vietnam tour in depth

Vietnam in Depth – 28 days – From $1,801

Discover Vietnam tour in depth and different style from north to south and travel to almost must-see sites and destinations in Vietnam. Trekking in Pu Luong, relaxing on beach in Phu Quoc island, enjoy Nha Trang boat trip and experience Mekong Delta by boat are the strongest point in this trip.

28 days/ 27 nights: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hue – Hoian – My Son – Nha Trang – Saigon – Mekong – Phu Quoc

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Trip Name: Vietnam Tour in depth
Type of trip: 
Private
Trip Duration:
28 Days
Starting: 
Hanoi capital city, Vietnam
Finishing:
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Trip Grading: 
Moderate walking
Destinations:
Hanoi –Mai Chau – Pu Luong – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hue – Hoian – My Son – Nha Trang – Saigon – Mekong – Phu Quoc
Flexibility: 
This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to satisfy your expectation.

Vietnam Tour in depth in Brief

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi – Good morning Vietnam
Day 2: Hanoi – City tour of a 1000 years old Capital
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong
Day 4: Pu Luong
Day 5: Pu Luong – Pho Doan – Ninh Binh
Day 6: Ninh Binh
Day 7: Ninh Binh – Halong welcome on board
Day 8: Halong
Day 9: Halong – Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi free, night train to Hue
Day 11: Hue city tour, boat trip
Day 12: Hue cyclo – Hoian
Day 13: Hoian easy cycling to visit Tra Que village, walking in ancient town
Day 14: Hoi an – My Son
Day 15: Hoian cooking class
Day 16: Hoian free to relax on the beach
Day 17: Hoian – Nha Trang
Day 18: Nha Trang boat trip
Day 19: Nha Trang – Saigon
Day 20: Saigon city – Cu Chi tunnels
Day 21: Saigon – Chau Doc
Day 22: Chau Doc – Can Tho
Day 23: Can Tho
Day 24: Can Tho – Phu Quoc
Day 25,26,27: Phu Quoc relax on the beach
Day 28: Phu Quoc – Saigon

Vietnam Tour in depth in detail

Day 1: Good morning Hanoi

Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi, we will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. Today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam (depending on what time you arrive). Overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour of 1000 years old Capital
Depart at 8:00 am from your hotel by van. We will begin our day by visiting Uncle Ho at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and residential grounds learning about his great life. Next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam´s first University. Here we will also have a chance to see a traditional music performance. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant for a taste of authentic Hanoi Pho (noodle soup). In the afternoon, choose from one of the
numerous museums or temples around Hanoi (Museum of Ethnology, Women´s Museum, History Museum or Quan Thanh Temple).

In the late afternoon, take a cyclo trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi´s fascinating Old Quarter. This is your chance to be in the midst of typical Hanoian life and Vietnamese culture. We finish our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show – a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam. We can help you to get back to your hotel if you wish, but often our guests would rather just spend the evening enjoying a drink with a view of the city. Tour finishes at about 4:30 pm. Dinner on your own.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, puppet show ticket, hotel.

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong (~ 230 km & ~ 3 hour trek)

Depart from your Hanoi hotel at 8:00 transferring to Mai Chau on our spectacular drive. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people then lunch will be served.
13:00, take a short car ride in about 1 hour before we set off for our hiking through the beauty of Pu Luong nature reserve, the trek is intermediate level and will require some walking up hills but it’s worth your hike as we will see many spectacular views of villages and terraces.
Arrival at the Thai stilt homestay in the late afternoon. Free time to rest and shower, then a traditional dinner with our host family. Overnight here.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, lunch, dinner, drinking water, homestay with permit.
Note: Contact us if you wish to stay at an eco lodge at Hieu village, instead of homestay.

Day 4: Hidden trails of Pu Luong (5 hours trek)

Waking up early today is recommended as your chance to witness more local activities in the morning. Our breakfast and we will say good-bye to our host by around 8.00 for our good hike ahead.
We will be doing from 5-6 hours hike today through more gems of Pu Luong including beautiful view of valleys, nice terraces and peaceful villages.
We stop for our picnic lunch then continue our trek through more villages to reach to Hieu village in the afternoon.

Take rest as you wish then you are free to stroll around the village to interact with the locals and visit the beautiful waterfall nearby. Back to the homestay for dinner and overnight at homestay.

Inclusion: Guide, homestay, all meals

Day 5: Hieu village – Pho Doan – Ninh Binh

Your last day here at this beautiful nature reserve and friendly villagers so take the chance to explore around on your own or with our guide around the village.
We will then take an easy walk in about 1,5 hours to the town-let of this nature reserve where you van is waiting for us.
Lunch at one of the local restaurants before having a scenic drive to NInh Binh. On arrival in Tam Coc check in and visit around village.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, hotel

Day 6: Ninh Binh

This morning, have breakfast at your hotel then we will ride on the rowboat as soon as we arrive to Trang An, this is a very beautiful boat ride in about 1,5 hours a meandering stream with towering limestone mountain peaks above and rowing through some limestone caves. We make a short transfer along the peaceful country road to Hoa Lu – here our guide will take you through this interesting history part of Vietnam’s ancient capital in the 9th century, with stories of the two kings are now being worshiped there. O/n in Tam Coc.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, local boat, hotel.

Day 7: NInh Binh – Halong, welcome on board

Departure for Halong Bay is around 8:00 am by minivan (~ 4 hours) from your hotel. Arrive at the port around noon. Welcomed on board, you will taken to your cabin before the trip briefing. Fresh, local seafood lunch while you cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay and admire the fascinating formations. Enjoy our padding around Cap La fishing village by kayak then we keep cruising to Cong Do and back to junk for swimming or enjoy relaxing or the sunset. Dinner and overnight on board.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, kayak, boat/junk, lunch, dinner, permit.

Day 8: Explore Cong Dam & dinner in Thien Canh Son cave

Early risers can enjoy the sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of Bay’s landscape.
7:30 am have breakfast in the fresh air on board then take morning cruise to Cong Dam while discovering geological values of Bai Tu Long Bay with the thousands of islands and islets. Our lunch will be served on boat before cruising to Hon Co island for swimming or kayaking to discover the stunning scenery of the Bay. Back to our junk. Take rest on your own cabin or enjoy your relaxing time.
Explore the well – hidden and enjoy our deluxe dinner in Thien Canh Son cave. Stay overnight on board.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, kayak, boat/junk, breakfast, lunch, dinner, permit.

Day 9: Explore the tranquil scenery in Bai Tu Long Bay, back to Hanoi

Take more chance to enjoy fresh air, gentle breeze of Bai Tu Long bay – a hidden charm in the early morning. Have breakfast on board at 8:00 then take a morning cruise around the magnificent scenery to a short rustic row boat by the locals of the Bay. Later take one more swim in the middle of the bay. There is ample time for the 11:45 am check-out from the cabin while cruising back. Lunch on the boat as we slowly cruise back to port.

By noon, we will be ashore then hit the road back to Hanoi, stop for the water puppet show performed by local artists at a traditional Vietnamese village, arrive in Hanoi around 17:00.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, boat/junk, breakfast, lunch

Day 10: Your free day in Hanoi. Night train to Hue

Today is your free day in the Hanoi capital with all of its fascinating historical charm. Spend your day relaxing or shopping. Some suggestions include waking up early (about 6:00 am) and joining in the some exercising around Hoan Kiem Lake, or visiting the numerous markets, shopping, and trying all of the street side traditional foods.
At 6:00 pm we will pick you up from our office or your hotel for the night train to Hue. Boarding is at 7:00 pm. You will be in a shared AC soft sleeper cabin.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, train ticket.

Day 11: Arrival Hue, city tour of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty & boat trip

Arrival in Hue at around 10:00 am. Station pick up then transfer to a mini hotel to take a basic shower and short rest.
This morning we will explore the Royal Tombs, choosing only to visit the best ones, as we have lots to do today. Visit the Tu Duc Royal Tomb then lunch will be served at a local traditional restaurant at noon.
After lunch, we continue to see the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb then head back to Hue center to visit the former Imperial Citadel. Later, drive to Thien Mu Pagoda and learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam. Finally, take a short walk to the boat dock for our cruise on the Perfume River before getting back to your hotel to overnight at around 6:30 pm.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, morning shower, entrance fee, lunch, local boat, hotel.

Day 12: Hue – Vietnam cyclo, visit market. Transfer to Hoi An

After breakfast at your hotel around 9:00 am we will go on a relaxing 1 hour Vietnam cyclo ride to visit Dong Ba market. After it will be time to begin our transfer to Hoi An (about 4 hours). There is fabulous sightseeing en route and we may make stops at: Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum, and the Marble Mountains depending on time. Hoi An in the evening. Overnight here.
Tip: This is a very good chance for you to get great tailor-made clothes at reasonable prices. Hoi An is well known for its tailoring.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, Vietnam cyclo, hotel.

Day 13: Hoi An, easy biking to Tra Que vegetable village – walking tour in the ancient town

The center of Vietnam has many World Heritage Sites, and Hoi An is one of them. This ancient town of Hoi An, 30 km south of Danang, lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River.

At 8:00 am your guide will pick you up at your hotel for our bicycle trip to the countryside of Hoi An Town.
Arrival at Tra Que Organic village, then have a walk to visit the gardens of local farmers. Learn about their traditional methods and farming techniques – no machines here. Later, we will partly join-in some of the garden work followed by a short feet-soaking in Vietnamese herbs – a lovely treat.
12:00 noon, we head back Hoi An town for lunch at a local restaurant then take free time to take a rest as you wish until 2:00 pm. We’ll walk around the town and experience its charming culture. We will visit the old Tan Ky House, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, and the stylish Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Back to hotel in the late afternoon. Free time to relax and discover other corners of Hoi An on your own. Overnight at your hotel.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, local bike, hotel.

Day 14: Hoian – My Son

Our guide picks you up at hotel and leave Hoi An for visiting My Son Holly Land – the ruins of Cham people and was an imperial city during Cham dynasty. Here you can have more chance to explore and understand of technique of Old Cham people in making red bricks to build Tower which still now a secret to everyone, you can see a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 65 architectural works. It also surprises for those who are curious with architectural art. In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Moreover, you have chance to enjoy traditional music performed by Cham girls in their colorful uniforms. Then transferring you back to Hoi An to visit the handicraft village of Thanh Ha Ceramic where you will view the various stages of producing the many kinds of the pottery products. The villagers use clay as main material to create pottery products such as bowls, jars, vases, earthen pot, decorative lamps, etc…with a variety of shapes and colors. Especially, you also have opportunity to make a small product by yourself. Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River back to Hoi An, you will admire the daily activities of people on the boat go to markets along the river’s bank to earn their life. O/n in Hoian.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, hotel.

Day 15: Hoian cooking class

This morning we will transfer you to the meeting point for join in cooking class, the first you will go to local market with our chef to buy all ingredients for our dishes then back to the kitchen to learn how to cook Vietnamese foods. You will have lunch with the food what you cook before. Relax and swim at cooking school then transfer back your hotel around 2:00pm. Free at your leisure and o/n in Hoian.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, lunch, cooking class, hotel

Day 16: Hoian free to relax on the beach

Today free at your leisure to visit around hoian town for relax on the beach,

Day 17: Hoian – Danang – Nha Trang

Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport in Danang for a noon-flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, airport picks up then transfers to your hotel. Free to chill out on the beautiful white sand beach.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, hotel.

Day 18: Nha Trang, island boat trip

Morning pick up from hotel and transfer to the boat station (15 minutes). Hop on the shared boat and begin a day on the water. The first stop will be Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Then we will cruise to Mot Island. This is one of the best places for snorkeling in Nha Trang. Hold your breath for as long as you can and dive deep into this colourful world of fish and coral. Next stop, Coral Island for sun bathing and relaxing on the off shore beach. Lunch will be served with a selection of fresh seafood. After lunch, cruise to Tranh Island for more swimming and relaxing then boat back to Nha Trang city for around 5:00 pm. Free time in the evening and overnight at your hotel.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, local boat, hotel

Day 19: Nha Trang

More time to relax on the beach in Nha Trang until we transfer to airport for flight to Saigon. On arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel for check in. O/n in Saigon.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, domestic flight ticket , hotel

Day 20: Tay Ninh and the Cu Chi tunnels

Departing Saigon at 8:00 am from your hotel for a morning excursion to Tay Ninh and the Great Cao Dai Temple (a place to worship a mixture of Buddhism, Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity). Take part in the noon mass at the temple (1 hour). Lunch in Tay Ninh.
In the afternoon we visit the Cu Chi outdoor museum to learn about the infamous tunnel systems of the Viet Cong. Take this opportunity to get a unique understanding of the guerillas underground fighting strategies during the war. Crawl through 50 to 100 meters of the 200 km tunnel system if you dare. On the way back to Saigon visit local rice paper workshops and take in views of the Vietnam countryside. We’ll drop you off at your hotel around 5:30 pm. Overnight at your hotel.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, hotel

Day 21: Saigon – Chau Doc

Start at 8:00. Drive to Cai Be, then a boat trip to visit the floating market. Cruise across the mighty Mekong River to a nearby island. Walk around the fruit orchards, then back on the boat to Vinh Long. Coach trip to Long Xuyen to explore the handicraft village. Try your hand at making incense sticks before heading onto Chau Doc for the night.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, local boat, breakfast, lunch, seasonal fruit and hotel.

Day 22: Chau Doc – Can Tho

Up at 8:00 for an early cruise to an amazing riverside market. Be witness to this smorgasbord of sounds, colours and smells. Also cruise through the floating village and their fish farms. Discover the ethnic Cham village with its famous Mubarak Mosque and watch the locals go about their traditional weaving.

