• Vietnam: Saigon to Sapa

  • Vietnam: Saigon to Sapa

  • Vietnam: Saigon to Sapa

  • Vietnam: Saigon to Sapa

  • Vietnam: Saigon to Sapa

  • Vietnam: Saigon to Sapa

From the Mekong Delta to the hill tribes of Sapa

Days: 14 | From: $4,050/per person

  • Accommodations at best-in-class luxury hotels
  • Curated tours with superb private guides
  • Explore the picturesque hill tribe region of Northern Vietnam

Enjoy a deep dive into Vietnam’s ancient and modern histories, enchanting culture, and scenic beauty. This itinerary takes you from south to north across the country's full length: experience bustling cities, ancient imperial tombs, misty hill tribe villages, floating markets, and even a cruise amid the limestone karst islands of Halong Bay.

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At a glance

  • Ho Chi Minh City
    2 nights: Visit the bustling modern city formerly known as Saigon
  • Can Tho
    1 night: Explore floating markets and life on the Mekong Delta
  • Hoi An
    2 nights: Meander through this delightful town with art and architecture at every turn
  • Hue
    2 nights: Discover the picturesque former Imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty
  • Hanoi
    3 nights: Experience history and culture in Vietnam's capital city
  • Sapa
    1 night: Get to know the colorful hill tribes of Sapa
  • Hanoi
    1 night: Continue exploring Sapa this morning before returning to Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
    1 night: Cruise overnight through scenic Halong Bay

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City!

Skyline Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Fly into Vietnam’s largest city, a sprawling metropolis comprising everything from narrow alleyways to new world skyscrapers. Home to over 9 million people, Ho Chi Minh City is still known to many as Saigon, and features remnants of French colonial charm alongside busy street food stalls and neon lights.

Set out with your private guide to explore the city’s main landmarks, including the Museum of Vietnam History. The museum features exhibits on the Vietnamese culture and its development, partly as a struggle for independence from Chinese domination and partly as the march southwards by the Viet people from the Red River Valley, absorbing ethnic groups and territory along the way. Stop to see the Reunification Palace, French colonial Notre Dame cathedral, and the Main Post Office.

Later, enjoy a private walking tour of the thematic streets of Saigon. From birds to bonsai to antiques, there is a street for everything. Browse local markets selling everything from decorative flowers to wartime objects.

Accommodations: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, 2 nights

Embark on a journey back in time to Vietnam in 1930s with Hôtel des Arts boutique lifestyle hotel in Saigon. Combining the classical charm of French Indochina with a sense of timeless chic, the hotel is as much an art museum as it is a 5-star hotel. The Social Club restaurant and rooftop bar on the 23rd floor pays homage to an era of speakeasy gatherings, while Saigon Kitchen offers a stylish and unique design inspired by classic Asian street food markets. The Café des Beaux Arts takes a detour from French elegance on its journey to old world glamour, with a light and airy interior where you can take your afternoon tea to the soft sounds of piano music while enjoying a book from our library.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Park Hyatt Saigon, The Reverie Saigon, Caravelle Hotel, and others
Day 2:

Tunnels of Cu Chi

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Saigon City Hall, Vincom Center towers and colorful street traffic blurred in motion. Saigon downtown with its famous landmarks. Stock image with removed logos.

Journey through the lush countryside northwest of Saigon to Cu Chi, where you will learn about the vast underground network of tunnels (totaling 155 miles!) used during the war. These tunnels, once used by the Viet Cong as shelter to infiltrate the city during the Tet Offensive of 1968, are now maintained as a museum. Afterward, return to Saigon and tour the War Remnants Museum, depicting the Vietnamese perspective of French occupation and the “American War.” This evening, enjoy a food and nightlife tour of Saigon by Vespa. Zip around the city like a local with stops at a rooftop bar, Vietnamese street food stalls, artsy cafes and more.

Accommodations: Hotel Des Arts Saigon, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Explore life on the Mekong Delta

Two wooden boats with eyes and anchor painting decoration on the prow.Anchored in the muddy waters of the Mekong Delta near the town on Can Tho, Vietnam.

Dive into the realm of the mighty Mekong Delta. The longest river in Southeast Asia, the Mekong comes alive in this region, where fish farms, riverside homes, and villages abound. Explore some of the Delta’s islands by boat, learn about life on the river, and meander through a local market.

Accommodations: Victoria Can Tho Resort

The Victoria Can Tho Resort is a luxurious retreat nestled in the heart of the Mekong Delta region in Vietnam. Surrounded by lush greenery and the tranquil waters of the Hau River, the resort offers a serene and enchanting escape from the bustling world. The architecture reflects a blend of traditional Vietnamese design and colonial elegance, creating a unique and charming atmosphere. Guests can unwind in spacious and beautifully appointed rooms and suites that offer stunning views of the river or the lush gardens. The resort boasts a range of amenities, including a rejuvenating spa that offers indulgent treatments inspired by local traditions, a fitness center, and a pool where guests can relax while gazing at the picturesque surroundings. Culinary delights await at the resort's restaurants, where both Vietnamese and international cuisines are expertly prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Guests can savor their meals while enjoying breathtaking river views.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Azerai Can Tho, Can Tho Ecolodge, and others
Day 4:

Can Tho to Hoi An

Japanese Covered Bridge, aka Lai Vien Kieu, in hoi an, vietnam

Explore the Can Tho floating market early this morning by boat. Here, larger boats anchor in the middle of the river and display their wares, while smaller vessels “shop” from boat to boat. Vegetables and fruit make up the majority of transactions, and the most active hours are the early morning ones. After shopping and exploring, take the scenic drive back to Saigon and fly to the central coast city of Danang.

Enjoy a private walking tour in the nearby town of Hoi An, famous for its classic immigrant architecture and thriving artist colony. Today a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Hoi An is filled with small streets, shops, markets and cafes. Explore the local market, Tan Ky House, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year old Japanese covered bridge. Here you can also see local residents raising silkworms to produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. Local tailors abound, and you can have clothes tailor-made during your stay here.

Accommodations: Allegro Hoi An, 2 nights

Situated in the heart of town, Allegro Hoi An exemplifies the heart of Hoianese people: hospitable, honest, and welcoming. They love to share the hidden beauty of this ancient town while providing you with upscale comforts and the ideal ambience to unwind and absorb Hoi An’s peaceful pace of life.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Anantara Hoi An, Intercontinental Danang, TIA Wellness Resort, The Nam Hai, Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery, and others
Day 5:

Free day to explore Hoi An

Gorgeous view of cozy street decorated with colorful silk lanterns at sunrise. Scenic traditional old yellow houses of Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam. Hoian is a popular tourist destination of Asia.

Spend the day in lovely Hoi An exploring on your own. You may choose to take a bike ride through the countryside, visit the Cham Hindu temple ruins at My Son, participate in a cooking class, or relax with some beach or spa time.

Accommodations: Allegro Hoi An, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Journey along the coast Hue

Detail Of Ceramic Mosaic Dragon Of A Palace In Hue Imperial Citadel. Hue Imperial Citadel, A UNESCO Cultural Heritage Is A Major Tourist Destination In Vietnam.

Travel along Vietnam’s scenic coast to Hue, following precipitous Highway 1 through the Hai Van “Sea of Clouds” Pass. The journey officially takes you from south to north Vietnam. On your way out of Danang, stop for a brief visit at the lovely Cham Museum, displaying sculptures and stone carvings from the temple ruins left by the now extinct civilization that once dominated this region.

Accommodations: Azerai La Residence, 2 nights

Set on a two and a half-hectare site with 200 m of frontage on the fabled Perfume River, Azerai La Residence, Hue, has 122 rooms & suites. The colonial mansion at the heart of the resort was built in the 1930s. Its two complementary wings surround an expansive tropical garden and salt-water swimming pool.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Pilgrimage Village, and others
Day 7:

Cruise the Perfume River

Exposure shot with Canon 5D Mark III, and low ISO, lightly processing for taking advantage of the lovely view and light.

Explore the bustling ancient city of Hue. Enjoy a full day of touring in the picturesque former Imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty featuring the Citadel, part fortress and part palace. At the center stands Vietnam’s “Forbidden City,” which was reserved for royalty. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, a center of Buddhist activism, followed by a visit to the tomb complex of Emperor Minh Mang.

Accommodations: Azerai La Residence, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8:

Hue's Imperial Tombs

Hue citadel entrance sunset in Vietnam

Venture out into Hue’s surrounding countryside to visit the colorful tombs of the Tu Duc and Khai Dinh emperors. Late this afternoon you fly onward to Hanoi.

