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Amazing Vietnam - 13 days

This tour is designed for travelers who want to experience a bit of everything. It combines bustling cities as well as natural landscape, tradition and even a stay at the Unesco Heritage Site Halong Bay, all in one trip! 

Day 1:    Hanoi
 
 

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Hanoi Noi Bai Airport your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2:    Hanoi
 
 

Your day will start at 8:30 am with a city tour to Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (*) with his house on stilt. You will be visiting the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda; built by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Next, we will visit the West Lake, Hanoi’s largest lake; Quan Thanh   Temple, a Taoist Temple dated from 11th Century and the impressive Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in a small island in the center of the West Lake.  In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076. Vietnam’s first university was established within this temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. After visiting the Temple of Literature, we will head towards the Old Quarter of Hanoi, also known as the 36 streets. This bustling area of narrow streets is home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Finally you will walk to Hang Gai Street – the silk shopper’s paradise where you can find the best Vietnamese silk.  Your day will finish with the famous Vietnamese traditional water puppet show. After the show, you will be taken to the hotel where you will be able to relax and enjoy your free time at leisure.

*Please note that the Mausoleum and Museum are closed in September to November and on every Monday. 

 

 

Day 3:    Hanoi - Ha Long (Join in)
 
 

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel in Ha Noi by shuttle bus, and leave Hanoi for a 3.5 hour to reach Ha Long Bay. At Tuan Chau International Marina, a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.

You can enjoy the amazing scenery while cruising amongst the hundreds of islands. You will pass by Duck and Thumb islets to go to Bright cave area – (the border between Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay)

After 2.5 hours cruising, our boat will stop in Bright’s cave area for kayaking (A bamboo boat will be arranged for the elderly or people who cannot kayak) to visit the small cave and beautiful lagoons. Kayaking provides the opportunity to explore the beautiful lagoons and get closer to the island. As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while our boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area.

In the evening you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring.

 

 

*Transfer by Shuttle bus operated by Phoenix Cruiser

 

 

Day 4:    Halong - Hanoi (Join-in) - Hue
 
 

Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape surrounded by fresh air. Next, you will visit the impressive Cave of Ha Long Bay – Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.

Check out of your cabin and settle your bill as our boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Ha Long Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Ha Long Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands. A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people, which will be a great end to the day before your departure to Hue. 

 

 

*Transfer by Shuttle bus operated by Phoenix Cruiser

Day 5:    Hue
 
 

After an early breakfast, you will meet your guide and driver at 8:30am and you will visit the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.

Tu Duc was Vietnam's fourth emperor and lived from 1829 until 1883. During his reign, Vietnam lost its independence to France. Tu Duc is said to have had 104 concubines. 

Khai Dinh King was Vietnam’s Emperor from 1916 to 1925. His tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence, as it is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details.

Then you will visit the Forbidden Purple City, constructed under the Emperor Gia Long's, in the early 19th century. It is located in the Citadel of Hue, which was badly damaged during the Tet offensive of 1968.

Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. Hue was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. 

Upon arrival to Da Nang, we will visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, opened in 1915. Then, we will explore the villages around the Marble Mountains, where very skillful artisans work on their products made of marble / granite and visitors can choose a collection of excellent stone products to buy as souvenirs.  We will later continue driving towards Hoi An.

Day 7:    Hoi An
 
 

All day is free at leisure.

Day 8:    Hoi An
 
 

All day is free at leisure. 

Day 9:    Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
 
 

After arriving in Ho Chi Minh City from Da Nang airport, the rest of the day is free at leisure. 

Day 10:    Ho Chi Minh City
 
 

A trip to Sai Gon offers you a good experience of the country‘s most dynamic city – a vital economic hub with bustling life. Sai Gon is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influence, with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Chinese style pagodas and food stalls, street vendors along the street, they all create a dynamic urban area in a very traditionally modern sense.

In the morning, you will start the trip by heading to China Town and visit Binh Tay Market, stop over at Thien Hau, a 150 year old Chinese Temple, followed by the remarkable War Remnants Museum.

In the afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, followed by an exploration of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. End the trip with a visit to Ben Thanh Market: time for shopping.

Day 11:    Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Can Tho
 
 

This morning, after breakfast, you will travel to Ben Tre. Upon arrival, enjoy a boat cruise along a tributary of the Mekong. Take a short walk to various local workplaces where you can witness how local people work, including visits to the brick kiln, the fruit orchards, a coconut candy workshop, all this within the local cottage industries. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience village life, visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven by hand – you can even have a go at weaving yourself.

Today will be free at your leisure until your departure to the airport to catch your flight back home or to your next destination. 

Tour includes: 

- All transfers and transport as per program

- All accommodation as per program 

- Service of English speaking station guides as mentioned in program

- All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

- All entrance fees on tour

 

Tour does not include:

- Air tickets both domestic and international

- Insurance

- Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs, etc. 

- Visa fees and/or visa authorization

- Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary 

- Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (Christmas period, normally New Year periods, Tet period)

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

Hi, Welcome to Vietnam. My name is Thanh and I am your local travel expert.
Traveling has always been a part of my life. 
Personally I love being in Saigon, not only because I’m a Saigonese but also Saigon has a dynamic lifestyle and always gives a warm welcome. Moreover, I think Vietnamese food is the most important thing to keep everyone loving Vietnam as I do. You will be surprised by the way we cook and the taste.
I would love to welcome you to Vietnam and you will have your own incredible experience....

Contact >>

Amazing Vietnam - 13 days

This tour is designed for travelers who want to experience a bit of everything. It combines bustling cities as well as natural landscape, tradition and even a stay at the Unesco Heritage Site Halong Bay, all in one trip! 

