Experience Vietnam - 12 Days
You will discover
- Day 01Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) - arrival ( D)
- Day 02Saigon City Tour (B/L/-)
- Day 03Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B/L/-)
- Day 04Can Tho – Saigon (B/-/-)
- Day 05Saigon – fly to Danang – Hoian (B/-/-)
- Day 06Hoian – Tra Que – Cam Thanh (B/L/-)
- Day 07Hoian – Hue (B/-/-)
- Day 08Hue – Minh Mang – Boat trip to Thuy Bieu Village – Fly to Hanoi (B/L/-)
- Day 09Hanoi City Tour full day (B/L/-)
- Day 10Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
- Day 11Halong – Hanoi (B/L/-)
- Day 12Hanoi – Departure (B/-/-)
You will be interested in:
- The Reunification palace (or the war memorials Museum), the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office in Saigon.
- Discover the Mekong River Delta and its floating markets as well as the traditional handicraft villages.
- Uncover the lifestyle in Hoian and admire the beautiful streets with traditional houses in the ancient town..
- Enjoy the peaceful Hoian town and see the sunset on the Thu Bon River.
- Explore the historical sites in Hue.
- Visit Hanoi and its famous sites, especially the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, Temple of Literature and Ethnic Museum
- Stay overnight and discover the amazing landscapes of Halong Bay.
Day 01 : Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) - arrival ( D)
Upon arrival, our Authentik Travel’s tour guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
After briefing tour, our tour guide will give you some first information about our country and enjoy a welcome dinner at a finest restaurant.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 02 : Saigon City Tour (B/L/-)
Meet our tour guide and driver at your htoel to enjoy a full day city tour.
Visit the Reunification palace (or the war memorials Museum), Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office inspired by Orsay Station in Paris.
Then, transfer to Cho Lon District to discover its old quarter, Binh Tay Market and the colorful Quan Am pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in the city. Its architecture and decorations have remained since its construction.
Return to Saigon city for a walk in the city center visiting sites like the former Catinat streets, the Opera house, City Hall as well as Ben Thanh market.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 03 : Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho (B/L/-)
Get picked up from your hotel and transfer to Cai Be ( 120km – 2.5 hour driving). Visit Cao Dai temple on route.
Upon arrival, embark on a boat trip on a branch of the Mekong River to Vinh Long. Experience the rhythm of life on the legendary Mekong River with a visit to Cai Be floating market and the orchid canals .
Visit crafts workshops of rice, popcorn, coconut caramel and rice cake.
Cycle or walk on the village paths to discover the ancient and beautiful Phu Chau pagoda where serenity reigns and meet the local people.
Enjoy lunch in an open air restaurant where you can taste a famous local specialty, the Elephant ear fish. Then enjoy tasting delicious fruits while rowing a small rowboat in the canals shaded by the fruit trees.
Continue your boat trip to Vinh Long and meet our driver at the pier for a transfer to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho in the late afternoon. Check in at your hotel and relax.
Enjoy free time on your own to discover the city located on the Mekong River.
Stay overnight in Can Tho.
Day 04 : Can Tho – Saigon (B/-/-)
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the pier for a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most lively market in the Mekong Delta.
There are so many colors and smells in the bubbling atmosphere where hundreds of sampans are filled with goods such as rice, fruits, and craft products. Everything is shown to sell from the early morning.
Leave the market and continue the boat trip through the canals and visit a fruit garden (Option - replace the garden with the nursery field by the river)
Head back to An Binh Market which is full of fish, fruits and vegetables.
Stop at Binh Thuy ancient house which contains the orchid garden where “The Lover” was filmed.
Transfer back to Saigon and arrive in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Saigon
Day 05 : Saigon – fly to Danang – Hoian (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight to Danang, pick up and transfer to Hoian ancient town.
Enjoy a city tour in Hoian ancient town which is listed in the Heritage of Humans.
Some real treasures that need to be discovered are Hoian Museum, Japanese bridge, China Town, Quan Thang ancient house, the local market and the old busy port of the 15th century for the international boats from China, Netherlands, Japan, and Poland.
Finally, visit the Thang Loi silk factory, known as a good establishment in Hoian to have tailor-made silk clothes.
In the evening, Embark on a small boat in Hoian town then depart to Thu Bon River which was once a very busy exchange place for a lot of international ships throughout the 15th century. The boat trip will take you along the river to Cua Dai sea gate. This is a good chance for you to appreciate the landscape of the peaceful village by the river bank and admire the fishermen’s activities on the river. Enjoy the sunset in the late afternoon from April to November.
Overnight at Hoian.
Day 06 : Hoian – Tra Que – Cam Thanh (B/L/-)
At 8:00am, go on a bike ride (or by car) to Tra Que farming village. It is famous for its aromatic herbs, mint and basil. Their leaves are smaller than normal ones and have a special flavor.
Bike through the village and vegetable fields and meet the farmers who work all the seasons of the year. It is a good opportunity to observe the techniques of vegetable gardening.
Continue our trip to Cam Thanh. Along the way the landscapes of fishing farms and water palm trees will accompany you. Arrive in Cam Thanh and embark a small round bamboo sampan basket boat
Enjoy crab catching in the water palm trees forest. This is a relaxing moment after hours of biking.
Lunch is served in family restaurant Mr Day, a family fisherman working in tourism.
After lunch, enjoy a nice walk in the village to discover how they make nipa for roofs and their daily activities.
Return to your hotel by 15:30.
Overnight in Hoian
Day 07 : Hoian – Hue (B/-/-)
Depart from Hoian ancient town to Hue. Drive along the coastline and arrive in Danang. Enjoy a walk to My Khe beach where you can enjoy the view of giant Goodness of Mercy statues in the Linh Ung Pagoda. Take photos of fishermen by the beach and visit the Cham Museum which preserves the most important Cham culture collections in the world.
