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Explore all the wonders of Vietnam on this exceptional 15 day experience. Choose your own adventure with an incredible array of day tour options on offer. You won’t miss a thing on this comprehensive journey through Vietnam.
Vietnam
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise

5 days of Freedom of Choice activities

Hike downhill into the valley of Mai Chau

Enjoy a boat trip along the Mekong Delta 

Private guide and driver throughout your stay

Traditional Batik workshop with a local H'mong family

Explore Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities with the choice of a fully immersive intense city tour or take a more relaxed pace option to enjoy more time at leisure.

Head towards Mai Chau, known for its stunning scenery of palms, green mountains, rice fields and picturesque stilt houses. Experience a warm welcome by a local H’mong family and learn ancestral techniques during a traditional Batik workshop. After a hosted lunch featuring local delicacies, take in the spectacular views on a leisurely hike down into the valley.

At Halong Bay, drift amongst traditional floating villages, explore magnificent caves and admire the beautiful scenery on an unforgettable overnight cruise.

Discover the amazing heritage of Hue, the formal imperial capital of Vietnam, including the Imperial Citadel and Tu Duc Tomb whilst becoming acquainted with the locals visiting a local garden house and cycling around the villages. Alternatively enjoy a Zen experience learning about Buddhism and spirituality which is deeply rooted in the daily life of locals. Visit the Tu Hieu pagoda Buddhist temple to hear the monks chant and participate in meditation at the Cat Tuong Quan Retreat.

Gastronome’s may choose a half day food tour exploring the enchanting ancient town of Hoi An.  Meander through the local market, taking in the colourful stalls, and discover a variety of foods and souvenirs on offer. As an alternate option, choose a half day tour to visit My Son, one of the most important examples of Hindu influence in Southeast Asia. Visit the remains of the carefully crafted red brick temples replete with beautiful monuments and epitaphs.

At Ho Chi Minh City discover the maze of underground Cu Chi Tunnels or take in Saigon Behind the Scenes exploring the districts of Chung Cu and Ho Thi Ky, uncovering incredible markets and Khmer delicacies.

Choose between exploring the Coconut Land or Mekong’s Path Less Travelled. In the Ben Tre region, famous for coconut production, enjoy a boat trip winding through coconut forests and learn how the locals make bricks by hand as well as other products from coconuts. Explore local life and culture on a bike ride through local hamlets, rice fields and coconut groves.
Alternatively navigate the Mekong by private boat, meeting locals and learning about their daily life. Visit a local factory, ancient communal house, local farm and enjoy cycling around a small island as well as exploring thick mangroves on a small sampan (traditional Chinese & Malay wooden boat).

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Included

3 nights in Hanoi
2 nights in Mau Chau
1 night cruise in Ha Long Bay
2 nights in Hue
3 nights in Hoi An
3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City
Professional English speaking local guides
Private transportation throughout
Domestic flight between Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
Domestic flight between Hanoi and Hue
14 Breakfasts, 9 lunches and 1 dinner
Tours and activities
Freedom of Choice Days
Admission fees
Tipping for guide and driver
2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on days of transfers and sightseeing

Freedom of Choice Activities

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 8
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 10
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 13
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 14

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Itinerary

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Day 1
Hanoi

Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International Airport for your transfer to the hotel.

Overnight stay at Mk Premier Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Room.

Hanoi
Hanoi
Day 2
Hanoi

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Relaxed City Tour - Spend the day exploring Hanoi on a full day tour. You will explore a historic district full of colourful market stalls, visit sites such as the Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace, the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, and end the day on a small private electric cart for a tour around Westlake, the largest lake of Hanoi. You will return to the hotel in the late afternoon, and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

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  • Intense City Tour – After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a full day of touring. Start the day with a visit to the Women’s Museum which exhibits the diversity of Vietnam's culture and the contributions of its women to the country's society and ongoing development. Later you will drive to the Old Quarter, the bustling heart of Hanoi, where you will find shopping, cultural, and historical sites all wrapped into one. After lunch, you will visit the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long before ending the day with a water puppet show, a unique Vietnamese art dating back to the 11th century.

Overnight stay at Mk Premier Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hanoi
Busy streets of Hanoi
Day 3
Hanoi → Mai Chau

After an early breakfast, depart at 8am from your hotel and head towards Mai Chau, a beautiful valley with a patchwork quilt pattern of rice terraces and villages which are home to the White Thai people. Mai Chau is known for its stunning scenery of palms, green mountains, rice fields and picturesque stilt houses. On arrival, take some time to freshen up, relax and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, take an easy stroll around the nearby Thai villages and learn more about local lifestyle and as well their culture while enjoying views of the surrounding rice paddies and mountains.

