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Vietnam Total Immersion

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel – My Tho (Mekong Delta) – Mui Ne
From: $818
  • Vietnam in your eyes
  • The Huc bridge in Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Van Long, Kenh Ga in Ninh Binh
  • Sand dune in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet

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Overview
Tour Code: VNCL07
Beyond scope and diversity lies an engaging insight of Vietnam and that is what this cross-country tour is all about. Get started by appreciating the thousand-year charm of Hanoi. Observe the amazing terrain similarities between the heavenly Halong Bay and the marvelous labyrinth of rocky mountains in waterlogged fields in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. In the former capital city of Hue, land of the Perfume River and imperial legacy, be engrossed into stories of how the Nguyen dynasty’s kings rose and fell. The peaceful ancient town of Hoi An with its exquisite architecture and inhabitants’ colorful lifestyles will get you imagining how it became a convergence point of Asian cultures. You will be deeply touched in Ho Chi Minh, the city that never sleeps down South, by a stark contrast of a prosperous present and a painful yet glorious war-laden past. Enjoy the Mekong Delta with its vast landscape of flat islands, coconut-lined zigzag canals and warm-hearted farmers. The tour will come to a relaxing end by the sunny pristine beaches of Mui Ne, the coastal site of Cham ethnic temples and picturesque sand dunes.
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: La Rosa 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 meaning “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 xichlo (3 wheeled rickshaw) 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: La Rosa Hanoi hotel or similar in Hanoi



Morning, after breakfast at hotel, check out your hotel. We will transfer in a private air-conditioned coach about 100 km South of Hanoi (2.5 hour drive) to Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. Discover the first capital of Vietnam in history, which was founded in the 10th Century by the Dinh Dynasty as a stronghold against the Northern invaders and shortly later was inherited by the Le Dynasty. Visit the two old temples one dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang, the only king of the Dinh Dynasty and also Vietnam’s first emperor and the other to the succeeding kings of the Le Dynasty. Enjoy an-hour cycling tour on quiet roads through the picturesque landscape of villages, paddy fields, rivers and rocky outcrops to Tam Coc about 12 km away. Check in a hotel and have lunch at a local restaurant. 

Afternoon, start a boating tour of Tam Coc, which is also referred to as “an inland Halong” for its strikingly similar terrain of rugged rocky mountains rising up from the lush wetland and constituting a magnificent maze. Cruise along the meandering river through paddy fields and past the karst formations before entering the half-submerged entrances of three caves for a visit. These are major representatives of a host of natural caves and grottoes present in local mountains. Stop for a short break near a small shrine before returning to the dock and proceed to Ninh Binh town for hotel check-in. Evening at leisure and night stay in town. 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: Ninh Binh Legend Hotel or similar in Ninh Binh



Morning after breakfast, depart for Van Long Nature Reserve, a 3,000 ha area of wetland and limestone mountains. Take a small bamboo boat to travel around and enjoy the scenic views of towering mountains, vast expanse of water and flocks of bird. Rich in wildlife; Van Long is home to a many species of migratory birds and a wide variety of animals including those rare and endangered like the Delacour’s languor. The reserve is an ideal bird-watching place where you may sight white storks, herons, spoonbills, pygmy geese and crakes. Lunch at a local restaurant. 

Afternoon, move on to Kenh Ga floating village in Gia Vien District and take a motor boat down the Yellow Dragon River. Visit the Kenh Ga Hotspring, and if time allows, you can have a shower or a swim in the hot water from the local mountain spring or you can walk through the green paddy fields to visit the Van Trinh Cave, which is considered the biggest and most beautiful cave in Ninh Binh Province. Transfer to Halong for overnight stay. 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch 
Accommodation: New Star Hotel or similar in Halong



Morning, free time for leisure until 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 Bai Tho Halong 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. Sip a cup of tea or 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 a flight to Hue. 

When you arrive in Hue, our tour guide will welcome you and transfer hotel for check-in and time at leisure. 
Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Asia Hue Hotel or similar in Hue



Morning, our guide will meet you at the hotel hall and begin the city sightseeing tour 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 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 xichlo (3 wheeled rickshaw) tour around the peaceful city.  
Afternoon, continue your sightseeing tour 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: Kiman Hoi An Hotel 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: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar in Hoi An



Transfer to Da Nang Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. 

When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, our tour guide welcomes you and transfers 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: Elios Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh



Morning, after breakfast, get on our private air-conditioned coach to travel 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 Province, 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: Elios  Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City



Morning, transfer to Mui Ne beach in Phan Thiet Province.

