Vietnam Sonata 14 Days

The “Vietnam Sonata 14 Days” tour offers an immersive experience into the rich tapestry of Vietnamese culture, history, and landscapes. Starting in the bustling capital of Hanoi, you’ll journey through iconic sites on the back of a motorbike, exploring age-old temples, serene pagodas, and the vibrant life of the Old Quarter. The adventure continues with a scenic drive to Ninh Binh, followed by a majestic cruise through Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay aboard the luxurious Orchid Trendy Cruise, where you’ll explore caves and enjoy serene bays.

Next, the tour takes you to the historical depths of Hue, where royal tombs and ancient architecture tell the stories of emperors past. A transition from the historical to the quaint awaits in Hoi An, with its charming streets and diverse architecture reflecting its rich trading history. Adventures in Hoi An include both a cultural immersion with local farmers and fishermen and a cooking class that offers a taste of local flavors.

The journey culminates in the dynamic southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City, where urban exploration meets culinary delights in a scooter tour of the city’s hidden gastronomic gems. The tour rounds off with a heartfelt connection to the Mekong Delta’s vibrant floating markets and an introspective visit to the Cai Rang floating market, ensuring that travelers have a comprehensive and memorable experience of Vietnam’s diverse offerings.


Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (GP)

Upon landing at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our representative. A comfortable vehicle will take you to your hotel in the heart of Hanoi. Depending on your arrival time, you can relax and recuperate from your journey or start to explore the vibrant surroundings. Hanoi, a city where the modern and the historical blend seamlessly, offers you its unique charm right from the start.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour on Motorbike (B, L, G)

The day begins with an exhilarating motorbike tour through the bustling streets of Hanoi, allowing you to feel the pulse of the city up close. Your first stop is the Temple of Literature, an ancient site of learning and a well-preserved example of Vietnamese architecture. Nearby, the Fine Arts Museum offers a glimpse into the country’s artistic heritage with a range of fascinating exhibits. Next, you’ll experience tranquility at Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi, located beside the peaceful West Lake.

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the Old Quarter’s maze of streets and alleys. This ‘Street Life’ experience includes tasting local street food specialties like Pho, Bun Cha, and Banh Cuon.

Next is the Long Bien Bridge. This majestic marvel, with over a century of stories to tell, spans the Red River, creating a whimsical connection between the Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts. Beneath its arches, a secret world awaits—locals have ingeniously transformed the space into a floating community, adding an extra layer of charm to this already fascinating landmark.

The day concludes with a mesmerizing Water Puppetry show, a traditional art form originating from northern Vietnam’s Red River Delta. Optionally, if you prefer not to ride on a motorbike, a private car tour can be arranged to visit these iconic sights in comfort.

Day 3: Day Trip to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc in Ninh Binh (B, L, G)

After breakfast, a scenic drive (2 hours) leads you to Ninh Binh, known as the “Ha Long Bay on Land” for its lush landscape dominated by limestone karsts. You’ll first visit the ancient temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, which offer insight into Vietnam’s imperial history. Then, proceed to Tam Coc for a serene rowboat trip through the caves and limestone cliffs, surrounded by dramatic natural scenery.

The adventure continues with a bike ride to Hang Mua, where you will climb to the summit of Mua Cave for panoramic views over the region’s stunning landscapes. After a full day of historical insights and natural beauty, you’ll return to Hanoi to relax and spend another night.

Each of these days is meticulously planned to offer a balanced mix of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and intimate experiences with Vietnam’s stunning landscapes, setting the tone for an unforgettable journey.

Day 4: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay – Overnight Cruise (B,L,D, G on board)

Your journey continues as you depart from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay after breakfast. The drive to Ha Long Bay is itself an experience, offering rural vistas of rice paddies and traditional villages. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Marina by midday, you’ll be welcomed aboard the luxurious Orchid Trendy Cruise.

