Vietnam Northbound Tour, 10 days

Tour Overview

Travel the length of Vietnam, visiting the country’s most exciting and fascinating destinations, including dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, pretty Hoi An, ancient Hue, charming Hanoi and dazzling Halong Bay.

In Ho Chi Minh City, we will see the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, and explore the city’s rich heritage via its colonial architecture, majestic temples, war museum and colourful markets. We will venture into the Mekong Delta, where we will explore verdant islands and narrow canals by boat, meeting local communities on the way. In the charming town of Hoi An, we will tour the most picturesque sites, from the Japanese Covered Bridge to the Phung Hung House. We will discover the pavilions, bridges, libraries and great halls of the ancient royal citadel of Hue, as well as cruising along the Perfume River to see beautiful mausoleums, the Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba Market. We will travel on to historic Hanoi, where we will tour the most captivating attractions, including the residence of Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. This trip will end with a two day boat trip through stunning Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery and visiting the incredible Surprise Cave.

Tour Information

  • Active
  • No Limit
  • Classic Travel
  • Culture Trekking

Tour HighLight

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

+ 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

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

+ Visit Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum before travelling along the infamous Hai Van Pass

+ 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

+ Tour the historic and cultural monuments Hanoi, learning about the city’s heritage

+ Experience Halong Bay by overnight boat cruise, seeing remarkable vistas and a stunning cave

+ Take part in optional leisure activities in Halong Bay, such as swimming, kayaking, cooking and Tai Chi

+ Enjoy free time in several destinations to soak up the atmosphere and try local food

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

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival - Ho Chi Minh

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

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: No

On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh, you are met by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer.You may have some time free to relax or discover at your own leisure. The bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, still called Saigon by many locals, was originally a fishing village built up on a vast swampland, but it has developed into Saigon under the French domination. The effervescent development has bought Ho Chi Minh some cosmic changes from a war-torn city to a thriving metropolis. However, the architecture, local culture and lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh are still a reconciliation among French, American and Chinese influences. This fast growing city is now punctuated with elegant international hotels and exclusive restaurants, crowded with motorbikes, cars and vociferous cyclo drivers, and excited by numerous shopping areas, sidewalk cafés and noodle stalls. They have formed a dynamic urban area in very special sense and make for an endless exploration in this  south Vietnamese gem.

Day 2

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 3

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Da Nang – Hoi An

Travel by road to Mekong Delta and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to explore the Mekong Delta. Visit Unicorn Island and Ben Tre with cottage industries. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh and fly to Da Nang. Picked up by our guide and driven to Hoi An. 

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Hoi An

Spend a half day exploring Hoi An on a walking tour. Visit Japanese Bridge, Museum  of Trade Ceramics, Phung Huong Ancient House, Chua Ong Pagoda and Phuc Kien Assemby Hall. Have free time to relax on Cua Dai Beach and do some shopping activities.

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue

Drive north to Hue. En route, visit Marble Mountain, Cham Museum, Hai Van Pass and Lang Co Beach. Check in hotel in Hue and explore Hue Citadel.

OVERNIGHT: Hue MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Hue – Hanoi

Enjoy a boat trip along the Perfume  River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Mausoleum. Drive through the rolling hills to see Khai Dinh Mausoleum and Dong Ba Market. Take a short flight to Hanoi and check in hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

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 8

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 9

Halong Bay – Hanoi

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.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Hanoi- 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:

9 nights at hotel and 1 night on cruise

Included Meals:

10 breakfast (B) , 2 lunch (L) , 1 dinners (D)

Guide/Leader:

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

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Cu Chi Tunnels with entrance fee

Boat trip in Mekong Delta

Sightseeing tour of Hanoi with entrance fee

Waterpuppet show in Hanoi

Boat trip in Halong Bay with entrance fee

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to Ho Chi Minh / Hanoi  , 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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