Luxurious Vietnam Exploration 11 days

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Cam Thanh Village - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Overview

Sometimes coming to a new land makes you confused not knowing where to start and when should end. Then stop wondering and use this tour as a guide for you to have an overview. This tour gives you suggestions about the main destinations that you should not miss in Vietnam. Up to you can start from the South (Ho Chi Minh city) or the North (Hanoi) but the route helps you have a general view of places in Vietnam. They have their own differences and specialties that you would be amazed once you experience them. Stay like a king and play like a local!

11 days / 10 nights
Private Tour
Departure: Daily from Ho Chi Minh City
Theme:
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Highlights

  • Explore the Mekong Delta on a private cruise for a unique experience
  • Hands-on farming activities like a real local farmer in Hoi An
  • Get to know Hanoi city like a real local with street food excursion in the evening
  • Enjoy 3 days on a cruise in the Bay of Wonder – Halong Bay

Itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival

Upon arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you are welcome by our tour guide and driver to transfer to the hotel in the center of the city. The rest of the day is your own time to relax after a long flight or to wander in the zone around your hotel.

Depending on your flight schedule, you can choose to join an optional excursion for your first day in Vietnam:

Dinner Cruise on Saigon River – from $30

You will be picked up at your hotel and transfer to the pier. Setting foot on a cruise to enjoy dinner meanwhile the cruise setting sails along the Saigon River for a totally new view of the city will surely be a great way to start your journey.

Saigon Night Life Tour by Motorbike – from $43

One way to experience the city at night: on a two-wheel bike like a real local, you are going to enjoy the vibrant spirit of Saigon when the sun goes down and the lights are on.

Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City from above

Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Visit Mekong Delta on Cai Be Princess cruise - full day trip

Pick up at your hotel and get to the Cai Be jetty at 10:00 am. You will be welcomed with cold towels and a refreshing drink while the Cai Be Princess sampan sets off for its leisure cruise on the busy waterways.

On the river, boat traffic is endless and the activity never ceases. Observe from the comfort of your sampan life as it plays out on the riverbanks – the people, the stunning landscapes – while your attentive crew serves you tea and seasonal fruit. At Tan Phong Islet board a little rowing boat to explore the canal’s hidden mangroves. Return to your sampan to visit an ancient house built in the 19th century.

We’ll make stops along the way to provide glimpses of local cottage industries: coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn), products that provide a living for the river people. Your cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river, surrounded by fruit trees, giving you a sense of life during Indochinese times.

After lunch, at around 2:30 pm, take a short walk along a small canal, towards the Ba Bon Bridge where your personal vehicle waiting to take you to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive at your hotel at around 4:30 pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

Cai Be Princess Cruise

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - flight to Da Nang - transfer to Hoi An

It’s your free time until the pick up for the flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Da Nang airport, transfer to hotel in Hoi An for relaxation and refreshment. Free time for the rest of the day.

If you feel full of energy and desire to explore even more, we suggest some optional excursion for you to participate:

Good Morning Saigon! – from $32

This tour starts pretty early in the morning at around 6:00, will take you to the local corner of Ho Chi Minh city to observe and understand unique activities of local when they wake up early to prepare for their new day.

Hoi An Motorbike Street Food Tour Half Day – from $45

For food lovers, Hoi An is totally a land of dream. It will be a flaw if you come to Hoi An and not enjoy their food that you cannot find anywhere else. Hoping on a bike and get deeply into the Hoi An market, you will know you are in the right place!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Hoi An Town

Day 4: One day as a farmer in Cam Thanh village

Tour guide welcome you at the hotel lobby to start the day, ride a bicycle to a herb village – a little charming village lies on the edge of Hoi An. It is named after the sweetly scented vegetable. There you can get the wonderful farming life scenery with plenty of vegetables and local farmers hard-working on their own garden.

Nearly 60% of Vietnam’s population engages in farming. In order to get a real insight into the hardship of growing vegetables, spend some hours helping the local farmers with their daily tasks. On the edge of Hoi An Ancient town lays Cam Thanh Eco village, known for scented vegetables that spice up local dishes.

Upon arrival, take a tour around the vegetable gardens and join the farmers in preparing and fertilizing the land. Get to know the villagers’ daily working routines, like raking the ground, sowing, watering and picking greens and many more gardening activities.

