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Vietnam at a Glance - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Vietnam at a Glance - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Saigon, Ben Tre
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One of the best 12-day Vietnam private tours giving you chance to discover the most famous destinations in Vietnam with perfect combination of learning about nature beauty, interesting historic stories and authentic local interaction. Are you ready?

Highlights:

  • Explore the culture and customs of the locals in the famous Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Get a stunning experience on a comfortable cruise amongst the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay
  • Delve into the historic sites in Hue Imperial City
  • Discover the hidden charm of the ancient town of Hoi An
  • Indulge yourself with relaxing moments on one of the most beautiful beaches in Viet Nam
  • Soak up the bustling life of Saigon and the rustic beauty of the Mekong Delta

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi Arrival

Day 2
Hanoi City tour (B, L)

Day 3
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Day 4
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)

Day 5
Hue city tour (B,L)

Day 6
Hue - Danang - Hoian (B,L)

Day 7
Hoi An - Danang - Nha Trang (B,L)

Day 8
Nha Trang Bay (B, L)

Day 9
Nha Trang Free (B)

Day 10
Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

Day 11
Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh (B,L)

Day 12
Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival in the airport, you will be warmly welcomed and taken to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L)
Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L)

Spend all day to explore the city. The first stop in your journey will be Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex- an important historical attraction in Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt house where the leader Ho Chi Minh spent the last part of his life, the Presidential palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Then, make your way to the Temple of Literature which reveals the Hanoians’ spirit of study in the past.

Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. You afternoon journey will start with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology- the largest and most interesting museums in Hanoi where artifacts about 54 ethnic groups are well displayed. Despite being out of the way compared with other museums in Hanoi, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is worth a thorough visit, for those who are keen to learn about the multiculturalism of Vietnam and for those who would appreciate some green space.

Continue onto to Ngoc Son Temple located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake- the picturesque heart of Hanoi.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional water puppet show - a great way to learn more about the traditional culture of the charming land. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)

This morning, set off your 3 hour drive to Halong Bay. The scenic drive will take you through beautiful scenery with some stops and coffee breaks along the way. Upon arriving at the pier of Halong, you will embark on a wooden junk for a cruise on the bay. Take your time to immerse into the fresh air and watch the scenery goes by. Enjoy a delightful lunch on board as the ship sails through various islands and limestone karst. Afterwards, take a fresh swim and explore some of the limestone caves in the region.

As the sun starts to set, the ship will cruise to a nearby island for the night. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)

Try to get up early in this morning to soak up into the tranquil atmosphere of the bay at sunrise. Enjoy breakfast on board as the ship sails through the bay for an exploration of more remote areas. Around midday, back to the vessel and return to the main wharf for a transfer back to Hanoi. You will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Hue. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

Day 5: Hue city tour (B,L)
Day 5: Hue city tour (B,L)

In the morning, take a boat trip on the poetic Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda- one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in Hue and Minh Mang Mausoleum. Touted as the most majestic of all Nguyen Dynasty royal tombs, Minh Mang Tomb is a complex of 40 constructions: palaces, temples, pavilions, etc. it’s a perfect combination of manmade and natural beauty of Hue, where architecture fits harmoniously into the surrounding landscape.

Take a short break for lunch at a local restaurant. Your afternoon tour will be continued with a visit to the Imperial City of Hue- one of seven World Heritage Sites of Vietnam. You will have the chance to learn in depth the history of the region with its all sites including Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Ums, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and Forbidden Purple City. Then, proceed to Tu Duc Tomb- one of the most beautiful works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty.

In the evening, there will be a delightful imperial dinner with signature royal food. Overnight at the hotel in Hue.

Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B,L)
Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B,L)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up for a journey to Hoi An. You will pass through Hai Van Pass- one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. Make a stop in Danang for a visit to Cham Museum- a graceful building and an eclectic mix of French-colonial architecture and Cham elements. The last stop will be the Marble Mountain- a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples. Pay a visit to a handicraft village at the foot of the mountain.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will be taken to the hotel for check in. In the afternoon, take a tour around the city with a visit to Japanese Bridge Pagoda- a unique covered structure built by the Japanese. Continue on to Phuc Kien Hall and Phung Hung Ancient House which is considered the heritage of the town. It is mainly made of wood with unique blending of two different architectural styles: Japanese and Chinese style. You will then visit the colorful market and ancient port to get an insight into the daily life.

Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

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

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival to Nha Trang, check in the hotel and take time to relax. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 8: Nha Trang Bay (B, L)
Day 8: Nha Trang Bay (B, L)

Today, you will spend time exploring the charming land of Nha Trang. First, transfer to Cau Da Port from which you will proceed to Tri Nguyen Aquarium located on Hon Mieu Island. Hundreds of nice and precious marine creatures are bred in the lake, looking a real marine museum.

Make your way to Mun Island- one of the most romantic islands in Nha Trang. This is also an amazing location for diving in Vietnam. You will have a great time exploring a colorful corals and fish.

After some time visiting a fishing village, there will be a fabulous lunch with fresh seafood served on the island. Return to your hotel. On the way back, let have a look at caves where you can find sea inside.

Overnight at the hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 9: Nha Trang Free (B)
Day 9: Nha Trang Free (B)

Today is free to relax on the beach. Overnight at the hotel in Nha Trang.

Day 10: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
Day 10: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel for check in. Take time to relax.

In the afternoon, start your exploration of the city. Start with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the General Post Office. Continue your journey along Dong Khoi Street. Make a stop at the Peoples’ Committee building and the Opera House which is served as the home of the Lower House Assembly. Move onto The Reunification Palace, also known as the Independent Palace which is a historical work with its own charm.

Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh (B,L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh (B,L)

This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a trip to Ben Tre. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, embark on a boat for a cruise along Ben Tre River. During your cruise, enjoy interesting activities on the river such as fishing or water transferring. Make a stop at a local brick making factory where you can witness the way bricks are made by hand. Continue your trail to a coconut processing workshops where coconut products including coconut oils and coconut fiber are produced.

Take a bicycle cart along a village path. En-route, make a stop at a farmer’s house where a lunch will be served. After lunch, take a walk to a mat- weaving village to see colorful mats made by skillful hands of local artisans. Afterwards, embark on a small rowing boat and travel along palm tree to return to Hung Vuong Pier. Head back to Ho Chi Minh City. On the way back, make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda- the greatest pagoda of Tien Giang Province.

Overnight at the hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh departure (B)

Today is at your leisure. You could do some shopping on your own or just relax until being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. End of service.

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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight in economy class (Hanoi - Hue; Danang - Nha Trang; Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary (Non private boat of Halong Bay cruise)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight tickets
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • 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 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue (B)
Day 5: Hue city tour (B,L)
Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoian (B,L)
Day 7: Hoi An - Danang - Nha Trang (B,L)
Day 8: Nha Trang Bay (B, L)
Day 9: Nha Trang Free (B)
Day 10: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City (B,L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh (B,L)
Day 12: 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.
Adult(s)
Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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