Tour code:
VN08D-1
Duration
8 days 7 nights
Start in
Hanoi
Finish in
Ho Chi Minh City
Places to visit
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Surprise cave - Titov Island - Hanoi - Saigon (HCM city) - Ben Tre (Mekong Rural Life) - Ho Chi Minh city
Starts
Ends
Hanoi, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Highlights

Experience the "Vietnam Tour 8 days" a meticulously curated itinerary that unveils the captivating highlights of Vietnam, including its rich history, awe-inspiring landscapes, and vibrant cultural heritage.

  • Immerse yourself in the allure of Hanoi as you delve into its captivating history, vibrant culture, and bustling streets, filled with ancient tales.
  • Be mesmerized by the sheer beauty of Halong Bay, where majestic limestone karsts emerge from emerald waters, creating a breathtaking natural wonder.
  • Conclude your journey in the dynamic metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, where the past and present coexist harmoniously. Discover historical landmarks, feel the city's energy, and savor diverse culinary delights reflecting its cultural tapestry.
  • Immerse yourself in the rhythms of the Mekong River with a captivating cruise to Ben Tre, the birthplace of coconuts. Experience the authentic lifestyle of the Mekong Delta, with its lush landscapes and charming riverside villages.

Join us on this extraordinary 8 day Vietnam Itinerary, designed to showcase Vietnam's best, leaving you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for its historical, natural, and cultural treasures.

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – First Visit (No Meals)
Car

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your selected hotel, which is about 30 km away and takes approximately 45 minutes.

After checking in, you will have some free time to explore the area around your hotel and familiarize yourself with the surroundings.

Meals will be on your own during this time, so you can choose to dine at any nearby restaurant or enjoy room service at your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Read more about Hanoi: Hanoi things to do

Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour (B; L)
Car

On the second day of your Hanoi trip, you will embark on a city tour to visit some of its most significant landmarks. Your itinerary includes a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square, a significant memorial in Hanoi where Ho Chi Minh declared independence on September 2, 1945. Although you will view the mausoleum from the outside, it's a remarkable sight to behold.

Next, you'll visit the stilt house of Ho Chi Minh, also known as "Uncle Ho," who played a vital role in modernizing Vietnam. You will then head to the One Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 by Emperor Lý Thái Tông as a symbol of gratitude. The pagoda is situated in the center of a lotus pond and is similar to the one Emperor Lý Thái Tông saw in his dream, where he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.

Your next stop is the Temple of Literature, the first national university in Vietnam where ceremonies, study sessions, and exams of the Dai Viet took place. Built during King Lý Nhân Tông's reign in 1070, the temple is one of several in Vietnam dedicated to Confucius, sages, and scholars. After exploring these historical sites, you will have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Museum of Ethnology, which highlights the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Following that, you'll proceed to Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as "Lake of the Returned Sword." According to legend, Emperor Le Loi was boating on the lake when a turtle snatched his magic sword, Heaven's Will, and quickly disappeared into the depths.

The day's tour will culminate in watching a water puppet show, a traditional Vietnamese art form where puppets are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water.

Finally, you'll return to your hotel for the night.

Dinner will be at your own expense.

Best dishes in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Surprise Cave (B; L; D)
Car Cruise

We will start your day with an 8am pick-up from your hotel to transfer you to Halong Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular travel destination located in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. In Vietnamese, "Hạ Long" means "descending dragon."

We will arrive at Tuan Chau Port around 11:45am to 12:00pm, where you will board our boat. You will receive a welcome drink and a cruise briefing with safety instructions. A delicious deluxe Vietnamese Set Menu Lunch will also be served. If you wish, you may book a massage service in advance with your Cruise Manager and enjoy it throughout the cruise.

As we cruise through Halong Bay, we will pass by the most beautiful and serene areas, including Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, and Finger Islet. Our next destination 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 grotto, we will climb approximately a hundred stone steps.

After exploring the Surprise Cave, we will depart and sail for about 30 minutes to anchor overnight. During this time, guests can attend 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.

Dinner, featuring fresh seafood, will be served in the evening, followed by various 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.