Overnight stay at Mai Chau Villas in a Superior Bungalow (Former Standard).

Breakfast, Lunch
Hanoi → Mai Chau
Women in Mai Chau Ricefields
Day 4
Mai Chau

After breakfast, depart from your accommodation on a short drive (approximately 1 hour) to the heights of Hoa Binh province and the rocky plateau of Hang Kia.

The sceneries are changing as you ascend, plum trees and corn fields replace the rice paddies, we enter H’mong ethnic lands, where people are colourfully dressed and living in wooden cottages. You will be welcomed by a local H’mong family, whom you will do a traditional Batik workshop with. Learn ancestral techniques and unveil the secrets of the H’mong fabric. You will have lunch at the local home, an opportunity to discover a little more about the H’mong culture through the gastronomy.

In the afternoon, we will take a three hour downhill hike back to the valley of Mai Chau. The hike is scenic, on single trails and rather easy (can be a bit slippery in wet weather). Walking down offers great views over wild stretches of land secluded between mountains. It ends in a sub-valley of Mai Chau called Mai Hich, where your vehicle awaits to transfer back to the lodge (about 20 minutes).

If you prefer not to do the hike, the car will drive you back from Hang Kia to the lodge in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Overnight stay at Mai Chau Villas in a Superior Bungalow (Former Standard).

Breakfast, Lunch
Mai Chau
Mai Chau Ricefields | Credit: Christian Berg
Day 5
Mai Chau → Hanoi

Rise early with the “Cocky Roosters” and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside, as this is the best time of day to go for a walk. After breakfast and check-out, you will start on your way back to Hanoi, with an eventual first stop after few minutes to visit the local Mai Chau market (optional).

The next stop will be Hoa Binh town, where you can explore the Muong ethnic culture through the visit of an impressive cultural space. This is an unique place created by a local artist who preserved a huge collection of information, objects and several traditional houses from the Muong culture over five hectares of land (Hoa Binh is the only province in Vietnam where the majority of people are from an ethnic minority, the Muong). After the visit, you will have lunch there and then hit the road again to reach Hanoi in the mid-afternoon.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay at Mk Premier Boutique Hotel in a Luxury Room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Mai Chau → Hanoi
Hoa Bihn, Mai Chau District
Day 6
Hanoi → Halong Bay

Travel to Halong Bay and embark on your unforgettable overnight cruise. Float amongst traditional floating villages and admire the beautiful scenery. You will see locals fishing offshore, and will have the opportunity to explore magnificent caves, walk along the beach, or admire a panoramic view of the stunning bay.

Overnight on The Bhaya Cruise in a Deluxe Cabin (with ensuite). 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hanoi → Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Day 7
Halong Bay → Hanoi → Hue

Rise early today to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Halong Bay. After a light breakfast, you will visit Sung Sot, a beautiful cave but also an important archaeological site. Back on board, you will enjoy brunch while we continue cruising back into the harbour.

You will transfer back to Hanoi and take a short flight to Hue. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights.

Overnight stay at Romance Hotel Hue in a Deluxe City View Room.

Breakfast
Halong Bay → Hanoi → Hue
Sung Sot Cave at Halong Bay
Day 8
Hue

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Heritage & People Full-day Tour - Hue was Vietnam’s last feudal capital, and today you will get an insider’s point of view to the highlights of this nostalgic city. Your first stop is a visit to Tu Duc Tomb, which is located near the quiet Thuy Bieu Village. Next, you’ll visit a local garden house where your host will welcome you with hand-made ginger jam and tea. Veer off the beaten track and enjoy an easy bicycle ride around the village to explore the daily local life in the peaceful countryside, before enjoying some traditional dishes of Hue. After the delicious home hosted lunch, take a leisurely boat ride across the Perfume River then transfer to Imperial Citadel, the best-preserved remnant of the vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty was. Built in the early 19th century by armies of conscripted labourers under Emperor Gia Long, the citadel was surrounded by a 10-kilometre moat while earthen walls formed the outer perimeter. You will exit the citadel to visit the nearby workshop and gallery of famous Vietnamese artist Truc Chi, who is a contemporary artist that created his own art based on bamboo paper carvings. Head back to the hotel where you can spend the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.

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  • Half-day House of Zen Tour – Hue is the former imperial capital of Vietnam where Buddhism and spirituality remained naturally deeply rooted in the daily life of locals. The morning is dedicated to discovering these two aspects. Start by visiting the Tu Hieu pagoda, one of our favourites in Hue. Have a peaceful walk around and if you are lucky, you might hear the monks chanting harmoniously. Transfer to the Cat Tuong Quan retreat - a perfect combination of Zen architecture and Hue culture. After a warm welcome and enthusiastic instruction on spiritual meaning, you will begin to practice four movements of Qigong and meditation. The tranquil environment and open atmosphere is conducive to peace and happiness of body and mind. Later, join an open talk with Cat Tuong Quan's gentle host about Hue traditional culture and Zen practice, as she shares some unique insights on Hue and her place. Lunch is served with nutritious dishes from organic herbs and products grown in-house. Finish your session with a short meditation, encompassing a cleansing of your hands with herbal cream and a ten minute walking meditation before bidding farewell to Cat Tuong Quan.

Overnight stay at Romance Hotel Hue in a Deluxe City View Room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hue
Tu Duc Tomb in Hue
Day 9
Hue → Hoi An

Today you continue by road to Hoi An.

The scenery is remarkable, as the route hugs the coastline of the East Sea before winding up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Here you can stop to admire the stunning views: north over Lang Co Beach and south over Da Nang.

Upon arrival, check in your hotel and enjoy rest of time at leisure.

Overnight stay at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa ​in a Superior Garden View Room. 

Breakfast
Hue → Hoi An
Hai Van Pass
Day 10
Hoi An

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Half-day Food Tour - We start our walk across the enchanting ancient town of Hoi An. Follow your guide as you meander your way through the beautiful streets and narrow alleys, which are bordered by ancient yellow-walled houses. We reach a market where you can spend some time exploring the colourful stalls and the variety of foods and souvenirs on offer. Try some local delicacies before we venture further into the town. The guide will show you various places of interest and will also arrange some spontaneous food tastings as we walk. Food, drinks and culinary legends are all on the menu today. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

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  • Half-day My Son Tour – Visit My Son, one of the most important examples of Hindu influence in Southeast Asia. Although largely in a state of ruin today, My Son is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Angkor Wat of Cambodia or Ayutthaya of Thailand. You'll be given a brief introduction to Cham history and culture, and its Hindu influence, and then will visit the remains of the carefully crafted red brick temples complete with beautiful monuments and epitaphs.

Overnight stay at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa ​in a Superior Garden View Room. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Hoi An
Hoi An town
Day 11
Hoi An

A full day at leisure to enjoy some shopping in Hoi An town or to go to the beach.

Overnight stay at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa in a Superior Garden View Room. 

Breakfast
Hoi An
Strolling aroung Hoi An town
Day 12
Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay at Bay Hotel in a Deluxe Room. 

Breakfast
Hoi An → Ho Chi Minh City
View of Ho Chi Minh city
Day 13
Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Half-day Cu Chi Tunnels – Depart Saigon in the morning and head to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The first stop is to visit a family producing rice paper, an opportunity to learn how this essential ingredient of Vietnamese gastronomy is made and to exchange a few stories with locals. Continue to reach Cu Chi Tunnels. After an introductory video, viewing various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters, you will spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong survived in this underground network. You will return Saigon afterwards where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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  • Half-day Saigon Behind the Scenes – Travel back in time to District 3, where you will visit the oldest café in town, which opened in 1938. Walk through a massive street market, then continue on to Chung Cu, the heart of Saigon’s working-class, which remains mostly unchanged since the 1960’s. Marvel at the size of these old residential buildings as we walk through and into the Ho Thi Ky quarter. A place known for its spectacular flower market, and its maze of quiet narrow streets. A place also surprisingly famous for its Khmer delicacies since the 1990’s. Here you will be able to enjoy some of these traditional snacks before ending your tour and enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Bay Hotel in a Deluxe Room. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Ho Chi Minh City
Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 14
Ho Chi Minh → Mekong → Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Explore the Coconut Land – After breakfast in the hotel, head south to Ben Tre, a region famous for its coconut production. Upon arrival, set out on a boat trip on narrow channels winding through coconut forests. Stop at brick and coconut processing workshops to see how the locals make bricks by hand and learn how to make different products from coconuts as well. Then jump onto your bike and cycle on village roads through local hamlets, rice fields and coconut groves. Feel free to stop along the way to have a closer look at the local life and culture of this region. You'll then arrive at Mr. Sau Khanh’s house, whose ambition is to collect antiques. His collection varies from ancient and valuable ceramics, pottery pieces like bowls, dishes and vases, to ceiling lights, sculptures and Buddha statues. Chat with him and try out the local skill of climbing coconut trees. Return to the pier and drive to Ho Chi Minh city.

