Hanoi to Saigon Highlights Tour 13 Days
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Depart / Return: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
Visit: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels - Mekong Delta - Saigon.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be picked up from airport to a hotel in Hanoi for check in and relax.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi (B)
Free at your leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
07: 30 - 07: 45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10: 30 Stopover on the way for short break
12: 30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13: 00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15: 30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17: 00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19: 00 Dinner is served.
21: 00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing…
Oernight on junk.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
06: 30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07: 30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08: 30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09: 30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10: 30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11: 30 Check-out
12: 00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12: 30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14: 30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16: 30 Arrive in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi City - Hue (B, L)
Have breakfast at hotel. 5 hour orientation city tour to visit interesting sites in the city like Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, The Temple of Literature "Vietnam's 1st University built in the 10th C". Break time for lunch and then we will visit the Vietnam National History of Museum with good collection of prehistoric artifacts and everyday items of early history through eras and dynasties. Then we will take 1 hour by cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarters to experience daily life of people who are living in the oldest parts of the city, Enjoying the famous traditional water puppetry show in Thang Long Theatre where you will have chance to get a general picture of the daily activities typical to Vietnam's rural areas. Then transfer to the airport for flight to Hue at 20: 00. Upon arrving in Hue at 21: 30, pick you up and drive to the hotel.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue City Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Take a trip to visit Hue City and King's tombs (Khai Dinh's Mausoleum). Boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang's Mausoleum. Visit the Imperial Citadel in the afternoon. The tour ends by shopping at Dong Ba Market. Dinner at a garden restaurant with Vietnamese food.
Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Da Nang. Spend time in Lang Co beach en route, taking photographs from Hai Van Pass (The pass of Sea and Cloud). Visit Cham Museum in Da Nang. Afternoon visit Marble Mountain and enjoying sea/sun bathing on East Sea. Arrive in Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An - Nha Trang City - Mud Bathing (B, L)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival in Cam Ranh Airport, you will be picked up from airport to hotel in Nha Trang for check in and relax.
Have lunch in local restaurant. Then our guide will take you visit Nha Trang city, small city on the south central coastline of Vietnam, is a famous beach city of Vietnam. Travelers like to travel to Nha Trang, not because of its beach, but also by its historical relics from Cham civilization represented as Po Nagar tower, a sacred Hindu site dating back to the 7th century, Stone Church built in French colony time, Oceanographic Institution.
Relax and gain your health in Mud bathing and Mineral Spring swimming. Having dinner before back to the hotel for relax. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 9: Snorkeling & Island Tour (B, L)
08.30: Pick up in Nha Trang city to Cau Da Pier.
09.30: Make a boat trip to 4 islands: Mun Island (Swim and snorkel for beholding various kinds of multi - colorful corals and fishes); Mot Island (Lunch with seafood, join floating bar for heart to heart animating game); Tranh Island (Relax with water sport activities, at leisure; Enjoy a light fruit party); Tri Nguyen Aquarium (Behold sea creatures).
Then be transferred to hotel for relax.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 10: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)
You are picked up to airport for flight to Saigon, upon arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport; you are picked up to have short city tour. We will visit The Post Office and the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the city’s major landmarks. Neo-Romanesque in form, Notre Dame is the major seat of the Catholic religion in modern Vietnam. We continue to the War Remains Museum, where you can learn a lot about the Vietnam War. Lunch with Vietnamese delicacies.
PM: we will visit to Jade Emperor Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Saigon. The last sight we will visit is Ben Thanh market, where all kind of goods are offered. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 11: Cu Chi Tunnel - Cao Dai Temple (B, L)
08.00: Private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel star to join full day trip to visit Cao Dai temple and Cu Chi tunnel.
Our first stop today is The Great Holy See Temple, built in 1926, is considered one of the most striking structures in all of south-east Asia. It is the centre of Dadaism, a religion that blends Buddhism, Christianity and Confucianism. Explore this fascinating site and attend the colorful noon-day mass held by the Cao Dai followers. It is an experience not to be missed. After lunch, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.
After have lunch in local restaurant, we will visit Cu Chi which is now considered a heroic district for its role during the American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its network of tunnels, which extends over 220km, and is a popular destination for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors. Cu Chi is a tranquil place of rice paddy fields with ducks and water buffalos bathing in the rivers alongside the road. But this peaceful rural scene belies the terrible destruction and defoliation caused by bombing and mines when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone". Cu Chi still contains plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here and all over this area you will find the remnants of war. Then our waiting car transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 12: Mekong Delta Tour (B, L)
07.30: Our car will pick you up at your hotel.
A smooth one-and-half-hour car ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong. Take a motor boat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Then pay a visit to My Tho's colorful street fruit market alongside the canal to soak up the lively atmosphere and watch the locals trade their produce.
Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to Tortoise island. En route, view the fishing port, the traditional stilt houses and boat building workshops, and the other three evocatively-named islands - Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn islands. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch served right in the heart of the orchard to the accompaniment of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by the islanders.
After visiting the coconut candy mill, take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal. Then continue to Ben Tre province, "the country of coconuts", to see a typical agricultural model known as "Garden - Pond - Cage". Enjoy a relaxing cup of honey tea before returning to My Tho via Tan Thach natural canal, cruising under the shadows of water coconut palms. Towards the end of the day we drive back to Saigon. You will across Rach Mieu bridge. One of the most beautiful bridges in Mekong delta.
17.30: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in hotel in Saigon.
Day 13: Saigon - Departure (B)
Relax until our car will pick up at hotel and transfer to airport for your on going flight.
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Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
English speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
Boat trip as indicated in program
Air tickets: Economy class - Vietnam Airlines
Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if request)
Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
Other meals and drinks
Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14: 00 and check out at 12: 00/ surcharge if request)
Tips & gratuities
All other services are not made on the written form