Impressive Vietnam Tour, 12 days

Tour Overview

This adventure spans the length of Vietnam, from thriving Ho Chi Minh City to historic Hanoi, with stops in the enchanting towns of Hue and Hoi An, and a two-day cruise through world-famous Halong Bay.

We will discover Ho Chi Minh City’s alluring mix of French, American and Chinese influences, visiting the most-loved attractions, from elegant colonial buildings to bustling markets. We will visit the infamous underground network of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about life for the soldiers who operated there during the war. We will travel to Tay Ninh - home of the Cao Dai sect - attending an impressive service and exploring an ornate temple. We will cruise through the narrow canals of the Mekong Delta, passing verdant islands, floating fish farms and traditional villages. We will travel on to Hue, where we will explore the ancient citadel’s Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City, as well as mausoleums and pagodas scattering in the surrounding hills. In the attractive town of Hoi An, we will take a walking tour of the most beautiful structures and visit My Son Holy Land - an ancient religious capital of the Champa Kingdom. Before reaching Hanoi, we will see Duong Lam Village, the birthplace of two notorious Vietnamese kings, and enjoy cycling through this area. In Hanoi, we will see the city’s key historic sites, including the residence and mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. We will take an overnight boat trip through magnificent Halong Bay, where we can relax, admire the dramatic scenery and visit a splendid cave.

Tour Information

  • Easy
  • No Limit
  • Classic Travel
  • Cruise Culture Trekking

Tour HighLight

+ Tour Ho Chi Minh City’s most fascinating sites, including war memorials, markets, pagodas and colonial architecture

+ Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels

+ Experience a Cao Dai service, visiting the birthplace of the religion

+ Discover the rural Mekong Delta region, travelling by boat to visit lush islands and traditional villages

+ See craft-making by local villagers in the Mekong Delta

+ Take in the ancient town of Hue and explore the royal citadel, also visiting nearby pagodas, mausoleums and markets, as well as taking a boat trip down the Perfume River

+ Visit Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum before travelling along the infamous Hai Van Pass

+ See the pretty town of Hoi An, taking a walking tour of the most charming sites

+ Visit the ancient religious centre of My Son Holy Land

+ Visit historic Duong Lam Village to admire the traditional architecture and cycle to the Mia Pagoda

+ Tour the historic and cultural monuments Hanoi, learning about the city’s heritage

+ Experience Halong Bay by overnight boat cruise, seeing remarkable vistas and a stunning cave

+ Take part in optional leisure activities in Halong Bay, such as swimming, kayaking, cooking, squid-fishing and Tai Chi

+ Enjoy free time in several destinations to soak up the atmosphere and try local food

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out of your trip

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival - Ho Chi Minh

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: No

On arrival at Tan San Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh, you are met by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer.You may have some time free to relax or discover at your own leisure. The bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, still called Saigon by many locals, was originally a fishing village built up on a vast swampland, but it has developed into Saigon under the French domination. The effervescent development has bought Ho Chi Minh some cosmic changes from a war-torn city to a thriving metropolis. However, the architecture, local culture and lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh are still a reconciliation among French, American and Chinese influences. This fast growing city is now punctuated with elegant international hotels and exclusive restaurants, crowded with motorbikes, cars and vociferous cyclo drivers, and excited by numerous shopping areas, sidewalk cafés and noodle stalls. They have formed a dynamic urban area in very special sense and make for an endless exploration in this  south Vietnamese gem.

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy a full  day city tour of Ho Chi Minh, including Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office , Reunification Palace, War Remnant Exhibit, Jade Emperor, China Town and  Ben Thanh Market.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh – Cao Dai Temple

Head out of town   to Cu Chi and visit the   Cu Chi Tunnels . Keep driving to   explore Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and mid day temple services.

OVERNIGHT: Ho Chi Minh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta – Hue

Travel by road to Mekong Delta and take a boat trip on the Mekong River to explore the Mekong Delta. Visit Unicorn Island and Ben Tre with cottage industries. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh  and take a flight to Hue.

OVERNIGHT: Hue MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Hue

Explore Hue on a full day guided tour,  inclduing Hue Citadel, Dong Ba market , Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Masoleum.  Relax on a boat trip along the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda.

OVERNIGHT: Hue MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Hue – Hoi An

Continue the journey to Hoi An. En route, visit Lang Co Village, Hai Van pass, Cham Museum and Marble Mountain. Check in hotel in Hoi An and have free time.

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

Hoi An – My Son

Take a short drive through the countryside to explore My Son, religious centre of Champa Kingdom. Return to Hoi An and visit this town on a walking tour. Visit Japanese Bridge, Museum  of Trade Ceramics, Phung Huong Ancient House, Chua Ong Pagoda and Phuc Kien Assemby Hall.

OVERNIGHT: Hoian MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An – Hanoi – Duong Lam Village

Fly north to Hanoi. Met by our guide and driven to explore Duong Lam Village, Stroll along the village lane and visit Mong Phu Communal House and Mia Pagoda.  Keep driving to Hanoi Center and check in hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9

Hanoi

Spend a day to explore Hanoi, seeing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( close on Mon. and Fri) and  Ho Chi Minh House , One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of  Literature  and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.  Take a walk around the old quarter and enjoy a water puppet show.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Take a drive through the countryside to  Halong Bay. Embark a cruise for two day trip in Halong Bay, visit the scenic stone landscape and enjoy sea activities.

OVERNIGHT: Halong Bay MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Halong Bay – Hanoi

Get up early to join the Tai Chi exercise or explore the bay at dawn. Visit Surprise cave and have brunch on cruise before heading back to Hanoi.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 12

Hanoi- Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to airport for departure.

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

10 nights at hotel  and 1 night on cruise on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

11 breakfast (B), 1 lunch (L), 1 dinner (D) and 1 brunch (B)

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh with entrance fee

Excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh with entrance fee

Boat trip in Mekong Delta

Sightseeing tour of Da Nang  & Hoi An  with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Hue with entrance fee

Boat trip on Perfume River in Hue

Boat trip in Halong Bay with entrance fee

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to Ho Chi Minh /from Hanoi , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Vietnam and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

NO LISTING

Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Vietnam, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Vietnam.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

Based on the current custom regulation of Vietnam, visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes, or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1,5 liters liquor at 20% volumes and above or 2 liters liquor below 20% volume or 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks, 5 kilograms of tea in maximum, 3 kilograms of coffe in maximum, a reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings, and other goods, total value of which is not exceeding ten million VND.

Import and export of firearms and ammunition is prohibited. Transit transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and highly dangerous goods is subject to prior approval from the government of Viet Nam.

No restriction of currency is applied for entry or exit Vietnam. However you must make the declaration if you bring along  Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent.

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