Vietnam Classic Tours

Vietnam Explorer

Number of days: 14

Price from: 1,263$

Tour type: Private tour

Departure: Daily

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

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, HoiAn, Hue, 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

    * 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 Tonkin

     

    ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Activities / Historical Tours / Local Cruises / Markets / Beach Vacation / Shows & Musicals / Cruising


    TRIP AT A GLANCE

    Day 01: Arrive Ho Chi Minh, City tour

    Day 02: Day trip to Mekong Delta

    Day 03: Ho Chi Minh – Visit Cuchi Tunnels & Saigon After Dark Tour

    Day 04: Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang Beach

    Day 05: Nha Trang Beach

    Day 06: Nha Trang to Danang / Visit HoiAn Town

    Day 07: HoiAn – Discover the Local Life

    Day 08: HoiAn to Hue, visit Hue Citadel

    Day 09: Hue to Hanoi

    Day 10: Hanoi City Tour

    Day 11: Hanoi – Overnight Halong Bay Cruise

    Day 12: Halong Bay Cruise

    Day 13: Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi

    Day 14: Depart Hanoi 


    Trip includes:

    - 11 night hotel accommodation with daily breakfast based on twin/double sharing

    - 2 nights on board Halong Bay Cruise with round trip transfers by shuttle bus

    - Other boat trips as per program

    - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

    - All airport-hotel-airport transfers and tour transportation by A/C car 

    - All domestic flights (Economy Class)

    - Private 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 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    Upon your arrival in HCM City and you are met at the airport by us for the transfer to the hotel in the city center.

    Afternoon, you will explore this cosmopolitan city o­n a guided tour. High lights are the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Reunification Palace, Municipal Theater, Ben Thanh Market. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal inclusion: None  


    Day 02: Day trip to Mekong Delta 
    Morning, take a pleasant one and half hour car ride passing the green rice fields to the beautiful rural My Tho city. The morning trip will start with a motorized boat on the Tien River to view 4 islets: Long (Dragon Islet), Lan (Unicorn Islet), Qui (Tortoise islet) and Phung (Phoenix Islet) and view the fishing port, stilt houses, boat-building workshops. The cruise will lead you through Bao Dinh canal to enter Ben Tre Province, "the country of coconut", to see a typical agricultural model call "Garden - Pond – Cage” then enjoy coconut candy mill and the relaxing honey tea. 
    Then the amazing rowing boat trip on the small canal - fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s tree and cool breezes is something you cannot miss. Lunch will be served right in the heart of the orchard garden. Enjoy the horse-cart ride in the village paths. Visit fruit garden, and enjoy the tropical fruits while you will be listening to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music" performed by the islanders. Here we also can join the daily activities of the local people and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside. Your expectations will be fulfilled by final boat trip back to My Tho on the Tan Thach natural canal. Meet our driver again for the transfer back to Saigon. Arrive to your hotel in Saigon around 5pm.
    Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch



    Day 03: Ho Chi Minh – Visit Cuchi Tunnels & Saigon After Dark Tour

    Morning, drive from your hotel to Hoc Mon District to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is 70 kilometers North West of down town Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French. And it was continuing built over 25 years later. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth. During the American War the entire area of Cu Chi was designated a free fire zone and was heavily bombarded. From 1988, two sections of tunnels have been open for visitors. Be back at your hotel after 4-5 hours travel & visit. 

    Afternoon, at leisure to relax or explore the downtown on your own.

    Saigon After Dark Tour - A foodie night out on the town.
    Tour Runs Nightly 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Pickup and drop off at hotel.

    This Saigon night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, and transfers by our private car.  

    To start off this Saigon night tour, enjoy drinks at our café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guide book). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at 2 local restaurants and samplings of Saigon’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of Ho Chi Minh City while in the bustling traffic. We’ll also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.
    Meal inclusion: Breakfast & Dinner

     

    Day 04: Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang Beach

    Transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for a morning flight to Nha Trang.

    Nha Trang has one of the most popular beaches in all of Vietnam, with clear turquoise water and a backdrop of mountains. The coconut palms provide shelter along most of the 6 km beachfront. 
    Upon arrive at Cam Ranh airport, transfer to a hotel in Nha Trang City. Relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in Nha Trang.
    Meal inclusion: Breakfast



    Day 05: Nha Trang Beach

    At leisure on the beach for sunbathing, swimming and playing some water sport or explore Nha Trang City and islands around Nha Trang. Overnight in Nha Trang. 

    Meal inclusion: Breakfast

     

    Day 06: Nha Trang to Danang / HoiAn

    Transfer to Nha Trang airport for the morning flight to Danang. On arrival, transfer one hour to the hotel in HoiAn.

