From Ancient Capitals To The Heart Of Vietnam - 11 Days

Enjoy a free at leisure on one of the world's best beaches in Danang before taking an adventure from Vietnam's ancient capitals: Hue & Hoa Lu to the current heart of Vietnam - Hanoi. The tour also includes a stay in Quang Binh, home of "Kong: Skull Island", where you will explore Phong Nha & Paradise Caves...

From Ancient Capitals To The Heart Of Vietnam - 11 Days - Vietnam Tours

Start city: Danang (Vietnam)

Finish city: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Duration: 11 Days & 10 Nights

Departure: Adventure Tour. Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Danang - Hoian - Hue- Quang Binh - Ninh Binh - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

- Extendable with optional tours from Danang (Vietnam) and from Hanoi (Vietnam)

We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

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Tour Highlights
  • Learn about Nguyen's Dynasty on the trip to Hue
  • Explore Phong Nha & Paradise Caves
  • Take biking & rafting trip in Quang Binh
  • Enjoy a free day for relaxing on Quang Binh Beach
  • Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
  • Boat trip visiting Tam Coc in Ninh Binh
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay.

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PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
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Day 1: Danang Arrival.
Xin Chao! Welcome to Danang, a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port.
After clearing your immigrations and picking-up your luggage, meet your driver and guide who greet you outside the arrival hall. Now you have a car transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is your own leisure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Danang.

Day 2: Danang – Hue – City Tour.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning you leave Danang for Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. A short drive takes you to the Marble Mountains. A cluster of five hills named after the elements metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The place is a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples. All are waiting to be discovered...
Following up is Cham Museum, the largest collection of Cham sculpture and artwork in the world. Pass over the epic Hai Van pass (Pass of the Cloud), the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam, with views of the Lang Co beach on one side and the lush mountainous landscape on the other.
Reach Hue by afternoon, you take the leisurely walking tour through the ancient city visiting Imperial City. You will visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc – a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Day 3: Hue – Phuoc Tich Village.
This morning, you start the tour with the scooter to Phuoc Tich Village (Optional: If you cannot drive a scooter, a car with driver will be arranged to escort you). It will take one hour for us to get to the village. Upon arrival, drive around the village to visit the ancient houses, traditional handcrafts such as rice flour making, hand-made pottery (nowadays, the production has not been as frequent as before and guide will help you learn more about its history). Take a break and walk around the village to view the charming scenery, communal houses, river wharfs, and Cham culture vestiges that remain. Meet and talk with locals. By strolling along O Lau River, the village facilitator and your guide will help you know more about the village as well as O Lau River’s geographic location that is one of the three largest rivers in Hue leading to Tam Giang Lagoon, which is the biggest one in the Southeast Asia region.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.

Day 4: Hue Quang Binh.
After breakfast, we will leave Hue for Quang Binh. On the way, you will have the chance to visit DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) including: Vinh Moc Tunnels, Ben Hai River, Quang Tri Citadel, Khe Sanh, …
Arrive in your hotel in Quang Binh late afternoon and get refreshment.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Quang Binh.

Day 5: Quang Binh – Phong Nha & Paradise Cave (Join-in).
8:30 AM, your guide and drive will pick you up to Phong Nha National Park for exploring before getting to Paradise Cave. Discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association in 2005, Paradise cave is the longest dry cave in Asia with 31.4km length.
Afternoon, drive back to Phong Nha town to take a boat trip on Son River to Phong Nha Cave. After 25 minutes on boat you will reach the Cave. The cave is famous for its rock formations which have been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”….
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Quang Binh.

Day 6: Quang Binh – Countryside with bike & raft (Join-in).
8.30 AM, your tour guide will pick you up for a biking trip around the country side. You will have chance to learn about local life and understand more about local people and culture. Have lunch with a local family.
After lunch, do rafting along the canal and come back to your hotel by bike between 16:00 – 16:30.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Quang Binh.

Day 7: Quang Binh – Overnight train to Hanoi.
Today you will have a free day on your own way for exploring Quang Binh city or relaxing on the beach.
In the afternoon, you have the car transfer to train station and get the overnight ride to Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 8: Hanoi Arrival – Explore Hanoi Old Quarter.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you are greeted by our local tour guide. Now you have refreshment time at the day-used hotel, enjoy breakfast and start a full day to explore the most highlights of our capital. The tour takes you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature.
In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. At the end of the afternoon, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 9: Ninh Binh (Tam Coc & Hoa Lu) – Hanoi.
After breakfast at hotel, you take 2.5 hour pleasant drive to Tam Coc. The place is known as Halong Bay on land, it will offer you the excellent opportunities to observe rural Vietnam up-close. Along the way, break your trip to take photographs of local villages and the surrounding landscape. On arrival in Tam Coc Town, board your private sampan boat for the ninety minute cruise along the Ngo Dong River. Pass through the three caves named Hang Ca, Hang Giua and Hang Cuoi that made Vietnam famous in the French film 'Indochine'. On the way, you also visit Bich Dong Pagoda. Set in tranquility and among pink lotuses, the temple offers the spectacular views of the surrounding area. Back to Tam Coc where you will enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.
You then transfer to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam, to visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009) who played a vital role in gaining the country’s independence after it was ruled by the Northern Force for a thousand years. Late in the afternoon, we take the drive back to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay.
Have breakfast at your hotel before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: On Cruise.

Day 11:  Halong Bay – Hanoi Departure.
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we navigate back to Halong City. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier. Your driver will meet you at the dock and offer you the car transfer to Noi Bai International Airport.
Get ready for your departure flight. Thanks for traveling with us.
Meals: Breakfast, Brunch.
Accommodation: N/A.


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1. Are tour dates of "From Ancient Capitals to the Heart of Vietnam" flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler’s interest & budget.

4. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

5. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

6. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. However, in some remote or mountainous regions, we only can book you into some basic hotels/ lodges/ homestay but we will choose the most comfortable standard accommodations and clean for your stay. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don’t forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

7. What are the guides like?

All of our tour guides are professional, helpful and friendly! They are fluent in English (or French, Spanish etc.). They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our guides treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.

8. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

9. How difficult and flexible are trip activities?

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy this adventure tour. We are flexible, we’ll adjust distances and levels of difficulty up or down according to your abilities and desires.

10. Are the hiking and biking distances the same on family trips?

To accommodate our youngest guests, family hikes and bike rides are typically shorter and easier. Our tour guides are happy to keep children entertained while adults/ teens opt for a challenging hike, bike ride, etc. – distances and levels of difficulty for adults and teens are easy to adjust.

11. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

12. Is this adventure a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. Many of our guests travel solo. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, and transportations because no-one shares cost with.

13. What vaccinations are recommended for this adventure?

It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.

14. What should I pack for this adventure?

We always recommend packing as light as possible. The basics are lightweight clothing that can be layered, long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting), socks – wool socks are best for hiking, comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket or umbrella, hat or sun visor, sunglasses, diarrhea/laxative medicines. Just pack smart! Ask your travel consultant for more information regarding what to pack because it depends on your traveling time.

15. What's the climate like?

Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region and seasons, so please check with our travel consultants for more information.

16. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately to ensure the best interests of the group.

17. What is tipping information?

If you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for tour guides, drivers - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.

18. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide’s welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

19. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

20. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

21. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

22. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

23. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

24. What happens if I fall ill or injure myself?

Most travelling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller's tummy. Our tour guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, we will seek local medical assistance. We suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.

25. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

26. How to change or cancel my reservation?

You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link:


Above Price Included
  • Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Group tour in Quang Binh – Phong Nha
  • Overnight train: Quang Binh – Hanoi
  • Two day/ one night Halong Bay cruise package
  • Services of private drivers and an air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English/ French speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Above Price Excluded
  • International flights into and out Vietnam
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa fee.

Did you know? All of our Vietnam Tours are private and depart daily. Vietnam Tours can organize any additional accommodation.
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