Your work will be rewarded with a delicious locally prepared meal. Have a lunch at the local family. All of these farming activities make up an unique and special tour that will be an unforgettable experience on your trip to Vietnam. Back to hotel by bike and have free time for the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Cam Thanh Village as a Local Farmer

Like a Farmer in Cam Thanh Village

Day 5: Free day to enjoy Hoi An

Now you are having a complete free day to enjoy this worth-to-live city. We leave this day free so you will have time to enjoy the day by your own way. But if you want to take advantage of time to know more about the zone, we suggest some destination that you might hear of: My Son Sanctuary, Cu Lao Cham Island, Hai Van Pass, etc.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An - flight to Hanoi - local food tour in the evening

The car will pick you up at hotel, transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival you will be picked up to hotel in Hanoi, have some time to take a rest.

At around 18:00 tour guide will pick up at hotel to start the local excursion also to get to know the city of Hanoi, taste the local food that might not appear in restaurants or walk into hidden corners that they will not take you to in normal tours. Back to hotel and have free time (you can request to end the excursion in one coffee shop near your hotel to have time watching and enjoying the city a bit).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Bun Bo Nam Bo

Street Food Hanoi Bun Bo Nam Bo

Day 7: Visit Hanoi city full day

On this day you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the months of September and October) and his former residence (closed on Monday and Friday), One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago.

Continue the city tour to Museum of Ethnology.

After lunch at local restaurant, enjoy a leisurely one-hour cyclo tour through Hanoi. Visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple then a walking tour into the hidden alleys of Hanoi Old Quarter.

Optional: If you are not interested in Cylco you can change it to a Water Puppet Show.

Around 16:30, return to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi Old Quarter

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay - 3 DAYS on cruise

Tour guide will find you wait for you at hotel’s lobby, then transfer to pier in Halong to embark on cruise. You will receive a welcome drink and short brief of cruise manager and then check-in to cabin. Lunch is served on board while the cruise setting sails into the bay.

Depending on cruise’s program you will join excursions to cave and island of the bay, enjoy on bamboo boat rowed by local people or kayaking.

Massage service is available with surcharge, please book at cruise reception directly

After the excursion, back to cruise to participate on Cooking Class to learn about the Vietnamese cuisine.

Dinner will be served on board at around 19:00. In the free time you can enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on sundeck. After dinner it’s your leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Pelican Cruise, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Cruise on Halong Bay

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Day 9: Explore Halong - the Bay of Wonder

Taking part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck (duration is about 30 minutes). Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

Transfer to day boat for visiting Cua Van Village by a rustic-row boat, meet the local people who will help you row the boat for sightseeing. Enjoy quiet space and fresh air, you will feel truly relaxing.

Back to day boat for visiting Bai Tu Long Bay, enjoy the beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay or swimming at Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with the all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs.

Set menu lunch served on day boat. Then get back to cruise. Free time on boat for relaxing.

Deluxe Vietnamese Dinner will be served.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Cruise on Halong Bay

Beach

Rowing Boat

Day 10: Halong Bay - back to Hanoi

Join the Tai Chi class on the sundeck to feel the fresh air and refresh your body to start a new day. After that the crew serve breakfast with coffee and tea in the dining room.

Get on tender to visit the Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay with amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Prepare your camera to capture great moments of your journey.

We recommend you to wear comfortable shoes.

Getting back to the cruise, time to check out and settle the bill of services that you used on board (drinks, massage, etc.) at reception. Lunch is served while the cruise sails back to port. You can relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery while approaching the wharf.

Disembark and say goodbye to the crew.

Transfer back to Hanoi with a short stop of about 30 minutes for refreshment.

Check in and relax at hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Relaxing on Sundeck

Day 11: Free time until departure

Free at your leisure in the morning. You room is available until 12:00.

Our driver will transfer you to the airport to take your departure flight. End services.

Hope to serve you again!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

Important Notes:

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • If you have any specific food requirement (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc.) please inform us in advance, we will provide notices to our restaurants, tour guides and partners so they would be able to serve you the best.

Price & Inclusion

Hotel (8 nights), Cruise on Halong Bay (2 nights), N/A (1 night) (First Class 4*)
Price for 2 Adults
US $2598
Discount
US $0

Total
US $2598
Hotel (8 nights), Cruise on Halong Bay (2 nights), N/A (1 night) (Luxury 5*)
Price for 2 Adults
US $3260
Discount
US $0

Total
US $3260

Meals

10 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, 1 Brunch, 3 Dinner

Transportation

Airplane, Car, Cruise, Bicycle, Shuttle Bus

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in TWN/ DBL sharing accommodation at hotel, except overnight on train and homestay (if any)
  • All transport within Vietnam and Cambodia (including airport pick up & see off), as per itinerary
  • 2 domestic flights Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang and Da Nang – Hanoi
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate