Luxury Essential Vietnam Tour

Luxury Essential Vietnam Tour

12 Days From



Luxury Essential Vietnam Tour

12 Days

Visiting: Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary, Ho Chi Minh City

Tour operator:

Tweet World Travel

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Group size:

2 - 16

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Luxury, Small Group


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Tour Overview

Explore the very best of Vietnam and its pleasing mix of contrasts on a fantastic journey combining culture, history and natural beauty of Vietnam. From the busy cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to the tranquil countrysides of Hoi An and Hoa Binh, this tour has it all. Discover the unique history and culture of Vietnam, awake your inner chef with an authentic Vietnamese cooking class, and be spoilt on a luxury vessel leisurely cruise on the magnificent waters of Halong Bay.  Visit all the must-see sights at each destination, engage in authentic local interaction, experience bustling street life and watch a traditional Water Puppet show.


  • Stay in the picturesque cities of Hanoi and Hoi An

  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ha Long bay and My Son

  • Stay on a luxury cruise in the magnificent water of Halong Bay

  • Explore Vietnamese history, war, military and art museums

  • Interact with local people and culture

  • Join in a fun traditional Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An

  • Visit the Hill Tribe Village to meet the local people and learn about their culture and customs.

  • Kayaking in the magnificent UNESCO Heritage Site of Halong Bay

  • Soak in the atmosphere of the historic Hanoi Old Quarter as you experience a cyclo ride

  • Awake your inner chef with a Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An and Hue

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Day 1 : Hanoi - Hanoi Old Quarter Cycle Tour - The Water Puppet Show (D)

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

Upon your arrival in Noi Bai Airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel in Hanoi.

We will take a cyclo tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and experience traditional street life before watching the Water Puppet show.

In the evening, after a short tour briefing, our tour guide will take you out for a Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

Our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and then we will visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the Museum of Ethnology.

The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back to a thousand years.

In the afternoon you have the option to visit museums such as the Hanoi Hilton or Hoa Lo Prison, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Vietnam Military History Museum and the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. Our driver will drop you off at your Hanoi Hotel around 5 pm.

Note: Several sites within the tour require a respectful demeanor and dress code mandates no shorts or sleeveless shirts.

Day 3 : Hanoi - Hill Tribe Village (B/L)

Location: Hoa Binh

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

Hoa Binh is only 2 hours (75 km) from Hanoi. This province is home to many of the country’s ethnic minorities including the H'mong, Muong, Dzao and Thai people. The area has changed a lot since the largest hydro-electric power station in Southeast Asia was built here, turning the Da River into a lake. Still, even today, the province boasts some of Vietnam's most beautiful scenery and richest local culture.

Our local driver and tour guide will pick you up from your Hanoi hotel before we transfer via car to Hoa Binh. On arrival we will visit villages of the Muong and Dzao minority groups and interact with the local people. After having met the local villagers we will continue the tour to see the enormous Hoa Binh Dam before embarking by boat for a wonderful cruise on the reservoir.

After lunch we will stop to visit one of many villages of the Muong people, situated on the bank of the reservoir and explore the lives of these local Hill tribes and their culture. In the afternoon our driver will transfer you back to Hanoi.

On the way back we will stop at the Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum for a quick visit and insight into the American war. Our driver will drop you back to your Hanoi Hotel around 5pm.

Day 4 : Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Location: Halong Bay

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Luxury Cruise

This morning, we will travel to the breathtaking Halong Bay / Lan Ha Bay, where we'll board our 2-night luxury cruise boat.

A special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served as we leisurely cruise toward the most scenic area of the bay. Witness the extraordinary limestone karst landscapes along the way. 

In the afternoon, we will explore the Ba Trai Dao beach, kayak or swim on the crystal clear water of the bay.

In the evening, enjoy a Vietnamese cooking demonstration before a special signature dinner.

After dinner, enjoy your free time at leisure. Sip some wine, order a spa service, participate on squid fishing or simply relax on the roof top deck under the cover of a star filled sky. 

