Day 1 : Hanoi – Arrival
You are welcome at the airport and transferred to the hotel for check-in.
Balance of the day is free time for refreshment after a long flight journey.
Day 2 : Hanoi city full-day excursion (B,L)
8h00 Start the tour by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilts House, Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda nearby. After that our guide will take you to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethonology.
In the afternoon, we visit the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake
( Lake of the Restored Sword ) and Ngoc Son Temple, One Hour Cyclo to visit the Old Quarter.
Enjoy the Show of Water Puppet and back to your hotel to spend overnight.
Day 3: Hanoi - Ninh Binh (B,L)
8h00: Bus transfer to Hoa Lu, visit the the two temples of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars.
After Hoa Lu, your tour guide will take you to visit Tuyet Tinh Coc- a peaceful lake hidden between mountains, this was where the Queen Duong Van Nga ( the wife of both King Dinh and King Le) built Am Tien Pagoda and spent the last years of her life practcing at Tuyet Tinh Coc. You can walk around the lake and visit the pagoda on the end. From here you have a great view over the peaceful lake with mountains and jungle on either side.
Bus transfer back to Tam Coc for lunch then take the boat trip through Dry Ha Long Bay from 13:30 to 16:00 to visit Tam Coc
After Tam Coc, you are free to walk around the village or have some drinks around to enjoy the local life.
Day 4 : Ninh Binh – Halong Bay overnight onboard (B,L,D)
8h00 : You will be transferred to Halong Bay
by a private car with 2,5 hours travelling for the overnight cruise on a luxury cruiseship.11:30: Arrive at the Scarlet Pearl check-in area at Halong International Cruise Port – Where we will complete the check-in process and other procedures.
12h00: You will be transferred by tender boat to Scarlet Pearl Cruise. Welcome aboard! Enjoy a welcome drink during the cruise briefing, including safety instructions, before check-in to your cabin.
A splendid lunch is served at Tahiti Restaurant while cruising into the primitive Lan Ha Bay. The bay has hundreds of small and large islands, making it an enormous, wonderful scene to look at while dining.
We reach the landing spot of Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba Island where we will hop on bikes (electric car available) for an active tour along small paved roads towards a village nestled in a valley. Meet and greet local inhabitants doing their daily work, see their homes and the village school.
Return to Scarlet Pearl Cruises to relax and admire the sunset on our sundeck.
Our talented bartender will show you how to make a bartender! You then can make a special cocktail for a special family event after the course.
It is time to enjoy your dinner, as well as a special culture exchange on the restaurant stage between guests, who come from all over the world, and the Vietnamese host.
Day 5: Ha Long – Fly to Danang (Br)
06:30: Begin your new day with a Yoga session, taking photos, or enjoy the sunrise from your cabin window.
Enjoy a light breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the bay.
Visit Dark & Bright Cave which is the perfect destination for our excursion, a serene round lake encompassed by rich trees and high stone walls.
Take your pick either exploring the cave by yourself in a kayak or comfortably on local bamboo boat rowed by the locals.
09:15 – 9:45: Return to Scarlet Pearl Cruises, pack your luggage and check-out of your cabin while cruising towards the port.
Enjoy an extraordinary brunch on board and then disembark at Halong International Cruise Port.
11h45: You will be privately transferred back to Hanoi Airport for the flight to Da Nang
On arrival at Danang, get picked up and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An for check-in and spend overnight there.
Day 6 : Hoi An half-day excursion (B,D)
This afternoon we enjoy a guided walking tour to visit the tranquility and charm of Hoi An Ancient Town
with its low tiled houses of Chinese appearance, Japanese covered bridge
, brightly painted temples and pagodas make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam.
After dinner, transfer back to the hotel and spend overnight there.
Day 7 : Hoi An Free time (B)
Spend the day at leisure on the beach, learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class or have clothes made by one of Hoi An’s famous – and famously inexpensive tailors!
Day 8 : Hoi An – Fly to Ho Chi Minh – City excursion (B,L)
Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel then our tour guide and driver will take you to the airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City
On arrival, take a half-day city excursion to see the best of Saigon including the War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post Office.
Transfer to the hotel for check-in and spend overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 9: Saigon – My Tho – Mekong Delta boat trip – Can Tho city (L,D)
08.00am: Our tour guide & driver meet you at the hotel lobby, then travelling by private car to My Tho, one of quiet cities in Mekong Delta area. Arrive in My Tho, a full day trip to water world of the Mekong Delta; enjoy the journey through the fertile paddy fields, water buffalos. Take the boat trip along narrow waterways and visit some orchards, local houses where making rice-paper, enjoy tropical fruits with southern traditional “Tai Tu music” show. Enjoy lunch with special Elephant’s Ear Fish at a local restaurant on the island. Boat trip on Mekong river back to the city port, after finished boat trip, take on private car to Can Tho City, stop for visiting the ancient pagoda Vinh Trang in Vinh Long City.
17h00: Arrive to Can Tho, check-in the hotel, time at lesure until enjoy dinner at charming restaurant located on Hau river branch.
Day 10: Can Tho – Phu Quoc Island (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Your guide will take you to the pier for taking the boat ride on Mekong River which is the longest and most prosperous in Asia, visit the famous Cai Rang floating market, where you can see the daily lives and local people selling their products on boats. Then cruising to small cannels to visit one of the local family and their orchard, taste tropical fruits, green tea. Boat ride back to Ninh Kieu Pier, car transfer to Can Tho Airport for the flight to Phu Quoc.
On arrival at Phu Quoc Airport, car transfer to your beach resort, time at leisure.
Optional: For other beach vacations ( Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Quy Nhon...) you will be transferred back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City for the transfer to your favourite beach
Day 11 – 12: Phu Quoc Free time (B)
Time at leisure to sunbathe on the beach, enjoy your resort spa facilities or take an optional snorkeling and boat cruise day trip around the islands.
Day 13 : Phu Quoc – Fly to back to Ho Chi Minh (B)
Today enjoy your last moment at Phu Quoc island then take the late afternoon flight back to Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, You will be privately transferred to the hotel in the city center. Balance of the day is free time.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 14 : Ho Chi Minh – Departure (B)
Time at leisure, car transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Good bye and see you again