HIGHLIGHT OF VIETNAM

Trip Facts

Starts FromSaigon
Ends inHanoi
Country Visited Vietnam
Best Time Feb-Apr, Aug-Oct
Price (per person) $1,295
Single supplement $495
Internal airfare (per person) Included

Tour Overview

Highlight of Vietnam has an amazing combination of places from south to north covering all major attractions along the coast which will be an unforgettable once is a life-time experience…

Scheduled Departure  |  Scroll down for dep. dates   |   Based on double occupancy

Day 1: Saigon

Sightseeing in Saigon

A vibrant metropolis, SAIGON teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorbikes, chatting on cell phones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.
Begin your tour into modern history with a tour of the REUNIFICATION PALACE. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Afterwards driving to the historic center to visit EMPEROR OF JADE PAGODA, one of Saigon’s most interesting pagoda. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate CITY HALL (HOTEL DE VILLE), the old OPERA HOUSE (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central BEN THANH MARKET, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 2: Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels

Never discovered by American forces, the CU CHI TUNNELS were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapon factories. Today, you can walk through the area and learn about the day-to-day life of the VC, see the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.

 Sightseeing in Cholon (Chinatown)

The sprawling, densely packed CHOLON (CHINATOWN) constantly bustles with activity and retains a traditional feeling, unlike the more modern Saigon city center. Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with CHINESE MEDICINE MARKET and BINH TAY MARKET, the vast wholesale market selling every kind of good from dried foods to T shirts to electronics. Continue to THIEN HAU PAGODA, build by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 3: Saigon (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion to Ben Tre with boat trip on Mekong River

After a journey through BEN LUC and TAN AN, the proceed to Ben Tre to take a boat trip on MEKONG River to VAM XEP canal where local handicrafts and coconut sweets are produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits, a performance of traditional songs, and observe the local life. Take a short ride on a horse carriage to a typical local house to taste some homemade honey-tea. Proceed by sampan through the small canals to observe the daily life of local people along the riverbanks with some stops for a leisurely stroll.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 4: Saigon - Hue (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer

Flight from Saigon to Hue.

Transfer

Sightseeing in Hue

Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.

Visit the Imperial Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh

Venture into the countryside around Hue to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF TU DUC. Tu Duc, the longest reigning Vietnamese emperor, designed and built this elegant tomb during his lifetime, using it as a retreat for meditation, reading and theater performances. Take some time to soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among the gracefully proportioned pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds. Afterwards visit the IMPERIAL TOMB OF KHAI DINH, dramatically located on a hillside. The last of the monumental tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, completed in 1931, this tomb incorporates distinct European elements into the traditional Vietnamese architecture.

 Visit the Old Imperial City

Located in the heart of Hue is the IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City of Peking. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Today, most of the buildings have been destroyed due to bombing during the Vietnam-American War, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Approach the city past the striking FLAG TOWER, where a giant Vietnamese flag waves proudly overhead, to the imposing NGO MON GATE, the main entrance to the Imperial Enclosure. Enter into an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds, and visit DIEN THO Residence (Dien Tho palace) is where the Queen mother lived, visit THAI HOA PALACE, the magnificently decorated reception hall, the HALLS OF THE MANDARINS, and the original NINE DYNASTIC URNS, among other sites, including visit HUE ROYAL ANTIQUITIES MUSEUM.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Hue - Hoi An (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Meals incl. in itinerary (Vietnam) )

Excursion to Thuy Bieu village with lunch at local house

Around 9.00 am, embark on boat at Toa Kham wharf and start a cruise on Perfume River. Visit the iconic THIEN MU PAGODA. Back to the boat for a scenic cruise to Thuy Bieu Village. Arrive in THUY BIEU VILLAGE, enjoy a nice walking or biking around village. Visit the garden house, ancient ancestral temple and communicate with local people. Visit incense making family and discover the daily life of local people while they are working strenuously with joy and enthusiasm. Have a lunch at local house with Hue traditional specialties. Relax by steeping your foot in with medicinal herbs water a traditional therapeutically practices. Enjoy excellent massage by blind people. End of this tour at Thuy Bieu Village.

 

By vehicle from Hue to Hoi An with sightseeing in Danang

Journey from Hue over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views over the coastline. Halfway between Danang and Hue lies the dramatic HAI VAN PASS, the high dividing line between the climate zones of north and south Vietnam. Continue southwards passing LANG CO, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the East Vietnam Sea. After arriving in DANANG, tour the CHAM MUSEUM, an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world and briefly pass NON NUOC BEACH, a famous spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam-American War. Continue south to Hoi An, stopping en route to visit the MARBLE MOUNTAINS, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding rice fields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to each represent one of the five elements of the universe.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Hoi An with a boat trip on the Thu Bon River

The exquisitely preserved merchant town of HOI AN was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colorful shophouses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shoppers paradise, best explored on foot. Wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central MARKET and the small HARBOUR where colorfully painted boats are moored. The walking tour will include visits to a PRIVATE HOUSE, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting; to one of the FAMILY CHAPELS built by prominent merchant or official families as centers for ancestor worship; and to a typical CHINESE-STYLE PAGODA or ASSEMBLY HALL. Continue to SA HUYNH MUSEUM, located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, it contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An’s history. Visit a handicraft workshop in Hoi An where local products are being made by the industry itself. Finally, continue to the famous JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE PAGODA, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream.
In the afternoon, board a local boat and cruise down the THU BON RIVER, enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a POTTERY VILLAGE and a WOODCARVING VILLAGE before returning to Hoi An harbour.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An - Danang - Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel )

Transfer to Danang airport

Flight from Danang to Hanoi.

Transfer

Sightseeing in Hanoi with Electric car (possible to make some quick stops few minutes en route to take photo)

Capital of Vietnam, HANOI is a blend of long established traditions and modern imprints of Western colonization. Tree-lined boulevards and colonial buildings give the city a touch of Western elegance, while crowded blocks of tiny old houses and narrow lanes full of daily life bear the charms of the past centuries. Take 60 minutes ride on an electric car through HOAN KIEM LAKE, QUAN SU PAGODA, SILK ROAD, HANOI RAILWAY STATION and HOA LO PRISON then HANOI OPERA HOUSE.

Visit a Water Puppet Show

WATER PUPPET SHOW: a fantastic art form originating in the northern Vietnam, best seen in Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong - cabin / onboard (Vietnam) (Breakfast: Hotel / Lunch: Meals incl. in itinerary (Vietnam) / Dinner: Meals incl. in itinerary (Vietnam) )

By vehicle from Hanoi (city) to Halong

Cruise aboard traditional junk through Halong Bay, Day 1 of 2

Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay, en route we have a short stop for break. Transfer by tender to your comfortable junk and enjoy a welcome drink aboard. Begin your cruise through majestic Halong Bay while lunch is served. Enjoy the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragon’s teeth. The junk continues cruising through the fishing village on the bay and pass the spectacular limestone caves dotted around the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck with optional onboard activities: sunbathing, photo shooting.In the evening the chef will prepare a splendid meal comprised of fresh seafood dishes and other traditional dishes. Overnight onboard

Overnight in cabin / onboard (Vietnam).

Day 9: Cabin / onboard (Vietnam) - Halong - Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel )

Cruise aboard traditional junk through Halong Bay, Day 2 of 2

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Check out your luggage and say good bye Halong Bay.

By vehicle from Halong to Hanoi (city)

Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 10: Hanoi (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Hanoi

Visit the Temple of Literature

TEMPLE OF LITERATURE: a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, this monument is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear stele on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex

Begin at the HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum is closed in the afternoons, on Mondays and Fridays, and closes annually in October and November for restoration (can only view from the outside). Continue to the PRESIDENTIAL PALACE (may be viewed from the outside only). Stroll through the park to HO CHI MINH STILT HOUSE, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.

Visit the Museum of Ethnology

MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY: This museum brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.

Afternoon at leisure

DayCityHotels
1-3SaigonLe Duy Grand Hotel
(Deluxe)
4HueMidtown Hotel Hue
(ROH)
5-6Hoi AnLotus Hoian Boutique Hotel & Spa
(Superior)
7HanoiRosaliza Hotel
(ROH)
8Cabin (onboard)Cabin / onboard cruise
(Suite)

9HanoiLe Duy Grand Hotel
(Deluxe)
  • – Accommodation as described in the itinerary

    – Daily breakfast

    – All transfers within the journey

    – Economy class internal/domestic flights

    – All entrance fees

    – English speaking guides

    – Vietnam: Visa-approval letter

  • – International airfare (please call us to make your flight booking)

    – Airport transfers

    – Visa fees

    – Any Airport taxes

    – Other personal expenses

Fixed Departures