Vietnam is shaped like the letter S extending from North to South. To discover the quintessence of Vietnam in 8 days starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon, Vietnamdrive presents you with an interesting selected program.
With limited time to travel, you may choose this 8-days-7-nights tour in Vietnam, and you will come to the main cities, including Hanoi, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hoi An, Saigon and Mekong Delta.
With this travel itinerary, you will be able to come to the incredible landscapes, explore indigenous culture, and find tasty local food.
Start from Hanoi and End in Saigon (and vice versa as request)
Vietnamdrive welcomes you to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where you will start your journey in a beautiful country.
Depend on the arrival time, this day can get longer or shorter. The suggestion is to give you more time to rest for a long flight to Hanoi.
Surely, Vietnamdrive will pick you up and transfer from Noi Bai airport to a lovely hotel in Hanoi City Center.
And activities are recommended to do today is walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc SonTemple and The Huc Bridge right here, enjoy a unique performance of Water Puppet for around 30 minutes, take part in a street party at Bui Hien Beer Street in the Old Quarter.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Today you will join a group to explore Halong Bay on a 4 or 5-star cruise, depending on your booking. Of course, you have a private cabin on the beautiful cruise to stay overnight. If you want to book all of a boat, a private cruise, please tell us to range this service for you.
Ha Long is as beautiful as a fairy garden created by rocky islands and an immense sea. The cruise will take you lost in the paradise on earth in a 2 day and 1-night cruise on the bay.
Ha Long Bay is one of the seven natural wonders of the world recognized by UNESCO. With the Ha Long tour, you will admire the magnificent and magical beauty that the creator has bestowed on the bay with hundreds of large and small islands, white sand beaches stretching endlessly.
Located in the northeastern region of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is known as a world natural heritage, a masterpiece of visual art by nature, delicately combining sculpture and painting, between the majestic strong, healthy with poetic charm. These are priceless works of nature’s favor, nothing can compare.
Let’s travel itinerary 2 days 1 night sleeping on the cruise to have interesting experiences and admire the enchanting beauty of this place!
8:00 am: The car will come to pick you up at your hotel in the city center to depart for Ha Long Bay. The car stops to rest in Hai Duong province for about 30 minutes, you are free to have a cup of coffee, shop, and enjoy mung bean cakes that are Hai Duong specialties.
At noon: Arrive at Tuan Chau, Ha Long wharf, check in the boat, and rest.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Have lunch at the restaurant on the cruise. You can enjoy local dishes with strong flavors of the sea. And, we see the majestic natural landscapes of Ha Long Bay from the cruise: Hon Dinh Incense, Fighting Chickens, Rock Dogs.
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm: The boat moves to visit Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves of Ha Long Bay, listen to the guide introduce the history of the cave, admire the beautiful scenery of the most magical and beautiful stalactite system in the bay, take lovely pictures to share with your relatives and friends.
3:45 pm-4:30 pm: We return to the ship to prepare for the journey to experience the beauty of Ha Long Bay by kayak, an exciting experience to spend time on the seawater, or free to relax and enjoy the sea view on the yacht.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: You are free to rest, relax and enjoy the sunset party with wine and fruits, watch the sunset on the sea and capture memorable moments of the bay dusk. The cruise continues moving to Titop sleeping point.
7:00 pm: Have dinner at the restaurant on the cruise. After dinner, you are free to experience interesting activities on the yacht full of fun, such as night squid fishing, listening to music, playing games, dancing… Overnight on the cruise.
7:00 am: You wake up early to breathe fresh air, watch the sunrise on the bay, freely participate in sports activities on the deck to create a refreshing spirit for a new day. Enjoy breakfast at the onboard restaurant.
8:00 am – 9:00 am: The boat moves to the fishing village area, where pearls are grown, the group is free to learn about the cultural process until harvesting and processing pearls, shopping for souvenirs, jewelry made from pearls as gifts. Note for this, a few cruises have different routes, so you can visit a fishing village and see the life of local people (without growing pearls).
9:30 am – 10:00 am: You pack your luggage and check out, join a cooking class (optional) that you can test your cooking skills right at the restaurant on the cruise under the support and guidance of professional chefs, or relax on the deck and save memorable moments in the journey with beautiful photos.
10:45 am- 11:30 am: Have lunch on board while the ship moves to the wharf.
12:00 pm: The boat docks, you get on the bus to depart for Hanoi.
Relax in Hanoi until the driver will pick you up at Noi Bai airport to flight to Da Nang city. The flight time will be confirmed after Vietnamdrive books your air tickets for you.
The representative of Vietnamdrive will welcome you at Danang airport to transfer to Hoi An City which has an ancient town where owns a colorful night.
Take your own time to explore Hoi An at night and have dinner on your own.
Overnight in Hoi An.
When traveling in Hoi An, you have a lot of activities to choose from to discover the beauty of people’s life, culture, history, and architecture here. With limited time, Vietnamdrive will choose typical attractions and featured activities so that you can have valuable moments in this place.
8:00 am, Visit My Son Holy Land.
My Son Sanctuary is located in Duy Phu commune (Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province) about 70 km from Da Nang city and about 45 km from Hoi An to the west. This complex consists of many Champa temples from the 7th to 13th centuries, in a valley about 2 km in diameter, surrounded by hills and mountains.
In 1885, the My Son temple complex was discovered and covered with trees. In 1999, My Son Holy Land was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. This place has also been listed as a national monument of special importance in Vietnam.
Coming to My Son, you will discover the unique way of building ancient temples, and have the opportunity to admire the mysterious beauty of ancient architecture, along with Champa dance.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Return to Hoi An, and stop by a lovely restaurant to enjoy Hoi An-style food.
2:30 pm: You and your guide ride a bicycle on the streets, into the village road, to the peaceful village scene. This way is a nice thing to understand the life and scenery of Hoi An.
Do not forget to take photos at Chua Cau – Japanese Covered Bridge, one of the historical and cultural symbols of the old town. Stop by Tan Ky ancient house to hear about the old life of the first people here and see the old architecture of the unique longhouse in Hoi An.
And relax with a cup of Vietnamese coffee and watch people pass by, life goes by quietly.
Besides, you can choose to make a beautiful suit or dress with a very fast and professional tailoring service in Hoi An. Do not miss it!
In the evening, you are free to relax or go for a walk.
9:00 am, Relaxing in the morning, after checking out of the hotel, put your luggage in the car. At 9:00 am, we will move together to Ba Na Hill to start visiting the famous golden bridge.
Traveling by cable car to the top of Ba Na, from the cable car you will capture the majestic natural beauty. And our straightforward point is the golden bridge.
After taking pictures and walking on the bridge in the air, you can walk through the French village to the top of Chua mountain to send wishes for peace and luck.
Return to the center of Da Nang for lunch (today can be later than usual), watch the Han River flowing through the city, enjoy coffee.
The car will take you to Da Nang international airport to catch a flight to Saigon.
A representative of Vietnamdrive will pick you up at Tan Son Nhat airport and take you to your hotel in the center of Ho Chi Minh City.
Relax and overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
About 100 km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh is an ideal stop for a trip to discover Cao Dai culture, small religion in Vietnam but it has a unique ceremony and beautiful building of the temple. Here is our one-day itinerary.
At 8:00 am: From Saigon depart to Tay Ninh. Although moving a long way, you can know a remote culture at the typical temple with its ceremony.
11 am: Noon is the right time for you to visit Cao Dai with its beautiful architecture. This is also the time of ceremony of Cao Dai followers, so you will be able to witness firsthand the solemn and beautiful ceremonies. A small note to you, when going inside, you must leave your shoes outside, so ask for permission to take a panoramic photo, but you do not take photos of people with the background of the Holy Eye.
12:30 pm: You can have lunch (optional) with specialties of Tay Ninh such as steamed rice paper with boiled meat, and drink coffee to relax. After that, you prepare to return to the Cu Chi area to explore the tunnels.
3:00 pm: you to the Cu Chi tunnels and buy tickets to visit the underground life. The tunnel system includes a clinic, many living rooms, a kitchen, a storage room, an office, an underground tunnel system. Cu Chi Tunnels is about 200 km long and has a ventilation system hidden under the bushes.
During the resistance war, thousands of Cu Chi people lived in this tunnel with quite complicated roads. You will experience life underground and enjoy the local dish of the residents living in the former tunnels.
5:00 pm: Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, have dinner with pancake or Pho Saigon which is the famous local food in this city.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Mekong Delta not only attracts tourists by the river and garden but also by the gentle smiles and hospitality of the local people. Today we take a tour one day to discover Ben Tre – Vietnamese Coconut Land – for a fun trip.
Ben Tre tour takes you to visit the land with the typical landscape of the southern river and garden, with deep green coconut groves, interlaced canals. You are immersed in nature, rich fruit trees and experience the true rustic life of the people of Ben Tre coconut land.
With this tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Ben Tre, you have the opportunity to learn about Dao Dua on Con Phung Island and the traditional occupations of the locals, such as making milk puffs, making coconut candies, crafting handicrafts and souvenirs. The concept with materials from Coconut Trees, enjoy delicious and nutritious dishes from Ben Tre coconuts. The unique culture, the kind, and loving people will leave many good impressions in the hearts of visitors.
8:30 am. The guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in HCMC. Departure to Ben Tre.
Cruise on the Tien River to visit the fishing village along the banks of the Tien River and admire the scenery of four islets: Long – Dragon, Lan – Unicorn, Quy –Turtle, and Phung – Phoenix. We stop at one famous islet Con Phung (Phoenix Islet) to see more about life in this area.
A boat takes you down the Tien River to Ben Tre, cruising in Rach Xep – one of the most beautiful natural coconut water canals in Ben Tre. Visit the Que Dua eco-tourism site, visit lush green orchards and enjoy fruits at local people’s houses, listen to folk songs.
Take a ride by bicycle on the village road to admire the daily life of the people of this land. Stop at Ben Truc tourist spot, enjoy honey tea in the garden, explore Southern canals by rowing boats.
Continue to Con Phung to visit and admire Dao Dua architecture, handicraft production facilities, coconut candy production facilities – famous specialties of Ben Tre, wine-making villages, making rice paper.
At noon, you have lunch with local specialties.
Afternoon: Return to the boat dock. Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda – a typical temple of Tien Giang Province.
Depart for Ho Chi Minh City.
Today, we will take a ride for around 2 hours on cyclo to go through busy streets in district 1 of Saigon. Stop at Ben Thanh Market to walk inside it to see the busy trading life and buy souvenirs.
Continue going to the central post office and Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. After that, stop at a coffee shop to relax and enjoy Saigon coffee.
Come back to your hotel and you relax. On time, our car will come to pick you up at Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your flight.
End the 8-day tour in Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City!
See you again!
You should book this tour as soon as possible, at least 1 month in advance. Why? When booking early, Vietnamdrive can choose your suitable time for flights, and can make sure the nice rooms at hotels and on the cruises. Besides, the professional guide will be available to travel with you.
Yes, of course. The 8-days-7-nights tour is suggested from Hanoi to Saigon, but travel on an opposite route is available. Even Vietnamdrive can customize this itinerary to suit for your own hobby and time. Please tell us when you need!
Vietnamdrive would like you have flexible for lunch and dinner for a few days when you travel on the tour. You may want to taste what you like and the local guide will update and show you the best local food.
Thank you very much, Vietnamdrive! We didn’t have much time to arrange the tour, and Ms. Golda assisted us in planning an exciting 8-day tour in Vietnam. Everything went very smoothly, the guide was very enthusiastic, and the food is tasty. Typically, our driver Mr. Minh in Da Nang is very friendly and knowledgeable. Our trip was very interesting. We are happy to recommend you to friends when they want to visit Vietnam.