5 Best Itineraries for One Week in Vietnam (With Price)

Let we just say one fact: 7 days aren’t enough to see all the beauties of Vietnam and for many people, it’s a hard job to choose which destinations to visit in the course of just one week in Vietnam. Indeed, the country sees the UNESCO designated world heritages of both nature and culture dotting from north to south, boasting such depth of the land with a history of thousands of years. To help you sort out the best 7-day itinerary for your trip to Vietnam, we’ve listed here our 5 best plans meticulously designed for one week in order for you to enjoy the most of Vietnam.

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For first-time visitors For couples/

Honeymoon

For FamilyFor AdventurersFor Beach Lovers
Day 1HanoiHanoiHanoiHanoiHue
Day 2Hanoi City TourHalong BayHanoi – Bat Trang VillageHanoi City TourHue city tour
Day 3HalongHanoi city tourHalong BayHalong BayDa Nang
Day 4Hoi AnPhu QuocHanoi – SapaHanoi – Lao CaiHoi An
Day 5HuePhu QuocSapaSapaMy Son
Day 6Cu Chi Tunnels/ HCMCHCMC – Cu Chi TunnelsSapa – HanoiSapa – HanoiCham Island
Day 7Depart from HCMCDepart from HCMCDepart from HanoiDepart From HanoiDepart from Hoi An

1. One Week in Vietnam Itinerary for First-time Visitors


From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture and national monuments, to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay  From amazing scenery of Hue & charming of Hoi An ancient town to the steamy city of Saigon & historic Cu Chi Tunnel. See the very essential Vietnam in 7 days!

*Estimated Total Cost: $900-$1000

vietnam itinerary for first-time visitors

Day 1: Arrive at Hanoi

After arriving at Hanoi,  enjoy an electric tram tour or cyclo tour through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the 36 streets once selling Hanoi very own handicraft products. Nowadays, Hanoi Old Quarter has become the most central quarter of Vietnam’s capital where visitors can enjoy Vietnam culture, traditional architecture and cuisine presented in such modern way.

Watch a performance of water puppetry – a Vietnamese folklore art form that has seized the love of people from across the world.

water puppet

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Take a half-day city tour around Hanoi which includes a visit to a visit Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hanoi’s iconic One-Pillar Pagoda, and Temple of Literature.

In the afternoon, get to Halong City and stay overnight in the city before getting to world’s wonder Halong Bay.

Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise

Get on our private cruise to wander around Halong Bay’s limestone islands and islets in thousands of shapes and size. Not only you’ll have a chance to enjoy one of the world’s most impressive landscapes but also visit the beautiful Thien Cung Cave – a truly heaven palace on earth.

Take a flight to Da Nang and stay the night at this beautiful and modern city. You’re free to discover Da Nang on your own free time.

Day 4: Hoi An – Drive to Hue

You can spend this day to take a walking tour to see the world’s cultural heritage Hoi An Ancient Town – once an international trading port in Asia during 15th-19th centuries. The ancient houses in Hoi An are well-preserved with its prominent Chinese architecture.

Mid-autumn festival in Hanoi

We can’t miss to come and take a look at Japanese Covered Bridge – a landmark that has so many values in architecture and history. The 200-year-old Phung Hung Ancient house is also a site worthy of your visit with its unique style.

Stay overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Hue

Hue is another world’s heritage site of Vietnam, boasting such quintessence of royal Vietnamese architecture. The forbidden purple city of Hue’s imperial citadel was built based on the Chinese’s famous forbidden city in Beijing. The palace retains a feeling of its past scale and importance, with detailed stonework and pavilions and it is at the moment in the process of being restored to its former magnificence.

Hue city at night

We also visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the most famous religious site in Hue for its iconic stupa. From Thien Mu, you’ll be enjoying great views over the poetic and beautiful Perfume River, especially during sunset.

If we’re in Hue, we can’t miss visiting the emperors’ tombs in the surrounding of Hue which are truly resting places of emperors, blessed with such a peaceful atmosphere and natural beauties.

Depart from Hue to Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels

Come to Cu Chi Tunnels to discover parts of the 151-mile system of underground tunnels, used by the communists during American War to live and shelter from the US bomb raids.

The afternoon tour will take you to explore the largest city of Vietnam. Come to War Remnant Museum, City’s Central Post Office and the symbolic Notre Dame cathedral.

Day 7: Depart from Ho Chi Minh City

2. One Week in Vietnam Itinerary For Couples


Vietnam is one of the most romantic destinations for couples or honeymooners experience Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes, slow-paced resorts, fresh delicious food, great shopping and vibrant cities accented with a breath of colonial air. In this tour you will explore elegant Hanoi, legendary Halong Bay, idyllic beaches and paradise island of Phu Quoc, thriving metropolis Saigon.

*Estimated Total Cost: $700-$900

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi and cyclo tour

Arrive in Hanoi, check in your hotel and start with a cyclo tour to Hanoi Old Quarter. Enjoy the exciting and bustling atmosphere of Hanoi’s 36 Old Streets where traditions meet modernity. A welcome dinner will offer you just the best dishes of Vietnamese cuisine.

