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Essence of Vietnam

Essence of Vietnam

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CV12

Duration: 14 Days  |  Pricing from: $1,750 USD per person (based on 2 persons)  |  Private Tour

Discover the wonders of Vietnam with our carefully crafted 14-day tour program, specially designed to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Our travel experts have meticulously planned every detail to ensure a journey of a lifetime. However, we understand that your preferences may vary, and that's why we offer the option to personalize the program according to your desires. Our dedicated team will work closely with you to create a tailor-made solution that perfectly aligns with your needs. If you find this tour intriguing, please reach out to us with a request. Additionally, feel free to share any additional information or specific requirements you have, enabling us to further customize the program to your satisfaction.

Overview

Day 1: Welcom to Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Highlights of Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay - Fly to Danang for Hoi An - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 5: Highlights of Hoi An - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An - Leisure Day - Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An - Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) - Overnight in HCMC

Day 8: Highlights of HCMC & Cu Chi Tunnels - Overnight in HCMC

Day 9: HCMC - Mekong Delta - Overnight in Can Tho

Day 10: Mekong Delta - Speed boat to Phu Quoc Island - Overnight in Phu Quoc

Day 11: Phu Quoc - Leisure Day - Overnight in Phu Quoc

Day 12: Phu Quoc - Leisure Day - Overnight in Phu Quoc

Day 13: Phu Quoc - Fly back to HCMC - Overnight in HCMC

Day 14: Departure From HCMC- Good bye Vietnam

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Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO HANOI

City of Saigon
Ben Thanh Market

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, a private driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in the center of Hanoi. After checking in, you can relax and get familiar with the city. Take a stroll around the neighborhood or enjoy the hotel's facilities. In the evening, explore Hanoi's culinary scene, walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, or simply unwind at the hotel. Get a good night's rest to prepare for your adventures the next day.

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DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF HANOI

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After breakfast, you will start your day by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Uncle Ho's house on stilts to learn about the life and legacy of Vietnam's beloved leader. Next, you will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a unique temple built on a single stone pillar, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. After a quick lunch break, you will head to the Hoa Lo Prison, known as the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, to gain insight into the country's history of struggle and resistance. Next, you will visit the Women's Museum, which showcases the important role of women in Vietnam's history and culture. You will then take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter to soak up the atmosphere and experience local life. Your last stop of the day will be at Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple, where you can learn about the legend of the lake and its significance to the people of Hanoi. To wrap up the day, you will attend a traditional water puppet show, a unique and entertaining art form that has been a part of Vietnam's cultural heritage for centuries.

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DAY3: HANOI - HALONG BAY

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In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi and driven to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the pier in Halong City, you will board the cruise ship. As you cruise through the mesmerizing limestone karsts and crystal-clear waters, a delicious lunch will be served on board. Take in the stunning scenery as you glide along the bay. You will have the opportunity to visit a fascinating cave, where a guided tour will unveil its impressive formations. In the afternoon, you can choose to swim, kayak, or simply relax on the sun deck. As the sun sets, enjoy a delectable dinner on the boat, surrounded by the breathtaking views of Halong Bay. You will spend the night on the cruise ship, immersed in the serene ambiance of the bay.

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DAY 4: HALONG BAY - FLY TO DANANG FOR HOI AN

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Wake up early to witness the captivating sunrise over the bay. Participate in a Tai Chi session on the sundeck to rejuvenate your body and mind. After a hearty breakfast, the cruise will continue to explore different areas of Halong Bay, allowing you to discover more hidden treasures and awe-inspiring landscapes. A delicious brunch will be served on board as the boat gradually returns to the pier. After disembarking from the cruise, you will be transferred back to Hanoi and then onward to the airport for a short flight to central Vietnam. Upon arrival at Danang airport, our team will be there to pick you up and transfer you to the beautiful city of Hoi An. Check into your hotel and enjoy a comfortable stay for the night, immersing yourself in the charm and atmosphere of this historic town. Please note that the exact itinerary may vary depending on the chosen cruise company and weather conditions.

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DAY 5: HIGHLIGHTS OF HOI AN

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Hoi An is a charming city, a beautifully preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port, dating back from the 15th to the 19th century, and its unique heritage is reflected in its buildings and street plan, influenced by both indigenous and foreign cultures. On this day, you will get picked up and head to the boat dock after breakfast for a unique experience in a fishing village. You'll have the opportunity to see and learn about the life of the fishing community, and take a short ride in a basket boat, cycle through the countryside along quiet country roads lined with fields of rice, coconut, and corn. Return to Hoi An town in the afternoon for a tour of the Old Quarter. The tour will include visits to famous cultural sites such as the Japanese Bridge, temples, and merchant townhouses.

