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Essence Vietnam with Con Dao Island

15/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 HanoiHalong BayHueHoi AnHo Chi MinhMekongCon Dao IslandHo Chi Minh
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For those who have limited time of travel to Vietnam but wish to explore the most highlighted spots along the country and look for a nice combination of nature, culture, cuisine, history, local life and beach relaxation, this 15-day odyssey from north to south will definitely be perfect for you. Start from Hanoi city in the north for a glimpse, get a close view to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage – Halong Bay on a cruise. Fly to the Central region, see the different anicent beauty between Hue and Hoi An, then stop by the bustling Ho Chi Minh City and find yourselves as a part of Mekong delta when cruising along the waterways and verdant coconut forests. Finally, spend the whole last time on Con Dao Islands, isolated from the mainland and away from the stress and worry of life, extremely unwind in the wilde nature and relax. This journey is really a relaxation vacation that gives you fascinating experiences about Vietnam. Pack-up your luggage and join us on this amazing trip.

Highlights

  Experience cultural uniqueness of Vietnam such as water puppet show, cyclo in Hanoi

  A valuable opportunity to set foot on one of the majestic wonders of the world Halong Bay - a World Natural Heritage Site

  Learn the historical periods of Vietnam when visiting Hue city and Cu Chi Tunnels, from its feudal times to its brutal wars that have destroyed the beautiful country

  Experience the world longest single-wire cable car system of Ba Na Hills and walk on the well-known Golden Bridge having an unique architecture to enjoy gorgeous views

  Wander along colorful latern-decorated streets to feel the tranquility of Hoi An Ancient Town

  Join in an exciting biking excursion to rural villages of Hoi An, try to be a chef with funny cooking class and take an interesting basket boat trip in Bay Mau water coconut forest

  Have a multidimensional view of the country's development while living in the bustle and dynamism of Ho Chi Minh City

  Let your soul be calmed when you immerse yourself in the simple life of heartwwarming indigenous people in the Mekong Delta

  Take deep relaxation on the isolated and untouched Con Dao islands - a hidden paradise of Vietnam where people have not seen the appearance of development on tourism

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi, Watch Water Puppet Show, Enjoy Welcome Dinner at... D
Day 2 Hanoi Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology,... B, L
Day 3 Hanoi, Halong Bay Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay... B, L, D
Day 4 Halong Bay, Hanoi, Hue Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay, Fly from Hanoi to Hue, Free time... B, Br
Day 5 Hue Enjoy a boat trip on romantic Perfume River, visit Hue with Lady... B, L
Day 6 Hue, Hoi An Transfer from Hue to Hoi An, visit Ba Na Hills enjoying the... B, L
Day 7 Hoi An Cycle from Hoi An to Tra Que Herb Village Van lang fisherman village... B, L
Day 8 Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh Free day in Hoi An, fly to Ho Chi Minh City B
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh Visit Cu Chi Tunnels in the countryside and the highlights in the... B, L
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Explore Unique Mekong B, L, D
Day 11 Mekong, Ho Chi Minh Visit Floating Market, Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City B, L
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh, Con Dao Island Fly from Ho Chi Minh city to Con Dao Island. Free to explore the... B
Day 13 Con Dao Island Free time at your leisure B
Day 14 Con Dao Island Free at your leisure B
Day 15 Con Dao Island, Ho Chi Minh B
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    Arrive in Hanoi, Watch Water Puppet Show, Enjoy Welcome Dinner at local restaurant

Welcome to Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam which is considered as a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties. 

At Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome then take you to your hotel to do check-in. 

After relaxation, our guide will take you walk to the theatre and you will enjoy Water Puppet Show – A traditional art performance of Vietnam. After that, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Watching authentic Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

Vietnamese Water Puppet Show is a traditional folk art which dates back several centuries. Watching the exceptional show with the puppet moving through water by the skillful puppeters will be a special way to discover the ancient art and the countryside stories in your holiday in Hanoi. The authentic Vietnamese Water Puppet Show will take you through Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture, a good insight to farming and historical legends with colorful animated puppet and rhythmic melody from traditional instruments.

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    Dinner

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    Join city tour: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature

08.00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then you will start the Hanoi city tour 

You will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. You will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.

Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next you will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital. The tour will end at about 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.

Traditional Cyclo Trip around the Old Quarter

To epxlore the Old Quarter in Hanoi, nothing can compare to a trip by the traditional cyclo. Traditional cyclo driver will transport you around the streets at a very leisurely pace whilst the busy traffic flows around you. Through the fascinating experience of rickshaws driving around the Old Quarter, you will experience the daily life of the local. It will be a very relaxing way to see the inner city and old quarter as well as travelling around the lake and french quarter. This slow - speed tour with extremely comfortable cyclo in good condition will give your great memory for you holiday to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital.

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Great time to exploring the rich history and culture of Capital Hanoi

Hanoi - a blend between the traditional and the modern beauties - a sedate capital with rich history and the unique architecture from East to West welcomes you. Ho Chi Minh complex with the Mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, etc is one of the most important sites which will help you to learn more about history, arts and architecture. Don't miss the trip to Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam and you will have chance to learn more about the education and history of Vietnam. If you are interested in the rich culture of the minorities, how about visiting Museum of Ethnology. The lively exhibition, informative messages and many interesting stories of traditions and costume will give you a fascinating glimpse into  many ethnic groups. Your visit will surely be an ideal choice in the holiday in Vietnam to to calm down from the hustle and bustle Hanoi.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Transfer to Halong Bay, Explore the World Natural Heritage, Stay overnight on cruise

08.00 AM: The driver will pick you up at the hotel, departing 3.5 hours to Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO twice. Upon arrival, embark the cruise and enjoy welcome drink while having tour briefing. A sumptuous lunch will be served on board while the ship sailing further to the Bay, make your time to admire its dramatic limestone islands. 

