Hoi An riverside at night

Idyllic Vietnam - 16 Days

Idyllic Vietnam Tour is one of Paradissa's Vietnam holidays with luxury travel service and travel route from the North to the South for 16 days/15 nights. Our trip follows the less-traveled routes, and taking in most must-see tourist attractions, while allowing more time for our travellers to get lost in the untouched natural landscapes in the countryside of Vietnam.

 Our local knowledgeable tour guides are always on hand to provide the necessary information, knowledge, suggestions and help when required by the places or circumstances. We do leave reasonable amount of free time every now and again, so that the tour is more of a relaxing experience and suitable for families with kids.

On the tour, we visit the most typical landscapes of the Red River Delta in the North and the Mekong River Delta in the South; we do cover the Central Region, South Central Coast with stunning beaches and sand dunes, and the romantic natural settings of Da Lat and the Central Highlands. On Halong Bay, we take our cruise amid the heavenly beauty on one of the most luxurious junks that ever ply the waters of the bay.

Most meals (except for daily breakfast and those on Halong Bay) are not included in our package, so that our guests have the freedom to discover thoroughly the local cuisine that Vietnam is known for. All hotels are of luxury class with sensational and personal service, and with convenient locations. Our cars/vans/buses are 3-year recently made.

The The Huc Bridge on the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam
The The Huc Bridge on the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1 Arrive in Hanoi (no meal)
Day2 Hanoi Morning City Tour/Free Afternoon (B)
Day3 Hanoi – Halong Bay Junk Cruise (B/L/D)
Day4 Ha Long Bay – Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Van Long (with guide) (Brunch)
Day5 Van Long – Cuc Phuong National Park - Van Long Nature Reserve – Van Long (with guide) (B/L)
Day6 Ninh Binh – Ha Noi – Hoi An (with guide) (VN 1517: 1345-1500) (B)
Day7 Hoi An at leisure (B)
Day8 Hoi An at leisure (B)
Day9 Hoi An – Da Nang – Cam Ranh (VN 1943: 1010-1135) – Ninh Thuan (B)
Day10 Ninh Thuan at leisure (B)
Day11 Ninh Thuan – Da Lat (B)
Day12 Da Lat Tour (B)
Day13 Da Lat – Sai Gon (VN 1385: 0810-0900)/Sai Gon – Can Tho (B)
Day14 Can Tho Floating Market/Can Tho – Vinh Long – Cai Be – Saigon (B/L)
Day15 Sai Gon free day (B)
Day16 Depart Saigon (B)

Inclusions
English-speaking guide as per itinerary: no guide for free day and for transfers so indicated;
Private car for transportation+ airlines tickets for Ha Noi-Hue/ Da Nang – Cam Ranh/Da Lat- Saigon as indicated in the program;
Shared junk cruise on Ha Long Bay, private boat cruise on the Perfume river in Hue and Mekong River at Cai Be – Vinh Long and Can Tho as in the program;
Double-shared accommodation as indicated in the program;
Meals as indicated in the program: (B-Breakfast/L-Lunch/D-Dinner);
All admission fees during the guided times as in the program;

Exclusions
Insurance of any types;
International airport taxes;
Drinks, phone bills, laundry or personal expenses;
Others not clearly specified in the Inclusions;

Detailed itinerary
Day1 Arrive in Hanoi (no meal)
Upon arrival at Ha Noi Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our driver and guide, and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day2 Hanoi Morning City Tour/Free Afternoon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
0800 A.M Start our tour of the 1000 year old city of Ha Noi. We’ll visit different highlights of Ha Noi including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Temple of Literature - 1st University of Vietnam, the Ngoc Son temple.

Free time in the afternoon.
Free time for lunch and dinner.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day3 Hanoi – Halong Bay Junk Cruise (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 Scenic three-hour drive from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay.
11.30 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier.
12.15 Transfer by tender to the boat – enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions.
12.30 Depart by boat to Halong Bay - start cruise and check-in to cabins.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch - enjoy deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu Lunch.
14.30 Arrive at Titop Island. Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach and climbing the steps to the top of the mountain on the island for fantastic views and photo opportunities. Water and towels will be supplied. We will spend about 45 minutes on the island.
15:15 Return to the boat and sail for about 45 minutes to our second stop - the Bat Cave area.
16.00 Arrive at the Bat Cave area. There are two programs to choose from at this time. One option is a 40 minute kayaking program to the nearby Bat Cave and lagoon and surrounding waters. Kayaking is $10. per person unless already booked as part of your package. Water is supplied.

The second option is to visit the Cua Van floating fishing village, the largest floating fishing village in Halong Bay. There are about 130 floating houses and about 600 people live and work in the village. We will travel to the village on the tender and tour the village for approximately 20 minutes.

17.45 Depart and sail for about 30 minutes to Luon Bo area, where we will anchor for overnight.
19.00 – 20.30 Dinner - deluxe Vietnamese & Western Buffet or Set Menu Dinner.
20.30 Evening activities include: film entertainment in the dining room at approximately 9:00, board games and playing cards are available, and massage services are available. We also offer Squid fishing on the Boat.
21.00 – 23.00 Happy Hour! Buy one drink - get one free (wine excluded)
23.00 End of Program for Day One.

