Explore the Essence of Vietnam Tour

If you only had eleven days in the magical country of Vietnam, what would you do? During this classic tour, you’ll explore the Vietnam “musts”. Make your way through the floating markets of the Mekong Delta and discover Ho Chi Minh City’s historic sites and Hue’s imperial citadel. Visit Hoi An’s silk shops and tailors, explore colorful Hanoi, and take in a water puppet show. Wrap up your stay with an overnight cruise on the breathtakingly beautiful Halong Bay.

(Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi & Halong Bay)


The Essence of Vietnam

11 Days!

A Few Tour Highlights

  • Visit the historic sites in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Savor the flavors and atmosphere of authentic Hoi An.
  • Step back in time as you discover Hue’s imperial city and citadel.
  • Explore the Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise to Halong Bay with its unique caves and grottos.

Explore Vietnam Map

Tour Itinerary


Day 1 – Welcome to Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam and the capital city of Ho Chi Minh City, still referred by many as Saigon. Enjoy free transfer from the airport and settle in at your hotel. In the evening you’re invited to a welcome dinner followed by an orientation of all the exciting things that lay ahead.

Meals D

Accommodations: Catina Hotel

Day 2 – Cu Chi tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City

Head to the end of the Ho Chi Minh trail and discover the Cu Chi tunnels, a vital part of both the French and Vietnam wars. After lunch, take a guided tour of HCMC including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the French colonial era Post Office. Enjoy a free evening.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Catina Hotel

Day 3 – A Trip into the Mekong Delta

On your way into the delta stop at the colourful Cao Dai temple, representative of an intriguing blend of different religious beliefs. Travel on to the Cai Be floating market for a look at, and a taste of, local lifestyle by the river through different cottage industries such as candy making, fruit orchards.

Meals B, L, D

Accommodations: Catina Hotel


Day 4 – Old Town Hoi An

Fly to Da Nang and arrive in nearby Hoi An in time for lunch at a well-known restaurant and cooking school. Take a walking tour of the charming Old Town, including a visit to a silk factory. Enjoy free time before a sunset cruise.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Vinh Hung Riverside

Day 5 – My Son and a Round Boat Ride

Visit in My Son Ruins, an important religious site belonging to the Champa kingdom in 4-14 AD. Next visit a local home and watch rice paper being made. Savor a delicious lunch at an organic farm and experience the life of a local Vietnamese farmer. Start off the afternoon with a round boat ride. There’s nothing like it! Then you’re free to peruse the many silk shops, rent a motorbike to explore on your own, or relax by the river.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Vinh Hung Riverside


Day 6 – Hue, the Former Imperial Capital

Drive along the Hai Van Pass, a ten-mile stretch of misty mountain views, to the city of Hue. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch of a simple, but famous, local dish. In the afternoon, visit the imperial citadel and two of the Ngyuen tombs, the extravagant Kai Dinh and Minh Mang, a complex of forty different structures including palaces, pavilions, and temples.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Eldora Hotel


Day 7 – Hanoi Highlights

After a morning flight to Hanoi, take a guided tour of some of Hanoi’s most famous sites, including the Ho Chi Minh Museum & residence, One-Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, and Hoa Lo Prison. In the evening, you’re free to explore Hanoi’s night market or take advantage of the many eateries in the city.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel

Day 8 – Eating and Walking Tour of Old Quarter Hanoi

Around Hoan Kiem Lake lies Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a stretch of thirty-six streets that each carries the name of the goods that used to be traded there. You’ll find silver jewelry on Silver Street and on other streets an array of other goods, like silk and herbal medicines. Along the way enjoy tastings of Vietnamese specialties. During your free afternoon walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and explore more on your own. Take in an optional evening water puppet show.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel


Day 9 – HaLong Bay Cruise

Travel to Halong Bay and cruise between the uniquely shaped rocky outcrops that jut up from the ocean floor. Visit a floating fishing village and head out to explore on your own with kayaks (optional). Complete your day with fine dining with a view overlooking the bay. Overnight on the ship.

Meals B, L, D

Accommodations: Victory Star Cruise

Day 10 – Ha Long Bay Cruise

Wake up to the serene surroundings on the bay and cruise back to shore. Disembark and travel back to Hanoi with a stop at a local pottery shop. In the afternoon discover the French Quarter with its grand boulevards and stunning architecture, then wrap up your day with a farewell dinner.

Meals B, L, D

Accommodations: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel

Day 11 – Have a safe trip home

Free until transfer to airport. We hope to see you again!

Meals B

Includes 10 nights accommodations, all ground transportation, 2 internal flights, all breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 3 dinners and full private guide services. Excludes tips and international airfare. Hotels may vary slightly due to availability.


Reunification Palace - Vietnam

Inside the Reunification Palace


Cu Chi Tunnels

Checking out the Cu Chi Tunnels


Mekong Life

Life along the Mekong Delta


River boats in Hoi An

River boats in Hoi An


Hue Architecture

Hue Architecture


Hanoi Street Scene

Hanoi street scene


Ha Long Bay Cruise

Cruising Ha Long Bay


Making a new friend

Making a new friend

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