Cooking demonstrations on Halong Bay
Cooking demonstrations on Halong Bay

Elegant Vietnam - 15 Days

Elegant Vietnam Tour is one of our Vietnam vacations with high-end luxury travel service designed for the discerning travelers to experience the country in 15 days 14 nights from Saigon to Hanoi.
Our selected accommodations are elegantly luxurious hotels and resorts  with convenient location at each city. The trip pace is easy.Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Most of the meals are included at finest luxury restaurants in town. Some meals are on your own for self-discovery of the Vietnamese fine cuisine. During the tour, we use modern air-conditioned cars for all road transfers and domestic flights for long distances. Before we conclude our luxury holiday in Hanoi, we indulge ourselves with a traditional luxurious junk cruise on the heavenly Bay of Halong, the meals on board are sensational with fresh local seafood.

Our trip goes through different cultural highlights of Vietnam and different natural landscapes of the country. We tour 4 of the  UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites in Vietnam including: Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Cham Ruins, Hue Imperial Citadel, Ha Long Bay. Our tour travels through different terrains of Vietnam from the hustling bustling Saigon to the tranquil and the fresh Central Highlands; the turquoise sea water with fine white sand beaches of south central Vietnam to the jagged rock formations of Ha Long Bay. The tour ends in Hanoi with charming architecture and cozy atmosphere.

Elegant Vietnam Tour will not only shows you the chaste natural beauty of Vietnam, but also engages you in the daily life of the Vietnamese and brings you back in time to the different historical periods of the country. Elegant Vietnam Tour is for sure suitable for the traveler who wants to discover the full picture of Vietnam while pampered in the lap of luxury.

Day 1     Arrival in Saigon (D)
Day 2     HCMC – Cu Chi – Tay Ninh - HCMC (B/D)
Day 3     Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat (VN 348: 1540-1630) (B/L)
Day 4     Da Lat (B/L/D)
Day 5     Da Lat - Nha Trang (B/L)
Day 6     Nha Trang (B)
Day 7     Nha Trang - Hoi An (VN 336: 1205 – 1320) (B/D)
Day 8     Hoi An – My Son Cham Ruins – Hoi An (B/L)
Day 9     Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (B/L/D)
Day 10   Hue (B/L/D)
Day 11   Hue - Hanoi (VN 240: 0830 - 0940) (B/L/D)
Day 12   Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Day 13   Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B/L)
Day 14   Ha Noi (B/D)
Day 15   Departure

Notre Dame Cathedral in central Saigon
Notre Dame Cathedral in central Saigon

1. The tour price includes:

  • English peaking guide as per itinerary;
  • Twin-shared accommodation as indicated on the itinerary;
  • Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner;
  • All land transfers as indicated on the itinerary;
  • Boat cruise in Hue and junk cruise on Ha Long Bay;
  • Admission fees during the guided times as indicated on the itinerary.

2. The tour price doesn’t include:

  • Insurance of any types
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Early check-ins and late check-outs. Check-in time is normally at 1400 and check-out time is normally at 1100. This is dependent on each hotel policy.
  • Phone bills, laundry
  • Others not clearly mentioned in the inclusions

Day1 Arrive in Saigon (D)
Arriving at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are be welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to your luxurious hotel. Enjoy free time at leisure. In the evening, we take you out to sample the fine Vietnamese cuisine for the welcome dinner on a boat cruising on the Saigon River. The boat cruise offers stunning view of the city once nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient.

Meals: Dinner cruise on the Saigon River.

Day2 HCMC – Cu Chi – Tay Ninh - HCMC (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.Tay Ninh Cao Dai Holy See

In the morning, we drive 100km to visit Tay Ninh Cao Dai Holy See, the headquarters of the indigenous Cao Dai religion. At noon when the mass in session you can adore this beautiful architecture and the eclectic mixture of Cao Dai philosophy. Dressed properly is recommended.

We have time for refreshment and lunch on our own then continue our trip to Cu Chi to learn about the legendary tunnel system. Cu Chi Tunnel is a system of magical tunnels connecting one village to another and was built by the locals to accommodate the VC during the War.

From Cu Chi, major attacks on Saigon were launched during the war, especially those in the Tet Offensive of 1968 which shocked the whole world. Creeping our way in the narrow tunnel, you can't imagine that there was no map of the tunnels at the time. Those navigating in the tunnel in the past had to know the tunnel themselves or there had to be a guide, otherwise there were all kinds of traps everywhere in the tunnel awaiting.

The tunnel, at the height, stretched over 250 km and had rudimentary hospitals, water wells, toilets, kitchens…which allowed the local fighters to remain underground for weeks. You can’t imagine that the locals had to dig the tunnels with their bare hand and shovel; they had to camouflage the soil dug out so that they wouldn’t be uncovered by their enemy…So much work done that now facing it and thinking back, the only thing we can say about the tunnel is magic: only magic could make it happen. Magical things have happened in Vietnam for thousands of years of history anyway. Many attempts to destroy the tunnels as well as annihilate the local fighters including using tractors, toxic chemicals, bombs…but all came to failure.Cu Chi Tunnel Vietnam

In Cu Chi, we learn about the war as well as the life of the local people during the hard times. Here you have the opportunity to adore the human beings resilience once put to test. We arrive back at Ho Chi Minh late in the afternoon. You have time for refreshment, and then we drive out for a fine dining experience in a local restaurant.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel & dinner at a local restaurant.

Day3 Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat (VN 348: 1540-1630) (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We check out of the hotel and get our luggage into the vehicle. This morning is for more discovery of Ho Chi Minh City. We visit the War Remnants Museum and the Re-Unification Palace where you learn more about the history of Vietnam and the war in which millions of people were killed, which attracted the attention from the whole World. Then we continue to China Town and visit Binh Tay Market. Having a walk together in the center of Saigon near L’Hotel De Ville offers an exotic experience of traffics and photos. We have lunch together at a local fine-dining restaurant.

In the afternoon, take the flight bound for Da Lat. The city is a hill station of 1500m elevation and has always been famous with the temperate climate and the natural beauty. The landscape settings of Da Lat are surely matchless. There are pine hill forests dotted with lakes and waterfalls. Nestled in the pine forests are thousands of best preserved colonial-styled villas from the 19th century. Da Lat has been nicknamed “Le Petit Paris” or “The City of Eternal Spring”…Da Lat is the destination for Vietnamese artists and honeymooners.

We arrive in Da Lat in late afternoon. We check into our luxury hotel and enjoy free time at leisure. Dinner is on our own today.

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at local restaurant.Dalat Vietnam

Day4 Da Lat (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning is for the panoramic view of the city. We drive out of Da Lat into the stunning countryside to the foot of the Lang Biang Mountain. Then, we get a rocky jeep drive to the top of 2,169m above sea level. From the top of the Lang Biang Mountain, we can get the whole breathtaking view of Da Lat and the surroundings. After that, we descend back to the city and have lunch together in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we have more exploration of Da Lat. We visit the Valley of Love, Bao Dai Summer Palace, Hang Nga “Crazy House”, Central Market, the Old Railway Station, and Linh Phuoc Pagoda.
In the evening, we have our dinner in a cozy fine-dining local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, Luch & dinner at local restaurants.

Day5   Da Lat - Nha Trang (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today, our journey brings us downhill through the plateau and the South Central Coast to Nha Trang beach city. The change in terrains gives us plenty of stunning scenery which can be captured with our cameras.

The South Central Coastal Region of Vietnam offers the visitors white sand beaches, with turquoise sea water. Arriving in Nha Trang, we visit the Po Nagar Cham Tower before having lunch together at a local restaurant. Our lunch is served with fresh local seafood and local fine cuisine. After lunch, we visit the Long Son Pagoda, and then check into the resort. The rest of the day is free at leisure on the beach or get unwound in the luxury amenities. Dinner is on our own tonight.Nha Trang Vietnam

Meals: breakfast at the hotel, lunch at local restaurant.

Day6   Nha Trang (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Nha Trang Bay with many offshore islands, white sand beaches, turquoise sea water and colorful coral reefs has been claimed one of the 29 most beautiful sea bays in the World. We have full day at leisure today. Alternatively, you can join us on one of our optional tours of Nha Trang Bay.

Optional excursion 1: Full day cruise with snorkeling gears to visit a fishing village, Tam Island and Mun Island with included lunch. Please contact us for more details on additional costs.

Optional excursion 2: Cruise out to explore the colorful coral reefs with included lunch. Please contact us for more details on additional costs.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel.

