Start a new adventure every day to see Vietnam’s colour, chaos and natural beauty. This seven days trip provides an opportunity to sample many of the sights that have made this Asian nation popular with tourists over the world; from the busy cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi to the small villages that line the Mekong Delta and the wonderful coast at Halong Bay. If not the tourist attractions, your impression would be countless smiley faces as local people are very open and welcoming to foreigners.
- Explore bustling Saigon and historic Hanoi and find out the contrast between the lifestyle of the two cities
- Cruise a sea of limestone karsts, blue-green waters, mysterious caves and tiny floating villages on a cruise trip through paradise-like Halong Bay
- Discover the breath of life in Mekong Delta and savor every moment among the lushly green vegetation and mighty waterways.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Meet your tour guide on arrival at Noi Bai International Airport. Transfer to the hotel in city center and check-in. Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Optional: We introduce two one-of-a-kind traditional performances which are found nowhere else than in Vietnam. You can choose one of below options:
- Water Puppet Show where puppets are performed on water stage with folk music, presenting ancient tales, folklores and daily life in Vietnamese countryside.
- Tu Phu (Four Palaces) Show - a very unique show about ritual of spirit practiced in the Vietnamese indigenous religion with music, colors and lively dance performance. The Four Palaces Shows take place on Thursday and Saturday every week.
If you're interested in the shows, please contact our travel consultants to book.
Day 2: Hanoi Half day City tour
Half day Hanoi city tour (by car or by motorbike – upon client’s interest) - Routes can change subject to client’s interest. Begin the first day of the trip with a tour of Hanoi.
Depart from the hotel at 08:30 for a visit to Vietnam’s first university: the Temple of Literature. Founded in 1076, Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite.
Continue with a visit to the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Nearby is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and his modest house on stilts. (Sites are viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov)
Wrap up the morning with a visit to the picturesque West Lake and its sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years.
Have lunch at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant. Free time at leisure for rest of the day.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay
After breakfast in Hanoi, depart the capital for the 3hr 30mins drive to Halong Bay. Arrive to Halong City’s jetty (around noon) and proceed with check-in formalities. After a welcome onboard, lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay. In the afternoon, enjoy some sightseeing, on-board activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on the vessel. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Ho Chi Minh city
Early risers can enjoy a memorable sunrise over the karst formations of Halong Bay. Breakfast will be served shortly thereafter. Enjoy breakfast (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations back towards port. Upon disembarkation, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to Hanoi for the departing flight. Back on shore we will then transfer back to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh. It will take about 2 hour 5 minutes on flight. Welcomed by our driver in Ho Chi Minh Airport then we will be transferred to hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
Check in hotel, free at leisure the rest of the day.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City
Today morning you will drive 55 km out of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi District famous for the amazing complex of underground tunnels. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. Experience traditional noodle for your lunch.In the afternoon, Enjoy the attraction of Ho Chi Minh City. Sightseeing examples of French colonial architecture and exploring the Vietnam’s turbulent in past at the Museum. Our guide will show you the most interesting sights that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer.
Depart from your hotel to the Reunification Palace; this beautifully preserved palace was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30th 1975 the American War officially came to an end here. Afterward, we visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, which was built sometime between 1886 and 1891. It is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Our last stop would be at a local Market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city in here. Return your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Free time in the rest of day
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh Departure
Have leisure time before your departure. You are welcome to join our interesting optional excursions in and around Ho Chi Minh City, such as our Good Morning Saigon! tour.Please note that hotel check-out time is at 12:00. A late check-out can be arranged subject to room availability and a surcharge will be applied.
Transfer to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight. Tour ends after arriving at the airport.