- General Information
- Brief Itinerary
- Full Itinerary
- Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)
- Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City and Vespa After Dark (B, L)
- Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cycling around Ben Luc (B, L)
- Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Coco Riverside Lodge (B, L, D)
- Day 5: Coco Riverside – Can Tho (B, L, D)
- Day 6: Can Tho Floating Market at early morning – Noon flight to Danang – Hoi An (B, L)
- Day 7: Hoi An Walking Heritage – Sunset Paddle (B, L)
- Day 8: Hoi An Street and Eat by Vespa (B, L)
- Day 9: Hoi An – Danang – Hue – Imperial Citadel (B, L)
- Day 10: Hue’s River Boat & Royal Tombs – Fly to Hanoi (B, L)
- Day 11: Hanoi & Bat Trang Combo by Vintage Motorbike and USA Jeep (B)
- Day 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise by Expressway (B, L, D)
- Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
- Day 14: Hanoi Departure (B)
- Inclusions & Exclusions:
Indulge in an all-encompassing Vietnam vacation and uncover the very essence of this enchanting country, from its picturesque southern landscapes to the awe-inspiring north. Discover the romantic allure of Vietnam as you meander along the gentle curves of the Perfume River, surrounded by the poetic beauty of Hue City. Embark on a thrilling excursion to the world-renowned Ha Long Bay, where you’ll be mesmerized by the unique limestone islands, each one more fascinating than the last. Additionally, the delicious seafood is sure to leave your taste buds in a state of pure bliss.
Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta – Can Tho – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Halong Bay
Duration: 14 Days/ 13 Nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish
Start/ End: Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active Level: Walking, Cycling, Boating, and Kayaking.
South Vietnam Itinerary – 5 days
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City and Vespa After Dark
Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cycling around Ben Luc
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Coco Riverside Lodge
Day 5: Coco Riverside – Can Tho
Central Vietnam Itinerary – 4 days
Day 6: Can Tho Floating Market at early morning – Noon flight to Danang – Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An Walking Heritage – Sunset Paddle
Day 8: Hoi An Street and Eat by Vespa
Day 9: Hoi An – Danang – Hue – Imperial Citadel
North Vietnam Itinerary – 5 days
Day 10: Hue’s River Boat & Royal Tombs – Fly to Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi & Bat Trang Combo by Vintage Motorbike and USA Jeep
Day 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise by Expressway
Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 14: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)
Welcome upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City by Viet Vision Travel’s local tour guide and driver, then transfer to the hotel. Relax after a long flight and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City and Vespa After Dark (B, L)
Today, visit all the highlights in Ho Chi Minh City such as the Reunification Palace, the palace of the old President in South Vietnam during the American war, the War Remnants Museum which is a poignant display of the futility of war, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, the two sites that you can ignore when visiting the city.
We start our tour once the sun disappears in the west, the drivers drive us around the big streets to small streets and we can see all the daily nightlife of local people. Then we stop at a seafood workshop for our first tasting meal. With all the picked-up dishes, we enjoy local beer, fruit juice, or cold water while the streets outside are still busy.
After that, Vespa drivers take us back to the central district, passing many highlight places in the city and we finally meet the tour guide who takes his private Vespa at the Banh Xeo workshop. This is a special street restaurant where we will have a chance to see the local ladies cooking Banh Xeo which we later try with a cold drink. When we think we can’t eat anymore, it’s time the Vespa drivers take us to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese live music as local. There is no micro, no power light, it’s only live songs and candles and people whisper to pick up the drink. We can stay here long as we can or we will move to the last destination to change the music taste if we are fans of Rock & beer (Optional for the family is an Ice-cream workshop). We are back to the hotels, say goodbye to Vespa drivers and tour guide, and enjoy a peaceful night.
Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels & Cycling around Ben Luc (B, L)
Leave in the early morning and head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City. These are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that were the location of military campaigns during American wars. This area is now a “should-not-be-missed” site for all visitors traveling to Vietnam. Watch a short introduction video showing the foundation, activities, etc., of Cu Chi tunnels, and then crawl all the safe parts of the tunnel system. Enjoy some special cassava and tea that are served free on the tour. Later, go to the shooting range, try to fire real bullets, or go shopping at the souvenir shops.
After lunch, take a drive to Ben Luc. Explore the village by cycling, enjoy the beautiful rice fields, dragon fruit, peanut, corn farm… Travel back to Ho Chi Minh city overnight.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Coco Riverside Lodge (B, L, D)
Your visit this morning focuses on Ben Tre City, where we start our boat trip around the river. Enjoy sightseeing along the way and stop to see the local people making bricks, salt, coconut candy, etc. After that, keep on boating to Cai Son and Nhon Thanh creeks to see some families making mats. Taking a motor cart (xe loi) through the rice fields and vegetable plains.
Have lunch at noon at a local house, then relax for a while. Our afternoon activities are taking a rowboat along Water Palm Creek and boating along Cai Coi Creek. The drive continues with an overnight stay at Coco Riverside Lodge.
Day 5: Coco Riverside – Can Tho (B, L, D)
Start the day by getting a boat on the river for a cruise along some small canals and then the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong. Continue our boat trip to Vinh Long and stop to visit brick pottery kilns and a floating fish farm. After that, we drive to Can Tho city, which is considered to be the heart of the Mekong Delta. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 6: Can Tho Floating Market at early morning – Noon flight to Danang – Hoi An (B, L)
Take a boat trip early this morning to the famous Cai Rang floating market, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Observe the daily life and local people selling their products on boats.
