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Essential of Vietnam Tour 12 Days

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Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Saigon - Mekong Delta

Tour code: VBT-VCT16
With this tour, you can travel to all outstanding tourist spots in the country: from Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam, the natural wonderland of Halong Bay, the beaches of Hoi An and Nha Trang to the world-famous Cu Chi tunnels, the waterways and lust fruit orchards of the Mekong Delta and the vibrant Saigon city.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive - Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

07.30 – 07.45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi by shuttle bus of cruise company. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
11.30 Upon arrival at Vinashin Tourist Harbor, You are welcomed at our waiting room before enjoying the cruise.
12.15-12.30 Embark on Huong Hai Sealife. Enjoy welcome drink as Cruise Manager gives you a brief overview of the itinerary and important safety guideline. Check in your cabin.
13.00 Start cruisingamong famous Islets (Indochina studio, Am Islet…) of Bai Tu Long Bay, the wildest beauty with the panoramic natural views.
Admire the grace of the bay while enjoying the delicious lunch in the restaurant at the first deck.
14.30 Explore the well-hidden Co Cave (known as Thien Canh Son Cave). Relax on white sandy beach or walk along the beach at Hon Co Island (no swimming).
15.45 Return to Huong Hai Sealife and enjoy Happy hour. You will have 30% discount off from the special drinks list; including of cocktail, mocktail and mixed drinks (from 16.30 pm to 19.00 pm.).
Treasure the wonderful beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay at sunset, admire the striking islands and islets, savor the fresh and peaceful atmosphere which could hardly be found in landwhile cruising to Cong Do sleeping area.
16.30 Enjoy kayaking at Cong Do or relaxing on the cruise.
18.00 Onboard the vessel, surrounded by a stunning, setting in motion, attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking (spring roll)on the sundeck.
19.15 Dinner is served in the restaurant at the first desk. You can enjoy the charm of Bai Tu Long Bay at night.
21.00 Evening activities: relax at leisure; enjoy our Movie Night, Board Games or our Massage & Spa services(massage and spa fee is not included in the price), squid fishing. Overnight on Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

06.30-7.45 Before enjoying the breakfast with cookies and tea, café at the restaurant of the cruise, tourists can try the taichi session on the sundeck at the break of dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay
7.45-8.45 Explore the area of Hon Co Island and Co Cave (Grass Cave, also known as Thien Canh Son). You can revel in the breathtaking view of Bai Tu Long bay from above, as well as the glorious long white sand of Hon Co Island.
Tourists can relax on the white sand beach of Co Island, enjoy swimming on the area of Co Island. With the long white sand beaches and the crystal-like green water, definitely, tourists would have the fantastic moments after exploring the cave.
8.45 Tourists come back to the cruise by tender.
9.15 Tourists arrange the luggage and check out.
9.30-10.30 Tourists can enjoy the light lunch (brunch) in Sealife Cruise while the cruise departs from Hon Co Island back to Vinashin dock.
11.15 Arrive back at Vinashin dock, Halong city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to your Hanoi
16.30 Arrive in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi - Hue (B, L) - by flight

An early morning transfer to the airport for a short flight to Hue, our guide and driver will pick you up and start city tour to visit:
The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue, and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh are not to be missed. We include these in a guided cruise on the Perfume River which also gives us a taste of the scenic countryside as well as an enjoyable visit to the mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. After an impressive boat trip we return to the town. Sightseeing tour takes us in the massive citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass by many fantastic eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies. Back to hotel and relax. Overnight in Hue.

Day 5: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Da Nang via beautifully Hai Van Pass, stop on they way for breath taking at Lang Co Beach, then continue to Da Nang, visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture. Continue to visit Marble Moutains, the mountains stand for 5 element on earth like: Metal, Plant, Water, Fire, Earth. You can climb up the mountain to visit a pagoda in Huyen Khong Cave. Down the the mountain is the stone carving village, you can watch the art work on site with marble stone. Then transfer to Hoi An, the famous World Cuture Heritage town. Check in on arrival. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An (B, L)

