This tour 10 days covers most of the highlights in Vietnam. It goes from the Colonial City of Hanoi, the first capital of feudal state of Vietnam – Hoa Lu, majestic Halong Bay National Heritage Site, the charming town of Hoi an, the culture city of Hue, the hustle & bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, and the mighty Mekong Delta. The trip will gives you a memorable journey from North to South Vietnam. Let’s enjoy this trip with us.
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi (Meals: B/L)
Day 3: Hanoi city tour (Meals: B/ L)
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay- Overnight on Cruise (Meals: B/L/ D)
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (Meals: B/ L) – by flight
Day 6: Hue Full Day Tour (Meals: B/ L)
Day 7: Hue- Hoi An Street Food Tour (Meals: B/ L)
Day 8: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh Half Day Tour (Meal: B/L)
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City- Departure (Meals: B)
Arrival in Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi, welcomed by Smiletravel’s guide and transfer to hotel. Check-in Hotel. Free and easy.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi (Meals: B/L)
08:00 Guide will pick you up at the hotel and leave Hanoi Capital for Ninh Binh, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way. About 10:00 arrive Hoa Lu, visit the two temples of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). Have lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch you will get on the bamboo boat – rowed by the local people – in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way, you also have a chance to see the paddy field if you visit Tam Coc in April or September.
15:30 Back to the Harbour for the transfer to Hanoi.
17:45 Arrive in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi City Tour Full Day (Meals: B/ L)
You are met at 08:30 am in the hotel lobby. There is a morning and afternoon schedule, as well as an organised lunch.
After finishing city tour, you will come back hotel. Have dinner by yourself.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong Bay- Overnight on Cruise (Meals: B/L/ D)
07:30 – 07:45 pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10:30 Stopover on the way for short break
12:30 arrive at the wharf – Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17:00 back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19:00 Dinner is served.
21:00 enjoy the comfort of your cabin or night fishing.
Overnight on cruise
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (Meals: B/ L) – by flight
06:30 enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07:30 lightly breakfast is served.
08:30 explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09:30 back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
12:00 back to wharf. Farewell.
12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. Our driver will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, you will be met and transferred to the hotel in Hue.
Overnight in Hue
Hue Full Day Tour (Meals: B/ L)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel
8.30: Our guide and driver meet you at the hotel and transfer to the boat landing for a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese landmarks.
We then take a short drive into a lush valley of the river where seven tombs were built for seven Nguyen Emperors. We will visit two of the tombs: Minh Mang Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb to help you understand more Royal’s Life and their architecture.
After that, drive outside of town for lunch and enjoy classic Hue cuisine at a restaurant in beautiful garden setting.
In the afternoon: Return to the city center to visit Imperial Citadel, and the Forbidden Purple City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty,
Drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Hue- Hoi An Street Food Tour (Meals: B/ L)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Driver and guide will come and transfer you to Hoian
Arrive in Hoian. Check in your hotel/resort and then we start Hoian food tour with walking tour. Our guide introduce you special foods in here. to enjoy a bowl of Cao Lau. Cao Lau is a specialty and a traditional Hoi An dish composed of flat noodles, pork, bean sprouts, and greens served in a savory broth. The noodles are made with local sticky rice soaked in the water that must be taken from Ba Le Well. Bami and enjoy My Quang noodles, another very famous local specialty. More and more food will be showed by our guide to you.
Overnight in Hoian
Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh Half Day Tour (Meal: B/L)
Transfer to Da Nang Airport after breakfast for the short flight to dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals.
Welcome you by Smiletravel’s guide and driver. Picks up and transfer to hotel (if the room is available you can check-in early) have lunch before starting half day tour to visit most attractive places in HCM C tourist cannot miss out.
We visit Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Office, War museum, and Ben Thanh market.
Overnight in HCMC.
Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L)
In the morning,08:00 drive to My Tho, get on a private boat which shall start off by driving to Turtle Island. Enjoying a variety of tropical fruits and listening to traditional South Vietnamese folk songs performed by local artists. Then, going to a Bee Farm, play with the pythons, try some honey tea, and taste local confectionery.
There is a short rowing boat ride to main boat to go to Phoenix Island and have lunch. After lunch, go back to the harbor. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh stop at and Chinatown with Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Temple.
Overnight in HCMC.
Ho Chi Minh City- Departure (Meals: B)
Free time for shopping until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport to take a flight back home. Tour End