- Itinerary in Detail
Day 1. Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2. Ha Noi
Day 3. Ha Noi – Ha Long/Lan Ha Bay
Day 4. Ha Long – Ha Noi – Flight to Da Nang – Hoi An
Day 5. Hoi An
Day 6. Hoi An
Day 7. Hoi An – Train to Quy Nhon
Day 8. Quy Nhon
Day 9. Quy Nhon
Day 10. Quy Nhon
Day 11. Quy Nhon – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 12. Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre
Day 13. Ben Tre – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14. Ho Chi Minh City
Day 15. Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of unified Vietnam and one of the most charming cities in Southeast Asia, with its authenticity, large shady avenues, numerous lakes, manicured gardens, and well-preserved architecture. Meet your guide and driver, then transfer to your hotel. Free time for a stroll around the city. Dinner on your own. Overnight at a hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEING AND JEEP 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. 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 stop at 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 then 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 an army Jeep. 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 Long Bien Bridge, a historic bridge across the Red River that was built by the French from 1898 to 1902 and designed by Gustave Eiffel.
Next stop is Hanoi’s largest open-air second-hand market in Hai Ba Tru ng 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 densely pop ulated 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.
Continue to 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: HA NOI – 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 4: HA LONG – HA NOI – FLIGHT TO DA NANG – HOI AN (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 Da Nang. On arrival, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 5: HOI AN (B/-/D)
Today, you 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. In the evening, enjoy a unique dinner on a bamboo raft. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 6: 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 b ack 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 yo ur creations and a beverage with one another. In the evening, time at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 7: HOI AN – TRAIN TO QUY NHON (B/-/-)
Transfer to Tra Kieu station, where you board your train (08:58 – 14:16) for a scenic journey along the Central Coast. Get off at the Dieu Tri Station, where your driver will be waiting to take you to your resort. Check-in and time at leisure. Overnight in Quy Nhon.
DAY 8 - 10: QUY NHON (B/-/-)
Breakfast and time at leisure to relax and enjoy a large number of ex cursions and activities (free or chargeable) offered at the resort. Overnight in Quy Nhon.
DAY 11: QUY NHON – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/-)
Breakfast and time at leisure until your driver transfers you to Quy Nhon airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be transfer to your hotel in city center and spend time at leisure.
At 18:00, enjoy 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 12: HO CHI MINH CITY – BEN TRE OVERNIGHT CRUISE (B/L/D)
Meet your locale guide at 09:00 and depart for Ben Tre. Upon arrival, you will board your Mango cruise boat at Ba Dung pier and head to the An Hoa River. Enjoy your welcome drink and peaceful scenery while crew members board your luggage. The cruise will take you to Phong Nam village in Giong Trom, where you will take a rowing sampan boat through the small canals covered by the water coconut plants. Stop at a local house to taste the tropical fruits and chat with the farme r. Visit the rice noodle factory before starting your bike or rickshaw trip around the village. Relax and enjoy lunch at Mango Restaurant before getting back on the boat and continuing to cruise the Mo Cay canals. Stop for a visit at the coconut processing workshop, where you can see how the locals utilize every bit of the coconut. Continue cruising to Vung Liem province and stop for a visit at the brick-making factory. Here you will see how bricks are made using traditional methods that are centuries old.
Return to your boat and freshen up for your cooking demonstration and dinner on board. The rest of the evening will be spent at your leisure. Overnight will be spent on board on the Co Chien River.
DAY 13: BEN TRE – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/D)
In the morning, breakfast will be served on board before starting to explore the town of Vung Liem by bicycle. Visit the Happy Buddha Temple, a beautiful and characteristic Khmer Temple of this small town. After that continue to visit the Cao Dai Temple in one of the most popular local religions, which is a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
After that, back to the cruise and refresh, check out and you will transfer to Vung Liem Market where your driver is waiting to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City. Return to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at around 12:00 and spend the afternoon at leisure.
At 18:00 start exploring Saigon like a local on a vintage Vespa motor scooter! 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 14: HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/D)
Depart from your hotel at 08:30 to explore Ho Chi Minh City through its market, pagoda, and historical buildings. The best place to learn about local life is the market and the best time to visit it is undoubtedly in the morning. Start the day at the Bàn Cờ market in district 3, where you can find everything from fresh vegetables, fish, meat, and second-hand clothes to street food stalls scattered in narrow alleys. Continue walking to Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment building to observe and understand some aspects of the daily lives of the people of Saigon.
Next stop at the FITO museum (Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine) that offers an in-depth look at the fascinating world of traditional Vietnamese medicine. Located on a small street in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the museum is home to a collection of nearly 3,000 objects related to traditional remedies, some of which date back to the Stone Age.
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 crem ation urns of their departed family members. Continue to the French Quarter in District 1 to visit Saigon Centr al Post Office, a vital part of Ho Chi Minh City's colonial legacy and stroll along Nguyen Hue street and Dong Khoi Street, the busiest streets of the city. Dinner at the Deck Saigon restaurant on the banks of the Saigon. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 15: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Time at leisure until your driver transfers you to the airport for departure flight.