The most interesting destinations across Vietnam 12 days

From South to North, Vietnam is a kaleidoscope of wonderful people and picturesque landscapes. We have designed this journey for travellers keen to experience the diversity of Vietnam. We have included Vietnam’s two key cities Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the beautiful Ha Long Bay as well as the historical and cultural depths of Hoi An in Central Vietnam. Visit Vietnam's spectacular coastline, enjoy delicious banquets and explore lively cities Imagine learning the mysteries of the Viet Minh in Ho Chi Minh City or exploring the beautiful lakes and boulevards of Ha Noi. Experience historical temples, visit Vietnam's spectacular coastline, enjoy delicious banquets and explore lively cities - on this 12 days Classic Vietnam tour.
Start
Ho Chi Minh City
Finish
Hanoi
Code
VLC04
Ages
Not specified
Group size
Min 2 pax
Price from
From USD 1050

Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh City: Biggest city of Vietnam which is famous with Ben Thanh market and war relics.
  • Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in Southern Vietnam known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands.
  • Hoi An: Only 30KM from Da Nang, Hoi An is a beautiful, old town with historic architecture, traditional culture and textiles.
  • Hue citaldel is the only place in the country where many historic, cultural, architectural as well as artisitc values have been recognized internatinally and listed by UNESCO as world Cultural Heritages
  • Ha Long Bay: UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its fresh and calm water filled with thousands of islands and islets.
  • Hanoi: Capital of Vietnam with French style old buildings, lakes, Old Quarter Area.

Itinerary

Xin Chao!

Vietland Holidays tour guide will welcome you at  Tan Son Nhat  international airport and  pick you up to Central of Ho Chi Minh Capital for the Hotel check-in. We will have a shortly meeting.  We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.

Transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market.

Check in the hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Having breakfast at hotel  & start visiting Ho Chi Minh - Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam. There are street markets, sidewalk cafes and sleek new bars. This teeming metropolis offers 300 years of timeless traditions and the beauty of an ancient culture. To the west of the city is the huge Chinese neighborhood called Cholon, which means “Big Market”. Notre Dame Cathedral, in the heart of Saigon’s government quarter, is of neo-Romanesque architecture with two high square towers and iron spires. The Central Post Office is French-style and City Hall, known as “Hotel de Ville,” is typical of the French architecture that would be seen in any village in France. Visit the War Remnants Museum, featuring collections of weapons and photographs from the two Indochina wars.

Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Free at your leisure time until transfer to the Airport flight to Nha Trang beach city.

Check in hotel and enjoy Nha Trang by night.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. Its main beach is a long, curving stretch along Tran Phu Street backed by a promenade, hotels and seafood restaurants. Aerial cable cars cross over to Hon Tre Island, and the nature reserves of Hon Mun and Hon Tam islands, reachable by boat, have coral reefs.

You will have lots of for swimming and snorkeling in the clear blue water or just lazing on the one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of local seafood then continue cruising back to town for the late afternoon and visit Long Son Pagoda and the ancient Po Nagar Cham Tower overlooking the colorful fishing port. Have free time in the evening to stroll along the beach and have dinner in one of the town's numerous restaurants.

Over-night  in Nha Trang.

Free for leisure in the morning until transferred to Cam Ranh Airport to take flight to Danang Beach City – one of the most beautiful Beaches in over the World. Vietland Holidays Tour guide will pick you up and drive to Hoi An Ancient Town.

Free time to walk around the Old Quarter.

Check in & overnight in Hoi An.

Hoi An  is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

It was also an important port for the Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and other merchant vessels from the Far East. Visit a temple with partially gilded statues in the center, a pagoda dedicated to sailors and fishermen and a chapel with origins in the 1700s that reflects the influences of Chinese and Japanese styles. Stop at the Sa Huynh Museum, located near the Japanese Covered Bridge, which contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoian’s history.

Late afternoon, depart to Hue. 

Check in hotel and overnight in Hue.

Located in Central Vietnam, Hue is the only place in the country where many historic, cultural, architectural as well as artistic values have been recognized internationally and listed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritages. Hue is also the site where the northern and southern ecosystems meet, the area of river-hills, greenery and beautiful landscapes.  Hue  was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theat.

Spend full day to visit Hue City. Visit the Imperial City, which is located in the Citadel. The Imperial City was built in the early 19th century. Explore the Thai Hoa Palace, with its spacious hall and ornate roof of huge timbers supported by 80 carved and lacquered columns. See the Halls of the Mandarins, the Nine Dynastic Urns and the site where the Forbidden Purple City once stood.

Overnight  in Hue City.

In the early morning, take to Thien Mu Pagoda, just outside Hue, visit the Thien Mu Pagoda on the bank of the Perfume River, which was a hotbed of anti-government protest during the early 1960s. Next, visit the complex of the Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, built in 1840, which is known for its magnificent architecture and elaborate decorations and is considered one of Hue’s most beautiful pagodas. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Tu Duc Tomb, which was built for meditation, reading and theater performances in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes.

