Spirit of Vietnam (Small Groups)

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Embrace the very best of Vietnam on this 12-day guided tour. See Ho Chi Minh’s glittering skyscrapers and green paddy fields from a speedboat as you race to the Cu Chi tunnels, where guerrilla fighters once hid during the Vietnam War; here, meet a Viet Cong veteran who will share with you what it was like to live in the tunnels. See the UNESCO World Heritage S...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Ho Chi Minh City: Join a Viet Cong veteran to visit the underground Củ Chi tunnels and learn more about this complex network originally built in 1948. See where many thousands of troops trained and lived under difficult conditions during the Vietnam War.
    • Ho Chi Minh City: Experience the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, as you visit its most iconic attractions, including the Central Post Office, designed by Alfred Foulhox.
    • Mekong River Delta: Board a private vessel for your Mekong River Cruise, taking you down the most important waterway in Southeast Asia. Gain a fascinating insight into coconut processing, one of the major industries for people who live along the river.
    • Mekong River Delta: Enjoy a ride on a tri-motorcycle through the tropical scenery of the Mekong delta, passing limestone mountains and rows of neat rice paddies. Arrive at a rustic rice noodle factory to see how the favored breakfast meal of Vietnam is produced.
    • Hue: Cycle through rice fields to Thanh Toan village, admiring the green countryside as you pedal by. Visit the lively local market, bargain along with the locals and see traditional houses. Soak up the agricultural way of life, a suitable contrast to the city.
    • Hoi An: Explore the Ancient Old Town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see well-preserved buildings that date back several centuries. See the 18th-century Japanese covered bridge with its elaborate carvings and spot many colored lanterns along the way.
    • Hanoi: Take a spin on a nifty electric cart for a fun way to get around Hanoi. See the main sights of the city, including the beautiful French neoclassical Opera House, the center for cultural and historical events in Vietnam.
    • Halong Bay: Board a luxury junk boat for a special cruise around the magnificent Ha Long Bay, famous for its emerald waters and thousands of limestone islands dotted with rainforests. Explore mysterious caves and marvel at a memorable sunset over this scene.
    • Halong Bay: Visit the spectacular Tien Ong cave with its immense stalactites and stalagmites, resembling various forms, including one called “the fairy godfather.” Sail to Cua Van floating village, amid the towering rocks, where fishermen have lived for hundreds of years.
    • Hanoi: Meet a renowned local scholar during a special visit to the famous Temple of Literature, built in 1070 to honor the great philosopher, Confucius. Learn more about the culture of Hanoi and Vietnamese architecture before touring the picturesque grounds and seeing the Well of Clarity.

What's this trip about?

    Embrace the very best of Vietnam on this 12-day guided tour. See Ho Chi Minh’s glittering skyscrapers and green paddy fields from a speedboat as you race to the Cu Chi tunnels, where guerrilla fighters once hid during the Vietnam War; here, meet a Viet Cong veteran who will share with you what it was like to live in the tunnels. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Imperial Citadel in Hue during a private tour before the palaces open to other tourists. Experience the vibrant city of Hoi An your way: take a hands-on cooking class. Walk through the food carts living Hanoi’s streets and taste its classic cuisine: crab spring rolls, beef noodle soup, and com cakes. Sail through the mesmerizing waters of Halong Bay on a traditional overnight junk cruise.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 24 people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityHo Chi Minh City
End CityHanoi

Travel Themes

  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Vietnam

Attractions

  • Ho Chi Minh

Activities

  • Culture
  • Luxury Travel

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City

Your Vietnam luxury tour begins by private transfer to the five-star hotel in the heart of the city. Dine tonight in one of Saigon’s rooftop restaurants.

Hotel Caravelle

Dinner

Day 2: Marvels of Saigon

Travel by speedboat to the Cu Chi tunnels to meet a Viet Cong veteran and former resident. Take a walking tour before learning the art of Vietnamese coffee or visiting the War Remnants Museum.

Hotel Caravelle

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cruise the Mekong Delta

Discover the Mekong Delta aboard a private charter. See coconut production and take a ride on a tri-motorcycle. At Mango Home, feast on Mekong Delta specialties before visiting the home of a former soldier.

