Jewels of Vietnam

12 Nights / 13 Days

Overview

Capture the Jewels of Vietnam in this cross-country holiday. The tour sets off in Hanoi with a deep exploration the 1000-year-old capital before venturing into the dramatic Halong Bay with towering cliffs, jungle-topped islands, hidden caves and a night on traditional junk. Then make your way to Hoi An for a cooking class and the tranquility of ancient beauty. Drive across the stunning Hai Van Pass, we explore the Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River in Hue. Next, fly to the South to admire the French architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. Gain an insight into the harsh life of Vietnam people in wartimes in Cu Chi tunnels. And an exploration of Vietnam is not complete without a visit to Mekong Delta, the lifeblood of the Southerners with lush waterways and floating market on a relaxing boat. Combined with local market visits, historical sites, the French colonial chic, close approach to the local daily life, this thirteen-day journey is sure to delight and leave you a long lasting impression.

Highlights

  • Cyclo ride around the Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Halong Bay, Hue Imperial City and Hoi An’s ancient town
  • Overnight on traditional junk
  • A pleasant cooking class with Vietnamese dishes
  • The Mekong Delta
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Mui Ne Beach

Hanoi

Halong Bay

Hoi An

Hue

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Can Tho

Mui Ne

Tour Route

2 Nights

Hanoi

2 Nights

1 Night

Halong Bay Cruise

1 Night

1 Night

Hoi An

1 Night

1 Night

Hue

1 Night

2 Nights

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

2 Nights

1 Night

Can Tho

1 Night

1 Night

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

1 Night

3 Nights

Mui Ne

3 Nights

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13

Arrive Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi Airport, warm welcomed by our representative person then transfer to hotel for check in

Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

No Meals
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi – Full Day City Tour

Start off with an hour Cyclo ride around the French Quarter in the heart of Hanoi, to immerse yourself in an old atmosphere of an area that perfectly captures the timelessness and nostalgia of Vietnam. Mainly formed and developed during the French colonial era in the 20th century, the structure of French Old Quarter is planned on chess board model, so it is difficult to be broken. Buildings and architectures are designed by French architects according to colonial style in accordance with Vietnam climate. This is a great introduction of the thousand-year-old city which helps you delve into a bygone time of Vietnam, from the grand structures dominate the tree-lined boulevard to the modest buildings hidden behind small alleys, from the newly renovated to those near collapse. Many decades after the French left, these architectures have been remained and become important heritages in the distinctly atmosphere and charm of the capital.

Afterward, pay your respect to the nation’s founder at the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Ba Dinh Square, an important point of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese. Explore the nearby simple cottage on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked during his humble beginnings as a revolutionary. Next, move to the Ho Chi Minh Museum featuring an extraordinary tribute to his life. Gain insight into the prewar history of the country at the Governor’s Residence, also known as the Presidential Palace, an excellent example of Hanoi’s classical French architectural heritage, and Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the opulent structure for symbolic reasons, opting to build a traditional Vietnamese stilt house on the grounds instead. Stop by the iconic One Pillar Pagoda - a unique Vietnamese architecture reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond and hear the legend of its construction. Then transfer back to your hotel for leisure. Afternoon, continue with the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius.

Afternoon, our guide & driver will pick you up then transfer to Chợ Hôm market, mainly known as a fabric market, where you can buy wholesale fabric by the meter to make your own dresses and other things. Chợ Hôm market is full of produce, meats, seafood, and traditional Vietnamese foods. Enjoy the market like a local and see how Hanoians buy foods in a local market.

After finishing the city tour, the group proceed to visit a unique café hidden away in a small alley at the heart of the Old Quarter. With about 95% furniture and decorations made from recycled materials, the café’s owner wants to contribute a part in protecting the environment, raising the community awareness, as well as spreading the message of nature protection to everyone, especially the young. Using the principle of “reduce – reuse – recycle”, all the scraps were cleaned, cut, grafted, and painted to make tables, chairs, decorative lights, and drinking cups.

This evening, you’ll experience one of Vietnam’s unique traditional arts at a Water Puppet show. This style of theatre (known as "Roi Nuoc" in Vietnamese) originates from rural festivals in Vietnam and features artists standing waist-deep in water to manipulate puppets, making them move, talk, laugh and even dance on water’s surface. The plays act out typical Vietnamese stories, depicting farmers working in the paddy fields, water buffalo bathing, courtship scenes and martial arts displays, all to the delight of the audience.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi – Halong Overnight on Boat

In the morning you will depart Hanoi at 08:30 for a 3.5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay City. On the way, you will stop for refreshments. Upon arriving in Halong City, you will take a tender transfer to your junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. As you cruise the magical bay, you will notice thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons’ teeth.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll visit a fishing village with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you’ll enjoy cocktails or a cooking class while watching the sunset and later unwind at a restaurant for a lavish dinner. Enjoy some evening activities such as movie night, board games, or a beauty treatment before an overnight stay on the junk.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Overnight on Cruise

Halong – Hanoi (Drive) & Hanoi – Danang (By Flight) & Danang – Hoi An (Drive)

After rising to the sound of the ocean coming to life, you’ll enjoy breakfast, take a Tai Chi class and watch the sunrise over the bay (if you choose to get up that early!) You will visit a beautiful limestone grotto, then head back to the junk for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Disembarking at the Cruise Café Lounge, you’ll rejoin your private car for transfer back to the Hanoi Airport to board flight for Da Nang. Upon arrival at Da Nang Airport, our guide will pick up at the airport then transfer 45 minutes to Hoi An town . You will check in hotel and free at leisure.

Brunch Included
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Hoi An

Hoi An – Hue (Drive)

Morning, you will have breakfast at hotel then take half day city tour .Take walking tour around Hoi An town to visit Hoi An town. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Your sightseeing will include the iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts. You will also visit the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities.

Afternoon, you will transfer to Hue upon arrival you will check in hotel and free at leisure. Late afternoon, you will arrive Hue then check in hotel. Late afternoon, take a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River to enjoy the open view of the river and beautiful landscape along the banks. On the way, drop a visit to Thien Mu pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery overlooking the river from a vantage point with its origin dating back to 1601. Then transfer by car to Minh Mang Tomb, where the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried. Last, stop for shopping at Dong Ba market, which is the city's traditional commercial center.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Hue

Hue – Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (By Flight)

You will take a half day tour of Hue City, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam for the 1802-1945 period and the last refuge of Vietnamese feudalism. The city’s beauty is characterized by a natural scenic landscape and an extensive variety of historical relics. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s and featuring three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner.

Next, move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Vietnam’s second-to-last king, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style

In the afternoon, you will take flight to Ho Chin Minh. Meet our guide at the airport then transfer to check in hotel and free at leisure

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel

Morning, you will have breakfast at hotel then take half day Cu Chi tunnel.

Transfer to Cu Chi, the northernmost suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges.

Activities in Cu Chi Tunnels, where you will

  • Watch a documentary film that takes you to the past with an introduction of the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Crawl short distances through the tunnels that were used by the guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. You may see a kitchen, living quarters, and a meeting room on the way. The tunnels have been enlarged so visitors can crawl through them, imagine what it must have been like before!
  • Learn about how different types of booby trap - the symbol of guerrilla warfare - were created and set up.
  • Visit the weapons room and learn how the ingenious Viet Cong soldiers made them.
  • Get adventurous and go to the shooting range to fire a real AK-47. The cost for the bullets are not included in this price.

In the afternoon is half day city tour to visit to the War Remnants Museum is on their must-see list for Ho Chi Minh City. With your private driver and English speaking guide, delve into the images and sounds of Vietnam’s lengthy war history with the French and Americans. The museum features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons and photos of the Vietnamese side of the war, and includes a moving tribute to the journalists, civilians and soldiers lost during the war, as well as a critical look at biological warfare, weaponry, and worldwide movements for peace. Continue to the Reunification Palace, also known as the Independence Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975 during the Fall of Saigon. It was here that the Vietnam War ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates and led to the formal reunification of the two sides.

