Explore Colonial Vietnam

Saigon -> Cu Chi Tunnel -> Mekong Delta -> Nha Trang -> Hoi An -> Hanoi -> Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay

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Overview

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 - Cycling to Tra Que Village Breakfast, light lunch
Day 9 Hoi An - Bana Hills Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - City Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Hue - Fly to Hanoi - Foodie Tour Breakfast
Day 12 Hanoi City Tour Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Hanoi Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Saigon

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, either Domestic or International arrival, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Your Vietnam Travel's signboard with your name on it. 

(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

Today, free at leisure in your own way.

Optional 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

Day 6

Nha Trang

Free at leisure in Nha Trang.

 

Optional Tour:

08h00: Pick up at your hotel in Nha Trang city. Then start a day explore the city of the beach. 

- Visit Stone Catholic Church (the unique French architecture in 1928).

- Long Son pagoda (the center of Buddism in Khanh Hoa), 

- Ponagar towers (the complex of towers built in the 7th century). 

12h00: Lunch at the restaurant. 

- Enjoy Hot mineral bath at Thap Ba resort (excluded). 

Free for shopping at Dam market. 

15h30: Back to hotel. 

At the end of the day you will have free time to swim and enjoy the sunset on the beach. 

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 Village

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 - Foodie Tour

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

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/ Lan Ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise

After breakfast, we start a 3 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/ 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

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

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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