Hanoi to Saigon tailor made tour, Vietnam

Description of Hanoi to Saigon tailor made tour, Vietnam

Discover Vietnam’s chaotic capital city, ride the historic Reunification Express from Hanoi to Hue, explore the charming town of Hoi An, cruise around Nha Trang’s coastal islands, then delve into history and culture in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon).

From the winding alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to the ancient city of Hue, from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An to the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang, this 11-day, guided tour will help you discover the wonders of Vietnam.

Start this tour from Hanoi with a private, guided tour of the capital and discover French colonial architecture, colourful markets and narrow, labyrinthine streets. Visit some of Vietnam’s most iconic monuments, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature. Then, board the Reunification Express, Vietnam’s historic north-to-south railway and head for the ancient city of Hue; cruise along the Perfume River and see the attractions along the riverbanks.

Your next destination is the old trading port of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue your journey south from Hoi An with a stop at Nha Trang, Vietnam's most popular beach destination, also known for its Cham ruins, Buddhist temples and gothic-style Catholic churches. Head for the coastal town of Mui Ne, famous for its huge, red-and-white sand dunes, before travelling on to Ho Chi Minh City, famous for the pivotal role the city played during the Vietnam War.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Hanoi - We will meet you upon arrival at the airport in Hanoi and transfer you to your accommodation. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary.
Day 2:Hanoi Guided Tour & Reunification Express - Enjoy a private, guided tour of Hanoi. See the One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam's most iconic Buddhist temples, as well as the Temple of Literature, the first University in Vietnam. Also visit the Hoa Lo Prison Museum. You are free to discover Hanoi in the afternoon at your leisure. You may wish to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a maze of narrow lanes crammed with shops, art galleries, boutique shops, trendy cafes and restaurants. Board the historic Reunification Express in the evening for an overnight journey to the ancient city of Hue, which is located halfway down Vietnam's 3,260 kilometres of coastline.
Day 3:Hue Guided Tour - Arrive in Hue early in the morning. Disembark the train and board sightseeing cruise along the Huong River (also known as the Perfume River). Most of Hue's historic attractions are located along the banks of the river, which flows through the centre of the city. Visit the nearby village of Huong Long, where you’ll discover the Thien Mu Pagoda - an iconic, seven-storey pagoda that is also an unofficial symbol of the city. See the spectacular Complex of Hue Monuments, the most popular landmark in Hue, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. This massive complex features hundreds of monuments dating back to the early 19th century, including the Forbidden Purple City, royal tombs, pagodas, temples, royal quarters, a library and a museum.
Day 4:Transfer to Hoi An - Drive to Hoi An in the morning and enjoy a guided, walking tour of the city upon arriving there in the afternoon. With its cobblestone streets, narrow canals, colonial buildings and Chinese-style houses, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful towns. This former trading port is famous for its historic and picturesque Old Town. Although many of the old shops within the cobblestoned centre have been converted into modern businesses aimed at tourists, the city still retains its old-fashioned atmosphere. You are free today after the tour is over. You might want to rent a bicycle and explore the countryside or take a boat trip on the river.
Day 5:Transfer to Quy Nhon - Leave Hoi An early in the morning and head for the coastal city of Quy Nhon in central Vietnam. En route, you’ll visit the site of the 1968 My Lai Massacre. Your guide will tell you the background to this tragedy and you can pay homage to the innocent civilians at the memorial. Continue southward with frequent stops for photographs along the route. Reach the town of Quy Nhon. With its roots firmly entrenched in the days of the Kingdom of Champa, it is now an important, thriving port city. If time permits, you can visit the Leper Hospital. Far from being a depressing institution, this hospital is actually a model of good practice where patients live with their families in well-appointed chalets and produce handicraft items.
Day 6:Transfer to Nha Trang - Transfer from Quy Nhon to Nha Trang. With a spectacular, mountainous backdrop, six-kilometre-long, palm-fringed sandy beaches and a beautiful bay dotted with tropical islands, it’s easy to see why Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular beach resort. Relax on the beach in the afternoon or explore the town on your own. See Cham ruins, Buddhist temples and gothic-style Catholic churches. You might also want to see the Long Son Pagoda (also known as the White Buddha Temple) where a 14-metre-high statue of the Buddha sits on a lotus blossom.
Day 7:Nha Trang Boat Trip - Enjoy cruising on a boat around Nha Trang’s coastal islands. See the islands of Hon Mieu, Hon Mun and Hon Mot and get the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters. You also have the option of snorkelling in the colourful coral reefs if you want to. A delicious Vietnamese seafood lunch will be served on board the boat. Return to Nha Trang late in the afternoon.
Day 8:Transfer to Mui Ne - Continue your journey south to the quiet coastal town of Mui Ne. This secluded beach resort is famous for its huge, red-and-white sand dunes created by the high winds rushing to and from the ocean. Mui Ne (meaning “sheltered peninsula” in Vietnamese) is a kitesurfer’s paradise and competes with Boracay in the Philippines as the kitesurfing capital of Southeast Asia. There are many kitesurfing and windsurfing centres in Mui Ne offering lessons for everyone, from beginners to advanced riders, plus you can find equipment to hire if you want to.
Day 9:Explore Mui Ne & Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City - Relax on the beach in Mui Ne before we transfer you to Ho Chi Minh City. Check into your hotel on arrival, then you have the evening free to explore the city on your own.
Day 10:Ho Chi Minh City Guided Tour - Head for the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of underground tunnels built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s. These tunnels offer visitors a poignant reminder of the hardships of the war and an insight into the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers during that era. The total length of the tunnels is 200 kilometres. If you wish to, you can crawl through the tunnels and see underground hospitals, kitchens and meeting rooms. There is even a short film showing the living conditions of soldiers inside the tunnel in the 40s. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a private, guided tour of the major sites of the city in the afternoon. See the Reunification Palace, one of the major landmarks of the city. This was the site of the end of the war during the Fall of Saigon on April 30th 1975, when a North Vietnamese army tank barrelled through the palace gates. Also visit the sobering War Remnants Museum, which contains numerous exhibits from the war in eight themed rooms. You'll also notice colonial-era landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Post Office and the Continental Hotel.
Day 11:Depart from Ho Chi Minh City - Your trip comes to an end today. Check out of your accommodation after breakfast in the morning and head to the airport for your flight home.