    Afternoon, you will have a guided tour to see the interesting sights of this ancient city. 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. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.  
    Meal inclusion: Breakfast


     

    Day 07: HoiAn – Discover local life & villages around Hoian by bicycle
    (Biking through the Countryside to a Pottery Village, Vegetable Farm and Lantern Making Factory from 7:30am to 13pm)

    Pick up at 7:30am at hotel. This bike trip through the countryside takes you through picturesque trails to an old pottery village, Tra Que vegetable village and a stop at a traditional lantern making shop. We see how pottery and lanterns have been made for generations, and at the local farm we prepare a meal from the produce that is grown. Return to your hotel in early afternoon and time at leisure for the rest of the day.

    Include in this trip: Pick up and drop off in hotel, English speaking guide, all necessary permits, first aid kit, helmet, high-end mountain bike and gloves, farm fees, meal and transport as listed above, Snack, purified drinking water, light meal at the farm.

    Overnight in HoiAn.

    Meal inclusion: Breakfast & Light lunch

    Day 08: HoiAn to Hue, visit Hue Citadel

    Morning, 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 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 and Royal Museum.

    Overnight at hotel in Hue.


    Day 09: Hue to Hanoi

    Morning, 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. 
    Then, visit Thien Mu pagoda and enjoy the leisure dragon boat trip on the scenic Perfume River on the way back to the city center. Then, visit the Dong Ba bustling market.

    Late afternoon, transfer to Hue airport for the flight to Hanoi at 20:20. On arrival in Hanoi at 21:35, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
    Meal inclusion: Breakfast


    Day 10: Hanoi City Tour

    Today, we will take the sightseeing of the most city's outstanding historical and cultural sites. The visit includes: Ho Chi Minh President complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father or uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, the next place to move to is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake.

    Afternoon, you will be transferred to visit the Temple of literature. Continue to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology – the most interesting museum in Hanoi with many different things relating the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restore Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple. The last place of the tour is taking a walk for few minutes to visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Our guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel after the tour around 17PM. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Meal inclusion: Breakfast

     


    Day 11: Hanoi – Overnight Halong Bay Cruise

    7.30 – 12.00 Our shuttle bus will come to pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi centre. Drive to Halong City. Enjoy the landscape of the the Red River Delta country side.
    Stopover at Hai Duong province for refreshment about 20 – 30 minutes

    12.00 – 13.00 Arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf island – Take break and welcome drink at Glory Legend Cruise Lounge.
    Transfer to Glory Legend Cruise.

    13.00 – 19.30 Welcome drink – receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
    Enjoy lunch with Vietnamese and International dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas, such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, Coconut Three Island.
    Visiting Luon cave, the perfect combination of lime-stone mountains and jade-green sea by bamboo boat with local people or kayaking based on your preference. Enjoy quiet space and pure air, you will feel relaxed truly. If you are lucky, you will see monkeys on islands.
    Visiting the beautiful Ti Top beach for swimming (if the weather permits), Ti Top Beach is especially famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax or passengers can take steps to reach on the top of Ti Top beach to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay.
    Back to the boat and free time while sailing to Luon Bo area, and anchor overnight.
    Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
    Attend the Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls – traditional Vietnamese food. Then enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). It is time for chit chat and relaxing. Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay.

    19.30 – 23.00 Dinner – Deluxe Vietnamese and International BBQ Set Menu Dinner
    Evening activities include: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sort of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Glory Legend Cruise’s music, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.

    Overnight on boat.

    Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



    Day 12: Halong Bay Cruise

    06.00 – 08.30 Taking part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes).
    Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

    08.30 – 19.30 Transfer to day boat for visiting Vung Vieng village. Visit “Vung Viêng” village by a rustic – row boat, meet the local people who will help you row the boat for sightseeing. Enjoy quiet space and fresh air, you will feel truly relaxing.Time for sunbathing on sundeck, enjoy beauty of the Bai Tu Long bay and free kayaking and swimming at Bai Tu Long bay area, a pristine natural one lapped by turquoise water (if the weather permit). Possibility of kayaking through an amazing tunnel carved under a limestone mountain.Back to Glory Legend Cruise. Free time on boat for relaxing.
    Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage Menu).Attend the Cooking class on sundeck. Enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay.

    19.30 – 23.00 Deluxe Vietnamese Dinner will be served.Evening activities include: Leisure time for chatting around the bar, watching many sorts of Vietnam cultural films. Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Glory Legend Cruise’s music. Reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck with squid fishing on the boat. Overnight on the boat.

    Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

     

    Day 13: Halong Bay – Return to Hanoi

    06.00 – 08.00 The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi class session on the sundeck. Tai chi, also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.
    Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

    08.00 – 11.30 Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tenderProper shoes are highly recommended. 
    Back to Glory Legend Cruise. Check out and settle your bill at reception.Back to Disembark to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye  to the crew.

    12.00 Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus.
    Stop over the middle to visit a traditional workshop and refreshment about 30 minutes.

    16:30: Drop-off at hotel in Hanoi.

    Overnight in Hanoi.

    Meal inclusion: Breakfast & Lunch

     

    Day 14: Depart Hanoi

    Breakfast in hotel and at leisure until our transfer to Airport for departure. End of the services …
    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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