Your final stop is at Khai Dinh, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty. It has a remarkably long staircase flanked by dragons, ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes.

Return to your hotel on the riverbank where your Art Deco inspired rooms are reminiscent of the 1920s and 1950s.

Overnight in Hue City.

In the morning, we have free time for shopping and enjoy traditional food at Dong Ba famous market. Waiting for flight to Hanoi Capital.


Check in the hotel and overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi is Vietnam's historic 1000 year old capital, boasting one of the most beautiful city centers in the world with romantic Hoan Kiem Lake, scenic Ngoc Son temple and the Turtle Tower. Take a tour of the city to see some of Asia's most striking French colonial architecture and the many lakes and parks that are beloved by locals and visitors alike. Visit the vibrant Dong Xuan Market, the oldest and largest in Hanoi, and end the tour with a traditional cyclo ride through the intriguing 36 trade guild streets of the ancient Old Quarter for a taste of the real Vietnam. Enjoy a free evening to watch a water puppet show, dine in one of the city's many restaurants and perhaps stroll around the lake with the locals.

Today you will land in Hanoi. Vietland Holidays tour guide pick you at your hotel and move to Hanoi downtown, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards, parks and the capital of Vietnam.

You have a full day of sightseeing ahead with start your city tour at the Ho Chi Minh complex: visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the iconic One-pillar pagoda and the historic Tran Quoc pagoda. Continue with a visit to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university established in 1076, then have lunch in one of Hanoi's famous restaurants.

In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology then ride in a traditional cyclo around Hoan Kiem Lake, the famous Old Quarter, stop at Dong Xuan market, and enjoy a water puppet show.

Overnight in Hanoi 

You wake up and have  breakfast.

Around 08:00 AM, Vietland Holidays Tour guide
   will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi and have a 4-hour road transfer to Halong City. Upon arrival at the tourist pier in Tuan Chau, embark on an overnight cruise. Welcome on-board by the Captain and his crew followed by boat safety briefing presented by cruise manager. The boat will set sail on a leisurely cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Lunch will be served as you cruise by impressive rock formations with unusual names and shapes.

In the afternoon, you will start to discover Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as "Dragon descending to the sea". Depending on each cruise's itinerary of the day, you may visit a beautiful cave and have some swimming at a tiny beach. Kayaking is available at a surcharge.

W
hen the sun sets, your boat will drop anchor for the night. You may attend a cooking demonstration before having dinner.

After dinner, you may choose to enjoy fresh air on the sundeck or playing board games or retiring to your cabin for a comfortable night in the bay.

Accommodation on-board an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay

 After breakfast, check out and drive to Hanoi – Noi Bai International Airport for departure.


See you next time!

Inclusions

  • Hotels at destinations as indicated in program.
  • Halong Bay Junk cruise package (stay 1 night on board).
  • Ha Noi cycle local city tours
  • All private land transfer.
  • Hoi An farmer haft day tour.
  • Meals as indicated in program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • Tour guides at places (English or French speaking).
  • Entrance fees.
  • Internal flight tickets: Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang, Nha Trang – Da Nang, Hue - Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines or others, Economy Class).

Exclusions

  • International air fares/ airport taxes
  • Visa arrangement to Vietnam
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expensen
  • Other meals and drink
  • Tipping for local tour guides and drivers
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Important Notes

  • Price and accommodation for tour group. Price is applied for one Pax and this may be lower or higher due to finalisation of booking. A single supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes night 11 (overnight boat) where you will be in shared accommodation.Rooms are booked on a basis of 3 star hotels, upgrading depends on your requests. 
  • Passport. (i) Your passport must have six months validity from the date of the end of your travel; (ii) Your passport must have at least 2 clear pages for each country you visit; (iii) Your passport cannot be water stained or have the stitching coming apart; (iv) Your full name exactly appeared in the passport must be sent us for booking.
  • Visa and insurance. Checking your visas (if required) and travel authorisations. Be sure to have relevant travel insurance by checking your insurance coverage carefully. Taking out extra insurance for expensive equipments if possible. 
  • Lugguages. It is advised that your luggages are attached the Vietland Holidays luggage labels and its main details to your cases. Domestic flights in Vietnam allow passengers to carry liquid or gel (over 100ml) in hand lugguage.
  • Cash and credit cards. (i) Consult with your bank to find the best currency to carry and whether your ATM card will work; (ii) Most major types of credit cards are accepted in the region, particularly Vietnam; (iii) ATMs are the easiest way to access your money. You can use a debit card to obtain local cash from ATMs in Vietnam. 
  • Mobile telephones. If not roaming, Vietland Holidays will lend you a SIM with a small amount of money topped up. 
  • Internet. Free wifi access is everywhere in major cities, hotels, cafe in Vietnam.
  • Travel adaptors and chargers. We will lend you suitable chargers and adapters during your trip if required.

 

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