After a brief introduction and safety briefing, the cruise sets sail, allowing you to enjoy a sumptuous lunch with views of the limestone karsts jutting out from the emerald waters of the bay.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the expansive Trung Trang Cave located in the Cat Ba National Park, known for its stunning stalactites and stalagmites formed over millennia.

As evening falls, participate in a cooking class, savor a beautiful sunset over the bay, and conclude your day with a gourmet dinner on board. Overnight, anchor in a tranquil spot in Lan Ha Bay for a peaceful sleep on the water.

Prepare for your Ha Long Bay adventure aboard the Orchid Trendy cruise! With a total of 20 stunning cabins meticulously designed to embody contemporary elegance, your comfort and style are ensured throughout your journey.

Indulge in the luxury of your own personal balcony, available in almost every cabin, offering a private outdoor space to soak in the beauty of Halong Bay.

Inside, you’ll find air-conditioned cabins with large windows overlooking the bay, providing breathtaking views from the comfort of your room. Choose between two twin beds or a spacious double queen/king size bed, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.

And when it’s time to dine, tantalize your taste buds with delicious meals based on fresh seafood, expertly prepared and served on board.

Embark on your Ha Long Bay voyage with the Orchid Trendy cruise and experience the perfect blend of comfort, style, and culinary delight amidst the stunning natural beauty of Halong Bay.

Day 5: Lan Ha Bay Exploration – Return to Hanoi (Brunch, G on board)

Wake up early to partake in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck, greeting the day with serene movements in the fresh air, followed by breakfast while cruising.

Mid-morning activities include kayaking around the Ao Ech area, exploring secluded lagoons and water tunnels. After kayaking, return to the cruise for brunch as you sail back to Tuan Chau Marina.

Disembark midday and travel back to Hanoi, where you’ll have the evening free to explore more of the city or relax at your hotel.

Day 6: Hanoi to Hue – Exploring Imperial Citadel (B, DP in Hanoi, L, D, G in Hue)

After some leisure time in Hanoi in the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hue.

Upon arrival in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, you’ll check into your hotel before venturing out to explore the magnificent Hue Imperial Citadel. This vast complex houses the former imperial residences and the ruins of the Forbidden Purple City, once reserved for the emperor and his family.

Later, stroll around the vibrant Dong Ba Market to see the local life and try some regional delicacies. Dinner will be at one of Hue’s renowned garden houses, offering a taste of royal Vietnamese cuisine in a traditional setting. Overnight in Hue.

Day 7: Royal Tombs and Perfume River (B, L, G)

Start your day with a boat trip on the serene Perfume River, heading to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601.

Continue by road to visit the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, known for its majestic architecture and harmonious landscape design.

After lunch, explore the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh, where Vietnamese and Western design elements are uniquely combined.

The afternoon will be spent visiting another of Hue’s famous garden houses, reflecting the unique fusion of nature and architecture typical of the region.

Return to your hotel to relax and spend another night in Hue, soaking in the atmosphere of this historic city.

Day 8: Hue to Hoi An via Danang (B, L, G)

Your day begins with a scenic drive from Hue to Hoi An, passing through the stunning Hai Van Pass where you’ll stop to enjoy breathtaking views over the coastline and the South China Sea. Descending the pass, you’ll enter Danang, a dynamic city known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port.

Visit the Cham Museum in Danang to discover the rich heritage of the ancient Champa kingdom through an extensive collection of artifacts. After exploring Danang, continue to Hoi An.

After lunch, embark on a guided tour of Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its well-preserved architecture, reflective of the town’s history as a Southeast Asian trading port.

The evening is free for you to enjoy Hoi An’s charming nightlife and perhaps visit its bustling night market. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An – From Farmer to Fisherman Tour (B, L, G)

Start your day with a bike ride through the countryside around Hoi An, passing lush rice paddies and traditional farms, observing local life in the rural settings. Transition from land to water as you board a boat to explore the waterways leading to the Cua Dai Sea.

