Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam Highlights - 9 days

Number of days: 9

Price from: 731$

Tour type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Hanoi or Reverse

Highlights: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Cuchi Tunnels, Mekong Delta

This tour organized for travelers, who want to know the diversity of Vietnam. You will understand Vietnam with: Our history, Our literature, Our religious.

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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

    * Hoi An - Discover this charming UNESCO World Heritage listed site 

    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital  

    * 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


    TRIP AT A GLANCE

    Day 01: Arrive Hanoi - Welcome to Vietnam

    Day 02: Ha Long Bay – the World heritage Site (B/L)

    Day 03: Hanoi - Hue (B)

    Day 04: Hue Citadel (B)

    Day 05: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B)

    Day 06: Hoi An (B)

    Day 07: Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

    Day 08: Mekong Delta (B/L)

    Day 09: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

    Include:

    - Accommodation as specific or similar, based on twin/double sharing

    - Transport by private A/C vehicle

    - All 2 domestic flights: Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh City

    - Private boat in Mekong, Hue and Halong Bay

    - All entrance fees

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

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

    Exclude:

    - International flights

    - Meals except otherwise mentioned

    - Vietnam Visa (on request)

    - Tipping, drinks, insurance, and personal expenses



  • DETAILED ITINERARY:


    Day 1: Arrive Hanoi - Welcome to Vietnam
    Upon arrival in our thousand years Capital – Hanoi City, our guide will welcome you at Noi Bai airport and then transfer you to your hotel in the city center. It is time for freshen up and a short rest after long journey. You will know our legend/history about Hoan Kiem Lake (the lake of the Restored Sword), our architectural and our way of with small streets and its name (Old quarter). Enjoy our welcome show of northern rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. 


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


    Day 3: Hanoi City Tour - Hue (B)
    In the morning, you will visit Van Mieu (our first national university), Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, His House on Stilt, Ho Chi Minh’s Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc pagoda. 
    In the afternoon, discover more of Hanoi with the visit to Ethnology Museum of Vietnam or shopping in Old quarter. Leave our Capital for the Imperial city – Hue on an early evening flight. On arrival in Hue, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Hue. 

    Day 4: Hue Tour (B)
    Today, you will visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue, King Tu Duc’s tomb (Tu Duc is a king but also a poet, so his mausoleum is a poet garden), King Minh Mang tomb (typical formal oriental style designed), and Thien Mu pagoda. In the late afternoon, we take a cruise on Huong River to admire sunset. Overnight in Hue. 


    Day 5: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B)
    In the morning, take a car ride to Hoi An town, which is about 120km from Hue. You will travel through Hai Van pass, and Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam. Passing Danang, the car will stop for the visit to Cham museum where you will see the rich collection of Cham sculpture. Many of the sandstone carving are breathtaking. Arrive in Hoian town in the afternoon, check in hotel and overnight.



    Day 6: Visit Hoi An (B)
    In the morning, you will walk to visit ancient tiny town Hoi An. The visit includes Japanese covered bridge, some Chinese Assembly Halls, and some typical Vietnamese houses of 18 century. You will have one or some hours to go shopping or just relax on the bank of Thu Bon river of Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An. 


    Day 7: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Cuchi Tunnels (B)
    You will take morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Then, continue the trip to Cu Chi, visit the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Back to Ho Chi Minh City for short city tour passing Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 


    Day 8: Mekong Delta Day Tour (B/L)
    Leaving the busy city early in the morning, you will visit the typical country side of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta. On arrival in 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 the Cai Be floating market with sellers and buyers bargaining and exchanging their goods from their boats. Roaming around and observe how the people make the living from fruit trees such as coconut, corn and other local products. Return to Ho Chi Minh for overnight. 


    Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
    Have breakfast in hotel and then free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for departure. 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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