Forbidden Purple City, Hue

Grand Vietnam Exploration

TVN10: 22 Days Private Tour of Hanoi - Laocai - Sapa - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Dong Hoi - Hue - Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
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: 3 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, HanoiOne Pillar Pagoda, HanoiHoi AnJapanese Bridge, Hoi AnCentral Post Office, Ho Chi Minh CityBoat ride on Mekong Delta
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Day 1 Arrival in Hanoi
Upon arrival in Hanoi, our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will go to the castle-like Opera House to start your Vietnam vacation package. Then, we pay a visit to the busy Old Quarter and the peaceful Ngoc Son Temple situated on a little island in the middle of the Hoan Kiem Lake.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 Hanoi - Laocai
After breakfast, we will head to the extensive Ba Dinh Square and visit the nearby Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Presidential Palace.

In the afternoon, we will go northwards to the West Lake area, which is full of enchanting natural sights and many ancient buildings such as the Quan Thanh Temple and the Tran Quoc Pagoda. After that, we will continue our journey to the Temple of Literature and the Ethnology Museum, where you can see clothes, musical instruments, and daily supplies of different nationalities in Vietnam. Later, we will enjoy the Vietnamese traditional folk performance - the Water Puppet Show. When we have finished the day's tour, our guide will take you to board an overnight train to Laocai.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh's stilt house, Hanoi
One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi
One Pillar Pagoda
Day 3 Laocai - Sapa
Arrive at Laocai, drive to Sapa and check in at the hotel. Trekking through the terraced rice fields to the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai. (B+L)
Our guide and driver will pick you up at the Laocai Railway Station and take you to the hotel in Sapa. After that, we will hike to Cat Cat cultural village. The village is in a wonderful scenic area that is suitable for hiking. You will be amazed by the rural landscape with incessant terraced fields encircled by green hills and blue waters, en route. Next, we will continue our trek to a minority locality, the Sin Chai Village, to experience their ethnic customs. Later, we will return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Sapa - Hanoi
Explore Sapa town further, pass through hill tribe villages. An overnight train back to Hanoi. (B+L)
After breakfast, the guide will take you on a private Sapa tour to the hill tribe villages where you can see distinctive dwellings and experience the local minority people's lifestyle. Later, you will be transferred to the railway station for an overnight train to Hanoi.

About handmade products in the villages:
Some villagers sell their own handmade products to make a living. These products generally have good quality and reasonable price. If you like, you can buy some and the villagers will be very thankful.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Railway station pick-up, have a short break. 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)
In the morning, the Hanoi tour guide will pick you up at the railway station and take a scenic drive to Halong Bay. We will help you to board the cruise ship. Cruising on the Halong Bay is one of the highlights of your Vietnam holiday package. Along the cruise, steep rock mountains, lucid river and towering trees provide a visual feast. Onboard, you may enjoy some entertainment activities to have fun. Stay overnight on the ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Halong Bay in Vietnam
Halong Bay
Day 6 Halong Bay - Hanoi
Relax on board, disembark around noon and drive back to Hanoi. Free at leisure for rest time. (Brunch)
This morning you will relax on the cruise while viewing the charming scenery of the glistening sea and explore nearby isolated villages by rowboat. After a hearty brunch, we will disembark at around noon and then return to Hanoi by car. The rest of the day is free for you to stroll around the city.

