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Discover the real Vietnam

Discover the real Vietnam on this incredible journey from north to south leaving, no stone unturned. Your holiday starts by traveling out from Hanoi to beautiful Ninh Binh, where you have time to immerse yourself amongst stunning mountain backdrops, gorgeous rivers and breath-taking rice fields. The highlight of the region is enjoying a leisurely boat trip to explore Tam Coc, nick named ‘Ha Long Bay on land’ due to its beauty.

Travelling east you will reach the UNESCO heritage Bay of Ha Long, which is famous due to its sheer magic of the thousands of sharp limestone islands that seem to have grown out of nowhere from the sea bellow. On your traditional junk overnight boat cruise you get to explore small of the hidden coves and impressive caves that feature remarkable glittering stalactites. As well as enjoying sea kayaking and visiting some remote fishing villages, but above all you have some quality time to relax on board the viewing deck.

Your next destination is the city of Hanoi, where you will get to walk down tree-lined boulevards and explore the splendour of the city’s old French colonial architecture. Hanoi is all about inner city charm and discovery and you will get to explore the city’s old and French quarter with its extensive markets, art galleries, eateries and coffee shops. In the evening you can enjoy water puppet performance in one of the city’s theatres and watch Hanoi city life go by whilst sipping ice cold coffee in one of the cafes by Hoan Kiem Lake.

Journeying south you get to spend some time in the national parks around Phong Nha, as well as visiting the Phong Nha caves by boat to discover some immense stalactites and stalagmites. From here you will drive along one of Vietnam’s most scenic highways to the old imperial capital of Hue. Once here you get to sail down the Perfume River and visit the Forbidden Purple Citadel, the Thien Mu Pagoda and sample the refined and unique Hue cuisine before continuing your travelling experience to the picturesque 16th century harbour of Hoi An. Before the final leg of your discovery tour, which takes you all the way down to Saigon and the contrasting waterways of the Mekong Delta.

Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Hanoi – Ninh Binh

  • Day 2

    Ninh Binh

  • Day 3

    Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay

  • Day 4

    Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

  • Day 5

    Hanoi

  • Day 6

    Hanoi – Doung Lam – Hanoi

  • Day 7

    Hanoi – Dong Hoi – Phong Nha

  • Day 8

    Phong Nha – Vinh Moc Tunnels – DMZ – Hue

  • Day 9

    Hue

  • Day 10

    Hue – Hanoi

  • Day 11

    Hoi An

  • Day 12

    Hoi An

  • Day 13

    Hoi An – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City

  • Day 14

    Ho Chi Minh City

  • Day 15

    Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights

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    Ninh Binh & Boat trip to glorious Tam Coc

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    Trang An Cave

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    Vang Long Natural Reserve

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    Ha Long Bay junk boat cruise

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    Hanoi City Tour

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    Dinner with a Local Vietnamese family

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    Doung Lam Ancient Village

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    KE Bang National Park

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    Paradise Cave (The Largest Cave in the World!)

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    Vinh Moc Army Tunnels

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    DMZ (De-Militarized Zone)

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    Street Food & Cycling Tour of Hue

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    Hoi An cooking class

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    Ho Chi Minh & Hoi An City Tour

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    Saigon Nightlife Vesper Scooter Food Tour

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Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Upon arrival at Hanoi international airport you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to Ninh Binh, where you can check in and relax for the rest of the day. Ninh Binh is famous for its cultural and historical relics of Hoa and Trang An cave as World Natural Heritage.
Overnight in Ninh Binh (Meals: _/_/_)

Day 2: Ninh Binh (Van Long Natural Reserve & Countryside Experience)

Today you will enjoy a tranquil country cycle ride through the Van Long Natural Reserve; passing villages, rice fields and lotus ponds as you go. Along the way you will stop at a local house to learn about the local way of life; such as fishing and crabbing before sitting down and enjoying lunch with the local family. In the afternoon you will go in a rowing boat to explore the stunning wetlands of Van Long.
Overnight in Ninh Binh (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 3: Ninh Binh to Ha Long Bay (Junk Boat Cruise)

Leaving Ninh Binh behind you travel onwards to the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay; a world Heritage site of outstanding beauty. After lunch on board, you will explore Sung Sot Cave, considered to be the most beautiful cave in Ha Long. The cave is also named ‘Surprise Cave’ due to its colourful rock formation. You then return to your junk boat for dinner and settling in for the night.
Overnight on Board (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 4: Ha Long Bay to Hanoi

