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Best of Vietnam - 12 Days
Perhaps there is no better time to visit Vietnam than now – where the innocence of its people remains unspoiled by modernization, where raw beauty can still be witnessed steps away from luxury comfort, where the desire to strive is felt in every pulse of life, in each motion of contact, where your experience of Vietnam is not what is seen by the eye, but how it's felt by the heart, where luxury travel can be defined at its highest standard…

Start city: Ho Chi Minh

End city: Hanoi

Durations 12 Days 11 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta (Cai Be), Nhatrang, Hoian, Hanoi and Halong Bay

Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi

Best of Vietnam - 12 Days

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Day 1: Saigon Arrival.
Day 2: Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels.
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta (Cai Be) – Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon – Fly to Nhatrang.
Day 5: Nhatrang – Excursion to nearby islands – Spa Session.
Day 6: Nhatrang – Fly to Danang – Hoian.
Day 7: Hoian Walking Tour – Boat trip.
Day 8: Hoian – Free at leisure.
Day 9: Hoian – Fly to Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi City Tour.
Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.

Day 1: Saigon Arrival.
Welcome to Vietnam’s bustling, vibrant and financial hub: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, meet your tour guide and driver then get transfer to your hotel in the city center. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag and explore the city on your own. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner at the Award Winning Mandarin Restaurant.
Meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Hotel.
Day 2: Saigon City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels.
This morning, you visit the War Remnants Museum, learn about Vietnam’s recent history at Reunification Palace, visit the nearby neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the City's Centre Post Office before passing by the ornate Opera Theatre and the City Hall. End up at the Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
After lunch, you leave Saigon on an afternoon excursion for Cu Chi. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an underground labyrinth of passageways, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (or “American War” as it’s referred to here) as protection against American air raids. Those inclined are invited to crawl through selections of the tunnels to better understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Hotel.
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta (Cai Be) – Saigon.
Today you travel to the Mekong River Delta on a day trip to explore the rich culture and lush fluvial landscape. After breakfast, your guide & driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Cai Be. Board on your private sampan to visit Cai Be’s colorful floating market, passing by a beautiful cathedral. Proceed to local cottage industries, home factories to see how rice paste, rice cookies and coconut candies are made, along with the longan fruit drying process and an excursion to the evergreen islands in the middle of the meandering canals. Enjoy a delicious lunch served at an Indochine Villa in the cool shade of fruit orchards. Walk leisurely couples of minutes to Ba Bon Bridge where your driver will pick you up to transfer back to Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Hotel.
Day 4: Saigon – Fly to Nhatrang.
You are free until the midday when your driver transfers you to the airport for a northwards flight to the beach city of Nhatrang. Upon arrival at Cam Ranh Airport, meet your tour guide and driver then visit the ancient Po Nagar Cham Tower, Long Son Pagoda the Alexander Yersin Museum, the XQ workshop where exquisite handmade embroideries can be seen, and Dam Market. Check into the Evason Ana Mandara Resort, situated on a beautiful stretch of beach and boasting over 20,000 square meters of tropical gardens overlooking the sea, one of Vietnam’s most desirable seaside locations. Rest of the day, spend your free time on the beach. You have a choice of indoor, veranda or beach dining with a spectacular panoramic view of Nhatrang Bay. Enrich your day with a generous international breakfast buffet and modern fine dining cuisine for a delighting dinner at the resort.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Evason Ana Mandara Resort Nhatrang.
Day 5: Nhatrang – Excursion to nearby islands – Spa Session.
A morning boat trip on Nhatrang Bay visits some of the nearby islands where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the warm turquoise waters. After a fresh seafood lunch, you return to shore. In the afternoon, explore Nha Trang at your own pace. Do not miss a 90 minute pampering treatment at the Ana Mandara's exquisite Six Senses Spa, located alongside the beach in a coconut plantation, sets new standards in spa design with the use of natural tones, traditional Vietnamese style and water elements (Sensory Spa Journey package – The Soul of Six Senses).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Evason Ana Mandara Resort Nhatrang.
Day 6: Nhatrang – Fly to Danang – Hoian.
Today you take a short flight to Danang. On arrival, your driver will meet you and transfer to The Nam Hai – a magnificent resort set amid the lush landscape of the East Sea. Located along a one kilometer stretch of pristine white sand beach on Vietnam’s Central Coast, The Nam Hai offers a luxuriant tropical setting conducive to rest and relaxation.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: The Nam Hai Resort.
Day 7: Hoian Walking Tour – Boat trip.
Immerse yourself in the tranquility and charm of this sleepy riverside town. From the 16th to 18th centuries Hoian was a thriving international port frequented by Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders, who came to trade in the high quality silk still produced in the region. Today, Hoian is a relaxing resort popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, skilled tailors and numerous cafes. Take a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town centre, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. After lunch, take a short boat trip to a nearby island and visit a handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: The Nam Hai Resort.

