Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

Vietnam Classic - North to South (11 days)

Trails of Indochina - Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam To Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Valid for Departures Now Through: 20 Aug 2018


Day 1
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi - the charming city

Explore the charming city of Hanoi, often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’. With its yellow ochre colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi’s heritage is felt throughout its old-world ambiance.

Visit the final resting place of Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh, set within an imposing monument of marble and granite, built to house the preserved body of the country’s beloved leader, affectionately known to the Vietnamese as “Uncle Ho”. Zigzagging around the city, travel to One Pillar Pagoda, and a Buddhist temple built in 1049 in the shape of a lotus blossom, set on a single stone pillar. Then, to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century. A fascinating stop is made at the Museum of Ethnology, which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups.

Day 2
Hanoi, Vietnam
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36 streets of 36 wares in Hanoi

Walk through the famed Old Quarter, known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. Conclude your time in Hanoi with an entertaining water puppet performance, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form said to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta where villagers entertained themselves by manipulating puppets over the water. The show uses colourful wooden puppets to depict scenes of rural life and episodes of national history set to music.

Day 3
Ha Long, Vietnam
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Halong Bay

Journeying out of the country’s capital to the nearby port of Halong, embark on a scenic voyage through one of the world’s wonders. Mythically formed by a dragon splashing through the sea, Halong Bay’s recognized landscape is emphasized by limestone structures that jaggedly jut from the blue waters.

Day 4
Ha Long, Vietnam
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Exploring an relaxing in Halong Bay

Visit the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, a wide cave with an entrance said to resemble the shape of a frog’s mouth. Within this confined cave, Vietnamese archeologists conducted extensive research, leading to the discovery of human bones and artifacts dating between 10,000 and 8,000BC. Continue to Cua Van area, once a thriving fishing village, though one that is diminishing due to its residents heading to shore in search of education and resources for their children and families. Indulge in morning Tai Chi, a cooking demonstration, drinks on the sun deck and casual conversation with your fellow passengers watching the passing scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Day 5
Hue, Vietnam
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Hue - the old capital of Vietnam

While imperial rule ended more than six decades ago, the central city of Hue still bears the marks of its royal past. From 1802 to 1945 Hue was home to 13 Nguyen emperors, whose palaces and tombs provide fascinating glimpses into the luxurious and secretive world of the royal court. Hop aboard a cyclo for a ride to the Imperial Citadel. The complex’s towering main gate offers intrigue to visitors who enter the walls of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hue’s best-preserved religious monument, Thien Mu Pagoda, a seven-storied tower perched on a hilltop overlooking the Perfume River, is one of Vietnam’s most recognizable icons, built in 1601. Moving to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, the architecture of this royal tomb showcases Eastern art and Western design seen within the tomb’s blackened concrete exterior and colourful mosaic interior. Complete your Hue touring at Tu Duc Royal Tomb, the most impressive of all the royal mausoleums, built by Emperor Tu Duc between 1864 and 1867.

Day 6
Hoi An, Vietnam
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Hoi An - the ancient town

Formerly known as ‘Faifo’ between the 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port, attracting Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish ships filled with goods to sell to the Indochine region. Today, this World Heritage ancient town is recognised for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past.

Hoi An’s narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour of its many atmospheric sights including: the old merchant houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, first built in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with its intricate woodcarvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Day 7
Hoi An, Vietnam
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Free at leisure in Hoi An

Day 8
Hoi An, Vietnam
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Free at leisure in Hoi An

Day 9
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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With over eight million inhabitants and four million motorbikes, Saigon is truly a city that never sleeps. Despite its modernity, Saigon maintains a strong link to the past through its historic landmarks, traditional cuisine and French colonial-inspired architecture. Appreciate the splendidly restored exteriors of the Saigon Opera House and the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick edifice with twin spires constructed from materials imported from France. Adjacent to this recognized monument is Saigon’s Central Post Office, completed in 1891.

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Saigon City tour

Visit the former Presidential Palace, the headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American War. Continue to the elegant City Hall (the former Hotel de Ville), which is one of Saigon’s most stunning colonial monuments especially when floodlit at night. Experience Saigon’s famed street coffee culture while your guide provides insights into daily life in Saigon. Afternoon visit to the War Remnants Museum for a vivid perspective of the American War through the eyes of the Vietnamese. We then drive to Chinatown to visit the beautiful Thien Hau Pagoda, built by the Cantonese community in the early 19th century to honour the Goddess of the Sea. Take time to make a wish, write it on a small card and attach it to one of the incense coils according to local custom. Continue your visit to FITO, the first museum of traditional medicine in Vietnam, offering an insightful look into the history and application of traditional medicine in everyday life before returning to your hotel.

Day 11
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Free time to explore the city or enjoy shopping on your own before you take the departure flight home.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing


Rich in history, riddled with a varied terrain and a coastline spanning roughly 3,300 kilometres, Vietnam embraces its diversity as it thrives into modernity. Bustling cities, a French colonial vibe and numerous national dishes that dazzle the pallet are highlights of all visits to Vietnam.

About Us

Trails of Indochina had its humble beginnings in 1999 as a boutique inbound tour operator. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and now with more than 250 employees throughout the region, Trails of Indochina has grown to be a full-service Destination Management Company and tour operation across Indochina. At Trails of Indochina, our personal relationships can make anything possible. We invite you to experience our part of the world where you will uncover the hidden gems and see a different perspectives of Southeast Asia.

Insider Tip

Trails of Indochina is headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with offices in Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand, ensuring that everything handled on the ground meets each client's expectation.

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By: Andy37

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Overall, our experience was a great one. The drivers, tour guides, etc were all there to pick us up and get us to where we were going and everyone was extremely friendly and outgoing. We did have a minor issue with a few additional charges that we were given and we were not told (at all) that any of them would have been an extra charge. Additionally, our tour guide in Bali seemed to be really pushing us to sign on to additional tours with him on days that we had chosen to be on our own. Our experience on Lombok was top-notch, however in Bali, the tour guides were much more chatty with what seemed their prescribed talk and not so attentive to specific questions that we had. Additionally, when we were picked up for our bike tour, the guide asked to see our itinerary, as he had no idea what we were supposed to be doing. We ended up not doing a number of activities outlined on the itinerary and instead just did what the guide wanted to do. We had a great time, but these were concerns.
Travel Advisor:  Sari Greene

Very informative

By: Jandm42

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2015

They made the arrivals and departures very easy. All guides were personable and very well informed. They added greatly to our travel experience.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Perl

Recent trip

By: Fletch

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Our experience was excellent. The organization proved to be very professional and reliable
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

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By: David Nixon

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

The tour, with a few exceptions, we well organized. We saw most of what there was to see. The hotels and guides were excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard