Central Vietnam 10-Day Tour from Da Nang to Hue, Phong Nha, and Hoi An

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10 days
Availability : 2023 - 2025
Da Nang
Hue - Phong Nha - Hoi An

Tour Details

Welcome to Central Vietnam, where history, culture, and natural beauty blend harmoniously together. This 10-day tour will take you on a journey through some of the most fascinating destinations in the region, from the vibrant coastal city of Da Nang to the ancient capital of Hue, and the charming town of Hoi An.

Your adventure begins with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hue Imperial City, where you’ll explore the Forbidden Purple City and the tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. You’ll also have the chance to discover the stunning Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves, and learn about the history of the DMZ area.

In Hoi An, you’ll walk through the town’s ancient streets and marvel at its Japanese Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, and Hoi An Museum. You’ll also get the chance to see the famous Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills and explore the beautiful Marble Mountains.

You’ll get to experience local life at Cam Thanh Village and visit the pottery village of Thanh Ha, before enjoying a delicious lunch at Tra Que Organic Village. Finally, you’ll take a relaxing round boat ride at a coconut farm before ending your journey in Da Nang.

This 10-day tour is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Central Vietnam’s rich culture, history, and natural wonders. Get ready to create unforgettable memories and experience the best of this beautiful region.

Highlights

  • Explore the imperial city of Hue and its fascinating history, including the UNESCO-listed Hue Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.
  • Discover the stunning Phong Nha Cave and Thien Duong Cave, two of the most beautiful caves in Vietnam, on a guided tour.
  • Relax in the charming town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and take a walking tour of its ancient town, including the iconic Japanese Bridge and Chinese Assembly Halls.
  • Visit the My Son Holy Land, a UNESCO World Heritage site and once the religious and political center of the Champa Kingdom.
  • Experience local life in Cam Thanh Village, explore the pottery village of Thanh Ha, and enjoy lunch at Tra Que Organic Village.
  • See the iconic Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills and enjoy panoramic views of Da Nang from the top of Marble Mountains.
  • These are just some of the highlights of the tour, which offers a great mix of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and relaxation.

Departure & Return Location

Da Nang City

Price Includes

for a private package tour
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotels (double/twin sharing basis) in Hue, Phong Nha, and Hoi An
  • Private transportation throughout the tour
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • Water bottles provided daily
  • Boat trip in Hue and Hoi An

Price Excludes

  • Flights to/from Da Nang International Airport
  • Visa arrangements
  • International travel insurance
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for peak season (if applicable)

Notes

  • The itinerary can be customized to suit your preferences and needs.
  • A few exclusion things can be arranged if you want us to do with extra charge.
  • It is recommended to bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the tour.
  • Please inform us in advance of any dietary restrictions.
  • The tour price is based on a minimum of 2 participants. Single traveler surcharge applies for solo travelers.
  • Children under 4 years old are free of charge. Children from 5 to 9 years old receive a 20% discount if traveling with at least 2 adults.
  • The tour operates year-round, except for certain public holidays of Tet.

Price

Price is for a private tour.
  • 2-guest price: 1,400USD/guest base on 3-star hotels
  • 4-guest price: 1,150USD/guest base on 3-star hotels

Itinerary

Explore the beauty of Central Vietnam with a 10-day tour from Da Nang to Hue, Phong Nha, and Hoi An. Discover ancient cities, magnificent caves, historical landmarks, and breathtaking natural scenery while immersing in the local culture and cuisine.

Quick-look Itinerary:

Day 1: Da Nang Arrival – Hue City
Upon arrival in Da Nang International Airport, transfer to Hue City to check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Hue City Tour
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hue Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.

Day 3: Hue – DMZ – Phong Nha
Travel to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to visit landmarks such as the Vinh Moc Tunnels, Hien Luong Bridge, and the Ben Hai River. Continue to Phong Nha National Park and spend the night.

Day 4: Phong Nha Cave Tour
Explore the impressive Phong Nha Cave and the stunning Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave), two of the most beautiful caves in Vietnam.

Day 5: Phong Nha – Hoi An
Depart Phong Nha and head to the charming town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can relax for the rest of the day.

Day 6: Hoi An Walking Tour
Discover the highlights of Hoi An’s ancient town on a walking tour, including the Japanese Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, and Hoi An Museum.