You can rest at your leisure on the sundeck or relax in your cabin. In the afternoon, you will have time to swim in the warm and calm water or get on kayaks of your choice. Kayaking is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay. After 01 hour exploring the bay, you will get back to the cruise for relaxation before attending Cooking class in the late afternoon.

Enjoy the superb dinner and stay overnight on board.

Experiencing kayaking in beautiful Halong Bay

When in Halong Bay – the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, you should not miss the chance to join the outdoor activities to explore the beautiful nature in exciting experience. Kayaking - one of the most attractive choice, is very easy for all levels and ages to do. Our expert and experienced guide surely instruct you basic paddling steps before leading you to explore the extraordinary beauty of Halong Bay.

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Relaxing in Halong Bay with excellent Cruise Accommodation

Known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Halong bay is must for visitors when going to Vietnam. Speding time on your holiday to join to a cruise trip in the spectacular bay, you will  have chance to relax in the beautiful bay scenery with the excellent cruise accommodation. Moreover, when relaxing at your cabin or sitting on the upper deck; you can sight-seeing gladly, let all the worry and busy life go away while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Enjoy the sightseeing in Halong Bay, Fly from Hanoi to Hue, Free time in Hue

You will continue our journey on Halong Bay in the early morning. A Tai Chi Class on the sun deck is a must that you should not miss when on a cruise. Sitting on the upper deck; you can relaxsight-seeing while taking photos of the magnificent beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. After breakfast, you will explore Sung Sot cave - one of the finest and widest grottoes of Halong Bay. Next, keep cruising and passing the fishing village with its unique way of life. 

At 10.30 AM, our boat cruises back to the jetty, and you will enjoy the last moment in the bay before having a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
You leave the boat around 12:00 at noon, you go ashore and transfer back to Hanoi.

About 04.30 PM, you will arrive at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

Our private car will wait for you at the hotel, transfer you directly to the airport for your flight to Hue. When arriving in Hue, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel by our tour guide and driver. Stay overnight in Hue.

Having a close look at the interesting life of floating villages in Halong Bay

When joining the cruise trip in Halong Bay - the World Natural Heritage recognized by UNESCO, visitors will have chance to visit the floating village by kayaking or being taken by bamboo boat trip on the water around the villages. You will have chance to get to the place where you could see the fish swimming beneath and also see the fishermen working and the local children playing happily around their floating houses. If you are interested in various cultures and different life style, it will be definitly worth a visit. 

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Visiting stunning caves in Halong Bay

Every visitors who come to Vietnam should never miss Halong Bay. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage, Halong Bay will amaze you by not only the magnificet natural scenery but also by thousands remote islands and stunning cave. You will have chance to visit the fabulous limestone caves with mysterious stories which will beautifully highlight the rock formations. Sung Sot Cave (Surprise cave), Thien Cung Cave (Paradise Cave), Luon Cave, Tien Ong Cave... are ones of those most safe and beautiful caves that you may visit when in Halong Bay. There are rough stairs to climb, and the access is very easy for every visitors. 

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    Breakfast, Brunch

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    Enjoy a boat trip on romantic Perfume River, visit Hue with Lady Pagoda, the Emperor Tomb of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh as well as walk around the Ancient Citadel

08.30 AM: Our tour guide will wait for you at the hotel lobby to start the tour around Hue Old Citadel.

Rising up in the ancient land, you board on a private boat for cruising on the romantic Perfume River. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient royal tombs of emperors past, and visit to some of these tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop. Setting in the converge of rivers, and gives you a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. From here you will take a drive to visit King Minh Mang tomb & King Khai Dinh tomb. Lunch at a local restaurant. 

This afternoon you will join a tour of Hue City including the Old Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City - an amazing historic landmark in Hue - a definite must-see sight to learn more about the history and architecture that visitor should not miss when travelling to that peaceful area.

After the tour you will be transfer back to your hotel. Free in the evening. Overnight in Hue.

Romantic Dragon Boat trip in Perfume River

When travelling through Central Vietnam, it will be a pleasant memory to take time to visit Hue, and one of the leisurely and photogenic ways to spend a sunny morning in Hue is by taking the boat trip on the Perfume River. Considered as a wide, slowly moving, brown ribbon bisecting the city, the river will bring you a closer look at local life along the river, a different perspective to the city, get a closer look at the local culture on countryside banks.

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Take a trip to Imperial Citadel, Royal Tombs and learn about royal history, culture and architecture

Whether it's the Royal Experience with Mysteric Tomb, Imperial Citadel and the ancient architecture, or the peaceful atmosphere in the streets, Hue City is one of the most appealing destinations for those who loves the beauty, poetry and romance. Surrounded by the historic sites, Hue will blow your mind with a wind of ancient stories. By recognizing the role history has played in our lives, we can go forward with more appreciation on the lives we live in.

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    Breakfast, Lunch