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Discover stunning natural landscapes and immerse yourself in the remarkable history and culture of Vietnam on this extraordinary 10 day journey which includes a variety of day tour options waiting to be explored.
Vietnam
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

2 days of Freedom of Choice activities

Tour of Hanoi

Hike downhill into the valley of Mai Chau

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise

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.

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 complete with beautiful monuments and epitaphs.

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Included

3 nights in Hanoi
2 nights in Mai Chau
1 night cruise in Halong Bay
3 nights in Hoi An
Professional English speaking local guides
Private transportation throughout
Domestic flight between Hanoi and Hoi An
9 Breakfasts, 6 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

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

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
Westlake, 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
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 colorfully dressed and living in wooden cottages. You will be welcomed by a local H’mong family, with whom you will do a traditional Batik workshop. 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, you 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
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 town, 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 → Hoi An

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 Hoi An. Check in to your hotel for the next two nights.

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

Breakfast
Halong Bay → Hanoi → Hoi An
Sung Sot Cave at Halong Bay
Day 8
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
My Son Ruins
Day 9
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 10
Hoi An

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.

9 nights
from AUD2,611
per person, twin share
Vietnam
Hanoi
Hoi An
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours
12 May 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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