18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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18 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hanoi
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hue
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Hoi An
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hanoi
— Few hours
5
Sapa
— 3 nights
6
Hanoi
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Halong Bay
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
8
Hanoi
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Paris

4
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 24th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Quarter, steep yourself in history at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 54 Traditions Gallery, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Paris, France to Hanoi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Hanoi, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Food Tours

2
nights
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, and then make a trip to The Noon Gate (Cua Ngo Mon). Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally stroll the grounds of Royal Tombs.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hue tour itinerary maker app .

Fly from Hanoi to Hue in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Hue are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Tours
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Food Tours

3
nights
Hoi An

Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoi An: Dragon Bridge (in Da Nang) and Mỹ Sơn (in Duy Xuyen District). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at An Bang Beach, snap pictures at Japanese Covered Bridge, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Da Nang, Mỹ Sơn
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Spas
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Hoi An Ancient Town ©
Hoi An Ancient Town

few
hours
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): examine the collection at Vietnamese Women's Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ancient House, and then admire the masterpieces at Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat).

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanoi online tour planner .

Getting from Hoi An to Hanoi by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Museums
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Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat) ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum
Ancient House ©
Ancient House

3
nights
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
On the 2nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Quang Truong Square, then admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, and then take in the awesome beauty at Fansipan Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Love Waterfall, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapa trip site .

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Walking tours
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley

1
night
Hanoi

Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hanoi driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours
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Walking tours

1
night
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Sung Sot Cave, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Bai Tu Long Bay.

To find out how to plan a trip to Halong Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Bai Tu Long Bay ©
Bai Tu Long Bay
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
On the 7th (Sun), stop by Cerender Ceramic Shop, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, brush up on your military savvy at Vietnam Military History Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanoi online journey planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison
West Lake ©
West Lake
Vietnam Military History Museum ©
Vietnam Military History Museum

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