Vietnam - from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta

On this trip you will get authentic insights into the interesting culture of Vietnam - our local guide ensures an unforgettable experience through expert information and personal stories. Enjoy the colorful and varied life, the historical sights, the unlimited hospitality and the fresh ingredients in the delicious dishes. Accompany us from north to south, experience the impressive capital, the knowledge of a medical practitioner, the paradisiacal Halong Bay, the life of a Vietnamese farming family and the ingenious Cu Chi tunnel system that was built during the Vietnam War.
Tour-Code: VNM01
Culture trip
People, history and culture
16 Days/ 15 Nights
Including the day of arrival and departure
Number of participants
max. 20 participants
Accommodation
4* Hotels
Features
Hanoi, boat tour in Halong Bay, Vietnam's last old town, imperial city of Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, floating market, visit to a naturopath, Cu Chi tunnel system
Meals
Full board: 13 x breakfast, lunch & dinner
Transfer
From & to the airport, all excursions, International flights
Guide
German-speaking guide throughout the entire trip
ITINERARY FROM SOUTH TO NORTH
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5
DAY 6
DAY 7
DAY 8
DAY 9
DAY 10
DAY 11
DAY 12
DAY 13
DAY 14
DAY 15
DAY 16
INCLUDED SERVICES
NOT INCLUDED INTO THE SERVICE
NOTE
MAP
Depart Berlin and fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Today you fly from Berlin Airport to Ho Chi Minh City.
Arrival in Vietnam
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, you will be met by your tour guide. Afterwards you can get a first impression of this wonderful country on a city tour.
Arrived at the hotel, you check in, can exchange your money and get a SIM card for your mobile phone.
You will have lunch together and the afternoon is at leisure afterwards. You can recover from the flight or explore Hanoi on your own.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

1. Highlight: Cu Chi tunnel system - full day
We discover the extraordinary and impressive tunnel system of Cu Chi, which was built during the Vietnam War.
The Vietnamese built entire cities underground on several floors.
The first floor began about 3-4 m under the ground, the second was 6 m deep, the third reached about 8-10 m deep. Sanatoriums, hospitals, offices, schools and dormitories were located in the tunnel system, which was connected with small corridors 80 cm high and 60 cm wide. The sophisticated system withstood several flooding, poison gas and bomb attacks, among other things.

We have lunch together and in the afternoon we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

2. Highlight: War Remnants Museum, French Post & Notre-Dame Cathedral
In the wake of the Vietnam War, this museum was opened in 1975 to give visitors the tragic events from the perspective of the locals. Documents, photos, videos, machines and weapons illustrate the cruel everyday life of that time.
After that we will see the beautiful French Notre-Dame Cathedral and the French Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel. You get the opportunity to imagine life in Vietnam during the colonial times of the Indochinese Empire.

Dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Highlight: Reunification Palace
During our tour of the city we will visit the Independence Palace. It was here that the end of the Vietnam War was sealed on April 30, 1975, when a Vietnamese People's Army tank broke through the gates of the palace.
Afterwards we drive to Can Tho and in the evening we will visit the night market that offers the most authentic dishes of the local cuisine. Experience the hustle and bustle and the great variety of the offer - there is something for every taste!

Overnight in Can Tho

1. Highlight: Can Tho city tour
Can-Tho is the fourth largest Vietnamese city and represents modern Vietnam. On our tour we discover the lively waterfront, the city center with the Chinese Ong Pagoda or the Munirangsayaram Pagoda, where Buddhism is practiced. Monks still live in the monastery attached to the pagoda.
A great feature of the city is its rice research institute, in which innovative rice varieties are cultivated that are adapted to different regions of the large Mekong Delta.

2. Highlight: Floating market
Just outside of Can-Tho is the Cai Rang Floating Market,
which we head for with small boats. From the water you can experience the eager negotiations of the traders up close and can learn a lot about the various products and the culture of the people. Take this unique opportunity to snag great souvenirs or taste fresh local produce.

3. Highlight: visit the fish market
We go to the fishing boat by motor boat. The residents have founded a kind of cooperative there and here you will be explained how the different types of fish are farmed in the Mekong River.

Lunch

4. Highlight: Visit to the orchard
The soil on the Mekong River is very nutritious and the climate in southern Vietnam is also very warm. Therefore, various types of fruit thrive here, such as jackfruit, durian, mangoes, breadfruit, orange, grapefruit and banana.
You can organize the evening as you wish.

