Sample local dishes way in a street food tour in Hanoi. Walk through breathtaking paddy fields, waterfalls and mountain trails. Visit markets and relax on a cruise on the Perfume River. Learn how to make a selection of Vietnamese dishes using a secret family recipe and explore energetic Saigon on the back of a Vespa.
Vietnam will captivate you with its small wonders and enormous beauty, you’ll be wanting to come back for more.
- Markets of Hanoi & Hue
- Pu Long terrace paddy fields
- Trek through panoramic views
- Overnight train to Hanoi
- Relax at the Alba Wellness Spa
- Cruise the Perfume River
- Former port city of Hoi An
- Vintage Vespa around Ho Chi Minh
- Sample culinary delights
- Mekong Delta Extension
Vietnam Tour Itinerary*:
Day 1 - Hanoi
Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam. As soon as you step outside the airport gates, you will be greeted with an immersion of wonder and vibrancy. Your boutique hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city.
Relax, freshen up and at 4pm come meet your guide and fellow voyageurs a with a tour orientation. Then we’ll get set to dine like a local on a non-stop culinary street food tour.
We’ll walk through hidden alleyways to discover local foodie hangouts and meander through the markets of Hanoi’s scenic old quarter, while eating delicious French-Chinese infused dishes.
Sampling bun cha cooked over charcoal fires, mi quang, noodles mixed with shrimp, pork and vegetables topped with grilled rice paper and spices and taste the best spring rolls in town.
We’ll wash this all down with a few drinks toasting the next 9 days ahead.
Day 2 - Pu Luong
This morning we have a pure treat in store. We’re traveling to the most southern part of Hanoi, Pu Luong where we get to experience the exceptional terrace paddy fields and also meet the charming Thai people living in their stilt houses.
The drive takes about 4 hours but when you know what’s waiting for you at the end it seems a small sacrifice. We’ll enjoy a healthy lunch and then check into our gorgeous bungalows which have some of most stunning panoramic views in the area.
This afternoon we head out for a memorable trek through the terrace fields, past scenic rivers and waterfalls and breathtaking mountain trails.
This is definitely one time you don’t want to forget your camera!
Day 3 - Hanoi - Overnght Train
Have a relaxing morning before we head back to Hanoi and off to Hanoi railway station where we’ll board an overnight train bound for Hue.
Although conditions are basic, it’s a classic South East Asian experience and the best way to travel long distances whilst getting to know the locals.
Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but it’s a great idea to stock up on fresh bread and fruit before you head off.
Note: Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders may be required to share a compartment and there may be occasions where you’ll be sharing with local travellers that are not part of your group.
Day 4 - Hue
Alba Wellness Resort – Breakfast & Dinner
Watch the breathtaking scenery change as we arrive into Hue, the central part of Vietnam.
After a breakfast stop we head out for a city tour and a relaxing cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. The pagoda is the tallest religious building in Vietnam and within its grounds is the Austin car in which Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk who demonstrated against the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War, was driven to Saigon prior to his widely reported self-immolation in 1963.
No visit is complete without a market, and this afternoon we pay a visit to Dong Ba Market, the oldest of its kind in Hue, with hundreds of stalls selling household items, handicrafts, clothing and fresh produce.
After a full day, we head to Alba Wellness Resort, known for its unique wellness concept.
Check into your room and enjoy the benefits this retreat has to offer:
- One daily spa treatment for 60 minutes
- One daily Onsen bath treatment for 30 minutes
- Daily hot spring bathing
- Complementary Yoga, Tai Chi & Meditation (see schedule)
- Complementary Alba mineral water (one per day)
- Complementary shuttle bus to Hue city centre
- Turn down service
- Welcome healthy drink and fruits on arrival
In the evening enjoy a delicious meal with your fellow voyageurs.
Day 5 - Hue
Today you are free to enjoy the peacefulness and tranquility of the Alba Wellness Spa, or take the shuttle bus into Hue to enjoy the sights at your leisure.
**Daily spa treatments as listed yesterday**
Day 6 - Hue - Hoi An
We travel approximately 4 hours by bus today, heading south through coastal rice paddies before travelling across the spectacular Hi Van Pass.
You’ll be teated to some stunning mountain scenery en route as it stands at around 500m above sea level, making it the highest pass in Vietnam. Arriving at Hoi An we’ll take an orientation walk to explore this beautiful ancient town interlaced with canals.
The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colourful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.
The evening is yours to relax in the hotel, or maybe sample one of the nearby restaurants.
Day 7 - Hoi An
Soak up these delightful surroundings this morning before our afternoon cooking class where we will discover the some hidden secrets of this exceptional Vietnamese cuisine.
The best party always is sitting down to enjoy the food after and chatting with your friends.
Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City
Today we board a domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh City, still widely known as Saigon.
Once we arrive, we head to Binh Tay market, a vast tile-covered ochre building swelling with stallholders, customers and porters jammed into its aisles, you’ll be hypnotised by the atmosphere and the diverse range of goods for sale.
We’ll pass by the beautifully decorated Chinese buildings and explore Hao Si Phuong, an area that time forgot and still looks the same as it did a few decades ago. Savouring this unique moment where you can feel the vibes of the area as we twilight approaches.
Enjoy a complementary evening cocktail and finger food when you arrive back at the hotel for a relaxing evening.
Day 9 - Ho Chi Minh City
Today we are going to explore this energetic city on the back of a vintage vespa.
Zipping through alleyways, food stalls, tree-lined avenues and backstreets packed with neon-lit storefronts. This is your chance to sample some of Ho Chi Minh’s culinary delights whilst taking in the sites of this dynamic city.
The rest of the day is yours to swim in the pool, do some last minute shopping, find a cafe to spend the rest of the evening chatting to your new girlfriends.
Day 10 - Departure Day/Mekong Delta
What an amazing 10 days this has been! But, sadly it’s time to bid your farewells and get ready to for your onwards flight home.
But..if you’ve opted for 2 more days, we’ll travel onwards to Mekong Delta – the heart of the authentic local life.
Day 10 - Mekong Delta
After saying your goodbyes, we head to Mikong Delta to explore the most intact areas of Ben Tre provice where the local life is rhythmed by the seasons.
We’ll discover the artisanal workshops along the rivers and canals, have lunch with a local family and have a sampan boat ride through the narrow canals (a bucket list must for sure).
We head to our destination, peaceful homestay for the evening where we help prepare a delicious dinner with with our host.
Your overnight stay is in a private comfortable bungalow in the middle of nature. What could be more real than this!
Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City
Wake up to the noise of the countryside and breath in the fresh air.
After breakfast we will head out by bicycle to explore the huge fruit orchards.
Then unfortunately, it’s back to Saigon for your departure to the airport.
A unique experience not to be forgotten!
*Itineraries and hotels are subject to change. Elle Voyage and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Elle Voyage reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.
Dates: 11 Days/10 Nights
October 27 – November 6, 2019
Where: Vietnam + Optional Mekong Delta Extension
What’s Included: Group Transfer, Hotels 8 nights, 1 x night in Overnight Train, 1 x night in overnight boat 9 Breakfasts, l lunch, 4 Dinners.
Tour Cost: £1299.00 (based on sharing a room)
Single Supplement: £350.00
Add Mekong Delta 2-Day Extension: £150
All tours are quoted in British Pounds.
Space is limited. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.
To register for this tour, a deposit of £300 is required to secure your reservation.
Balance is due 60 days prior to travel.