Meals: Brunch
Day 7 Hanoi - Dong Hoi
Morning is free. Fly to Dong Hoi, airport-hotel transfer. (B)
This morning you can explore Hanoi city at your own pace. If you rent a bike or walk about the city, you can get a nice glimpse of the old French-style buildings alongside the neat streets. In the afternoon, we will take you to the airport to catch a flight to Dong Hoi. After landing, you will be picked up and transferred to the downtown hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Dong Hoi
Phong Nha National Park, Phong Nha Caves by boat, Paradise Cave. (B+L)
After breakfast, we will drive to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is a scenic region featuring complicated and various karst landforms as well as deep and miraculous limestone caves. While there, you will take a boat to explore the mysterious Phong Nha Caves. After viewing the peculiar stalactites, you can visit the long and large Paradise Cave. Then, we will drive back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Dong Hoi - Hue
Vinh Moc Tunnels, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge, Quang Tri citadel, La Vang. Drive to Hue (around 3 hours), check in at hotel. (B+L)
In the morning, follow the guide to the Vinh Moc Tunnels to look at this underground shelter from the war. Then, we will visit the graceful Hien Luong Bridge stretching over the Ben Hai River, where you can take some photos. After that, we will visit the Quang Tri Citadel and the La Vang. In the afternoon, we will go to Hue, approximately 3 hours' drive. After arrival, the guide will help you check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Hue City Tour
Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang, a short boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial Citadel, Forbidden Purple City, Dong Ba Market. (B+L)
Today you will have a full day Hue city tour. After breakfast, we will head for the grandiose and well-preserved Royal Tomb of King Minh Mang. Later, take a short boat trip to the riverside Thien Mu Pagoda with over 400 years of history. Then we will visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City in central Hue. Finally we will go to the bustling Dong Ba Market where you may find some local specialties.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue
Thien Mu Pagoda
Day 11 Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An
Drive to Hoi An (around 3 hours), en route visit Hai Van Pass. Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum, climb Marble Mountains, arrive in Hoi An. (B+L)
After breakfast, take your entire belongings to check out the hotel, and then we will continue this Vietnam vacation package to Hoi An. During the 3-hour's journey, we will stop for a panoramic view of the sea and surrounding rolling mountains at the Hai Van Pass and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery at Non Nuoc Beach. Later, we will stop by the Museum of Cham Sculpture to admire the stone and earthen carvings, and then climb the Marble Mountains.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, check in at a local hotel and you will be free to explore for the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Hoi An (Walking Tour & Boat trip)
A guided day trip in Hoi An Old Town. Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Old house, Japanese Bridge, boat trip to an island village. (B+L)
Today we will tour the Hoi An Old City on foot. The guide will show you the Chinese and Japanese buildings there, including Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Old House, and Japanese Bridge. Later, we will take a short boat trip to explore an island village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hoi An
Hoi An Old Town
Japanese Bridge, Hoi An
Japanese Bridge
Day 13 Hoi An - My Son Sanctuary - Hoi An
Join-in Cooking Class in Hoi An, excursion to My Son Sanctuary in the afternoon. (B+L)
After breakfast, the guide will take you to attend a join-in cooking class. After that, we will go to My Son Sanctuary, where you can see many historical sites from the Champa Empire that are hidden inside the tropical rain forests. After the visit, we will escort you back to the hotel.

Recommended Vietnamese dishes in Hoi An:
Hoi An is a gourmet paradise. You can enjoy authentic Vietnam cuisine here, as well as Chinese or French dishes. The must-try dishes include the Hoian Rice Noodle (Cao Lầu), Cantonese Rice Noodles (Mì Quảng), Fried Wonton (Hoành thánh chiên), Fish Cake noodles (Bún Chả Cá), and Chicken Rice (Cơm Gà).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Hoi An - Da Nang - Nha Trang
Drive to Da Nang, fly to Nha Trang, visit Po Nagar Cham Tower, Long Son Pagoda and Dam Market. Relax on the beach. (B)
Today we will escort you to Da Nang Airport to fly to Nha Trang, where our guide will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. After you have checked in, we will take you on a guided tour of Hindu architecture - the Po Nagar Cham Towers and the Long Son Pagoda which is guarded by a large white figure of Buddha. After a visit to the Dam Market, you will be free to relax on the beaches of Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 15 Nha Trang
Free time for relaxing on the beach. (B)
Today you will have a full-day free to enjoy the 6-kilometer (4-mile) long golden beach. You can enjoy yourself thoroughly by playing beach volleyball. Furthermore, taking sunbath or joining in activities like swimming and diving will add fun to your Vietnam holiday package.

