Day 1 Arrive Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival we will be welcomed at the airport and delivered to our hotel. We will be given a briefing about traveling in Vietnam before enjoying a special welcome dinner at an excellent Vietnamese restaurant.
Day 2 Hanoi - Dong Trieu (B, L, D)
In the morning we will take a short tour of the Ho Chi Minh complex and Temple of Literature. Lunch will be the Hanoi specialty of "Bun cha". Then we will head off to the village of Phu Lang which specializes in a distinctive style of Vietnamese pottery. From there we will continue to the village of Dong Trieu, not far from Ha Long, where we will spend the night at homestay.
Day 3 Dong Trieu - Ha Long (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will stroll down village lanes where we can see farmers cultivating rice, children playing in school or in the shade of bamboo thickets. Our minibus will pick us up and take us on to Ha Long Bay where we will board a waiting cruise boat. We will cruise among amazing cliffs of limestone, mountains emerging from crystal clear water. After lunch we will leave the boat to hike through the most beautiful limestone cavern. The rest of the day will be available for swimming, kayaking (through a tunnel cave if you like), and by night to take in the thousands of stars in the sky above this haunting landscape. We will spend the night on board.
Day 4 Halong - Ninh Binh - Tam Coc - Hanoi (B, L)
Our Ha Long cruise will finish after lunch. Our minibus will then pick us up and take us inland to a region in the south east of the Red River Delta called Tam Coc. Here the limestone pinnacles soar above the river flats to form an unforgettable landscape. After that we will drive back to Hanoi to catch over night train to Quang Binh.
Day 5 Quang Binh - Phong Nha Cave (B, L)
Upon arrival in Quang Binh, we will transfer to restaurant for breakfast, after that We travel west to the recently declared World Heritage Site of Quang Binh where many astonishing limestone caverns can be found, including the world's longest underground river. Some of these caves were even used as an arms store by the Viet Cong. In the afternoon we will go back to Quang Binh for overnight.
Day 6 Phong Nha Cave - Hue (B, L)
Today we will travel by road through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that once separated North Vietnam from South. We will stop over at Vinh Moc tunnel complex, an underground village by the banks of the Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge (It used to be the border between North and South of Vietnam), then we will visit La Vang church. We will be arrived in Hue in the afternoon.
Day 7 Hue (B, L)
The walled city of Hue is an ancient cultural centre and was for a time the capital of Vietnam. It was a key target of the North Vietnamese in the Tet Offensive and following its capture was the site of a shocking purge of intellectuals and community leaders. But the rich heritage of cultural sites remain, the Forbidden Purple city, Royal Tomb's and many Pagodas. In the morning, we will show you the inner Citadel with its enormous expanse of gardens, lakes and traditional public buildings, and to the Thien Mu pagoda. We will then cruise the Perfume River to the Tombs of the Kings Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.
Day 8 Hue - Hoi An (B)
We travel through the high pass of Hai Van with its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean en route to Hoi An. Once a flourishing trading port servicing south East Asia, this quaint riverside town still boasts a wealth of centuries old traditional architecture. The influences of several Asian cultures can be seen in the old houses and waterside buildings. It is also famous as a place to get instantly created inexpensive tailored outfits.
Day 9 Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary (B)
From Hue, we travel inland to My Son Holy land. This strange isolated complex of ancient stone buildings is believed to be a sacred place of the long lost Chapa kingdom. These architecturally unique relics are believed to be over a thousand years old. A short drive away is the Thu Bon River where we will board a sampan for an hour-long cruise back to the town of Hoi An.
Day 10 Hoi An (B)
Today we have free day at our leisure
Day 11 Hoi an - Da Nang (B)
Free at your leisure until transfer to Da Nang airport to fly to Ho Chi Minh City (or Hanoi) to connect with the flight back home.
Price & Included Features
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!
What's included ?
Service of the bilingual tour guides (Other languages upon request)
All accommodation based on 3* hotel
Standard home stay at Dong Trieu village
Train ticket Hanoi – Quang Binh: Soft sleeper - 4 Berth Cabin with A/C
Domestic airfares: Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City (or Hanoi)
All meals that indicate in the itinerary (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners)
All transports by private A/C coach or car with reasonable supply of water.
Sightseeing as indicated entrance fees and permits.
Hanoi: Star View Hotel Hanoi
Dong Trieu: Local Home stay
Halong Cruise: Bai Tho Junk Cruise
Quang Binh: Saigon - Quang Binh Hotel
Hue: Ngoc Huong Hotel
Hoi An: Phuoc An River Hotel
Train: Reunification Express Train: Hanoi - Quang Binh: Soft Berth with A/C
Note: The hotel subject to change due to the availabilities. In that case we will choose the equivalent hotels
If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they san server you better.
Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel or guest houses or home stay. Breakfast selections will be Vietnamese and Western's
Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. All are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes. At some of the meals will be severed in the home stay, and those meals will be cooked by local or our well trained staffs.
Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Viet Vision Travel suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area (If there is any).