Vietnam Odyssey: From Hanoi’s Bustle to Mai Chau’s Tranquility

From Hanoi’s Hustle to Ho Chi Minh City’s Harmony: Discover Vietnam’s Majestic Landscapes, Imperial Legends, and Heartfelt Hospitality
Number of days: 14Ds/13Ns
Key locations: Ha Noi, Mai Chau, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Embark on a 14-day odyssey through Vietnam’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the tranquil beauty of Mai Chau, each destination offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Cruise through the mystical waters of Halong Bay, where limestone karsts meet the horizon in a breathtaking display of nature’s artistry. Wander through the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, soaking in the charm of this ancient trading port. Explore the imperial history of Hue, where ancient citadels and royal tombs tell stories of a bygone era. Finally, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Ho Chi Minh City, where bustling markets and historic landmarks converge to create a dynamic metropolis. Along the way, discover the warmth and hospitality of the Vietnamese people.

  • Venture into the captivating Mai Chau valley, immersing yourself in its breathtaking landscapes and engaging with local ethnic minority communities. 
  • Delve into the intricate tunnels of central Vietnam, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet a veteran and listen to firsthand accounts of life during wartime and combat against the Khmer Rouge. 
  • Savour a rum-tasting experience followed by a beachfront dinner at a charming distillery. 
  • Embark on a serene sampan cruise through the enchanting Mekong Delta, where you’ll encounter local handicrafts and have the chance to meet a cacao farmer from the region. 

Why choose this tour

  • Choose this comprehensive 14-day Vietnam tour for an immersive journey through the country’s rich cultural tapestry and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Indulge in authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi, explore the enchanting Halong Bay on a two-day cruise, and savor the flavors of Hoi An’s culinary delights.
  • Immerse yourself in the historical charm of Hue and the vibrant energy of Ho Chi Minh City, all while experiencing unique cultural encounters and optional culinary adventures.
  • With scenic walks, unique dining experiences, and optional chocolate-tasting excursions, this tour promises a diverse and unforgettable exploration of Vietnam’s captivating beauty and cultural heritage.

What is included in the price?

  • Local Guide 
  • 13 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners. 
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle. 
  • Internal Flights 
  • Hotel Porterage 
  • Stay in 3* and 4* Accommodation 

Comprehensive package of excursions

Tour Plan

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival in Hanoi, there will be a seamless transfer to your accommodation. Then, indulge in a welcome dinner, savouring authentic Vietnamese cuisine and immersing yourself in the vibrant culinary scene of Hanoi. 

Day 2: Hanoi Full Day City Tour

Embark on a captivating city tour of Hanoi, beginning with a visit to the HCM Complex and the serene Temple of Literature. Afterwards, enjoy a meaningful lunch at a social outreach program, enjoying delicious Vietnamese cuisine while supporting the local community. 
Next, embark on an eco-friendly adventure around Hoan Kiem Lake aboard an electric vehicle, soaking in the scenic beauty of this iconic landmark. 
Conclude your day by immersing yourself in the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, where history and culture converge amidst charming architecture and vibrant markets. It's a journey through the heart of Hanoi's rich heritage. 

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau

Today you will transfer to Mai Chau, where you'll delve into the heart of the valley with a scenic walk to visit local ethnic minority villages. Afterwards, prepare for a truly unique dining experience as you enjoy a meal inside a captivating cave setting, surrounded by the natural beauty of Mai Chau. 

Day 4: Mai Chau - Hanoi

Embark on a thrilling biking excursion in Mai Chau, exploring the picturesque landscapes and visiting the White Thai ethnic minority villages. After an enriching experience, transfer back to Hanoi, reminiscing on the cultural encounters and scenic countryside of Mai Chau 

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Go on a breathtaking two-day excursion aboard the Emeraude, exploring the mesmerising wonders of Halong Bay. Day one unfolds as you cruise through the bay's majestic limestone karsts, marvelling at their ethereal beauty. Engage in activities like kayaking or visiting ancient caves, then unwind aboard the enchanting Emeraude. As evening descends, indulge in a sumptuous dinner against the backdrop of a stunning sunset on the bay. 

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hoi An

This morning, awaken to the serene beauty of Halong Bay, participate in sunrise meditation and bask in the morning view. Continue your exploration of the bay's hidden caves and emerald waters, immersing yourself in its natural splendour. We'll then transport you to Hoi An, indulge in a chef demonstration and dining experience, immersing yourself in the flavours of Vietnamese cuisine. 

Day 7: Hoi An City Tour

Take a captivating city tour of Hoi An, seeing iconic landmarks on lantern-lined streets. During your tour, delve into the world of traditional craftsmanship with a visit to a local mask maker. Witness the intricate techniques and paint your version of these cultural treasures. 
Later, meet with a renowned tailor who will share her inspiring journey and offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in her atelier. Discover the artistry and dedication behind Vietnamese tailoring while perhaps even indulging in a personalized fitting session. 

Day 8: Full-day Excursion to The Ky Anh Tunnels

Embark on a full-day excursion to the Ky Anh tunnels, immersing yourself in Vietnam's wartime history. Meet a war veteran who shares poignant stories of bravery and resilience, offering a unique insight into the country's past. 
Afterwards, journey to a nearby ancient village, where you'll experience the warmth of Vietnamese hospitality and explore local traditions amongst picturesque backdrops.  
Tonight, relish a rum tour and dining experience at a beautiful beachfront distillery. 

Day 9: Hoi An - Hue

Take a scenic transfer to Hue via the legendary Hai Van Pass, soaking in panoramic views of coastal beauty and lush landscapes along the way. Upon arrival in Hue, indulge in a private tea-making class led by a tea master, where you'll learn about the ancient tea practices of the Nguyen Dynasty. Immerse yourself in the art of tea-making, discovering the rich cultural heritage and traditions associated with this beloved beverage.

Day 10: Hue Full Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day city tour of Hue, immersing yourself in its rich history and cultural heritage. Begin your journey at the majestic Imperial Citadel, where the legacy of Vietnam's imperial past comes to life amidst ancient walls and grandeur. Next, visit the serene Thien Mu Pagoda, an iconic symbol of Hue nestled along the Perfume River, before exploring the tranquil grounds of the Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Tombs, each reflecting unique architectural styles. This evening opt for an optional Hue Street Food Tour, where you'll tantalize your taste buds with the city's culinary delights.

DAY 11: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and dive into a city tour, exploring its poignant history and vibrant culture. Visit the War Remnants Museum to gain insight into Vietnam's wartime experiences. Then, wander through Rue Catinat and admire the architectural grandeur of the Municipal Theatre, Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. It's a journey through time and heritage in the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Full Day Tour

Take a captivating city tour of Ho Chi Minh City, immersing yourself in its vibrant culture and daily life. Begin by paying homage at the Thich Quang Duc Memorial, a solemn reminder of Vietnam's history of resilience and sacrifice. Next, explore the bustling Ho Thi Ky flower market, where vibrant blooms and fragrant scents fill the air. Indulge in a taste of local culture with a stop for Vietnamese coffee, savouring its bold flavours. It's a journey through the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, where history, tradition, and daily life converge in a vibrant tapestry of experiences.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Embark on a full-day journey to the enchanting Mekong Delta, where you'll discover the vibrant tapestry of local life along its intricate waterways. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of daily life as you explore bustling markets and encounter skilled artisans crafting traditional handicrafts. The beautiful Cai be Princess Sampan will be your chariot upon the waters and during your adventure, meet a local cacao farmer who will regale you with captivating stories of farming and community. Learn about the art of cacao cultivation.

Day 14: Return Flight

Today is the final day of the voyage in Vietnam, but why not extend your experience with an optional chocolate-tasting excursion? Delve into the fascinating bean-to-bar process and discover how cacao beans transform into delectable chocolate delights. During the tasting, indulge in chocolates sourced directly from the farm you visited the day before, offering a unique and immersive experience.

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