Panorama of Vietnam is an opportunity to witness the country as a land of stunning beauty and fascination. A tour designed for anyone interested in Vietnams’ history and culture. We visit important sites of the Vietnam War, Hanoi, Hue and Cu Chi in Saigon. However, this tour will moreover show you wondrous sceneries, art, culture, not to mention its cuisine. Opportunities are created as you travel in understanding the country and its people as never before
Vietnam's history starts with China ruling the country for more than 1000 years.
France then occupied the country from the end of the 19th Century. In cities such as Dalat, Ho Chi Min (Saigon) and Hanoi one can find wonderful examples of French architecture.
The tour includes a stop in Hue, once the capital of Vietnam. However, the Vietnamese still rate the town as a focal point of yesterday's times and social respect. There are numerous pagodas, tombs and variegated kinds of structures that form a connection from the past to the present.
You have the great privilege to spend the day with a local family home within a small farming village; just outside of Hoi An town. This tour is designed to introduce you to a spectacular overview of the life, culture, history, geography, religions and cuisine of this wondrous country.
The tour starts in Hanoi, a once-forbidding municipality that is now completely transformed by nearly two decades of Capitalism. With over four million inhabitants Hanoi is the social center of Vietnam.
Any person who has been to Hanoi will probably tell you that it is the most attractive city in all of Asia. People have put roots here around the Red River for a thousand years. Dotted with lush roads among the city’s two dozen lakes, and discover buildings left by those who conquered this incredible valley.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel|
|Day 2||Hanoi City tour|
|Day 3||Drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay|
|Day 4||Visit Luon Return to Hanoi & flight to Hue|
|Day 5||Hue City Tour|
|Day 6||Set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An|
|Day 7||Explore Hoi and Cooking Class|
|Day 8||Short flight to Nha Trang|
|Day 9||Nha Trang: Day at leisure|
|Day 10||Nha Trang: Day at leisure|
|Day 11||Nha Trang – Saigon by Flight|
|Day 12||Saigon City Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels|
|Day 13||Full Day Cai Be Floating Market & Mekong Delta|
|Day 14||Last Day in Vietnam. Transfer to Saigon Airport|
> Daily departures
> All tours are with a private guide and include entrance fees
> Visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first University
> Enjoy a seafood lunch as you cruise the Ha Long Bay and spend a night in an elegant cabin
> Board a Dragon Boat and cruise the Perfume River through Hue
> Travel to Hoi An past fishing villages set in beautiful blue lagoons
> Explore the peaceful ambiance of ancient Hoi An
> Join a local farmer in his daily activities such as seeding, watering and picking crops
> Spend two relaxing days on the beaches of Nha Trang
> Travel down the Mekong River, visit a rice factory and local handicraft shops
- On your arrival; you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration. Transfer to the hotel; and check-in
- Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi City Tour (B)
- This morning we embark on an exhilarating and unforgettable ‘Xich Lo’ ride through the charming; yet bustling; 36 Street Old Quarter to Ba Dinh Square where we disembark to explore Ho Chi Minh’’s Quarter.
- Hanoi is well known for its history; architecture; charm; tranquility and cuisine. Our first visit is to the most well-respected site of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum which includes the Presidential Palace; One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
- We meet our bus for a short journey to visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison and the 11th century Temple of Literature; Hanoi’s first University.
- After our exciting adventures we’ve all worked up a hunger! We cross the street for lunch (pay yourself) at famous Koto restaurant.
- Afternoon; we drive approximately 25minutes to the Ethnology Museum.
- Here you will learn of the traditional cultures of 54 different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam through articles; stories; displays of traditional houses; costumes; hunting equipment and much more wares used in day to day life.
- Enjoy the famous traditional Water Puppets Show in the evening.
- Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)
- Ha Long Bay is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences in Vietnam. The postcard pictures you so often see of Ha Long Bay will become a memory to last a lifetime.
- We leave the city behind and drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay; taking around 3.5 hours.
- The beautiful countryside that awaits your imagination; takes us through local farming life and villages; providing us plenty of opportunities to stop and capture some spectacular photographs.
- Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing things the locals load onto their motorbikes!
- En route; we make a stop at one of our favorite organizations in Vietnam. Hong Ngoc Humanities center in Sao Do town. This wonderful establishment has been set up to provide skill and employment to people from small villages throughout the north of Vietnam; creating jobs and providing accommodation to disadvantaged people.
- You have the opportunity to purchase some exquisite local handicrafts and wares or just watch and admire the amazing and intricate workmanship involved in the production.
- Arriving in Ha Long Bay; we board our boat and enjoy a spectacular seafood lunch as we sail off into Dragon Bay; gazing at the breathtaking karst formations within the bay.
- After lunch have some free time to relax and admire the beauty of the Bay as we cruise through hundreds of formations.
- Throughout our cruise today; you will have the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore Sung Sot cave; where you will learn how karsts were formed in this area millions of years ago.
- For beach lovers and swimmers; we make a stop at one of the sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing.
- We continue cruising the bay until the late afternoon; before setting anchor for the night.
- Once anchored; there’s plenty of time for swimming or just relaxing to admire the scenery before settling into another scrumptious meal.
- After dinner; why not head to the top deck and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst admiring the peaceful ambiance and gazing at the millions of stars.
- Overnight on board the cruise boat in Ha Long Bay.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- 13 Nights’ Accommodation in double/twin room at selected hotels
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Domestic Airfares increases
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 19 to 30 APR 20
High Season supplements will be applicable for travel between 20 DEC 19 and 10 JAN 20
Contact us for any other date of travel required
Best time to travel to Vietnam
A good time to travel to Vietnam is spring (February to April and again in Autumn (August to October)
Overall, Vietnam enjoys a mild tropical or subtropical climate and aside from a few months a year in the high northern region you'll never need to worry about packing cold-weather gear.
But do bring an umbrella, especially if visiting from July to November, Vietnam's stormiest months.
Vietnam Culture and Greetings
When interacting with a Vietnamese, be sensitive to Vietnam’s history. The person you may talk to may have experienced the struggles of the Vietnam War. Thirty years on many Vietnamese still have physical and mental health problems from the war. Approach any topic regarding this with sensitivity and sympathy.
Objects should be passed, given or received with both hands together. Vietnamese people are generally punctual and expect the same standard from others. The Vietnamese are accustomed to shaking hands. Some Vietnamese might use two hands to shake by resting the left hand on top of the grasp with the other person's hand. Bowing the head while shaking hands indicates respect
Drinks & Food
Vietnamese food is always served fresh and flavourful. You will find lost of fish dishes, cooked with fresh herbs and vegetables. Local cuisine is healthy and light
Discover your environment
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Taxis are plentiful and can be flagged down on the street. Make sure the taxi has a meter set before starting your journey. Hiring a bike (Wearing a helmet is a must) for the day is popular and is still Vietnam’s most popular transportation mode, together with motorbikes. Express long-distance trains will take you comfortably between cities
Tipping is very customary, especially in the most important tourist areas. It is appreciated y the receiver as salaries are on the low side and tipping makes up a sizeable side to monthly earning
Local interesting meals:
Drinking an egg-coffee is a must
Pho: Noodle soup usually with meat
Nem: Spring rolls with pork, noodles, egg and mushroom wrapped in rice paper
Banh bao: Steamed dumplings stuffed with onions, pork and other ingredients
Banh MI: French baguette with pickled daikon and carrot, chilli, coriander, cucumber and various cold meats
Lau: Vietnamese hot pot
Bia hoi: Fresh beer produced daily and served cold in local bars and very refreshing (Low in alcohol)