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 increasingly than 1000 years.
France occupied the country virtually from the end of the 19th Century. 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 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 at 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
Ha Long –Hanoi – Hue by Flight (B/ Brunch)
- Rise early to catch the sunrise over Sung Sot Cave while taking part in a Tai Chi class with the boat’s Tai Chi guru.
- Enjoy a light breakfast and sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay. Then, you can explore Sung Sot Cave, swim and relax.
- Cruise back to the jetty while brunch is served and observing more fascinating rock formations.
- Return to Hanoi, with time to relax or grab a last minute bargain before our late afternoon flight to Hue.
- Arrive in Hue and transfer to hotel for check-in.
Hue City Tour (B)
- We commence our exploration and head to one of the most serene and tranquil tombs in Hue; Minh Mang’s Tomb. Set back from the river bank and hidden within the luscious forest area; surrounded by a beautiful lake; this tomb has a peaceful ambiance like no other.
- A 20-minute drive takes us to the beautiful construction of Khai Dinh’s Tomb; where we see the intricate workmanship of the mosaic architecture within and gaze at the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
- En route we make a stop at a small workshop to see the interesting process of making traditional Hue Conical hats and incense sticks.
- We return to town and visit Hue’s oldest 19th Century Pagoda; ‘Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda; which is famous for it’s Buddhist Centre teachings.
- Boarding our dragon boat from the base of the Pagoda; we cruise down the Perfume River; watching local fisherman; whilst passing through the banks of Hue’s town.
- After disembarking our boat we enjoy a delicious lunch (pay yourself) at a nearby Garden Restaurant
- After lunch we visit the Citadel (Forbidden Purple City); located in Hues town. The Citadel is the former living place of the Royal family during the Nguyen dynasty; from the 19th century to mid-20th century.
- Here you will discover the history of Vietnam during this period of time; as well as the daily life of the Royal family and the typical architecture of this Imperial construction.
- Overnight at your hotel in Hue.
Hue – Hoi An (B)
- After a relaxing morning we set out on our spectacular drive to Hoi An.
- We pass through Lang Co fishing village; set within beautiful blue lagoons; before heading up and over the spectacular Hai Van Pass; where we stop at the highest point to immerse ourselves and gaze at the spectacular scenery at 980 meters above sea level.
- 20 minutes from the base of the pass we arrive in Da Nang where we visit Cham Museum; built-in 1915; which contains intricate ancient Champa sculptures.
- We continue driving to the stunning Marble Mountains; where we climb the marble stairs to reach the peak of the largest mountains of the 5 elements; Thuy Son or more commonly known as ‘Water Mountain’.
- We admire the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains; countryside and China Beach and continue on to ‘Huyen Khong’; an underground cave; which was a former hospital through the War.
- After stopping for lunch at China Beach; where you have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the ocean we head to Hoi An.
- Upon arrival in Hoi An we stroll through the quaint streets of Hoi An; visiting an Ancient Chinese Temple; The Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese covered bridge.
- The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure for you to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this quaint ancient town or spend some time with the skillful tailors; treating yourself to tailor-made clothes; which Hoi An is renowned for.
- Overnight at your hotel in Hoi An.
- 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
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY to 30 SEP 2019
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)