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Overview

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Full-day City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi Outskirt – Cooking Class
  • Day 4: Hanoi – Sapa
  • Day 5: Sapa – Nam Cang & Nam Nhu
  • Day 6: Sapa – Bac Ha Sunday Market – Drive back to Hanoi
  • Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat
  • Day 8: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue
  • Day 9: Hue – Full-day City Tour
  • Day 10: Hue – Hoi An
  • Day 11: Hoi An Outskirt Biking – Cooking Class
  • Day 12: Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)
  • Day 13: HCM City – Mekong Delta (Vinh Long, Can Tho)
  • Day 14: Can Tho – Cu Chi Tunnels – HCM City
  • Day 15: HCM City – Free day
  • Day 16: HCMC – Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- 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

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. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your Vietnam private tour package, and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.

After checking in, if you are interested, your guide will take you on a cyclo tour through the alleys of the bustling Hanoi Old Quarter or the “36 Streets” and  a traditional water puppetry performance. This is a great way to watch the local daily life and culture.

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 – Full-day City Tour

Morning
Today with the help of your private guide, driver and private vehicle you will get to explore the town’s major attractions.  In the morning you will taken to a famed local restaurant to enjoy Vietnamese Banh Cuon for breakfast. Banh Cuon (literally “rolled cake”) is a dish from northern Vietnam. It is a crepe-like roll made from a thin, wide sheet of rice flour filled with ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and other ingredients.

After that, your private tour guide will take you to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which includes Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

The next stop will be The Temple of Literature which originally built as a temple to Confucius; this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1076.
Lunch will be served with Bun Cha- grilled pork meatballs served with rice vermicelli.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will visit the Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best of this country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Your tour guide will take you for a walk around the Old Quarter. Here you will have a chance to check out the vegetable market where Hanoians buy their daily good.

Evening
Dinner will be served in Anh Tuyet restaurant. Anh Tuyet – the owner of the restaurant, a famous chef in Ma May street (Hanoi’s Old Quarter), is known to many people for her delicious dish of “grilled honey chicken. Tuyet had won many cooking awards for her outstanding Hanoi authentic cuisines. The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Hanoi Outskirt – Cooking Class

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you out of Hanoi in a private vehicle and onto some beautiful country roads before reaching Van Giang village to learn the basics of preparing refreshing and nuanced Vietnamese dishes.

A scenic hour drive through the lush Red River Delta brings us to the charming village of Van Giang. You will enjoy a cup of green tea as get acquainted with the hosts and hear the village’s history. Spend the rest of your morning learning to cook a few traditional Vietnamese dishes, before sitting down to enjoy the delicious meal you’ve prepared with your new family.

Afternoon
After lunch you stroll around the village to see Mrs. Trang neighbors and by chance visit some local handicraft workshops then drive back to the hotel, where the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Sapa

Morning
After breakfast and check out, you will depart Hanoi for a 05 hour journey to the former Hill Station of Sapa, with your private driver. At mid-day you will arrive and check into the hotel. Lunch will be on your own.

Afternoon
After lunch you are picked up again by your private guide and driver and transferred downhill to Lao Chai and Ta Van village. At the village you will have a chance to visit the local homes and learn about their everyday life; especially you will take part in cooking our dinner tonight with some of typical hill tribes’ dishes.

After dinner you will return to Sapa for a good night sleep

Overnight in Sapa
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)



Sapa – Nam Cang & Nam Nhu (the untouched villages)

Morning
You will start our day with a 02 hour drive to the lowest valley of Sapa.  Along the way you will have many chances to see the breathtaking views of the largest terraced paddy fields and cornfields of the Sapa District. Passing Ban Ho village you ascend to My Son Village then Nam Cang Village. Here minorities live, such as Xa Pho, Red Dao and White H’mong.  Stopping at Nam Than Village you will visit a minority home, then cross a suspension bridge. Along the way you will see many waterfalls, together with stunning views of the lowest valley, paddy terraces and Buffalo houses on stilts, while listening to the birds singing in nearby forests.
This wonderful 2 hour trek ends with lunch at a minority stilt house in Thanh Phu Village.

Afternoon
You will return to Sapa while viewing the sun setting over the mountains. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Sapa
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Sapa – Bac Ha Sunday Market – Drive back to Hanoi

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up for the drive to Bac Ha market (travel time approximately 2.5 hours). Arriving at Bac Ha, you will visit the big market and the colorful ethnic people of the Flower H’mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen minorities, who gather here to buy and sell their handicraft products. After spending the morning exploring the market, your lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afternoon
After lunch you will go downhill to start a short walk to Trung Do Village which is home to the Tay minority. Here you can visit a traditional Tay house. You will then travel by boat through amazing countryside to Bao Nhai Village.

Evening
After the tour you will be transferred for 06 hours more back Hanoi in your private vehicle. You will arrive at Hanoi in around 20:00 and check back in to the same hotel for a good night sleep. Pack up for the trip to Halong Bay.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hanoi – Halong Bay – On board a junk boat

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up for a 04 hour adventure to Halong Bay, passing through a number of typical North Vietnamese towns and villages. 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.