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DAY 6: HOI AN - LEISURE DAY

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You have a day of leisure to spend as you wish in Hoi An. The town has plenty to offer, from the beautiful beach to lanterns, shopping, boat trips, cooking classes, and cycling tours. It's a shopping paradise with tailor-made shops for shoes and clothes. The town's cuisine is also a major attraction, with a variety of delicious and affordable options available. This free day provides you with the opportunity to explore Hoi An at your own pace and leisure.

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DAY 7: HOI AN - FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY (HCMC)

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After breakfast at your hotel, you will have some free time to explore Hoi An or do some shopping before your departure. In the afternoon, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. You may want to explore the city on your own, relax at your hotel, or take an optional motorbike tour in the evening to see the city's sights and sounds from a different perspective.

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DAY 8: HIGHLIGHTS OF HCMC & CU CHI TUNNELS

Depart early in the morning to beat the crowds and head to Cu Chi Tunnels, located about 70 km from Ho Chi Minh City. These tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and are a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people. Explore the tunnels and learn about the history of the war and the role of the tunnels in the conflict. After the Cu Chi Tunnels visit, return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh City's top attractions including Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, War Remnants Museum, and the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace of South Vietnam. End your day with a memorable experience by admiring the spectacular sunset view from the top of the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in Vietnam.

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DAY 9: HCMC - MEKONG DELTA

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On this day, you will leave Ho Chi Minh City and head to the Mekong Delta, a region famous for its scenic beauty and traditional way of life. Your first stop is Ben Tre, a province known for its coconut groves and cottage industries. Enjoy a 2-hour drive through the countryside and soak in the stunning scenery of rural Vietnam. Upon arrival in Ben Tre, you will embark on a motorboat ride along narrow canals, where you will have the chance to observe locals making traditional handicrafts like bricks and coconut candies. Take a ride on a motor cart or join a cycling tour to explore the coconut forests, rice fields, and vegetable gardens. After lunch, continue your journey with a relaxing sampan boat ride, drifting along a small canal lined with nipa palm trees. You will arrive in Can Tho city, the Mekong Delta's capital city, late in the afternoon. Spend the night here and enjoy the city's unique blend of modern amenities and traditional culture.

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DAY 10: MEKONG DELTA - SPEED BOAT TO PHU QUOC ISLAND

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Start your day with an early morning visit to the vibrant Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho. Embark on a boat and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you witness local vendors trading their fresh produce and goods. Marvel at the colorful array of fruits, vegetables, and other items, and experience the unique culture of the Mekong Delta. After exploring the floating market, return to your hotel in Can Tho for a delicious breakfast. Fuel up for the day ahead with a variety of local specialties and international dishes. Once you've finished breakfast, check out of your hotel and prepare for the journey to Phu Quoc Island. You will be transferred to Rach Gia, where you'll board an express boat that will take you to the stunning island. Upon arrival in Phu Quoc, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Check-in and take some time to unwind and settle into your accommodation. Enjoy the warm hospitality and relaxing ambiance of the island.

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DAY 11: PHU QUOC ISLAND - LEISURE DAY

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Enjoy a full day of relaxation and exploration on Phu Quoc Island. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush landscapes, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Spend the day sunbathing on the beach, taking refreshing swims, or simply unwinding in the tranquil surroundings. You can also indulge in water sports such as snorkeling, diving, or kayaking to discover the island's vibrant marine life. For nature enthusiasts, a visit to the Phu Quoc National Park is a must, where you can embark on hiking trails and immerse yourself in the island's rich biodiversity. In the evening, savor delicious local cuisine at beachfront restaurants or explore the night markets for unique souvenirs.

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DAY 12: PHU QUOC ISLAND - LEISURE DAY

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Continue to make the most of your time on Phu Quoc Island with another day of leisure. Choose to relax on the beach and soak up the sun or engage in thrilling water activities. If you're interested in history and culture, visit the Phu Quoc Prison Museum or explore local fishing villages to gain insight into the island's heritage. For a serene experience, embark on a boat trip to nearby islands and enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters. Alternatively, pamper yourself with a spa treatment at one of the island's luxurious resorts, rejuvenating your body and mind. As the day comes to an end, relish a picturesque sunset over the horizon and enjoy a delightful dinner at one of the island's renowned seafood restaurants.

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DAY 13: PHU QUOC - FLY BACK TO HCMC

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On your final day in Phu Quoc, take some time to relax and enjoy the island's beauty before bidding farewell. Visit any attractions or engage in activities that you might have missed during your stay. Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, capture stunning photographs, or simply savor the tranquil atmosphere. In the afternoon, prepare for your departure as you check out from your hotel. You will be transferred to Phu Quoc Airport for your flight back to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Reflect on the unforgettable memories you've created on Phu Quoc Island as you embark on your journey back home.

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DAY 14: DEPARTURE FROM HCMC

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As you say goodbye to Vietnam, cherish the beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality you've experienced. We hope your trip has been unforgettable and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Safe travels!

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