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Vietnam Highlight In Luxury

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh city - My Tho (Mekong Delta)
From: $1296
  • Hoan Kiem Lake - Ngoc Son Temple
  • Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Ngoc Son Temple
  • Cu Chi tunnels
  • Notre Dame Church in Saigon
  • The Chinese Assembly Halls in Hoi An

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Overview
Tour Code: VNLX04
From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city plus Mekong Delta, this tour includes all the highlights of the great ocean road – the national Highway 1A. Acclimatize in Hanoi capital, see the sights, and experience the xichlo ride around the Old Quarters to see the street life. Stay overnight in Halong Bay, go fishing and swimming in jade green water and feel the natural beauty of the Bay. From the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, you can feel the diverse cultures and the energy of Vietnam. And the food bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is the place for those longing for a tasted of local life far from fellow travellers. Down here, it is less about the sights and more about the experience. Immerse yourself in the local life!
Itinerary Day by Day


Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. Hanoi or “River-bound City” as its name literally means is Vietnam’s capital with a thousand-year-old history dating back to 1010. The city’s fascinating beauty which is characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia.

Accommodation: Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel or similar in Hanoi 



Morning, start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. 

Afternoon, continue the tour to one of the following museums of choice namely the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Vietnamese, the Museum of Revolution, the Museum of Military History and the Museum of Ethnology. Go to Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Next, take a one-hour cycle tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its ancient streets representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel or similar in Hanoi 



Morning pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away. On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. Stop half way to visit a handicraft workshop of fine clothes and embroidered paintings. Arrive in Halong City at 11:30 AM and check in aboard the booked junk right after the welcome drink is served. Start cruising while having lunch on board and enjoy the mighty bay view. Halong Bay meaning Descending Dragon Bay in Vietnamese as legend has it that it was where a holly dragon landed down from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The bay cruise will continue with up close sighting of Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, a visit to Sung Sot Cave and swimming stop at Titov Beach. Relax to enjoy the bay view at sunset, have dinner after, go fishing at 09:00 PM and spend a night on board.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner 
Accommodation: overnight on Paradise Luxury Cruises or similar in Halong Bay 



Wake up at 06:30 AM and refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. Tai Chi is an ancient internal martial art often practiced in soft and gracefully slow moves to enhance internal harmony and vitality. Have tea and coffee onboard before proceeding to Titov Islet or Soi Sim Island to trek and swim. Check out at 09:30, have a buffet brunch while cruising back to shore. Disembark at 11:00 AM to transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Hue. 

Arrive in Hue, welcome by our guide and transfer to Hue. Hotel check-in and time at leisure. 

Meals: Brunch 
Accommodation: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa or similar in Hue  



Morning, welcome by our guide and begin to sightsee the city. Begin with Hue Citadel, a well-known UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site, which is a 520 ha fortress-like grand complex built in the early 1800s which features three enclosures separated by heavy ramparts namely Kinh Thanh Hue (Civic City) as the outer, Hoang Thanh (Royal City) as the middle and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden City) as the inner. Move on to Khai Dinh Tomb, the burial site of Khai Dinh, Vietnam’s second-to-last king, which is the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Take an hour cyclo tour around the peaceful city.  
Afternoon, start sightseeing again with a boat cruise along the Perfume River for sightseeing and visiting two prominent historical landmarks namely Minh Mang Tomb, where Minh Mang, the 2nd Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty was buried, and Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery still in use with its origin dating back to 1601. Late afternoon, transfer to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Palm Garden Resort or similar in Hoi An 



Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer out for a full day city tour to discover the charm of Hoi An as a renowned World Heritage Site. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An is now a peaceful town of exceptionally well-preserved architecture, lifestyles and traditions. The town exemplifies a fascinating fusion of cultures between Vietnam and the outside world including China, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. Highlights for sightseeing include the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice and the local market vibrant with colors and activities. Lunch at a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Thu Bon River to enjoy the countryside landscapes. Land on Kim Bong village where carpentry has been practiced since the 16th Century as the village’s trademark to visit some old-fashioned boatyards using timber as the main material. Move on to Thanh Ha village to see its traditional ceramic production trade still alive and thriving despite the 500-year passage of time.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Palm Garden Resort or similar in Hoi An 



Transfer to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. 
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check in and time at leisure. 
Afternoon, take a city tour to visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica a neo-Roman cathedral built by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles, the Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed and constructed in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel, Cho Lon area or the city’s China Town and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built by the Cantonese community in the area in 1909.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Caravelle Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City  



Morning, welcome by our guide and transfer to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels in Cu Chi district, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate labyrinth-like network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity is beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. Lunch at a local restaurant
Afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City that includes the War Remnants Museum, which features a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photos, and documentation of Vietnam War with the both the French and Americans, former Presidential Palace and Ben Thanh market.  

