8 Days Itinerary Vietnam Essentials Tour

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The Best 8 Days Itinerary Vietnam Essentials Tour

Duration: 8 Days
Trip Code: ORG_O8VNE

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Get the exotic and diversity of Vietnam by deeping the insight country for rich history, traditional values, natural beauties, etc. Let experience the best of Vietnam in 8 days trip to touch the heart of ancient religious sites, diversity museums, history monuments and traditions. Cannot miss exotic natural sceneries with your camera, discover vibrant cities. In addition, taste delicious Vietnamese cuisines in each region to get closer the real life at local markets, street stalls or restaurants. All will make you an amazing journey!


  • Explore the stunning landscapes along the country. Admire the impressive limestone karsts in Bai Tu Long Bay.
  • Get a local venture through cities to maze laneways, experience at streets with insight beauties.
  • Get insight the Cu Chi tunnels to understand more about Vietnam war.
  • Indulge the best atmosphere at floating market in Mekong delta.
  • Discover the wonderful and less tourist Bai Tu Long Bay on Luxury 5 star Athena Cruise to see spectacular off-the-beaten-track Ha Long Bay.


8 Days Itinerary Vietnam Essentials Tour travel map

8 Days Itinerary Vietnam Essentials Tour travel map

Itinerary Details

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival. O/n In Ho Chi Minh City

Land in Ho Chi Minh city and ready for your 8 days Itinerary Vietnam Essentials Tour! Our guide and driver will warming welcome you at Tan Son Nhat international airport and drive you on car to your hotel. Evening is free your time to spend your own leisure or discover the busiest city of Vietnam known as un-sleep city. O/N in HCM.

This is your first day, and the amazing journey in Vietnam with Origin Travel team begins!

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Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour. O/N In Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

Morning activities:

After enjoy breakfast at the hotel our trip will begin the day with a visit to strong French colonial influence is evident at Notre Dame Cathedral and an amazing fusion of French and Vietnamese architecture within Saigon Central Post Office. Further remnants of French colonial architecture can be found strolling along Dong Khoi Street, now mixed with high rise and populated with designer shops, restaurants and entertainment. Then, you will visit Ben Thanh Market where you can mix with locals going about their daily lives while checking out the variety of goods on offer.

Afternoon activities:

Afterwards, gain an insight to the spirit of the people and what they have overcome from the turbulent history of Vietnam on display at the War Remnants Museum, featuring artifact and records of hostilities against French, Japanese and American incursions. Also of significance to the country’s history is the Independence Palace commemorating the declaration of independence and rejoining of the south with the north.

The last activities today is to enjoy Do Phu cafe to get back the atmosphere of Saigon life as traditional cafe as well as have chance to visit this secret activity place of Vietnamese in the war time to get the independence South Vietnam.

Evening activities:

Evening is the time for free to enjoy dinner as your own way. Wander around Ho Chi Minh street to experience the nightlife at the busiest city of Vietnam. O/N in Ho Chi Minh City

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Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh City. O/N In Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

Morning activities:

You will take to the water today, with a trip to the fertile, productive region of the Mekong River Delta to see and experience the rich, vibrant culture and picturesque landscape. Beginning with a drive to Cai Be, the day’s tour will take you on a boat ride to the floating market. Meandering through the busy throng in your boat, you can see the local people trading from their vessels with travelers and other locals and perhaps buy some local produce or sample some of the dishes on offer.

Afternoon & evening activities:

By afternoon, a traditional rowboat journey will take you deeper into the rich countryside, through narrow canals, to rest and experience peace among the natural surroundings. The cruise concludes mid-afternoon in the village of Vinh Long where your driver will meet you at the dock to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Evening is your free time to experience Ho Chi Minh as your own way and free to have your own dinner. It is great for you to taste local street foods. O/N in HCM

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Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels - Flight To Hanoi. O/N In Hanoi (B/L)

Morning activities:

After breakfast and check out the hotel. Then we will spend a one and half hour drive, you have a challenging opportunity to explore the incredible underground Cu Chi Tunnel network, which was constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The below-ground network providing living and restorative capability formed an essential part of their strategy for success. Some tunnels have been enlarged to accommodate visitors. Following a drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, you have lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon & evening activities:

You’ll be transferred to the airport to catch the flight for Hanoi where you’ll stay overnight.

