Explore Mekong and Red River Delta | Vietnam Classic Tour - 10 Days

Explore Mekong and Red River Delta | Vietnam Classic Tour
Overview
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  • Start/End: Ho Chi Minh city/Hanoi
  • Visit: Ho Chi Minh city - Tay Ninh - Cai Be - Can Tho - Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Halong bay
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Travel style: Most popular
  • Tour schedule: Daily Departure
Highlight

A 10-day vacation to the most popular destinations in Vietnam stretching all the way from the South to the North. Start in vibrant Saigon by exploring the Mekong River Delta. Then take a leisurely boat ride through the limestone mountains and caves of Ninh Binh. Spend a night on a cruise in the famous Ha Long Bay then immerse yourself in the diverse culture and cuisine in the capital city of Hanoi. There are many adventures awaiting you on this extensive tour!

  • Bustling Hanoi Capital & Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi historic lyric
  • Traditional Mekong floating market
  • Overnight in Mekong Delta
  • The magical limestone mountains in Ninh Binh
  • Overnight on cruise in Halong Bay
  • History, culture, local life and stunning landscapes
  • Walking, boating, cycling, cave exploring
Note
  • Bring your shoes, hat, sunglasses, sun cream and insect sprays
  • June to August is the hot & rainy season in the North of Vietnam
Itinerary Expand All
  • Day 1,Ho Chi Minh cityThu, May 28, 2020
    Ho Chi Minh City arrival, welcome and transfer to hotel

    Landing at the Tan Son Nhat airport, you are welcomed by professional tour guide and driver at the pickup lobby. On the 30-minute driving from the airport to the city center, your tour guide will introduce you about the highlights of the city, and share the experiences of eating and drinking, traffic, culture....

    Arrive at your hotel, check in.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Private transportation
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Elios Hotel(Senior Superior Room)
    233 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 2,Ho Chi Minh cityFri, May 29, 2020
    Saigon City full day tour to visit Independence palace, Walking tour, War Remnant museum, Ben Thanh market

    9:00 AM: Pick up from your hotel to the Independence Palace, once used as the home - office of the Presidents of South Vietnam. Our visit includes the North Vietnamese tank which effectively attacked the palace in 1975 to bring the controversial Vietnam War to an end and the five-story palace with its rooms have been preserved in their late 1960s, 1970s style and a bunker basement.

    Countinue by a leisurely waking tour. Heading to the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, originally built between 1863 and 1880, evidently reflects the French colonist influences. It’s a picturesque spot in the city.

    Toward to Nguyen Hue walking street, walk to the unmissable city's famous landmark. The Saigon Central Post Office is a stunning building, designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel. It is an actually working post office with beautiful indoor decorations.

    Have a break for lunch or drink (on your own account) then in the after noon go to the top visited in Ho Chi Minh – the War Remnant museum. The exhibits offer you all-sided views of the Vietnam War that might bring a big surprise than you are probably used to hearing and seeing.

    End of the day, visit the most famous market in the city, Ben Thanh Market, which has been opened since 1870. The market not only supplies the daily needs of local people but also excellent place to pick up inexpensive souvenirs and enjoy Vietnam’s local street foods.

    Come back to your hotel. Free to discover city or just relax

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Elios Hotel(Senior Superior Room)
    233 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 3,Ho Chi Minh city - Tay Ninh - Ho Chi Minh city110km - 3hSat, May 30, 2020
    Special excursion to Cu Chi tunnels and then visiting Cao Dai temple

    8:00 AM: Leave from your hotel to visit the most striking place in the history of the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi Tunnels.

    Cu Chi is a real underground city made up of a large network of tunnels covering an area of over 250km long where the Viet Cong conducted the war of resistance against American troops. All of the tunnels were dug over a period of twenty years using only pickaxes and shovels. The tour includes special entering some part of tunnels. You will also have a chance to visit Ben Duoc memorial temple nearby but far less touristic built in 1993 in memory of the Vietnamese killed at Cu Chi.

    Continue tour, get transfer to visit one of the most sacred attractions in Vietnam - the Cao Dai Temple. Caodaism is a uniquely Vietnamese religion that is influenced by elements of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and even Roman Catholicism. On a visit, you can attend the midday mass.

    Have lunch at local restaurant then drive back to city center.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Elios Hotel(Senior Superior Room)
    233 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Day 4,Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Be - Can Tho175km - 4hSun, May 31, 2020
    From Saigon to Mekong delta, visiting Cai Be, boat trip, biking, overnight in Mekong Delta

    Meet our tour guide and driver for your transfer to Cai Be. Visit Cao Dai temple on route. On arrival, embark a small private boat for a cruise in a branch of the Mekong River. Experience the rhythm of life on the legendary Mekong River by visiting the canals lined with orchards.

    Visiting craft workshops of rice popcorn, coconut caramel and rice cake…Go biking or walking on the village paths to discover the ancient and beautiful Phu Chau pagoda where the serenity reigns and meet the local people. Enjoy lunch in an open air restaurant where you can taste a famous local specialty, the elephant ear fish. Finally, enjoy tasting delicious fruits while rowing a small rowboat in the canals, shaded by the fruit trees.

    Continue your boat trip to Vinh Long and meet the driver at the pier for a transfer to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho in the late afternoon.  Check in your hotel and relax. Enjoy free time on your own to discover the city located on the Mekong River side.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Boat: Cai Be
    Private transportation
    Bike: Cai Be
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Hau Giang Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    34 Nam Ki Khoi Nghia street, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city, Vietnam
  • Day 5,Can Tho - HanoiMon, Jun 1, 2020
    Visiting famous Cai Rang market, fruit garden tour, Binh Thuy ancient house, back to Saigon for flight to Hanoi.

    Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the pier for a boat trip to visit Cai Rang floating market, the largest and most lively market in the Mekong Delta. There are so many colors and smells in the bubbling atmosphere where hundreds of sampans are filled with goods such as rice, fruits, and craft products. Everything is shown to sell from the early morning.

    Leave the market and continue the boat trip through the canals and visit a fruit garden (Option - replace the garden with the nursery field by the river). Head back to An Binh Market which is full of fish, fruits and vegetables. Stop at Binh Thuy ancient house which contains the orchid garden where “The Lover” was filmed.

    In the afternoon, take a flight to Hanoi capital.

    Landing at the Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed by professional tour guide and driver at the pickup lobby. Enjoy 45-minute driving to the city center (Hanoi Old Quarter) with city's briefing information about the most visited spots, culture, traffic and cuisine....Arrive in your hotel, check in and have a rest. 

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast
    Boat: Cai Rang
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
    Flight:VN1204 (VCA - HAN)/ 14:15 - 16:20 - Vietnam Airlines Economy / 06 tickets
  • Day 6,HanoiTue, Jun 2, 2020
    Visiting the city's highlights, travelling to French Quarter, Ho Chi Minh complex. Discovering the old quarter

    9:00 AM: Get Pick up by tour guide to the Temple of Literature which was built under the Ly dynasty in 11th century for worshipping Confucius and teaching Royal children. Enjoy a walk in the garden to the city’s symbol Khue Van Cac. You will then visit the World Heritage "stone steles” which shows the name of outstanding students. Continue to explore the Quoc Tu Giam which is considered as the first national university of Vietnam.

    Follow it with a visit to one of the city’s museums (choose among the National history museum, Hoa Lo, Museum of Ethnology and Fine art museum) before having a break for lunch or some drink (by your own budget).

    In the after noon you visit the French Quarter – it is a “little Paris” in Hanoi with tree-lined boulevards, government head offices and a big square. Visit (outside) Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before having a leisurely walk in the botanical gardens to visit the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live and work. Towards the unique One – pillar pagoda which is one of the city’s symbols. It takes us from 1 to 2 hours to explore this complex, depending on the number of traveler.

    Continue to the Quan Thanh temple, one of the four most important temples in the city, dated back to the 11th century under Ly Thai To King, worshipping the Tran Vu gods, the principal deities in Taoism. Take a leisurely walk on a romantic road crossing the West Lake with beautiful city views. Stop at the Tran Quoc pagoda which dates back to the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De Dynasty.

    Finally, exploring the Hanoi Old Quarter which was built in the 15th century as a trading center in the capital city with 36 streets of different products. Despite the changes, the Old Quarter is always considered a live city museum. The unique tube houses, small alleys, temples, open door markets and street vendor foods come together in a beautiful harmony. Discovering the town by walking is the best way to stimulate all your senses.      

    Finally enjoying the water puppet shows that is the unique performances, first appeared in the 11th century. In these shows, the daily life, culture and belief of Vietnamese people are described by puppets on water. The show usually integrates a traditional music performance as well.

    Come back to hotel. End of the day

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Entertainment / Show: Water puppet
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 7,Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hanoi100km - 2hWed, Jun 3, 2020
    A full day to explore Ninh Binh at Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Bich Dong

    8:00 AM: Meet your tour guide and driver at hotel then transfer to Ninh Binh, the awesome site is enriched with historical, cultural, religion and geographic wonders. On the journey passing the Red River delta, stop as you wish for pictures.

    Travel to Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam from the 10 to the 11 century. The citadel is surrounded by limestone mountains and rivers naturally protecting it and making for an amazing picturesque setting.

    On arrival at Hoa Lu, you will visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009) who played a vital role in gaining the country’s independence after it was ruled by China for a thousand years. Both temples were built in the 17th symbolizing a deep respect to the King’s contributions.

    Keep your tour to the Bich Dong, a typical pagoda in the countryside of the Red River Delta, built in the 15th century. On arrival, you will cross a stone bridge to Chua Ha, from which over 100 steps lead to Chua Trung – the cave pagoda with unique clay statues. You will then hike up to Chua Thuong. You not only have the chance to learn about Buddhism but also get to experience incredible countryside views.

    Enjoy lunch at local restaurant befor transfer to Tam Coc which has been well-known as the “Halong Bay on land” and appeared in famous French movie “Indochina”. On arrival at the pier, you will take a private sampan boat for a ninety-minute cruise along Ngo Dong River. Pass through three caves and witness a stunning landscape interleaved by small communities, rice fields, cemetery and temples.

    Drive back to Hanoi around 6:00 PM

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Boat: Tam Coc
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 8,Hanoi - Halong bay160km - 3hThu, Jun 4, 2020
    Amazing sailing route, Pearl farm excursion, swimming and hiking at Titov Island, offering a great panoramic views

    8:00 AM: Pick up at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter). Enjoy 3-hour drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Your journey will pass the series of villages and rice fields in Red River Delta. Have a stop for drink and restroom. Continue your driving, arrive at the harbor around noon, get warmly welcomed at reception.

    12:30: Checks in boat with cruise briefing and safety instructions. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

    Enjoy buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas, such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, Coconut Three Island In the afternoon, visit Tung Sau area, covered by the leaping rocks, cultured pearl fishery. You can wit yourself the process of the jewel, from culturing to harvesting and sculpting. Moreover, you have a chance to do kayaking based on your preference. Enjoy busy space with pearl maker, you can experience the completion of pearl. Visiting the beautiful Titov beach for swimming (if the weather permits), Titov Beach is especially famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax or passengers can take steps to reach on the top of  Titov island to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay. Back to the boat and free time while sailing to Luon Bo area, and anchor for overnight.

    Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)

    18:30: Attend the Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls - traditional Vietnamese food. Then enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). It is time for chit chat and relaxing. Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay. 

    Dinner – Deluxe Vietnamese BBQ Set Menu Dinner

    Evening activities include: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sort of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Pelican Halong Cruise’s music, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.

    Included:
    Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Tuan Chau
    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance fees
    Entertainment / Show: Squid fishing,Beach swimming
    Cooking class: Halong (on board)
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Glory Legend Cruise - 2D1N(Deluxe )
    5/33B Pham Ngu Lao street, Hoan Kiem district, Quang Ninh , Vietnam
  • Day 9,Halong bay - Hanoi160km - 3hFri, Jun 5, 2020
    Exploring Sung Sot Cave then leisurely sailing before transfering back to Hanoi

    06:30: The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

    Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

    Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes to visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the cruise by tenderCheck out and settle your bill at reception.

    Have a buffet brunch and enjoy the bay scenery while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf.

    Welcome by driver at the harbor then enjoy travel back to Hanoi. Have a rest at the middle of the way. Drop off at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter).

    Included:
    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Entrance fees
    Entertainment / Show: Morning Tai Chi
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 10,Hanoi35km - 0.75hSat, Jun 6, 2020
    Transferring to airport for flights to next destinations

    Private driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby (Hanoi Old Quarter) for about 45 minutes to Noi Bai airport (international or domestic hall according to your request). Thanks for the visit to our city.

    Note: International flights require you to be at the airport 3 hours and domestic is 2 hours before departure time.

    Included:
    Meal: Breakfast
    Private transportation
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
Inclusions
  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Cruise: Glory Legend Cruise - 2D1N
  • Boat: Cai Be, Cai Rang, Tam Coc
  • Private transportation following itinerary
  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Tuan Chau
  • Flight Ticket: VN1204 VCA - HAN(Vietnam Airlines - Economy)
  • Meal: Breakfast: 09, Lunch: 05, Dinner: 01
  • Bike: Cai Be
  • Entertainment / Show: Water puppet, Squid fishing, Beach swimming, Morning Tai Chi
  • Cooking class: Halong (on board)
  • 01 bottle of water per pax per day
  • Service charges and Taxes
Exclusions
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program


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