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Summer Super Deal: Vietnam Impression - 10 days

This 10-day Vietnam trip takes you to all the iconic destinations in Vietnam from North to South, including the Unesco Heritage Halong Bay & Hoi An Ancient town, sensational city tours of the elegant Hanoi & the bustling Saigon, plus a trip to the famous Mekong Delta to experience the floating life of locals in all of its authenticity. Taking the hassle out of trip planning with a million details, this Vietnam tour package offers the highest value for first-time travelers visiting Vietnam since all iconic sights of this exotic country are included together with in-destination transfers and domestic flights (Hanoi – Da Nang & Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City). You only need to grab your passport, get your camera ready, and enjoy this beautiful journey – handcrafted by our local experts and brought to you at our Super Deal rate exclusively for this Summer only!

Highlights

  • All Inclusive for a Private tour package: 02 domestic flights, tour guides, all transfers, and main meals
  • All Accommodations (hotels & cruise) are comfy and of excellent locations & service quality
  • Shorten your bucket list with all the iconic destinations in Vietnam checked: Halong Bay, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city & Mekong Delta
  • Summer Super Deal rates specially applied for traveling dates between 1 May 2018 and 30 Sep 2018
  • More the friends, Less the price – groups of 4 travelers save US$140 / traveler

Tour Price Includes:

  • 08 nights’ accommodation in twin or double hotel room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
  • 01 night in twin or double cabin on shared Halong Bay cruise (2 days 1 night), meals and on-board activities inclusive as indicated in the program (exclusive of spa services & beverages)
  • Airfares for 02 domestic flights / Economy Class (Hanoi to Da Nang; Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh city)
  • All transfers with air-conditioned vehicles as indicated in the program
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees as indicated in the program
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus (applicable for days of transfer and sightseeing only)
  • Complimentary processing of visa approval letter for visa on arrival to Vietnam – applicable for specific nationalities of United States, Australian, New Zealand, Hong Kong. (For others, please send direct enquiry to our Journey Planner.)

Tour Price Excludes:

  • International airfares
  • Surcharge for single use of accommodation (hotel rooms and cruise cabins)
  • Visa stamping fee (for visa on arrival)
  • Any pre or post-tour arrangement (transfer, tour, accommodation and all other services)
  • Meals other than those clearly indicated in the program as ‘Included’
  • All drinks, including mineral water bottles beyond that supplied
  • Tipping etiquette for tour guides and drivers, which is an entirely personal gesture, however we recommend you allow US$3 – US$6 per day per traveller)
  • Surcharge incurred from early check-in or late check-out (if any)
  • Travel insurances
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • All other services and expenses not clearly indicated in the program as included

Itinerary

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day 1
HANOI ARRIVAL

Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam! You are welcomed by a local guide at Noi Bai Airport and transfer to the hotel in Hanoi city centre.

Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society.

The rest of the day will be free at your own leisure to recover from jetlag.

Meals: None

Accommodation: La Dolce Vita Hotel – Superior Room

day 2
HANOI CITY TOUR

After breakfast at hotel, you head out to Ba Dinh Square and start the day with visit to President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and house-on-stilts plus the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.

Next, you visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, built in the 11th century. This was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense and wish for success in exams. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by golden fish and turtles.

You then enjoy lunch at KOTO, a well-trained restaurant, with the slogan “Know One, Teach One”. KOTO is a non-profit center where disadvantaged youths are given job training’s in hospitality and find employments for a better future.

In the afternoon, enjoy the drive through the busy city to visit Ethnology Museum and get an excellent overview of the country’s various ethnic groups. The large outdoor area features genuine houses and compounds as built by the different ethnic groups.

Afterward, you will return to the Old Quarter in the mid afternoon, a place you must experience while in Hanoi. You will find shopping and cultural / historical sites all wrapped into one. Conclude the day tour with a relaxing walk to the central lake. Located at the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a historical site and one of the symbols of Hanoi, with Tortoise Tower and Ngoc Son Temple on the lake’s two islands.

The rest of the day is free at your own leisure to further explore this dynamic capital city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: La Dolce Vita Hotel – Superior Room

day 3
HANOI – HALONG BAY

After breakfast, you will be picked up by the cruise’s shuttle bus and transfer to Halong Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea.

On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into Bai Tu Long Bay amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. You spend the rest of the day cruising Vung Vieng Village with choices to discover the daily life of the fishing communities with bamboo boat (one hour) or to kayak around Vung Vieng area (one hour).

Then, spend some time swimming, sunbathing or simply relaxing at Ban Chan Beach where you are surrounded by huge limestone outcrops and endless emerald water. Relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong – Cong Do area to anchor for the night. Lunch and dinner on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Garden Bay Junk Cruise- Deluxe Cabin

day 4
HALONG BAY – HANOI

Start your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movements of Tai Chi and enjoy the beautiful dawn on the bay.

