Wonderful Vietnam – 10 days

Wonderful Vietnam – 10 days

No.: 2 – 8
Duration: 8-12 Days
Wonderful Vietnam - 10 days
No.: 2 – 8
Duration: 8-12 Days
Price per person 855 USD
No.: 2 – 8
Duration: 8-12 Days
Intro:
  • 8 nights in a double room in good centrally located hotels
  • 1 night in a double cabin on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat with private shower and toilet
  • 2 flights Hanoi - Hue and Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Entrance fees, trips, excursions and transportation by air conditioned cars/minivans as described in the program
  • Meals as described in the program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • The trip does not include travel to and from Vietnam
Price per person 855 USD
image_pdfWonderful Vietnam - 10 days

A 10-day trip through wonderful Vietnam

The Vietnam round trip:

On this 10-day trip you get a fantastic insight to the country. From the charming capital of Hanoi to a two-day mini-cruise onboard a traditional junk boat in one of the world’s most beautiful areas; the Halong Bay with its more than 3000 limestone islands.
Moving further to the south and over the 17th parallel that divided North and South Vietnam, we get to experience the Imperial City Hué with its Perfume River, the Imperial Tombs and the city’s former palace area. You cannot travel to Vietnam without visiting Hoi An – perhaps Vietnam’s most beautiful city and one of the oldest. From there, we continue to the south, to the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City – formerly Saigon.
The journey ends in the lush Mekong Delta, where time has stood still for many years. Here you are going on an adventure through the countless small rivers and canals.

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (D)

Upon arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and drive you to your hotel. The charming Hanoi is sometimes called the Paris of the Orient with its shaded boulevards, green parks and old, well-maintained colonial buildings. After arriving at the hotel you can stroll around and catch the first glimpse of the idyllic city. In the evening you will meet your guide, have a nice dinner and enjoy authentic local Vietnamese cuisine. Then it is time for water puppetry – unique to Vietnam and an experience you must see in Hanoi.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – a half-day city tour (D)

The day starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the one-legged Pagoda and a visit to the house of Ho Chi Minh; the country’s father. Continue to Vietnam’s first university and the Temple of Literature and then visit “Hanoi Hilton”; the nickname of the prison where American pilots were placed during the Vietnam War.

Visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter and the Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy a nice bike ride around Hanoi’s old and narrow streets. We stop at the Ngoc Son Temple. The rest of the day you can explore Hanoi on your own, strolling around the French Quarter, where many embassies are located, go shopping in the Old Town or just relax by one of the many parks and lakes that make Hanoi one of the greenest cities in Asia.

Please note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every year between October and November. You can still visit his house and palace complex.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

Pick-up at your hotel and transfer to Halong Bay, about 170 km east of Hanoi (about 4 hours). Upon arrival you will be welcomed on a traditional wooden junk boat. While enjoying a delicious seafood lunch, you can gradually see the limestone cliffs slowly rising from the water as you get closer. Over 3000 limestone islands are scattered in the emerald green waters. While some islands are no more than rocks, others are much bigger and contain huge cathedral-like caves with stalactites and stalagmites. Most of the islands are covered with thick green vegetation and there are deserted sand-covered bays everywhere.
Just enjoy the view and if you have the courage, jump into the refreshing water. In the evening, a three to five course dinner will be waiting after the mandatory “Sundowner” on the deck.

We recommend, that you pack a small overnight bag and bring to Halong and leave the rest of the luggage in Hanoi.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – flight to Hué (B, L)

Wake up to another fantastic day cruising on the Halong Bay. Visit the vast and impressive stalactite cave located on an island in the middle of the bay. It takes about half an hour to walk through it. You can then spend a few hours at a Halong Bay beach, before returning to the junk boat again. Early afternoon we return to the coast again, where the minivan will take you back to Hanoi. From here it is not far to the airport and the plane connecting you to the next big experience – the Imperial City of Hué. Upon arrival in Hué, you will meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Hué

Day 5: The Imperial City of Hué – a half-day city tour (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, the day starts with a guided tour around the big Citadel, Noon Gate and the Forbidden City. We then visit the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb and the Tu Duc Mausoleums. If we have time, you can stroll around the Dong Ba market also.

