Vietnam Highlights: Pearl of Indochina

10 days from $2,450 per person*
  • Private guided tours of Hanoi and Saigon including Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Learn the secrets to Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking school in Hoi An.
  • Embark on an overnight Halong Bay cruise on a traditional ship.
  • Explore the imperial ruins of Hue on a bicycle.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Let your mind wander and your spirit soar as the sunset casts its crimson light across the Bay of the Descending Dragon.

On our most popular tour of Vietnam, you’ll witness the incredible sights of the country's most prized natural treasure aboard a cruise ship as you enjoy an overnight exploration of the many of the bay’s eerie caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, and soaring rock formations. Back on land, discover the secrets of Hanoi as you tour the city’s many museums and the imposing Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. You’ll also take a cyclo tour of nearby Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. Further afield, encounter the famous cuisine of Hue, the traditional fishing lifestyle of Hoi An, and explore the historic Vietnam War-era Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City.

This immersive tour is full of unforgettable personal experiences. From witnessing a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show to practicing Tai Chi at dawn and participating in a cooking class at a local village, you’ll enjoy an active cultural experience. And the range of accommodation that will be your home sweet home for the duration features world-class hotels and beach resorts that will ensure this remains one of your most memorable trips. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Hanoi
    Hanoi
    • Vietnam - Welcome
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Hanoi
    Hanoi
    • Private - Hanoi City Tour with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    • Transfer - Private - Hanoi - Halong Bay
    • Embarkation
    • Lunch on Board
    • Treasures along Halong Bay
    • Leisure Activities Onboard
    • Dinner on Board
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Halong Bay to Hanoi to Danang to Hoi An
    Halong Bay to Hanoi to Danang to Hoi An
    • Tai Chi Lesson & Exploration
    • Breakfast on Board
    • Transfer - Private - Disembarkation & Transfer
    • Hanoi - Danang [(1hr 15mins)] - Economy
    • Danang - Hoi An [(40mins)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Hoi An
    Hoi An
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour (3hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Hoi An to Hue
    Hoi An to Hue
    • 1/2 Day Cooking Class with Lunch (5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Hoi An - Hue [(2.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Hue
    Hue
    • Private - Biking Tour with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehice/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Hue to Ho Chi Minh City
    Hue to Ho Chi Minh City
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Hue - Ho Chi Minh City [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Private - City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels with Lunch (9.5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam! Please be sure that your visa has been pre-arranged, or that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. These documents will be presented to customs at your first point of entry into the country.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Silk Path (4*)

The Silk Path is located in the heart of the charming old quarter of Hanoi, which has countless tourist attractions, government and diplomatic institutions, as well as proximity to the business district of the city. With the hotel's 106 well-appointed exclusively designed rooms and suites, it is no surprise that Silk Hotel is a preference choice of a traveler. The hotel has a 2 level restaurant with private dining rooms, a unique bar, and a fitness center and sauna. Silk Path Hotel guarantees a comfortable stay with all luxury amenities within reach.

Hanoi
Hanoi
Silk Path Hotel
Silk Path Hotel

Day 2: Hanoi

You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken to visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and his former residence, One pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature. For lunch, enjoy a lovely meal at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your city tour to your choice of one of Hanoi's many museums, including Fine Art, History, Revolutionary, War, and Ethnology, then head to Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple and experience a 1 hour cyclo tour. Finish your day off at the Thang Long Opera Theatre for a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Accommodation: Silk Path (4*)
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

In the morning, transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay. The transfer is approximately 3 hours. You may stop on the way to admire the local scenery. 

Your journey across Halong Bay starts around noon. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service and utmost comfort onboard the ship’s luxury facilities in stunning surroundings.

Begin sailing and pass through a magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay dotted with golden sails, go swimming on a quiet beach or sunbath on the sundeck. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with local people who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. An optional kayaking trip is available weather permitting. Back onboard enjoy a lavish dinner.

While onboard, you can take advantage of the spa, beauty, and massage services provided. You will also have the opportunity to attend the chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for lunch and dinner in the elegant dining room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world.

Accommodation: Paradise Luxury Cruise (5*)

Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment. The 4 Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed while experiencing the spectacular scenery of the "Bay of Descending Dragons". Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy the sunshine and discover the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360° view while benefiting from the presence of the Moonlight Bar. Celebrated for being the only cruisers in Halong Bay to provide complete spa facilities with dry sauna, Jacuzzi, massages, and beauty treatments, Paradise luxury boats dispose of spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine yet prestigious experience in Halong Bay.

Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Paradise Luxury Cruise
Paradise Luxury Cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An

In the morning, early risers can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colorful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.

Disembark the Paradise Luxury in Halong City for a transfer by private vehicle and guide back to Hanoi.

Fly from Hanoi to Danang. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Transfer from Danang to Hoi An with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 40 minutes.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (4*)

Located on the bank of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is within a 5-minute walk to the ancient town of Hoi An. The 4-star resort, which blends Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities, offers guests gracious hospitality and impeccable service. The resort has well-appointed rooms set in the coconut-tree-shaded gardens that meander along the river. All the rooms are elegantly designed and furnished with the comfort of guests in mind.

Hoi An
Hoi An
Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Day 5: Hoi An

You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken on a city tour to visit the ancient architecture of Hoi An. The city is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and the vibrant market.

Accommodation: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (4*)
Japanese Covered Bridge
Japanese Covered Bridge

Day 6: Hoi An - Hue

In the morning, you will be met by your English speaking guide at your hotel who will take you on a half day cooking class. Take a walking tour through the market where you will be shown all the fresh ingredients that would be used in typical Vietnamese recipes. After the market tour, a 25 minute boat ride will take you across the Hoi An River. Take sight of the fishermen casting their nets up along the river while on your way to the cooking school. Upon arrival, walk towards the cooking school. The lesson will begin in an open-air pavilion next to the river where Chef Thanh will teach you how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes. Afterwards, relax and enjoy the lunch that you have prepared.

Transfer from Hoi An to Hue with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 2.5 hours.

Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village (4*)

The Pilgrimage Village offers guests the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture, along with delicious meals, peaceful life of a quiet countryside retreat. The Pilgrimage Village embodies the subtle connection of traditional stylish and modern art concept. Each of the guest rooms are furnished with modern amenities, centered around the guests' experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.

Hue
Hue
Pilgrimage Village
Pilgrimage Village

Day 7: Hue

Your private guide will meet you at your hotel for a bicycle tour of the city. You will visit the Royal Citadel, Vietnam’s former imperial capital and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, you will continue to Thien Mu Pagoda and the community of garden-houses in Phu Mong, along with some traditional craft villages nearby. The embroidery village of Kim Long that is located just 5 kilometers away from the center of Hue. The next stop will be a bronze casting village, one of the most well-known bronze casting centers which produces different kinds of products from a small vase to a large burner. You will also have a chance to see some the finest garden-houses in Hue. You will be biking about 20 km.

Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village (4*)
Hue Citadel
Hue Citadel

Day 8: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation: Renaissance Riverside (4*)

The Renaissance Riverside is located in the heart of Saigon's business district, the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon offers first-class hospitality, comfortable rooms and modern amenities. After a long day, relax at the poolside terrace or enjoy a leisurely dinner at Kabin, known as one of the finest Chinese restaurants in the city. Take a dip in the rooftop pool and visit the Health Club for an invigorating workout with the latest gym equipment. Otherwise, simply enjoy the incredible views of the Saigon River and stroll to museums, galleries and other area attractions. You’ll find that the hotel’s central location, panoramic views and impeccable service makes this the ideal place to stay while visiting Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Renaissance Riverside
Renaissance Riverside

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

In the morning, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Here you will find an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war. The residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage area. In the afternoon, return to the city for a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, and the former Presidential Palace. Next, continue onto visit the War Museum. Towards the end of the day, you will be able to visit and experience the Ben Thanh Market.

Accommodation: Renaissance Riverside (4*)
Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City
Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Silk Path (4*): Hanoi

The Silk Path is located in the heart of the charming old quarter of Hanoi, which has countless tourist attractions, government and diplomatic institutions, as well as proximity to the business district of the city. With the hotel's 106 well-appointed exclusively designed rooms and suites, it is no surprise that Silk Hotel is a preference choice of a traveler. The hotel has a 2 level restaurant with private dining rooms, a unique bar, and a fitness center and sauna. Silk Path Hotel guarantees a comfortable stay with all luxury amenities within reach.

Silk Path Hotel
Silk Path Hotel

Paradise Luxury Cruise (5*): Halong Bay

Paradise Luxury I, II, III & IV were built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment. The 4 Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed while experiencing the spectacular scenery of the "Bay of Descending Dragons". Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy the sunshine and discover the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360° view while benefiting from the presence of the Moonlight Bar. Celebrated for being the only cruisers in Halong Bay to provide complete spa facilities with dry sauna, Jacuzzi, massages, and beauty treatments, Paradise luxury boats dispose of spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine yet prestigious experience in Halong Bay.

Paradise Luxury Cruise
Paradise Luxury Cruise
Sun Deck
Sun Deck

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort (4*): Hoi An

Located on the bank of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is within a 5-minute walk to the ancient town of Hoi An. The 4-star resort, which blends Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities, offers guests gracious hospitality and impeccable service. The resort has well-appointed rooms set in the coconut-tree-shaded gardens that meander along the river. All the rooms are elegantly designed and furnished with the comfort of guests in mind.

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Pilgrimage Village (4*): Hue

The Pilgrimage Village offers guests the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture, along with delicious meals, peaceful life of a quiet countryside retreat. The Pilgrimage Village embodies the subtle connection of traditional stylish and modern art concept. Each of the guest rooms are furnished with modern amenities, centered around the guests' experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.

Pilgrimage Village
Pilgrimage Village

Renaissance Riverside (4*): Ho Chi Minh City

The Renaissance Riverside is located in the heart of Saigon's business district, the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon offers first-class hospitality, comfortable rooms and modern amenities. After a long day, relax at the poolside terrace or enjoy a leisurely dinner at Kabin, known as one of the finest Chinese restaurants in the city. Take a dip in the rooftop pool and visit the Health Club for an invigorating workout with the latest gym equipment. Otherwise, simply enjoy the incredible views of the Saigon River and stroll to museums, galleries and other area attractions. You’ll find that the hotel’s central location, panoramic views and impeccable service makes this the ideal place to stay while visiting Ho Chi Minh City.

Renaissance Riverside
Renaissance Riverside
Renaissance Riverside - Guest Room
Renaissance Riverside - Guest Room
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure.

  • Craig Gelman — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience.

  • SixtoCastenada Jr. — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken.

  • Olive Ramchand — June 03, 2014 — Asia

    I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.

    Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)

  • Jeanne Tarvin — April 21, 2014 — Asia

    The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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