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VIETNAM CLASSIC TOUR 12 DAYS

A CLASSIC TOUR WITH THE HIGHLIGHT DESTINATIONS

Vietnam tour 12 days

A classic tour with the highlight destinations from the North to the South

01/06/15 To 31/12/15

The tour price valids until December 31, 2015

Vietnam

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Danang, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Long

This classic 12 day excursion will take you to the most popular and fascinating places in Vietnam.

Starting your trip in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam  where you will enjoy an orientation of the tree-lined streets, resplendent with French colonial architecture and explore its history and culture. Ha Long Bay will be next destination which is often called Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the world. Then, Sapa will attracts tourist by its beauty where lived many ethnic minorities.

Move to the Centre to explore Hoi An – the ancient town which was a meeting point for many cultures that left their mark in the different architectural features of its wooden buildings. The highlight of South of Vietnam is dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels and Vinh Long – a province in Mekong Delta which give you a glimpse of life style of local people here.

Join in this trip to get an overview of the beautiful country – Vietnam and its people

PROGRAMME IN DETAILS FOR VIETNAM TOUR 12 DAYS

From 1,018 $ / Person

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Destination: Hanoi/Ha Long/Sapa/Danang/My Son/Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, G=Guide

 

Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi (G)

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll then be free until be picked up to watch the Water Puppet show an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

 

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L, G)

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be picked up to start a Hanoi city tour. You’ll visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state (closed on every Monday & Friday and October & November) and see the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked. You’ll continue to visit the One Pillar Pagoda and hear the legend of its construction, born from the love of an emperor in the 11th Century. You’ll drive to visit the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s West Lake. You’ll also call at the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and the dedicated to Confucius, it is a serene retreat from the busy streets outside and later become Vietnam’s first university.

After lunch at local restaurant, driver and guide will take you to visit the Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic and enjoy an orientation of the tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture, including the recently restored Opera House. Pass by Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Lake of Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it en-route to one of the city’s fascinating museums.   

In the afternoon, you’ll take to the streets by walking tour of the Ancient Quarter of 36 streets District. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, you’ll see streets name such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter’s paradise.

You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

 

Day 3: Hanoi/Ha Long (B, L, D, G)

You’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, which is often called Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the world and once visited, it is hard to dispute that claim. 4000 spectacular limestone outcroppings, cliffs, arches and coves compete for space in an area that is without doubt the most outstandingly naturally beautiful in the country – incomparable coastal scenery.  On arrival, you’ll board your boat, a wooden junk that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area Ha Long Bay, which is translated as “Descending Dragon”. You’ll stop off at an islet and climb though a series of breathtaking caves and grottoes, marveling at some of the most impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations anywhere in the world and then making a stop secluded beach where you can enjoy cruising among the cave dotted island and seeing the small fishing boats with are always feature of this lovely bay. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood. You’ll spend the night on the boat.

For your two-day Ha Long excursion, you’ll board one of the best quality boats on the Bay, a wooden junk based on the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure. The boats vary in size, accommodating between ten and eighteen people, so you’re likely to be joining other travellers for the cruise. Your cabin will be about six metres square, and furnished with twin bunks, two fans, an air-conditioner, pillows, white cotton sheets, and an en suite toilet and shower.

 

Day 4: Ha Long/Hanoi/Lao Cai (B, L, G)

You’ll have western breakfast on boat and then spend the morning cruising Ha Long Bay, followed by lunch just before docking to the harbour at 11.30. You’ll drive back to Hanoi for your refreshment at a local standard hotel. You’ll then check out at around 18.00 for your dinner by yourself. Your guide will then escort you to Hanoi railways station to board an evening train to Lao Cai. You’ll spend the night on the train.

