LUXURY VIETNAM UNVEILED

The brightest gems of Vietnam—from Hanoi and Halong Bay to historical Hoi An and the Mekong Delta—are revealed to you on this luxury tour of Vietnam.

13 Days, 12 Nights     FROM US$ 4,277 PER PERSON

It all begins in Ho Chi Minh City. Combining indulgence with discovery, this luxury tour of Vietnam whisks you from the buzzing, bustling metropolis of the south up through the Mekong Delta, on to historical Central Vietnam, and finally to the sights and sounds of Hanoi and its neighboring UNESCO-listed gem, Halong Bay.

The immersive experiences you’ll have as you are guided through this deeply historical, forever fascinating country are the stuff that travel dreams are made of.

In Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll explore iconic neighborhoods and landmarks in style: on the back of a vintage Vespa!

Then, after a dreamy cruise through the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, you’ll find yourself in historical Hoi An, a famed World Heritage Site.

After a cycling trip to a nearby farm and a full day of exploring Hoi An’s cultural and culinary scene, it’s on to Hue, where a wonderful meal at a royal “garden house” awaits.

Continue to the nation’s capital, Hanoi, where you can drink in the cosmopolitan vibe with a cup of Vietnamese coffee. Visit pagodas on the shore of West Lake, and embark on an overnight cruise on Halong Bay aboard a private junk.

Before your Vietnam luxury tour draws to a close, you’ll have enough sparkling memories of this arresting country to last a lifetime.

 

“This is a great tour for people who want to be immersed in culture but don’t want to sacrifice the comfort and luxury of the finer things.”

Troung Thu Lan, Backyard Travel Vietnam Specialist

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Explore Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a vintage Vespa
Embark on an overnight Mekong Delta cruise on a private sampan
Enjoy an extraordinary Vietnamese meal in a royal “garden house” in Hue.
Take an insightful tasting tour at a local Hanoi market with a famous chef and culinary writer

Daily Itinerary

LUXURY VIETNAM UNVEILED

  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

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    At Tan Son Nhat International Airport, your local guide will meet you at the arrival hall. You’ll be transferred by private car to your hotel for check-in, and the rest of the evening will be free to relax, refresh, or explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    No meals included on this day

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  • Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City by Vintage Vespa

    Today you’ll be treated to a unique city tour via vintage Vespa!

    After breakfast, hop on the back of a stylish Vespa and jet off to both famous and little-known landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City. Your first stop? Scenic Tao Dan Park to watch the local bird lovers’ club in action (only from 06:00–09:00AM). Sip a delicious local coffee while your guide explains the historical practice of keeping birds in Saigon.

    Next, visit the monument of Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who died by self-immolation on 11 June 1963. His act of protest is one of the enduring images of the Vietnam War and was a statement against the persecution of Buddhists by the Ngo Dinh Diem administration. Continue on to the vibrant Ho Thi Ky Flower Market before riding on to the Funeral Home to learn about Vietnamese funeral customs and ceremonies.

    Next, zip through Chinatown to a temple built at the end of 17th century by Chinese immigrants. Built in the Khẩu (“gate”) style with a central courtyard, Nhi Phu’s roof is covered with tube-like tiles lined with mosaics made from broken ceramics. These delightful images depict the eight Taoist immortals, as well as orchids, dragons, and phoenixes.