Dinner and overnight in Can Tho

Highlight: Flight to Danang and Hoi An
After arriving in Danang, we travel by coach to Hoi An, the last old town in Vietnam. It was the only old town that was not destroyed in the war and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
The beautiful old town is particularly well known for the many colonial houses that offer a mixture of Chinese, Japanese and French culture. It is also enchanting with the colorful lanterns, narrow streets and cute, small, yellow houses.
In the afternoon you have the opportunity to swim at An Bang Beach and in the evening you can organize your time, stroll through the cute streets and maybe go search for a small souvenir.

Dinner and overnight in Hoi An

Highlight: City walk through Hoi An's old town (UNESCO)
Together we will see the incredibly beautiful architecture and highlights of the city, including the Japanese Covered Bridge, built in the 16th century by the Japanese community for trading purposes. We also visit Chinese temples and the trading house Phung Hung. Our guide will share the city's interesting history with us as we walk.

After enjoying delicious Hoi An specialties for lunch, the afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Hoi An

1. Highlight: Bike tour to Tra Que
We take a bike ride to a small village on the shore of the Tra Que Lagoon. It's a lot of fun to drive together through the numerous vegetable and spice plantations and the small villages. Arriving in the village, we learn more about farm life in Vietnam.

Lunch

2. Highlight: Water buffalo rides and round bamboo boat rides
Take the unique opportunity to ride a mighty and strong water buffalo. Afterwards we will cruise down the river in the small, round bamboo boats, driven by the locals, so we can completely relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Dinner and overnight in the imperial city of Hue

1. Highlight: City tour through the imperial city of Hue
The emperors of the time resided in this beautiful city from 1802 to 1945 and since 1993 the city has even been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A special feature is that Hue is the center of Buddhism, which is not very widespread in Vietnam - there are about 300 pagodas and temples here.

2. Highlight: Tomb of Minh Mang
The pompous design and architecture of the tomb complex with gardens, pavilions, ponds and lakes, gates and statues often reflect the views and attitudes of the emperors of the time. The tomb of Minh Mang, one of Vietnam's most powerful rulers, was built in Chinese architectural style with landscaped lakes, bridges and elevated pavilions.

Lunch

3. Highlight: Cultural evening on the Fragrance River
Together we will enjoy an evening of music and singing on a boat on the Fragrance River. A group of artists sing Vietnamese folk songs and accompany them on traditional musical instruments. In the past, only the emperor and his high officials were allowed to experience such cultural evenings.

Dinner and overnight in Hue

Highlight: short city tour of Hue
We drive through the Imperial City in our coach to get to know it from a different angle.

Onward flight to Hanoi

Dinner and overnight in Hanoi

1. Highlight: Ho Chi Minh Museum
The museum is dedicated to Vietnamese leader and national hero Ho Chi Minh. It shows how he traveled the world to find a way to liberate Vietnam from the shackles of colonialism and how he incorporated the influence of Marxism and Leninism into the principles of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

2. Highlight: One Pillar Pagoda
This attraction is one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi and is a unique sight due to its construction on a concrete pillar in the middle of a lake.

3. Highlight: Temple of Literature - The oldest university in Vietnam
This extraordinary structure was built as early as 1070 and has served as a place of knowledge for over 1,000 years. You will also visit the 5 beautiful courtyards of the complex.

Lunch

4. Highlight: with an electric vehicle through the streets of Hanoi
After your first opportunity to taste traditional Vietnamese food, you will drive through the streets of Hanoi in an electric vehicle and find great photo opportunities.

5. Highlight: Visit to the famous water puppet theater
Enjoy a well-known tradition in Vietnam - a water puppet performance. Talented puppeteers move the figures, which tell of everyday situations in country life as well as legends and fairy tales from the history of the country. Accompanied by live music, this event is unforgettable.

Dinner and overnight in Hanoi

1. Highlight: Ride on the Vietnamese railway
We travel from Hanoi to Cam Giang-Hai Duong by Vietnamese railway. Don't miss this unique experience! (You can also stay on the bus, it goes to Cam Giang and picks up the train passengers)
Then we continue by bus to Quynh Coi, Thaibinh.

2. Highlight: Rice fields
In between we will make a stopover and take a close look at the well-known rice fields. Your guide will also tell you interesting information and stories about rice cultivation. Of course you can always ask questions. Afterwards you will have a lunch break in a fish restaurant.

Lunch

3. Highlight: Visit to a Vietnamese naturopath
In this unique experience you will be introduced to traditional healing practices of Vietnam. Learn more about healing according to the ying and yang principle, herbs to combat rheumatism and herbs to strengthen the body.

