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Essential Of Vietnam

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Tour Information

Price: US$1,232.00 (included taxes & service charge)
Routes: Hanoi - Halong - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta .
Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights.
Depart from: Hanoi - Return to: Ho Chi Minh City.

Description

Highlights: Boating, walking and cultural experience.
 
Summary: Essential Vietnam is a wonderful trip designed for those who want to experience the very best of Vietnam, but only have limited time. Brings you the charm of Hanoi, the scenic impressive sights of Halong Bay, the ancient capital of Hue, the charming Hoi An, Nha Trang, the hill station of Da Lat, the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and the mighty Mekong Delta.
 
Tour Type: Land tour + well selected hotel + domestic flights/trains, private guided with your own English speaking guide ( unless otherwise specified), your own driver at your own pace and schedule.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (D)

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. Welcome dinner at Lotus restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Hanoi. Relax and stay over night at the hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong (B/L/D)

8.00: Shuttle bus will pick up for a drive to Halong Bay. On the way, we stop for refreshment and photos.
12.30: Boarding Glory Cruise. Welcome drink is served.
13.00-14.30: Lunch is served while cruising through Halong Bay. Roam around the labyrinth of the Bay through the Fighting Cock, Canh Buom, and stop for swimming then go for visiting Sung Sot cave (The Sudden Surprise). Kayak to Luon cave, Dau Nguoi Mountain, Titop beach.
18.30: Docking for overnight.
19.30: Dinner is served. Overnight on the Junk.

Day 3: Halong - Hanoi (B/L)

08-09.30: Buffet breakfast while cruising back to Halong wharf and visit Fire Island, Dinh Huong Island, floating village.
10.30: Luggage pulls out. Have lunch. Clear all bills
11.30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say Goodbye.
12.00: Shuttle bus will take you back to Hanoi. Dinner on guest's account.
Overnigt in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi - Hue (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue. Our tour guide in Hue will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in. As Vietnam’s last feudal capital, the small and quiet city of Hue is widely known for magnificent architectures, pagodas and royal tombs in the many small villages and surrounding hills. We spend the afternoon to sightsee Hue with the massive citadel, which contains the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. After an impressive boat trip, we return to the town and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market which sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass by many great eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies. The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue, and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. Stay overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B)

Upon leaving Hue we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang City, the Non Nuoc Beach and the Marble Mountain whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. Accommodation at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An (B)

The ancient architecture of Hoi An is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, like the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.

 

Today, we include these on a walking tour passing many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past. A perfect way to round off the day is a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which also gives us a chance to admire the spectacular countryside and explore a handicraft ceramic village and boat building yards. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B)

An early morning transfer to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of offshore islands, and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape.

After checking into the hotel we visit Nha Trang's major sights, including the Oceanographic Institute, the Long Son Pagoda with its famous giant Buddha image, the Hon Chong Rock formation and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. The remainder of the day will be free for a well earned rest on a beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B)

Upon leaving Nha Trang, we head south towards Da Lat, sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The journey will pass by the famous Cam Ranh Bay before arriving at the Po Klong Jarai Towers which represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people.

At an elevation of over 1, 000 meters, the hill station of Da Lat was founded in the early year of the last century for the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival in Da Lat, we start our tour taking us through plenty of the French colonial architecture to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. Other sights are the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 9: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

The following destination of our trip is Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. This bustling metropolis is a contradiction of its northern counterpart and is crowded with motobikes and cars. It is full of numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafés.

After an enjoyable visit to the busy Hoa Binh Market, we make our way down hill to Ho Chi Minh City, traveling through the many tea and coffee plantations. The drive is long, but views are fantastic. Along the way we can make stops to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. Check into hotel and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where everything and anything is for sale!

We then transfer the Cu Chi Tunnels. An incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mighty Mekong Delta (B/L)

Heading out of town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat to navigate around the intricate small canals in the delta region. This is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view of the many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunity to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the wonderful traditional music.

The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre province to visit some fascinating local industries. After feasting on a large lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s China town, which is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

Free at leisure until time transfer to airport for flight back home.

Tour Prices

Class

2 Pax

3 - 5 Pax

6 - 10 Pax

11 - 15 Pax

16 Pax Up

Single Supplemental

star

$1,232

$1,059

$889

$673

$532

$342

star

$1,435

$1,255

$1,089

$769

$729

$526

star

$1,591

$1,419

$1,249

$927

$886

$673

Note: Number of Person in Group/Pax Tour cost per Person (in US $)

Trip includes:

  • Transportation: good car with A/C during the trip
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing room at locals
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)
  • Boat trip in Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Mekong Delta
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Professional English speaking tour guide at places
  • Air tickets (Economy class with Vietnam airlines): Hanoi - Hue ; Da Nang - Nha Trang

Trip excludes:

  • Visa application fee to Vietnam
  • Personal expenses
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Early check in & late check out for accommodation at the places
  • Airport tax and departure tax
  • All other service is not made on the written form
  • Insurance
  • Tip for tour guide & driver