Explore the Essence of Vietnam

Discover the captivating landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Vietnam on this comprehensive tour. Begin in vibrant Hanoi, then venture to the stunning Ha Long Bay. Uncover the hidden gems of Ninh Bình and the mountainous Sapa region, home to diverse ethnic minority groups. Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Hoi An and imperial Hue. Conclude your journey in dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Throughout your adventure, savor the diverse culinary delights and witness the remarkable natural beauty, captivating history, and welcoming spirit of this enchanting Southeast Asian nation.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

  • Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel
  • Check-in and have the rest of the day free to relax or explore the city on your own

Day 2: Hanoi Walking Tour – Free Afternoon

  • After breakfast, embark on a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Visit the iconic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the impressive One Pillar Pagoda
  • Explore the vibrant streets of the Old Quarter, home to traditional shops and local life
  • Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch in a local restaurant
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure to further discover Hanoi on your own

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

  • Depart Hanoi for the scenic drive to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Board a traditional Vietnamese junk boat and set sail through the stunning limestone islands and emerald waters
  • Enjoy a delightful lunch on board as you cruise through the breathtaking landscape
  • Explore some of the caves and hidden coves in the bay
  • Spend the night on board the junk boat, marveling at the sunset and serene ambiance

Day 4: Ha Long Bay – Ninh Bình

  • Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the bay
  • Disembark and drive to Ninh Bình, known as the “Halong Bay on Land”
  • Check into your hotel and have the afternoon free to relax or explore the local area

Day 5: Ninh Bình – Hoa Lu Temples – Tam Coc – Ninh Bình

  • Start the day by visiting the ancient Hoa Lu Temples, the former capital of Vietnam
  • Embark on a boat trip through the picturesque Tam Coc, known as the “Ha Long Bay on Land”
  • Pass by the stunning limestone cliffs and rice paddy fields, and row through the serene rivers and caves
  • Return to Ninh Bình and spend the rest of the day at leisure

Day 6: Ninh Bình – Hanoi

  • Depart Ninh Bình and drive back to Hanoi
  • Upon arrival, have the afternoon free to further explore the city

Day 7: Hanoi – Sapa

  • Take a morning train to the mountain town of Sapa, known for its stunning landscapes and diverse ethnic minority villages
  • Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, acclimatizing to the cooler mountain climate

Day 8: Sapa Villages Tour

  • Embark on a guided tour to explore the nearby ethnic minority villages, such as Cat Cat and Sin Chai
  • Witness the daily lives and cultural traditions of the local Hmong, Dao, and other ethnic groups
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the stunning mountain scenery
  • Return to Sapa and have the afternoon free to explore the town on your own

Day 9: Sapa – Hanoi

  • Depart Sapa and take the train back to Hanoi
  • Spend the afternoon exploring any remaining sights in Hanoi that you haven’t seen

Day 10: Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An

  • Fly from Hanoi to Da Nang
  • Transfer to the charming town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Check into your hotel and have the rest of the day free to wander the ancient streets of Hoi An

Day 11: Hoi An Walking Tour – Free Afternoon

  • Embark on a walking tour of Hoi An’s historic center, visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phung Hung ancient house, and the vibrant local market
  • Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch in a local restaurant
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure, exploring the town’s shops, tailor shops, and riverside promenade

Day 12: Hoi An Free Day

  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in Hoi An, with the option to relax on the nearby beaches, take a cooking class, or explore the surrounding countryside

Day 13: Hoi An – Hue

  • Depart Hoi An and drive over the Hai Van Pass, stopping to admire the stunning coastal views
  • Upon arrival in Hue, check into your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore the city

Day 14: Hue City Tour

  • Embark on a guided tour of Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam
  • Visit the impressive Hue Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, and the ornate Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Enjoy a boat trip along the Perfume River
  • Spend the afternoon exploring the royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty

Day 15: Hue Free Day

  • Spend the day at leisure in Hue, with the option to visit additional sights or simply relax

Day 16: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

  • Fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore the vibrant city

Day 17: Cu Chi Tunnels Day Tour

  • Embark on a day trip to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network used during the Vietnam War
  • Learn about the history and construction of the tunnels, and have the opportunity to crawl through a section of the tunnels
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon at leisure

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City Free Day

  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City, with the option to visit museums, and markets, or venture out to the Mekong Delta region

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh – Departure

  • Transfer to the airport for your departure flight, bidding farewell to Vietnam.