Vietnam Discovery

Vietnam Discovery

  • 11 Days / 9 Nights
  • CODE: RAA
  • From: $2400

Bright green rice paddies, aquamarine bays, colonial history, and ornate temples: Vietnam lays out an enticing array of wares while drenching them in warm sunshine. Our 11-night tour leaves none of this welcoming country’s principal stones unturned; ensuring you discover all the highlights in one adventure. Soak up the tree-shaded elegance of Hanoi, sail among the pinnacles of Halong Bay, admire the carved wooden halls of Hoi An, and discover bustling Ho Chi Minh City—formerly Saigon—before finishing with boat rides around the canals, stilted houses, and fruit orchards of the verdant Mekong Delta.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
Depart USA
DAY 2
Arrive Hanoi
DAY 3
Hanoi
DAY 4
Hanoi - Halong - Cruise
DAY 5
Cruise - Halong - Hanoi - Hue
DAY 6
Hue
DAY 7
Hue - Danang - Hoi An
DAY 8
Hoi An
DAY 9
Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
DAY 10
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon ) - Mekong River Islands
DAY 11
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) - USA

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From $2600 a person - Your customized trip will draw on the expertise of our travel consultants, each of whom has a deep knowledge of the places you wish to explore.

Hanoi (2 nts) Halong bay (1nt) HanoiHue (2 nts) Hoi an (2 nts) DanangHo chi minh city (2 nts)
day
1

Depart USA

Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital.


day
2

Arrive Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi and meet your expert guide and transfer to hotel.The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring this compelling city, which blends the mystique of yesteryear with modern-day architecture.


accomodation:

day
3

Hanoi

Vietnam’s second largest city, Hanoi has been occupied by the French, Chinese and Japanese through it 1,000-year history and boasts tree-lined boulevards, busy markets and colonial buildings that all demand exploration. Today, visit the Ho Chi Minh Memorial to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and peer into the Stilt House where the revered Vietnamese spiritual leader lived from 1958 to 1969. Other must-sees include the 11th-century One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology. After lunch, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple and pass colonial landmarks such as the Opera House and St Joseph's Cathedral. Finish your day with a colorful water puppet performance.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
4

Hanoi - Halong - Cruise

Today, gaze out over rural Vietnam as we drive to UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, a spectacular bay dotted with over 1,000 limestone islands. On arrival, transfer to a junk boat, your comfortable floating home for an overnight cruise. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch on board as you sail past islands, fishing villages and craggy caves. Snap photos of the sublime scenery and relax on deck this afternoon as your chef prepares dinner, a feast of fresh seafood and traditional Vietnamese dishes. Savor the meal on board tonight before retiring to your deluxe cabin.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

Paradise Luxury Cruise - ★★★★★

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5

Cruise - Halong - Hanoi - Hue

Rise early for a Tai Chi session on deck: the perfect opportunity to prepare for the day and admire a breathtaking sunrise over Halong’s waters. After breakfast and a visit a limestone grotto, enjoy the last of the views as we cruise back to dock. Disembark and bid farewell to Halong as we travel back to Hanoi and fly to Hue, Vietnam’s former capital, for a two-night stay.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

Ana Mandara Hue - ★★★★★

day
6

Hue

Today, enjoy a boat ride along the Perfume River, stopping at Hue’s iconic Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of temples, courtyards and pavilions in gorgeous countryside. Return to Hue to visit the Imperial Citadel, a vast complex reminiscent of Beijing’s Forbidden City, and a seat of power in ancient times. Despite war damage, there is still much to be seen here, including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate and the Dien Tho and Thai Hoa palaces, all framed by lotus ponds and all fascinating insights into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

Ana Mandara Hue - ★★★★★

day
7

Hue - Danang - Hoi An

After breakfast, travel through jaw-dropping mountain and coastal scenery to Danang, one of Vietnam’s fastest growing cities. Visit the Cham Museum to admire its valuable Cham sculptures, and glimpse Non Nuoc Bay, a favorite hangout of US soldiers during the Vietnam War. Continuing southward, stop on route at the Marble Mountains: five cave-riddled hills that rear sharply from rice fields. Later, arrive in Hoi An, your base for two nights, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

Boutique Hoi An Resort - ★★★★

day
8

Hoi An

A thriving mercantile port between the 15th and 19th centuries, the old riverside town of Hoi An enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status for its beautifully preserved shophouses, temples, assembly halls and bridges. Take a walking tour of Hoi An’s highlights in the morning, including the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Tran Family Chapel, an 200-year-old place for worship for the Tran clan to pray for their ancestors, and the ornate Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a 17th-century meeting place for the Fukian Chinese community. Finish with a visit to a traditional paper lantern-making workshop before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accomodation:

Boutique Hoi An Resort - ★★★★

day
9

Hoi An - Danang - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Transfer to Danang airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City, better known as Saigon, for two nights. Conquered by the French in the 19th century, this intoxicating city still sports boulevards and grand European buildings — colonial vestiges that contrast starkly with its now predominantly Buddhist culture and booming capitalist-driven economy. Today, our guided tour of the historic center showcases Dong Khoi Street, formerly the Rue Catinat and the ornate City Hall, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the Reunification Palace and haunting War Remnants Museum before a visit to the sparkling Emperor of Jade Pagoda.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
10

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon ) - Mekong River Islands

Today, set off on memorable full-day excursion to the Mekong River Islands, tiny islets in and around the estuary of the mighty, 3,000-mile Mekong. Drive to My Tho and after a visit to the Vinh Trang Pagoda, ride a local boat around the islands for a captivating glimpse into daily life. Visit a fruit orchard on Thoi Son Islet to enjoy fruit and tea as you listen to local music, and take a short sampan ride on Thoi Son’s tiny waterways. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation:

day
11

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) - USA

Today, transfer to the airport for your return flight.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

All international and internal flights (if applicable)

Comprehensive sightseeing tours including entrance fees

Specialist local guides in each city

Air-conditioned coach touring

Hanoi - Sightseeing and Entertainment of a Traditional Water Puppet Show

Halong Bay - Traditional Boat Cruise & Sightseeing around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay

Hue - City Tour & Excursions to the Old Imperial City and Thien Mu Pagoda with A Side Trip On Boat

Hoi An - Sightseeing the coastal city of Danang and Walking Tour in Hoi An

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Sightseeing including a Boat Trip exploring the Mekong River Islands, and a Sampan Ride through the tiny waterways

Special Banquet - Farewell Dinner in Saigon

Hanoi - La Siesta Hotel Trendy

Hanlong Bay - Paradise Luxury Cruises

Hue - Ana Mandara Hue Resort 

Hoi An - Boutique Hoi An Resort

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon ) - Liberty Central Saigon Riverside

Overseas airport transfers on arrival and departure with purchase of Land+Air Package

9 hotel or cruise ship breakfasts, 8 restaurant or cruise ship lunches, 6 hotel or restaurant or cruise ship dinners

Hanoi: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Halong Bay: Paradise Luxury Cruise

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Paradise Luxury offers relaxing cruises along Halong Bay. Designed in the style of a traditional Vietnamese junk, it features a spa and sauna. A large sun terrace is available onboard.

Hue: Ana Mandara Hue

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ana Mandara is Hue’s first beach resort located 20 minutes from downtown Hue on the spectacular Thuan An Beach and Tam Giang Lagoon. This location offers guests a taste of “real” Vietnam. With the neighboring fishing village and lagoon one side and 400m of private beach.

Hoi An: Boutique Hoi An Resort

★ ★ ★ ★

Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon City Point or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

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Vietnam Discovery (RAA)

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