Custom 14 Day Vietnam Explorer

Experience Vietnam’s highlights with a custom itinerary enabling you to see as much as you can during your time in Vietnam. From Hanoi, the Paris of the Orient, continue your journey on to the magnificent Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a traditional junk. Head south to the ancient capital of Hue and then enjoy a few days along the beaches of Hoi An. Experience the rich culture of the rural fishing villages as you cruise along the Mekong Delta. End your holiday absorbing the bright lights of Saigon. This custom made itinerary truly takes you on a journey through Vietnam that you will never forget!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel where you’ll have time to relax before your exciting evening in Vietnam. Once you've had time to settle in, enjoy a welcome dinner at great restaurant located in a charming colonial building. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and an interesting, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture.
Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi.

Overnight: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Hanoi

You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century. After lunch, you’ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake. The bustling Old Quarter is a magnet for visitors. It’s a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices. It’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction.

Overnight: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 3 - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

After breakfast you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board a wooden junk to take you to the busy World Heritage area and then to an island beach. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim, fish, and climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape. From there, you’ll continue your cruise to visit a fishing village - you’ll also have an opportunity investigate one of the bay’s sea level caves in a small sampan or a kayak. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Traditional Junk (Deluxe Cabin) (All meals included)

Day 4 - Ha Long- Hanoi - Hue

Start your morning off right with either a swim or a yoga session on the large sundeck. After a light breakfast pastry and tea or coffee, you’ll dock to visit one of the most famous caves in the Bay. You’ll return to the junk for a brunch while cruising back to dock around noon whereupon you’ll leave for Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for an evening flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Hue. The rest of the evening is yours.

Overnight: Villa Hue (Brunch included)

Day 5 - Hue

Your morning will begin with a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. From there you will visit the incredible Royal Tombs of Emperor Minh Mang or Emperor Khai Dinh.

After lunch, you’ll be met by our guide and driven to the Imperial Citadel of Hue and the Dong Ba market. After a day full of exploration you’ll return to your hotel to freshen-up.

In the evening, you’ll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of a garden house. You’ll spend the night in Hue.

Overnight: Villa Hue (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6 - Hue - Danang - Hoi An

In the morning, your car will arrive to drive you to Danang. On the way, you'll cross the high mountain pass of Hai Van. The views from the top are excellent – you should be able to see Lang Co beach and village, and the lagoon far below, with Danang spread out before you to the south.

Upon arriving in Danang, you’ll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum before leaving for Hoi An. After lunch, you’ll have a guided visit to the Ancient Town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage area. An ancient trading port, once the largest in Indochina, Hoi An was a meeting point for many cultures that left their mark in the different architectural features of its wooden buildings. The original traditional street pattern still exists, as does the quay that once welcomed ships from all over East Asia and beyond. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Overnight: Life Heritage Resort (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 7 - Hoi An

The day will be free for strolling around town, relaxing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy.

Overnight: Life Heritage Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 8 - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

You’ll have a free morning until you’re picked up for a noon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. After transferring to your Ho Chi Minh City central hotel and checking-in, you’ll be free for a preliminary wander around District 1. Your overnight stay will be in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 9 - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll visit the History Museum where there is a special exhibition of the 5th century ‘Oc Eo’ civilization. The Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’:not for the squeamish! The Binh Tay market is located in China Town which is the biggest one in Ho Chi Minh City. Your time will be your own after lunch.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Vinh Long for a Mekong River cruise, visiting fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries, along the way. You’ll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll make your way to the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda, renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then drive to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight: Victoria Can Tho Resort (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 11 - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

The day begins with a boat cruise to Cai Rang, a floating market on the Mekong Delta - both the journey and the market provide insights into the Mekong rural lifestyle. On your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll visit the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang pagoda, 3 km from My Tho center. You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon with time to freshen up in your hotel.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi

A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See just in time to watch the mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you’ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialize as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. You'll return to Ho Chi Minh City for your overnight.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City Free

Enjoy the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

Accommodation Information

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

Located at the heart of Hanoi since 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has a long history of being a luxury place for many prestigious events and popular rendezvous. Features include 364 rooms and suites, excellent French cuisine at Le Beaulieu, Vietnamese specialities at Spices Garden, and Angelina - Hanoi's most ""avant garde"" Italian Restaurant & Lounge. Seven function rooms, a swimming pool, fitness centre and a brand new Le Spa du Metropole are also available in the hotel.

Indochina Sails

For your two-day Ha Long excursion, you'll board the Indochina Sails, one of the best wooden boats on the Bay. It’s a wooden junk based on the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with two barge sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure. All cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay. Each cabin is furnished with two twin beds or a double queen size bed, wardrobe, desk, pillows, white cotton sheets, and an en-suite toilet and shower with a good selection of high-quality toiletries. All meals, usually based on fresh seafood, will be provided on board. Kayaking is available upon request and at surcharge.

Villa Hue

Located in the center of the city giving it easy access to the beautiful Perfume River and surrounding city attractions, Villa Hue is a 12 room boutique hotel and practical training center for Hue Tourism College students.

Life Heritage Resort

Located along the scenic Thu Bon River, Life Heritage Resort Hoi An is a short stroll from the colorful and bustling Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touches of French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese cultures make up the distinct ambience and atmosphere in the resort.
Awarded Best Heritage Resort in Vietnam by the Vietnam Economic Times in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Life Heritage Resort Hoi An is a living testament to Hoi An’s rich history.

Park Hyatt Hotel

Located at Lam Son Square in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, the 9-storey Park Hyatt Saigon hotel is within walking distance of main tourist attractions, restaurants and parks. A 5 star luxury hotel in the true sense of the word, Park Hyatt Saigon is host to world-class restaurants and the exclusive Xuan Spa. Honored by Travel + Leisure as Best Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, hotel Park Hyatt Saigon is within easy reach of the exhibition centre and central business district. Ho Chi Minh International Airport Tan Son Nhat is only 7 km away.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The only luxury hotel in the center of the Mekong Delta, the Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river.

Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.

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