Continue to Hue on the Mandarin Road via Sea Cloud Pass (Hai Van Pass). Stop on the top of the pass to enjoy the breathtaking view to the ocean and Da Nang city.
Arrive in Hue and check in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Hue, dating back to 1601. This is the spiritual highlight of the city and well known for its majestic octagon tower and beautiful view of the Perfume River.
Then, continue to the most anticipated site in Hue, Hue citadel, the only vestige symbol for what was once the imperial city of Vietnam. It is inspired by the fortification of Vauban. The city is composed of three parts: Kinh Thanh (the Capital city), Hoang Thanh (the Imperial city) and Cam Thanh (the Forbidden City). The most beautiful sites in Hue are concentrated in this area including the flag tower, the South gate, the palace of supreme Harmony, the Dynasty temple area and the settlement area.
Return to your hotel.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 08 : Hue – Minh Mang – Boat trip to Thuy Bieu Village – Fly to Hanoi (B/L/-)
At 8.00, transfer upstream of the Perfume river to visit the emperor, Minh Mang's tomb, an architectural masterpiece that harmoniously highlights the nature and imperial religious works.
After that, we will voyage along the Perfume River to Thuy Bieu Village taking in the picturesque landscapes on both sides. After 1 hour, we arrive in Thuy Bieu known for its divine grapefruit trees where you can take a bike around the village under the shade of the grapefruit trees and enjoy their pleasant perfume aroma and the harvested straw. The peaceful atmosphere is in every corner of the village.
Then, visit a temple dedicated to the village protector, a traditional garden house built several centuries ago. This is a wonderful opportunity to stop for great photos and interact with the villagers working in the gardens and vegetable fields which should not be missed.
Lunch is served at Mrs. Loan in the village of Thuy Bieu.
In the afternoon, take a short flight to Hanoi. On arrival, our tour guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 09 : Hanoi City Tour full day (B/L/-)
Today, we discover the wonders of the capital of Vietnam, filled with timeless charm. Start by visiting Van Mieu (Temple of Literature), the first University of Vietnam built from the 11th century by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Continue to visit Chua Ha (Ha Pagoda), known as a sacred place to pray for luck in love, especially for your future spouse.
After that, transfer to the Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into Vietnamese culture through traditional costumes, tools, musical instruments and traditional houses of many minority ethnic groups. Enjoy a special water puppet show in the museum garden.
Lunch is served in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, discover the Ho Chi Minh complex including the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's House on stilts and the fish pond.
For those who are interested in visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, it is only open in the morning and closed every Monday and Friday. Sometimes it is necessary to queue for a couple of hours to go inside the mausoleum.
Transfer to the old quarter to visit Hoan Kiem lake (Restored Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son temple in the middle of the lake.
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 10 : Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at your hotel
08:00 - Meet our driver for a transfer to Halong via Bac Ninh and Sao Do. Extensive rice fields as far as your eyes can see will follow you along the way.
12:00 - Embarkation at Hon Gai port, relax with a welcome drink.
13:00 – Enjoy a seafood lunch on the boat while cruising in to the bay through the enchanting landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay ( Small Dragon Bay).
15:30 - Take part in activities according to the boat such as: visit Thien Canh Son cave, go kayaking, take a bamboo sampan ride to the Vang Vieng fishing village or simply just relax on the boat.
18:00 - Return to the boat, shower and take a rest.
19:00 - Enjoy a delicious dinner on the boat.
Stay overnight in a private cabin (with air conditioner and shower)
Day 11 : Halong – Hanoi (B/L/-)
You are advised to get up early to enjoy the fresh air and sunrise in the beautiful scenery of Bai Tu Long.
Breakfast on the boat.
08:30 - Enjoy activities. Either visit the cave or embark a small bamboo sampan to visit Vung Vieng Fishing village, one of the spectacular floating villages in Halong. Encounter the locals and fishermen’s farm as well as a floating school (depends on the boat’s activity schedule)
09:30 - Return to the boat and check out of the cabin.
10:00 - Cruise back to Hon Gai port. On the way back, we will enjoy lunch on the boat. Last look at the legendary bay where dragons once descended.
11:45 - Arrive at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi.
15:45 - Arrive in your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: The Cruise’s activity schedule will be dependent on each cruise and tide. It is adjustable.
Day 12 : Hanoi – Departure (B/-/-)
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel and free till transfer to airport for your flight home.
Private tour price
The prices are quoted on USD and based on per pax (Twin/double sharing - 3 star accommodation)
Valid to 31 December 2018
|Group size||1 pax||2 pax||3 - 4 pax||5 - 7 pax||>8 pax|
|Grand total price/pax||2280||1375||1135||975||Contact us|
- Accommodation with daily breakfast ( Twin or double)
- Private car transfer
- Domestic flights
- All entrance fees
- Boat trip and Cruise
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Vietnam Visa approval letter.
- Water on tour
- Service charges and Tax
Service Not Included
- International flight tickets from/to your country
- Travel insurance
- Meals not indicated
- Personal Expenses: laundry, drinking, telephone…
- Tips and gratuities
- Other not mentioned in the tour.
What clients say about us?
We were most impressed with all the Hotels you arranged as well as their excellent locationsJul 24, 2018
We were absolutely satisfied with Authentik Travel especially Chu Anh, she was so helpful to us while organizing our itineraryJul 20, 2018
Well organized and time efficient tour!May 22, 2018
Very committed and responsive local team, tour was absolutely what we wanted - TripsAdvisorApr 24, 2018