Best of Vietnam

11 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
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$ 3,505
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

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Tour Code:
11 days
Departure City:
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 Evergreen Cruises & Tours 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 You’re Invited, 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.
    You’re Invited: Lunch at KOTO Restaurant

    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 luxurious traditional style junk. Cruise through the bays and islets enjoying the stunning scenery of this magnificent region. Enjoy some tours offered onboard and learn more about the main livelihood of the locals in the area or relax on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.
    DiscoverMORE: One Way Scenic Flight Over Halong Bay (extra expense)

    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.

    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 You’re Invited 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.
    You’re Invited: Visit to Reaching Out NGO

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hoi An

    Enjoy a day of leisure to explore Hoi An and its surroundings.
    DiscoverMORE: Vietnamese cooking class (extra expense) or 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 You’re Invited 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.
    You’re Invited: Cyclo ride through Dai Noi, boat tour to Thien Mu Pagoda & Royal Dinner

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

    Transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon for a two night stay. Enjoy an orientation tour, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building; Reunification Hall. Stroll through the colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall and the old Saigon Post Office.

    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. In the afternoon, you will have an orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a visit to the city’s most iconic building, Reunification Palace. Then, stroll through Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter, walking past scenes of everyday life on the way. Admire the beautiful architecture of the Opera House, City Hall and the old Saigon Post Office, and listen to the stories about the glory days of French Indochina.

    DiscoverMORE: Evening Saigon street food tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City Farewell

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 2 nights onboard of the Bhaya Classic Junk or similar in Halong Bay
  • 2 internal flights: Hanoi – Danang & Hue - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Full day city tour of Hanoi
  • Water Puppet Performance
  • Halong Bay Cruise with various tours
  • Private boat tour to local beaches and activities on Halong Bay
  • Guided Tour of Hoi An
  • Hue included visit of the Imperial Citadel
  • Orientation Tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi Tunnel tour

  • 20 superb meals including: 10 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 6 Dinners (D)

You’re Invited
  • Lunch at KOTO Restaurant
  • Visit to Reaching Out Project
  • Cyclo ride through the Dai Noi
  • Boat Tour to Thien Mu Pagoda (Hue)
  • Royal Dinner Experience in Hue

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