Classic Vietnam

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

15 days

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599

Maximum Seats

4

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Embark on a journey commencing in Ho Chi Minh City and concluding in Hanoi! The Classic Vietnam tour spans 15 days, guiding you through Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and five additional captivating destinations within the country. This comprehensive experience encompasses accommodations in well-appointed hotels, the expertise of a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Greetings! Embrace the charm of Ho Chi Minh City, a vibrant metropolis with a touch of French influence. If you find yourself with some extra time upon arrival, consider exploring Pham Ngu Lao Street, where a local open-air market awaits, or visit Vinh Nghiem Pagoda for a cultural experience. Your journey kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, providing an opportunity to meet your tour leader and fellow travelers. Following the meeting, relish in a delightful welcome dinner at one of the city's outstanding eateries. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 2

Day 2: Mekong Delta

Embark on a southern journey aboard a private bus, covering approximately three hours to reach Ben Tre. Upon arrival, board a boat to navigate the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta. Renowned as 'Vietnam's rice bowl,' the delta boasts plentiful rice paddies, fruit orchards, and vibrant flower fields. Throughout the boat excursion, pause to indulge in the flavors of fresh tropical fruits and explore local cottage industries. As the sun sets, make your way to a local guesthouse for an immersive night with the residents, accompanied by a delightful meal featuring regional specialties. Accommodation: Guesthouse
Day 3

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Head back to Ho Chi Minh City and embark on a walking tour through the vibrant streets. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the former Saigon while exploring some of the city's captivating landmarks, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the impressive post office, and the War Remnants Museum. During your leisure time, consider visiting the Reunification Palace or catching a cultural performance at the Saigon Opera House. Alternatively, join your fellow travelers in the quest for the finest local cuisine – your group leader will guide you to dining options suitable for any budget. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 4

Day 4: Phan Rang

Embark on a day excursion to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a historical site that once served as a stronghold for the Viet Cong. Gain insights into the resourcefulness and resilience of the Vietnamese people and get a glimpse into the challenges faced during the war. If you desire one last experience of southern Vietnamese cuisine, your group leader can recommend a local spot before you depart for Phan Rang. Start the journey with an afternoon flight to Cam Ranh, followed by a 1.5-hour minibus transfer to the historic city of Phan Rang – your home base for the next two days. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 5

Day 5: Phan Rang

Today, embark on a day excursion to Vinh Hy Bay, a picturesque crescent-shaped harbor nestled between Phan Rang and Nha Trang. En route to the bay, make a stop at the lively Bau Nai fish market, where the hustle and bustle of fish unloading and locals swiftly bargaining for the best deals unfold before your eyes. Journey through the Vietnamese countryside to the expansive salt flats, a truly captivating sight. Observe workers meticulously raking and gathering salt that has crystallized from the saline waters along Vietnam's coastline, channeled inland into shallow fields. Continue your exploration to another stunning natural site – the moss-draped rock formations and fossilized coral reefs of Hang Rai. Conclude the day at Vinh Hy Bay, where ample time is provided for swimming and snorkeling in its inviting, coral-filled waters. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 6

Day 6: Phan Rang/Overnight Train

Indulge in a leisurely day at your own pace in Phan Rang. Consider taking this opportunity to explore the majestic remnants of the Cham dynasty, an ancient kingdom that exerted its influence over the central and southern coastal regions of Vietnam from the second to the 17th century, leaving scattered historical vestiges throughout the region. Opt for an optional visit to the nearby Po Nagar Cham Towers, an archaeological site dating back to the Middle Ages, dedicated to the indigenous goddess Yan Po Nagar. Alternatively, delve into an ancient tradition with a visit to Bau Truc, the oldest pottery village in Southeast Asia. As evening falls, board an overnight train bound for Da Nang. Conditions on these trains are basic, and hygiene standards may differ from what you are accustomed to at home. However, overnight trains provide an opportunity to mingle with the locals and make the most of your time. Accommodation: Overnight Train
Day 7

Day 7: Hoi An

Arrive in Da Nang early and then proceed to Hoi An by minibus, a journey taking approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you on an introductory stroll through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Hoi An served as a significant trading port with the West, resulting in a unique architectural blend influenced by Europe, China, and Japan. Today, ongoing restoration efforts preserve the city's appearance, mirroring its charm from over a century ago. Your walk will unveil Chinese temples, Japanese pagodas, French-colonial houses, wooden shop-houses, and historic canals. Following lunch, relish free time to engage in optional activities or simply bask in the atmosphere of this enchanting locale. Explore Hoi An Market and the vibrant street stalls showcasing paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns, and more. The town is renowned for its skilled tailors, capable of crafting beautiful items to order within a matter of hours. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 8