Day 2: Halong Bay Cruise

A full-day Halong cruise will get you through the limestone islands and islets of this world’s wonder. Not only cruising on our private cruise boat, you’ll also visit Halong’s best cave – Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave) and a floating village to see the daily life of people here. A lot of activities are prepared for you including kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, Taichi class, squid fishing…

Day 3: Halong Bay Half-day cruise tour – Hanoi

Get to see Halong Bay in the most magical moment of the day – when day breaks and enjoy a light exercise with a Taichi class.

Come back to Hanoi to take a short walk to Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Admire one of the oldest Vietnamese forms of folklore art, originated from northern Vietnam. 

Day 4: Flight to Phu Quoc Island – Half Day Tour

After landing in Phu Quoc or Pearl Island, go on a half-day tour to the north part of the island to visit Ganh Dau Beach and Khu Tuong Pepper plantation. Go on to visit a sparkling farm – Phu Quoc Pearl Farm to see how pearls in Phu Quoc are harvested. 

Vietnam Landscape
Discover Vietnam’s hidden paradise island – Phu Quoc Island

Day 5: Phu Quoc Island

You can spend the whole day enjoying your whole free day swimming and sunbathing or choose an optional diving tour to discover undersea worlds. Stay overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 6: Flight to HCMC – Cu Chi Tunnels

Flight from Phu Quoc to HCMC then transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels to get under the ground and be impressed by the complex of tunnels built by communists during American War to shelter the people and soldier from US bombs. 

Cu Chi tunnel entrance
Cu Chi tunnel entrance

Get back to HCMC and enjoy a half-day city tour to see Reunification Palace, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral. In the evening, enjoy a dinner on Saigon River Cruise.

Day 7: Depart from HCMC

3. 7 Days in Vietnam for Family


Perfect for travelling with kids & teenagers, Vietnam offers the perfect combination of adventure and excitement for all the family. Explore the backstreets of Hanoi by cyclo, experience rural life in Bat Trang, cruise through spectacular Halong Bay, discover fascinating lives of the ethnic minority villagers in Sapa.

*Estimated Total Cost: $500-$700

vietnam one week for family

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi and cyclo tour

Arrive in Hanoi, check in your hotel and start with a cyclo tour to Hanoi Old Quarter. Enjoy the exciting and bustling atmosphere of Hanoi’s 36 Old Streets where traditions meet modernity. A welcome dinner will offer you just the best dishes of Vietnamese cuisine.

Day 2: Half-day City Tour – Bat Trang Village

A half-day city tour around Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, landmarks including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Museum of Ethnology and Temple of Literature.

one week in vietnam 

In the afternoon, transfer to Bat Trang Ceramics Village to admire a Vietnamese handicraft of making pottery and ceramics. At Bat Trang, you can also try your talent with a wet clay and mould under the instructions of the craftsmen. You and your family will have a great time having fun with the pottery and your kids will surely love this educational activity.

Day 3: Halong Bay Cruise

Transfer to Halong to start a cruise tour on the world’s wonder bay and visit the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay – Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave) and a floating village to see the daily life of people here. A lot of activities are prepared for you including kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, Taichi class, squid fishing…

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Night Train to Lao Cai

Enjoy exercising with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck while admiring the beauties of Halong Bay in the dawn of the day. Return to Hanoi and take a short walk to Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, book a water puppetry performance – a Vietnamese traditional folklore art. 

Night train to Lao Cai.

Day 5: Sapa

Transfer to Sapa town – the most romantic highland town in northwest Vietnam. Trek to the most beautiful hill tribe villages such as Lao Chai & Ta Van, admire nature beauties at Silver waterfall and Heaven Gate. 

Stay overnight at Sapa.

Vietnam itinerary - tram Ton pass

Day 6: Sapa’s fair market

On this day, you should spend to trek and discover Sapa’s very own fair markets where you can see the people practicing their traditions and customs in such vivid way. This is the schedule for fair markets in Sapa:

Sunday:  Bac Ha market 
Tuesday: Coc Ly market 
Wednesday: Cao Son market 
Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin market 
Saturday: Can Cau market 

Day 7: Depart from Hanoi

4. 7 Days in Vietnam for Adventurers


Hanoi city with highlights, Halong Bay with overnight cruise & kayaking, Sapa with trekking to hill tribe minority villages in Sapa. All in one tour 7-day with us at very competitive price and true experience.

*Estimated Total Cost: $400-$600

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Stay overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

You should spend this whole day to discover this capital of Vietnam where tradition meets modernity. Visit the impressive landmarks such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda in the morning.

Hoa Lo Prison nowadays
Hoa Lo Prison nowadays

After lunch, prepare for a trip to Hanoi’s best sites: Hoa Lo Prison museumTemple of Literature and a cyclo tour to Hanoi Old Quarter. At evening, watch a show of water puppetry – a unique Vietnamese traditional folklore art. 