This afternoon, take a flight to Danang, then visit the Cham Museum, Non-Nuoc Beach, and Marble Mountains. Later, travel down to Hoi An ancient town for your relaxing time. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An Walking Heritage – Sunset Paddle (B, L)
Take in scenic vistas on 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. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky’s old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples, and pagodas of Chinese appearance, then free time for shopping at Hoi An Central Market.
Transfer to the kayak station in Cam Thanh and sightseeing with a boat trip on a traditional Vietnamese boat to Cham Island. After a briefing on paddle safety and the area, you will be kayaking, set off to paddle along the coco palm forest and local villages, and up to Lantern Town. Connect with nature, immerse yourself in life on the river, and enjoy amazing landscapes into the sunset. The rest of the day is your leisure.
Day 8: Hoi An Street and Eat by Vespa (B, L)
The first place on our Hoi An Tours by Vespa is the Duy Hai Fish Harbor, where we admire the vast ocean as well as the daily life of Hoi An fishermen. After that, through the green and rustic rural roads with corn and rice fields, they lead to Cam Kim Island.
Discover Ban Thach Mat village and admire how the local people make mats. Keep doing Hoi An Vespa tours, drive to the local household that is an expert in making rice paper, and learn how to make this dish by yourself.
After lunch, head to a local family that is famous for making Vietnamese rice wine. Our local guide will walk you through the steps of making rice wine, and you will be able to taste the best quality rice wine in this location. Admire the Kim Bong Carpentry Village, where the Hoi An wooden boats are built. Visit the Huynh Ri carpentry workshop, where a talented wood carver makes many world-famous wooden products, furniture, and toys.
Day 9: Hoi An – Danang – Hue – Imperial Citadel (B, L)
After breakfast, today, farewell to Hoi An ancient town, and transfer to Hue. Arriving in Hue, check-in, relax and have lunch.
This afternoon, enjoy the included visit to Imperial Citadel and Phu Cam Cathedral. The Imperial Citadel was built in 1804 and officially completed in 1833 with an entire system of up to 147 works, is the place for the king and royal relatives of the Nguyen dynasty. In the next stage, visit Phu Cam Cathedral, the Redemptorist Church, and the Benedictine Monastery of Thien An. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue’s River Boat & Royal Tombs – Fly to Hanoi (B, L)
Board the Dragon Boat 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. The charming Thien Mu Pagoda will be the first stop of this day.
Enjoy a great view of the Perfume River and the surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and Buddhism in Vietnam. And then take our vehicle to Tu Duc King’s tomb, which is one of the most beautiful works of Royal Architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest.
Take an afternoon flight to Hanoi from Hue today after lunch at the hotel. On arrival, relax and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi & Bat Trang Combo by Vintage Motorbike and USA Jeep (B)
Today, travel by a vintage USA Jeep to explore the city of over one thousand years old. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum of the greatest president of Vietnamese people together with One Pillar Pagoda – the symbol of Hanoi. Then travel to the Temple of Literature, the first Vietnamese university built in the 11th century.
After lunch, visit Bat Trang Ceramic Village by vintage motorbike. Amazed by the view of all pottery and ceramic showrooms scattered all over the village. We first stop by Bat Trang communal house which was built under Le Du Tong King’s period (from 1719 to 1720) to admire the ancient architecture of rural villages in the Red River Delta.
En route, visit the ancient house and workshop of ceramic artist Tran Van Do who has a great contribution to promoting ceramic products to be well-recognized. Continue the tour to the ancient house of other talented ceramic artists to have a talk with them over green tea about the history of the village and admire their exquisite handmade ceramic products. The French ancient house built in Bat Trang ceramic village in the 1920s should also not be missed in our tour. The building is highly favored by visitors by its unique look among traditional houses of roofing tiles and the materials were imported from France in the last century. Later on, under cottage industries, witness craftsmen forming, painting, and glazing their products in traditional ways and give try to make your cap, vase, or bowl.
Day 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise by Expressway (B, L, D)
Today, transfer to the airport and enjoy a scenic sightseeing flight to Halong Bay. Have a chance to see this magic bay from the bird’s view. After landing, embark on the Emperor Cruise and enjoy the welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions, and check-in cabins.
In the afternoon, capture the image of local people in Cua Van floating fishing village, and some activities added to suit your interests. The journey continues by boat excursion or kayak to discover the famous attractions of Halong Bay as Tien Ong cave and Ho Dong Tien Cave then stop at Ti Top Island for another fascinating view of Halong Bay. Overnight on board.
Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Wake up a bit early in the morning to have Tai Chi exercise with my master and see the beautiful sunrise from the sun deck. Then enjoy the luxury services on the cruise or swim in the clear water of the bay. Disembark the cruise after lunch and take a flight back to Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi Departure (B)
After breakfast, travel to the Noi Bai International Airport to take your flight home. Trip ends. Goodbye and see you again in the next Vietnam vacation package.
Inclusions & Exclusions:
- Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detailed itinerary
- Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver
- Meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (upon request) (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Local-stationed English-speaking tour guide. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
- Entrance fees & permits (if have)
- Boat excursions
- Bottle of drinking water
- Domestic flights as listed in the itinerary
- International flights and airport taxes
- 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.