Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

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VN01: 7 Days Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour with professional guide and driver
Accommodation: Selected 5-star luxury and 4-star comfortable hotels
Highlights:

  • Tour the must-see sights in Vietnam.
  • Enjoy an impressive Water Puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Embark on a luxurious overnight cruise sailing around Ha Long Bay.
  • Cruise around the Cai Rang Floating Market to experience the local market culture.

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi, Airport pick-up
Welcome to beautiful Vietnam. After you get off the plane, go through the customs and retrieve your luggage, you will see your private guide and driver waiting for you at the exit, holding a sign with your name on it. After a warm greeting, you will be driven to the carefully selected hotel. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore the city on your own, or rest at the hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi highlights with the Old Quarter
The whole day will be devoted to visiting the must-see sites in Hanoi. We will start in the city center with the Ba Dinh Square, which is the most important place for Vietnamese people to hold rallies and celebrate festivals. On the west side of the square stands Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex, where the remains of Ho Chi Minh are preserved. Ho Chi Minh, who brought freedom and liberation to Vietnam, is the father of this nation. At the backside of the mausoleum stands the Presidential Palace, a grand three-story yellow villa in French style. It is also known as the Independence Palace or the Reunification Palace, where you can learn about how a regime goes down. Inside the Presidential Palace locates the Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, a simple wooden stilt house where President Ho Chi Minh met visitors, worked and lived. After that, we will visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature nearby. The One Pillar Pagoda, built on one large pillar, is the most distinctive pagoda in Hanoi, looking like a rising lotus from a distance. The Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius and many Confucian sages, is almost a fixture of foreign leaders' visits to Vietnam.

After Lunch, continue to visit the Museum of Ethnology. The rich collections here will give you more information about Vietnam's abundant history, custom, culture and development. Later we will explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi, which is the most popular destination for tourists. The staggered narrow alleys are always full of crowds and motorcycles, bustling and lively. You can take your time here for shopping and gourmet snacks. In the evening, we will head to enjoy a short traditional Water Puppet show and then you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Hanoi
    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum in Hanoi
  • Shop in Old Quarter, Hanoi
    A souvenir shop at Old Quarter Hanoi
Day 3: Drive to Halong Bay via highway, Halong Bay Cruise
When you plan this trip, you must have learned something about Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Today, we will go to see this beautiful place with our own eyes. In the morning, you need to pack your luggage and check out of the hotel with the help of your guide. Then we will drive there, which takes around 3 hours. Upon arrival, board the Signature Cruise and then your exciting cruise journey begins. Lunch is arranged at 13:00 in the dining room. Before that, you will receive a brief introduction about the boat facilities, safety instructions and itinerary arrangements.

In the afternoon, a shore excursion to Cua Van Fishing Village will be arranged and there are some optional activities, such as going kayaking or taking a small bamboo boat to visit the village. Then return to the cruise ship and have a short rest freely. Later, you may join in the cooking class which is held on board and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese food. That would be interesting to try something different. The buffet dinner is arranged at around 19:30. After that, you may enjoy your own time to relax or attend some on board activities. Afterwards, you will stay overnight on the cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Halong Bay Cruise
    Cruise through the tourist cave in Vietnam
Day 4: Continue the Halong Bay Cruise, Fly 2h to Ho Chi Minh City
The Tai Chi class will be held on the sundeck this morning. If you wake up early, you are welcomed to take part in and do some morning exercises. Then you could enjoy morning tea or coffee. At about 07:45, the ship will stop at a nearby island and you will be invited to have a walking excursion here. You may either enjoy the beach or swim as you like. After that, return to the ship and have a big brunch while the ship sails back to Halong pier. You will arrive at about 11:00 and your guide will pick you up and then transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city, which used to be called Saigon. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Brunch

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City tour with the War Remnants Museum
Today we will have a full day trip to explore the prosperous Ho Chi Minh City, which is considered the largest city in Vietnam. Firstly, we will head to visit Thien Hau Temple, which was built in the 19th century by Vietnamese Chinese to enshrine and worship Mazu, the goddess of the sea. Next we will go to the famous Binh Tay Market, a big local market, which is always busy and lively. You will get a real experience of the local life when shuttling between stalls that sell various goods like flowers, fresh fruit, food, clothes and daily supplies. Take your time to search for something you like and have lunch at a local restaurant. 

In the afternoon, we will come to the War Remnants Museum, which mainly introduces the history of Vietnam War. The exhibition are divided into indoor and outdoor two parts. The indoor part mainly shows the pictures, maps and texts related to the war and the outdoor part mainly displays the aircraft, artillery shells and various poison gas bombs used during the Vietnam War. After visiting this museum, you will have a deeper feeling and understanding of how precious peace is. 

After that, we will head to the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Opera House, as well as the Ho Chi Minh City Hall, which are located in the city center and very close to each other. These constructions are all built during the French colonial period, with strong French style. After finishing the visit, you will be transferred back to the hotel to have a good rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Ho Chi Minh City View
    City view of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Vietnam
    The facade of the Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Day 6: Drive to Ben Tre, Cruise trip to Mekong Delta
The floating market at the Mekong Delta must be the highlight of your journey in Ho Chi Minh City. Today, you need to get up early and after breakfast, we will set off to Ben Tre, where your exploration will start with a boat tour. Sailing along the Ham Luong River, you will pass by many local boats which sell fruits, fresh vegetables and some handmade goods. Halfway through, you will have a chance to pay a visit to the local orchards and workshops and afterwards, stop at a village to visit a farmer's house and see how the local people live. Here, you could also take the traditional tricycle or ride a bicycle to further explore the countryside. Today's lunch will be arranged at a nice local restaurant. Afterwards, we will return to the dock by sampan and sail back to Ben Tre. Upon arrival, you will see your driver waiting for you at the pier and then you will be driven to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City, Airport see-off
Time flies and now it's the last day of your Vietnam holiday. Before we set off to the airport, you are free to explore the city for a last minute visiting or shopping. We will meet you at the hotel according to your departure flight schedule and then transfer you to the airport. Wish you a safe journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
HanoiPan Pacific Hanoi
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Halong BayIndochina Cruise
Signature Cruise
Ho Chi Minh CityHotel Nikko Saigon
Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel
Tour Prices

Christmas & 2023 special: Enjoy 12% off if you book before Dec. 25, 2022

Category
Month
Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
May - Sep
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec$1489
$1310
$1309
$1151
May - Sep$1419
$1248
$1239
$1090
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec$1279
$1125
$1099
$967
May - Sep$1219
$1072
$1039
$914
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Vietnam.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Vietnam Visa Fee.
International Flight Information
► From major cities of Australia to Hanoi
From Sydney to Hanoi, you could take Singapore Airlines SQ212 09:05/14:15 (8h10m), stop over in Singapore for 55 minutes, and then change to SQ194 15:10/17:30 (3h20m) to Hanoi. The duration is 12 hours and 25 minutes. If starting from Melbourne, you could take SQ218 00:35/05:15 (7h40m), stay in Singapore for 2 hour and 45 minutes, and then take Scoot Airways TR300 08:00/10:30 (3h30m) to Hanoi. The travel time is 13 hours and 55 minutes.

► Your return trip to Australia 
From Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney, there are direct flights available. You can take Jetstar Airways JQ062 22:35/11:15, and the duration is 8 hours and 40 minutes. Going back to Melbourne, you can take Singapore Airlines SQ185 19:50/22:55 (2h5m), stop over in Singapore for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and then take SQ237 00:25/10:50 (7h25m) to Melbourne. The duration is 11 hours.
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  • Isa Arabella from ItalyPosted on February 15, 2020
    The landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City were spectacular and we had an interesting tour to the Old Quarter in Hanoi. I’m a gourmet. Besides enjoying the beautiful landscape of Vietnam, I enjoyed a lot of authentic Vietnamese food such as Vietnamese Spring Rolls, baguette and drip coffee. I also tasted juicy fruits on the floating market at Mekong Delta. Many thanks to our friendly guide for her recommendation of affordable and authentic Vietnamese restaurants!
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    4/5
  • Zuan Yeo from BritainPosted on January 06, 2020
    The Vietnam tour guides were very enthusiastic and arranged every part perfectly!
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    5/5
  • Michael Kleinberg from FrancePosted on January 02, 2020
    The most satisfying one was that the hotel was located in the center of the old city, just a few steps to stores and restaurants. We had hearty breakfast and tried mellow Drip Coffee. The Old Quarter of Hanoi was quite busy and we bought delicate souvenirs for our friends. The arrangement of a Water Puppet Show in the evening was fantastic.
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    5/5
  • Stanislav Peterka from USAPosted on December 13, 2019
    Quite a leisure trip! We had very substantial experience on the 7-day Vietnam tour! We felt unique customs different from other European and American countries. The Slow pace of life and simple locals gave us an easy feeling.

    Our group members were also friendly and created a joyful and harmonious atmosphere. The tour guides were careful to take care of us. We were pleased with this trip and it was worthy of a highly recommended tour route!
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    5/5
  • Chloe Sainato from MalaysiaPosted on December 01, 2019
    The whole trip was amazing! Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Long Bay are highly recommended!

    I also would like to show my compliments to our consultant for her patient responses and nice suggestions!
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    5/5
  • David Mutsalklisana from FrancePosted on November 09, 2019
    Good arrangements & considerate service attitude! Vietnamese food was special, which was totally different from western meals.
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    4/5
  • Zinc Zhang from AustraliaPosted on October 31, 2019
    Everything of this 7 days Hanoi & Ha Long Bay tour with Ho Chi Minh City was impeccable! The hotel in Hanoi was excellent. Their service level was outstanding and the room condition was pretty good!
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    5/5
  • Lauren Gabriela from CanadaPosted on October 16, 2019
    The itinerary was easy, especially the time we had on Ha Long Bay. There were many optional activities on board, such as taking a small bamboo boat to visit the village, learning how to cook traditional Vietnamese food…it was a quite leisurely time!
    During the 7-day Vietnam tour, all of the guides did a good job, especially the guide in Hanoi ran out of her way to introduce the local customs and matters needing attention. I was very grateful for their painstaking effort!
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    5/5
  • Roger Karmali from CanadaPosted on September 30, 2019
    Agate Travel has been recommended to me many times by my colleague. It happened that my parents and I planned to travel to Southeast Asia, so this 7-day Vietnam tour was contributed to. The guide was nice and always smiled at us. She was easy to get along with. The group members were helpful to take care of my parents, and the atmosphere was warm and harmonious. We had a great time chatting along the way. My parents and I were super happy with this journey. Thank you for the patient escort and nice assistance.
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    5/5
  • Charlotte Vroom from the UKPosted on September 16, 2019
    This 7 days Hanoi tour in Vietnam was my parents’ first trip abroad. Your company arranged the itinerary very well. The schedule was full but not tiring! The beds in hotels were quite soft and comfortable. My parents were very satisfied with everything! They would like to give a five-star rating!
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    5/5
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