Hoi An Ancient Town

Essence of Vietnam

TVN03: 9 Days Private Tour of Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
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 $1389 per person Free Inquiry
Hoi An Old TownJapanese Bridge, Hoi AnHo Chi Minh's Mausoleum, HanoiTran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
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Day 1 Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, which is the financial hub of Vietnam! Your guide will await you at the airport holding a banner bearing your name. Then we will transfer you to the hotel, passing through the bustling streets on the way. You will be free for the rest of the day to explore the city on your own.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City's China Town - Cholon, first Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine, Ben Thanh Market, War Remnants Museum, former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office. (B+L)
You will have a full day tour today to enjoy the attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, which is also well known as Saigon. First, let's start from Ho Chi Minh City's China Town - Cholon, where you may visit some of the Temples dedicated to the worship of Tin Hau, Avalokitesvara, Buddha or Taoism. Later, enjoy the first Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (FITO). Apart from the unique building and ornaments, you will also learn the history of the development of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. The displays here are exquisite and stunning and you are sure to find them very interesting. Then go for the Ben Thanh Market to browse the goods on offer for some small gifts. After lunch, we will take you to the War Remnants Museum and former Presidential Palace to learn more about Vietnam's history. As a conclusion of the day, you will have time to visit some French colonial architecture such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City
Old Post Office
Day 3 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)
Today you will have an excursion to the Mekong River Delta to experience the diverse culture and gain a close appreciation of the local lifestyle. In the early morning, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at the appointed time and then transfer you to Ben Tre. After a two-hour's drive, your tour starts by the cruise on the Ham Luong River. You will pass by various local barges stuffed with fresh fruits, vegetables and other kinds of products. You may even ask your guide to stop and try some of the local fruits which are really sweet and cheap. Later, you will get off the boat and visit some local workshops. In the afternoon, the boat will take you to a village where you will disembark and walk to a local family to get in touch with the rural life. Then you will have the chance to admire the picturesque sceneries by "Xe Loi", a kind of rickshaw or bicycle. After that, you will reach Ben Tre by boat. The trip ends here and we will then transfer you back to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An
Fly to Da Nang, drive to Hoi An Ancient Town, Chua Ong Pagoda, Tam Ky ancestral house, Japanese Bridge, boat trip on the Bon River. (B+L)
Take a flight to Da Nang and then our local guide will transfer you to the ancient town Hoi An. The town is a well-preserved traditional trading port of Southeast Asia that thrived from the 15th to the 19th century. It is attractive with mixture of architectural style and local features. The town is even more enchanting when countless lanterns along streets and riverside lighten up the evening. Today, we will have a half-day walking tour through the winding streets with some stopovers at attractions including Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Finally, you will have a short relaxing experience on the river by boat to conclude today's tour. The evening is free for you to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the charming night scene.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hoi An Old Town
Our guests at Hoi An Ancient Town
Japanese Bridge, Hoi An
Japanese Bridge
Day 5 Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue
Drive to Hue, Hai Van pass, afternoon walking tour with stops at the Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue Royal Palace, Mausoleum of tu Duc. (B)
After breakfast this morning, check out from the hotel and we will then drive you to Hue by a private car. The scenery along the way has been nominated as one of 50 must-see places by the National Geographic magazine. You will go through Hai Van pass which is over 500 meters high to overlook the spectacular view of the coastline. And also have a drink at the beautiful Lang Co Beach before continuing on to Hue. Hue is another ancient town with a long history. We will have an afternoon walk around the town and visit some attractions including the Imperial City (The Citadel), Hue Royal Palace, and the Mausoleum of tu Duc. Stay overnight in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast
Imperial City in Hue
Imperial City, Hue
Day 6 Hue - Hanoi
Boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, Dong Ba Market, ornate Minh Mang's tomb, fly to Hanoi. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
The poetic and picturesque Perfume River is the mother river of Hue. This morning, you will have a private boat cruise down the river to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, a famous and important monastery in Vietnam situated by the river. The place where the monastery stands is said to be the Dragon Vein of the Nguyen Dynasty. Later spend some time at the busy Dong Ba Market and the ornate Minh Mang's tomb before boarding the flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to check in at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Hanoi
Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, West Lake area, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum, Water Puppet Show. (B)
As the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi has a long history and is rich in cultural relics and historic sites. Today you will have a full day to explore this ancient and charming city thoroughly. First, we will arrive at Ba Dinh Square area, which is the center of the city. The square can accommodate one or two hundred thousand people and it is the main site for celebrating festivals. From here you will visit the nearby attractions to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, his stilt house, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature. Then we will go to the West Lake area to enjoy the enchanting scenery as we walk around. You will also pay a short visit to the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple by the lake. In the afternoon you will visit the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. The tour today ends by enjoying a special Water Puppet Performance at Hoan Kiem Lake area. It is a unique folk art with a long history, something you may not see anywhere else in the world. We will then transfer you back to the hotel or you may continue to enjoy time at Hoan Kiem Lake on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Day 8 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)
The breathtaking and elegant Halong Bay will be a highlight of your Vietnam trip. It is 3 to 4 hours driving time away from Hanoi but you will find it worth the lengthy transfer. Have a big breakfast at your hotel and set out early in the morning.

Halong Bay is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, you will appreciate the beauty of this natural wonderland by spending 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise. Board the junk at around noon time and have lunch onboard while sailing out into the mysterious bay. After lunch, you are free on the junk to enjoy the relaxing time with comfortable sunshine, gentle breeze on your face and the majestic sight of the group of soaring limestone islands coming into view. This afternoon, the islands that we will cruise around are Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. We will also visit one of the 3 largest caves among Thien Cung, Dau Go and Sung Sot. Later, get off the junk and have a short spell of free time on a white-sand beach of the Gulf of Tonkin. Stay overnight on your junk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Day 9 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Departure
Disembark around noon & airport see-off. A nice journey home! (Brunch)
You may find it interesting to participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or enjoy the sunrise if you wake up early in a brilliant day. After a morning cup of coffee or tea, take a rowboat to explore some of the nearby islands. Then back to the junk for brunch while heading back to Halong City. The return journey is easy and relaxing and you may take your time to have a rest or enjoy the gorgeous picturesque setting of Bai Tu Long Bay along the way. Upon your arrival at the dock, your guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight home. Your memorable Vietnam travel ends here.

Meals: Brunch
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
Ho Chi Minh CityHotel Nikko Saigon Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Hoi AnLa Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa Little Beach A Boutique Hotel & Spa
HueIndochina Palace Moonlight Hotel Hue
HanoiPan Pacific Hanoi Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Halong BayIndochina Cruise Signature Cruise
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$1879 $1691$1609 $1448
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels$1659 $1493$1389 $1250
  • 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
  • Two domestic flights(economy class seat): Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang; Hue - Hanoi
  • 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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