Vietnam Explorer

12 Days
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
From (USD)
$ 5,900
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Hanoi > Ho Chi Minh City

The true spirit of Vietnam

Focusing on the must see highlights of Vietnam, this tour explores all three major regions in one compact journey.
In the north, vertiginous limestone islets and karsts provide an incomparable backdrop to Halong Bay. Spend two unforgettable nights exploring the subtleties and sensations of this incredible place. To truly appreciate the over 1000 year old city of Hanoi, you need three nights and time, all whilst staying in indulgent accommodation. In the cities of Hoi An and Hue, located in the center of Vietnam, discover the many World Heritage listed sites over four easy paced nights. Lastly, in the south discover over two nights Vietnam’s most vibrant and lively city of Ho Chi Minh, commonly referred to as Saigon.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
VIHS
Duration:
12 days
Departure City:
Hanoi
Return City:
Ho Chi Minh City

12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Hanoi

    Welcome to vibrant Vietnam. Enjoy the day at leisure and settle into a two night Special Stay in Hanoi.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Hanoi

    Freechoice

    Visit the History Museum and Hoa Lo Prison, or join an authentic cooking class. Alternatively, visit Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Mausoleum, including a visit to the Temple of Literature.

    Enrich

    After attending a customary performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets, learn the secrets behind this illusionary show thanks to your special backstage pass.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Hanoi > Halong Bay Cruise

    Journey to Halong Bay and board the elegant Au Co for an awe-inspiring two night Special Stay cruise through the picturesque waters of this spectacular World Heritage-listed icon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Halong Bay Cruise

    Begin the day with a Tai Chi lesson. Cruise deeper into the National Park and try some kayaking, explore a cave and discover Cat Ba Island.

    Sundowners

    Exclusive to Scenic guests on board, enjoy a wine tasting against the backdrop of the karst islands at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Halong Bay Cruise > Hanoi

    Relax during your morning cruising before returning to Hanoi for another Special Stay and undertake a historical bunker tour at the hotel.

    Freechoice Dining

    Tonight enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, or dine at the La Terrace at Sofitel. Alternatively, dine in a classic French villa at Home Moc restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Hanoi > Hoi An

    Fly to Danang and continue to the ancient town of Hoi An where you will enjoy a three night stay, which includes a daily spa journey as part of your stay.

    Freechoice Dining

    Dine at the Morning Glory Restaurant. Alternatively, visit Brother’s Café or Hoi An Café, both located along the river front. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hoi An

    Step back in time as you take a walking tour of Hoi An’s World Heritage-listed Old Quarter including the Japanese Bridge and central market before stopping at the home of a former merchant to learn all about what life is like in Hoi An.

    Sundowners

    This evening relax at a reception in the Blue Bar with included beer and wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Hoi An

    Freechoice

    Visit the ancient temple ruins of My Son. Alternatively, enjoy an interactive cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant or cycle to a farming village through the rice fields outside Hoi An. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Hoi An > Hue

    Travel via the breath taking Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital. Wander through the grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel before checking into your hotel for the night.

    Enrich

    This evening’s Royal Dinner is held in a traditional private garden house accompanied by Hue Royal Court music.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Hue > Ho Chi Minh City

    Visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. After arriving at your hotel for the next two nights, take a leisurely guided orientation walk of the nearby sites.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City

    Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground labyrinth of war-time passageways.

    Freechoice Dining

    Enjoy a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, enjoy a meal in an old French colonial house or a restaurant specialising in Saigon street food. Alternatively, try Italian at Basilico or international fare at Nineteen Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City

    After checking out from your hotel, learn all about Vietnam’s modern history during a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Museum. Following lunch, the remainder of the day is yours until your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 17 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 29 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)
  • Scenic Tour Director with expert local guides
  • 3 day / 2 night Halong Bay cruise on board Au Co
  • All tipping and gratuities

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