Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam Essentials

Number of days: 7

Price from: 586$

Tour type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh City or Reverse

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

There is always more to a painting than what is seen on the surface. This custom tailored tour will whisk you into the depths of the brushstrokes that make up Vietnam’s culture, traditions, and landscapes. From the brilliantly colored clothes of the northern hill tribes to the sparkling emerald waters of Halong Bay, you will experience the traditions of grand cities and the elegance of the remarkable countryside, the vivacity of the gregarious people, and the layered flavors of the traditional cuisine. Whether found along the sandy shores or at a floating market, you will discover the fine details that define Vietnam.

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  • DESTINATION


    * 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 

    * 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 Activities / Historical Sites / Local Food / Museums & Galleries / Caves / Cruise


    BRIEF ITINERARY 


    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Day 2: Day trip to Mekong Delta/River Boat Trip (B/L)
    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels - Hanoi (B/L)
    Day 4: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)
    Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise - Overnight on Board (B/L/D)
    Day 6: Halong Bay Cruise - Hanoi. (B/L)
    Day 7: Hanoi - Departure (B)

    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh & City Tour

    Day 2: Day trip to Mekong Delta/River Boat Trip (B/L)

    Day 3: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels & Fly to Hanoi (B/L)

    Day 4: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

    Day 5: Hanoi - Drive to Halong Bay & Take the Overnight Cruise (B/L/D)

    Day 6: Halong Bay Cruise & Return to Hanoi (B/L)

    Day 7: Hanoi & Departure (B)

    Tour includes:

    - 05 nights hotel accommodation on a twin/double-share basic with daily breakfast

    - 01 night stay overnight on Board in Halong Bay in twin/double-share cabin.

    - Internal flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi (economy class) including fuel charge & Airport taxes.

    - Meals as mentioned in the itineraries: Vietnamese food, Asian Food basic.

    - All landed transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at airports on arrival and departure days

    - English Speaking Tour guide. Other languages on request

    - Boat trips in the Mekong Delta

    - All entrance and sightseeing fees

    - Water Puppet Show & Cyclo Tour in Hanoi Old Quarter.

    - All taxes & services charge.

    Tour does not include:

    - International airfare and airport tax in Vietnam

    - Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program

    - Visa fees to Vietnam

    - Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels

    - Massage onboard

    - Travel insurance

    - Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)

    - Tipping/ Gratuities


  • Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City & City Tour
    Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport), you are warmly welcomed by our guide. Then you are transferred to the hotel in city center. 
    Today you will visit the largest Vietnamese city. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. This teeming metropolis offers 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cho lon, which means "Big Market." Notre Dame Cathedral, in the heart of Saigon's government quarter, is of neo- Romanesque architecture with two high square tower and iron spires. The Central Post Office is French-style and City Hall, known as "Hotel de Ville," is typical of the French architecture that would be seen in any village in France. Visit the War Remnants Museum, featuring collections of weapons and photographs from the two Indochina wars. 
    Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Day 2: Day trip to Mekong Delta/River Boat Trip (B, L)
    Today, we will takes you to My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province. Situated on the Mekong River, 75 kilometers southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the city is surrounded by orchards and rice fields, which produce grain for the entire country. Visit one or two of the islands that produce traditional handcrafts, coconut candy and bee farms. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, the oldest one in the delta on your boat trip on the Mekong River. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in hotel & stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - Hanoi (B, L)
    Leave Saigon for Cu Chi Tunnels to learn about Vietnam history & Vietnam War. After Cu Chi Tunnels you will take 2 hour flight to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, you are met and transferred to the hotel in city center. Stay overnight in Hanoi.


    Day 4: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
    Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is a very attractive city with French-style architecture. You have a full day of sightseeing ahead, including a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilt, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, founded by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. 
    Afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake, which contains an islet with a tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Visit the Opera House and St. Joseph Cathedral. Later in afternoon, enjoy the Water Puppet Show and take a Cyclo tour through the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.


    Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise - Overnight on Boat (B, L, D)
    Early this morning, we’ll drive from Hanoi to one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. Covering 577 square miles, this vast bay is filled with more than 3,000 limestone “peaks” or karsts that jut from the deep blue water as far as the eye can see. We’ll spend a day and a half, including an overnight with dinner and breakfast onboard, exploring this overwhelming seascape from the decks of a traditional Vietnamese boat. Comfortable and intimate, your boat features hand-crafted wooden interiors including a dining room and pleasant air-conditioned cabins with private baths. Since we’re overnight on the water, we’ll be able to explore Ha Long Bay’s most beautiful spots with time to swim and even visit some of the largest rock formations and caves. This promises to be one of your most memorable travel experiences in Asia. Stay overnight on Boat.


    Day 6: Halong Bay Cruise & Return Hanoi (B, L)
    Rising to the sound of lapping bay waters, we have time for an early morning dip followed by breakfast. Sitting on the upper deck, you can relax while taking in the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the emerald water of the bay.
    After breakfast, explore Sung Sot cave, swim and relax. Cruises back to the jetty while brunch is served while you are cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations. Cruise check-out. Rejoin car drive back to Hanoi for overnight. Arrive in Hanoi around 4pm. Check in hotel & free time to go sightseeing in the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (B)
    You have the morning free to relax before your return flight home. Finish your unforgettable 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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