Essential Vietnam

12 day Essential Vietnam is a wonderful journey designed for those who want to experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, but only have limited time.You will explore the charming elegance of Hanoi capital, the scenic karst outcrops in Halong Bay, Hue's imperial city, the ancient & tranquil Hoi An town, Nha Trang city of white sand beaches, the hill station of Da Lat, the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and the authentic Mekong River Delta.
From: Call 12 days/11 nights

General Overview of 12 day Essential Vietnam Holiday Package.

12 day Essential Vietnam is a short Vietnam holiday package suitable for the travelers who have a limited time but would like to explore the most charming attractions in Vietnam.As a long country, there is some differences in local cultures & weather, you are expected to visit a thousand year-old capital of Hanoi - the most interesting one in Asia with tree-lined streets,colonial buildings & beautiful lakes ; a UNESCO natural heritage of Halong bay with a pleasant cruise along limstone islands emerging on the emerald water.Then catch a short flight to the central part of Vietnam- visiting royal palace & pagoda in immperial city of Hue; and to worth-living Da Nang city with a nice stay & visit to Hoi An ancient town.Continue to Vietnam's beach city of Nha Trang city, then to a hill station town of Da Lat city as the French's holiday escapes from the lowland's heat in Sai Gon & surrounding regions in the past.This travel package is ending up with a visit to the biggest center of trade & commerce in Vitenam (Ho Chi Minh city) & the biggest rice basket in Vietnam (peaceful & rustic Mekong river delta ).

This Essential Vietnam package is well customized with regular inspection will surely give you a good sense of Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, its interesting culture & friendly people

Scenic Vietnam Holiday

Brief travel itinerary of 12 day Essential Vietnam Holiday Package

  • Day 1. Hanoi arrival & Hanoi city exploration.Overnight in Hanoi city (D)
  • Day 2. Hanoi -Halong bay.Explore Halong bay & overnight in Halong bay Cruise (B, L, D)
  • Day 3. Halong bay visit on Halong bay cruise till lunch - Hanoi.Overnight in Hanoi city (B, L)
  • Day 4. Hanoi flight to Hue, Hue city visit.Overnight in Hue city (B)
  • Day 5. Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An.Overnight in Hoi An town (B)
  • Day 6. Hoi An visit to its ancient town & boat ride along Thu Bon river.Overnight in Hoi An town (B)
  • Day 7. Hoi An - Da Nang flight to Nha Trang city, visit Nha Trang's attractions.Overnight in Nha Trang (B)
  • Day 8. Nha Trang - Da Lat city & visit Da Lat city's highlights.Overnight in Da Lat city (B)
  • Day 9. Da Lat drive to Ho Chi Minh city.Overnight in HCM city (B)
  • Day 10. Ho Chi Minh city visit to its attractions & Cu Chi tunnel.Overnight in HCMC (B)
  • Day 11. HCMC visit to Cai Be floating market, Mekong river delta.Overnight in HCMC (B)
  • Day 12. Ho Chi Minh city departure (B)

Thien Mu pagoda- Hue

Thien Mu pagoda in Hue city

What you can expect from this Essential Vietnam Holiday Package?

  • Feeling the bustle & hustle of modern cities of Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh.
  • Enjoy the hidden charms & historical values of immperial Hue city & tranquil Hoi An ancient town.
  • Have an awesome journey on Halong bay cruise to admire Halong bay's magnificent landscapes - the UNESCO's heriatage.
  • Leisure relaxation on white sandy beaches with a visit to Nha Trang coastal city.
  • Experience a pleasant retreat on a visit to Da Lat - a hill station city in Vietnam Central Highland.
  • Amazed at the traditional way of life still thriving in the tranquil Mekong delta
  • Chances to immerse in the local daily life and interact with hospitable locals on the journey.

More photos of this travel package.

Minh Mang Mausoleum

Minh Mang complex- Hue

Duc Ba Church-HCM city

Duc Ba church- Ho Chi Minh city

Essential Vietnam Holiday - Nha Trang

Nha Trang beach

The detailed itinerary of Essential Vietnam 12 days/11 nights

Day 1: Hanoi arrival & Hanoi city exploration.Overnight in Hanoi (D)

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Hanoi city for your explore Hanoi city's attractions : Ho Chi Minh complex, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi old qurter.
Check in the hotel and have a wecome dinner at a local restaurant, one of the finest restaurants in Hanoi. Relax and stay over night at the hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong bay, visit Halong bay & overnight on Halong bay cruise (B/L/D)

8.00: Shuttle bus will pick up for a drive to Halong Bay. On the way, we stop for refreshment and photos.
12.30: Boarding the cruise. Welcome drink is served.
13.00-14.30: Lunch is served while cruising through Halong Bay. Roam around the labyrinth of the Bay through the Fighting Cock, Canh Buom, and stop for swimming then go for visiting Sung Sot cave (The Sudden Surprise). Kayak to Luon cave, Dau Nguoi Mountain, Titop beach.
18.30: Docking for overnight.
19.30: Dinner is served. Overnight on the Junk.
Vietnam- Holiday Package- Halong bay

Day 3: Halong cruise - Hanoi.Overnight in Hanoi (B/L)