    Take a short stroll through a little alley packed with shops selling tailor’s supplies, then return to District 1 by Vespa. En route, we’ll stop at a Chinese medicine shop to learn about Thuốc Bắc—traditional medicine from China. Next we’ll drive through a tunnel to District 2. Here, you’ll be offered a different perspective—one that lets you see the developing side of Ho Chi Minh City.
    Visit a local market before riding back to District 1, where you’ll pass the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Move on to Reunification Palace and the former CIA Office, then drive down Dong Khoi Street. Stop at the historic Opera House (now the Municipal Theatre) for a quick chat about the history and major events of the square.
    Our final stop will be one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam: the meeting place of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee (formerly the Hôtel de Ville). This ornate building is noted for its gardens and luxe interior illuminated by crystal chandeliers.
    Today, enjoy some traditional Saigon dishes for lunch at Com Nieu Sai Gon, described as “my favorite place in town” by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

    In the afternoon, take a stroll off the beaten track and into the oldest part of the city. (A car will also be at your disposal.) Explore the atmospheric shops of Antiques Street (Le Cong Kieu), one of Saigon’s best-kept secrets. Here, genuine antiques are mixed with genuine fakes in a jumble of oil lamps, carved wooden chests, abacuses, opium pipes, and more. Continue to the Beaux-Arts Museum, a neo-colonial building with an impressive collection of modern art. You can also pop into the art galleries near the museum exhibiting local works. Then, before continuing to the trendy boutiques of Thon That Thiep Street, take some refreshment at Fanny’s, a quaint, French-style ice cream parlor that’s a true Saigon establishment.

    Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dinner at a private home. Your host family in suburban Ho Chi Minh City will cook a great meal as you learn about how locals really live and eat.

    Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City-Mekong Delta

    Today your luxury tour of Vietnam leaves the bustling city behind and heads for the majestic Mekong Delta. You’ll travel through a picturesque countryside of rice paddies and rural villages. When you arrive in the delta, you’ll step aboard your private vessel, the Song Xanh, which is modeled after a traditional sampan.
    Embark on an overnight cruise in the fertile delta as your sampan navigates the smaller canals and tributaries of the region. Visit the home of Mr. Huyen Thuy Le, a character from the novel The Lover by Marguerite Duras, and stop at Thien Hau Pagoda. Have lunch onboard, then continue gliding over the calm waters to Can Tho, stopping en route at a colorful Cao Dai Temple. Cao Dai is a unique religion practiced in South Vietnam. The brilliance of the temple’s murals is truly remarkable.
    Just before sunset, you’ll disembark and enjoy an unforgettable candlelit dinner at a splendid 19th-century house. After dinner, relax on the one-hour trip to Can Tho where your sampan is moored for the night.

    Overnight aboard the Song Xanh

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 4: Mekong Delta-Ho Chi Minh City-Danang-Hoi An

    This morning, have breakfast aboard the Song Xanh and cross the Mekong as you make your leisurely way to Cai Rang Floating Market. Enjoy the iconic scenes of river life, such as the wooden shipyards, rice barges and fruit drying along the shores of the Mekong.

    After visiting the floating market, you’ll return to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the short flight to central Vietnam. Upon arrival at Danang Airport, it’s a 30-minute drive to Hoi An, the UNESCO-listed historical port town. The center of this charming city remains much as it did in its heyday 200 years ago.

    Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

    Overnight in Hoi An

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 5: Hoi An

    Today’s excursion allows you to spend time with a local farming family and to sample the flavors of fresh Vietnamese cuisine. After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of your bike ride or hop on a bicycle (depending on the location of your hotel) and cycle along shady lanes to the village of Tra Que. Here, you’ll lend a hand to the farmers as they tend their vegetable garden, learning about their skills, customs and lifestyle first-hand. Then, try your hand at making tam huu spring rolls, a delicious local delicacy, and taste home-cooked banh xeo, a savory rice-paper pancake.

    Once back in Hoi An, embark on a walking tour—the best way to see this remarkable town. Visit the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the picturesque homes of former merchants and the lively market. For lunch, sample the town’s specialty cuisine at the renowned Brother’s Cafe.

    Tonight, you’ll indulge in a touch of luxury at one of Hoi An’s finest restaurants. Combining refreshing flavors, beautiful presentation, and a relaxing atmosphere, this restaurant specializes in creative cuisine described as Vietnamese-Latin American-Japanese fusion. It’s sure to satisfy even the most distinguishing foodie.

    Overnight in Hoi An

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 6: Hoi An-Hue

    Today, your luxury tour of Vietnam gives you a morning of leisure before embarking on a beautiful, 3-hour drive to Hue. On this scenic route, you’ll stop at Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which features Vietnam’s finest collection of Cham art.

    Your drive continues over the poetically named Pass of Ocean Clouds, then descends into Lang Co, a wonderfully picturesque fishing village. Upon arrival in Hue, Vietnam’s legendary former imperial capital, indulge in a sumptuous lunch at Ancient Hue restaurant. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure.

    Overnight in Hue

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 7: Hue

    Have an early breakfast followed by a morning visit to Dong Ba Market, one of Hue’s most vibrant hubs, to see the eye-popping abundance of fresh produce. Hue is the birthplace of the elaborate Vietnamese dishes that royal chefs created for the royal court. From here, continue to the mighty Imperial Citadel, the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. After you’ve explore the numerous ruins of this atmospheric site, head to the Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum, housed in the former Dien Long An Royal Palace.

    Lunch today will be served at the private “garden house” (known locally as a nha vuon) of one Hue's most respected architects. The house has ties to the ancient imperial court of Hue, and its traditional architecture is designed by feng shui principles to be harmonious with the natural environment. You’ll be greeted with a traditional Vietnamese welcome in the foyer of this magnificent house on arrival. An extraordinary Vietnamese meal will be prepared by the lady of the house. You’ll be served privately in the gardens of her home in the traditional way, making for an intimate, luxurious, and cultural experience.

    After your meal, take the afternoon to marvel at the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. Built decades before the emperor’s death, the tomb was used as a palace retreat before it became the ruler’s final resting place. Finally, pay a visit to the tomb of Khai Dinh. This tomb is distinct from other tombs for its traditional Vietnamese design touched with European influence.

    Optional Afternoon Tour (in place of the Tu Duc or Khai Dinh tombs): If you’d like to gain some inside perspective beyond the tombs, jump into a cyclo for a private tour of the “local” side of Hue’s citadel. Here, in these busy neighborhoods, you’ll have the chance to observe the daily life of Hue’s inhabitants.

    The evening is free to spend at your leisure.

    Overnight in Hue

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 8: Hue-Hanoi

    Spend a leisurely morning enjoying breakfast and soaking in the Hue atmosphere.

    Then, we’ll transfer you to the airport for the 1-hour flight to Hanoi, the cosmopolitan capital of Vietnam. Your guide and private driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Hanoi hotel.

    After taking a moment to refresh and relax at your hotel, you’ll start your exploration of Hanoi in style. Lunch will be served in a breathtaking, perfectly restored colonial villa.

    After lunch, your luxury tour of Vietnam gives you an insider’s look at Long Bien Bridge. Originally named Doumer Bridge and built in 1902 by Sir Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), this bridge is a famed Hanoi icon. Stroll along this fascinating, historical structure and learn about how it has helped shape Hanoi’s development.

    In the afternoon, continue on to the leafy shores of West Lake, Hanoi’s largest lake. Here, you’ll visit Tran Quoc, one of Hanoi’s oldest and proudest Buddhist pagodas. You can also stop by Quan Thanh, a nearby Taoist temple that dates back to the Ly Dynasty. Then to cap off your evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of Hanoi’s best restaurants.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 9: Hanoi

