Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam Insight Classic

Number of days: 11

Price from: 880$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Can Tho, Hoian, Hue, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, 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 01: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

    Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Can Tho (B/L)


    Day 03: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City (B) 


    Day 04: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)

    Day 05: Hoi An – My Son (B)


    Day 06: Hoi An – Hue (B)


    Day 07: Hue (B)

    Day 08: Hue - Hanoi (B)

    Day 09: Hanoi - Ninhbinh - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc (B/L)


    Day 10: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay (B/L)

    Day 11: Hanoi - Departure (B) 

    Include:

    - Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast based on twin/double sharing

    - Transfer by Private A/C vehicle

    - Domestic flights: Ho Chi Minh – Danang, Hue - Hanoi

    - Private boat trips in Mekong Delta, Ninh Binh and in Ha Long Bay,

    - All entrance fees

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

    - All meals as per program 

    Exclude:

    - International flight and all airport taxes

    - Drinks, except otherwise mentioned

    - Insurance

    - Personal expenses and Tips

    - Vietnam Visa


  • Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh, City Tour

    You are welcomed by our guide at Tan Son Nhat airport and then be transferred to your hotel in the center of city. Then, enjoy a half day city tour to visit the Reunification Palace, War Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral with the passing Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 


    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta Overnight tour - Can Tho (B/L)
    This Mekong Delta trip provides you a look at varieties of the life and scenery on the Mekong River itself as well as on the bank of the river. Start the trip by a drive to Vinh Long, which on the way is green/yellow rice paddy fields stretching towards the horizon. On arrival, you will embark on a boat for cruising on the Mekong River with a passing floating Cai Be market. Along the river we have more exploring of the local life, farmer and handicraft productions. We then access to An Binh Islet for enjoying the very peaceful atmosphere of Vietnam country side. You are invited to enjoy lunch at local House while listening to the folk songs of Nam Bo performed by the “local family artists”. In the afternoon we continue driving toward Can Tho. Overnight at hotel in Can Tho. 


    Day 3: Visit Cai Rang Floating Market - Ho Chi Minh (B) 
    The watery world of the Mekong Delta is home to many bustling floating markets. This day we take a boat trip exploring the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang, in which the trading way is unique; each boat usually sells one particular item, they are whether pumpkins, pineapples or sugar canes and so on. After an impressive boat trip, you are back to Ho Chi Minh city via My Tho with stop over for a visit a Bonsai garden. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

    Day 4: Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
    You will take a morning flight (1 hour) to Da Nang airport, then transfer to Hoi an about 35km away. Being the most tiny town of Vietnam, you can finish the visit Hoi An by walk within a half day, but Hoi an previous was an importance port of Vietnam, where Chinese and Japanese traders had come over to trade and live. Overnight in Hoi An. 


    Day 5: Hoi An – My Son (B)
    Take a private car from Hoi An ancient town to Cham ruins at My Son. On the way back, you will be dropped off at Cao Lau Ferry Boat to get on a boat back to Hoi an - en-route visit Thanh Ha Pottery village and Kim Bong Carpentry village. Return to Hoi an in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An. 


    Day 6: Hoi An – Hue (B)
    We will transfer to Hue in the morning with a visit to Cham museum on the way. Continue to Hue through Hai Van pass, arrive in Hue City by noon. Take a short rest before visiting to the Imperial Citadel of Hue. Overnight in Hue. 


    Day 7: Hue (B)
    Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of the past emperors, and with Orient style – those tombs almost located near the bank of Hue’s river – Perfume river. Take a drive to visit King Minh Mang tomb and King Tu Duc’s tomb. You will embark on the Dragon boat along Perfume River to admire sunset. Overnight in Hue. 


    Day 8: Hue- Hanoi (B)
    Leaving the Imperial city in a morning flight (1 hour) for Hanoi, you will visit our current, but also thousand years Capital. You will have a half day Hanoi city tour to visit the most attractions of Hanoi: Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake (the lake of the Restored Sword) and the Old quarter streets. The day ends with a traditional cultural show of Water Puppets. Overnight in Hanoi. 


    Day 9: Hanoi - Day trip to Ninh Binh, visit Hoa Lu & Tam Coc (B/L)
    From the first day of Union Vietnam to a country, our first King had established our capital on the bank of Hoang Long river. Go to Hoa Lu, in the morning you will see the remaining two temples of Dinh King and Le King. Continue driving toward Tam Coc for lunch. After lunch we take 02 hours on rowing boat along the stream flowing through green and lush rice fields dotted with towering mountains as the backdrop to visit the Three Caves. Later on you will return to Hanoi for overnight. 


    Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay Day Trip (B/L)
    Today, you will visit Halong Bay, a World Heritage Area 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 are cruising around rocks, islets, caves and grottos. You then will visit to the Thien Cung cave - the most beautiful among thousands. Drive back to Hanoi for overnight in Hanoi. 


    Day 11: Hanoi - Departure (B)
    Breakfast in hotel. Then leisure time to pack your luggage or go shopping or do optional visit before the transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight home or to next destination. End of the Vietnam trip.  

  • 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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