Vietnam Insight 14 days 13 nights
Tour code: CLC104 | Tour Style: Classic Tours
Taking you to the best destinations from South to North, the 15-day Vietnam Insight tour offers you a chance to thoroughly and deeply understand a Vietnam with a full picture of its nature, history, culture and people in various perspectives. While Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi – the two biggest cities of Vietnam show you a modern and hustling Vietnam, Mekong Delta shows you a tranquil and picturesque side of the country, Hoi An and Hue present you a cross cut of Vietnam history and Halong Bay represents for an unbelievable formation of the Nature. Let join the journey now and feel it yourselves!Destination: Activities: Cruising
- Discovering Ho Chi Minh City – the biggest city in Vietnam;
- Visiting Cu Chi Tunnels - an underground tunnels network as well as interesting historical stories about Vietnam War;
- Taking a boat cruise along Mekong Delta to experience daily activities of locals on the river;
- Immersing in tranquil atmosphere of poetic Hue city, float on Huong River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the Tomb of Tu Duc King, Royal Citadel and Royal Arena;
- Exploring the architectural harmony among Vietnam, China and Japan in ancient Hoian Town;
- Visiting Hanoi Old Quarter and historical sites as well as discover Hanoian’s lifestyle;
- Enjoying fresh air, beautiful landscape and fresh seafood during your boat trip on Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island;
- Tasting and learning Vietnamese Traditional food when visiting the local market and trying meal in restaurant of Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, etc.
Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai Temple, Mekong Delta Floating Market, Tan Phong Island, Nha Trang Beach, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, My Khe Beach, Marble Mountain, Hue Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Duc's Tomb, Dong Ba Market, Hanoi Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Halong Bay
Upon your arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will meet our tour guide and head to hotel in the city center for check-in. You’ll then take an orientation tour of Saigon including stopping off at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and visits to the Reunification Palace, Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda with our guide to learn more about the history as well as culture and the daily life of the Saigon. Welcome dinner will be set with Vietnamese food.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L/-)
Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and head to Tay Ninh Province to visit Cao Dai Temple and attend a morning Caodaism ritual praying. The Temple with its ceremonies is a unique example of the great combination of the Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam.
After lunch in local restaurant, we will drive to the underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during their struggle for independence - Cu Chi Tunnels. Covering nearly 250km, the tunnels system used to be the shelter to over 16,000 communist guerillas during the war. After watching a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed, we will spend time exploring the maze of tunnels including the secret cellar-door, museum of self-made weapons, shooting range, garment-factory ammunition, the tunnels to have a real look at how the Vietcong communists were able to survive in this tiny underground network.We then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for resting.
Overnight at Hotel in HCM city.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (B/L/-)
This day, you will travel to Cai Be - Tien Giang by car to visit the floating market and daily life of locals on Mekong River.
Upon arrival in Cai Be - Tien Giang, you will board a sampan to start a trip through many tributaries of the Mekong Delta. Our first stop is at the small but quaint Cai Be floating market for an interesting watch over buyers bargaining for produce, followed by a visit to a Coconut Farm, listen to the "Tai Tu Music".
Lunch will be served in Tan Phong Island. You'll then spend one hour rowing boats to observe and sight-see the beautiful island of Tan Phong as well as to visit fruit orchards. After a short rest, we'll drive back to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City by the late afternoon.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang (B/-/-)
Today is at your leisure to further discover the insight of Ho Chi Minh City until your flight to Nha Trang. In this free time, you can choose to walk along the bustling streets of Saigon, take into your eyes the lives of the locals, and experience the local food or just stay relaxed with a cup of coffee in a cool corner of the city, all takes you great feelings.
Upon arrival in Nha Trang, you’ll be free for enjoying the beach and relaxing on the sand until the sun sets over the beach, drawing a magical scenery.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 5: Nha Trang - Island Tour (B/L/-)
You'll start this full day trip in Nha Trang at your hotel at around 8:00 with our driver and tour guide to some islands out of the city. Head out of Nha Trang, you'll first arrive at Cau Da Port and be transferred to boat to visit Hon Mun and Hon Mot Island. Those islands give you perfect conditions for relaxing, swimming, fishing, scuba diving and sunbathing.
By noon, you'll have lunch on boat and continue relaxing on the sandy beach. We then head to Tri Nguyen Fish Farm to see hundreds of nice and precious marine creatures before cruising back to Cau Da Port and visiting the Oceanographical Institute which brings you exciting experiences about magical images of the world under water.
Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang.
Day 6: Nha Trang - Da Nang - Hoian (B/-/-)
Today, you’ll be free until the flight to Da Nang for discovering other destinations and taking nice photos to keep unforgettable memories of this beauty coastal city or just relaxing to recover energy after sporty activities on the previous days.
Our tour guide and driver will take you from the hotel to Nha Trang airport for departuring to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Danang, you’ll be transferred to Hoian – an ancient town of Vietnam.
Relax and sleep in Hoian.