08-09.30: Buffet breakfast while cruising back to Halong wharf and visit Fire Island, Dinh Huong Island, floating village.
10.30: Luggage pulls out. Have lunch. Clear all bills
11.30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say Goodbye.
12.00: Shuttle bus will take you back to Hanoi. Dinner on guest's account.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi flight to Hue & Hue city visit.Overnight in Hue city (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for the flight to Hue. Our tour guide in Hue will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in. As Vietnam’s last feudal capital, the small and quiet city of Hue is widely known for magnificent architectures, pagodas and royal tombs in the many small villages and surrounding hills. We spend the afternoon to sightsee Hue with the massive citadel, which contains the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. After an impressive boat trip, we return to the town and enjoy a walk to the bustling Dong Ba Market which sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass by many great eating spots, ideal places for visitors to sample some local delicacies. The beautiful riverside pagoda of Thien Mu which now becomes the symbol of Hue, and the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc are not to be missed. Stay overnight in Hue.
Vietnam Holiday Package - Hue  

Day 5: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An Ancient Town.Overnight in Hoi An (B)

Upon leaving Hue we drive south to Hoi An which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. The scenic road is hugging the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes. We stop en route to visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang City, the My Khe Beach and the Marble Mountain whose peaks represent the five elements of the universe. Accommodation at your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 6: Hoi An ancient town visit.Overnight in Hoi An (B)

The ancient architecture of Hoi An is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There is plenty to see in this delightful town, like the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market.
Today, we include these on a walking tour passing many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past. A perfect way to round off the day is a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, which also gives us a chance to admire the spectacular countryside and explore a handicraft ceramic village and boat building yards. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7: Hoi An - Da Nang flight to Nha Trang, visit Nha Trang's highlights.Overnight in Nha Trang (B)

An early morning transfer to Da Nang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. The fabulous sunny weather, turquoise water surrounding a string of offshore islands, and white sandy beach stretching the whole length of the city make Nha Trang an ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape.
After checking into the hotel we visit Nha Trang's major sights, including the Oceanographic Institute, the Long Son Pagoda with its famous giant Buddha image, the Hon Chong Rock formation and the impressive Ponagar Cham Towers, which are overlooking the colourful fishing port. The remainder of the day will be free for a well earned rest on a beach. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Vietnam Holiday- Cham Tower

Day 8: Nha Trang - Da Lat, Da Lat city visit.Overnight in Da Lat city (B)

Upon leaving Nha Trang, we head south towards Da Lat, sometimes known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The journey will pass by the famous Cam Ranh Bay before arriving at the Po Klong Jarai Towers which represent an interesting culture and a colorful history of the Cham people.
At an elevation of over 1, 000 meters, the hill station of Da Lat was founded in the early year of the last century for the colonials to escape the heat and chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival in Da Lat, we start our tour taking us through plenty of the French colonial architecture to the summer residence of Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai, who was forced to abdicate in 1945, shortly after the end of the World War II. Other sights are the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda and Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the Crazy House because of its bizarre architecture. Overnight in Da Lat.

Day 9: Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City.Overnight in HCM city (B/L)

The following destination of our trip is Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by many locals. This bustling metropolis is a contradiction of its northern counterpart and is crowded with motobikes and cars. It is full of numerous shopping areas and sidewalk cafés.
After an enjoyable visit to the busy Hoa Binh Market, we make our way down hill to Ho Chi Minh City, traveling through the many tea and coffee plantations. The drive is long, but views are fantastic. Along the way we can make stops to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. Check into hotel and stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam Travel package - HCMC

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels.Overnight in HCM city (B)

The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market where everything and anything is for sale
We then transfer the Cu Chi Tunnels. An incredible underground network of approximately 200 km constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the American war. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Option: You can take a canoe tour to visit Cu Chi tunnels by boat and enjoy a different experience on Saigon river.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City day trip to Mekong River Delta (B/L)

Heading out of town, we travel by road to the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho we embark on a boat to navigate around the intricate small canals in the delta region. This is a great way to observe the local lifestyle close-up and catch a view of the many islands. The exciting excursion will pass the lush green vegetation before arriving at the famous Unicorn Island. Here we have opportunity to stroll around an orchard, taste many seasonal fruits and enjoy the wonderful traditional music.
The next stop of our trip is Ben Tre province to visit some fascinating local industries. After feasting on a large lunch we return to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping off along the way to see the beautiful Vinh Trang Pagoda and the Cho Lon, Saigon’s China town, which is crammed with sacred temples and mysterious, narrow lanes.

Vietnam Travel Package - Mekong delta

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Free at leisure until time transfer to airport for flight back home.
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The price is indicative (low-season) pricing only, and is the price per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin/double room in standard hotel accommodation.

Prices include:

  • All accommodations ( twin/double- shared room) with daily breakfast,
  • Transfers and land tranportation in private air-con vehicle with driver.
  • Local domestic flights in Vietnam ( Hanoi to Hue, Da Nang to Nha Trang).
  • Professional English speaking guide.
  • Meals as detailed in the tour itinerary (B-breakfast, L- lunch, D-dinner)
  • All entrance fees and boat fees of mentioned visiting places in the itinerary

Price does not include: visa fees, airport departure taxes where not included in air fares, tips and other personal expenses

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