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Highlights of Vietnam 12 days

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  • All entrance fees and permission fees
  • Honda Winner 150cc with experience and licensed driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private car and driver
  • Professional passionate Tour Guide
  • Shuttle Bus Pick up and drop off
  • Small conveniences in the car
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Highlights of Vietnam 12 days


Day 1:

Hanoi Arrival Meet your tour guide on arrival at Noi Bai International Airport. Transfer to the hotel in city center and check-in.

Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge. The rest of the day is at leisure. Subject to your arrival time, you may want to venture out to explore the city on your own or join one of our wonderful optional excursions in and around Hanoi.

Optional: We introduce two one-of-a-kind traditional performances which are found nowhere else than in Vietnam. You can choose one of below options:

– Water Puppet Show where puppets are performed on water stage with folk music, presenting ancient tales, folklores and daily life in Vietnamese countryside.

– Tu Phu (Four Palaces) Show – a very unique show about ritual of spirit practiced in the Vietnamese indigenous religion with music, colors and lively dance performance. The Four Palaces Shows take place on Thursday and Saturday every week.

If you’re interested in the shows, please contact our travel consultants to book.

Meals: NA

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Activities: Welcome to Vietnam! Transfer to the hotel in city center and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 2:

Hanoi Half day City tour Half day Hanoi city tour (by car or by motorbike – upon client’s interest) – Routes can change subject to client’s interest.

Begin the first day of the trip with a tour of Hanoi. Depart from the hotel at 08:30 for a visit to Vietnam’s first university: the Temple of Literature. Founded in 1076, Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite.

Continue with a visit to the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Nearby is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and his modest house on stilts. (Sites are viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov)

Wrap up the morning with a visit to the picturesque West Lake and its sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years.

Have lunch at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant.

Around noon you will have the option for your Tour Guide to take you to any location in the Old Quarter or to your hotel. Free time at leisure for rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3:

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise Halong Bay is listed by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage and voted as a Wonder of Nature by the New7Wonders Foundation. You will have a night staying in this world famous bay.

After breakfast in Hanoi, depart the capital for the 3hr 30mins drive to Halong Bay. Arrive to Halong City’s jetty (around noon) and proceed with check-in formalities. After a welcome onboard, lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay. In the afternoon, enjoy some sightseeing, on-board activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on the vessel. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay

Activities: Drive to Halong Bay where you board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of this magical World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and a swim. Drop anchor in the evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.

Our tour guide will not accompany aboard the cruise in Halong Bay. Resident English speaking guide on board is available.

Day 4:

Halong Bay – Hanoi Early risers can enjoy a memorable sunrise over the karst formations of Halong Bay. Breakfast will be served shortly thereafter.

Enjoy breakfast (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations back towards port. Upon disembarkation, our driver will be waiting to provide transport to Hanoi.

Check in hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Activities: Follow our local guide continue cruising to explore the most stunning caves in Halong and have the brunch on board. Disembark then back to Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Flight to Hue Transfer to the Noi Bai International Airport to take a flight to Hue. Upon arrival, our driver will wait and transfer you to the hotel in the center of city.

Check-in hotel and free at leisure to relax.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Activities: Transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for flight to Hue.

Day 6:

Hue Half day City tour Located in Central Vietnam, Hue was the former capital of the last Dynasty of Vietnam and has an elegant setting on the banks of the Huong Giang or Perfume River surrounded by lush green hills. Founded as a Royal city in 1687, this small and quiet city is known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty. The city has preserved its cultural heritage including music, the arts and many other traditions and is probably the best place in Vietnam to get a sense of the past and imperial court life.

Tombs and pagodas lie everywhere in and around Hue. Start to explore Hue by a visit to Thien Mu pagoda, then you will visit ONE of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue:

  • Minh Mang Royal Tomb
  • Tu Duc Royal Tomb
  • Khai Dinh Royal Tomb

Situated near the eastern corner of the Citadel where the Dong Ba Canal merges with the Perfume River is one of the largest markets in Hue province called the Dong Ba Market where you can see, smell, and taste the freshness of the produce. It is truly amazing.

