Vietnam at a Glance Tour

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Itinerary Overview

A busy itinerary for active person to explore most popular destinations along Vietnam. You will have chance to study fascinating cultures and history of the beautiful country. The 10-day trip offers a combination of guided excursions to explore beaches, ruins, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day and overnight on a boat cruise in Halong Bay. Enjoy the atmospheric imperial capital of Huế, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon.

Highlights

  • Explore the Mekong Delta culture and lifestyle
  • Experience a slow pace of life when you walk around the impossibly atmospheric Ancient Town of Hoi An
  • Visit Hue Citadel and My Son Tower Ruins
  • Spend the night on boat that cruises between the limestone peaks of Halong Bay while feasting on sumptuous meals on board
  • Explore the underground system of Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about hard life in war time

Detailed Itinerary

  • 1. Hanoi to Saigon
  • 2. Saigon to Hanoi

Route*: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise - Hoian - Hue - Saigon - Mekong River Delta

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Arrive in Hanoi. Greeted by your driver at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre for check-in and at leisure in the rest of the day.

Note*:

  • The hotel room will be available at 2:00pm, and in case that you would like to secure an early-check in, an additional charge will be applied.
  • Please be advised that both international and domestic might be crowded at sometimes during the day, so in case that you arrive and cannot find our representatives, please be presented at Pole No.10 outside lobby A2 (International) or Lobby of domestic arrival (Domestic flight) and contact us, so we could easily search for you
  • Meals: N/A
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Free to relax in the morning.

Pickup at 13:30. We will spend a half day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (Outside). We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the President's complex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Although several Van Mieu can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnam's first university.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY - NIGHT ON BOARD

08h00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12h00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Board the Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15h30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16h30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits).
17h00: Back on board and continue cruising.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Night on board

DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI - FIGHT TO DANANG

07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08h15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09h00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11h30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at about 17pm.

Airport transfer for late flight to Danang. Transfer to the hotel in Hoian upon arrival.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 5: HOIAN - My Son Towers Tour

Pickup at the hotel at 7:50 am, we drive to visit My Son. The My Son temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobodur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. Although badly damaged by bombing raids in the 1960s, the site still has more than 20 structures and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Leaving My Son for boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon river. You could see the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. Enjoy the beautiful views along the river. Arrive Hoian in early afternoon. Free time to shop or explore Hoian ancient town.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 6: HOIAN - HUE SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY

Free in the morning.

In the afternoon, transfer to the station for day train to Hue. Enjoy scenic view of Hai Van Pass on the way. Arrive Hue in late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy free time.

Note*: The train journey is part of a great local experience. Restrooms at either end of the carriages.

Optional activities: instead of the Train Journey, you can do full day tour to visit the Bana Hill and Golden Hand Bridge, then transfer to Hue. Please view the tour to Bana Hill and Golden Hand Brige.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 7: HUE CITY TOUR - FLIGHT TO SAIGON

08:00: Pickup at the hotel. Today, we will spend a full day touring Hue city. In the morning: visit Old Imperial City, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba bustling market. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon: visit Royal Tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. We will also visit a Conical hat village and incense stick village Then airport transfer for late afternoon flight to Saigon. Transfer to your hotel for checkin upon arrival.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 8: SAIGON CITY + CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.

In the afternoon afternoon, transfer to Saigon for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 9: SAIGON - MEKONG RIVER TOUR

8:00am Pick you up at your hotel and head south to Ben Tre province (90km ~ 2.0 hours).

Enjoy boat trip along the river to visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
We will then visit a quite village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and try some local fresh fruits before taking Xe Loi ride (tuktuk car) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row.
Enjoy lunch at a local riverside restaurant. After lunch, row a sampan along the water coconut canals with beautiful tropical scenery. Take boat back to pier and return to Saigon. Arrive Saigon at about 5pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 10: SAIGON DEPARTURE

Today, you are free till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

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Route*: Saigon - Mekong River Delta - Hoian - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise

DAY 1: SAIGON ARRIVAL

Arrive in Saigon. Greeted by your driver at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre for check-in and at leisure in the rest of the day.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 2: SAIGON CITY + CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.

In the afternoon afternoon, transfer to Saigon for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 3: SAIGON - MEKONG RIVER TOUR - Hoian

8:00am Pick you up at your hotel and head south to Ben Tre province (90km ~ 2.0 hours).

