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Start/Finish
Hanoi / Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Deal price
US$919
Typically
US$1,313

Classic doesn’t mean boring, especially for Vietnam! his classic 12-day tour will cover all the fascinating attractions and culture in Vietnam, which will show you the best that Vietnam has to offer. In Hanoi, discover its important landmarks, from Ho Chi Minh Complex to Hoan Kiem Lake. Immerse in the pristine nature of Ninh Binh, where the tranquil river, lush rice paddies, and giant mountains paint a stunning scenery. Relax on a cruise in Halong Bay and admire the otherworldly sight of towering limestone mountains emerging from the water. Fall in love with Hoi An’s lovely streets and explore the Imperial City in Hue. Experience the amazing Cu Chi tunnels and visit fascinating sites in Ho Chi Minh City, where life runs at a speedy pace and seems to never sleep!

Full Itinerary

- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.

- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

You will be welcomed at the airport (Arrival Lounge, the driver will hold a Welcome Sign with your Name and our company Logo on), then you will be taken directly to your hotel in downtown, in a private vehicle. Check in hotel (check-in time is from 14.00).

You can then choose to relax at your Hotel or energy permitting, stretch your legs by taking a walk-through busy Streets of Hanoi Old Quarter, a perfect way to explore the daily life of Hanoians. Dinner will be on your own tonight (with the recommendation from your Travel Specialists if you wish).

Meals not included.
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, dive into the sights sounds and aromas of Hanoi. Start with Ho Chi Minh Complex including his Mausoleum (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all afternoon, every Monday & Friday, and from late September until December), the Presidential Palace, the historic Stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Continue on our journey through Hanoi, we’ll drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda (which means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century in the Westlake and also a famous attraction for pilgrims.
From there, we’ll head to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”.

Around 12.30: you will have lunch at a restaurant. Afterward, you’ll visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi. We’ll then take a short drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam.

From 16.30 – 17.00, return to your hotel, the rest of the day will be free.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Hanoi

Optional: My Village Show

Performed at a traditional Theatre, My Village show is one-of-a-kind show with optical illusions, amazing choreography, powerful acrobatics, and traditional music, describing the typical daily local life and culture of Northern Delta Vietnam.

Price
A zone: USD 35/person
O zone: USD 45 /person
W zone: USD 55/person



Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu – Tam Coc) – Hanoi

Depart early in the morning from the hotel for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam.
First stop will be Hoa Lu – formal citadel, visit temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty. This visit offers you a chance to learn more about the feudal dynasties in Vietnamese history, as well as seeing the old feudal architecture of Vietnamese Temples.

After visiting the Ancient Capital, you will be transferred to Tam Coc, stop en-route to take photographs of the local villages and stunning landscape. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant (serving local specialties with vegetarian meals upon request).
After lunch and a short rest, board a sampan to visit Tam Coc (Three Caves), rowing down the river among the villages, mountains and lush green rice fields. Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc are three limestone caves stretching along the splendid Ngo Dong River. During the boat trip, you will enjoy the impressive natural landscape, reflexing the spectacular Limestone Mountains, rice paddies, and temples. Pass through 3 caves to get a unique feeling of the mesmerizing underground system. You will return to the dock to take the bus back to Hanoi. Dinner will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Hanoi



Day 4: Hanoi – Halong – Overnight on Boat

After breakfast at your hotel, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay. The journey is through the rich farmlands where you can observe the everyday life of Vietnamese villagers. Arriving in Halong Bay in the late morning and you will board a traditional “junk” boat. You will begin a relaxing and unforgettable cruise around the breathtaking and unique limestone karsts and islets. A delicious fresh seafood lunch will be served as you cruise this spectacular bay, a UNESCO listed site.

Notes: The program may differ slightly based on the junk cruise’s itinerary.

Towards the end of the day, the boat will set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner will be served with fresh seafood, salad, and fruit. You will spend the night in your private cabin aboard the Junk in Halong Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on boat, private en-suite cabin



Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Evening Flight to Danang – Transfer to Hoi An

Early risers can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise over the bay. On a clear day, you will have the chance to see the sunrise over the spectacular horizon, reflecting in the pristine waters of the bay.
Enjoy breakfast while the boat slowly returns back to the jetty. Disembark at around noontime and take your vehicle to Hanoi airport (breaks on the way) for a late afternoon flight to Hue.

Upon arrival at Danang airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An (about 30km from Danang). Check in hotel and overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast & Brunch on Cruise
Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An City Tour

From the 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, and tailor shops who will make an outfit in 24 hours for you!

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a walking tour through the winding narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter, visits Chua Ong Pagoda, The Assembly Hall, The 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge. You will also attend a traditional music show and explore the Lantern-making factories, a traditional hand-made product of Hoi An.

Free time in the afternoon for you to explore Hoi An by yourself.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Hoi An.



Day 7: Hoi An – Free Day

A charming town, Hoi An is perfect for you to spend a day wandering around, exploring things by yourself. You can have clothes tailor-made and completed within 24hrs at reasonable prices, or have a relaxing bike ride through beautiful local villages, or relax on the Cua Dai beach or An Bang beach.

Meals: Breakfast.
Overnight in Hoi An.

Optional tour: Hoi An Eco-tour Fishing Village & Water Ways

Time: 0830hr (8:30am) & 1330hr (1:30pm)

You will enjoy a wide range of experiences – from learning traditional fishing techniques to paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war. On this tour, we’ll provide an authentic social and cultural insight into the local Vietnamese way of life. As well you will take part in some hands-on activities that are fun, safe and interesting to people of all ages. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven to a local fishing village. Learn about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, their families, and their community. Board a local boat and commence cruising on the Cua Dai River. Join local fisherman on the river and enjoy a hands-on experience of round net and cast net fishing

Learn to paddle the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats and join in a basket boat race. Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers of both sides. Back to the boat, enjoy lunch and a cold beer or soft drink. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon

Price: Upon Request
Inclusions: English speaking guide, life jackets, the transfer from/back hotel, Lunch on boat.

Day 8: Hoi An – Transfer to Hue

Today you will be transferred to Hue, about 150km from Hoi An ~ 3.5hrs driving, en-route you will stop to visit the Lang Co Beach, Cloudy pass and Marble Mountain. The Marble Mountains are a cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble in Da Nang. It’s also a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels and temples, all just waiting to be discovered. Upon reaching the summit, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.

Arrive in Hue, check in hotel, you will have your free time and overnight in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast.
Overnight in Hue.

Optional tour: Hue Street Food tour

Hue is popular not only for its attractive historical monuments of the Nguyen Dynasty but also for its richness in culture and cuisine.

17:30We start walking to foodie street to enjoy special cake such as: Banh beo, nam, loc…(water fern cake, steamed rice pancake with shrimp and rice dumpling cake ) that made by rice flour.
Then we continue going to Han Mac Tu street along the Perfume river. Here you will enjoy clam dishes such as Com hen or Bun Hen (mussel rice, mussel noodle), you may feel an atmosphere of a beautiful and peaceful river.
Wandering on Le Loi street then over Trang Tien Bridge, visit the colorful Dong Ba market to try Bun thit nuong (Grilled pork vermicelli) or Bun bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup) where you can see a lot of ingredients for food, and explore the local life.
After then we walk on to Thuong Tu- southeast gate of Imperial Citadel for Banh Khoai (Hue pancake). We continue walk to the night market, from here you can purchase some souvenirs such as sesame candies, conical hats, Ao Dai,.. On the way back, you can drink some beer, share feeling and admire the romance at night.
21:00 Ending tour, walking to the hotel by your own.

Price: Upon Request
Inclusions: Food, English speaking guide, one bottle of mineral water



Day 9: Hue City Tour – Flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Take a traditional dragon boat trip on poetic Perfume River, stop to visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda. This iconic seven-story pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city, overlooking the River. You will also see the Austin car which took Monk Thich Quang Duc to Saigon where he famously set himself on fire in 1963 as a dramatic protest against the unfair treatment of Buddhists by the Diem regime. The photo of his self-immolation is one of the most well-known images of the war.

We’ll continue to visit the Royal Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled the country from 1802 till 1945. You will explore the ancient and atmospheric walled Citadel which contains the former Imperial Palace and the Forbidden Purple City. You will have a chance to visit Hue Royal Antiques Museum – A collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty. After that, stop to visit at Dong Ba Market – the famous market in Hue to discover daily life and get more experience about local people here. Have lunch at the restaurant.

You will spend the afternoon exploring Hue’s famous royal tombs, illustrious examples of the Grand Dynasty’s past, and garden houses. First, we will visit Minh Mang’s tomb that is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. Next point will be the Emperor Khai Dinh Mausoleum, considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque works of architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. On the way back to town, you will visit a local workshop where you can see how incense sticks and traditional conical hats are made.

The tour will finish at around 16.00, then you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Arrive in Saigon, you will be picked up and taken in a private vehicle to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Saigon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Saigon.



Day 10: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, at around 8.30am, we will depart from Ho Chi Minh city to Cu Chi Tunnels, that’s about 80km from Ho Chi Minh city. The tunnel system was built by the Viet Cong in the war battles in the South of Vietnam. The tunnels are a sobering insight into the dedication of the Viet Cong who lived almost entirely underground in the narrow and claustrophobic tunnels, for up to 10 years! Upon arrival, you will have a chance to watch a brief video that will introduce you to the Cu Chi tunnels, followed by a walk through the reserve. In this walk, you can see the Secret Entrance to the tunnels, workshops for the handmade weapons, the clinic bunker, the commander bunker, the meeting bunker and the kitchen bunkers, which are all open and above ground. Nearby is a chilling exhibition of the traps and weapons used against the American GIs. If you are brave, you can experience the Cu Chi tunnels by crawling inside to see how difficult life must have been, and discover the 3 levels underground.
For those who do not like the claustrophobic atmosphere, you do not have to crawl into these tunnels! The small replica displayed outside will give you a perfect example of what the interior looked like.

We’ll return Saigon around noon for Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, our guide will show you the most interesting sights that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer. Depart from your hotel to the Reunification Palace; this beautifully preserved palace was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30th, 1975 the American War officially came to an end here. Enjoy a visiting the War Remnants Museum where you can see countless artifacts, photographs and pictures documenting the second Indochina war.
After this, we will visit The Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, which was built sometime between 1886 and 1891. It is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Next will be Jade Emperor Pagoda. This is an ancient temple, as the Chinese temple style with bright decorative motifs.
Our last stop will be at a local Market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city in here. Return to your hotel around 18:00, the evening and dinner will be on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Saigon.



Day 11: Saigon – Mekong Delta (Ben Tre) – Saigon

After breakfast, your tour guide and driver will drive you through the lush farming land to Ben Tre town, the heart of the Mekong Delta, popularly known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. This town is famous for its vast rice fields, numerous waterways, and beautiful landscapes. Upon arrival you will embark on a motorized boat trip around the scenic Ben Tre River, viewing various local industries along the way. During the boat ride, you will stop to visit the small local factories where bricks and sleeping mats are made. Take a leisurely walk along the village lanes visiting the local homes to try dry fruits, taste honey tea while enjoying a local Tai Tu music show.

Continue your morning tour by visiting a coconut mill workshop where the local delicacy of coconut candy is produced and a range of coconut husk and fiber products are skillfully handcrafted. You’ll next take a small sampan through palm-fringed back canals, gliding peacefully along the hidden waterways surrounded by an immense variety of tropical plants. The quiet, rural setting is a welcome and restorative retreat to the frenetic buzz of Saigon which seems far, far away. Have some fun by sitting in the back a Motor Cart (Xe Lôi) passing rice, vegetable and orchard farms while meeting with the local people. Stop at a local restaurant by the riverside for Lunch. Here you will sample some of the most delightful cuisines of the Mekong region. After lunch, you will return to the docks where the vehicle waits for your drive back Saigon.

The rest of the day will be on your own. You can visit the night market to discover authentic local cuisine. Or simply enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop bar of the historic Rex Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Overnight in Saigon.