The afternoon is at your disposal. You might want to try some delicious local dishes in one of the many small restaurants located throughout the city. A specialty is banh khoai, a kind of egg-dough filled with shrimp and vegetables. Very tasty.

Overnight at hotel in Hué

Day 6: Hué – Hoi An (B)

We will leave after breakfast for a spectacular drive south. The trip lasts four hours and takes you through the beautiful Hai Van Pass. After driving to the city of Danang, we continue to the historic Hoi An. The city is incredibly pleasant to stay in and for many, this place is one of the best experiences in Vietnam.

Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience a mix of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture, when visiting one of the oldest houses on the way to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The rest of the day is for shopping or culinary specialties.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An (B)

The day is at your disposal. You can get new tailored clothing, relax at a café by the river or rent a bike to venture out in the countryside or to to the magnificent Cua Dai Beach.

Overnight at hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An – fly to Saigon (B)

Breakfast is at the hotel, then transfer to Danang Airport for an-hour’s flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at the Tan Son Nhat Airport, there will be a short drive to the center of Ho Chi Minh, as the city officially has been renamed since 1975. Ho Chi Minh City is a huge metropolis, which unlike its northern counterpart Saigon, is crowded with bikes and motorbikes, lots of shopping areas and sidewalk cafes.

Check-in and overnight at hotel in Saigon

Day 9: Mekong Delta (B, L, D)

Departure for another cruise in the morning, where you will be driven down to the Mekong Delta. Around noon you will get on board a nice junk boat. The scene is set for a fantastic sailing trip on the fourth longest river in the world. Among other things, you can experience a coconut production and the local life along the river. This experience will be from a row boat. You are back at the hotel in the evening.

Day 10: Cu Chi – Saigon departure (B)

We start the day with a trip to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, located about 70 kilometers northwest of the city. The Cu Chi Tunnels extend 250 impressive kilometers and are proof of the incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness characteristic of the Vietnamese people. It was from here, the North Vietnamese people carried out their guerrilla war in the south and we will see the secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, hospitals and meeting rooms. After some wonderful days from north to south, you will drive to the airport and fly back home or the journey continues with an extended beach holiday, maybe Phan Tiet, Phu Quoc, Vietnam or Thailand.

Overnight stays:

City Standard hotel Superior hotel
Hanoi Flower Hotel*** Flower Garden Hotel****
Halong Bay Marguerite Junk Indochina Sails
Hué Asia Hotel Morin Hotel
Hoi An Ancient House River Hoi An Riverside Resort
Saigon Hoang Hai Long Hotel*** Liberty Central Hotel****

Prices in USD

Standard and period 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6+ persons Single fee
Standard hotel May 1. – September 30. 1052 921 855 355
October 1. – December 31. 1088 957 891 389
Superior hotel May 1. – September 30. 1265 1134 1068 547
October 1. – December 31. 1332 1161 1135 511

Included in the trip

  • 8 nights in a double room in good centrally located hotels
  • 1 night in a double cabin on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat with private shower and toilet
  • All transfers, excursions, entrance fees and meals according to the program
  • 2 flights Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Ho Chi Minh City
  • All taxes and charges

Not included in the trip:

  • Return flight Hanoi/Saigon
  • Tips to local guides and drivers (6-10 USD per day per person)

Remember to bring:

  • Light and comfortable clothes for the warm climate
  • Light cotton clothing with long sleeves/legs (against mosquitoes at sunset)
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Sandals (trekking shoes are not necessary)
  • Sun hat/cap
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent (optional)
  • Camera equipment
  • Pocket money
  • Personal travel insurance
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