Tour code:
VN21D
Duration
21 days 20 nights
Start in
Hanoi
Finish in
Ho Chi Minh City
Places to visit
Hanoi - Halong Bay - Surprise cave - Ninh Binh (Trang An - Bai Dinh Pagoda) - Hanoi - Da Nang - Ba Na Hill - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Saigon (HCM city) - Ben Tre - Can Tho (Mekong Delta) - Phu Quoc island Beach - Ho Chi Minh city
Starts
Ends
Hanoi, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Highlights

Embark on the unforgettable Vietnam itinerary 3 weeks to immerse yourself in the richness of Vietnam's history, culture, landscapes, and cuisine. With an impressive count of 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Vietnam proudly showcases its architectural wonders, ancient artifacts, and revered landmarks. Engage with the warm and welcoming locals who are eager to share their traditions and customs. Treat your taste buds to the vibrant flavors of Vietnamese gastronomy, renowned throughout Asia.

  • Begin your adventure in Hanoi, a bustling metropolis brimming with historical and cultural treasures waiting to be explored.
  • Traverse the breathtaking Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a captivating sailing journey.
  • Enjoy a serene sampan cruise in Thung Nham (Ninh Binh) and pay a visit to Southeast Asia's largest Bai Dinh Pagoda.
  • Let the timeless beauty of Hoi An's ancient town enchant you, and lose yourself in the ethereal fairy scene of Ba Na Hill.
  • Experience the allure of Nha Trang, a beautiful coastal city, and immerse yourself in the refreshing nature of Da Lat, often referred to as a dream city.
  • Feel the vibrant energy of Ho Chi Minh City, the most dynamic city in the country, as you witness its bustling atmosphere.
  • Dive into the rustic charm of the Mekong Delta, where you can enjoy a stay in a community-owned lodge and embrace the local way of life.
  • Finally, unwind and bask in the splendor of Phu Quoc island's stunning beaches. This captivating Vietnam 3 week itinerary north to south through country promises an abundance of wonders that will leave you with cherished memories.

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (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: Ha Noi City Visits (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 - Halong Bay (B; L; D) (160km – 3h30)
Car Cruise

After having breakfast in the morning, proceed to Halong Bay, which is situated in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination. The name "Hạ Long" signifies "descending dragon."

Upon arrival at approximately 12:30 PM, board a traditional junk boat and embark on an unforgettable journey through the mystical Halong Bay.

Enjoy the delectable cuisine served on board while spending the day marveling at one of Vietnam's natural wonders.

During the excursion, explore islets and visit the Surprising Cave situated on Bo Hon Island, which is one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes in the Halong Bay.

Access to the mouth of the grotto entails ascending around a hundred stone steps. If the weather permits, take a dip in the refreshing Gulf of Tonkin's cool blue waters.

To wrap up the day, relish a scrumptious dinner featuring an array of fresh seafood delicacies.

Overnight stay on the junk.

Day 4: Halong - Ninh Binh (B; L) (190km – 4h30)
Car Cruise

Start the day at 7:30 AM with a delectable breakfast on board. Take in the stunning views of Man's Head Island, Tortoise Island, Luon Cave, Bai Tu Long Bay, Ton Island, and Bai Tho Mountain during the cruise.

At 11:00 AM, relish an early lunch (brunch) on board before concluding the cruise at 12:00 PM.

Following this, transfer to Ninh Binh, a province in the northern region of Vietnam, situated in the Red River Delta region, well-known for its abundant natural and cultural attractions. En route, make a stop to savor green bean cakes. Upon arrival in the afternoon, check in at the hotel.

Dinner is at your leisure, and the night is spent in Ninh Binh.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 5: Ninh Binh - Discovery Of Trang An - Bai Dinh Pagoda - Hanoi (B; L) (110km – 2h30)
Car Sampan Cruise

Following breakfast, embark on a tour of the Bai Dinh Pagoda, renowned for its massive size and grandeur. The pagoda is home to 500 Arhat statues crafted from stone, which stand taller than a human's head, and will soon hold the record for the most Arhat Statues in ASEAN.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to the Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex, a breathtaking destination with a diverse range of landscapes, such as caves, mountains, valleys, water bodies, trees, and historic relics. It is often referred to as an "outdoor geological museum." During the tour, enjoy a 2.5-hour rowing boat ride.

Later, return to Hanoi.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, explore the Cham Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of Cham artifacts that provide a fascinating insight into the region's history and culture.

Afterward, visit the Non Nuoc Marble Village, situated about 8 km southeast of Da Nang City, a collection of five marble mountains near the sea, referred to as Hon Non Nuoc in Vietnamese, which means "Mountain and Water."

Next, proceed to the charming riverside town of Hoi An, a significant trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries, now designated as a World Heritage Site.

Check-in to your hotel, and enjoy the remaining meals at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An - Free Time For Your Own Visit (B)

Following breakfast, take a stroll through the Hoi An ancient town from your hotel and explore its treasures, including the Quan Cong Temple, dedicated to the brave and loyal Chinese General, and the Phuc Kien Pagoda, the most well-known assembly hall in the ancient town. The Fukjianese were Chinese traders who arrived in Hoi An in large numbers during the 17th century, leading to the worship of the gods mentioned above in this pagoda after the old pagoda's collapse.

Another highlight is the Japanese Bridge, Hoi An's iconic landmark, which was constructed by Japanese merchants in the 16th century and used extensively as a symbol of the town.

Also, visit the Tan Ky Ancient House, the most popular of Hoi An's ancient houses, and consider visiting a traditional Ao Dai tailor if you wish to purchase a traditional Vietnamese silk dress.

  • (Bebe Tailors 05 – 07 Hoàng Diệu, Hội An – Phone: 0235 2212 670 95 ; Phan Châu Trinh, Hội An – Phone: 0235 3923 678; 40 Trần Hưng Đạo, Hội An – Phone: 0235 3923 399).
  • (Yaly Tailor: 358 Nguyễn Duy Hiệu, Hội An – Phone: 0235 3914 995; 47 Nguyễn Thái Học, Hội An – Phone: 0235 2212 474; 47 Trần Phú, Hội An – Phone: 0235 3861 119).

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An - Ba Na Hills - Golden Bridge - Da Nang (B; L)
Car

At 8:00 am, your driver and tour guide will greet you in the lobby of your hotel and take you on a cable car ride to Ba Na Hills. Marvel at the breathtaking natural wonders along the way, including hills and forests, and explore the area's highlights, such as the Debay wine cellar, the Le Jardin D'Amour gardens, the Golden Bridge, and the Ling Ung Pagoda. You'll also have the opportunity to appreciate the classic romantic French architecture in the French village, visit the peak of Chua mountain, and stop by the Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple and Tru Vu tea shop. Take a thrilling slide down the tubes and enjoy a spectacular carnival performance show.

At 12:30 pm, you'll savor a delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, you can visit one of Vietnam's largest indoor gaming zones, a massive fantasy park that features a Dinosaur park, Jurassic park, 3D, 4D and 5D cinemas, an underground ride, free fall, and over 90 other games. There's even a horror house for the brave at heart. This park offers entertainment for visitors of all ages.

At 3:00 pm, it will be time to ride the cable car back down the mountain. Your fun-filled day will end between 4:45 pm and 5:45 pm when your car returns you to your hotel.

Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight in Da Nang.

Day 9: Da Nang Beach - Free Time (B)

You have a free day to unwind on the pristine beach or discover the alluring city of Da Nang at your leisure.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Da Nang.

Day 10: Da Nang - Nha Trang | By Plane (B)
Car Air plane

After enjoying your breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Nha Trang. This coastal city is renowned for its stunning beaches and opportunities for scuba diving, and has become a popular destination for travelers from around the world.

Upon arrival at Nha Trang, you will be met by a driver who will take you to your hotel. From here, you are free to explore the city or relax on the beautiful beaches at your leisure.

Meals will be at your own expense, giving you the flexibility to choose where and when you would like to eat.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 11: Nha Trang - Islands And Snorkeling Tour (B; L)
Car Sampan Cruise

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Nha Trang city for an exciting diving experience. You will be taken to the diving area from Cau Da Port, while your tour guide provides information about Nha Trang Sea and the diving activity.

Your first dive will be near Mun Island, which is recognized as the first marine conservation park in Vietnam and a national coral garden. It is the perfect place for diving with its diverse marine life. During the first dive, you will learn diving skills and get familiar with scuba diving equipment. An international certified coach will assist you in diving (one coach for each person) and explore the lively ocean floor. Additionally, you can also use interesting underwater photography services (costs excluded).

At 11:00 am, you will take a break and enjoy a light meal on board, including coffee, fruit, tea, and mineral water.

