The Best of Vietnam

Trip Code

TBOV

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

11 days

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407

Maximum Seats

8

What's Included?

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

Summary

Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Start in Ho Chi Minh City and end in Hanoi! With the In-depth Cultural tour The Best of Vietnam, you have a 11 days tour package taking you through Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and 6 other destinations in Vietnam. The Best of Vietnam includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Arrive Saigon

Welcome to Saigon Vietnam! Upon arrival, transfer from Tan Son Nhat airport to the center of Saigon then check-in at hotel. At leisure to relax and get rid of jet lag. Overnight in Saigon. Meal: Nil Please note: Hotel check-in time is around 14.00.
Day 2

Day 2: Saigon City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel (B/L)

We start the city tour at the Reunification Palace, the witness of the fierce Vietnam War ended in 1975. The grand building today is a Museum and Hall of official receptions. Nearby the Palace are the colonial-styled Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1877 and 1883 and one of the citys major landmarks. Our last stop this morning will be War Remnants Museum. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. In the afternoon, we drive overland to Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese guerrillas to protect the region against the American attacks during the Vietnam War. We can even crawl a part inside the tunnel, visit their infirmary, kitchen.... to discover how people had survived hereby. Back to your hotel later on. Overnight in Saigon Meal: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.
Day 3

Day 3: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Saigon (B/L)

This morning, we leave Saigon for My Tho, in the heart of Mekong delta with visit to the beautiful Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Upon arrival, we will take a leisurely boat ride along the river, view the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh a less touristy attraction in Ben Tre, enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadow of the water coconut trees along natural canals, then enjoy seasonal fruit& honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy& observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. Overnight in Saigon Meal: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.
Day 4

Day 4: Saigon - Danang - Hoi An Ancient Town (B)

Moring transfer to airport for your onwards flight to Danang. Upon arrival, picked up from Da Nang airport to your hotel in Hoi An to drop off luggage. Together with our guide in Hoian, well walk over the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, visit ancient houses and Trading Houses, pagodas and stroll into the market located by Thu Bon river, where we may find out the same feelings of the artists, who see the rooftops of Hoi An a magical old world of Oriental feel and source of inspiration. This is also a wonderful town to shop for lanterns, soft silk, raw silk, or get your clothes tailored within a day. Overnight in Hoian Meal: Breakfast at hotel
Day 5

Day 5: Hoi An - Tra Que vegetable village - Hoi An (B/L)

Depart from your hotel and ride bicycle in 30 minutes to Tra Que herb village. Take a short stroll around the vegetable garden and listen to the history of the village. Then join gardening activities in preparing the land, fertilizing with seaweed, raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables... Enjoy foot soak before getting to preparing lunch with a local family. Join cooking with Tam Huu spring roll, Banh xeo - a local pancake of people in Viet Nam middle region ... After your morning excursions and lunch, you learn how to harvest and wrap the vegetables. Bid farewell to your host family before riding back to the hotel. Overnight in Hoi An. Meal: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at Tra Que vegetable village.
Day 6

Day 6: Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An - Hue (B)

Breakfast at hotel, we will then depart from Hoian to My Son, where you can discover the hidden treasure of the Cham culture that once rightfully developed in the location of present Central Vietnam. Thanks to the mystery and construction secrets of the Cham towers hereby, My Son had been also designated by UNESCO as one of the five World Heritages in Vietnam. Drive back to Hoi An for your onward bus transfer to Hue. Overnight in Hue Meal: Breakfast at hotel
Day 7

Day 7: Hue City Tour - Street Food - Flight to Hanoi (B/L)

Being recognized by UNESCO as the 1st Cultural World Heritage for Vietnam, Hue is highlighted by the old royal architectural works and the most traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. This morning, we will discover the charm of the city from the Royal Citadel, Forbidden City. Move on to the colorful Dong Ba market where you can see many of ingredients for making Hue local food, and explore the local business life. The best way to explore local culture is through its unique cuisine. Around noon time, we shall embark on a special street food tour to discover another side of Hue. Our journey start from Sticky rice dumplings on a fried dumpling (Ram It) or Filtered tapioca dumplings (Banh Loc) to the well-known Hue beef vermicelli soup (Bun Bo Hue). The street food tour stops at a small restaurant serve Sweet soup (Che), a scrumptious local delicacy made of tapioca and various local ingredients. Or, if sweet soup is not your style, a Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk awaits. Heading straight to Hue airport for your onward fligth to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi. Meal: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.
Day 8

Day 8: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. It is your day to visit the Capital of Vietnam today. Let's start from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his simple house-on-stilts and the One-Pillar pagoda near Ba Dinh Square, where the most solumn ceremonies of Hanoi take place. Go on to Tran Quoc pagoda and the Temple of Literature, the very first high school of Vietnam Scholars. After lunch at local restaurant,, we will visit Hoan Kiem Lake - the heart and soul of Hanoi. If today is Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, move on to MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY. This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam. Maps, displays and dioramas are labeled in Vietnamese, French and English. Displays portray a typical village market, the making of comical hats and a Tay shamanic ceremony; videos show the real thing. You can also check out a traditional Black Thai house reconstructed in the museum. There's also a Centre for research and conservation where scientists from all over the world study traditional Vietnamese cultures. If today is Monday, Wednesday or Friday, depart for Bat Trang ceramic village which is about 20 km away from Ha Noi, this is pottery village with a half- millenary historic development. Back to your hotel in Hanoi later on to relax. Overnight in Hanoi. Meal: Lunch at local restaurant. Please note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes on Monday and Friday
Day 9

Day 9: Hanoi - Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Overnight Cruise (B/L/D)

If you wish to see how the Hanoi people rise and shine in the morning, wake up early and run to a lake close by your hotel, you can join an exciting scene of hundreds of locals, passionately attentive in their morning exercises of Tai Chi quan, jogging, martial arts, classical dance and so on. After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006, and check-in our overnight boat. Enjoy a trip on Halong with stops to visit caves or to swim and enjoy the sunset on the sea. Dinner with fresh seafood! Overnight onboard. Meal: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch and dinner on board. Please note: The program may change due to the weather without notice.
Day 10

Day 10: Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi (B/Br)

Morning wake up with a taichi-quan or yoga exercises guided by the crew before having breakfast whilst your boat goes on between Halong islets. Return to the Wharf to be back to Hanoi by shuttle bus at midday. Arrive in the city around 3-4pm. Overnight in Hanoi. Meal: Breakfast and brunch on board.
Day 11

Day 11: Hanoi Departure (B)

After breakfast, free at leisure for relax or shopping (your own arrangement) before transferring to the airport for your onwards flight back home. End of service. Meal: Breakfast at hotel Please note: Hotel check-out time is around 12.00.

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1275 USD 875 USD 3 & 4star
Deluxe/Superior 1475 USD 1075 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with TUI an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

*All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* 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
  • Visa 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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