Vietnam Highlight Tour is one of our most compact programs for Vietnam in highlight that invites you to experience Vietnam’s geography and culture. Within 10 days of travel, you will have a quick glance of Vietnam highlight including Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon and Mekong delta. In this trip you will explore the 1000 year old Hanoi capital, the breathtaking Halong Bay, the charming and historical imperial citadel Hue, the ancient town Hoi An, and the modern and dynamic Saigon.
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Great Tours guide and driver will welcome you with the VIETNAM GREAT TOUR LOGO & your name on signboard at the airport and drive you to the hotel, it takes about 30 min to get to the hotel.
During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Hanoi. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
8.00- 8.30: Get picked up by our friendly guide and start to explore Hanoi City
08.45: Arrive at Tran Quoc Pagoda located on Golden Fish IsLand in West Lake
It is the oldest pagoda in Ha Noi built in the 6th century.
09.30: Visit Ho Chi Minh complex, you have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around the garden to see 2 houses where he lived & worked from 1954 to 1969. Then visit One Pillar Pagoda where worships the Godess of Mercy – It is the most unique padoga in the world
11.15: Visit Vietnam Ethnology Museum to learn about the culture of 54 ethnic groups living in the whole country of Vietnam
Special Note : we will visit Women Museum instead of Ethnology Museum closed on Mondays
12.45: Have lunch at our restaurant. You have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine
with 8 delicious dishes.
14.00-14.15 : Continue to visit Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, established in the 11 century
15.15: Leave for Hoa Lo Prison Museum which originally used by the French colonists in Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. During this later period, it was known to American POWs as the “Hanoi Hilton
16.15 -16.30: Tour finishes. Back to hotel
After breakfast, we start Vietnam Highlight Tour today by transfer to Halong Bay – designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1994. Traveling through the scenic fertile Red River Delta countryside, we get to Ha Long Bay by noon. The natural world heritage site Ha Long Bay is truly one of the most impressive scenery that should not be missed if someone ever comes to the north.
Upon arrival at Ha Long, we embark on cruise for an exploration of the legendary Ha Long Bay. This exciting hours cruise passing by the evocatively shaped islets will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands and islets rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Enjoy a Sea food lunch while you cruising through the bay.
Arriving at Trinh Nu Cave area, you will take part in kayaking activitie here. To get to Trinh Nu beach, you need to kayak around thousand-year-old limestone formations and then walk for 5 minutes through Trinh Nu cave. Trinh Nu beach will amaze you with its white sand, emerald water and mild pleasant weather condition.
Back the cruise and relax, free fresh fruits are served. You’ll join cooking class guided directly by Chef of the Cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.
After time for dinner enjoying seafood on the cruise, you will be free for evening entertainments: play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing.
Wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands, enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, you can enjoy the breath – taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; in summer you can hear birds singing, even that cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.
Arrive Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave) and joining with guide to visiting and explore the cave.
Our boat start cruising back and brunch buffet will be served on the way. Check out and arrive at the harbor by 11:30. You get back on our car and go back to Hanoi for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival, meet our driver and transfer to Hoian.
7:45 – 8:15: Our guide pick you up at your hotel and depart to My Son Sanctuary – The World Cultural Heritage.
9:30: Arrive at My Son and we’ll have 2 hours to discover the site by walking throughout the landscape, learning histories with our local English speaking guide, enjoying the Champa’s traditional performances.
11:45: Get back to mini van and move to a local house to learn how to make ricepaper, you will enjoy your own hand-making product later on!
12:30: Back to the van and have lunch at another local house. relax with cold herbal tea, nice foods and fresh air.
13:30 take a boat trip to Hoi An with nice and cool breeze on boarding, beautiful river scenery on the biggest river in the Central of vietnam named as Thu Bon River.
14:00: arrive in Hoi An, we will drop you off at your hotel.
8h00 – 8h30 am: Pick-up in the central hotel transfer to Hue
We stop some places on the way:
14:00 Arrival Hue, drop off in the hotel.
After breakfast, you will cruise on the Perfume River to visit the ancient and sacred Thien Mu Pagoda.
You will then visit the Citadel – The palaces of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the last dynasty of Vietnam – Noon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Imperial Ancestral Temple and Hue Royal Antiques Museum.
Visit and shopping at Dong Ba Market before have lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit Minh Mang tomb, one of the most interesting emperor tombs in Hue and Khai Dinh Tomb which represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence. The tomb is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details.
Day at leisure until to transfer to the airport to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, meet our driver and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon, start half day city tour by visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office, two of the best highlights of old Saigon architecture.
Walk to the nearby Reunification Palace, witness of the historic events of old Saigon and famous for its architectural characteristics.
Discover the very popular War Remnants Museum, the one that gathers a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photographs and documentation of the Vietnam wars.
Stop by the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most spectacularly colorful temples, dedicated to King of Heaven and filled with exquisite and phantasmal statues.
Today, Vietnam Highlight Tour offer you a different travel style to Ben Tre on the bank of Mekong river.
Depart from Saigon and head straight to Ben Tre, crossing the impressive Rạch Miễu Cable-stayed Bridge. Board a small boat to visit typical workplaces including small brick factories, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
Stop at a quiet village, take a short walk to experience local life and hop on your xe-lôi (a kind of motorized rickshaw) and stop at a riverside restaurant for a lunch with local food.
After lunch, take a short cycling tour to explore the surrounding fields before boarding a sampan for a tranquil trip along the picturesque canals. Come back to the port visit Ben Tre local market before back to Saigon.
Day at leisure until to transfer to the airport to take your flight back to home country. End of Vietnam Highlight Tour.
Thank you to both Anna and Billy for a wonderful 10 days in Vietnam. Miss Anna worked hard with me to arrange our private tour trip exactly as I wanted. She was sweet, helpful, caring, and diligent, and a pleasure to work with. When she left the company we were smoothly transferred to Mr. Billy who did a wonderful job with last minute changes as a result of the start of the Corona virus. Our trip was everything I dreamed of and Mr. Billy made sure that every day was worry free, checking in with us in the evening with updates.
The price was reasonable, a bit more than I would have paid on my own, but worth it as I didn’t have to worry about anything after arriving in Vietnam. We were picked up at the airport by a driver with our names and at every spot there was someone waiting to meet us. All the cars were very comfortable and drivers were courteous and friendly. I recommend using Vietnam Great Tours for your first time in Vietnam as they work hard to make your trip fun and worry free.