Day 5 : Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Location: Halong Bay

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Luxury Cruise

Early birds are welcome to attend sunrise Tai Chi on our upper deck, which is an excellent way to get your energy levels up for today's adventures.

After a buffet breakfast with the best local coffee brand and fresh fruit juices, board our Day Boat to head to Viet Hai Village. Take a bicycle trip along the village paths, through rain forests and dark tunnels. Enjoy stunning scenery of the rice fields along the way. Relax at the village and visit an ancient local house, made from straw, mud, bamboo…you will have a chance to see the local people and witness their way of life. Optional electric car service is available (at an extra cost).

Enjoy a delicious lunch with a set menu on our day boat.

After lunch, enjoy your free time kayaking and swimming at Ba Ham Lake area situated in the middle of a narrow, rectangular area, with all four sides enclosed by vertical cliffs (if the weather permits).

Before dinner, the bar opens for “Happy Hour” with buy one get one free and you can enjoy another cooking demonstration to discover the Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls.

Tonight, we have another special dinner offering you outstanding food and quality service.

After dinner we will hold a movie night from a selection of films available or select board game for your entertainment. Or book a spa treatment. Our bar is always open and is an ideal place to meet new people and share stories about your adventures.

Day 6 : Halong Bay - Hue (B/Brunch)

Location: Halong Bay

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

This morning head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions, it is the nicest time of the day on Lan Ha Bay.

After breakfast enjoy a trip to Dark & Bright cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage Site.

Back on the main boat check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland.

Enjoy a final early brunch, before you board our tender and head back to the wharf, where you will be transferred to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a short included domestic flight to Hue.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 7 : Hue City Tour (B/L)

Location: Hue

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

Our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby to visit King Khai Dinh’s Tomb and King Tu Duc’s Tomb.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit Hue Imperial City, the home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, then travel on to Dong Ba Market to see the daily life of local people.

Hue, Vietnam’s former Royal Capital, is a city that represents the outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire, including a complex of monuments, tombs and pagodas that attract tourists coming from all over the world.

Our driver will drop you back at your hotel around 5 pm.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 8 : Hue Local Village Tour (B/L)

Location: Hue

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

Today you will be transferred to Toa Kham Wharf for a cruise along the Perfume River. Firstly visit the Thien Mu pagoda - the oldest pagoda, was ranked one of the twenty most beautiful landscapes in Hue.

Back on the boat enjoy a scenic cruise to Hue Ecolodge in Thuy Bieu Eco-Village where we will spend 2 hours strolling or bike riding around the quiet village.

Visit a local garden, old ancestral temple and communicate with local people.

Visit some handicraft families (the incense making family, the joss paper making family and the paper painting family) to discover the daily life of local people while they are hard at work.

Take time to join a special cooking class of local traditional dishes at Hue Ecolodge, by yourself, under the instruction of the Eco-chief. 

After your practical class; it's time to taste the Hue traditional dishes that you have prepared and our Eco-chef will be able to give his feedback on your own chef skills.

At the end of this tour, you will have  time to relax by steeping your feet in medicinal herbal water - a traditional therapeutic practice and enjoy an excellent massage by blind people.

 Back to hotel and overnight in Hue.

Day 9 : Hue - Hoi An Walking Tour (B)

Location: Hoi An

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

After breakfast at your hotel, our local tour guide and driver will transfer you to Hoi An.

After checking in, we will explore the town of Hoi An on a walking tour to visit the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge, 300-year-old Chinese temples and 200-year-old Vietnamese former merchants’ houses.

Our tour guide will walk you back to your hotel to enjoy your afternoon free at leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 10 : Hoi An Cooking Class - My Son Tour (B/L)

Location: My Son Sanctuary

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

This morning we will visit the local market to gather ingredients and participate in a cooking class.

After the cooking class we will visit the My Son. 

On arrival, we will visit the Tra Kieu capital and explore the majestic ancient ruins at My Son. My Son is located 69kms southwest of Da Nang and was an imperial city during the Cham Dynasty.

