Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Very Vietnam

10 days  |  Hanoi to Saigon  |  from USD $2,195  |   Guaranteed Departures  56 reviews

From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture and national monuments, to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay and the steamy city of Saigon on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is as colourful as it is diverse. See the very best of vibrant Vietnam in 10 captivating days!

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi

Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi, perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore the wide tree-lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagodas and the thriving historic old city, all easily navigated on foot.
Overnight: Hanoi

    Hanoi
Day 2

Junk boat cruising, Halong Bay

Hanoi – Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive leads us to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Boarding our traditional wooden junk boat we cruise the emerald waters soaking up the panoramic vista of the thousand or so karst limestone islands that stud the bay.

Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the pristine 'Dark & Bright Lagoon'. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served.
Overnight: Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Hidden grottoes, Halong Bay

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs, we sail back to port.

Arriving to Hanoi mid-afternoon, an hour or so is spent exploring the quixotic web of streets, known as the ‘36 streets of the old quarter’. The motorbike-swarming narrow lanes are each named after various guilds of the city’s artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. There is Silver Street, Silk Street, Comb Street, Paper Street and more. The maze of rambling streets are framed by narrow front tube houses and we may have a chance to sample the exotic fruits, sizzling noodle dishes and delightfully sticky snacks being offered by the pavement vendors. Our tour of the area is undertaken by a quintessentially Vietnamese experience from aboard a cyclo (rickshaw).

A little time will be given to freshen up before boarding our train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Imperial Hue

Upon arrival to Hue we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital. We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.

In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings and here we’ll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. As the sun sets opt for a cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River, beautifully illuminated at night.
Overnight: Hue  |  Breakfast, Lunch

    Imperial Hue
Day 5

Delightful Hoi An

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other. En route we stop for a walk along My Khe beach, a beautiful stretch of coastline which was nicknamed 'China Beach' by the Americans during the war and famously featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie ‘Apocalypse Now’. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea before continuing our journey south along the coast to Hoi An.

The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with its cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a bygone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here.

On a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town, we’ll visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Village Life

A bicycle ride into the countryside leads us to Tra Que village. Here, we discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s a hands-on experience today where we’ll assist with tending the fields and gardens and cooking lunch.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Hoi An - at leisure

A free day for you relax or further sightsee. You may wish to take a relaxing rowboat journey along the river or spend the day lazing by the beach or hotel pool. It’s also possible to take an optional excursion to the holiest and most evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites - My Son, or to Quang Ngai, the site of the My Lai massacre memorial. The massacre was a significant turning point in the Vietnam War and the story is told through photo presentation on a walk through the village.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Cruising the Mekong

Hoi An - Saigon. Early morning flight to Saigon. Drive to the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as its fantastic views while boating along the canals. Taking our sampan from Vinh Long we’ll cruise downstream from Cai Be through the maze of waterways watching the hubbub of daily life on the river. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children swimming we stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.
Overnight: Can Tho  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Mekong & Saigon

Can Tho - Saigon. Early today we visit the ever lively Cai Rang floating market. Watch as melons, pineapples, fresh greens, sacks of rice and children's toys get tossed from one sampan to another at great heights and speed before driving back to Saigon. Once called the Pearl of the Orient, modern Saigon is a thriving metropolis on the move. Sleek sky scrapers, gourmet restaurants, designer malls and swanky bars and spas are scattered between ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks and lively street markets. Our walking tour of Saigon includes visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post office and the sombering War Remnants Museum. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Saigon  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Saigon

Monday. Today is free for you to enjoy Saigon before your departure transfer to the airport. Opt for a relaxing foot massage, shop for souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace, with its secret bunker and military command centre beneath.

You could also extend your stay and join us on a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels Here you can go underground to explore the vast network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters, see booby traps, trap doors or test your skill with an AK 47 at the firing range.
Breakfast

Cu Chi Tunnels - go underground!

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels - a vast underground network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the 1960’s. Often lead by a relative of a Viet Cong fighter in green fatigues you’ll walk the bush trails discovering grass covered trapdoors, ingenious, yet gruesome booby traps and hidden underwater entrances in rivers. There is also an opportunity to go underground and pop off a few rounds at the firing range. Our Cu Chi Tunnels bolt-on includes return transportation to and from Cu Chi, guided tour and 1 night accommodation in Saigon.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Full Moon Festival taking place in Hoi An. A small supplement applies. If you wish to travel on this date please refer to the 'Full Moon Festival, Hoi An' 10 day tour on our website.
Full Moon Festival, Hoi An tour
Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Pre Tour Accommodation Hanoi
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Post Tour Accommodation Saigon
USD $70
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Private Tour Supplement
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

FULL MOON FESTIVAL TOUR: If you are travelling with us on 28 Sept 2017, you will witness the Full Moon Festival celebrations in Hoi An. Please see the Trip Notes for more info on this special festival departure.

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

The Ann Hotel, Hanoi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In the centre of Hanoi sits the contemporary and sophisticated The Ann hotel. Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed with delightful en suite facilities including bath and shower. The hotel boasts both a bar and restaurant. The swanky A lounge offers a wonderful selection of beverages and diners can enjoy the Onyx house for delicious local and international dishes on A la carte or buffet style. Our top tip is to head to the roof top pool for a refreshing dip and wonderful views across the city.

Bhaya Classic Junk Boat, Halong Bay

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Deluxe House Boat

This premier cruise boat offers 18 well appointed cabins with en suite amenities. Cabins are contemporary in design, whilst the finer touches have a distinct oriental influence. All cabins feature large windows creating a bright and airy atmosphere as well as scenic views. Facilities and services onboard include a dining room and bar, a sunbathing area on-deck, masseur and small library. This boat departs from the port of Halong City and plies its route through the karst peaks of Halong Bay during their journey and overnight stay on the water.

Mondial Hotel, Hue

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a 5 minute walk from the Ho Chi Minh museum, the Mondial Hotel is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms benefit from spacious interiors, comfortable beds and lots of mod-cons. There is complimentary Wi-Fi for guests, an outdoor pool and onsite spa - perfect for a re laxing massage. As well as the delicious Huong Xuan Restaurant there is also the Lobby Lounge - great for cocktails before dinner!

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort offers luxury and gracious hospitality in a traditional Vietnamese environment right on the banks of the Thu Bon river with top notch facilities.

Iris Hotel, Can Tho

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This elegant hotel is housed within a modern building in the city of Can Tho. Each guest room comes equipped with plush furnishings to ensure a good night's sleep and is decorated with a neutral palate and calming tones. Rooms look over the city and boast a range of modern amenities such as air conditioning and stylish ensuite facilities. Magnificent views of the city can be had from the hotel's skybar while a range of gourmet local and international dishes can be sampled at the onsite restaurant. The accommodation is just a few kilometres from the Cai Rang floating market.

Northern Hotel, Saigon

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in Saigon's central business district, the Northern Hotel offers comfortable and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms are contemporary in style and are decorated with warming tones and excellent en suite facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a variety of European and Asian dishes set on the mezzanine floor. The hotel also offers complimentary use of computers in the lobby and a fully equipped gym for those who wish keep fit whilst staying in the city.

Trip Highlights

Hanoi - Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ancient Quarter
Hue - ancient citadel, Imperial Purple City, Royal Tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda and monastery
Saigon - ‘Pearl of the Orient!. Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and War Remnants Museum
Cai Be waterways, cottage industries, mansion home and Dong Hoa Hiep Island
Halong Bay - UNESCO Listed region with thousands of beautiful limestone peaks and islets
Hoi An - UNESCO Listed ancient town, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches
Mekong Delta - a maze of waterways, fertile farm land and floating villages
Can Tho - lively market town in the Mekong Delta and nearby Cai Rang floating market

Included

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner
Economy class flight Danang - Saigon
Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 10
Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide
Visa approval letter (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)
7 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin)
Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves
Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta
Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta and Saigon
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa. Vietnam visa letter included - stamping fee required upon arrival
Entrance Fees: USD$30-40, paid in USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50, paid in USD

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.84 out of 5 based on 56 recent reviews

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I have fallen in love with Vietnam from North to South, I am sure I will return many more times. What Hung showed us I am sure was the tip of the iceberg. Hung was a very knowledgable tour guide and this really made for a great tour. The group was an ideal size and we all got on well together

• Submitted 15 Nov 2016
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Not only have I already recommended this tour to several people. I have told them to ask if Hung will be their guide. I travel at least once a year, Hung was the best guide I have ever had.

He was so informative and made sure everyone had the best time they could.

absolutely the best

• Submitted 17 Oct 2016
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As the name suggests it was 'on the go' all the time!!! We were so pleased with the tour. Our tour guide was great and our travel companions fabulous. The weather was hot and humid, but perfect for staying on the junk boat in picturesque Halong Bay. As you know we have visited many countries around the world, but this trip will be a memorable one for us. Dana & George also had a fabulous time.

