Flavours of Vietnam

12 Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City with Back-Roads

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 12 Day Flavours of Vietnam. Dive in to picturesque Vietnam on this laidback tour of buzzing cities, beautiful bays and lush green countryside. Along the way you'll witness spectacular sunsets, come face to face with breathtaking architecture and enjoy delectable local...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Hanoi
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Ho Chi Minh City
Accomodation
Accomodation
Boutique
14
Max Group Size
14
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Vietnam
Trip Operated By:
Back-Roads
Back-Roads
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Hanoi, Vietnam
After transferring from the airport to our hotel, we'll meet the group and get to know each other in lively Hanoi today – a city brimming with busy street food stalls, picturesque pagodas and well-preserved colonial buildings. Tonight, we'll sample our first taste of Vietnamese cuisine at KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise that gives disadvantaged young people the chance to learn new skills. (D)
2 Hanoi
This morning you'll have the chance to join a walking tour of Hanoi's most iconic sights. At the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, we'll discover more about the man who led the movement for Vietnamese independence – and at the Temple of Literature, we'll soak up some of Vietnam's unique ancient history. This afternoon, your guide will lead you on a cyclo tour through the streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter, where you'll learn about the area's French colonial architecture. After a busy day of sightseeing, our final stop of the day will be the home of the city's last remaining mask-making family, where we'll gain an insight into how traditional papier-mâché masks are made. Tonight, prepare for another gastronomic treat – we're off to sample some street food on the way to dinner. (B/D)
3 Hanoi - Tam Coc - Ninh Binh
This morning we'll say farewell to Hanoi and move on to the beautiful Ninh Binh Province – and on the way there, we'll take a short boat trip at Tam Coc (the ‘three caves'). Surrounded by breathtaking limestone karsts and peaceful rice paddies, this picturesque area forms part of the famous Trang An UNESCO World Heritage Site. After stopping off at the serene 14th-century Thai Vi temple (also known as ‘the temple of the king'), we'll move on to a local family home, where we'll tuck into a traditional lunch. Appetites satisfied, we'll make tracks to our hotel for some leisure time. (B/L)
4 Ninh Binh - Halong Bay
After breakfast, our transfer will take us to a World Heritage Site that's widely regarded as the jewel in Vietnam's crown: the beautiful Halong Bay. Here we'll take to the emerald waters in a traditional junk boat and set off to explore the area's famous limestone islets and fascinating grottoes.* This evening will be yours to spend reclining on a comfy chair, sipping wine or watching the twinkling stars from the sun deck. *Please note: Our exact cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on season and weather conditions. (B/L/D)
5 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoi An
We'll tuck into tea, coffee and pastries early on board the boat this morning – and if the mood takes you, you can even try a spot of tai chi on the sun deck. Morning ritual complete, we'll make our way to our first stop of the day: the picturesque Ti Top Island. Here, you can relax on the beach, take a dip in the water or climb to the top of the hill for fantastic views over Halong Bay. A hearty breakfast will be served aboard the boat as we cruise back to Halong City. Upon arrival, we'll disembark and transfer to the airport, where we'll begin our journey to historic Hoi An (with a stop at Da Nang on the way). (B)
6 Hoi An
This morning we'll get acquainted with Hoi An's atmospheric Old Town on a guided tour of historic houses, museums and assembly halls – not to mention the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. Tonight, we'll hit the streets to sample some of the local fare before settling down to an alfresco Vietnamese dining experience at the spectacular Dao Tien River Restaurant, which will be beautifully lit with paper lanterns after dark. (B/D)
7 Hoi An - Hue
After this morning's breakfast, we'll have the opportunity to channel our inner creatives with a silk lantern making workshop. This traditional craft not only adds a wonderful touch of colour to the streets of Hoi An, but it's also a practice said to bring luck, happiness and wealth to the family home. After a stop at the Cham Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of ancient Cham sculptures, we'll move on to our next stop: the imperial city of Hue. (B)
8 Hue
After a free morning, we'll start the day in nautical style: with a boat trip on the Perfume River. So named for its unique fragrance in autumn (caused by blossom falling into the water), the river is the perfect vantage point from which to take in the temples, mausoleums and pagodas that line its banks. After visiting the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, a staunch Confucian, we'll get ourselves ready for dinner at the 19th-century Tha Om Garden House, a charming restaurant that's owned by a local historian. (B/L/D)
9 Hue - Ho Chi Minh City
You'll have some well-deserved time to relax this morning before we head to the airport for our flight to the incomparable Ho Chi Minh City. After dropping off our bags at our hotel, we'll end the day with a culinary feast at Hoa Tuc, a wonderful restaurant that specialises in contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. (B/D)
10 Ho Chi Minh City
Today's itinerary will begin with a tour of Chinatown, where we'll tick off the likes of the impressive, caramel-coloured Cha Tam Church and the vibrant Chua Ong Pagoda. After visiting a family that sells traditional herbal medicines (and a chance to stock up on herbal teas) we'll move on to the Reunification Palace – a monument that seems as if it has been frozen in time since the end of the Vietnam War. When the morning's sightseeing is behind us, we're in for a culinary treat: a cooking demonstration at Mandarine Restaurant (with a delicious lunch to follow). And then? The afternoon will be yours to spend as you please. (B/L)
11 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City
Today we'll set off on a day trip to the labyrinthine Cu Chi Tunnels: a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War that housed kilometre upon kilometre of secret trap doors, weapon factories, living areas and hospitals. After venturing back out into the daylight, we'll gather to taste authentic pho (Vietnam's most famous dish) at a local restaurant. Our gastronomic adventure will then continue with a street eats tour, during which you'll be free to sample delicacies like rice paper pizza and crispy Vietnamese pancakes. This evening we'll meet at a true local gem, Magnolia restaurant, for our final dinner together. (B/L/D)
12 Ho Chi Minh City
After one last breakfast with the group, our tour will come to a close. (B)
1 Hanoi, Vietnam
After transferring from the airport to our hotel, we'll meet the group and get to know each other in lively Hanoi – a city brimming with busy street food stalls, picturesque pagodas and well-preserved colonial buildings. Tonight, we'll sample our first taste of Vietnamese cuisine at KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise that gives disadvantaged young people the chance to learn new skills. (D)
2 Hanoi

