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Vietnam Discovery By Railway

Vietnam Discovery By Railway

Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Danang, Hoian, Nha Trang, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh
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Exploring the hidden charm of Vietnam has become an unforgettable experience of tourists around the world. With the duration of just 14 days, now you are absolutely able to delve into the most highlighted sites of the beautiful country. The stunning journey will begin at the capital city of Hanoi-a must see destination in all trips to Vietnam, and covers other interesting sites spreading along the centre and the southern of the country. This promises to be a great journey with unexpected experiences.

Highlights:

  • Explore the unique culture and history of the capital city of Hanoi
  • Enjoy a delightful cruise on the breathtaking Halong Bay
  • Soak into the placid and charming ambience of the ancient city of Hue
  • Enjoy relaxing moments with picturesque beauty of Nha Trang beach
  • Learn more about Vietnam war and its history with an amazing exploration to Cu Chi Tunnels
     

Brief itinerary

Day 01
Hanoi Arrival

Day 02
Hanoi city (B)

Day 03
Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 04
Halong Bay – Hanoi Station – Overnight train to Hue (B,L)

Day 5
Hue station – Half day city tour

Day 06
Hue – Danang – Hoian (B)

Day 07
Hoian – My Son – Hoian (B)

Day 08
Hoian – Train to Nha Trang (B)

Day 09
Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)

Day 10
Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)

Day 11
Nha Trang – Overnight train to Ho Chi Minh (B)

Day 12
Ho Chi Minh Station – Half day city tour

Day 13
Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

Day 14
Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 01: Hanoi Arrival

Arriving at Hanoi Airport, welcome you to Hanoi! We will transfer you to your hotel for check in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. In the afternoon, you are free to explore Hanoi Old Quarter. You will be surprised with a variety of architectural works in our capital and its well-known 36 streets of the Old Quarter. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 02: Hanoi city (B)
Day 02: Hanoi city (B)

After breakfast, we visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rest in peace, overlooking Ba Dinh Square.

We will visit his traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure. Constructed in the 11th century, it has become one of Vietnam’s iconic temples and is accessible by a graceful stone staircase rising to the terrace.

Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 03: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi by Halong Cruise shuttle bus for a 180-km journey to Halong Bay, one of UNESCO World Heritage site with its 2000 islands located in a background of limestone in Gulf of Tonkin. Coming to Halong, visitors will be impressed with the beauty of natural achievement and many wonderful types of scenery.

You will enjoy an overnight cruise on a wonderful boat floating on Halong Bay and savouring special menu of fresh seafood will absolutely bring you the best moment you have ever had.

You will be served with lunch and dinner on boat. Overnight onboard.

Day 04: Halong Bay – Hanoi Station – Overnight train to Hue (B,L)
Day 04: Halong Bay – Hanoi Station – Overnight train to Hue (B,L)

You are recommended to wake up early in the morning on this day because that is the most wonderful time for you to contemplate aquamarine water of the bay at its best. Once satisfied with the brunch on boat, you will continue the excursion through impressive limestone surrounding the bay. Transfer back the pier to Hanoi Opera House. From here, meet your guide and be transferred to Hanoi station for your overnight train to Hue. Overnight on shared cabin – soft sleeper.

Leave Hanoi station at 22.00pm and arrive Hue station at 10.30am (next day).

Day 5: Hue station – Half day city tour
Day 5: Hue station – Half day city tour

Arrive Hue station in the morning, you will be met by our local guide and then be transferred to your hotel in Hue. Room is at your disposal at 2.00pm. After short rest, you will start to explore Hue city.

We will catch a cyclo to the Royal Citadel. Once you reach here, you will absolutely agree with us that this World Heritage Site is the not-to-be-missed destination for anyone in Hue. After that, visit Mausoleum of Tu Duc, the fouth King of Nguyen dynasty with the longest reign and we will also visit Tu Hieu pagoda before transferring back to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Hue – Danang – Hoian (B)
Day 06: Hue – Danang – Hoian (B)

At good time, we will transfer to Hoian via the scenic Hai Van Pass. Here gives you a unique time to contemplate one in many fantastic picturesque sceneries of Vietnam as you look out over the central coastline.

On arrival, check in your hotel in Hoian and free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Hoian – My Son – Hoian (B)
Day 07: Hoian – My Son – Hoian (B)

In the morning, we will head to My Son, a concentration of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. In this period, the valley at My Son was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes. Arriving here, let’s try to keep calm in the presence of its impressive beauty and listen to many attractive stories about historical and cultural values of this Holy Land.

Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Hoian – Train to Nha Trang (B)
Day 08: Hoian – Train to Nha Trang (B)

Leaving the charm Hoian behind and we will take a local train to Nha Trang. On arrival Nha Trang station, meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel for check in.

Leave Danang Station at 13.00pm and arrive Nha Trang station at 22.00pm.

The white sandy beach, the cool weather, and the turquoise water surely will make you feel pleasant after days travelling. Moreover, fresh seafoods are always available for your appetite. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)
Day 09: Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)

Free time at your leisure to enjoy the charm beach. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)
Day 10: Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)

Free time at your leisure to enjoy the charm beach. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Nha Trang – Overnight train to Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 11: Nha Trang – Overnight train to Ho Chi Minh (B)

At good time, leave your hotel to Nha Trang station for an overnight train to Ho Chi Minh. Overnight on shared cabin – soft sleeper.

Leave Nha Trang station at 22.00pm and arrive Ho Chi Minh station at 5.20am (next day).

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh Station – Half day city tour
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh Station – Half day city tour

Meet our local guide early in the morning at Ho Chi Minh station. Be transferred to your hotel. Your room is at your disposal at 2.00pm.

After short rest, drive you to visit this dynamic metropolis. Let’s visit some historic sites of the city such as the Old Post Office of Saigon, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi street and the Chinese District of Cho Lon as well as astonishing Binh Tay Market. Thien Hau pagoda is also an interesting destination for peaceful feeling that you should not miss.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels (B)

Our next destination is Cu Chi Tunnels, the historic shelter of Vietnamese soldiers during the war. We will pay a visit to the traps, the mysterious way-in, the network of bunkers and the underground hermitage. Furthermore, there gives you a unique and wonderful chance to use real guns and bullets at rifle range as well as even creeping into the Cu Chi Tunnels to understand the historic harsh life of Vietcong guerrillas.

Relaxing with green tea and tapioca as Vietcong in war time, you will understand more about their former life.

Transfer back to hotel. Free time at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

Free at your leisure until be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal at noon time. Meals on your own. End of services.

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Inclusion:

  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Mineral water

 

Exclusion:

  • International and internal flight ticket
  • Vietnam visa
  • Accommodation
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Important notes:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Vietnam. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
DAILY PROGRAM
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Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
Day 02: Hanoi city (B)
Day 03: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 04: Halong Bay – Hanoi Station – Overnight train to Hue (B,L)
Day 5: Hue station – Half day city tour
Day 06: Hue – Danang – Hoian (B)
Day 07: Hoian – My Son – Hoian (B)
Day 08: Hoian – Train to Nha Trang (B)
Day 09: Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)
Day 10: Nha Trang – Beach Break (B)
Day 11: Nha Trang – Overnight train to Ho Chi Minh (B)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh Station – Half day city tour
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels (B)
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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