Vietnam Tour from North to South

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

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11

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R8944/pp

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Overview

With a wide range of highlights stretching from the north to the south, Vietnam remains an enchanting destination for many tourists on their journey to Southeast Asia. This 11-day tour is a great introduction to the best of Vietnam, allowing you to explore, in depth, all the hidden charms of the country.

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Welcome to Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam. Upon your arrival at the airport, our guide and driver will meet and transfer you to the hotel to Check In. The balance of the day is for you to spend at your leisure. The capital city of Hanoi is home to the rich culture of the country and you will see both Chinese and French influences in architecture & cuisine as you explore the city. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Hanoi for your reference.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to another fascinating land – the gem in the north of Vietnam – Halong Bay. The drive takes you through the beautiful rice paddy fields and mountains of the Red River Delta. On your arrival in Halong Bay, you will realize why this area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be ferried a short distance from the harbor aboard a tender boat to board the Junk Boat for a cruise among the numerous limestone karsts rising from the emerald water. After lunch of a great selection of fresh seafood on board, the Tender will once again take you to visit a grotto of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, stopping en route for a relaxing swim in the warm waters of Halong Bay & a kayak back from the beach to the floating island to enjoya close up view of the bay and islands. In the late afternoon, the ship will drop anchor for an overnight stay on board.

Note: We recommend that you bring an overnight bag with you to pack for your trip to Halong Bay so that you don't have to lug all your bags with you. You will be returned to the same hotel in Hanoi after your trip and can safely store your luggage there.

♣ Please check our selected cruises on Halong Bay for your reference

Enjoy the sunrise over the cliffs and after breakfast take the time to take more photos or simply relax in the sun and read your book. After lunch, the bus will take you back to Hanoi. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, relax or take a walk through the streets surrounding your hotel before your transport arrives to transfer you to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Hue, the ancient Imperial City of Vietnam. Welcome on arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check in. 

After a short rest, your guide will arrive to take you on your exploration of the royal city with a visit to the famous Hue Citadel. The complex is located on the north bank of Perfume River and consists of 3 walled enclosures: the Citadel, Kim Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial City, Hoang Thanh. In the center of the complex is the Forbidden Purple City – Tu Cam Thanh. With its ancient history and the importance of Vietnamese culture, the whole complex has been recognized as the World Heritage Site.

At the end of the day, head back to your hotel to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Hue for your reference.

After breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up for a transfer to Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass overlooking the central coastline which offers you a unique chance to enjoy the amazing scenic beauty of Vietnam. Transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Ancient Village of Hoi An or visit one of the many tailors to order a bespoke garment. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Hoi An for your reference.

Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the meeting point.

We will cycle through peaceful green paddies to reach the local market (Ba Le market). The tour guide will show you where the ingredients for the cooking courses come from and explain how the markets function and you will have the chance to do some shopping of your own. After that, we head to the restaurant where the chef and the cooking course are waiting for you.

Upon arrival at the cooking school, you will have a break with a Vietnamese coffee to cool down and relax. Then you'll join a fun bamboo basket boat ride through small creeks in water coconut fields and the folk game “bit mat dap noi”.

After the boat ride, you will start to cook a variety of local dishes following the menu shown below. Our Chef and Tour Guide will instruct and assist you to cook during the class. You'll have a chance to enjoy your creations during the lunch after the cooking course.

After lunch, we will take a lazy boat back to Hoi An Ancient Town. Sit back and enjoy the scenery and local life of fisherman along the riverside. Back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration: 5 - 7 hours

Menu: (vegetarian menu available upon request)

1. Fresh Spring Rolls

2. Rice pancake

3. Papaya Salad with Shrimp and Pork

4. Braised Chicken with Chili and Lemongrass

Your day is yours to enjoy as you wish: relax on the beautiful An Bang Beach and bathe in the warm sea or wander around the Ancient Village of Hoi An. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Hoi An.

♥ Please check our selected hotels in Hoi An for your reference.

After breakfast, transfer to Danang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Meet our guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check in. Spend the evening exploring this bustling metropolis. The city is the hub of commerce and culture of the country where temples and skyscrapers line the streets. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

♣ Please check our selected hotels in Ho Chi Minh for your reference.

Today, you will depart for Cai Be by car or bus via the Trung Luong Express Highway. Along the way, stop in Tan An town to take some photos of the picturesque rice paddy fields.

After reaching Cai Be, board a motor boat for a visit to the colorful Cai Be floating market where you will be astonished by the wide selection of tropical fruits and the unique lifestyle of the local people. Then, continue onto a small family business to see the interesting process of how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Take a stroll through the small villages and visit the lush orchard and fruit plantations featured in the beautiful rhymes of traditional southern Vietnamese folk music.

Continue the cruise through the small canals and enjoy the rustic beauty of the Upper Mekong Delta. On arrival on Tan Phong Island, join our cooking class. Share your cooking experience and try your hand at preparing some special Vietnamese dishes. Lunch will be served in the heart of the garden with the food you’ve cooked and the fresh river food prepared for you.

In the afternoon, you'll take a cycle tour along the village road lined with beautiful orchards and bonsai gardens. Take the opportunity to interact with the locals on the island to get a glimpse of their way of life.

Afterwards, take a boat ride back to Cai Be where your car/bus awaits to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.  Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Today is free for you to explore the bustling city on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

There are some several options you could consider:

• Option 1: Half day Cu Chi Tunnel – join in group tour

• Option 2: Half day Cu Chi Tunnel – private tour

• Option 3: Half day Cu Chi Tunnel by speed boat – join in group tour

Cu Chi Tunnel is an impressive historical site in south Vietnam. This fantastic network of tunnels stretches over 250 km and was the shelter of the Vietnamese soldiers during the wars. The system served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living areas for Vietnamese fighters throughout the war. Take time descending into the tunnels to discover the amazing infrastructure and the harsh conditions of the Vietcong guerrillas.

If you wish, you could try to fire off a round from war era M16 or Ak47 at the nearby firing range. (Note: This is optional, the fees for the firing range is not included)

♥ Please check our selected hotels in Ho Chi Minh for your reference.

On the last day of your journey, spend time relaxing before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Your hotel room is at your disposal until noon. Meals on your own. End of tour.

List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

In Vietnam

Hotel
Category
Destination
Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Hanoi L'Heritage Quoc Hoa May De Ville Old Quarter Apricot
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise V'Spirit Cruise Glory Cruise Pelican Cruise
Hue Alba Hotel Alba Spa Hotel Eldora Hotel Indochine Hue
Hoi An Kim An Hoian Silk Boutique Thanh Binh Riverside Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Le Duy Grand Ruby River Muong Thanh Centre Majestic Saigon

In Vietnam

Hanoi L'Heritage
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hue Alba Hotel
Hoi An Kim An
Saigon Le Duy Grand
Hanoi Quoc Hoa
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise
Hue Alba Spa Hotel
Hoi An Hoian Silk Boutique
Saigon Ruby River
Hanoi May De Ville Old Quarter
Halong Bay Glory Cruise
Hue Eldora Hotel
Hoi An Thanh Binh Riverside
Saigon Muong Thanh Centre
Hanoi Apricot
Halong Bay Pelican Cruise
Hue Indochine Hue
Hoi An Sunrise Hoian
Saigon Majestic Saigon

If you love the culture and history of Vietnam - this is the greatest option for you. 

Best time to travel: From Feb until August.

From September until Jan, it is the rainy season in the center of Vietnam (Hue, Hoian). If you never mind about the rainy days, it's so great. If you like sunny days, you may consider the tour without Center Vietnam during these months: Vietnam Tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh - 7 Days

There are 02 internal flights: Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Ho Chi Minh by the best domestic airlines - Vietnam Airlines. If you love the train riding, we can replace the flight Hanoi - Hue and book an overnight train from Hanoi to Hue - shared cabin - 4 soft sleepers per cabin. Just contact our travel consultant to let us know your ideas.

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for group from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

For children, please note:

+ Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)

+ Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults

+ Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults

 

+ Children from 12 years old: as adult

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharge for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5 star hotels)

° Easter Holidays - from 11.Apr.2018 - 19.Apr.2018 – some 5-star hotels in Hoian will have surcharge for Easter Holidays

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 13.Feb.2018 – 18.Feb.2018 – if you travel during this period, there will have surcharge for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Inclusions

  • 11 day tour from the North to the South of Vietnam.
  • 10 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 15 meals included.
  • 2 x domestic flights: Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Ho Chi Minh by Vietnam Airlines (including 20 kg checked luggage and 7 kg handed luggage)
  • All airport transfers
  • Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • VIETNAM VISA LETTER
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam are approximately $700-$1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

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