Enchanting Vietnam (IAE)

11 Day Package from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and culinary delights make Vietnam a country that is not to be missed! Let us show you on this 11-day vacation. Monograms makes it easy for you to venture through Vietnam, because we have taken care of your hotel accommodations, transportation, private guided sightseeing, and daily breakfast. You’ll also have access to a Local Host®, who can provide suggestions about what to see and do during your stay.

Your vacation in Vietnam begins when you arrive in Hanoi. Monograms can pick you up at the airport and get you to your hotel effortlessly. Your Local Host will greet you and help familiarize you with the culture and traditions of the city. The next morning, indulge in an included breakfast before heading off on a private guided tour of the city, where you’ll wander the ancient streets of the Old Quarter, visit the Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace, and Hanoi’s first university, the Temple of Literature.

The next day, take a private transfer through the countryside to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site that is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands. Upon your arrival, you will board an overnight cruise that will take you to explore the beaches, caves, and floating villages scattered throughout the bay. You may also choose to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration while on board. You will disembark the following day to catch a quick flight from Hanoi to Danang, near Hoi An.

You’ll have two days to explore Hoi An. The first day, enjoy a private guided tour of the Central Market, where you can buy local goods, from fresh fish and spices to silk; the Hoi An Museum; and a Chinese assembly hall. On your second day, you’ll take a cruise on the Thu Bon River and take a fishing lesson from local fisherman. You will also meet a local farmer to learn about his daily life. On both days, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore further or relax at the beach!

Then, you’ll visit the Cham Museum before driving north over Hai Van Pass, considered one of the most scenic spots in Vietnam. You will spend the duration of your day in Hue, where you will visit the Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda. You’ll also get to visit the Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors, and the Royal Tomb of Tu Duc.

Finally, you will spend two days in Ho Chi Minh City. Take a private guided walking tour along Dong Khoi Street, where you will see some of the city’s historic landmarks, including Ho Chi Minh Square and the Municipal Theatre. Visit the moving War Remnants Museum and the city’s oldest and largest market, Ben Thanh Market. On your second day, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, more than 120 miles of underground tunnels, formerly used as a hideout for the Viet Cong. There’s plenty of free time in the afternoons to do as you please. You may like to shop for souvenirs or sample pho (noodle soup) or che (local dessert) at one of the many open-air restaurants. Your Local Host can make suggestions and help you make the most of your stay.

Make your vacation to Vietnam one to enjoy, not stress about! We handle the hotels, transportation, private guided sightseeing, and activities for you, so that your only worry is which local specialty to try next!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Hanoi. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Hanoi and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Hanoi insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

Hung

Hung graduated from Hanoi National University in 1998 after studying English. He started his career in tourism shortly thereafter and has over a decade of experience leading tours through Vietnam. He possesses comprehensive knowledge of Vietnam, with interests extending to politics, history, and cultural traditions. His interest in photography and local landscapes makes him the perfect guide for snapping the ideal shot.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

At Monograms, we know exploring Vietnam on different modes of transportation makes for a more memorable experience, so we include an overnight cruise on stunning Ha Long Bay. You won’t even have to leave your cabin—we bring the sightseeing to you!

Local Host

DAY
1
ARRIVE HANOI, VIETNAM

8-Dec-2019

Welcome to Vietnam! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
2
HANOI

9-Dec-2019

This morning, enjoy a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of the city. First, explore the ancient streets of the fascinating OLD QUARTER by electric car. Here, peddlers trade as they have for centuries. Then, visit the MAUSOLEUM and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: ONE PILLAR PAGODA and the PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. Also, visit the ancient TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, more than 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university. (B,L)

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DAY
3
HANOI–HA LONG BAY CRUISE

10-Dec-2019

A private transfer takes you from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Upon arrival, board an OVERNIGHT CRUISE that takes you to explore the tunnels, caves, pristine beaches, and floating villages that are sprinkled across the bay. While on board, enjoy a TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE COOKING DEMONSTRATION with the ship’s chef. You may also choose to relax with a spa treatment. (B,L,D)

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DAY
4
HA LONG BAY CRUISE–HANOI–DANANG–HOI AN

11-Dec-2019

Early birds can participate in a TAI CHI DEMONSTRATION on the Sun Deck at the break of dawn. Disembark later this morning for a private transfer to Hanoi to catch a flight to Danang. A short transfer will bring you to your hotel in Hoi An. (B)

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DAY
5
HOI AN

12-Dec-2019

Explore Hoi An on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start with a visit to the CENTRAL MARKET, where locals sell a vast array of items ranging from fresh fish and spices to silk and local handicrafts. Then, join a WALKING TOUR of Hoi An, visiting an old MERCHANT HOUSE, the HOI AN MUSEUM, a CHINESE ASSEMBLY HALL, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Afterward, you will have free time to enjoy this quaint town on your own or to relax at your resort. (B,L)

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DAY
6
HOI AN

13-Dec-2019

Continue exploring Hoi An on a fascinating PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION. Start with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River. Along the way, meet a local fisherman who will teach you about their fishing methods and give you a FISHING LESSON. Learn how to throw and retrieve a traditional round fishing net called a ro. You will also meet a LOCAL FARMER to learn more about his daily life. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)

Excursions Available:

My Son Half Day Tour

Price: Starting From: $104/party

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My Son Half Day Tour

My Son Hindu Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. It was an independent state from around the 2nd to the 17th century, at which time it was occupied by Vietnam. Wander around the impressive Hindu-themed ruins which feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings.