Day 1:    Hanoi
 
 

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Hanoi Noi Bai Airport your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2:    Hanoi
 
 

Your day will start at 8:30 am with a city tour to Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (*) with his house on stilt. You will be visiting the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda; built by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Next, we will visit the West Lake, Hanoi’s largest lake; Quan Thanh   Temple, a Taoist Temple dated from 11th Century and the impressive Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in a small island in the center of the West Lake.  In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1076. Vietnam’s first university was established within this temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. After visiting the Temple of Literature, we will head towards the Old Quarter of Hanoi, also known as the 36 streets. This bustling area of narrow streets is home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Finally you will walk to Hang Gai Street – the silk shopper’s paradise where you can find the best Vietnamese silk.  Your day will finish with the famous Vietnamese traditional water puppet show. After the show, you will be taken to the hotel where you will be able to relax and enjoy your free time at leisure.

*Please note that the Mausoleum and Museum are closed in September to November and on every Monday. 

 

 

Day 3:    Hanoi - Ha Long (Join in)
 
 

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel in Ha Noi by shuttle bus, and leave Hanoi for a 3.5 hour to reach Ha Long Bay. At Tuan Chau International Marina, a tender boat will take you to our Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.

You can enjoy the amazing scenery while cruising amongst the hundreds of islands. You will pass by Duck and Thumb islets to go to Bright cave area – (the border between Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay)

After 2.5 hours cruising, our boat will stop in Bright’s cave area for kayaking (A bamboo boat will be arranged for the elderly or people who cannot kayak) to visit the small cave and beautiful lagoons. Kayaking provides the opportunity to explore the beautiful lagoons and get closer to the island. As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while our boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area.

In the evening you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring.

 

 

*Transfer by Shuttle bus operated by Phoenix Cruiser

 

 

Day 4:    Halong - Hanoi (Join-in) - Hue
 
 

Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape surrounded by fresh air. Next, you will visit the impressive Cave of Ha Long Bay – Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.

Check out of your cabin and settle your bill as our boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Ha Long Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Ha Long Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands. A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people, which will be a great end to the day before your departure to Hue. 

 

 

*Transfer by Shuttle bus operated by Phoenix Cruiser

Day 5:    Hue
 
 

After an early breakfast, you will meet your guide and driver at 8:30am and you will visit the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh.

Tu Duc was Vietnam's fourth emperor and lived from 1829 until 1883. During his reign, Vietnam lost its independence to France. Tu Duc is said to have had 104 concubines. 

Khai Dinh King was Vietnam’s Emperor from 1916 to 1925. His tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence, as it is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details.

Then you will visit the Forbidden Purple City, constructed under the Emperor Gia Long's, in the early 19th century. It is located in the Citadel of Hue, which was badly damaged during the Tet offensive of 1968.

Established as the capital of unified Viet Nam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious center under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. Hue was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. 

Upon arrival to Da Nang, we will visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, opened in 1915. Then, we will explore the villages around the Marble Mountains, where very skillful artisans work on their products made of marble / granite and visitors can choose a collection of excellent stone products to buy as souvenirs.  We will later continue driving towards Hoi An.

Day 7:    Hoi An
 
 

All day is free at leisure.

Day 8:    Hoi An
 
 

All day is free at leisure. 

Day 9:    Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City
 
 

After arriving in Ho Chi Minh City from Da Nang airport, the rest of the day is free at leisure. 

Day 10:    Ho Chi Minh City
 
 

A trip to Sai Gon offers you a good experience of the country‘s most dynamic city – a vital economic hub with bustling life. Sai Gon is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influence, with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits. Modern office skyscrapers, amidst Chinese style pagodas and food stalls, street vendors along the street, they all create a dynamic urban area in a very traditionally modern sense.

In the morning, you will start the trip by heading to China Town and visit Binh Tay Market, stop over at Thien Hau, a 150 year old Chinese Temple, followed by the remarkable War Remnants Museum.

In the afternoon, visit the Reunification Palace, followed by an exploration of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. End the trip with a visit to Ben Thanh Market: time for shopping.

Day 11:    Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Can Tho
 
 

This morning, after breakfast, you will travel to Ben Tre. Upon arrival, enjoy a boat cruise along a tributary of the Mekong. Take a short walk to various local workplaces where you can witness how local people work, including visits to the brick kiln, the fruit orchards, a coconut candy workshop, all this within the local cottage industries. The boat will then stop at a quiet village where you can have a short walk to experience village life, visit a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven by hand – you can even have a go at weaving yourself.

Today will be free at your leisure until your departure to the airport to catch your flight back home or to your next destination. 

Tour includes: 

- All transfers and transport as per program

- All accommodation as per program 

- Service of English speaking station guides as mentioned in program

- All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

- All entrance fees on tour

 

Tour does not include:

- Air tickets both domestic and international

- Insurance

- Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs, etc. 

- Visa fees and/or visa authorization

- Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary 

- Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (Christmas period, normally New Year periods, Tet period)

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

Hi, Welcome to Vietnam. My name is Thanh and I am your local travel expert.
Traveling has always been a part of my life. 
Personally I love being in Saigon, not only because I’m a Saigonese but also Saigon has a dynamic lifestyle and always gives a warm welcome. Moreover, I think Vietnamese food is the most important thing to keep everyone loving Vietnam as I do. You will be surprised by the way we cook and the taste.
I would love to welcome you to Vietnam and you will have your own incredible experience....

Contact >>

Highlights

  • Travel from the north all the way to the south of the country

 

  • Explore the famous UNESCO World Heritage, Halong Bay and spend a night on a cruise

 

  • Experience all the influences of central Vietnam and get to know the country's culture

 

  • Find your way around in the country's biggest bustling city, Ho Chi Minh City

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