14 days


Vietnam is a land of many contrasts. This epic journey takes a comprehensive approach to the nation and its highlights. Discover the most interesting  UNESCO’s sites in Vietnam with Spirit Journeys. Wander around Hanoi,admire its rich culture and history. This city of contrasts has a breathtaking impact on its visitors. Let Hoa Lu and ancient Hoa Lu Citadel tell you their interesting stories about the history of Vietnam.  Prepare to be dazzled by some of the most stunning natural beauties – Trang An, Halong Bay and Ke Bang National Park..

Stroll around Hoi An, sleepy and well preserved example of an ancient Asian town. Learn about Vietnam spirituality at the temple complex at My Son sanctuary, luxurious in its vast beauty. A visit to Dong Hoi, historical sites and monuments, will help you understand the past history and story of Vietnam war. In Ho Chi Minh city, unveil the historical treasures and stories that stand behind this vibrant metropolis. Vietnam will win your emotions at first sight as well as Vietnamese because of their charming, honest and warm nature.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONFlights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights
INCLUDED13 Nights accommodation at the hotels mentioned on Twin/Double Sharing as per hotels mentioned. Single rooms available at a supplement.

Meal Plan as stated; [B: Bed & Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner]
English or French speaking local guide in each destination (for other languages supplements apply)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
Entrance fees for mentioned visits
Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDEDExpenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.;
Meals other than those specified above
Any insurance and Tips
International air-fare
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions;

Additional information

ItiineraryAs this is a private tour the itinerary can be amended to suit. Please contact us for a tailor made quoteUpgrades/downgrades to hotels are available on request. Please contact us for prices


Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (-/-/-)

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel in town (note that hotel check-in time is 2pm). Rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Distances and journey time:
From Noi Bai Airport to your hotel in Hanoi city center (35km): 60mins

Overnight InterContinental Westlake [Superior room with Breakfast


Day 2: Hanoi (B/L/-)

The sightseeing tour through charming Hanoi will give you the insight into its rich cultural and historical heritage. Visit the famous Temple of Literature; Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Thang Long Imperial Citadel; the One Pillar Pagoda – one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples in Hanoi and the nearby mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. Afterwards, continue to Hanoi’s picturesque West Lake area and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’ area. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Overnight InterContinental Westlake [Superior room with Breakfast]


Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B/L/-)

Depart your hotel this morning at 08:00 for the 2.5-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam in order to visit the Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Learn about its history in the magnificent temples and ancient Hoa Lu Citadel. After Hoa Lu, if time and energy levels permit, you may choose to take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills, and enjoy the  spectacular views. In the late morning, depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way stop where you wish to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscape. After lunch, visit Trang An Landscape Complex, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a relaxing boat ride on a peaceful river passing through a series of caves. Should you feel adventurous, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain.  After that,  take a boat trip back by sampan to Tam Coc town. Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight Emeralda Ninh Binh [superior room with breakfast]


Day 4: Ninh Binh – Thanh Hoa – Ninh Binh (B/L/-)

Following breakfast, you’ll go to the remote and less visited Ho Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is  situated in nearby Thanh Hoa Province. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch after this interesting  visit,  then transfer back to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure. You may relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, take a walk or bicycle ride through the rice paddy fields. If time permits, make an optional trip to Cuc Phuong National Park (surcharge payable) – Vietnam’s first national park that was established in 1962.

Overnight Overnight Emeralda Ninh Binh [superior room with breakfast]


Day 5: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast, leave Ninh Binh for a (approximately) 4-hour drive to Halong Bay, perhaps Vietnam’s most famous and popular UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive at the Halong Bay jetty around noon and proceed with check-in formalities before boarding a boat for your unforgettable overnight cruise on Halong bay. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Dinner is served on board. Overnight on board the boat in Halong Bay (private cabin on-board the join-in boat cruise).

Overnight Paradise Luxury [Deluxe Cabin with breakfast]


Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B/-/-)

Enjoy the morning in the middle of Halong Bay as the sun rises on Halong, while the boat cruises slowly through magnificent rock formations and back towards the port. Mid-morning the boat will return to shore. Then transfer to Hanoi Airport for the mid-late afternoon onward flight to Danang, Central Vietnam. From Danang, go to the nearby historic Hoi An town, a major Asian trading port from the 15th to the 19th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years making it traditionally a favourite destination for international visitors. The ‘Hoi An Ancient Town’ is also one of  UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening is at leisure.