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: The Caravelle Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City  



Morning, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tieng Giang Provine, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. Land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. More cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea. Go back Ho Chi Minh City and spend time at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: The Caravelle Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City 



Leisure time until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City for departure

Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing in Hue, Hoi An & My Tho
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 
What's excluded
  • International & Domestic flight tickets 
  • Visa Approval letter & Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary
Our Recommended Add-on Programs & Trips
 Morning Flower Market & Pulling Off Flag Ceremony by Bicyle (HAN-H10)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 117 69 53 40

Our guide and bike are waiting for you at hotel and will take you to Quang Ba flower market, there are so many kinds of flower. Under flickered light, flower seller girls appear with a smile face radiant to attract customers for buying. Admiring flowers and mixing with local people will bring to you unforgettable memory. . You yourself experience something different from your normal day to day life. You can meet and interact with the local people as well. If time permit, we will visit Ho Chi Minh City Mausoleum and you will have chance to see pulling - flag ceremony with parade in national song, it is real memory among local people before enjoying “Vietnam traditional Pho” – pure of Vietnam.  It is a good opportunity for you to come back past to witness How Hanoi an enjoyed Pho, why “Pho” is so much famous and enjoy traditional Vietnam Coffee.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee and mineral water. Bike using in tour. "Pho" & coffee included

 Dinner in a Royal Residence with a Descendant of the Imperial Family (HUI-H06)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 77 60 54 48

Just imagine that you are the King, beside you is the Queen accompanied by tens of servants. All wear traditional royal clothes. All the served food is royal including dishes reminding dragon, phoenix, or peacock. They look so nice but taste even better.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Mineral Water & Royal meals

 Halfday Biking Tour to Conic Hat Making & Duong No Village (HUI-H08)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 96 54 39 27

Morning, meet our guide at lobby then we proceed to bike the most famous handicraft villages in Hue. The first stop will be hat making village of Phu Cam, where you can witness the whole process to make Hue hat ("non Hue"), symbolized the beauty of Hue women. Then continue to Duong No village - a populous and rich village where famous of old historical traditional and cultural. The village with “Banian tree, water well, communal yard” constructed in 1471. And there were a place Uncle’s Ho lived and spend his childhood since 1898.

Included: Private transportation with guide. Entrance fee & Mineral Water. Bike/Helmet/Tool kit/First aid kit/Mechanic

Hotels Used in This Tour
Sofitel Plaza Hanoi HotelHanoi: Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Hotel 

Address: 1 Thanh Nien street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi

Description: Situated in between two lakes & the Red river, the 273 luxury rooms hotel is located within walking distance to all of the city cultural attractions & only 5 minutes away from the Old Quarter. Offering the comfort of Sofitel MyBed, the luxurious French bathroom amenity, complimentary WiFi, two fine dining restaurants, two chic bars, all-weather swimming pool & conference facilities up to 500 persons, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi has always been among the top choices for luxury hotels in Hanoi. With stunning views of the city, the comfort of Sofitel "MyBed" and two fine restaurants and chic bars, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi is a magnificient experience for travellers visiting Hanoi.
 







Halong Bay: Paradise Luxury Cruises

Hanoi Office: Unit 8&9, Floor 3, International Center, 17 Ngo Quyen Str., Hanoi, Vietnam

Description: Paradise Luxury was built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and present a lavish outfit blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment. Each vessel features a stylish restaurant and bar for an exclusive dining experience on the third deck. The top deck serves as a perfect place to enjoy lingering in the sunshine and discovering the splendid beauty of Halong bay with a 360 view, thus promising unforgettable and thoroughly relaxing moments.


La Residence Hue HotelHue: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa

Address: 5 Le Loi Street, Hue City, Vietnam

Description: La Résidence Hue Hôtel & Spa is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1930’s streamline moderne school of art deco architecture.




Hoi An: Palm Garden Beach Resort and SpaPalm Garden Resort Hoi An

Address: Lac Long Quan Street, Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Quang Nam province, Vietnam

Description: The Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa is a five star resort offering an exceptional nature based environmentwith over 400 species of palm trees and plants along with a 220m stretch of the famous Cua Dai Beach, recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage site of Hoi An's Ancient Town. The resort offers 188 wooden-designed traditional rooms including fantastic beachfront bungalows with irresistible scenery that would definitely suit an unforgettable and relaxing vacation while in Vietnam.
 

The Caravelle Hotel SaigonHo Chi Minh City: The Caravelle Hotel

Address: 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

Description: The Caravelle is one of Ho Chi Minh City's leading five star hotels, offering 335 luxuriously appointed rooms including exclusive Signature Floors and Signature Lounge. There are six wining and dining venues and complimentary Wifi.
Service Details During the Trip
IMPORTANT NOTE:
-  All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
-  Supplement for standard Vietnamese menu meals: US$ 10 for lunch & US$ 15 for dinner 
-  Private services & daily departure
-  Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Christmas and New Year Eve
-  Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Year from 18 – 24 Feb 2015: 25% of adult prices

-  Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
           o Flight from Hanoi to Hue: US$110 / person
           
o Flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh city: US$110 / person
- Surcharge for 2 ways train tickets from Hanoi - Lao Cai station - Hanoi

 
SPECIAL OFFER
- [Free] Mineral water is available.
- [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
- Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift
 
In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  


tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)




Featured Local Flavor Dinning
Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.


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Well-handpicked Accommodation 
Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast. We consider all high-rated hotels in Tripadvisors and Lonely Planet to use in our services.
 

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