This tour offers a glimpse into the beauty and cultural richness of Vietnam. From the charm, history and flavors of the capital Hanoi, to the scenic wonder of Ha Long Bay, the UNESCO listed Hoi An Old Town and the buzz and color Ho Chi Minh City, this tour allows you to cover many of Vietnam’s major attractions in under a week. If you have more time, various extensions to the tour can be arranged. Perhaps consider extending your Ha Long visit to an overnight tour, or adding beach time in Hoi An? We’re delighted to assist with customisations on request.
After you clear customs at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, your tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to downtown Hanoi. Check-in time is 2pm , but you can leave your bags so that you can explore before returning later on. Your guide provides transfer only today, and there is no guided touring included, so feel free to book a flight arriving at any time of day.
Ha Long Bay daytrip from Hanoi
Ha Long Daytrip
The Ha Long bay daytrip is highly worthwhile for travellers with limiited time. However, an overnight cruise steps the experience up to next level, and is highly recommended. Just get in touch if you’d prefer to add a day to your trip to include Ha Long overnight.
Approximately 170 km from Hanoi, the mystical landscapes of Ha Long Bay are amongst Asia’s most iconic sights. Translated as the ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’ and located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long is made up of some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, lush islands and emerald waters. Breathtaking beyond words, Ha Long Bay is justifiably one of the world’s natural wonders and more than deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status. Following private transfer from Hanoi to Ha Long, board our vessel and begin a cruise amidst this outstanding natural wonder. Lunch is included and can be enjoyed onboard as we explore the superb beauty of this geological art work, comprised of thousands of limestone islets soaring dramatically from emerald waters. In the afternoon, we make the return drive to Hanoi.
Hanoi to Hoi An (evening flight)
Hanoi is truly a city of contrasts. A blend of local & French architecture, where ancient lifestyle merges with the imprints of communism, and traditional etiquette sits alongside a fresh wave of global integration. Our guide will lead you on an orientation of the city, including its tree-lined streets and delightful examples of French colonial architecture such as the exquisitely restored Opera House. We’ll pass the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the ‘Lake of the Restored Sword’ and proceed to the Temple of Literature. A peaceful contrast to the vibrant tempo of the city outside, the temple – built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius – became Vietnam’s first university. We head a short distance to Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble mausoleum in which Ho Chi Minh lies in state. Just a short distance away is the tiny but iconic One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049, it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, a Buddhist symbol of purity. Later, continue to Hanoi’s Old Quarter is best explored on cyclo, and we enjoy a 45 minute exploration of the area of the city known as ’36 Streets.’ The area was once an important center of commerce, where goods were sold on the street named for the commodity transacted on the premises within. The streets form a labyrinthe that are perfect for exploring, and bear names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. In the evening, board a flight to Danang, followed by immediate transfer to your Hoi An accommodation.
Hoi An’s relatively small size allows wonderful access to an intimate experience of village life. We enjoy a very leisurely cycling ride through some of the peaceful local trails and colorful fishing villages. Devoid of most forms of motorised transport, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of the ancient port of Hoi An is ideal for exploring on foot. So, we set down our bicycles and proceed to discover beautifully preserved old merchant houses, atmospheric temples and lively markets as we stroll through the back streets of this enchanting destination. You will visit the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge and the busy waterfront, where colourful fishing boats bob up and down on the Thu Bon River. There will also be time to peruse the numerous boutiques and galleries that line the narrow streets and perhaps make a purchase or two. During the walk, visit a traditional houses and experience the picturesce tranquility of traditional life in Hoi An. In the late afternoon, take a boat trip down the Thu Bon River, enjoying a relaxed perspective on the peaceful lives of local fishermen. Take in the exquisite sunset views from the boat, before disembarking in Hoi An town for a free night at leisure.
Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City
You’ll be transferred by private vehicle directly to Da Nang Airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. With a population of nearly 8 million inhabitants and an almost equal number of scooters – the city’s pulsing streets showcase a spectacular interweaving of traffic that must be seen to be believed. Bustling and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City is quite literally a metropolis on the move. The most western of Vietnamese cities, Saigon, as it is still commonly known, is a city of contrasts; a place where ultra-modern shopping malls and fashionable restaurants vie for space with local retailers selling all manner of wares, and quiet roadside cafes offer Vietnam’s unique (and intense!) interpretation of iced coffee (cafe sua da) and other liquid refreshments. There is always something going on in Saigon and a friendly roadside cafe is the perfect place to take five, enjoy a coffee and absorb the dynamic scene unfolding around you. On arrival in Ho Chi Minh, you’ll be met by your friendly guide and taken on a delightful afternoon’s tour of this thrilling city. From the center of the city, the first stop is the Reunification Palace. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on 30th April 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signalling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War. Now a museum complete with period meeting areas, war rooms and a basement communication centre, after your visit, walk the short distance to Notre Dame Cathedral. At the centre of HCMC’s government district, this romantic church dates back to the late 19th century and is a popular backdrop for wedding photographs. Across the street from the cathedral is the city’s striking French colonial-era post office, whilst Hotel de Ville de Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City Hall, is another of the city’s more prominent buildings. The Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in yet another fine example of Sino-French architecture. Dating back to the 1920s, it contains an excellent series of exhibits dating from the Bronze Age to the Nguyen dynasty, the last ruling family of Vietnam.
End Tour in Ho Chi Minh City
Spend your day at leisure until transfer to Ho Chi Minh Ton Son Nhat airport for your flight home. If you’re on a flight departing late in the day and prefer to keep busy, activities can be added on request.
- Private transfers to/from airport on arrival and departure day.
- Private guide on all touring days.
- All Breakfasts.
- Daily itinerary for your trip.
- Optional free local sim card.
- Full phone support and assistance.
- Domestic Flights
- Ha Long Bay Cruise
- 2 nights in Hanoi
- 2 nights in Hoi An
- 1 night in Ho Chi Minh City