Essential of Vietnam 12 Days Tour
Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Depart / Return: Ha Noi / Ho Chi Minh City
Visit: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Nha Trang - Da Lat - Saigon - Mekong Delta
Day 1: Arrive - Hanoi
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi. Relax and stay over night at the hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
07: 30 - 07: 45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10: 30 Stopover on the way for short break
12: 30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13: 00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15: 30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17: 00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19: 00 Dinner is served.
21: 00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing…
Overnight on junk.
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
06: 30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07: 30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08: 30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09: 30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10: 30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11: 30 Check-out.
12: 00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12: 30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14: 30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16: 30 Arrive in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi - Hue (B, L) - by flight
Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue. Our tour guide in Hue will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in. As Vietnam’s last feudal capital, the small and quiet city of Hue is widely known for magnificent architectures, pagodas and royal tombs in the many small villages and surrounding hills. We spend the afternoon to sightsee Hue with the massive citadel, which contains the Imperial City 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. After an impressive boat trip, we return to the town and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market which sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass by many great eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies. The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue, and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 5: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B, L)
Upon leaving Hue we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang City, the East Sea and the Marble Mountain whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An (B, L)
The ancient architecture of Hoi An is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, like the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.
Today, we include these on a walking tour passing many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past. A perfect way to round off the day is a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which also gives us a chance to admire the spectacular countryside and explore a handicraft ceramic village and boat building yards.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An - Nha Trang (B, L) - by flight
An early morning transfer to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of offshore islands, and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape.
After checking into the hotel we visit Nha Trang's major sights, including the Oceanographic Institute, the Long Son Pagoda with its famous giant Buddha image, the Hon Chong Rock formation and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. The remainder of the day will be free for a well earned rest on a beach.
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Lat (B, L)
Upon leaving Nha Trang, we head south towards Da Lat, sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The journey will pass by the famous Cam Ranh Bay before arriving at the Po Klong Jarai Towers which represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people.
At an elevation of over 1, 000 meters, the hill station of Da Lat was founded in the early year of the last century for the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival in Da Lat, we start our tour taking us through plenty of the French colonial architecture to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. Other sights are the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture.
Overnight in Da Lat.
Day 9: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L) - by flight
The following destination of our trip is Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. This bustling metropolis is a contradiction of its northern counterpart and is crowded with motobikes and cars. It is full of numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafés.
After an enjoyable visit to the busy Hoa Binh Market, we make our way down hill to Ho Chi Minh City, traveling through the many tea and coffee plantations. The drive is long, but views are fantastic. Along the way we can make stops to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. Check into hotel.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
08: 00 Pick you up at hotel. Transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels (75 km from downtown). Visit Cu Chi tunnels with watching documentary film, witness hand-made weapon gallery (gun, land mine, bamboo traps, …), crawl into the real tunnels, … Back to Ho Chi Minh city. Have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Former Presidential Palace, the central complex of architecture: the Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Municipal Theater.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City - Mighty Mekong Delta (B, L)
Heading out of town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat to navigate around the intricate small canals in the delta region. This is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view of the many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunity to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the wonderful traditional music.
The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre province to visit some fascinating local industries. After feasting on a large lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Ving Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s China town, which is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure (B)
Free at leisure until time transfer to airport for flight back home.
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Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
English speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
Boat trip as indicated in program
Air tickets: Economy class - Vietnam Airlines
Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if request)
Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
Other meals and drinks
Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14: 00 and check out at 12: 00/ surcharge if request)
Tips & gratuities
All other services are not made on the written form