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Overview

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi
  • Day 5: Hanoi – Flight to Dong Hoi – Phong Nha Cave
  • Day 6: Dong Hoi – Day train to Hue
  • Day 7: Hue – Full-Day Tour – Imperial Palace
  • Day 8: Hue – Hoi An
  • Day 9: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary
  • Day 10: Hoi An / Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 11: HCM City – Full-day Tour
  • Day 12: HCM City – Ben Tre (Mekong Delta)
  • Day 13: HCM City – 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 (travel time approximately 1 hour). Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions about your Vietnam holiday itinerary along the way, 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 an orientation tour around the French Quarter by a cycle rickshaw. Traveling by cycle rickshaw is the best way to get a real feeling for the town as well as capture great photographs on your first day in Hanoi!

In the evening your guide will pick you up in the evening for a special dinner called Steam Boat (Hot Pot) which is a favorite dish of Hanoi residents.

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
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Hanoi – Full-Day City Tour– Thang Long Citadel (the 1st UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Morning
After breakfast, your adventure tour in Vietnam begins as your private tour guide picks you up and takes you on a full-day city tour of Hanoi, famed for its tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, and a thousand years of history. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– 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)
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace
– One Pillar Pagoda, one of the most iconic temples in Vietnam
– Huu Tiep Lake, where you will be able to see the Downed B-52, an interesting slice of history nestled in the day to day life of the residents of Hanoi
– Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Lunch will be served at KOTO (Know One Teach One), sponsored by an NGO (a non-governmental organization) for the disadvantaged children of Hanoi. The staff is former street children being trained in culinary and hospitality skills.

Afternoon
You will continue to visit

– Temple of Literature (a Confucius temple considered the first National University of Vietnam)
– Hoa Lo prison (known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the American war)
– A stroll around the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake
– Ngoc Son Temple

You will end up your day by taking a walking tour of the Old Quarter. In times past, each street had its own merchants’ guild, specializing in a particular trade, such as silk, jewelry etc. Today the street names still reflect this, although many of the products have long since disappeared.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

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



Hanoi – Halong Bay (the 2nd UNESCO World Heritage site) – On board a junk boat

Morning
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). En route as you travel the coastline of Vietnam, you will have numerous photo opportunities as well as the chance to meet the locals and discover just how much hard work goes into maintaining the rice fields. You will stop at a road-side rice farm before arriving at Halong Bay around midday. On board your junk boat, a seafood lunch will be served as your junk boat cruises among the limestone cliffs and floating villages.

Afternoon
Sunbathe on the sundeck of your junk boat and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the bay. You can also opt to swim in the emerald waters, or take a kayak out and explore the bay on your own. Mid-afternoon, you will visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most stunning limestone caves in Halong Bay. Watch the sun set over this UNESCO World Heritage site before feasting on a sumptuous dinner in an elegant dining-room. A selection of wines and beverages from around the world will be available for purchase. After dinner, try your hand at fishing before returning to your cabin for a good night’s sleep.

(Note: Program may differ slightly based on your selected junk boat’s itinerary. An extra night can be added to the program. If your time is flexible, we highly recommend it!)

Overnight on board
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Halong Bay – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi

Morning
In the morning, enjoy the magnificent scenery of the bay; if you are an early riser, be sure to take advantage and watch the sun rise over the sea. Engage in an early morning Tai Chi session on the sundeck, followed by breakfast as you continue to cruise around this natural wonder.

Afternoon
Upon returning to the dock, you will be taken back to Hanoi (travel time approximately 4 hours). En route, you will stop at Yen Duc, a beautiful and typical village of Northern Vietnam, where you can stroll around the village, meet the locals, and learn about their daily life. You will also watch a traditional water puppet show performed by the local artists.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, your private tour guide will take you to your hotel in Hanoi to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
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Hanoi – Flight to Dong Hoi – Phong Nha Cave (the 3rd UNESCO World Heritage site)

Morning
After an early morning check out, your private driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for a short flight to Dong Hoi to visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Quang Binh Province in the north central coast region.

