Classic tour Vietnam, 15 days| medium budget, private tour 2 people

Hightlights: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel – Mekong Delta – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Halong Bay  
Duration: 15 days
Start/end: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Group size: from 2 pax

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh city – Arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city – full day city tour
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city – Vinh Long (Home-stay)
Day 5: Vinh Long - Ho Chi Minh city
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh city – Fly to Danang – transfer to Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An – Walking tour
Day 8: Hoi An – Free day
Day 9: Hoi An – Hue – half day tour
Day 10: Hue – Half day tour – Fly to Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi – City tour
Day 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on junk cruise)
Day 13: Halong Bay (Overnight on junk cruise)
Day 14: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh city – Departure
 
 


Day 1:
Ho Chi Minh city – Arrival (D)
[International Flight: Your arrangement]
Arrive Tan Son Nhat Airport, we are welcomed by our driver and tour guide. Transfer to our hotel for having a rest until being picked up to a fine local restaurant for welcomed dinner. After dinner, we come back to our hotel and relax.

Day 2:Ho Chi Minh city – full day city tour (B, L)
After breakfast at hotel, at 8:30 with the local tour guide & driver pick -up, we depart our hotel for firstly visit to the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam. After that we will visit War Remnant Museum, where we can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting about the second Indochina war. We also stop at Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam.
Our delicious lunch will be served at a nice restaurant in the central city.
After lunch time; we continue our city tour with visits to Cho Lon market & then to Ben Thanh market- here we can experience our Vietnamese Southern daily life. After the tour is finished; we are dropped at the hotel at around 18:00.
 
Day 3:Ho Chi Minh city – Cu Chi tunnel (B)
In the morning; start at 8:00AM with our tour guide & driver pick you up right at the hotel;  we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the "Iron Triangle" or "Iron Land". On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that we transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon at around 13:30 and drop back at the hotel.
 
Day 4:Ho Chi Minh city – Vinh Long (Home-stay) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Cai Be to star tour tour. The program will start with a visit of Cai Be colourfull floating market cruiseing among local barges full of fruits and vegretables by the luxury boat of Mekong Travel
Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how rices paste, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn are made.
It is so interesting to visit the handicraft village where you can see how they make some special products: making rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage proof...
The best lunch will be served at local house (ancient house, orchard or bonsai garden…)
The rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals and to enjoy the peaceful time. It is so interesting to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an apportunity to make contacts with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta..
One more thing to do in this trip is biking ! It will be so amazing to bike on village paths to see the local farms, houses, « monkey » bridge, real life...
Then, we visit nursery garden for you to contact the real famous farmers – Mr Tiger & his son who are very sucessful in Vietnam agriculture. We will enjoy some kinds of fruits from his garden & homemade rice wine when listening to the traditional music
The boat will take us to enthusiastic homestay. Check in, make friend with the members of the family. Walk around the village or garden, and do cooking for your diner. We enjoy diner and have cup of tea or rice wine when talking together. You can ask about the culture, people, history of this Island. They do not mind to answer some personal questions. Overnight on a stretchers (special bed) at local house
 
Day 5:Vinh Long - Ho Chi Minh city (B)
Have a breakfast and walk along the village to enjoy the fresh air in the morning
Boat trip to visit the brick kilns where you can see how the local people create beatiful potteries from clay.
We can visit Vinhlong market in the town. This is the best choice for you to take pictures of fish, shrimps, prawns, crabs, snakes, rice-field rats, tropical fruits, vegretable...
The cruise will end at around 10:30 in Vinh Long town. We continue transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. Check in our hotel and relax.
 
Day 6:Ho Chi Minh city – Fly to Danang – transfer to Hoi An (B)
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After breakfast, we will transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for our flight to Da nang. Arrive Da nang, we continue heading to Hoi An with our driver and tour guide. Check in and free at our leisure for rest of day.
 
 
Day 7:Hoi An – Walking tour (B)
At 8:30, with the tour guide picks up; we will start walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance.
In the afternoon, we will take 3 hour boat trip to Thanh Ha Pottery village, where we can see old men who produce jars, bowls, vases… Back to down town for coffee and relax.
 
