DAYS
14

Vietnam Discovery Tour

Hanoi to Saigon (HCMC)
A 4000-year-old history country, Vietnam's special facts and figures have many to offer travelers over the world to explore our beauty, culture, and history. This package tour is created to take you back to the past from Vietnam's very first reign to the modern of the 20th century. Day by day, the trip will help you understand more about Vietnam history and remind us how valuable our current lives are. Let's time travel to the history with us.
Depart at: Ha noi
Finish at: Sai gon (Ho Chi Minh city)
Tour destinations: Ha noi - Duong Lam village - Tay Phuong pagoda - Ha Long bay - Ninh Binh - Phong Nha caves - Hue DMZ - Hoi an - Sai Gon - Cu chi

TOUR BRIEFING

Day 01: Welcome to Hanoi 
Day 02: Duong lam villages – Tay Phuong Pagoda 
Day 03: Hanoi – Halong full day 
Day 04: Hanoi – Ninh Binh full day 
Day 05: Hanoi – Fly to Quang binh where Phong Nha cave located 
Day 06: Phong Nha cave exploration
Day 07: DMZ tour – drive to Hue 
Day 08: Hue full day city tour 
Day 09: Hue Royal tombs tour – drive to Hoian 
Day 10: Hoi an city tour 
Day 11: Hoi An FREE day to explore   
Day 12: Hoi An – fly to Hochiminh city  
Day 13: Cu chi tunnel full day trip    
Day 14: Hochiminh city - Departure

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

Xin Chào! Welcome at Noi Bai Airport, located 40km from Hanoi center, by HIT Vietnam tour guide then transfer to hotel. This afternoon (if time permit, depend on your flight schedule) see a little of Hanoi as you are riding by traditional ‘cyclo’ through the intricate alleyways of Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy an introductory talk to Vietnam’s fascinating past by our informative tour guide before a welcome dinner with Vietnamese cuisine. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meal: Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 02: Duong lam village – Tay Phuong Pagoda 

Waking up in the morning, today we will start our cultural holiday with a visit to the most typical traditional village of Red river delta – Duong lam village. Duong lam is 50km from Hanoi center, with some ancient houses even 400 hundred years old built by unique materials: "đá ong" - a special local stone brick with the surface similar a bee hive ("đá" means stone, "ong" means bee). 
Lunch will be served at an ancient house. Proceed to visit Tay Phuong pagoda to admire a series of 18 Buddhist statues which were amazingly carved by skillful carpenters. Back to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 03: Hanoi – Halong full day 

Today is a full day to see Halong bay – twice recognized the World Heritage. After breakfast, we depart directly to the city of Quang ninh and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famed Halong Bay is located, in a 3.5 hours drive via Red River delta.
Upon arrival, we board on deluxe traditional junk for 4 hours to sail deeply in the bay. You visit a typical cave of the bay with magnificent stalagmite and stalag tile. If the weather is good, we may jump into the calm sea for a very enjoyable swimming. Seafood lunch is served on junk then back to port for a drive back to Hanoi city. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 04: Hanoi – Ninh Binh full day

Today, we will visit the place known as “Halong Bay on Land” and also be the first capital of Vietnam, even before 1000-year-old Hanoi city, Ninh Binh province. After a 2.5 hour driving, we visit Hoa Lu former citadel where the first Vietnamese Dynasty placed its palace. Today, Hoa lu is not much remained but the temple of King Dinh, King Le and the unique Queen of Vietnam, Queen Duong Van Nga. The next stop, We move to the natural beauty land of this place - Tam Coc visit by sampans ride along a lovely spring. Drive back to Hanoi and relax. Overnight in Hanoi
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 05: Hanoi – Fly to Phong Nha cave

Free day to self-explore Hanoi before departing for Quang Binh province by early afternoon. After arrival, we drive to a hotel to pull out the luggage and relax at the hotel. Quang Binh has recently been very famous for its caves. This is the location of Phong Nha National Park where the largest and third largest caves of the world - Son Doong and Hang En respectively. Trekking to those caves requests more time and a certain physical level. We will leave those caves for next time. In this tour, we is going to explore the first discovered cave of this caving system - Phong Nha cave by tomorrow. Free time at your own pace and dinner.
Overnight in Quang Binh. 
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Quang Binh

Day 06: Phong Nha cave exploration

Refresh up then we start our tour to one of world class’ masterpieces in Quang Binh – Phong Nha cave. We board a sampan along Son river to reach the cave. Along the river, you will listen to our tour guide talk about the cave information as well as the role of this place in Vietnamese history. You even can see the board “Hochiminh Legendary trail” in one bank of the river. Explore the cave for a few hours then back to downtown for overnight.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Quang Binh

