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Vietnam Classic Tour - 12 days

Itinerary Overview

A wide-ranging journey showcasing the best of Vietnam's wonders, fascinating cultures and history, this 12-day trip offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches, ruins, urban culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day or 2 and overnight on a boat cruise in Halong Bay. Enjoy the atmospheric imperial capital of Huế, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 12 jam-packed days.

Highlights

  • Explore the Mekong Delta culture and lifestyle
  • Observe the unique way of trading at floating market where barges loaded with fruits and vegetables gather for the early morning trade
  • Experience a slow pace of life when you walk around the impossibly atmospheric Ancient Town of Hoi An
  • Spend the night on boat that cruise between the limestone peaks of Halong Bay while feasting on sumptuous meals on board
  • Explore the underground system of Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about hard life in war time

Detailed Itinerary

  • 1. Hanoi to Saigon
  • 2. Saigon to Hanoi

Route*: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise - Hoian - Hue - Saigon - Mekong River Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Arrive in Hanoi. Greeted by your driver at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre for check-in and at leisure in the rest of the day.

Note*:

  • The hotel room will be available at 2:00pm, and in case that you would like to secure an early-check in, an additional charge will be applied.
  • Please be advised that both international and domestic might be crowded at sometimes during the day, so in case that you arrive and cannot find our representatives, please be presented at Pole No.10 outside lobby A2 (International) or Lobby of domestic arrival (Domestic flight) and contact us, so we could easily search for you

Day 2: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Free to relax in the morning.

Pickup at 13:30. We will spend a half day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (Outside). We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the President's complex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Although several Van Mieu can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnam's first university.

DAY 3: HANOI - HALONG BAY - NIGHT ON BOARD

08h00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12h00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Board the Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15h30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16h30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits).
17h00: Back on board and continue cruising.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI - FIGHT TO DANANG

07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08h15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09h00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11h30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at about 17pm.

Airport transfer for late flight to Danang. Transfer to the hotel in Hoian upon arrival.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

DAY 5: HOIAN - FREE DAY

Free and easy day to explore Hoian town or swim at nearby beach.

Optional tours/activities you can do in Hoian

Option 1: Hoian - Countryside and cycling tour

Option 2: Hoian Cooking at Red Bridge School

Option 3: Hoian Food Tour by Vintage Vespa

DAY 6: HOIAN - My Son Towers Tour

Pickup at the hotel at 7:50 am, we drive to visit My Son. The My Son temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobodur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. Although badly damaged by bombing raids in the 1960s, the site still has more than 20 structures and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Leaving My Son for boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon river. You could see the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. Enjoy the beautiful views along the river. Arrive Hoian in early afternoon. Free time to shop or explore Hoian ancient town.

DAY 7: HOIAN - HUE SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY

Free in the morning.

In the afternoon, transfer to the station for day train to Hue. Enjoy scenic view of Hai Van Pass on the way. Arrive Hue in late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy free time.

Note*: The train journey is part of a great local experience. Restrooms at either end of the carriages.

Optional activities: instead of the Train Journey, you can do full day tour to visit the Bana Hill and Golden Hand Bridge, then transfer to Hue. Please view the tour to Bana Hill and Golden Hand Brige.

DAY 8: HUE CITY TOUR - FLIGHT TO SAIGON

08:00: Pickup at the hotel.

Today, we will spend a full day touring Hue city.

In the morning: visit Old Imperial City, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba bustling market. Lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon: visit Royal Tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. We will also visit a Conical hat village and incense stick village

Then airport transfer for late afternoon flight to Saigon. Transfer to your hotel for checkin upon arrival.

DAY 9: SAIGON CITY + CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.


In the afternoon afternoon, transfer to Saigon for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

OPTION 1: MEKONG RIVER CRUISE - 2 DAYS WITH 1 NIGHT ON BOARD

DAY 10: SAIGON - PANORAMA MEKONG RIVER CRUISE

Note*: depending on the cruise availability, you would do the Caibe – Can Tho or Can Tho – Caibe itinerary. We will keep you updated.
07:10 – 07:30: Pickup at the hotel for Cantho – Caibe itinerary
08:00 – 08:20: Pickup at the hotel for Caibe – Can Tho Itinerary.

