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Travel from north to south and be dazzled by the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, rolling rice terraces and picturesque historic riverside towns. Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and feel the heritage that is still alive and well. The imperial cities of Hanoi and Hue offer you a glimpse into the old royal lifestyle, while the temples and markets are a window into local life today. We end our journey in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City formerly Saigon.

This 10-day journey offers a comprehensive insight into Vietnam and is filled with many highlights that makes this tour special.

10 Days 9 Nights: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

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Bay of the Descending Dragon, Ha Long Bay

Cruise in style through this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the comfort of a cruise ship featuring many adventurous activities. More than 3000 towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped with forests rise from the emerald waters.

Picturesque Historical Towns

The hidden gems of the imperial cities of Hanoi and Hue, and the historical town of Hoi An showcase the rich culture that draws from Cambodian Khmer and Vietnamese Emperors, the influence of the French, Chinese and Japanese. Travelers will find the well-preserved Imperial Citadel, colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and ancestral worship temples.

THE IMPERIAL FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY
Ornate details on the impressive gate in the old citadel of Hue.
HERBS AND SPICES
Vietnamese food is served with plenty of mint, basil and coriander; and a variety of sweet, sour and pungent dipping sauces.

Flavors of Vietnam

The long coastline and waterways provide plentiful fish and seafood, while the tropical climate offers an abundance of rice, vegetables and exotic fruits, from rambutans to mangosteens. The Vietnamese have absorbed many culinary influences from China, colonial France and surrounding Asian countries and yet their fusion exudes a distinct Vietnamese taste. Taste the ever-popular Pho, Banh Mi (sandwich), Bah Xeo (crepes) and more.

    1

    Hanoi

    Welcome to Vietnam! Your driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.
    Hanoi is one of the most ancient capitals in the world. Travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center. This French colonial city is known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community with Chinese, French and Russian influences.

    MOBILE STREET VENDORS 
    Here the locals shop for fresh grocery every day and enjoy the door-to-door service without delivery fees.

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    Hanoi | City Tour

    Today begins with a blast from the past. See Vietnam's traditional ways of life and replicas of old homes.
    Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in the city. Then the French Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi’s first university namely the Temple of Literature. Followed by the Old Quarter and the Hang Be market.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    TEMPLE OF LITERATURE
    Built in 1070, it hosts the Imperial Academy which is dedicated to Confucius, sages, and scholars.

    TRAN QUOC PAGODA
    One of the oldest Pagodas dating back to the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De Dynasty.

    TURTLE TOWER
    Built to commemorate one of the greatest heroes of Vietnam, Le Loi, who founded the Le dynasty.

    3

    Hanoi - Ha Long Bay | Cruise

    Depart for your overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, often called Vietnam's eighth wonder of the world.  Ha Long means Descending Dragon. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the bay with adventure excursions such as kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Settle onto your deck chair and witness a spectacular sunset. Join in a cooking demonstration featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine, followed by a gourmet dinner onboard. Retire to your cabin to enjoy a restful night’s sleep as the waves lap gently against the hull.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch  Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    GORGEOUS CRUISE BOAT
    Overnight cruise, with inclusive activities, is the best way to experience Ha Long Bay.

    BAY OF DESCENDING DRAGON
    Passing islands named for their shapes including Stone Dog and Teapot islets.

    EMERALD  HA LONG BAY
    Towering limestone pillars & tiny islets, topped with forests, rise from the waters.

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    Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue

    Greet the day with a sunrise Tai Chi lesson overlooking the bay. Breakfast on the boat followed by an excursion to the most beautiful and biggest cave in the bay or to a floating village that was voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by Huffingtonpost.com. After Ha Long Bay, return to Hanoi’s airport for your flight to Hue.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch

    INCLUSIVE EXCURSIONS
    Kayak to hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages.

    CRUISE BY THE BAY
    Relax and witness a spectacular sunset and delightful dawn over the bay.