Enjoy boat trip along the river to visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
We will then visit a quite village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and try some local fresh fruits before taking Xe Loi ride (tuktuk car) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row.
Enjoy lunch at a local riverside restaurant. After lunch, row a sampan along the water coconut canals with beautiful tropical scenery. Take boat back to pier and return to Saigon. Arrive Saigon at about 5pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

DAY 4: Hoian - My Son Towers

Pickup at the hotel at 7:50 am, we drive to visit My Son. The My Son temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobodur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. Although badly damaged by bombing raids in the 1960s, the site still has more than 20 structures and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Leaving My Son for boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon river. You could see the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. Enjoy the beautiful views along the river. Arrive Hoian in early afternoon. Free time to shop or explore Hoian ancient town.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

DAY 5: Hoian - HUE SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY

Free in the morning.

In the afternoon, transfer to the station for day train to Hue. Enjoy scenic view of Hai Van Pass on the way. Arrive Hue in late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy free time.

Note*: The train journey is part of a great local experience. Restrooms at either end of the carriages.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

DAY 6: Hue City Tour - Hanoi

08:00: Pickup at the hotel. Today, we will spend a full day touring Hue city. In the morning: visit Old Imperial City, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba bustling market. Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon: visit Royal Tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. We will also visit a Conical hat village and incense stick village.

After the tour, airport transfer for evening flight to Hanoi. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 7: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Free to relax in the morning.

Pickup at 13:30. We will spend a half day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (Outside). We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the President's complex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Although several Van Mieu can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnam's first university.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 8: HANOI - HALONG BAY - NIGHT ON BOARD

08h00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12h00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Board the Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15h30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16h30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits).
17h00: Back on board and continue cruising.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Night on board

DAY 9: HALONG BAY - HANOI

07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08h15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09h00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11h30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at about 17pm. Free to relax and explore Hanoi

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 10: HANOI DEPARTURE

Today, you are free till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

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Important Notes:

  • THIS IS OUR DEFAULT ITINERARY AND IS CHANGEABLE DEPENDING ON YOUR ITEREST
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

Hotels & Prices

Hotel Categories

Small Group

01 May - 30 Sept
(Low season)

01 Oct - 30 Apr
(High season)

Economy (2*)

Hanoi: La Suite Hotel & Spa
Halong Bay: Aclass Cruise
Hoi An: Uptown Hoi An Hotel
Hue: Orchid hotel
Saigon: Saigon Beautiful 3 hotel

Contact us for price >>>

Superior (3-4*)

Hanoi: Hanoi Noble Hotel
Halong Bay: Aclass Stellar Cruise
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
Hue: Cherish Hotel
Saigon: Tan Hoang Long Hotel

Deluxe (4*)

Hanoi: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Halong Bay: Huong Hai Sealife
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Hue: Eldora Hotel
Saigon: Grand Silverland Hotel

Luxury (5*)

Hanoi: Apricot Hotel
Halong Bay: Signature Cruise
Hoi An: Victoria Resort
Hue: Imperial Hotel
Saigon: Majestic Hotel

Customize or make it a private tour >>>

Notes*:

  • All prices are in USD per adult, in Double/Twin sharing
  • Small group tour - daily departure with max 12 pax (for Halong and Mekong Cruises, you will join bus by boat companies)
  • In some major cities in Vietnam, hotel rooms may not have windows.
  • Similar hotels are selected if any of above are booked
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Tour Price/person

The tour price of this itinerary would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

Important information

What's included ?

Transportation

Airplane, Car, Cruise, Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Overnight on-board (1 night)

Meals

10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 1 Dinners
Note*: breakfast is included at the hotel.

Price Includes

  • Overnights in selected hotels or similar
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Halong bay 2 day Cruise package
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicles (including airport pick up & see off)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Internal flights (Hanoi - Danang, Hue - Saigon / or Saigon - Danang, Hue - Hanoi)
  • 1 day train for Danang - Hue

Price Excludes

  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Visa stamping fee
  • International flights pre/post tour
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services

Children Rates

  • FOC for infant under 2 years old (full charge for flight tickets - US$180)
  • 02 - 6 years old without bed: 35% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate
Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 20% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate
Note*: full charge for all flights is applied in case of cancellation (US$180/person)

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