Day 01 : Hanoi Arrival - Half Day City Tour
Day 02: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
Day 03: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Danang - Hoi An
Day 04: Hoi An Walking Tour - Half Day
Day 05: Hoi An free
Day 06: Hoi An - Flight to Ho Chi Minh city - Explore Saigon Culinary on Bike
Day 07: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be - Ancient House
Day 08: Cu Chi Tunnel Half Day - Ho Chi Minh Departure
Day 01: Hanoi arrival - Hanoi City Tour Half Day (Meals: None)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer to your hotel in the Old Quarter, center of Hanoi City. Free at leisure until afternoon as our guide will pick you up for our half day city tour.
Around 01.00 Pm, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and start the tour by a visit to Temple of literature, Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is consider as the first university of Vietnam. A rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture, the complex honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment.(You can choose alternative destination as following options: Women Museum/ Museum of Vietnamese History / Military Museum/ Art Museum).
We will then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. We take the time to walk around the bustling market, where about anything and everything can be bought. Exit the bazaar and hop on a Cyclo for a leisure ride around to the boundaries of central Hoan Kiem district. Walk to Thang Long Theater nearby and enjoy the tradition water puppet show, a Vietnamese tradition show reflecting local lifestyle and history through puppet performance. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi city.
Day 02: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Overnight on boat (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After your breakfast at hotel, our van will pick you up and transferred to Halong bay on 3.5 hour ride. Arrive at Halong Bay, get on board, enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing, check in cabin and begin your cruise. Enjoy the view as the boat peacefully sails the bay, passing by Ba Hang floating village. A charming sightseeing, particularly when the fishermen wave as you pass their tiny floating houses while Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch is served in the elegant dining-room. Visit Sung Sot Cave one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong bay. Continue cruising and sightseeing in Halong Bay. Enjoy Afternoon Tea on the Sundeck. A Coffee and Tea brewing demonstration will introduce you to the traditional culture of drinking tea and coffee in Vietnam. Nibbles include cakes and biscuits. You now can relax on the sun deck or discover the bay on kayak by yourself.
A cooking demonstration will take place on the sundeck. Have a go at making spring rolls, and learn to toast the Vietnamese way with local rice wine. Enjoy a high-end, 6-course Vietnamese - Western fusion dinner. Evening Activities – relax at leisure; enjoy Movie Night, Squid Fishing. Overnight on boat in Ha Long Bay.
Day 03: Halong Bay – Noi Bai airport - Flight to Danang - Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Enjoy early Tai Chi session on the Sundeck, at the break of dawn. Coffee & tea with assorted homemade pastries. Take in the charm and tranquility of the lago,on of Luon Cave. Experience breathtaking view from a traditional rowing bamboo boat. Enjoy international Buffet Breakfast in dining room. Around 9.30 Am, you will check-out your cabin and settle the bill for your drinks and extra services (if any) on boat. At 10.30 the boat anchors in the wharf and it is time to go ashore from the boat. As you get back to harbor, our car will transfer you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, transfer to Noi Bai airport where you will take late flight to Danang city.
Upon arrival at Danang International Airport, our driver will welcome you and our private car will transfer you on a 40 minute drive to Hoi An. Check in your hotel and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 04: Explore Hoi An Ancient Town on foot (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we will start exploring this Hoi AN ancient town on foot (at 08.30 Am or 01.30 Pm as your choice). This little town is a former port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. In the tour we will visit several famous landmarks including Chua Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors. From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An. Walk on foot back to your hotel. End of services.
Day 05: Hoi An free at leisure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at leisure on the rest of the day.
If you want to explore local culture and you can also choose following half day tours:
Alternative Option: Fishing and Farming activities in Tra Que and Cam Thanh Villages (+ Surcharge 45 USD/person)
This tour will take you to Cam thanh villages, located next to Thu Bon river, with a lush Nipa forest spread over an area of several hundred hectares and hundreds of hidden channels tangled beneath the broad leaves, was the refuge for VC the war. Tra Que Village is a small vegetable village that supplys fresh herbs and vegetable for Hoi An Town and nowadays, visitors can not only enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, but also have the opportunity to unite with the warm and peaceful life for these villagers.
