- Private trip and 100% tailor-made
- Discovery of the must-see sites, historical, cultural and spiritual vestiges of the country
- Beauty of nature and landscapes
- Warm encounter with local populations
- Discovery of Vietnamese tradition, culture and way of life
- Unforgettable cruise in Ha Long Bay with overnight stay aboard
- Discover very exotic floating markets in Mekong Delta
- Explore the My Son Sanctuary
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The spirit of travel
The Mekong Delta to Ha Long Bay tour will introduce you to Vietnam from South to North. You will travel through regions that are very different from each other, but all of them are full of charm. The exotic markets of southern Vietnam will surprise you as much as the colorful city of Hoi An. Meeting the locals, immersing yourself in the Vietnamese way of life will make you see the country from a new angle. This circuit assures you authenticity and original discovery of Vietnam.
Program in brief
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel – City discovery
Day 03: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre – Mekong Delta
Day 04: Ho Chi Minh City – Hue (by flight)
Day 05: Hue – City discovery
Day 06: Hue – Da Nang – Marble Mountain – Hoi An
Day 07: Hoi An – City discovery
Day 08: Hoi An – My Son Holy land – Ha Noi (by flight)
Day 09: Ha Noi – City discovery
Day 10: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay
Day 11: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi
Day 12: Ha Noi – Departure
Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival
Upon arrival at the airport, you are welcomed by our tour guide and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest or to make a first discovery of the city of Ho Chi Minh City.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel – Discovery (B)
After breakfast, we depart to Cu Chi Tunnel and discover a vast network of underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong to evade detection as they moved troops and supplies throughout Ho Chi Minh City’s northern districts. You will have a chance to get a feel of the underground life and learn a little more about the guerrilla tactics of the Viet Cong. There are also possibilities to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
Return to the hotel in the early afternoon and have a short break.
We then enjoy the afternoon city tour visiting the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later, of the President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Ho Chi Minh city on Apr 30, 1975. Walk down to see Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 03: Ho Chi Minh City – Ben Tre - Mekong Delta (B/L)
After breakfast, drive south of the city to the Mekong Delta, a remarkable agricultural area referred to as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’.
On arrival in Ben Tre province, we board a private boat to explore the Mekong Delta. Cruise among the river islands which have whimsical names such as Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. We make some stops at local houses to taste seasonal fruits, listen to traditional music performed by a villager ensemble, and sample honey tea. The interlaced canals are truly a lifeblood of the Mekong Delta; however, many channels can be accessed only by small boats.
We enjoy a short sampan trip rowing under the palm grove to venture into this maze of canals before we continue our motorboat to the coconut kingdom of Ben Tre. We will either take a horse cart or motorbike pulling cart to discover the traditional lifestyles, culture, and history of local people and visit some industry cottages. They may be brick-kiln ceramics, coconut candy and coconut handicrafts, etc.
Return to Ho Chi Minh City and pay a visit at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 04: Ho Chi Minh City – Fly to Hue – City discovery (B)
The next destination of our trip today is Hue via a short flight from Ho Chi Minh city. On arrival, our guide and driver will take you to the hotel for checking in.
The afternoon city tour will bring you to the massive Hue Citadel where Kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945, including Flag Tower, Nine Holy Cannons, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Nine Dynastic Urns, and the Forbidden Purple City.
Afterward, we will pay a visit to the Dong Ba Market, which sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. We pass by many fantastic eating spots, all of which are ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 05: Hue - City discovery (B)
This morning, we set off on a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, is the final resting place of one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s staunchest Confucians, whose reign represents the apex of Nguyen power over the country.
After that, we returned to town and embarked on a traditional boat for a relaxed excursion on the Perfume River. Along the way, we visited the riverside Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous landmarks of Hue.
Free time in the afternoon at your own exploration of town.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 06: Hue – Da Nang – Marble Mountain - Hoi An (B)
Today, we set off on our drive along one of Vietnam's most scenic highways and yet with several stops en-route such as Hai Van Pass, gives you a great view towards Lang Co Beach; one of the most beautiful peninsulas in Vietnam.
En-route, visit the Marble Mountain, also known as Ngu Hanh Son, is a group of five hills, made of limestone and marble. They look like 5 fingers lying close to the sea. There are several caves, caverns, pagodas, many stairs and 2 spectacular viewing points. And they are also home to several Buddhist sanctuaries and hindu grottoes which are much visited places of worship for the local population.
At the foot of the mountains there is a traditional marble fine art village which is over 300 years old. You will admire its talented craftsmen, their creativity and their uniquely beautiful works.
