12 days Vietnam Classic Tour

Ho Chi Minh -> Mekong Delta -> Cu Chi Tunnels -> Da Nang -> Hoi An -> Hue -> Hanoi -> Halong Bay

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Trip Name: 12-day Vietnam Classic Tour

Type of trip: Private

Trip Duration: 12 Days

Starts/ Ends: Ho Chi Minh/ Hanoi OR VICE VERSA

Trip Grading: Comfortable, Classic

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cu Chi Tunnel - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Highlights

  • Tour includes visiting the major cities of Saigon and the Mekong, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi and Halong Bay
  • Includes coach travel plus short boat trips in the Mekong Delta, Hue and Halong Bay
  • Private trip with English speaking guide and 24 support

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Ho Chi Minh arrival
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi Tunnel Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Sightseeing Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Da Nang Breakfast
Day 5 Hoi An Walking Tour - Cooking Class Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Hoi An Breakfast
Day 7 Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - Sightseeing Hue Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Hue - Fly to Hanoi Breakfast
Day 9 Sightseeing Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Hanoi - Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Hanoi departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Sai Gon Arrival

Welcome to your holiday with Your Vietnam Travel

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, either Domestic or International arrival, after clearing all customs procedures, please proceed to exit gate and look for your guide who will be waiting at the lobby, holding the Your Vietnam Travel's signboard with your name on it. 

Meals:

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnel

This morning you will be met at your hotel at 8.00am by guide for a morning walking tour through the heart of Saigon’s famous and historic city landmarks including Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), the Rex Hotel, Municipal Theatre, Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame Cathedral. You will then join your vehicle and drive to the site of the former US Embassy (now the US consulate) before visiting the impressive Re-Unification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon we continue for the journey west from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi. On arrival you will be guided through the famous tunnels used by the communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War. The tunnel network stretches over 250km and extends to three levels underground providing you with a remarkable insight into the hardships, courage, determination and terror of a guerrilla war. You will return to your hotel at approximately 6.00pm.

Overnight in Sai Gon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Day Tour to Mekong

This morning you will be met at your hotel at 8.00am by your guide for a full day tour traveling south from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the Delta is the most fertile region in the country, and the main producer of rice and tropical fruits. From My Tho, you board your boat and travel to one of the islands located in the middle of the Mekong River. On the island visit a fruit orchard and sample some of the local produce, before boarding a smaller sampan that winds along narrow canals. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local family’s house and enjoy their hospitality and share with them some tea or rice wine. After lunch (included) in My Tho return to Ho Chi Minh City by late afternoon.

Overnight in Sai Gon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Sightseeing Ho Chi Minh - Fly to Da Nang

Morning at leisure, check out from hotel then transfer to airport for a flight from Sai Gon to Da nang. On arrival in Da Nang, meet your driver and be picked up to hotel in Hoi An

Overnight in HOi An

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Hoi An Walking Tour - Cooking Class

Hoian is very famous about local foods. Today, you will join in a class to learn how to cook some special dishes of Hoian. Make your own way follow the map given to Hai Café – our meeting point. Be welcomed by Red Bridge cooking class staff before start our interesting day.

Travel by minivan (10 minutes) to Tra Que Organic Village, and walk through the market gardens where local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago – no electrical machinery here. We pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint for our cooking lesson later, before trying a special herbal drink at a local home.

To the local village market and with shopping list in hand we purchase a range of local ingredients, including star anise, cardamom, sesame rice paper, water spinach and banana flower.

Arriving at Red Bridge Cooking School we have a chance to freshen up before beginning our class. Working together with our Red Bridge Chef we learn the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food from scratch. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional Vietnamese utensils (still in use today) we cook 4 famous dishes, including the national dish ‘Pho’.

After the class we sit down and a chance to savour the dishes we have prepared.

Leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An.

Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool.

Overnight in Hoian.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Hoi An

Today, it is time for you to explore art and handicraft galleries, try on clothes tailor-made, relax at the riverside restaurants or take the short journey to the nearby beach. Overnight in Hoi An. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7

Hoi An - Transfer to Hue - Sightseeing Hue

Leaving Hoi An by coach we visit Marble Mountains and China Beach before continuing over Hai Van Pass to the ancient capital of Hue. This afternoon visit the UNESCO listed Citadel following by cruise on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda and then visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Tombs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Hue - Fly to Hanoi

Enjoy a free day until we transfer you to the airport for abhor flight to Hanoi, arrive and check innate your hotel, enjoy a free evening walking through the Hanoi’s old quarter.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Sightseeing Hanoi

Our city tour today includes visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, stilt house and museum, Temple of Literature, a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and markets, Hoan Kiem Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ethnology Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Latter you will be visiting famous puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Hanoi - Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise

After breakfast, you will take a driving trip to Halong City. 11.45 – 12.15: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.Our guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 - 8.20AM and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and later there is opportunity for an evening swim from the side of the boat. Spend the night on our luxurious boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Hanoi departure

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight back home/ next destination 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • All transfer and quality air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation at 4, 5 star Hotel/ Cruise selected including daily breakfast with double/twin room 
  • Tours with local English Speaking Guide/ Other language is available on your request
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (Breakfast: B ; Lunch: L ; Dinner: D)
  • Airport transfer at destination
  • Water Puppet show
  • Cooking class
  • Kayaking
  • Sunset party/ welcome drink 
  • Boat in Mekong
  • Entrance fee for all destinations as Tour Itinerary indicated
  • Bottle of water available on coach ( 2 bottle/pax/day)

Exclusions

  • Domestic & International airfare 
  • Drinks and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Personal expenses (telephone, shopping...)
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Single Supplement
  • Early check in & late check out
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

Bella Rose Suite

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Aclass Stella Cruise

Athena Cruise

Hoi An

Zen Boutique Hotel

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Palm Garden Resort

Hue

Rosaleen Hotel

EMM Hotel Hue

La Residence Hue

Ho Chi Minh

Lotus Hotel

Grand Silverland Hotel

Majestic Hotel

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