Tour code:
VN10D-1
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Start in
Hanoi
Finish in
Ho Chi Minh City
Places to visit
Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Trang An - Bai Dinh Pagoda - Halong Bay - Surprise cave - Titov Island - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An - Saigon (HCM city) - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh city
Starts
Ends
Hanoi, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Highlights

The Vietnam itinerary 10 days is a comprehensive journey across Vietnam, encompassing its highlights and showcasing its historical, natural beauty, and cultural heritage:

  • Captivating Hanoi: Unveil the ancient city's prosperous history, vibrant culture, and bustling Old Quarter.
  • Embark on a sampan adventure in Trang An and explore Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest in Southeast Asia.
  • Exquisite Halong Bay: Visit the awe-inspiring natural wonder of limestone karsts emerging from lush waters.
  • Enchanting Hoi An: Discover the immaculately preserved town renowned for its architecture, traditional culture, and illuminated streets.
  • Vibrant Ho Chi Minh City: Conclude the expedition in the thriving metropolis, discovering historical landmarks and savoring diverse culinary delights.
  • Mekong Delta Cruise: Immerse yourself in the Mekong River lifestyle with a journey to Ben Tre, acknowledged as the birthplace of coconuts.

"Vietnam Travel itinerary 10 days" will be highly suitable for individuals with limited time yet desiring to explore the foremost cultural treasures.

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – First Visit (D)
Car
Upon your arrival at Hanoi Airport, our driver will be delighted to welcome you and drive you to your hotel, which is approximately 35 km away, roughly a 45-minute drive. After a long flight, it's crucial to take some time to rest and adjust to the time difference.

At 5:00 PM, embark on a combo: a 60-minute full Vietnamese body massage with dinner included. This revitalizing massage incorporates ancient techniques that target pressure points and invigorating movements, accompanied by aromatherapy massage oils to warm the muscles, relax the body, and enhance your overall well-being and physical flexibility.
Afterward, return to your hotel following a light dinner.

Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour (B; L)
Car Walking

After breakfast, your day kicks off with a visit to the square in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, honoring the nation's founder. Your guide will narrate the country's independence history before you capture memories in photos.
Next, head to the Defense Pagoda by West Lake, ending your morning with an insightful trip to the Hanoi Ethnography Museum, showcasing Vietnam's diverse ethnic cultures.
Lunch awaits at a local eatery.
In the afternoon, a fascinating stroll through the Hanoi Old Quarter awaits you. Start with the Long Bien Bridge - Paul Doumer Bridge (Trần Nhật Duật Street side) and continue to Cao Thắng Street, famous for its traditional spices. Then, explore the Đồng Xuân Market, the largest market in Hanoi, and soak in the lively atmosphere of Hàng Mã Street, known for its decorative items, Chinese toys, and colorful lanterns.
Continue your exploration through Lương Văn Can, Lãn Ông, and Hang Buồm streets, taking the time to visit the Bạch Mã Temple (76 Hang Buồm Street), the oldest temple in Hanoi. Take a well-deserved break at Café Market (Hanoi Coffee Station, 44 Hang Bè Street or another café boutique) to enjoy a complimentary coffee.
Capture the vibrant atmosphere by Hoan Kiem Lake before attending a mesmerizing Hanoi water puppet show in the evening.
Dinner is on your own, followed by an overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Trang An - Bai Dinh Pagoda (B; L)
Car Sampan Cruise

Your day will begin with an 8am hotel pick-up and transfer to the picturesque area of Ninh Binh, which boasts a stunning landscape of hundreds of limestone mountains nestled among lush rice fields and gentle rivers that have carved out spectacular and enchanting caves over millions of years.

Upon arrival in Trang An, you will embark on a delightful two-hour sampan cruise through various waterways, where you can marvel at the stunning rural scenery of limestone cliffs. Trang An Grottoes is similar to Tam Coc, but with many more caves to explore. Unfortunately, some of the caves have been widened to allow boats to pass through, compromising their natural beauty.

After the cruise, enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby local restaurant before continuing on to explore the majestic Bai Dinh Pagoda. Not only is this the largest pagoda in Vietnam, but it is also the largest in Southeast Asia. Situated on a hill at the back, with views overlooking a river at the front, its prime location has made it one of Ninh Binh's most impressive tourist attractions.

Finally, you will be transported to your hotel for the evening, with dinner on your own.

Overnight in Ninh Binh (or in a resort near Bai Dinh Pagoda)

Day 4: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Surprise Cave (B; L; D)
Car Cruise

Your day will begin with an 8am hotel pick-up and transfer to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Translating to "descending dragon" in Vietnamese, this stunning destination is a popular travel spot.

Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Port around 11:45am to 12:00pm, you will board our boat and receive a welcome drink and safety instructions during a cruise briefing. You will also be treated to a delicious deluxe Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch, with the option to book a massage service in advance to enjoy throughout the cruise.

As we cruise through the bay, you will have the opportunity to take in the most beautiful and peaceful areas, such as the Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, and Finger Islet. Our next stop is the breathtaking Surprise Cave (Hang Sửng Sốt), one of the largest and most stunning grottoes in Halong Bay. To reach the mouth of the cave, we will climb approximately a hundred stone steps.

After exploring the Surprise Cave, we will sail for about 30 minutes to anchor overnight. During this time, guests can participate in a Fruit and Vegetable Carving Lesson led by our Head Chef. Our chef will demonstrate fruit and vegetable carving and teach guests how to decorate and make some traditional Vietnamese food.

A dinner of fresh seafood will be served in the evening, followed by a range of activities. Board games like cards or Parcheesi will be available, as well as massage services throughout the cruise. Everyone can also try their luck at squid fishing on the boat with the help of the crew.

Overnight on boat.

Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B; L) (160km – 4h00)
Car Cruise Kayak

Should guests choose to wake up early at 6:30 am, they can enjoy a light breakfast and hot drinks in the dining room. However, it is not mandatory, and guests who prefer to sleep in can do so. For those interested, a 30-minute Tai Chi session will be held on the sundeck at 6:45 am.

After the session, guests will be taken by tender to Titov Island. There, they can choose to hike for approximately one hour to the peak to get a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Bay. An expansive viewing deck is also available halfway up the island for guests who do not wish to climb. After the climb, guests can unwind on the beach or take a swim.

Once guests return to the boat, they will have 30 minutes to freshen up and pack their belongings. All guests are requested to collect their belongings from the cabins and leave their heavy luggage outside. Our staff will transfer the luggage directly to the pier. A full breakfast will be served in the dining room, and guests can settle their bills after breakfast. As the boat approaches the pier, guests can relax on the sundeck or in the dining room and enjoy the beautiful bay scenery.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, tide levels, and operational conditions, and the times provided are approximate and may vary.

At 12:00 PM, the cruise experience will end, and guests will be transferred to Ninh Binh. On the way, a stop will be made to savor the mouth-watering green cake, a popular local delicacy.

In the afternoon, guests will arrive in Hanoi and proceed to check-in at their hotel.

Dinner will be on their own.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi - Da Nang | By Plane - Hoi An (B)
Car Air plane

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your morning flight to Da Nang city. Upon arrival, a driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to Hoi An. En route, you will make a stop at Non Nuoc Marble village, located about 8km southeast of Da Nang City, which is also known as "Mountain and Water" in Vietnamese.

Next, you will continue your journey to the ancient town of Hoi An. This town was once an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries, and has been officially listed as a World Heritage site. After arriving, you will check into your hotel and have free time to explore the ancient town.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An Discovery - Ecotour (B; L; D)
Sampan Cruise Bicycle Walking

What a wonderful itinerary! You will have the opportunity to experience some of the most famous and beautiful sights in Hoi An, while also venturing out into the peaceful countryside for a day of cycling and cultural immersion.

The morning walk through the ancient town sounds like a great way to start the day, with visits to some of the most significant historical and cultural sites.

The Quan Cong temple and Phuc Kien pagoda will offer insight into the Chinese influence in Hoi An, while the Japanese Bridge and Tan Ky ancient house will showcase the town's diverse heritage.

Lunch at a local restaurant is a perfect opportunity to refuel before embarking on an afternoon of cycling through the picturesque countryside. It will be refreshing to get away from the busy city and enjoy some peaceful time in nature. The Van Lang fisherman village and Bay Mau water coconut forest sound like stunning destinations, full of history and natural beauty.

Meeting Mr. Han and his family will be an incredible opportunity to learn about the local culture and traditional way of life. The basket boat tour and foot bath with medicinal herbs are unique experiences that will surely be remembered for years to come. And of course, dinner with a local family is an excellent way to sample traditional Vietnamese cuisine and connect with the local community.

Overall, this itinerary offers a great balance of history, culture, nature, and food, making it an unforgettable experience for anyone visiting Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | By Plane (B; L)
Car Air plane

Following an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Da Nang Airport for your morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. This bustling metropolis was once known as Saigon, serving as the capital of the French colony of Cochin-China and later the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955-75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, in honor of the Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who served as prime minister (1945-1955) and president (1945-1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).