Day 7: My Son Holy Land
Visit the stunning My Son Holy Land, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once the religious and political center of the Champa Kingdom. Spend the afternoon at leisure at the hotel or on the beach.

Day 8: Golden Bridge in Ba Na – Marble Mountain – Hoi An
Visit the iconic Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills, the beautiful Marble Mountains, and enjoy a panoramic view of Da Nang from the top of the mountain. Return to Hoi An for the night.

Day 9: Hoi An Villages
Visit Cam Thanh Village to experience local life, explore the pottery village of Thanh Ha, and enjoy lunch at Tra Que Organic Village.

Day 10: Departure
Transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight home, marking the end of your 10-day adventure in Central Vietnam.

Longer details itinerary to read:

Day 1: Da Nang Arrival – Hue City (L)

Upon arrival at Da Nang International Airport, you’ll be greeted by your guide and driver who will take you on a scenic drive to Hue City, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Along the way, you’ll pass by the stunning Hai Van Pass, one of the most picturesque coastal routes in Vietnam.

Upon arrival in Hue, you’ll check into your hotel and have the rest of the day to relax and explore the city on your own. Take a stroll along the Perfume River or explore the charming streets and markets of Hue.

Day 2: Hue City Tour (B,L)

Today, you’ll embark on a full-day tour of Hue City, starting with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hue Imperial City, which was the seat of power for the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Within the massive fortress walls, you’ll discover the Forbidden Purple City, which was the private residence of the emperor and his family.

You’ll also visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, an iconic seven-story pagoda that dates back to the 17th century and is considered the symbol of Hue. This beautiful pagoda houses a number of priceless artifacts and is known as the site where the famous Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc famously self-immolated in 1963 to protest against the South Vietnamese government’s treatment of Buddhists.

After lunch, you’ll head to the outskirts of Hue to explore the tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, which are famous for their intricate architecture and beautiful landscapes. This comprehensive tour will give you a deep understanding of Hue’s rich history and cultural significance.

Day 3: Hue – DMZ – Phong Nha

After breakfast, we will depart Hue and head to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to explore the historical landmarks that still bear the scars of the Vietnam War. As we travel along the highway, you will be able to witness the beautiful countryside scenery of Central Vietnam.

We will stop at the Vinh Moc Tunnels, an underground village built by the North Vietnamese Army to shelter villagers from American bombing during the war. Here, you can experience crawling into the tunnels and see how the villagers lived underground for years.

Next, we will visit the Hien Luong Bridge, which marked the border between North and South Vietnam during the war. You will have the opportunity to take in the beautiful views of the Ben Hai River and learn about the heartbreaking stories of Vietnamese families who were separated by the war.

After lunch, we will continue our journey to Phong Nha National Park and check-in at our hotel for the night. The park is famous for its incredible cave systems and is a must-see destination for any traveler to Central Vietnam. You can spend the evening at leisure, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Phong Nha.

Depending on the date booking, we may stay in either Dong Hoi City or Phong Nha City, depending on the most convenient option. This will provide us with the opportunity to rest and prepare for the exciting adventure in the following days.

Day 4: Phong Nha Cave Tour (B,L)

Get ready to explore some of the most spectacular caves in Vietnam! After breakfast, we’ll head to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to over 300 caves and grottoes.

Our first stop will be the Phong Nha Cave, which is considered one of the most beautiful caves in the world. We’ll board a traditional boat to cruise along the Son River and admire the stunning karst formations on the way to the cave entrance. Once inside, we’ll marvel at the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over millions of years, and learn about the cave’s fascinating history.

After lunch, we’ll continue our cave adventure with a visit to the Thien Duong Cave, also known as Paradise Cave. This recently discovered cave is even larger and more breathtaking than Phong Nha, with chambers up to 100 meters high and a length of over 31 kilometers.

We’ll take a guided tour of the cave and see the impressive formations, including the “Crystal Palace” and the “Great Wall of Vietnam.” After a full day of exploring, we’ll return to our hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Day 5: Phong Nha – Hoi An (B,L)

After breakfast, depart from Phong Nha to the picturesque town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its well-preserved Ancient Town.