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium, 3 nights

The La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel in Hanoi is a true gem nestled in the heart of the city. This boutique hotel exudes elegance and sophistication, offering a luxurious retreat for travelers seeking a perfect blend of modern comfort and traditional charm. With its prime location, guests can easily explore the vibrant Old Quarter and immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of Hanoi. The hotel's rooms are tastefully designed, providing a tranquil oasis after a day of exploration. Moreover, the warm and attentive staff ensure a personalized experience, making guests feel right at home. Whether indulging in exquisite Vietnamese cuisine at the on-site restaurant or relaxing by the rooftop pool overlooking the bustling streets, La Siesta Premium Hang Be Hotel promises an unforgettable stay in this enchanting city.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Capella Hotel Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Silk Path Hotel, and others
Day 9:

Discover Hanoi

Turtle Tower in Hanoi Hoan Kiem foggy lake in Vietnam

Begin your exploration of Vietnam’s capital with a visit to Ba Dinh Square, site of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and his nearby spartan wartime residence. Continue to the unique One Pillar Pagoda, then on to the Confucian academy known as the Temple of Literature, considered Vietnam’s first university. In the afternoon, enjoy optional excursions such as a street food walking tour, a visit to Hanoi’s Fine Art Museum, the Ethnology Museum, or a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet show.

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 10:

Explore Hanoi by vespa

The Saigon to Hanoi Train line in Old Quarter Hanoi

Hop on a Vespa for a unique perspective on Hanoi’s history and culture. Whiz through narrow alleyways and across bridges, with stops in different locations to explore what the capital has to offer. In the afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum to learn about the ethnic minorities that call Vietnam home – pay close attention since you will meet some of these groups in person when you arrive in Sapa tomorrow!

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 11:

Hanoi to Sapa

Rice fields on terraced of Mu Cang Chai, YenBai, Rice fields prepare the harvest at Northwest Vietnam.Vietnam landscapes.

Make the scenic drive to Sapa. Cruise through lush countryside, passing villages and verdant rice paddies along the way. Arrive in Sapa and enjoy an afternoon hike to nearby villages to learn about the different ethnic minorities that make Sapa unique.

Accommodations: Silk Path Grand Sapa

The Silk Path Grand Hotel stands as a luxurious gateway to the ethereal landscapes of the northern highlands. With its modern elegance and captivating design, the hotel offers a refined retreat amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the region. Accommodations at the Silk Path Grand Hotel are tastefully appointed, featuring contemporary comforts while incorporating elements of local culture. Guests can enjoy spacious rooms and suites that provide stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, creating a sense of serenity and wonder. The hotel's spa and wellness facilities provide a sanctuary for relaxation, offering a range of treatments inspired by both Vietnamese and international traditions. Guests can unwind in the sauna, steam room, or Jacuzzi, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage after a day of exploration. Culinary experiences at the hotel are a delight, with the restaurant serving a fusion of international and Vietnamese cuisines. Guests can savor their meals while taking in panoramic views of the lush landscapes through large windows.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: BB Sapa Resort & Spa, Topas Ecolodge, and others
Day 12:

Hill tribes of Sapa

Mhong hill tribe woman on green background

Visit one of Sapa’s colorful local markets early this morning. Afterward, embark on a morning hike through misty hillsides to nearby villages, getting to know the locals and what differentiates one tribe from the other. As the mist lifts, soak in the stunning beauty of Sapa as it is slowly revealed in full. If time and energy permits, continue your exploration of a few more villages in the area before your early afternoon drive back to Hanoi.

Accommodations: La Siesta Premium

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 13:

Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay

Unesco World Heritage Site. Most popular place in Vietnam. this landscape you can seen from the island Titop

Set off for lovely Halong Bay, a scenic drive of about 3 hours, and board your cruise boat. Set sail into the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay, where limestone “karst” formations create an archipelago of over one thousand pinnacle-shaped islands dotting the sea. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and an overnight onboard your ship.

Accommodations: Paradise Elegance Cruise

A sleek, modern vessel that fuses contemporary styling with Vietnamese design concepts, the Paradise Elegance is a meticulously designed steel boat that has reimagined luxury cruising on Halong Bay. Boasting a piano bar, day spa and wellness center, butler service, and the full range of dining options, the Elegance is fully equipped for your Halong Bay adventure.

*Includes: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Orchid Premium Cruise, Violet Cruise Heritage, Emperor Cruises Legacy, and others
Day 14:


sailing at sunrise on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

This morning, enjoy breakfast and continue your exploration of the beautiful scenery of this area on board your cruise boat. Midday, disembark and drive back to Hanoi Airport for your return flight home.

*Includes: Breakfast

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