Vietnam Classic Tours

CTV7: Best Vietnam Tour 12 days - From $ 792

Destination: Ho chiminh – Cu chi tunnel - Mekong delta – Hoi an – Hue - Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam coc - Halong - Hanoi
Starts in: Ho Chi Minh City
Ends in: Ha Noi
Duration: 12D-11N
Tour code: CTV7

Best Vietnam Tour 12 days

Best Vietnam Tour 12 days
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Itinerary in Brief:
 
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh  Arrival 
Day 2 : Ho chi minh city – Cu chi tunnel ( B, L )
Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta – Ho chi minh ( B, L )
Day 4: Ho chi minh – Danang flight – Hoian ( B , L )
Day 5 : Hoian free ( B )
Day 6: Hoian – Hue ( B, L )
Day 7: Hue – Hanoi flight ( B )
Day 8:  Hanoi city tour ( B, L)
Day 9: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang an – Hanoi ( B, L )
Day 10 : Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise (B,  L, D )
Day 11 : Hanoi bay – Hanoi ( B , L )
Day 12 : Hanoi departure  ( B )
 
Itinerary in details:
 
Day 1: Ho chi minh arrival  
Arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel, check in, relax. Today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam.  
Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
 
Day 2: Ho chi minh city – Cu chi tunnel  ( B, L ) – 70km 1 way
Morning after breakfast, 8:00 AM pick up at  hotel, drive tothe famous Cuchi Tunnels. It takes you nearly 2 hours traveling by road from Ho chi minh to Cu chi tunnel. 
At the height of the Vietnam war, the tunnel system stretched from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border of over 250 kilometers of tunnels. The tunnel system, built over 25 years starting in the 1940s, let the Viet Minh and, later, the Viet Cong, control a huge rural area. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers. In places, it was several  stories deep and housed up to 10,000 people who virtually lived underground for years.... getting married, giving birth, going to school. 
Back city for lunch.
Afternoon take city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. We visit the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975, and some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Sai Gon Post Office before we shall see the exhibition on Vietnam War to the famous War Museum. and the bustling Ben Thanh Market where anything and everything is for sale. Overnight at hotel in Ho chi minh.
 
Day 3 : Ho chi minh –  mekong delta – Ho chi minh ( B, L ) 
You will be picked up at your hotel, transfer to My Tho, 80 km from Ho chi minh city. It takes you around 2 hours to get the area. This trip provides a look at a wide variety of the life and scenery on Vietnam River from the peaceful Delta.
On arrival at My Tho, you will take the leisurely motorized boat on the Tien River through the four beautiful islands known as Dragon Island, Unicorn Island, Phoenix Island, Turtle Island.
On the way, you will see the fishing port, stilt houses, boat-building workshops. The cruise will lead you through Bao Dinh Canal to enter Ben Tre Province - "the country of coconut" to see a typical agricultural model call "Garden - Pond – Cage” then enjoy coconut candy mill and the relaxing honey tea. Then take an amazing rowing boat trip on the small canal - fully covered by the shadow of the water coconut’s tree and cool breezes.
Lunch will be served in the heart of the orchard garden, where you will enjoy countryside delicacies.
After lunch, we will walk into the village, visit fruit gardens, enjoy the tropical fruits while listening "Southern Vietnamese folk music". Here we also can join the daily activities of the local people and enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful natural countryside.
Your expectations will be fulfilled by final boat trip back to My Tho on the Tan Thach natural canal.
Take 2 hour drive back Ho chi minh city, check in, relax.
 
Optional Tour: Saigon Nightlife & Food taste by Scooter tour
From 18:00 – 22:30 around 4.5 hours
Itinerary: From 17:30 – 22:00 around 4,5 hours
At 5:30 PM, your personal English speaking tour guide will be waiting at your hotel lobby to meet and greet. We will do a quick instruction on how to drive safely and what you need to do in the back of our scooters. And hang on tight, let's the journey begin!!!
2/ We will go with the flow of traffic during the rush hour but we guarantee it's not a big problem since we are good drivers. After 20 - 25 minutes, we will be completely outside of those tourist destinations and be at real local vendors, where you have a chance to try Vietnamese noodles, pancakes while learning about the history and also special significant of each dish.
3 / At this point, you will probably be quite full, so let's take a short sightseeing, zip around the city, feel the cool of the weather, take a look at our amazing nightlife and slowly fall in love with Ho Chi Minh city.
4 / Feel relax yet? Here comes the traditional Street BBQ in Vietnamese style. What can be more authentic with a mini oven on the table and grill different types of meat and eat it instantly? Ooh, did i mention about local frozen beer, it's a perfect place to have a drink for sure.
5/Are you full now, cause we still got our last stop for the dessert. Let's try some Vietnamese sweet desserts that will leave a great taste and impression about our cuisine.
6 / After closing the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel around 10:00 PM, wish you all the best and hopefully we have a chance to see you again.
 