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  • Mekong’s Paths Less Travelled – You will depart from your hotel at 8am. After a 2.5 hour drive out of the metropolis, you will reach a less travelled region of the delta, about 30 kilometers away from the mouth of the mighty river. Hop on a private boat and start your exploration. You will meet people, learn more about their daily lives and navigate the Mekong. After visiting a local factory and an ancient communal house, reach a small island for lunch at a local guesthouse. In the afternoon, visit a honey-bee farm before hoping on bikes and cycling narrow pathways across the island. Stop at another local farm to unveil the secret of Sâm jelly and sample it. Continue across orchards and transfer onto a small sampan to explore a thick mangrove. After returning to the mainland, drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. You’ll arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay at Bay Hotel in a Deluxe Room. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Ho Chi Minh →  Mekong →  Ho Chi Minh
Mekong Delta
Day 15
Ho Chi Minh City

Your last morning is free at your leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Vietnamese
Currency
Vietnamese đồng (VND)
2021 Private Escorted Tours
Personalised & Private!

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

14 nights
from AUD4,221
per person, twin share
Vietnam
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours
02 April 2021

Hotel options

Mk Premier Boutique Hotel
Mk Premier Boutique Hotel

Hanoi
MK Premier Hotel combines traditional culture and modern design, hosting 65 rooms uniquely designed to give an unexpected experience to Hanoi and its visitors. Ideally located at the heart of the beautiful and historic old quarter of Hanoi and Vietnam’s famous 36 streets. MK Premier Boutique hotel offers an atmosphere that is at once refined, remembered and inspires traditional Vietnamese style and old world sophistication.

 

Mai Chau Villas
Mai Chau Villas

Mai Chau Villas 
Located approximately 140km southwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau valley is one of Vietnam’s best-kept secrets. With the desire to create a boutique accommodation that provides guests with a unique local experience, the architecture of Mai Chau Villas is inspired by White Thai traditional houses. Mai Chau Villas features a stilt-house restaurant, a swimming pool and 10 thatched roof villas, all of which are carefully designed using local materials.

Bhaya Cruise
Bhaya Cruise

Halong Bay Cruise
One of the first overnight Halong Bay cruises and now the largest cruise company with 17 ships, Bhaya Cruises is all about delivering unique travel experiences in one of Vietnam’s most beautiful destinations. Deluxe Cabins measure a comfortably compact 12-14 sqm while larger Terrace Suites enjoy a private terrace with sun loungers. All cabins feature hardwood floors, spacious bathrooms, contemporary Asian décor and stunning bay views framed by panoramic windows.

 

Romance Hotel Hue
Romance Hotel Hue

Hue 
Located in the heart of Hue City an UNESCO listed World Heritage site, Romance Hotel is located in an ideal location, just steps away from the Perfume River. With a slogan "A lifetime of happiness" their aim is to ensure that you will have the most comfortable, enjoyable and truly unforgettable time in Romance Hotel. You will be welcomed by their warm- hospitality.

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa
Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa

Hoi An
Located on the bank of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is within a 10-minute walk to the ancient town of Hoi An. The 4-star resort, which blends Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities, offers guests gracious hospitality and impeccable service. The resort has 89 well-appointed rooms set in the coconut-tree-shaded gardens that meander along the river. All the rooms are elegantly designed and furnished with the comfort of guests in mind.

Bay Hotel
Bay Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City 
An inviting retreat in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. This 16-storey, non-smoking hotel features a stylish restaurant, rooftop pool and rooftop bar facing the Saigon River. The BAYCOMFORT luxe bedding experience works in unison with the timeless décor and well-appointed amenities to provide all with a haven of rest and an escape from the bustling city. To further enhance the guest experience, the digitally savvy traveller will be cocooned around complimentary WIFI all day, with complimentary mini-bar with daily replenishment.

 

 

Important notes

Please not all prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice. International Airfares are not included, please contact our friendly team if you wish to add international airfares onto this package. Compulsory dinners apply if travel occurs over 24 or 31 December 2021. Tour is not available during Vietnamese Lunar New Year (10-20 February 2021)

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