26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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26 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
2
Sapa
— 2 nights
3
Hanoi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hai Phong
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Cat Ba
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h
6
Ninh Binh
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h
7
Hue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Hoi An
— 5 nights
shuttle:  30​min
9
Da Nang
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Hanoi
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and then make a trip to Temple of Literature & National University.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hanoi tour itinerary maker website .

Frankfurt, Germany to Hanoi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ©
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

2
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.
You've now added Sapa Authentic Tour to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sapa trip planner .

Drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hanoi.

Things to do in Sapa

Tours Outdoors
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Sapa Authentic Tour ©
Sapa Authentic Tour

1
night
Hanoi

Hanoi
To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanoi trip planner.

Drive from Sapa to Hanoi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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2
nights
Hai Phong

Haiphong is a major industrial city and the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Hoa Cuong Cave, make a trip to Du Hang Pagoda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Do Son Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hai Phong road trip website .

Traveling by car from Hanoi to Hai Phong takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Cat Ba.

Things to do in Hai Phong

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Do Son Beach ©
Do Son Beach
Du Hang Pagoda ©
Du Hang Pagoda

3
nights
Cat Ba

Cat Ba ©
The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
You've now added Lan Ha Legend Cruise Day Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay and then get some thrills on the water with Lan Ha Legend Cruise Day Tours. Keep things going the next day: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cat Ba online trip maker .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Hai Phong to Cat Ba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Ninh Binh.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Transportation Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Hạ Long Bay
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

3
nights
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh ©
A fairly nondescript town, Ninh Binh acts as a base for explorations of the province of the same name, with the karst landscape and lush valleys that surround the town offering a wealth of scenic vistas of rice paddies and rugged rocks.
On the 24th (Wed), Head underground at Mua Caves and then Head underground at Trang An Grottoes.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ninh Binh trip builder app .

Traveling by bus from Cat Ba to Ninh Binh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daytime highs in Ninh Binh are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Hue.

Things to do in Ninh Binh

Parks Nature
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Mua Caves ©
Mua Caves
Trang An Grottoes ©
Trang An Grottoes

3
nights
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 (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hue road trip site .

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Ninh Binh to Hue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Food Tours

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and An Bang Beach. Make the 30th (Tue) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jack's Cat Cafe, stop by Rubin Cloth Shop, admire the masterpieces at Precious Heritage by Rehahn, and take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hoi An trip planner .

You can drive from Hue to Hoi An in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

few
hours
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Da Nang holiday maker app .

Da Nang is just a stone's throw from Hoi An. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Nature Spas
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The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Spas

2
nights
Hanoi

Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and MotoTours Asia. On the 31st (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 4th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Explore Hanoi further: steep yourself in history at Hoa Lo Prison, contemplate the waterfront views at West Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Hang Bong, and trek along with Mai Chau Day Trek.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip planner .

You can fly from Da Nang to Hanoi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanoi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Hoa Lo Prison ©
Hoa Lo Prison
Vietnamese Women's Museum ©
Vietnamese Women's Museum

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