• Overview
  • Trip Outline
  • Trip Includes

Day 1. Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2. Ha Noi
Day 3. Ha Noi – Ninh Binh
Day 4. Ninh Binh – Ha Long – Lan Ha Bay
Day 5. Ha Long – Ha Noi – Flight to Hue
Day 6. Hue
Day 7. Hue – Hoi An
Day 8. Hoi An
Day 9. Hoi An – Da Nang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10. Ho Chi Minh City – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11. Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Can Tho
Day 12. Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13. Ho Chi Minh City – Departure

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

On your arrival at Hanoi Airport, please look for our signboard which reads your name. Your guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in the city center. Check-in and spend time at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEING AND MOTORCYCLE TOUR (B/L/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide at 08:30 and start your city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, founded in 1076. Known locally as Quoc Tu Giam, this place of learning was established inside a temple to educate Vietnam’s nobles, scholars, and society’s elites. Its well-preserved architecture and tranquil gardens offer intriguing glimpses into Vietnam’s past. Later on, take a walk around the Old Quarter, also known as "the 36 streets" and Hoan Kiem Lake to learn more about the legend of the lake and the temple of Jade.
Visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral, one of the first buildings built by French colonists during their expansion in Indochina and still intact in Hanoi after two fierce wars, and emerge in the serene and peaceful atmosphere of Pagoda Ba Da, hidden in a very quiet corner in the middle of Hanoi's busy traffic, just a few steps from the cathedral.
In the afternoon, you will discover the different neighborhoods of Hanoi on the back of a Russian Minsk motorcycle. First stop at a local restaurant in Ba Dinh District, where you can taste one of the city's specialties, “pho" or rice noodles, served in a variety of ways: rolled, stirred, and fried. After having filled your stomach with delicious food, head off to a hidden farmland on the Red River bank to discover the countryside on the edge of bustling Hanoi, where people plant bananas and vegetables and live in floating homes. On your way back to the city center, stop at Long Bien Bridge, a historic bridge across the Red River that was built by the French from 1898 to 1902.
Next stop is Hanoi’s largest open-air second-hand market in Hai Ba Trung district. Emerge yourself in the narrow alleys of residential areas nearby, then take a walk around a wet market to learn about ingredients used daily in Vietnamese meals and taste tropical fresh fruits.
Continue heading towards Dong Da District, the most populated area of Hanoi with more than 400.000 residents per km2. Stop at the train street, where houses are built just a few meters away from the railway. Later on, visit a local house with a separate kitchen and bathroom that brings back memories of Hanoi in the 1960s. The journey concludes with Hanoian egg coffee at an old coffee shop.
Return to your hotel at around 16:30. Overnight in Ha Noi.

DAY 3: HANOI – NINH BINH (B/L/-)

Depart from your hotel at 08:30 for a drive through rural North Vietnam to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century. As you explore this important historical site, you’ll have the chance to roam through the Hoa Lu Citadel and visit ancient temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang (Dinh Dynasty, 968–980) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh (Le Dynasty, 980–1009). After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the UNESCO-listed Trang An Landscape Complex, where you can unwind on a peaceful riverboat ride that passes through a series of caves. Trang An is sure to wow you with its spectacular landscape of jagged karst mountains and valleys. As you float along, take some photos of the enormous karst peaks that jut out from the green rice fields; this landscape is what gives this region the nickname "Halong on Land".
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Depart from your hotel at 08:30 for a 2.5-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to Ninh Binh province. On arrival at Tam Coc, board a private sampan, gently sailing along the Ngo Dong river, capturing the wonderful scenery of Karst hills, rice fields, and peaceful villages, and passing the three caves "Hang Ca", "Hang Hai" and "Hang Ba".
Lunch at a local restaurant, and then start cycling to Bich Dong Pagoda, hidden at the foot of Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order.
At the end of the day, climb the 486 steps to the top of Ngoa Long Mountain to visit Mua Cave and take in the breathtaking rice valley and the surrounding natural beauty. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

DAY 4: NINH BINH – HA LONG (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart at 08:30 from your hotel through the Red River Delta to Tuan Chau Pier, where you will board a selected cruise for your overnight stay on Lan Ha Bay. Lunch will be served while the vessel starts cruising through thousands of limestone islets emerging from the emerald water.
Join in some activities such as kayaking or swimming, or just relax on the sun deck and enjoy the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. Dinner with fresh seafood and overnight on the cruise.
Alternatively, breakfast at the hotel and depart at 08:30 from your hotel to Ha Long International Port, where you will board a selected cruise for your overnight cruise on the pristine Bai Tu Long Bay. After the on-board safety briefing, lunch will be served while the vessel starts cruising through thousands of limestone islets emerging from the emerald water.
Join in some activities such as kayaking, cave exploring, floating village visits, or just relax on the sun deck and enjoy the stunning scenery of this charming bay. Dinner and overnight on the cruise.

