Vietnam Express Northbound

Trip Code

VEN

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

10 days

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Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Commence your journey in Ho Chi Minh City and conclude it in Hanoi! Embark on the dynamic Vietnam Express Northbound, a 10-day tour package that guides you through Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and four other captivating destinations in the country. This experience encompasses accommodations in hotels, the expertise of a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Hello! Welcome to Vietnam. Your journey commences with an introductory meeting at 6 pm. Since this itinerary doesn't allocate much time for exploring Ho Chi Minh City, consider arriving a day or two earlier to explore the attractions. We can gladly arrange additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Ho Chi Minh City boasts a vibrant atmosphere with a touch of French influence. You might want to explore Pham Ngu Lao Street, visit Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, or opt for an Urban Adventure with a local expert guide. Following the meeting, why not bond with your fellow travelers and savor the diverse flavors of Vietnamese cuisine during an optional group dinner?Accommodation: Hotel
Day 2

Day 2: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

Today, you will head south using a private minibus (approximately 3 hours) to explore the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, embark on a private boat and navigate the intricate waterways, immersing yourself in the serene surroundings of this fertile region often referred to as the 'rice bowl of Vietnam.' Disembark at Ben Tre, visit coconut gardens, and pause at a local home to taste tropical fruits and coconut jams before enjoying a paddling experience in sampans (small rowing boats). Explore the villages on a tuk-tuk tour, gaining insights into rural life and local livelihoods. Indulge in a delicious lunch at a delta-centric restaurant, savoring regional specialties like the renowned elephant ear fish. Conclude the day with a boat cruise along the major waterways of the delta to Ben Tre boat pier. After the cruise, return to Ho Chi Minh City by bus.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 3

Day 3: Hoi An

This morning, bid farewell to Ho Chi Minh City and take a flight north to Danang (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Upon arrival, embark on a 45-minute bus journey to Hoi An, with the breathtaking peaks of the Marble Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. Once in Hoi An, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of this distinctive town, shaped by the cultural influences of Europe, China, and Vietnam over the years. A significant trading port since the 17th century, the town's architecture reflects diverse external influences, featuring pagodas and assembly halls scattered throughout. Despite its modest size, Hoi An exudes both vibrancy and tranquility. The tour will guide you through the streets undergoing restoration, offering a glimpse into the town's appearance over a century ago. As you traverse these historical streets with low-tiled buildings, you'll encounter a notable trader's former residence, the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall, and a museum.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 4

Day 4: Hoi An

Indulge in a leisurely day in the UNESCO-listed Hoi An. Explore the Central Market and peruse the vibrant street stalls offering an array of artworks, woodcraft, ceramics, lanterns, and more. Hoi An is renowned for its skilled tailors, capable of crafting exquisite items tailored to your preferences within a short timeframe. For the more adventurous, consider renting a bicycle to explore the picturesque surrounding countryside – an excellent way to gain insights into rural Vietnam. Additional optional activities include a day excursion to My Son Cham, an intricately designed World Heritage-listed temple reflecting the cultural richness of the Cham civilization, a scenic cruise along the Thu Bon River, or a visit to the nearby Cua Dai Beach.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 5

Day 5: Hue

Depart from Hoi An today and traverse the captivating Hai Van Pass, a route that, while occasionally rugged, offers breathtaking panoramas overlooking Lang Co Beach. Pause for a quick photo break along the way before continuing your journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam (approximately 5 hours, including stops). Hue harbors the riches of Vietnam's royal history and boasts a compelling mix of lively streets and serene surroundings. Join your guide for an exploration of the Imperial Citadel, encompassing the Imperial City and the Forbidden Purple City within. This iconic site was heavily damaged during the Vietnam/American War, and the remnants and craters from bombs serve as poignant reminders of the devastation caused. During your free time, consider a visit to Dong Ba Market, where you can find locally crafted items, fresh produce, and enticing street delicacies.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 6

Day 6: Hue - Overnight Train

Embark on today's journey with a unique motorbike adventure. You will be accompanied by your personal driver, who will guide you through a scenic drive around the Imperial Citadel and then to the Thien Mu Pagoda, an unofficial emblem of Hue with origins dating back to 1601. This active Buddhist monastery holds historical significance, as evidenced by the car left by a monk who self-immolated in protest against the mistreatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. Following this, ride to a special lunch venue at a convent or Buddhist monastery, indulging in a delectable vegetarian feast. Continue your motorbike exploration to the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, situated amidst a serene landscape of a lake, frangipani bushes, and pine trees. As the day concludes, board an overnight train to Hanoi (approximately 12 hours).Accommodation: Overnight sleeper train
Day 7

Day 7: Hanoi

Upon early morning arrival in Hanoi, proceed to your hotel for check-in. Renowned for its picturesque lakes, tree-lined boulevards, public gardens, and the captivating Old Quarter, Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, offers a blend of modernity with its emerging cityscape, ancient Buddhist temples, and a maze of historic streets. Later in the day, embark on a guided walking tour that includes notable landmarks such as Ho Chi Minh's former stilt house and the Temple of Literature. During your leisure time, consider exploring the '36 Streets' in the historic Old Quarter, strolling around the serene Hoan Kiem Lake, or visiting the Fine Arts Museum—an institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the cultural richness of Vietnam's diverse ethnic communities.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 8

Day 8: Halong Bay

Embark on a private minibus journey to the breathtaking Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its pristine beauty (approximately 4 hours). The bay features emerald waters adorned with limestone islands and captivating caves. A cruise awaits to take you on an exploration of Surprise Cave and the mesmerizing rock formations. During the warmer months, you can engage in kayaking or take a refreshing swim near Ti Top Island. Access to Surprise Cave involves navigating staircases, and inside, the pathways may be a bit uneven and slippery. Onboard the ship, relish your meals in the dining room and bar, including delectable fresh seafood for both lunch and dinner. Spend the night beneath a starlit sky on the boat.Accommodation: Overnight boat
Day 9

Day 9: Hanoi

Bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Halong Bay and journey back to Hanoi by bus (approximately 3.5 hours). Arriving in Hanoi later in the afternoon, you'll have some leisure time to explore the city's attractions or indulge in last-minute shopping. Alternatively, you can unwind at a café or savor a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the quaint microbars in the Old Quarter. The evening culminates in a group farewell dinner at KOTO restaurant, an establishment dedicated to empowering underprivileged youth through hospitality industry careers.Accommodation: Hotel
Day 10

Day 10: Hanoi

Conclude your Vietnamese journey today. While there are no scheduled activities on the last day, you may opt to extend your adventure with a short tour, such as the 'Hanoi Street Food by Night' or 'Village Discovery by Bike' offered by our partners, Urban Adventures (visit urbanadventures.com for more details). Alternatively, you might want to explore the Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the 'Hanoi Hilton,' historically used for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Another intriguing option is a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, showcasing captivating indoor and outdoor exhibits. If you wish to extend your stay, feel free to inquire about additional accommodation (subject to availability) at the time of booking.

Tour Overview

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Arrival (-/-/-)

Day 1: Vietnam Intro Begins!

Pick-up at Tan Son Nhat International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 2

Day 2: Mekong Delta - Cai Be floating market (B/L/-)

The day will begin with a two-hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, we will take a boat cruise to visit Cai Be Floating Market. This market is a place where everybody gathers to buy and sell agricultural products. The market operates all day but it is only busy in the early morning. This market is different from the traditional ones because people buy and sell products on boats. Discovering this market, you can see business activities on rivers; understand the life of people in the South West region. Floating on the water, visitors can enjoy the relaxing moments.At the floating market, you can watch locals aboard their small boats trading fresh goods and local commodities. We will stop over at a local house where we can see how they make coconut candy, rice-paper, rice-pop corn and rice wine. Leave Cai Be for Tan Phong Islet where the maze of shady creeks will surely fascinate you, take a rowing-boat in a small channel. You will have a chance to spend time, enjoying traditional music and tropical fruits. Have a traditional lunch at a local house, including the popular dish of ‘Elephant-Ear Fish’. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3

Day 3: Free time in the morning - Cu Chi Tunnels - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/-/-) - by flight - 1 hour

Free time at your leisure in the morning. In the afternoon, check out for a half-day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels before flying to Da Nang. Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of tunnels stretching over 250 kilometers, have proven to be one of the most famous and historical aspects of the Vietnam War. The tunnel system was created in 1948 to assist the Viet Minh as they fought the French for independence. Digging and building of tunnels continued over the next 25 years until it was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storages, weapons factories, field hospitals and command centers. The tunnels could house thousands of people who lived almost entirely underground for years. There, people led relatively normal lives, which included getting married and raising children. During the American War, the entire area of Cu Chi was designated as a free fire zone; and was therefore, heavily attacked and bombed. In 1988, two sections of tunnels were opened up for visitors. Now you have the chance to enjoy this wonderful and informative experience. Created with “moving parts” these structures were designed to be livable for long periods of time.And for those who are interested, there is an opportunity for you to fire off rounds from a war era M16 or AK47 at the nearby firing range. (This activity is optional; fees for firing range are not included).After the trip, transfer to Tan Son Nhat International airport to go to Hoi An. Upon arrival at Da Nang airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Check in and relax. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 4