You board your comfortable wooden Mekong Eyes cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the Mekong Eyes Cruise starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The Mekong Eyes Cruise will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.

DAY 11: CAIBE/CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET - SAIGON

Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the Mekong Eyes cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
Note*: The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.

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OPTION 2: MEKONG FULL DAY + FREE DAY

DAY 10: SAIGON - MEKONG RIVER TOUR

8:00am Pick you up at your hotel and head south to Ben Tre province (90km ~ 2.0 hours).

Enjoy boat trip along the river to visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
We will then visit a quite village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and try some local fresh fruits before taking Xe Loi ride (tuktuk car) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row.
Enjoy lunch at a local riverside restaurant. After lunch, row a sampan along the water coconut canals with beautiful tropical scenery. Take boat back to pier and return to Saigon. Arrive Saigon at about 5pm.

DAY 11: SAIGON - FREE AND EASY

Enjoy your free day for shopping and personal activities in Saigon. You can also join suggested tours to explore Saigon in very authentic way

    • Meals: Breakfast

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

-------- End of Option 2 ------------

DAY 12: SAIGON DEPARTURE

Today, you are free till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends!

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Route*: Saigon - Mekong River Cruise - Hue - Hoian - Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise

DAY 1: SAIGON ARRIVAL


Arrive in Saigon. Greeted by your driver at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in the city centre for check-in and at leisure in the rest of the day.

DAY 2: SAIGON CITY + CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR

Pickup at the hotel at 7:40, we head out of town to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which is an extensive underground network of approximately 200 kilometers of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and then expanded by the Viet Cong. Here contains hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilized as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon.


In the afternoon afternoon, transfer to Saigon for half day city tour. Our city tour will help you to see the best of Saigon. We visit the historic Reunification palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the post Office. Free time at leisure or shopping at Ben Thanh Market nearby.

OPTION 1: MEKONG RIVER CRUISE - 2 DAYS WITH 1 NIGHT ON BOARD

DAY 3: SAIGON - PANORAMA MEKONG RIVER CRUISE

Note*: depending on the cruise availability, you would do the Caibe – Can Tho or Can Tho – Caibe itinerary. We will keep you updated.
07:10 – 07:30: Pickup at the hotel for Cantho – Caibe itinerary
08:00 – 08:20: Pickup at the hotel for Caibe – Can Tho Itinerary.

You board your comfortable wooden Mekong Eyes cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the Mekong Eyes Cruise starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The Mekong Eyes Cruise will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.

DAY 4: CAIBE/CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET - Hue

Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the Mekong Eyes cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. After the tour, transfer back to Saigon. Airport transfer to the airport for late afternoon flight to Hue. Arrive Hue in the evening.


Note*: The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.

-------- End of Option 1 ------------

OPTION 2: MEKONG FULL DAY + FREE DAY

DAY 3: SAIGON - MEKONG RIVER TOUR

8:00am Pick you up at your hotel and head south to Ben Tre province (90km ~ 2.0 hours).

Enjoy boat trip along the river to visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house.
We will then visit a quite village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life and try some local fresh fruits before taking Xe Loi ride (tuktuk car) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row.
Enjoy lunch at a local riverside restaurant. After lunch, row a sampan along the water coconut canals with beautiful tropical scenery. Take boat back to pier and return to Saigon. Arrive Saigon at about 5pm.

DAY 4: SAIGON - hue

In the morning, enjoy your free day for shopping and personal activities in Saigon. You can also join suggested tours to explore Saigon in very authentic way

In the afternoon, airport transfer for the flight to Hue. Transfer to the hotel in Hue upon arrival.

    • Meals: Breakfast

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

-------- End of Option 2 ------------

DAY 5: Hue City Tour

08:00: Pickup at the hotel.

Today, we will spend a full day touring Hue city.

In the morning: visit Old Imperial City, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda and Dong Ba bustling market. Lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon: visit Royal Tombs of Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. We will also visit a Conical hat village and incense stick village

DAY 6: HUE - Hoian SCENIC TRAIN JOURNEY

Free in the morning.

