14-day tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh: Splendid Vietnam
Itinerary: Our 14-day tour along the country from North to South will definitely blow you away like entering a time warp: from modern and mixed cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, to the ancient architecture and ambience of Hoi An, and the royal life in peaceful Hue, from the busy floating Mighty Mekong Delta to the magnificent Halong Bay and ethnic Sapa.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Sapa
Day 4: Sapa Trekking
Day 5: Sapa - Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue
Day 8: Hue - City tour
Day 9: Hue - Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An - Walking tour
Day 11: Hoi An - Free time to explore Ancient Town
Day 12: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh - Departure
- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
DAY 1: HANOI
Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties.
At Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in.
After relaxation, our guide will take you walk to the theatre and you will enjoy Water Puppet Show – A traditional art performance of Vietnam. After that, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI
08.00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then you will start the Hanoi city tour
You will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. You will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.
Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next you will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital. The tour will end at about 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI, SAPA
07:00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by the car of our company and you head to Sapa via the Express Way.
Arriving in Sapa, enjoy your free time at your leisure to relax, explore, sightseeing around town. In the afternoon, you will trek through the scenic valley of Cat Cat village. This is a village of H'mong ethnic minority to find out about their traditional customs, lifestyle and fairly developed agriculture with cultivation of all kinds of plants including rice, maize and sweet potato as well as seasonable fruit and vegetables. Here you have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the local families. Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 4: SAPA
08.00 AM: After breakfast, you take about 3 - 4 hours to trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H'mong, and Dzay people where you meet ethnic minority to share experience, find out about culture, religion, belief, lifestyle and so on.
After the trip, you will get back to Sapa by car.
Stay overnight in Sapa.
DAY 5: SAPA, HANOI
Today is your free time in Sapa. In your free time, you can walk down the street, visit the colorful Sapa Market and walk to Sapa Lake and enjoy the fresh air here.
In the afternoon (time will be flexible and changed as requested), your driver and guide comes to your hotel and pick you up to transfer back to Hanoi.
Stay overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 6: HANOI, HALONG BAY
08.00 AM: The driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands.
You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, you will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.
Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.
DAY 7: HALONG BAY, HANOI, HUE
You will continue our journey on Halong Bay in early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on cruise.
Sitting on the upper deck; you can relax, sight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.
After breakfast, you will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life.
At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, you go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi.
About 04.30 PM, you will arrrive at your hotel in the Old Quarter.
Our private car will wait for you at the hotel, transfer you directly to the airport for your flight to Danang. When arriving in Hue, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel by our tour guide and driver. Stay overnight in Hue.
DAY 8: HUE
08.30 AM: Our tour guide will wait for you at the hotel lobby to start the tour around Hue Old Citadel.
Rising up in the ancient land, you board on a private boat for cruising on the romantic Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient royal tombs of emperors past, and visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop. Setting in the converge of rivers, and gives you a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. From here you will take a drive to visit King Minh Mang tomb & King Khai Dinh tomb. Lunch at a local restaurant.
This afternoon you will join a tour of Hue City including the Old Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City - an amazing historic landmark in Hue - a definite must-see sight to learn more about the history and architecture that visitor should not miss when travelling to that peaceful area.
After the tour you will be transfer back to your hotel. Free in the evening. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 9: HUE, HOI AN
08.30 AM: After breakfast, the tour guide wait for you at the lobby and you will head to further to the South. It takes 2.5 - 03 hour journey to Hoi An. The winding road begins as you make the way up the Hai Van pass. The breathtaking view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes.
Arriving in Hoi An in the afternoon, you will check in hotel and then be free to relax at the resort or wander around the colorful peaceful town. Overnight in Hoian.
DAY 10: HOI AN
After breakfast, you spend the morning on a walking tour with our guide around this enchanting port town a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese and Arab traders. Follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures and visit numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the local fish market... Around the town you can see a numerous art galleries and tailor shops, get some made-to-order clothes if you like. Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 11: HOI AN
Today is another day for you to get insight into peaceful beach in Hoi An enjoy whatever facilities or activities that you've missed at the previous day. If you would like to explore the Vietnam's history and local life you should spend time to go to the ancient town, by shuttle bus or bike, to explore the unique old architecture as well as go shopping. Overnight stay in Hoi An
DAY 12: HOI AN, HO CHI MINH
About 02 hours before your filght, the driver will come to the hotel and drive you to the airport for your 90 minute flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, the most bustle and hustle city in the south of Vietnam. This is one of the must-visit first cities attracting international tourists. At Tan Son Nhat Airport, the guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in.
After relaxation, it is your free time to discover the city, walk around Ben Thanh market and taste very delicious local cuisine. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 13: HO CHI MINH - CU CHI TUNNELS
08.30 AM: After breakfast at hotel, your private guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. A one and half hour drive takes you to Cu Chi Tunnels where human knowledge has been enriched by experiencing an web-like tunnels system of more than 200km in length which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war against American troops.
After the lunch in the local restaurant, in the afternoon, you will have a city tour including the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many locals. The tour also includes the War Remnants Museum, the Old Post Office, Chinatown and Ben Thanh Market – the central market for the city and one of the liveliest areas.
About 04.30 PM, the tour finishes and you will be dropped off at your hotel and then you are free to relax. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 14: HO CHI MINH - DEPARTURE
Free time at your leisure until we pick you to the airport for your flight back home. With the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to see you again!
Inclusions & Options
15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 2 dinners
Hotel (14 nights), Cruise (1 night)
Car, Walking, Trekking
1. Fly from Hanoi to Hue (1 hour 20 minutes)
2. Fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh city (01 hour 20 minutes)
- Vietnam visa approval letter
- Daily western-style breakfast
- Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- Domestic airport & government taxes
- Local English-speaking guides
- Water on coach
- Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions
- International flights to/from Vietnam
- Travel insurance
- Visa stamp fees
- Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
- Personal expenses
- Meals not mentioned
- Drinks not mentioned
- Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers
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