Arrival Mui Ne beach, check in and free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novela Mui Ne Resort & Spa or similar in Mui Ne



Full day free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novela Muine Resort & Spa or similar in Mui Ne



Full day free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Novela Muine Resort & Spa or similar in Mui Ne



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
 Half Day Biking to Vy 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

 Sunrise or Sunset Tour at Mui Ne Sand Dune (PT-H03)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 115 58 41 33

Early morning or late afternoon is the best time for this type of tour. The Jeep car pick you up at the hotel then transfer to Mui Ne. The first destination is Mune wharlf where hundreds of the large and small boat of fishman after they return for catching seefood. After that ,the Jeep continue bring you to the red sand dune in Mui Ne, you can go walking to conquer them, participant the jolly sand sieds and keep your wonderful moment through photographs. On the way transfer back, we visit Fairy Stream and the unique and only wine catlse in Vietnam.

Included: Jeep (2-3pax/jeep), hat, bottled water, cool handkerchief, English speaking guide and insurance fee

 Half Day Ke Ga Lighthouse Excursion (PT-H07)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 93 46 33 28

Morning, about 7.30 am, meet our guide and driver at hotel lobby. Distance from Phan Thiet 30km to the South, the famous Lighthouse have been buits over 110 years on the Ke Ga Island.The boat, motor- boat or round boat of fishermen will pick up you to Ke Ga Island (about 300m from the seaside). Please together with us to go the Lighthouse with 65m height above the sea level . On this pristine Island, you will go walking, swimming, fishing, and meet with the soldiers guarding of the lighthouse.

Included: A/c car, motorboat or round boat, Mebouy, fishing-rod, entrance fee, bottled water, cool handkerchief, English Speaking guide and Insurance fee.

 Full Day Cham Tower & Traditional Handicraft Excursion (PT-F01)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 175 87 67 51

About 7.30 am, the car will waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Distance from Phan Thiet 150km to the North, Phan Rang – Thap Cham is the famous place with ancient Cham Towers and traditional handicraft villages of Cham People. We visit traditional weaving village My Nghiep and the famous ceramic village Bau Truc of Cham People. Going to Poklong Garai tower, group of the most beautiful ancient Cham tower of Vietnam. It’s the top of Cham Architecture and sculpture. Lunch served at noon time. Then relaxation, swimming or fishing at Ca Na Beach. It’s the famous of sea travel place in the middle of Vietnam. The car bring you back to hotel in the most beautiful way of Binh Thuan Province. Tour end.

Included: A/c car, entrance fee, lunch, bottled water, cool handker-chief, English Speaking guide and insurance fee

Hotels Used in This Tour
Hanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Larosa hotel Hanoi toursAddress: 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. 




Ninh Binh Legen HotelNinh Binh:  Ninh Binh Legend Hotel 

Address: Tien Dong zone, Ninh Khanh ward, Ninh Binh City, Vietnam

Description: Ninh Binh Legend Hotel is located in the new center of Ninh Binh City. Style building is a perfect confluence of French architecture charm and modern day convenience. 

It is very easy to visit many historical relics and sight-seeings such as: Trang-An eco – tourism complex, Bai-Dinh pagoda with the Asia biggest gilded bronze Buddha statue, Tam-Coc cave, Bich-Dong pagoda, Hoa-Lu ancient capital, Cuc-Phuong national park, Phat-Diem stone church, Van-Long nature reserve,.. 

Shopping, bank, local markets, street food, square are a convenient which take about less than 3 kms from hotel.  


Halong bay: Bai Tho Junks or similarBai Tho Junk Halong bay

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. 



Hue: Asia Hotel or similar
Asia hotel Hue

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. 















Kiman Hoi An Hotel in tourHoi An: Kiman Hoi An Hotel or similar 

Address
461-463 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.








Novela Muine resortMui Ne: Novela Muine Resort & Spa





Address: 96A Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ham Tien, Mui Ne, Ham Tien / Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Vietnam

Description: With its own private stretch of beach, a poolside bar, and a line up of countless 4-star facilities, there is no better place to vacation than at the Novela Muine Resort & Spa. This elegant property is set in the beautiful beach town of Muine, approximately 13km from Phan Thiet City and 8km from Red Sand Hill. Catering to both tourists and business personal, the property boasts stunning rooms and excellence in services. The 75 guestrooms are adorned with nautical-themed furniture and decors to set the mood for a truly tropical experience. Facilities range from an outdoor swimming pool, spa facilities, and Jacuzzi tub to a wide array of water sports at the hotel's own private beach. The on-site restaurant located by the pool is an excellent venue to sit back and relax with your favorite drink or to sample excellent Asian and European cuisine from one of the best seats on the property. For an unforgettable vacation in Muine, make Novela Muine Resort & Spa your lodging choice.


Elios Hotel Saigon Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh city: Elios Hotel or similar

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.
Service Details During the Trip
Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:           
o Flight from Hanoi - Hue: US$110 / person
o Flight from Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City: 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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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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