Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam in Style

Number of days: 9

Price from: 786$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi

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

This tour organized for travelers, who want to know the diversity of Vietnam. You will understand Vietnam with: Our history, Our culture, Our people, Our beautiful nature...

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  • DESTINATIONS

    * 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  
    * Hoi An - Discover this charming UNESCO World Heritage listed site 
    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital  
    * 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  
    * Hoi An - Discover this charming UNESCO World Heritage listed site 
    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital  
    * 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 

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

    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital 

    * 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


    ACTIVITIES

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


    TRIP AT A GLANCE

    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnels (B)

    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong DeltaHoian (B/L)

    Day 4: HoiAn – Myson (B)

    Day 5: Hoian – Hue (B)

    Day 6: Hue - Hanoi (B)

    Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    Day 8: Halong – Hanoi (B)

    Day 9: Hanoi – Departure (B)

    Includes:

    - Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on twin/double sharing

    - Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

    - Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

    - 2 domestic flights: Ho Chi Minh – Danang, Hue – Hanoi (Y Class)

    - Overnight junk in Halong Bay – 2D1N cruise program

    - Kayaking in Halong Bay

    - Boat trip in Mekong Delta and Hue and excursions 

    - Local English speaking tour guides

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable

    Exclude:

    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Travel insurance

    - Vietnam visa (Upon request)

    - International flight to/from the start/finish city of the trip

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

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    Colin and I would just like to say a huge thank you for arranging the itinerary for our recent trip to Vietnam. I can honestly say that it could not have been any better and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

    The guides were excellent and each one of them was extremely knowledgeable, they answered all of our questions and made us feel very much at ease. The hotels we stayed in were amazing and again the staff made us feel very welcome and were friendly and helpful. The sights and places we went to, in particular Halong Bay, were just sensational. Our photographs really cannot capture the beauty of the places. We were very sad when it came to the end of our trip, but I am sure that we will visit Vietnam again in the future. I have also been making recommendations to all of our friends, so I hope you will receive some requests.

    Once again, thank you very, very much for everything you did for us and we hope to see you again in the not too distant future.

    Kindest Regards

    Bernie & Colin

  • Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

    On arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), our guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. You will be free to recover somewhat from jet-leg. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnels (B)

    In the morning, we will go to Hoc Mon district to visit the incredible underground Cu Chi tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Back to the city after 4 hours excursion.

    In the afternoon, tour of Saigon to famous landmarks such as: the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral - two of the city's architectural landmarks then onto China Town, Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda. Back to downtown and a short walk via Opera House, City Hall.... Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Hoian (B/L)

    Heading out of the bustling city, we drive along rice fields to My Tho, one of Mekong Delta provinces. Upon arrival in My Tho, we embark on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region, which passes My Tho fruit market. Joining in with daily activities of local people and enjoy the atmosphere of water world along the canals and along the Tien river. The exciting cruise continues on to Unicorn island, here you can taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the local traditional music, performed by the islanders. Have lunch at a typical country garden house. Next stops are the coconut candy “mill” and some other local industries in Ben Tre province. Drive back Ho Chi Minh for late flight to Danang (Flight VN326 @17.50-19.00). Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to Hoian town 35km away. Overnight in Hoian.



    Day 4: Hoi An – Myson (B)

    After breakfast, we drive to Myson, a World Heritage, 40 km southwest of Hoian. Located in a lush valley, Myson was a capital and religious center of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries. Myson, considered being in the same age as some of Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. These towers and sanctuaries were built from the 7 to 13 centuries. Back to Hoian at noon, and then spend the other half day for the guided city tour of Hoian town. Overnight in Hoian.



    Day 5: Hoian – Hue

    After breakfast, we drive 4 hours northwards to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. On the way, visit Marble mountain and Cham museum in Danang. Take a stop on the way to see the spectacular view on the top of “Hai Van Pass” and the legend beach of Lang Co.
    Afternoon, sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Then, visit Dong Ba, the local market in Hue, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers.

    Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the scenic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda. Overnight in Hue.



    Day 6: Hue - Hanoi (B)

    After breakfast, you will embark o­n a drive to Hue’s countryside, through scenic villages and green rice fields to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is o­ne of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes.

    Transfer to the airport for the midday flight to Hanoi (Flight VN245 @11.00-12.10). After one hour flight you will land at Noi Bai airport in the Hanoi Capital of Vietnam. Pick up and transfer to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon we would like to present you Hanoi locals’ daily life with one hour trishaw (cyclo) ride around Hanoi Old streets, Hoan Kiem lake, stop at Ngoc Son temple and you then attending a Water Puppets show. Overnight in Hanoi.



    Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise & Kayaking (B/L/D)

    - 8.00AM: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and depart for Halong Bay - the World Heritage Site on a comfortable 3 and a half hour drive passing the nice countryside of the Red River Delta. As scheduled, there will be a short stop in the midway to relax. On the way, you may want to have some more stops for taking photo of the local daily life on the rice-fields, etc...
    - 12:00 PM: Board Halong Junk. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat cruises the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape.
    - You will see Dog Rock, Incense Burner Rock, as well as Fighting Cock Rock before heading to Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises).
    - Later we stop at a floating house owned by fishermen before kayaking to Luon Cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay.
    - After returning to the boat a fresh fruit platter will be served, and we will anchor in a safe and scenic location for swimming and our overnight stay.
    - Dinner is served on board and then you have free time to listen to music, join in Karaoke singing or relax under the stars.


    Day 8: Halong – Hanoi (B/L)

    - 7.30AM: Breakfast will be served on the boat, before cruising to another part of Halong Bay where you will view more of the bays spectacular limestone scenery, such as Drum Cave, Man's Head Islet, Turtle Islet and Fair-man's Cave.
    - The junk then heads to Van Gia fishing village- one of the oldest and largest floating villages in Halong Bay.
    - You will have the opportunity to understand more about the fishermen's daily life, before cruising to a beautiful, secluded spot to swim.
    - 11.30 AM: The boat returns to the dock for lunch in an A/C restaurant before returning to Hanoi.

    - Arrive in Hanoi at around 4PM; you may want to catch up on more sightseeing or just relaxing in your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.


    Day 9: Hanoi City Tour – Departure (B)

    Morning visit the most historical and cultural highlights of Hanoi. The visit includes: 
    - Ho Chi Minh’s (HCM) Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
    - HCM’s Stilt House
    - One Pillar Pagoda

    - Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
    - Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”

    Afternoon, free time to go shopping in the Old Quarter until the transfer time to the airport for the departure flight in late afternoon or in evening. Say goodbye to Hanoi and 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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