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Vietnam Historical Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Vietnam Historical Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Hanoi, Hue, Quang Tri, Ho Chi Minh, Dalat
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Have you ever imagined how the best journey will be? The tour completely can give you the answer as it is the chance for you to discover Vietnam from the city to countryside. Additionally, a luxurious villa is waiting to satisfy your relaxation. Give it try, you will never regret.
Highlights:
 
  • Experience the diverse cultures of the variety of hill tribes in the Museum of Ethnology 
  • Explore the Imperial City of Hue to see the tremendous palace of legendary kings.
  • Venture inside Cu Chi tunnels to explore the former life of Vietcong.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
A Warm Welcome

Day 2
The Past and the Present (B/L)

Day 3
Another Graceful Step (B/L)

Day 4
First Touch of Colonial Past(B/L)

Day 5
Within the Emperor’s Splendor(B/L)

Day 6
A More Recent History (B/L)

Day 7
The Remaining Colonial Shapes of Saigon (B/L)

Day 8
Heritage at Heart (B/L)

Day 9
French Colonial Mountains (B/L)

Day 10
The Falls of Da Lat (B/L)

Day 11
Part of the Village (B/L)

Day 12
Changing Course (B)

Day 1: A Warm Welcome
Day 1: A Warm Welcome
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 take time enjoying a traditional water puppet performance. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: The Past and the Present (B/L)
Day 2: The Past and the Present (B/L)
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rest in peace. We will visit his traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure.
 
 Leaving here, we will transfer to thousand-year-old Temple of Literature, the famous first university in Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating. This ancient monument is dated back to 11th century and continues mesmerizing visitors alike in its connection with the past and the architecture continued beauty. Its structure combines between the Le and Nguyen Dynasty style. 
 
After a short rest , visit around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple as well as the Opera House.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own and take a sound sleep for the following day!
 
(Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance. Outside visiting can be arranged).
Day 3: Another Graceful Step (B/L)
Day 3: Another Graceful Step (B/L)
The day of tour offers you a chance to explore the diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic groups. From the hotel, we will drive to the Ethnology Museum where stores 10000 exhibits, 15000 black-and-white photos, hundreds videos which reflect the daily life, custom and tradition of 54 minorities living along Vietnam. Discovering from the art of textile to the peoples’ ceremonies, you will understand more and more about the minority diversity. 
 
Walking around the outdoor display, you will be introduced about the most particular architectural style of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities such as Ede, Tay, Dao, H’mong, Giarai, Bana, Cham and Hanhi. 
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: First Touch of Colonial Past(B/L)
Day 4: First Touch of Colonial Past(B/L)
The morning comes with the atmosphere of a capital city and a good breakfast. Once satisfied your tummy, we will depart to the airport for flight to Hue. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. 
 
Referring to Hue means mentioning about the palace and temples which shelter the ancient breath of a splendid lordly age. Once being in Hue, it’s impossible for you to visit the lively proofs of the last feudal dynasty. Additionally, the regional slow living style is also an ideal factor you should experience.
 
Then we will we will catch a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel – the World Heritage Site known as a not-to-be-missed destination for anyone in Hue. Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 5: Within the Emperor’s Splendor(B/L)
Day 5: Within the Emperor’s Splendor(B/L)
Today we will visit some famous Mausoleum of former Kings in Hue. 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.
 
We will embark a boat to visit the Minh Mang Mausoleum, an ancient tomb standing for long generations. The tomb was completed in 1843 after 3 years constructed and it is the rest place of the second King of Nguyen Dynasty. In front of the tomb, there are 3 gates and the one at the middle is the Big Red Gate. Inside the Honor Courtyard, there are many stone statues of Mandarins, elephants and horses which are guarding.
 
We will continue the exploration to Mausoleum of Tu Duc, the fouth King of Nguyen dynasty with the longest reign. Located in a narrow valley, the tomb had been erected from 1864 to 1867 with 475 ha in area. There are about 50 monuments inside the tomb with the fresh and smooth structure which reflect a poetic spirit of King Tu Duc.
 
