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14 Days Sightseeing Tour and Culinary Vacation in Vietnam

La Beauté De Hanoi Hotel, 15 Ngõ Trung Yên, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Historical and Cultural Vietnam Holiday

Explore the best of Vietnam in one amazing holiday! In the north, you will see the capital of Hanoi and the serene karst islands of Halong Bay. Traveling by train, you will reach the ancient city of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue, where you can learn about local culture and cuisines. Afterward, you will fly to Nha Trang, a popular beach retreat for locals. Finally, you will go on a trip south to Vietnam's largest bustling city, Ho Chi Minh. Here you will discover the Cu Chi Tunnels and join a foodie tour to taste authentic Vietnamese food. The tour will end with a Mekong excursion, including a visit to Cai Be floating market.

Key information:

  • Guided tour
  • Type of transportation: coach, bus, train, boat, bike, motorcycle, and airplane
  • Starts in Hanoi
  • Ends in Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights

  • Hanoi city tour and food tour
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay
  • Visit to the charming Lady Pagoda
  • Half-day excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels and XO Foodie Tour
  • Cycling to Tra Que Vegetable Village
  • Relaxing beach trip to Nha Trang
  • Full-day Mekong Delta excursion
  • 13 nights accommodation

12 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

Accommodation for this tour is based on a shared twin or double room in a three-star hotel. A higher room grade can be arranged, subject to availability and additional charge, and customers are advised that in some cases when the selected hotels are fully booked, Vietnamese Private Tours will offer alternative accommodation in a hotel of equal category.

  • Relax on a superior room at La Beaute de Hanoi Hotel on your first and second night.
  • Experience Halong Bay on a Swan Cruise or V’spirit Cruise, where you will spend your third night in a deluxe cabin.
  • Doze off in an airconditioned shared 4 berths cabin on your train ride to Hue.
  • Rest after a day of sightseeing in Hue at Rosaleen Hotel on your fifth night.
  • Spend the next two nights at a deluxe room in Calla Villa or Nova Villa in Hoi An.
  • Stay comfortably at the superior room of Hanoi Golden Hotel on your eight to tenth night.
  • Enjoy your last three nights before the tour ends at a superior room in GK Central Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Program

Day 1: Fly to Hanoi

Upon arrival, the shuttle bus and guide of Vietnamese Private Tours will be holding a sign with your name and will welcome you at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Afterward, you are free to spend your time at leisure or just relax at the hotel. Overnight will be in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour and Foodie Tour

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 8:00 a.m. Sightseeing today includes exploring Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes, and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi's key sites include the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda, and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum).

You will end the day’s explorations by enjoying a traditional water puppet show before a three-hour foodie tour by walking in the Old Quarter. This is a great opportunity to taste various local street foods like pho and bun cha and enjoy Vietnamese coffee before returning to the hotel. Overnight will be in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Overnight Cruise

Your guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at the lobby of the hotel at 8:00 to 8:20 a.m. You will start your journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where you can see everyday Vietnamese village life. On arrival, you will board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3,000 magnificent limestone islets.

In the evening, when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, you will enjoy a wonderful seafood meal, and later, there is an opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on the luxurious boat

Day 4: Halong Bay, Hanoi, and Night Train to Hue

Wake up early and participate in tai chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong.

Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel and drop you off at Hanoi train station to catch a night train to Hue. Overnight will be in a shared 4 berths-cabin with air-conditioning.

Day 5: Hue City Tour

Arrive Hue in the morning. Your guide will welcome you at the train station, and you are going to have breakfast with delicious Bun Bo Hue. After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of the ancient capital of Vietnam. You will board on the boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River, heading out for the countryside.

Stop to visit the charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda). Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue and of Buddhism in Vietnam. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to visit Hue Citadel in the afternoon and Dong Ba Market before getting to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight will be in Hue.

Day 6: Hue and Transfer to Hoi An

After checkout, take the scenic route to Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site via Hai Van pass. Upon arrival in Hoi An, check in to your hotel, and you will be free on your own to visit a lovely old-style house, Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple, and the market. Spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An and Cycling to Tra Que

At 9:00 a.m., enjoy cycling through the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que Vegetable Village. There you can enjoy the lush green countryside and see the farmers at work. Later learn to make Vietnamese spring roll and experience foot massage by herbs. Enjoy a free afternoon back in Hoi An for shopping. Overnight will be in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An, Da Nang, and Fly to Nha Trang

You have the day free until your transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. Overnight will be in Nha Trang.

Days 9 to 10: Nha Trang

For two days, you will be free to enjoy the beach, relax at the hotel, or shop around. Overnight will be in Nha Trang.

Day 11: Nha Trang, Fly to Ho Chi Minh, and City Tour

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. At 1:00 p.m., your guide will pick you up at the hotel, and you will take a short sightseeing of the Reunification and visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the War Remnants Museum. The rest of the day is free for shopping at Ben Thanh Market. Overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels and XO Tour

After breakfast, you will have a half-day excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250 kilometers, from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens.

Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving you a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Return to Ho Chi Minh in the afternoon.

At 6:00 p.m., your guide will pick you up at the hotel, and you will join an XO Foodie Tour by night. This is the most fantastic way to experience Saigon by taking the night tour with girls on a motorbike. You will be taken to the most popular street stalls and hidden alleyways in the city and showed where the locals really love to eat. Delight your palate and let them fill your tummy with delicious and authentic Vietnamese food. The tour ends at about 9:00 p.m. Overnight will be in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Excursion

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. to visit one of the most visited regions of the Mekong Delta. You will visit Cai be floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards.

In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world-famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends in Vinh Long. Get on a bus and drive back to Ho Chi Minh.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh Departure

You can spend today at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Please note that the itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition, flight, type of class, and operating conditions.

Location

This tour will take place in Vietnam, starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh. Some of the places you will visit include Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Cu Chi Tunnels, and the Mekong Delta.

Food

The price includes daily breakfast, six lunches, and three dinners. Meals are a fusion of local Vietnam food, Indian food, Western food, or Halal food with daily normal breakfast. Guests should advise any special food preferences, allergies, or dietary requirements at least one week prior to the arrival date. During the tour, two bottles of water per passenger are also available on the coach daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Tours with a local English-speaking guide
  • All transfers in quality air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for all destinations as indicated in the tour itinerary
  • Water puppet show
  • Cooking class
  • Sunset party with a welcome drink
  • Cycling
  • Motorbike foodie tour in Ho Chi Minh
  • Boat ride on the Mekong
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Night train ride from Hanoi to Hue
  • 2 bottles of water per day

What's not included

  • Domestic and international airfare
  • Drinks and other meals not indicated in the program
  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities
  • Early check-in and late checkout
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond control such as natural calamities, flight delays rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, etc.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 56 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

A child aged 4 to 9 with extra bed is charged 75% of the adult rate and 65% without the extra bed. For children aged 10 years old and above, 100% will be charged, while children under 3 years old are free.

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