Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam Discovery

Number of days: 15

Price from: 1,313$

Tour type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa

This vacation Vietnam tour organized for travelers, who want to explore the real Vietnam in 15 days but discover all diversity of Vietnam: Wide range of natural beauty, Vietnam Culture with World Culture Heritages and World Intangible Heritage, Daily life of Vietnam people...

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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
    * Nha Trang – Home to tranquil beaches and has a thriving fishing industry.
    * 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
    * Sapa – A French Hill Station nestled within the mountains high above Hanoi and is home to colorful ethnic groups.
     
    ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Activities / Historical Tours / Local Cruises / Markets / Beach Vacation / Shows & Musicals / Cruising / Trekking / Hiking

    TRIP AT A GLANCE

    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

    * Nha Trang – Home to tranquil beaches and has a thriving fishing industry.

    * 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

    * Sapa – A French Hill Station nestled within the mountains high above Hanoi and is home to colorful ethnic groups.

     

    ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Activities / Historical Tours / Local Markets / Beach Vacation / Shows & Musicals / Cruising / Trekking / Hiking


    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 Delta (B/L)

    Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang (B)


    Day 5: Nha Trang (B/L)

    Day 6: Nha Trang – Hoi An (B)

    Day 7: Hoi An - Da Nang – Hue (B) 


    Day 8: Hue (B)

    Day 9: Hue - Hanoi (B) 

    Day 10: Hanoi full day visits – Night train to Sapa (B)


    Day 11: Sapa – Visit Colorful Market (B) 

    Day 12: Sapa - Hill Tribe villages Trek - Night train to Hanoi (B)

    Day 13: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Cruise (B/L/D) 

    Day 14: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B/L) 


    Day 15: Hanoi – Departure (B)

    Trip Includes:

    - Accommodation with daily breakfast based on twin/double share  basic

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

    - Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

    - 3 domestic flights: Ho Chi Minh - Nhatrang, Nhatrang - Danang, Danang - Hanoi (Economic class)

    - Train trips in soft sleeper A/C cabin

    - Boat trips as mentioned in the program

    - English speaking tour guides

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable


    Trip Excludes:

    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Personal travel insurance

    - Vietnam visa 

    - International flight and departure tax

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses


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    Dear Mrs. Huyen

    We safely arrived  back in Kyrgyzstan and would like to thank you for the wonderful service you provided us. Everything was perfectly organized, the pick up service at the airports, the hotel reservations, the drivers and the guides. We very much liked all the hotels, specially to mention the Victoria Nui Sam Lodge in Chau Doc and the Pilgrimage Village in Hue. We also appreciated the business ticket from Saigon to Hoi An, which saved us a lot to time and trouble being two of thousands of travelers that day.

    A very special thank we would like to give to our tour guide in the south, Giau (Te?). She was just perfect, very friendly, competent, cheerful, thoughtful of our needs and she transmitted us a lot of knowledge. Anytime we would book her again. And we liked Nien very much, our guide in Hanoi. He also is very friendly, cheerful and competent. 

    Now we hope that our money found its way to you and also the financial side is settled.

    Thanks again for your services, we will not hesitate to recommend your company to our friends.

    Best regards from Bishkek

    Katharina Dalcher and Peter Engelbrecht

  • DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
    On your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you are welcomed by our guide at Tan Son Nhat airport and then will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Relax and free time. 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 Cu Chi tunnel, visit the incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Back to Ho Chi Minh City at noon. 
    In the afternoon, explore the city and visit War Museum, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh market. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 


    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B/L)
    Heading out of the bustling city, we will take a car ride along rice field 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 passing My Tho fruit market. Joining in with daily activities of local people and enjoy the atmosphere of the life on water along the canals and Tien river. The exciting cruise continues to Unicorn island, here you can taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the local traditional music, performed by the islanders. Having 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 overnight. 


    Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang (B)
    After breakfast, take a short flight to Nha Trang, a city right on the beach. Check-in hotel and rush to beach for relaxation or swimming and many more activities.
    In the afternoon take half day city to visit Long Son Pagoda, built in commemoration of the monks and nuns who died whilst fighting the Diem government and Cham Po Nagar temples. Just next to Cham Po Nagar temples is the Thap Ba Hot Spring center. Enjoy fun with Mud bathing and swimming in Mineral springs. Overnight in Nha Trang. 


    Day 5: Nha Trang (B/L)
    You will have one day boat trip. Start from your hotel to Cau Da port. Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island is the first place to visit, many sea species of Nha Trang/Khanh Hoa province make a small ocean world there. Mun Island is the best island for snorkeling where you can see lots of lives colorful corals and fish. You will also be able to see caves in which the sea swallows make their nest.Then relaxing, swimming & doing water sports or other activities at Mot Island, Tranh Beach Island or on a small island calling “Mini beach”. Taking a fresh lunch at the island. On the way back you will visit a fishing village before going to the shore. Return to Nha Trang about 16.00. Overnight in Nha Trang. 