    Today your luxury tour of Vietnam hits the streets of Hanoi on a street food tour and cooking class with a resident chef and food writer. Born American but living in Hanoi, your specialist guide for the day is the author of five cookbooks and leads gastronomic tours in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
    You’ll start by feasting with locals on Hanoi’s famed beef noodle soup, pho. Over breakfast, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of the Vietnamese food scene. Then, it’s off to a local market to taste and learn about some of the ingredients used in local cuisine. You’ll also have the chance to watch the fascinating rituals that take place between buyer and seller in a Vietnamese market. You’ll be introduced to some of the vendors and your expert guide can help you pick out items to take home. Next, take a Vietnamese ca phe (coffee) or tra (tea) break at one of the many charming sidewalk cafes in the historic French Quarter. Top this off with a drive to Truc Bach Lake and snack on some delectable Phở Cuốn—grilled beef and rice noodle roll.
    Next up is a visit to a neighborhood market near the Temple of Literature. Your culinary guide shops at this smaller market almost daily. Enjoy the chance to visit with some of his vendor friends and gain even more insight about food.
    Indulge in lunch at one of Hanoi’s best bún chả restaurants, Bún Chả Chanh. Run by two sisters, the restaurant uses real wood to cook its meat and the sisters still fan the fire by hand. Here, seated on tiny stools at low plastic tables, you’ll enjoy the traditional dish of grilled pork and rice vermicelli noodles like a true Hanoian.
    Your final stop for the day is one of Hanoi’s famed street pubs known as Bia Hoi. These popular watering holes serve fresh draft beer and tasty snacks, gathering lots of locals in the afternoons and evenings. Rub elbows with the locals as you down a cold glass of bia and enjoy a snack or two while reflecting on your day. You’ll also score some insider recommendations on the best places to eat in Hanoi! Transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
    Enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 10: Hanoi-Halong Bay

    After breakfast, your luxury tour heads to one of the brightest gems of Vietnam: Halong Bay. Take a scenic drive through the Red River Delta and enjoy the opportunity to watch villagers as they work their fields, plough with water buffaloes, and take pigs to market on bicycles! By late morning, you’ll arrive in Halong City and board your traditional wooden junk. Then, embark on your overnight cruise of the UNESCO-listed bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you glide past rock formations with names like Sail, Dog and Incense Pot.
    When your captain sets anchor for the night, you’ll enjoy dinner on board and watch the sunset over the bay.
    Overnight on Halong Bay

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 11: Halong Bay-Hanoi

    Wake up to a delicious brunch and snap some last photos as your boat weaves through limestone formations on its return to Halong City. When you disembark, you’ll be met by your driver and transferred to Hanoi. (Please note: If you’d like, you can take an optional visit to But Thap, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, en route to Hanoi.)

    Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 12: Hanoi – Duong Lam – Hanoi

    On the final full day of your luxury Vietnam tour, we’ll depart from the hotel at 08:30AM and travel west to Duong Lam Village. This quaint village located in the northern Red River Delta is home to a purely agricultural community and many well-preserved hundred-year-old houses. At Mong Phu Commune, explore Mong Phu Temple and continue through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses of this unique village.

    Lunch will be a local-style meal in a century-old house. Then, continue on to visit Mia Pagoda, built in the 15th century in another hamlet of Duong Lam. You’ll see 287 statues of all sizes here. Among them are the famous sculptures known as the “Eight Vajra Deities.” Finally, visit Phung Hung Temple and Ngo Quyen Temple, which are dedicated to Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung, two national heroes.

    Stop at Tay Phuong Pagoda on the way back to Hanoi. The pagoda is known for its beautiful architecture and ancient, distinct sculptures. One of the first pagodas built in Vietnam, the temple boasts a wooden roof carved with magnificent dragons and demons. From here, it’s just a 45-minute drive back to Hanoi.

    Tonight, you’ll be celebrated with a farewell dinner held in the home of a true Hanoian in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Your meal will be prepared by a local whose grandmother used to cook for the French elite in the 1930s.

    Overnight in Hanoi

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 13: Hanoi Departure

    On the final day of your luxury tour of Vietnam, a private car and guide will be at your disposal to go for one last exploration or to go shopping in Hanoi. Or, if you prefer, simply take the day to relax before transferring back to Noi Bai Airport for your return journey or onward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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This luxury tour of Vietnam can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)



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