Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam Highlights

Number of days: 8

Price from: 665$

Tour type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh City or Reverse

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

Adventure through Vietnam on a highlights tour to experience the beauty, history, wonder, and grandeur of the country. On this custom tailored tour you will discover the breathtaking scenery of Ha Long Bay and the charismatic floating lanterns of Hoi An. From Saigon to Hanoi, the Imperial City of Hue to the labyrinth of tunnels at Cu Chi, the diversity of Vietnam is yours to enjoy, while the marvel is yours to explore.

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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 - Transfer to Hotel

    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City City Tour & Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

    Day 3: Leave Ho Chi Minh City for Danang / Hoi An (B, L)


    Day 4: Full day Explore Hoi An (B, L)

    Day 5: Leave Hoi An to Hanoi (B, L)

    Day 6: Hanoi to Halong Bay Cruise & Overnight on Board (B, L, D)

    Day 7: Halong Bay to Hanoi (B, L)

    Day 8: Hanoi - Departure (B)

    Tour includes:
    - 06 nights hotel accommodation on a twin-share basic with daily breakfast
    - 01 night stay overnight on Board in Halong Bay in twin-share cabin.
    - Internal flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh City – Danang, Danang - Hanoi (economy class)
    - 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 taxes 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
    - Travel insurance
    - Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)
    - Tipping/ Gratuities

  • Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City - Hello Vietnam
    Upon your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport), you are warmly welcome by our guide and take the private transfer to hotel in city center. Then, leisure time to rest or explore the city on your own. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.



    Day 2: Full day Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
    After breakfast, we will visit Cu Chi tunnels - an immense network of connecting underground tunnels during American War. Back to the city at noon.
    Afternoon, we will have the city sightseeing, visit 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. Our last stop is Ben Thanh market, the biggest whole sales market in Saigon. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.



    Day 3: Leave Ho Chi Minh City for Danang & Hoi An (B, L)
    You have breakfast in the hotel then transfer to Airport departure for Danang City in Vietnam’s Central Region. You visit Cham Sculture Museum, an open air collection of some of the finest sandstone carvings in the world and visit the Marble Mountain in Danang before you continue on to picturesque Hoi An town – also known as Faifo to early western traders; it was one of Southeast Asia’s major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Free for the rest of the day. Overnight in Hoi An Ancient Town.


    Day 4: Explore Hoi An. (B, L)
    Today, we will explore HoiAn town, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the beautiful Chinese Assembly Halls, the Phuc Kien Pagoda, and the local market. After having lunch, you’ll take a boat trip on the Thu Bon River to a village of woodworkers and boat building families on Cam Kim Island and Thanh Ha pottery village. Overnight in Hoi An.


    Day 5: Leave Hoi An for Hanoi (B, L)
    Having breakfast at hotel then transfer to Danang Airport for flight to Hanoi. Airport pick up & transfer to Hanoi city centre. Start visiting Hanoi City, shaded boulevards, public park, and the capital of Vietnam. We will also visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature.  Then we proceed to Hoan Kiem Lake for a short walk around the lake and visit Ngoc Son Temple, Dong Xuan Market, Old Quarter. End of the day by attending the water puppet show. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.



    Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise & Overnight on Boat (B, L, D)
    At 8 am, we’ll drive from Hanoi to one of the most magnificent scenic environments in the world, Halong Bay. The drive takes 3,5 hours. Halong covers 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 7: Halong Bay - 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. Arrive Hanoi at 4:00pm. Check in hotel & free time to go sightseeing in the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi. 


    Day 8: Hanoi – Departure (B)
    Have breakfast in hotel and leisure time to pack your luggage or go shopping in the Old Quarter until the transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight home or to next destination. 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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