Vietnam Experience Tour

Vietnam Experience Tour – 15 days – From $815

Taking the 15 day/ 14 nights Vietnam Experience Tour, you will experience Vietnamese culture, Vietnamese history, the beauty of the country from the South to The North of Vietnam. Discover Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – the bustling city in the South Vietnam with the surrounding excursion to Mekong River Delta, visit Hue – the Citadel and  Hoi An – Ancient Town, overnight cruise in Halong bay  – the World Natural Heritage site by USNESCO and top off your adventure in Sapa!

15 Days/14 Nights: Ho chi Minh City (Saigon) – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi tunnel – Mekong Delta – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Hanoi – Sapa – Ha Long Bay

  

Tour Name: Vietnam Experience Tour
Type of tour: Private
Tour Duration: 15 Days
Starting: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), Vietnam
Finishing: Hanoi capital city, Vietnam
Tour Grading: Moderate walking
Destinations: Ho chi Minh City (Saigon) – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi tunnel – Mekong Delta – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Hanoi – Sapa – Ha Long Bay
Flexibility: Vietnam Experience Tour can be amended longer or shorter, more or less activities accordingly to meet your expectation through Vietnam tours. This trip can also be organized to begin in Ho Chi Minh city and finish in Hanoi.

Vietnam Experience Tour in brief

Day 1: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh city (-/-/-)

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city Tour – Cu Chi Tunnel (B/L/-)

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong delta – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B/L/-)

Day 4: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh city (B/L/-)

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh city – Flight to Hue (B/-/-)

Day 6: Hue city tour (B/L/-)

Day 7: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/-/-)

Day 8: My Son Holly Land – Hoian walking tour 1/2 day (B/L/-)

Day 9: Hoi An free – Flight to Hanoi (B/-/-)

Day 10: Hanoi City tour – take a night train to Sapa (B/L/-)

Day 11: Sapa- Lao chai, Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai village (B/L/D)

Day 12: Sapa Town – Cat Cat Village – take a night train to Hanoi (B/L/-)

Day 13: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

Day 14: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B/L/-)

Day 15: Hanoi departure (B/-/-)

Vietnam Great Tours™ Bespoke Style Suits Everyone

Small Group Tour: Vietnam Experience tour can be amended to small group tour to meet your budget as super saver.

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.

Vietnam Experience Tour in detail

Day 1: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh city (-/-/-)
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. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Saigon. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Included: Tour guide, Airport transfer, Hotel in Saigon

More options for Saigon: surcharge might be implemented
Option 1: Vintage Vespa Night Life
• A chance to see many interesting landmarks in Saigon where almost tourists don’t know
• Crossing China Town to explore the most favorite shopping area in Saigon
• Stunning Flower Market, more of a wholesale market than a shopping experience
• Enjoy a dinner with local foods before exploring modern style architecture in Saigon such as: The New City Town, Bitexco Building, and sparkling Saigon Riverbank

Option 2: An evening introduction to street food
A fun and very tasty overview of Ho Chi Minh City’s best street food.
Dive into local life in a bustling hẻm (alley) packed with food vendors who have spent decades perfecting their special dishes. While sampling a variety of simple street food, you’ll hear stories about this local neighborhood and how history has influenced the Saigon’s culinary scene.
Some dishes you’ll try will have a little taste of France, the former colonial rulers of Vietnam. Some dishes contain flavours from China, which ruled Vietnam for 1,000 years. Some nights you might even get a hint of Korean undertones.
Our tour usually includes four stops, including Vietnamese dessert-in-a-glass at a local market on the way back to your hotel.
This tour is designed to give you the confidence to go out and try street food on your own once you’re released back into the wilds of Ho Chi Minh City. We hope you’ll also have a deeper understanding of Vietnamese culture and history. (As well as a very full stomach.)
We’ll take you to and from our favourite foodie neighbourhood by xe om (motorbike taxis). If you’re worried about riding on the back of a motorbike, we do have the scardey-cat option of taking a taxi. This requires a slightly earlier pickup (to navigate the peak hour traffic) and a small surcharge.
Once in our foodie hẻm, we’ll walk from place to place, in amongst the everyday chaos of motorbikes, bicycles, kids, grandmas, street soccer, hairdressers and drink stations.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh city tour -Cu Chi Tunnel (B/L/-)
After breakfast, you will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnel system which was created to assist the Vietnamese Revolutionists against the French in 1948. It was an underground city with living areas, kitchens, storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers etc and in certain areas, housed up to 10,000 people, who virtually lived underground for years.
After a video introduction and a guided tour through the grounds, you will have the opportunity to take part in the unique experience of guerillas living underground during the war, with a crawl through 20/30/50 meters of the tunnel system.
Taste typical boiled tapioca and hot tea before you come back to Saigon.

In the afternoon, you will visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Post Office, two of the best highlights of old Saigon architecture.
Walk to the nearby Reunification Palace, witness of the historic events of old Saigon and famous for its architectural characteristics.
Discover the very popular War Remnants Museum, the one that gathers a comprehensive collection of the machinery, weapons, photographs and documentation of the Vietnam wars.
Stop by the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most spectacularly colorful temples, dedicated to King of Heaven and filled with exquisite and phantasmal statues.

Included: Transportation, Hotel in Saigon, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, entrance fees

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Vinh Long – Can Tho (B/L/-)
After breakfast, Depart from Saigon and head to Cai Be. Upon arrival, board aboat to visit Cai Be floating market and discover local life. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and pop-rice are made. Take a short row on a local sampan, enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and beautiful lunch in the heart of the garden. Cruising to Vinh Long and visit a local pottery kilns factory. Proceed to Can Tho. Overnight in Can Tho

Included: Transportation, Hotel in Can Tho, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, boat, entrance fees

Day 4: Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/-)
Breakfast is served at the hotel
This morning we make an early rise to be captivated by Vietnam’s most legendary floating markets, ‘Cai Rang’. We board our boat and commence our journey along the Mekong River, observing ‘true life on the river’, the hustle and bustle of families carrying out their morning chores and the locals heading our way to the markets to pick up their daily supplies.
We weave in and out of the masses of floating boats selling all kinds of fascinating wares and produce and side with them to test our skills in bargaining, ‘the local way’, picking up some amazing fresh fruits to snack on whilst we sit and observe.

Included: Transportation, Hotel in Saigon, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, boat, entrance fees

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Flight to Hue (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Hue. On arrival, our guide will see you at the airport and travel with you to the city. You are free at leisure to walk along Huong River – most beautiful and romantic river in Vietnam.

Included: Breakfast, Airport transfer, Hotel in Hue

Day 6: Hue city tour (B/L/-)
08h00: Pick up at the meeting point in the center of Hue city and cruise on the Perfume River. Visit the ancient and sacred Thien Mu Pagoda. Walking around Thuy Bieu village. Locally it is known as “Voi Re”, the “Palace of the Crying Elephants”. The site is located about 200 meters from an arena, Ho Quyen, where elephants and tigers dueled to the death.
10h30: Then, visit Tu Duc tomb; it is one of the most beautiful works of royal architecture of the Nguyen dynasty. On the way stop at conical hat and incense stick making village. Lunch at a vegetarian restaurant.
13h00: Visit Tu Hieu Pagoda is one of the largest ancient temples and there is a cultural landscapes and history of the ancient capital of Hue. Then visit Khai Dinh Tomb. The tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence. The tomb is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details. Finally visit the Citadel – The palaces of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the last dynasty of Vietnam – Noon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Imperial Ancestral Temple…
17h00: Come back Hue. Go to your hotel.

Included: Transportation, Hotel in Hue, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, boat, entrance fees

Day 7: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/-/-)
8h30-09h00: Departure to Danang from Hue city center. Stop to visit and take pictures at: Cau Hai lagoon, Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass “the clouds pass” to have a panoramic view on the Vietnam East Sea.
12h30: Arrive in Danang, stop to visit Marble Mountains and stone carving village.
14h00: Arrive in Hoi An. You will be free for relaxing.

Included: Transportation, Hotel in Hoi An, Breakfast

Day 8: My Son Holly Land – Hoi An walking tour 1/2 day (B/-/-)
After breakfast, our car picks up at your hotel and then transfer to My Son.
09:30: Visit My Son, enjoy and discover the beauty of Ancient buildings at of the Cham Pa Kingdom with our tour guide.
11:30: Leave My son by car, back to Hoi An. Have lunch at local restaurant with local foods.
In the afternoon, you will visit Hoi An ancient town – a famous harbor in 15thcentury. Visit Phuc Kien pagoda, handicraft villages in Hoi An, enjoy traditional music show, Tan Ky old house, Japanese Bridge…

Included: Transportation, Hotel in Hoi An, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, entrance fees

Day 9: Hoi An free – Flight to Hanoi (B/-/-)
You will be free for relaxing or shopping in the moring
In the afternoon, you will take a flight to Hanoi. On arrival, our guide and driver will pick up and take you to your hotel in the centre. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Included: Transportation, Hotel in Hanoi, Breakfast

Day 10: Hanoi City tour (B/L/-)
After breakfast, you will start Hanoi City tour (join tours will free pick up all points in Hoan Kiem, Hanoi). Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. We then continue on to the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist – dating from the Ly Dynasty) and the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on the West lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam). Then visit Bat Trang pottery village (apply on Mon, Wed & Fri). Lunch at local restaurant.

PM: After lunch we’ll proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat), the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. We’ll also see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 – it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. For the last part of the tour we’ll journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration.
16.00 pm: You will be taken to a local hotel for refreshment.
19.30 – 20.15 pm – Our tour guide come to pick you up from your hotel then transfer to Hanoi Railway Station and catch the night train to Lao Cai station. Arrive Lao Cai 5:30 or 6:00am.

Included: Transportation, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, entrance fees, a local hotel for day-use, Train ticket, Overnight train

Day 11: Lao Cai Station – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai villages (B/L/D)
The train arrives at about 6:00 am. Our local guide and driver will welcome you when you exit the train station. Take a morning drive through the clouds by car / van to Sapa.
7:00 -8:00: Have breakfast and relax at hotel. If hotel has available room, you can check in early, if not, you join in tour first.
9:00 – 9:30: Our guide takes you to visit two villages of the H’mong and Dzay People, called Lao Chai, Ta Van and Giang ta chai villages. Have lunch on the way or in a family of the ethnic people. (You will start trekking from hotel to the Lao Chai village with the distance about 12 kms)
17:00 When you finish the trekking trip at the end of the village, our bus will pick up you back to Sapa town. Dinner and Overnight in hotel.

Included: Transportation, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, entrance fees, Hotel in Sapa

Day 12: Sapa Town – Cat Cat Village – Take a night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, our guide takes you to visit a village of Black H’mong people.It is named Cat Cat Village, you have a chance to visit a waterfall and the hydroelectric power station built by the French ( This activity take 2 hours walking up and down to the valley ).
12:30 -13:00: Back to Sapa town and have lunch on restaurant. You are free and easy to discover Sapa town.
16:30 – 17:00: Transfer from hotel to Lao Cai train station. Have dinner at the restaurant, near the train station before getting on the night train to go back to Hanoi. Overnight on the train.

Included: Transportation, Tour guide, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, entrance fees, Train ticket, Overnight train

Day 13: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (Br/-/-)
Arriving in Hanoi train station in early morning, our driver will take you to a local hotel for refreshment hotel. After breakfast, we start Vietnam Experience Tour today by transfer to Halong Bay – designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1994. Traveling through the scenic fertile Red River Delta countryside, we get to Ha Long Bay by noon. The natural world heritage site Ha Long Bay is truly one of the most impressive scenery that should not be missed if someone ever comes to the north.
Upon arrival at Ha Long, we embark on cruise for an exploration of the legendary Ha Long Bay. This exciting hours cruise passing by the evocatively shaped islets will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands and islets rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Enjoy a Sea food lunch while you cruising through the bay.
Arrival in Van Gia floating fishing village, take rowing boat through the village or kayaking to visiting around the floating fishing village. Visiting Halong Pearl Farm Village, and Swimming in the bay.
Back the cruise and relax, free fresh fruits are served. You’ll join cooking class guided directly by Chef of the Cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.
After time for dinner enjoying special BBQ seafood on the cruise, you will be free for evening entertainments: play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing, and overnight on the Majestic Cruise.

Included: Transportation, Tour guide on boat, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, entrance fees, Kayaking, Cruise in Halong

Day 14: Ha Long – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands, enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, you can enjoy the breath – taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; in summer you can hear birds singing, even that cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.
Arrive Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave) and joining with guide to visiting and explore the cave.
Our boat start cruising back and brunch buffet will be served on the way. Check out and arrive at the harbor by 11:30. You get back on our car and go back to Hanoi.

Included: Transportation, Tour guide on boat, Brunch, entrance fees, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 15: Hanoi departure (B/-/-)
Today you are free at leisure until being transferred to Hanoi airport for boarding your flight back to home. Trip end!

Included: Transportation, Breakfast

Vietnam Experience Tour is a private trip 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!

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Category Price per person in USD according to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep (summer promotion)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 1073 845 824 352
Superior (4 Star) 1184 983 936 442
Deluxe (5 Star) 1550 1350 1318 803
Group tour (2 pax) 815 352
Category Price per person in USD according to number of people in your party
From 01st October – 30th April (high season)
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 1134 895 867 364
Superior (4 Star) 1184 1070 1041 504
Deluxe (5 Star) 1742 1532 1504 961
Group tour (2 pax) 853 364

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.

Tour includes:

  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Full transportation by private car or bus as tour program indicated.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking tour guide as indicated
  • Entrance fees and boat fee
  • Twin or double share accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Return train ticket Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
  • Kayaking, cooking class and Taichi lession on cruise in Halong
  • Cold water and towel during tours

Tour excludes:

  •  All international and domestic flight tickets
  •  Visa
  • Personal or travel insurance
  •  Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, drinks,
  •  Emergency transfers.

Suggested hotels or resorts for Vietnam Experience Tour

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.

LIST OF HOTELS

Locations

First Class Category

3-star hotel

Superior Category

4-star hotel

Deluxe Category

5-star hotel

Hanoi

Silk Queen Hanoi

Golden Silk Boutique

Apricot

Halong bay

Majestic Cruise

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Indochina Sail

Sapa

H’Mong Sapa

Chau Long Sapa

Victoria Sapa

Hue

Rosaleen Hue

Cherish Hue

Imperial Hue

Hoian

Kim An Hoian

Hoian Silk Boutique

Sunrise Hoian

HCM City

Blue Diamond Saigon

Harmony

Majestic Saigon

Cantho

Ninh Kieu 1 Cantho

Ninh Kieu 2

Victoria Can Tho

Special note:
List of hotels is recommended by Vietnam Great Tours™. Please feel free to advise hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotels 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, and transport, and visits 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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