Upon arrival in Dong Hoi, you are collected by your private guide and driver who transfer you to a local restaurant for some breakfast before heading directly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Here you will see the world’s longest limestone cave and now a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, Phong Nha Cave, bound to amaze the entire family. You will access the cave by boat along the Son River and once inside, explore the cave’s fine sand beaches, spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.

Afternoon
After lunch, continue to visit Tam Co Temple and the famous Thien Duong Cave, also known as Paradise Cave. Discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association in 2005, Paradise Cave is surrounded by a forest of karts peaks and its cave system extends for 31 km, though most people only visit the first kilometer. The scale is breathtaking, as wooden staircases descend into a cathedral-like space with colossal stalagmites and glimmering stalactites.

After the tour transfer to the hotel to check in. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Dong Hoi
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Dong Hoi – Day train to Hue crossing the former DMZ (demilitarized zone)

Morning
You have the whole morning free at your leisure. Breakfast is served at the hotel and check out of the hotel room at midday.

Afternoon
Your guide and driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Dong Hoi Train station to catch the Reunification Express train (soft seats with Air-condition) to Hue, an Unesco World Heritage site and the former capital of Imperial Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. The three hour train journey will be an interesting experience because it allows you to see the scenery along the way and especially crossing the Vietnam’s former DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). The DMZ was the former border between North and South Vietnam before the reunification. Historically it was a narrow band of terrain extending from the Laos border to the coast, five kilometres on either side of the Ben Hai River, roughly on the 17th parallel north of latitude.

In the evening we arrive in Hue train station where we are picked up by the local guide and driver, then transferred to the hotel to check in. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure. Your guide will recommend a good restaurant nearby the hotel for your dinner.

Overnight in Hue
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Hue – Full-Day Tour – Imperial Palace (the 4th UNESCO World Heritage site)

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Thanh Toan Village to discover the Thanh Toan market. People from the surrounding areas gather here every morning to trade and buy their daily food. You will walk around the market stalls, talk and mingle with the locals, as well as visit the small village museum, the ancient Thanh Toan Covered Bridge which dates back to the 1700’s, and the culture museum which displays Vietnamese agricultural life.

Next, you will visit the Imperial City, a listed UNESCO site – Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty. The city is considered a living museum with many historical monuments, imperial tombs, pagodas and temples that educate us on the history of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam.

Leaving the Citadel, you will travel to the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperor Tu Duc, and visit one of Vietnam’s most impressive royal tombs.

A vegetarian lunch will be served by the nuns at a Buddhist monastery. Here, you will have the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about Buddhism.

Afternoon
You will embark on the Dragon boat trip cruising down the famous Perfume River. En route we make a quick stop, get off the boat to visit Chua Thien Mu. This iconic seven-storey pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city.

We spend some time to explore the city central Dong Ba market. Then walk across the historic Truong Tien to get back to the hotel while watching the sunset over the Perfume River.

Overnight in Hue
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Hue – Hoi an (the 5th UNESCO World Heritage site)

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the riverside town of Hoi An. The drive will hug the coastline along the Eastern Sea, providing breathtaking view after another as you wind your way up Hai Van (Ocean Clouds) Pass. There will be stops en route for photos at the quaint fishing village at Lang Co Beach.

Passing through Da Nang, you will also get to visit the Cham Sculpture Museum and climb the Marble Mountain.

After checking into your hotel in Hoi an, your guide will take you to lunch at a local restaurant, where you will sample some of Hoi An’s delicious specialties, and understand how Hoi An earned its reputation as “the kitchen of Vietnam”.

Afternoon
After lunch, 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.

Visits:
– Chua OngTemple
– The Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation
– The 200-year-old Tam Ky house
– The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the symbol of Hoi An
– Hoi An Central market

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Hoi An has an abundance of tailors who can produce a custom suit in 24 hours or less, at very reasonable prices.

Overnight in Hoi An
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Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary (the 6th and final UNESCO World Heritage site on this tour)

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to My Son Sanctuary, an important archaeological site of Hindu temples dating from the 4th to 14th centuries. These temples were constructed by the once mighty Cham Empire, which at its peak, ruled much of central and southern Vietnam. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the Hindu God Shiva. In 1999, My Son was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Afternoon
Returning to Hoi An, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An
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Hoi An / Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCM City), previously known as Saigon.