Day 8: Hoian – Free at leisure.
Today you are free at leisure.
An option of visiting Myson – Holy land of lost Champa Kingdom or an Eco-excursion to countryside is available, please contact our travel consultants for more details.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: The Nam Hai Resort.
Day 9: Hoian – Fly to Hanoi.
Have breakfast at hotel then drive to Danang Airport to catch the morning flight to Hanoi. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. Check in at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, an award-winning French colonial-style located in the heart of Hanoi.
In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter’s narrow streets lined with French colonial buildings – followed by a gourmet dinner at Le Beaulieu Restaurant – the home of fine French food, with gastronomic cooking, regular regional specialties, an epic cheese board and a professional wine list.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.
Day 10: Hanoi City Tour.
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). Later in the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
You are free in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel.
Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
After breakfast at hotel, your driver will meet you at hotel at 8:00 A.M to take you on a 4-hour drive passing the countryside of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay.
Welcome on board and set sail through Bai Tu Long Bay while seafood lunch is served. Rest your eyes on the azure waters of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth, passing picturesque area around Mat Quy islet, Am islet. Mid-afternoon, get to Cua Van fishing village and enjoy a pleasant bamboo boat row to through the village with a museum and a school among floating homes. Visit Tien Ong cave then back on board to enjoy sunset cocktails and canapé. Dinner is served on board
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Violet Cruise.
Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.
Start the day early to enjoy a Tai Chi class on top deck with an opportunity to admit the magnificent scenery of sunrise over the sea. After that, you can choose to go to Soi Sim beach for swimming or join your chef for cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine art. On the way back, take deep cruise into Bai Tu Long Bay, passing Pearl Farm, Phao Dai islet, Tam Cung cave, Hon Xep islet, Dau Moi temple, opportunity to cruise through famous L’Indochine movie site (subject to tide condition).
Enjoy buffet brunch on board before arrival to the dock.
Transfer to Noi Bai International Airport of Hanoi for your departure flight. Good bye & Safe travels!
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: N/A.

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Accommodation.
  • Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transport by private car with AC.
  • English-speaking guides.
  • Domestic flight tickets (SGN-NHA, NHA-DAD, DAD-HAN).
  • Water & First Aid.
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.

Price Excluded

  • Travel insurance.
  • Vietnam Visa.
  • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers.
  • Beverages & other personal expenses.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. TRAVEL VIETNAM can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights. Call us on +84982 661 133 to speak to one of our experts.

Comments   

# Nancy Kerestes 2018-06-14 07:44
We are planning to visit Vietnam in October for about 2 weeks. How many people are usually in a group for the Best of Vietnam tour? There will be 4 people in our group. Is there a big difference in price to plan a customized tour?
Thanks.ah394
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# Maureen 2018-10-16 09:28
Can you give me cost of this Best of Vietnam 12 days in Canadian dollars
estimated travel time Dec 10/18
2 seniors
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# TravelVietnam.Com 2018-10-16 10:21
@ Nancy: Welcome to Vietnam! Thanks for choosing to travel with us! We hope you enjoy your holiday with us and share your feedback to our future clients in general and about this private luxury "Best of Vietnam" package in particularly.
@ Maureen: Thank you for your interest in this Best of Vietnam package which is based on luxury accommodations. This is a private tour and daily departure. One of our travel consultants will get back to you shortly with detailed hotels, domestic flights and quotation in Canadian Dollars for your group of two seniors. Please check your inbox within a couple of hours (if you don't see our reply in your box, please call us at the hotline: +84 982 661 133 for further assistance).
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# Nines Alcalde 2019-01-07 02:24
I would like to know the price for 5 adults for this tour, including flights from Madrid. We plan to arrive on July 17th or 18th.
Many thanks
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