essence of vietnam tour

Essence of Vietnam Tour – 10 days – From $471

Essence of Vietnam tour is a 10-day trip which provides a glimpse of Vietnam highlights including Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon. In this trip you will discover the 1000 year old Hanoi capital, the charming and historical imperial citadel Hue, the ancient town Hoi An, and the modern Saigon largest city of Vietnam. Explore these sites and more with us, from the North to the South, come to know our people and our beautiful country, knowledgeable and friendly professional national guides will help you create the memories of a lifetime.

10 Days/9 Nights: Hanoi – Hue – Hoi An – Saigon


Tour Name: Essence of Vietnam 10 days
Type of tour: Private
Tour Duration: 10 Days
Starting: Hanoi capital city, Vietnam
Finishing: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), Vietnam
Tour Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Hanoi – Hue – Hoi An – Saigon
Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended longer or shorter accordingly to meet your expectation.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (-/-/-)
Being warmly welcomed by Vietnam Great Tours expert
Enjoy a short walk to view Hanoi by night, return to hotel for leisure.

Day 2: Hanoi (B/L/-)
Enjoy full day to learn about Vietnam culture

Day 3: Hanoi (B/L/-)
Enjoy full day sightseeing Hanoi’s highlights

Day 4: Hanoi – Flight to Hue (B/-/-)
Hue Full day sightseeing tour of the Hue’s highlights with Vietnam Great Tours expert

Day 5: Hue city tour (B/L/-)
Enjoy boat trip on Perfume river

Day 6: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/L/-)
Travel to Hoi An by car/minivan/coach, stopover in Danang to visit the Famous Cham Museum.

Day 7: Hoi An (B/L/-)
Attend a lecture with a city official to learn about UNESCO-driven preservation efforts in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
Departing Hoi An to Saigon by an hour fifteen minutes flight and half day city in Saigon.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel (B/L/-)
Enjoy Saigon’s Highlights and visit Cu chi tunnel.

Day 10:  Ho Chi Minh City Depart (B/-/-)
Meet your guide at hotel lobby and being transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport for Late morning or early afternoon flight to the next destination

Vietnam Great Tours™ Bespoke Style Suits Everyone

Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi (-/-/D)
Vietnam Great Tours guide and driver will welcome you with the VIETNAM GREAT TOUR LOGO & your name on signboard at the airport and drive you to the hotel, it takes about 30 min to get to the hotel.

In the afternoon, you are free at leisure to recover from the long trip.

Meet the group in the hotel lobby at 6:30 pm to walk to your welcome dinner. Tonight we have scheduled a special menu of Hanoi typical cuisines for your first taste of Hanoi. Enjoy a short walk to view Hanoi by night, return to hotel for leisure.

Included: Tour guide, Airport transfer, Dinner, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi historical tour (B/L/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Today features a full day visiting Hanoi’s highlights. Start with a fascinating initiation into the bustle of modern Vietnam, with a cyclo (rickshaw) tour through the picturesque streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our tour is followed by a visit to the famous monument of Emperor Ly Thai To, the great king who made an incredible historic decision to move capital to its location of Hanoi today.
Take a walk along the legendary Restored Sword Lake. Cross the Red Bridge to get into Ngoc Son temple situated in the middle of the lake.
Meet and talk to a local professor at the ancient Temple of Literature built in 1070, the seat of Vietnam’s first university. Touring the temple complex with your tour expert to have a deep understanding of Confucianism and the history.

Visit Craft Link a not for profit shop, where lots of significant handicraft products made by different local ethnic groups can be found.
Lunch today is specially prepared at a popular local restaurant Know One Teach One – Good food for a great cause.

In the afternoon, enjoy a short drive out of the city to the outskirt to the village known as the cradle of Water Puppet Master. Attend a private Water Puppet performance, a northern Vietnamese folk tradition, and talk to the artisans who create the puppets.
Walk around to enjoy the rural village, visit a Communal House, where people workship the deity of the whole village, have a taste of some typical local dishes and call at a home for a visit and interaction for better understanding local people’s daily life.
Return to hotel in the late afternoon. You are at leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own arrangement.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi sightseeing (B/L/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Today features a full day Sightseeing in Hanoi with lunch included.
Our tour expert will see you at hotel lobby and take you to Hanoi’s most famous landmarks, including Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh house and mausoleum, and the One-Pillar Pagoda.
Visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum and learn about the life and work of the Great Father of the Country.
A special home hosted lunch at a local Hanoi family has been scheduled for you. Our host today is an award winning chief who features on local TV show annually by Tet festival to introduce traditional cooking art.
Continue our trip to the exceptional Museum of Ethnology to examine the crafts, textiles, and traditions of Vietnam’s diverse ethnic groups and hill tribes.
Afternoon special activity— visit to 54 Traditions Gallery; enjoy an informed tour of the great ethnic craft collection.
Enjoy an independent dinner  and the evening are at leisure.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi – Flight to Hue (B/-/D)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Meet our guide and driver to transfer to Noi Bai airport for boarding the morning flight to Hue. Upon arrival, being welcomed by Vietnam Great Tours driver, transferred to Hue city. Enjoy an independent lunch. Check into hotel.
In the afternoon, explore the ancient Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, temples of Nguyen emperors.
Enjoy a private visit to the home and studio of lacquer artist.

