Highlights Of Vietnam Tour

Highlights Of Vietnam Tour - 11 Days

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Style: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours

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Hightlights: Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Mekong Delta - Hoi An - Hue - Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc

Description: Staying longer in each place. It is more time to visit Vietnam's most interesting places and experience the local lifestyle

Program detail

Day
01

Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi

Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi

You are met on arrival at Noi Bai Airport, transferred to hotel for a check-in by our guide. Then, there might be a tour by cyclo within 1 hour around the old quarter streets to discover the local people life.
O/N in Ha Noi

Day
02

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we commence our sightseeing of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We follow this with a visit to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam's first university, and the Ethnology Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnam’s ethnic minorities with their own traditions, cultures & life-styles. The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple and the bustling Hang Be or Dong Xuan Market are also visited before driving straight to Ha Long Bay. 
O/N in Ha Long.

Day
03

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi

The legendary Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. We board a traditional boat for a 5- hour trip around Halong Bay. This exciting cruise provides us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. We round off our excursion with a seafood lunch served on board 
Finally, we will driver back to Hanoi. 
Evening: Water puppets show, the unique Vietnam traditional art. 
O/N in Ha Noi. 

Day
04

Day 4: Full Day To Hoa Lu + Tam Coc

Day 4: Full Day To Hoa Lu + Tam Coc

The country capital during the Dinh and early Le Dynasties is Hoa Lu, which however has left its legacy in the form of two small temples, each one nearly a thousand years old. Today we will depart our hotel at 8h00 for Ninh Binh to visit these two remaining structures. The first one is dedicated to the Dinh Dynasty. The second one commemorates the Le Rulers. In front of these temples is the rugged Ma Yen mount; it involves a walk over 200 steps for a fantastic view over the surrounding areas. The following sight is Tam Coc which is surnamed “Halong Bay on land”. We board a sampan for a leisurely trip through the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by towering limestone cliffs to the grottoes of Tam Coc. The trip ends after arrival in Ha Noi 
O/N in Ha Noi. 

Day
05

Day 5: Hanoi - Hue

Day 5: Hanoi - Hue

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival, we start our sightseeing tour with the massive citadel consisting of the Imperial Citadel including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Close to this masterpiece is Hue Imperial Museum which displays an interesting collections of bronzes, Chinaware, court robes and various emperors’ personal belongings. 
Afterward, visit the Royal Mausoleum of Tu Duc designed in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. And then we enjoy a boat trip on the Perfumes River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. 
The rest of time, we will stroll around Dong Ba market selling a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts (if time permits) before going back hotel. 
O/N in Hue.

Day
06

Day 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

Day 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

After breakfast at hotel, before leaving to Hoi An, you will be transferred to visit Khai Dinh Royal Mausoleum located on the slope of Chau Chu mountain just 10Km from Hue city to learn about the life & history of Emperor Khai Dinh ruling the country from 1916 until 1927. 
Afterward, we will depart for Da Nang, The scenic 4-hour drive will be via Hai Van Pass known as one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes offering spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). On the way to Hoi An, we will stop by one very famous Cham Museum. This structure contains many exquisite limestone carvings from the vanquished Kingdom of Champa which has been the central coastal littoral prior to the march of the Vietnamese nation south. And then if you are interested in more discoveries, we will go up to see Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples. Then continuing further south to Hoi An, which was originally one of major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. 
O/N in Hoi An.

Day
07

Day 7: Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An

In this morning, after having breakfast. We will make our way to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sights in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past 
Afternoon: free time at leisure on the beach or shopping. 
O/N in Hoi An. 

Day
08

Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up on arrival and transfer to city center. 
In this afternoon, we spend a half-day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town center. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous mansion was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. Upon leaving these landmarks we drive to see the crowded Saigon's Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon, which is crammed with fascinating temples as well as mysterious and narrow lanes. We follow it with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts. 
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day
09

Day 9: Full Day To tay Ninh + Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 9: Full Day To tay Ninh + Cu Chi Tunnels

Depart for Tay Ninh, the head quarter of Cao Dai region founded on 1926. On arrival we attend the fantastic mid-day mass when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism. 
Afternoon, transfer about 30km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi town. Cu Chi tunnels were used as the base from which the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Cu Chi tunnels consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels, the tunnels are between 0.5 to 1m wide, just enough for a person to crawl along. 
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day
10

Day 10: Full Day To Mekong Delta - Cai Be

Day 10: Full Day To Mekong Delta - Cai Be

In the morning, we will keep heading out of town by roads to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival we embark a boat for a leisurely trip around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River, stopping en route to explore the vibrant floating market of Cai Be where each boat usually sells one particular item such as pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes and more. In order that customers know where to shop, the vendors hang that item from the highest part of the boat. We continue our exciting river trip to visit some local cottage industries including rice paper makers, sweet factory and bonsai nurseries. The boat will anchor at an island, giving us a chance to see various farmers at work and enjoy a huge lunch followed by many seasonal fruits. We weave our way through the intricate network of canals which are the lifeblood of the Mekong Delta. On reaching Vinh Long Town, we meet up with our vehicle for a return to Ho Chi Minh City. 
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day
11

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00).

JOURNEY INFORMATION

Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!

- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast. 
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). 
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles. 
- English or French speaking local guide 
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary. 
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
- All Domestic flight 
- Cold water on car/ van/ bus 
- Visa Arrival to Vietnam

- International air ticket: 
- International airport tax: 
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip. 
- Visa stamp fee 
- Other meal, Tip to guide and driver 
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc 
- Supplement for Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide 
- Surcharged for New Year & Lunar New Year

Five common questions travellers ask us

1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?

For first-timers, one week can be enough to take in Vietnam at a glance. An ideal order should be going from north to south, with a changing view from ancient times to modernity. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City should make a great 8 days travel plan. If you have extra one or two days, stretch to the northern hillside Sapa or explore the Mekong Delta with the bustling floating markets.

Rushing your time for some so-called must-see attractions is not necessary for such an interesting country like Vietnam. Deciding what you are interested in, culture, nature, lifestyle, beaches or food before making a smartly-timed travel plan is a good way to go.

2. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

October to next February is the best time as it is the cool and dry season of Vietnam. Temperature is about 20-26c nationwide, just comfortable for sightseeing. Besides, you might also have a chance to be a part of the local life during the festival seasons in December and February.

3. What is the best way to get to Vietnam?

First option is by air. Vietnam has three major international airports: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi and Nha Trang only have international flights with most Asian countries; international flights can fly from Paris and Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, it is also connected with other Asian big cities.

Bangkok and Hong Kong are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.

4. How do I book the trip?

To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on ”Book this trip” on the web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your inquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.

5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Vietnam?

Citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and most western countries need a Vietnam visa.

We would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel. Applying for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA), for more information, check out Vietnam Visas and How to Apply for:

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