After visiting the famous Lady Chua Xu Temple (built in 1820) we walk up the sacred Sam Mountain. Panoramic views over the vast plains into Cambodia at the top. After lunch we continue on to Can Tho, with a stop at a bird sanctuary. Overnight in Can Tho.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, entrance fee, local boat and hotel.

Day 23: Can Tho

Early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang Floating Markets. Then we have a long distance to cover cruising and walking through the countryside, taking in the magnificent scenery and meeting the locals as they go about their daily routine. O/n in Can Tho.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, entrance fee and local boat

Day 24: Can Tho – Phu Quoc

Today we will take morning flight to Phu Quoc. On arrival, pick you up and transfer to your hotel for check in and free to relax on the beach. O/n in Phu Quoc.

Inclusion: Transfer, breakfast, flight ticket, hotel

Day 25,26,27: Phu Quoc relax on the beach

Those days free at your leisure to relax on the beach. O/n in Phu Quoc.

Inclusion: Breakfast, hotel.

Day 28: Phu Quoc – Saigon

More time to relax on the beach until we transfer to Phu Quoc airport for flight to Saigon. Airport picks up and transfers to your hotel in Saigon for check in. O/n in Saigon.

Inclusion: Transfer, breakfast, flight ticket, hotel.

Day 29: Saigon departure, goodbye Vietnam

Breakfast at hotel. Depending on your flight you may have some more time for shopping. Then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Goodbye and hope to see you again soon!

Inclusion: Transfer, breakfast

Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most up dated price.

Category Price per person in USD accordding to number of people in your party
From 01st October – 31st December (high season)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 2,573 2,054 1,990 1,886 732
Superior (4 Star) 2,943 2,404 2,333 2,226 1,037
Deluxe (5 Star) 3,735 3,196 3,125 3,018 1,794
Category Price per person in USD accordding to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep (summer promotion)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 2,501 1,974 1,907 1,801 636
Superior (4 Star) 2,854 2,316 2,245 2,137 952
Deluxe (5 Star) 3,572 3,034 2,963 2,855 1,639

Inclusions:
– Good hotel in the city centre in twin / triple sharing room
– All tours guided by excellent English speaking guide
– All transfers and transportation as per program, in air-conditioned vehicle with driver
– Entrance fee
– Meals as indicated in the itinerary
– Boat cruise or show as stated in the itinerary
– Mineral water

Exclusions:
– Visa to Vietnam (if required)
– All international and domestic flights
– Drink during meal
– Travel insurance
– Tipping
– Other service not mentioned above.

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on Vietnam Tour in depth. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.

LIST OF HOTELS

Locations

First Class Category

3-star hotel

Superior Category

4-star hotel

Deluxe Category

5-star hotel

Hanoi

Silk Queen Hanoi

Quoc Hoa

May de Ville

Golden Silk Boutique

Hanoi Pearl

Silk path

Apricot

Hotel L’Opera

Movenpick

Halong bay

Majestic Cruise

V’Spirit Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Emotion Cruise

Indochina Sail

Paradise

Sapa

Bamboo Sapa

Royal View Sapa

U Sapa

Chau Long Sapa

Victoria Sapa

Hue

New Star Hue

Festival Hue

Park View Hue

Cherish Hue

Imperial Hue

Best Western Indochine

Hoian

Kim An Hoian

Phu Thinh

Essence Hoian

Hoi An Historic

Palm Garden Hoian

Sunrise Hoian

Dalat

River Prince Dalat

Mai Vang Dalat

Dalat Plaza

Ngoc Lan Dalat

Duparc Dalat

Saigon Dalat

HCM City

Blue Diamond Saigon

Family Inn

Paragon Saigon

Harmony Saigon

Majestic Saigon

Pullman Saigon

Cantho

Ninh Kieu 1 Cantho

Kim Tho Cantho

Ninh Kieu 2

Holiday One Can Tho

Victoria Can Tho

ABOUT HOTELS:

We, at Vietnam Great Tours, are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. As the hotel cost will be the major expense of your vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, it is essential that all of the hotels chosen by us are the highest quality for the price paid. All of our prices are based on twin, double or queen shared rooms.

Special note:

List of hotels is recommended by Vietnam Great Tours™. Please feel free to advise hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotels category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)

Please note that all of our trip are privately designed. So that price includes the above-mentioned hotels, activities, and transport, and visits to attractions are by private car and guide unless otherwise stated. Your guide will pick you up from lobby of your hotel in the morning. The guide will confirm the pick-up time the day before. If you prefer to start next day’s trip earlier or a little later, please feel free to tell your guide.

 

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