Participate in local fishing activities, learning to use traditional fishing techniques and navigating a basket boat through the coconut palm flanked waterways. Enjoy a seafood lunch freshly caught and prepared by the local fishermen.

The afternoon offers free time to relax or further explore Hoi An.

Optionally, engage in a private cooking class at a local restaurant where you’ll visit the vibrant market to pick fresh ingredients before learning how to prepare popular Vietnamese dishes. Spend another night in the quaint surroundings of Hoi An.

Day 10: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City – Evening Foodie Adventure (B, DP in Hoi An, GP and Street food in Ho Chi Minh City)

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Hoi An before your transfer to Danang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and settle in.

As dusk falls, embark on an exciting culinary adventure on the back of a scooter. Zip through the bustling streets and alleys of Saigon for an exciting adventure on the back of a scooter, discovering hidden gems and popular local spots.

We’ll start by exploring an evening local market, immersing ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere and sampling local delights. Next, we’ll head to the Ho Thi Ky wholesale flower market, where you’ll have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll and even learn how to make Crispy Banana Crackers.

Then, it’s back on the scooter for a thrilling ride through the bustling alleyways. Along the way, we’ll pass by cloth shops on fashion streets, tempting food vendors offering delicious treats, and catch a glimpse of locals enjoying their evening exercise in the walking park.

Sample iconic dishes like Pho and Banh Mi at a street food stand, and explore diverse culinary and cultural offerings in the Nguyen Thien Thuat area.

End the evening in a local café, enjoying Vietnamese coffee or a cold beer while discussing the day’s adventures. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City/Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L, G)

After a hearty breakfast, delve into the historic marvels of the Cu Chi tunnels with your knowledgeable guide. These intricate underground passages, utilized by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong, offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s wartime history. Explore the labyrinthine network of chambers, rooms, and booby traps, where guerrilla fighters once staged lightning ambushes before vanishing into the shadows.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City for a delicious lunch before embarking on a guided tour of the city’s highlights. Marvel at the colonial architecture of the Reunification Hall and the Old Saigon Post Office. Pause at the City Hall, catching a glimpse of its grand exterior. Finally, immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Jade Emperor Temple, adorned with exquisite effigies and remarkable carvings depicting the descent to Hell.

As the day draws to a close, return to your hotel for some well-deserved refreshment. Spend the night in the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh.

Day 12: Cai Be – Experience Lifestyle with Locals in Mekong Delta/Can Tho (L, G)

Escape the urban hustle and bustle as you journey to Cai Be, a tranquil haven in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival at Cai Be pier, embark on a mesmerizing boat trip to explore the Cai Be floating market, where locals trade goods from their vibrant vessels.

Continue your voyage to Tan Phong Island, where you’ll wander through lush fruit orchards and savor the flavors of seasonal delights. Discover the rich cultural heritage of the Mekong Delta with a traditional folk song performance by local artists.

Next, immerse yourself in a hands-on cooking class at Mekong Ecolodge, where you’ll learn to prepare local delicacies using fresh ingredients. Take a leisurely bike ride through the picturesque countryside, engaging in activities with local villagers such as crafting water hyacinth and making rice paper cakes.

Bid farewell to the tranquil village life as you journey to Can Tho, the bustling capital of the Mekong Delta. Spend the night in this vibrant riverside city.

Day 13: Cai Rang Floating Market/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

Kick off your day with a boat cruise to the bustling Cai Rang floating market, a vibrant spectacle of rural Mekong Delta life. Witness local traders navigating the waterways, showcasing an array of fresh produce and goods.

As you journey back to Ho Chi Minh City, pause at the ancient Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho. Marvel at the architectural fusion of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Angkor styles, and gain insight into Vietnamese art and Buddhist beliefs.

Have free time to enjoy your final night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 14: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City (B, DP)

Enjoy a leisurely morning with some last-minute shopping or café-hopping in Ho Chi Minh City’s vibrant districts. Depending on your flight schedule, you might have time to visit additional sites or simply relax at your hotel.

Your private car and driver will arrive at the designated time to take you to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure and plenty of time for check-in and final goodbyes. Reflect on your journey through Vietnam, a country of stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, as you prepare for your onward journey.


B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

G = Guide

GP = Guide pick-up

DP = Driver pick-up


The prices for this private tour are per person in US dollars:

These prices are valid until March 31, 2025.

Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group 2 3 – 4 5 – 8 9 – 12 Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*


(four stars)

2,346 2,194 1,986 1,919 846

Price is not valid for the Peak season, please contact us again for price checking and availability

Peak season: Dec 20th, 2024- Jan 10, 2025, and TET (Jan 26 – Feb 10, 2025)

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.


  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme. All Ha Long Bay boats will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • VAT and other taxes


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance
  • Alternatives in blue
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Compulsory meal (if any)

Hotel List

  • Hanoi: MK Premier Boutique Hotel (a Vietnamese style hotel, located in the Hanoi Old quarter – Luxury City View room)
  • Lan Ha Bay: Orchid Trendy Cruise (**** Deluxe quality boat with elegant design – Deluxe Balcony cabin)
  • Hue: Eldora hotel (****Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions, exquisite style, spacious room – Deluxe Premier)
  • Hoi An: La Senta Hoi An (**** nice boutique hotel, well-appointed in Hoi An town – Deluxe Rice Field view)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Eden Star Saigon hotel (city centre location, nice rooftop swimming pool – Premium Deluxe room)
  • Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (**** beside the Mekong river, good garden setting – Superior room)
Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable

Tour FAQ's

1. What is the process for airport pickup upon arrival in Hanoi? Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, a tour representative will meet you directly outside the baggage claim area holding a sign with your name. They will assist you with your luggage and transport you to your hotel in Hanoi.

2. Is the motorbike city tour suitable for everyone? The motorbike city tour is an exciting way to see Hanoi; however, if you are uncomfortable with riding on a motorbike, an alternative car tour can be arranged. Both options provide comprehensive insights into Hanoi’s rich culture and history.

3. Are there any physical requirements for the activities planned? While the tour includes various physical activities such as biking, trekking, and kayaking, they are designed to be manageable for most fitness levels. Detailed descriptions of activity levels are provided, and alternatives can be offered for those who prefer less strenuous options.

4. What type of accommodations can I expect during the tour? Accommodations range from comfortable city hotels to charming boutique properties and luxurious cruises. All accommodations are selected to provide a comfortable and authentic experience reflective of the local area.

5. How should I dress for the cruise in Ha Long Bay and other activities? Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable for most days, but be sure to bring swimwear for activities like kayaking in Ha Long Bay and warmer layers for cooler evenings, especially in the northern regions or during the winter months.

6. What are the meal arrangements? Most meals are included as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Meals are designed to showcase the diverse and flavorful cuisine of Vietnam. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

7. What are the visa requirements for Vietnam? Most travelers will require a visa to enter Vietnam. This can be arranged prior to travel or, in many cases, a visa on arrival can be organized with prior approval. Our company offers a complimentary visa approval letter service; however, the visa stamping fee at the airport is not included.

8. Is travel insurance required for this tour? While travel insurance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to protect against unforeseen circumstances. Insurance should cover medical emergencies, travel disruptions, and loss of belongings.

9. Can I extend my stay in Vietnam after the tour ends? Absolutely! We are happy to assist with extensions or additional arrangements. Whether you’d like to explore more of Vietnam or relax at a beach resort, our team can help tailor your continued stay.

10. What should I do if I have an emergency during the tour? You will be provided with contact details for your tour guide and our local office, which you can reach 24/7 in case of an emergency. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep a list of local emergency numbers and the address of your country’s embassy within reach.

These FAQs are designed to address common questions and concerns, ensuring you are well-prepared for a fantastic travel experience across Vietnam.

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