Day 07: Dong Hoi – DMZ tour – Hue

Leaving Dong hoi by Hochiminh Trail (not A1 National way), that is much less traffic and more beautiful, we will have a short stop at Truong Son National Cemetery to pay respect to the soldiers who fought and died on the trail during the wars. From there, we head to Dong Ha Town passing Ben Tat Bridge, built by the VC(Viet Cong) over the Ben Hai River - the natural separator between North and South Vietnam in Vietnam - America war. The surrounding became DMZ during this time. Visiting the mystic Vinh Moc Tunnel and the historic Hien Luong Bridge, the special bridge with two ends controlled by two confronted political and army policies.
Head down to Hue city - the last imperial city of Vietnam. Dinner and overnight in Hue.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 08: Hue full day city tour

We have visited the first citadel of Vietnamese feudal, Ninh Binh. Today we move to central to visit the last citadel in Hue city. Different from Hoa Lu, Royal palace in Hue is in quite good conditions because it is listed in Cultural World Heritages and has existed just for over 200 years. This morning, we will go out for the visit the only citadel left in South East Asia called the Purple Forbidden Citadel. Enjoy a boat trip along Huong river to see Thien Mu Pagoda just located on a river's bank. After your own dinner, we are free to wander around the old city that depends on your choice. Overnight in Hue.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 09: Hue Royal tombs – drive to Hoian 

After breakfast, continue to see more about Hue city with Royal tombs: Tu Duc King and Khai Dinh Kinh’s tombs. These tombs reflect the luxury in their afterlife of Kings and also show the style of each King: Tu Duc loved poetry very much while Khai Dinh was very modern and opened to Western culture. Lunch is on your own account.
In the afternoon, we proceed to Hoian – another Cultural World Heritage in Central. Overnight in Hoi an
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 10: Hoi An city tour

Today take a short walking tour of Hoi An. Visit the local market, Tan Ky old house - a sample of Vietnamese culture, the Fukien Assembly Hall - a typical architecture masterpiece represented for Chinese culture and the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge - the symbol of Japanese culture marks. You will understand why Hoi An is so much special and lovely like that. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Hoi an.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 11: Hoi An free day to explore

A day at leisure in Hoian. You can relax on the white sand beach or just wander the many tailor shops around Hoi An center. You can also consider joining the optional morning cookery class which begin with a visit to the colorful market of Hoi an to purchase your ingredients then transfer the cooking school where a two-hour lesson follows for typical Vietnamese dishes. In the late afternoon, the option should be a gentle cruise tour on the Thu Bon River and finally, reward yourself with a delicious dinner with local specialties at one of many friendly restaurants. All optional are excluded, please contact us for your interest.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian

Day 12: Hoi An – fly to Saigon

Free in the morning. In the afternoon, our car picks you up and transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon. One of the highlights of your trip, this bustling city is a stark contrast to your itinerary so far. On arrival, take a short orientation tour of the city that includes the former Presidential Palace and History Museum. Overnight in Saigon.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 13: Cu chi tunnel trip

Cu chi tunnel is a well-known place to show an important part of Vietnam history. In the morning, we drive to the tunnel complex. Arrive in the tunnel after 1-hour drive, we start our exploration. Forget all about wrong/right sides in a painful war or opposite political views, we are here just to see and admire surviving ability of human beings in under basic living conditions and learn a little more about one pace in Vietnam history. 
In the afternoon. We drive to back to your hotel. Overnight in Saigon
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

Day 14: Saigon- Departure

Last see our most modern city, we do hope this tour is enough to get you fall in love with our country through its cultural and historical highlights besides its natural beauty. We transfer you to the airport for your next tours in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, or a flight back to your home country.
End of the services for "Vietnam Discovery Tour "
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

HIT Vietnam Tours wish you very enjoyable memories with our Vietnam Classic Tours!

Why this Tour?

  • 400 years old village - Duong Lam
  • Halong on Sea and "Halong on land" - Ninh Binh
  • Expose Vietnam history via Heritage line: Phong Nha, Hue, Hoi an
  • DMZ tour for Vietnam war history
  • Admire the unbelievable Cu Chi tunnel
  • Get sounds and sights of Sai gon and Hanoi

Rate Valid Dec 2017
(5% OFF in May-Sep)

Group 1 person: US$ 2470 pp
Group 2 persons: US$ 1530 pp
Group 3-4 persons: US$ 1320 pp
Group​ 5-6 persons: US$ 1070 pp
Single Supplement: US$ 300
Note: PP = per person.
Based on 3-star room standards
(Request room upgrade)


What is Included

  • Visa Approval Letter
  • Twin/double sharing at 3-star room standards
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car A/C transfer
  • Private English speaking guide (on spot)
  • Daily breakfast & meals as mentioned
  • Boat trips where indicated.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Bottled waters in touring days
  • Service charges & taxes (what this?)

What is NOT Included

  • Personal expenses
  • International flights from/to your country
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurances
  • Others not mentioned

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