18 Days Panorama Vietnam Tour to Discover Authentic Beauty

INT-V-PVT18 18 Days Best Vietnam Tour to Discover Authentic Beauty

If you have enough time and want to discover the real Vietnam in your holiday, then this 18-day tour could be your best choice. Through this tour, you will have a great chance to visit all the famous sites in Vietnam and trace the mystical eastern coastline.

Start from Ho Chi Minh City with an essential visit to the highlights in this city and witness the busy city life in Saigon, then have a full day unique Mekong River Cruise. Afterwards, enjoy a full day excursion in Dalat before moving to Nha Trang to relax and soak up the rays on the beautiful white sand beach.

Next, the tour will bring you to Hoi An to discover the quaint streets, ancient shrines, and hospitable ambiance of this old town.

Finally, you will head to Hanoi to explore this charming capital city of Vietnam.

TOUR CODEINT-V-PVT18

PLACES VISITEDSaigon - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Dalat - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi

DEPARTURE DATESDates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

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Trip Highlights

  • Take a cyclo tour to explore the essential sites in Saigon.
  • To see the Reunification Palace where north and south Vietnam were reunited after the war.
  • Delve into an underground world of guerrilla warfare in the incredible Cu Chi tunnels.
  • Meet locals as you explore the villages and islands along the Mekong River.
  • Relax on the lovely beaches of Nha Trang.
  • Stroll through atmospheric streets in Hoi An Ancient Town and relax yourself totally.
  • Experience hilltribe culture and ancient customs, and discover stunning scenery and friendly people.

At a Glance

Saigon(2 nights)

Can Tho(1 night)

Dalat(2 nights)

Nha Trang(3 nights)

Hoi An(2 nights)

Hue(2 night)

Hanoi(2 nights)

On the train(2 night)

Sapa(1 night)

Itinerary Day by Day

Vietnam Tour, 18 Days Vietnam Holiday

Day 1 Welcome to Saigon!

Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request

Welcome to Saigon! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel for check in.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 2 Full Day Saigon Highlights Tour

Meals: B

Today, you will be escorted to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover these amazing systems developed by the guerrillas fighting in the Vietnam War. You'll have an opportunity to see the various weapons used in the war on display. Then learn about the innovative ways the guerrillas survived and fought back in the war. The impressive underground system they built remains to tell the story of the Vietnam War.

In the afternoon, see the highlights of Saigon and learn the history of these iconic landmarks.

You’ll explore some of the most important sights in Ho Chi Minh. Start by visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral. Constructed by French colonists during their settlement, discover its significance as the largest cathedral in Southeast Asia.

Across the road is the Old Saigon Post Office, a neoclassical architectural building considered one of the main attractions in the city. Visit the Reunification Palace, home of South Vietnam’s President during the war.

The next stop is Cholon, the Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh. Explore the thickly settled district rife with tea-houses and pagodas, and the famous Binh Tay Market.

Finish the afternoon with a visit to the Emperor Jade Pagoda. Also known as the Tortoise Pagoda, this figurine-filled place of worship is considered by many to be Saigon's finest.

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 3 Drive to Vinh Long and Can Tho

Meals: B

In the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer about 136km to Vinh Long, a riverside town located in the Mekong Delta.

Upon arrival, enjoy a boat cruise to the Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging goods from their boats, and then go to Binh Hoa Phuoc Islet where the maze o shady creeks will surely fascinate you. You will have a chance to mingle with local peasants, learn the secrets of their bonsai gardening. You will pay a visit to local homes where the families produce tiles and ceramics, drop into rice-paper kiln and coconut-candy kiln, and observe daily country life.

In the afternoon, we will drive to Can Tho and check-in hotel. In the evening, wandering around the night market will be recommended for you.

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 4 Back to Saigon | Flight to Dalat

Flight: Domestic flight will be on INT's arrangement and include in Quotation

Meals: B

Rise early in the morning for breakfast at your hotel where your private guide and driver will meet you to escort you to the pier of Can Tho for an adventure on the river. Your motorboat and captain will greet you and help you onboard. You'll be taken to the largest floating market in Can Tho where local farmers bring their bulk products for sale.

After that, you will drive back to Saigon for your flight to Dalat. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the hotel and help you check-in.

Overnight in Dalat.

