Classic Vietnam - Independent Tour
Ho Chi Minh City – Phan Thiet – Nha Trang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
This trip takes you to the popular as well as off-beat places in Vietnam to give you a real insight into the lives of modern as well as rural Vietnamese. Get close to the hill tribe people, take in Hanoi, the tailoring city of Hoi An, beaches of Nha Trang and bustling Ho Chi Minh City.
- Cu Chi Tunnels
- Mui Ne Dunes
- Nha Trang Beach
- Old Imperial City, Hue
- Hanoi Walking Tour
- Junk stay Halong Bay
- Mekong Delta
Day 1: Saigon
Arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel.
Day 2: Saigon (B)
This morning, you will be taken for a tour of Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) – a fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples. On this tour, you will take in the highlights of Ho Chi Minh starting with an exploration of Saigon’s turbulent past with visits to the Reunification Palace (from outside) and the War Museum.
The tour continues to Ho Chi Minh’s finest examples of French colonial architecture with a visit to the Notre Dame cathedral and Post Office. Your Ho Chi Minh tour continues with a visit to Giac Lam Pagoda, the Cholon Chinese district. Tour concludes at the Ben Thanh market, practice your bargaining skills. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Day 3: Saigon-Cu Chi Tunnels-Saigon (B)
Today you will be taken for an excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels. One of the highlights of your Vietnamese holiday is bound to be your visit this morning to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing complex of underground bunkers about 40kms northwest of Ho Chi Minh City and near the Cambodian Border. The tunnel system was commenced in the 1940′s. During the US War, at one time the tunnels spread out for 350kms and were up to 7 metres deep. They served as shelter, storage facilities and a secret means of communication for the guerrilla army. An ingenious system of concealed entrances kept the occupants safe despite air attacks and many efforts to penetrate the tunnel complex. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Day 4: Saigon-Phan Thiet (B)
Leave this morning from your Hotel by a private car and proceed to Phan Thiet enroute visiting the Dunes of Mui Ne. Mui Ne, located in Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan province, has long been considered the “Hawaii” of Vietnam. It boasts shady roads under coconut trees, a beautiful beach and cliffs battered by the waves of the sea. Arrive at Phan Thiet. Phan Thiet was popular summer resort under the French. It is famous throughout the country for its cuisine based on fish sauce-Vietnam’s favourite brand. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore the town on your own.
Day 5: Phan Thiet-Nha Trang (B)
Leave this morning by the private car and proceed from Phan Thiet to Nha Trang. This afternoon is free for you to explore the beautiful beaches of Nha Trang on your own.
Day 6: Nha Trang-Danang-Hoi An (B)
Today, you will be transferred from Nha Trang to Cam Ranh Airport to connect a short domestic flight from Nha Trang to Danang. On arrival, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your Hotel in Hoi An, enroute visiting China Beach and the Marble Mountains.
This afternoon, take a half day walking tour of the charming town of Hoi An, visiting the Japanese Bridge, ancient houses, Phuc Kien Pagoda and the market. Also visit a Chinese Communal House or Hokkien Temple, ancient merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, and the colourful local market. Travellers can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry.
Day 7: Hoi An (B)
Day at leisure to explore this historical town on your own
Day 8: Hoi An-Hue (B)
This morning, leave Hoi An by a private car and proceed to Hue. After check-in at the Hotel, proceed for a sightseeing of Old Imperial City -Visit Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu Pagoda, and Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang with boat trip and Dong Ba Market.
Day 9: Hue-Hanoi (B)
Today, you will be transferred to Hue Airport to connect a short domestic flight to Hanoi. On arrival, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your Hotel.
This afternoon your guide will take you on a brief walking tour of the fascinating Old Quarter of Hanoi, and Hoan Kiem Lake, followed by a visit some of Hanoi’s historical sites, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (from outside) and Ho Chi Minh’s house, as well as One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature.
Day 10: Hanoi-Mai Chau (B/L/D)
Start the drive to Mai Chau through nice scenery with rice paddies and green mountains. On arrival you will be welcomed by the friendly team of local Thai at Mai Chau Lodge. In the afternoon, take a short visit to Soldier Cave with the main chamber which can hold 400-500 people. Here the legend related to the cave will be told and a part of the country history is explained. Later then take a leisure walk to Thai Villages of Pom Coong and Lac.
Dinner at hotel with a traditional dance performance by the local Thái tribe
Day 11: Mai Chau–Hanoi (B/L)
Drive to Xam Khoe village. On arrival take a walking tour to Buoc, Van villages of Thai minority. Picnic or home cooked lunch. After this visit drive back to Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi-Halong (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay. Board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch and a swim (weather permitting). Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay on junk among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea.
Day 13: Halong – Hanoi (B)
Take a delightful morning cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi with a stop en route at a ceramic factory. Transfer to Hanoi, transfer to your Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi (B)
Today, you will be transferred to Hanoi Airport in time to connect your onward flight.
Price from: $3711pp + flights from: $472pp
Prices quoted are valid from 01 October 2018 - 30 September 2019. Cost above is indicative, based on Low Season in NZ Dollars and subject to change due to fluctuation in exchange rates
The tour can be priced on 3 star or 5 star accommodation to suit your requirements.
Independent program can be modified or operated in reverse.
Excluded: International and domestic flights, Visa, insurance, airport taxes, meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.
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- Accommodation for 13 nights in 4 star accommodation
- Breakfast daily plus meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Transfers & sightseeing using air-conditioned private car & driver who will give insights into local customs and ensure flexibility to create your own unique experience
- A local English speaking guide will escort you when you visit sights and attractions contributing historical knowledge with the personal touches only a local can provide
- Entrance fees at monuments, current taxes, 24-hours local contact number for emergencies.