Vietnam Classic Tours

Essence of Vietnam

Number of days: 14

Price from: 00$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Cruise, Danang / HoiAn, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay Cruise

The Essence of Vietnam 14 day tour is your best choice if you want to experience the totality of Vietnam: the land, the people, the culture, and the history, as a Vietnamese person would be. In this tour, as you travel through the country you will experience all forms of transport: car, train, airplane, boat, walking and hiking. During 2 weeks traveling with Private Asia Tours, you will trace the path of the founding of Vietnam, starting in Ho Chi Minh and ending in Hanoi or in reverse order. This is the ultimate tour of Vietnam-an in-depth exploration of Vietnam’s most interesting cities and countryside. Traveling across the country from South to North, you can explore the colonial elegance of Hanoi - our romantic capitol, Halong Bay - our world's natural heritage site, Hue - the ancient citadel of the last King in Vietnam until 1954, Hoi An - a magical lantern-lit town for all tourist alike, our beloved Mekong Delta - the lush forests and major cultivation area for Vietnam, Can Tho - a discovery of daily life in the delta, and finally, the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon - all a major city has to offer.

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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


    BRIEF ITINERARY


    Day 01: Arrive
    Ho Chi Minh – Welcome to Vietnam

    Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City Tour

    Day 03: Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta – On board Le Cochinchine Cruise

    Day 04: On board Le Cochinchine Cruise

    Day 05: Mekong – Back to Ho Chi Minh & Fly to Danang / HoiAn

    Day 06: Visit HoiAn ancient town & Lantern Making factory


    Day 07: Leisure day in HoiAn

    Day 08: Hoian - Drive to Hue, visit Hue Citadel & Boat trip on Perfume River

    Day 09: Hue – Fly to Hanoi

    Day 10: Hanoi City Tour

    Day 11: Hanoi to Halong Bay – On board the Dragon Pearl Junk Cruise

    Day 12: Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi

    Day 13: Leisure day in Hanoi

    Day 14: Hanoi – Departure Home


    Tour includes:

    - 11 nights hotel accommodation

    - 2 nights on boat in Mekong Delta

    - 1 night on boat in Halong Bay

    - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

    - Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

    - 2 domestic flights: HCM – Danang, Hue – Hanoi (Economic Class)

    - Boat trips as mentioned in the program

    - Local English speaking tour guides in each location

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable


    Tour excludes:

    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Travel insurance

    - Vietnam visa 

    - Airfare to/from the trip start/finish point

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses 


  • Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh – Welcome to Vietnam

    Welcome to the endless energy of Ho Chi Minh City, once known to outsiders and most often referred to by locals as Saigon. The city is an expansive collection of modern buildings creating a skyline that is surrounded by a pulsing bustle from the residents. You are met at the airport by a private transfer and taken to your hotel in city center. Located at the heart of the business and entertainment neighborhood, known as District 1. Then, leisure time to relax.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal included: None


    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour

    Although it is a big and chaotic metropolis, but this make your discovering the city are unique. Nice colonial center, with broad promenades and squares, and some French influence buildings that should not be missed. There are also many nice temples and pagodas. Another of the things visitors should not miss is popular markets - a great place to taste the local food specialties. Our stops in this city tour inclusive Reunification Palace, Jade Emperor Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Binh Tay Market, on the way back we visit bustling China Town and Ben Thanh Market.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal included: Breakfast

    Pick up time: 9am

    Drop off time: 15:30pm.

    Note: Optional trip to Cu Chi Tunnels can be added in today. 

    Day 3: Chi Minh to Mekong Delta – On board Le Cochinchine Cruise

    Route: Cai Be – Tra On

    - 9h00am: Leave the hotel in Ho Chi Minh and travel to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta.

    -12h00pm: Boarding Le Cochinchine boat, up for cruising to continue to Can Tho via Cho Lach and Tra On.

    -Up to river tide, disembark and make a pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities, especially some orchards with its famer in Quoi An – Mang Thit – Vinh Long.

    -Lunch on board.

    -Cruise to continue to Tra On. Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise.

    -A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches.

    -Have an aperitif on board.

    -Dinner and stay overnight on board in Tra On.

    Accommodation: on board the boat cruise.

    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 4: On board Le Cochinchine Cruise

    Route: Tra On – Can Tho -  Vinh Long - Sa Dec

    -The noise of the floating market wakes you up early in the morning. After breakfast, the cruise to continue to Can Tho. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise on the river. Leisurely cruise up the BASSAC river while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

    -Arrive Can Tho, a small boat will take you explore the Cai Rang market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. And through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards.

    -Lunch on board.

    -Embark on a pleasant walk on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities. Visit a cottage industry, a local farm and sample seasonal fruits in Xuan Hiep – Vinh Long.

    -Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Le Cochinchine is cruising Co Chien river.

    -Dinner and overnight on board in Sa Dec.

    Accommodation: on board the boat cruise.

    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



    Day 5: Mekong – Back to Ho Chi Minh & Fly to Danang / HoiAn

    Route: Sa Dec – Disembark

    -Breakfast on board while seeing activities on Mekong River in Sa Dec in the sunrise.

    -Visit the lively Sa Dec food market and primary school headed by Magueritte Duras, Huynh Thuy Le Old House, Kien An Cung, Cao Dai Temple. 
    -Walks along the village path and get yourself acquaintance with rural activities as farmers farm their fields & orchards.

    -10h00am: Disembark the boat then transfer back to Ho Chi Minh.

