Classic Vietnam & Beach

Start: Hanoi Finish: Phu Quoc Island

Visiting: Hanoi, Bái Tử Long, Hội An, Hue, Củ Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Phu Quoc


Duration: 15 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour Operator: Absolute Asia Travel

Group size: 2 - 12

Age range: 10-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

The journey begins from Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital city which takes in the highlights from the North to the South. You will enjoy a cyclo ride of Hanoi's Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture; experience the uniquely northern Vietnamese water puppet performance; spend a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk; visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot; tread in the footsteps of emperors from the Forbidden City to the imperial tombs of Hue; explore the engrossing underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels; visit the Mekong Delta - Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, cruise the watery through sleepy villages and green fields. Your holiday rounds off with 3 nights in a secluded beach resort on unspoiled tropical island of Phu Quoc.

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Welcome to Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be welcome by one of our representative and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own. Meals: None Overnight in Hanoi

icon Day 2 : Hanoi – Free Morning of Leisure – Afternoon Street Food on Foot Tour

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Street foods

After breakfast, your time will be your own! At 11.00 AM, embark on a Hanoi street food tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter where your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tempt your taste buds with the famed Hanoi dishes at local eateries. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. At the end of your tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be your own! Meals: Breakfast, Street Foods Overnight in Hanoi

icon Day 3 : A Day in Hanoi - Vietnam's Capital

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This city tour of Hanoi takes in essential sites which will commence from your hotel lobby at 08.30 a.m. In the morning, you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. After lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you'll continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples; enjoy a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. Note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Hanoi

icon Day 4 : Off to Bai Tu Long Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)

Location: Bái Tử Long

Accommodation: Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At 08.00 AM, you will be picked up at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Bai Tu Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break en-route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk with cruise briefing, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit a less visited ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight on a cruise boat on Bai Tu Long Bay.

icon Day 5 : Continue Cruising - Hanoi - Flight to Danang, Transfer to Hoi An

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. You will visit a fishing village by a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and pearl farms before cruising back to the main harbor for the 4 hour drive straight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon flight to Danang. On arrival, met and transferred to your selected hotel in Hoi An. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Overnight in Hoi An

icon Day 6 : Hoi An - Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

At 9:00 AM sharp, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to give you a proper show-around of the old town. You'll start a walking tour with a lion's share of places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls; the museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you'll meander through tiny streets studded by houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. After such gallavanting, your time will be your own to wander around or getting amongst some retail therapy. This afternoon is your own. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Hoi An

icon Day 7 : Hoi An – Free Day of Leisure

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

A free day in Hoi An to spend as your wish! Apart from exploring Hoi An's World Heritage architecture & colorful market on foot, you might visit Vietnam's grandest Cham ruins at My Son; attend a cooking class at a riverside restaurant; or join other travelers to get up close and personal to daily farming and fishing life. For early risers, why not capture the real Hoi An by joining a 4-hour photography tour led by a local expat expert? If you want to go below, hop on a boat to Cu Lao Cham Island for a fun and relaxing day to explore exotic coral reefs and marine life [best between March & September]. If you'd like any of these activities to be included during your free time in Hoi An, just let it be known during your enquiry, or ask one of the Travel Specialists. Meals: Breakfast Overnight in Hoi An

icon Day 8 : Free Morning in Hoi An - Drive North to Hue

Location: Hue

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

A free morning at leisure in Hoi An. Afternoon drive north to the Royal City of Hue with en-route stop to visit either the Cham Museum in the city centre OR the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature. Continue the scenic route to Hue, enjoy the view of the coast line and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds) makes your journey interesting and have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. Meals: Breakfast Overnight in Hue

