- Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
- Day 2: Hanoi City tour – Evening Walking and local food discovery
- Day 3: Hanoi – Transfer to Sapa
- Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Back to Hanoi
- Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
- Day 6: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
- Day 7: Hue – Full-Day City Tour
- Day 8: Hue – Drive to Hoi An
- Day 9: Hoi An – Walking tour of the Ancient town
- Day 10: Hoi An – Free-day
- Day 11: Hoi An / Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)
- Day 12: HCM City – Day trip to My Tho (Mekong Delta)
- Day 13: HCM City - Transfer to Mui Ne/ Phan Thiet by day train
- Day 14: In Mui Ne
- Day 15: Mui Ne - Day at leisure
- Day 16: Mui Ne – HCM City – 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.
Hanoi – Arrival
Upon arrival your private tour guide will meet you at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Hanoi (travel time approximately 1 hour). Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions about your Indochina holiday itinerary along the way, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
Dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Hanoi cuisine for a true immersion experience.
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 Hanoi
Hanoi City tour – Evening Walking and local food discovery
After breakfast your private guide will take you on a fun cyclo/ rickshaw ride through the famed Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Quarter of Hanoi passing the iconic Opera House, the Sofitel Legend Metropole and various French boulevards.
After one hour ride you reach Thang Long Citadel (the most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vietnam), built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet (former Vietnam). Enjoy a guide tour of this historical complex before you continue on foot to;
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum,the Presidential Palace and the one Pillar Pagoda
– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
Get back to the hotel after mid-day. Spend the rest of the afternoon to relax before the evening food tour.
Meet your private guide again and commence a leisure walk through the old streets of Hanoi, displaying architecture influenced by the French and Chinese. You can observe the night life here while mingling with the locals. During the walk you will taste various delicious local foods such as Pho Cuon “rolled Pho”, Banh Cuon “Vietnamese Steam Rice Rolls”, Banh My (Vietnames baguettes), Bun Cha (grilled pork with vermicelli) and Papaya salad …etc.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Transfer to Sapa
At 06:00 AM, you will depart Hanoi by express bus (with free wi-fi and waters) to Sapa.
Around mid-day, you will arrive in Sapa and check into your hotel. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa was once a hill resort of French administrators when the summer heat became unbearable. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of ethnic minority people are a highlight of Sa Pa although conditions are basic.
In the afternoon, you will be met by your private guide at the hotel and go on for a sightseeing tour of this town. Tour includes visits to Sapa market, the central Church and climbing the Ham Rong “Dragon’s Jaw” Mountain to enjoy spectacular scenery of Sapa town and surrounding areas.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Sapa
Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Back to Hanoi
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your private tour guide and commence a leisure walking tour (04 hours) to Cat Cat and Lao Chao Villages, home of the black Hmong People. During the walk you will meet and talk to the locals learning about their daily lives. You might have a chance to pay a visit to a family.
You will return to Sapa for lunch (at your own account).
In the afternoon, you will be picked up again and driven 5 hours back to Hanoi. You will return Hanoi in the evening.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred for 04 hours through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. You will stop to have some coffer and take some photos en route. Around 12:00, you will arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf – Break and photo opportunities at Glory Cruises Marina Private Lounge, enjoy a welcome drink.
You will be transferred by tender to the boat, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions, and then you will check in and begin cruise. Enjoy a deluxe Vietnamese and international set lunch menu while the through the bay.
You will visit the exciting Ba Hang fishing village. The village is free from busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen. Enjoy kayaking or relaxing on the cruise.
After returning to the boat, you will join cooking class by Glory Cruise’s chef. It’s time for relaxing on the boat.
At the late afternoon, you could enjoy swimming on Soi Sim beach. If the weather permits, you can reach on the top of Soi Sim beach to get a panorama view of Halong Bay.
