The Essential from North to South of Vietnam

10 days / 9 nights



Vietnam: North to South - A 10-Day Odyssey Through Iconic Destinations
"Vietnam: The Essential Journey from North to South" provides a captivating look at well-known spots in the country's north, center, and south. The trip begins in the nation's capital, Hanoi, where visitors are engulfed in a rich historical and cultural environment featuring numerous significant and beautiful sites. After a fascinating tour of some of Hanoi's most well-known sights, guests continue their journey with a traditional rural water puppet show, which offers a truly unique cultural experience. The captivating Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning views of the sea, mountains, and enchanted caverns, is the destination of the next section of the journey. Enjoy delicious, fresh seafood dishes while taking in the breathtaking scenery on a cruise through these picturesque waters. A night on the boat in the middle of this breathtaking natural wonder adds special memories to the journey. After that, the journey heads to central Vietnam, where visitors can explore Hue, the former capital and home of the Nguyen Dynasty. This historical gem has grand pagodas, regal tombs, and the Nguyen emperors' legacy. Visitors can fully experience the cultural diversity of Hue by taking a leisurely boat ride along the Perfume River. Visiting Thuy Bieu village gives visitors the chance to work with talented local chefs to create Vietnamese cuisine. A relaxing herbal foot massage in the village gardens rounds off the experience, offering a fully immersive cultural immersion in Hue. The journey continues to Hoi An, a superbly preserved Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers historic charm and architectural marvels. A visit to the My Son site, once the religious and political center of the Champa kingdom from the 4th to the 13th centuries and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adds to the historical adventure. After arriving back in Hoi An, visitors can relax at Cua Dai Beach and take in the clean, natural surroundings. My Tho is the next stop on the itinerary. Here, visitors can take a relaxing boat ride that winds through the four islands of Long, Ly, Quy, and Phung. The journey continues to the coconut-rich region of Ben Tre, where a bike ride into the village of Tan Thanh provides an immersive experience. One of the itinerary's stops is Cai Be, which is well-known for its colorful, boat-borne floating markets in the Mekong Delta. While taking in the vibrant atmosphere, guests can partake in a variety of shopping activities on boats and other vessels. The trip comes to an end in Saigon, where important sites like the Ben Thanh market, the Post Office, the Cathedral, and the Reunification Palace are explored. This extensive tour, which lasts for ten days, gives guests a thorough understanding of Vietnam's alluring natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.

Trip code: HER0004VN10D

Destination: Vietnam


Arrive in Hanoi - Noi Bai International Airport.
You will be met at the airport by your English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in downtown Hanoi. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a beautiful city of lakes, shaded boulevards, and verdant public parks. 
14h: Go to the hotel for check-in. 
In the afternoon, we will visit:
- The historical Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam, was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius.
- Visit Quan Thanh temple and Tran Quoc pagoda.
- Then visit Hoan Kiem Lake (The Restored Sword Lake) and the Ngoc Son Temple, which is on an island in the northern part of the lake. 
We will enjoy a Cyclo tour along the narrow streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. End of the day to attend a traditional Water Puppet show.
Overnight in Hanoi.
This morning explore Vietnam’s historic capital by Cyclo, an iconic vehicle on the city’s streets. Your guide will take you to the popular attractions of Ho Chi Minh’s House and his Mausoleum nearby.
We explore Tong Duy Tan, Hanoi’s famous ‘food street’ to sample a few dishes, starting with traditional ‘ga tan’ (chicken simmered with herbs), then stopping for ‘banh cuon’ (rice pancakes) and ‘com binh dan’ (cheap rice) stalls.  Cam Chi Street offers a different experience for those wishing to taste distinctive local wines. Be warned! They might be a little strong so xoi’, a sticky rice dish may help.
In the evening spend a couple of hours wandering back streets in and around the Old Quarter.  Streets tend to specialize by product category. Family-owned shops spill onto the road and sell everything from shoes and silk to belts and buckets.  A street food brunch is included so take your pick from traditional Hanoi Pho (beef noodle soup), Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Goi (pillow-shaped rice pastry with minced pork and mushroom), or Bun Cha (fresh noodle with grilled pork).  Still hungry!  Try two or three other varieties – they’re snacks rather than a meal.  
Watch locals sit and chat by beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, magical at night, and meander through narrow streets in the Old Quarter to Hanoi Beer Corner.  Here you can sample a cup of Bia Hoi, a local fresh beer.  Then led by our tourist guide, hop on the back of a motorbike to experience the hectic nightlife.  Our last stop is Dong Xuan Market and a night street food market too for a hotpot if anyone is still hungry! 
Return to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast, drive to Halong Bay (3 hours), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whoever comes to Vietnam should not miss the chance to visit Halong Bay, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea.
The program will be changed depending on which cruise choosing.
Halong Bay is in the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf and stretches over an area of 1,500 km2 with three thousand green islands that look like jewels. Upon arrival at the harbor, we will embark on a junk. We will enjoy a fresh seafood lunch on the boat while experiencing the majestic beauty of Halong Bay. The Junk is a wooden sailboat designed in a traditional Vietnamese style while offering a full range of modern amenities.
Visit the fascinating Dau Go Cave called “The Cave of Marvels” and Thien Cung Cave, the “Heavenly Palace Cave” surrounded by spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
After dinner, enjoy fishing with local fishermen. The reflection of the limestone outcrops, the sight of fishing boats lit up in the darkness; enjoy these precious moments in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.
Overnight on board the junk.
06.30-07.00: Welcome a new day with an amazing dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay. Refresh your body and soul with a Tai-chi session on the sundeck.
07.00-07.30: Catch the morning view of the seascape while enjoying breakfast with cookies and tea, at the café in the restaurant.
07.30-08.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village - the famous fishing farm by bamboo boat and discover the life of local people living on the surface of Halong Bay. (No swimming).
08.30-09.30: Pack up the luggage and check out of the cabin.
09.30-10.40: Enjoy brunch in the restaurant while cruising back to the tourist harbor.
11.00: Disembark from boat.
12.00: Your driver takes you back to Hanoi.
Guide and car pick up to NoiBai Airport for the departure flight to Hue at about 01 hour
Arrive in Hue - Phu Bai Airport. You will be met at the airport by your English-speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in downtown Hue.
Overnight in Hue
Thuy Bieu village where you can rent a bicycle or visit the village on foot.
Vietnamese cookery course.
After lunch, relax with a foot massage with herbs. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting the tomb of the King of Tu Duc.
After the visit, transfer to Hoian from Hue via the Hai Van pass which offers a splendid view of the center.
Overnight in Hoian.
Distance traveled: 120 Km.
08:00 Depart from your hotel
Spend a leisurely day cycling through the scenic and peaceful countryside of Vietnam, far away from the noise of the city. After passing through the town, you will cycle amongst villages of rice fields on quiet roads, ending up in Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau water coconut forest - 7 hectares of mangrove forest, canals, and houses covered in water coconut leaf. This place played refuge to people and local soldiers during the Vietnam War, but nowadays it is famous for its abundance of seafood.
09:30 On our journey to the village we will stop at Ba Le market, rice fields, cemeteries, and schools...
10:00 In the village you will be warmly welcomed with a green tea by Mr.Han and his family, the third generation of his family to live there. There you will have free time to stroll through the village, before rowing a basket boat with the locals, learning their traditional fishing techniques in the water coconut forest.
11:00 After returning to Mr.Han and his family, you will enjoy a traditional therapeutic foot bath with medicinal herbs, before preparing lunch with a local family. Lunch will feature many local dishes, such as Tam Huu spring rolls, Banh Xeo local pancakes, and grilled fish in banana leaf, among many other Vietnamese delicacies.
13:30 After lunch you will have free time to take a short rest and enjoy the calm of this relaxing region. Then we return to your hotel at 14h00.
08:00am: We travel about 50km from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremonies of kings of the Champa dynasty and was also a burial place for Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area.
Distance: Da Nang Central – My Son: 50 km => 1-hour transfer
Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Transfer to Danang airport with English speaking guide and morning flight to Saigon. Arrival after an hour and ten of flight, transfer to the city with a Local English-speaking guide. Free lunch. In the afternoon, discover the city: visit of the central district with its colonial-style houses, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office, the ancient Catinat district where the oldest hotel in Saigon is located: "Continental" and the Ben Thanh market. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at a hotel in Saigon.