In the morning you will be served brunch as your boat slowly cruises past the many beautiful islets of Ha Long Bay on its way back to port. As you disembark your driver will greet you and transfer you back to Hanoi. Where you have the evening to enjoy as you wish.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 5: Hanoi (Full Day City Tour & Home Hosted Dinner)

Today you will spend the day exploring Hanoi and learning about its history and legends, which will deepen you appreciation for the city. In the evening, instead of having dinner in a fancy restaurant, you will be treated to a traditional Vietnamese dinner with a local family in their house. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Hanoian’s way of life and culture.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/_/D)

Day 6: Hanoi (Doung Lam Ancient Village)

This morning you bustling streets of Hanoi and travel to the ancient village of Duong Lam, which is a typical rural village in the Northern Red River Delta. A day tour to Duong Lam is considered a ‘door to discover’ as you can learn all about Vietnamese rural tradition as well as exploring the many authentic buildings. You then return back to the city for your last night in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 7: Hanoi to Dong Hoi to Phong Nha

An early start is needed to catch the 6:30am flight to Dong Hoi. Once on the ground you will travel to Phong Nha and the Ke Bang National Park. The park is famous for having the oldest karst mountains in Asia, formed approximately 400 million years ago. On arrival you will get to explore the largest cave in the world (Paradise Cave) by taking a boat trip. During this experience you will also get to swim in the cool, deep blue water of Chay River.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 8: Phong Nha to Hue (Vinh Moc Tunnels & DMZ)

Today you travel to Hue. Along the way, you visit the Vinh Moc tunnels; where the North Vietnamese guerilla fighters lived and fought. You will also pause at a number of different battle sites to see the La Vang Church, the Quang Tri Citadel, the Ben Hai River, the Hien Luong Bridge and the Seventeenth Parallel (the former borderline between North and South Vietnam) during the war.
Overnight in Hue (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 9: Hue (Half Day Cycling Tour & Street Food Tour)

An action packed day of discovery awaits you today as you cycle through villages to witness real Vietnamese local life. You will learn how to traditional make rice crackers, visit a beautiful 130-year-old Ancient Garden House, pause at the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda which history dates back to 1601. Your day continues with boat ride on the scenic Perfume River to Toa Kham Pier in Hue. In the afternoon you will experience food as locals do and sample many local treats on a street food tour.
Overnight in Hue (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 10: Hue to Hoi An (Half Day City Tour)

The day starts with a trip to Dong Ba market before continuing on to the Imperial Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. You will also see the Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns and the Forbidden Purple City. From here you take a short drive to the seven tombs of the Nguyen emperors lie. After lunch your journey continues to Hoi An on a lovely and photogenic drive past the fishing village of Lang Co and Danang before your arrival.
Overnight in Hoi An (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 11: Hoi An (Joint Cooking Class)

Today you will enjoy a market and Village tour and a fabulous Gourmet Cooking Class. You start by cycling to one of Hoi An’s colorful markets to purchase your ingredients then on to An My village where you will learn about the cultivation of fresh herbs and vegetables as well as discovering the use of them in traditional Vietnamese medicine. Then back in the kitchen you will get a hands-on experience of how to cook some classic Vietnamese dishes.
Overnight in Ho An (Meals: B/L/_)

Day 12: Hoi An (Free Day)

You will be free today to discover the beautiful chocolate box town of Hoi An under your own steam. Roam the streets, enjoy a coffee or some traditional Pho; or alternatively include one of our Hoi An activities such as a photography tour our a bike ride to explore the areas stunning surroundings.
Overnight in Hoi An (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 13: Hoi An to Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City

Today you have another free morning, then after lunch you will be transferred to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: B/_/_)

Day 14: HCMC (Half Day City Tour, Saigon Nightlife & Scooter Food Tour)

Today starts with a fabulous introduction to Saigon by visiting some of the city’s most notable sights, such as the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. In the evening, you will explore a different side of the city on the back of a scooter. On your street food tour you will get to try various Vietnamese delicacy, listen to live music and witness Saigon’s vibrant night life before being returned to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/_/D)

Day 15: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Today you will be free to enjoy your last day in Vietnam before being transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
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Tour includes

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    Airport pick up and drop off

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    Overnights as mentioned

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    Excursions as mentioned

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    Transportation in private A/C vehicle

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    English speaking guide

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    Meals as mentioned (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – excludes drinks)

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    All taxes

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    All flights unless included in itinerary & Visa fees

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    International airport tax (Included in Airline Ticket)

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    Meals, unless mentioned differently

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    Beverages and personal expenses

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    Other excursions and entrance fees

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    Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness)

Please note: You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining on it as well as bringing with you 4 passport size photos with you for your visa, as well as having a couple spare.

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