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  • Visit the Old Quarters of Hanoi
  • See the unique karst towers in Halong Bay
  • Take a boat down the Mekong Delta
  • Explore Hoi An's Ancient Town
Book this 11-day guided trip and get the chance to explore three remarkable destinations located in three different regions of Vietnam. We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your accommodation in Hanoi. Start your trip with a city tour of Hanoi. See some of the major landmarks of the city, including the Temple of Literature and Presidential Palace.

Travel to Hoa Binh, a mountainous province located in the country's northwest. Learn more about the culture of the Muong people who live in the area. See a karst landscape in Ninh Binh before heading for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay.

Explore the area in a wooden junk boat and spend a night in the bay before moving on to your next destination, Hoi An, which is known for its well-preserved Ancient Town that is bisected by canals. Explore Huế, a city clustered around the Perfume River that was the capital of the country between 1802 to 1945, next before heading for the Mekong Delta, widely regarded as Vietnam's breadbasket.

Your trip comes to an end in Ho Chi Minh City (popularly known as Saigon). Tour the city on the day of the departure in case your flight leaves in the evening. We will drive you to the airport
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Vietnam Tour in 19 Days
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“It was a maising, good organised, good hotels, central location in every city and village, we would like to book again with sense travel, maybe cambogia and Laos.”
8 hours 4 Star Hotel at MK Premier Boutique Hotel – Luxury Room
Meet your driver and guide at the airport and drive to your hotel in the city center. Check in at the hotel. You can explore the city on your own. Take a walk down the streets of the Old Quarter, pass by the covered market of Dong Xuan and visit Hoan Kiem Lake if you want to.

Your tour guide will meet you at around noontime and take you to discover some local street food. Choose from a variety of available options (fun fact: ask your guide to take you eat bun cha on Dao Duy Tu Street). Back at the hotel after lunch, you have the evening for yourself.
Meals
  • Lunch
8 hours 4 Star Hotel at MK Premier Boutique Hotel – Luxury Room
Meet your guide at 9:00 am. Start your day with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam that was devoted to Confucius. Walk north to reach the Ho Chi Minh complex and visit the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also see the One Pillar Pagoda and the house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived out the last days of his life.

Done with the popular attractions? Time to see Hanoi like locals do. Head for Truc Bach Peninsula to try neighborhood specialities, pho cuon and pho xao. Hop on a small electric cart to ride around the largest lake of the city. The 18km journey takes around an hour with a stop en route at one of the oldest wooden pagodas in town.

Walk through the village of Ngoc Ha before stopping at Huu Tiep Lake (also called the B52 Lake) where you can still see the aircraft shot down during the Vietnam War. You also have the option of trying a local favourite: bia hoi (draft beer) with peanuts in a local bar.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
8 hours Suoi Mu Lodge – Homestay
Leave your hotel at 7:00 am and head for a mountainous area in Hoa Binh province. Cross a mountain pass and descend to a valley to reach a Muong village. You will have to walk up to the village from the pass if road conditions are bad.

Enjoy the scenery of terraced paddy fields with mountains covered in jungles providing the backdrop. Reach your accommodation, a traditional house on stilts overlooking cascades and natural pools. Your hosts will be a Muong family today.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8 hours 4 Star Hotel at Tam Coc Garden Resort – Deluxe Room
There will still be plenty of time after breakfast to walk around the village and enjoy the beautiful sceneries. Hop on a moto taxi (or a car, if the road conditions are good) and head for Ninh Binh, a small city in the Red River Delta. Have your lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

Visit Trang An, a karst landscape with shallow rice fields and several grottos upon arriving in Ninh Binh. Your next destination is Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s capital under Dinh and Le dynasties in 10th and 11th centuries. Cycle along the village road to Tam Coc and visit the Thai Vi Temple, built during the Tran Dynasty in the 13th century. Return to a pre-designated point where your vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Ninh Binh.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
8 hours Bhaya Classic Cruise – Deluxe Room
Wake up early, have breakfast and leave for Ha Long Bay. Drive across the Red River Delta to reach a pier on the bay before noon. Board a beautifully crafted wooden junk boat for an overnight cruise on Ha Long. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of seafood in the boat.

