What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (D)
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free for you to rest or begin exploring the city. In the afternoon, take a 1-hour bike ride through the Old Quarter, enjoy Hanoi’s beautiful late-afternoon colors, and visit a traditional Vietnamese “long house”. In the evening watch a performance of the renowned Water Puppet Theater whose origins date back over a thousand years. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Sightseeing – Bac Ninh – Ha Long Bay (B,L)
In the morning you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing the former leader’s Mausoleum. See stilt houses and the One Pillar Pagoda followed by the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the bustling Old Quarter. In the afternoon you'll be driven to Bac Ninh, the cradle of traditional Vietnamese music and theater. On arrival take a horse-drawn cart through country lanes to Dinh Bang communal house and Do temple. Enjoy local folk songs before proceeding to Ha Long Bay. Stay overnight in Ha Long Bay.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay – Boat Cruise – Hanoi (B,L)
In the morning, relax on a 5-hour boat cruise through the magnificent Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board. Return to Hanoi, stopping en route at Phu Lang ceramic village or Dong Giao woodcarving village. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Hue -–Sightseeing (B,L)
Take a morning flight to Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. Arrive in Hue and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba market. The spectacular Citadel is built on the same principles and design as Beijing's Forbidden Palace and contains a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences, and colleges. Stay overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B,L)
Enjoy a morning boat cruise on the romantic Perfume River. Visit the elegant Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank and the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Drive along the coast, through emerald-green paddy fields and over the spectacular Hai Van Mountain pass. Upon arrival in the ancient port of Hoi An, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours, feel free to explore the town. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An – Sightseeing (B,L)
Embark on a half-day walking tour of this quaint town visiting ancient merchants’ houses, a Hokkien temple, a 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Afternoon trip to a lantern workshop to learn the techniques involved and then create your own. Finish the day with a sunset boat trip on the Thu Bon River to Thanh Ha pottery village. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An – Qui Nhon (B,L)
In the morning, drive to Qui Nhon. Stop en route at Sa Huynh Beach and at Tam Quan. During the rest of the drive, view the daily lives of rural villagers processing cassava, farming rice, and weaving grass. Stop along the way at the Banh It Cham Towers. Arrive in Qui Nhon in the late afternoon. Stay overnight in Quy Nhon.
Day 8: Qui Nhon – Nha Trang (B,L)
The drive from Qui Nhon to Nha Trang passes through some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Vietnam. The range of colors and vistas seen along this coastal drive are unparalleled in South-East Asia. Stop en route at a Cham ruin near Tuy Hoa and at Dai Lanh Beach to enjoy the transparent, turquoise waters. Stay overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 9: Nha Trang – Boat Cruise (B,L)
Enjoy Nha Trang’s turquoise waters and white sandy beaches with a morning boat cruise to offshore islands in Nha Trang Bay. In the afternoon visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Museum of Dr. Yersin, and Nha Trang Cathedral. A visit to a local fish market is optional. Stay overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 10: Nha Trang – Da Lat (B,L)
Continue along the coastal road, stopping near the seaside town of Phan Rang to visit the 14th-century Po Klong Garai Cham Tower. Follow the mountainside switchbacks to Dalat. Once in Da Lat, explore the summer residence of Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai, and the bizarre architecture of Da Lat’s “Crazy House”. In the evening, combine dinner with art, drawing by one finger at Art Cafe, a restaurant in Dalat’s center. Stay overnight in Da Lat.
Day 11: Da Lat – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
In the morning, visit the colorful Da Lat Market to see the abundance of flowers, vegetables, and fruit available due to Da Lat’s temperate climate. Depart for Ho Chi Minh City. En route visit Prenn waterfall and rubber, tea, and coffee plantations. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Sightseeing (B,L)
Drive to the remarkable Cu Chi tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City. During the war “Viet Cong” guerrillas built the labyrinth of narrow tunnels using them to hide during bombing raids and stage surprise attacks. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Chinatown, Binh Tay Market, and Thien Hau Temple. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Can Tho (B,L)
Start the tour at 08:00 from you hotel and drive to Mytho. Upon arrival, take a private boat and cruise along the small creek to Mekong River estuary, then to Phoenix Island, before stopping at a garden restaurant and local house for Vietnamese lunch. The boat cruises along natural creeks and quiet village in Ben Tre Province. Visit orchards, bee-keeping farms, taste natural honey and honey wine, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music, go around a distillery, explore the local coconut candy production process, taste candy and coconut pulp, then, transfer to Can Tho. Stay overnight in Can Tho.
Day 14: Ben Tre – Cai Be Bartering – Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
After breakfast, cruise along the small and picturesque tributaries by rowing boat to visit the Cai Rang floating market. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Roam through the village to a rice husking mill and a shop specialized in making rice noodles. A nice chance to discover the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. Have lunch at a local restaurant before coming back to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B)
The morning is free for you to indulge in some shopping before you catch your transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for the departure flight.