The itinerary is subject to change due to the weather and operating conditions without prior notice.

DAY 5: HA LONG – HA NOI – FLIGHT TO HUE (B/Brunch/-)

Enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the bay, followed by a light breakfast. As the cruise sails back to the pier, enjoy brunch on board while admiring the limestone rock formations that glide by. Upon disembarkation, your driver will be waiting to take you to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Domestic Airport for a short flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.

DAY 6: HUE COUNTRYSIDE AND SIGHTSEEING TOUR (B/L/-)

Depart from your hotel at 08:30 for La Chu village, which is located about 8 km from the center of Hue city. This village is well known for its herb and vegetable culture (onions, ciboulettes, coriander, basil, etc.). During an 8-kilometer bicycle tour, you pass through peaceful villages, rice terraces, riverbanks, and lush vegetation. It's time to unwind in the paradise of lotus flower ponds and water lilies between the months of February and July. The first stop is to visit a family that produces votive paper offerings and learn about the very popular custom of burning paper offerings among the Vietnamese. The tour goes on to a nearby daily market, where you may browse the stalls selling fresh produce, meat, and spices while being greeted with welcoming grins by local women who aren't yet used to seeing tourists. The next stop is the vegetable farm, where you can meet and chat with local farmers.
Last but not least, you won’t miss an opportunity to visit the family that specializes in making "Banh Loc", a kind of Vietnamese pie made of rice flour mixed with shrimp. You also have a chance to try out all the local specialties here.
A lunch break at a local family restaurant by the rice fields is provided. After lunch, while taking in the magnificent view of rice paddies, relax your feet in a foot soak infused with healing herbs.
Return to the city center at around 14:00 and visit the Imperial Citadel, the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. The Citadel was inspired by Vauban fortifications and is composed of three sections: the capital city (Kinh Thanh), the Imperial city (Hoang Thanh), and the Forbidden City (Cam Thanh). Continue to the Buddhist shrine of Thien Mu Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Heavenly Lady. Built in the seventeenth century, it's one of the most fascinating and ancient pagodas in Hue, overlooking the picturesque Perfume River. Overnight in Hue.

DAY 7: HUE – HOI AN (B/-/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart at 08:30 from your hotel for a visit to Tu Duc's mausoleum, one of the most beautiful royal tombs of the Nguyen dynasty with unique architecture and perfect harmony with the natural landscape. Visit the nearby Thuy Xuan incense-making village, where you'll be amazed by the smell of aloeswood and the sight of innumerable bouquets of colorful bamboo incense sticks being sundried along the village roads.
Continue to Minh Mang’s mausoleum, a complex of 40 constructions including palaces, temples, and pavilions. Located on the left bank of the Perfume River, it’s a stunning example of how man-made beauty can coexist peacefully with natural beauty.
In the afternoon, leave Hue for Hoi An on a scenic drive through the fishing village of Lang Co and Hai Van Pass. Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 8: HOI AN (B/L/-)

This morning, you are invited to come and experience a memorable cooking class with our wonderful Chef Van. Depart from your hotel at around 8:30, and Ms. Van will take you to the market where you purchase fresh ingredients and find out more about local produce. After that, head back to Van’s home to prepare a variety of local dishes of your choice. Under the guidance of Van, you will actively take part in the cooking of delicious meals. Around Van's kitchen table, share your creations and a beverage with one another.
In the afternoon, stroll through the narrow streets of the atmospheric Hoi An Ancient Town. This UNESCO Site is a precious gem that shows a range of architectural influences. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, one of the Chinese communal halls, and former merchants’ houses. At the end of the day, enjoy a cup of tea at Reaching Out Tea House, a lovely and tranquil setting founded to help the disabled grow their artistic talents and lead independent lives through their art. Return to your hotel at around 17:30 and overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 9: HOI AN – DA NANG – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/-)