In the afternoon, transfer to the station for day train to Hoian. Enjoy scenic view of Hai Van Pass on the way. Arrive Hoian in late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy free time.

Note*: The train journey is part of a great local experience. Restrooms at either end of the carriages.

DAY 7: Hoian - My Son Towers

Pickup at the hotel at 7:50 am, we drive to visit My Son. The My Son temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Borobodur of Java in Indonesia, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Bagan of Myanmar and Ayutthaya of Thailand. Although badly damaged by bombing raids in the 1960s, the site still has more than 20 structures and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Leaving My Son for boat station and taking a boat trip on Thu Bon river. You could see the living of the local people and feeling the fresh air. Enjoy the beautiful views along the river. Arrive Hoian in early afternoon. Free time to shop or explore Hoian ancient town.

DAY 8: HOIAN - FREE DAY - flight to Hanoi

Free and easy day to explore Hoian town or swim at nearby beach.

Optional tours/activities you can do in Hoian

Option 1: Hoian - Countryside and cycling tour

Option 2: Hoian Cooking at Red Bridge School

Option 3: Hoian Food Tour by Vintage Vespa

DAY 9: HANOI HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Free to relax in the morning.

Pickup at 13:30. We will spend a half day to visit the city. We start with visit to President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (Outside). We also visit the famous One Pillar Pagoda nearby. Leaving the President's complex, we continue to visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Although several Van Mieu can be found throughout Vietnam, the most prominent and famous is that situated in the city of Hanoi, and was functioned as Vietnam's first university.

DAY 10: HANOI - HALONG BAY - NIGHT ON BOARD

08h00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
10h00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12h00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12h30: Board the Cruise for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13h00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15h30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16h30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits).
17h00: Back on board and continue cruising.
19h00: Dinner is served.
21h00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

DAY 11: HALONG BAY - HANOI

07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08h15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09h00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11h30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at about 17pm. Free to relax and explore Hanoi

Note*: the itinerary and activities on board would vary depending on the boat you choose. Please see the choice of boat in Hotel Inclusions.

DAY 12: HANOI DEPARTURE

Today, you are free till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends!


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Important Notes:

  • THIS IS OUR DEFAULT ITINERARY AND IS CHANGEABLE DEPENDING ON YOUR ITEREST
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.

Vietnam Classic Tour

Hotels & Prices

Hotel Categories

Small Group

01 May - 30 Sept
(Low season)

01 Oct - 30 Apr
(High season)

Option 1

Option 2

Option 1

Option 2

Economy (2*)

Hanoi: La Suite Hotel & Spa
Halong Bay: Aclass Cruise
Hoi An: Uptown Hoi An Hotel
Hue: Orchid hotel
Saigon: Saigon Beautiful 3 hotel

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Superior (3-4*)

Hanoi: Hanoi Noble Hotel
Halong Bay: Aclass Stellar Cruise
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Emerald Resort
Hue: Cherish Hotel
Saigon: Tan Hoang Long Hotel

Deluxe (4*)

Hanoi: Golden Silk Boutique Hotel
Halong Bay: Huong Hai Sealife
Hoi An: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort
Hue: Eldora Hotel
Saigon: Grand Silverland Hotel

Luxury (5*)

Hanoi: Apricot Hotel
Halong Bay: Signature Cruise
Hoi An: Victoria Resort
Hue: Imperial Hotel
Saigon: Majestic Hotel

Customize or make it a private tour >>>

Notes*:

  • All prices are in USD per adult, in Double/Twin sharing
  • Small group tour - daily departure with max 12 pax (for Halong and Mekong Cruises, you will join bus by boat companies)
  • In some major cities in Vietnam, hotel rooms may not have windows.
  • Similar hotels are selected if any of above are booked
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Important information

What's included ?

Transportation

Airplane, Car, Cruise, Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Overnight on-board (1 night)

Meals

Option 1: 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Option 2: 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 1 Dinners
Note*: breakfast is included at the hotel.

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Children Rates

  • FOC for infant under 2 years old (full charge for flight tickets - US$180)
  • 02 - 6 years old without bed: 35% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 06 - 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate
Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 20% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate
Note*: full charge for all flights is applied in case of cancellation (US$180/person)

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