Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Nha Trang – Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City – Cao Dai Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta
Duration: 13 Days/ 12 Nights
Start/ End: Hanoi/ Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Private tour
Tour Customizable: Available
Active Level: Relaxing
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (D)
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Day 5: Hanoi – Nha Trang (B)
Day 6: Nha Trang – Island & Snorkelling (B, L)
Day 7: Nha Trang – Dalat (B)
Day 8: Dalat (B)
Day 9: Dalat Natural Landscape & Local Lifestyle – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
Day 12: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide and driver, we then transfer to hotel. Relax for the rest of the day and enjoy welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town. Overnight in Hanoi.
We will drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hours visiting: 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: 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. Lunch will be at Pho restaurant in Hanoi.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam; the 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 people. Following that, we will wander around the city by car to see the real-life of Hanoian as well as the different parts of the city.
After that, we get back to the city center where we take a one-hour cyclo 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. Before we go back to the hotel, we will have a chance to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show to hear to know Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show.
Tonight we enjoy 1 spa with face and body massage at Thu Cuc Exotic Spa. We take the “Tropical Tour package” with Basic facial skin care & Aromatherapy Massage – 125 minutes.
Today we travel to Tuan Chau Marina pier where we embark on the cruise. Enjoying the welcome drink, we get a cruise briefing and check-in room.
Later, we have our lunch while cruising deeper into the Halong Bay to Vung Vieng Floating fishing village. We visit the village by rowing boats and see how the locals live. In the village with 65 families living in the floating houses, the children go to the floating school and you may get more information about the Bay, and people at the floating information center.
Our next activities this afternoon are swimming, relaxing, joining a cooking demonstration, and enjoying the luxury buffet dinner. We relax for 1 hour with body Spa on the boat and enjoy the sunset on the Bay. There is film entertainment, card games, or squid fishing with crew activities in the evening. Overnight on the Bay.
We join Taichi again in the early morning today and have breakfast with coffee, tea, and bakeries before visiting the Amazing cave. The cave has been discovered by the French in 1901 and opened to tourists in 1936. It is a symbol of the geology value of Halong Bay.
After the cave, we boat back to the cruise and check out and enjoy the last brunch while cruising to Tuan Chau pier where our awaiting vehicle takes us back to Hanoi.
- The itinerary might be subject to change due to weather or tide conditions with our prior notice
- Cruise schedule subject to change upon weather and operation conditions
What to Bring:
- Camera + Film
- Insect repellent
- Original Passport
- Swimming suite
Today we travel to Nha Trang by a short domestic flight. Welcome upon arrival we then transfer to the Sheraton Hotel & Spa in the beach city. Here we enjoy our free day at the Outdoor Infinity Pool which is located on the 6th floor, our 21-meter long, fresh-water infinity-edge adult pool entices fitness buffs, leisurely waders, and sun-bathers to take a dip and enjoy panoramic views of the bay.
After a swim in this stunning pool, enjoy the beautiful reflection area as we soak up the rays in a lounger, relax in the adjacent “bubble pool” or refresh ourselves with light snacks and beverages from Plunge, our poolside bar. Or you can relax at the beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Today we take our boat tour to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island, known as a small ocean world in Vietnam. Then we start snorkeling at Mun Island where we can see lots of lives colorful corals and fishes. We are also able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nests. Then we are relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island called “Mini beach”. Taking a fresh lunch on the island then we boat back to the hotel.
Rest of the day, we enjoy our time at Shine Spa for Sheraton, which is overlooking Nha Trang Bay, 1,074-square-meter, Shine Spa for Sheraton™ is a heaven of wellness located on the hotel’s 7th and 8th floors. This full-service spa comprises nine treatment rooms each equipped with a private shower and bath. We also offer an outdoor treatment sala and a beauty salon. Overnight in Nha Trang.
This late morning today, we leave Nha Trang for Dalat in our private vehicle after visiting the Ponagar Temple which is famous for its historical relics from the Cham civilization, a sacred Hindu site dating back to the 7th century. Dalat is an odd sort of place. Established as a hill resort at the beginning of the last century, it attracted homesick French colonials longing for the city’s spring-like weather and pine forests.
Today’s architecture is a mix of standard Vietnamese dwellings and European-style villas, many in art deco style. Vietnamese people call it the ‘romantic city, but the name owes more to the comfort of the cool temperature than rings and roses where nuptials are concerned. We reach Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa in the late afternoon. Overnight in Dalat.
In the morning, we ride a cable car to Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam lake. The pagoda is quite plain but is surrounded by an attractive flower garden. There are good views of the lake, which lies below and can be reached by steps, and the thick forests on the far side. We will then visit Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, the Crazy House, and the Dalat market. We’ll return to our resort for an afternoon treatment at La Cochinchine Spa at our own choice and cost. There is a possibility to enjoy the resort facility such as a heated swimming pool, entertainment center, or joining a cooking class. Overnight in Dalat.
This morning, we visit the specialties of Delta families’ Flower, vegetable, and fruit farms; take a walk along with a panorama view of a Mountain with many green hills; visit coffee, tea plantations, and mulberry farms – enjoy local coffee and tea; visit some families with rice wine making, rice paper making and so on; and then take a walking, climbing to Elephant waterfall – one of the big waterfalls then back to the hotel for our short domestic flight down to Ho Chi Minh city. Welcome upon arrival and relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
This morning, we visit the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that, we will visit War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting the second Indochina war. Before our lunch, we stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office.
In the afternoon, we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see 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. 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, we transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Morning departure from Saigon through urban sprawl, we will travel to Cai Be. There, we’ll cruise on the Mekong River, visit, fruit orchards, and traditional family-run brick kilns, and drop in to look at some traditional cottage industries. Spend some minutes rowing through dense palm tree–canals. Get to visit another islet for a short walk in a peaceful atmosphere and shade of fruit trees. We’ll also call in at a local house to listen to the traditional music of the Delta performed by local people.
Late in the afternoon, we drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. After a day of sightseeing, relax our body and mind with a refreshing experience at our Spa center at our own choice and cost. Our Spa offers a wide range of treatments from massage and reflexology to body scrubs and wraps. Fitness equipment, sauna, and steam bath are also available. Bath towels, robes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries are provided. Overnight in Can Tho.
After breakfast and a boat cruise, we arrive at the bustling Cai Rang floating market – the largest floating market on the Mekong River. Both the journey and the market provide insights into the unique Mekong rural lifestyle. Feel free to take photographs, talk or bargain while our boat siding with them. Afternoon, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh city.