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Essence of Vietnam
Holiday Length: 09 days
Start City: Ho Chi Minh City
End City: Hanoi
Departures: Daily

Select & Mix Private Holiday
A classic itinerary and an ideal introduction to Vietnam's three regions.  Start in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, experience Vietnam's imperial past in the romantic city of Hue and explore the well preserved shop houses and
cobbled streets of charming Hoi An. Continue to Hanoi and taste the French influence the capital city before drifting among stunning limestone karst scenery during an unforgettable overnight cruise on a traditional junk in
Halong Bay.

Day 1

  Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Vietnam. Meet, assist and private transfer to your hotel.
Day 2
  Cu Chi Tunnels
    Morning drive to Cu Chi to visit the amazing tunnel network built by Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.  Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a sightseeing tour of Old Saigon. See the Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Opera House and the Reunification Palace which was used as the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the war in the 60s. Continue to the Chinese district of Cholon and the Binh Tay Market. (B)
Day 3
  Ho Chi Minh - Hue
    Day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Arrival transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 4


    Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of Hue. Visit the Imperial Citadel where royalty once lived cut off from the ordinary people by moats and mighty walls.  Later visit Tu Duc Mausoleum which was designed by Emperor Tu Doc himself and used as a summer palace. (B)

Day 5

Hue - Danang - Hoi An

    Morning drive to Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van mountain pass. After a stop at Lang Co Beach, continue to Da Nang to visit the Cham Museum, displaying one of the largest collections of sculptures and relics from the Cham civilisation once known
as the Khmer civilisation. Overnight in Hoi An. (B)

Day 6
  Hoi An
    Morning walking tour of Hoi An town. Explore the quaint cobblestone streets and Chinese houses of this World Heritage town. Free time in the afternoon to shop and further explore Hoi An at your own pace. (B)
Day 7

Hoi An - Danang - Hanoi

    Morning transfer to Danang for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival, sightseeing tour of Vietnam's capital. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a traditional stilt house and the thousand-year old Temple of Literature. After a visit to the Ethnology Museum, depart for a cyclo ride tour of the traditional streets of the Old Quarter. (B)
Day 8

Hanoi - Halong Bay

    This morning drive to Halong where you will board your traditional junk. Sail amongst the thousands of karst limestone islands and islets of Halong Bay. Fresh seafood lunch and dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 9


Halong Bay - Hanoi
Wake up early in the morning to admire the bay at sunrise. Later, disembark and transfer to Hanoi for your onward flight. (B)


  • Private air conditioned transfers and transportation
• Accommodation in your choice of tourist, first or deluxe class hotels
• Overnight junk cruise in Halong Bay
• Professional private English speaking local guides
• Domestic flights
• Private sightseeing, activities, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Select & Mix: your choice of 3 options (included in the price)

 Pick any 3 of these 10 experiences to personalise your holiday (included at no extra cost)




A. Saigon food tasting and nightlife discovery by scooter (day 2)
B. Learn the art of calligraphy with a Buddhist monk (day 3)
C. Cooking class & lunch in a typical garden house (day 4 morning)
D. Cycling tour to an ancient village in the countryside of Hue (day 4 morning)
E. Streetfood tour of Hoi An (day 6 afternoon)
F. Explore My Son Sanctuary by Jeep (day 6 afternoon)
G. Cycling tour to Hoi An countryside (day 6 afternoon)
h. Hands on cooking class with a local chef followed by lunch (day 6 morning)
i. Join the locals an take part in a Tai Chi session in a local park (day 8 morning)


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