Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
Price from: $670
Experience Vietnam Tour introduce Vietnam insights: Hanoi street food tour, walking in Hanoi vibrant old quarter, amazing cruise in Bai Tu Long, other part of Halong Bay, less touristy than Halong Bay, zen & meditation in Hue, royal city under Nguyen dynasty, cooking class and farming tour in Tra Que village, cycling in Hoian rural area, incredible cruises in Mekong Delta with floating market, green orchards, meeting local people. This is all about memorable travel experiences we will serve you in Vietnam
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi Street Food Tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hue
Day 5: Hue - Zen & Meditation - Cycling
Day 6: Hue Discovery
Day 7: Hue - Danang - Hoian
Day 8: Hoian Cycling, Cooking Class - Farming Tour
Day 9: Hoian - Saigon
Day 10: Saigon - Cuchi Tunnels - Street Food by Scooter
Day 11: Saigon - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Vung Liem
Day 12: Vung Liem - Vinh Long - Sadec - Can Tho
Day 13: Can Tho - Saigon
Day 14: Saigon - Departure
Day 1: Hanoi-Arrival (-/-/D)
Welcome to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam today !
You will be met and greeted on arrival at Hanoi International Airport, transfer to hotel for check in.
In the evening, attend a famous performance of Vietnamese traditional art of pupet show. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Discovery - Street Food Tour (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit some landmarks built by French people in Hanoi: Long Bien bridge, Hanoi Opera, Indochina Bank, Tonkin Governor Bureau, Hoa Lo prison named as "Hanoi Hilton" where US pilots were emprisoned. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afterward, we learn about Vietnamese history by visiting National Museum of History and St. Joseph's Cathedral is a church on Nha Tho Street in the Hoàn Kiếm District of Hanoi.
06:00PM start enjoying Street Food Tour with our expert guide to taste the best delicacies in Hanoi Old Quarter.
09:00 PM Back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00AM We leave behind the bustling capital of Hanoi and depart for Halong Bay, 160 km east of Hanoi, 4 hours by car.
12:30 we board a traditional junk style to discover the 8th World Wonder where the movie "Indochine" was realized with Catherine Deneuve, French star in the 1990's.
Lunch on boat with fresh seafood. It is time to unwind and relax on the sun deck through the most beautiful landscapes with more than 3,000 islands and limestone islets, rising from the emerald water. Visit a natural cave, the most picturesque grotto in Halong Bay. Swimming if the weather permits and relaxing on the deck. Dinner & Overnight aboard.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B/L/-)
06:30 Enjoy Tai Chi session on sundeck.
07:00 – 07:30 Coffee & tea with assorted homemade pastries, fresh juices
07:30 – 08:30 Relax or visit Sung Sot Cave – Hiking up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong Bay.Halong Bay, Vietnam
09:30 Check-out cabins and settle bills.
10:00 The Brunch will be served while your junk is cruising back to the pier.
11:00 Disembark & Drive to Hanoi Airport. Visit a workshop of potteries en route.
Transfer to Hanoi Airport for flight to Hue.
Meet on arrival at Phu Bai Airport/ Hue and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
Day 5: Hue - Zen & Meditation - Cycling (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 AM Ride a bike from the hotel for a special zen and meditation day to immerge and indulge into local atmosphere.
You will find “Bliss in mind and body”, learn how to meditate and practice yoga:
Greetings and Qigong performance
- Introductions of architecture and the spiritual meaning
- Instruction of 4 movements of qigong
- Enjoy brown-rice tea, dried ginger jam after qigong lesson
- Watch instruction of meditation and experience meditation
- Discuss culture, meditation etc. with the owner
- Spiritual retreat before lunch, enjoy lunch
- Wash hands with herb cream and do walking meditation
14: 00 farewell to the zen house.
Continue our cycling in the rural area of Hue as much as you can.
Back to the hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Hue.
Day 6: Hue Discovery (B/L/-)
Today we explore Hue, the former Royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties: visit the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden city, Tu Duc King tomb, Minh Mang King tomb.
Enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River to discover Thien Mu pagoda, the wonderful architectural structures for religious worship in Hue. Lunch at local restaurant. Accommodation in Hue.
Day 7: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive to Danang to visit: Cham museum, Marble mountain, Non Nuoc beach. Lunch at local restaurant.
Continue further to Hoian, listed Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Leisure time for your first discovery in Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 8: Hoian - Cycling, Cooking Class & Farming Tour (B/L/-)
Today we have an exciting day to enjoy: Tra Que Village, Hoian
We ride a bike to visit a local market in Hoian which is non touristy at all. You can see local people buy and sell their house products. They find foods of all kinds for their whole families every day. Then, continue cycling on the small path along paddy fields, fish ponds and bamboo trees. You have chance to hop on water buffalo whilst taking photos. Afterwards, you ride toward Tra Que village which is popular for its spicy and aromatic herbs.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by family host: welcome drink and cold towel for refreshment.
Start the farming tour like a farmer in Hoian:
They will show you how to grow vegetables and spicy herbs: we walk through the herb gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here. You also can work leisurely as local farmers if you like. Moreover, enjoy a cooking class with host family to cook Hoian specialty: My Quang noodle, white roses… Our family chef will explain you all about the herbs in cuisine and medicine. We pick fresh herbs in the garden for our cooking lesson later. Working together with our family chief we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest organic ingredients direct from our garden and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes. You taste what you have cooked as regional cuisine.
