Vietnam Encompass Tour, 15 days

Tour Overview

This adventure takes in the best of Vietnam’s rural and urban attractions, from the bustling cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, to the tranquil beauty of Ninh Binh, Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta.

This two-week journey launches in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, where we will learn about the city’s engaging history and culture by touring it’s most significant sites, and visiting nearby traditional craft-making villages. We will cycle and boat in the beautiful Ninh Binh area, visiting atmospheric pagodas nestled in the mountains and taking in the magnificent scenery. We will glide through the emerald waters of Halong Bay, taking in the dramatic limestone islands and visiting the magical Thien Cung Cave. We will explore the restored ancient royal citadel of Hue and cruise down the Perfume River to see pagodas and mausoleums, as well as try our hand at traditional kite-making. In Hoi An, we will explore the town on foot, taking in the idyllic Japanese Covered Bridge and the ancient Phung Hung House. We will travel on to thriving Ho Chi Minh City, where we will explore the city’s colonial architecture, majestic pagodas and historic monuments, including the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels. En route to the Mekong Delta, we will visit the home of the Cao Dai sect, attending an impressive religious service and exploring the ornate temple. In the Mekong Delta, we will boat down the narrow rivers to Unicorn Island, enjoying the lush scenery and visiting traditional villages.

Tour Information

  • Active
  • No Limit
  • Classic Travel
  • Culture

Tour HighLight

+ Tour the historic sites of Hanoi, learning about the city’s culture and heritage

+ Explore the local culture of the White Thai  and Hmong  people while cycling and hiking in in Mai Chau and Xa Linh.

+ Share the local life experience when you are  guest of  a Thai family in Mai Chau. 

+ Cycle and boat through Ninh Binh, taking in the dramatic scenery

+ Cruise through Halong Bay, enjoying remarkable vistas and a stunning cave

+ Explore                       

+ Take in the ancient town of Hue and explore the royal citadel, also visiting nearby pagodas, mausoleums and markets, as well as taking a boat trip down the Perfume River

+ Visit Marble Mountain, the Cham Museum and travel along the infamous Hai Van Pass

+ See the pretty town of Hoi An, taking a walking tour of the most charming sites

+ Tour Ho Chi Minh City’s most fascinating sites, including war memorials, markets, pagodas and colonial architecture

+ Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels

+ Experience a Cao Dai service, visiting the birthplace of the religion

+ Discover the rural Mekong Delta region, travelling by boat to visit lush islands and traditional villages

+ See craft-making by local villagers in the Mekong Delta

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out of your trip

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Hanoi

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: No

On arrival at Hanoi Airport, you are greeted  by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. You will have some time free to relax or explore at your own leisure. The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. The building boom has made Hanoi a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia. However, it still retains an old charm bought from a thousand year of history, which  is easily recognized from lovely lakes, vibrant street markets, ancient houses, historic  temples, shady parks, tree lined boulevards, and striking colonial structures. You might like to stroll through the fascinating old quarter containing many vibrant streets which are named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. The lively atmosphere in Hanoi old quarter runs from the early hours until late at night: many street vendors calling, horns honking, and chaotic traffic with waves of motorbikes you’ve never experienced.

Day 2

Hanoi

Spend a day to explore Hanoi, seeing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( close on Mon. and Fri) and  Ho Chi Minh House , One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of  Literature  and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.  Take a walk around the old quarter and enjoy a water puppet show.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Hanoi – Bat Trang Village – Dong Ho Villages – Do Temple

Take a drive to see some craft villages around Hanoi. Have a look at  the pottery  making at Bat Trang  Village and stroll along Dong Ho  Village, home to the tradition painting of Vietnam. Return to Hanoi with stopover at Do Temple.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Take a drive through the countryside to  Halong Bay. Embark a cruise for two day trip in Halong Bay, visit the scenic stone landscape and enjoy sea activities.

OVERNIGHT: Halong Bay MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue

Get up early to join the Tai Chi exercise or explore the bay at dawn. Visit Surprise cave and have brunch on cruise before heading back to Hanoi. Take a flight to Hue and check in hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Hue MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Hue

Enjoy a full day tour  of Hue, inclduing Hue Citadel, Dong Ba market , Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Masoleum.  Relax on a boat trip along the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda.

OVERNIGHT: Vietnam MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

Hue – Da Nang - Hoi An

Keep travelling to Hoi An  with stopover at  Lang Co and Hai Van Pass. Arriving in Da Nang, visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain. Check in hotel in Hoi An and have free time at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An

Enjoy a half day guided tour of Hoi An, seeing  Japanese Bridge, Museum of Trade Ceramics, Chua Ong Pagoda, Old Tan Ky House and Phuc Kien Assembly hall. Free afternoon at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9

Hoi An - Da Nang – Nha Trang

Transfer to airport for flight to Nha Trang. Met by our guide and driven to hotel. Spend this afternoon seeing some major sights of Nha Trang, including  Ponagar Cham Tower,  Long Son Pagoda and Dam market

OVERNIGHT: Nha Trang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10

Nha Trang

Spend this day out on a boat trip to explore Nha Trang Bay. Visit some islands of Hon Mun , Hon Tre  and Hon Mieu then relax on a beach

OVERNIGHT: Nha Trang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 11

Nha Trang – Da Lat

Travel  by mountain road to Da Lat Hillstation. En route, catch views of jungle and national parks. Check in hotel in Da Lat and enjoy a short tour of Xuan Huong Lake and Da Lat Market.

OVERNIGHT: Dalat MEALS: Breakfast

Day 12

Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh

Continue exploring Da Lat with Chicken Church, Emperor Bao Dai , Hang Nga House, Lam Ty Ni Pagoda  , Tuyen Lam Lake and Zen Buddhist Pagoda. Fly to Ho Chi Minh and check in hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 13

Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh

Drive to Cu Chi and explore the  Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Ho Chi Minh and Enjoy a half day city tour, including Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office , War Remnant Exhibit then take a walk in Ben Thanh Market.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 14

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta

Travel by road to Mekong Delta and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to explore  Mekong Delta. Visit Unicorn Island and Ben Tre with cottage industries. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh with stopover at China Town.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 15

Ho Chi Minh - Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to airport for departure.

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

4 nights at hotel  and 1 night on cruise on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

14 breakfast (B), 1 lunch (L), 1 dinner (D) and 1 brunch (B)

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Hanoi  with entrance fee

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Boat trip in Halong Bay with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Hue with entrance fee

Boat trip on Perfume River in Hue

Sightseeing tour of Da Nang  & Hoi An  with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Nha Trang with entrance fee

Boat trip in Nha Trang

Sightseeing tour of Da Lat with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Cu Chi Tunnels with entrance fee

Boat trip in Mekong Delta

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to Hanoi /from Ho Chi Minh , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Vietnam and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

NO LISTING

Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Vietnam, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Vietnam.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

Based on the current custom regulation of Vietnam, visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes, or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1,5 liters liquor at 20% volumes and above or 2 liters liquor below 20% volume or 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks, 5 kilograms of tea in maximum, 3 kilograms of coffe in maximum, a reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings, and other goods, total value of which is not exceeding ten million VND.

Import and export of firearms and ammunition is prohibited. Transit transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and highly dangerous goods is subject to prior approval from the government of Viet Nam.

No restriction of currency is applied for entry or exit Vietnam. However you must make the declaration if you bring along  Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent.

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