Day 3: Cruising on Halong Bay 

Get to Halong Bay to leisurely cruise through the world’s wonder where the foot of grey limestone islands and islets are flooded with greenish water. 

If you have more time budget, it’s recommended that you should spend at least 2 days so you can stay overnight on the bay. 

Day 4: Halong Bay – Lao Cai

On this day, you can enjoy a half-day tour in Halong starting with exercising with a Tai Chi Class on the sundeck while admiring the bay in the breaking moment of the day. Next, the tour will get you to Thien Canh Son Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in the region. 

Start off a new day with tai chi class on the sundeck

In the afternoon, transferring back from Halong to Hanoi. In the evening, take the night train to Lao Cai Railway Station

Day 5: Sapa

This whole day should be spent to discover Sapa to your heart content. Muong Hoa valley is where you should head to if you want to soak up to the local ethnic cultural atmosphere. Ta Van Village of Dzay people is the number-one recommended site with an impressive rattan bridge. From Ta Van, you can also visit the neighboring villages to enjoy the majestic scenery of terraced rice fields. 

one week in vietnam

Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi

Start the day with the half-day village trek, first with the famous Cat Cat Village which is located just 2km away from the town. The walk through the village will give you the glimpses of ethnic Black H’mong’s traditional customs and practices. Don’t miss to visit Silver Waterfall – the most beautiful nature sightseeing in Sapa.

Night train back to Hanoi

Day 7: Depart from Hanoi

5. 7 Days Vietnam Itinerary for Beach Lovers


Discover the central line of Vietnam with the menu of Starter: Hue ancient capital, Main course: Swimming and Diving and finish with Dessert Hoian Ancient town and My Son holy land.

*Estimated Total Cost: $800-$1000

one week in vietnam

Day 1: Arrive in Hue

Stay overnight in Hue.

Day 2: City Tour in Hue

Hue deserves to be discovered in a whole day. The imperial capital of Vietnam is just so worth your visit – be it nature or culture. Your first destination should be Thuy Thanh village with its lively morning market. Nearby, you should come to take a look at 300-year-old Thanh Toan Tile-Roofed bridge and Farmhouse Exhibition where you will see the local working tool, meet and talk to the local people.

Next is the highlighted destination of Hue – Forbidden Purple City which was built based on the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The compound boasts an imposing beauty for its scale and architecture refinement. 

vietnam in march

In the afternoon, you’ll get to see the tombs of Nguyen rulers of which Minh Mang Royal tomb is the most representative example for architecture and nature harmonization. 

Thien Mu Pagoda is a site you shouldn’t miss in Hue. The most impressive part of the pagoda is its stupa facing towards the poetic Perfume River. 

Stay overnight in Hue and enjoy Hue nightlife.

Day 3: Da Nang

En Route from Hue to Da Nang, you’ll have the chance to witness the beauties of Lang Co Beach and Hai Van Pass. In Danang, you will visit Marble Mountains, Cham Sculpture Museum. Other places worth to visit in Da Nang are: Ba Na Hills, Da Nang Asia Park, Ling Ung pagoda and Son Tra Peninsula. 

Lang Co Beach

 

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Stay overnight in Da Nang.

Day 4: Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An is just 18 kilometers away from Da Nang which makes it a perfect day trip. Hoi An is a UNESCO’s protected cultural world’s heritage. Explore its shop-lined streets, view the red-painted Japanese Covered Bridge – the three Chinese characters over the door mean “bridge for passers-by from afar” and tour the 200-year-old “Phung Hung” house, noted for its unique architecture.

hoi an at night -thing to do in hoi an at night 2

If you want even more unique and cultural immersive, visit a workshop of a traditional lantern maker where you can meet the artisans and try your skills at creating your own lanterns.

Day 5: My Son Holyland

From Hoi An, you can easily visit My Son Holyland – another cultural world heritage of Vietnam. My Son was once a worshiping place of Champa Kingdom, boasting the quintessence of Champa and Hindu architecture. Their masterpieces mark a glorious time for the architecture and culture of the Cham, as well as of Southeast Asia.

My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Cham Island

Get on board to sail to Cham Island – the most pristine island in Vietnam with primitive nature and beautiful landscape. Visit the Marine Protected Areas of Cham Island – a paradise for scuba-diving. Arrival at the first diving site, one discovery scuba dive with a certified PADI Instructor. (Average 30-45 minutes a dive at 6 to 12 meters depth, join group of 3 divers with 1 Instructor).

Day 7: Depart from Hoi An

 

>>> If 7-day itineraries are too short to get the most out of your Vietnam experience, take a look at our other itineraries for longer duration:


What To Do In Vietnam In 10 Days – Vietnam Itineraries In 10 Days


The Ultimate Vietnam Itinerary 2 Weeks For The First Timer


Your Vietnam Itinerary 3 Weeks From North To South

 

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