Grand Classical Vietnam

Saigon --> Cu Chi --> Mekong Delta --> Nha Trang --> Hue --> Hoi An --> Hanoi --> Halong Bay

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Overview

Vietnam is a colourful kaleidoscope of local culture, rich heritage and diverse landscapes. Journey through harrowing history, imperial grandeur and natural majesty on a superior itinerary that brings classic sights together with special little added extras.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Welcome to Saigon
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Nha Trang Breakfast
Day 5 Coastal Nha Trang Breakfast
Day 6 Nha Trang Island Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Nha Trang - Fly to Da Nang - Travel to Hoi An Breakfast
Day 8 Hoi An breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Hoi An, My Son Breakfast
Day 10 Hoi An, Hue Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Hanoi Breakfast
Day 12 Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Hanoi, Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch

Full itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Saigon

On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel in down town Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals:

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel

Breakfast at hotel, after picked up at 8.00 AM, you will take a short sight-seeing: visit Notre Dame Cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880, the Central Post Office, the War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. 

In the afternoon, our guide pick up at hotel and go to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving you a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War must have been like. Overnight Ho Chi Minh city

 

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong.

On arrival at My Tho, after visiting Vinh Trang pagoda, take a motor boat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to view the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.

Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant, then visit the coconut candy mill and take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. End of the trip, transfer to car to return Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Nha Trang

Transfer to the airport for flight to Nha Trang. It is Vietnam’s top beach resort, a sweep of yellow sand lapped by cool waters and backed by a relaxed urban centre.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Coastal Nha Trang

Free at leisure in Nha Trang

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Nha Trang Island Tour

08:15 Pick up at the hotel, depart for Vinh Linh Port. Get on speedboat to start a tour of exploring Nha Trang Bay and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

09:30 Visit Coral Bay or (Hon Mun) - depending on guest's choice and seasonal situation. Swim to explore and admire the coral reefs, experience being an “Astronaut under the ocean” by walking on the seabed with an Diving Helmet or Scuba diving as your selected packages.

11:30 Visit The Fishing Village. Then have lunch and relax at the restaurant.

13:00 Move to Bai Tranh and relax, go swimming or participate in water games such as parachute drag, jet ski, banana float... (at your own expense).

15:00 The bus takes you back to the hotel. Tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Nha Trang - Fly to Da Nang - Travel to Hoi An

Morning free at leisure, catch an afternoon flight to Da Nang City. Upon arrival, check in hotel and free shopping at night market in Hoi An

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An Cooking Class - Tra Que Village

Hoian is very famous about local foods. Today, you will join in a class to learn how to cook some special dishes of Hoian. Make your own way follow the map given to Hai Café – our meeting point. Be welcomed by Red Bridge cooking class staff before start our interesting day.

Travel by minivan (10 minutes) to Tra Que Organic Village, and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago – no electrical machinery here. We pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home.

To the local village market and with shopping list in hand we purchase a range of local ingredients, including star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach and banana flower.

Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Red Bridge Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes, including the national dish ‘Pho’.

After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared.

Leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool.

Overnight in Hoian.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary, situated around 50km away from Hoi An, is another Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1999 with 32 epitaphs and 71 monuments. The unique Hindu sanctuary is the perfectly ideal destination for those who want to learn everything about the Champa Ancient Kingdom including the history, culture, and architecture.

This morning (afternoon), you will set out on a drive to the southwest of Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary for a My Son half day tour. This is where the Cham culture in Central Vietnam started in the 4th century, declined in the 13th century, and ceased to exist in the 15th century. The once capital of the Champa Kingdom dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva is now a cluster of partially ruined and heavily damaged Hindu temples, with only 20 left, due to age and bombing during the Vietnam War. This unique and majestic sanctuary stands as a witness to a glorious bygone era of the once-thriving Cham culture

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Hoi An - Transfer Hue - City Tour

Depart Hoian for the scenic mountainous drive to Hue, we visit Marble Mountains  Stop at the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam, to admire the spectacular views and at the fishing village of Lang Co for a drink. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city, visiting the Royal Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king), before exploring the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba Market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Fly to Hanoi - Foodie Tour evening

After breakfast our car will pick up at hotel then transfer to airport to catch a flight to Hanoi – capital city of Vietnam. Check in at hotel then have a short rest before we start explore “Hanoi local life”

Our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at around 16.00pm and then take you to Hoan Kiem Lake (The Lake of the Returned Sword) that shows the traditional architecture style of the Old Quarter.

Leaving Hoan Kiem Lake, tour guide will take you along the Hanoi streets and learn more about Hanoians by visiting an ancient house locate on 87 Ma May. Dating back to the 19th century, this very special house is a stunning example of the architecture style that once prevailed throughout Hanoi before the concrete egg-carton style took over. This is one of the few intact remains of an old-style home open to the public in Hanoi.

Our next stop is Bach Ma Temple, lying in the heart of the Old Quarter. It is said to be the oldest temple in the city. Nowadays, the temple still retains many of its original relics such as stone steles, altars, shrines and statues. Along with architectural and artistic merit, Bach Ma Temple is also a valuable resource for researching and studying about the history of Hanoi.

The trip will take you inside the alleys and explore the fascinating and confusing narrow streets of the Old Quarter where local markets are located. On the way, you will have a chance to enjoy some traditional tasty foods in the market. You can choose among three light dinner dishes, from the extremely popular “Phở” (Noodle soup), “Bún chả” (grilled pork with vermicelli) and lastly, our personal favorite “Bún Bò” (Beef soup).

To conclude our day, the guide will take you to Ta Hien street, one of the hot spots for beer. Sitting at a street corner in Hanoi old quarter with a beer glass, chatting with your freshly made friends while watching people pass by might be one the most memorable pages in your travel journal.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Explore Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast, our guide pick up at hotel at 8.00AM. Sightseeing today includes explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, start a Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). End the day’s explorations; watch a traditional puppet show on water that shows off an ancient art form. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Hanoi - Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 - 8.20AM and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on our luxurious boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Halong Bay / Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15

Hanoi Departure

End of the trip, transfer to the airport

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide [Other languages are available as well]
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers / Transportation
  • Daily bottle water on coach
  • Kayaking/ Boat trip 
  • cycling 

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • International or Domestic flights
  • Tips or anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

Bella Rose Suite

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Aclass Stella Cruise

Athena Cruise

Hoi An

Zen Boutique Hotel

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Palm Garden Resort

Hue

Rosaleen Hotel

EMM Hotel Hue

La Residence Hue

Nha Trang

Majestic Hotel Nha Trang

Dendro Gold Hotel

Intercontinental Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh

Lotus Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Majestic Hotel

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