With 9 days tours cover the spectacular of the major destination in Vietnam's important regions. Vietnam's historic past is revealed through visiting the formal royal capital of Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh, admire stunning scenery of Tam Coc and see the influence of French colonial in Hanoi. An energetic eager to an urban - vibrant life is expressed while you visit the Ho Chi Minh city and the mighty Mekong delta.
Type of tour: Private tour except Halong bay cruise
Hotel standard: 5* hotel
Tour start at: Hanoi – Noi Bai airport
Tour finish: Ho Chi Minh – Tan Son Nhat airport
Travel date: From 24th of Oct to 01st of Nov 2022
Day 1 (24th Oct 2022): Hanoi Arrival (B/D)
Day 2 (25th Oct 2022): Hanoi city full day (B/L)
Day 3 (26th Oct 2022): Hanoi – Halong – Lan Ha Bay (B, L, D)
Day 4 (27th Oct 2022): Bai Tu Long – Hanoi (B/L)
Day 5 (28th Oct 2022): Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc full day (B/L)
Day 6 (29th Oct 2022): Hanoi – fly to Ho Chi Minh at 10:00 - 12:15/ VN247 – city tour half day (B/L)
Day 7 (30th Oct 2022): Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnels half day tour (B/L)
Day 8 (31st Oct 2022): Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Mekong delta (B/L)
Day 9 (01st Nov 2022): Departure from Ho Chi Minh (B)
B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, you are picked up and transferred to the hotel to check in.
Have breakfast at hotel from 6am to 9am.
Relaxing after a long flight.
19.00: Have dinner at the restaurant.
Overnight in Hanoi.
08:30 Tour guide picks you up at your hotel.
Start the trip with Tran Quoc Pagoda, a buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnam ‘s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One Pillar Pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi
10:00 Arrive Ethnology Museum (close on Monday) to learn about cultures of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam or visit Ceramic village.
13:00 Have a rest and enjoy lunch at the restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter
13:30 Visit Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 – dedicated to Confusius, sages and talented scholars. It is the most famous temple in Hanoi, also functioning as Vietnam’s first university
15:00 Leave for a legendary Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to a former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians.
16:00 Arrive back in your hotel. O/N at hotel in Hanoi.
08:00 – 08:30 | Pick-up by private car (no guide)
For those who book transfer service, our bus will collect guests from hotels around Hanoi Old Quarter.
11:30 – 12:00 | Arrive Tuan Chau Harbor
12:00 – 12:30 | Transfer to the main boat by tender. Embark on Sena Cruise
Warmly welcome to Sena Cruise! While enjoying a welcome drink, our cruise manager will deliver a cruise briefing and safety introduction. After that you will check in your cabin.
13:00 – 13:30 | Enjoy fabulous lunch
Fabulous lunch is served while Sena Cruise – Luxury Boutique Cruise starts her sail into magnificent Lan Ha Bay – an extension of Ha Long Wonder which is much quieter and has fewer tourists. She will pass the famous Finger Islet, Candle Islet and thousands of uniquely shaped limestone towers and islands.
15:00 | Explore Lan Ha Bay
Option 1: We will visit the Dark and Bright Cave – famous for the pristine natural beauty and poetic, attractive seascape of Lan Ha Bay. Here you will take some photos of the romantic, lyrical local see-sights. This is also the best time for tourists to enjoy bamboo boats or swimming – which is an interesting activity to discover the truest beauty of the Limestone Mountains and the blue sky of Lan Ha Bay. Afterwards, visitors immerse in the emerald green water of Lan Ha Bay with exciting swimming activities.
Option 2: Sena Cruise – Luxury Boutique Cruise reaches Three Peach area (if the weather permits). It is time to discover Lan Ha Bay yourselves with your travel buddy sharing kayak. While kayaking, you will have a brief look at the geology of the Karts Mountains that form a beautiful surrounding
17:00 | Return to Sena Cruise.
Enjoy a sunset party on LanHa Bay. It is an ideal time for photography enthusiasts to capture the stunning moment of sunset at Lan Ha Bay.
You will also have a chance to join our Cooking class to challenge your skills in preparing very famous Vietnamese spring rolls.
Before dinner, our experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight.
19:00 | Savor deluxe dinner
After the incredible dinner, take your leisure time to chat at the bar, watch the movie in the restaurant and enjoy Spa treatment (please book in advance).
Reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at a panoramic bar or take one of our onboard activities: squid fishing, karaoke. (We open the light and prepare the squid fishing rods)
You will stay overnight on cruise.
06:00 | Sunrise Tai-chi section on sundeck
Be an early bird for a photo hunt and join our Tai-chi session on the sundeck to refresh your body and mind.
07:00 | Having light breakfast
Sena Cruises – Luxury Boutique Cruises continues her sail, passing amazing karst towers. Tea, coffee and light breakfast is served with fresh air and peaceful surroundings.
08:15 | Explore Frog Pond Area
Join kayaking & swimming to explore the Frog Pond area – the famous filming location for Kong Skull Island (King Kong) in Quang Ninh in 2018.
09:30 | Return to the boat for check-out
10:00 | Lunch time
During the time well prepared Set menu lunch is served, Sena Cruise – Luxury Boutique Cruise slowly navigates emerald water and thousands of Karst Mountains towards the Harbor.
11:30 – 12:00 | Disembark Sena Cruise and farewell the crew and back to Hanoi by bus
15:00 – 16:00 | Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, end of unforgettable trip.
Around 8:30am Meet our tour guide at our hotel lobby and start 02 hours road trip down to Ninh Binh province. Around 10:30am, you will arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In Hoa Lu, there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. This visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties in Vietnamese history, as well as the old feudal architecture of Vietnam Temples.
11:30am Leave Hoa Lu to Tam Coc at around 12:00pm. Having lunch in Tam Coc.
1:30pm, You will take a 5 minute-walk to the boat station and start the 2hour-boat trip to visit Tam Coc (you will sit on a sampan boat with local rower). Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc are three limestone caves stretching along Ngo Dong river. The boat trip is a nice journey along the river with peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddy and the site of some temples along the way from Hang Ca (first cave) to Hang Hai (second cave) and Hang Ba (third cave).
4:00pm Leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi. You will arrive back to our hotel at around 6:00pm. O/N at hotel in Hanoi.
Get morning flight to Ho Chi Minh.
Have lunch at local restaurant.
PM: visit Ho Chi Minh city half day to visit Independence Palace, also known at the Reunification palace, was built on the sight of the former Norodom palace. The Independence palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu. Continue seeing the beautiful structures from the French Colonial times such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Followed by the remarkable site of the War Remnants Museum the museum has a vast display of the both the Indochina wars.
Free time at Ben Thanh Market. O/N at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
9.00: Depart for Cu Chi tunnel, the trip will take approximately one and a half hours bus driving. Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the war time. Then, spend your time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs.
Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterward, special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war) will be served.
Break time for relax or time for those who want to try the real shooting gun.
Return to Saigon. O/N at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.
8.00: Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and start your trip to depart for My Tho, the town lies on the left side of the Mekong River. Boarding the sampan and cruising down the river around the four beautiful islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Tortoise islands.
Stop over at Unicorn Island, go walking around country lane and seeing orchards, enjoy tropical fruits, folk song music which performed by the local people. Visit the fruit plantation.
Riding a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and treat yourself in the beauty of the countryside, visit the family business, visit honey-bee farm, enjoy honey tea and coconut candy workshop.
Have lunch at local restaurant. Break time.
In the afternoon, time for cycling around the Tan Thach village, meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong delta. Hammock relaxing and enjoy cool breeze for those can’t join the cycling trip. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Tour finishes at your hotel around 17.30. O/N at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Breakfast at hotel.
12.00: Check out hotel.
Free until transfer to airport for departure
Hotel in use:
|Standard||Hanoi||Halong Cruise||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Apricot hotel/Sketch room||Sena Cruise/executive cabin||Grand Saigon hotel – Premium deluxe room|
Full transportation by A/C private car as tour program indicated
Early check in hotel with breakfast in Hanoi on 24th of Oct 2022
Meals as mentioned in the program: B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner (without beverage). Vegetarian and special food will be arranged up on request
Accommodation at Twin-sharing room at places as mentioned including daily breakfast and free Wi-Fi
Domestic flight: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh city/Vietnam airline including 23kg luggage and 12 kg hand bag/person
Daily bottled water (one on bus and one at hotel)
English speaking guide
Boat trip in Halong Bay, Tam Coc, Mekong delta
Package tour to Halong bay/Bai Tu Long/Lan Ha bay 2 days one night – sharing cruise and guide
Vietnam Evisa 35$/pax (one month single entry)
Early check in (before 14.00) & late check out (after 12.00) for accommodation at the places
Tip for tour guide & driver (around $3-$5/pax/day)
Others not clearly mentioned in program
Visa fee, bank transfer fee (for payment)
Extra charge in peak season: Christmas, New Year, public holidays
Gala dinner on Christmas 24Dec and New Year 31 Dec if required