegetarian lunch will be served and the remainder of the afternoon will be yours to explore at your leisure.
You are driven to Hue airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Hanoi to check in.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & the Presidential Palace
– Tran Quoc Pagoda
– Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
– Museum of Ethnology
Lunch will be served at KOTO (Know One Teach One), where the staff is former street children being trained in culinary and hospitality skills.
After lunch, you will continue to visit Hoa Lo Museum (Hanoi Hilton), Women’s Museum and the Temple of Literature. Then you will take a cycle rickshaw ride through the French Quarter to admire the well preserved colonial buildings such as the Hanoi Opera House and the Sofitel Legend Metropole, as well as the Old Quarter. After the 1 hour cycle rickshaw ride, you will enjoy a performance of the traditional water puppet show, a typical northern Vietnamese art form.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Halong Bay (travel time approximately 4 hours).
You will arrive at the docks around midday, and you will board a traditional wooden junk boat for a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone mountain islands. A sumptuous local seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay.
You will visit one of the famous caves of Halong Bay, and there will be a stop at Ti Top Mountain, where you will climb to the top for a stunning panoramic view of Halong Bay.
Take part in a cooking demonstration on board. It is then followed by a scrumptious dinner. For the night activities you can try some squid fishing, unwind on the top deck and enjoy a glass of cocktail. Then return to your cabin for a good night sleep.
(Note: Program may differ slightly base on cruise ships)
Overnight on board
Halong Bay – Hanoi
In the morning, enjoy breakfast on board your junk boat as you take in the scenic treasures of the bay. There will be an opportunity for you to kayak on the bay’s placid waters to access some of the sites inaccessible by the larger boats, including a cave.
Lunch will be provided onboard before arrival back at the dock, where you will be picked up by your private driver and taken back to Hanoi.
After checking into your hotel in Hanoi, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
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- Visit Ho Chi Minh City landmarks: War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Reunification Palace and the Former U.S. Embassy…etc.
- Explore the legendary network of Cu Chi Tunnels.
- Discover the famous Cai Rang Floating Market and the Cottage Industries in the Mekong Delta.
- Take a walking of Hoi An Ancient town, Get some cloth made at the local tailor shops.
- Visit the Imperial Citadel and the Emperor Mausoleums in Hue.
- Take a cyclo (rickshaw ride) through the French Quarter, Stroll around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and Hoan Kiem Lake.
- Spend a night on board an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay.
- 10 hotel buffet breakfasts.
- 2 dinners and 7 lunches at well-selected restaurants.
- 1 Cooking demonstration on Halong Bay boat
- Private Tour Guide in each City of visit (Other languages upon request)
- Private driver with air-conditioned vehicle for daily tours or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Hand-picked Restaurants and Hotels. (Specified in each quotation)
- Entrance Fees/ Admission for all sightseeing. Well selected activities with some possible extra supprises.
- All airport transfers
Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C vehicles, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax and service charge.
What’s Not Included?
Your international flights from and to Vietnam, entry visa to Vietnam, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.