Meals: Breakfast
Nha Trang
Nha Trang
Day 16 Nha Trang
Free time for relaxing on the beach. (B)
You will have another free day today. After breakfast, you can sight-see the city by wandering down streets with coconut trees, enjoy the soothing music and picturesque scenery in a café, or cycle along the beautiful coastline. In the evening, we recommend that you have a hearty seafood dinner to finish off this Nha Trang day trip.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 17 Nha Trang - Da Lat
Drive to Dalat, stop at rural Nha Trang for countryside living, Bao Dai Summer Palace, Old Da Lat Railway Station, stroll around Xuan Huong Lake, Central Market and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. (B+L)
In the morning, you will be transferred to Da Lat. Along the way, we will stop in the idyllic countryside of Nha Trang to experience the local farmers' life. After checking into the hotel in Da Lat, the guide will take you to the refined Bao Dai Summer Palace and the retro Old Da Lat Railway Station. After a relaxing stroll around the Xuan Huong Lake, we will visit the Central Market and the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18 Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City
Tanung Village. Along the way: vegetables, flowers, pine trees, coffee, rice wine, mushrooms, crickets and silk (depending on season), Elephant waterfall and the giant statues in Linh An Pagoda. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Today we will visit Tanung Village. En route, you may enjoy the rural landscape consisting of flowers, lush pine trees and terraced vegetable plantations. We will make short stops at a coffee plantation and a rice wine factory. If it is the right season, we will stop at a cricket farm and a silk processing factory as well. Upon arrival, we will go to the Elephant Falls and watch the big white statue of the smiling Buddha at Linh An Pagoda.

When we have finished visiting Tanung, we will drive to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City where you will be met by our local guide and be escorted to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 19 Ho Chi Minh City
Morning excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels, afternoon visits to War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, City Center Post Office, Dong Khoi Street. (B+L)
After breakfast, the guide will take you to the Cu Chi Tunnels - a large underground barrack in war times. In the afternoon, we will tour the city and visit the War Remnants Museum with its weapons exhibit, the symmetrical Reunification Palace, the French-style City Center Post Office and the bustling Dong Khoi Street.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 20 Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre - Can Tho
Mekong River Delta, boat ride in My Tho, pass by coconut candy and rice paper factory in Ben Tre, Can Tho city. (B+L)
Today we will drive to My Tho, where you will board a cruise ship on the Mekong River Delta. During the breathtaking cruise on the Mekong River, we will go ashore in Ben Tre to visit coconut candy and rice paper factories. After disembarking, you will be taken to your hotel in Can Tho City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City
City Center Post Office
Boat ride on Mekong Delta
Boat ride in Can Tho
Day 21 Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
Cai Rang floating market, fruit orchards, drive back to Saigon. (B+L)
After breakfast, follow the guide to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market to watch how local people make deals on boats. After that, go visit the tropical fruit orchards. Then, we will drive back to Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 22 Departure from Ho Chi Minh City
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Your 22 days private Vietnam tour package will end today. After checking out of the hotel, we will escort you to the airport and see you off.

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
HanoiPan Pacific Hanoi Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
SapaSilk Path Grand Resort & Spa Pistachio Hotel Sapa
Halong BayIndochina Cruise Signature Cruise
Dong HoiVinpearl Hotel Quang Binh Phong Nha Lake House Resort
HueIndochina Palace Moonlight Hotel Hue
Hoi AnLa Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa Little Beach A Boutique Hotel & Spa
Nha TrangMia Resort Nha Trang Havana Nha Trang Hotel
Da LatAna Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa - Villa Suite Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa - Villa
Ho Chi Minh CityHotel Nikko Saigon Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Can ThoVictoria Can Tho Resort - Deluxe Room Victoria Can Tho Resort - Superior Room
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$4469 $4022$3759 $3383
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels$3929 $3536$3219 $2897
  • 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
  • Three domestic & regional flights (economy class seat): Hanoi - Dong Hoi; Da Nang - Nha Trang; Dalat - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
  • Two trains (on shared 4-berth cabin): Hanoi - Laocai; Laocai - Hanoi.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of 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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