Enticing Vietnam

Saigon, Mekong, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay

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Overview

Embark on a deluxe adventure of Enticing Vietnam trip and uncover poignant history, natural beauty and charming chaos as you work your way up from the lush plains of the Mekong Delta to the enchanting limestone pillar seascapes of Halong Bay.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Saigon
Day 2 Discover Saigon Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Mekong delta cruise Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Cu Chi Tunnels - fly to Da Nang - Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Explore Hoi An Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Hoi An Breakfast
Day 7 Hoi An - Transfer to Hue Breakfast
Day 8 Discover Imperial Hue Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Flight to Hanoi Breakfast
Day 10 Explore Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Sunrise over the Bay Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Hanoi departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Saigon

On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Meals:

Day 2

Discover Saigon

Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office, a beautiful neoclassical edifice; the Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of China town before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Mekong delta cruise

Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house, visit a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying a lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the ‘A O Show’, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Cu Chi Tunnels - fly to Da Nang - Hoi An

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Pay a visit to a cricket farm and return to Saigon. Fly to Da Nang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Explore Hoi An

Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles, its narrow streets retaining a quirky, old world charm. is morning, tour the market to choose fresh ingredients from a colourful array of local produce for your Vietnamese cookery class, where you’ll learn to create a number of local dishes. is a ernoon wander the old streets, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the 200-year old Tan Ky House and the elaborate Japanese Bridge before taking tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech impaired locals, to savour the avours of local produce. e rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Hoi An

Today, free at leisure in Hoi An

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Hoi An - Transfer to Hue

Leaving Hoi An by coach we visit Marble Mountains and China Beach before continuing over Hai Van Pass to the ancient capital of Hue. Arrive Hue, free at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Discover Imperial Hue

Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. Enter through its grandiose entrance and you’ll be able to explore before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda, before you try your hand at making paper flowers, in a village that is known for the art. Visit the regal surroundings of Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Flight to Hanoi

Travel to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Visit the Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, where you'll gain a great insight into Vietnam's history and character before enjoying a rejuvenating spa treatment in your own

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Explore Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learn about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature and meet a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th century art and put on a private water puppet show. You will also be able to get involved in creating the puppets.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Halong Bay’s thousands of limestone islands project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Board your comfortable cruise ship and enjoy a seafood lunch before setting sail into the bay. Drift amongst the karst pinnacles, stopping to explore mysterious caves as you go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Sunrise over the Bay

Rise early to see the sun rise over the karst-scapes of the bay and savour the serenity of the early morning. Join a Tai Chi lesson this morning on deck. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there’s time for a hearty late breakfast before disembarking and returning to Hanoi. Later let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea Experience whilst later in the evening there will be a sumptuous farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Hanoi departure

Transefr to teh airport to catch a departure flight back to home.

Meals: Breakfast

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
  • Cooking Class 

Exclusions

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

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

La Beaute De Hotel

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Dragon Legend Cruise

Hoi An

Calla Villa

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Palm Garden Resort

Hue

Serene Palace Hotel

Eldora Hotel

La Residence Hue

Ho Chi Minh

GK Central Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Rex Hotel

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