Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel – Mekong Delta – Nha Trang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Halong Bay
Duration: 15 Days/ 14 Nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/ End: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)/ Hanoi
Tour Type: Explore and Experience
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us what you wish to do in the inquiry form)
Active Level: Waking, Soft Biking, Boating, Kayaking,…
Tour Type: Vietnam Classic Tours
The Classic Vietnam Tour within itinerary 2 weeks is specially designed for your first time visiting Vietnam. Make your emotion change surprisingly when traveling from one place to another. From the hustle and bustle Ho Chi Minh city to spectacular and tranquil of Halong Bay. From a heroic Cu Chi Tunnels, a peaceful Mekong Delta in the South of Vietnam, a wonderful beach of Nha Trang, a World Cultural Heritage of Hoi An town and Historical Heritage of Hue city to the capital city of charming Hanoi….. Moreover, enjoy yourself in a rich mix of various activities such as walking, boating, and kayaking…..
South Vietnam Itinerary 4 Days
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival (D)
Welcome upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh city by Cozy Vietnam Travel’s local tour guide and driver, we then transfer to hotel. Relax after a long flight and we enjoy our welcome dinner at a local restaurant in town. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Remarks: In case your flight to Ho Chi Minh City in the morning and you want to have a half-day tour, please advise then we will give you optional tours.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour & Cu Chi Tunnel (B, L)
Depending on the weather today, we can visit Cu Chi tunnels in the morning or afternoon. If our traveling time in the raining season, we will visit Cu Chi Tunnel in the morning then city tour in the afternoon. The tour guide will plan for us on tour.
Cu Chi Tunnel, otherwise known as the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land” is around 70km far from Ho Chi Minh city. It takes us more than 1-hour driving through the pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. From here, we will have a short time to enjoy the introductory video of how the tunnels constructed; and then explore the maze of the tunnels where are widened for visiting. We also see various mantraps and the remains of a US tank, as well as various bomb craters made by 500lb bombs, dropped by B52 bombers. Relaxing time, we may try to use the real guns and bullets (your own paid – US$1/bullet).
After Cu Chi tunnel tour, we travel back to Ho Chi Minh city for our half day city tour. The highlights of this afternoon are the Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Place of the South Vietnam President in the past); the War Remnant museum where we can see countless artifacts, photographs, and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. Before going back to our hotel, we have a short time to visit the Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (Homestay) (B, L, D)
This morning we travel south to the Mekong Delta to visit Cai Be Floating Market. We board our riverboat for a cruise along the endless waterways of the mighty Mekong Delta. We stop to visit brick pottery kilns and a floating fish farm. Afterward, we board a small restaurant serving the local delicacies of the river. Later, we will arrive at the lush orchards of the house in which we will spend the night in a homestay with a local family.
Overnight in Vinh Long.
Day 4: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Join with local people to buy special fruits or other souvenirs, afterward, we will continue our boat trip along the maze of waterways and canals through An Binh Island. We stop at an old southern house with a bonsai garden and visit some local cottage industries which produce candy as well as rice cakes. Following our cruise, we return to the Pier and transfer to our awaiting vehicle to return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Central Vietnam Itinerary 6 Days
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Nha Trang (B)
Today we take an hour flight to Nha Trang beach city. Welcome upon arrival in Nha Trang then we relax at the beach for the rest of the day. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 6: Nha Trang Island & Snorkeling Tour (B, L)
This morning we take a boat trip to Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island to visit the small ocean world of various sea species of Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province. Then we keep on boating to Mun Island for snorkeling. Here we have a chance to see lots of lives colorful corals and fishes. Next, we visit Mot island, Tranh Beach island where we will relax, swim or join water sports. We also see the sea swallow nests on the rock islands during the boat trip. Lunch on the island and get back to the hotel at around 4 pm.
Day 7: Nha Trang – Fly to Danang – Transfer to Hoi An (B)
Goodbye the beach city, fly to Danang, visit Danang city with Cham museum, Non Nuoc Beach and Marble Mountains. Later we travel down to Hoi An ancient town for our relaxing time. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An Walking Tour & Cooking Class (B)
Today, we have a morning walking tour in Hoi An town – one of the World Culture Heritages of Vietnam. This quaint riverside town still boasts a wealth of century’s old traditional architecture. The influences of several Asian cultures can be seen in old houses and waterside buildings. It is also famous as a place to be instantly created inexpensive tailored outfits.
In the afternoon, we join the fantastic Cooking class at Red Bridge restaurant with first activity to visit Hoi An colorful market to experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market; and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
Then, we board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School; explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Farmer & Fishing Eco tour – Transfer to Hue (B, L)
This morning, we can choose bus or bike to cycle to a local farming village to join daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty. After that, board the Hoi An Eco-tour boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea.
We also learn and try our hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets, learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats. Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Have a relaxed fun with catching beautiful purple crabs on bamboo basket boat. After visiting a local water coconut palm village, we take a walk around the village and have some tea and snack with local talks…
Back on-board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat, enjoy our lunch and the cold beer or soft drink on the boat. The afternoon we transfer to Hue via Hai Van pass and Lang Co beach. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue City Tour & Boat Trip (B, L)
After breakfast, we take a dragon boat trip along the Perfume River down to Thien Mu Pagoda where we can see the panorama of Hue city. From here, we travel to King Khai Dinh’s tomb and Tu Duc’s tomb.
After lunch, we visit Citadel, The Forbidden City, and Dong Ba market. Overnight in Hue.
North Vietnam Itinerary 5 Days
Day 11: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (B)
Today we travel north to Hanoi by plane. Relax for the rest of the day.
Remarks: you can walk down to the busy streets to see the daily life of local people, go shopping, relax at the hotel, enjoy coffee or tea at City view café…
Day 12: Hanoi – City tour (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilt, the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. Followings we visit the Temple of Literature which originally built as a temple to Confucius. This is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The Temple now is a destination of Vietnamese students for their educational good luck praise.
After lunch, we keep on visiting the Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Then we are back to the center city to take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets. This bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. The last activity today is to enjoy the unique Water Puppet show.
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is not opened on every Monday & Friday.
- Museum of Ethnology is closed on every Monday.
- The Museum can be moved to your favorite museum in Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on Junk Cruise) (B, L, D)
After breakfast today, we travel northeast Quang Ninh province to enjoy our time in the tranquil of Halong Bay. Arriving at Tuan Chau pier at midday, we take the tender to the cruise. Welcome on board by crew team then we check in a room before enjoying seafood lunch. The cruise takes us deeper into the Bay passing thousands of islands and islets with various shapes of Fighting Cocks, Dogs islets….The cruise also passes and stop at the floating village that is free from busy traffic, electric lights, houses, shops, and buildings…
Our activities this afternoon are kayaking, cooking demonstration on the cruise, swimming at the beach or climbing up to the top of the island to catch the panorama of the Bay. Enjoy dinner and relax in the evening on the cruise.
Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Getting up early morning to join Tai Chi lesson today makes you feel stronger for a long day trip. After that, we have a light breakfast then take the small boat to Sung Sot cave (Amazing cave). Back to the cruise then we have our brunch (breakfast/lunch) or A la carte menu is served while cruising back to the pier. We travel back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Day 15: Hanoi Departure (B)
Free at leisure for last minute shopping before transferring back to the airport for our flight to home. Vietnam Classic Tour itinerary 2 weeks ends.
- Private ground transfers and transportations
- English speaking guide (other languages upon request)
- Accommodation with daily breakfast, rooms based on 2 people per room, extra bed upon request
- Private boat trip in Mekong Delta
- Home-stay in Mekong Delta
- Meals indicated in the itinerary (authentic Vietnamese food)
- Snorkeling gear in Nha Trang
- Boat trip in Hoi An
- Private boat in Hue
- Junk cruise in Halong Bay
- Cooking demonstration on the Halong Bay cruise
- All entrance fees and permits
- Water puppet show in Hanoi
- Cyclo ride in Hanoi
- Domestic flight ticket Ho Chi Minh city – Nha Trang; Nha Trang – Danang; Hue – Hanoi
- Airport tax
- Bottle during the trip
- Government tax and service charge
- International flight tickets
- Airport tax
- Personal expenses
- Meals not indicated
- Visa and visa fee
- Tips for tour guides, drivers and others