Next, you will move to another location in the reserve for the second dive. This time, you will explore other coral species and have a different experience while diving. Since you are already familiar with diving skills, you can easily observe and enjoy the beauty of more than 350 colorful types of corals, fishes, and other sea creatures.

At 12:30 pm, you will relax and have lunch with Vietnam's attractive dishes before the boat takes you back to Cau Da Port.

At 2:00 pm, you will return to your hotel.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 12: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B) (140km - 3h By Car)
Car

After a satisfying breakfast, we will embark on a journey to Da Lat city. During the trip, we will pause at the peak of a mountain that rises 1,500 meters above sea level (via a new road), where you can capture photographs and appreciate the awe-inspiring natural beauty that lies before you. You will also feel the refreshing and cool climate that distinguishes the highlands from the coastal regions. The mountainous terrain known as "Flowers - sea mountain" (Omega) that connects Dalat city, known for its gorgeous flowers, and Nha Trang city, famous for its beaches, can be observed from here.

Upon arriving at your hotel, you can check-in and relax.

Meals for the day will be at your own expense.

Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 13: Da Lat Disovery Tour (B; L)
Car

After breakfast, you will start your day by visiting RoBin Hill, the Dalat Cable Car Station, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. From here, you can admire the stunning sight of the pine forested valley that stretches down to the south, and take some beautiful photos. You may also choose to take the cable car that descends 300 meters and enjoy the view of the flower and vegetable fields that dot the pine forested valley below as you head to Tuyen Lam Lake.

Surrounded by pine forest, Tuyen Lam Lake is a stunning paradise that is home to the Truc Lam Zen Monastery, currently the largest Zen university in Vietnam. It's a quiet and serene place, so please dress decently. The area also boasts a beautiful flower garden that sits atop Phoenix Hill.

Continuing southward, you will visit Datanla Waterfall, which offers a magnificent view that can be approached by a thrilling roller coaster. On the way back to Dalat City center, you will visit the Bao Dai King’s Summer Palace, which is a unique cultural lifestyle that showcases Vietnamese royal decoration and is a meaningful place to visit during your trip to Dalat.

For lunch, you will stop at a local restaurant on the way.

In the afternoon, your journey will continue to the Da Lat Flower Garden, which was established in 1966 and is known as the paradise of flowers. The garden boasts a rich collection of local and foreign flower types, including roses, impatiens walleriana, chives, azaleas, bird of paradise, hydrangeas, orchids, and cactus. Here, you can take stunning photos in the colorful flower garden, walk in the bonsai park, stroll along the romantic lakeside, ride a horse, or use a swan pedal boat.

If you love art, the XQ Embroidery Village, also known as the XQ Historical Village, is a must-visit place. Here, you will find many miraculous hand-made embroidery works and learn how they make these fantastic artworks. This is the head and original hand-embroidered works of XQ in Vietnam, and you will be surprised and amazed by the charming ladies working here. You can also enjoy the artichoke tea and jams at Dalat's Specialities Showroom, where you can buy souvenirs to remember your trip.

Finally, you will return to your hotel to relax and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 14: Da Lat - Saigon | By Plane (B)
Car Air plane

After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city).

Upon your arrival at the airport in Saigon, you will be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city of Saigon on your own.

You may wish to indulge in the delicious local cuisine or visit the various markets and shopping areas.

Meals for the day will be on your own.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 15: Saigon - Ben Tre (B; L; D) (110 Km – 2h30)
Car Sampan Cruise Tuk-Tuk -Xe Loi

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At 8:30 am, depart from Ho Chi Minh City and head to Ben Tre, known as the land of coconut due to its vast coverage of coconut trees. With over 40,000 hectares of coconut trees, it's considered to be the area with the largest coconut coverage in the country.

At 10:30 am, arrive at Hàm Luông Pier in Ben Tre town and take a boat ride on the Ben Tre River, one of the tributaries of the Mekong River. Along the river, you'll see lively activities such as fishing and water transfer.

Visit a brickwork to see how bricks are traditionally made by printing and baking. Then, stop by a coconut processing workshop located along the canal.

Next, take a walk to a family workshop where locals make sleeping mats and enjoy some fruit and tea.

Hop on a motor cart (xe lôi) or a bicycle to explore the area under the shade of trees, pass by green rice fields, vegetable plains, and learn about the local tropical culture.

For lunch, head to Hai Hồ family and enjoy some delicious food.

After lunch, take a rowing boat to reach the pier and then transfer by car to your bungalows. You'll have some time to relax around the village before dinner at 7:00 pm.