Breakfast and time at leisure until your driver transfers you to Da Nang airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, you will meet your tour guide and depart for an exciting tour across several districts of the city.
First stop is the FITO museum (Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine), which offers an in-depth look at the fascinating world of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Later on, let’s go back in time to delve into the history of Vietnam with a stop at Đỗ Phủ cafe, which was once the operational base of the Liberation Army of South Vietnam. While the coffee is prepared, discover the secret bunker of weapons used for the Attack on the Independence Palace during the 1968 offensive and take pictures of the old car used to transport weapons to Cu Chi tunnels.
Enjoy your coffee in the atmosphere of this historical house before heading to the hidden Van Phat Pagoda in Jewelry Street of ChinaTown in District 5. You will be amazed by the vibrant colors of the typical Chinese architecture and especially by the ten thousand Buddha statues inside the pagoda. Here at the pagoda you can also learn how Vietnamese people preserve the cremation urns of their family members. Continue to the French Quarter in District 1 to visit Saigon Central Post Office, a vital part of Ho Chi Minh City's colonial legacy and stroll along Nguyen Hue street and Dong Khoi Street, the most busiest streets of the city. The day concludes with the spectacular A O Show (18:00) at the historic Saigon Opera House. Enjoy an hour of acrobatic acts, contemporary dance, and traditional Vietnamese music, and get a deeper look into Vietnamese art and culture.
Return to your hotel at around 19:15 and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 10: TAY NINH – CU CHI TUNNELS (B/-/-)

Depart from your hotel at 8:30 for a drive toward Tay Ninh, where you will explore the colorful Caodaism Temple, recognizable by a large eye on the facade and two square pagodas.
Learn about the history and doctrine of this unique religion, which combines elements of Vietnamese folk religion and the world’s different religions, such as Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism, as well as Islam and Catholicism. Don’t miss the chance to witness the mid-day ceremony and listen to music and chants at the temple, where devotees in white robes and priests in colored ones gather and pray.
Continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels, created in 1948 to assist the Viet Minh in combating the French. This is an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapon shops, field hospitals, and command centers. During the Vietnam War, the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a fire-free zone and was heavily bombarded. Return to Ho Chi Minh Citt at around 18:30. Oavernight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY – CAI BE (B/L/D)

Leave Ho Chi Minh City for Cai Be at 09:30 and be ready at the pier at 12:00 for boarding Bassac Cruise. While the cruise starts sailing towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River, lunch is being served. After lunch, relax on the deck as the cruise slips into the Cho Lach canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches - a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
By mid-afternoon, the Bassac drops anchor for a visit on shore: past the first tree line, discover the peaceful life in the delta's countryside, with its rice fields, orchards, and friendly residents or, if you like, a short cycling tour of the surrounding area.
Get back on the boat and enjoy a drink over the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising the Mang Thit River and sets anchor just downstream from Tra On for the night. Overnight on board.

DAY 12: CAN THO – HO CHI MINH CITY – VESPA TOUR (B/-/D)

Breakfast is served as the cruise sails towards Can Tho, where you will be transferred to a small boat to explore the colorful Cai Rang floating market. End your trip at Ninh Kieu pier and return to Ho Chi Minh City. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, and spend time at leisure.
At 18:00 start exploring Saigon like a local on a vintage Vespa! You’ll get a true taste of Saigon nightlife through fabulous eating, drinking, and music venues. The evening kicks off with a drink at a rooftop bar. Join your tour guide and fellow travelers for a toast while enjoying views over the Saigon skyline! Then the Vespas take you through the city, weaving through the buzzing thoroughfares of Saigon as well as narrow back alleys.
The tour includes stops at a mix of venues, giving you the opportunity to experience a truly local night out. We take you to two popular restaurants where you’ll sample several beloved Saigon dishes, all washed down with a cold drink. You’ll also kick back at a Vietnamese-style cafe, enjoying live music while sipping a beer or cocktail. And the night wraps up at a lively music bar where you can groove to the tunes alongside the hip young Vietnamese crowd! All food and drinks are included; all you need to bring is your appetite and sense of adventure! Return to your hotel at around 22:00 and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 13: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel and time at leisure until check-out at 12:00. Our driver is ready to transfer you to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure flight.

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