Best of Vietnam - 13 Days

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Kicking off in Vietnam's capital Hanoi, embark on a breathtaking 13 day journey through imperial cities and rural villages, taking in beautiful Halong Bay and the lush Mekong Delta. Finish up in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and the fascinating Viet Cong tunnels of Cu-Chi!

  • Hanoi – Ride pillion on taxi-motorbikes and discover the backstreets of the city including the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison
  • Cu Chi Tunnels – Discover the legendary tunnels which were used masterfully by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Explore the sobering War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace and the fascinating FITO Museum
  • Halong Bay – Weave around beautiful limestone islets onboard a junk boat and explore inside the beautiful caves
  • Hue – See the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Purple Palace which is hidden behind the walls of the ancient Citadel
  • Tra Que village – Enjoy a bicycle ride in the countryside, learn how to tend the fields and enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson
  • Mekong Delta – Cruise the waterways on a traditional sampan, visit local cottage industries and enjoy lunch in a local home
  • Hoi An – Enjoy some R&R in this enchanting riverside town with its cobbled streets, lanterns and iconic Japanese Bridge
Age Policy
18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult
  • Vietnam
  • Asia
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Singles
  • History
Day 1: Hanoi

Friday. Welcome to Hanoi, perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. Airport to hotel arrival transfer.

Day 2: Hanoi

After breakfast we embark on an exciting backstreets tour of Vietnam's capital. Including Ho Tay Lake, the beautiful Temple of literature and Hoa Lo Prison, with an exhilarating taxi-motorbike ride and a tasty local lunch.

Day 3: Halong Bay
( overnight in Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat)
Hanoi – Halong Bay. This morning drive to beautiful Halong Bay. Boarding a deluxe junk boat we cruise the emerald waters. This afternoon we visit the spectacular Trinh Nu Cave and there's the opportunity to swim and go kayaking. Later this evening there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration, followed by a delicious seafood dinner on board.

Day 4: Halong Bay
( overnight in Sleeper train)
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck before exploring Halong Bay's famous Sung Sot Cave. Returning to Hanoi we embark on a guided cyclo tour of the French Quarter this afternoon, followed by a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Later, board overnight sleeper train to Hue.

Day 5: Hue

Upon arrival to Hue we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city. We then explore one of the Royal Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and as the sun sets there's an optional cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River.

Day 6: Hoi An

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Today we drive along the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds). En route we stop for a walk along My Khe beach. In Hoi An we’ll enjoy a short walking tour of this enchanting historical town.

Day 7: Hoi An

A scenic bicycle ride into the countryside, leads us to Tra Que village. Here, we discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a fun, hands on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch.

Day 8: Hoi An

Today is free for you to independently explore Hoi An.

Day 9: Can Tho

Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City. Early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Drive to the Mekong Delta. Taking our sampan from Cai Be we cruise through the maze of waterways watching the hubbub of daily life on the river and enjoy short stops at some of the local cottage industries.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City. Early today we visit the ever lively Cai Rang floating market before departing for Ho Chi Minh City. On a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City we'll see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and visit the sobering War Remnants Museum.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet-Cong in their struggle to keep control of the region during the 1960’s.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

Today we head out to explore more of Ho Chi Minh City. Starting with the Reunification Palace, followed by the Giac Lam Pagoda. Later on we take a journey through Vietnam’s medical history at the FITO Museum. Our last stop of the day is Ben Thanh Market, where you can shop till you drop!

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday. Today marks the end of our tour and after breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your onward departure flight.

  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 1 dinner
  • 10 nights 4 star and special class hotels and 1 night aboard deluxe junk boat (private en suite cabin)
  • 1 overnight sleeper train Hanoi to Hue in basic 4 berth cabin (or opt to fly - see Add-ons for details)
  • Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves
  • Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
  • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
  • Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide
  • Economy class flight: Danang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 13
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3-6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
-Entrance Fees: USD$50-60pp, paid in USD or VND

Karen Hind 28-Apr-2019

Tuan was a great guide. He gave heaps of information about Vietnam which you don’t get travelling on your own. The value of this Cant be underestimated in the enjoyment of the trip. Tuan worked tirelessly to ensure everything went smoothly working non stop while we enjoyed our trip and just relaxed and got to know each other. Thanks to a great guide I loved our trip to Vietnam. Thanks Tuan. Even met us for lunch after our trip was over.

Rating: 5/5

Rose DiMartino 24-Mar-2019

The tour was excellent and the guide was spectacular. He was knowledgeable about the history and the culture. He was articulate and funny and had a great way with people. He know the back streets and the best coffee places. Just superlative in every way.

Rating: 5/5

Bradley Quayle 24-Dec-2018

Hung was an absolutely fabulous guide - probably the best I've had in 20 years of travel. Extremely knowledgeable, and always willing to go the extra mile to help with non-standard issues e.g. he had to take 2 of our group to hospital on what was a free day for us so he should have had the day off. The tour was very good, nice blend of cultural, historical and nature. Had a good balance of free time to do our own things as well. Only thing I would change is to have an extra day in the Mekong - its a long drive from Saigon to get there and to only have one night (in what was the best hotel of the whole tour) was a little bit frustrating.

Rating: 5/5

Andrea Burnett 24-Dec-2018

Wow! Vietnam was so full of surprises. I loved everything about this tour. Our guide Hung was very knowledgeable with a wicked sense of humor which kept us on our toes. So much fun with a great group of people. I couldn't have asked for more.

Rating: 5/5

Emily Segooa 03-Dec-2018

Mr Tuan is an exceptional guide, considerate of the slow and infirm, just had a knee operation, his induction and information on the different towns was exceptional, he manages all the suppliers taxis, hotel staff and restaurant staff to our advantage. knows us all by name on the first day, builds a group, we all felt like family. Knowledgeable about the various sites. His attention to detail is exceptional. I will recommend On The Go to my friends and hope they get this superior performer Mr Tuan. Thanks again to Mr Tuan for making us feel so special.

Rating: 5/5

Kenneth Riley 30-Jan-2018

Excellent tour guide with great communication skills and a sense of humour also very knowledgeable. Tour nicely paced with excellent hotels

Rating: 5/5

Julie Gray 15-Feb-2017

Absolutely brilliant guide the best ever. Made the tour so much fun. Really knows his country well. Would love to come back and do another tour with Tuan. He made the tour very special.

Rating: 5/5

Rachael Page 15-Feb-2017

Awesome tour guide! So knowledgeable about Vietnam & willing to share his culture & experiences.

Rating: 5/5

Nicola Robbie 12-Feb-2017

Excellent tour and guide, exceeded all expectations.

Rating: 5/5

Marion Andrew 07-Feb-2017

TOUR: Excellent tour!! So varied and full of interesting activities cycling, kayaking, museums and supporting local industries. Loved the pace of the tour and authentic Vietnamese experiences. GUIDE :Where on earth did you find him ? He's pure gold dust !! . Kien was consistently on time , efficient , engaging, well informed , cheerful , respectful and fun ! He taught us so much about Vietnam and its people and adapted to our needs and interests. From Day 1 his straight forward and authentic manner allowed us to feel safe and supported.The tour was brilliant and your guide Kien made it total magic ! The guide who took us on our Hanoi city Day tour (Cheung?) was also excellent.

Rating: 5/5

Christa Lyons 27-Apr-2016

Amazing! His attention to detail was outstanding, he would make sure we were already checked in and air con's were on in our rooms on arrival. He would adjust the itinerary to give us time to refresh as it was so hot some days. He even walked me to a chemist in Hanoi when we had free time as I was feeling unwell.

Rating: 5/5

Julia and Mark Broadhurst 22-Jun-2015

The tour was excellent - well organised and a fantastic group of people. John, our tour guide was brilliant - he was very knowledge about Vietnam, and incredibly helpful and quick to respond in calling out a Dr when I was ill during the trip. We were lucky that we had a private tour of Hanoi with John on arrival as no one else in the group was doing our tour - it was a fun and informative day, and the trip overall was very enjoyable. The only observation we would make is that we were expecting 4* star hotels throughout our stay, but the final hotel (Ho Chi Minh City) was only a 3*.

Rating: 5/5


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