Nothing quite compares to the charm of early summer in Vietnam. The subtle essence of the summer sun is greatly enhanced by the spirit of family gatherings and vacation fun. This tour features the very best of Vietnam tailored to please both the little ones as well as the adults while navigating through the magical landscapes, heritage sites and white sandy seashores.
You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel. And an overnight stay in Hanoi.
Hanoi city tour (B/L)
This full day tour will take you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his Stilts House, the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda nearby and the Old Quarter, known for its maze of 36 streets and former craft guilds.
Also on the tour, you'll visit the Temple of Literature, find the Lake of the Restored Sword, Ngoc Son Temple and Ethnology Museum and enjoy a water puppet performance.
Ovenright in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Mai Chau Village (B/L/D)
8:00 AM – pick up from your hotel.
On the morning drive to Mai Chau, we'll leave the city behind and pass through craggy, mountainous landscape. We drive up a massive pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau around noon time. Lunch will be served in Mai Chau Ecolodge.In the afternoon, we’ll have a small walk around Mai Chau valley before getting a quick transfer to a small remote village of Mai Hich.
Weather permits there’s a chance for a small cycling around the green village. Afterwards, we return for dinner and overnightin Mai Chau Ecolodge.
Pom Coong Village – Pu Luong nature Reserve (B/L/D)
Following breakfast, you begin a soft trek in this beautiful valley, going from one village to another and have a chance to get in touch with local villagers, learn about their daily business tilling the fields, logging or herding the buffalo. Driver will meet you at Lac village for transfer to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. You enter Pu Luong Nature Reserve via a breathtaking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. You arrive at your accommodation for a delicious lunch, followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.
You will be transferred to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes. Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, you have a short rest to gear up for the bamboo river rafting with Dinh and his team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts. Arriving at scenic Tan Lap bridge, you disembark to be transferred back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve Trekking (B/L/D)
Enthralling trekking routes | 19 km easy walking – 6 hours
Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch. PM: After enjoying delicious food, you have free time to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to our pick up point to be transferred back to the Retreat. Overnight in Pu Luong Retreat.
Puluong - Tam Coc & Hoa Lu (B/L/D)
After breakfast at Pu Luong Retreat, you will leave Pu Luong for Ninh Binh to continue on your journey to visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu – the capital of Vietnam in the 10th century.
Admire the architecture of the two temples dedicated to the kings of the Dinh and Le dynasties. Then, hop aboard a sampan boat to explore Tam Coc grottoes (Halong bay on land), enjoy the spectacular scenery whilst gliding along the river amongst rice paddies and ranges of the limestone mountains that tower above (2 hrs).
Overnight in Tam Coc Garden
Ninh Binh – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast Tam Coc Garden. You will be transferred to Halong and arrive the jetty around 12:15 p.m.
12.15: Boarding our boat at Tuan Chau Port – enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions.
13.15 – 14.00: Enjoy deluxe Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch. Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager. Drink vouchers are given out from 15.00 to 18.00.
14.00 – 16.00: Cruise through Halong Bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas including Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Finger Islet.
16.00: Arrive at Surprise Cave - one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Halong Bay.
17.30: Depart and sail for about 30 minutes to anchor overnight.
18.30 – 19.00: Attend the Fruit and Vegetable Carving Lesson led by our Head Chef. showing how we decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese food.
19.30: Dinner is served.
20.45: Evening activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi are available, as well as massage service Also, everyone can try squid fishing on the boat with help from the crew.
21.00 – 23.00: Happy Hour! Buy one drink – get one free
Halong Bay - Hanoi and Hanoi Foodies Tour (B/D)
06.30: Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
06.45: Enjoy Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck (about 30 minutes).
07.45 – 9.00: Guests are transferred by tender to the Titov Island. About one hour is spent on the island, allowing time to climb to the peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay (there is also an expansive viewing deck half way up). After the climb, there is time left to relax on the beach and have a swim.
09.30: Enjoy a full breakfast in the dining room. Bills are settled after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
11.00: Arrive at Tuan Chau port, relax inside the pier building while waiting for return Hanoi.
18.00: You will start Foodies Tour in the evening with a great chance to enjoy special food on street of Hanoi old quarter. You have time to drink local Hanoi beer and wine. Ovenright in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Hue (B)
Enjoy breakfast at hotel. You will transfer to the airport for your noon flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport you will be transferred directly to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will embark on a tour of the city, including the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba market. You will stay overnight in Hue.
Hue - Danang - Hoi An Ancient City Tour (B/L)
After breakfast at hotel, you will board a private traditional boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded by ancient tombs of past emperors, some of which will be on the itinerary for the day. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day and is located at the convergence of rivers, which makes it an ideal place for a great view of the Perfume River and surrounding area. And visit Minh Mang & King Tu Duc's tomb.
After lunch at local restaurant. you will leave the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Hue for Hoi An. You will travel over the Hai Van pass to have a overlook Lang Co Beach, stop in Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum and handicraft villages on the foot of Marble Mountain before arriving in Hoi An. Once in Hoi An, you will check into our hotel. Free at leisure in Hoi An.
Hoi An Cooking Class & Ancient City Tour (B/L)
Start the day at 08:15 am with a drink at Hai Scout Café and then visiting Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 mins) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life. On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chefs, before you prepare it by yourself. Later, sit and eat exactly what you have cooked. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. And overnight in Hoi An.
Hoi An – Danang – Saigon & Half Day City (B/D)
After breakfast at hotel, you are free to enjoy your free time until transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh Ciyt. Upon arrival HCMC, you will be transferred to hotel for check in.
After lunch. you will embark on a city tour of Saigon, including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, the War Remnants Museum and bustling Ben Thanh Market. And overnight in HCMC.
HCMC – Mekong Delta Excursion (B/L)
The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region of Vietnam and is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam as it produces three crops of rice per year. The fertile Mekong Delta is also famous for its tropical fruits and flowers. The Delta area marks the end of a 4,500 km journey made by the Mekong River after having traveled through six countries.
Traditional transportation in the Delta is by boat along a vast network of canals and channels. Boating along these canals and visiting the floating markets always proves to be a fascinating and rewarding experience for all visitors. And you come back HCMC around 04:30 pm. Overnight in HCMC
Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnel – Phu Quoc Island (B)
After breakfast at hotel, you will drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of more than 200 km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.
Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War.In the afternoon, you will be transferred to airport for flight to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival Phu Quoc, you will be greeted and transfer to hotel for check in and you are free at leisure. Overnight in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Island & Free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure.
And Ovenright in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Island & Free at leisure (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure.
And Ovenright in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc Island - HCMC & Sunset Dinner Cruises (B)
Breakfast at hotel
Phu Quoc – Ho Chi Minh - Departure (B)
There is no activity planned for today so you are free to enjoy your free time souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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