The afternoon continues with a drive passing by the former American Embassy and the site where the famous Buddhist Thich Quang Duc self- immolated in June11, 1963. After his funeral, where his remains were finally reduced to ashes, Quang Duc's heart, which had not burned, was retrieved, enshrined, and treated as a sacred relic. His self- immolation begins people’s up-rising movement largely, which lead to the fall of President Diem regime End with a visit to the iconic Ben Thanh Market, a centrally located covered market with ample opportunities to pick up souvenirs or relax with a cup of Vietnamese coffee. In the afternoon, check in hotel and free at leisure

Then continue the tour to visit Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Call in Saigon Central Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven. Late afternoon, check in hotel and free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta – Ben Tre – Can Tho (Drive)

After breakfast, 08.00 you are transferred for 2 hour to Ben Tre. On arrival in Hung vuong Pier. Boating on Ben Tre river – one of tributaries of Mekong river- is along mangrove tree from town to country. Witness lively activities in morning as fishing, coconut cargo boats carrying on river.... Stop at traditional brickwork to see how to make bricks by hand. Go on by boat to My Long village, walking to hamlet to see making rice paper and enjoy some rice cake. Turn on Cai Son canal winding through coconut jungle, visit coconut workshop, have a look stages of coconut processing from husk off, prize out to peel out by hand. Go on small waterway and stop at coconut candy mill, enjoy some fruits, honey tea and listen to local music as well.

Continue short walking to visit farmer house who making sleep mats. Cycle rural tracks or drive tuk tuk through coconut grove, vegetable plains (cucumber, bitter melon...). Keep going by rowing boat on shady palm tree canal and stop for lunch at riverside restaurant. Boating back Hung Vuong pier by motorboat. In the late afternoon, you will come back city then check in hotel and free at leisure. In the afternoon, you will continue to transfer Can Tho. Check in hotel and free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Can Tho

Cantho – Ho Chi Minh (Drive)

Morning, depart for Ninh Kieu wharf by shuttle bus then embark a boat cruise to the Cai Rang floating market where sellers and buyers bargain and exchange goods from their boats. Located on Can Tho river, this is the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta. Like other floating markets in the region, it was initially established to meet the trading meets of local people while the road traffic system was still in its infancy. Today, even if the road traffic network has developed significantly, Cai Rang floating market still play an important part in the local life and culture. To understand more about lifestyle here, keep on going into the small creek called Rach Nho in which the Southern countryside can be seen clearly.

In the afternoon, you will transfer back Ho Chi Minh then check in hotel and free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh – Mui Ne (Drive)

Morning, you will have breakfast at hotel then our driver will pick up at the lobby then transfer to Mui Ne. It takes around 4 hours plus by driving. Upon arrival you will check in hotel and free at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Mui Ne

Mui Ne

Breakfast at the Hotel
Rest of the day relaxing at the beach or by the Hotel Poolside

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Mui Ne

Mui Ne

Breakfast at the Hotel
Rest of the day relaxing at the beach or by the Hotel Poolside

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Mui Ne

Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh (Drive)

Breakfast at the Hotel and Check Out

Later you are transferred to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Airport to board flight back home.

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Pricing*

– £1645 / $2275 per person for a minimum of 2 travellers on a twin or double sharing basis.
– £470 / $650 for single room supplement.

Price valid till 30th April 2023 & based in Standard Hotels.

Included

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing basis
  • One night in private cabin on a junk in Ha Long Bay
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Lunch or Dinner as specified in the program
  • Private Transfers
  • City Sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Car with Driver
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrances to Monuments
  • Domestic Flight as per Program

Not Included

  • International Flight
  • Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Meals -Lunch and Dinner not mentioned in program
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips
  • Visa Charges

* Terms and Conditions Apply

  1. Prices applicable for standard hotels, luxury accommodations available on request.
  2. Prices valid upto 30th April 2023.
  3. Christmas and New Year supplement applicable extra.
  4. Local taxes apply.

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