Day 5 Full Day Dalat Excursion

Meals: B

Today, you will enjoy a full-day excursion for highlights in Dalat.

Firstly, you will visit Datanla Falls by the slider, Tuyen Lam Lake by Cable car and Truc Lam Zen Monastery, Prenn Falls, Chinese Pagoda, Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Bao Dai Summer Palace.

In the afternoon, continue to visit Dalat Flower Garden, Minh Tam Flower Garden, Lam Dong Museum, Crazy house, Valley of love, and Hill of Dreams Park.

Overnight in Dalat.

Day 6 Drive to Nha Trang

Meals: B

Today, you will drive from Dalat to Nhatrang, one of the most beautiful and developed beaches. It is the most attractive coastal town in Vietnam. It contains a harmonious combination of mountains, and white sand beaches, it has numerous cultural attractions and interesting sites which excellent for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Upon arrival in Nhatrang, you will enjoy free time relax in the hotel.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 7 Full Day Nha Trang Tour

Meals: B

Today, our driver and guide will pick you up at the hotel. You will depart to visit Po Nagar Cham Towers. It is a complex of temples erected approximately before 781 A.D. This complicated site belonged to the medieval principality of Khauthara, a small country near modern Nha Trang. The Po Nagar Towers are now situated on a mountain called Cu Lao, in downtown Nha Trang and next to Cai River. Optional mud bath in a special Spa (customer’s expense).

After that, you will visit Long Son Pagoda. This pagoda is situated on the foothill of Trai Thuy Mountain in the city of Nha Trang. The temple is famous for its large white Buddha image, which sits top the mountain crest and can be seen from anywhere in town.

Of course, no tour of Nha Trang is complete without a visit to the Dam Market, which dates from the early 1970s and is the local favorite for everything from clothes to dried seahorses to produce. This massive market is a must-see during your tour.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8 Four Islands Day Trip

Meal: B

In the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and move to the harbor, then the vessel will take you to 4 islands on Nha Trang Bay.

Firstly, you will move to visit Mun island. The sea surrounds Mun island is the first marine conservational area in Vietnam that protects 350 species of coral and marine creatures. It takes approximately four to five meters from the coast; you will be amazed while diving to watch colorful coral reefs as well as beautiful fishes and many other sea creatures. You may also see the coral in the glass-bottom boat.

Then, you will enjoy the excellent music program “Dance Of Sea” by our band’s performances that promise to bring you moments of relaxation and leisure. Next, you will join with us in the “Floating Bar Party” on Mot island; enjoy cocktails and fruits along with the music being harmony with small waves’ sound on the romantic blue sea.

After that, visiting Tranh beach. Here, you can rest, relax on the beautiful beach. You can also participate in water sports such as banana float, water motorbike, parachute pulled by boat (costs excluded). After visiting Tranh beach, you are able to enjoy the taste of the seasonal fruit on the vessel.

Finally, the vessel will go ashore at Mieu island to explore the mystery of Tri Nguyen Aquarium designed to look like a stranded mysterious pirate ship on the reef. The aquarium is located on the ship - which displays many strange species of coral and marine life. Outside the ship, it is Lo Thien aquarium where tourists can buy food to lure turtles and fish going out of the water.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 9 Flight to Danang | Transfer to Hoi An

Flight: Domestic flight will be on INT's arrangement and include in Quotation

Meals: B

In the morning, transfer to airport for flight to Hoi An. Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to Hoi An for hotel check-in.

Rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 Full Day My Son Heritage, Hoi An Ancient Town

Meals: B

In the morning, travel to the My Son Holy Land. Tucked in the mountains up winding roads with serene views, lies the 4th century My Son Holy Land ruins. The surrounding mountains are strictly forbidden for living or development. The ruins lie in a beautiful mountainous landscape. Enter the temples to hear all about the history and stories of the Cham people and this holy site.

In the afternoon, continue on to the Ancient Capital of Hoi An, which features the 16th-century port town in its preserved state. The town is a perfect mixture of ancient architecture, houses, and temples as well as modern western restaurants and cafes. The historic sites you will visit are the Japanese Bridge, a renowned Chinese Temple, and former Vietnamese merchants' houses.