Hotel Caravelle

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Royal Refinement in Hue Relaxed Start

Cycle through green rice fields to the traditional garden houses of Phu Mong village. Dine at Ben Xuan Garden House Theater, serenaded by local musicians.

Pilgrimage Village, Hue.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Highlights of Hue

Enjoy a VIP visit to the Imperial Citadel and royal tomb of Minh Mang. Meet the headmaster of the Vietnamese Royal Martial Arts Academy or travel by boat to the private museum of collector, Tran Dihn Son.

Pilgrimage Village, Hue.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Romantic Hoi An

Explore Hoi An through the eyes of a local.  Enter former merchants’ homes, stroll lanes of traditional houses and cross the Japanese Covered Bridge. Dinner is your choice of traditional cuisine, modern Vietnamese or East-meets-West fusion.

Anantara Hoi An Resort, Hoi An.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: The Locals in Hoi An Relaxed Start

Glide to the Thanh Dong village in a traditional bamboo-basket boat learning from the villagers and a professional chef how to make Vietnamese food.

Anantara Hoi An Resort, Hoi An.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Hanoi Street Food Tasting Tour

Check in to your boutique hotel before joining a local gourmand for exploration of Hanoi's colorful street food culture.

Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Cruise Along Ha Long Bay

Discover Ha Long Bay’s emerald waters on your private, luxury junk boat and visit the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van. Learn from the masters with a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration or relax on deck as the sun sets.

Paradise Cruise, Ha Long Bay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ha Long to Hanoi Relaxed Start

Greet the day with Tai Chi before lingering over brunch as you cruise past the limestone formations en route to Hanoi.

InterContinental Westlake, Hanoi.

Breakfast

Day 11: The Temple of Literature Relaxed Start

Tour the Temple of Literature and view the Well of Clarity with a local scholar. Toast your travels over dinner.

InterContinental Westlake, Hanoi.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Farewell Vietnam

Your Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi luxury tour comes to an end with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast

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Last Updated: 2/15/2024
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Accommodation

Hotel Caravelle Pilgrimage Village, Hue. Anantara Hoi An Resort, Hoi An. Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi. Paradise Cruise, Ha Long Bay. InterContinental Westlake, Hanoi.,
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Meals Included
  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Lunch (L)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Admire the marvelous views from a lively rooftop restaurant at your Welcome Dinner in Saigon. Get to know your Travel Concierge and fellow guests as you dine on local delicacies in a sophisticated setting, with the lights twinkling across the city.
  • Mekong River Delta: Pause for lunch at the enchanting Mango Home, a thatched restaurant located on the Mekong. Savor delicacies enjoyed in the delta, including noodle soup, grilled fish, and giant prawns fresh from the river, as you enjoy views of the lush countryside.
  • Hue: Arrive at the home of celebrated painter and singer, Camille Huyen, for a memorable meal and private concert. Stroll around the traditional home she shares with her husband and hear about their fascinating lives and the dream that brought them home.
  • Hoi An: Dine out with Your Choice this evening. Choose from one of three hand-selected restaurants, known to our local foodies, each specialising in different cuisine from traditional to modern Vietnamese, or a fusion of east and west to tantalise your taste buds.
  • Hoi An: Visit the beautiful Cam Thanh Village with its dense coconut jungles that were once a shelter for local people and soldiers during the Vietnam War, but today the village is an important supplier of seafood, vegetables and rice to the region. Step into a traditional bamboo-basket boat and glide across the water to the Thanh Dong village where you learn from the villagers how they cultivate and harvest vegetables according to local customs. Continue your voyage through a peaceful water coconut forest to a riverside restaurant overlooking the rice fields. Enjoy and participate in a hands-on cooking class alongside a local chef. Savor your creations for your Highlight Lunch.
  • Hanoi: Join a local foodie in the Old Quarter to explore the street food culture of Hanoi. Dine as the locals do, on delights such as steaming pho (a beef noodle soup), rice paper rolls and crab spring rolls.
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