Things to do in Halong

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

You may choose to wake up at 6:30am to enjoy coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries served in the dining room. However, this is not mandatory if you prefer to sleep in.

For those who wish to participate, a Tai Chi lesson lasting about 30 minutes will be held on the sundeck at 6:45am.

Guests will then be transferred by tender to Titov Island, where they can spend approximately one hour climbing to the peak to enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the Bay. An expansive viewing deck is also available halfway up the island for those who prefer not to climb. After the climb, guests can relax on the beach and take a swim.

Once guests return to the boat, they will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. We kindly ask guests to collect all of their belongings from the cabins and leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins. Our staff will transfer your luggage directly to the pier.

A full breakfast will be served in the dining room, and bills will be settled after breakfast. Guests can then relax on the sundeck or in the dining room, enjoying the beautiful bay scenery as we approach the pier.

We are scheduled to arrive at Tuan Chau port at 11:00am. Guests can then relax inside the pier building while waiting for return transportation.

(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, your memorable cruise experience will come to an end, and you will be transferred to Hanoi.

Dinner will be on their own.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) | 2hours By Plane (B; L)
Car Air plane

Following an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the 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 6: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre (Mekong) (B; L; D) (110 Km – 2h30)
Car Sampan Cruise Tuk-Tuk -Xe Loi

Begin your immersive experience of traditional Vietnamese life with a pick-up from your hotel in Ben Tre, a charming town situated in the Mekong Delta renowned for its scenic natural landscapes and distinct local culture.

At 10:30 am, you'll arrive at Hàm Luông pier in Ben Tre town, where you'll board a boat for a picturesque cruise on the Ben Tre River, one of the Mekong Delta's tributaries. During the journey, you'll observe the vibrant activities taking place along the river, such as fishing and water transfer, which form an essential part of the daily routine of the local people.

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

Experience the tropical culture of the peasants by taking a motor cart (xe lôi) or a bicycle through the green plains or green rice fields.

Enjoy lunch at the Hai Hồ family and then take a rowing boat to reach the pier, where you'll continue your journey by car to the house where you'll be spending the night. Check-in with the locals and take some time to rest or explore the village to learn more about the daily life of the locals.

Savor the flavors of traditional Vietnamese cuisine at the homestay dinner, prepared using fresh, local ingredients.

After dinner, unwind with a foot bath program that includes precious medicinal herbs from the garden and Sa Huynh salt, which is made using coconut shells for an authentic relaxation and healing experience.

Overnight homestay in Ben Tre.

Day 7: Ben Tre - HCM City (B; L) (110 Km – 2h30)
Car Bicycle

Commence your day with a revitalizing bike ride to explore a coconut garden after your morning meal. Savor the taste of freshly picked coconuts while listening to the tale of the abode with two wings and three compartments.

Following that, you will have the opportunity to taste delectable cocoa and learn about the methods of cultivating and producing cocoa in the vicinity. This unparalleled experience will enable you to discover the conventional techniques of cocoa collection.

Cycle through a beautiful region that showcases typical southern landscapes, and appreciate the extensive rice fields, orchards, gardens, and canals that stretch out for miles.

After a busy morning, take a breather and enjoy the local cuisine. Collect your belongings and embark on the journey to Ho Chi Minh City.

Your full-day adventure and exploration of Vietnamese rural life will conclude when you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City around 5:00 p.m.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Car

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 Trip (8 day tour in Vietnam)

  • 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 Mekong Delta.
    • Bicycle for all trip.
    • 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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    Jul 12, 2023
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    The itinerary of Vietnam was well-planned

    We had an incredible 8-day Vietnam vacation organized by Tran from Autour Asia. The itinerary was well-planned, offering a diverse range of amazing destinations to explore. What made our trip truly special was the outstanding accommodations and the friendly service we received throughout. Tran deserves commendation for exceeding our expectations and catering to our specific interests. Additionally, we would like to express our gratitude to Tai, who served as an exceptional host and tour guide. Our experience with Autour Asia was fantastic, and we wholeheartedly recommend their services to ..View More
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