Later, take a boat trip along the Huai River to Thanh Ha Pottery Village and see how local people work on their crafts. In the evening, the town became so romantic when the lights come on and you see colorful lanterns everywhere especially the flower lanterns floating on the river.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 11 Transfer to Hue

Meals: B

Enjoy some relaxing time in the morning until transfer to Hue in the afternoon. Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam, it is well known for its historic monuments which have earned it a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

In the evening, you can enjoy a royal dinner in a royal residence with a descendant of the imperial family, it is an excellent opportunity for you to experience the imperial life in ancient time.

Overight in Hue.

Day 12 Hue Imperial Citadel and Purple Forbidden City

Meals: B

Today's tour starts with a visit to the Perfume River, renowned for its natural scenery and numerous flowers which envelop its shores. Along the river, you'll view Vietnamese daily life up close. Take a boat ride along the river to the Tomb of Minh Mang, featuring gardens, many steps, and beautiful decorations.

Move on to visit Tu Doc, a complex with the private royal residence and a tomb that also houses the body of one of the wealthiest emperors in Vietnam. Legend has it that his body is buried with vast treasures in an inconspicuous place, which archaeologists have tried but failed to find. Visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, a more modern ornately decorated tomb.

Next, you are able to explore the Imperial City of Hue. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel) and Khai Dinh Tomb, Hue Citadel is the result of the intermingling of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern.

After that, visit Tu Duc Tomb and Dong Ba market for shopping.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 13 Flight to Hanoi

Flight: Domestic flight will be on INT's arrangement and include in Quotation

Meals: B

Enjoy the morning free on your own to be relax. In the afternoon, fly to Hanoi in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, your guide will pick you up from airport and escort you to hotel for check-in.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 14 Hanoi City Tour, Train to Lao Cai

Meals: B

In the morning, your guide and driver will pick up at your hotel, start the tour to beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda located on the shores of West Lake. This Pagoda is full of amazing Buddhist symbolism that visitors can learn more about.

Then, head to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnamese great father, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969.

The next destination is One Pillar Pagoda, a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave the pagoda for the Temple of Literature, which is the first college of Vietnam.

In the afternoon, you need to choose one of the city’s museums (History Museum or Ethnology Museum) to visit. After that, drive back to admire Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple before taking cyclo tour through the Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore in Hanoi.

In the evening, board the overnight train to Lao Cai to discover the mountain tribes in northern Vietnam.

Overnight on the train.

Day 15 Arrive in Lao Cai, Sapa

Meals: B

Arrive in Lao Cai railway station in the early morning around 6:30 am.

Your guide will pick you up from the train and then escort you to your hotel in the highland town Sapa. You can have a good rest at the hotel.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a relaxing walking tour through the beautiful rice terrace fields, and visit the Ta Van Village and Red Dao Village to discover the local ethnic tribe Back H'mong and Giang Ta Chai.

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 16 Full Day Lao Chai & Ta Van Tour; Train to Hanoi

Meals: B

After breakfast in the morning, you will take a short trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hills tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H'mong, and Dzay people.

This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor, you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages.

Finally, return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai Railway Station by car. You will take a night train at 21:40 to Hanoi.

Overnight on the train.

Day 17 Hanoi City Tour

Meals: B

In the morning, your guide and driver will pick up at your hotel, start the tour to beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda located on the shores of West Lake. This Pagoda is full of amazing Buddhist symbolism that visitors can learn more about.

Then, head to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of Vietnamese great father, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969.

The next destination is One Pillar Pagoda, a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave the pagoda for the Temple of Literature, which is the first college of Vietnam.

In the afternoon, you need to choose one of the city’s museums (History Museum or Ethnology Museum) to visit. After that, drive back to admire Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple before taking cyclo tour through the Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore in Hanoi.

Optional:
Later afternoon, you can watch a Water puppet show for one hour. It is a unique traditional performance of Vietnam.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 18 Farewell from Hanoi

Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request

Meals: B

Today, you can enjoy your free time to explore this city until transfer to the airport. Hope you have a nice trip home and look forward to traveling with you again!

Service End.

Service Inclusions:

  • Flight tickets with airport tax as listed in above itinerary.
  • Entrance fee and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private English speaking tour guide service.
  • Private van for land transportation with cold drinking water and soft drink provided in the car.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner.

Service Exclusions:

  • International air tickets.
  • Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Meals do not listed in itinerary.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel bell boys, etc.
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any).
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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