Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam Escape

Number of days: 15

Price from: 00$

Tour type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) or Reverse

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh City, Cuchi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Dalat, Nha Trang, HoiAn, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

If you desire a holiday where you can relax, yet also experience a culture, cuisine and diverse scenery so unlike your own, then this is the tour for you. Saigon, also referred to as Ho Chi Minh City, is a vibrant city offering a fascinating introduction to Vietnamese culture. Travel further north to the former French hill station of Dalat, where you will witness the exquisite countryside. Take some time to relax and swim in Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Continue to the quaint town of Hoi An, where you can relax by the riverside and learn to cook Vietnamese cuisine. Finish your tour in the north; visit Ho Chi Minh Complex in Hanoi and cruise around stunning Halong Bay. For the curious and open-minded visitor, Vietnam offers a wealth of historical and natural treasures.

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  • DESTINATIONS 

    - 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
    - Dalat – An idyllic town nestled amongst the country’s rolling hills; a favorite for local honeymooners
    - 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 


    ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Caves / Music / Shopping / Walking Tours / Boating & Sailing / Beach Relaxing


    TRIP AT A GLANCE

    Day 01: Arrive Saigon         

    Day 02: Saigon

    Day 03: Saigon – Mekong Delta

    Day 04: Saigon – Cu Chi & Tay Ninh

    Day 05: Saigon to Dalat

    Day 06: Dalat.

    Day 07: Dalat to Nha Trang

    Day 08: Nha Trang

    Day 09: Nha Trang to Hoi An

    Day 10: Hoi An Cooking Class

    Day 11: Hoi An to Hue

    Day 12: Hue to Hanoi

    Day 13: Hanoi

    Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi

    Day 15: Hanoi – Departure 

    Tour includes:

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

    - Internal flight tickets: Saigon-Dalat, Nha Trang-Danang, Hue-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 as per program

    - All entrance and sightseeing fees

    - All taxes & services charge.

    Tour does not includes:

    - 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

  • DETAILED ITINERARY:

    Days 1: Arrive Saigon

    Up on your arrival in Saigon, you will be met at Saigon airport in the arrivals hall by our guide Then, you will transfer (45 minutes) to your hotel and leisure time on your own to relax and recover from jet-lag. Overnight in Saigon. 
    Meal: None.


                  

    Day 2: Saigon

    Sightseeing in downtown Saigon involves approx. 4hrs on foot over the whole day. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the War Remnants Museum. Easy sightseeing and shopping time at Ben Thanh Market; watch your valuables in this area.

     

    Note: There are graphic pictures in the War Remnants Museum that some people might find upsetting.

     

    Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta

    Rise early to drive 2 hours (80km) to the city of Ben Tre. You will travel by motorized, wooden boats between the islands and then change to smaller, paddle boats in the canals. Sightseeing involves hopping on and off these boats, often on unsteady and slippery surfaces, sometimes without handrails or assistance. Approx. 2hrs later, you will return to Saigon, stopping at the Vinh Trang Pagoda en-route. Overnight in Saigon. 
    Meal: Breakfast and Lunch.



    Day 4: Saigon – Cu Chi & Tay Ninh

    Remember to take insect repellent today as mosquitoes are more common in the Cu Chi district. Transfer 2 hours (70km) to Cu Chi. Sightseeing here involves 2 hours on foot on uneven mud  paths  through  the  bush  and,  if  you  choose,  crawling through some of the tunnels.

    Transfer 1.5 hours to Tay Ninh to the ‘Holy See’ and watch some of the Cao Dai service. Then drive 10 minutes to a local restaurant for lunch; the meal is simple but this is the only suitable restaurant in the area. Transfer 3 hours (100km) back to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon. 
    Meal: Breakfast and Lunch.

     

    Note: At the Cu Chi Tunnels you will be given the opportunity to shoot a range of guns at your own expense (example AK47, M16). If you decide to do this, please be aware that the level of noise is extremely high  and  although  ear  muffs are available,  they  may  not provide the level of protection required. It is recommended you bring ear plugs from home if you would like to participate.



    Day 5: Saigon to Dalat
    Any time before your flight is at leisure. Later, be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dalat (flight duration 1 hour). From Dalat airport, transfer 30-40 minutes (30 km) to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Dalat. 
    Meal: Breakfast. 


    Day 6: Dalat
    Sightseeing this morning involves approx. 3hrs on foot. You will visit Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop. After lunch in town there will be another 2 hours on foot and a short scenic train ride through the Dalat scenery. Watch your valuables while in the market area at the end of your touring today. Overnight in Dalat. 
    Meal: Breakfast. 

    Day 7: Dalat to Nha Trang
    Drive 4-5 hours (150km) on a winding road, descending to Phan Rang and then continuing on a level road north to Nha Trang. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Dalat. 
    Meal: Breakfast. 


    Day 8: Nha Trang
    Cruise through the islands off Nha Trang. Boarding your boat may involve  navigating  your  way  over  and  through  other  boats, moored between it and the dock, sometimes without handrails, ladders  or  assistance  from  staff.  These ‘cruise  boats’  are  old fishing boats which have had benches and seats fitted for tourist groups. They are quite basic but have ample room for the group to sit  and  relax  while cruising. The deck has a roof providing shade. Overnight in Nha Trang. 
    Meal: Breakfast. 

    Day 9: Nha Trang to Hoi An
    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang (flight duration 1hr 15mins); the closest airport to Hoi An. There is easy sightseeing at Danang  Beach.  At Marble Mountains there  are some uneven stone steps and it can get hot. If you are unable to complete this activity, you will have to remain with the driver/coach. Continue to your hotel (30 minutes) in Hoi An and check-in. There is at least 2 hours on foot around Hoi An Old Town this afternoon where you will visit the Japanese Bridge, a market and a Chinese temple. Overnight in Hoi An. 
    Meal: Breakfast. 


    Day 10: Hoi An Cooking Class
    While at the market this morning, please watch your valuables. Make some local meals this morning and dine on them for lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An. 
    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch. 

    Day 11: Hoi An to Hue
    Drive north for approx. 4hrs (140km) over the Hai Van (Cloudy) Pass to Hue. This is a winding and steep but scenic road along the coast. Take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel. Each cyclo takes 1 passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. There is 2 hours of easy sightseeing at the Citadel, which is mainly in the open so remember your hat/sunscreen etc. Overnight in Hue. 
    Meal: Breakfast


    Day 12: Hue to Hanoi
    Sightseeing at Minh Mang Tomb, a large complex of buildings and tombs, involves 1 hour on foot. Spend 45 minutes on foot at the Thien Mu  Pagoda;  there  are  steep  and  uneven steps  without handrails. Take a cruise on the Perfume River. Transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Hanoi (flight duration 1hr) and on arrival transfer (1 hour drive) to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meal: Breakfast


    Day 13: Hanoi
    Sightseeing in Hanoi involves approx. 4hrs on foot and includes visits to  the Ho  Chi  Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature This afternoon your sightseeing involves 1.5-2 hours on foot walking through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. This evening watch a traditional Water Puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi. 
    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
    Drive 4 hours (170km) to Halong City and port, including a 20 minute rest stop. There is usually a crowd of boats at the docks; however the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing.
    Boarding your junk boat could involve navigating your way over and through other boats, moored between it and the dock, sometimes without handrails, ladders or assistance from staff. The junk boats have been modeled on the traditional ‘junk’ which was both home and working vessel for  fishermen for centuries. They usually hold about 40 dining passengers have an enclosed dining area and an open deck on the upper deck. Enjoy a 4 hour cruise including lunch on board. Return to the dock and drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.  
    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch. 

    Note: Your Halong Bay cruise may be affected by local weather conditions. 


    Day 15: Hanoi – Departure

    You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. Transfer from your hotel to Hanoi airport, for your overnight flight back home or next destination. 

  • 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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