PRIVATE TOUR – CODE: VIDL3

Experience Vietnam from imposing natural scenery to emotional depth of history, modern buildings to typical French colonial architectures, white-sand beaches to ancient temples, friendly smiles of local people to unique culture in daily lifestyles, 14-day trip will offer you the best of Vietnam. Let your trip be memorable time with the package Vietnam Luxury Holiday.

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Travel route: Hanoi – Halong bay – Hoi An – My Son – Six Senses Ninh Van bay resort – Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh – Departure

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
  • Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B,L)
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage (B,L,D)
  • Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B,L)
  • Day 5: Hoi An city tour (B,L)
  • Day 6: Hoi An – My Son sanctuary (B,L)
  • Day 7: Hoi An – Six Senses Ninh Van bay (B)
  • Day 8: Six Senses Ninh Van bay (B)
  • Day 9: Six Senses Ninh Van bay (B)
  • Day 10: Six Senses Ninh Van bay – Ho Chi Minh city – Buffet dinner on Saigon river (B,D)
  • Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi tunnels (B,L)
  • Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Evening food tour (B,D)
  • Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta excursion (B,L)
  • Day 14: Ho Chi Minh city – Departure (B)

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)

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. Dinner in style. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B,L)

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.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage (B,L,D)

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.

Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi – Hoi An (B,L)

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 Da Nang. Arrive in Da Nang, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check-in and time at leisure.

Day 5: Hoi An city tour (B,L)

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.

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.

Day 6: Hoi An – My Son sanctuary (B,L)

Depart at 8:30AM by private car. We travel about 50km from Hoi An to My Son sanctuary. It comprises many Champa temples, in a valley roughly two kilometers wide, surrounded by two mountain ranges. It was the site of religious ceremony of kings of the Champa dynasty, and was also a burial place of Champa royals and national heroes. The My Son temple complex is one of the foremost temple complexes of Hinduism in South East Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. Though the complex has been destroyed over time, we still see many majestic ancient ruins of temples in the area.

Arrive in My Son at 9:00AM. Walk around with your guide for 2 hours to see the historic and cultural ruins of the 16th century, you will be brought back to the glorious time of the Champa civilization. Then leave My Son for Cau Lau boat station. Take a motorized boat excursion to visit Kim Bong carpentry village, 3km west of Hoi An. Have a lunch and drink on boat. Tour ends at your hotel at around 2pm.

Day 7: Hoi An – Six Senses Ninh Van bay (B)

Morning, you are free at leisure until transfer to Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang for a flight to Nha Trang.

As soon as you land in Nha Trang, you are welcome by Six Sences Ninh Van Staff and transfer to the resort for check in. After that, you have time at leisure.

Day 8: Six Senses Ninh Van bay (B)

Breakfast & Free day at beach leisure.

Day 9: Six Senses Ninh Van bay (B)

Breakfast & Free day at beach leisure.

Day 10: Six Senses Ninh Van bay – Ho Chi Minh city – Buffet dinner on Saigon river (B,D)

Morning, free at leisure until transfer to Cam Ranh Airport in Nha Trang for flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. 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. Enjoy buffet dinner on Saigon river cruise. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi tunnels (B,L)

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.

Afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City (its former name is Saigon) 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.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh – Evening food tour (B,D)

Free morning at your leisure.

Afternoon at 15:00, our tour guide and driver pick you up at your hotel, transfering to Nguyen Hue central square. Walk on the city center streets and Saigon river bank. Taking photos in front of Ho Chi Minh city Hall. The tour guide will tell you more about the city formation.

Visit Bach Dang ice-cream shop to opt a favourite fruitful ice cream (budget 100,000 VND/ person included in tour price). If seats on rooftop available, our tour guide will order for you.

Enjoy a delectable dish of “Com Tam Suon Bi” at Com Tam Cali restaurant (budget 80,000 VND/ person included in tour price – drinks are not included). This is the broken rice cooked with baked ribs and vegetable, which is the popular dish of Vietnamese families. Surely it will impress you.

Visit SkyDeck Bitexco Financial Tower with great aerial view at city at night. This is a new symbol of HCMC, the economic center of South Vietnam (entrance fee is included, drinks are not included).

End of the food excursion at your hotel at around 21:00. Overnight in HCMC.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta excursion (B,L)

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.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh city – Departure (B)

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

INCLUSION

  • 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 Hoi An
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • 2 bottles of mineral water/person/day during transfers
  • Vietnam travel insurance

EXCLUSION

  • International & Domestic flight tickets
  • Visa Approval letter & Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary