Explore Colonial Vietnam

Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay

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Spend a 15 day to explore and doscover some of the must see attraction while you travel from south to north, you will have days to explore colonial Hanoi and the historic town of Hoi An. Mekong Delta and the other well played attractions of Vietnam, this itinerary can start in Hanoi and end on Saigon as well.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Saigon
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be Floating Market Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City - Fly to Nha Trang Breakfast
Day 5 Nha Trang Breakfast
Day 6 Nha Trang Breakfast
Day 7 Hoi An Breakfast
Day 8 Hoi An Breakfast, light lunch
Day 9 Hoi An - Bana Hills Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - City Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Hanoi Breakfast
Day 12 Hanoi City Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Halong Bay Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Hanoi Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Saigon

Upon arrival, meet and transfer with guide to hotel for check in (Early check-in is NOT included and subject to hotel’s availability). 

Meals:

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel

Breakfast at hotel, meet our guide at 8.00 & start visiting to the most attractive places in Ho Chi Minh City including Reunification Palace - a special national relic for its historical and architectural values of Vietnam, and the War Remnants Museum. Next, we will explore a little bit about Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office – the French building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a lunch at local restaurant before leaving the city for a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels - a man-made maze with the length of almost 250 kilometers. Also, the tunnels were used to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters in the long period of war. If you are interested in, you can go into the tunnels to discover the harsh living conditions of those whose were used to live there. 

After that, taste the typical boiled tapioca and hot tea before you come back to Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh - Cai Be Floating Market

Today, you travel to the Mekong River Delta on a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape. After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Cai Be Float. Start your tour with a visit to Cai Be floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 15.00 and our driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Nha Trang

Enjoy your free time at hotel until transferred to airport for flight to Nha Trang.Upon arrival, check in hotel and free at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Nha Trang

Spend whole day to swim in the ocean or relax at the beach.

Island Tour/ or City Tour Nha Trang are available at your request.

Enjoy a cruise around the islands off Nha Trang visiting the Tri Nguyen Aquarium, Tam Island and a local fishing village.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Nha Trang

Free at leisure in Nha Trang

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Nha Trang - Fly to Da Nang

Mornight flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, transfer to Hoi An and spend your time in Hoi An Ancient Town. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An - Cycling to Tra Que

9.00 Cycling into the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que Vegetable Village. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and see the farmers at work, later learn to make Vietnamese spring roll and free on foot massage by herbs.

Afternoon, visiting a lovely old house, still occupied by the descendants of the merchants who built it over 200 years ago, before seeing the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple, the bustling market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, light lunch

Day 9

Hoi An - Bana Hills

8.30AM You will be transferred to Ba Na Hills. Ba Na is 1487 meters above sea level and known as the second Da Lat or Sapa of Viet Nam. The weather here is ideally and it is said you can feel all four seasons within a day. Not many places in Viet Nam can make this claim, making it a must see on the tourist circuit. You will take a cable car to the summit of mountain.

Start visiting some attractions of Ba Na Hills: Debay wine tunnel  and have chance to taste a glass of wine here since 1923 of French. Le Jardin D’amour flower garden, Linh Ung pagoda, Thich Ca buddish statue, Wax Museum, etc.

You can also join activities and games in Fantasy Park such as free-falling tower, dinosaur park, maze, etc (Note: some games are not included in the entrance fee and on your own expenses)

Don’t forget to take a walk to the summit of the mountain at the height 1487m – the highest one of Ba Na Mountain, visit Bell Tower, Nghinh Phong tower and the Golden Hand Bridge, to take beautiful photos of the mountain and Da Nang city. 

After the tour, walk to cable car station to go down, our driver is waiting for you here and transfer you back to hotel in Hoi An. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Hoi An - Transfer to 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

Hue - Fly to Hanoi

Free day until we take an afternoon flight to Hanoi. Enjoy the free evening on your own plan. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Hanoi City Tour

Our city tour today includes visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, stilt house and museum, Temple of Literature and a walking tour of the Old Quarter and markets. We will also visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ethnology Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. In the evening, we enjoy a famous Water Puppet Show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

After breakfast, we start a 4 hour drive through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. Stop at half way for taking a short break. Arrive at Halong City, check in and board your junk, enjoy approximately 24 hours journey in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, enjoy some activities in the bay, or just spend some time relaxing on board (Possibility to swim in the bay if weather permits). Dinner is served on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Rise early to make the most of Halong Bay’s stunning scenery as you continue your exploration of the bay. Check-out cabin at noon & return to Hanoi. Stroll through the backstreets of the Old Quarter sampling delicious local snacks and drinking beer local-style at a ‘Bia Hoi’ establishment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15

Departure Hanoi

Transfer to the airport before departure flight, end of the trip.

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
  • Entrance fee

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

Nha Trang

Gosia Hotel

Dendro Gold Hotel

Intercontinental Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh

GK Central Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Rex Hotel

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