Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh & Mekong
Spend time exploring Vietnam from north to south. You’ll see all the most popular sights and cities from Hanoi to Hoi Chi Minh. We’ve also included some fantastic cultural experiences, like wandering between villages in the north, meeting the locals, and learning about the lives of the ethnic minorities. Enjoy an overnight cruise in beautiful Halong Bay, and a relaxing time cruising in the Mekong Delta. Experience a variety of transportation options, from comfortable overnight sleeper trains, to tuk tuk, as you travel through Vietnam. Relax in high quality accommodation, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and learn why this tour is the Best of Vietnam!
Day 01: Arrive Hanoi (-/-/-)
On arrival you will transfer to your hotel and enjoy a unique Water Puppet Show depicting Vietnamese Folk Art dating back to the 11th Century (dependent on your arrival time).
Day 02: Hanoi (B/L/D)
Spend the day exploring Hanoi. You will visit the Ethnology Museum, the famous “Hanoi Hilton” (Hoa Lo Prison), Old Quarter, as well as some lesser known attractions.
Day 03: Hanoi – Lao Cai (B/L/-)
Today you will experience a day in the life of the locals. Wander through colourful alleyways then visit the Temple of Literature. Enjoy delicious local food for lunch, then walk through the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Stop at a local Bia Hoi, the local version of a pub, then take an electric cart ride around the lake. You will travel overnight to Lao Cai by sleeper train.
Day 04: Lao Cai – Sapa (B/L/-)
On arrival in Sapa you will store your luggage, then learn about local minorities as you walk through the villages. You will explore stunning scenery and enjoy this fantastic opportunity to learn about the locals. Transfer back to Sapa for the night.
Day 05: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B/-/-)
Drive to Suoi Ho Village, then wander through the rice fields and mountainous town of Ma Tra. The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore. Late afternoon you will transfer from Lao Cai back to Hanoi by sleeper train.
Day 06: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Travel to Halong Bay and embark on your unforgettable overnight cruise. Float amongst traditional ﬂoating villages and explore the beautiful scenery.
Day 07: Halong Bay – Hoi An (B/L/-)
Continue your cruise on the magnificent Bay. After an early lunch you will transfer back to Hanoi and take a short ﬂight to Hoi An. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights.
Day 08: Hoi An (B/-/D)
Take a morning walking tour, visit the home of an old merchant, the 400yr old Japanese Covered Bridge, Cultural Museum, and other highlights. Wander through Hoi An’s first and only organic farm*.
Day 09: Hoi An (B/-/-)
After a delicious breakfast, the day is yours to explore Hoi An at your own leisure.
Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh (B/L/-)
Fly to Ho Chi Minh and study history in the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, built mostly from materials imported from France in the 1800’s.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong (B/L/-)
Travel south to Cai Thia and take a tuk tuk through the Mekong Delta. Learn how to make local cake, and enjoy lunch on the water. Visit local workshops, and check in to your homestay for the night.
Day 12: Mekong – Ho Chi Minh (B/L/-)
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the former stronghold of the Viet Cong. Continue to Tay Ninh and the Cao Dai Holy See Temple before returning to Ho Chi Minh.
Day 13: Depart Ho Chi Minh (B/-/-)
Your last morning is free at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your return ﬂight.
Number of Days 13
Price From $3799
29th September – 13th October*
20th October – 3rd November*
17th November – 1st December*
17th April – 29th April
12th June – 24th June*
2nd September – 14th September*
25th September – 7th October*
16th October – 28th October*
Prices are based on Low Season (01/11/2019 – 30/04/2020). *Surcharges apply for other periods.
12 nights good quality (4 star) accommodation with daily breakfast
Deluxe 1 night Bhaya Cruise on Halong Bay
Overnight twin sleeper train (Hanoi – Lao Cai, Lao Cai – Hanoi)
Flights from Hanoi – Hoi An, Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh
Most meals as indicated
Tipping for guide and driver
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking local guides
International airfares and taxes
Vietnam Visa (if applicable)
Any service not mentioned in the enclosed document
Optional activities (*)
$ Price (Twin Share)
From $3,799 per person (land only, low season)