Optional Activities

  • Hue – Imperial citadel – VND150,000

12:00 – 12:30: Drop you off at your hotel.

Afternoon: free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Activities: Explore tombs and pagodas lie everywhere in and around Hue.

Hue Imperial Citadel

Day 7:

Hue – Danang – Hoi An- Road transfer Pick up at hotel in Hue, then transfer to Hotel in Hoi An via Cloudy Pass. Land transfer by shuttle bus or Private car with stop at some sightseeing on the way for short break (admission fee not included).

Afternoon: Hoi An walking tour

Your guide will take you on a stroll through the ancient town. Its friendly inhabitants, narrow streets, old houses, temples and wooden bridge still remain its ancient character.

The best way to discover Hoi An, however, is to simply wander. Little more than a maze of a few streets, there are temples, museums and preserved houses to visit; yet with some 850 buildings heritage-protected, the best feel for the town comes from the places which are free to all. As with everywhere in this country, the ‘real’ Vietnam is to be found in unexpected places, such as a back street or turning down an unexpected alley, or talking in broken English to the old lady who sells Chinese scrolls. In hidden nooks and crannies are art galleries, cafes, gastronomic gems, ceramics for sale, shops filled with lanterns and, of course, the silk for which the town is famed. There are woodworkers and carvers, artists at work, craft shops. Plus there are always cold drinks for sale, important no matter the time of year. In this part of Vietnam, it is either hot and dry, or hot and wet.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Activities: Transfer from Hue to Hoi An. Take part in Hoi An walking tour half day to explore the ancient beauty of houses, streets, temples and wooden bridge that are the special features of Hoi An.

Day 8:

Hoi An – Free day Optional: We introduce some ways to explore the beauty of Hoi An. You can choose one of below options:

Option 1: Discover My Son Holly Land Half day: My Son Sanctuary – a collection of Champa ruins nestled amongst the mountains in a geological basin of the Quang Nam province.

Price from $ US50/ person

Option 2: Life as a Farmer in Cam Thanh village: Join the farmers in preparing and fertilizing the land. Get to know the villagers’ daily working routines, like raking the ground, sowing, watering and picking greens and many more gardening activities.

Price from $ US70/ person

Option 3: Hoi An Vespa Tour

Price from $ US80/ person

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 9:

Hoi An – Danang – Flight to Ho Chi Minh city Transfer to the Da Nang airport to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, our driver will wait and transfer you to the hotel in the center of city.

Check-in hotel and free at leisure to relax.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Activities: Transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10:

Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels.

Half day Saigon city tour in the afternoon

In the afternoon, gain an insight into the city’s development through a walking tour to the most significant landmarks including the Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office (all magnificent sights from the French colonial period). Your next stop will be the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Activities: Morning: drive 55 km out of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi District and discover the amazing complex of underground tunnels. Afternoon: walking tour to the most significant landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11:

Ho Chi Minh City – Free day Optional: We introduce some ways to explore the beauty of Ho Chi Minh City. You can choose one of below options:

Option 1: Tour Mekong Delta Local life: Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and enjoy fresh food in the heart of the Mekong. Experience the locals’ life by visiting their traditional handicraft workshops, fruit gardens. .

Price from $ US89/ person

Option 2: Experience Mekong Delta with fishing catching by bare hands: Jumping into a small mud pond and learn how to catch fish by bare hands and enjoyed the grilled fishes just catched

Price from $ US120/ person

Option 3: Dinner Cruise on Saigon River: Spend romantic evening time to enjoy a special dinner on boat while the cruise setting sail on the Saigon River.

Price from $ US33/ person

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 12:

Ho Chi Minh City Departure Have leisure time before your departure. You are welcome to join our interesting optional excursions in and around Ho Chi Minh City, such as our Good Morning Saigon! tour.

Please note that hotel check-out time is at 12:00. A late check-out can be arranged subject to room availability and a surcharge will be applied.

Transfer to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight. Tour ends after arriving at the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: NA

Activities: Free at leisure until be picked up for departure flight (optional excursions available) . Hope to have a chance to serve you again!

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