Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh
Your private tour of Southern Vietnam starts on arrival at Tan San Nhat (Saigon) Airport where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour – Cu Chi tunnel
Your vacation begins with breakfast in your hotel, followed by a guided tour of some of the most important attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, beginning with the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the Southern Vietnam President until the end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. You’ll also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the best examples of Taoist temples in Vietnam. After your own lunch you’ll be driven to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodations and schools, and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong during the American War. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta
It will take two hours to reach Ben Tre, the homeland of the coconut plantations. On arrival in Hung Vuong pier we board a boat for a journey along the Ben Tre river—one of tributaries of the Mekong river—to enjoy the peaceful environment along with a treat of fresh coconut juice on board. We will stop at a local brickwork shop to see how to they make bricks in the traditional style by printing and baking. Then we will visit a local house to see all they can do with coconuts; using its fiber, hard shell, water and coconut meat. Enjoy the sweet coconut products with tea before leaving. We will stop at the mat-weaving village and enjoy some delicious seasonal fruits. Then we take a motor rickshaw and ride along shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plantations get a taste of country life and learn about the culture from the local people. You will have a special lunch at a local restaurant with specialties from the Mekong delta area. Then we take a rowboat along the water palm creek before going back to the Hung Vuong pier and return to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Dalat
Your vacation continues after breakfast with a journey northward, passing through the tea and coffee plantations to the hill station of Dalat, sometimes known as the “City of Eternal Springs”. The journey takes about a six-hour drive, but the memorable views are worth it. On arrival you’ll enjoy the cool climate and spend your time wandering around and exploring the town. The influence of the French is still prevalent since Dalat was founded as a hill retreat for the colonials to escape the oppressive heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta. This charming and romantic town is set around a lake and surrounded by forests, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Dalat is the number one honeymoon destination for Vietnamese newlyweds. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 5: Dalat – Nha Trang
After breakfast, you will take a short drive past the charming pine hills to visit the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. You’ll follow this with a trip to the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and the Hang Nga Guesthouse, well-known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture.
The central market and the old railway station are also on the itinerary this morning before we travel by road through the undulating terrains to the picturesque coastal town of Nha Trang. Along the way, you’ll stop at the scenic Ngoan Muc Pass and the Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers. These amazing structures represent the heritage and culture of the Cham people. You should arrive in Nha Trang at about 6 p.m. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 6: Nha Trang
You should likely wake up to a beautiful sunny morning in romantic Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, the turquoise water surrounding a string of islands and the white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang Vietnam’s premier beach resort. You’ll board a boat for a day trip around the coastal islands, stopping on at a local fishing village to observe the island life. You’ll also go to Mun Island where you can go snorkeling and experience some of the spectacular corals. You’ll also have lots of free time on the blue clear water to enjoy swimming and snorkeling or lazing on the beach at your leisure. A delicious seafood lunch is included. Arrive back in town in the late afternoon and visit the Long Son Pagoda and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which overlook the colorful fishing port. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 7: Nha Trang Departure
Depending on your flight time you’ll have some free time to relax in Nha Trang before a transfer to the airport for your departure. The trip ends after your transfer to Cam Ranh Airport (Nha Trang).