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Simply Vietnam (2710)

14 Day Tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

2017 Tour Details

With its long history, interesting culture, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. On this Vietnam tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see, historic sites, including Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, built in 1070, and One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; and Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed with materials brought from France in the 1800s; the War Remnants Museum; and the Cu Chi region, where you'll have a chance to enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.

You'll enjoy seeing some of Vietnam's gorgeous scenery and destinations via the water. Take an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the world's most amazing scenery. You'll cruise by islets, caves, beaches, and floating villages. You'll also enjoy a cruise in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, where you'll pass unspoiled countryside. In Hue, a boat trip on the Perfume River takes you to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601, and the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, dating to 1840. Learn about life on the Mekong River as you journey on sampans at Cai Be and Cai Rang, a bustling floating market where you'll see the colorful throng of vendors jostling for space and vying to sell their wares.

These are just some of the many highlights on this tour through Vietnam. From the historic sites to the gorgeous scenery, this Vietnam tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers is a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:
In Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director

Scenic Highlights:
Ha Long Bay, Thu Bon River, Mekong Delta

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Ha Long Bay
  • Imperial Citadel Hue
  • Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Imperial tomb of Minh Mang

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city, an attractive, laidback city with charming French-Colonial-style buildings.

Day 2 Hanoi

Today’s included sightseeing tour takes you to many of the city’s highlights, including the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways, and ONE PILLAR PAGODA, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses that make up the Old Quarter.

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Day 3 Hanoi

Today’s full-day excursion begins with a drive through the tranquil countryside to CHUA THAY PAGODA, home to an ancient stage where it is believed the first water puppet show was performed. Later, admire the carved wooden roof and unique architectural shape of TAY PHUONG, one of Vietnam’s first pagodas.

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Day 4 Hanoi–Ha Long Bay Cruise

Drive to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s favorite destinations, and board your CRUISE. After lunch, set sail through the dramatic limestone islands. Explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) grotto before visiting Luon Cave by rowing boat. Anchor in a secluded lagoon overnight.

NOTE:
An overnight bag is recommended for your Halong Bay cruise.

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Day 5 Ha Long Bay–Hanoi–Danang–Hoi An

Continue cruising this morning. Visit Titov, one of the most beautiful beaches in the bay, where you can climb 400 steps to be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view. Disembark late this morning, and journey back to Hanoi to board your flight to Danang, Vietnam’s fourth-largest city. Upon arrival, drive to the charming town of Hoi An.

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Day 6 Hoi An

Start today with a leisurely WALKING TOUR, taking in sites such as the JAPANESE COVERED BRIDGE and the SA HUYNH MUSEUM with its early Hoi An history. This afternoon, CRUISE on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside.

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Day 7 Hoi An

Today is free to further explore the quaint streets of Hoi An. Perhaps take a cooking class, visit a spa, or simply stroll the shops and galleries of this unique little town.

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Day 8 Hoi An–Danang–Hue

Journey back to Danang and visit the CHAM MUSEUM. Continue through spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) to the imperial walled city of Hue. Here, visit the FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY, modeled after Beijing’s famed Forbidden CIty. During your visit, you will see Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Nine Dynastic Urns.

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Day 9 Hue–Ho Chi–Minh City

Begin today with a BOAT TRIP on the Perfume River to the pretty THIEN MU PAGODA, made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Continue up the river to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful setting. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions.

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Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

Today’s sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, and the CENTRAL POST OFFICE. Afterward, visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE, the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, JADE EMPEROR PAGODA, as well as the Cholon Chinese district.

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Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

Today, visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinaty network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels.

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Day 12 Ho Chi Minh–Can Tho

Journey south to Cai Be, known for its large floating markets, and board a SAMPAN for an introduction to life on the Mekong River. Continue across the upper reaches of the river to a maze of tributaries and fruit plantations before ending at Vinh Long. Later, travel to the Mekong Delta’s economic hub city of Can Tho.

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Day 13 Can Tho–Ho Chi Minh

This morning, enjoy a CRUISE to Cai Rang and sail through the colorful floating market where the locals jostle for space to sell their wares. Return to Can Tho for lunch on your own before returning to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.

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Day 14 Ho Chi Minh

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

HUNG NGUYEN

Years of Experience: 17

Hung graduated from Hanoi National University in 1998 after studying English. He started his career in tourism shortly thereafter and has over a decade of experience leading tours through Vietnam. He possesses comprehensive knowledge of Vietnam, with interests extending to politics, history, and cultural traditions. His interest in photography and local landscapes makes him the perfect guide for snapping the ideal shot.

Tour Director - HUNG NGUYEN

 Accommodations

HANOI Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi (MD)
HA LONG BAY La Vela Classic (MF)
HOI AN Essence Hoi An Hotel (SF)
HUE Indochine Palace (MF)
HO CHI MINH CITY Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel (SF)
CAN THO Victoria Resort (SF)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Hoi An

HoiAn

Organic Herb Garden Visit and Fishing Life

Organic Herb Garden Visit and Fishing Life

In this half day excursion, you will enjoy a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand and discovering all manner of photo opportunities.

Price Range: $$

Vietnamese Cooking Class

Vietnamese Cooking Class

Join in on a hands-on gourmet cooking class experience.

Price Range: $$

My Son Half Day Tour

My Son Half Day Tour

Wander around the historic site of My Son, where there were once over 70 classic Cham monuments dating from the 7th - 13th centuries.

Price Range: $

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