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Hanoi to Saigon tailor made tour, Vietnam

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

On this Vietnam holiday you’ll travel from Hanoi to Hue on the historic ‘Reunification Express’, Southeast Asia’s most famous rail journey. Travelling by train is a more environmentally sustainable mode of transport than flying or driving in a private car, and it is a more interesting experience too! This fascinating over-night train journey offers a wonderful insight into rural Vietnam as you pass through endless lush rice paddies and tiny villages, plus you’ll have a chance to interact with locals on board the train.

One of the hotels you’ll stay at on this itinerary is the fantastic Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Part of the prestigious Six Senses group, this eco-friendly resort is committed to conserving its local environment and developing a sustainable environment. The hotel uses energy efficient light bulbs which are controlled by sensors, timers, dimmers and other devices throughout the property to ensure conservation of energy. They have also added solar panels for heating water in the guest villas and for lighting the pathways, saving 5% of all electricity consumed on the property. The hotel strives to limit the use of plastic bottles and instead offers guests safe and hygienic water, from an on-site reverse osmosis plant, in reusable glass bottles - this saves around 10,000 plastic bottles per month from polluting the landfill and being abandoned in other areas! The hotel even features an information centre called ‘Earth Lab’ where guests can learn about their sustainability projects and initiatives and guests have the opportunity to join their Sustainability Team for daily Earth Lab tours where they’ll visit their projects such as the mushroom hut, organic garden, chicken farm, alembic distilling, water treatment and solar hot water system. The hotel is also committed to a coral restoration initiative and other wildlife conservation projects.

Community

On this holiday you’ll discover the main tourist sites and off-the-beaten-track places with our friendly local guides. Wayfairer always employ local guides as this provides economic benefits directly to local people, and they’ll give you an excellent insight into Vietnam’s culture and history, as well as its ancient traditions and main religions. We believe that discovering Vietnam with local guides offers a more interesting and authentic travel experience.

On this holiday we feature hotels and resorts that are committed to supporting their local communities. As mentioned in the section above you’ll stay at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, an eco-friendly hotel which is committed to building and maintaining positive relationships with its local communities. The hotel has a strong relationship with schools in Luong Son and Ninh Van areas and they have assisted in a number of projects to help develop the schools. The resort has improved the schools’ drinking water systems and provided computers so that the teachers and students have a more effective way of teaching and learning.

You’ll also stay at Victoria Hoi An. This hotel also has an initiative of training and hiring locally, and embraces opportunities for staff and guests to volunteer in the local area. Victoria Hoi An also regularly sponsors local community projects.

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