Dinner and overnight in Ha Long

Highlight: Boat tour on Halong Bay (UNESCO)
Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful spots on earth and one of the top travel destinations worldwide. Gigantic limestone cliffs, partly lined with green vegetation, rise from the green ocean. Bizarre caves, mysterious grottos, impressive waterfalls and white dream beaches characterize this paradisiacal fairytale landscape.
During this 6 h trip you will see floating markets, even floating villages and you can take in the unique natural spectacle. We will have lunch on the ship and after the tour you are free to spend the afternoon as you wish.

Dinner and overnight in Ha Long

1. Highlight: Visiting a Vietnamese school
First we drive from Halong to Haiphong and will meet a Vietnamese school class. You are welcome to ask any questions, e.g. about the way to school, grading, career aspirations, etc. The students are very open and happy to ask questions to the travelers in English.

2. Highlight: Visit to a farmer's family
During this visit we will eat sweet potatoes and cassava together, as these are regional products from the field. Here, too, you have the unique opportunity to ask questions to the farmers living there.

3.Highlight: farewell party in Hanoi
Together we want to celebrate the end of this trip in the evening and can try traditional Vietnamese delicacies for the last time today.
Before we part ways tomorrow, we want to reminisce and review the impressive impressions of this trip.

Overnight in Hanoi

On our last day in Vietnam you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and to join the hustle and bustle.

You will be driven to Noi Bai Airport and board your return flight to Germany.
Arrival in Germany
Today you come back from this exciting trip and land at Berlin Schönefeld Airport.

See you on your next trip!
2 x international flights (Germany - Vietnam / Vietnam - Germany)
1 x domestic flight Can Tho - Danang
1 x domestic flight Hue - Hanoi
13 x overnight stays in 4* hotels (2 nights on the plane on arrival and departure)
Full board: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
Boat tour on Halong Bay
Travel on the Vietnamese railway
Medicinal herbs in Vietnam - visit to the medicine man
All transfers in air-conditioned and comfortable vehicles
All excursions described
All entrance tickets
All-day German-speaking tour guide
Before the trip: Information event in Magdeburg
Meals and drinks not listed
Visa
PCR or antigen test
Insurance (travel health insurance is a requirement for entry)
Tips
Notice for people with restricted mobility: This product is generally not suitable for people with restricted mobility. Please inquire when making your booking whether it still meets your individual needs.
ITINERARY FROM NORTH TO SOUTH
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5
DAY 6
DAY 7
DAY 8
DAY 9
DAY 10
DAY 11
DAY 12
DAY 13
DAY 14
DAY 15
DAY 16
INCLUDED SERVICES
NOT INCLUDED INTO THE SERVICE
NOTE
MAP
Departure from Berlin and flight to Hanoi
Today you fly from Berlin Schönefeld Airport to Hanoi.
Arrival in Vietnam
Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, you will be met by your tour guide. Afterwards you can get a first impression of this wonderful country on a city tour.
Arrived at the hotel, you check in, can exchange your money and get a SIM card for your mobile phone.

You will have lunch together and the afternoon is at leisure afterwards. You can recover from the flight or explore Hanoi on your own.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Hanoi

1. Highlight: Ho Chi Minh Museum
The museum is dedicated to Vietnamese leader and national hero Ho Chi Minh. It shows how he traveled the world to find a way to liberate Vietnam from the shackles of colonialism and how he incorporated the influence of Marxism and Leninism into the principles of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

2. Highlight: One Pillar Pagoda
This attraction is one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi and is a unique sight due to its construction on a concrete pillar in the middle of a lake.

3. Highlight: Temple of Literature - The oldest university in Vietnam
This extraordinary structure was built as early as 1070 and has served as a place of knowledge for over 1,000 years. You will also visit the 5 beautiful courtyards of the complex.

Lunch

4. Highlight: with an electric vehicle through the streets of Hanoi
After your first opportunity to taste traditional Vietnamese food, you will drive through the streets of Hanoi in an electric vehicle and find great photo opportunities.

5. Highlight: Visit to the famous water puppet theater
Enjoy a well-known tradition in Vietnam - a water puppet performance. Talented puppeteers move the figures, which tell of everyday situations in country life as well as legends and fairy tales from the history of the country. Accompanied by live music, this event is unforgettable.

Dinner and overnight in Hanoi
1. Highlight: Ride on the Vietnamese railway
We travel from Hanoi to Cam Giang-Hai Duong by Vietnamese railway. Don't miss this unique experience! (You can also stay on the bus, it goes to Cam Giang and picks up the train passengers)
Then we continue by bus to Quynh Coi, Thaibinh.