    Day 6: Nha Trang – Hoi An (B)
    You will take a morning flight to Da Nang. On arrival at Da Nang airport, you will be transferred to Hoi An town about 35km away. In the afternoon, take a walking tour to Hoi An ancient town where the culture of Vietnam/Chinese/Japanese are mixed. Visit Chinese tiled houses, Chinese temples, Japanese covered bridge. Overnight in Hoi an.


    Day 7: Hoi An - Da Nang – Hue (B) 
    Free for shopping on your own in the morning. Around 1.00 PM, we will take a car ride to Hue, visit to Cham Museum in Danang City en-route. Continue on to Hue through Hai Van pass, and nice Lang Co beach with spectacular views of the beach. Arrive in Hue in the late afternoon, check in hotel. Overnight in Hue. 

    Day 8: Hue (B)
    Cyclo tour to visit Imperial Citadel, another World Cultural Heritage site. Then we will visit Thien Mu pagoda, King Tu Duc tomb, King Minh Mang tomb. Overnight in Hue.
     

    Day 9: Hue - Hanoi (B)
    Leave Hue for Hanoi on the morning flight. Our guide will welcome you at Noi bai airport and then will transfer you to your hotel in the city center. After freshen up, we would like to show you of the Hanoian daily life with one hour Cyclo (trishaw) ride around the old streets, then we stop at Thang Long Theatre for enjoying 01 hour water puppets show. Overnight in Ha Noi. 

    Day 10: Hanoi full day visits – Night train to Lao Cai (B)
    Today we would like to show you the major cultural sites around Hanoi city. The first place to visit will be Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature and the first university in Vietnam) then we go to Ba Dinh Square for visiting Uncle Ho’s (Ho Chi Minh President) Mausoleum, His Residence area, and one Pillar pagoda nearby. Next sites to visit are Quan Thanh temple and Tran Quoc pagoda. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest and most interesting Museum of Vietnam Ethnology, then go back to the Old quarter for shopping. Enjoy your own dinner before transfer to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train in a 4 soft berths sharing cabin.
    Note: If you want to have a private 2 person cabin on the train journeys, the extra charge is 75 US$ per person.  


    Day 11: Sapa – Hill Tribe villages (B)
    Upon arrival to Lao Cai train station, transfer to Sapa town, 35km away. Have breakfast and today you will visit Sapa town and take a 2km short trekking to Cat Cat Village, the home of H’mong minority. Back to Sapa for your own lunch. 
    In the afternoon visit Ta Fin village, visit Ta Fin handicraft shop and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. Overnight at hotel in Sapa. 


    Day 12: Sapa- Hill tribe market - Night train to Hanoi (B)
    After breakfast we will leave for Hill Tribe Market for about 3 hours driving to the market. Join in the colorful market of the tribal people in this region. On the fair market the H'mong, Dzao, Phu La people in their best traditional costumes go to the market for shopping and meeting friends and relatives…
    Say goodbye to the colorful market and drive to Chay River where you will get on a boat for a river adventure. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high Rock Mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls while cruising along the river. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (Trung Do village) by the river. After the boat trip, we drive back to Laocai and pay a short visit to the Vietnam-Chinese border gate.
    You will have time for your own dinner at a local restaurant in the town before driving to the railways station for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on the train in the air-con soft berth cabin. 

    Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
    On arrival in Hanoi train station at around 4.30 AM, the guide will meet you and transfer you to a day use hotel for few hours relaxing and showering. Enjoy breakfast before continuing on the drive to Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site of outstanding natural beauty at 8am. After 3 and a half hours nice drive through the Red river delta, you will arrive at Halong. Upon arrival, transfer to a junk for a cruise around Ha Long Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. Passing Dog Island, Incense Urn Island, Ga Choi Island, Finger Island, Hoa Cuong Island, and visit Surprise cave and take a short swim at Titov beach or kayak (kayak cost is not include in this package: extra 10 US$ per person), if weather permitted. Have dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the night fishing and later overnight on boat. 


    Day 14: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B)
    In the morning, continue on cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, Fire Island, Bo Nau Island, fishing village. Having lunch on boat and arrive at Ha long wharf about 11.00 noon. Return to Hanoi by private car. We will arrive in Hanoi at about 16.00 pm. The rest of the time is free on your own. Overnight in Hanoi. 

    Day 15: Hanoi - Departure (B)
    Breakfast in hotel and free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight. 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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