The prime purpose of this Vietnam Inspiration tour is to get a deeper penetration into Vietnam culture and people by stay longer at one destination. More time is also from using flights between long distances. The trip goes thru 6 key cities but it takes two week stay. And that more time is aimed to touch the treasures many tourists miss.
We can say this is moderate. There are more walking, more boat boarding, more exercise like pushing bikes, little boat swimming or arranging the picnic place.
14 days 13 nights in Vietnam.
12 nights hotel accommodation
1 night cruise accommodation
2 internal flights within Vietnam
transport in air-conditioned vehicles
small group touring
Local English-speaking guides
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The tour can be done in the other way around from Saigon to Hanoi
This tour must be booked at least 7 working days in advance of your travel date
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel with our representatives. Get connected with your tour leader at a tour briefing and welcome drinks. The remaining time will be free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam
DAY 2: HANOI CITY
Learning all about the life and stories of ‘Uncle Ho’ at his mausoleum, enjoying the guard changing parade are the great and unique experience in Vietnam. Further walking in the ancient Temple of Literature will be the answer how university in a Kingdom happened a thousand year ago. Make a visit to the well know ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and we end the day trip at KOTO restaurant where your food is cooked and served by former street children. You get your free time in the afternoon for your own exploration.
There is a lovely optional tour we often suggest to go further into Hanoi Old Quarter by Cyclo. That’s a trip of relaxing on a rickshaw seeing a bustle life passing by your nose, passing by the ancient windows along the streets and passing by a the slow living style of Hanoians.
DAY 3: PERFUME PAGODA
An interesting drive through the rich farm land of the Red River Delta to the Perfume Pagoda, the system of pagodas, shrines and temples built into a limestone hillside. Take small sampans to get to the pagoda complex through a peaceful rural landscape of mountains, rivers and rice paddies. A little trekking up to the cave pagoda is a really peaceful experience for people who want to stay away from city bustling sounds.
DAY 4: HANOI – HALONG
Sit back and relax as you watch farmers working their land on the drive to enchanting Halong Bay. Contemplate your navel while you cruise amongst the thousands of limestone islands. Enjoy the freshest seafood, the great beach, the lovely tea on board among the sunset. Find further your favorite activities like gathering at the roof top and drink, read your favorite book among the breeze and the fade run ray of a tropical region, swimming under the sky full of stars, or just do nothing.
DAY 5: HALONG – HANOI – HOIAN
Wake up in the morning in your own room, open the window and listen to the sound of the wave splashing into your boat. Have breakfast then start to explore further by visiting the caves and going kayaking along the streams. In the afternoon going back to Hanoi for the flight to Hoian. Overnight in Hoian Ancient town.
DAY 6: HOIAN
Hoian Ancient town is the living museum with charming traditional houses, temples, the iconic Japanese Bridge and especially the well preserved Vietnamese lifestyle from the 16th century. More feeling of old days will come with no-power nights (candles and lanterns instead), the night festivals, the street foods and other heavenly recipes..
A relaxing day today starts with a walking tour along the well preserved monuments and houses that are the hardware of the ancient town. Visit a handicraft producing center with the disadvantaged youth from the Streets organization. Enjoy some free time in Hoi An for shopping at one of the many masterful tailors in town and further exploration like a short bicycle ride to the beach nearby.
In the afternoon, an optional boat trip along the Hoai river to the land of coconut, the local farm and terraces. Party on the field with wine and BBQ among the Vietnamese countryside scenery is an unforgettable memory.
DAY 7: HOIAN
An easy ride of bike to countryside to get touched more to the daily life of Hoian people. The fishing village, the rice paddy fields, the coconut lands will make the day really Vietnamese authentic. Free in the afternoon for any further exploration or just relax by a pub along the river.
DAY 8: HOI AN – HUE
Drive North to the lovely countryside and spectacular coastal scenery on your way to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Understand further the oriental belief and ancient architecture techniques by the ancient Citadel, the emperor’s tombs and the royal monuments. Royal dinner is an option to get the ambiance of a dynasty entertainment only a century ago.
DAY 9: HUE
Make a free day for your own exploration. We believe that a city full of oriental culture and values with the imperial city, monuments and fengshui arrangement, full of Buddhism spirits with a lot of pagodas, of more trees than peoples, of Vietnam specialized elegant etiquettes is a right place for your free day exploration.
Optional choice can be a cyclo tour taking you along the peaceful corners of this ancient citadel city.
DAY 10: HUE – SAIGON
Take a flight to Saigon, making a change from a quite city with cultural values to a bustling one with more historical imprint of the recent war.
Saigon is a very fast growing city by the dynamics and easy open mindset of its people. The ongoing changes in economy have given the city a really cosmopolitan and dynamic character, with high buildings, big roads and business spirits. However, the city remains the important corners with colonial styles, reminding stories of Saigon 40 years ago, and before, when Saigon was the capital of Indochina under French time or capital of South Vietnam, later on.
Check in hotel, take a refresh and make a walking tour along the city highlights at the city’s historic Dong Khoi Street, the former Rue Catinat, to understand more of that history.
DAY 11: SAIGON – CUCHI- SAIGON
Be prepared for a historical day with the amazing works at Cu Chi tunnels, a system of over 200km fighting base underground, with the monuments and architecture like the Reunification Palace and the stories at War Remnants Museum. The Saigon impression would be added more colors with visits to a lacquerware factory, a Taoism temple and a huge market for Vietnamese for their daily life.
DAY 12:SAIGON – CANTHO
The Mekong Delta is always impressive with the natural scenery and lovely people that can only be fully discovered when traveling from place to place at a nice with a slow pace.
Heading to the wet land of Mekong Delta Basin and get inspired by Vietnam’s rural life with a day among the rivers, canals, water coconut, and orchards. Among the feeling of getting lost at the maze of water ways, your travel experience also gets enriched by the forklore music (which has been acknowledged by UNESCO as immaterial world heritage), local special dishes, or just a rest with a honey tea cup by a canal.
DAY 13: CANTHO – SAIGON
The highlight of today is a place named floating market, where people living along the canal maze comes to the market to sell things cultivated from their garden, and buy things for their cooking and dishes. It is absolutely on the river with hundreds of boats, big or small. More experience with this agriculture can come later with boating along the canals, visit an orchard and hear the stories of the farmers.
Get up early to adapt the Vietnamese life style, take the boat trip, have lunch with local dishes, and going back to Saigon for the farewell dinner.
DAY 14: SAIGON DEPARTURE
On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer
DAY 1-3: HANOI
BELLE LA VILLE***
Belle la Vie hotel locates in the edge of Old Quarter which make s good start of walking to surroundings . Cozy decoration, spacious rooms, city or lake views, elegant furniture, friendly staff make the choice.
DAY 4: HALONG
Imagine this is a huge wooden boat with three stories (or four). The first is for living rooms with soft regular furniture and private flush toilette. The second is for public living room where we use for meals or resting on sofa. The upper deck is of no cover for great view and equipped with chair (or lying chairs) for relaxing, viewing magnificent Halong.
DAY 5-7: HOIAN
PHO HOI RIVERSIDE RESORT***
Pho Hoi Riverside Resort locates right on the bank of Thu Bon river then it takes only 5 minutes to walk from the resort to the ancient town. Great point is the balconies viewing over Hoi An, plus the endeavor of a friendly resort.
DAY 8-9: HUE
HUE HERITAGE HOTEL***
Hue Heritage Hotel locates in the middle of Hue city. The hotel is a mixture of Western classic wish and the pride of royal interior furniture and decoration. The hotel is marked 3 stars with clean and standard rooms, good swimming pool, and helpful staff.
DAY 10,11,13: SAIGON
MAY FLOWER HOTEL***
The star hotel locates near the center. Rooms are beautifully furnished by modern facilities and fitted with queen size beds. Well trained and professional staff with cool lobby site. Good breakfast with nice city view.
DAY 12: CANTHO
SAIGON CANTHO HOTEL***
Saigon Can Tho is a 3 star hotel locating in the center of Cantho, friendly and helpful staff with comprehensible English skill, clean and standard rooms, 3 minutes walking to the river bank, free internet, close to ATM
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