In the morning, our guide and car will come to pick you up at your hotel then transfer to Hoi An ancient town. Start our morning by strolling around the Hoi An ancient town to visit: Chua Cau or Japanese Covered Bridge-considered the symbol of Hoi An the finest example of Japanese architecture. Step back in time to discover the Chinese street with stunning Phuc Kien Hall and Phung Hung old house typical of Hoian original architecture. We then visit Hoi An vibrant market and ancient port to explore the rythm of local daily life and savor the true color, flavor and taste of the oriental. Finally, we visit Phuc Thanh Pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Hoi An built in 1454 with Chinese bonze. Have lunch in the local restaurant with specialties of Hoian: the Cao Lau noodle and White Rose dumpling. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Thu Bon River - the poetic river that shaped the verdant nature and rich cultural heritage of Hoian. Stop en route to visit two handicraft villages nestled on the river banks: Thanh Ha pottery village and Kim Bong carpentry village well known for their nice handicraft products. Transfer back to the hotel afterward. Relax and Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B, L) - by flight

Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of offshore islands, and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape. After checking into the hotel we visit Nha Trang’s major sights, including the Oceanographic Institute, the Long Son Pagoda with its famous giant Buddha image, the Hon Chong Rock formation and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. The remainder of the day will be free for a well earned rest on a beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B, L)

Upon leaving Nha Trang, we head south towards Da Lat, sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The journey will pass by the famous Cam Ranh Bay before arriving at the Po Klong Jarai Towers which represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people. At an elevation of over 1, 000 meters, the hill station of Da Lat was founded in the early year of the last century for the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival in Da Lat, we start our tour taking us through plenty of the French colonial architecture to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. Other sights are the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 9: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) - by flight

Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to the airport for a short flight to south. Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals, is a center of commerce, finance, culture and tourism in Vietnam. This bustling metropolis ,contradiction of its northern counterpart, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, excited by numerous shopping area and sidewalk cafe.
Check into hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

08:00 Our guide will pick you up and transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels (75 km from downtown). Visit Cu Chi tunnels with watching documentary film, witness hand–made weapon gallery (gun, land mine, bamboo traps,…), crawl into the real tunnels,… Back to Saigon. Have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Former Presidential Palace, the War Crime Museum, the central complex of architecture: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, Ben Thanh market.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

08:00 Leave Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy the scenic journey along the National Highway bordered by green rice fields. On arrived at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh – a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand–rowed sampan under the shade of the water coconut trees along natural canals. Have a short cycling tour then enjoy seasonal fruit & honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by the locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste delicious coconut candy & observe the pastoral life as you roam through fruit plantations and villages. Then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for the your international flight at home. End of services.
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Trip Included

  • Private tour
  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner, BR - brunch)
  • All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
  • Boat trip as indicated in program
  • Air tickets: Economy class - Vietnam Airlines
    • Hanoi - Hue
    • Da Nang - Nha Trang
    • Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh city

Trip Excluded

  • Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
  • VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival ifrequest)
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14:00 and check out at 12:00/ surcharge if request)
  • Insurance travel
  • Tips & gratuities
  • All other services are not made on the written form
Accommodation
Destination Hotel/Resort/Cruise Class
3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Hanoi Dal Vostro hotel or Nostalgia or Angel Palace or similar REX or Boss Legend or The Light hotel or similar Apricot or Melia or Sheraton Hotel or similar
Halong Bay Lavender or Majestic or V’Spirit cruise or similar Huong Hai Sealife or Syrena or similar Athena or ERA or Sealife Legend cruise or similar
Hue Emm Hue or Cherish hotel or similar Eldora or Moonlight Hotel or similar Imperial Hotel or Indochina Palace or similar
Hoi An
Thanh Binh Riverside or Hoi An Green river boutique or Royal Riverside Hoian hotel similar
Little Beach or La Residencia or Belle Maison Hadana hotel or similar Allegro or Sunrise or Victoria Hoi An or Palm Garden hotel or similar
Nha Trang The Light or The Summer Hotel or similar Alana or Liberty Central Hotel or similar The Anam or Diamond Bay Hotel or similar
Da Lat TTC Premium or Sammy or Prince River hotel or similar TTC Ngoc Lan or Saigon Da Lat or King hotel or similar Da Lat Palace or Ana Mandara Villas or similar
Saigon Sunrise Central or Avanti or Kiko hotel or similar Grand Silverland or Central Palace or Silverland Sakyo or Silverland Charner hotel or similar Nikko hotel or REX Saigon hotel or similar
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