On arrival Noi Bai airport, our guide and driver welcome you and transfer you to downtown. Check in hotel.

Evening is your free time to experience around Hanoi city, free to have your own dinner. O/N in Hanoi.

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Day 5: Hanoi City Tour. O/N In Hanoi (B/L)

Morning activities:

After enjoy breakfast at the hotel we will visit Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Also, visit Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilts, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda and Vietnam’s Confucius Center and first university, the Temple of Literature. Have lunch at restaurant.

Afternoon activities:

In the afternoon, proceed to Hoa Lo Prison, followed by the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the best place to learn about Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups from the rich collections of objects, photos, video tapes and cassettes. Pay a visit to a local craftsman’s house to learn how the water puppets are made and enjoy a unique water puppet show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam and the highlight of any Hanoi tour. O/N in Hanoi

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Day 6: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay. O/n At Athena Cruise (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Travel out Hanoi City with private driver. Have a 20-minutes stopover in Hai Duong city where you can experience our hand-made Vietnamese handicraft products to get more experience in Vietnam. You arrive in Hon Gai wharf at noon time

Afternoon activities:

Afternoon is the time you get on board, have a welcome drink as you board of the Athena Cruise. Our Cruise Manager will give you a briefing and safety instructions as well as review the itinerary for the day before you check in.

Then you have the buffet lunch while the boat is cruising towards North East of Ha Long Bay .

The rest of time this afternoon you relax on the boat instead of participating in other activities feel can Next you do kayak to visit Vung Vieng fishing village. Enjoy happy hour- buy one get one free in our bar will be started from 17:30 to 18:45.

From the sundeck you can participate and compete in our Master Chef Cooking Demonstrationwith traditional Vietnamese food: Deep Fried Spring Roll and the decorative technique of creating flower carvings from fresh fruit or vegetables.

Evening activities:

Have a set menu multi-course Dinner on board. Then you have free time on the boat. Also you can enjoy squid fishing from the first deck of the boat, enjoy the top-deck and drink service or you can return to your room. O/N on board

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Day 7: Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi. O/N In Hanoi (B/L)

Morning activities:

Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise over the river. You also have a Tai Chi demonstration on the Sundeck; tea and coffee are available at this time.

Have breakfast at restaurant on board. And then you visit and discover Thien Canh Son cave in Bai Tu Long Bay. Here is the chance for you to witness its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

Note:There are about 400 steps to get up to the cave.

  • You make check out is from 09.00 to 09:30. This is also the time you can put your luggage on the first deck for us to transfer to our tender and settle your bill with reception.
  • While the cruise sails back the harbor, you have brunch at the restaurant on the 2nd deck.
  • Disembark to Hon Gai Pier at 10:30 am.

Afternoon activities:

Our driver transfers you return Hanoi and you get back hotel in Hanoi at around 16.00 pm. Check in hotel.

Evening activities:

This evening is the time you are free to get more experience around Ha Noi city by walking, you may interested street foods tour in Hanoi, drink beer, etc. O/N in Hanoi

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Day 8: Hanoi Departure (B)

Have the balance of the day in Hanoi capital city as your own until the driver transfers you to the airport for taking flight back home or next destination. And we are sure that you will have an amazing Vietnam tour and we do hope to see you again in the future.

You are incredible, and we are so glad to be a part of your holiday in Vietnam! Once again, we really thank you for choosing us!



  • RIVATE door to door transport (new vehicle) with air-conditioned
  • Domestic Air Fare (Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi, Vietnam Airline is our priority)
  • Experience English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned above (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast (Hotel quality at 3* up with great location)
  • Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise 2days/1night on 5* Athena Cruise (Accommodation, kayak, entrance fee, cruise, meals on board, etc)
  • Entrance fees, permit
  • Private boat trip in Mekong
  • Mineral water daily 2 bottle 500ml/per day
  • Free visa letter entry Vietnam if yes except difficult country will have extra charge
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • Bank fees if payment by credit card
  • Gov tax and service charge
  • No extra charge after final confirmation


  • International Air Fare in & out Vietnam if any
  • Single room
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle
  • Other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, soft & hard drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips are welcomed!
  • Travel Insurance
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