Light breakfast is served onboard while the boat leisurely sails to Thien Canh Son Cave. Located at the centre of the World Heritage Area- Halong Bay, Thien Canh Son Cave treats tourists to the wild and mysterious beauty of nature.

Return to your boat and relax. Enjoy the brunch before checking out. Back at the dock at around 11am, you will be transferred back to Hanoi by the cruise’s shuttle bus.

Check in hotel and enjoy the rest of day free at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Accommodation: La Dolce Vita Hotel – Superior Room

day 5
HANOI - FLIGHT TO DA NANG - HOI AN WALKING TOUR

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then prepare to check out. You will be transferred by private car to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Da Nang.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a local guide and transferred to hotel in the town of Hoi An.

After checking in and some rest time, you spend the afternoon to walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, which are lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafes, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors.

Explore the beautiful 16th-century Japanese Bridge, Phung Hung Ancient House and Hoi An central market. Hoi An’s unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam’s most tourist-friendly town.

The rest of the day is free at your leisure to further explore the town.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel – Superior Room

day 6
HOI AN FREE DAY

Today will be free day for you to discover the town at leisure. You can cycle to the beach and relax or wander around the town with many choices of shopping and spa to relax, cafes and local delicacies to taste. Hoi An is a paradise for custom-made silk, fashionable clothing and accessories which would be great souvenirs to bring home for your friends and loved ones.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hoi An Silk Boutique Hotel – Superior Room

Some tips for the day: Hoi An has so many nice spots for you to enjoy the day leisurely strolling around

  • Have a Tea break at Reaching out tea house at the ancient town, 131 Trần Phú
  • Ancient Faifo is the Coffee and restaurant with best town view. Recommended for dinner as well
  • Spend time at Precious Heritage Art Gallery – Museum, 26 Phan Boi Chau
  • Enjoy a cocktail or lunch by the beach at Soul kitchen, An Bang Beach
  • The Original Taste Of Hoi An Food Tour with Neville Dean
day 7
HOI AN – DA NANG – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY

The morning is free at leisure. Later, you will transfer to Danang airport. Board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named as Saigon during the colonial era. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam, bustling economic capital and cultural trendsetter of the country. Yet, the city still holds the timeless traditions of an ancient culture.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Liberty Saigon Greenview Hotel – Deluxe Room

day 8
HO CHI MINH CITY – CITY TOUR OF SIGHTS AND SCENTS

Start your day with a visit to Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam. You can visit the “War Room” where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and the room where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Your next stop is the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Built between 1877 and 1883, Saigon’s Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a major Centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and one of the city’s major landmarks. Then, visit the Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, and still a functioning post office today. The landmark features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of President Ho Chi Minh, and beautiful architecture details.

Next is the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. Its collection of 3,000 items, including traditional tools and ancient documents, traces the development of traditional medicine in Vietnam. This is the unique world with variety of aromas that your nose would love to travel around.

You then stop by the War Remnants Museum which contains countless artifacts and photographs documenting said crimes.

Conclude your day with a visit to Ben Thanh Market, packed to the rafters with everything from fruits to nuts, from tourist kitsch to true bargains, it is a definite must-see.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Liberty Saigon Greenview Hotel – Deluxe Room

day 9
HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast at the hotel, you will then transfer to Ben Tre province. Today, you will experience different types of transportation, see the authentic life of local people and taste the specialty of the Mekong Delta.

Upon arrival at Hung Vuong Pier in Ben Tre town, you get on a boat and cruise from the river to the canals and relax as the scenery along the river changes. Stop at My Long village, you will walk to a village to see how locals make rice paper and enjoy some rice cakes. Continue boating & winding through coconut jungle and visit a coconut processing workshop. The day goes on as you boat narrow waterways and stop at a bee garden, enjoy some fruits, honey and listen to “Mekong music” performed by the local farmers. Then, take a short walk along the riverside paths to a coconut candy mill and have a look at how locals produce this regional delicacy and treat yourself some tasty sweets here.

As the morning wears on, you can cycle the Mekong’s rural tracks or enjoy a tuktuk drive through coconut grove, village paths until lunch. Enjoy your lunch at a farmer house of Mr. Ba Danh by the river. After lunch, the rowing boat will take you through shady palm tree canals to Ben Tre River.

You will transfer back to main pier and drive back to Saigon in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Liberty Saigon Greenview Hotel – Deluxe Room

day 10
HO CHI MINH CITY - DEPARTURE

The day is free at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City for some last-minute shopping or local food tastings!

Check out from your hotel around noon.

Airport transfer will be arranged as per the departure time for your flight out. We wish you an enjoyable time in Vietnam.

Insider’s tips: if you plan more than 10 days for your trip to Vietnam, it’s highly recommended that you extend this tour with 3 or 4 nights of beach vacation in Phu Quoc Island – ranked among the most beautiful islands in the world.