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Northern and Central Vietnam Tour - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Northern and Central Vietnam Tour - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Hanoi, Hue, Quang Tri, Hoian
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No experience is more interesting than the tour which offers you chance to visit some famous destinations in Vietnam. Visiting Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, cruising in Halong Bay, a World Heritage recognized by UNESCO or discovering Hoian Town, you will have yourself a memorable journey in our country and be welcomed by friendly people. Give it a try, you will never regret!
Highlights:
 
  • Cruise in Halong Bay and contemplate picturesque scenery of the amazing nature.
  • Visit emperor tomb in Hue and witness its unique and ancient structure.
  • Experience the natural beauty and biodiversity of Bach Ma National park
  • Explore Hoian, the historic port town and savour some local cuisines.
  • Visit My Son Holy land and discover many Hindu temples.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Prelude to a Splendor

Day 2
The Perfume River (B)

Day 3
The Majestic Touch of Emperors (B/L)

Day 4
The Seat of an Empire (B/L)

Day 5
The Fringe of History (B/L)

Day 6
Collecting the Wild (B/L/D)

Day 7
Watching Over the Water (B/L)

Day 8
Hoian Town (B/L)

Day 9
The Complexity of Temples (B/L)

Day 10
Only an Introduction (B)

Day 1: Prelude to a Splendor
Day 1: Prelude to a Splendor
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, we will enjoy a walking tour around Hanoi. You will be surprised with a variety of architectural works in our capital and its well-known 36 streets of the Old Quarter
 
Visit around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple as well as the Opera House before we transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 2: The Perfume River (B)
Day 2: The Perfume River (B)
Leaving the capital city of Vietnam, we will transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. Then you will have chance to cruise on the Perfume River and contemplate the fantastic scenery surrounding.
 
Riding along Perfume River, we will drop off and visit a typical garden house built following the precise rules of geomancy. Continue the journey; we will visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, the most beautiful ancient pagoda of Hue. Built in 1601, the pagoda has been improved many times under the reign of Kings during Nguyen Dynasty. 
 
This is good chance for you to rescue your mind from the daily pressure and breathe the fresh air as well as find a peaceful feeling for your spirit. The pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial captial and often the subject of folk rhymes about Hue.
 
Arriving back to the city, we will catch a cyclo to the Royal Citadel – the World Heritage Site known as a not-to-be-missed destination for anyone in Hue. 
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 3: The Majestic Touch of Emperors (B/L)
Day 3: The Majestic Touch of Emperors (B/L)
Today, the guide will lead you to visit Khai Dinh Mausoleum. For many years, the luxurious life of King Khai Dinh has been still a question for latter generations. Contemplating the mausoleum, we partly can see the former life of King Khai Dinh, the 12th king of Nguyen Dynasty. Particularly, the tomb’s architecture is very different from others thanks to mixture of Western style in 19th century. Visitors can see many traditional building materials such as wood, stone, brick,…. are replaced by metal gates, straight crucifixes and light system. 
 
Additionally, the appearance of King statue in the mausoleum is one of many differences from other tombs. Khai Dinh Mausoleum authentically is a valuable architectural monument in Hue.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: The Seat of an Empire (B/L)
Day 4: The Seat of an Empire (B/L)
The day of tour will lead us to the Purple City known as Forbidden City in the heart of the Imperial Citadel. Having built in 1804 under the reign of King Gia Long III, the citadel continued to be built more until it was renamed in 1822 under the reign of King Minh Mang III. Inside the citadel, there are over 50 architectural monuments with different functions.
 
Being the accommodation of the King with family, Forbidden Citadel was strictly protected from not only the civilians but also unauthorized officials. Thus, the life inside the citadel has been a secret.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 5: The Fringe of History (B/L)
Day 5: The Fringe of History  (B/L)
Finish the breakfast and we will head to Quang Tri Province – the most painful place during Vietnamese war. Here shows you the damaged shool by bombs, Doc Mieu Base, a historic war remains Hien Luong Bridge – the declaration of non-ammunition, Ben Hai River and Vinh Moc Tunnel – home of many revolutionary Vietnamese families. 
 
Feed yourself with a lunch at a regional restaurant and a short rest before we driver along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to reach Khe Sanh Military Base – the old American base in an important historic battle of Vietnam War. You can specifically learn more about it by considering some war leftovers such as bunkers, bombs, tanks and air-craft,…
 
Transfer back to hotel in Hue in the late afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 6: Collecting the Wild (B/L/D)
Day 6: Collecting the Wild (B/L/D)
Today, we will leave Hue for departure to Bach Ma National Park , where a stunning natural mountainous landscape is waiting for you. Bach Ma mountain is 1450 meters high with a narrow path up to the peak. One day here is a good idea for natural lover. Everything you need for the day is a pair of sport shoes and an adventurous spirit. Going along the way to the end, you will reach the peak where you can enjoy an impressive panorama of continuous mountain range.
 
En route, we will visit Ngu Ho Waterfall where you can relax and soak in the aquamarine water for bathing. Don’t forget to take some amazing photos of the picturesque landscape. 
 
Transfer back your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Watching Over the Water (B/L)
Day 7: Watching Over the Water (B/L)
You are recommended to wake up early for the dawn scenery mixed in the song of birds. Free time at your leisure until transfering to Hoian for hotel check in. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 8: Hoian Town (B/L)
Day 8: Hoian Town (B/L)
We will start a walking trip with our tour-guide around the attractive Hoian port town. In 16th century, Hoian used to be the national trading center for East-West commercial itinerary. It seems to be the assembly point for diversity of ancient streets and homes. Particularly, the quaint cobblestone streets with more than two-century-old Chinese houses are indispensable subjects to visit and explore. You will see the ancient houses built following the Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures along the narrow lanes. The 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants in 16th century, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, and the local fish market are some indispensable places that you should visit in Hoi An. Let’s stop off at a tailor-made shop to get yourself a favourite clothes/suits/dresses done in just few hours. Or you can join to make your own lantern with the locals’ guidance.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 9: The Complexity of Temples (B/L)
Day 9: The Complexity of Temples  (B/L)
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. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 10: Only an Introduction (B)
Day 10: Only an Introduction (B)
Free time at your leisure until we transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noontime only. Meals on your own. 
 
End of the tour!
 
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Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Internal flight ticket in economy class (Hanoi - Hue) 
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

 

Exclusion:

  • International flight to and from Vietnam
  • 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: Prelude to a Splendor
Day 2: The Perfume River (B)
Day 3: The Majestic Touch of Emperors (B/L)
Day 4: The Seat of an Empire (B/L)
Day 5: The Fringe of History (B/L)
Day 6: Collecting the Wild (B/L/D)
Day 7: Watching Over the Water (B/L)
Day 8: Hoian Town (B/L)
Day 9: The Complexity of Temples (B/L)
Day 10: Only an Introduction (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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