Overnight at the bungalows in Ben Tre.

Day 16: Ben Tre - Can Tho (B; L) (130 Km – 3h00)
Car Bicycle

7:30 am: Enjoy breakfast at the bungalows. Then, take a cycling tour to explore the local market, witness the process of making brooms, visit workshops, and see how soy sauce is made.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

After lunch, transfer to Can Tho and check in at your hotel.

Dinner is at your own expense, so you can explore the local restaurants and street food stalls on your own.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 17: Can Tho - Cai Rang Market - Phu Quoc | By Plane (B)
Car Sampan Cruise Air plane

After enjoying your breakfast, embark on a boat to visit the renowned Cai Rang floating market as well as a family-owned noodle-making factory. This floating market is one of the largest in the Mekong Delta, and consists of a multitude of boats and stalls offering a variety of produce, including mangoes, bananas, papayas, pineapples, and even contraband items like cigarettes. The market provides a unique opportunity to witness the vibrant waterway activity of the region, and explore its maze of boats.

Next, savor the fresh fruit at Ba Cong garden and take a tour of the noodle craft factory.

Later, proceed to the airport for your flight to Phu Quoc island. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

You are free to choose your own meals throughout the day.

Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 18: Phu Quoc Island - Free Time In The Beach (B)

You have a full day to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc Island at your leisure. Phu Quoc is renowned for its pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters and stunning sunsets. You can indulge in sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the sand.

If you want to explore the island, you can rent a motorbike or take a taxi to visit nearby attractions such as the Phu Quoc National Park, Cua Can River, Ham Ninh Fishing Village, or the Suoi Tranh Waterfall. You can also visit some of the island's historical sites, such as the Coconut Tree Prison or the Dinh Cau Night Market to try some local street food.

In the evening, you can watch the sunset from one of the beachside restaurants while savoring fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.

Meals are at your own expense. Enjoy your free day in Phu Quoc Island!

Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 19: Phu Quoc - Free Time In The Beach (B)

Free day to relax on the beach.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 20: Phu Quoc Island - Saigon | By Plane (B)
Car Air plane

After enjoying your last breakfast at the hotel in Phu Quoc, it's time to say goodbye to this tropical paradise and make your way to the airport for your flight back to Saigon.

Upon arrival in Saigon, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your hotel in the city center.

Take some time to rest and relax after your flight and enjoy your last night in Vietnam.

Meals are at your own expense.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 21: Saigon - Airport Transfer To Fly Back Home (B)
Car Air plane

Great, I hope you had a wonderful trip! Safe travels and have a pleasant flight back home. Don't forget to come back and visit Vietnam soon!

Meals are at your own expense.

End of your 3 weeks 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 Thung Nham (Ninh Binh), Hoi An, Mekong Delta.
    • Bicycle for all tours.
    • Ba Na Hill cable car.
    • Ecotour in Hoi An.
    • 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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    Cassa E

    Apr 17, 2024
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    Unforgettable memories with Vietnam travel itinerary 3 weeks

    Unforgettable memories with the highlights of Vietnam. An excellent agency that perfectly orchestrated our Vietnam 3 week itinerary north to south.We explored the Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hue, and the treks in Sapa, which were particularly memorable.The French-speaking guides were very competent, and the drivers were careful and punctual.We highly recommend Autour Asia, especially Selina, for her availability, kindness, and ability to design a travel itinerary that perfectly matched our expectations
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    Apr 17, 2024
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    Remarkable experiences on Vietnam itinerary 3 weeks

    The Autour Asia agency organized our tailored Vietnam itinerary 3 week, respecting our expectations, with local guides and some moments of independence. We explored Ben Tre (Mekong), Da Nang, Hoi An (ecotour), Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay (Lan Ha Bay, Light and Shadow Cave), and Sapa (hiking to the villages).Thanks to the various guides, we discovered different aspects of Vietnam, its varied histories, and much more. The accommodations met our expectations
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    Teumas F

    Apr 17, 2024
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    Valuable journeys through 3 weeks in Vietnam

    We spent 3 weeks in Vietnam with Highlights of Vietnam, traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, thanks to the agency Autour Asia. We chose to start our trip in Ho Chi Minh City due to the more affordable flight prices.Everything was impeccably organized, from activities to guides and logistics; we were well taken care of from beginning to end.Thank you to Tina for her hard work and attention throughout our journey. You can trust them completely! Communication is excellent
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