    Have lunch at the local restaurant on the way, then get straight to Ho Chi Minh airport for the one hour flight to Danang in the afternoon VN126 @16:00-17:20. On arrival in Danang airport, you are met and transferred about 40 minutes to the hotel in HoiAn town.

    Accommodation: Hotel in HoiAn

    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Note: The 3 day/2 night Mekong Cruise on Le Cochinchine boat can be replaced by the 2 day/1 night cruise if that suits your preference. 

    Day 6: HoiAn Ancient town & Lantern Making Factory

    After breakfast in hotel, you will have a guided tour to see the interesting sights of this ancient city of HoiAN. Some hundreds years ago, this town thrived o­n trading with the Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. You will visit a historical Old House, Japanese Covered Bridge, Old Temple and Silk Factory or Lantern Making factory. 
    Afternoon, lantern making workshop in the village. You'll meet the craftsman. The tour guide will introduce to you about the history, structure and styles of Hoi An lantern. You will make a lantern by yourselves with the artisan's directions - this lantern is also the gift for you.

    Return to the hotel around 4pm. 
    Accommodation: Hotel in HoiAn

    Meal included: Breakfast

    Pick up time: 9am

    Drop off time: 16pm



    Day 7: Leisure day in HoiAn

    Today is at leisure. You can relax in the hotel or take a leisure cycling ride to the villages or Cua Dai beach nearby the town.

    Accommodation: Hotel in HoiAn

    Meal included: Breakfast


    Optional Half Day Cooking Class tour at Red Bridge Cooking School: 37 US$ per person.

     

    Morning, join in a half day Cooking & Market Tour include transfers from/to hotel, market visit, boat trip to cooking school and lunch. 
    Pick up time at hotel: 8am

    Drop off time at hotel: 14:00pm


    We start the day (8.15am) with a welcome drink at Hai Café (98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Ancient Town – our meeting point.

    Visit Hoi An’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.

    We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

    On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat what we have cooked.

    Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool - towels and showers provided.


    Day 8: Hoian - Drive to Hue, visit Hue Citadel & Boat trip on Perfume River

    Morning, leave the hotel in HoiAn you will have a four hour drive over the scenic Hai Van pass along the coast to the old citadel of Hue. On the way, visit Marble Mountain in Danang and you will have a short stop in spectacular Lang Co beach for refreshment before continue on our drive to Hue.
    Afternoon, take the sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.

    Then you will embark on a drive to Hue’s countryside to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is one of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes. 

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Meal included: Breakfast

    Pick up time: 8:30am

    Drop off time: 17pm



    Day 09: Hue – Fly to Hanoi

    Have breakfast tin hotel and transfer to Hue airport for the one hour flight to Hanoi VN1540 @10:50-12:00.

    On arrival in Hanoi, you are met and transferred to local restaurant for lunch and get to the hotel for check-in, then free at leisure in the afternoon. 

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

    Meal included: Breakfast

    Pick up time: 9:00am

    Drop off time: 14pm


    Day 10: Hanoi City Tour

    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).
    - Enjoy our welcome show of northern rural of Vietnam – Water Puppet show.

    - End the day with a cyclo ride to explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

    Meal included: Breakfast

    Pick up time: 9:00am

    Drop off time: 16pm



    Day 11: Hanoi to Halong Bay – On board the Dragon Pearl Junk Cruise

    Cruise route: Hon Gai Habour – Bai Tu Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave
    8:00: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and head for Halong Bay in a 3 and a half hours drive passing through the Red River Delta. There is one stop in midway to relax.

    12.00 – 12.30: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.

    12.30 – 13.00: Check-in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.

    13.30 – 15.00: Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long bay; admire the fascinating formations on the way.

    15.15 – 15.40: Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.

    15.45 – 18:00: Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, swimming or kayaking.

    18:00 – 19.00: Back to junk for refreshing before having dinner on board.

    20.00 – 21.00: Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.

    Accommodation: on board the boat cruise. 

    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



    Day 12: Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi

    Cruise route: Vung Vieng – Hon Gai Habour
    07.30 – 08.00: Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air.

    08.30 – 09.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat.

    10.00: Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.

    11.45 – 12.00: Disembark. Drive back to Hanoi

    16:00 – 16.30: Arrive in Hanoi.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi 

    Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch


    Day 13: Leisure day in Hanoi

    Breakfast in hotel and leisure day to explore the city on your own or just relax.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi 

    Meal included: Breakfast


    Optional: A day full trip to Ninh Binh to visit Trang An Ecotourism & Bai Dinh pagoda: 87 US$ per person include a lunch. 
    Pick up time: 8am

    Drop off time: 18pm

    8:00AM: pick up at your hotel to depart for Ninh Binh province (100km) for our day tour of Bai Dinh pagoda & Trang An ecosystem. We spend time to visit the Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters height, 100 tons weight.

    Have lunch at local restaurant with some local special dishes such as Goat meat with elderberry, pork storage vessel.

    Continue to visit Trang An Scenic Landscape complex nearby which recently recognized as an UNESCO World natural heritage, get on a rowing boat (small sampan) traveling along the small river with scenic mountain and green fields landscape. Boat takes you to visit cave complex of Trang An: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, the scenery of mountain and rivers – Halong on land of Ninh Binh.

    Late afternoon, drive back to your hotel in Hanoi. End this tour of Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda around 18.00.


    Day 14: Hanoi – Departure Home

    Enjoy the farewell breakfast in hotel and leisure any time before the transfer to Hanoi airport for your departure flight home.

    Hotel check out time is at 12:00pm. After the check out, you can leave the luggage in hotel and free time for go shopping or just relax in the hotel lobby.

    End of the trip.

    Meal included: Breakfast.

  • 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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