My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. It is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 11 : Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (B/D)

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation Name: 5-Star Hotel In Central Location

You will be transferred from your hotel to the Da Nang airport for a short included flight to Tan San Nhat airport Ho Chi Minh City.

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure until you join your guide and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12 : Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Note: Check out from the hotel by 11am.

Depending on your flight departure our driver will transfer you to airport for your flight home.

What's Included


    Welcome & Farewell Dinner
    Full Breakfast Daily, Selected Brunch, Lunches, and Dinners
    A Unique & Varied Dining Experience

  • VISA

    Vietnam Visa


    2-night cruise in Halong Bay with the luxury 5-star (or similar)
    Shore excursions & kayaking


    Hanoi - Hue
    Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
    Flight in Economy Class with luggage allowance (optional upgrade to Business Class for additional cost)


    All entrance fees at sights & monuments
    All local government fees & tax
    Hanoi Old Quarter Cyclo Tour & Water Puppet Show
    Hanoi City Tour with lunch
    Hue City Tour with lunch
    Hue Local village tour with lunch
    Hoi An Walking tour
    Hoi An Cooking Class
    My Son Sanctuary tour


    Stay at excellent hand-selected 5-star hotels with daily breakfast
    Ho Chi Minh City: 5* Hotel des Arts Saigon (or similar) at the bustling street in the city centre
    Danang: 5* Pullman Danang Beach Resort (or similar) on a palm-studded property along the white sands of the beach
    Hanoi: 5* Hotel de l opera Hanoi - Gallery Collection (or similar) with French Colonial architecture


    Arrival and departure airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles 
    All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
    Locally based professional drivers 


    24/7 local assistance and travel guidance
    Airport Meet-and-Greet welcome service with the local tour guide
    Guaranteed departures with Just Two Guests
    Small group with a maximum of 16 guests
    A unique "local-host" experience exclusively offered by Tweet World Travel


    English-speaking local tour guides who live and breathe the destination – they will bring your itinerary to life
    For a group of more than 10 people, on top of local tour guides, we will provide an experienced tour director. He or she will oversee your entire journey, accompany you every day and connect you to the people, places, and encounters in a way you will never forget.

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Outstanding services in Asia Tours and Worldwide river cruises, specialising in Mekong cruises and Croisi Europe cruises.

Frank O'Reilly (Google Reviewer)  

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I was SOOOO fortunate to pick Tweet World Travel to organise my Vietnam holiday last October . I travelled with my wife and 5 friends for three weeks taking in Ho Chi Minh city , Hoi An , Da Nang , Hue and Hanoi/Halong Bay. The trip was just so well prepared , with private transport and English speaking guides for the whole trip . So many excursions ( all paid for ) included in the holiday . we saw so many wonderful historic places , stayed in beautiful hotels and had some fantastic meals in great restaurants all over Vietnam. We saw so much more because Twee prepared the whole trip for us. We would have missed so much otherwise. All in the very best holiday ever..Frank O'Reilly. ...

Rundle Group (Google Reviewer)  

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We have just had 3 wonderful weeks in Vietnam, visiting Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang/Hoi An, Hanoi, SaPa & Halong Bay & can highly recommend Tweet World Travel. We had already booked some accommodation ourselves at a beachside resort but wanted to extend our holiday to travel around & see more of Vietnam. Twee did a fantastic job at organising our itinerary around what we had already booked & suggested activities & sightseeing trips to us that we had not considered. We certainly enjoyed all the activities & experienced much more than if we had tried to organise it ourselves. It was also very reassuring to know that I could easily contact Twee if I needed advice on anything at all while we were away. The guides on all our day trips were fantastic - very friendly & looked after us all very well. They were all happy to share information about their lives with us which made the trip more memorable & enjoyable with some unique experiences. Highlights of our trip were Hoi An (especially the Hoi An Food Tour - lots of fun, on the back of motorbikes), SaPa (especially sightseeing by motor bike, although wouldn't recommend the noisy train trip to get there), Cycling around villages in the Mekong Delta (away from tourist areas), Halong Bay cruise & the gorgeous Apricot Hotel.

Annette Magee (Google Reviewer)  

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