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Travel from South to North on a 9-day tour, exploring Vietnam’s geography and culture. Start in Vietnam’s modern metropolis, Saigon then travel north to the sleepy riverside town of Hoian. Discover the ancient capital of Hue, before immersing yourself in Hanoi’s colonial charm and conclude your tour with an overnight boat cruise among the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay.

Price from: US $ 1035 /pp

Start city: Ho Chi Minh

End city: Hanoi

Durations 9 Days 8 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Saigon, Mekong Delta, Hoian, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay

Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi

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Day 1: Saigon Arrival.
Day 2: Saigon City Tour.
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon – Danang – Hoian.
Day 5: Hoian – Danang – Hue.
Day 6: Hue City Tour – Fly to Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi City Tour.
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.


Prices are quoted in US $ per person, double occupancy.

Day 1: Saigon Arrival.
Welcome to Vietnam’s financial hub: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an orientation tour through Saigon’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag and explore the city on your own.
Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 2: Saigon City Tour.
Enjoy a full day to tour Saigon’s diverse attractions. Start with a visit to Saigon’s China Town, then learn about traditional Vietnamese medicine at the FITO Museum and browse through the amazing array of goods at Ben Thanh Market. Stop for lunch then continue on the city tour with a visit to the War Remnants Museum and former Presidential Palace. You conclude the day exploring the city’s French colonial architecture, stopping at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon.
Today you travel to the Mekong River Delta on a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape. Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Cai Be. Start your tour with a visit to Cai Be floating market, cruising among the local barges stuffed-full of fruits and vegetables. Visit some local workshops then enjoy a delicious lunch served in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards. In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables. The cruise ends around 3:30 PM in Vinh Long. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon – Danang – Hoian.
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your internal flight to Danang. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and take you on the short drive to the sleepy riverside town, Hoian. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. End the day with a relaxing sunset boat trip.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 5: Hoian – Danang – Hue.
You are free in the morning.
After lunch, check-out and drive over the 500m-high Hai Van pass to Hue. Enjoy a stop at the scenic Lang Co Beach for a drink before continuing on to Hue – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s former capital. Rest of the day, relax at your hotel or explore the city on your own.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 6: Hue City Tour Fly to Hanoi.
Spend an entire day touring the Vietnam’s former ancient capital. Start the day with a visit to the Imperial Citadel, home to the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City – once the Emperor's private residence. The Imperial City was created in the 19th century and modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. The Imperial Enclosure houses many palaces and temples within its walls. In the afternoon, continue on your tour to visit mausoleum of King Tu Duc (a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king), Thien Mu Pagoda and vibrant Dong Ba riverside market. Drive to Phu Bai Airport to catch your short flight to Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi. Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel in the city centre.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi City Tour.
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). Later in the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique folk art that originated a thousand years ago during the Ly dynasty. A water puppet show depicts the daily activities in Vietnamese rural life as well as important historical events and ancient legends. Each water puppet is hand-carved and given five layers of lacquer paint to protect the puppets from the water and to add vital colors to the performance.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay.
* The following Halong Bay itinerary is a sample for our standard service on a 3 star junk/ cruise. Different programs are available through our luxury cruise itineraries on the Violet, Jasmine, Ginger, Paradise or Au Co. Please contact us for more details.*
Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as sailing out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.
Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore the nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for brunch then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City where your driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai International Airport to catch your departure flight home.
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: N/A.


Price Included

  • Accommodation (3 star in average).
  • Breakfast & meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transportation by private car with A/C.
  • English-speaking guides.
  • 2 domestic flights (Saigon – Danang, Hue – Hanoi).
  • All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Price Excluded

  • International Flights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Vietnam Visa.
  • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers.
  • Beverages & other personal expenses.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. TRAVEL VIETNAM can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights. Call us on +84982 661 133 to speak to one of our experts.



# Trudy 2018-05-31 07:53
Is the Vietnam 9 day tour suitable for a 12 year old.
Can 3 people travel and stay in the same room, as 1 is a child
Would like to tour around July 15th,start
# TravelVietnam.Com 2018-05-31 08:14
Hello Trudy,

Thank you for contacting Travel Vietnam!

Yes! this private tour program fits a variety of interests and ages, including children under 12 years old. We focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged. This private tour can be customized any itineraries according to your travel interest and departs daily. One of our travel consultants will get back to you more details via email within two hours - please check your inbox.

All the best,

Travel Vietnam
# Thora Kristin Asgeir 2018-07-10 20:15
Is there a trip i can buy from 21 of december 2018 to 1th of January 2019 for two persons?
# TravelVietnam.Com 2018-07-11 08:35
Hello Thora Kristin Asgeir ,

All of our tours are private, so we care about the comfort, personalization and flexibility during travel. Any part of the itineraries can be tailor-made to fit your needs, e.g: departure date, tour length, activities, destinations, accommodations etc.

We will contact you shortly via email with the full details - please check your inbox and feel free to share us your feedback, travel ideas, we are more than happy to assist you.

Best wishes from Travel Vietnam Team.
# Katia 2018-11-02 17:14

For the 9 day essential Vietnam trip, when is the best time to go.

Also, do you take care of the international flights if needed?


Best regards
# Michelle 2019-01-12 14:18
Hi we are looking for a 7 to 9 Days tour of Vietnam to pack in as much culture and history as possible overnight hotel stops must be in walking distance of bars restaurants. After this we are looking for a 6 or 7 nights relaxing in either a beach resort or a lake resort must be 4 star plus and walking distance to restaurants and bars we are looking for 1/6/19 to 17 /6 /19 thanks
# Allen Bestbier 2019-02-26 17:34
Good afternoon

It is our intention to travel to Vietnam in December 2019 to explore the country.
We will be 2x couples - ie 4x adults
We intend to arrive in Vietnam on 27/12 and would like to spend 10 nights in the country.
This must include some free time and a few days at beach hotel/resort.
We are not all that interested in Temples etc but places of interest and how the Vietnamese live.

I look forward to your response
# Travel Vietnam 2019-02-26 17:59
Dear Allen Bestbier,
Thank you for posting your inquiry on our Travel Vietnam website. We will contact you shortly via email with a tailor-made holiday program based on this Essential Vietnam package to suit your travel interest for a group of 4 adults.
Best regards,
Travel Vietnam
# Nina 2019-03-01 14:06
Good Afternoon,

I am coming to Vietnam in August for 8 nights and 9 days. I would like to do Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Saigon ( Mekong delta and also tui chui tunnel and the war mesoum) also like to stay in old city and 4 star accommodation. And fly to all the places mentioned. How much would it cost me per person.
# Travel Vietnam 2019-03-01 14:25
Dear Nina,
Thanks for your interest in our Essential Vietnam package (9D8N) which introduces Vietnam’s geography and culture from the South to the North (or vice versa) with cities you mentioned. The prices shown here are based on 3 star accommodations, so our travel consultant will revise the quotation with upgraded to 4 star hotels/ cruise and contact you via email shortly.
Best regards,
# Ebony 2019-09-26 15:47

I would like to explore Vietnam. I would like the tour to be relaxed with beach time. In addition, I am not interested in too many museums or temples or tombs as such around 2-3 of the key places that fall in this category is fine. I'm more interested in scenery, nature and some cultural visits like the floating market for instance.It would be nice to cover some of the North and South. I will only have 8 nights. Kindly advise on a tour package that would work.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards




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