In the evening, we can ride along Perfume River and drop off for a visit at a typical garden house built following the precise rules of geomancy.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: A More Recent History (B/L)
Day 6: A More Recent History (B/L)
Today starts with a departure to Quang Tri where we will visit the Demilitarized Zone, specifically 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,…
 
We will also visit Quang Tri Museum, a significant architectural monument displaying about 10.000 original exhibits, scientific document and valuable collections. Different from many other museums, Quang Tri Museum shows following special subjects and combines between traditional and modern display. Audio system is put in wall and electric system is efficiently applied that remarks the subjects. Additionally, you can visit the projector room and watch a documentary film to have an exhaustive look at the nation’s history. 
 
Transfer back to hotel in Hue. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: The Remaining Colonial Shapes of Saigon (B/L)
Day 7: The Remaining Colonial Shapes of Saigon (B/L)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome on arrival and transfer to hotel for check in. 
 
In the afternoon, you will have chance to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the architectural masterpiece of Ho Chi Minh City. The monuments was designed following the inspiration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris by Bourad, a French architect and completed in 1880 after 3 years constructed. All its components was imported from France. Visitors will feel very peaceful in mind as you can hear the quietest of footsteps along the walkway from the door to the dais.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Heritage at Heart (B/L)
Day 8: Heritage at Heart (B/L)
We will pay a visit to Cu Chi Tunnel, 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 riffle range as well as even creep into the Cu Chi Tunnels to understand the historic harsh life of Vietcong guerrillas. Covering almost 250km, the tunnels system helped over 16.000 communist guerillas alive during the war.
 
Relaxing with green tea and tapioca as Vietcong in wartime, you will understand more about their former life.
 
Transfer back to hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: French Colonial Mountains (B/L)
Day 9: French Colonial Mountains (B/L)
On this day of tour, we will depart from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat on a beautiful way surrounded by the traditional landscape of countryside in Vietnam. On the way, you can see the immense paddy fields as well as the buffalo scatter around. You will also remark the picture of farmers wearing conical hats working on the fields. 
 
Reaching Dalat, we will check in at a nice villa where you can completely relax. The villa is full of facilities with a pool for swimming, a bar to enjoy the best wine and balconies looking over the immense sky, that’s fantastic when you stand here and look at the wonderful landscape in the early morning or in the evening before having a sound sleep on the melodious bed.
 
Dinner on your own. Overnight at the villa.
Day 10: The Falls of Da Lat (B/L)
Day 10: The Falls of Da Lat (B/L)
The day of tour offers you a chance to discover the wonderful city. Vitsiting Prenn Waterfall, you will enjoy the beauty of mountain with cool air. Travel further to Datanla Waterfall for some amazing photos and you will feel as you are in a paradise of natural beauty. 
 
Transfer back to the villa. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the villa.
Day 11: Part of the Village (B/L)
Day 11: Part of the Village (B/L)
Today we will visit Lat village, the former home of Lach minority. The village is located at the foot of Langbiang mountain and still maintains traditional culture. Visitors will have chance to enjoy the beauty of mountainous area and drink the unique local whisky. 
 
Lat village is also the birthplace of brocade decorated with particular patterns, visitors here always love buying as a gift for their journey.
 
 Transfer back to the villa. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Changing Course (B)
 Day 12: Changing Course (B)
After enjoying your breakfast, we will depart to the Dalat airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will connect for your departure flight to home.
 
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; Hue - Ho Chi Minh City; Dalat - Ho Chi Minh City)
  • 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 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.
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Day 1: A Warm Welcome
Day 2: The Past and the Present (B/L)
Day 3: Another Graceful Step (B/L)
Day 4: First Touch of Colonial Past(B/L)
Day 5: Within the Emperor’s Splendor(B/L)
Day 6: A More Recent History (B/L)
Day 7: The Remaining Colonial Shapes of Saigon (B/L)
Day 8: Heritage at Heart (B/L)
Day 9: French Colonial Mountains (B/L)
Day 10: The Falls of Da Lat (B/L)
Day 11: Part of the Village (B/L)
Day 12: Changing Course (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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