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DAY
7
HOI AN–DANANG–HUE

14-Dec-2019

. Join your Local Guide for a day of PRIVATE GUIDED TOURING. Stop in Danang to visit the CHAM MUSEUM, then head north over spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), considered one of the most scenic in all of Vietnam, before arriving in Hue. One of Vietnam’s former capitals, Hue is a beautiful, welcoming city that remains a cultural and religious center. Upon arrival, visit the IMPERIAL CITADEL and the THIEN MU PAGODA, the unofficial symbol of the city. (B,L)

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DAY
8
HUE–HO CHI MINH CITY

15-Dec-2019

This morning’s PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING provides a unique window into Vietnam and its complex past. Visit the TOMBS of the NGUYEN EMPERORS: KHAI DINH MAUSOLEUM, and the ROYAL TOMB of TU DUC. Later, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many. (B)

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DAY
9
HO CHI MINH CITY

16-Dec-2019

Start your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING with a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks as you stroll through the heart of the city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Square, the Municipal Theatre, Central Post Office, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Next, visit the moving WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, followed by bustling BEN THANH MARKET, the largest and oldest in the city. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this lively city. (B)

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DAY
10
HO CHI MINH CITY

17-Dec-2019

Today, enjoy a half-day PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION to the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles in length that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for time at leisure this afternoon. (B)

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DAY
11
HO CHI MINH CITY

18-Dec-2019

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi

Old Quarter

Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter is famous for its small artisans and merchants including many silk shops. At the beginning of the 20th century, each of the 36 streets that today make up the Old Quarter, had merchants and households that specialized in a particular trade such as silk, cotton, leather, silver etc. These days the street names reflect these specializations although few of them remain exclusively in their original commerce. Local cuisine specialties as well as several clubs and bars can be found here as well as a night market open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening with a variety of clothing, souvenirs and food.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Meaning Lake of the Returned Sword or Lake of the Restored Sword, Hoan Kiem Lake in the historical center of the city, is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere or to take a leisurely stroll. It is one of Hanoi’s major scenic spots and a focal point of public life. There are some good photo opportunities around the shores of the lake.

Water Puppets

Don’t miss a fascinating performance of Hanoi’s renowned Water Puppets, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century.

Ho Chi Minh City

Rooftop Garden bar at the Rex Hotel

Home to the infamous “Five O’clock follies” and a favorite hangout for American officers during the Vietnam War, this rooftop bar still evokes memories of a time long past. The furnishings are a bit kitschy, but that is part of the charm. Stop for a drink or dinner and enjoy the great city views.

Local market in Cholon

Cholon is the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City and gets its name from Cho Lon, which means “big market” in Chinese. This intriguing area is teaming with restaurants, temples, shops, and buzzing markets. The two primary markets are Binh Tay and Ben Thanh. These massive markets offer similar products and are a great place to experience the local culture, browse the many stalls, and sample great authentic local cuisine.

Cyclo ride at night

This city comes alive at night, and a “cyclo” ride is the perfect way to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the city. Sitting in the front of this 3-wheeled bicycle gives you a great view as you slowly meander through the streets. Although a rare occurrence, some “cyclo” riders may try to charge you too much or take you to places you don’t want to go, so make sure to negotiate the price and clearly state your destination before the ride begins.

Dong Khoi Street

Running from the Notre Dame Cathedral to the waterfront, this shopping area is well known for the quality of its goods. Here you can buy custom made silk garments that rival those of Hong Kong for a reasonable price. The workmanship is extraordinary. Among other items for sale are jewelry, handbags, tablecloths, ceramics, and scarves. If shopping isn’t your thing, this is still a great place to take a stroll to explore the city.

Saigon Saigon Bar

This popular rooftop bar, in the iconic Caravelle Hotel, offers sweeping views of Ho Chi Minh City. Stop by for a drink at dusk and enjoy the spectacular view as the sun sets and the city lights up. Live music is featured nightly. You don’t have to dress up, but no shorts please.

Ton That Thiep Street

Ton That Thien Street is a great place to shop for Vietnamese and propaganda posters. You can also find funky lacquer ware and costume jewelry shops.

Take in a Show

Enjoy acrobats, contemporary dancers, jugglers and martial arts experts, with musical accompaniment at a performing arts show. The A O Show (pronounced Ahhh! Ohhh!) has been performing to rapturous acclaim since 2013. Depending on the time of year the troupe may offer performances of My Village or The Mist, which are equally engaging. Each show takes the audience on a journey of Vietnamese life.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).