Vietnam Highlights: Pearl of Indochina

10 days from $2,790 per person*
  • Learn the secrets to Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking school in Hoi An.
  • Embark on an overnight Halong Bay cruise on a traditional ship.
  • Private guided tours of Hanoi and Saigon including Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Explore the imperial ruins of Hue by 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 Halong Bay cruise ship as you enjoy an overnight exploration of 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 private guided 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. In the evenings, you'll rest your head in world-class hotels and beach resorts. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Hanoi
    Hanoi
    • Vietnam - Welcome
    • VIP Immigration Fast Track with Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Hanoi
    Hanoi
    • Tour - Private - Hanoi City Tour with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay
    Hanoi to Halong Bay
    • Transfer - Private - Hanoi - Halong Bay
    • Embarkation
    • Lunch on Board
    • Kayak Halong Bay - 1-Night Cruise
    • 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 20min)] - Economy
    • Danang - Hoi An [(40mins)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Hoi An
    Hoi An
    • Tour - 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 [(3.5hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Hue
    Hue
    • Tour - 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
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Tour - Private - City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnels with Lunch (8.5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City
    Ho Chi Minh City
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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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.

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by a hostess holding a sign with your name on it who will help you through the fast-tracked process to get your visa stamped. Once you obtain a stamp for your visa and have collected your luggage, your hostess will happily take you to your waiting guide and vehicle.

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

Accommodation: Silk Path Hotel (3.5*)

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 Hotel (3.5*)
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.

As part of your overnight Halong Bay cruise, free kayak usage is included for your enjoyment, allowing you to set out and explore the bays and rock formations in a more intimate setting. This is a truly beautiful way to discover the natural scenery.

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 that blends subtle harmony with the natural environment. All four Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed. The cruise will take you on an exciting exploration of Halong Bay, also knows as, 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 also benefiting from the presence of the Moonlight Bar. Paradise luxury boats dispose of spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. Paradise provides complete spa facilities equipped with a dry sauna and Jacuzzi. The spa also offers a vast array of massages and beauty treatments for your enjoyment. Paradise Luxury Cruises are celebrated for being the only cruisers in Halong Bay. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine and 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.

Today, you will board your flight from Hanoi to Danang. The flight time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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

Accommodation: Ancient House Resort (3*)

The Ancient House Resort opened in Oct 2003, and was built as a replica of the town's ancient houses, giving impression of a village with its very natural landscape. Each house is roofed by clay tiles, and decorated with Chinese lanterns. Paying special attention to the individual senses & feelings of each guests has been taken, in order to provide a warm and restful environment.

Hoi An
Hoi An
Ancient House Resort
Ancient House 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: Ancient House Resort (3*)
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 3.5 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: Caravelle (4.5*)

Centrally located in the midst of Ho Chi Minh City's business, shopping, and entertainment districts, The Caravelle offers traditional refinement in an ambiance that is welcoming and warm, while offering luxuriously modern living in sophisticated and elegantly understated surroundings. Even the most discerning traveler will find the comfort and service provided to be of the utmost quality. Dine at Restaurant Nineteen or have a drink at Saigon Saigon and enjoy the panoramic view of the city. The ever changing vista of Lam Son Square, beautiful city views and those of the Saigon River await you at The Caravelle.

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City
Caravelle
Caravelle

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: Caravelle (4.5*)
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:
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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.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Silk Path Hotel (3.5*): 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 that blends subtle harmony with the natural environment. All four Paradise Luxury Cruises offer 68 luxurious cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed. The cruise will take you on an exciting exploration of Halong Bay, also knows as, 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 also benefiting from the presence of the Moonlight Bar. Paradise luxury boats dispose of spa facilities aiming at reviving the senses and nurturing well-being. Paradise provides complete spa facilities equipped with a dry sauna and Jacuzzi. The spa also offers a vast array of massages and beauty treatments for your enjoyment. Paradise Luxury Cruises are celebrated for being the only cruisers in Halong Bay. The Paradise Luxury fleet is committed to granting guests a genuine and prestigious experience in Halong Bay.

Paradise Luxury Cruise
Paradise Luxury Cruise
Sun Deck
Sun Deck

Ancient House Resort (3*): Hoi An

The Ancient House Resort opened in Oct 2003, and was built as a replica of the town's ancient houses, giving impression of a village with its very natural landscape. Each house is roofed by clay tiles, and decorated with Chinese lanterns. Paying special attention to the individual senses & feelings of each guests has been taken, in order to provide a warm and restful environment.

Ancient House Resort
Ancient House 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

Caravelle (4.5*): Ho Chi Minh City

Centrally located in the midst of Ho Chi Minh City's business, shopping, and entertainment districts, The Caravelle offers traditional refinement in an ambiance that is welcoming and warm, while offering luxuriously modern living in sophisticated and elegantly understated surroundings. Even the most discerning traveler will find the comfort and service provided to be of the utmost quality. Dine at Restaurant Nineteen or have a drink at Saigon Saigon and enjoy the panoramic view of the city. The ever changing vista of Lam Son Square, beautiful city views and those of the Saigon River await you at The Caravelle.

Caravelle
Caravelle
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.
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