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Halong Bay

Trip Code

CVT103

Best of Vietnam

Trip Duration

18 Days/ 17 Nights

Trip Overview

This sample Vietnam Tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Day 1: Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Day 2: Tour Of Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 3: Saigon - Mekong Delta

Day 4: Mekong  Delta - Saigon & Fly to Da Lat

Day 5: Tour Of Da lat

Day 6: Da Lat - Nha Trang

Day 7: Nha Trang Beach & Leisure

Day 8: Nha Trang - Fly to Da Nang - Hoi An

Day 9: Cooking Class & Walking Tour

Day 10: Hoi An Eco Tour

Day 11: Hoi An - Hue

Day 12: Tour Of Hue - Fly to Hanoi

Day 13: Hanoi City Tour

Day 14: Hanoi - Sapa

Day 15: Sapa Trekking - Hanoi

Day 16: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Day 18: Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure

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CVT103

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

Meals: N.A.

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Welcome to Vietnam!

Upon arrival to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel in the downtown. Check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Saigon

DAY 2: CITY TOUR & CU CHI TUNNELS

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

After the first night relaxing, today you will be ready for your Vietnam Tour with a full day to visit the featured sites of Saigon and the famous underground tunnel network in Cu Chi.

In the morning, 8:00 Start with 1.5 hour drive to Cu Chi tunnels. Get the overview of Cu Chi by watching a documentary. Your guide walks you around to witness the traps, bunkers, trenches and experience crawling a piece of the underground tunnels. Drive back to the city for a set menu lunch at a restaurant.

In the afternoon, Continue on visiting the War Remnants Museum; Ngoc Hoang Pagoda; The former Presidential Palace; The Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Post Office. Spend the second night in Saigon.

DAY 3: SAIGON - BEN TRE - CAN THO (MEKONG)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho City

In the morning, 08:00 - Depart from the hotel and drive southward to Mekong Delta. The drive takes nearly 2.5 hours. Upon arrival in Ben Tre, visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem in Tien Giang en route.

Followed by embarking on a motorized boat trip along the scenic Ben Tre River, viewing various local industries along the way. Have some stops to visit local workshops: making bricks by the kilns; Making coconut candy; Sleeping straw mats. Take a motor cart passing fruit and vegetable fields..Lunch at a garden restaurant. In the afternoon, Drive to Can Tho City which is considered as the capital of the Delta. Check in your hotel for staying overnight.​

. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, take a rowing-boat along water palm creek and boat back to the pier where your car will take you to Can Tho - the largest city in the Mekong Delta.

DAY 4: MEKONG DELTA - SAIGON - FLY TO DA LAT

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Da Lat

Wake early and leave the hotel to visit the famous Cai Rang floating market by motorized boat. This is a great opportunity to get fantastic photos of colourful boats laden with fruit and vegetables. Boats are filled with teetering piles of fruit and vegetables, from carefully balanced watermelons, to bright flowers. Followed by a short ride to Ba Cong village to pay a visit to a family who specializes in making rice paper and noodle. Cruise back to the quay and make your way back to HCMC. Lunch is served on the way.

In the afternoon, Keep driving toward Saigon and heading to the airport for you to catch a late-afternoon flight to Da Lat in the central highland. Get picked up and check into your hotel for the night.

DAY 5: TOUR OF DA LAT

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Da Lat

After breakfast, visit Thien Vien Truc Lam – the largest Zen Monastery of Vietnam. You then take the steps down toward the Tuyen Lam Lake, enjoy sightseeing of the nicest vast lake of Dalat on boat. On the way back to the city for lunch, visit Lat village, home to a number of distinct ethnic minority groups with varying traditions and beliefs. Here you have the chance to purchase traditional handicrafts and gain a unique insight. An afternoon of sightseeing takes in the art deco former summer residence of Bao Dai – the last Emperor of Vietnam, the old Dalat Railway Station, the Central Market and famous XQ embroidery workshop. There will be the chance for a short walk by Xuan Huong Lake to get a feel for this delightful city in the evening.

