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Vietnam hidden charm 14 days

Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong Delta – Cu Chi tunnel - Da Nang - Hoi An – Cooking class - Hue - Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay
* Price from 868 $, based on group of 6 people, 2-star category<


  • 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 on board
  • Discover very exotic floating markets in Mekong Delta
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The spirit of travel:

The Vietnam hidden charm circuit will make you discover Vietnam. The exoticism of the floating markets will seduce you in the first place. The center of the country will offer you authenticity and you will visit its historical monuments. Throughout your stay you will meet the locals and learn more about the way of life. Going north, to the capital of the country, Ha Noi, you will find yourself in the historical and cultural heart of the country. Discovering Ha Long Bay on a cruise at the end of your trip will leave you with unforgettable memories

Program in brief:

Day 01: Ho Chi Minh city – Arrival

Day 02: Ho Chi Minh city – City discovery

Day 03: Ho Chi Minh city –  Cai Be – Mekong Delta

Day 04: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnel – Da Nang – Hoi An (by flight)

Day 05: Hoi An – Cooking class

Day 06: Hoi An  – Free time

Day 07: Hoi An – Marble Mountain – Hue

Day 08: Hue – City discovery

Day 09: Hue – Ha Noi (By flight)

Day 10: Ha Noi – City Discovery

Day 11: Ha Noi – Ninh Binh – Mua Cave – Tam Coc

Day 12: Hanoi  – Ha Long Bay

Day 13: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi

Day 14: Ha Noi – Departure


Day 01: Ho Chi Minh city – Arrival

Saigon post vietnamUpon arrival at the Tan Son Nhat airport, you are greeted by our tour guide and driven to town.

Formerly known as “Saigon” before 1975, Ho Chi Minh City today is Vietnam’s commercial center that never sleeps. Although the city is a dynamic metropolis undergoing dramatic change, but the architecture, local culture and lifestyle of Ho Chi Minh are still a reconciliation among French, American and Chinese influences.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 02: Ho Chi Minh city – City discovery B)

church notre dame saigon vietnamAfter breakfast, we will enjoy the morning 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 Saigon 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.

Finish of the day will be the visit to the retail Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts.

Return to the hotel and enjoy the afternoon free at your own exploration of town.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 03: Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be - Mekong Delta (B/L)

Floating step Cai Rang VietnamAfter breakfast, drive south of the city to the Mekong Delta, a remarkable agricultural area referred to as ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’.

Upon arrival at Cai Be, take a boat cruise around Cai Be Floating Market, observe boats with fruits, vegetables and other products anchor along the banks of the river, waiting for traders and customers. Visit orchards, local houses and local trade. Continue to An Binh islet to visit some of the fruit orchards. A nice chance for bicycle riding through the village and its handicraft shops. After crossing the Co Chien River, the excursion ends at Vinh Long pier where our vehicle, car and driver are waiting to take you back to Saigon.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 04: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel – fly to Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

Tunnel of Cu Chi Ho Chi Minh cityWe 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 move 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.

After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Danang.

On arrival at Danang airport, you are greeted and driven to a hotel in Hoi An.

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 05: Hoi An – Cooking class - City discovery B)

Today, you will have an interesting hands-on cooking experience combined with a boat ride on Thu Bon River. Be Vietnamese for half a day by going to the market, wandering through the fresh food section, purchasing the meal’s ingredients, tasting some samples of street foods and tropical fruits, and preparing some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s best-known dishes.

On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked

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.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6 : Hoi An – Free at leisure (B)

Breakfast at your hotel then the whole day is free to rest, discover the city, enjoy An Bang beach.

You may wish to take an optional excursion to the holiest and most evocative of Vietnam's Cham sites, My Son. This sanctuary had all in previous times; however, many structures have not survived through wars and time. you see the remains of some impressive red brick towers, each one nearly a thousand years old.

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 7: Hoi An – Marble Mountain - Cham Museum - Hue (B)

Marble moutain Ngu Hanh Son Da Nang VietnamHeading out of the town, you will drive to visit the Marble Mountain, also known as Ngu Hanh Son, is the 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 visit the Cham Sculpture Museum. It is a collection of various sandstone sculptures of the Gods in Hinduism of the Champa Kingdom. In this fantastic and rich history museum, our tour guide will tell you a lot of stories about the lives and culture of Cham people, their gods, and their architecture as well.

Leaving the Danang city behind, we continue driving northward to Hue city. We travel along one of Vietnam's most scenic highways and  pass Hai Van Pass and enjoy a breathtaking view from here.

Arrive in Hue city, check in at a hotel and enjoy your free time afterward.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 08: Hue – City discovery (B)

Hue citadel Vietnam travelThe city tour today 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.

We embark on a traditional boat for a relaxed excursion on the Perfume River. Along the way, we visit the riverside Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous landmarks of Hue.

Afternoon is free at your own exploration of town.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 09: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (B)

hanoiAfter breakfast, you are free till being transferred to the airport for the flight to Hanoi.

On arrival at Ha Noi Airport, you are greeted by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer.

Ha Noi – The capital of Vietnam, also known as “The cradle of Vietnam’s culture”. Lies besides modern constructions are many hidden gems that still retain their charm and culture from thousands years ago.

Check in at the hotel and enjoy your first glimpse of town on your own.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10: Ha Noi - City discovery (B)

Ho Chi Minh MausoleumToday, we start our exploration of Ha Noi, seeing the most notable landmark of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Mon. and Fri. and Oct. to Nov). 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.

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.

Enjoy a 1 hour cyclo ride around Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Don’t forget to stop and taste egg coffee, hot coffee with condensed milk, topped with egg foam and cinnamon powder. Egg coffee is a local specialty and best in Ha Noi City.

The final touch of the day is a 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 11: Ha Noi – Ninh Binh  - Mua Cave – Ninh Binh (B/L)

ninh binh-minLeaving  Ha Noi behind, we drive for head out for 2.5-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to Ninh Binh Province, famous for amazing karst mountains, misty caves and historical relics. The beautiful rice fields and the area have earned the nickname of ‘Ha Long Bay on land’.

Upon arrival, visit Mua (Dance) Cave. It takes 20-25 minutes to walk up 465 steps to get to the top for a great panoramic view of Tam Coc landscape.

In the afternoon, you will hop on your bike and cycle through peaceful and lush green villages, pass by beautiful rice fields, rivers and mountains, and be charmed by the marvelous scenery offered by karst formations.

Then boarding the sampan for a 1.5-hour boat trip cruising over a small canal among the paddy fields for 1km, visiting Tam Coc- meaning three caves, was created by the river of Ngo Dong flowing through a mountain. A boat will take through these caves amid towering mountain views, via beautiful waterways lined with rice paddies.

After the boat landed, driven back to Hanoi . Free time on your own exploration of the town.

Overnight in Hanoi

*** Notes: 465 steps to the peak of Mua Cave is not suitable for small kids and aged people

Day 12: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Cruise (B/L/D)

Halong Bay VietnamAfter breakfast, depart 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 an overnight stay. 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 13: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (Brunch)

Destination Vietnam Halong BayThe 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 14: Ha Noi – Departure (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 (Ha Noi) 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!

2. Accommodation  

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.

3. Visa

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.

4. Vaccine

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/

Lufthansa: https://www.lufthansa.com/vn/fr/homepage

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.

DestinationStandardSupérieurPremière ClasseDeluxe

Chez Mimosa Petite

Silverland Central

Chez Mimosa Corner

Silverland Charner

Grand Silverland

The Myst Dong Khoi

Hôtel des Arts

Ben Tre

Chez l’habitant

Chez l’habitant

Ben Tre Riverside

Ben Tre Riverside

Can Tho

Anh Dao Mekong 2

Kim Tho

Can Tho Ecolodge

Nam Bo Boutique


Hoi An

Kim An

Thuy Duong

La Résidencia

Hoi An Silk Luxury

La Siesta Hoi An Resort

Little Hoi An Riverside


Serene Shining


Serene Palace

Thanh Lich Royal Boutique


Pilgrimage Village

Azerai Le Résidence


Maison d'Orient

Hanoi Era


Gonden Legend Diamond


La Siesta Classic Premium


Sofitel Legend Métropole

Ninh Binh

Tam Villa

Tam Coc Horizon Bungalow

Tam Coc Boutique Garden

Hidden Charm

Emeralda Resort

Baie d’Ha Long/ Lan Ha

Swan Jonque

Ocean 07 Jonque

Swan Boutique Jonque

Renea Jonque

Cozy Jonque

Prince Jonque

Peony Jonque

Sena Jonque

Dragon Legend

Orchid Jonque

Price detail

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.

More information:

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.

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