Sunset over Halong Bay, Vietnam
Sunset over Halong Bay, Vietnam

Day4 Ha Long Bay – Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Van Long (with guide) (Brunch)
06.30 Enjoy Tai Chi on the sundeck.
07.00 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
07.45 Arrive by boat at the Surprise Cave - Optional tour program: prepare for visiting the Surprise Cave OR relax onboard the boat.
08.00 Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes.
09.00 Upon return to the boat please check-out of cabins. Please leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer to the pier).
09.00 – 09.30 Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove your belongings from the cabins, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabins (staff will transfer directly to the pier). Depart for Bai Chay/Halong pier.
09.30 Enjoy Breakfast Set Menu or Buffet in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as we approach the pier.
11.00 Arrive at Bai Chay/Halong pier. Transfer by tender to the pier and join our car for the 3-hour drive through the heart of the countryside of Hai Phong and Thai Binh Provinces to Ninh Binh. At Ninh Binh, we'll have a 2-hour rowing boat trip at Tam Coc where the natural beauty is just unreal. Then, we travel to our resort for the night.
Overnight at Van Long.

Day5 Van Long – Cuc Phuong National Park - Van Long Nature Reserve – Van Long (with guide) (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
0800 A.M Have an early rise to visit the Primate Center where primate species are well looked after before they are released back to their habitat. Then visit the Primitive-Man Cave and walk in the trails of the park.
Lunch in the park.
1430: Drive back to Van Long and enjoy peaceful time on a rowing boat trip getting lost amid the pristine landscape of Van Long Nature Reserve.
Overnight at Van Long.

Day6 Ninh Binh – Ha Noi – Hoi An (with guide) (VN 1517: 1345-1500) (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
0830 A.M Picked up at the hotel and transferred back to Noi Bai Airport for the flight to Da Nang. Arriving at Da Nang, welcomed and transferred to Hoi An Old Town.
Free time.
Overnight at Hoi An.

The Hoai River in Hoi An, Vietnam
The Hoai River in Hoi An, Vietnam

Day7 Hoi An at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An Ancient Town.

Day8 Hoi An at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An Ancient Town.

Day9 Hoi An – Da Nang – Cam Ranh (VN 1943: 1010-1135) – Ninh Thuan (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
0800 A.M Transferred to Da Nang Airport for the flight to Cam Ranh. Arriving at Cam Ranh, welcomed and transferred to Ninh Thuan. Have time on your own on by the seaside.
Overnight in Ninh Thuan.

Ninh Chu Beach, Phan Rang - Thap Cham City, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam
Ninh Chu Beach, Phan Rang - Thap Cham City, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam

Day10 Ninh Thuan at leisure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Ninh Thuan.

Day11 Ninh Thuan – Da Lat (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 A.M Take a 3-hour driver uphill with scenic beauty. Arriving at Da Lat at mid day, have free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy a ride on steam-locomotive train to Trai Mat. In late afternoon, arrive back at the hotel and have free time.
Overnight at Da Lat.

Day12 Da Lat Tour (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning is for the panoramic view of the city. We drive out of Da Lat, through the stunning countryside to the foot of the Lang Biang Mountain. We’ll get a rocky jeep drive to the top of 2169m. From the top of Lang Biang Mountain, we can get the whole breathtaking view of Da Lat and the fresh surroundings. Then we’ll descend back to the city and enjoy a tour by cable car to Tuyen Lam Lake. Then enjoy mid day break.

In the afternoon, we’ll have more exploration of Da Lat. We’ll visit the Valley of Love, Bao Dai Summer Palace.
Overnight at Da Lat.

Day13 Da Lat – Sai Gon (VN 1385: 0810-0900)/Sai Gon – Can Tho (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
0630 A.M Transferred to Lien Khuong Airport in Da Lat for the flight towards Saigon. Arriving at Saigon, welcomed and transferred via the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Arriving at the hotel in early afternoon, check into the hotel and have free time for the remainder of the day.
Overnight at Can Tho.

Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho, Vietnam
Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho, Vietnam

Day14 Can Tho Floating Market/Can Tho – Vinh Long – Cai Be – Saigon (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
In early morning, we'll take one hour boat trip to the Cai Rang floating market with hustling and bustling activities, on the way back visit a local orchard to taste some seasonal fruits. After the boat trip, Today we’ll discover the exotic lifestyle of the communities who live on the mighty Mekong River. Then, we travel through the heart of the verdant Mekong Delta to Vinh Long for a 3-hour visit by boat to the communities who inhabit the islands of the Mekong. We'll have lunch on one of the islands and disembark the boat at Cai Be, where we rejoin our car for the 2-hour road trip back to Saigon.

Arriving at Saigon, check into the hotel and have free time for the remainder of the day.
Overnight in Saigon.

Day15 Sai Gon free day (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day at leisure.
Overnight in Saigon.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Day16 Depart Saigon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Free time until our driver transfers you back to the airport for the departure flight. We trust you had a wonderful luxury vacation in Vietnam with Paradissa.