Vietnam Highlights (14 Days) – Travel to Vietnam

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Vietnam Highlights (14 Days) – Travel to Vietnam

Highlights of our Vietnam Tailor-made holiday:
Hanoi, Hue, tropical beaches, Ho Chi Minh City, four World Heritage areas, natural scenery, boat cruises, floating markets, and Cu Chi tunnels.

Our Vietnam holiday starts with two days in Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, our staff will be waiting to greet you and transfer by a private car to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your flight followed by a “Welcome” dinner at a good restaurant in a colonial building. In the evening, you”ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry.

After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you the sights of Hanoi, covering the Van Mieu Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son temple, and Hanoi”s Old Quarter and so on.

How you get around is entirely up to you. You can be driven, walk, ride in a cyclo.

Meals: one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel and evening, and the following daytime

Two-day cruise in Ha Long Bay and another night in Hanoi
It takes about a three and a half hours drive to Ha Long Bay, but a comfortable car and an experienced guide to explain the rural life of the Red River Delta makes the time run fast. Your boat will be a traditional-style wooden junk or the Emeraude, a luxury replica of the paddle steamers.

Your junk will take you to the islands and caves with time for swimming, fishing, taking spectacular photos, or venturing into some of the sea level grottoes in a small sampan, all weather permitting, of course.

Meals: two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
Guide: fully escorted

Two nights in Hue


You’ll take your noon flight to Hue. When you arrive, a car and your guide will meet to drive you to the Imperial City of Hue. The main attractions are the Citadel, Dong Ba market, the Royal Tombs and the unique ‘garden houses”. You”ll enjoy dinner in one of the unique garden houses on the second evening where you’ll find out the distinctive characteristics of classic Hue cuisine.

Meals: two breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner
Guide: transfer to Hanoi airport, fully escorted thereafter


Two nights in the ancient town of Hoi An
You”ll travel by road to Danang. On the way you”ll cross the high mountain pass of Hai Van – the splendid views of Lang Co beach, village and lagoon.

You’ll have visits to Cham Museum, Hoi An-charming town and the mysterious My Son Sanctuary.

Meals: two breakfasts and one lunch
Guide: daytime on the first day, and the morning of the second day

Four nights in Ho Chi Minh City and one in the Mekong Delta
An afternoon flight takes you to bustling Ho Chi Minh City.
The main attractions should be the History Museum, the Museum of War Remnants, Post Office,China town, Ben Thanh market, the Jade Emperor Temple, and a workshop making high quality lacquerware furniture and articles.

A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh in time to watch the mid-day ceremony at the Cao Dai Holy See followed by a visit to the famous Cu Chi tunnels.

Then a drive will take you to the Mekong. From there, you”ll cruise the Mekong River to visit the fruit orchards, traditional family-run brick kilns, and wide range of varied cottage industries. A workshop making the huge coffins unique to the Mekong is particularly interesting. You”ll spend that night in Can Tho, the ‘capital” of the Mekong.

Your following morning starts with a visit to the liveliest floating market at Cai Rang before returning to land and driving back to Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll spend another night in Ho Chi Minh City.


Meals: five breakfasts, four lunches and one dinner
Guide: daytime on the first and last day, and fully escorted on the Mekong Delta

Time to leave!
You”ll end your tour with a free day until your car arrives to take you to Ho Chi Minh City”s Tan Son Nhat airport.

Meals: one breakfast

This is an example of one of our tailor-made Vietnam holidays – We”ll be pleased to design similar luxury vacations or value-for-money holidays with dates, itinerary, luxury travel and Vietnam travel information, all customised to your personal preferences.

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (G)

Arriving at Noi Bai airport, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax after your journey. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L, G)

You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century, and a popular attraction, Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the president palace, his house on stilt, the One Pillar pagoda and his museum. You’ll then drive to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups.

After lunch, you’ll visit the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake. You’ll also call in at the bustling Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son temple. The Old Quarter is a magnet for visitors, a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture – traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices. You’ll spend your night in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay (B, L, D, DP)

After an early breakfast, you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay. This takes roughly 3.5 hours. You may stop en-route to admire the local scenery. Arrive at the port around 11:30am and board the wooden boat. Begin sailing and pass through magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. After lunch, your boat cruise will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. If weather permits, you’ll be able to swim, fish, climb a hill (not a mountain!) for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood, and you’ll sleep in a twin/double cabin with an en suite toilet and shower.

Day 4: Ha Long Bay/Hanoi (Brunch, DP)

Getting up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise and the fresh air, you’ll then cruise to see the floating village before having lunch. Your boat will dock around noon and you’ll leave for Hanoi. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Hanoi at about 4pm. You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi/Hue (B, G)

In the morning, you’ll have free time to stroll around the Old Quarter until your private car and drive arrives to take you to Noi Bai airport for your noon flight to Hue. Upon arrival at Phu Bai airport, your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. After that, your guide will take you on a tour of Hue’s ancient citadel – Vietnam’s former imperial capital and a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. With an area of 500ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, this citadel is far more elaborate than those constructed by previous empires. You’ll begin with a stroll around the area between the Citadel’s massive walls and the defensive moat, now filled with lotus flowers. You’ll then enter via the Noon Gate to wander around the Thai Hoa Palace, the Pavilion housing the Nine Urns of the Nguyen rulers, and the remains of the Royal Palaces. You’ll then back across the river to modern Hue and the bustling Dong Ba market. You’ll spend the night in Hue.

