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Vietnam Portrait

Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Vinh Long (Mekong Delta) – Da Nang – Hoi An – My Son – Hue – Hanoi – Halong Bay
From: $654
  • Cathedral Church in Ho Chi Minh city
  • Cu Chi tunnels
  • Vinh Long Mekong Delta
  • Minh Mang tomb in Hue
  • Latern street in Hoi An
  • My Son sanctuary
  • A Thang Long water puppet show in Hanoi

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Overview
Tour Code: VNCL03
A colorful portrait of Vietnam across South, Central and North is going to open up before your eyes. It is filled with natural scenery as well as historical and cultural footprints many of which are recognized as world heritages. Observe the interesting mixture of old and new of fast-moving Ho Chi Minh City and learn about the Vietnam War there from the War Remnant Museum as well as the unimaginable underground tunnels of Cu Chi. Watch a lively floating market, experience the local life and interact with warm-hearted villagers in the canal-ridden Mekong Delta. Feel the souls of the ancient cities of Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi through stories of a long mystic past and the unique architecture of houses, bridges, citadels, temples, pagodas and tombs. A boat ride on Perfume River in Hue and a water puppet show in Hanoi will add to your impressions of Vietnam’s former and current capitals. Last but not least, blend in the heavenly sight of thousands of karst islets in Halong bay while cruising, swimming and relaxing on board of a junk boat. Not only seeing the picture, you will be a part of it.  
Itinerary Day by Day


Welcome to Vietnam!
Our Vietnam Portrait Tour starts in Ho Chi Minh City.

You arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, are welcome by our tour guide and transfer to your hotel. Ho Chi Minh City formerly named Saigon is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor. 

Accommodation: Elios hotel  or similar in Ho Chi Minh  



Morning, meet our guide at your hotel and transfer about 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and the Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was 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.

Afternoon, you have a half day city tour around Ho Chi Minh city starting first with the Reunification Palace, which was formerly the South Vietnam President’s residence and symbol of the Southern Administration’s reign until end of April 1975. Next, stop at Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral built over 130 years ago by the colonial French with materials entirely imported from Marseilles. Visit Sai Gon Post Office, a fine colonial building which was designed and built in the early 20th Century by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. Move on to Cho Lon or the city’s China Town where you will visit the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built in 1909 in dedication to the Lord of Heaven.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Elios hotel  or similar in Ho Chi Minh 



Morning, our tour guide picks you up at your hotel to transfer about 136 km to Vinh Long, a riverside town in the vast Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta. Take a boat cruise to lively Cai Be floating market where sellers and buyers bargain and exchange goods from their boats. Proceed through a fascinating maze of shady canals to Hoa Binh Phuoc Island. Beautiful landscape of zigzag canals, lush vegetation, peaceful villages and activities of rural life will make you a delightful sight. There on the island, visit some local farmers’ homes, interact with warm-hearted hosts and learn about their trades of bonsai gardening, tile and ceramic production and rice paper and coconut candy making. A typical Vietnamese lunch with local food at a local home will be arranged.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Elios hotel  or similar in Ho Chi Minh
 



Morning, transfer to airport for one-hour flight to Da Nang. 

As soon as you arrive in Da Nang, our tour guide welcomes you and take you a quick tour of Da Nang City including the Museum of Cham Sculpture, Marble Mountains before transferring to Hoi An. Once a bustling maritime commercial port of Asia between 15th and 19th centuries, Hoi An, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, 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.

Afternoon, take a tour around Hoi An town to see its beauty up close. Included in your sightseeing tour will be 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, Chua Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Enjoy strolling the small streets of antique low tile-roofed houses, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation: Kim An Hoi An hotel or similar in Hoi An 



Morning, transfer about 40 km West of Hoi An to visit My Son Sanctuary, another UNESCO-recognized world heritage which was once a religious center of Cham people where royal ceremonies and burials were performed. The site now is a colony of partially ruined Hindu temples from the total of 70 constructed by Cham Kings between the 4th and the 14th Century in dedication to god Shiva. It is regarded one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is often compared with other temple heritages of Southeast Asia such as Angkor in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand or Borobudur in Java. 
Afternoon, free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Kim An Hoi An hotel or similar in Hoi An 



Morning, Check out your hotel and everyone begins to transfer to Hue 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. 

Arrive in Hue, start a sightseeing tour of Hue City beginning 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 and featuring 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, and the most elaborate compared to other kings’ tombs. The tomb shows a vivid European influence in architecture despite its Asian style. Stop for a visit and shopping local souvenirs at Dong Ba market, the city’s traditional commercial center.  

Late afternoon, take 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.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Asia Hue hotel or similar in Hue



Morning, check out your hotel and transfer to Phu Bai International Airport for flight to Hanoi. 

As soon as you arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, our guide has been waiting outside and welcome you to Hanoi; everyone transfers into the central districts for a city tour. Begin with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s 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. 

Late afternoon, go to West Lake, the largest lake of Hanoi and visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda of Hanoi, built in the 6th Century and located on an islet in the lake. Head back to the city’s central area to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the central point of Hanoi whose name meaning “The Return Sword Lake” is originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species. Discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre. 

Meals: Breakfast/ Dinner 
Accommodation: La Rosa Hanoi hotel or similar in Hanoi 



Morning, our tour guide picks you up at 8:00 AM from your hotel for transfer to Halong Bay, which is about 160 km or 3.5hours 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 on 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 amazing 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: Bai Tho Junk or similar in Halong Bay



Early risers can enjoy the splendid yet tranquil view of the bay at the crack of dawn. Take a deep breathe of the sea’s fresh air, feel the morning breeze and hear the sounds of birds above. Have breakfast and cruise to visit Human-head-shaped island and Tortoise Island. Continue to cruise into Bai Tu Long Bay to discover the adjacent bay of “The Little Dragon Bowing to His Mother” as it is named. Check out and have lunch on board while heading to the shore. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. Visit Van Phuc silk village on the outskirt of Hanoi before going into town for hotel check-in. Evening at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch 
Accommodation: La Rosa Hanoi hotel or similar in Hanoi 



Have time at leisure until transfer to airport for departure.

Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • One night cruise on a wooden junk in Halong Bay
  •  Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • 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 Vinh Long, Hue
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary 
  • Mineral water is available.
  • Vietnam Traditional Gift (free) 
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
 Dinner at Bonsai Cruise on Saigon River (SGN-H06)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 79 60 54 48

This unique dinner experience is the perfect way to soak up the activity of the Saigon River. Cruise 2 hours on a traditional Junk and enjoy some amusing gastronomic moments. Transfer to Saigon peir. You will be greeted by the captain and crews once you board the ship. Relax on the upper deck and enjoy the panoramic view of the city lights. Enjoy several traditional dishes, including rice flower pancakes "Banh Xeo" or pork pineapple skewers made on the BBQ grill for dinner. Enjoy live trational music show and dance during dinner.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water. Dinner on Saigon boat cruise

 Half Day Biking to Vi Da Village & Flykites at Ngo Mon Gate (HUI-H04)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 103 60 46 33

Our guide will pick up you at hotel and start to bike along Perfure river , you will have chance to see the locals’s life who live beside the river in Huế. They are often very poor and they wash their clothes and bathe in the River. Also, they earn money by dredging the river bed for sand. This sand is collected and then sold to cement manufacturers for a tiny price. Then toward to Vy Da village, visitors not only enjoy the elegant features of Hue coffee but also learn more about ancient architecture. Interesting to be sitting in the house antique chest, under the trees, drinking a cup of tea, watching flowers bloom, hear the birdsong, perhaps everyone feel is the quiet space, space for each person, space for you - looks like the space, later afternoon come back Hue city and enjoy one more activity flykites contest .Our guide will prepare each person a flykite and transfer to Ngo Mon for flying a kite, you manage kite by solid string and balance it on the sky. That is fantastic emotion to experience. If any person control  flykite highest they are winners.

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

 Full Day Hanoi Trade Villages (Duyen Thai Lacquer & Bat Trang Ceramic Villages) (HAN-F11)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 113 62 44 27

Pick up at hotel and transfer to visit Duyen Thai Lacquers follows a long Vietnamese tradition of lacquer ware production, whose roots in our home village of Duyen Thai date back over 250 years, Quat Dong Village is an area of traditional lace embroidery trade dated back in 17th century. It is said that this trade was handed down by literature mandarin Le Cong hanh in Le Dynasty after he returned the village from making an envoy abroad and learnt it. its traditional product is very diversified like embroidered painting, table cloth, handkerchief ect. All are handmade with natural materials and colours and BatTrang ceramic village - We will have time to create ceramic products by themselves from steps such as portray products by clay , you can be free to design all forms  you like, when you finish your products, artisans will put your products in kiln to make it be solid.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water.

Hotels Used in This Tour
Ho Chi Minh city: Elios Hotel or similarElios Hotel Saigon Ho Chi Minh

Address
: 233 Pham Ngu Lao, Dist 1 Saigon, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Description: Elios Hotel has 81 elegant designed rooms with a panoramic park-view rooftop restaurant.
In addition to a uniquely Saigon night life experience with bars, restaurants, music and a variety of shops, Elios Hotel are within walking distance from the famous Ben Thanh Market and other places of interest in the city.



Hoi An: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar Kiman Hoi An Hotel in tour
Address461-463 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Viet Nam

DescriptionKiman Hoi An Hotel & Spa is discreetly located in the centre of the world Heritage town of hoi an ancient town. This central location offers visitors the opportunity to experience the grace and elegance of Hoi An while staying in luxury hoi an accommodation. Kiman Hotel in Hoi An is the ideal accommodation choice for a weekend break, mid-week indulgence, business trip to Hoi An or an overnight stopover.







Asia hotel HueHue: Asia Hotel or similar

Address: 17 Pham Ngu Lao St. - Hue City - Thua Thien Hue

Description: The 14-storey hotel offers spacious clean rooms and suites that furnished classic and polished wooden floor, natural fabric and elegant furniture with views of the Perfume River, Ngu Binh Mountain and the city as well. Situated in the tourism hub of the city, this hotel provides convenient access to popular city’s landmarks as well as train station only few minutes away. 















Larosa hotel Hanoi toursHanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Address: 34-36 Nguyen Khuyen Str., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
 
Description: The recently-built Larosa Hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter in close proximity to some of the most popular attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake and the nearby Thang Long Theatre, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi railway station as well as restaurants and shopping center within a few meters. Designed with European Classical style, the hotel gives a wide selection of 72 rooms with essential amenities, an elegant spa and a fitness center of latest equipment. Larosa is an ideal place for both leisure and business tourists. 

Bai Tho Junk Halong bayHalong bay: Bai Tho Junks or similar

Address: C15 - Tuan Chau Island - Halong City - Quang Ninh
 
Description: With a fleet of nearly 30 traditional junks, Bai Tho is the first company offer cruises on Ha Long Bay since 1990 with a wide selection both day and overnight cruise from standard to VIP class. Unique itinerary on two bays of Ha Long and Bai Tu Long with plentiful activities, fresh sea food will surely bring you unforgettable moments.
Service Details During the Trip
Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
           o Flight from Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang: US$110 / person
           
o Flight from Da Nang - Hanoi: US$110 / person

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
 
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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