Include:
• All local foods & drink
• Qualified helmet, poncho.
• Cooking & local market
• English speaking tour guide
• Pick up & drop off at hotel 
• Motorbike
• Accident insurance, maximum 10,000 USD
Cost:  60 USD / person 
 
Day 4: Ho chi minh – Danangflight  - Hoian ancient town ( B, L)
This morning transfer to airport for flight to Danang. Warmly welcome at Danang international airport, transfer to Hoian.
Today we have a lot of time to explore Hoian ancient town. We take a tour to explore Hoian ancient town, once a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hoi An’s architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. Take a leisurely walking tour of the ancient town center and visit the sites of former merchants’ homes, a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and a Chinese Communal Hall. Believed to have been settled no less than 2,200 years ago, Hoi An was known as Faifo to early Western traders.  Hoi An was one of the major ports of Southeast Asia from the 17th to 19th centuries. Chinese, Japanese, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and other traders had small communities here, and the old wooden houses, bridges and temples that remain are reminiscent of a Vietnam of centuries past. This unique old trading town slowly became isolated due to its river silting up and by destroyed rail lines, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time. Nowadays, this absolutely charming and relaxed town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also famous for it's shops in particular it's large number of tailors. If you wanted, you could  have a whole new wardrobe made for you here! 
 
Day 5: Hoian free ( B )
Today there is plenty of time to relax or discover Hoian by yourself. You can spend your time  walking around exploring the many Chinese  assembly halls and  fascinating ancestral  homes, some of which have been occupied  by the same family for fifteen genera ions. You might like to take a boat ride with one of the local women across the Thu Bon River. Perhaps you would like to hire a bicycle and head off on a scenic ride to the town, about 4 km away. There's even the chance to improve your culinary skills with a Vietnamese cooking lesson! One thing is for sure - there is no shortage of things to do in this town!
 
Optional tour :Half day Tra Que  vegetable village – biking tour including lunch
This tour can be replaced by car if you can not bike
Tra Que is a charming little village located just a few kilometres from Hoi An. The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables they grow in the village, and are used to spice up famous Hoi An dishes, like the local noodle dishes Cao Lau and My Quang, or Hoi An Pancakes (Banh Xeo). 
The half day "Organic Discovery Tour" is available everyday - with both a morning and afternoon program available. 
PROGRAM – from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Ready with your bicyle and after a short drive through the local countryside we arrive at Tra Que Village, and the home of your host, Mr Tuan. A welcome drink of freshly picked fruits is waiting, before we take a walk around the village and learn about the history and customs of this charming village. We walk through the market gardens where hundreds of local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here. 
We return to the home of Mr Tuan, and this is where the real fun begins. Everyone is given  farming instruments, and we set about joining the farmers in preparing the land for sewing. Our guide describes the traditional farming methods while we help fertilize the garden using seaweed from the local river, and then water it using huge tin cans strapped to our back. Time is then spent picking vegetables and herbs, and learning how to wrap them to prevent damage. 
Many of the local herbs are used by the farmers for traditional village medicines   
It's now time to try are hands at making the village speciality named “Tam Huu” spring rolls - using the local herbs and vegetables we have just picked or Xeo Cake ( Banh Xeo). We then sit down and enjoy a lovely local meal. 
Menu - Tam Huu, Family's spring rolls, Banh Xeo, Vietnamese dishes (Fish, Soup, vegetables, Rice) & Family cakes with Ginger Tea. 
Around 1.00pm finish the tour
includes: 
Morning Tour 
1 drinks (non-alcoholic) - welcome   
Village entrance fee 
Lunch  
Local guide  
Foot Massage 
Farming course 
Leaning how to making special family cakes
 
Cost:  49 USD/ person
 
Day 6: Hoian – Hue ( B ) - 150km, around 4 hours traveling by road
After breakfast at hotel, say good bye Hoian and embark on northern bound journey to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Stop en route at the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach and the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. In Danang you will visit the Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. The guide and driver will take you over the beautiful Hai Van Pass - Vietnam's geographical and psychological boundary between north and south. The peak of the pass lies perpetually shrouded in clouds.
Arrival Hue in Hue at noon time.
This afternoon we visit the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We then take a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market and pass many fantastic eating spots where visitors have a chance to sample some local delicacies. Overnight at hotel in Hue.
 
Day 7: Hue – Hanoi flight ( B, )
Breakfast at hotel, we embark on a boat for cruise upstream on the Perfume River, viewing the city and the tranquil villages on the riverbank. We will walk up to visit the Thien Mu pagoda, a nicely located pagoda, overlooks the Perfume River and the beautiful scenery beyond, where you get to learn more about the Buddhism in Vietnam.  One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. Disembark the board for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc,  built decades before its occupant's death the tomb was used as a palace retreat before the emperors final resting place. Transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi . The guide in Hanoi  will pick you up, transfer to hotel in city center, check in, relax.
 
