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Essential Vietnam from north to south

Vietnam Tour 12 days

From 990 USD/pers. Private group of 2 pax

Blessed with an extraordinary array of delectable cuisine, captivating culture, unspoiled landscapes, and incredibly warm locals, Vietnam stands out as a premier travel destination globally. This delightful family journey crams an abundance of enriching experiences into 12 days – from a mesmerizing cruise through Halong Bay to delving into the Imperial Citadel and embarking on a boat excursion to a lively floating market. Despite the adventure-packed itinerary, there’s ample time for relaxation. Remember to bring your smile; you’ll find countless reasons to use it in this captivating destination.

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-> Hiking through terraced rice fields
Immerse in the local culture of Sapa through activities such as homestay with a local family, trekking through rice terraces, and visiting traditional villages.

-> Watch stars at the sea
Overnight on a cruise in Ha Long Bay, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and fresh seafood.

-> Enjoy floating market
Cruise through the bustling Cai Rang floating market, one of the largest in the Mekong Delta, and witness the local trade and way of life along the waterways.

Grand Vietnam tour with Sapa

A tailor-made family holiday

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Hanoi - Arrival

Welcome by the guide of Hanoi Voyages upon your arrival at the airport, and transfer by private car to the hotel. In the afternoon, try cyclo for 1 hour to discover:

  • From the colonial district with its charming architecture, to the avenues lined with greenery
  • Hoan Kiem Lake and its legend and Ngoc Son
  • From the maze of streets teeming with small shops in the heart of the famous and fascinating “old quarter of the 36 corporations” and its famous silk street (Hang Gai)

Depending on your wish, the evening entertainment will be scheduled either on the 1st day of your arrival or on a following day to be chosen with your guide, depending on the timing of the days in Hanoi.

  • Water puppet show
  • Welcome dinner offered by Hanoi Voyages

Night at the hotel with breakfast.

Day 2Hanoi - Explore the city in depth

Depending on your centers of interest and the timing, you manage with your guide the choice of these visits and the order in which you wish to do them!

  • The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • The One Pillar Pagoda
  • Quan Thanh Temple & Tran Quoc Pagoda
  • Visiting Dong Xuan Market
  • Visiting the Women’s Museum
  • The visit to the Ethnography Museum, the result of Franco-Vietnamese cooperation, is marvelous
  • The street of the train: surprising….. houses glued to each other and crossed by a railway line and the inhabitants who live on the rails
  • A workshop for making lacquer, the specialty of Vietnam. You will have the explanations of the different stages, the inlay of mother-of-pearl, eggshells, etc…

Night at the hotel with breakfast.
Highlight experience: Grab a coffee at the Train Street

Day 3Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Cruise and Overnight on board

A dream setting that makes Ha Long Bay to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let yourself be charmed aboard a magnificent traditional-style junk, with one night on board. A romantic and unforgettable getaway!

Ha Long means the “descent of the dragon”. According to legend, a dragon descended into the bay to tame the sea currents. With the violent movements of its tail, it cut deeply into the mountain. Then, he plunged into the sea. The water level rose, revealing only the highest peaks.

HaLong Day 1:

  • Embarkation on the junk boat at the Halong port to start the cruise
  • Lunch at the onboard restaurant with delicious seafood caught in the bay
  • Sail with a beautiful itinerary
  • Discover the wonders of the bay, coves, islets, caves, beaches
  • Swimming (depending on weather conditions)
  • Dinner with local seafood specialties

Night in a superior luxury private cabin with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Overnight in a cruise

Day 4Cruise - Hanoi - FLY - HUE

HaLong Day 2:

  • Wake up on the bay and morning cruise
  • Introduction to kayaking
  • Lunch and disembarkation in the late morning
  • Activities: cave visit, kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi initiation, beautiful discovery of the fishing village

Return to Hanoi. Then transfer to the airport for a short flight to HUE

Overnight at the hotel with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Kayaking and Tai Chi initiation

Day 5Hue - City Tour

Depending on your interests and timing, you can work with your guide to choose which visits to make and in what order!

  • The numerous historical treasures of Hue were classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993
  • Take a relaxing boat cruise on the famous Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady)
  • Visit the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, who reigned from 1820 to 1840
  • Visit the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, who reigned from 1848 to 1883

At lunchtime, our guide will be at your disposal to take you to one of our recommended places to taste the specialties of Hue.
Hue’s Craft Special

The making of incense sticks will no longer be a secret to you after a stop in a small village near Hue, specializing in this activity.

  • Visit the village of Phu Cam, specialized in the making of conical hats, including the “poetry hat”
  • The famous kites of Hue. The passion for kite-flying is deeply rooted in Vietnamese culture
  • Stroll through Dong Ba Market and mingle with the locals

Overnight at the hotel with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Visit Tomb of Emperors

Day 6Hue - Danang - Hoi An - City Tour

  • Take the Mandarin Road and cross the Cloud Pass for a stunning view of the Lang Co peninsula before heading to Hoi An
  • Make a stop in Danang to visit the Cham Sculpture Museum. The Chams are an ethnic group from India.
  • Discover the Marble Mountains, also known as the “mountain of the five hills”

Hoi An is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Enjoy a lovely walk in the old town, which was once a bustling merchant port

In the narrow alleys, you will find a rich architectural heritage of beautiful old houses with colorful facades and wooden balconies, Chinese congregation houses, temples, pagodas, museums, and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Overnight at the hotel with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Walking through the old town.

Day 7Hoi An - Saga Bamboo

Our driver will pick you up at the hotel for your “Saga Bamboo” day.

  • Firstly, you will discover the charming “round basket boat” on which you will sway for a little ride! It’s called Thuyen Thung!
    It’s made of woven bamboo, made in just one day! Along with a skilled rower, you will glide for 30 minutes on the river. Your rower will show you what skilled hands can create with simple coconut leaves: rings, headdresses, baskets, etc.
  • To continue the “bamboo saga”, enter VO TAN TAN’s bamboo universe!
    His numerous unique creations are admirable: a life-size electric car made entirely of bamboo, a light and sturdy bamboo bike, bamboo bicycle helmets, not to mention his two-story bamboo house, where a host of bamboo utility objects furnish and decorate the place. Even the iPhone has been given a luxurious personalized bamboo case!
  • To complete this visit, TAN organizes a “home” lunch (not included). Authentic Hoi An culinary specialties are prepared in strict accordance with the original recipes of Hoi An families
    The bamboo saga continues with a visit to a lantern workshop. Their frames are made of bamboo, and you can learn to create your own lantern by participating in a 2-hour workshop
  • And, as the highlight to end this beautiful day in honor of Bamboo, an unprecedented and breathtaking show!
    Show Teh Dar: An acrobatic troupe that performs on giant bamboo poles, to the rhythm of live tribal music! A “never-seen-before” show, recognized as a cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Overnight at the hotel with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Try “Thuyen Thung” and enjoy the bamboo show.

Day 8Hoi An - Free

Free at your disposition to discover Hoi An city or go to the beach.

Day 9Hoi An - Flight to Ho Chi Minh City - City Tour

Private transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Ho Chi Minh City guide to start the city tour.

  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office
  • Visit the Central Post Office in memory of Gustave Eiffel
  • Visit the Reunification Palace, former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975, when Northern soldiers made a brutal intrusion with their tanks, symbolizing the end of the war against the United States
  • Visit the War Museum
  • Visit the Thien Hau Pagoda located in the heart of the Chinese district
  • Visit the lively Chinese district of Cholon
  • Visit the Binh Tay market in Cho Lon, impressive and essentially a wholesale market
  • Visit Ben Thanh, the largest covered market in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, colorful and very lively
  • Visit a renowned lacquer factory known for the quality and originality of its creations. An explanatory tour of the different stages of this meticulous and artistic work

Check with your guide for the tour schedules of the Bitexco Tower.

  • Climb to the top of the Bitexco Tower, the latest skyscraper of 262 meters with a breathtaking view of the city

Overnight at the hotel with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Bitexco Tower

Day 10Ho Chi Minh City – The floating markets of Mekong Delta – Can Tho

260 km – 4.5 hours by road

Depart for the lush landscapes of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is an extremely fertile region, crisscrossed by water and land, canals and arroyos, dotted with green checkered rice fields whose rice is reputed to be the most fragrant in the country.

This generous land is home to abundant fruit gardens, fish farms, and shrimp farms, and all of this contributes to the fact that the Mekong Delta is known as the “rice bowl of Vietnam”.

  • Crossing by ferry to Ben Tre and boarding for a boat ride on the natural canal of Xep through islets planted with tropical orchards where you will see durian, mangosteen, and orange plantations.
  • Then, horse-drawn carriages will take you on a beautiful 20-minute ride through the villages.
  • Visit an orchard to taste fruit and honey tea.
  • Then, embark to Turtle Island. There, you will visit a coconut candy workshop.

During lunch, you will discover the region’s specialty by savoring “elephant ear fish” that is eaten with rice pancakes and a typical sauce. Continue to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta.

Overnight at the hotel with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Visit an orchard to taste fruit and honey tea

Day 11Mekong Delta Floating Markets - Ho Chi Minh City

You will enter this market on a sampan in order to weave and navigate through the canals and arroyos to discover all the life organized around water and commerce.

  • Early morning: Cruise amidst the boats and canoes, to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Cai Rang floating market, the largest in the delta
  • Visit the colonial house and Ba Cong orchard, where you can taste exotic fruits and see plantations of durians, mangosteens, and oranges
  • Visit to the Binh Thuy centennial house

The cruise ends in Can Tho with an overview of the markets where you can mingle with the local population. Back to Ho Chí Minh City.

Overnight at the hotel with breakfast.

Highlight experience: Take a sampan to explore floating market

Day 12Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Free time for personal activities until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.


What make our tailor-made holidays different?

  • Non-catalogue itinerary
  • Crafted by you and us, local experts
  • Hand-picked authentic experiences
  • Well-selected fine accommodation
  • Designed to your budget and your time
  • Adjusted to your satisfaction

A tailor-made family holiday

Entrust us with your dream, and together we'll create it! - FREE, no obligation quote


  • Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 4 Dinner
  • Transport: Airplane, Car, Cruise, Motorcycle, Bicycle
  • Accommodation: Hotel (11 nights), Overnight on board (1 night), NA (1 night)


  • All transport during tour (including airport pick up & see off), as per itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast in Twin/ Double sharing
  • All in-tour local English speaking guide:
  • Domestic flight (Hanoi – Hue and Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh)
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Admission fee as per itinerary.
  • Just try it! Aug 2022
    Willing to go extra mile to solve problem; always accessible and fair deal 🙂 distinct professional and customized approach. price wise, in same range as other but approach is better. go for them!

  • They agency is really professional. They organised everything for us up to every single detail. We spent 13 days in total we discovered Vietnam from North to South,

    Echappee belle au Vietnam en famille 17 jours
    Anita K
  • Thanks to Hanoi Voyages to have organized a perfect trip for our family! perfect ! The guides and the drivers were so kind. T

    Karine D
  • Magical family holidays! We are very demanding clients and we have been positively impressed by the professionalism of the Hanoi voyage service from day 1 up to the end.


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