    TERRACED RICE FIELDS 
    Explore and take in the endless paddy fields that are hewn into the hillsides.

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    Hue | City Tour

    The former Imperial City of Hue is celebrated for its great culture and historical sites, and for sophisticated cuisine.
    Passing verdant rice paddies, explore Thanh Toan village, home to a legendary market and a beautiful covered bridge. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the iconic symbol of Hue. Step back in time in the Forbidden Purple City and royal palaces in the Imperial Citadel, also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Tonight enjoy an exclusive authentic Vietnamese dinner with a family of royal lineage.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch  Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    BE INSPIRED AT THIEN MU PAGODA
    Allow your mind drift with the flow of the serene Perfume River to feel the ambiance of Hue.

    THE IMPERIAL FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY
    Ornate details on the impressive gate in the old citadel of Hue.

    HUE IMPERIAL CITY
    An ornate palace complex surrounded by towering fortress walls.

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    Hue– Hoi An | Tour of the Charming Colonial Town

    Visit the Thanh Tien Flower Paper Village before driving to Hoi An over the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Hoi An had been acquiring a rich cultural heritage from Chinese, Japanese and European traders since 16th century, no wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Walk along the charming waterfront to the Japanese Covered Bridge. Visit Central Market, House of Tan Ky (a unique 18-th century shophouse), the ornate Fukien Chinese temple and the local shops that offer inexpensive silks, express custom-made outfits as well as handicrafts.
    Hoi An is also a magnet for foodies with lush neighboring farms and fishing villages.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    THE BANK OF THU BON RIVER
    Relax and unwind at this picturesque historic town of Hoi An.

    JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE
    Built in 1593 by the Japanese trading community to link them with the Chinese quarter.

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    Hoi An | Cam Thanh village

    An authentic insight into the local way of life. Bike to Cam Thanh village (alternative transport is available), passing rice paddy fields and unique coconut houses. Learn about rice farming. Meet local fishermen and try your hand at casting a fish net. Paddle a unique bamboo basket boat and explore the tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways. Enjoy a traditional lunch.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch

    WOVEN BAMBOO BASKET BOAT
    Return to nature and discover the countryside of Vietnam.

    8

    Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City | Museum of Cham Sculpture

    Enroute to Danang airport, visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture including altars, sandstone pieces and busts of Hindus gods dated between 7th to 13th century. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Your driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    MUSEUM OF CHAM SCULPTURE
    Showcasing the world's best collection of Cham sculptures dating from the 7th to 13th century.

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    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | City Tour

    Ho Chi Minh City has risen from the Vietnam War to become a modern city with sleek skyscrapers while still retaining its elegant French architecture and broad boulevards.  It is dotted with ornate temples and pagodas.
    Sense the iconic moment in history at the Reunification Palace when the Northern army tanks crashed into this historic presidential palace. Admire the amazing chandeliers at the elegant Central Post office. Visit Hotel de Ville (City Hall), the Fine Art Museum and enjoy a cup of coffee at the Art Cafe before visiting Ben Thanh market.
    One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh market offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentic Vietnam. A great place to shop for local handicrafts, Vietnamese art and souvenirs. And to taste of delicious Vietnamese hawker food!
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    SAIGON RIVER
    Saigon riverfront with the city skyline in the background.

    CENTRAL POST OFFICE
    The most handsome French-Colonial building in the city with cavernous interior.

    SAIGON DISTRICT 1
    This area boasts French-Colonial buildings and fashionable shops.

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    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | End of Tour

    After breakfast, the tour comes to an end. Please inform us of your international flight details in order to schedule your transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).
    • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

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    Dates & Pricing

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    Price Details

    • ‣ Daily departures except for Sundays and Thursday.
    • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
    • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

    Deposit

    • A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking and full payment to be made 70 days prior to departure date.

    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest arrival airport is HAN (Noi Bai International).
    • ‣ The nearest departure airport is SGN (Tan Son Nhat International).
    • ‣ Contact us for more detail and pricing.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses

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