Day 8 : Hanoi city tour ( B, L ) 
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour with the Ho Chi Minh Complex from outside. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on every Monday, Friday, and from 15th June to 15th August for annual maintenance), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university.  Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Lunch at local restaurant. 
Afternoon, We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around   around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Time for shopping in the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market, Hang Gai Street, Hang Bong Street, Hang Ngang Street…
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Optional- Street food tour including dinner
Time frame: Around 3 hours
At around 17:30, our tour guide will meet you again at your hotel lobby, then start walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday. Special thing that tour guide would like to introduce some popular authentic food in lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants) where you feel comfortable to sit down and enjoy some favorite dishes and nice drinks too.
It's interesting to taste some local food stalls and mini restaurants in hidden alleys and sidewalks, to learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. 
Street food tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, kow how a Hanoian cook the meals. What’s a great way to discover Vietnam culture.
Cost:   25 USD / person
 
Day 9 Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Trang an, the UNESCO World Heritage Site ( B, L )
Morning 8:00 AM depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, located in the marshy Red River delta, featuring a network of waterways coupled with spectacular limestone formations rising up from rice paddy fields. Spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le temples of the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu which are dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the founders of the ancient capital during the 10th century.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon, continue to visit Trang An Scenic Landscape complex nearby which recently recognized as an UNESCO World natural heritage, get on a rowing boat (small sampan) traveling along the small river with scenic mountain and green fields landscape. Boat takes you to visit cave complex of Trang An: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, the scenery of mountain and rivers – Halong on land of Ninh Binh.
Transfer back Hanoi for overnight at hotel.
 
Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay on board ( B, L, D ) 
Breakfast at hotel, then 8:00 AM  start a drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee ( by your own ) before arriving to Ha Long City.
12:00 – 12:30 Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13:30 – 14:30 Savor a delectable lunch as cruises among the limestone islands.
15:00 – 16:00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16:00 – 17:00 Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17:00 – 17:30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17:30 – 19:00 Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board.
 
Day 11: Halong bay – Hanoi -  ( B, L )
06:30 – 07:15 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:30 – 08:30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09:00 – 10:00 Kayak around the Luon Cave.
10:15 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
10:15 – 10:45 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10:45– 11:30 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
11:30 - 12:00 Disembark cruise. We will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for trip back Hanoi, check in, relax.
 
Day 12: Hanoi departure ( B) 
Breakfast at hotel, free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.
 
Accommodation Options

Location Standard 3* Superior 3* First class 4* Deluxe 5*
Hanoi Adamas 3 * Le Carnot 3* Babylon Grand 4 * Pan Pacific 5 *
Halong boat Swan 3 * Swan 3 * V' Spirit Premium 4 * Dynasty 5 *
Hue Rosaleen 3 * Cherish 3* Romance 4 * Imperial 5*
Hoian Kim an 3 * Aurora 3 * Silk Luxury 4 * Allergo 5 *
Saigon Ambassador 3 * Sunland 3 * Harmony 4 * Majestic 5*
 
Tour includes:
• All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• 2 days 1 night Halong bay cruise ( private cabin – sharing boat )
• Tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
• Flight ticket : Ho chi minh – Danang, Hue - Hanoi ( Vietnam airlines/ economy class )
• Private English speaking guide during guided time
• Meal as itinerary  with local food (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
• Boat cruise as stated
• Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
• Mineral water & towel
• Government taxes & Service charges

Tour excludes:
• International flights to and from Vietnam
• Vietnam visa
• Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our Lunar New Year
• Personal travel insurance 
• Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills
• Tips & Gratuties
 
Children Policy:  
For children between 2 to 12 years old, the following price policy applies:
Child in extra bed        85% of total package
Child no bed                50% of total package
Child in twin                90% of total package
For infant between 0-2 years old, the following policy applies:
No extra bed, no meals, no entrance. All services free

Optional Tour: Saigon Nightlife & Food taste by Scooter tour
From 18:00 – 22:30 around 4.5 hours
Itinerary: From 17:30 – 22:00 around 4,5 hours
At 5:30 PM, your personal English speaking tour guide will be waiting at your hotel lobby to meet and greet. We will do a quick instruction on how to drive safely and what you need to do in the back of our scooters. And hang on tight, let's the journey begin!!!
2/ We will go with the flow of traffic during the rush hour but we guarantee it's not a big problem since we are good drivers. After 20 - 25 minutes, we will be completely outside of those tourist destinations and be at real local vendors, where you have a chance to try Vietnamese noodles, pancakes while learning about the history and also special significant of each dish.
3 / At this point, you will probably be quite full, so let's take a short sightseeing, zip around the city, feel the cool of the weather, take a look at our amazing nightlife and slowly fall in love with Ho Chi Minh city.
4 / Feel relax yet? Here comes the traditional Street BBQ in Vietnamese style. What can be more authentic with a mini oven on the table and grill different types of meat and eat it instantly? Ooh, did i mention about local frozen beer, it's a perfect place to have a drink for sure.
5/Are you full now, cause we still got our last stop for the dessert. Let's try some Vietnamese sweet desserts that will leave a great taste and impression about our cuisine.
6 / After closing the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel around 10:00 PM, wish you all the best and hopefully we have a chance to see you again.
 
Include:
• All local foods & drink
• Qualified helmet, poncho.
• Cooking & local market
• English speaking tour guide
• Pick up & drop off at hotel 
• Motorbike
• Accident insurance, maximum 10,000 USD
Cost:  60 USD / person 
 
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