Overnight Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery Collection [Deluxe room with breakfast]


Day 7: Hoi An - My Son – Hoi An (B/L/-)

This morning, you will drive to another Central Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage sites – the temple complex at My Son Sanctuary. This impressive sanctuary is situated in a fabulous location surrounded by hills, around 35 km inland from the coast at Hoi An. Reach My Son in the late morning hours; stop to have lunch in a local restaurant before setting off on foot to the ruins of My Son. Enjoy this picturesque sanctuary and its surrounding landscapes. Next,  go back to  Hoi An,  just in time for a sunset walking tour where you will discover and admire the charms of this delightful town. Later, stroll around town and  immerse into this enchanting ancient town lit up by thousands of lanterns at night by the sleepy river banks. The evening is at leisure.

Overnight Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery Collection [Deluxe room with breakfast]


Day 8: Hoi An - Hue (B/L/-)

Today, you’ll learn more about Vietnamese cuisine and take part in a cooking class. This 4-hour experience combines a market tour, an overview of ingredients common in Vietnamese food, and a cooking class that ends with each participant making their own multi course meal. The class covers  not only cooking techniques, but also herbal remedies, and tricks to using Vietnamese vegetable graters and knives. After this exciting experience, go for a 3-hour drive through Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former citadel of the very last Nguyen Dynasty. Upon arrival in Hue, check in at the hotel and take some time to relax.

Notes for cooking class:Dishes vary based on the seasonal availability of  fresh ingredients.
Note: Cooking Class is non-private (so join-in basis), with a minimum of 6 persons.  Private classes are available on request with surcharge payable.

Overnight La Residence [Superior room with breakfast]


Day 9: Hue (B/L/-)

This morning after breakfast, depart from your hotel in Hue for a city tour to explore the UNESCO’s  World Heritage site –  ‘Complex of Hue Monuments’. This ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war) but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today as an outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital. From here take a cyclo to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax and later on to Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda. Enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant for an authentic Hue style cuisine. In the afternoon, see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds and if  time permits, Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is Vietnamese in design but with obvious European influences. On the way back to Hue, visit Ho Quyen (tiger arena), a rarity of Asian architecture and  still intact. Before heading back to your hotel, take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. The market is another of the must see sites in Hue, a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life. The evening is at leisure.

Overnight La Residence [Superior room with breakfast]


Day 10: Hue – Dong Hoi (B/L/-)

This morning after breakfast, transfer from Hue to Dong Hoi. You will stop at a couple of historic sites and monuments in order to understand the past history and story of Vietnam War – Hien Luong Bridge,  Doc Mieu Firebase, Vinh Moc Tunnels, Truong Son National Cemetery. Towards the end of the afternoon,  drive back to Dong Hoi where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Later in the afternoon, check in at your hotel in Dong Hoi to relax. Rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Overnight Sun Spa Quang Binh [Deluxe pool view room with breakfast]


Day 11: Phong Nha (B/L/-)

This morning, after breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park contains and protects over 104 km of caves and underground rivers making it one of the most outstanding limestone karst ecosystems in the world. The karst landscape is not only complex but also ancient (more than 400 million years ago), with high geo-diversity and geomorphic features of considerable significance in the world. After this visit, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, board your private boat for the 2.5 km leisurely boat trip down the Son River to the mouth of the Phong Nha cave. Pass by the entrance to the ‘Cave of Teeth and Wind’ and enter the mystical tunnels, filled with giant stalactites and stalagmites and crystal clear waters. Late in the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Dong Hoi city, and the evening is free at your own leisure.

Overnight Sun Spa Quang Binh [Deluxe pool view room with breakfast]


Day 12: Dong Hoi – Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)

This morning after breakfast transfer to Dong Hoi Airport for your Ho Chi Minh City bound flight. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, known also as Saigon, a  guide will  transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon, join a city tour to unveil the histories and stories behind this vibrant metropolis in Vietnam. Your program includes the Reunification Hall, the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. After this historical visit, continue to the War Remnants Museum where exhibition halls display imagery of both the French and ‘American’ wars. Later, continue to the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Afterwards, return to your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight Sofitel Plaza Saigon [Superior room with breakfast]


Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/D)

Early this  morning, embark on an exciting street food tour in the city. Travel on the back of a motorbike to experience the hidden parts of Ho Chi Minh City and sample some delicious street food accompanied by our Vietnamese chef. This adventure gives you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnamese cuisine as well as to immerse in the atmosphere of this lively city. Around 12:15pm, you motorbike driver will transfer you back to your hotel to relax in the afternoon. This evening, join a relaxing dinner cruise on board the elegant Lady Hau cruise on Saigon River. This 3-hour dinner cruise is the perfect way to finish a hectic day in the city. After the dinner cruise, a guide will transfer you back to the  hotel.

Overnight Sofitel Plaza Saigon [Superior room with breakfast]


Day 14: Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)

This morning is at leisure until it’s time to transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your onward flight.

Note: Hotel check-out time is 12 noon, and check-in time for international flights is usually minimum two hours prior to departure.


We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam

Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges

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Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

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