Arrival in the ancient city of Hoi An, known in the past under its name "Faifo", was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 07: Hoi An – City discovery (B)
This morning, you will enjoy the walking tour to explore the tiny town of Hoi An with the stops at a 400 year – old Japanese Covered Bridge. This structure was first constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese traders to link them with the Chinese quarters. We head towards the typical Phung Hung House, a building with a mixture of Japanese and Chinese architectural elements.
And continue to visit the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. This colorful building is one of the five well-known halls in Hoi An and dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of sea who protects sailors from dangers.
The afternoon is free to enjoy Hoi An further. You can either join –in a lantern making workshop where you can learn how to make the beautiful lanterns or simply ride a bike around the Old town.
Another option is to take a fishing trip to the Thu Bon River, see casting net shows and learn how to cast net by local fishermen. enjoy bamboo basket boats rowing on the Cam Thanh water coconut river.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 08: Hoi An – My Son Holy land - Fly to Ha Noi (B)
Leave your hotel and transfer to My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 40 km southwest of Hoi An. Located in a lush valley, My Son once was a capital and religious center of the Cham people. With its impressive red brick towers and sanctuaries, My Son is considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. The remaining towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7th to 13th centuries.
After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ha Noi. On arrival, our local tour guide and driver will take you to the hotel.
Overnight in Ha Noi
Day 09: Ha Noi – City discovery (B)
Today, we start our exploration of Hanoi, seeing the most notable landmark of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Mon. and Fri). This imposing marble and granite monument was built towards Ba Dinh Square. We follow the footpath to the One Pillar Pagoda rising from the center of a square lotus pond, ascending on a single pillar and resembling a blossoming lotus flower.
The next place will be the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), which is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Hoa Lo Prison which was once known as “Hanoi Hilton”
We continue the trip to the Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university, constructed in the 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past.
Passing by Hanoi's Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’ before enjoying the Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, take a 3.5 hour drive to Ha Long Bay, one of the World Natural Heritages recognized by UNESCO with thousands of spectacular limestone islands rising from the clear, emerald sea in the Gulf of Tonkin. Upon arrival, welcome aboard. Enjoy a welcome drink before check-in your cabin. While the boat is passing many rocky islets, caves, floating villages and beaches, a tasty lunch will be served on board with fresh seafood. Relax on the sundeck. Later on, the boat moves to a quiet area to dock for overnight stay. Lunch and dinner with Vietnamese food is served on board.
Overnight stay on board
Note: The itinerary of boats in Ha Long may change without prior notice depending on the situation.
Day 11: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (B/Brunch)
The boat cruises around Ha Long Bay, passing by many islets named by their shapes such as Dog, Incense Urn, Fighting Cock, Finger, etc. Breakfast or brunch is served while the boat then continues cruising towards the wharf.
After disembarkation, travel back to Ha Noi city. Check-in your hotel and enjoy a free evening.
Overnight in Ha Noi city.
Day 12: Ha Noi - Departure flight (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the day is free to rest or to make a personal discovery of the city as well as to do your last shopping until the transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for the departure flight.
Good to know
1. Climate in Vietnam
The climate of Vietnam is very different and characteristic from one end of the country to the other because of its latitude differences. The geographical peculiarities of the country make it possible to have a nice trip to Vietnam every season. Indeed, when a region is humid or suffocating, another one presents a sunny and very temperate climate.
+ December to February:
The north and central regions of the country are in the winter. The average temperature varies between 15°C and 23°C. It is quite cool and humid with irregular rainfall, especially in the mountains where the temperature often drops below 10°C. This period is characterized by a frequent drizzle that the Vietnamese call "rain dust". There is very little sunshine.
The south of the country is considered an ideal period because it is the dry season with 1 to 2 days of rain in a month. It is also the time when the temperature is pleasant, varying between 22°C and 33°C. The vegetation is very green offering you great opportunities to take beautiful pictures.
+ March to May:
This period is known as the most beautiful season of the year for an ideal stay in Vietnam. During this period, the climate is very pleasant. It is the dry season in all the 3 regions of the country but also the period where vegetation is lush, green rice fields offering you great opportunities to take beautiful pictures.
The North is in the spring when the weather is mild. This region benefits from the cool wind with an average temperature of 15°C to 25°C. During this period, this region has a lot of sunshine but rarely rains.
It is also the best time in the center for visits. The climate is rather favorable and tropical. The weather becomes sunnier with a nice rise in temperature between 25°C and 32°C.
The South is considered a good period. The climate is dry and very sunny. However, the heat can be unpleasant, as the average temperature is between 28°C and 34°C and can rise to 41°C. However, frequent short rains bring some coolness.
