With the unique serpentine shape and lengthy coastline, every destination in Vietnam is surrounded by scenic beauties. Travel Vietnam in style from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and discover the spectacular cultural heritage sites and stunning natural wonders. Whether it’s amazing street food, a royal encounter or meeting with historical experts, learn all about the ancient and French historical landmarks on this luxury tours.
 

Tour Code: VLT 03
Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Mekong Delta
Duration: 15 Days/ 14 Nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/ End: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Landscape and Nature, Cruise Holidays, and Folk Arts
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active Level: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Tour Category: Vietnam Luxury Tours

15-Day Vietnam Highlight Tour - Map

15-Day Vietnam Highlight Tour – Map

BRIEF ITINERARY

North Vietnam Tou – 4 Days
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Central Vietnam Tour – 5 Days
Day 5: Hanoi – Hue
Day 6: Hue City Tour
Day 7: Hue – Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An Walking & Cooking Tour
Day 9: Hoi An Farming & Fishing Tour
South Vietnam Tour – 6 Days
Day 10: Hoi An – Saigon
Day 11: Saigon City Tour
Day 12: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple
Day 13: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Day 14: Can Tho – Saigon
Day 15: Saigon Departure

 
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North Vietnam Tour – 4 Days

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Welcome upon arrival by local tour guide & driver, you will transfer to hotel in the center city. Relax in the rest of the day and enjoy welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town. Dinner at Wild Rice restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi

wild rice restaurant in hanoi

 

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

After breakfast, visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature which was originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Then stop for lunch.

The main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi

In the afternoon, visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam – Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. After that, take a one-hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally, each of the 36 street names’ was related to the products being sold there. Before going back to the hotel, we enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. The trip will be finished after the show at the hotel.

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Travel to Halong Bay to board Golden Cruise which is a new 5-star quality cruise ship with 48 rooms – Golden Cruise 9999. The entire frame made from iron with wooden furniture, and European standards. With luxurious amenities: an elevator, gym, Jacuzzi, large bedrooms; most of the rooms have balconies, restaurants, and chic bar.

Golden Cruise 9999 in Halong Bay

Welcome on board by crew team and enjoy Asian set menu lunch while cruising deeply to the Bay, where you can see the islands and islands, which emerge from the emerald water with many shapes as the Incense burner, Dog islets, Fighting cocks …and many fishing villages.

On this day tour, visit the most beautiful cave of Cave of Surprise, with thousands of shaped stalactites and stalagmites… And before relaxing and enjoying the sunset, join the demonstration of trimming flowers from fruits and roots and cooking class at sundeck by the chef. Then try on the food you have made. It is a really amazing time.

Amazing caves - Hang Sung Sot

Optional for the summertime is that we can go up on the top of the Titop island to catch the birds eye viewpoint to experiences the panoramic view of the majestic bay or go swimming on the nice beach. Dinner tonight in European style on the Coconut Island. Overnight in Halong Bay.

Majestic Halong Bay - view from Ti Top Island

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)

Begin our day tour today with wonderful Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, and then explore the Luon cave (a Hallow cave) by small boat or by kayak. Later, check out and go to the restaurant for lunch at Cua Vang Luxury restaurant and transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Morning Tai Chi in Halong Bay

Central Vietnam Tour – 5 Days

Day 5 Hanoi – Fly to Hue (B, L)

In the morning, fly to Hue with a welcome upon arrival by our local tour guide and driver. In the afternoon, start to visit the Hue Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City – home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, and the bustling Dong Ba market to see it’s an abundance of fresh produce. Overnight in Hue

Hue Imperial City

Day 6: Hue City Tour (B)

This morning, board the Dragon Boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded by ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today.

Thien Mu Pagoda

The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. Enjoy a great view of the Perfume River and surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam.

Khai Dinh Tomb

From here, rejoin our van and go visit King Khai Dinh’s Tomb, which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs and King Tu Duc’s Tomb, built decades before its occupant’s death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the Emperor’s final resting place. The afternoon is your leisure to explore this romantic city with amazing specialties and friendly local people. Overnight in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An via Hai Van Pass (B)

After breakfast, depart Hue for Hoi An travel through the high pass of Hai Van with its spectacular views of the East Sea en route to Da Nang. Then visit Cham Museum that has collected and exhibited the finest collection of Cham statues and works of art, the Marble Mountain, My Khe beach and then going to Cua Dai Beach for our resort. Relax at the beach for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hoi An

Cham Museum in Danang

Day 8: Hoi An Walking & Cooking Tour (B)

Today, join in a morning walking tour in Hoi An town – one of the World Culture Heritages of Vietnam. This quaint riverside town still boasts a wealth of century’s old traditional architecture. The influences of several Asian cultures can be seen in old houses and waterside buildings. It is also famous as a place to be instantly created inexpensive tailored outfits.

