A journey of Vietnam exploration
This journey captures each detail in the large painting of the colorful and picturesque cultural setting of Vietnam. In each stop, you will see the French influence on both architecture and culture. The trip combines with a memorable exclusive river cruise on the waterways of the vast Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam,that makes you an unforgettable journey.
HANOI – HALONG – DANANG – HOIAN – SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA CRUISE
12 days / 11 nights
Travel styles: Classic and cultural
Day 1/ Arrival in Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi, greeting at the airport with driver and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Day 2/ Hanoi street food and city tour (B,L)
Morning stop at Bach Ma templeandcontinue walking along the narrow streets to Hang Be market.Taste street foods and learn about “local cuisine culture”, such as cha que (sausage with cinnamon), banh cuon (Vietnamese rolling cakes), bun cha (rice noodles served with cha que), nem(deep fried “square-shape” spring rolls) and che (a popular dessert soup with many varieties kinds of beans). Takea rest at a local cafe. Afternoon, continue visiting the Presidential Palace (façade only), One Pillar pagoda, the Temple of Literature.Enjoy a cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter, followed athe water puppet show.
Day 3/ Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Morning we depart to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side.
On arrival, enjoy welcome drink on board, receive cruise brief programs and safety instructions. Then check-in and enjoy lunch while the cruise starts cruising into quiet area of Halong Bay, passing small islets. Visit caves, grottos by bamboo boat and stop at a beach for swimming or enjoy kayaking (optional). You can enjoy cruise activities such as cooking class, Happy Hour time, watching movies, or squid fishing at night. Enjoy dinner and relaxing time on board.
Day 4/ Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B)
The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.
Visit one of the biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat, check-out and cruising back to the Wharf. Disembark and say farewell to the crew.
Transfer back to Hanoi airport for flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, welcome by tour guide and transfer to the hotel in Hoi An check-in. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5/ Hoi An city tour and street food (B,L)
We have a walking tour Phung Hung Ancient House, Museum of Hoi An, Kwan Kung Temple, Japanese Covered Bridge and Workshop of Traditional Handicrafts.
We then visit the colorful local Hoi An Market where we meet and chat with stall holders about their wares. Our walk then continues along both high streets and back streets discovering out-of-the-way producers and street vendors preparing and selling a wide variety of exotic foods. We reach to The Ancient House where we will enjoy refreshments and taste a wide selection of these local delicacies bought directly from the vendors , many of whom we saw or met on the tour. The rest of day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 6/ Tra Que and Cam Thanh Village (B,L)
Optional biking along the country roads. Visit an organic vegetable village then join in farmer’s daily activities. Next, experience riding a water buffalo and paddling bamboo basket boat in the river. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to hotel and free at leisure.
Day 7/ Hoi An – Danang – Saigon (B)
Transfer to Danang airport for flight to Saigon. Transfer to hotel check-in.
Day 8/ Saigon – Mekong River Cruise to Cai Be – Can Tho (B,L,D)
Morning, Mekong River Cruise‘s shuttle bus picks you up at hotel in Saigon and transfer to Cai Be. Get on board the Mekong River Cruise and check-in. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.
Day 9/ Mekong River Cruise - Life on the water and floating markets (B,L,D)
Early birds can wake up for the sunrise. We will watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, board a sampan boat to Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
Later in the morning you can boat through the green water landscape on a little rowing sampan to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. Alternatively you can discover the nearby town by foot or explore the small side canals of the Mekong River on a bicycle.
The cruise boat then resumes its journey as lunch is served. In the afternoon there is the option of a land excursion either by bicycle or on foot and visit of a small village, a stroll through orchards, or a cooking class.
Day 10/ Mekong Delta – Back to Saigon (B,L,)
After breakfast we get an early start through the glorious morning atmosphere on the Mekong River. Explore the delta on foot or with a small sampan. Be sure not to miss the great photo opportunities for authentic snapshots of the Mekong people and their life. Then it’s time to pack up and return to the pier from which we started. Enjoy lunch on the way back to Saigon. Check-in your hotel in Saigon and the rest of day is at leisure.
Day 11/ Cu Chi Tunnels - City Tour (B,L)
Morning visit Cu Chi Tunnels famed for its over 200-kilometre-longtunnels during the Vietnam War. Back to Saigon for lunch. Afternoon tour includes the War Remnants Museum and the City Post office building. Drop by Ben Thanh Market before back to hotel.
Day 12/ Saigon Departure (B)
Spend your last minutes in Saigon for relaxing or shopping until transfer to the airport for your departure flight (normal check out).
Have a safe trip!