Essence of Vietnam - 9 Days

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  • Trip Duration: 9 Days
  • Country: Vietnam
  • Destinations: Hanoi, Halong bay, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi tunnels
  • Travel Style: Cultural & Classic
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finish: Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
  • Price From: 869 usd/pax

Essence of Vietnam Tour Package: This tour takes you from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) within 9 days. The trip covers most of the main attractions with a lot of fun and experiences. You start from Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam, have an amazing night on Halong Bay, laugh and fun with Cooking Class in Hoi An, visit incredible Cu Chi tunnels, explore an active Saigon.

Essence of Vietnam - Tour highlights

  • Explore the key and notable attractions of Vietnam.
  • Witness the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
  • Relax and enjoy seafood on a romantic junk on Halong bay.
  • Join the cooking class & learn how to cook the most famous Vietnamese foods in Hoian.
  • Visit the imperial city of Hue and enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River.
  • Explore the highlighted sites in Ho Chi Minh city and the infamous Cu Chi tunnels.

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)

Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B)

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong bay (B, L, D)

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - fly to Danang - Hoian (B)

Day 5: Hoian - cooking class and ancient town (B, L)

Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Hue (B)

Day 7: Hue - fly to Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 8: Saigon - Cu Chi tunnels and Cao Dai temple (B)

Day 9: Saigon departure (B)

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival (D)

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by tour guide and driver of S Vietnam Travel. Tour briefing and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy walking tour around Hoan Kiem lake and the Old Quarter of Hanoi. In the evening, have a welcome dinner at the local restaurant hosted by S Vietnam Travel.
  • Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B)

    Having breakfast at hotel then start a guided city tour of Hanoi. Having celebrated its 1000- year anniversary in 2010, the city has a rich and fascinating history. Your city tour will take you to the main attractions of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, West lake, Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh temple and of the city’s museum (History Museum or Ethnology Museum). Late afternoon, enjoy Water puppet show - one of Vietnamese traditional performance.
  • Day 3: Hanoi - Halong bay (B, L, D)

    At around 8 am, your driver will pick you up for the journey to Halong Bay and arrive at around midday to board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Thousands of towering pillars of sea and wind-carved limestone karst make the bay an unforgettable sight. After lunch, explore some of the huge limestone caves dotted around the bay and visit a floating fishing village. Then the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim, soak up the sun on the top deck, or try your hand at kayaking. In the evening enjoy a seafood feast for dinner.
  • Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - fly to Danang - Hoian (B)

    Enjoy an early morning swim (during the summer), followed by breakfast as you cruise through more spectacular scenery. The cruise arrives at the harbor by noon. The driver will pick you up and then transfer directly to the airport for flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, you will be transferred to your hotel in Hoian. Check in and free time to explorer the ancient town.
  • Day 5: Hoian - cooking class and ancient town (B, L)

    This morning, you will join in a cooking class at Red Bridge Cooking School. Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

    After that, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. On arrival, you explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours - each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before you prepare the same dish youself. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, you can enjoy what you have cooked.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town, including the 200 year-old Tan Ky house, Phuc Kien Pagoda, the Assembly Hall, the former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Free time for shopping and tailor made suits.

  • Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Hue (B)

    This morning, you leave Hoian for Hue. On the way, you will have chance to the fascinating Cham Museum and Marble Mountain en route to charming Hoi An. Upon arrival, you will visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. You also visit Tu Hieu pagoda and Imperial museum before free time for shopping at the vibrant Dong Ba market.
  • Day 7: Hue - fly to Saigon (B)

    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then board a private boat for a cruise on Perfume river. You will visit Thien Mu pagoda and then take a drive to visit Minh Mang tomb before transferring to the airport for flight to Saigon.

    Upon arrival in Saigon - Vietnam’s largest city, you will have a half day tour including  the interesting sites such as The Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, Remnant War Museum and Ben Thanh market.

  • Day 8: Saigon - Cu Chi tunnels and Cao Dai temple (B)

    This monring, you will visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence.

    The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens.

    After that, drive to Tay Ninh province to visit Cao Dai great temple - one of the most striking structures in Asia. This temple is the holy land of Cai Dai religion - a mixture of Buddhism, Confucius, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity…). You will have chance to attend the daily noon prayer. Come back Saigon in the late afternoon.

  • Day 9: Saigon departure (B)

    Today is your free time. The driver and tour guide will pick you up and transfer to your departure flight. Thank you for travelling with us. Tạm biệt và hẹn gặp lại.

* B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)


  • Accommodation based on twin/double sharing with daily breakfast (3* hotel category).
  • Vietnam visa approval letter.
  • Experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation with AC.
  • Flight tickets Hanoi - Danang, Hue - Saigon with Vietnam Airlines.
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Lunches and dinners as indicated in the itienrary.
  • Taxes and services charges.


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visa stamping fee.
  • Early check in and late check out.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.

  • Hanoi Start
  • Halong Bay
  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Cu Chi tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh city Finish

The price is based on the group of 4 people. Feel free to contact us to get the best rate for other group.
We can customize this tour according to your request. Please click the button below to fill in the form. Our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours with a tailor-made itinerary and price. S Vietnam Travel
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