HA NOI – HA LONG – QUANG BINH – PHONG NHA CAVE – THIEN DUONG CAVE
LA VANG – HUE – DA NANG – HOI AN – QUI NHON
NHA TRANG – MUI NE – SAIGON
Price Tour: $1.795 (Land Tour Only)
Tour costs change based on available flight prices. For the latest tour costs
Please contact AV Travel. Note: Book early to get the lowest possible quotes
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food. A great place to explore on foot, there is a lot to see and do here. Vietnam’s capital lies on the banks of the Red River, some 100 kilometres from its mouth. Human settlements here date back as far as the 3rd century BC. Previously known as Thang Long, it was renamed Hanoi in 1831 at a time when Hue was the capital. Large areas of present-day Hanoi were built during the French occupation, reflected in its broad boulevards and French-inspired architecture, which give the city a definite charm. Pick up & transfer to the hotel.
Explore the city with an open mind and let it fascinate you with its cultural richness and charm. Visits to the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Quan Thanh Temple, and Tran Quoc pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, will enhance your knowledge and understanding of Buddhism and its role in Vietnamese people’s life and education. Before heading to Halong Bay, your guide tour will invite you to a short stop at St Joseph Cathedral, also known as Hanoi Cathedral, a neo-Gothic church that symbolizes the faith of Catholic worshipers in North Vietnam. Coach drive to Ha Long. Enjoy the beauty of the evening on the overnight luxury cruise.
The stunning Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with thousands of limestone karsts and isles. It covers an area of 1,553 km square with breathtaking limestone islands, rock formations and caves, earning its status of being the most beautiful bay in Vietnam. Take your time and cruise around
Ha Long bay to fully enjoy its beauty. The tour boat will also anchor for you to explore many hidden grottos beneath the towering cliffs. Finally, board your coach and enjoy the picturesque scenes of the local Vietnamese villages as you head back to Hanoi.Situated in the heart of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake got its name according to a legend story that took place in the 15th century. During the Ming Chinese invasion, General Le Loi was presented with a holy sword that helped him defeat the Chinese in Thang Long (Hanoi) and proclaimed him as King Le Thai To. One day, when the king was sailing on the lake, a golden turtle suddenly emerged from the water and claimed back the sword that was given to the king by God. Since then, the lake has been known as Ho Hoan Kiem, the lake of The Restored Sword. At the northern part of the lake, stands Den Ngoc Son or Jade Mountain Temple, one of the most beautiful and religious sites in the capital. The afternoon excursion offers a great opportunity to explore Hanoi city’s Old Quarter (Pho Co) known as the 36 Streets. This bustling area of narrow streets and lanes is home to the thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.
Fly to Dong Hoi. Drive to the river where we take a boat trip to the park and famed caves at Phong Nha – Ke Bang, one of the newest UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites in Vietnam. The park has some beautiful limestone formations, grottoes, caves, forest, river and stream. The limestone mountain range contains the longest underground river on the planet , rich flora and fauna.
Continue to visit Thien Duong cave, was discovered by a local man in 2005. This cave is 31 km long, longer than Phong Nha Cave which had been considered the longest cave in this national park. The limestone formation is also more spectacular than that of Phong Nha Cave. The British cave explorers was impressed by the beautiful and spectacular stalactites and stalagmites inside this cave.
Drive to Hue city. On the way, stop by to visit the 17th parallel, Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River and Kinh Hoang (consternated) Boulevard. Visit Our Lady Of Lavang church. Hue city, ancient capital, is intimately connected to the imperial Nguyễn Dynasty.
Boat cruise on Huong river to visit Linh Mu pagoda on the left bank of the Perfume river. Built in 1601, it was renovated in 1665 by Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan. Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu had a great bell cast (2.5 m high, weighed 3,285 kg) in 1710, and a stele (2.58 m high) erected on the back of a marble tortoise in 1715. In the Nguyen Dynasty, Kings such as Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Thanh Thai all had the pagoda restored. Visit Khai Dinh Tomb, built between 1920 and 1931. Perched on the slope of a limestone mountain overlooking a vast expanse of wilderness, it looks like a magnificent palace, accessible only by climbing 109 stone steps. Unlike the construction materials used for the other tomb, Khai Dinh mausoleum was built with modern materials such as steel and reinforced concrete. The peculiar feature of the tomb is the magnificent porcelain decorations on the walls,columns and ceilings. The Tu Duc tomb called Tomb of Modesty, the necropolis complex is enclosed by a thick wall following the contour of the hill, among a pine tree forest. Tu Duc tomb is not only one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty but also is a romantic picture of mounts and lakes. Visit Emperor Citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty. Step by step explore the history of Vietnam under the reign of Nguyen Kings, how they built the citadel and many interesting stories. Visit the South Gate , palaces and many historical sites. Shopping at Dong Ba market.
In the morning, depart Hue for Danang to explore the beauty of City and the Marble Mountains a cluster of five jagged marble and limestone crests. Once in Danang, visit Linh Ung Pagoda which lies within the area of Thuy Son Mount of the Marble Mountain tourist site. It was built facing the sea on the cliff of Thuy Son Mountain under the reign of King Minh Mang, and rebuilt in 1970 with contributions from Buddhist followers. This is an ancient pagoda with high historical value. Later, journey through some of Vietnam ‘s most spectacular scenery as you traverse the Hai Van Pass and enjoy its pristine view on the route to Hoi An, an ancient city that has retained much of its original charm and culture. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of this historic part of town and show you some of the centuries-old houses. Also, enjoy a traditional cyclo ride around the town. Visit Phuoc Kien Temple, Tan Ky old house, which showcases many ceramic antiques. Explore the special architectural style of Bridge pagoda. Explore and take pictures of the Hoai river and the everyday life of people in central Vietnam. Make a short city tour and visit the Japanese Covered bridge, a Chinese Community hall, a former Merchandise house and the
Enjoy a scenic drive along the beautiful coast to Qui Nhon, the renowned birthplace of the 18th century Vietnam Emperor Nguyen Hue. In modern history, Qui Nhon is known for the American military presence during the Vietnam War. During this scenic drive, you will get a chance to learn more about the Champa culture that’s rooted back in the 11th century.
Visit Nha Trang, a wonderful and luxurious tourist resort endowed by nature with quiet & warm waters all the year round, it is surrounded by archipelagoes, islands, mountains and white sand beaches. Stay at Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang, an international 5-star hotel in the Vinpearl Nha Trang tourist and recreation complex.
Take the boat cruise around the offshore islands Nha Trang Bay to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium & Lang Chai. Visit the Institute of Oceanography and Po Nagar Towers, a Cham temple founded before 781 A.D. and located in the medieval principality of Kauthara. It was first built out of wood but later replaced by stone and brick after seagoing raiders from Java destroyed it around 774 A.D. Spend a little leisure time at Dam Market where you’ll also find a lot of souvenirs, hats, clothing and food.
Phan Thiet is a pleasant town but the real attraction is the nearby Mui Ne Peninsula and its 10km of sandy beaches and coconut groves. At the end of the peninsula, near the fishing village, you can find enormous desert-like sand dunes and numerous types of rare flora and fauna, all elements that make Mui Ne an ideal place for anyone looking for an enjoyable escape. Once you’ve checked in to the hotel, take time to relax on the beach. Enjoy your overnight stay in Mui Ne.
Drive to Saigon. We hope that this wonderful trip has brought you pleasant memories of a country that was once torn apart by wars.