Day 4: Hoi An City Tour in the morning (B/-/-)

Exploring Hoi An Ancient Town on foot is one of the best ways to take in the city’s charm. While exploring this small yet beautiful town, tourists and frequent visitors find that it is a place of tranquility and peace. The unique atmosphere here combines elements of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Some of the most remarkable views of the town are from the Ancient Houses. From here, visitors can catch a glimpse of a long-gone past and more subdued and simple time.The tour includes visits to Hoi An Market, Hoi An Museum, many of the town’s renowned Ancient Houses which boast a remarkable architectural style, Assembly Halls of Chinese influence, Art Craft Manufacturing and of course the must-see Japanese Covered Bridge. These spots are considered as typical architecture styles in Hoi An and reflect clearly the cross culture among France, Japan, China and Vietnam. Passing over hundreds of years and withstanding the severity of the weather, Hoi An still exists and keeps the ancient and quiet beauty. Once strolling around the ancient city, you will contemplate the simple and rustic life activities, the trellises of windflowers covering around the houses. It is certain that this tour will bring great moments for you. Have free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5

Day 5: Hoi An Foodie tour - My Son Sanctuary (B/L/-)

Discover Hoi An’s countryside and its local foods by bicycle. Local foods in Hoi An are known and enjoyed by the tourists once setting foot here. In Hoi An, these cuisines are very popular and sold everywhere in all streets. Moreover, these cuisines are considered as unique symbols for the culture and introduced to every tourist. We will ride to a local restaurant for Hoi An specialty - Cao Lau. We then bike through the countryside to a Tra Que Village. You will also learn how to make special “white rose” dumpling cakes with a local family and taste your products. Continue riding to Cam Nam to enjoy the Yin and Yang food such as: Banh Dap (“cracked or smashed rice pancake”), Che Bap (“corn and coconut sweet soup”).In the afternoon, visit My Son Sanctuary - an experience that should not be missed. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. Wander around the lost Champa Kingdom that dated back to the 3rd century, explore the temples and learn about the fascinating history behind this sanctuary of Hinduism. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6

Day 6: Hoi An - Free day (B/-/-)

Free time all day to explore Hoi An on your own or take optional tour with Hoi An Express. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7

Day 7: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ha Noi City Tour (B/L/-) - by flight - 1 hour

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Da Nang International airport to go to Ha Noi. Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Check in and god for lunch before a City tour.With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Ha Noi is full of charms. Visit some of Ha Noi’s heritage sites such as Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), the first Imperial school in Vietnam, built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly. We will also visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple (Jade Mountain Temple), But Tower (Pen Shaped Tower), Dai Nghien (Inkstone Stand) and The Huc Bridge (Wooden Bridge painted in red). Then, we will take a cyclo (pedicab) ride around “the 36 meandering streets” of Ha Noi’s historic Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life.The history of Ha Noi dated back for over one thousand years, and Ha Noi has different cultural characteristics compared to other areas in Vietnam. The lifestyle, cuisine, fashion… of Ha Noi folks bear special features and through this journey, we can perceive these. It is very interesting to discover Ha Noi in the morning, when the life has just started and we can enjoy the busy atmosphere. Hanoians are very friendly and hospitable. Hopefully, this is the most remarkable memory of your trip to Vietnam. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 8

Day 8: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

The wondrous Ha Long Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive sights. Heading out of town, we will embark by boat for an exploration of legendary Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is home to some 3000 limestone islands that rise out of the clear emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way, we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and enjoy a visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Overnight on the cruise.
Day 9

Day 9: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (B/L/-)

After breakfast, swimming and sunbathing. After lunch, return to Ha Noi. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 10

Day 10: Ha Noi - Departure (B/-/-)

Have breakfast at the hotel and relax until the time of transfer to Noi Bai International airport for your departure flight.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

OptionPrivate TourSmall GroupHotel
 Standard1490 USD1090 USD3-star
Deluxe/Superior1690 USD1290 USD4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with Tourism Union Indochina an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

* all tens hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips  and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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