Classic Vietnam

From landscape to language, climate to culture, etiquette to ethnicity: travelling the slender length of Vietnam brings with it a plethora of ascertainable differences. Both utterly captivating, the busier and shinier south oozes energy and spontaneity, while the more rural, mountainous northern provinces march to a more solid, yet equally as magical beat.

The below itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Vietnam itineraries, please click HERE.

Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Park Hyatt Saigon

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City

Today’s tour starts with an early morning guided walk through Tao Dan Park where you’ll pick up a coffee and watch the locals start their day with yoga, tai chi, and dancing.

You’ll stop for a bowl of breakfast soup before heading to Cho Lon, known as the Chinatown of Saigon, full of winding backstreets and iconic buildings.

Lunch will be followed by a stroll through central Saigon, exploring the old and new. You’ll visit The Café Apartment, an old 9-story apartment building that has been converted into stylish boutiques, and experience traditional tea-tasting before being escorted back to your hotel.

Stay: Park Hyatt Saigon

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi

This morning you’ll be transferred to your boat cruise along Vietnam’s waterways.

You’ll make stops along the way, gaining glimpses of cottage industries and local life, and call in at Tan Phong Islet where you’ll board a rowing boat to explore the canal’s hidden mangroves.

Your cruise ends at Le Longanier Restaurant where lunch will be served in a lush tropical garden.

Afterwards you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi you’ll be met by your guide and escorted to your hotel.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi

Today you’ll head towards Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, grabbing a cup of traditional local coffee as you go.

Next up, you’ll wander through Hanoi’s Old Quarter which is rich in French architecture. You’ll see St. Joseph Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison and Huu Tiep Lake, better known as ‘B-52 lake’, where US B-52 bomber wreckage can be found.

After lunch you’ll visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university for royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. Your last stop will be Hanoi’s railway tracks, which you can walk along while capturing some stunning photographs.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay

After an early breakfast, you’ll be escorted by private car to the port for your cruise around Halong Bay.

Your boat will proceed to Da Chong islet, where you’ll see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago.

After lunch you’ll continue to the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan to witness amazing limestone karst formations, before moving on to Ba Trai Dao beach. Here, you can take a trip in the small coracles, try your hand at kayaking, or go swimming. In the winter months you can go on a bicycle ride along the village paths, through rainforests, and passing rice fields along the way.

You’ll return to your to watch a magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin.

Dinner will be served on board, and the rest of the evening will be spent at your leisure, relaxing with drinks, trying night squid fishing, or watching a movie.

Stay: Orchid Cruise

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

This morning you’ll rise early for an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck.

After breakfast you’ll head out in a canoe to explore Toi Sang cave and the surrounding bay.

Brunch will be served whilst cruising back to the port where you’ll be met by your driver and escorted to your accommodation in Hue.

Stay: La Residence Hue

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An

This morning you’ll visit the ancient village of Thuy Bieu. Bridging the strictness of the artistically structured Citadel and the grandeur of the rich countryside, the area is known for being a symbol of harmony with its communal houses and Fengshui-based gardens.

Afterwards, you’ll be taken by boat along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the Forbidden Purple City.

Stay: La Residence Hue

Day 8: Hue - Hoi An

After breakfast you’ll be driven to Hoi An. On the way you’ll stop to visit the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Tu Duc was Vietnam’s fourth emperor and lived from 1829 until 1883; Khai Dinh King was Vietnam’s Emperor from 1916 to 1925.

You’ll continue towards Hoi An, passing through stunning scenery such as the breathtaking Hai Van Pass, which is the boundary between the climates of northern and southern Vietnam.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 9: Hoi An

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken for breakfast. With a cool breeze and delicious bowl of Cao lầu, it’s a perfect way to start the day!

You’ll then explore Hoi An’s local market, which combines a myriad of alleyways with local workshops.

You’ll stop for drinks overlooking the river and then continue through the Old Town, passing through the famous Japanese covered bridge and ending with a local family who’ll reveal how they make hand-made lanterns.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 10: Hoi An

You’ll rise early for your cycling tour around Hoi An’s historic district, incorporating rural pathways, small villages, family farms and rice fields.

After a snack-stop you’ll head towards the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cham Ruins of My Son. The temples and towers of My Son were built by the Cham people during the time of The Cham Kingdom, which once dominated the region and was eventually conquered by the Vietnamese and Khmer.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 11: Hoi An

You will have today free at leisure to relax after your journey through Vietnam and enjoy the wonderful facilities at the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 12: Hoi An - Home

Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight home.

 

The above itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Vietnam itineraries, please click HERE.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City Park Hyatt Saigon
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Park Hyatt Saigon
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay Orchid Cruise
Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue La Residence Hue
Day 7: Hue – Hoi An La Residence Hue
Day 8: Hue - Hoi An Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 9: Hoi An Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 10: Hoi An Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 11: Hoi An Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 12: Hoi An - Home

Inclusions

Included

  • All transfers and transport as per program
  • All accommodation as per program (based on double/twin sharing room)
  • Service of English speaking guides on days as program
  • All meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees on tour

Not Included

  • Air tickets both domestic and international
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary

Map

1. Hanoi 2. Halong Bay 3. Hanoi 4. Hue 5. Hoi An 6. Ho Chi Minh City

From USD4,200 - USD4,700 per person based on 2 guests sharing twin/double rooms. This price is based on low and peak season price fluctuations.

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant