12 day Vietnam Luxury Tour

Trip code: VNL12d
Trip price: Please contact us for details.
Duration: 12 days 11 nights
Departure: Daily on request.

Trip itinerary

Day 1:  Ha Noi Arrival.

Arrive in Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel by private air conditioned comfortable vehicle.

Overnight stay in Ha Noi

Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour (B/L)

08:00: Our English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel & together you will depart to discover Hanoi.

First visit will be the Ho Chi Minh Complex which was completed in 1975. The complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

Next visit is the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university which dates back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of stone turtles and inscribed with the names of the university’s graduates who became doctors. The complex is divided into five courtyards which originally would have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the importance Vietnamese society has placed on education.

12:00: A delicious set menu lunch will be provided for you in a local restaurant.

13:00: Your tour recommences with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology which is widely acknowledged as the best in Vietnam and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples.

Then it is on to the Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake and was erected in 18th century. The temple is reached by crossing the Huc Bridge which literally means “Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams”. Hoan Kiem Lake is a focal point of the city and the source of many legends including the legend of the returned sword which dates back to the 15th century and refers to a magical sword used to free Vietnam from Chinese rule.

The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses and street vendors, selling a wide variety of goods. Originally each of the 36 streets names’ were related to the products being sold there. Hence you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street and you will enjoy exploring the area while riding in a traditional cyclo.

17:30: Back to your hotel

Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay – Vung Vieng Floating Village. (B/L/D)

08:00: Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you will set off on the scenic 3 hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay.

12:00: Check-in at the Marina at Tuan Chau Island and transfer to your beautiful luxury Junk. You will be welcomed on board by the crew and while you enjoy a refreshing drink, you will receive your cruise briefing.

13:00: A delicious Vietnamese style buffet lunch will be served as you cruise slowly east towards Vung Vieng floating fishing village.

15:30: Transfer to a smaller boat and enjoy a 1 hour visit to the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat.

16:30: You can then return to the main Junk to enjoy some free time on the sun deck, or take a swim near the boat. For the more adventurous, you can spend some time kayaking before returning to your luxury Junk.

17:00: While the Junk starts to slowly cruise back through the bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien, you can attend a cooking demonstration in the dining room or if weather permitting, it will be held on the sundeck.

Happy Hour (Buy one get one free) at the bar is from 1700h until 1830h

19:30: A sumptuous set-menu seafood dinner will be served on board in the dining room.

21:00: Enjoy the movie or join our staff for some fun and try your hand at squid fishing.

Kayaking and spa service to be booked in advance.

Overnight stay on the Boat.

Day 4: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L)

06:15: Start your day enjoying the early morning view from the Sundeck while complimentary tea and coffee is served.

07:00: As the crew weighs anchor and you begin to cruise slowly through the calm waters of the bay, a delicious Continental breakfast will be served in the dining room.

07:45: You can choose between two different available options;

  • Option 1: Visit Titov island to enjoy swimming at crescent shaped beach and to climb to the viewing area approximately 20m from the top of the island to take in the panoramic view of Ha Long Bay.
  • Option 2: You will have the opportunity to explore what is commonly thought to be the biggest and most amazing cave in Ha Long Bay, the Surprise Cave. The cave has a large number of spectacular formations and is one of the most popular attractions at Ha Long Bay.

09:00: Return to the main boat for check out and to place your baggage in the corridor ready to be picked up by the crew and taken to reception.

09:30: Buffet brunch will be served in restaurant while boat cruising back to harbour.

10:45: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina and begin your road journey back to Hanoi.

15:00: Arrive in Hanoi and be taken back to your Hotel.

Day 5: Ha Noi – Hue (B)

Transfer to the Hanoi International Airport to catch a morning Business class flight to Hue.

Arrive in Hue where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for Check-in hotel.

12:30: Your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the magnificent Imperial Citadel.

Built in the 19th Century and surrounded by high stone walls and a moat, the Citadel was once the exclusive home of the Nguyen Imperial Family. It is similar in design to the famous Forbidden City in Beijing and is not to be missed.

Next is time for boat ride on the Perfume River and depending on time, visit Tu Duc and Bao Dai tombs.

Tu Duc Tomb is one of the most beautifully designed tombs of the Nguyen dynasty. Embedded in a lush pine forest, the tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Tu Duc (1848-83) who had the longest reign of all emperors of the Nguyen dynasty.

Khai Dinh become the Emperor of Vietnam in 1916 but unfortunately his close relationship with the French made him unpopular with the Vietnamese people and he branded nothing more than a paid employee of the French government. However, his tomb is a remarkable structure which began construction in 1920 but was not finished until approximately 5 years after his death. Although the tomb is smaller than most, it is an elaborate design combining a number of different architectural styles and includes walls formed by the largest dragon sculptures in Vietnam. The tomb also features intricately designed glass and a ceiling decorated with 9 detailed dragons.

17:00: Return to your hotel.

Day 6: Hue – Hai Van Pass – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L)

08:30: Your guide will meet you at the hotel and travel with you in a private air conditioned vehicle from Hue to Hoi An driving over the famous Hai Van pass. The scenery from the top of Hai Van pass is spectacular and offers some great photo opportunities.

The pass, which once formed the boundary between the kingdoms of Dai Viet and Champa, also forms a boundary between the climates of northern and southern Vietnam, sheltering the city of Da Nang from the winds that blow in from the northwest.

After leaving Da Nang, you will continue driving toward Hoi An and time permitting, you may ask the driver to stop briefly at Marble Mountains where you can ride the twin glass tower elevators to the main area for a visit before continuing onto Hoi An. (Tickets not included)

13:30: Arrive to Hoi An and check into your hotel.

Overnight stay in Hoi An

Day 7: My Son & Free afternoon (B/L)

08:30: Start from your hotel and travel 50km from Hoi An to My Son holy land in a private air conditioned vehicle with your English speaking guide. My Son was a major religious site for the people of the ancient Champa Kingdom which flourished between the 4th and 13th centuries The Champa people ruled Central Vietnam until it was finally annexed by the Vietnamese in the 19th Century.

The Champa King lived in the political capital of Tra Kieu (whose commercial capital was the port of Hoi An) and so the My Son complex became the most important temples of the Champa Kingdom. Bricks were used to build the temples without the aid of mortar and sculptures of gods, priests, animals, and scenes of mythical battles adorned the walls. The temples were places of worship to the Hindu God Vishnu.

My Son was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

After exploring the ruins and history of My Son and viewing a short traditional Champa Peoples music concert, you will start your journey back to Hoi An arriving at approximately 1230h.

The afternoon is yours to relax or try on the new clothes you have had made.

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Enjoy a day to yourself with no planned activities.

Overnight stay in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An – HCMC Tour (B/L)

Free at leisure until it is time for our driver to meet you and transfer you to the Da Nang airport where you will board your business class flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

On arriving in HCMC, our driver will be waiting to meet you and take you to your hotel for check in.

13:00: Your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a private tour to discover what HCMC has to offer. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon, is the largest and busiest city in Vietnam with a population of 7 million people.

You will visit many interesting and famous places including, Ben Thanh Market, War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883, and the stones used to create it were exported in its entirety from France. The Central Post Office, finished in 1891 is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam’s largest post office.

17:00: Return to your hotel

Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Mekong Delta Day Tour (B/L)

07:00: Your day begins with pick-up at your hotel and a short transfer of only a few minutes to board a speed boat for a 1 hour 30 minute boat ride to the Mekong Delta. During the ride, we will have a light breakfast and you will see many interesting sights that your personal tour guide will be able to explain. The first 20 minutes of your trip by speedboat is an urban city tour through the widest section of Saigon which would normally take more than 1 hour by car or bus. After the urban area of Saigon there is then a dramatic transition to scenic lush green canals that are typical in the Mekong Delta region.

Once you arrive in the Mekong Delta you will begin your excursion, visiting a local riverside market, an authentic village with colonial architecture, a local pagoda, various workshops, and narrow lush jungle canals. Customers receive a truly unique experience and stay well off the beaten path.

After a morning of exploring, you will enjoy a traditional Vietnamese meal for lunch in a local pagoda. The chef will travel with you from Saigon to ensure your lunch is prepared and served at a very high standard. Vegetarian options and other special requests can be arranged but please give advance notice.

13:00: Journey back to Saigon begins and you will arrive between at approximately 1500h.

Overnight stay in HCMC

Day 11: HCMC – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple (B/L)

08:00: After breakfast you journey to Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. Cao Dai Holysee Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion with the Divine Eye – official symbol of Caodaism. Cao Dai followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha. You will arrive in time to observe the midday service.

Following lunch you will drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi and the famous system of tunnels. Hidden deep underground, the 3 floors of tunnels is a intricate labyrinth of winding ways with a total length of approximately 250 kms.

It is very interesting to discover how the tunnels were constructed and how the inhabitants combated two foes, the invading troops and the confines of the tunnels themselves.

Visit, Hoang Cam’s smoke-less store, some of the secret hide-outs, fighting bunkers, and view many of the dangerous booby traps.

Overnight stay in HCMC.

Day 12: HCMC Departure (B)

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver takes you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

 

Trip price

Trip includes:

  • Twin share accommodation – 5 star hotels
  • Business class domestic flights Hanoi to Hue and Da Nang to HCMC
  • Two way airport transfers
  • Hotel pick up and transfers.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • Meals specified in tour program.
  • Domestic air tickets per program.
  • Boat trips specified the tour program.
  • All entrance, permission and visiting fees.

Trip excludes:

Flights, Drinks, Tips, Phone calls, travel visa’s, personal travel insurance & all other private expenses.

Please Note: When traveling to Ha Long Bay and / or Sapa, please leave your main luggage in storage at the hotel in Hanoi and take overnight bag only.

Additional Information:

  1. All persons traveling alone will be required to pay the single supplement.
  2. Vietnam Travel maybe required to change the itinerary due to annual flooding or other unforeseeable circumstances and all extra costs to be paid by the customer.
  3. Please check with your family doctor for medical advice before commencing the journey.
  4. Meals for customers with special dietary needs can be arranged but notice is required at time of booking.
  5. Please bring along a strong and comfortable pair of walking shoes, raincoat or small umbrella, jackets, small backpack, insect repellent and Sunscreen.
  6. All Vietnam Travel customers are entitled to a 15% discount at GM Tailors.

Children policy:

  1. A surcharge will be applied to Parents with children under the age of 2 for the cost of an extra bed unless child sharing a bed with parents. Fees vary & depend on accommodation provider’s policy.
  2. 1 child 2-6 years old accompanied by two adults pays 50% of the deal price directly to Vietnam Travel upon booking.
  3. Additional children aged 0 to 6 years old welcome but are required to pay 75% of deal price. (eg. Family with 1 child aged 2 & 1 child aged 5 need to pay 75% of deal price for the 5 year old)
  4. Children 7 and above pay normal deal price.
  5. A domestic airline surcharge will apply to all children under the age of 7 for packages with flights.

 

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