 

Day 5: Lao Cai/Sapa (B, L, G)

You’ll be met by your tour guide at Lao Cai Station and have a breakfast at the local restaurant. You’ll be picked up to visit a market frequented by ethnic minority peoples. Although it’s quite a long drive, the landscape is attractive and the ethnic markets are a fascinating experience. Unlike those in the tourist areas, the markets that we choose are for not only buying and selling, but also meeting places for ethnic minority people to meet and exchange news. There will be plenty of colour and authentic costumes, but very little to buy as souvenirs unless you want to barter for a water buffalo or a sack of fertiliser!

Drive to Sapa, a scenic mountain area with high peaks, rivers, valleys and hillside terracing. The villages are traditional and are typically tucked away at the bottom of the hill slopes. Most of the villagers wear traditional costumes. The rest day will be free to explore Sapa town by yourself. You’ll spend the night in Sapa. 

Escape to the rugged mountain region north of Hanoi inhabited by ethnic groups seemingly a world away from the fast pace of urban life. Located near the Chinese border, Sapa lies at an elevation of 1,650 metres and is a former French hill station that has recently grown in popularity as a destination for those seeking adventure among Vietnam’s highest mountain ranges.

Primarily Vietnamese in character, Sapa comes alive during the weekend market when the local ethnic H’mong and Dzao people trek in from nearby villages to sell their wares. Surrounded by the vista of Vietnam’s highest peak, Fan Si Pan (3,142 metres), the region holds countless trails and walks for all levels of enthusiasts and provides an introduction into the lives of the isolated communities of the north.

The trips to ethnic minority markets must be on Tuesday (Coc Ly Market), Thursday (Lung Khau Nhin), Saturday (Can Cau) or Sunday (Bac Ha or Muong Hum Markets).

 

Day 6: Sapa/Lao Cai (B, L, G)

Breakfast at your hotel, you’ll hike down to the H’mong ethnic minority villages on the way. You’ll then be driven by Jeep to visit Lao Chai village for your picnic lunch. You’ll take a walk to visit Lao Chai village, a village of H’mong people and then to Ta Van village, a village of Day people. The walk is moderate to intermediate descending down into a scenic valley of cascading water crossed by suspension bridges. You’ll next visit the Giang Ta Chai, a village of Red Dao people before driving back to Sapa for refreshen up at a local standard hotel. You’ll then be escorted to Lao Cai station. You’ll have dinner by yourselves. You’ll then take an overnight sleeper train at 20.00 back to Hanoi. You’ll spend the night on the train.

Hiking around Sapa can be quite arduous. The tracks are rough in places, and your route will take along undulating terraces and through the villages. Stout walking shoes and good sun protection are essential.

 

Day 7: Hanoi/Danang/Hoi An (B, L, G)

Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, you will be met and transfered to a local standard hotel for your refreshment.

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be free until you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to Hoi An. En-route, you’ll have a brief visit to Cham museum, remarkable Hindu statuary. The Cham left a legacy of excellent sculptures as they were pushed south by the advancing Vietnamese invaders. Driver and guide will take you to visit China Beach, immortalised for many by the US television show and still one of the most spectacular beach in Asia. You’ll then visit the Marble Mountain, Stone Carving village where you can admire the stone products of local people. You’ll travel to Hoi An to have a visit the town, and enjoy its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam town. You’ll enter a narrow street to look at unique Japanese covered bridge, Chinese communal house, shop for art at one of the numerous galleries and enjoy riverside ambience. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

 

Day 8: Hoi An/My Son (B, G)

Breakfast at your hotel, your driver and guide will pick you to visit the World Heritage My Son Sanctuary, the guide will show you the remains of the remarkable brick towers, and explain their origins and purpose. You’ll return to Hoi An. Rest of day will be free perhaps to stroll around the Old Quarter of relax on the beach. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Once, the My Son Sanctuary was the spiritual capital of the Cham Kingdom that dominated SE Asia for nearly a thousand years. Its remarkable brick towers were badly bombed, but are still impressive, as is its remote valley setting. It’s set in a quiet, richly forested area, bisected by a clear stream. However, the tree cover is not complete, and the valley acts as suntrap, so good sun protection is important.

