Over View: Premium Vietnam in Depth 15 Days
On a 15-day Premium journey, explore Vietnam’s tapestry of rich history, friendly people, and stunning scenery. Learn about the mysteries of the Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City, visit Hanoi’s magnificent lakes and boulevards, and get a taste of rural life as you cruise through the Mekong Delta. Explore historic temples, spend a night under the stars on Halong Bay, dine on delectable feasts, and discover what it means to be a native. This adventure will take you off the beaten path and leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
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Price: 195 USD per person / day
Group size: Minimum 2 people
Highlights : Premium Vietnam in Depth 15 Days
- Explore Vietnam’s incredible history by visiting the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, strolling the historic alleyways of quaint Hoi An, and learning about the French influence in the northern city of Hanoi.
- In Hoi An, see a centuries-old pottery village. You’ll learn about this historic artform and meet the craftspeople who keep traditional techniques alive during this Exclusive Experience.
- Experience the splendor of Halong Bay from the comfort of your Feature Stay lodging, a traditional style junk boat. Enjoy a candlelight meal on the deck while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
- A Hat Xam performance in Hoi An is a soul-stirring Exclusive Experience. This old musical art form, which dates back over 700 years to the Tran Dynasty, is rarely witnessed nowadays.
- Explore a local market with an excellent chef in Hue, then visit his home to learn how to turn fresh ingredients into delectable Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class.
- Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
- Ho Chi Minh City – Welcome Dinner
- Mekong Delta – Boat cruise with visits to local producers
- Ho Chi Minh City – Reunification Palace
- Ho Chi Minh City – War Remnants Museum
- Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels
- Dalat – Son Pacarama Coffee Farm Visit
- Dalat – Local Lunch
- Hoi An – Old Town walking tour
- Hoi An – My Son Tour
- Hoi An – Pottery Village Experience
- Hue – Imperial City half day guided tour
- Hue – Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
- Hue – Thien Mu Pagoda
- Hue – Market Tour and Cooking Class
- Hue – Bun Bo Hue breakfast
- Hanoi – Old Quarter Tour
- Hanoi – Hat Xam performance
- Hanoi – Temple of Literature
- Hanoi – One Pillar Pagoda & HCM stilt house
- Hanoi – KOTO lunch
- Halong Bay – Overnight Boat Cruise
- Hanoi – Farewell Dinner
- Halong Bay – Tai Chi
Detailed Itinerary: Premium Vietnam in Depth 15 Days
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Hello and welcome to Vietnam! When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be welcomed and transferred to your accommodation. At 6 p.m., an important group meeting will be held here, where you will meet your fellow travelers and the local leader. If you have time, head out and explore the city beforehand – it’s a buzzing hub of shopping, historic attractions, and traffic chaos. Following your meeting, go out to supper with your small group and leader. When you arrive at your restaurant, you’ll walk right into a piece of Vietnamese history – the structure was an old opium refinery station established in 1861, with remnants of its past visible today. Here, you’ll find a menu full of classic dishes and southern Vietnamese favorites — your guide will be happy to make recommendations for your first journey into this dynamic food scene.
Day 2: Mekong Delta
After breakfast, drive south through Ben Tre to the Mekong Delta. You’ll board a private boat and cruise the delta, stopping at coconut gardens to visit a native residence and eat tropical fruits and coconut jams. Return to the delta’s waterways on sampans (small rowing boats) and row past the coconut trees and stilt houses that line the river. Back on land, enjoy a tuk-tuk tour around the villages to get a taste of rural life and to learn about the coconut industry’s role in local life. Lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Ho Chi Minh City for the evening.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City
During today’s bus and walking tour, you’ll see Ho Chi Minh City through the eyes of a resident. Visit the famed Reunification Palace to hear the narrative of the war’s end, the War Remnants Museum, and the stunning Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral. Stroll around the city’s charming streets, admiring the many French colonial structures along the way, such as the main post office and the stunning Ho Chi Minh City Hall, which is modeled after Paris’ Hotel de Ville. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy — be sure to ask your leader for supper options.
Day 4: Dalat
After breakfast, take a half-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a 200-kilometer-long underground network of tunnels excavated initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. They housed hospitals, homes, and schools, and served as a military station as well as a shelter and storage facility. As you explore this remarkable labyrinth, your guide will tell you more about its history and the Tet Offensive of 1968. A part of the tunnels has been expanded to give tourists a sense of what life underneath must have been like. Please keep in mind that these tunnels will be hot and can become claustrophobic, thus there is an option to see from above ground. Later this afternoon, fly to Dalat.
Day 5: Dalat
Dalat is located in the southern highlands of Vietnam and is surrounded by hills, pine trees, lakes, and waterfalls – a natural mountain paradise. Dalat, also known as the City of Flowers, is located in an area that is suitable for growing foods and flowers that cannot be cultivated anywhere in Vietnam due to its temperate environment and significant rainfall. During a visit of a local family-run coffee farm today, you will get the opportunity to learn more about your morning cup and witness behind the scenes of specialty coffee manufacturing. Follow the path from cultivation through harvesting and roasting, and sample some of the expertly created finished product for yourself, leaving with a newfound respect for the modest cup of coffee.. Lunch will be served with the group, followed by a free afternoon. You might go to the old Bao Dai palace or stroll through the bustling local markets.
Day 6: Hoi An
Enjoy a free morning in Dalat and see the Crazy House, a quirky hotel commissioned by avant-garde architect Hang Nga, who still lives on the property. Take a short flight to Danang in the afternoon. From here, you will take a short private vehicle ride to Hoi An, which was formerly a Cham port town. Hoi An is known for its specialized tailors, and some offer same-day service, so take advantage of this opportunity to get some apparel tailored from some unique local textiles. You might also go to a local workshop and learn how to produce your own rice paper. A Vietnamese cooking lesson is also an excellent way to become acquainted with certain time-honored culinary traditions, not to mention feasting on the fruits of your own labour!
Day 7: Hoi An
This morning, join your guide on a walking tour to experience Hoi An’s beautiful architecture and unique combination of influences. This is a lovely town to walk around, with its wonderful low tiled buildings and peaceful atmosphere. Begin with a tour of an opulently adorned historic mansion that once belonged to a prominent trader. Cross the Japanese Covered Bridge, visit the Chinese Assembly Hall, and learn more about the history you discovered on your tour by visiting a local museum. After that, join the group for a great lunch. This afternoon is open for you to explore Hoi An and its surroundings. Your leader will be able to provide options for extracurricular activity in Hoi An and the nearby countryside.
Day 8: Hoi An
For centuries, Hoi An was an important port for the Champa Kingdom, and many Cham descendants still live there today. This morning, your guide will show you through My Son Cham, a cluster of temples built by Champa Kings dating back to the 4th century. In the afternoon, visit the Thanh Ha Pottery Village, which dates back to the 16th century and is one of Vietnam’s oldest pottery villages. Pay a visit to the home of an artist couple. They were formerly the only artisans in the village, both in their 90s, and have passed down old techniques and customs. Continue your village travels by meeting descendants of the artisan couple and learning how traditional artifacts are manufactured. Finally, settle down with a cup of tea and possibly try out your own painting abilities on a traditional pottery mask. Return to Hoi An for a relaxing evening.
Day 9: Hue
Depart Hoi An today for Hue, the former imperial capital and focal point of Vietnam’s history. Pass via the Hai Van Pass en route, a picturesque hilly stretch of highway with views of Lang Co beach. Discover Hue’s diverse blend of busy streets and serene beauty. The Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City, will be visited in the afternoon. The latter was nearly totally destroyed during the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, but its humble, foliage-covered ruins stand as a tribute to its great heritage. Your commander will explain the catastrophic destruction that occurred throughout the conflict.
Today is the day to fly from Hue to Hanoi. Your flight will most likely depart in the morning, however this can vary depending on travel schedules. After settling in, your guide will walk you through the ancient 36 Streets to a diverse assortment of shop-lined alleys selling anything from souvenirs to magnificent silk apparel, jewelry, and embroidered tablecloths. In the afternoon, you will be treated to a traditional Hat Xam performance — an unforgettable experience. Hat Xam is a Northern Vietnamese art form that dates back to the Tran Dynasty. Originally performed by blind actors, it was enjoyed by local working-class audiences until the late 1950s, when communists declared all art forms to be corrupting influences. This type of performance is rarely seen nowadays, but you and your company will be brought to a private club house for an exclusive concert; one of the few places where such performers still perform acoustically. The performance will include some tale telling and maybe interaction with attendees, so be prepared to participate!
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Hanoi with your guide, learning about the city’s history as you visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and the old home of Vietnam’s most renowned revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. Enjoy a great lunch at KOTO restaurant, which is backed by the Intrepid Foundation and teaches disadvantaged children hospitality skills. Enjoy a free afternoon to continue your adventures. Walking is a terrific way to see the city and its many lakes and parks, and the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is also worth a visit. You’ll notice that this charming northern capital is more tranquil than its southern cousin, and the West Lake, north of the main city, is a perfect area to engage with the inhabitants and rest by its waters.
Today you will go to Halong Bay, a World Heritage site that is probably one of the most stunning sites in the world. There’s no better way to take in the splendor of the harbor than from the deck of a junk-style boat — your Feature Stay lodging for the evening. With traditional elements and modern facilities, you can sit back and relax as you weave among magnificent limestone islands, karsts, and caverns. Stop by Surprise Cave with your guide to see its intriguing rock formations, then return to the boat for a delicious seafood meal. During the warmer months, your guide will cover swimming from Ti Top Island. Kayaking is another option for getting up close and personal with the towering limestone karsts. This evening’s dinner will undoubtedly be memorable: dine by candlelight on the boat’s deck while watching the sun set over the breathtaking scenery.
In the morning, enjoy breakfast on the boat and perhaps some optional Tai Chi to kick off the day. Return to the port, disembark, and return to Hanoi. When you return to the capital, take some time to roam around and see some of the city’s attractions that you may have missed the first time. You can go shopping on Hang Gai Street or have afternoon tea at the Metropole Hotel. Join your group and leader for a farewell supper in a Hanoi restaurant, where you will share stories and reflect on the highlights of your tour with your newfound friends.
This morning’s adventure comes to an end after breakfast. If you wish to extend your stay in Hanoi, we would gladly arrange some more housing for you ahead of time (subject to availability).