8:00 am: After breakfast, we depart to Cai Be. Upon arrival at Cai Be, embark on a private boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market to see local people selling, buying, and exchanging goods from their boats. Visit a local garden and house to see orchards, rice crisped producing process, etc... After lunch cruise along the river to see the peaceful tranquil life of villagers, and admire the marvelous natural setting of the Mekong Delta region.
At about 3 pm, the boat will arrive at Vinh Long Market; walk around to explore Vinh Long Market before returning to Saigon
End tour in Saigon
Distance Ho Chi Minh Central – Cai Be 100 km => 2hour transfer
Overnight at hotel in Saigon.

Free time at leisure for last-minute shopping before transferring to the airport for departure home



  • Accommodation in the category chosen or similar (we haven't blocked any room yet) based on double/twin sharing with daily breakfast.
  • All local boat rentals and cycling as mentioned in the program. Cruise on Seat in coach (SIC) junk in Ha Long bay.
  • Transfer from and to the airports by private vehicle with A/C. Transportation by private vehicle with A/C.
  • Local English speaking guide(s) in Vietnam.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program. B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program. Mineral Water (01 bottle/pax/day)
  • Insurance during tour in Vietnam


  • Late check out or Early check in
  • Visa fee upon arrival in Vietnam (25 USD for one 1 month or 3 month single entry visa).
  • Meals and drinks are not mentioned in the program.
  • International flight/ Domestic flight tickets and airport taxes.
    All internal/ regional flight tickets in economy class with/without departure tax
  • Tips & personal expenses. Personal insurance. Any service not clearly mentioned in the program.


First : 3-Star Hotel

Superior : 4-Star Hotel

Deluxe : 5-Star Hotel

Important Info

PRICE IN USD PER PAX (in a private tour for a group of 2-6 adults)


Cancellation Policy

1. Cancellations must be advised by email / fax

2. The cancellation fees will apply:
  • Cancelation 30 days prior to arrival date: USD 50 per person will be charged.
  • Cancelation from 20 days to 30 days prior to arrival date: 30% of total invoice amount will be charged
  • Cancelation from 10 days to 20 days prior to arrival date: 50% of total invoice amount will be charged
  • Cancelation less than 10 days prior to arrival date or no-show: 100% of total invoice invoice amount will be charged

Refund Policy

If tour participants buy additional services which are not included in their program, the service fee will be charged on spot.
If tours participants cancel some services and / or portion of the tour program at their will during the trip, reimbursements shall not be made for these unused services and /or portions.
If in the course of the trip, an illness or mishap befalls a tour participant that entails extra services and /or medical attention arranged by company, all the related additional costs shall be defrayed by the participant himself or herself on the spot.



Applied for group 16-20 persons