 

Day 9: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (B, G)

Your time will be your own until you’ll escorted to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On your arrival at the Tan Son Nhat airport, you’ll be driven to your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City tour/Cu Chi tunnel (B, L, G)

In the morning, you’ll visit the Cu Chi tunnels, a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. Your lunch will be served at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’, the Centre Post Office with colonial building and the Cathedral Church.  You’ll then be driven to visit the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll have approximately two hour to visit Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity and a visit to lacquer workshop to see the complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional Vietnamese craft product. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long (B, L, G)

Drive to Vinh Long, a city famous by the Mekong River and floating market. You’ll cruise to visit Cai Be floating market, fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln. You’ll have a lunch at one of the local family and have a shot show of traditional music in Mekong Delta which is operated by the local people. You’ll have time to wonder around the fruit market to buy some kind of famous tropical fruit such as banana, pomelo, dragon fruit, and mangostin and so on.

You’ll return to Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, G)

You’ll be free until you’ll be picked up to the airport for your international departure flight.

Price in US$ per person:

 

Number of people 2 3-5 6-9 10-15 Supplement for single occupancy
3 stars 1,438 1,265 1,093 1,018 239
4 stars 1,639 1,466 1,295 1,219 458
5 stars 2,087 1,914 1,742 1,667 730

 

Validity until December 31, 2015

 

Our price includes:                      

→    Breakfast and accommodation in twin or double room.

→    One-way domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Ho Chi Minh City including domestic flight airport taxes.

→    Boats cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll join other passengers on a high quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.

→    Train ticket: Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi, air-conditioned 4-berth soft cabin

→    Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver.

→    English-speaking tour guide as indicated in the itinerary.

→    Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned in the programme.

→    Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the local restaurants and on the boat in Ha Long Bay.

→    Government Taxes.

 

Our price does not include:

→    International flight tickets and airport tax.

→    Visas

→    Gala dinner on Christmas day and New Year Eve if hotels require

→    Surcharge for peak season

→    Dinners, except as specified above.

→    Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.

→    Insurance.  

 

Hotel list for Three Stars standard

*      Hanoi: La Bellie Vie hotel (*** located on Nguyen Truong To Street, just a few steps away from the old quarter and within walking distance to West Lake, Superior room) or similar

*      Ha Long: Alova Cruise (Deluxe cabin)

*      Sapa: Royal View Hotel (*** in the town centre, Superior room) or similar

*      Hoi An: Thuy Duong 3 Hotel (*** in the town centre, Superior Room) or similar

*      Ho Chi Minh City: Elios Hotel (*** ideally located in the city centre, Senior Superior Room) or similar

 

Hotel list for Four Stars standard

*      Hanoi: Sunway Hotel (**** comfortable hotel about a fifteen-minute walk from the city centre, Superior Room) or similar

*      Ha Long: Bai Tho Boat (Deluxe cabin)

*      Sapa: Chau Long Hotel (*** overlooking Muong Hoa valley & Mount Fansipan, New Wing ROH Room) or similar

*      Hoi An: Hoi An Trails Resort and Spa (**** 2km from Cua Dai beach, Superior Room) or similar

*      Ho Chi Minh City: Grand Hotel (**** colonial architecture, in the heart of the commercial centre, Deluxe room) or similar

 

Hotel list for Five Stars standard

*      Hanoi: Sheraton Hotel (***** luxury hotel overlooking the West Lake, Deluxe room) or similar

*      Ha Long: Signature Cruise (***** Signature Junior Suite)

*      Sapa: Victoria Hotel (**** the best hotel in Sapa with separate building, Superior Room) similar

*      Train: Victoria Express train (Superior 4 berth cabin)

*      Hoi An: Sunrise Hoi An Resort (***** perfectly positioned along the popular Cua Dai Beach, Deluxe Garden view Room) similar

*      Ho Chi Minh City: Majestic Hotel (***** city centre, Colonial Deluxe Room) or similar

If, at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavour to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

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