Vietnam: See & Do Almost it ALL in 11 Days, First Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided?All tours are almost fully guided.
Are Solo Travelers WelcomedYes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► Cooking Class, Using Centuries-Old Recipes
► Watching One of the Best Sunsets on Earth at Ha Long Bay (April through September only)
► Interacting with Mountain Tribes & Immersing in Their Cultures
► The Inviting Little Streets, Alleyways & Food Stalls Found in the Capital, Hanoi
► Cruises on Tranquil Lakes & Postcard-Perfect Bays
► Majestic Rice Fields
► Kayaking or Bamboo Rafting (choose between the two)
► A Hill Station Resembling a ‘Mini Paris’
► Traditional Markets
► Trekking at Ba Be National Park
► Guided Tours to Caves & Temples
► And Much, Much More...
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
English-Speaking Tour Guide
All Transportation, Except Flights
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Dinner 4 x Night
Lunch 5 x Days
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: Where Your Fantasy Trip Begins
Our tour begins in the city of Da Nang. The highlights for today are Dragon Bridge, which features a rather unique architectural design, and the beach near our hotel. Today is used mostly for getting settled in.
Day 2: Learning Vietnamese Cuisine & the Country’s Prettiest Town
Today we make a day trip from Da Nang to the charming town of Hoi An. En route, we make a stop in an area called Marble Mountains (a.k.a. Ngũ Hành Sơn). This is essentially a cluster of five marble and limestone hills. All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels. Of the five hills, we are taken specifically to Mount Thuy. To reach the top, we take the elevator. Once at the top, we visit a cave and a pagoda.
We arrive in Hoi An mid-afternoon. Lunch is included on today’s tour. After our meal, we are provided with a guided tour of the town. Highlights include the local outdoor market, the traditional homes, the bridge, and the silk shops. After our sightseeing tour, we are taken to a local restaurant. We take a cooking class there. Dinner is included on today’s tour. Once done with our meal, we have a walk around town. It is beautifully illuminated at night. We return to Da Nang in the nighttime.
Day 3: A Resort Built by French Architects & a Bridge Designed Like No Other
Before relocating by flight from Da Nang to the capital that is Hanoi, we visit a hill station and resort called Ba Na Hill Station (a.k.a. Ba Na Hills). It was founded in 1919 by French colonists. It was built as a leisure destination for French tourists. Being located 1500 meters above sea level, it has a view of the East Sea and the surrounding mountains. We reach this hill station and resort by cable car. In operation since March 29, 2013, it holds the world record for the longest nonstop single track cable car, at 5,801 meters (19,032 feet) in length. Highlights of our tour include the internationally acclaimed Golden Bridge, the garden, and the wine cellar. Another detail worth mentioning is that a buffet-style lunch is included on today’s tour.
Day 4: Sightseeing in the Capital
Before relocating by land to the town of Ha Giang, we explore Hanoi. Highlights include the Museum of Vietnamese History, the Opera House, and the Dong Xuan Market. Hanoi is home to little streets and alleyways with food stalls, as well as restaurants squeezed up next to each other. The city vibe is one that visitors can easily feel and appreciate.
Day 5: Scenic Valleys, Winding Roads & a King’s Palace
There is much to see as we relocate today by land from Ha Giang to the village of Dong Van. Firstly, we are taken to Quan Ba Heaven Gate. From there, we hike to the top to see fine views of the surrounding mountains. Next, we are taken to Lung Tam Valley. En route, a stop is made so we can take some nice photos of the surroundings, including the so-called Fairy Mountain. Once in the valley, we enjoy the steep and winding roads amid the beautiful landscape.
Next, we are taken to the town of Yen Minh. There we see how locals do centuries-old weaving and embroidery techniques. Afterward, we eat. Lunch is included on today’s tour. After our meal, we are taken to Sung La Valley, home to fine scenery and local tribes. Just before reaching our final destination, Dong Van, we are taken to a village called Sa Phin. There we meet a local tribe wearing colorful attire, see traditional homes, and visit H'Mong King Palace. After getting settled into our room, we are taken by foot to the town center. There we find traditional homes and meet tribal people. Afterward, we are taken to the town market, where we eat. Dinner is included on today’s tour. After our meal, we are taken by foot back to our hotel.
Day 6: An Authentic Outdoor Market, Tribal People & the North’s Picturesque Landscape
There is much to see as we relocate today by land from Dong Van to Ba Be National Park. If we are there on a Sunday, first we see Dong Van’s outdoor market. Just watching what is going on is an experience in itself, very culturally rich. Once we have left Dong Van, our first destination is a scenic pass called Ma Pí Leng. Next, we are taken to a village called Meo Vac. There we meet a local tribe wearing traditional black attire, see traditional homes, and pass by Nho Que River. Next, we are taken to the small town of Bao Lac. There we can purchase lunch. After our meal, we are taken to our hotel, located in the area of Ba Be National Park. Note that dinner is included on today’s tour, at our hotel specifically.