DAY  6: DA LAT - NHA TRANG

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

After breakfast, embark on scenic driver from the highlands to the beautiful coastal city of Nha Trang. Have a short stop in Phan Rang to pay a visit to a beautiful Cham people's Masterpiece - Po Klong Garai Temple.

Nha Trang is a perfect place for travelers who loves Sun, Sand, and beautiful beaches. Besides the prerequisite golden stretches of land and crystal clear waters, the coast is dotted with many islands, each with their own distinct character. The turquoise waters play host to a variety of marine life, and snorkeling and scuba diving are always favorites.
In the afternoon, take a city tour to visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, the Alexandre Yersin Museum, Long Son Pagoda, with its enormous white Buddha statue, and the lively, colorful Dam Market.  
Overnight in Nha Trang.

DAY 7: NHA TRANG: FREE AT LEISURE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang

Today is yours for the beach relaxation or doing your own things. There is a boat trip to visit Nha Trang Bay for a half day available. Please let your travel specialist know if you want to do it.

Overnight in Nha Trang

DAY 8: NHA TRANG - FLY TO DANANG FOR HOI AN

Meals:  Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

This early morning, get picked up and transferred to Cam Ranh Airport for a short flight to Danang City. On arrival, welcomed by your regional driver and drive 30 minutes to Hoi An ancient city for hotel check-in. The remainder of the day is your free time at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 9: HOI AN COOKING CLASS & OLD QUARTER TOUR

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

This morning take part in a cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School. Meet at the Hai Scout Cafe in Hoian’s Old Town. From there we will head to Hoian's colorful market. Explore the market and interact with local vendors to purchase some fresh ingredients for today’s cooking class. Next, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely 25 minutes cruise along the Thu Bon River to the Cooking School. Explore the school's herb and vegetable garden. Learn to cook and help prepare five traditional dishes for lunch. You'll also be entertained and taught some special techniques at the fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations.

In the afternoon, together with your tour guide, embark on a walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. End your day with a relaxing sunset boat trip. Spend the second night in Hoi An.

DAY 10: HALF DAY OF THE LOCAL RUSTICS

Meals:  Breakfast

Farming tour: It will be replaced by experiencing on the vegetable field instead of rice if it's not the right season.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

8:00 AM: Pick up at hotel by bicycle. Take a leisurely bike ride to a local farm, passing through rice paddies and breathing in the fresh air. Meet the local farmer and learn about daily farm life. Enjoy a break while sipping a cup of tea in the rice fields before changing into your farming clothes! Change into farm clothes before getting into muddy rice fields: Authentic Vietnamese traditional farmer clothes, conical hat, boots (provided). Learn the traditional process of growing wet rice and what it entails including the agricultural water system and farming techniques such as using a water buffalo plough! Return to the hotel enjoy the free afternoon and evening at your leisure.

DAY 11: HOI AN - HUE

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then check-out for the drive over Hai Van pass to Hue. Have a short stop on the pass for taking photographs. Hue city - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s former capital. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through the ancient city. Visit the Royal Citadel, the Imperial Museum, as well as the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king). Late in the afternoon, drive to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight.

DAY 12: HUE CITY TOUR - FLY TO HANOI

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Spend the morning on a private dragon boat cruise down the romantic Perfume River to visit the Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), followed by Dong Ba Market and the ornate Minh Mang's tomb. After lunch in Hue City, make your way to the airport to catch a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel in the city centre, check in and rest. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 13: HANOI CITY TOUR

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center.

In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Start the city tour with Ba Dinh Square, including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view of the presidential palace, Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. Set menu lunch at a restaurant in the city.

In the afternoon, Hoa Lo Prison (A add-on if you are interested in); Ethnology Museum (about Vietnamese ethnic minorities) with water puppet show. An interesting walk along the train tracks through a part of the city residence.

