Glimpse of Vietnam Tour

10 Days / 9 Nights

This classic tour includes the main attractions and sights to give a glimpse of Vietnam to the traveller who only has a short time to travel. This trip begins in Ho Chi Minh city, visiting the Tay... Read more

Price: US$ 1,095

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At a Glance

Ho Chi Minh city: 3N
Hoi An: 1N - Hue: 2N
Hanoi: 2N - Ha Long: 1N

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  • Trip highlights

    History of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the unique Tay Ninh temple, Cu Chi tunnels and the Mekong Delta.
    The ancient town of Hoian, Hue Citadel and the Emperors' palace, Halong Bay and Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi.

    Brief itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City (Dinner) Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnel - Tay Ninh temple (Breakfast) Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Danang Beach - Hoian (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 5: Hoian Tour - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 6: Hue Tour (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 7: Hue - Hanoi - Halong bay (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 9: Hanoi city tour (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 10: Hanoi Departure (Breakfast)

    Trip Inclusions

    • Transport in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver  
    • Accommodation: twin/double sharing room at mentioned hotels or similar
    • Meal as mentioned in the program: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
    • Entrance fee to indicated sights
    • Boat trip in Mekong Delta, Hue and Halong Bay
    • English speaking guide

    Trip Exclusions

    • Other meals
    • Gratuities - Click here for reference
    • Drinks
    • International airport taxes
    • Single room supplements
    • Peak season surcharges during Christmas, New Year, Lunar New Year
    • Personal expenses
    • Travel insurance
    • Visas
    • Flights in/out Vietnam
    • Any optional additional tours or activities during free time.
    • Flights Ho Chi Minh – Danang and Hue – Hanoi about US$ 210 per person
    *Tips 
      Book air fares as soon as possible to get the best possible rates.

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    Additional Information

    • Best time to travel: October, November, December, March and April.
    • The weather in Halong Bay can be misty and breezy in January and February and can limit views of the scenery. 
    • Best time for bargain travel: May to September. 
  • Day 1: Arrival Ho Chi Minh City

    Your private tour of Vietnam starts on arrival at Tan San Nhat (Saigon) Airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

    Meal: Dinner

    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi tunnel - Tay Ninh temple

    After an early breakfast you’ll avoid the city heat to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Afterwards, you'll continue to the headquarters of Cao Dai religious sect which is located in Tay Ninh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. It’s an unusual religion with eclectic mix of different saints from different religions, and has Victor Hugo and Charlie Chaplin as patron saints. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

    It will take 2 hours to reach Ben Tre, the homeland of coconut plantation. On arrival in Hung Vuong pier we take a boat for a journey along Ben Tre river - one of tributaries of Mekong river to enjoy the peaceful environment here with fresh coconut juice on boat. We shall stop at a brickwork to see how to make bricks in handy traditional style by printing and baking. Visit a local house to see how they do things with coconut from its fiber, hard shell, water, flesh. Enjoy the sweet product with tea before leaving. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to village. Stop at mat-weaving village and enjoy some kind of seasonal-fruit. Then take a tuk tuk or ride on shady paths, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on really life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. You will have a special lunch at a local restaurant with speciality from Mekong delta. Take rowing-boat along water palm creek before back to the Hung Vuong pier and return Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city tour - Danang Beach - Hoian

    You spend all this day enjoy tour of Ho Chi Minh, followed by a guided tour of some of the most important attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, beginning with the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the Southern Vietnam President until the end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. You'll also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the best examples of Taoist temples in Vietnam, and the War Remnant Museum. Later you'll board a short flight to Danang where you'll be greeted and driven to Hoian, originally a Cham seaport but influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. Overnight in Hoi An.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 5: Hoian Tour - Hue

    The ancient architecture of Hoian is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional buildings with Chinese and Japanese influence. There’s plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, Pottery Museum, 200 year old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and vibrant market. Today we include these on a walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls, which reflect the town's multi - cultural past. A local restaurant for your lunch would be an experience of the Vietnam holiday. Later, on the way to Hue, you stop at the Marble Mountains, the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Cham Museum in Danang city and continue over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue, Vietnam's last imperial capital. This small and quiet city is widely known for its magnificent historic architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in many small villages and the surrounding hills. Overnight in Hue.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 6: Hue Tour

    In the morning you will be met at hotel to take a short drive to explore the massive Hue citadel built in 1832 followed by Western architecture combining with Eastern citadel containing the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This Royal Residence was destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive but with renovating by a great work of local artist will hold you back to know more about Nguyen dynasty.

    Trip continue to Minh Mang Mausoleum located on Cam Khe mountain by the tip top of Perfume River, the construction built within 3 years 1840 – 1843 by at 10.000 workers & artists. Minh Mang emperor was the 2nd King under Nguyen Dynasty who was tightening country relationships & change name to Dai Viet for more power and influence in the region and international. Continue the trip you will board for Dragon boat to cruise downstream river to visit charming of Thien Mu pagoda built in 1601 lying on the top of Ha Khe hill by side of the river, hidden behind 7 layers of Phuoc Duyen tower. Overnight in Hue

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 7: Hue - Hanoi - Halong bay

    There is some time free for our own to explore the town before boarding for an hour flight to Hanoi. Arriving at Noi Bai airport, you'll be greeted and driven 3:30hrs to World Heritage site Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam’s most scenic and impressive sites of outstanding natural beauty. Overnight at a hotel in Halong bay.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi

    After breakfast you'll be taken to the harbor and board a junk for a four-hour cruise around Halong Bay, made world famous by James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies. You'll have the great opportunity to explore the picturesque scenery and some 3,000 limestone islands rising vertically from the emerald water. The extraordinary limestone kart formations are full of hidden beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way you'll visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath the cliffs to explore the natural wonders here. After a seafood lunch on board, disembark and return to Hanoi, stopping en route at Dong Trieu pottery village. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 9: Hanoi city tour

    Today we spend a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this site is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origin dates back to the foundation of Hanoi a thousand years ago. Your tour of Hanoi continues with a trip to the remarkable Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university. After lunch, you’ll enjoy the always impressive Ethnology Museum dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. You'll then continue to the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem. In front of this lake is the famous Water Puppet Theater where you'll see a fantastic performance. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 10: Hanoi Departure

    After breakfast you are free to relax until your transfer to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight. Trip ends at Noi Bai airport

    Meal: Breakfast
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