Around 08.30 AM, our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby and we will departure by bicycle to Cam Thanh Village. The bicycle ride takes you through the peaceful green palm forest, provides countless opportunities for taking photos. We will arrive at a local house in Cam Thanh Village. We will then get on boat and participate in daily works of local fishermen such as rowing, fishing techniques… Stay relaxed at Mr. Phong house and enjoy a cup of green tea before wandering around the village to observe local lifestyle .
We will then continue our trip to Tra Que Village. The ride will go through vast rice fields before our stop at Ba Le market where locals exchange and trade their agriculture products. We arrive Mr. Chinh’s house around noontime. After enjoying a welcome drink, you will have a chance becoming a genuine farmer with Vietnamese traditional clothes, hat and tools. We will head to the farm and participate in different farming works that bring you unique experiences.
We come back to Mr. Chinh’s house and enjoy a traditional foot massage with herbs therapy that help you recover after working time on the field. The host will then prepare you a lunch that you can participate in cooking Vietnamese traditional foods. Enjoy your lunch in a warm atmosphere of a local farmer family.
We will then bike back to Hoi An town. On our way we will stop by Chuc Thanh pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hoi An that was built in 1671 featured many beautiful bronze details and valuable antiques of 17-18 century. We arrive back to Hoi An town around 03.00 PM. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 06: Hoi An - Flight to Ho Chi Minh - Explore Saigon Culinary on Bike (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer by private car to Danang airport and take your afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, our driver will transfer you to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
By late afternoon, our guide will pick you up from your hotel are a foody and expect to explore the best of Sai Gon culinary. How about taking a big fun ride around Saigon and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer? Saigon has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s get on the motorbikes and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Saigon has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Saigon’s cuisine. Our guide will ride the bike and take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are out of the touristy area and located in hidden alleyways. Besides the part of all delicious and unlimited food, you can also enjoy the city as we will zip around on the bikes from place to place for the dishes while receiving an insiders’ view into the culture that defines Saigon from our guides, who are so much passionate in showing you the bests of their city.
Day 07: Ho Chi Minh - Cruising on Mekong Delta - Cai be - Ancient House - Tan Phong (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Around 07.30 Am in the morning, our guide and minivan tour bus will pick you up from your hotel in Center Ho Chi Minh City and start drive to Vinh Long town. When arrival, board on a local motorboat and star cruising on Mekong River. Our guide will introduce to you the floating market, trading culture and floating houses of local here. Since Mekong Delta land is split by huge cannel systems, you will then take a rowing sampan and explore the area by sampan boat that locals use to transfer around. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and green fruit garden on two sides. We will stop to visit local some workshops including pop-rice, rice-paper, coconut candy producing, honey tea, snake wine… to see how local people here utilize rice, coconut and other agriculture materials and turn them into delicious products.
The boat will then transfer you to a beautiful ancient house that still well preserved after many generations. You will be welcome by family members and the host will prepare the lunch for you. The host will also teach you how to cook “Banh Xeo” dish so you can join in cooking and make your own dish. Enjoy your lunch with authentic Vietnamese southern meals and learn more about Vietnamese family lifestyle and culture from the host.
After the lunch, we will then take your bike and start cycling around the village. The bicycle ride will take you around the village, introduce to you the genuine beautiful Vietnamese houses and community. It will be a great opportunity to take photos of this beautiful water land. If time permit, we will stop by a drying fruit factory and a local pagoda. The bike ride under peaceful canopy of this water lands will bring you a peaceful experience, shake off the busy lifestyle of city. Start driving back to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive at your hotel around 06.00 Pm. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 08: Cu Chi Tunnel - Ho Chi Minh departure (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, our half day tour will depart 08.00 Am in morning. Cu Chi Tunnels, also called Iron Land, is a huge system of underground tunnels that stretched over 250 km. The network was like a secret city to supported war: storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, also included specially constructed living areas, command centers and innumerable of nightmare trap doors to defend itself. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel you'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. Our guide and private car will pick you up from your hotel and depart to Cu Chi. We depart at 08.00 Am or 01.30 Pm from your hotel. Arrival Cu Chi Tunnels after 02 hours trip through beauty landscape of country side, we watch a short introductory video showing how Cu Chi Tunnels were constructed before entering, then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. We drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and end the tour at your hotel.
Transfer directly to Tan Son Nhat airport and take flight leave Vietnam. End of services.