Hoi An Ancient Town

In the afternoon, participate in the fantastic Cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant with the first activity to visit Hoi An colorful market to experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market; and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

Cooking Classic in Red Bridge Cooking School

Later, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School; explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An Farming & Fishing Tour (B)

In the morning, you can choose a bus or bike to cycle to a local farming village to join daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty. After that, board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea.

Riding buffalo in Hoi An

You can also learn and try our hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets, learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats. Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Have a relaxed fun with catching beautiful purple crabs on bamboo basket boat. After visiting a local water coconut palm village, take a walk around the village and have some tea and snack with local talks… Back on-board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy our lunch and the cold beer or soft drink on the boat, then back to resort.

Basket boating in Hoi An

South Vietnam Tour – 6 Days

Day 10: Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

In the morning, you can relax at the resort, enjoy the beach, or stroll around the ancient town. After lunch, take a short rest before transferring to Danang then catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner tonight is served on the Saigon River cruise. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Panoramic view of Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)

This morning, visit the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that, visit the War Remnants Museum, where you can see countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting the second Indochina war. Before lunch, stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Old Post Office – two well-known French architecture in the city.

War Remnants Museum

In the afternoon, continue to visit Buu Long pagoda, and also the sprawling commercial hub of China town including the chaotic Binh Tay market area and Thien Hau pagoda. Tonight, explore vibrant Saigon by an interesting Vespa tour to see hidden corners, taste fascinating street foods and drinks and enjoy live music performances given by street artists. Overnight in Saigon

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai temple (B, L)

In the morning, leave Ho Chi Minh City for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land”. On the way, you will see the pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, watch a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access.

American battle tank in the tunnels of Cu Chi

Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank, as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs, dropped by B52 bombers. After that, transfer to Tay Ninh province to visit Cao Dai temple to learn about one of the most mysterious religions in Vietnam. Then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Cao Dai Temple

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B, L)

Today, leave Ho Chi Minh City again and travel to Cai Be in about 2,5 hours. Vivid farming activities and the riverine life of the Mekong Delta can be seen en route. Take a boat trip from Cai Be along the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries to view the riverine of local people who work and play on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. It would be amiss if you do not visit a family-run workshop making popcorn, pop-rice and rice paper. A taste of these local products with green tea brings you a great feeling of tropical weather.

Lunch will be set up in a local house that located on an island, which is the fertile place for different fruits and trees. After lunch, take a short nap in a hammock under the shady garden or you can do cycling along the village paths to enjoy the beauty of countryside. Lastly, the cruise will transfer us to Vinh Long city where you will be picked up by the vehicle to Can Tho – the heart of Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.

Cycling in Mekong Delta

Day 14: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Saigon (B)

Wake up early morning then take the boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market with the busy sense right at the time. This is the biggest floating market in Mekong Delta where you can see the daily life and local people selling their products on boats. After that, return to the hotel for breakfast and relax before transferring back to Ho Chi Minh city in the afternoon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Cai Rang floating market

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

After breakfast, feel free at leisure until the vehicle transfers you to the airport for your flight home. Trip ends.

What’s Included?

  • English speaking tour guide will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Accommodation as listed or upon your request
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (upon request) (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • Boat excursions
  • The use of bikes as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottle of drinking water

What’s Excluded?

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and Compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porter, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary

Recommended Hotel List:

City3 stars4 stars5 stars
HanoiAuthentic hotelLan Vien hotelApricot hotel
Halong BayV’spirit cruisePaloma cruiseParadise Cruise
HueEmm hotelEldora Hue hotelLa Residence hotel & Spa
Hoi AnVinh Hung 2 hotelThanh Binh Riverside hotelRoyal Hoi An hotel
Ho Chi Minh CitySaigon hotelCentral Palace hotelGrand Saigon hotel
Can ThoHomestayHomestayHomestay