Vietnam Classic Tours

Taste of Vietnam

Number of days: 6

Price from: 578$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Hanoi or reverse

Highlights: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Ho Chi Minh City, Cuchi Tunnels, Mekong Delta

This holiday tour organized for travelers with limited time in Vietnam, but want to visit the best of Vietnam from North to South as well as understand Vietnamese people. You will visit the most known of Vietnam: Natural beauty, Previous and present daily life Vietnam...

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  • DESTINATIONS

    * Hanoi - Exploration of this charming, historical centre and its French provincial influences 
    * Halong Bay - Vietnam’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’; the stunning beauty of the 3,000 islets of the Gulf of Tonkin 
    * Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) - Vietnam’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant city 
    * Mekong Delta - ‘Rice basket of Vietnam’ and home to many living, working and travelling along the river

    ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Caves / Music / Shopping / Walking Tours / Boating & Sailing


    BRIEF ITINERARY:


    Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Brief City Tour


    Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay Tour – The World heritage (B/L)


    Day 3: Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An - the Ancient town (B)


    Day 4: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi tunnels Tour (B)


    Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta Tour (B/L)


    Day 6: Departure from Ho Chi Minh City (B)

    Include:

    - 5 night's hotel accommodation with daily breakfast in twin/double sharing

    - Transports by private A/C vehicle

    - All 2 domestic flights: Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Ho Chi Minh City (Economic class)

    - Private junk/boat in Halong Bay

    - All entrance fees

    - English speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request

    - All meals as per program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

    Exclude:

    - Meals except otherwise mentioned

    - International flights

    - Vietnam Visa (available upon request)

    - Tipping, drinks, insurance, and personal expenses


  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – City Tour

    On your arrival in Hanoi, you are welcomed at Noi Bai airport by our guide and he will accompany you to your hotel in the city center. 
    In the afternoon, we start the tour with Hanoi sightseeing. We will present you Vietnam daily life in the past and now with one hour cyclo tour around the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and Old Quarter streets. You are then attending the Water Puppets show. Overnight in Hanoi.


    Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay Day Tour – The World heritage (B/L)
    Today, you will visit Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site of outstanding natural beauty. The travel start at 8:00am, after 3 hour and a half, you will arrive at Halong Bay. Embark on a traditional style wooden junk around noon. Lunch will be served on boat during your cruise. With 4-hour boat trip, you will cruise around rocks, islets, caves and grottos. You then will visit to the Thien Cung caves - the most beautiful among thousands. Drive back to Hanoi for overnight in Hanoi.


    Day 3: Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An - the Ancient Town (B) 
    After breakfast, you check out and transfer to Noi Bai airport, stop and visit the Museum of Vietnam Ethnology – the most interesting Museum in Hanoi for one hour. Take noon flight to Danang. On arrival at Da Nang Airport, you are transferred to a local restaurant in the city for lunch on your own, and then visit to Cham Museum (rich collection of Cham sculptures from in 14-15 century back with Indian influences) before transferring to Hoi An town, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Visit of Hoi An Town with mixed the culture of Vietnam/Chinese/Japanese with Chinese tiled houses, Chinese temples, Japanese covered bridge. Overnight in Hoi An town. 


    Day 4: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels Tour (B)
    Leave your hotel early for morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, drive straight to visit Cu Chi tunnels, the “Iron Triangle”, our Viet Cong basement in the American war. Then, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City centre.  
    Afternoon, we take a quick view of the busiest city of Vietnam by visiting the Independence Palace and China Town. Late afternoon, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 


    Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta Day Tour (B/L)
    Leaving the busy city in the morning, you are going to visit country side in the Mekong Delta. On arrival at Cai Be, of course, the only way for you to observe the local lifestyle is getting on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region. You will see Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. Lunch at local restaurant or Vietnamese house. Roaming around and observe how the people make the living from fruit trees such as coconut, corn and other local products. You may love to enjoy tea and tropical fruits prepared by the locals. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon for overnight.


    Day 6: Ho Chi Minh - Departure (B)
    You are at leisure for shopping or relax before transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure flight. Say goodbye to Vietnam.

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


  • VIETNAM

    Visa and Passport
    Except for a number of ASEAN countries a visa is required to visit Vietnam. If your itinerary requires two
    entries into Vietnam then a double entry visa must be obtained. If your trip is postponed or delayed it may be necessary to obtain another visa if your original visa is not valid for your new dates of travel.

    Tourist Visa
    A Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for the period of 30-days and for a single entry (unless endorsed for a double entry at additional cost). Your passport must be sent to the embassy along with payment with prepaid shipping arrangements with Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, FedEx, etc., two completed visa applications and two passport photos. Allow five-business days for processing.

    Visa-on-Arrival
    A Visa-on-Arrival is available if you are pre-approved for the visa. In lieu of a stamped visa in your passport prior to departure a fax from the Department of Immigration is issued and used as your travel document for boarding your international flight to Vietnam. This system has been working for a number of years now and is extremely reliable. Visa-on-Arrival processing charges are normally $25 and a $45 fee is payable directly to Vietnamese Immigration upon arrival.

    Double Entry Visa
    A Double Entry Visa is a Tourist Visa endorsed for a double entry. If your itinerary requires a double entry be sure and obtain the Double Entry Visa.

    Re-Entry Visa
    Re-entry Visas, prior to departing Vietnam, are possible to obtain in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through authorized agencies for a fee of approximately $25, however it requires one-to-two days and the deposit of your passport. This is not advisable unless your itinerary allows ample time and you remain in the city where the application was filed until the visa is issued. It is strongly advised to obtain a Double Entry Visa prior entering Vietnam.

    Passport Validity Dates
    Your passport must have a validity date of at least six-months remaining after your visit to Vietnam is completed.

    Travel Document Companies
    Unless you live nearby a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or are experienced in dealing with embassies by mail or telephone, it is advised that you use a travel document company to obtain your visa.
    Notes: You can email us at info@privateasiatours.com for more advice on Vietnam Visa information. The service is free of charge. All the emails will be replied within 24h.

    Entry Procedures
    Arrival and Departure Cards are required to be completed upon entry into Vietnam; they will be provided by the airline or at the border gate. The yellow copy of the card will be returned to you and must be submitted when you depart Vietnam; keep it in a safe place. Making a photocopy of it is a good idea and keeping it with your other photocopies.
    If you have been pre-approved for a Visa-on-Arrival simply process though the Visa-on-Arrival lane at immigration.
    Once your visa formalities have been completed claim your baggage and process through customs.

    Duty Free
    One-carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor.

    Exit Procedures
    Complete the customs declaration and process through customs then complete the immigration processing where you will be required to return the yellow copy of your Arrival and Departure Card.

    Tendering Passports
    Vietnamese law requires that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening. This may appear odd to Western travelers but until the 1960's a number of European countries required that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening.

    Travel Insurance
    Traveler's Insurance is strongly recommended. A number of companies sell competing policies and it is a good idea to read the fine print and ask questions if you are in doubt. 
    Note: some insurance companies cover travel insurance in their existing policies; check, you may already be covered. Policies have differing benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and dental coverage, and emergency medical transportation, lost baggage, missed connections, and accidents.
    Of special note is the emergency medical transportation. This is extremely costly; if you any health condition which may require medical evacuation you should check to see if you are currently covered and if not purchase the insurance. Medical treatment, if required, can be costly and the pay is usually in cash.


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