Vietnam Classic Tours

Truly Vietnam

Number of days: 18

Price from: 1,440$

Tour type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Dong Hoi, Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Hue, HoiAn, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta

This vacation Vietnam tour is the combination of cultural tour and relax tour. You visit Vietnam to discover Vietnam culture and also relax after the whole year working: Vietnam country and people.

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  • DESTINATIONS

    * Hanoi - Exploration of this charming, historical centre and its French provincial influences 

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

    * Halong Bay - Vietnam’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’; the stunning beauty of the 3,000 islets of the Gulf of Tonkin

    * Phong Nha – Ke Bang - Vietmam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park has been recognized as a world natural heritage site by UNESCO 

    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital 

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

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

    * 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

    Day 02: Hanoi City Tour - Night Train to Sapa (B) 

    Day 03: Sapa Villages (B)

    Day 04: Sapa - Night train back to Hanoi (B) 

    Day 05: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

    Day 06: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Dong Hoi (B) 

    Day 07: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha Caves (B/L) 

    Day 08: Dong Hoi - DMZ - Hue (B/L) 


    Day 09: Hue (B)


    Day 10: Hue - Hoi An (B) 


    Day 11: Hoi An - Cooking Lesson (B/D) 

    Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang – Nha Trang (B)

    Day 13: Nha Trang (B/L)


    Day 14: Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

    Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (B) 

    Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B/L) 

    Day 17: Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B) 


    Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B)

    Trip 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: Danang - Nhatrang, Nhatrang - Ho Chi Minh

    - Train tickets in sharing 4 soft berth cabin with A/C

    - Overnight junk cruise in Halong bay (2 day/1 night program)

    - Boat trips as mentioned in the program

    - Local English speaking tour guides

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable

    Trip Excludes:

    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Travel insurance

    - Vietnam visa

    - International flight and departure tax

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses


  • DETAILED ITINERARY:

    Day 01: Arrive Hanoi
    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. Relax some time to recover somewhat from jet-leg and for the refreshment. 
    If time permits, take an orientation tour of Hanoi. 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). Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

    Day 02: Hanoi City Tour - Night Train to Sapa (B)
    Today, we will take the sightseeing of the most city's outstanding historical and cultural sites. The visit includes:
    - The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
    - One-pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature for the brief understanding about the two most popular religions in Vietnam (Buddhism and Confucianism).
    - Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art). 
    - Enjoy our welcome show of northern rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show.
    You will have time for dinner then transfer to Railway station for night train to Sapa. Overnight on the train in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C.
    Note: If you want to have a private 2 person cabin on the train, the extra charge is 65 US$/Person for the round trip.


    Day 03: Sapa Villages (B/L)
    Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.00am, transfer to Sapa town. Have breakfast at local restaurant. 
    Today is for discovering the nature as well as different culture of hill tribal people. From hotel we start our trekking up and down hills with nice rice terraces, spectacular scenery the Fansipan Mount, and through scenic Muong Hoa valley. We walk up and down the rice terraces, hills, bamboo forests and streams to Lao Chai and Ta VanVillages which is decorated by terraced-fields and the house of H'mong, Red Zao and Zay people. You will have great opportunity for taking photos of breathtaking landscapes, meeting friendly hill-tribe people at home and work, and getting to understand their tradition, habits...Enjoy picnic lunch. We will return to our hotel in Sapa by car in afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Sapa. 
    Note: A full or half day trekking or moving by car and short walk is on your request.


    Day 04: Sapa Villages - Night train back to Hanoi (B)
    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 before noon. 
    In the afternoon visit Ta Fin village with Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao and continue the drive to transfer to Lao Cai station. Get on night train back to Hanoi.

    Day 05: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)
    The train arrives back to Hanoi around 4:30am, meet our guide at the train station for the transfer to a day use hotel for few hours relaxing and having breakfast. 
    8:00 am: After breakfast, you will leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you will board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you will be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood. Your overnight will be aboard.



    Day 06: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Night train to Dong Hoi (B)
    Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave by row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the movie “Indochine” was filmed. Your cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your driver for the transfer back to Hanoi.
    Evening we transfer you to Railway station for night train to Dong Hoi. Overnight on the train in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C.

    Day 7: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (B/L) 
    Arrive in Dong Hoi in the morning, transfer to the local restaurant for breakfast, then we will drive you to visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Getting on boat and cruise on the world's longest underground river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. After on boat for 700m, a large dry passage is appear, then you can walk to discover the cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remain of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside. Overnight in Dong Hoi Town. 


    Day 8: Dong Hoi - DMZ - Hue (B/L) 
    Leave Dong Hoi early for Hue. Drive along back to Hue with a stopover at historic Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River and the famous Vinh Moc Tunnels. Arrive Hue at noon time and have lunch at local restaurant before check in. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Hue. 


    Day 9: Hue (B)
    Today we start the tour with the visit to Imperial Citadel and King Minh Mang tomb, King Tu Duc Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda. Then we will embark in a boat cruise along Perfume River. Overnight in Hue. 


    Day 10: Hue - Hoi An (B) 
    Today we will heading to Hoi An through Hai Van pass, and Lang Co beach – one of the most beautiful beach of Vietnam. Visit Cham museum on the way, Cham museum is the open air collection of Cham sculpture. Many of the sandstone carvings are breathtaking. After check-in at hotel, visit the Ancient town. Overnight in Hoi An. 


    Day 11: Hoi An - Cooking Class (B/D) 
    Breakfast at hotel and take part in a cooking class at Red Bridge Cooking School, including going to market with the chef for buying ingredients, cooking demonstration, cook yourself some Vietnamese dishes and enjoy lunch.
    In the afternoon, free time for shopping or sea bathing. Overnight in Hoi An. 


    Day 12: Hoi An - Da Nang – Nha Trang (B)
    Transfer to Da Nang Airport to fly to Nha trang. Relax on the beach of Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang. 

    Day 13: 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 14: Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
    Today you will visit Cham Po Nagar Towers, Long Son Pagoda and Stone Church. Cham Po Nagar Towers is the site cannot be missed when visiting Nha Trang. Cham Po Nagar Towers is one of the best architectures of Cham People. Leisure on the beach until the transfer time to Cam Ranh Airport for late flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at Ho Chi Minh City. 

    Day 15: 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, visit War Museum, Reunification Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market for shopping. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 


    Day 16: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta (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 17: Mekong Delta - 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. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. 

    Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B) 
    Breakfast in hotel. Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure.

  • 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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