Stop at various points along the way for swimming and kayaking. Please note that the activities are not determined and will therefore depend upon the weather and the time of the year. Spend the evening watching the sun set over the karst formations that dominate the bay. Have some aperitif or attend a cooking demonstration before dinner. Spend your night in a comfortable private cabin with an en-suite bathroom.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8 hours 4 Star Hotel at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort – Superior Garden View Room
Cruise back to the pier while enjoying your brunch. An early morning tai chi session is on offer, while coffee and tea are served for the early birds up to see sunrise. Visit a grotto before heading for the coast.

Disembark the boat and drive straight to Hanoi’s airport to catch a flight to Da Nang, where your guide and driver will meet you and drive you to Hoi An. Check in at a centrally located hotel. The reminder of the day is yours.
8 hours 4 Star Hotel at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort – Superior Garden View Room
The guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. Visit Hoi An's Ancient Town and see its unique architecture. Jump into a traditional long-tail boat and start our journey on the waterways of the area. Sail to the mangroves of Cam Thanh.

Visit the workshop of probably the most skilful bamboo craftsman from the entire region. Take an electric cart made out of bamboo on a ride and visit the home of your host. Pedal your way through the rural roads of the Cam Thanh Peninsula to reach Tra Que, a village dedicated to the cultivation of organic herbs and spices. Visit a farm and learn more about different plants. Drive back to your hotel after that.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
8 hours Hue Ecolodge – Homestay
Stay in your hotel or take a walk around Ancient Town. Check out of the hotel by noon. Your driver and guide will pick you up and transfer you to Hue. Go out on a 12km drive along the impressive 'Road of Tombs' to visit the Chuon Lagoon.

Join local fishermen in their job and learn more about their fishing techniques. Time to enjoy a magnificent sunset over the lagoon and help the locals if you want to. Enjoy a seafood dinner at a local restaurant before driving back to your accommodation in the city.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
8 hours 4 Star Hotel at Silverland Yen Hotel - Premier Deluxe room
Visiting the Tu Hieu Pagoda and the tomb of emperor Tu Duc in the morning. Cycle around a mandarin village next and discover centuries-old houses set in beautiful orchards and gardens. Have lunch with the locals before transferring to the airport to catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Meet your guide at the airport upon arrival and transfer to your hotel in the centre of the city. You are free for the rest of the day.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
8 hours Resort
Travel to the Mekong Delta and sail downstream on the Mekong River. See floating cages full of fish and stop by the brick kilns to see how the locals make beautiful pottery. Join local craftsmen and lear the techniques that go into making rice paper and coconut candies.

Visit the home of the Ut Trinh family and enjoy local fruits along with a cup of tea with the family. See a traditional music performance. You also have the option of enjoying your lunch here.

In the afternoon, you can choose to cycle along the village roads to see the life of the people before heading back to the boat to continue your trip along one of the longest rivers in the world, the Mekong. See the floating market of Cai Be along the way. Stay overnight at Mekong Riverside Resort.
Meals
  • Breakfast
4 hours
Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. In case your flight leaves in the evening, you can join us on a half-day tour of the city.

The walking tour today follows the Graham Greene trail and takes you on a journey of both the colonial and the modern Saigon. Built between 1877 and 1883, Saigon's neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a major centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam and one of the city’s major landmarks.

The Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho and many beautiful details. Continue along the former Rue Catinat and see the famous Hotel Continental.

Built in 1897 with the original design by French architect Ferret Eugene, the Municipal Theatre is yet another landmark of the city that was restored in 1998. Your final stop of the tour is Caravelle Hotel, home to many journalists and secret agents during the Vietnam War. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from its rooftop before driving to the airport for your flight back home.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
what’s included
  • 07 nights' hotel accommodation on a twin-sharing basis (check in/check out around noontime). 01 night at a riverside lodge in Mekong. 01 night in Suoi Mu Lodge. 01 night in a boat in Ha Long Bay
  • 10 breakfasts & lunches, 4 dinners
  • An English-speaking tour guide
  • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles and boats as per the itinerary
  • Entrance to all destinations as per the itnerary
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Single Supplement Oct-Dec 2018
  • Single Supplement Jan-Apr 2019
  • Single Supplement May-Sep 2019
  • Single Supplement Oct-Dec 2019
what's excluded
  • International airfares
  • Domestic airfare: USD114 per ticket from Hanoi to Da Nang & USD 114 per ticket from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Food & drinks except those mentioned on the itinerary
  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Personal expenses (Phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc)
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & german
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Ha Noi, Vietnam
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