Day 6: Hue (B, L, D, G)

Your morning will be taken up by a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, and then by road to the Royal Tombs of Emperor Minh Mang and, in the afternoon, Emperor Khai Dinh. From there, you’ll return to Hue to visit one of city’s ‘garden houses’ and then return to your hotel to freshen-up. In the evening, you’ll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of another of the garden houses. You’ll spend the night in Hue.

Day 7: Hue/Hoi An (B, L, G)

In the morning, your car and driver will take you to Danang. On the way, you”ll cross the Hai Van mountain pass. The views from the top are excellent – you should be able to see Lang Co beach and village, and the lagoon far below, with Danang spread out before you to the south.

Upon arriving in Danang, you’ll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum. You’ll arrive at Hoi An around noon time. After lunch, you’ll have a guided visit to Hoi An colourful local market, Tan Ky old house, Fukien Assembly Hall, and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. You can also see local residents raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An”s burgeoning textile industry and spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An/My Son/Hoi An (B, G)

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to the World Heritage My Son Sanctuary, show you the remains of the remarkable brick towers, and explain their origins and purpose. When you return, the rest of the day will be free. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An/Danang/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Danang airport for your noon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted and driven to your hotel in the city centre. You’ll have free time to spend as you wish. Your overnight accommodation will be in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City exploration (B, L, G)

After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll visit the History Museum where there is a special exhibition of the 5th century ‘Oc Eo’ civilisation. The Museum of War Remnants provides a riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’. The Binh Tay market is located in China Town which is the biggest one in Ho Chi Minh City.

You’ll visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office. You’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll then return your hotel for freshen up or wander around the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City/Tay Ninh/Cu Chi/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See in time to watch the mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you’ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long/Can Tho (B, L, G)

After breakfast, you’ll travel to Vinh Long where a Mekong River cruise will take you to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries. You’ll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll call in at the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda, renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then drive to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Day 13: Can Tho/Cai Rang floating market/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

Wake up early in the morning, you’ll be driven to the boat pier for taking the boat ride on Mekong River which is the longest and most prosperous in Asia, visit the famous floating market Cai Rang, where you can see the daily life and local people selling their products on boats. Then a cruising to small cannels will bring you to one of the local family and their orchard, taste tropical fruits, green tea. After that, you’ll drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for another night stay.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, DP)

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to the airport for your international departure flight. Tour ends!

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, G = Guide, DP = Driver pickup


Hotel list for First Class standard:

• Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole Hotel (*****Luxury Room Historic Wing)
• Ha Long Bay: Valentine Junk (Suite cabin)
• Hue: La Residence Hotel & Spa (****Colonial Suite)
• Hoi An: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa (****Junior Suite)
• Ho Chi Minh City: Park Hyatt Hotel (***** Park room)
• Can Tho: Victoria Cantho Resort (**** Suite)

Hotel list for Deluxe standard:

• Hanoi: Melia Hotel (***** Deluxe room at Royal Service Floor)
• Ha Long Bay: Valentine Junk (Deluxe cabin)
• Hue: Celadon Palace Hotel (****Deluxe room)
• Hoi An: Life Resort (****Junior Suite Riverview room)
• Ho Chi Minh City: Legend Hotel (***** Deluxe room) or similar
• Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (**** Deluxe room)

Hotel list for Superior standard:

• Hanoi: Quoc Hoa Hotel (***Deluxe Classic room)
• Ha Long Bay: Indochina Sails (Superior cabin)
• Hue: Huong Giang Hotel (****Deluxe Riverview room)
• Hoi An: Riverside Resort Hotel (****Superior Riverview room)
• Ho Chi Minh City: Grand Hotel (**** Deluxe room at the New Wing)
• Can Tho: Victoria Can Tho Resort (**** Superior Room)

Hotel list for Mid-range standard:

• Hanoi: Golden Lotus Hotel (***Deluxe room)
• Ha Long Bay: Huong Hai traditional junk
• Hue: Green Hotel (****Deluxe room)
• Hoi An: Ancient House Resort (***Special room)
• Ho Chi Minh City: Hoang Hai Long Hotel (*** city centre – Deluxe room)
• Can Tho: Kim Tho Hotel (***comfortable local hotel, conveniently located – Superior room)

Prices (person in US dollars):

Number in group
3 – 4
5 – 8
9 – 12
13 – 16
*Supplement for single occupancy
First Class


Currency converter: Exchange rate will be applied as shown in our Table of Exchange Rate.


At the time of quotation, Vietnam Exotic Tours reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

These prices are valid until September 30, 2011. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.




Tour duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / Tailor-made
Tour Price: Available upon Request
Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best deal based upon your travel period and specific touring requirements.


NOTE: Supplement will apply for travelers booking a single room

Our Vietnam Highlifht includes:

• Daily breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
• Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Ho Chi Minh City , including domestic airport taxes.
• Boat cruises as specified in the programme.
• Tours and transfer in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
• The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
• Entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
• Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
• VAT and other taxes

Our Vietnam Highlight does not include:

• International flight tickets and airport tax.
• Visas
• Dinners, except as specified above.
• Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
• Camera fees (if any)
• Insurance.

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