Detailed Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival in Tan Son Nhat Airport, you’re welcomed by a ‘See Asia Differently’ representative and transferred to your hotel. You will then be free to relax and settle in for the remainder of the day.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals:_/_/_)
Day 2: Hanoi (City Cyclo Ride)
Today you will enjoy the perfect introduction to Hanoi by visiting many of the city’s highlights including the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, and the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and his house on stilts. You then head to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, where you will try one of Vietnam’s oldest and most usual forms of transport, the Cyclo, which dates back to the 1920s. Your cyclo driver will take you on a tour around the Old Streets before stopping at Hoan Kiem Lake to learn about the legend.
Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: B/_/_)
Day 3: Hanoi to Ninh Binh (Row boat & Ox Cart Ride)
After breakfast you travel to Ninh Binh Province, where you will board a sampan rowing boat for a stunning UNESCO listed Trang An boat trip along the river through 5 grottos with beautiful stalactites. After lunch you the get to experience a traditional Ox Cart ride, that takes you to Bich Dong. Once here you will climb up to Ngu Nhac Son (Buddha’s Palm Mountain), where you will be charmed by the marvellous scenery offered by the mountains, rivers and pagodas.
Overnight in Ninh Binh (Meals: B/L/_)
Day 4: Ninh Binh to Ha Long Bay (Row-boat to Fishing Village)
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 in Ha Long Bay (Meals: B/L/D)
Day 5: Ha Long Bay to Hanoi to Hue
Rise early for an amazing sunrise view over the sea and feel the silence of the beautiful misty bay. Brunch will be served while cruising further to explore the beauties of the Bay before and returning to the Wharf. The boat continues cruising toward Ha Long port, where you will disembark at noon and head to Noi Bai Airport for a flight to Hue.
Overnight in Hue (Meals: B/_/_)
Day 6: Hue (Countryside tour by motor bike)
Today you get to explore Hue and its surrounding area on two wheels. On your day trip you will ride through Thanh Toan Village famous for its ancient red tiled bridge, past rice fields and then get to visit some local markets and the temples of Ngo and Tran. Continuing on, you visit Khai Dinh’s tomb and Vong Canh hill as well as biking through villages that make incense sticks and conical hats. After a local lunch at a pagoda you have the opportunity to have a chat with the monks before visiting a family to enjoy some local cakes. Your day ends with a visit to the elegant Thien Mu Pagoda and a dragon boat ride back to town.
Overnight in Hue (Meals: B/L/_)
Day 7: Hue to Hoi An
After breakfast you start the day by visiting the impressive home of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors (1820-1945), the Imperial City and the Royal Citadel. Within the outer walls lies the Imperial City containing dynastic temples with the Royal Palace of the Forbidden Purple City at its centre. Much of the Citadel was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968 but it is gradually being restored. Your day ends after a drive through the scenic Hai Van Pass, also known as the “Pass of the Ocean Clouds” to Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An (Meals: B/_/_)
Day 8: Hoi An (Explore the Ancient town by bike)
This morning you will take a bike ride around Hoi An Ancient Town, visiting the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, a museum, and the local market. The town offers the explorer numerous art galleries, souvenir shops and some quality tailors, where you can get some express made-to-order clothes if you like! The afternoon is free for you to explore the town or continue exploring some of the villages near by Hoi An by bike.
Overnight in Hoi An (Meals: B/_/_)
Day 9: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City
Today you have a free morning before taking an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh. Where on arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. You are again free to explore the city by night under your own steam or it is possible to arrange a Vespa city food tour, which is a great introduction to this busy city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh (Meals: B/_/_)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh (Discover the city by motorbike)
It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and hit the road on two wheels and explore the hidden charms of this vibrant city. This fun fuel day will take you to District 5’s colourful flower market, China town and the biggest wholesale markets of the city. Along the way you will have time to enjoy an iced coffee and chat with locals. In the afternoon you then get to visit the famous War Remnants Museum, and some of the beautiful landmarks of Saigon, such as the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Central Post Office, that will give you an insight into the history and architecture of vibrant Saigon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh (Meals: B/_/_)
Day 11: Mekong Delta (Row Boat, Bike and Tuk-Tuk)
Spend the day cruising through the canals of the Mekong River in the island province of Ben Tre. You will cruise past orchards, rice fields and swamplands and visit a coconut processing workshop and a brick kiln. Next you will take a scenic Tuk-tuk ride through paddy fields and stop at a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon take a rowing boat along a palm lined creek before meeting up with a motorized boat that will transfer you back to the pier and then back to Ho Chi Minh for your last night in this vibrant city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh (Meals: B/L/_)
Day 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh
Enjoy your last day in Vietnam before being transferred to the airport for your departing flight back home.
Airport pick up and drop off
Overnights as mentioned
Excursions as mentioned
Transportation in private A/C vehicle
English speaking guide
Meals as mentioned (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – excludes drinks)
All flights unless included in itinerary & Visa fees
International airport tax (Included in Airline Ticket)
Meals, unless mentioned differently
Beverages and personal expenses
Other excursions and entrance fees
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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