Day 8:Hoi An – Free day (B)
Today we are free at our leisure.
 
Day 9:Hoi An – Hue – half day tour (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we travel by vehicle to Hue along scenic highway 1A. Along the way we will stop to contemplate South to Danang city and the stunning views North, to Lang Co Beach. Danang city with Cham Museum – the houses of the most complete collection if Cham Artifacts anywhere in the world; Non Nuoc Beach; and the Marble Mountain – the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, air, fire and earth). We will arrive in Hue in the afternoon, visit the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City and Dong Ba market.  Overnight at hotel in Hue.

Day 10:Hue – Half day tour – Fly to Hanoi (B)
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This morning, we will be met and transferred to the Wharf where we will cruise along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda (The Heavenly Lady pagoda), from here we will have a good view of Perfume River and surroundings. And then we take our vehicle to Tu Duc King’s tomb, which is one of the most beautiful works of Royal Architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. The tomb lies in a boundless pine forest.
In the afternoong, we transfer to Hue Airport for taking our flight to Hanoi right after the tour. Arrive Hanoi, we are welcomed by our driver and tour guide. Check in our hotel and relax.
 

Day 11:Hanoi – City tour (B, L)
08:00: We met up tour guide at the lobby of the hotel, then transfer to Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hour to visit: Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum and one pillar pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam's first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Lunch will be at K.O.T.O restaurant in Hanoi.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam; Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minority peoples. Following by that we will wander around the city by car to see the real life of Hanoian as well as the difference parts the city.
After that we will take one-hour cyclo (paddle rickshaw) around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally, each of the 36 streets names' was related to the products being sold there.
Before we go back to hotel, we will have chance enjoy the unique Water Puppet show. Hear the Vietnamese traditional instruments and singing from the live musicians who play throughout the show. The trip will be finished after the show at the hotel.
 
Option visited Museums:
1. Hanoi Hilton or Hoa Lo Prison
2. Hanoi Museum
3. National Museum of Vietnamese History
4. Vietnam Military History museum
5. Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts
6. Vietnam People’s Air Force Museum, Hanoi
 
Day 12:Hanoi – Halong Bay (overnight on junk cruise) (B, L, D)
Accommodation: Halong Emotion Cruise
08.00-8.15:  Take a 3-hour scenic drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay
11.45: Arrive in Halong Tourist Wharf
12.00: Transfer to Halong Emotion Boat by tender
12.15: Welcome cocktail – cruise briefing, safety instructions
12.30: Check in the cabin
13.00: Vietnamese lunch served on board, while cruising towards Bai Tu Long Bay, passing Yen Ngua Island, Luon Cave.
16.15: Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave. one of the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
17.12: Stop at Titop Beach, enjoy one of optional activities:
·         Available activities as:
  •   Swimming at Titop Beach
  •   Climbing up to Titop Peak
  •   Relaxing on sundeck
  •   Kayaking (require before check in Emotion Cruise)
·         Requested activities as:
  •   Massage
  •   Diving
  • 18.00: Back to cruise, stop at Luom Bo Area.
    19.00: Have buffet dinner
    21.00: Leisure time, enjoy the comfort in your cabin.
    Optional:
    ·         Enjoy chatting at Bar.
    ·         Enjoy night fishing.
    ·         Relax and spend a romantic night on Emotion Cruise
     
    Day 13:Halong Bay (Overnight on junk cruise) (B, L, D)
    Accommodation: Halong Emotion Cruise
    • 6.00-6.30 Tai Chi exercise & morning coffee.
    • 6.30-8.00: Light breakfast is served.
    8.00: Get on smaller boat to explore Lan Ha bay. Boat stopped at the Kayaking area where you will be given a basic paddling lesson by our expert. After that, you and your guide will explore the mystical bay. There will be a lot of swimming, visiting beach or a lagoon cave (depending on tidal conditions). Lunch included on boat. And then cruise back Halong bay for dinner & overnight. 
    • 17.00: Re-check in the cabin
    • 19.10: Buffet dinner is served at the Restaurant.
    • 21.00: After dinner, relax on deck.
     
