Spirit Of Vietnam – 12 Days

Discover the varied sights, sounds and flavours of our enchanting country within 12 days Vietnam Tour. Traveling from the North to the South of Vietnam with a stop en-route in the Central part will offer a complete understanding of Vietnam’s culture, tradition, history and beautiful landscape.
All Vietnam’s highlights in one journey. Check out your favourite destination and we will tailor your Vietnam trip for your own.

Type of trip: Private tour – Vietnam Classic Tour
Trip Duration: 12 days 11 nights
Start city: Hanoi or Saigon
End city: Saigon or Hanoi
Destination: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Saigon – Mekong Delta.
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
(Meals: Welcome Dinner)
Welcome to Hanoi! Upon arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam Tours Expert tour guide will personally welcome you at the airport and get transferred to your hotel in city’s center for check in. The rest of the day is time at leisure to recover from jet lag and explore the city on your own.
In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner at the finest local restaurant hosted by Vietnam Tours Expert.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Sightseeing  (Meals: Breakfast)
Take a full- day Hanoi City Tour to explore Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital.
We will visit Hanoi’ s main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Ethnology Museum and the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
We will also wandering through the fascinating Hanoi Old Quarter and it’s hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more.  It’s also a great place to discover on foot with numerous photo opportunities with local daily life.
At the end of Hanoi city tour, you can enjoy the famous traditional water puppet show where you will have a chance to experience an overview of daily life in Vietnam’s rural areas in dramatic form.  Back to the hotel and overnight in Hanoi.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi City- Halong Bay Cruise (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay –  designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a short stop in Hai Duong Province. Arrive the jetty in Halong City at noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself.
You will soon leave the mainland far behind, navigating amongst the jagged limestone islands and karsts emerging from the emerald waters. Whilst some islands are no more than large rocks others are far more substantial in size.
During your cruise there will be opportunities to disembark, often using smaller boats, or possibly kayaks, to venture into hidden grottos and caves. You will also make stops to explore points of interest such as floating fishing villages and picturesque lookout points.
At the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.
Overnight on cruise in Halong Bay.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – fly to Da Nang (Meals: Brunch)
We will wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves breaking on the nearby islands. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Early risers may wish to start the day with a Tai Chi class on the top deck as the sunrises over the bay.
Sitting on the upper deck and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay.  The peace here is absolute; we can hear only birds singing, cicadas chirping and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.
Enjoy brunch onboard whilst your junk slowly turns back in the direction of the mainland, stopping at points of interest en route.
After arriving back at harbor by 12:00 noon, we will drive back to Hanoi for your flight to Da Nang.
Arrive Da Nang airport in the evening and have a short transfer to Hoi An.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 5: Experience Farm & Fishing Life (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Our Farming & Fishing Life Tour provides you with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities – coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 6: Visit Ancient Town of Hoi An – Drive to Hue (Meals: Breakfast)
Located on the north bank of the Thu Bon river, the historic town of Hoi An was one of South East Asia’s major international ports and today it still retains that special old-world feel.
Enjoy a half day Hoi An walking tour through the Old Quarters to see the town’s landmarks of Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient Assembly Hall, Phuc Kien Temple.
After lunch, we depart Hoi An for the scenic mountainous drive to Hue. Stop at the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the high dividing line between the climate zones of North and South Vietnam, to admire the spectacular views and at the fishing village of Lang Co for a drink.
Arrive Hue in the late afternoon after 3 hours of driving. Check in your hotel and relax.
Overnight in your hotel in Hue.

Day 7: Hue City sightseeing (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
This morning, we will board a dragon boat to cruise down the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda. Thien Mu pagoda is one of the best-loved pagodas in Vietnam and is considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue.  It is an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601.
We then visit another pagoda for an elaborately prepared vegetarian lunch, which will be served by the nuns of the pagoda.  This gives a fascinating insight into the life of religious people in the area. After lunch visit the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, both extravagant complexes of pavilions, temples, courtyards and lakes. You can also walk through the heavily bombed remains of the Imperial Citadel, built along the lines of the Forbidden City and from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945.
We return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Hue.

Day 8: Hue Biking tour (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Today you will set off early from Hue, and quickly find yourself surrounded by peaceful streams and verdant fields. Ride past sprawling rice paddies and quaint villages before you arrive Thuy Bieu Eco-village. On the way, stop by in the altar of Nam Giao – where Nguyen Dynasty Sacrificed Heaven. Keep going to Vong Canh Hill. On top of the hill, with the height of 47m, Perfumes River appears in front of you with all its beauty.
Thuy Bieu Village has been well-known with its immense grapefruit gardens, which its grape fruit is different from other species throughout Viet Nam. It’s smaller but sweeter and known under the name of Thanh Tra. Have a nice biking and walking around quiet Thuy Bieu Village, feeling the comfortable relax in a friendly air of local people. You also have chance to visit Luong Quan Temple – where important ceremonies has been held.
Later on, you will join many activities with natives, which are most impressive part of the excursion. You will try being a true farmer to plant trees or flowers, to fish like a true fisherman. You are also coached to cook Vietnamese foods and local foods, you can enjoy your own works. This is a chance for you to contact with local people and experience the daily life of Vietnamese farmers.
Have lunch at Garden House with specialties of Hue. They are made of local materials by skillful hands of women of poetic Hue.Take a rest, you can stay at garden house or walk through luxuriant Thanh Tra Gardens, inhale the fresh air and the soft perfumes of grapefruits.
In the afternoon, we leave Thuy Bieu village to come back to city. On the way back to Hue City, we stop by in Ho Quyen – Arena of Tigers and Elephants and Voi Re – Screaming Elephants Altar.
Overnight in your hotel in Hue.

Day 9: Hue – Saigon – city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Start your Saigon half day city tour with a visit of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, and the Museum of History to see some interesting displays and photographs following the path of the revolution. Then visit the Reunification Palace for a glimpse into the lifestyle of the democratic regime of former South Vietnam.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 10: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Tay Ninh – Saigon (Meals: Breakfast)
A full day sightseeing tour to Cu Chi, located about 70 km from Saigon, where you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the former stronghold of the Viet Cong with a network of tunnels three levels deep stretching over 200 km. Then we visit the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh and learn about its unique world religion. This large and colorful compound is home to the hybrid religion founded in the 1920s: Caodaism, which combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam in order to promote peace.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 11: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Start early in the morning, escaping from the busy city, we have one day cruise excursion with a drive to Cai Be around 10.00 am. The Mekong day tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market. This is lively market with vendors selling ranges of goods on boats. We will proceed by boat to visit some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice pop corn, coco candies, and longan drying and processing. Cruise the local sampan through the maze of canals to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside.
Then we land and ride the bikes or walk on the village paths. Visit nursery garden of Mr Tam Ho and enjoy local traditional music. Continue to visit bamboo-basket making and the brick & pottery kilns village. We drive back to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Saigon.

Day 12: Saigon Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free time at leisure until time to meet for transfer to the airport for your flight home. Finish unforgettable Vietnam Tour arranged by Vietnam Tours Expert.

TOUR PRICE IN USD PER PERSON

Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly for the right price!

Tour cost included:

  • Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All domestic flight tickets
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
  • Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge.

Tour cost excluded:

  • International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Travel insurance, Vietnam Entry Visa fee
  • Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels