Halong Bay

Best of Vietnam

TVN01: 7 Days Private Tour of Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
From $1069 per person Free Inquiry
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex, HanoiHo Chi Minh's stilt house, HanoiCentral Post Office, Ho Chi Minh CityLocal market
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Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi
Today your flight will land at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (NBA). Our expert local guide will meet you at the airport, holding a welcome sign on which your name is written. Then the guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel in the city center and help you with the check-in procedure. On the way from the airport to the hotel, the guide will provide you some information on Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Hanoi
Your best of Vietnam tour starts today. You will spend the whole day exploring the highlights of Hanoi. First we come to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex in Ba Dinh square. President Ho Chi Minh was the revolution leader in Vietnam. He led the Vietnamese people in the revolution, and finally achieved freedom and liberation of the nation. So he was the founder of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In the mausoleum, his remains have been well kept for people to commemorate and pay respects. Then we continue by visiting Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House on the northwest side of the square. On the left side of the mausoleum is a grand three-story yellow building. It is the Presidential Palace built more than one hundred years ago. This French colonial building witnessed many historically important events. Our guide will then take you to visit the One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature.

After lunch, we will visit the Museum of Ethnology, which exhibits the diverse cultural arts and folklore of Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority groups. One can fully experience Vietnam's culture and understand more about the people's life by viewing many kinds of articles for daily use and life-size models and structures. Then we will go to explore the Old Quarter, a must-see destination for all tourists. Although it is a bit noisy with motorcycles as the main mode of transportation, it is full of local color. Cafes, bars, restaurants and shops can be found everywhere. Today's dinner is on your own, so you may want to taste some local food here. After that, we will transfer you to watch a traditional Water Puppet Show, a quintessential part of Vietnam with a thousand year history.

What's more you want to know about Temple of Literature:
If you happen to travel in Vietnam during the local New Year, you should not miss the Temple of Literature. It is a best place to feel the atmosphere of the local traditional festival. Vietnamese people will hold very grand sacrificial activities during the festival. Cultural and recreational activities such as calligraphy, chess, reciting poetry, cockfighting and bird fighting will also be held for fun.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex
Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Drive to Halong Bay to board a luxury cruise and stay one night on the cruise. You will have a wonderful time. (B+L+D)
After breakfast, we will leave for Halong Bay, so please check out of the hotel and take all your belongings. It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours for the whole journey. Upon arriving at the pier, we will board a luxury cruise. The expected boarding time is at 12:15 pm. After checking in, you can take a short break at your cabin. Then the cruise will gather all clients together in the dining room to give a boat and safety briefing and itinerary introductions. At the same time, you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is reputed to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Therefore, the highlight of your trip is coming as you set sail.

Lunch is served at 13:00 on the cruise. It is a nice combination of a Vietnamese and an international set menu. The cruise will first sail through Bai Tu Long Bay, where you will have a shore excursion to visit Cua Van Fishing Village. There are optional activities of kayaking through the village or taking a small bamboo boat to visit the village. Return to the cruise ship and continue sailing. You have some free time to relax. After that, there is a cooking class held on board. All guests are welcome to join in and learn to cook some traditional Vietnamese food.

Dinner is served at 19:30. It is a rich buffet dinner. Guests can take time to enjoy it. After dinner, you can choose to relax by yourself or attend some activities held on board. If you feel tired, a massage service is available at any time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Relax on board, disembark around noon and fly to Saigon.
In the early morning, Tai Chi lessons will be held on the sundeck. If you are interested, you may get up early to join in. At about 07:45, we will disembark for a walking tour excursion. Free time is available for you to relax on the beach or take a swim. After that, return to the cruise ship and enjoy a big brunch. Pack your luggage and check out at about 11:00. Our guide will meet you on board and transfer you to Hanoi Noi Bai Airport, where you will take a flight to Saigon. On arriving, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. 

Meals: Brunch
Day 5 Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Thien Hau Temple, Binh Tay Market, War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall. (B+L)
Ho Chi Minh city, also named Saigon, is the largest city of the country and a must for the best Vietnam tour. Today you will start to explore this ancient but modern city. The Thien Hau Temple is your first stop. It is a Chinese Buddhist temple with over two hundred years of history. It is one of the grandest and oldest historical heritage sites with cultural value. Then we will go to the famous Binh Tay Market, a large market with all kinds of goods: food, clothing, souvenirs and much more for retail and wholesale. Lunch is served. In the afternoon, we come to the War Remnants Museum to visit many objects left by the wars and to read some war history, from which one can fully experience the cruelty of the wars. This museum is well worth being explored, so we will leave you plenty of time. After that, we continue the tour to the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace, and its nearby attractions, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Opera House and Ho Chi Minh City Hall.

Night life in Ho Chi Minh City:
The Ben Thanh Market is also a night life center in Ho Chi Minh City. After your daytime tour, you can come here to taste local specialties at Ben Thanh Street Food in the southeast of the market.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City
Central Post Office
Local market
Street vendors
Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City
A day trip to Ben Tre. Cruise on Ham Luong River, Local orchards and workshops, Countryside tour, Visit a local family. (B+L)
To start your tour, we will head to Ben Tre after breakfast and take a boat along the Ham Luong River. On both sides, you will see many local people selling all kinds of fresh fruits, vegetables and other items from their barges. This is a very traditional way for them to do business. It is also a good opportunity for you to get close to the local people's life. You will also visit the local orchards and workshops. En route, we will stop and travel further into a countryside via traditional rowboat. In the village, you will have chance to visit a local family, enjoy the rural sceneries by "Xe Loi" or bicycle, have lunch at our well-selected restaurant and then take the boat back to Ben Tre. Our driver will wait for you at the pier and transfer you back to the Ho Chi Minh hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Mekong Delta boat trip
Boat cruise on Mekong Delta
Day 7 Departure from Ho Chi Minh city
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
This is the last day of your one week Vietnam tour. We know that you will have many beautiful memories of Vietnam. If your flight is late in the afternoon, you still have some free time to do some shopping or to see more of this city. Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time according to your flight schedule and transfer you to the airport for your onward journey or flight back home.

Meals: breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
HanoiPan Pacific Hanoi Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Halong BayIndochina Cruise Signature Cruise
Ho Chi Minh CityHotel Nikko Saigon Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels$1449 $1304$1269 $1142
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels$1249 $1124$1069 $962
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • One domestic flight(economy class seat): Hanoi - Saigon
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flight into and out Vietnam
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa fees
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