    Day 14:Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
    6-6.30: Practice Tai Chi on the Sundeck
    6.30-8.00: Start your day with a light breakfast
    8.15 – 9h30: A fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, Fighting Cock Island, Dog Island
    Arrive in Ba Hang Floating fishing village, a peaceful village. Visit local houses, fish farms, schools and chat with friendly fisher men.
    9:45. Check out
    10.00- 11:00. Have  brunch and clear bills.
    11.30: Back to the Tourist Wharf 
    12.00: Departure to Ha Noi 
    16.00: Arrival in Ha Noi, end of tour.
    Check in our hotel and relax.
     
    Day 15:Hanoi city – Departure (B)
    Today we are free at our leisure until being picked up by our tour guide for transferring to Noi Bai airport for our departure flight to our country.
    End of Service./.
     
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    ACCOMMODATION: 3 – 4 stars
     
    Cities Hotels 3 stars Hotels 4 stars
    Ho Chi Minh city Sapphire hotel Grand Saigon hotel
    Mekong Delta Home-stay Home-stay
    Hoi An Vinh Hung 2 Hoi An Historic hotel
    Hue Hue  Queen Saigon Morin hotel
    Hanoi Maison D Hanoi Boutique Sunway hotel
    Halong Emotion junkcruise Emotion junk cruise
     
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    SPECIAL OFFERED PRICE OF TOUR PACKAGE
    Price is quoted in American USD dollar at the newest exchange rate
     
    Group size Price/person
    Valid from 1 Jan - 30 Apr 2013 Valid from 1 May - 30 Sep 2016
    3 stars 4 stars 3 stars 4 stars
    2 pax $1,221 $1,492 $1,205 $1,437
    3 - 5 pax $1,072 $1,342 $1,055 $1,287
    6 - 8 pax $870 $1,140 $854 $1,085
    9 - 12 pax $865 $1,135 $848 $1,080
    Single Supplement $524 $682 $508 $682
     
    Supplement for domestic flight ticket: Subject to change
    Ho Chi Minh city - Danang: $110/ticket/way
    Hue - Hanoi: $110/ticket/way
    Airport tax included
     
    Price note: THIS IS NET PRICE & NON COMMISSIONABLE
     
    This is a cash price. Credit cards incur a 2.5% fee
     
    CHILDREN POLICY
     
    Under 2 years old: FOC for tour
    From 2 to 5 years old: 50% charge for tour
    From 5 to 12 years old: 75% charge for tour
    Above 12 years old: 100% charge as adult
     
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    TRIP PRICE INCLUDES:

    •   English speaking guide. As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.  
    •   All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfasts.
    •   Additional meals as indicated in the itinerary with authentic Vietnamese food
    •   All transfers and transports
    •   Entrance fees and permits during guided time.
    •   Water puppet show: 1 hour
    •   Cyclo tour around the Old Quarter: 1 hour
    •   Boat trip in Hue
    •   On Halong cruise: Welcome cocktail; Entrance and sightseeing fees; English/French speaking guide onboard; Luxury cabin with Air-conditioner, private bathroom, hot water, shower, standing cabin ; All meals mentioned above (01 Lunch, 01 buffet dinner, 01 light breakfast and brunch ); Insurance onboard; Kayaking; Tax and service charges
    •   For Mekong Delta tour: Boat of Mekong Travel; Fruits (on boat, at orchard); Rowing boat; Bikes; Traditional Music; Meals as indicated in the itinerary Pop-rice; Coco-candy; Tea; Sight-seeing fees

    TRIP PRICE EXCLUDES:

    •   Other Airfares and taxes
    •   Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
    •   Visas and visa fees.
    •   Entrance fees and permits during free time
    •   Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
    •   Personal expenses such as Bar, Telephone and Laundry bills.
    •   Tips and gratuities
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