This itinerary is specially designed for a family with children who would like to have an in-depth exploration of Vietnam while also enjoying some free days at a wonderful beach.
From the dynamic capital in Hanoi to the idyllic countryside in Ninh Binh and historic old town in Hoi An, and from the picturesque Halong Bay and the sunny beach in Nha Trang to the bustling morning market in Cai Rang in the Mekong Delta, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the stunning landscapes and experience the local lifestyle in Vietnam while enjoying a seascape.
- Hop on a local cyclo to catch a glimpse of city life in Hanoi's Old Quarter.
- Enjoy the view of a picturesque karst landscape and uncover three hidden natural caves in Tam Coc.
- Take a relaxing cruise to explore the renowned Halong Bay.
- Walk through Hoi An's bustling streets and quiet alleys and have a farming experience.
- Enjoy a few days of relaxation at the beach in the beautiful Nha Trang.
- Explore the Cai Rang floating market in Mekong Delta.
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Itinerary in Detail
Upon arrival, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel.
Take the rest of the day to adjust to the jet lag or explore the city on your own.
The historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must-see in Hanoi. You will have a better insight into this city by visiting its top attractions: the unique One Pillar Pagoda, the iconic Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the picturesque Temple of Literature, and the fascinating Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
Hop on a local cyclo (a rickshaw) and catch a glimpse of city life by roaming around the bustling streets and quiet alleys, passing through the famed Old Quarter.
Conclude the day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance. The colorful wooden puppets depict scenes of rural life and episodes of national history set to music.
Start your day by visiting the Trang An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's renowned for the sheer cliff walls that spring out abruptly from the surrounding land and water. Peaks and cliffs covered in dense rain forests, rice paddy fields, and lush water ' all of them blend into a beautiful picture.
Move on to visit Vietnam's ancient capital of Hoa Lu, which was the country's first centralized feudal state from the end of the 10th century.
Continue to Tam Coc, known as 'Halong Bay on Land', where a skilled rower will take you on a slow 2-hour journey along the winding river and canals. Enjoy the views of the beautiful karst landscape and uncover three hidden natural caves formed under the hills. Return to Hanoi later in the afternoon.
Take a relaxing cruise to explore the renowned Halong Bay. You will be amazed by the stunning natural landscape, interesting waterfront lifestyle, onboard catering service, and more.
You will spend the day feasting your eyes on the most stunning limestone seascape and fantastic caves and will treat your palate with fresh seafood. You can also entertain yourself with optional activities, such as kayaking, swimming, and diving.
In the morning, you will pay a visit to the largest and most renowned cave, Sung Sot Cave. After the brunch, you will be transferred from Halong Bay to Hanoi for your onward flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to Hoi An.
As a city full of cultural complexity, Hoi An is famed for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets, and distinctive local cuisine.
Take a walk through Hoi An's bustling streets and quiet alleys, and uncover its highlights: the historic Japanese Covered Bridge, the memorable Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, and the colorful local specialties market with brimming stalls.
Paddle along the scenic Thu Bon River and arrive at the pottery village called Thanh Ha, which is located at one of Thu Bon River's tributaries. Recently, the boom of local tourism has made a great contribution to preserving the traditions. You will explore its zigzagging alleyways, chat with the villagers, and try your hand at handicraft.
Start your day with a 4-kilometer bike ride to Hoi An Ancient Town's rural suburb. You will spend the day experiencing traditional farming at Tra Que Vegetable Village, named after a sweet-scented herb that is one of the ingredients for cao lau noodles and other specialties. Discover how the local farmers traditionally grow herbs and vegetables or be a farmer for half a day by watering and fertilizing the plants. Take a rest next to the waterwheel when you feel tired, learn to play some traditional musical instruments, or make rice paper, which is a crunchy snack to the locals.
Afterward, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will transfer you to Da Nang International Airport, and you will catch your onward flight to Nha Trang.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure by the beach.
Enjoy some sunshine at the beach in Nha Trang and feel refreshed with a cool drink.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Your guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel.
You will discover Ho Chi Minh City's turbulent history by visiting the most historic landmarks: Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, and Reunification Palace.
Continue your trip to visit the informative War Remnants Museum, where you will learn about the American War from the perspective of the Vietnamese.
In the afternoon, you will head to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which reflect the hardships and resilience of the Vietnamese in history. The complex of tunnels, which are deeply hidden underground, protected the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps.
You will depart in the morning on a 2-hour drive to Vinh Long, which is located in the Mekong Delta. A visit to the vibrant Vinh Long Market gives you an insight into the locals' lifestyle and the Mekong Delta's bounties: river fish, rice-field rats, fruits, and vegetables.
Board a local boat and cruise to a home restaurant for lunch on An Binh Island. Experience the locals' lifestyle and culture during your stay in the fertile Mekong Delta by rowing through narrow water lanes.
You will be transferred to Can Tho for an overnight stay.
Jump on a motorboat and start your adventure to the morning market of Cai Rang where dozens of boats will be laden with fruits, vegetables, and fish from all over the Mekong Delta, jostling for trade. To catch the attention of buyers, the sellers tie sample products to long poles.
Return to shore for a city tour of Can Tho and visit Can Tho Museum, which exhibits numerous valuable objects. You will have an overview of the Mekong Delta's culture and learn about the peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups in this region.
You will return to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Our Service Includes:
- Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
- All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
- Governmental taxes
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