Day 7: A Lake Cruise, Caves, Temples & Trekking in a National Park
Before relocating back to Hanoi, there is much to see and do at Ba Be National Park. The morning starts with a boat cruise around the lake. Highlights include Puong Cave, meeting tribal people in a village called Cam Ha, An Ma Temple, and hiking to and exploring Hua Ma Cave. The afternoon is all about trekking around the park. Dinner to-go is included on today’s tour and is served right before leaving the park, en route to Hanoi.
Day 8: Kayaking or Bamboo Rafting & One of Southeast Asia’s Greatest Sunset Locations
We go on a day trip today to Ha Long Bay. This is Vietnam’s most popular day trip destination…and for good reason. Ha Long Bay is arguably the country’s most naturally gifted area, along with the rice fields of the North. Highlights today include Surprising Cave, swimming and kayaking or bamboo rafting at Titov Island, and watching the sunset (if visiting between April and September). Note that lunch is included on today’s tour, during the boat ride.
Day 9: Rice Fields, an Idyllic Boat Cruise & the Ancient City
We make another day trip today. Our first destination is the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu. There we are provided with a guided tour of 2 temples. Lunch is included on today’s tour and is served after visiting Hoa Lu. Next, we are driven to a river called Tam Coc. There we go on a boat cruise. The highlights are the surrounding rice fields and 3 caves. Upon returning to the dock, we take a hike to Mua Cave. Its location offers fine views of the surroundings. Lastly, we return to our hotel.
Day 10: Seeing the Best Hanoi Has to Offer
Below is the list of attractions we will try to see today.
1. Presidential Palace
2. One Pillar Pagoda
3. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
4. Ho Tay Lake: Inside the lake, you can see a pagoda called Chua Tran Quoc.
5. Vietnam Military History Museum
6. Lotte Observation Deck
7. Hoan Kiem Lake (a.k.a. Restored Sword Lake)
8. Saint Joseph’s Cathedral
9. Ta Hien Street: This is Hanoi’s most popular street for nightlife and is otherwise home to several food stalls.
Day 11: Our Tour Ends This Morning
Our tour ends this morning. Hanoi is the final destination on our tour of Vietnam. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport.
*Phu Quoc is undoubtedly Vietnam’s most beautiful and tropical island. It is quite mountainous, densely forested, and ringed with some fine beaches. Additionally, it offers arguably the best seafood in the country. If you are interested in our tour to Phu Quoc, ask us for details. Excluding the days of arrival and departure, we recommend 2 full days there.
CharlieTheTraveler is a real lifesaver when it comes to trip planning. It removes a lot of stress prior to travelling. I’ll never forget this trip to Vietnam; all the included activities and tours were wonderful and well-picked. An all-around super fun trip. Thanks Charlie!
I’ve used a few tour agencies for my past trips, but CharlieTheTraveler definitely beats all of them. I enjoyed the variety of food, activities, and guided tours the bundle offered. Lots of beautiful scenic views, which I especially enjoyed. The days are packed so you get the most of out of your money, but you also have a bit of downtime to do your own thing. I think it was a good balance. Overall, I highly recommend.
I really enjoyed my trip and experience using CharlieTheTraveler. Very professional, everything is well planned-out. The highlight of my trip would definitely be the cave tours. If you are a fan of nature, I’d definitely recommend booking this Vietnam trip.
I’m someone that enjoys trips where there’s never a dull moment. If you’re like me, I think you’ll enjoy the trips CharlieTheTraveler offers. I enjoyed every single activity, especially the ones where we got to visit temples. The times specified and itinerary are well-followed, while the trip overall gives a good overview of Vietnam and its treasures. I’ll always remember this trip.
I had never used a company like this before, but a friend of mine recommend CharlieTheTraveler to me. I wasn’t disappointed. Using CharlieTheTraveler saved me a lot of time and stress compared to if I planned everything on my own. I always wanted to visit Vietnam, and thankfully, the tours allowed me to see how beautiful the country truly is. I especially appreciated how varied the activities were. Temples, lakes, villages, caves, excellent food, boat cruises, monuments… CharlieTheTraveler includes it all. I’ll definitely go back to Charlie for other future trips.
I am a fan of culturally enriching trips, and this one definitely did not disappoint me. Vietnam is a beautiful country, and I think CharlieTheTraveler does a good job including all relevant activities to give you a well-rounded trip. Ha Long Bay was my personal highlight, such beautiful scenery. The trip was stress-free, everything went exactly as planned.
I think the best part that this Vietnam trip by CharlieTheTraveler has to offer is a balance of nature sightseeing tours and touristic attractions, like museums. Everything is planned to the very last detail and allows you to travel stress-free. I would go back in a heartbeat. Charlie is very professional and will answer any question you might have.
Planning an entire trip with activities and tours can get very complex. I’ve done it on my own a couple times before, so I figured I could try something different this time. CharlieTheTraveler did not let me down. All the tours and activities were great. The tour guides had excellent knowledge of the area and were very respectful. The days were packed and filled with fun.
CharlieTheTraveler is just what you need for a stress-free, well thought-out trip. All the activities included were super fun, the restaurants that we visited offered delicious food. This Vietnam trip is overall great and will allow you to make memories you’ll never forget.
I’m happy with my experience with CharlieTheTraveler. As a solo traveller, it had everything I was looking for. The activities were great, the food was great, the accommodation was great. Going with this company definitely relieved a lot of stress and saved me so much time.
Vietnam wasn’t on my list of places to go at first. But after looking at the different trips CharlieTheTraveler had to offer, I decided to go with this one because of how filled and fun the itinerary looked like. I’m impressed with how well planned-out everything was. I don’t regret a thing and had a bunch of fun.
The Vietnam trip is perfect if you’re looking for a trip where you get to explore many wonders of nature. You’ll most likely enjoy the views of Ba Be National Park, the Marble Mountains, the Surprising Cave, and much more. CharlieTheTraveler includes great and detailed itineraries that won’t leave you bored for one second.
CharlieTheTraveler is a wonderful travelling company that plans everything you need. The Vietnam tour is great if you’re looking for adventures in nature; hikes in the mountains, boat cruises, exploring caves… I was impressed with the variety of activities that were included, because we also got the chance to visit markets and villages. I’d recommend this company to anyone wanting to save a bit of time and stress when planning a trip!
I’ve been on a lot of trips around the globe, but the Vietnam tour with CharlieTheTraveler was definitely one of my favorite trips so far. They do a good job communicating with you and planning memorable itineraries. I highly recommend!!
Excellent company, excellent tour. The landscapes were beautiful, and the tour guides were very respectful. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, and I doubt I would have been able to plan such a great trip all on my own.
I had a bad experience with a touring company before, so I was hesitant booking with a new one. But I didn’t want to spend the time and stress planning a trip myself, so I went with CharlieTheTraveler instead, after reading reviews about it. Boy, was I impressed! This company does a wonderful job planning out fun-filled days with great tour guides. I didn’t have any issues with the booking process either.
Vietnam is a beautiful country, and CharlieTheTraveler does a good job highlighting what it has to offer. My expectations were exceeded. Price is great for everything you get.
CharlieTheTraveler offers activities and itineraries that I never would have thought of on my own. I enjoyed it all. Prior to the trip, booking and communicating with Charlie was simple and made everything much less stressful. I had a great time in Vietnam. I highly recommend CharlieTheTraveler for stress-free all-included travelling!
I went on this Vietnam trip with my friend. We had such a good time, we’re already considering booking another trip with CharlieTheTraveler in the near future. Our favorite part of the Vietnam trip is how the activities were well-balanced between high intensity nature day trips and relaxing activities such as cooking classes.
CharlieTheTraveler does a good job coming up with itineraries that are well planned out. They make sure to pick good activities, accommodations, and tour guides that know how to make the visitors feel at ease. Loved every bit of that Vietnam tour, especially the hiking parts of it.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers, often with 0 percent interest for the first two years. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Vietnam in 11 Days” tour is available for $1875 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. If you would like typically 4-star lodging included for all nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2375 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. To better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. Specifically in the cities of Hanoi and Da Nang, would you like to keep the 4-star lodging we typically offer or do you prefer upgrading to 5-star hotels?
2. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
3. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start this tour?
5. On a side note, if you want to visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, it would need to be after Ba Be National Park and before returning to Hanoi. The drive from Ba Be National Park to Ban Gioc Waterfall takes about 5.5 hours. You go bamboo rafting close to the waterfall. Afterwards, you are taken to the nearby Tiger Cave (a.k.a. Nguom Ngao Cave). It all sounds great, but note there is a lot of driving involved. The drive from Ban Gioc Waterfall to Hanoi takes around 7 hours. We generally discourage adding this waterfall onto our standard itinerary, but we do allow it. Would you like to add Ban Gioc Waterfall and the nearby Tiger Cave? This increases the tour by 2 days.
6. Lastly, Phu Quoc is quite mountainous, densely forested and ringed with some fine beaches. It otherwise offers arguably the best seafood in the country. If you are interested in our tour to Phu Quoc, ask us for details. Excluding the days of arrival and departure, we recommend 2 full days there. Would you like to add a visit to Vietnam’s most beautiful and tropical island?
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-2: A La Carte Danang Beach.
Night 3: La Siesta Hotel Group
Night 4: Khách sạn Phoenix
Night 5: Da Nho Hote
Night 6: Mr Linh's Homestay
Night 7-10: La Siesta Hotel Group
This tour includes lodging for 1 night. However, upon request, we can book accommodation for you for all nights at establishments which meet your needs. For years, we automatically included 5-star hotels in our travel packages. In the interest of our customers, we ultimately decided to reduce the price of our tours and encourage specifically those with higher expectations to simply request room upgrades. Why? Some of our customers want simple and clean but ultimately cheap rooms. Some of our customers want 4-star hotels and are willing to pay more. Others want nothing short of 5-star extravagance. There isn’t a way to uphold ONE standard for hotels in our travel packages considering everyone has a different budget. What we CAN uphold are the standard and quality of our tours, all of which offer nothing short of a first-class experience. Again, upon request, we can book lodging for all nights on this tour. Let us know and we will provide you with pricing options.
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Although most activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request. Typically, the private activities are on days 6 and 7 as well as sightseeing in the city of Hanoi.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
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