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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in the ultimate scenery on this 16-day panoramic tour of Vietnam. This is a comprehensive classic itinerary that takes you to all the must-see highlights and fun activities, including the charm of Hanoi's Old Quarter, the limestone landscapes of Ninh Binh, picturesque Halong Bay, the tranquil ancient town of Hoi An, relaxing Nha Trang, romantic Dalat, vibrant Ho Chi Minh, and the bustling Mekong River floating markets. This itinerary is a great combination of cultural exploration, nature sightseeing, and interesting activities.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Watch Vietnam’s most distinctive traditional folk stage show in Hanoi - Water Puppet Show.
  • Join an interesting cooking class on the Halong Bay cruise and make authentic Vietnamese cuisine under the guidance of a professional chef.
  • Spent leisurely 2 days in Hoi An Ancient town, taking a cooking class, relaxing on the beach, visiting the art galleries...
  • Immerse in the relaxing seaside cityof Nha Trang and enjoy various activities with your beloved such as kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, and diving.
  • Enjoy a delightful time in the romantic resort with a strong European flavor - Da Lat.
  • Crawl through the tunnels togain insight into the resilient national character of the Vietnamese through war stories.
  • Have a wooden boat ride along the Mekong water coconut grove, with visits to local orchards and a coconut sugar factory.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to join our 16-day panoramic tour of Vietnam! When you land at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, a local driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the time is yours.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  2. As the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam, Hanoi combines more than 1,000 years of history and modern development.

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum will be your first stop, then head to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards, your knowledgeable guide will take you to the Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, Quan Thanh Temple, and Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake, to tell you the legendary stories behind these buildings. The final tour of the forenoon will be at the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. (It's up to you)

    Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake
    Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake

    In the evening, your guide will walk you to the theatre to watch the Water Puppet Show, the most distinctive traditional folk stage show in Vietnam with a history of over 1,000 years.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  3. After breakfast, proceed to Duong Lam, a typical village in the north of Vietnam that has preserved many ancient features, huge banyan trees, old wells, renovated group houses... It is a peaceful weekend getaway where you will ride a bicycle through small alleys to visit Mong Phu Temple, after which you will ride along the terraced fields to discover the farming life of Vietnamese farmers. Finally, stop at two century-old houses for a visit.

    Vietnam Mong Phu Temple
    Mong Phu Temple

    We begin the afternoon with a visit to Ngo Quyen Temple and Phung Hung Temple, dedicated to two of Vietnam's national heroes. Continue your village ride to Mia Pagoda, home of Vietnam's artistic statues, with 287 large statues. The pagoda is not as large and crowded as many other famous pagodas, where visitors always feel at peace. Later, drive back to Hanoi.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  4. Drive for 2.5 hours to Ninh Binh province, a picturesque landscape with a number of places of interest. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, a religious complex that includes old pagodas nestled in a tranquil forest, and newly renovated pagodas, parks, and lakes. We will spend the morning fully exploring the area, immersing ourselves in the wondrous scenery and tranquil atmosphere.

    Vietnam Ninh Binh Bai Dinh Pagoda
    Bai Dinh Pagoda

    After lunch, depart for Trang An Grottoes, a World Natural Heritage Site with beautiful rice fields connected to the mountains. A traditional sampan ride will be arranged for you to gently descend through the numerous caves and admire the stunning limestone mountains standing in the vast waters. After the tour, drive to your hotel in the city for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Ninh Binh

  5. Today, the driver will take you to Hai Phong City to start a Halong Bay cruising tour.

    Hop aboard a luxury ship for sun-lit voyages on shimmering seas with enchanting views. Explore the highlights of Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay. Drop anchor in a secluded bay, swim in the crystal clear water, and walk on the soft sandy beach. Fresh and delicious seafood will be served for lunch.

    Vietnam Halong Bay Bai Tu Long Bay
    Bai Tu Long Bay

    In the afternoon, if you are interested, join a fun cooking class and enjoy a delicious dinner. Feel the gentle sea breeze on the top deck with a cocktail in hand. Or experience an unforgettable evening of fishing.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  6. Get up early to take photos of the amazing sunrise over the sea from the top deck with a cup of coffee or tea and learn how to practice Tai Chi.

    Halong Bay Sunrise View
    Sunrise over Halong Bay

    Afterwards, take a small boat ride to Viet Hai village, surrounded by mountains, dense jungle, and a vast ocean. Take a bike tour (electric car service available at extra cost) along the village paths, admiring the rice fields dotted with old bamboo-built houses along the way.

    Return to the boat and continue to Lan Ha Bay, where you will enjoy a varied lunch on the way. Lan Ha Bay, consisting of about 400 limestone islets, is an untouched gem with pristine waters and caves to discover. With over 140 white sandy beaches in the bay, visitors often don't have to make much effort to find the perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, and even adventurous cliff jumping!

    After the tour, return to the main cruise ship for a traditional cooking class. After dinner, you can enjoy the stunning night view of the bay from the deck.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: On Board

  7. Wake up early to witness the stunning sunrise over the bay. Continue your sailing journey to the Ao Ech Area, known for its unspoiled beauty and tranquility. Take a kayak and enjoy the wild landscape formed by limestone islands, surrounded by turquoise waters and deserted beaches. Then return to the ship for brunch, during which you will have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese tea culture.