+ From June to September:
This is the 3rd season of tourism in the country. On the whole, the climate is pleasant from the North to the South to travel in Vietnam.
The north of the country is in summer. The climate carries a hot characteristic with an average temperature of 25°C to 33°C. The rains in this season have a strong characteristic (earlier showers) but are short in the duration of about 30 minutes to 1 hour. For the mountainous region, it is also hot, the rains are frequent but also strong and fast. The sky is blue and sunny and the weather is the clearest of the year while the rice terraces are green. It is ideal for short hikes to ethnic villages.
The center is in a good period to visit this region which is not affected by the summer monsoon. The weather is good with often a heat haze, the temperature can climb to 40°C. The frequency of rains in this region is however less important than in the north. However, if you are located in the seaside resorts of the center, the beach will be your greatest ally to refresh you.
The south has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 25°C to 33°C. It is the rainy season, but the rains are often in the form of heavy showers very fast (about 15 to 30 minutes), after the rain, there is immediately a generous sun under clear weather, and the vegetation is also very green.
+ October to November:
Overall, the month of October to November is considered a very nice season to travel in Vietnam.
The North is in autumn with a very pleasant climate, it is cool and dry with an average temperature of 15°C to 23°C.
The center has a pleasant temperature between 20°C and 28°C. This is the period that also corresponds to the stormy season with heavy rainfall that would lead to flooding more or less important on the coastal strip. This region also knows the heavy rains, despite being present, do not last long.
The south has a tropical climate, with average temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C. The sun and heat are always present. During this period, heavy rains (in the form of short but almost daily torrential downpours) come to refresh the atmosphere. Be aware, however, that the heavy rains usually come at the end of the day and should leave you free to explore the area.
Our last advice on the weather
- Vietnam is located in the path of typhoons and tropical storms and is particularly affected between mid-July and mid-November. With the modernization of infrastructure and weather warnings, there is no major danger.
- The rainy season is not synonymous with all-day rainfall, hence the monsoon season seems to be a more appropriate term, and contrary to popular belief, these rains are nourishing and synonymous with life in Vietnam, a land of water!
The hotels proposed by Horizon Vietnam Travel are classified from 02 to 05 comfortable stars with all the required services. It is according to your budget and your wishes that we will submit you concrete proposals. It should be noted that a 5-star hotel can cost ten times more than a 2-star hotel. Furthermore, two hotels of the same category may not have the same price, because the quality varies.
The hotels proposed in our offers have been checked by ourselves. Cleanliness, quality of welcome, location, charm and tranquility are our selection criteria. When we have the choice, we prefer hotels of human size and work less with international chains.
Apart from hotels, we have developed fair tourism, through contact with the local population, the possibility of sleeping in the homes of local people, and sharing their daily life. The conditions of these accommodations that we offer are well insured and with the best possible conditions.
Good to know: Please note that during the high season (October to April), hotels can quickly become full. Do not hesitate to book well in advance to avoid any worries about availability.
To travel to Vietnam you must have a valid passport valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
The Government of Vietnam issues the Resolution on Visa Exemption for Entry to Vietnam for citizens of five European countries which are the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. This exemption is applied for a maximum duration of 15 days regardless of passport category and purpose of entry into Vietnam and is valid until June 30, 2021.
For any stay longer than 15 days, or for multiple entries stay in a period of fewer than 15 days, a visa is required. A period of 30 days is required after the last exit from Vietnam to benefit from the visa waiver measure again for a stay not exceeding 15 days.
First of all, according to the General Administration of Tourism of Vietnam, vaccination is not mandatory for a trip to Vietnam. We confirm that our country has a tropical climate and therefore there are mosquitoes. However, the case malaria exists only in remote and isolated areas in high mountains. According to our experience, the vaccine will be necessary for trekking trips in isolated areas of high mountains, in forests, lasting from 1 to 3 weeks. While this type of cultural tour will take you through areas where conditions are safe enough.
Usually, our travelers only use anti-mosquito products which are very effective and practical. So it is enough and there is no need to worry about it. However, we will advise you to buy some from home because, in Vietnam, it is difficult to find good quality products. Apart from these anti-mosquito products, it is better to prepare a long jean that can cover your legs completely while walking through rice fields.
Nowadays, all hotels apply very effective treatments against mosquitoes while mosquito nets are well prepared when staying at a local's house.
Note: If you are fragile and sensitive in contagious diseases, we strongly advise you to consult your doctor.
5. International flight
Our offer does not include international flights between your country and Vietnam for two reasons:
International flights from your country are more expensive if purchased in Vietnam. It is, therefore, more advantageous for you to buy them from a ticketing agency in your country.
The payment and booking conditions of international flights are strict while it is difficult for us, a local agency to apply the same conditions (full payment before the trip). Since international financial transactions involve significant bank charges, you will be required to pay unnecessary surcharges.
- Airlines that our travelers recommend :
Direct non-stop flights:
- Vietnam Airlines: https://www.vietnamairlines.com/vn/en/Home
- Air France: https://www.airfrance.fr/
Flights with stopovers :
Qatar Airways: https://www.qatarairways.com/fr-dz/homepage.html
Air Asia: https://www.airasia.com/en/gb
Cathay Pacific: https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/fr_FR/travel-information/oneworld.html
Malaysia Airlines: https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/uk/en.html
Singapore Airlines: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/vn/home#/book/bookflight
Thai Airways: https://www.thaiairways.com/
Turkish Airlines: https://www.turkishairlines.com/
Please note that our tour offers are always adaptable according to your arrival and return dates. So buy the tickets on the dates that suit you, and we will adapt the programming of your tour.
On our part, we are always at your disposal to do free research from a date or an airport if you wish. If you are interested in this proposal, we invite you to go directly to the airline's website to book the ticket, which will allow you to take advantage of the best flight rates.
List of our hotels:
The hotels offered by Horizon Vietnam Travel are classified from 02 to 05 stars at the international standard, and comfortable with all the required services.
+ Standard Category: 2 stars. The rooms are correct, clean, and equipped with a bathroom, satellite television, and air conditioning.
+ Superior category 3 stars. The rooms are generally spacious, and the services and facilities are more numerous.
+ First class category: 4 stars. The rooms are luxurious and spacious and have a wide choice of quality services.
+ Deluxe Category: 4-5 stars. Hotels are of excellent comfort and have a wide range of excellent services. (swimming pool, spa, jacuzzi…).
+ On the other hand, we have developed fair tourism, through contact with the local population, the possibility of sleeping with the locals and sharing their daily life. The conditions of these accommodations that we offer you are well insured and with the best possible conditions.
Chez Mimosa Petite
Chez Mimosa Corner
The Myst Dong Khoi
Hôtel des Arts
Ben Tre Riverside
Ben Tre Riverside
Anh Dao Mekong 2
Can Tho Ecolodge
Nam Bo Boutique
Thanh Lich Royal Boutique
Azerai Le Résidence
Hoi An Silk Luxury
La Siesta Hoi An Resort
Little Hoi An Riverside
Gonden Legend Diamond
La Siesta Classic Premium
Sofitel Legend Métropole
|Baie d’Ha Long/ Lan Ha
Ocean 07 Jonque
Swan Boutique Jonque
Our services include:
- Private transportation with air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation in the planned hotels or similar in the program with daily breakfast as mentioned
- Meals are provided in local restaurants of typical Vietnamese cuisine (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner included)
- The English-speaking guide for each city.
- All entry fees to tourist sites
- All the permission to enter the tourist areas
- Boat tours as described in the program
- 02 bottles of mineral water of 0,5 (l)/person/day
- Other services as mentioned in the program (bicycle, boat trip, etc...)
- All fees for all other services as clearly described in the program above.
Our services exclude:
- Airfare on all domestic and international flights (quote separately)
- Drinks and surcharge for special requests on foods and meals
- Entrance fees, guide service during free time & other personal expenses
- Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
- Surcharge for other language-speaking tour guides (upon request)
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam visa stamping fees
- All other services are not stated in the program.
Horizon Vietnam Travel gives you an estimated price per person on our website for the group of six people in low season with standard 2 and 3-star hotels.
The price of this trip varies according to the services chosen (category of accommodation, activities during the trip,...), the tourist seasonality of the year (Christmas and end of year holiday, Lunar New Year holiday in Vietnam), the booking delays and especially the number of participants of your group you wish to travel with.
Please note that Horizon Vietnam Travel only organizes private "tailor-made" trips for groups from 2 persons. We generally propose an offer including all the services on the spot from your arrival until your departure.
Depending on your wishes and your budget, this tour can be adapted and modified in terms of duration, content and departure date.
HORIZON VIETNAM TRAVEL calculates its prices as closely as possible in order to guarantee you the best price/quality ratio.
Our advice: the earlier you book, the better your chances of getting good rates, especially for air services, think about it!
Note: The price of international flights is not included in this estimate.
Please note that this tour is only a first draft and you can also customize it according to your wishes. We remain at your disposal to build your trip perfectly to your expectations and your budget
To obtain a detailed and personalized estimate, please contact us to request an estimate.