Upon arrival, you will embark on a tour of the city. First, you will visit the Opera House, which was constructed in 1900 and influenced by the architecture of the Opera Garnier in Paris. The facade of the opera is a replica of the Petit Palais in Paris. You will also visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, a renowned central Saigon Cathedral erected in 1877 with materials imported from France, and the Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will explore the Chinese quarter "Cho Lon" and its remarkable Binh Tay market. The day will conclude with a visit to a lacquer ware factory, where you will have the opportunity to witness the creation of traditional Vietnamese lacquer ware.

Following the tour, you will return to your hotel for some leisure time, with dinner on your own.

Overnight in Saigon (HCM city).

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre (Mekong) - HCM City (B; L) (110 Km – 2h30)
Car Sampan Cruise Bicycle Tuk-Tuk -Xe Loi

Embark on an immersive adventure into traditional Vietnamese life starting at 8:00 am, with a pickup from your hotel in Ben Tre, a quaint town situated in the Mekong Delta region renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and distinct local culture.

At 10:30 am, you will arrive at Hàm Luông pier in Ben Tre town and board a boat for a picturesque cruise on the Ben Tre River, one of the Mekong Delta's tributaries. Along the journey, witness the lively activities taking place along the river, such as fishing and water transfer, which are integral parts of the local people's daily routine.

Experience the traditional brick-making process by visiting the masonry and observing how bricks are printed and fired. Also, explore a coconut processing workshop located along the canal and visit a workshop where mats are made, and enjoy some tea and fruit.

Take a motor cart (xe lôi) or a bicycle ride through the lush green plains or rice fields, and witness the tropical culture of the peasants.

Savor a delicious lunch at the Hai Hồ family before taking a rowing boat to reach the pier and return to Ho Chi Minh City.

You will arrive in HCM City around 5:00 pm after a refreshing break.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Car Air plane

Following your breakfast, you will have some leisure time before your scheduled airport transfer for your flight back home. Please note that meals during this time will be at your own discretion.

End of your 10 days Vietnam Tour Package !

  • What’s Inclusion

    • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
    • Overnight cruise on board a shared good-quality boat in Halong Bay (private boat upon request).
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
    • English-speaking guide during all tours.
    • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Water puppet show in Hanoi.
    • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
    • Local private sampan cruise in Trang An, Hoi An, Hue, Mekong Delta.
    • Bicycle in Hoi An & Mekong Delta.
    • Water & cool towels
    • Government taxes & service charge.
  • What’s Excluded

    • International airfare and departure taxes
    • Drinks and meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks, tips… etc.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Vietnam Visa (If you are not exempt from the visa).
  • Notes

    • Domestic flights: We quote separately and can book for you without fees.
    • Surcharged for Gala dinner on 24th and 31st December if any
    • Surcharged for Public holidays (30/4-1/5, Lunar New Year)
    • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/
    • late check-out is upon your request).
    • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
    • The triple room is possible upon your request.

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    Zhenzi H

    Apr 16, 2024
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    Remarkable experiences of 10 days Vietnam Tour Package

    This was my first time traveling on a 10-day Vietnam tour package, so I decided to find a local travel agency to help me plan my itinerary. I researched online and chose Autour Asia, with Ms. Tina as my travel consultant. She displayed patience and professionalism in helping me plan an unforgettable trip to Vietnam, providing me with many helpful tips along the way.I was assigned a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, Giang, who shared much of Vietnam's history with me and introduced me to many delicious local foods. I had the opportunity to taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine and truly ..View More
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    Ann Mansfield

    Apr 16, 2024
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    Priceless journeys on Vietnam Travel itinerary 10 days

    We just completed our 10-day Vietnam itinerary and had a wonderful time with our guide, Huan. He was incredibly kind and funny, with excellent knowledge of the area. Huan was always punctual and very helpful throughout our trip. We highly recommend him and Autour Asia for anyone planning a trip to Vietnam.
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    Frederic R

    Apr 16, 2024
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    Timeless episodes on 10 days in Vietnam

    We didn't want a typical 10 days in Vietnam, so Anna from Autour Asia did an excellent job of creating a tailor-made itinerary for us. We visited Tiger Island and enjoyed dinner at a homestay, where the atmosphere was exceptionally clean and the food was outstanding. Our group consisted of 10 people.The next day, we visited a local floating market and took a tour with a local tuk-tuk, which offered us a fantastic way to observe everyday life in the region. We concluded our trip in Ho Chi Minh City with the famous green path, which was an amazing experience.Our guide was extremely competent ..View More
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