Day7 Nha Trang - Hoi An (VN 336: 1205 – 1320) (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
You have free time at leisure until we transfer you to Nha Trang – Cam Ranh Airprort for your flight to Da Nang. Arriving at Da Nang Airport, you are welcomed by our local team and transferred to Hoi An Town.

Hoi An was a famous trading port back to the 16th – 19th centuries. Hoi An was visited by merchants from China, Japan, Persia, Europe….at the times. Hoi An residents are composed of Vietnamese, Chinese. Hoi An’s architecture is the perfect combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese styles. Hoi An nowadays still retains the atmosphere of the old town dating back to the heyday which never fails to charm the visitors.Hoi An Vietnam

Apart from the cozy ancient town, Hoi An also offers the pristine white sand Cua Dai Beach which claimed one of the most charming beaches in the World. Hoi An has always been unforgettable memory for our dear travelers.

In Hoi An, we visit the Old Town including the Japanese Bridge, an Old Merchant House, Phuc Kien Chinese Congregational Assembly, Hoi An Museum and Hoi An Market. Lunch is on our own today. Dinner is at a local fine-dining restaurant.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel, dinner at a local restaurant.

Day8 Hoi An – My Son Cham Ruins – Hoi An (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today, our trip brings us back to the 4th-7th centuries A.D to the heyday of the Cham Pa Kingdom. Cham Pa was a kingdom in the Central and South Central Region of Vietnam thriving from around the 2nd century A.D to the 15th century. My Son at the time was the Holy Land of Cham Pa Kingdom.

Each king who succeeded the thrown built a temple dedicated to the Gods of his Kingdom. With time gone by, My Son had become the main religious center of the Cham Pa Kingdom where the Cham prayed, where all important religious ceremonies took place. Dedicated by the royal court and the people of Cham Pa Kingdom, My Son boasted its grandeur and magnificence like no others. Unfortunately wars ravaged the area and left only the ruins of the once great structures. My Son Cham Ruins

Our tour goes through the scenic countryside with different villages of which the hosts live a normal life like others day by day contributing diligently to what we call the culture of Vietnam. We travel back in time to appreciate what human beings have achieved. Let’s spend a moment to cherish the people of Champa Kingdom.

We get back to town in the afternoon and enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant. The afternoon is free on our own. Dinner is on our own tonight.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel & lunch at a local restaurant.

Day9 Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We continue our journey through the scenic Central Region. We pass through Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass. This high pass divides Vietnam into relatively different climatic zones. From the top of the pass, we can gaze 360 degrees at the clouds, the sea and the mountains. We descend the mountain and head towards the pristine Lang Co Beach which is still a sleepy fishing village with quirky white sand beaches. Further in the backdrop are green mountains encircling the area.Hue Vietnam

Our destination today is Hue which was the capital city of Vietnam from 1802 - 1945. Hue is a charming imperial city with combination of the new and the old. The Perfume River bisects the city into the northern and southern parts. To the north is the ancient citadel surrounded by moats which were home to the royal court of Vietnam in the 19th century. Visiting the ancient citadel you can visit the Palace where the king lived, the quarter for the Royal Family and concubines, the Royal Library… Lots of damages during the war are still found here though.

To the south is where hotels and fine dining restaurants are located. In Hue, we visit the Imperial Citadel – A World Heritage Site and the Dong Ba exotic market on the Perfume River bank. We have lunch and dinner at local restaurants which serve fine Hue cuisine for which the city is well-known.

Overnight in Hue.
Meals: breakfast at the hotel, lunch & dinner at local restaurants.

Day10 Hue (B/L/D)
Hue is for sure the city of harmony with the encircling green mountains, the meandering rivers, the architecture nestled in trees….Everything of Hue seems to be just in the right place and in perfect harmony. Our tour brings us to the western side of the city where the royal tombs are found. The Vietnamese kings thought that the west was the direction of sunset and permanent rest. That was why they built different royal tombs in the western part of Hue city. Here the kings would rest permanently in complete peace and tranquility. Minh Mang Tomb

Each of the royal tombs was designed by the king himself and the architecture of each tomb shows a lot about the king and the context of Vietnam at the time. Many tombs were constructed, completed and used by the king when they were still in reign. The royal tombs of Hue are for sure the fine pieces of arts.

Breakfast at the hotel.
We start with a cruise on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Then we explore by bus the Royal Tombs of king Tu Duc, King Khai Dinh and King Minh Mang. We also visit the tranquil Tu Hieu Pagoda and the Royal Arena. Our lunch and dinner are served with finest Hue cuisine at local restaurants.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel, lunch & dinner at local restaurants.

Day11 Hue - Hanoi (VN 240: 0830 - 0940) (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Then, we transfer you to Phu Bai Airport for the flight to Ha Noi, the charming capital city of Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai Airport, we are welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to the city. The rest of the day is for the city tour of Hanoi.

Hanoi was chosen to be the capital city of Vietnam from the 1010 A.D. The Ruling King Ly Cong Uan that time knew that choosing the capital site would be vital to the Kingdom’s prosperity. After coming into power he patrolled the Kingdom looking for a suitable site for building the capital city. It’s said that he arrived at the bank of the Red River a five-colored dragon appeared soaring into the sky. He researched the whole site and found out that it was perfect in Feng Shui. The construction of the capital city was started right after that. That time it was called Thang Long which in Vietnamese means the “City of Ascending Dragons”. With the arrival of the French in the 19th century, new colonial styled architecture was added to the charming traditional architecture of Hanoi.

Nowadays the travelers to Hanoi know the city as 3 main areas: The Former Citadel Area, the Old Quarter and the French Quarter. Of course the city has more areas to the north, to the south and to the west of central Hanoi now where high-rise buildings are found to accommodate the growing economy. With much development going on in the fast growing economy of Vietnam, the old areas of Hanoi are specially protected by the authority and still Hanoi retains the charm like no others.

We start city tour with the Temple of Literature (Knowledge) – The First University of Vietnam. The King ordered the construction of the Temple since he wanted the people to appreciate knowledge and encouraged the study of Confucianism. After that the First University was built just to the back of the Temple of Literature to educate the talented students of the Kingdom. The kings of Vietnam that time would choose the bests that passed the royal exams to serve the Kingdom. Those passed the royal exams would be called Ph.D. This noble title for sure was not awarded easily: conscientious study combined with talent were required. Visiting the Temple of Literature you adore the learning tradition of Vietnam started by their visionary kings thousands of years ago.

The Old Quarter of Hanoi shaped up from around the 11th – 13th century. This was the business quarter of the ancient Hanoi. Nowadays, the Old Quarter of Hanoi still offers traffic, hustling and bustling atmosphere like no others. We weave the Old Quarter of the city by push-rickshaw.

Our lunch is served at a local restaurant. After lunch, we visit Ngoc Son Temple and the West Lake area. In late afternoon, we sample the unique water puppetry which dates back to the 11th century in Vietnam. Our dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner local restaurants.

The Huc Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
The Huc Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam

Day12  Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. 
We start at 9.00 A.M for the 3 hour drive (170 km) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields. At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3,000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.

Upon arrival, you are welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk glides further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay. During the cruise, we stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot Cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner on board the junk cruising on Ha Long Bay.

A scenic panoramic view of Halong Bay from the Ti Tov Mountain
A scenic panoramic view of Halong Bay from the Ti Tov Mountain

Day13  Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B/L)
After breakfast, we take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot.

After the last feast on board for lunch, our junk travels back to the harbor for disembarkation at 12.00 A.M. We rejoin our bus and make our way through the rice paddies to Bac Ninh, a region famous for Quan Ho Folk Music. In Bac Ninh, we take horse drawn carts to an ancient community house located right in the center of a typically traditional village of the Red River Delta. We have an opportunity to share the tunes of Vietnamese traditional folk songs with the local singers and learn more about the traditions of the Vietnamese. Then we drive back to our hotel in Hanoi for the night.
Dinner is on our own tonight.

Meals: breakfast and lunch on board the junk cruising on Ha Long Bay.

Day14  Ha Noi (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.  The Old Quarter of Hanoi
Our tour today is relaxing. We start the morning with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace; this whole area reminds you some parts of the Vietnamese history and the most revered man of the nation. We then have free time at leisure for the rest of the day.
Lunch is on our own today.
In the evening, we come out for our last sumptuous feast in Vietnam.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: breakfast and lunch on board the junk cruising on Ha Long Bay.

Day15 Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. 
You have free time until we transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure. It’s time to bid farewell to the beaming Vietnamese smile. We trust you had an unforgettable Vietnam luxury holiday with Paradissa Travel.

Meals: breakfast at the hotel
Note: Late check-out is not included.