After a refreshing breakfast at the hotel, we'll set off for the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – where we'll discover more about the man who led the movement for Vietnamese independence. Next, we'll take a stroll through Hanoi's bustling streets and visit the Temple of Literature to soak up some of Vietnam's unique ancient history. The afternoon will see us embark on a cyclo tour through Hanoi's Old Quarter, where we'll learn more about the area's French colonial architecture. Finally, after a busy day of sightseeing we'll stop in at the home of the city's last remaining mask-making family, where we'll gain an insight into how traditional papier-mâché masks are made. (B/L)

3 Hanoi - Halong Bay
After breakfast, our transfer will take us to a World Heritage Site that's widely regarded as the jewel in Vietnam's crown: the beautiful Halong Bay. Here, we'll take to the emerald waters in a traditional junk boat and set off to explore the area's famous limestone islets and fascinating grottoes. This evening will be yours to spend reclining on a comfy chair, clinking glasses with the group or watching the twinkling stars from the sun deck. Please Note: Our exact cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on season and weather conditions. (B/L/D)
4 Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An
We'll tuck into tea, coffee and pastries on board the boat before cruising back to Halong City this morning. Upon arrival, we'll disembark and transfer to the airport, where we'll begin our journey to historic Hoi An. (B/L)
5 Hoi An
This morning we'll get acquainted with Hoi An's atmospheric Old Town on a guided tour of historic houses, museums and assembly halls – not to mention the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. After an included lunch, the afternoon will be yours to spend strolling past the area's tailor shops, artwork-filled stores and aromatic tea warehouses. Tonight, why not enjoy some incredible sunset views over Cua Dai Bridge before heading out into the beautiful paper lantern-lit streets to sample some of the delicious local fare? (B/L)
6 Hoi An
After this morning's breakfast, we'll have the opportunity to channel our inner creatives with a silk lantern making workshop. This traditional craft not only adds a wonderful touch of colour to the streets of Hoi An, but it's also a practice said to bring luck, happiness and wealth to the family home. After returning to the hotel, you'll have the afternoon to spend at your leisure. Tonight, the choice is yours: sample a selection of Hoi An's specialty dishes at a local restaurant, or simply spend the evening sipping on glasses of crisp wine overlooking the Thu Bon River. (B)
7 Hoi An - Hue
We'll awaken our senses with a Vietnamese coffee before we depart Hoi An and move on to our next stop: the imperial city of Hue. Despite having the majority of its ancient architecture destroyed in the American War, this city still resonates with imperial glory at every turn. After lunch, the afternoon will be yours to dive into the illustrious history of the region. Our suggestion for tonight: take some time to hunt down a steaming bowl of Bun Bo Hue at a local haunt. (B/L)
8 Hue
Today we have an appointment with Hue's Imperial City. A citadel-inside-a-citadel, this enormous complex on the banks of the Perfume River once housed the emperor's residence, palace and temples within its six-metre-high walls. After taking in the sights of what remains of the ancient city, we'll visit a historic garden house for a delicious lunch. You'll have some well-deserved time to relax this evening back out our accommodation. (B/L)
9 Hue - Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, we'll head to the airport for our flight to the incomparable Ho Chi Minh City. After touching down and dropping off our bags at our hotel, we'll acquaint ourselves with this pulsating city on a walking tour of the main sights. Be swept up in the swirl of energy as we visit the Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace – passing incense-filled temples, aromatic street stalls and chic designer malls as we go. Tonight, the evening will be yours to enjoy some contemporary Vietnamese cuisine at your choice of local restaurants.(B)
10 Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City
First today: we'll make an early departure for the province of Ben Tre, where we'll swap the hustle and bustle of the city for a scenic cruise through the Mekong Delta – an area that's known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam ' due to its rich and fertile soil. We'll arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City in time to hit the streets and sample more tantalising food stall delights. Why not wrap your tastebuds around some sizzling banh xeo or the full flavours of a bowl of bun mam before returning to the hotel? (B/L)
11 Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Ho Chi Minh City
Today we'll set off on a day trip to the labyrinthine Cu Chi Tunnels: a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War that housed kilometre upon kilometre of secret trap doors, weapon factories, living areas and hospitals. After venturing back out into the daylight, we'll gather for lunch at a remote organic farm in Cu Chi. Then: we'll put our palates to the test at a craft beer tasting session back in Ho Chi Minh City. (B/L)
12 Ho Chi Minh City
After one last breakfast with the group, our tour will come to a close. (B)

Back-Roads Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Visit a traditional papier mâché mask making family in Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Taste the world's best street food on an evening walk through the winding streets of Hanoi
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise in the picturesque Halong Bay
  • Vietnamese cooking class and demonstration
Trip Inclusions
  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation
  • 1 night on an overnight cruise
  • Internal flights
  • Experienced Driver & Tour Leader
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Cu Chi Tunnels
Included Meals
  • 23 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
Journey Highlights
  • Visit a traditional paper-mâché mask making family in Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise in the picturesque Halong Bay
  • Take a scenic river cruise down the Mekong Delta
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise in the scenic Halong Bay
  • Locally guided walking tour of Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • Take part in a traditional paper-mâché mask making demonstration in Hanoi
  • Participate in a lantern making workshop in Hoi An
  • Cruise the Mekong Delta and visit a local village in Ben Tre
  • Craft beer tour in Hue
Trip Inclusions
  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Internal flights
  • Complimentary arrival airport transfer
Included Meals
  • 21 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

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