This comprehensive Vietnam tour is a perfect introduction to Vietnam, with tours to visit many of the countries tourist highlights combined with some less visited rural areas. This exciting adventure begins in the capital Hanoi where you’ll have guided tours to all of the cities important monuments and buildings along with plenty of free time to soak up the culture in the Ancient Quarter. Leaving Hanoi behind you head to famous Halong Bay which many regard as one the Natural Wonder of the World. Whilst here you’ll spend 2 days onboard a traditional Junk boat meandering around the thousands of tiny islands. Halong Bay is an awe-inspiring site which will leave you dumbstruck by its natural beauty.
After spending a night onboard the Reunification Express you’ll arrive in Hue where you’ll have a guided tour of this imperial city before heading on to beautiful Hoi An with its traditional architecture and laid-back life-style. Whilst in Hoi An you’ll join a bicycle tour out of the city to visit some of the nearby rural villages and maybe even partake in some ‘manual labour!’.
The last stop on this tour is the former capital of the French Colony of Chochin China – Ho Chi Minh City, though many still refer to it as Saigon. Ho Chi Minh is the vibrant business hub of the country where you’ll see newly building sky scrapers standing in contrast beside traditional Vietnamese buildings. You’ll have guided tour of the city and also take an interesting side-trip to the Mekong Delta where you’ll spend the night in the home of a local family.
Private tour option
If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
DAY 1 Arrive into Hanoi
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi for the start of your trip.OVERNIGHT
Hanoi hotel EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour DAY 2 Hanoi, full day city tour
Today you will take a full day city tour of Hanoi’s essential sites. There is a morning and afternoon schedule, as well as an organised lunch which is included.
Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum
The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070
A local Vietnamese lunch
Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples
Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake - the Ngoc Son Temple is set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century
A one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi!
A traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets
Please note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.OVERNIGHT
Hanoi hotel MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch DAY 3 Drive to Halong Bay for overnight cruise
At around 8 am start your journey to Halong Bay and arrive at around midday to board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Thousands of towering pillars of sea and wind wind-carved limestone karst make the bay an unforgettable and iconic sight. After lunch, explore some of the huge limestone caves dotted around the bay and visit a floating fishing village. Then the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim, soak up the sun on the top deck, or try your hand at kayaking. In the evening enjoy a seafood feast for dinner.OVERNIGHT
Halong Bay Junk Boat MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 4 Morning swim, afternoon return to Hanoi
Enjoy an early morning swim (during the summer), followed by breakfast as you cruise through more spectacular scenery. In the afternoon drive back to Hanoi for your overnight train to Hue. You may have a few hours in Hanoi before the train departs. We recommend that you take time to get a good meal before transferring to the train station.OVERNIGHT
4-birth sleeper train MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch DAY 5 Arrive in Hue, city tour
Upon arrival in Hue you are met and transferred to your hotel. Early check in is subject to availability but breakfast is included.
Today enjoy a private tour of this beautiful city which is rich in history, culture and ancient temples. Spend the day exploring the Citadel, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, before relaxing on a sunset cruise on the Perfume RiverOVERNIGHT
Hue hotel MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch DAY 6 Drive the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, city tour
Drive south along a beautiful stretch of coastline and over the scenic Hai Van Pass, to the picturesque riverside community of Hoi An. On arrival, enjoy a walking tour of this charming traditional town now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. Today, it remains a quaint riverside town, renowned for its silk and popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century and much of the town is now heritage-listed.OVERNIGHT
Hoi An hotel MEALS
Breakfast DAY 7 Bicycle tour to Tra Que village
Tra Que is a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An town. The village is particularly famous for its sweet scented green vegetables that spice up the famous Cao Lau and Quang noodle dishes that Hoi An locals favour. Upon visiting the village you will have the chance to discover the art of cultivating the plants and have the opportunity to take part in a fun cooking class, where you can learn how to prepare some local dishes.
Ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village, where you will be introduced to the history of the village and the cultivation of the vegetables. You will also discover how some of the crops are used in traditional Vietnamese medicine. As you visit the surrounding vegetable gardens you will join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed. You will have the chance to participate in activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering and picking the greens. Spend the rest of the morning working the land in the time honoured way, before breaking for lunch with a local family. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring rolls and banh xeo, which is a local pancake dish that is popular in central Vietnam. After your lunch and the exertions of the morning, take a traditional Vietnamese post-prandial nap.
At around 3:00pm, bid farewell to your host family before heading back to Hoi An. On the return journey you will stop at Nhat tomb and Ba Le Well. Arrive back in Hoi An town at around 4:00pm.OVERNIGHT
Hoi An hotel MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch DAY 8 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), city tour
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the highlights of this bustling, cosmopolitan city. In the evening, you may like to enjoy a fun cooking class or take a cruise down the Saigon River, complete with local entertainment and a fantastic traditional and international buffet dinner.OVERNIGHT
Ho Chi Minh city hotel MEALS
Breakfast DAY 9 Mekong Delta and Vinh Long homestay
The morning begins with a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, famous for its floating markets. After touring the markets, board a private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. Here, feast at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular 'Elephant ear fish', before continuing to explore the tributaries and canals of the Delta. Towards the end of the day, arrive at the home of a local family. The evening is spent with the family, learning about life in the Delta.OVERNIGHT
Mekong delta homestay MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 10 Mekong Delta tours, return to Ho Chi Minh
Rising to the sounds of life on the Delta, have an early breakfast before boarding a riverboat to cruise to Vinh Long town, stopping along the way to visit local cottage industries. Then, transfer by vehicle to the town of My Tho to visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.OVERNIGHT
Ho Chi Minh city hotel MEALS
Breakfast DAY 11 Ho Chi Minh City departure day
Free day. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.OVERNIGHT
Extra night - post-tour