In the evening, have dinner in the private home of a researcher on Hue, a friend of Vietnam Great Tours. Enjoy his collection of relics from royal Hue, and get to know more about Hue through the chitchat with the researcher

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hue

Day 5: Hue city full day (B/L/-)
Have breakfast at the hotel.
Embark on a traditional boat to cruise along the Perfume River, visit tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda an operating Buddhist monastery and the cultural symbol of Hue.
Continue the cruise to explore the tombs of Hue’s former emperors, including the serene pavilions of Tu Duc.
Feast on a special vegetarian luncheon in a Buddhist nunnery, prepared by nuns.
In the afternoon, visit a masterpiece of Vietnamese artisans- the extravagant glass and ceramic mosaics decorating the mausoleum of Khai Dinh.
Visit a local family house where they make traditional Conical hats, and incenses.
Enjoy an independent dinner.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hue

Day 6: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/L/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Depart via motorcoach for Danang, approximately a two and a half -hour drive. Then take a short break at Lang Co.

Afternoon, accompanied by a Vietnamese history scholar, you will explore the Cham Museum in Danang. Then you visit the Marble stone carving workshop at Ngu Hanh Son handicraft village en route to charming Hoi An. Arrive at Hoi An in late afternoon, check in to the hotel. Overnight in Hoian.

Known as Faifo to early Western traders, Hoian was one of South East Asia’s major international ports and today it still retains that special old-world feel. Free a walking through the Old Quarter. Hoian is also famous for its large number of tailor shops, so if you want to have a new wardrobe made up, here is the time to do it.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An walking tour (B/L/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Attend a lecture delivered by a city official to learn about UNESCO-driven preservation efforts in Hoi An.
Take a walking tour to discover Hoi An Market, Phuc Kien, and Tan Ky, and cross the picturesque Japanese Covered Bridge.
Visit the studio of a local artist.
Return to the hotel. Have an independent lunch, and the afternoon is at leisure.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An – Danang, Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Transferred to Danang airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

In the afternoon we will embark upon an exploration of this Metropolitan City. We will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Rex Hotel, City Hall, the Opera House, the colonial Post Office, renowned for its architecture, and the Ben Thanh Market. Later we stop at the Reunification Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum to learn more of Vietnam’s turbulent past. Return to the hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Saigon

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel (B/L/-)
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. In the morning participants of Cu Chi Tunnel Half Day Tour will leave Ho Chi Minh City for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land”. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers.

After that we transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City around 12:30.
Free at your leisure in the afternoon.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Private car, Entrance fees, Hotel in Saigon

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Depart (B/-/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel.
Meet your driver at hotel lobby and being transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport for catching your flight onward.
Finish the based trip.

Included: Breakfast, Airport transfer

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

Thank you!

Category Price per person in USD according to number of people in your party
From 01st October – 31st December, 2016 (high season)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 768 597 526 491 200
Superior (4 Star) 849 678 607 572 282
Deluxe (5 Star) 11884 1017 946 911 621
Category Price per person in USD according to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep, 2016 (summer promotion)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 744 576 506 471 186
Superior (4 Star) 805 637 567 532 247
Deluxe (5 Star) 1096 998 859 824 539

Trip cost depends on your group size, travel period and your specific tour needs. Please send us an enquiry for availability and the most updated price. Our travel consultants will contact you shortly.

Trip price inclusive of:

  • Accommodation based on twin sharing room and breakfast
  • Private boat trip on Perfume river
  • Full transportation by private car or bus as tour program indicates.
  • Full meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees and boat fees
  • Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast; (AC room)
  • Cold water and towel during tours

The trip cost is exclusive of:

  • Domestic flight tickets Hanoi – Hue, Danang – Ho Chi Minh city
  • International flight ticket
  • Visa
  • Personal insurance
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.




First Class Category

3-star hotel

Superior Category

4-star hotel

Deluxe Category

5-star hotel


Silk Queen Hanoi

Golden Silk Boutique


Halong bay

Majestic Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Indochina Sail


Bamboo Sapa

Chau Long Sapa

Victoria Sapa


Rosaleen Hue

Cherish Hue

Imperial Hue


Kim An Hoian

Hoian Silk Boutique

Sunrise Hoian


River Prince Dalat

Duparc Dalat

Anna Mandara Dalat

HCM City

Blue Diamond Saigon


Majestic Saigon


Ninh Kieu 1 Cantho

Ninh Kieu 2

Victoria Can Tho

Nha Trang



Sheraton Nha Trang

Special note:

List of hotels is recommended by Vietnam Great Tours™. Please feel free to advise hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotel category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)

Please note that all of our trip are privately designed. So that price includes the above-mentioned hotels, activities, transport to attractions are by private car and guide unless otherwise stated. Your guide will pick you up from lobby of your hotel in the morning. The guide will confirm the pick-up time the day before. If you prefer to start next day’s trip earlier or a little later, please feel free to tell your guide.



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