Dinner will be served on boat, with the Deluxe Vietnamese and international set menu cuisine. Evening activities include: Leisure time to: enjoy a chat around the bar, watch movies and many sorts of Vietnam cultural films, Relax and spend a romantic night listening to Glory Cruise’s music, play cards or chess, or read magazines. Passengers may also try their luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.
Overnight on boat
Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
After an early breakfast, you could enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes). You will be transferred by tender to the Sung Sot Cave and have the opportunity to explore this amazing cave, and back to the deck for a lovely brunch. You will check-out and return to Hanoi.
You will arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Then you will enjoy a short rest before be picked up and transferred to Noi Bai Airport for a short-flight to Hue.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Full-Day City Tour
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a full-day adventure tour of Hue that is sure to please the whole team.
– The Imperial City of Hue, a walled fortress and palace belonged to the ancient city of Hue which was once the capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years dating back from 1805 until 1945.
– Thien Mu Pagoda (on the Perfume River) and enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch in a local Buddhist monastery.
After lunch, you will continue your adventure by visiting the impressive tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Then you will embark on a dragon boat cruising down the Perfume River and hang out the local market (Dong Ba market) where we can see how people make their Non la hat or weaves basket.
On returning to your hotel in Hue, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hue
Hue – Drive to Hoi An
After breakfast and check out, you will be picked up by your private guide and driver and then transferred on a 04 hour scenic journey hugging the coastline with some photo stops en‐route at Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, Marble Mountain and My Khe beach.
After checking into your hotel in Hoi An, it will then be your free time for photos and shopping in town.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Walking tour of the Ancient town
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a walking tour of Hoi An Ancient town to visit the town’s hottest attractions. You will go through Japanese Covered Bridge, Quan Cong Temple, Old Merchant House, China Assembly Halls and the local markets. You will also visit the home of a craftsman in the old street in Hoi An Town, where you will discover the daily life of Hoi An people and see how they make a lantern. Later, we will walk deep into a narrow alley in search for a special lunch in a secret garden-like restaurant.
After lunch, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An – Free-day
The whole day is free at your leisure. You can visit the town again, try out the great food at many lovely restaurants in town. You can also hire a bicycle to ride to An Bang beach (5km away). Perhaps you may join a local cooking class learning how to make some of Hoi An specialties.
Overnight in Hoi An
Hoi An / Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the Da Nang airport for a short-flight to Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon).
On arrival you will be picked up by your private driver and driven to your hotel in down town to check in. After a short-rest, you will enjoy a walking tour to visit the City’s major attractions. The tour begins with a visit to Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, the Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks.
End up your day by visiting Ben Thanh market – where all kind of goods are offered.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City – Day trip to My Tho (Mekong Delta)
After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and take you for a short-drive to My Tho. Upon arrival, you will meet the local guide and 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. Hop on a bike (or horse cart) and savor the leisurely time to explore and pedal through this green and unspoiled island. Make frequent 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 will 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.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will finish the tour and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in HCM City
HCM City - Transfer to Mui Ne/ Phan Thiet by day train
After breakfast your private driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to the Railway Station to catch a four hour train ride (Air-conditioned) to Phan Thiet. On this scenic train trip you will get to lots of things in close-up; towns, farms and local villages. The fun train journey will be definitely a great experience.
Upon arrival in Phat Thiet train station you will be picked up by your private driver and transferred (15 minute) to your resort in Mui Ne to check in.
Located about 180km to the north east of Ho Chi Minh city, Mui Ne is famous its beautiful sceneries and clean beaches. The most interesting thing in Mui Ne is to visit the sand dunes, sand is stacked in hills and mountains, one after another like in a desert, running towards horizon, this is really a heaven for photo lovers, the best time to visit sand hills is in the late afternoon when sun is about to set, it is time to discover the magics of the sands, a lot of travellers stay overnight on the sands, in the tents just like nomadic people. You can also visit the local fishing villages and a fish sauce store to see how this delicious local delicacy is made.
Overnight in Mui Ne
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Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Domestic flights and train within Vietnam
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers