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Essence From North to South Vietnam

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Duration

8 days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

40 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Start from Hanoi and end at Ho Chi Minh city! This itinerary will let you visit North (4 days) and South (4 days). Your first destination on this trip is Hanoi – the historical and cultural capital, then enjoy your leisure time in Halong for 2 days 1 night. Your next stop is South of Viet Nam, Ho Chi Minh city – the most dynamic, urban city in Vietnam with a lot of attractions.

You will have a chance to explore the lifestyle in Mekong Delta with the floating market and Cu Chi tunnel & Ho Chi Minh attractions will be your last visiting in the plan. 

  • DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
  • DAY 2: HANOI – HALONG BAY
  • DAY 3: HALONG BAY – HANOI
  • DAY 4: HANOI CITY TOUR – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY
  • DAY 5: HCM CITY – MEKONG DELTA
  • DAY 6: MEKONG DELTA – HCMC
  • DAY 7: HCMC CITY – CU CHI TUNNEL
  • DAY 8: HCMC DEPARTURE
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • For those who want to explore the culture, history, people and new lands, this trip will be beyond your expectations!
  • You will gain your knowledge and know more about the similarities and differences between the two regions of Vietnam.
  • It is also the safest and most time-saving trip, without spending too much time on the long-distance more-than-one-day runs. All you need to do is moving to the stunning lands around two big cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Besides, you also just need to book only a flight between these two cities.
  • This tour will be an opportunity for you and your partner to understand each other better. Especially, you don't need to spend your time searching for information on the internet and planning a complicated itinerary. Just save our tour and explore both North and South Vietnam!

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Morning & Afternoon
Xin chao Vietnam ! You will arrive at Noi Bai international airport, our driver will meet you up and drop you off at your hotel in Hanoi.
Our first meeting will be at your hotel from 6 p.m
Night
You will be free on your first night in Hanoi or join some famous shows in Hanoi ( Chi phi tự túc)
Watch a Water Puppet Show - a one-of-a-kind performance happens to be on the water which are accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals. you cannot see anywhere else. ( every hour has one show within 1 hour) -
Price : from 4,3 $ /pax
Watch My Village Show - an hour-long of the traditional show at the historic Hanoi Opera House. Watch acrobats, dancers, and jugglers bring a rural Vietnamese village to life on the stage as you hear live music on classic Vietnamese instruments.
Price: from 30,3 $
Accommodation
3 stars hotel in the Old quarter for 1 night

Transportation
Private airport transfer ( new car - AC)

Meals
There is no meal serving today. Flexibly

Day 2: Halong : Overnight cruise trip
Day 2: Halong : Overnight cruise trip

Morning
The next day, we will travel to Ha Long, the impressive World’s heritage site. However, be prepared to spend more than the average budget. The reason is tourism service will mainly be cruise-based. It’s luxury but it’s proved to be worthy.
It takes about 4 hours to get to Halong from Hanoi. Halong Bay consists of nearly 2000 islands and islets as well as magnificent cave systems. Therefore, tourists can relax and immerse into picturesque view and the breathtaking beauty of mountainous and sea scenery.
Afternoon
You will go inside Sung Sot cave – one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Then, the boat keeps cruising and the fishing village appears with its unique way of life.
Ti Top island is located about 14 kilometers to the east of Bai Chay tourist harbor. It has a beach that is shaped like a crescent moon and known for its tranquillity and beautiful still blue waters. The sands of the beach have been dyed white by the ocean’s surf creating a perfect picture of paradise. You will have a chance to get a great panoramic view from the top of the island and swim here.

Night
Appreciating a delicious Vietnamese cuisine in dinner under the light of a thousand of stars and be charmed with the fabulous 360-degree panoramic view of the bay
Enjoy some sports games on a boat or go squid fishing with others.
Accommodation
Private Cruise’s cabin ( Shared cabin will be available )

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus or D-car Limousine
Cruise

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch, Dinner

Attractions:
Sung Sot Cave
Ti Top island
Islets
Fishing village

Day 3: Second day in Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 3: Second day in Halong Bay - Hanoi

Morning & Afternoon
Wake up and enjoy the sunset on Halong Bay - a peaceful and amazing view from your cruise.
Kayaking is very easy for everyone at all levels and ages. Our expert and experienced guide dedicatedly instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to discover the magnificent beauty of Halong Bay.
After an hour of exploration, we will return to the cruise for relaxation for a while. You will do check out the cruise then, you will know how to make simple Vietnamese dishes in Cooking class. Enjoy your lunchtime then back to Hanoi.
Night
You will have free time in Hanoi, you can refer some below
Have dinner at a good restaurant in Hanoi ( pay by yourself ) that we can help you book a table in advance. Some good ones are Madame Hien; Madam Yen, Red Bean,... ( from 15 USD/pax)
Relaxing after transfer on a long way from Halong with the massage service. Some highly recommended spa as MF Spa, Oriental Spa or Serene Spa ( Price from 7 USD/pax)
Vincom Centre Ba Trieu or Trang Tien Plaza or Lotte Department
Accommodation
Hotel in Hanoi

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus
Cruise

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions:
Ba Hang
Islets

Day 4: Essence Day of Hanoi and Flight to HCMC.
Day 4: Essence Day of Hanoi and Flight to HCMC.

Morning
Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multicultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences.
You will start your trip by wandering around Hoan Kiem lake and listen to its legend.

The next destination is Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex with some famous attractions like the Mausoleum, stilt house and One pillar pagoda. Then, you will visit the Temple of literature as the first University in Hanoi.
You will stop at some traditional eateries to have lunch with Bun Cha, Pho or other foods.
Then take a taxi to pay a visit to Hoa Lo prison that you can see the brutality of the French during the war, and the humanity of the Vietnamese government to American pilots.
Afternoon
Our driver will pick you up to the airport ( upon your departure)
Note:
This tour is free. However, if you use the tickets, entrance fees or taxi, you will pay your guide and you.
You will check out the hotel and leave your stuff here before starting this tour

Night

( the expenses will be covered by yourself)
Shopping Mall: Vincom Dong Khoi, Takashimaya…
Night market - Ben Thanh night market
Accommodation
Hotel in District 1 in HCMC

Transportation
Private airport transfers ( Hanoi & HCMC)

Meals
Breakfast

Attractions:
Hoan Kiem lake
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda ( 40.000 VND ~ 2 USD)
Temple of Literature ( 30.000 VND ~ 1.2 USD)
Hoa Lo Prison ( 30.000 VND ~ 1.2 USD).

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta: Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta: Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho

Morning
When you arrive in Cai Be, you’ll board a motorized boat that takes you to the floating market which is one of the biggest and famous floating markets in Mekong Delta. Then you walk to visit a coconut candy, a crispy rice cake factory (served free with premium hot tea) and you might buy coconut candy and handmade items from coconut trees of Mekong Delta for a souvenir.
Afternoon
When you feel it's enough for the serenity, let's get back to the large motor boat for enjoying something different in An Binh Island (or Tan Phong Island). It is famous for fresh fruits for the whole year. On the way, we have an excellent opportunity to look at the sightseeing along the 2 long sides' river and find out the life of rural people in Mekong Delta.
During this 20 minutes trip, your boat will zigzag through a maze of shadow canals to enjoy the fresh air along the canal and wonderful water coconut tree scenery. Then we will ride bicycles (if weather permits) and roaming through a village about 20 minutes to check out our natural scenery with quiet and peaceful villages or we can relax on a hammock for a short rest in Mekong Delta.
Night
( the expenses will be covered by yourself)
Dinner at a local restaurant ( in Can Tho). Some recommended restaurants as The Lighthouse Can Tho, Lua Nep restaurant, Bien Dong restaurant… ( Price from 5 USD/pax)
Explore the Tay Do night market where the locals sell everything from clothing to food . ( Free)
Cruise dinner on Hau river ( Price from 15 USD/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in Can Tho

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus
Motorized Boat

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions:
Cai Be floating market
Coconut candy
An Binh island
Boat trip
Biking

Day 6: Mekong - Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Sai Gon
Day 6: Mekong - Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Sai Gon

Morning & Afternoon
Your first stop is the Cai Rang Floating market - the largest market in the whole Mekong delta. After that, we continue on our riverine route for 5-7 minutes and then on foot for about 5 minutes to reach a noodle and a rice paper factories.
The time now should be around 12 noon. Time for lunch! Let's go back to Can Tho for that.
We end our sightseeing trip at downtown Can Tho. On the way back to Ho Chi Minh by bus/private car, we'll have a stop at an interesting point to rest and also have photographs.
Night
( the expenses will be covered by yourself)
Cooking class & market trip, learn to cook Vietnamese foods and spices on a tour of Ben Thanh Market ( Price from 39 USD/pax)
Night Saigon street food tour ( Motorbike the night) duration 5 hours ( Price from 58 USD/pax )
Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show ( Price from 12,6 USD/pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in District 1 in HCMC

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions:
Cai Rang floating market
Rice paper factories

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Cu Chi tunnel
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Cu Chi tunnel

Morning:
We start the trip by visiting Reunification Palace, whose former name was Norodom Palace. Ngo Viet Thu is exactly the architect who designed this stunning palace. Later, other next destinations consist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and especially War Remnants Museum, where exhibits on Vietnam War and Indochina Wars are displayed.
Afternoon
You will be taken to Cu Chi Tunnels. Climb down small tunnels to get amazing experiences and blow your mind when specially constructed living areas and martial facilities of Viet Cong appear in front of your eyes. It will be great to know the system of tunnels – a subterranean village where there are bedrooms, kitchens, field hospitals, command centers, weapons factories, and storage. Moreover, taste special tea and cassava – the common food of Vietnamese guerillas in the past. Take your break time to try the real shooting gun or just relax as you wish.
Night
( the expenses will be covered by yourself)
Enjoy your night time in HCMC with Bui Vien street when you can deeply join in a noisy and funny atmosphere or drink a cup of beer there.
After a long day trip , you can relax yourself with massage service ( from 18 $ /pax )
Watch the Teh Dar show - the No.1 show in HCMC to see the original ways of tribal life on South West Highland of Vietnam vividly recreated on the stage ( Price from 30$/ pax)
Accommodation
Hotel in District 1 in HCMC

Transportation
Shared Shuttle bus

Meals
Breakfast
Lunch

Attractions:
Reunification Palace
Notre Dame Cathedral
War Remnants Museum
Central Post Office
Cu Chi tunnel

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City departure
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City departure

The last day is your leisure time, maybe go shopping around some markets or departments get some souvenirs for friends, family. Get to the airport.

Transportation
Private car to the airport

Meals
Breakfast

Included/Exclude

  • 2 nights at hotel 3* in Hanoi Old Quarter, 3 nights at the hotel 3 stars at District 1 - HCMC & 1 night at the hotel 3 stars in Can Tho & 1 night on cruise in Halong
  • Shared transportations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners as indicated in the itinerary ( Vegetarian need to be requested)
  • Professional tour guide speaking English
  • All entrance fees, tickets
  • 1 mineral bottle water/pax/day
  • All activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Pick up and drop off only in the District 1
  • Beverages
  • Pick up and Drop off outside District 1
  • Check-in earlier 14 p.m and Check out later 12 p.m
  • Visa stamp
  • Personal expenses and those not clearly mentioned as included

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Excluded other service
Watch a Water Puppet Show - a one-of-a-kind performance happens to be on the water which is accompanied by a Vietnamese orchestra playing traditional music using drums, wooden bells, horns, bamboo flutes and cymbals.
Watch My Village Show - an hour-long of traditional show at the historic Hanoi Opera House.
Cooking class with local chef instructs you to cook some Vietnamese cuisines within 2-3 hours
Street food tour - trying 5 tasted meals by walking around the old quarter
Vincom Centre Ba Trieu or Trang Tien Plaza or Lotte Department
Take a dinner cruise on Saigon river from Nha Rong wharf in District 4
Watch the Teh Dar show - the No.1 show in HCMC to see the original ways of tribal life on South West Highland of Vietnam vividly recreated on the stage
Dinner at a local restaurant ( in Can Tho). Some recommended restaurants as The Lighthouse Can Tho, Lua Nep restaurant, Bien Dong restaurant… ( Price from 5 USD/pax)
Cruise dinner on Hau river in Can Tho
Massage services
Cooking class & market trip, learn to cook Vietnamese foods and spices on a tour of Ben Thanh Market ( Price from 39 USD/pax)
Night Saigon street food tour ( Motorbike the night) duration 5 hours ( Price from 58 USD/pax )
Golden Dragon Water Puppet Show ( Price from 12,6 USD/pax)
Note: You can contact with us directly before or when you join the tour to arrange the service you wanna join. The additional fee will be settled before using the service.
Children Policies
Children under 4 years old: Free of charge
Children from 4 - 10 years old: 75%
2 adults can bring maximum of 2 children under 11 years old, the 3rd child will be charged 100% of the fee
In the case that a child is accompanied by only one adult, that child will be charged as an adult
Cancellation
Cancellation received before 30 days: Free of charge with hotel/accommodations, tours of day trip or an overnight trip, train/bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 20 days – 29 days: 10% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation. Free of charge with tours of day trip or overnight trip, train/bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 16 days – 19 days: 50% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation and train tickets. Free of charge with tours of day trip or overnight trip, bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received from 4-15 days: 100% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation, train tickets, overnight trips. Free of charge with tours of day trip, bus tickets, rental car.
Cancellation received less than 4 days prior arrival date: 100% of the total rate of hotel/accommodation, train tickets, overnight trips, day trips, bus tickets, rental car.

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