8-day Vietnam Impressions

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior / Standard

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • Explore In-depth the best parts of Vietnam with main attractions
  • Cruise the magical Halong Bay
  • Two included flights to get you where you need to be faster so you can see more
  • Great standard of accommodation
  • Perfect mix of culture and chill out time

tour details

The perfect snapshot of a captivating country, delve into Vietnam’s energetic cities, fascinating heritage and compelling landscapes on this whistle-stop tour. You travel from Saigon in the South to Hanoi in the North. Start with the sights of energetic and exuberant Saigon and visit incredible Cu Chi tunnels. In Central Vietnam, visit the former royal city of Hue and the charming historic city of Hoi An. Savor the breath-taking scenery of Halong Bay before ending your journey in Hanoi.

Meet on arrival at Ho Chi Minh City / Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day at leisure or join our interesting daily excursions in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included:
None
In the morning, visit Cu Chi Tunnels (70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City), an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. There are more than 200 km of tunnels, comprising a main axis system with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters and other tunnels. You have the chance to crawl through this amazing system of tunnels.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Explore Saigon during the afternoon city tour which will take you to Thien Hau pagoda, the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum and a lacquer ware workshop.

Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch at restaurant
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue, the former royal city of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

IMPERIAL CITY AND CYCLO TOUR THROUGH OLD HUE

Explore the Imperial City of Hue. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Then, the cyclo will take you through the narrow lanes of old Hue, passing homes, shops, hidden caf'e9s, bonsai gardens and parks.

Accommodation at hotel in Hue

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch at Ancient Hue restaurant
THE EMPERORS' TOMBS

Hue's environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king's personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Visit Minh Mang, Khai Dinh and Tu Duc Royal Tombs, considered to be the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue.

After lunch we start the spectacular drive over Hai Van Pass to Danang and continue to the charming historic city of Hoi An. Arrival and check-in.

Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch at Y Thao Garden restaurant
HOI AN AND SURROUNDINGS

Explore the Ancient Town of Hoi An and its surroundings. Known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Vietnamese and Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses are constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs.

Take a short boat ride across the river to a boat builder's yard and woodcarvers. You will also visit a pottery and brick-making village. Return to the town for a discovery tour on foot through Hoi An Ancient Town which has been enlisted as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1999. You will visit some of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and famous bridges.

In the afternoon, transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch at Brother Caf'e9
Pick-up at your hotel and transfer to Halong City. Upon arrival, embark on a memorable cruise with an overnight in Halong Bay. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery of this UNESCO listed World Natural Heritage with wonderful caves, tiny islets and beaches as well as floating villages scattering around. You may opt for activities, like kayaking (at surcharge) and swimming (if the weather permits).

Note: Your private guide can accompany you on board at surcharge. Excursions in Halong Bay will be conducted by an on-board English-speaking resident guide.

Accommodation on board in Halong Bay

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch on-board
Dinner on-board
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise (at request and not available on all boats). View the sunrise over the bay. Have breakfast while cruising through the bay. Upon disembarkation, transfer back to Hanoi.

TWO HOURS CYCLO TOUR

Enjoy a two-hour cyclo tour through Hanoi's Old Quarter to experience the hustle and bustle, the real lifestyle of Hanoians and the busyness of this bizarre labyrinth of 36 streets.

Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi

Meals included:
Breakfast
HALF DAY HANOI CITY TOUR

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his former residence (closed on Monday and Friday), One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago. Afterwards, continue to Hoan Kiem Lake and visit the Ngoc Son Temple.

In the afternoon, transfer to Hanoi / Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight

Meals included:
Breakfast

includes

  • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Transfers and tours with local English or French-speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees, boat fees and cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Vietnam (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for night-time services, especially applied for transfers with arrivals after 23:00 hrs and arrivals or departures before 06:00 hrs.
  • Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
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