Taste Of Vietnam – 12 Days

Our 12-day ‘Taste Of Vietnam’ is the perfect introduction to Vietnam, and is sure to be a hit with the young and the young at heart. On this unique family journey discover the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo, inspirational Halong Bay on an overnight boat, and the tunnels of Cu Chi tunnel on your hands and knees.

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Start City : Hanoi
End City: Saigon or vice versa
Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
Highlights: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoian, Saigon & Mekong Delta (Cai Be, Vinh Long, Can Tho).


Days 1: Arrive Hanoi
Up on arrival, you are welcome at Airport and will be transferred to your hote lin Hanoi. In the afternoon, you will have short tour briefing and take a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, the best way to get to know the ancient laneways and local people. In the evening, enjoy the welcome dinner in one of the fineset restaurants in Hanoi with Travel consultant of Vietnam Tours Expert. We will hand to you all travel documents and any of your questions related to this trip will get the full explanation from our staff.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
For the early risers, may we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoa Kiem Lake where each morning, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree-lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north end to Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower on a small island.
After breakfast, you will have a full day on your own to see the city so goodwalking shoes are a must. You will have many options to choose from:
– Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
– Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
– Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
– One Pillar Pagoda
– Ethnology Museum
– Opera House
– Hoa Lo prison, which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
– West Lake & Tran Quoc Pagoda
In the evening, attend a Water Puppet show – the unique form of  Vietnamese artderived from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
Have breakfast in hotel and drive to Halong Bay (180km about 3.5 hours) passingthe countryside of the Red River Delta to the UNESCO World Heritage site.
A traditional style Vietnamese Junk Cruise is awaiting your arrival and will setsail at noon today for the 23 hours cruise on this magnifican bay. Lunch will beserved on board amidst spectacular views of the bay. Afternoon will visit one ofthe largest caves in Halong Bay and a beach stop where you can swim in the refreshing water of the South China Sea.
Tonight enjoy a fresh seafood dinner onboard your Junk.
Accommodation: on cruise
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi airport – Hue.
Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out tothe nearby cave on a row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Returnback to the Junk where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long baywhere the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
Your cruise will end at noon and you will met your guide & driver for the tripback to Hanoi and then transfer the Noi Bai airport for your flight to Hue whereyour driver will await you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Note: there are only 3 flights a day from Hanoi to Hue (Departs: VN241-6.30,VN245 – 12.30 and VN247 – 19.20 therefore we may have to wait for a while whenyou take the late flight to Hue today)
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Meal: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5 – Hue City Tour
Today you explore this fabulous city – the former capital of Vietnam (1802 -1945under Nguyen Dynasty). You start with a visit to the Citadel, which contains theImperial City and the Forbidden Purple City, the Emperor’s private residence.The Imperial City was created in the 19th century. There are many palaces and temples inside. You will even have the chance to play emperor yourself at aregal feast!You also visit the Imperial Museum, The Tu Hieu Pagoda, and the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside market.
Accommodation: hotel in Hue
Meals: breakfast

Days 6 – 7 : Hue – Hoi An
We drive through spectacular coastal scenery towards Hoi An, visiting sacred Marble Mountain along the way Champa museum and MyKhe Beach. We introduce you to the delights of Hoi An on a fun cyclo tour and cruise the peaceful Thu Bon River at sunset. For something different, we embark on the family-run ‘Fishermaneco-tour’ that gives you a real insight into Vietnamese life. In a tranquilcanal rarely visited by tourists, we will learn about the lives of local fisherman. Try your hand at their fishing techniques and learn how to navigate abasket boat through the narrow waterways!
Follow our local chef to for shopping at the market and learn how the local people prepare for a meal then enjoy the Cooking Class at a restaurant. Today the dinner is included.

Days 8 – 11: Saigon & Mekong Delta.
Fly to Vietnam’s most exciting city, Saigon. A walking tour to the most iconicsights in District I will acquaint you with the Opera House, the Cathédrale Notre Dame, and Dong Khoi Street. Visit the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels to learn aboutthe tenacity and resilience of the Vietnamese. Travel into the Mekong Delta andcycle around a small village, where you will spend the night at a memorablehome-stay, before returning to Saigon.

Day 12 – Free until departure time.
Driver and guide will transfer you the airport for departure flight.
Accommodation at Hotel in Saigon and  Home-Stay in Mekong Delta.

Service Included:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation by private car with AC
  • English-speaking guides
  • Domestic flights (Hanoi – Danang, Hue – Saigon)
  • All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

Service Excluded:

  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers
  • Beverages & other personal expenses