Optional tour: Explore “Saigon after Dark” on Vespa scooters where you are the passenger!  (Group tour)

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Time: 06.30pm – 10.30pm

A foodie night out on the town.

This night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.

To start off this Saigon night tour, enjoy drinks at our Vespa-themed café, Café Zoom, to watch “as the world goes by” (as said in the Lonely Planet guidebook). Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks at 2 local restaurants and samplings of Saigon’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of Ho Chi Minh City while in the bustling traffic. We’ll also go to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.

Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese nightlife with friends. This tour includes free-flowing drinks and all you can eat, so come with an appetite!

Price: Upon Request
Inclusion: Vespas, drivers, English speaking tour guide, dinners (2 stops), local music venues and café (3 stops),  one drink provided at each stop



Day 12: Saigon – Departure

You’ll have free time today. Depending on the time of your departure flight, your private driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport for your outbound flight. Say goodbye and we wish you a safe flight departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

End of tour.

Pricing

  • The price is per person in USD, based on twin-sharing
Hotel Type Small Group Tour Private Tour
Standard 3* Typical price 1,313 1,590
Special Deal 919 1,111
Superior 4* Typical price 1,595 1,870
Special Deal 1,120 1,310

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What’s Included?

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Saigon with highlights
  • Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1night
  • Ninh Binh and Tam Coc “Halong Bay on land”.

  • Spectacular maze of Cu Chi tunnels
  • Mekong Delta discovery

Travel Services

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All Excursions
  • Transportation in AC vehicles
  • English speaking guide(s)

  • Domestic flights
  • Local boats
  • Admission fee
  • Meals as stated in the program

Travel Highlights

  • Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles

  • Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour

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Maggie
Hungary

A perfect month in Asia

I started my trip with Helen in September 2019, as my daughters’ honeymoon was organized by Asia Trip Deals and they were very happy with it. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand were the target and 31 days. I gave the company some ideas about what I would like to see. Over the course of 3 months we organized it almost daily and refined the 4 week trip with Helen. Thanks for her speed and helpful advice. Special thanks for suggesting that I stay in Vietnam until the Lunar New Year. It was wonderful!

An exchange took place in December and Lam took over the organization of the trip and finalized the program. Lam made some very good suggestions for some changes, which also took into account that I’m no longer 20!
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The hotels were perfect, the transports to the programs, the programs themselves and the guides were perfect. In addition to the “must-see” sightseeing tours, I am pleased to have learned about the lives of ethnicities, markets, and rural people. In particular, I would like to point out that not only the Vietnamese programs succeeded well, but the other 3 countries were also well organized by the trusted companies, especially A&Ftour, Nongnoot, who has always been a fan of my programs in Thailand. I have put these 4 countries in my heart, the cheerful people, the wonderful flowers and the delicious food! Thanks for the organization! It was perfect from the first minute to the last!
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Okinawa, Japan

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I recently completed my 2nd trip to Vietnam using Asia Trip Deals and I was very happy and quite impressed once again. I was referred to Indochina Pioneer a year ago by a friend when planning for my first visit to Vietnam and their subsidiary Asia Trip Deals contacted me right away and immediately set to work constructing a tailor-made trip for me. The execution of the 2-week trip was even better and actually flawless. Every driver was waiting exactly on time. The many tours within the trip were fantastic with well-chosen guides of sub-tour operators. All lodging choices were excellent. Throughout the trip ‘Helen’ checked in to see how things were going. As a result of this excellent service it was an easy choice to go with Asia Trip Deals for my most recent trip to Vietnam last month.

Working at first with ‘Helen’ again, she set to work building another itinerary for me based on the ideas and suggestions I had. Unfortunately, ‘Helen’ had to leave the company and Lam picked right up to complete the planning where ‘Helen’ left off. It was a clean transition and the communication with me was clear. Another 2-week trip itinerary was soon finalized after much patient back and forth and fine-tuning and I was set to go. Once again, the execution was flawless and I never once had a problem while traveling.

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February 10, 2020
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