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Vietnam at Glance 9 Days/8 Nights

This jam-packed 9-day tour covers the length of Vietnam, from south to north, encompassing some of its most beautiful scenery and historical interesting cities. Travel at a leisurely pace by canal boat, rowing boat, junk and cyclo to experience the beauty and variety of the natural landscape transporting you through fruit plantations, stalagmite caves and picturesque creeks to imperial citadels, presidential palaces and ancient ruins, the Highlights Tour is perhaps the most comprehensive travel experience on offer anywhere in Vietnam.
 
In brief:
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An - Hue
Day 6: Hue city tour - Hanoi
Day 7: Ha noi city tour
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong
Day 9: Hanoi and depature

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival (D)

Arrive at Tan San Nhat airport. Welcome by CheapVietnamTours’s guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel. Take an orientation tour in the afternoon (if time permits). Welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
 

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City tour (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start a sightseeing tour to the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of the war in April 1975, and some French colonial structures including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Central Post Office. Tour of Chinatown and Thien Hau & Quan Am pagodas. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum, we end the city tour with Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sale. Dinner at a restaurant. Overnight in HCMC.
 

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Ben Tre (B ,L ,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at hotel and transfer to My Tho. Take the experience boat through Bao Dinh natural canal and see the stilt houses and the fruit plantation along the canal sides. Visit the My Tho wholesale fruit market. Proceed to the Tortoise island. Lunch served in the heart of the orchard. Enjoy a boat ride through the Tan Thach natural canal in Ben Tre, cruising under the shadows of the water coconut trees. Visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle. After trekking through the fruit plantation in Thoi Son island, enjoy a rowing boat ride on the creeks before returning to My Tho. Road trip back to Ho Chi Minh city. Dinner at a restaurant and overnight at in HCMC.
 

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City - Danang - Hoi An (B, L , D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tan San Nhat airport from where you will board flight to Danang. CheapVietnamTours’s guide and car pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. In the afternoon, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas built in Chinese style. Dinner in late of afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
 

Day 5: Hoi An - Hue (B , L , D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Hue via Danang, visit the Marble mountain, the Cham museum. Stop for photos at the Hai Van pass, Lang co beach. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy the night boat trip enlivened by a performance of Hue folks songs.Dinner and overnight in Hue.
 

Day 6: Hue city tour - Hanoi (B , L ,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Take the morning boat trip to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda and mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, in a setting of gardens and lakes. Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to airport for boarding flight to Hanoi. Pick up at Noi Bai airport by CheapVietnamTours’s guide and car, transfer to your hotel in the Old Quarter. Welcome dinner including Hanoi's speciality. Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Day 7 : Ha noi city tour (B, L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the one Pillar pagoda. Continue with the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh temple. Cyclo ride around the old quarter streets from Hang Dau to Hang Gai. Dinner at a restaurant in the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Day 8: Hanoi - Halong (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Halong via the Red River Delta. Arrive in Ha Long city and board the junk. A seafood lunch will be served on board while you are enjoying a four-hour cruise on the bay to visit the Thien Cung cave (The cave of the heavenly - famous for its stalagmites and stalactites) which has been open to public since 1998. Visitors can then admire the newly-discovered DAU GO grotto (where wooden stakes were set deep inside the cave prior to a battle with an invading Mongol army). Boat ride back to Ha Long city. Road trip back to Hanoi. Dinner and overnight at in Hanoi.
 

Day 9: Hanoi and depature (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Free until transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure.
CheapVietnamTours can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.

Class
Tour cost per Person (in $US) from 1 Jan 2010 to 31 Aug 2010
2 Pax
3 - 4 Pax
5 - 9 Pax
10 - 14 Pax
Single Sup.
3 Star
1090
1000
930
850
424
4 Star
1360
1268
1198
1058
510
5 Star
1589
1500
1430
1356
784
Acommodation:
Option 3 Star
  • Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City: Elios , Kingston , Lavender or similar
  • Hotels in Can Tho: Saigon Can Tho, Kim Tho Hotel
  • Hotels in Hoi An: Glory, Pho Hoi Riverside or similar
  • Hotels in Hue: Hue Queen, Orchid Hotel or similar
  • Hotels in Hanoi: Medallion, Hanoi View hotel, Gia Bao Grand, Boss hotel
  • Halong Bay Cruises: Phoenix Cruise , Amigo Cruise, Bai Tu Long Junk or similar
Option 4 Star
  • Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City: Continental hotel Rex hotel similar
  • Hotels in Can Tho: Golf Can Tho, Kim Tho Hotel
  • Hotels in Hoi An: Hoi An Trail, Hoi An Beach resort or similar
  • Hotels in Hue: Villa Hue, Saigon Morin, Park View
  • Hotels in Hanoi: Sunway,Maison D’ Hanoi, Zephyr, Flower Garden
  • Halong Bay Cruises: Paloma Cruise,Victory Cruise, Red dragon
Option 5 Star
  • Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City: Sofitel Plaza, Windsor Plaza, Caravell
  • Hotels in Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho
  • Hotels in Hoi An: Palm Garden, Victoria resort or similar
  • Hotels in Hue: Pilgrimage Village Hue, Celadon Palace
  • Hotels in Hanoi: Inter-Continental, Melia Hotel, Sofitel plaza hotel
  • Halong Bay Cruises: Indochina Sails, Ginger Cruise, Jaminse
Trip Included:
  • Air conditioner car/van for pick up, transfer
  • Sightseeing fees as per program
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Private/ shared boat trips
  • Internal flights: Ho Chi Minh city - Danang; Hue - Hanoi (economy class by Vietnam Airlines)
  • Hotel accommodation based on Double/Twin share
  • Purified water and wet towel

Trip Excluded :

  • Vietnamese entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal costs & tips
Additional Information:
  • Prices are per person (US$), based on double occupancy
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays from Mid-September to Mid-November.
  • Price excludes Personal expenses, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Vietnam & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (subject to change).
  • Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners apply between Dec. 23 - Jan. 02 and during period of Lunar New Year.
  • Vietnam visa required. Not included in package and can be arranged in two days.
  • Prices subject to change without notice

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