A herbal food massage will help you relax after meal.
Finally, you bike around Hoian rural area on the way back to the hotel. Refresh and relax. Overnight in Hoian.
Day 9: Hoian - Saigon (B/L/-)
After breakfast at hotel, discover Hoian Old Town listed by Unesco as World Heritage Site since 1999. Hoian was known to early Western merchants, the city was one of the major trading centers of South East Asia in the 16th century. Hoian has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled - roof houses and narrow streets. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs. Visit historic merchants and community houses, places of worship and Japanese covered bridge, Hoian bustling market.
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for flight to Saigon/ Hochiminh city.
Meet on arrival at Saigon Airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Leisure time. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 10: Saigon - Cuchi Tunnels - Street Food by Scooter (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel,
Today we explore the famous Cuchi tunnels during the Vietnam War by speed boat.
Travel like a VIP and arrive hours before the large tourists groups. Our guide will introduce life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slips through knots of floating water hyacinths on this scenic one-hour boat trip. After a short documentary, our guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts. A traditional Vietnamese lunch of local specialties will be served on-board after your visit to the tunnels.
13:00 Arrive to Saigon harbor.
Afternoon: Saigon name is still called by local people as the " Pearl of Far East " during the Vietnam War. Visit some landmarks of the cosmopolitain city Saigon has to offer: former Presidential Palace (from outside), Notre Dame Cathedral and central Post Office. Overnight in Saigon.
Optional tour: Enjoy a Dinner as Saigon Street Food by scooter to see Saigon by night. Please check with our Tour Managers for more details.
Day 11: Saigon - CÁI BÈ – AN BÌNH ISLAND – VĨNH LONG – VŨNG LIÊM - HOMESTAY (B/L/D)
Today we explore the jewels of Mekong Delta.
We leave behind Saigon the bustling city for Cai Be. Upon arrival, visit of Cai Be floating market. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how they make some special products: rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn...
Lunch will be served at Út Trinh homestay. After lunch, we can walk aroud the fruitful orchard to see many kinds fo tropical fruits. Arrive at Ut Bình old style house to listen to the local folkloric music.
The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood or palm leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to talk to them and see how they catch fish by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta..
Boat to Vinhlong city, your car awaits to take us to Vung Liem, cross the local ferry to enthusiastic homestay located in the other island (LONG ISLAND is famous for orchard and sedge field as well as the products making from sedge). Check in, warmly welcome by local host family. You will have a chance to practice making pancake – the speciality of the Mekong people. After diner, we have a warm conversation with local people about their life. Overnight at local house.
Day 12: LONG ISLAND - VŨNG LIÊM - VĨNH LONG - Sa Dec - Can Tho (B/-/-)
You will be waked up by the sing of the cock.
After breakfast, we start an interesting day to explore the island where there are beautiful landscape, friendly local people, ancestral jobs...Biking along the village to visit the sedge field which used to make sleeping mats. Also, we will see the whole process to cut, slice, dry and wave the sleeping mats. On the way, we can visit the oldest tombs of parents-in-law of Thoai Ngoc Hau who was one of the first people coming to Mekong Delta.
Return the homestay, we say « goodbye » to the local family.
Taking the ferry, we will go back Vung Liem. Here, we will have the chance to visit an ancient Khmer pagoda which was built in 632 and rebuilt in 1377. On the way back to Vinh Long, we will see a vast expanse of rice fields with an opportunity to see the whole process of harvest .
Arrive in Vinh Long city, we can visit a local market. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegetables...
We leave Vinh Long City for Sa Dec, home to Marguerite Duras with the famous novel "Lover". We discover the Trung Vuong primary school, house of Huynh Thuy Le where Marguerite Duras lived and many gardens of flowers.
Continue our route to Can Tho for overnight.
Day 13: Can Tho - Saigon (B/L/-)
Morning explore Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday.
The market is about six kilometers from Can Tho, or about a 30-minute boat ride. While floating down the river, you will glimpse life along its shores. You’ll pass vibrantly painted boats anchored along the shore, merchant vessels carrying loads down the river and houses built on stilts over the water.
Once you finally reach the market, it’s an impressive site. A stretch of boats selling all variety of goods lines the river. Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like. Your guide on the boat will usually give you tidbits of information about Cai Rang as you weave through the hordes. You’ll learn that boats identify what they are selling by hanging a sample off the top of a long pole; if you want pineapple, simply scan the horizon for a hanging pineapple. You’ll also get the opportunity to interact with some of these floating merchants; most commonly this happens when a small boat selling drinks latches onto the tour boat’s side.
Afterward, head out to Binh Thuy ancient house where the décor for the movie “lover” was used by French filmmakers.
Drive back to Saigon. Lunch on the way.
Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 14: Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport/ Saigon for flight to go home. Tour ends.
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"Experience Vietnam Tour" gathers all activities in one package: Hanoi Street Food Tour, scenic cruise in Halong Bay, cycling in Hue, Hoian and Mekong Delta, Zen meditation class in Hue, cooking class and farming tour in Tra Que village, Hoian, visit Cuchi tunnels by speed boat...We believe that the name "Experience Vietnam Tour" reveals amazing travel experiences travelers will get whilst touring with us. Book, Explore and Experience like locals !
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