Explore Vietnam from North to South, gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s diverse landscapes, intriguing history and rich culture. Cruise the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin in the famous Bay of Halong, paddle across the palm fringed canals of the Mekong Delta and relax on a tranquil beach on the island of Phu Quoc.
The additional surcharge applies for bookings on Christmas, New Year & Tet (Lunar New Year).
Arrival in Hanoi in the morning, greeting by the Vietnamese tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Check-in is around 2 p.m. (NO early check-in included). Then experience Hanoi's pulsating Old Quarter and St. Joseph's Cathedral in an electric car ride. Walk through the narrow and turbulent streets, most of which are named after the crafts or goods that were originally sold here, such as fabrics, medicine, etc. Then visit the Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake. In between you take a short break and enjoy the famous egg coffee in a typical Hanoi café. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.
The city tour begins in the morning. First, explore the Ho Chi Minh Complex (mausoleum only outside). Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university (from the 11th century). Here you can enjoy a respite of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. In the late afternoon, visit a water puppeteer in your private home and enjoy an exclusive performance. Free time in the evening.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to Halong Bay. The bay itself was declared as a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, Halong Bay covers an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate.
Arrive at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port, embark on the traditional wooden junk followed by a welcome drink while the cruise manager briefing about the itinerary and safety info. A tasty lunch will be served on board when our cruise starts sailing towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing by many stunning rocks and islets. Then we can join some activities such as rowboat or kayak (Kayaks can be booked in advance at reception with extra cost). Return to our cruise and rest of the day at leisure. Later, take part in a cooking demonstration with traditional Vietnamese food on the sundeck (or in the restaurant if weather does not allow). The boat cruises back through the Bay to its overnight anchorage. Dinner & overnight on board.
Flexible program of each cruise - subject to change
No private guide on board.
At dawn, the most magical time in the bay, you can optionally do meditation or yoga on the upper deck. During breakfast you gradually cruise back to Halong and visit a cave and various islands along the way, where you can swim again. A delicious brunch on board can be enjoyed at early noon, after which you will disembark from the boat. Transfer to Noi Bai airport to catch a flight to Hue. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Hue.
Today you will explore the Imperial City of Hue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast visit the Citadel that houses the Imperial Palace, then drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, a landmark of the city. Afterwards you visit a typical Hue garden house and have an opportunity to chat with your host. In the afternoon, take a boat trip down the Perfume River and visit the famous imperial tomb of Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel.
Overnight in the city of Hue.
In the morning you will visit the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang. Then you leave Hue and drive along the Lang Co lagoon over the Hai Van pass to the old trading town of Hoi An. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the history of Hoi An, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This exploration includes stops at the Hokkien Temple, the Japanese Bridge and some ancient houses. Learn about the local craftsmanship through a visit to a small lantern factory. Dinner in the old town.
Today you ride your bike to a rural village that is known throughout Vietnam for its organic cultivation methods. Here you get to know some local herbs, used extensively in Vietnamese cuisine and traditional medicine. At the end, enjoy a relaxing Herbal foot massage, a light lunch including a short cooking class with a local chef.
The afternoon is free for individual activities or an excursion to the ancient sanctuary of My Son (for an additional charge).
The morning is free in Hoi An. Around noon drive to Danang and visit the Marble Mountains before you fly to the metropolis of Saigon. Upon arrival, take a short taster tour and enjoy a sundowner from a roof-top bar. You will then be driven through Saigon on a vintage Vespa. On the way you will make various stops to eat some typical Saigon dishes. Back to hotel and overnight in the city.
Today, tour the colonial district with historic buildings such as the Reunification Palace (from the outside), Notre Dame Cathedral (from the outside), the Post office, the City Hall (from the outside) and the City Opera (from the outside). Then drive to Chinatown. We will explore the this lively part of the city with a cyclo ride (partly on foot) to visit the Binh Tay wholesale market and the Chinese temple of Thien Hau.
Pick up at the hotel and drive to Ben Tre, the Coconut Kingdom, in the early morning. Here you take a boat trip on narrow and shady canals to enjoy the calm and beautiful natural landscape of the Mekong Delta. You visit a family and taste fresh fruit in the garden. Lunch at the local family restaurant. During the excursion you will visit some local industries dedicated to the production of bricks, sweet rice paper, weaved mats and coconut by-products for export. If you wish, you can cycle a short di, which offers a closer look at the daily life of the Mekong Delta dwellers. Continue to Can Tho in the afternoon and overnight there.
In the early morning, board the local boat trip for the visit at Cai Rang floating market where dozens of boats laden with fruits, vegetables and fish from all over the Delta jostle for trade. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Soon after you will board a river cruise, which will be your accommodation for the next night. A welcome drink and a cozy lunch await you on board while the ship heads north. In the afternoon you go on a delightful bike ride along the riverbank, past villages and orchards. You have the opportunity to visit the gardens and get to know the people better and thus get a deep insight into life in the delta. The ship continues north. In the evening dinner will be served on board. Overnight in the ship.
Wake up to the morning sounds of the river. After breakfast, explore Cai Be by small boat. After exploring the canals in the area you will head back to Saigon and board a flight to Phu Quoc island for your beach break. Upon arrival transfer to your resort and enjoy this island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand.
Free day to explore or rest at leisure.
Free day to explore or rest at leisure.
Free time until transfer to the airport for your flight back home or connect to the next destination.