Afternoon
After you have finished exploring for the day, you will retire to the junk. You can relax on the top deck using the sun-tanning area or enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar.

Evening
In the evening your cook will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes as well as traditional Vietnamese fare as you weigh anchor in the heart of the bay.

Overnight on board
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Hue

Morning
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay, you will have time for an early morning swim followed by breakfast. This morning you will continue to cruise around the bay. Lunch will be served on board.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey straight to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Hue. Once you have arrived Hue, you will meet up with your private tour guide and check into the hotel in downtown. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Hue – Full-day City Tour

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you up for a full-day city tour.

Visits:
– Imperial Palace
– Supreme Harmony Palace
– Purple Palace
– Royal Museum
– Thien Mu Pagoda

A typical Buddhist vegetarian lunch will be served at a Buddhist nunnery.

Afternoon
In the afternoon you will visit King Khai Dinh tomb, a masterpiece of interior decoration made by Vietnamese artists in early 20th century. The whole wall inside the mausoleum was plated with broken color china, color glass which made up beautiful patterns of flowers, scared plants, dragon, unicorn, phoenix, and turtle. You will then board a dragon boat, cruising downstream back to the main city and to your hotel.

Dinner will be served at Vuon Y Thao restaurant, which is own and operated by a formal Nguyen Dynasty Royal Lady.

Overnight in Hue
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Hue – Hoi An

Morning
In the morning, you will head south, driving toward the riverside town of Hoi An. Your five-hour route, hugging the coastline along the South China Sea, serves up breathtaking views that grow even more spectacular as we wind our way up Hai Van Pass (“Pass of the Clouds”). You will drive through Da Nang city, passing by Marble Mountain and China beach before reaching to Hoi An.
After checking into your hotel, you will walk into the main town for a light lunch of Hoi An specialty.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, your private tour guide will take you for a walking tour to the Old quarter. Tonight you will have fun dinner in Hoi An local food market where you could try more Hoi An cuisine.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Hoi An Outskirt Biking – Cooking Class

Morning
After breakfast, you will start your biking excursion to the outskirts of Hoi An for the tranquility of countryside life. Those picturesque winding country roads will take you to most unseen part of Hoi An with poetic garden houses and areca trees, rice paddies, then to Tra Que vegetable village.
You will come to a farmer family, learn how they grow vegetable in their garden.

Say goodbye to the host and perhaps cycle to the beach for a swimming. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the Old Town.

Evening
In the evening, you will attend a cooking class in Morning Glory restaurant. Being one of the first cooking schools in Hoi An, the Morning Glory has garnered a well-deserved reputation over the years for its classes. Owner and founder- Ms Trinh Diem Vy is a third generation chef and native of Hoi whose cooking classes have featured in various publications around the world. You will have lunch at the cooking class.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)



Hoi An/ Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City)

Morning
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Da Nang International Airport for a short-flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City).  Upon arrival, with the help of your private guide, driver and private vehicle, you will visit the War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the General Post Office. Your light lunch will be light with Mekong Delta specialty Banh Xeo (literally “sizzling cake”) – the Vietnamese savory pancakes made out of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, and sometimes coconut milk (in the Southern regions), stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts and then pan fried.

The afternoon is free for your own exploration of HCM City.

Evening
In the evening, you will grill your own food in a local BBQ village restaurant in HCM City. Enjoy your delicious dinner while surrounded by cheerful locals.

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



HCM City – Mekong Delta (Vinh Long, Can Tho)

Morning
After breakfast and check-out, you and your private tour guide will set off for a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, well-known for its floating market. Here you will board your private boat for a cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long.

You will stop at the home of a Bonsai gardener where we are treated exotic tropical fruits and then followed by  a sumptuous lunch with local cuisine, including the popular dish of ‘Elephant ear fish’, before continuing our exploration of the tributaries and canals of the delta.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will visit some of the typical family run “cottage industry” such as a brick factory, fish sauce makers, coconut candy makers… Late in the afternoon you will be transferred to Can Tho and enjoy your night in hotel.

Your dinner tonight will be served with some special Mekong Delta food.

Overnight in Can Tho
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Can Tho – Cu Chi Tunnels – HCM City

Morning
In early morning, you will board the long tail boat to the exciting Cai Rang floating market. Once getting there, you will have the opportunity to enjoy hot served breakfast from vendor boat – an authentic breakfast right on boat, just like hundreds of other Vietnamese on Cai Rang Market. It’s also your time for taking photos, buying some fresh fruits then you will head to the bus and take your ride to Cu Chi tunnel with lunch en-route.

Afternoon
At Cu Chi tunnel, you will watch a documentary film made by Viet Cong in 1969, and then explore the underground tunnel system where Viet Cong guerilla and local people had lived and fight for 10 years of war.

You will arrive back to HCM City hotel late in the afternoon.  The rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



HCM City – Free day

Today is absolutely at your leisure for your final shopping and rest.

Overnight in HCM City
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)



HCMC – Departure

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 HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

Useful Information

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Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • 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 in 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