Day 7: Hoian (B/-/-)
You will spend this whole day to wander along the streets and discover the beauty of both culture and architecture in the Hoian town – a vestige of an ancient bustling commercial port with various things to see fromthe 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge to the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls and the local fish market, etc. Around the town you can see a numerous art galleries and tailor shops. Don’t forget to get some tailor-made clothes if you like.
During this Hoian city tour, you will have a short break to enjoy your meals, which is not included in the tour program for your own favour choice of Hoi An street food. You can choose your meals and restaurant or let our guide recommend you somewhere.
Overnight in Hoian.
Day 8: Hoi An - My Son (B/-/D)
In the morning of this day we will visit the My Son Sanctuary – the World Cultural Heritage acknowledged by UNESCO in 1999. Upon arrival, you'll have chance to discover the architectural beauty of the sanctuary as well as the unique cultural values of the Cham people in Vietnam. Spending about 1 hour and a half visiting, listening to the history of Champa Kingdom and taking nice photos at this site then you'll go back to Hoian for lunch.
After that, we will continue our day in Hoian by heading to Cua Dai Beach – one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam for relaxing moments.
We then drive back to Hoian Town in late afternoon for a home-hosted dinner.
Overnight in Hoian
Day 9: Hoian - Hue (B/-/D)
In the morning, our driver will pick you up at the hotel in Hoian to depart for Hue City. On the way, you will stop to visit the Marble Mountain, My Khe Beach and Lang Co Beach to take in the spectacular views back along the coast of to Danang.
Upon arrival in Hue, check in hotel and then take a cyclo tour to visit the Royal Citadel that was once the seat of the Nguyễn Emperors and contains formal gardens, pagodas and moats drenched with lotus flowers cyclo. From the cyclo, you also can view the daily activities of the locals and the impressive interiors of the houses along the way. After enjoying a royal meal in the evening, you will have free time to discover the city by night.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue (B/-/-)
We spend this full day discovering the Hue city. Our tour guide will take you to visit Tomb of Tu Duc King. This is attractive historical destination, which bring you unforgettable memories with beautiful landscapes, nice photos and their own interesting stories. After studying the secret stories behind the tomb, we'll drive back to the city center with some stopovers at the conical hat and incense stick making village to know about handicraft villages in Hue. Arriving in the city, we'll visit the unique Royal Arena where Tiger and Elephant fights were held by the Kings of the Nguyen Dynasty for the entertainment of the Emperor, the royal family and mandarins.
Back to the hotel for checking-out and lunch, then we drive to visit Thien Mu Pagoda - a picturesque landscape perched on a hill overlooking the Perfume River and a perfect place to enjoy peaceful and serene atmosphere that also gives you chance to watch praying time of the monks here. The next stop in this day tour in Hue is the colorful Dong Ba Market which gives you a chance to soak up the daily life of Hue inhabitants.
Over night in hotel in Hue.
Day 11: Hue - Hanoi (B/-/-)
A morning flight will take you from Hue to Hanoi capital, Upon arrival in Hanoi in early morning, our local tour guide here will meet you and take you for a local breakfast and enjoy the morning of Hanoi. After leaving your bags at the hotel,we’ll go for a local Vietnamese massage.
Back to the hotel for check in and then join our Hanoi city tour to visit some popular attractions such as the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake (the lake of the Restored Sword), Ngoc Son Temple & Old quarter streets, listen to the interesting stories behind each of your destinations to better understand the culture as well as the daily life of the Hanoians. Be sure to take your camera for some nice photos in the capital and keep for yourself memorable experiences. At the end of this day tour, you will enjoy watching a traditional cultural Water Puppet show - a unique traditional performance of Vietnam.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)
In the morning, our guide will meet you at your hotel in Hanoi for a 3.5-hour-drive to Ha Long City. Upon arrival in the city, we will get on a traditional wooden boat for a cruise to visit the stunning bay. Enjoy your seafood lunch on boat while you’re cruising through amazing seascape of cliff stone mountains emerging from green crystal water. You also should take your time to enjoy fresh air and take nice photos of the seascape.
After lunch, you will visit Sung Sot cave – one of the most amazing caves in Halong, which is blessed with natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites that have created a wonderful world. The boat will then stop at the Titov island where you will have chance to relax on the Titov beach or climb up to the top of the Titov Island for a panoramic view of the anchorage area. In the late afternoon, come back to the boat and enjoy a magical sunset over the bay.
Dinner is served with typical local seafood. Overnight on board.
Day 13: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L/-)
After a night on board, you will wake up early to see daylight filtering through the early morning mist and the towering rock formations, leaving you a dream-like memory of the trip to Halong Bay. A Tai Chi Lesson and breakfast on boat will make you refresh and be willing for another day exploring Halong Bay by kayaking to approach the untouched rock islets on the bay or attending in a short excursion by tender.
On this day, the early lunch will be served before getting back to the main dock and you’ll get back to the main junk and unwind yourself till the harbor. The Halong Bay trip will end in Hanoi at around 17:30.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Departure (B/-/-)
On the last day of the Vietnam insight tour, you will be free to further discover Hanoi – the quintessential city of Vietnam with special streets, vibrant markets, skilled tailors, ancient houses, coulorful temples and beautiful smile.
After that, our driver meets you and transfer you to the Noi Bai Airport for your departure flight. We say goodbye to each other here. End of services.
- English/French-speaking guides. Other languages areavailable upon request.
- 3 star Hotels (accomodation)
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- Land transfer by A/C vehicle
- All Entrance fees
- Visa arrangements
- Domestic and International flights
- Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
- Meals, drinks and personal expenses and other meals not mentioned on the program.
- Children under 4 years old: Free of charge,
- Children from 4 to 10: 75% of adult's rate,
- Children over 10: Full rate.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Coming to Cu Chi Tunnels - an immense network of connecting underground tunnels, you'll have a first-hand look at the Vietnam-American war history an better understand the fighting spirit for the national independence of the Viet Cong.
Cao Dai Temple
Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam
Tay Ninh Province is located about 90km to the northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. It is well-known as home to Cao Dai religion (Caodaism in English). Built between 1933 and 1955, Cao Dai Temple is where a Caodaism ritual praying held by the Cao Dai followers every morning.
Mekong Delta Floating Market
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Floating markets are the most prominent attractions in Mekong Delta. Visiting the floating markets, you will take chance to experience the locals' daily life by watching people exchanging goods, fruit and many other local products on their vessels. Some typical floating markets in Mekong Delta are Cai Be, Cai Rang, Phung Hiep, etc.
Tan Phong Island
Tan Phong, Tien Giang, Vietnam
Located facing the Cai Be Floating Market, Tan Phong Island is described as a boat filled with sweet fruit floating in the middle of the Tien River. Visiting the island, tourists not only have chance to immerse themselves in the fresh air but also have chance to taste the typical fruits of this region.
Nha Trang Beach
Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
Neither a charmer like Mui Ne nor a historic jewel like Hoi An, Nha Trang has it owns hidden beauty that keeps visitors coming back for more. No one can deny that Nha Trang is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, which attracts lots of visitors for its blue sea water, outdoor water activities along with its fresh sea food.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
The charming Hoi An - used to be a prosperous trading port in 15th century - still have many of its original streets and houses preserved intact. Peaceful lifestyle along with the harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture, Hoi An captures the heart of all visitors to this land.
My Son Sanctuary
Duy Phu, Duy Xuyen Dist., Quang Nam province
Located about 50 km from Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary which was recognized as a World Heritage in 1999 presents a masterpiece of Cham architecture. The sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works of the Cham dysnaty.
My Khe Beach
Phuoc My Ward, Son Tra District, Danang
Being one of the most attractive beaches in Danang stretching over 9-km, My Khe Beach has long become a favorite destination for beach lovers seeking for relaxing moments playing with sand, gentle waves and tranquil water.
Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang
Consisting of a series of five marble and limestone formations, Marble Mountain (or Ngũ Hành Sơn in Vietnamese) looks like five fingers pointing to the sky. The highest peak of the mountain offers you stunning view over the town.
Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Established by Nguyen Dynasty from 1805 to 1945, the Hue Citadel is now one amongst the relics of the Hue ancient Capital, recognized as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It welcomes a huge number of visitors every year.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Owning its name derived from a legend, Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Hue. The pagoda lies on the banks of the Perfume River and is surrounded by flowers and ornamental plants. It is much well-maintained and very welcoming to all visitors.
Tu Duc's Tomb
Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Lying in boundless pine forest 8km far from Hue center is King Tu Duc's Tomb. It is one of the most beautiful royal architectures for its palaces, temples and lakes under Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb is divided into two part including the temple area and the tomb area, which all have the word 'Khiem' in their names.
Dong Ba Market
Chuong Duong, Phu Hoa District, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Located near the eastern corner of Hue Royal Citadel, Dong Ba Market can be regarded as a symbol of Hue's culture. It is a largest market in Hue, providing Hue traditional craft products (including conical hats, scissors, pottery, rattan and bamboo products, etc) as well as Vietnamese cuisine and Hue specialties.
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi Old Quarter is one of important reasons that make Hanoi allure many tourists over the years. It is famous for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount along with the diversity of products and even the daily life of Hanoians.
Temple of Literature
Van Mieu Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Whenever one travels to Hanoi, Temple of Literature is on the top of the historical attractions of the beautiful Vietnam's capital. Built under Ly's Dynasty, Temple of Literature is a place to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. Quoc Tu Giam is well-known as the first university of Vietnam.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake (also known as Hồ Gươm - Sword Lake) represented the spiritual heart of Hanoi capital. Despite the time’s ashes and dust, the popular historical and legendary beauty-spot of Hoan Kiem Lake is eternal for good as an evidence of a heroic Hanoi during the Vietnam Wars, as well as a romantic and charming Hanoi at present.
Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam
A Natural World Heritage of Vietnam, Halong Bay is regraded as the paradise of sea and islands with thousand of lime-stone mountains and islets in various sizes and shapes. Lying entirely on the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is an ideal destination for cruising, kayaking and enjoying tropical charming beaches.