Vietnam’s Hidden Gems and Exclusive Experiences

From Hidden Hanoi Havens to Mekong Delta’s Mysteries: Exclusive Encounters and Serene Moments on a Journey Tailored for the Curious Soul

Number of days: 14Ds/13Ns

Key locations: Ha Noi, Mai Chau, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
Summary

This 14-day private tour through Vietnam is designed to unveil hidden treasures and take travelers far from the beaten path. Discover secret hotspots in Hanoi, experience moments of tranquility with meditation sessions guided by monks and indulge in the artistry of tea masters. Venture deep into the heart of the Mekong Delta aboard private sampans, navigating its labyrinthine waterways and encountering the hidden gems of this enchanting region. This curated journey promises authentic encounters and exclusive experiences, allowing you to uncover the lesser-known facets of Vietnam. 

Highlights 
  • Experience guided meditation led by a Zen Monk. 
  • Embark on a private overnight journey aboard a Sampan on the majestic Mekong River with Victoria Cruises. 
  • Indulge in a dining experience inspired by the royal tables of the Nguyen Dynasty. 
  • Enjoy a private music performance celebrating the diverse music traditions of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. 

Why choose this tour

  • Choose this tour for an immersive journey through Vietnam, seamlessly blending cultural exploration with culinary delights.
  • From the unique Pho trilogy dining experience in Hanoi to the serene Mekong Delta cruise, the itinerary promises diverse and enriching experiences.
  • Enjoy a royal dining encounter in historic Hue, explore Hoi An’s charm, and discover Vietnam’s wartime history in the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • This tour offers a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural discovery across Vietnam’s picturesque landscapes.

What is included in the price?

  • Local Guide 
  • 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 4 Dinners. 
  • Transport by private air-conditioned Car or Minibus. 
  • Airport Transfers 
  • Internal Flights 
  • Hotel Porterage 
  • Stay in 5* Accommodation 

Comprehensive package of excursions

Tour Plan

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival, meet your helpful guide and be transported to Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi Full Day Tour

Our first full day starts with a city tour of Hanoi, going to the Ho Chi Minh Complex and the Temple of Literature. Then, visit the B52 Lake, where remnants of a wartime plane are still visible to this day. 
After lunch, enjoy leisure time in the afternoon to explore at your own pace. In the evening, treat yourself to a trilogy of the iconic Pho: savour the traditional soup, indulge in a unique chocolate, and see the flames of a Pho cocktail. Conclude the evening with live music. 

Day 3: Hanoi - Yen Tu

Embark on an excursion to Yen Tu, a sacred mountain in Vietnam. Experience guided meditation led by a local Zen monk, immersing yourself in spiritual tranquillity amidst the natural surroundings. Choose to ascend to the summit of the mountain either by foot, enjoying a serene hike through lush forests, or by cable car for a panoramic view of the landscape below. It's a journey of inner reflection and awe-inspiring vistas, offering a profound connection to the spiritual heritage of Vietnam. 

Day 4: Yen Tu - Halong Bay

Today we go on an overnight boat cruise to Halong Bay, complemented by a scenic flight by Hai Au Aviation. Experience the unparalleled beauty of the limestone karsts and turquoise waters from above as you soar through the skies. Then, immerse yourself in the enchanting landscapes and tranquil ambience of Halong Bay during your cruise.  

Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Awaken amidst the stunning beauty of Halong Bay before returning to Hanoi and catching a flight to Hue. Tonight, indulge in a dining experience fit for royalty, inspired by the tables of the Nguyen Dynasty. Delight in a royal meal like no other, as you savour the flavours of tradition and elegance in the historic city of Hue. 

Day 6: Hue Full Day Tour

Begin your day with the majestic Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda, where history and spirituality intertwine. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely afternoon at your own pace or opt for an optional royal tea-making ceremony led by a tea master. Learn the art of brewing the perfect cup while immersing yourself in the refined traditions of Vietnamese tea culture.  

Day 7: Hue - Hoi An

Today enjoy a scenic drive from Hue to Hoi An via the iconic Hai Van Pass, marvelling at the breathtaking coastal vistas. Pause at a local lagoon for a hands-on experience, delving into the art of oyster farming. Learn about the intricate process from local experts and sample some fresh Seafood.  

Day 8: Hoi An Full Day Tour

Take a captivating city tour of Hoi An, exploring its iconic landmarks such as the Japanese Bridge, a symbol of the city's rich heritage. Visit a local tailor shop to witness the artistry of Vietnamese tailoring firsthand. Then, stop by a tranquil teahouse and experience local hospitality. Conclude your tour with a visit to a workshop where you can make a traditional mask, crafting a unique souvenir. 

Day 9: Hoi An Countryside Excursion

You will take a picturesque cycling trip through the serene countryside of Hoi An, where lush green landscapes and rustic charm await. Explore winding pathways and tranquil rice paddies. 
Your journey will lead you to an organic rice farm, where a local lady is championing sustainable farming practices. Learn about her inspiring efforts to promote organic agriculture, and gain hands-on insight into traditional farming techniques. 

Day 10: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - A Journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels

Start your morning with a flight to Saigon and a journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels, delving into Vietnam's wartime history. Then, experience a private music performance by a local family, showcasing instruments from all of Vietnam's ethnic minorities. 

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Dive into Ho Chi Minh City, exploring its historical and cultural landmarks. Visit the War Remnants Museum and a local Medicine Museum, and see iconic sights such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and the bustling Dong Khoi Street. We then head into the Mekong and transfer to Can Tho for your next adventure.

Day 12: Excursion aboard Victoria Cruises' Song Xanh Sampan

Embark on an overnight excursion aboard Victoria Cruises' Song Xanh Sampan, immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Mekong Delta. Witness local life unfolding along the waterways as you glide past charming villages and bustling markets. Explore local handicrafts and traditional industries, gaining insights into the vibrant culture of the region. As the day draws to a close, watch the sunset over the Mekong River, casting a golden glow upon the landscape.

Day 13: Cai Rang Floating Market Tour - Ho Chi Minh City

Embark on a journey to the vibrant Cai Rang floating market, where you'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast amidst the bustling activity of local vendors. Afterwards, disembark to visit the remnants of a local prison, where you'll have the privilege of meeting one of the survivors who will share their poignant story.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

After breakfast your airport transfer awaits.

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