icon Day 9 : Hue - Imperial Citadel & Royal Tombs

Location: Hue

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you'll spend the full day for a city tour of Imperial City of Hue, firstly with the ancient walled Citadel including the former Imperial Palace. You'll then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue. You might get some great deals done at the local Dong Ba Market. Have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will cruise the Perfume River by a dragon boat to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and drive to visit the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang or King Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel by road just before sunset. Hue was the Vietnamese capital during the Nguyen Dynasty 1802-1945 and ruins of the city’s regal past can still be seen inside the Citadel and the Imperial City. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City was modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. Many of the buildings were damaged by French aerial bombing and the Tet Offensive in 1968. Now it is slowly being restored thanks to generous funding by UNESCO. Note: You might consider a candle-lit dinner set in a garden house which is a traditional feature of Hue's culture. Both the garden house and the cuisine are great introduction into Hue's culture. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Hue

icon Day 10 : Morning Flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Visit Cu Chi Tunnels

Location: Củ Chi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, drive to Phu Bai airport in Hue for an afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you will be met by another local expert guide who will escort you for 1,5-hour drive to Cu Chi Tunnels. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. Return to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 18.00. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

icon Day 11 : Explore Ho Chi Minh City Tour (Formerly Saigon)

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opener to a part of Vietnam's proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue by heading to Chinatown with walking tour through back streets of China town near Cho Lon to view the local daily life. Stop off for a visit of Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers. We delve deeper into Chinatown visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where locals shop. Then you'll be back to hotel at around 17:00. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

icon Day 12 : Explore the Mekong Delta, Transfer to Can Tho

Location: Can Tho

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning you'll head south to visit of Cai Be floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Then, an optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn ...Visit a handicraft village where you can see how they make rice-net for spring-rolls, fish sauce & soya sauce, cooking salt, sewing coconut-leaves for cottage roof. Later, a rowing boat will take you deeper into the countryside on smaller canals to enjoy peacefulness of the Delta. You will also see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves and see some activities of the local farmers with an opportunity to interact with them and see how they catch fish or pick up fruits by ancestral ways in Mekong Delta. A tasty lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon walk around and then enjoy some fresh fruits while listening to the traditional music. The trip today also takes in some gentle cycling along village paths to see the local farms, houses, real life and the ancestral ways to pick up fruits in Mekong Delta. The cruise will end at Vinh Long city where you will drive to Can Tho in the heart of the Mekong Delta for overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Can Tho

icon Day 13 : Visit Cai Rang Floating Market – Flight to Phu Quoc

Location: Phu Quoc

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today an half hour boat cruise will take you to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market to experience a special type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships. Then continue to small canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. Return to Can Tho and observing the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Drive to Can Tho airport for a short flight to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by resort’s shuttle. Note: Cai Rang market is one of the three biggest markets (Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Cai Rang) in the Mekong Delta. You can visit the market at any time of the day but it is most crowded and busy from sunrise to 6:00 am. Meals: Breakfast Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

icon Day 14 : Phu Quoc - Free Days of Leisure

Location: Phu Quoc

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Free days at leisure on Phu Quoc Island! Phu Quoc Island is now becoming the paradise resort in Vietnam. It is not only the perfect destination for leisure beach vacations but also popular for weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City. Besides relaxing on the white sandy beach, you can also explore villages to see the local life or many famous fish sauce factories located around this peaceful island. Tour starts and ends in Saigon. On this 4 days relaxing escape visit Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf Of Thailand, a perfect relaxation spot with forested mountains and white sandy beaches. Meals: Breakfast Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

icon Day 15 : Phu Quoc - Free Days of Leisure

Location: Phu Quoc

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Free days at leisure on Phu Quoc Island! Meals: Breakfast Overnight on Phu Quoc Island

icon Day 16 : Returning Home

Location: Phu Quoc

Meals: Breakfast

Your time will be your own until being picked up the airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport in good time to connect with you departure flight. Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Fully Guided

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    Entrance Fees

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Local Taxes

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    Accommodation

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Meals – Half Board

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Drinks with Meals

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    Country Entry Visas

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Absolute Asia Travel requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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