Best of Vietnam

11 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
From (AUD)
$ 3,650
$ 3,150
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi's labyrinth of streets are filled with food stalls and markets. Journey to Halong Bay and embark on a traditional junk boat as you sail its ethereal waters. Enjoy a three night stay in Hoi An and drive through Da Nang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds to Hue. Discover Ho Chi Minh City's Cu Chi Tunnels.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EVHH
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Ho Chi Minh City

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Hanoi

    Xin Chao and welcome to Hanoi! On arrival you will be met by your Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your hotel situated in downtown Hanoi for a two-night stay. Relax at the hotel or explore the city, strolling along the tree-lined avenues or wander Hanoi's romantic West Lake. This evening, meet your Tour Director for your welcome briefing.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi

    Today you will enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. The tour includes the main sights of the city including the outside view of by the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, which is the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam. Continue to the small but iconic One Pillar pagoda and to the Temple of Literature. The temple of Literature was Vietnam’s first university and it was established to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. As part of EmeraldPLUS, you will enjoy lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One), a unique restaurant set up to train and educate disadvantaged street children. After lunch, continue with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, as well as a stop at Ngoc Son temple. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It is a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. This evening, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet performance.

    Included Excursion

    Full day city tour of Hanoi

    EmeraldPLUS

    Lunch at KOTO Restaurant

    Included Excursion

    Water puppets performance 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

    This morning after breakfast, leave Hanoi and travel to Halong Bay where you will board your traditional style junk boat. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy the tours offered on board, learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or simply choose to relax. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations and dinner is served on board.

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    One-way Scenic Flight Over Halong Bay (extra expense)

    Included Excursion

    Halong Bay cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Halong Bay

    Today, you will be transferred to your day trip boat tour with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch is served onboard of the boat by your private chef. Return in the evening hours after a full day of exploration to your traditional junk boat.

    Included Excursion

    Private boat tour to local beaches and activities on Halong Bay

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

    Enjoy the fresh morning in the middle of the bay while having breakfast and cruising through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Bid farewell to the traditional style junk boat on Halong Bay and transfer to Hanoi airport, with a stop en-route for a light lunch at a local restaurant. At the airport in Hanoi, board your flight to Danang (Hoi An). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the historic port town of Hoi An and relax for the rest of the evening. Included is a three-night stay in Hoi An.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Hoi An

    Today start with our EmeraldPLUS visit to the Reaching Out Project. Reaching Out is an NGO established in 2000, which provides opportunities for people with disability to learn skills and gain meaningful employment. Visit their workshop and get a glimpse how this NGO helps the disabilities to integrate fully with their communities and lead independent and fulfilling lives. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day tour of Hoi An and see old merchant’s houses, the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Visit to Reaching Out NGO

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Hoi An

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hoi An

    Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. Perhaps take the time to explore the Hoi An Ancient Town, or take a cyclo to An Bang Beach. The choice is yours.

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    Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense) 

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    Visit to My Son (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Hoi An - Hue

    Leave Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. You will drive through Danang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. In Hue, you will visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. As part of your EmeraldPLUS, take a cyclo (bicycle style rickshaw) from Dai Noi “Old City” to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. Then later, join a boat trip to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening, experience a traditional costume play Royal Dinner.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Cyclo ride through Dai Noi

    EmeraldPLUS

    Boat Tour to Thien Mu Pagoda

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Imperial Citadel

    EmeraldPLUS

    Royal dinner at a local restaurant

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

    Today, transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city, starting with a visit to Reunification Palace, formerly the Presidential Palace. Then, stroll through Ho Chi Minh City’s Colonial Quarter. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall and the old Saigon Post Office, and hear stories about French Indochina and how that era continues to influence aspects of modern Vietnamese culture. This afternoon, you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.

    Included Excursion

    Orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive away from Ho Chi Minh City, watching the city skyline fade into the distance as the road winds through rice paddies, villages and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Spend a couple of hours walking around Cu Chi’s rugged grounds with a local guide. Hear how the residents constructed an intricate, underground network of tunnels during the French and American Wars. Hear incredible tales about the unusual foods the residents ate to survive and much more. Once above ground, see other ingenious items used by the residents to defend themselves such as bamboo traps and camouflaged pits. Upon your return in Ho Chi Minh City, your afternoon today is free at leisure to relax.

    Included Excursion

    Cu Chi Tunnels tour

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    Evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Depart Ho Chi Minh City

    Today, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
  • 11 night land journey down the coast of Vietnam
  • Airport transfers to and from the hotel
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Tour Director
  • The services of local tour guides
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Full day city tour of Hanoi and water puppets performance
  • Halong Bay cruise with various tours
  • Guided Tour of Hoi An
  • Visit to the Imperial Citadel in Hue
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour and orientation drive of Ho Chi Minh City

EmeraldPLUS
  • Enjoy lunch at KOTO
  • Visit to Reaching Out
  • Cyclo Ride through Dai Noi
  • Boat Tour to Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Royal Dinner experience in Hue

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 10 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 6 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome Reception & Dinner

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