Thank you for organising everything for us.

Meera&Jacob • Submitted 11 Oct 2016

We have just completed our first visit to Vietnam. We had a wonderful time, mostly due to the excellence of our guide Nguyen. He welcomed our whole group into his "family" and added colour to the tour with his personal insights. Nguyen's thoughtfulness and flexibility ensured that all members of the group, no matter what age, enjoyed every element of the trip.

• Submitted 23 Aug 2016
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Fantastic tour. Our guide Tuan was awesome. He kept us well informed each day. Was a pleasure to travel with. Tuan was friendly, caring and had a great sense of humour. He knows his job and the history of Vietnam very well. Was one of the best tours I've been on.

• Submitted 03 Aug 2016
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I am a solo female traveller completely anxious about travelling alone as this was the first time but I need not have worried myself! Pick up at the airport was easy as somebody was waiting with my name on a plaque. Unfortunately, I missed the welcome meeting as my flight was delayed but Hung had left all the details with reception. The pack gave full detailed itinerary and info and prices about optional tours. In the morning, he met me (and the others) in the lobby and the tour began... All of the coaches driving us had ample space and there is no reason to worry about jetlag as all the seats reclined so you can have a nap on the 3.5 hour journey to the port to get the boat to Halong Bay. I don't need to explain all the individual bits of the tour but what I will say is you won't be bored or disappointed!! I felt this tour balanced sight seeing and down time very well at tremendous value for money. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Best bit: Halong Bay Boat cruise - I woke up early thanks to jetlag but had an amazing solo moment as I went up to the sundeck first thing and I was on my own just looking out at the bay!

Worst bit : the train ride - everybody warns you! It's not pleasant but I have been to festivals with worse conditions. Tips: buy a sleep sheet or bring a duvet cover and pillow case, eye mask, ear plugs, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and bottled water.

I would 100% recommend this tour. If I went again I would think about the order in which I packed my case e.g. not put longer tops/skirts for the temples at the bottom so I could just take the things from the top.

• Submitted 13 Jul 2016
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour - our first organized holiday with On the Go. Accommodation, transportation, meals and itinerary were all top notch.

The best thing about our tour however was our guide Hung. His English was superb, his descriptions of scenery, politics, history and cultural highlights were informative, engaging and entertaining. He kept us safe, on time, well informed and well prepared. He is, without doubt, the best tour guide we have ever had.

Our group was friendly, caring and considerate and we bonded exceptionally well despite our diverse backgrounds and upbringings.

Despite meeting as strangers we departed as friends. Thank you, Hung. Thank you 'On the Go'

• Submitted 26 Jun 2016
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Our tour guide was excellent, always going extra miles to make us having the best and various experiences , he makes our Vietnam Tour even more enjoyable, with his knowledge and interesting facts

• Submitted 14 Jun 2016
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Absolutely fantastic! Win is such a credit to On the Go. He was so polite and professional and nothing was too much trouble. He was entertaining and have us enough information that we were informed but not too much that our eye's glazed over. A+

• Submitted 10 Mar 2016
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Excellent tour with well informed and passionate guide with a good sense of timings and organisation. Only negative comment concerns New Year Eve where we were advised that restaurants would not be open and that we should eat at our hotel (Northern). Service was appallingly slow, cold and served out of order ie main before soup. Very limited staff-hotel should not have offered food if they were unable to adequately provide. Otherwise, we thoroughly enjoyed our time and the slight disadvantages of New Year travel and closures were offset by seeing the celebrations.

• Submitted 21 Feb 2016
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Tour Details
Starts
Hanoi
Ends
Saigon
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 1

Tour Bolt-ons

Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons

Hoi An on a Vespa

USD $210 / half day

Cu Chi Tunnels

USD $215 / 2 days

Fly Hanoi to Hue

USD $275

Bangkok City Stay

USD $965 / 3 days

Cycle Hue And Hoi An

USD $765 / 4 days

Mui Ne Beach Break

USD $895 / 5 days

I have fallen in love with Vietnam from North to South, I am sure I will return many more times. What Hung showed us I am sure was the tip of the iceberg. Hung was a very knowledgable tour guide and this really made for a great tour. The group was an ideal size and we all got on well together

Gillian Rosman
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