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Ha Long Bay / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City / Hue / Danang / Hoi An / Quy Nhon / Nha Trang

Embark on a two-week odyssey along Vietnam’s spectacular coast. Begin in the north with a visit to vibrant Hanoi and a Halong Bay cruise. Venture southwards to historic Hue and Hoi An, relax on secluded beaches then wrap-up this epic journey in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Vietnam a Coastal Odyssey
Tour Vietnam’s most dynamic cities

Tour Vietnam’s most dynamic cities

Enjoy guided tours of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, discovering the mix of modern and traditional that defines Vietnam.

Relax on Vietnam’s top beaches

Relax on Vietnam’s top beaches

Soak up the sun and swim in tropical waters of Quy Nhon, Nha Trang and Hoi An’s beaches.

Take scenic overland drives

Take scenic overland drives

Drive from Hue to Nha Trang, stopping to discover traditional fishing villages, historic sites, hidden beaches and spectacular views.

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ITINERARY

Vietnam a Coastal Odyssey - 11 Days / 10 Nights

DAY 1 - Hanoi Arrival MealsMEALS [D]

Exo TravelNoi Bai airport - Hanoi (38km): 45 minutes

Welcome to HanoI! Vietnam’s capital is a city of wide, tree lined boulevards with tranquil lakes, colonial villas and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities.

Upon arrival to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check in. This afternoon, wind down and relax after the flight before enjoying a welcome Vietnamese dinner in one of Hanoi's most charming restaurants housed in a beautiful villa.

Overnight at selected hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 2 - Hanoi City tour & half day Nom villageMealsMEALS [B|L]

Today’s tour begins at 8:30. Set off on a half day guided tour of Hanoi’s highlights. Dive right in a visit to the Temple of Literature. Explore the incredible compound which was constructed in 1076. Hear stories of the buildings’ history, getting a glimpse into the past when it served as a university and temple. 

Next up is a short drive away is Vietnam Women’s Museum. This highly acclaimed museum highlights the country’s vast cultural diversity and educate on the significant role women play in Vietnamese society. And then walk through the Old Quarter, learning about Vietnam’s traditional ways of life while crossing the maze of streets and lanes. Continue walking through busy Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Snap some photos and chat with the locals on the way. Make a stop at Thuong Tra tea house nested in an old apartment building, just to escape from Hanoi’s bustling life and learn about the importance of drinking tea in Vietnamese society shared by your guide, over a cup of tea.

Lunch is at a local restaurant before driving 1 hr to the outskirts of Hanoi where Nom ancient village is located. First stop on the way is Long Thuong Village - which has been the home of a community of bronze casters since the 13th century. Explore their village and observe how different families create products such as tripod cauldrons, incense-burners and flower vases. Engage with the locals and learn about the history of their community through stories of the war.

Then, head on a 20-minute walk on a hardened road between rice paddies to visit the 200-year-old Nom Village. The centre of this little town reveals a beautiful architectural complex consisting of a common house, an ancient well and a banyan tree.

Explore the narrow brick roads and visit another antique house. Engage in a conversation with the host over a cup of traditional tea to learn more about local life and the traditions that define this community.

Conclude the trip with a visit to the holiest place in the village, Nom Pagoda, embedded in a century-old pine forest which is famous for its ancient Buddhist statues.

Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon

Overnight at Selected Hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 3 - Hanoi – Halong BayMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelHanoi – Halong (160km): 2.5 hrs

After breakfast at the hotel, depart Hanoi for the road trip to Halong Bay. Journey through the Red River Delta, observing everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on bicycles and plough the fields with their water buffaloes. Arrive in Halong pier around midday and board the selected junk boat for the overnight journey into the Bay. Lunch will be served en route. Towards the end of the day, set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads and fruits.

Overnight on board selected Halong Bay vessel.

DAY 4 - Halong Bay MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Wake up at dawn to the lapping of the waves and the smell of freshly brewed coffee which is available with pastries in the dining room. Join the Tai Chi morning class on the sun deck which is truly a one-time experience. By following the moves of our instructor you merge with the surrounding scenery.

Move on day cruise which will take you to the hidden gems of the bay. Let’s enjoy the beauty created by mother’s nature. Join in some activities such as: kayaking; swimming. Return to the main boat in the late afternoon for relaxing 

Overnight on cruise

DAY 5 - Halong Bay - Hanoi- Da Nang MealsMEALS [B|L]

Enjoy a beautiful morning on the waters with a sunrise over the limestone formations of Halong. As the boat cruises back to Halong port, enjoy brunch on board while the myriad of limestone rock formations glide by.

Upon disembarkation, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport by road to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Domestic Airport.

Late that afternoon, board a scheduled domestic flight from Hanoi Airport to the Da nang; transport will be provided to the selected accommodation.

Overnight in Hoi An

DAY 6 - Hoi AnMealsMEALS [B]

Spend your morning for a walking tour in Hoi An, a charming destination with two faces – the old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretches of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market.

Overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 7 - Hoi An – Healthy Cooking Class MealsMEALS [B|L]

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Today, leave the hotel at 08:15 for a short ride to the organic farm. Located about 3km from the Old Town centre, this quietly tucked away farm was established by an expert in nutrition and team based out of the love of food and local cuisine. Be greeted by the passionate team at the farm and start the experience today.

Just like the varied landscape of Vietnam, the cuisines contains a brilliant balance of aromatics, heat, sweetness, sourness, and umami flavour from the use of fish-sauce. The cuisine is all about the balance between yin and yang; the sweet and the salty, the cool and the warmth, the fresh and the fermented. Follow the expert in nutrition and explore the farm while listening to inspiring stories about how to use food and vegetables for healthy living. Pick-up some ingredients before heading to the lovely kitchen to make dishes. 

There will be five dishes to learn to make, have a chance to get hands-on on making rice flour with the old stone grinder, rice paper with copper vessels and invent a personal organic juice recipe. Once ready, sit down and feast on a delicious meal of authentic local cuisine.

After filling up on these home-cooked delights, return to Hoi An for the afternoon (L)

Overnight at selected beachfront accommodation in Hoi An.

DAY 8 - Hoi An - Da Nang - Cam Ranh MealsMEALS [B]

Leaving Hoi An behind, transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Cam Ranh.

Upon arrival in Cam Ranh, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at selected beachfront accommodation in Cam Ranh.

DAY 9 - Cam Ranh MealsMEALS [B]

Today is free at leisure to relax at the sandy beach or by the pool.

Overnight at selected beachfront accommodation in Cam Ranh.

DAY 10 - Cam RanhMealsMEALS [B]

Today is free at leisure to relax at the sandy beach or by the pool.

Overnight at selected beachfront accommodation in Cam Ranh.

DAY 11 - Cam Ranh – Ho Chi Minh City/ Departure Flight MealsMEALS [B]

Today is departure day. Enjoy some free time before transferring back to the airport for onward departure flight from Vietnam.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Train tickets as mentioned in the itinerary (shared cabin)
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
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