Upon arrival in HCM City, your private tour guide will take you on a 2 hour tour to the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. This vast network of tunnels played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing them to control a large rural area surrounding HCM City.

At the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will watch a brief introductory video, followed by a walk through the reserve. You can also crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnels to experience how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 underground levels.

Afternoon
After the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will return to HCM City. Lunch will be at a local restaurant en route.

After checking in to your hotel in HCM City, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. We suggest you visit the Ben Thanh night market and do some fun shopping.

Overnight in HCM City
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HCM City – Full-day Tour

Morning
After breakfast, your private tour guide will take you on a full-day tour and impart another perspective of the familiar and not-so-familiar landmarks in modern-day HCM City. You will discover the city’s culture, architecture, religious practices and fascinating history. Below are the recommended sites, but of course, your guide will be happy to modify the list based on your preferences.

Visits:
– Tao Dan Park, to catch the bird lovers club who show up only between 6 and 9 am every morning. Enjoy some local coffee while your guide explains the history and practice of keeping birds in Vietnam.
– Thich Quang Duc monument – attribute to a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death on June 11, 1963 in protest against the persecution of Buddhists by then South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem administration
– The colorful Ho Thi Ky flower market
– A drive through Cho Lon to visit Nhi Phu Temple, built at the end of 17thcentury by Chinese immigrants from the Fukkien province in China.

Lunch will be served at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

Afternoon
You will continue to visit:
– General Post Office (GPO), noted for its neoclassical architecture, designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel
– 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.
– 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
– The previous CIA Office
– A drive down Dong Khoi Street, where, in 1975, during the dying days of the former regime, the iconic photograph was taken of a helicopter lifting people out of Saigon.
– The Opera House (now the Municipal Theatre), built in 1880, was used in the filming of “The Quiet American”.
– HCM City People’s Committee (formerly Hôtel de Ville) built in 1902-1908, one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam, notable for its gardens, ornate facade and elegant interior lit with crystal chandeliers
– War Remnants Museum, highlighting the suffering of the Vietnamese people during recent conflicts – not entirely unbiased

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in HCM City
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HCM City – Ben Tre (Mekong Delta)

Morning
After breakfast and check out, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Ben Tre town, the heart of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta, popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, is famous for its vast rice fields, orchard farms, coconut trees, numerous waterways and beautiful landscapes.

At Ben Tre town, you will embark on a motorized boat trip on the scenic Ben Tre River exploring the coconut villages and observe various local industries along the way, enjoying a relaxing day vacationing in Vietnam. You will see how bricks & sleeping mats are made, as well as visit a coconut workshop to see where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced, and a range skillful crafts made of coconut husk and fiber products.

Back on land, you will sit in the back of a motor cart (xe loi), passing by rice and vegetable orchard farms and meet locals on the way. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant back in Ben Tre town, after which you will be driven back to HCM City (travel time approximately 2 hours).

The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in HCM City
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HCM City – 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 HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight home.

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Useful Information

This World Heritage Sites of Vietnam Tour is tailor-made to present all the Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritages, and upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best route and service choices. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Hanoi’s best known landmarks, enjoy Hanoi food
  • Spend a night for quality time on board an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay.
  • Explore the glamorous Phong Nha Cave, enjoy a day ride train through the DMZ
  • Visit Imperial Citadel and Emperor Mausoleums in Hue.
  • Climb the Marble Mountain, Walk through charming town of Hoi An and taste the local food.
  • Have fun with beach time, cooking class, or get some cloth made in Hoi An.
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh City landmarks: War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Reunification Palace. Crawls of the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Enjoy a discovery day in lush green Ben Tre – Home of coconut in Mekong Delta


Dining Experience

  • 12 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 2 dinners and 7 lunches at well-selected restaurants (Vegetarian/ Halal food upon request)


Travel Highlights

  • 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


What’s Included?

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.