Essential Vietnam:10 days

Minimum age
6

Duration
10 days

Tour price
From 820 USD

Physicality
low

The perfect ten day trip to see best of Vietnam. Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, relax and soak up the rays on a beach in Hoi An, chill out in the amazing scenery of Hue. Later, sit back & discover the amazing limestone formations of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat as you indulge in Vietnam’s coolest spots.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Experience Vietnam’s modern cities. Explore Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, sprawling cities buzzing with life and frantic energy yet still deeply traditional. Discover Hue and Hoi An Learn about Hue’s imperial history at its remarkable monuments and explore Hoi An’s old town and heritage buildings. Admire Vietnam’s natural wonders Enjoy a boat trip through the Mekong Delta’s maze of waterways and take an overnight cruise on scenic Halong Bay

THE TOUR SERVICE INCLUDES:
Accommodation: 8 nights at comfortable 3*** hotel, 1 nights at homestay, 1 night cruise, air tickets

Included activities:
Hanoi – airport pick up by private car (no guide)
Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with SecrectHalong (shuttle bus and join group)
Hue - pick up by private car with guide
Hue – perfum river cruise with guide
Guide tour Hue to Hoi An by private car with guide
Hoi An - Ancient town walking tour with guide
Hoi An - cycling tour with guide
Ho Chi Minh City – walking tour with guide
Mekong delta – Mekong boat trip in Ben Tre with guide
Mekong delta – Homestay on island with guide
Mekong delta – Boat trip visit villages and floating market in Cai Be with guide
Saigon – airport transfer by private car (no guide)

TOUR COST:
Group of 7-8 persons: US$ from $820usd
Group of 4-6 persons: US$ from $950usd
Group of 3 persons: US$ from $1060usd
Group of 2 persons: US$ from  $1180usd
Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
Day 1: Saigon arrival Upon
arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh city, our driver with private mini Van will meet you and transfer to your desired hotel in Saigon. Remainder of the day is free to explore the Vietnam's largest city.

Day 2: Saigon – Mekong delta
We head out on a two day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. We travel south to Ben Tre by private mini bus which takes about 2 hours. Here we board our boat to cruise the Mekong Delta and explore its intricate waterways. Often referred to as the "rice bowl" of Vietnam, the fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as its fantastic views while boating along the Mekong. Arrive at the waterfront pier and embark on an enjoyable motor boat excursion. At the Island, visit a local house and be introduced to the owner, have some tea and chat with your host and stroll through the garden to get an insight into daily farming life. Continue your journey by Xe Loi (Mekong Tuk Tuk) to go deeper into coconut jungle, taste some local delicacies during lunch in Ben Tre. Take a traditional sampans and paddle along the narrow shady arroyos before returning to your vehicle waiting in My Tho city and drive to Cai Be. Around sunset we make our way up one of the many canals to our farmstay in Binh Hoa Phuoc Island where we enjoy great local hospitality and a wonderful meal of local specialties. Tonight we sleep on simple camp beds in a dorm-style arrangement. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. The toilet and bathroom facilities are shared and with hot water shower!

Day 3: Mekong delta –Saigon
We will wake up early to the sounds on the Mekong Delta. Have breakfast with local family and take a boat cruise along the mighty Mekong. Visit the Cai Be floating market then continue into the narrow waterways to see local families making popped rice, rice paper, coconut candies and various other local homemade Vietnamese products from the area. You'll get to sample as we travel! After we disembark, we'll get on our vehicle for 2,5hour drive to Saigon. In afternoon is free to explore Saigon sky high towers and central market.

Day 4: Cu Chi tunnels – Danang - Hoi An
Have breakfast at the hotel, check out and travel approximately 1.5 hours to Cu Chi Tunnels by private vehicle. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, as well as a unique sense of what underground life was like during the American War. Upon arrival into the tunnels, your guide will take you on a fascinating tour of the tunnels, where you'll learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced, and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels. We walk past huge bomb craters - evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on. Cu Chi tunnels are fine to visit all year round but can get crowded in mid-day. If you wish to escape the tourist then early morning or in afternoon is better. After visiting Cu Chi, you will be transported directly to the airport for a flight to Danang city where you will be transferred 45 minutes by private mini bus to the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An.

Day 5,6: Hoi An
During your stay, you have enough time here to relax and explore the beautiful Hoi An. On first day you will take an easy walking tour visit 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, communal hall, lantern-lit streets, vibrant markets, skilled tailors, artisan shops, ancient houses, colourful temples and beautiful smiles. Hoi An is a Vietnamese wonderland. On second day in Hoi An we explore the countryside and waterways in and around Hoi An by boat and bicycle. It's five hour tour including lunch at a local family, unique basket boat ride in fishing village, emerald rice paddies and beautiful landscapes. The following day is free to enjoy all that Hoi An has to offer. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it.

Day 7: Hoi An to Hue guided tour
Full day touring and combination of transfer from Hoi An to Hue. Enjoy the most impressive Vietnam landscapes along the way Hoi An toHue: visit includes the Imperial Citadel, which includes the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. We also visit one of the royal tombs that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. A special vegetarian lunch will be arranged in a nunnery. After lunch we visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It's an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. Enjoying a dragon boat cruise in late afternoon on the Perfume River for about 60 minutes at sunset is also an experience not to be missed.

Day 8: Hue fly to Hanoi
Morning we travel from Hue to Hanoi by air arriving by mid-day. The rest of the day is free to explore the city. You can venture into the atmospheric Old Quarter to see the real Hanoi, stroll the tree-lined boulevards to admire the French architecture. Or visit one of the old temples for some insight into the country's turbulent history. Enjoying an ice-cream with the kids or a coffee at one of the riverside coffee shops at sunset is also an experience not to be missed.

Day 9: HaNoi – Ha Long Bay
Have breakfast in hotel and join a tour group for Halong bay trip. 4 hour drive to Halong Bay, board your desired junk boat, enjoy a welcome drink before relaxing with a fresh seafood lunch while cruising in the magnificent Ha Long Bay. After lunch, just make yourself at ease and relax. We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, far from the usual clichés of this busy tourism spot. Limestone rock formations will parade all around us for about 2 hours before our first stop. We reach the perfect spot, remote and scenic,opportunity to paddle a kayak and explore the bay in depth. After one/one and a half hour kayaking, we get back on board to refresh and start the aperitif on the sundeck. The boat cruises to its secluded anchorage area. Dinner is served either inside or outside depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities. Accommodation: on Halong secret cruiser/Bien Ngoc pearly sea boatcompany in Ha Long bay Meal included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10: Ha Longbay -Hanoi
Start your day early for a wonderful chance to admire the bay waking up around you. Coffee, tea and cakes will be served from 6.30am. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay. A 30-minute Tai Chi session will be organized, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some farniente time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee. About 7.45am, we hop on bamboo boats to go visiting a secluded floating village surrounded by the mountains. We trace our way between numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that serve the everyday life as vehicle, itinerant shops, fishing utility, sometimes overnight shelter. Back on boat by mid-morning, we start cruising back to the pier. From 9.30am, a brunch will be served. Disembark around midday back at the pier. The shuttle bus will meet you and transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive back Hanoi around 4pm.


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