    Meet your private driver at the pier, who will escort you to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon landing, a local driver will transfer you to Hoi An for an overnight stay.

    Meals: Brunch

    Accommodation: Hoi An

  8. Taking a guided tour to My Son Sanctuary will make your trip to Hoi An more memorable. Built in 500 AD, the sanctuary is the heart of a Hindu kingdom that ruled central and southern Vietnam for 14 centuries. For those interested in ancient civilizations and architecture, this is a rewarding attraction.

    Vietnam My Son Sanctuary
    My Son Sanctuary

    After the visit, drive back to Hoi An for lunch. In the afternoon, stroll through the yellow-dominated ancient town while traveling in the long river of history. Freeze your beautiful memories by taking pictures of the exquisite Japanese Covered Bridge, the well-preserved Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, and the Old House of Tan Ky.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hoi An

  9. Today you are free to spend a slow-paced day (without a guide) visiting art galleries, tailor stores, bars, and restaurants. In addition, the cooking class is a very interesting experience. You can also head to the beach to relax, where you can feel the gentle sea breeze while lying under a sunshade made of leaves.

    Note: You can consult our travel consultant for specific activities.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hoi An

    Vietnam Hoi An Beach
    Relax on Hoi An Beach

  10. After breakfast, enjoy your free time. You will be picked up by your driver at the appointed time and transferred to Da Nang airport for your flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, the local driver will escort you to your hotel in the city.

    Nha Trang, a coastal city in south-central Vietnam, is fast becoming a popular international tourist destination with its pristine beaches and excellent diving environment. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to explore this charming city.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Nha Trang

  11. You are free at leisure today. Enjoy your beach tour to the fullest! You can take part in some optional activities, such as kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, diving, cycling, or just walking along the soft beach.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Nha Trang

    Nha Trang in Vietnam
    Nha Trang

  12. After breakfast, take a 4-hour ride to Da Lat, which is a romantic resort with a strong European flavor, known as "The City of Eternal Spring" and "Little Paris".

    In the afternoon, take a city tour to visit the former residence of Emperor Bao Dai (the last emperor of Vietnam), Old Da Lat Railway Station, Central Market, and the XQ Embroidery Village, a favorite spot for lovers of history and culture, where you will enjoy Vietnamese traditional hand embroidery works and exquisite line art.

    Vietnam Old Da Lat Railway Station
    Da Lat Railway Station

    In the evening, take a stroll around Xuan Huong Lake (a crescent-shaped artificial lake) to experience the unique charm of the city.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Da Lat

  13. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at around 8 am for a visit to Tanung Village, where take a guided tour through the plantation and forest to Elephant Waterfall and Linh An Pagoda, after which you will return to Dalat for lunch.

    In the afternoon, take a cable car to Tuyen Lam Lake and Truc Lam Meditation Pagoda, the largest Zen Buddhist monastery on Mount Phoenix surrounded by tall pine forests and beautiful gardens in full bloom. There are two main temples in the complex, where you can witness real monastic life.

    Then, drive to the airport to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon), the most prosperous city in Vietnam.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh

  14. Today, drive out of the downtown area to the Cu Chi Tunnels, once a system of underground battle tunnels dug by villagers and soldiers for Vietnam to resist French rule. You will experience crawling through the tunnels and gaining insight into the resilient national character of the Vietnamese through war stories.

    Cu Chi Tunnels Ho Chi Minh
    Cu Chi Tunnels

    After that, you will be transferred back to the city to visit some landmarks, including the Center Post Office, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and War Remnants Museum.

    Then wander around Ben Thanh Market to discover some traditional local crafts, fashionable clothes, delicious restaurants...

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Ho Chi Minh

  15. Today we start our journey along the Mekong River. Take a two-hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be, stopping along the way to visit a local coconut candy factory and orchard. You will also have the opportunity to listen to traditional music performed by local villagers.

    Mekong River Orchard Garden
    An Orchard Garden

    After enjoying lunch at a riverside restaurant, take a motorboat ride across the rivers and explore the countryside by bike on one of the islands. After your tour, your private driver will pick you up at Vinh Long Pier and transfer you to Can Tho City for the night.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Can Tho

  16. After breakfast, pack your luggage and check out of the hotel. Your guide and driver will escort you to Cai Rang Floating Market for a motorboat trip. Feed your sight on dozens of the freshest tropical fruits like jackfruit and rambutan. Continue with a boat trip to some orchards to taste fresh exotic fruits.

    Vietnam Cai Rang Floating Market
    Cai Rang Floating Market

    Delve into the local countryside and learn about the habits of the locals. Finally, you will be escorted back to Saigon airport for your flight home. This is the end of the service.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 3 Domestic flights;
  • Hotels & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Halong Bay Package;
  • Water Puppet Performance;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots and boat trip as mentioned;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water for each person per day.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Hanoi or off Ho Chi Minh City;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as phone cards, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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