DAY 14: HANOI - SAPA

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

After breakfast, hop on a car for 5 hour scenic ride from Hanoi to Sapa on the Vietnam’s longest and modern highway. Upon arrival, check in the hotel followed by your lunch at a restaurant in town.

In the afternoon, walk down streets for the orientation guided tour to get acquainted with the town. The tour includes all the key sites such as the Old Church, local market and the dining& shopping streets… Then, continue to Sau Chua ethnic Black Hmong village. This village has been recently discovered and much less visited. It is located on the mountain summit, therefore you can take the best photos of panorama Sapa town down there at sunset. Besides, you will have lots of interactions with the villagers who show their great hospitality and want to share their life so you’ll learn more about how they live. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Sapa town.

DAY 15: SAPA TREK - HANOI

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Have breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Embark on a guided hike through stunning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. After lunch, spend the whole afternoon drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 16: HANOI - HALOGN BAY

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnigh on a boat

Halong Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk.

In the morning: After the breakfast at the hotel, you are picked up and take the morning drive to the Halong pier.

In the afternoon:​ 12:15 - Board your boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard. Some interesting activities are available include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck. Overnight at a en-suite cabin on boat.

DAY 17: HALONG BAY - HANOI

Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

In the morning: Wake up early in the morning for sunrise and a view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Join a taichi class (availability depends on the certain boat you take) Further scenic cruise to other parts of the bay with a limestone cave visit. An early lunch is served on the way back to the pier. Disembarkation by noon time.

In the afternoon: Take the return drive toward Hanoi. The remainder of the day is yours. You may be interested in do some last shopping before going home.

DAY 18: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI

Meals: Breakfast

Today is your last day of the trip in Vietnam. It depends on your departure time, you  might have time free at leisure before getting picked up and take the private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Goodbye Vietnam and end of service.

What's Included

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation based on double basis with daily breakfast

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary each day

  • Private English speaking tour guides in each city of visit

  • Private air conditioned vehicle transfers per itinerary

  • Entrance tickets at indicated sites

  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Bikes with helmets in Hoi An

  • Bottled water on the vehicle

EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Any flight tickets (quoted separately)

  • Banking fee (if any)

  • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly

  • Visa arrangement

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Jorge L. Perea

Spanish

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Reviewed: Sep 1, 2019

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Singapore

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Reviewed: Aug 25, 2019

We have just returned from a 6D5N private tour with Custom Vietnam to Mui Ne / Dalat. This is the 2nd time we travel with them, the 1st time was just a year ago to Ninh Bình/Sapa. Like the 1st time, everything went very smoothly from booking to the actual tour. Custom Vietnam continued to impress us with their high standard of customer service and the excellent choice of responsible tour guide and driver.
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Singapore

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Aug 24, 2019

I was recommended to join this tour by a local friend. Rosie was in charge of liaising with me for arrangement and payment and did a great job responding to my queries.
The tour guide Key was very funny and cute, he entertained us a lot during the tour. We visited Bai Dinh pagoda, Trang An ecotourism boat ride + King Kong Skull Island + Mua Cave and although it was rainy, still enjoyable. There was a lunch buffet provided, which was passable. Met other tour participants from other countries who were very friendly too. Overall an enjoyable tour and good service from the agency and tour guide.

Timothy Ciccone

USA

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Aug 12, 2019

Rosie worked with me (very patiently and thoroughly) to organize a HIGHLY customized tour schedule which involved me sending PDFs of sites of I wanted to visit and the specific order in which I wanted to visit them. Everything went smoothly apart from the weather (which, obviously was beyond anyone's control), but the guides were able to ensure that I was still able to visit every site I wanted to see.
She was also available in real-time via WhatsApp to fix the occasional minor hiccup, which was very helpful. If I return to Vietnam I will definitely use this service again.

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Belgium

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Aug 8, 2019

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