2. Highlight: Rice fields
In between we will make a stopover and take a close look at the well-known rice fields. Your guide will also tell you interesting information and stories about rice cultivation. Of course you can always ask questions. Afterwards you will have a lunch break in a fish restaurant.

Lunch

3. Highlight: Visit to a Vietnamese naturopath
In this unique experience you will be introduced to traditional healing practices of Vietnam. Learn more about healing according to the ying and yang principle, herbs to combat rheumatism and herbs to strengthen the body.

Dinner and overnight in Ha Long
Highlight: Boat tour on Halong Bay (UNESCO)
Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful spots on earth and one of the top travel destinations worldwide. Gigantic limestone cliffs, partly lined with green vegetation, rise from the green ocean. Bizarre caves, mysterious grottos, impressive waterfalls and white dream beaches characterize this paradisiacal fairytale landscape.
During this 6 h trip you will see floating markets, even floating villages and you can take in the unique natural spectacle. We will have lunch on the ship and after the tour you are free to spend the afternoon as you wish.

Dinner and overnight in Ha Long
1. Highlight: Visiting a Vietnamese school
First we drive from Halong to Haiphong and will meet a Vietnamese school class. You are welcome to ask any questions, e.g. about the way to school, grading, career aspirations, etc. The students are very open and happy to ask questions to the travelers in English.

2. Highlight: Visit to a farmer's family
During this visit we will eat sweet potatoes and cassava together, as these are regional products from the field. Here, too, you have the unique opportunity to ask questions to the farmers living there.

3.Highlight: farewell party in Hanoi
Together we want to celebrate the end of this trip in the evening and can try traditional Vietnamese delicacies for the last time today.
Before we part ways tomorrow, we want to reminisce and review the impressive impressions of this trip.

Overnight in Hoi An
Highlight: City walk through Hoi An's old town (UNESCO)
Together we will see the incredibly beautiful architecture and highlights of the city, including the Japanese Covered Bridge, built in the 16th century by the Japanese community for trading purposes. We also visit Chinese temples and the trading house Phung Hung. Our guide will share the city's interesting history with us as we walk.

After enjoying delicious Hoi An specialties for lunch, the afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Hoi An

1. Highlight: Bike tour to Tra Que
We take a bike ride to a small village on the shore of the Tra Que Lagoon. It's a lot of fun to drive together through the numerous vegetable and spice plantations and the small villages. Arriving in the village, we learn more about farm life in Vietnam.

Lunch

2. Highlight: Water buffalo ride and round bamboo boat ride
Take the unique opportunity to ride a mighty and strong water buffalo. Afterwards we will cruise down the river in the small, round bamboo boats, driven by the locals, so we can completely relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Dinner and overnight in the imperial city of Hue
1. Highlight: City tour through the imperial city of Hue
The emperors of the time resided in this beautiful city from 1802 to 1945 and since 1993 the city has even been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A special feature is that Hue is the center of Buddhism, which is not very widespread in Vietnam - there are about 300 pagodas and temples here.

2. Highlight: Tomb of Minh Mang
The pompous design and architecture of the tomb complex with gardens, pavilions, ponds and lakes, gates and statues often reflect the views and attitudes of the emperors of the time. The tomb of Minh Mang, one of Vietnam's most powerful rulers, was built in Chinese architectural style with landscaped lakes, bridges and elevated pavilions.

Lunch

3. Highlight: Cultural evening on the Fragrance River
Together we will enjoy an evening of music and singing on a boat on the Fragrance River. A group of artists sing Vietnamese folk songs and accompany them on traditional musical instruments. In the past, only the emperor and his high officials were allowed to experience such cultural evenings.

Dinner and overnight in Hue
Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Highlight: City tour in Ho Chi Minh City
During our tour of the city we will visit the Independence Palace. It was here that the end of the Vietnam War was sealed on April 30, 1975, when a Vietnamese People's Army tank broke through the gates of the palace.
After that we will see the beautiful French Notre-Dame Cathedral and the French Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel. You get the opportunity to imagine life in Vietnam during the colonial times of the Indochinese Empire. After the tour we will have lunch together.

You can organize the rest of the day individually. If you need tips, your guide will be happy to help.

Dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Highlight: Cu Chi tunnel system - full day
We drive about 1.5 h and discover the extraordinary and impressive tunnel system of Cu Chi, which was built during the Vietnam War.
The Vietnamese built entire cities underground on several floors.
The first floor began about 3-4 m under the ground, the second was 6 m deep, the third reached about 8-10 m deep. Sanatoriums, hospitals, offices, schools and dormitories were located in the tunnel system, which was connected with small corridors 80 cm high and 60 cm wide. The sophisticated system withstood several flooding, poison gas and bomb attacks, among other things.

We will have lunch together and in the afternoon we will drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and you are free for the rest of the day.

Dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Highlight: Can Tho
The journey takes you further south to the largest city on the Mekong Delta: Can-Tho. You can arrange the afternoon individually.
In the evening we go to the night market together that offers the most authentic dishes of the local cuisine. Experience the hustle and bustle and the great variety of the offer - there is something for every taste!

Overnight in Can Tho
1. Highlight: Can Tho city tour
Can-Tho is the fourth largest Vietnamese city and represents modern Vietnam. On our tour we discover the lively waterfront, the city center with the Chinese Ong Pagoda or the Munirangsayaram Pagoda, where Buddhism is practiced. Monks still live in the monastery attached to the pagoda.
A great feature of the city is its rice research institute, in which innovative rice varieties are cultivated that are adapted to different regions of the large Mekong Delta.

2. Highlight: Floating market
Just outside of Can-Tho is the Cai Rang Floating Market,
which we head for with small boats. From the water you can experience the eager negotiations of the traders up close and can learn a lot about the various products and the culture of the people. Take this unique opportunity to snag great souvenirs or taste fresh local produce.

3. Highlight: visit the fish market
We go to the fishing boat by motor boat. The residents have founded a kind of cooperative there and here you will be explained how the different types of fish are farmed in the Mekong River.

Lunch

4. Highlight: Visit to the orchard
The soil on the Mekong River is very nutritious and the climate in southern Vietnam is also very warm. Therefore, various types of fruit thrive here, such as jackfruit, durian, mangoes, breadfruit, orange, grapefruit and banana.
You can organize the evening as you wish.

Dinner and overnight in Can Tho
Free time in Ho Chi Minh City
First, we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in about 3.5 hours in the morning. On the bus you can recover a little from the last few days and start planning your free time in Ho Chi Minh City.

Lunch

Highlight: farewell party
Together we want to celebrate the end of this trip in the evening and can try traditional Vietnamese delicacies for the last time today.
Before we part ways tomorrow, we want to reminisce and review the impressive impressions of this trip.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Highlight: War Remnants Museum
In the wake of the Vietnam War, this museum was opened in 1975 to give visitors the tragic events from the perspective of the locals. Documents, photos, videos, machines and weapons illustrate the cruel everyday life of that time.

Afterwards we drive to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City and fly back to Germany
Arrival in Germany
Today you come back from this exciting trip and land at Berlin Schönefeld Airport.

See you on your next trip!
2 x international flights (Germany - Vietnam / Vietnam - Germany)
1 x domestic flight Can Tho - Danang
1 x domestic flight Hue - Hanoi
13 x overnight stays in 4* hotels (2 nights on the plane on arrival and departure)
Full board: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
Boat tour on Halong Bay
Travel on the Vietnamese railway
Medicinal herbs in Vietnam - visit to the medicine man
All transfers in air-conditioned and comfortable vehicles
All excursions described
All entrance tickets
All-day German-speaking tour guide
Before the trip: Information event in Magdeburg
Meals and drinks not listed
Visa
PCR or antigen test
Insurance (travel health insurance is a requirement for entry)
Tips
Notice for people with restricted mobility: This product is generally not suitable for people with restricted mobility. Please inquire when making your booking whether it still meets your individual needs.
Nguyen Tien Duc was born in Vietnam and has been living in Germany for over 44 years. After studying engineering and social work in Chemnitz and Berlin, he worked in migration work and intercultural communication for 28 years. He has been awarded several honorary certificates by Caritas, came in sixth in 2009 for "Citizen of Magdeburg of the Year" and was named honorary ambassador of Magdeburg in 2012.

He is enthusiastic about bringing his culture closer to other people, which he has also shown with his book publication ("Cultural characteristics of the Vietnamese in Germany; A guide to German-Vietnamese understanding").

Now he organizes group trips to his home country to bring travelers closer to the colorful diversity, boundless hospitality and unique culture of Vietnam. Sometimes he surprises his guests with a musical interlude on the Dan Bau, a Vietnamese musical instrument with only one string.
Guide Nguyen Tien Duc
"I feel very comfortable with both the Germans and the Vietnamese. Being at home in both cultures feels like a gift from God. I would like to share this joy with my fellow human beings."
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