Along the way, enjoy stunning views of the countryside, with rice paddies and small villages dotting the landscape.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax and explore the town at your own pace. With its mix of Chinese, Japanese, and European architecture, Hoi An is a fascinating place to wander, with plenty of charming shops, cafes, and restaurants to discover.

Day 6: Hoi An Walking Tour (B,L)

Get ready to immerse yourself in the unique charm of Hoi An on a walking tour of the ancient town.

Start at the Japanese Covered Bridge, the iconic symbol of Hoi An, before continuing to the Chinese Assembly Halls of the Fujian and Cantonese communities. Admire the intricate carvings and colorful mosaics that adorn the halls, learning about their history and significance from your knowledgeable guide.

Next, visit the Hoi An Museum, which showcases the town’s rich cultural heritage through exhibits of traditional handicrafts, ceramics, and photographs.

As you stroll through the narrow alleyways, stop to admire the many historic houses that have been beautifully preserved, such as the Tan Ky House (and the Phung Hung House).

Your tour ends at the vibrant Hoi An Market, where you can soak up the bustling atmosphere and try some local delicacies, before returning to your hotel.

Day 7: My Son Holy Land (B)

In the morning, we will take a short drive to the My Son Holy Land, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This sacred site is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples that were once the religious and political center of the Champa Kingdom. The temples date back to the 4th – 13th century and were built by the Cham people.

Explore the area with your guide, learning about the history and culture of this fascinating site. Admire the intricate carvings and unique architecture, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding jungle.

After the tour, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. You can choose to relax at the hotel or soak up the sun on the beach.

Day 8: Golden Bridge in Ba Na – Marble Mountain – Hoi An (B,L)

Begin the day with a visit to Ba Na Hills, a picturesque hill station that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The highlight of the visit is the iconic Golden Bridge, which stands at a height of 1,400 meters above sea level and is supported by two giant hands emerging from the hillside.

After marveling at the Golden Bridge, take a cable car ride to the top of the hill and enjoy a panoramic view of Da Nang City from the summit.

Then, head to the beautiful Marble Mountains, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills, each named after one of the five elements. Here, you can explore the caves and grottoes that are hidden within the mountains and learn about their spiritual significance.

In the afternoon, return to Hoi An to relax and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. You may choose to explore the town further, go shopping in the bustling markets, or relax on the pristine beaches that line the coast.

Day 9: Hoi An Villages (B,L)

Start the day by visiting Cam Thanh Village, where you will take a relaxing round boat ride to explore the local coconut farms. Learn how to paddle the traditional Vietnamese basket boats with the help of friendly locals and enjoy the peaceful scenery of the countryside.

Next, head to the charming Thanh Ha Pottery Village to learn about the traditional art of pottery-making. You can try your hand at creating your own unique piece of pottery, which will be fired and ready for you to take home as a souvenir.

Then, visit Tra Que Organic Village for a delicious lunch featuring local specialties made with fresh organic herbs and vegetables. Afterward, take a leisurely walk through the village’s lush gardens and fields, where you can see local farmers working and learn about their traditional farming methods.

Return to your hotel in Hoi An for a relaxing evening, or explore the town’s vibrant night market for some shopping and entertainment.

Day 10: Departure (B)

On the final day of your 10-day adventure in Central Vietnam, you will transfer to Da Nang airport for your flight home. Take some time to reflect on the incredible experiences you had during your journey, from exploring ancient temples and tombs to cruising along the picturesque Thu Bon River. You will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rich history, culture, and natural beauty of this fascinating region of Vietnam.

Embark on a 10-day journey through Central Vietnam, from the ancient city of Hue to the natural wonders of Phong Nha and the charming streets of Hoi An. Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and beauty of this region as you explore imperial palaces, visit sacred temples, cruise down scenic rivers, and marvel at breathtaking caves. This adventure-packed tour promises to leave you with unforgettable memories of Vietnam.

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The Central Vietnam 10-Day Tour from Da Nang to Hue, Phong Nha, and Hoi An is a well-planned and comprehensive itinerary that allows travelers to explore the best of Central Vietnam. With a good mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions, this tour offers an unforgettable experience for visitors looking to discover the region’s beauty and charm. The inclusion of knowledgeable guides and comfortable accommodations makes this tour a great choice for anyone looking to explore Central Vietnam in depth.

April 21, 2023
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