Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (/)
You are arrival at our thousand years Capital – Hanoi city. Our guide welcomes you at Noi Bai International airport and then transfer to your hotel in the city center. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Hanoi City (B/L/)
The full day tour commences with visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (Mondays & Fridays closed), His House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda. Stop at Trung Nguyen Coffee Center or Beer hoi for a relax before continue to visit Van Mieu- Quoc Tu Giam (the temple of Literature).
In the afternoon, discover more of Hanoi with the visit to Ethnology Museum of Vietnam. In late afternoon, visit Ngoc Son temple & enjoy Water Puppets show at Thang Long Theatre. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi- Viet Ancient Village (B/L/)
8.00AM: Take a short drive to visit Duong Lam ancient village, 50km west of Hanoi. It’s a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where some hundred-year-old houses are still well preserved. Upon arrival, visit Mong Phu hamlet- the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact and Mong Phu Temple. Discover the daily life and farming, practice of Vietnamese peasants along the rice paddy fields with stop at two ancient houses- the biggest ancient house was built 200 years ago and the most ancient house dated back to 400 years ago.
After lunch, visit Ngo Quyen & Phung Hung Temple, dedicated to two national heroes who led revolutions against Northern Chinese invaders for autonomy and independence in 7th & 10th century and Mia Pagoda, built in 15th century with collection of 287 statues of various materials. Optional easily cycling around the sites is available for those who love cycling. Late in the afternoon drive back to Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi - Ha Long bay – the World heritage (B/L/D)
After breakfast, take 3.5 hours drive to Halong bay, a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. Upon arrival, transfer to a junk for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. The cruise passes by many rocks and islets in many funny shapes. The cruise may stop for a while for visiting a beautiful case, if not today, you will do tomorrow according to each boat/junk’s itinerary. Again your dinner served on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing (optional) and later overnight on board.
Day 5: Ha Long Bay –Bac Ninh - Hanoi (Brunch)
In the morning, your breakfast or brunch will be served while doing further cruise to explore the beauties of the Bay before returning to the Wharf. Enjoy brunch on board before disembarking.
On the return to Hanoi, we stop on the way in Bac Ninh, for visiting a special place and the cradle of Vietnamese folklore music in the Red River Delta. We take a horse-drawn cart through country lanes to visit Dinh Bang Communal house & Do Temple, the temple worships 8 (eight) kings of Ly Dynasty (1010-1225). After that you will be invited to enjoy Quan Ho folk songs (duo of love songs) performed by local artists and singers. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/L/)
Take a mid-day flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Danang city, visit Cham Museum, Han River, Mable Mountain, ... Then drive to Hoi An for overnight.
Day 7: Hoi An Ancient Town (B/L/)
In the morning, take half day excursion to Tra Que Vegetable Village, walk around a vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land, fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake, raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities. After gardening activities you will be relaxed with foot massage with many kind of herb remedies. Then spend the rest time to learn how to prepare ‘Tam Huu' spring roll & banh xeo with your host. Ride back to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit Hoi An ancient town. The visit includes Japanese covered bridge, some Chinese Assembly Halls, and some typical Vietnamese houses of 18 century. Free time then on for shopping or relax at café etc. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An - Hue Citadel (B/L/)
The car will drive you to Hue which is about 135km via Danang. You will travel through Hai Van pass, and pass by Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam. Arrive in Hue after 3 hours drive.
In the afternoon, we take a cyclo ride to visit Imperial Citadel and the Antique Museum. Later on take a short boat trip on Huong River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue City- Cooking Class (B/L/)
Morning follow your chef to local to learn more about Vietnamese ingredients and then join a cooking class demonstrated by Mrs. Cuc, the owner of Y Thao Garden House. Lunch served at Vuon Y Thao including the dishes you have learned.
In the afternoon you will visit King Minh Mang’s tomb and King Khai Dinh’s tomb. Then some minutes relax and enjoy Royal tea at Vi Da Xua tea saloon. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B/L/)
You will take mid-day flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Picked up by our local guide and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
In the afternoon, take half day city tour including War Museum, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit China bustling city with Thien Hau pagoda. The last visit is Fito traditional medicine museum. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B/L/)
Our guide and car will lead you to Mekong region. After arrival in Cai Be, take a boat to the floating market. Have lunch at an Ancient garden house, then proceed to Vinh Long, passing a small and beautiful canal with peaceful tranquil villages, the unique natural setting of Mekong Delta region. Stop at An Binh islet to visit some of the famous fruit orchards. See how local people make ceramics, popcorn and rice paper... A nice chance for bicycle riding through the village and its handicraft shops. Another stop at Vinh Long market before arriving to Can Tho. Over night in Can Tho.
Day 12: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
Cruising along the small and picturesque tributaries by a rowing boat, we will see the Cai Rang floating market (the nicest one with heaps of rowing boats). See the beautiful scenery and daily activities of the locals. Walk around a village, visit a rice husking mill. Disembark at Ninh Kieu quay, visit an ancient house (in Binh Thuy, 10 km from Cantho) and Cantho museum. Have lunch at a local restaurant on the way back to Sai Gon via My Tho. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/)
Visit Cu Chi tunnel, the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence.
Free time in the afternoon for shopping. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh city - Departure (B)
Free time until transfer to Saigon airport for your flight back home.