Day 8: Hoi An

Indulge in a day of exploration in Hoi An and its captivating surroundings. Consider renting a bicycle for a scenic ride to the nearby Cua Dai Beach or opt for an Urban Adventure, such as Hoi An Boat & Bike, offering a guided tour with a countryside bike ride and a sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River. Vietnam is renowned for its delectable cuisine, and Hoi An is a culinary gem. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Hoi An's lively Old Town on the Hoi An Food Adventure. Visit urbanadventures.com/destination/Hoi-An-tours for additional details. Should you wish to explore more, your guide can assist in arranging optional activities and tours. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 9

Day 9: Hoi An

Enjoy another day at your leisure in this historic sanctuary. For those willing to rise early, a visit to the local produce market provides a lively spectacle of animated shoppers haggling over fresh fish, spices, and vegetables. Alternatively, your guide can assist in arranging optional activities, such as a Vietnamese cooking class or a visit to the My Son ruins – Vietnam's foremost Cham site. Nestled in a lush valley, surrounded by hills and overseen by the imposing Cat's Tooth Mountain, the intricate temples, listed as a World Heritage site, showcase the cultural richness of the Cham civilization that thrived in this region from the fourth to the 12th century. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 10

Day 10: Hue

Embark on the northern leg of your expedition today, traversing the breathtaking Hai Van Pass – a remarkably picturesque and mountainous expanse of highway affording views of Lang Co Beach. Pause at the stunning Lang Co to procure lunch. The journey spans approximately 5-6 hours, encompassing breaks. By afternoon, you'll reach Hue, the former Imperial capital of Vietnam. Explore the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, nearly obliterated by bomb blasts during the war. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 11

Day 11: Hue

Commence your day with a local breakfast featuring bun bo hue – a flavorful beef noodle soup. Immerse yourself in Hue's rich history by exploring key landmarks. Begin with a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery dating back to 1601. Witness poignant exhibits, including a car once owned by a former monk who self-immolated in protest against the mistreatment of Buddhists. Take a break from sightseeing with a relaxing dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River. Savor a delectable vegetarian feast at a local nunnery for lunch. Explore the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, adorned with a serene lake, frangipani, and pine trees. A cultural and historical excursion is bound to stimulate your appetite, so indulge in some of Hue's culinary delights – renowned as Vietnam's culinary capital for a reason. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 12

Day 12: Hanoi

Embark on a flight from Hue to Hanoi, Vietnam's captivating capital. Upon arrival, relish a delightful lunch at KOTO restaurant – a program supported by the Intrepid Foundation, dedicated to teaching disadvantaged youth hospitality skills. Following lunch, partake in a half-day tour of Hanoi, capturing the charm and history of this serene, tree-lined capital. Explore prominent landmarks such as the Temple of Literature and One Pillar Pagoda. Stroll by the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and traverse the '36 Streets' of the historic Old Quarter – a maze of interconnected lanes, each historically specializing in a particular product, ranging from silk and bamboo to ceramics and kitchenware, totaling over 32 specialties. Conclude the day with a unique water puppet performance hosted by a local family, masters of this traditional art form. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 13

Day 13: Halong Bay

Embark on a private minibus journey of approximately 4 hours to reach the magnificent Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site renowned for its emerald waters adorned with sandstone islands and caves. Experience a cruise to discover Surprise Cave and the captivating rock formations. During the warmer months, consider kayaking or enjoying a swim from Ti Top Island. Access to Surprise Cave involves staircases, and the pathways inside may be slightly uneven and slippery. Spend the night on a traditional cruise boat featuring twin-share cabins equipped with air-conditioning and private facilities. Indulge in fresh seafood for both lunch and dinner at the onboard dining room and bar. Accommodation: Overnight boat
Day 14

Day 14: Hanoi

Embark on a 4-hour journey back to Hanoi, with a stop at Dong Trieu Factory to witness the creation of ceramic art by local artisans. If you find some free time this afternoon, you might consider visiting the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, dedicated to preserving and showcasing the cultural heritage of Vietnam's diverse ethnic communities. In the evening, come together as a group with your leader to enjoy dinner, providing an ideal opportunity to reflect on the memorable moments of your Vietnam adventure. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 15

Day 15: Hanoi

Today is free of scheduled activities, allowing you the flexibility to depart at your convenience after breakfast, following the hotel's check-out procedures. However, your adventure doesn't have to conclude here! If you wish to extend your stay in Hanoi, we can assist you in arranging additional accommodation (subject to availability).

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 2645 USD 2245 USD 3star
Deluxe 2845 USD 2445 USD 4star
INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program..
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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