Vietnam Signature – 9 Days

This 9 days Vietnam Tour is organized for travelers with limited time in Vietnam, but want to visit the best highlights of the vibrant country as well as understand Vietnamese people. You will visit the most known of Vietnam: Dynamic Ho Chi Minh city (formerly Saigon), Mekong Delta, Hoi An Ancient Town, Hue Royal City, Hanoi – a Thousand year Capital and a Majestic beauty of Halong Bay.
Ancient cultures, intriguing traditions, spectacular landscapes and friendly locals: our Vietnam Signature tour showcases the best of the country.

Type of trip: Private tour – Vietnam Classic Tour
Trip Duration: 9 days 8 nights
Start city: Ho Chi Minh city or Hanoi
End city: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city
Destination: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Halong Bay (or vice versa)
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
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DETAILED ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: N/A)

On arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), our Vietnam Tours Expert tour guide will welcome and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. You will be free to recover somewhat from jet leg.
Overnight in your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnels (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning we will go to Hoc Mon district to visit the incredible underground Cu Chi tunnels network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. Back to the city after 4 hours excursion.
In the afternoon, we have a short Saigon City Tour to famous landmarks such as: the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral – two of the city’s architectural landmarks then onto China Town, Binh Tay market and Thien Hau pagoda. Back to downtown and a short walk via Opera House, City Hall.
Overnight in your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Hoi An (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Heading out of the bustling city, we drive along rice fields to My Tho, one of Mekong Delta provinces. Upon arrival in My Tho, we embark on a boat navigating around the small canals in the delta region, which passes My Tho fruit market. Joining in with daily activities of local people and enjoy the atmosphere of water world along the canals and along the Tien river. The exciting cruise continues on to Unicorn island, here you can taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the local traditional music, performed by the islanders. Have lunch at a typical country garden house. Next stops are the coconut candy “mill” and some other local industries in Ben Tre province.
Drive back Ho Chi Minh city for late flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to Hoi An town 35km away.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 4: Hoi An Ancient Town (Meals: Breakfast)
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in high grade silk (which is still produced in the area) as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century.
You will enjoy a half day Hoi An walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour there will be free time for shopping, ordering some fast service tailor-made clothing or simply relaxing.
Overnight in your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 5: Hoi An – Hue (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast, we drive 4 hours northwards to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. On the way, visit Marble mountain and Cham museum in Da Nang. Take some stops on the way to see the spectacular view on the top of “Hai Van Pass” and the legend beach of Lang Co.
Afternoon, sightseeing in Hue to the Ancient Imperial Citadel, a complex of palaces and temples built by the Nguyen from early 19th Century for which Hue was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Then, visit Dong Ba, the local market in Hue, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers.
Late in the afternoon, enjoy a leisure boat-ride along the beautiful Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda.
Overnight in your hotel in Hue.

Day 6: Hue – Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will embark o­n a drive to Hue’s countryside, through scenic villages and green rice fields to reach the Emperor Ming Mang’s tomb. It is o­ne of the most beautiful of all Emperors tombs, in a complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards and lakes.
Transfer to the airport for the midday flight to Hanoi. After one hour flight you will land at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi Capital of Vietnam. Pick up and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
In the afternoon we would like to present you Hanoi locals’ daily life with one hour trishaw (cyclo) ride around Hanoi Old streets, Hoan Kiem lake, stop at Ngoc Son temple and you then attending a Water Puppets show.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
– 8.00 – 8.30AM: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and depart for Halong Bay – the World Heritage Site on a comfortable 3 and a half hour drive passing the nice countryside of the Red River Delta. As scheduled, there will be a short stop in the midway to relax. On the way, you may want to have some more stops for taking photo of the local daily life on the rice-fields, etc…
– 12:00PM: Board your Halong cruise. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat cruises the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape.
– You will see Dog Rock, Incense Burner Rock, as well as Fighting Cock Rock before heading to Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises).
– Later we stop at a floating house owned by fishermen before kayaking to Luon Cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay.
– After returning to the boat a fresh fruit platter will be served, and we will anchor in a safe and scenic location for swimming and our overnight stay.
– Dinner is served onboard and then you have free time to listen to music, join in Karaoke singing or relax under the stars.
Overnight on cruise.

Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
– 6.30AM: Start your day with swimming, exercise or photo hunt
– 7.30AM: Breakfast will be served on the boat, before cruising to another part of Halong Bay where you will view more of the bays spectacular limestone scenery, such as Drum Cave, Man’s Head Islet, Turtle Islet and Fair-man’s Cave.
– The junk then heads to Van Gia fishing village- one of the oldest and largest floating villages in Halong Bay.
– You will have the opportunity to understand more about the fishermen’s daily life, before cruising to a beautiful, secluded spot to swim.
– 11.30 AM: The boat returns to the dock for lunch before returning to Hanoi.
– Arrive in Hanoi at around 4PM; you may want to catch up on more sightseeing or just relaxing in your hotel.
Overnight in your hotel in Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi – Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Morning visit the most historical and cultural highlights of Hanoi. The visit includes:
– Ho Chi Minh’s (HCM) Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
– HCM’s Stilt House
– One Pillar Pagoda
– Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
– Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
Afternoon, free time to go shopping in the Old Quarter until the transfer time to the airport for the departure flight in late afternoon or in evening. Finish your 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
  • Overnight cruise in Halong Bay – 2D1N cruise program (kayaking included)
  • 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