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17 Days of Pure Vietnamese Essence

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  • Hanoi - Ba Vi - Sa Pa - Ha Long Bay - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Cai Rang Floating Market - Phu Quoc
  • 17 Days 16 Nights
  • Max People: 15
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Age range: 2 to 80
  • Pickup: Airport
Introduction
Vietnam will surprise you with its rich traditional culture, world heritage sites, stunning inland scenery, and world-renowned cuisine. Start your 17 Days of Pure Vietnamese Essence journey in Hanoi – Vietnam’s colonially influenced atmospheric capital, escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities in Ba Vi countryside, then be ready to be amazed by the most famous bay in Vietnam with the “Dragon” in its name. Moving on to Central Vietnam to immerse in the charming Hue and Hoi An. Moreover, head to the South and discover the amazing network of Cu Chi tunnels which was used by the  Viet Cong during the Vietnam War then explore the life of locals alongside the mighty Mekong River. Feel the essence of the calming ocean in Phu Quoc which is raw beauty, immerse yourself with white sand and emerald water sea, stay close to nature and sunbathe on the beach. 
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Itinerary
Start in Hanoi and end in Phu Quoc Island! With the In-depth Cultural tour The Essence of Vietnam In 17 Days, you have a 17 days tour package taking you through Hanoi, Vietnam and 7 other destinations in Vietnam. The Essence of Vietnam In 17 Days includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
 

Day 1Welcome To Vietnam - Hanoi Arrival

Your Vietnam adventure begins with your arrival in Hanoi. Your private driver will meet you at the airport, holding a signboard with your name. He will escort you to your accommodation right in the heart of the city, with the fascinating Old Quarter at your fingertips. You can easily explore the city at your own pace or relax at the hotel after the flight.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 Escape From The Bustling City With Ba Vi Eco Tour (B/L)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel then our experienced English-speaking guide escorts you on the trip to Ba Vi, a countryside located on the outskirt of Hanoi.

Arrive at Ri village, enjoy the welcome drink and snacks and meet your first host – Mr. Duoc, who is a Vietnam War veteran and tea-farm owner. Listen to the stories of Mr. Duoc’s life during the war while enjoying the drink and then visit his tea plantation. You will learn how to pick the best tea leaves to make the most wonderful beverage in Vietnam. Carry on with the tea production at his small workshop, where most of the work is manual.

Then have a short drive to Moc village, where you will meet your next host Mrs. Chin, who will teach you how to cook local Vietnamese dishes. Later have the meals you made for lunch in a beautiful tropical garden.

Have a short break after lunch, and join Mrs. Chin for a walk around the village. You will visit some local families to understand the rural lifestyle and learn how tofu, conical hats, and other local products are made. Then have a cycling trip through beautiful paddy fields.

Wrap up your countryside tour with traditional feet soak in warm water with herbs, following the traditional recipes of the Muong ethnic minority. It will relax you (and your feet) after cycling around the village.

Later, enjoy a transfer from Ba Vi back to your accommodation.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3Hanoi - Travel To Sapa (B) By Limousine Bus

Have an early breakfast at the hotel and complete the check-out formalities. Take the limousine bus to get to Sapa, the travel time will take around 6 hours. Upon arrival to Sapa, you will be transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to explore this charming town right in the middle of the mountains. 

Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4Trekking Along The Rice Terraces - Y Lynh Ho - Ta Van (B/L/D) Group Tour

Have breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide around 9:30 am and start your 12 km trekking. You will visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the Hmong minorities. On the way admire the breathtaking landscapes of rice terraces and mountains. Have lunch in Lao Chai village nearby the river. Continue your hike to Ta Van village of the Dzay people. Here you will stay overnight and have the opportunity to experience the daily life of and original customs of local people. 

Overnight at homestay.

Day 5Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan - Sapa (B/L) - Travel Back To Hanoi By Limousine Bus

Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dao minority. You will trek through a bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way, you will pass by a waterfall and rattan bridge, where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. From here you will start your journey back to Sapa by car. You will be transferred back to Hanoi by limousine bus. 

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6Excursion To The Natural Wonder Of The World Halong Bay (B/L/D) - Shared cruise

In the morning, check out of the hotel, and get picked up by the Cruise team. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. 

On arrival at the pier, you will board the cruise and enjoy the fantastic views of limestone rocks and the karst grottoes. Have an utterly delicious seafood lunch and enjoy the time at the sundeck exploring the Bay. 

The cruise will stop in a secret place where you will spend time kayaking or swimming, so you can explore the karst grottoes closer. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.

Overnight on cruise

Note: In case of bad weather (the boat is not allowed to push off or not allowed to overnight in the sea), the Ha Long bay tour could be cancelled without notice. We will consider other replacement tours or the refund based on the specific circumstances.

Day 7Halong Bay - Back To Tranquil Hanoi (B/Brunch) - Shared cruise

Rise early today to view the sunrise at the wonder of nature with breakfast served in the dining room. A Tai Chi class on the sun deck will awake your mind and muscles.

Then head off to visit the limestone cave full of stalagmites and stalactites. After your exploration return to the boat to check out and enjoy the brunch while the cruise is sailing back to the harbor. Later you will be transferred to your accommodation in Hanoi. 

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8Hanoi - Travel To Hoi An (B) - Flight Included

Relish the remaining moment in Hanoi before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Da Nang. When you arrive at Da Nang Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in Hoi An. The rest of the time is free at leisure. 

Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9Hoi An Leisure Day (B)

Have a free day to explore Hoi An at your own pace. The best way to explore this charming town is to rent a bicycle at the hotel and cycle around the town towards the riverside or the beach. At the beach, you will find many small cafes where you could relax with a fresh fruit drink after swimming. The water in the sea is warm and calm. Or take an optional tour. 

Overnight in Hoi An

(OPTIONAL TOUR: HOI AN ECO TOUR)

Today your English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel around 8:00 am and take you for a cycle trip to the countryside and rivers around Hoi An. As you meander through the countryside, you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way and enjoy the beautiful views of the neighborhood. After that, you will board a boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen. Enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. Later, you will take a paddle boat trip in a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat down the waterways of a coconut palm paradise. After the boat trip, have delicious lunch and cycle back to your hotel. 

Day 10Hoi An - Travel To Hue (B) Private Transfer

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the transfer from Hoi An to Hue by private car. You will drive through one of the most beautiful roads in the world – Hai Van Pass. You will be blown away by the stunning views of the mountains and the sea. Upon arrival in Hue check in the hotel and have free time to explore the surrounding area. 

Overnight in Hue.

Day 11Hue City Tour (B/L) - Group Tour

Hue City is the cultural, political, and economic center of the Thua Thien Hue province, and used to be an old imperial city of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty. During this time, the most remarkable architectural monuments were constructed, which now are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel around 8:00-8:30 am. 

Start your exploration with the boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda, which is the oldest pagodas in Hue. Then visit the Imperial Citadel, where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Here you will also visit the Royal Antiques Museum to see the collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty. Then head to the bustling Dong Ba market

Have delicious Vietnamese lunch. In the afternoon, we will head to Khai Dinh’s Tomb, which combines traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. Then explore Minh Mang’s Tomb, which represents the Confucian style. On the way, you will also visit conical hats and incense sticks villages. 

You will be back at your hotel around 16:00-17:00.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 12Hue - Flight To Ho Chi Minh (B) - Flight Included

Relish the remaining moment in Hue before your private driver escorts you to the airport to take the flight to Ho Chi Minh. When you arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport, your driver will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in the city centre. The rest of the time is free at leisure. 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 13Ho Chi Minh - Travel To Ben Tre and Can Tho (B/L) - Private Tour

Kick start your day with a hearty breakfast, and a trip to Mekong Delta follows. The guide will meet you at the hotel lobby around 7:15-7:30 am, and you will head to Ben Tre, which lies on the left side of the Mekong River

Upon arrival, board the sampan and cruise down the river around the four beautiful islands, known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Tortoise islands. Stop at Unicorn Island, walk around the country lanes and see the orchards. Visit fruit plantations and enjoy tropical fruits and folk song music performed by the local people. 

Then take a hand-rowed sampan through Thoi Son canal and immerse yourself in the beauty of the countryside. Visit family workshops and honey-bee farm, and taste some honey tea and coconut candies.

Refuel yourself with a traditional Vietnamese lunch, and later cycle around the Tan Thach village, and meet the local villagers to experience the local daily life in the Mekong Delta. If you are not keen on a cycling trip, enjoy a cool breeze and a relaxing time in a hammock. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Can Tho

Overnight in Can Tho.

Day 14Cai Rang Floating Market - Flight to Phu Quoc (B) Flight Included

Have a delicious breakfast and meet your guide. Take a leisure boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River (Bassac River) then visit Cai Rang floating market which is the liveliest market in the whole region.

Our driver will bring you to the airport. Take a flight from Can Tho airport to Phu Quoc

Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 15Phu Quoc Island Leisure Day(B)

Free at your leisure to discover Phu Quoc island by yourself. Phu Quoc, known as “pearl island” is very famous for watersport activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving. Or just relax on the beach with white sand and crystal clear water.

Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 16Phu Quoc Island Leisure Day(B)

Beach time is never enough, enjoy one more day of relaxing at Phu Quoc beaches. 

Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 17Time To Say Goodbye - Phu Quoc Departure (B)

Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip to Vietnam. Complete the hotel check-out formalities, after which you can visit the local markets to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later your private driver will transfer you to the airport to take your flight back home.

Trip Ends.

Accommodation

Accommodation

3-star accommodation:

  • Hanoi: Mina Hotel or similar
  • Halong Bay: Le Journey Cruise or similar
  • Sapa: The View Sapa Hotel or similar, homestay
  • Hoi An: Kim An Hotel Hoi An or similar
  • Hue: Cherish Hotel or similar
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Queen Ann Hotel or similar
  • Mekong Detla: Can Tho Ecolodge
  • Phu Quoc Island: Sea Stars Resort or similar

4-star accommodation:

  • Hanoi: Tirant Hotel or similar
  • Halong Bay: La Pandora Cruise Halong or similar
  • Sapa: Amazing Hotel Sapa or similar, homestay
  • Hoi An: Silkotel Hoi An or similar
  • Hue: Eldora Hotel or similar 
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Alagon Saigon Hotel & Spa or similar
  • Mekong Delta: Can Tho Ecolodge
  • Phu Quoc: Famiana Resort or similar

5-star accommodation:

  • Hanoi: Apricot Hotel and Spa or similar
  • Halong Bay: Doris Cruise or similar
  • Sapa: Silk Path Grand Resort and Spa or similar
  • Hoi An: Palm Garden Hoi An or similar
  • Hue: Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel and Spa or similar
  • Ho Chi Minh City: The Myst Dong Khoi or similar 
  • Mekong Delta: Can Tho Ecolodge
  • Phu Quoc: Salinda Resort or similar
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  • Check-in room at 14:00 // Check-out room at 12:00 noon (Except Early check-in or Late check-out mentioned in the program)
What's Included
Inclusive

Flights

  • Flight from Hanoi to Da Nang (with 20 kg luggage allowance)
  • Flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh City  (with 20 kg luggage allowance)
  • Flight from Can Tho to Phu Quoc  (with 20 kg luggage allowance)

Guide

  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • French/German/Spanish/ Russian/ Chinese speaking guides are available upon request. The surcharge will be applied

**The cost of internal airfares is paid separately upon arrival to Realistic Asia as a local payment. The airfare fees are separated from the main tour cost because the prices of internal airfare can vary based on a number of factors, such as travel period, availability of flights, and fuel taxes. We keep it as a local payment to benefit our travelers by keeping tour costs lower and providing more flexibility during the booking process, and ensuring that travelers have a smooth and stress-free experience while on their trip.

Meals

B = breakfasts

L=  Lunches

D= Dinners

This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.

Transport

– Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services by private car

– Limousine bus from Hanoi to Sapa and from Sapa to Hanoi

– Air-conditioned bus between Hanoi and Halong Bay (2-way)

– Air-conditioned bus or private cars for the excursions

Additional Services

– All sightseeing tickets according to the itinerary

– Tissues and water on coach

– Service charges and government tax

– 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Optional Extras

Hoi An Eco Tour : 38 USD/person

Exclusive

International flights & Departure taxes

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet

E-visa

Optional Extras

Hoi An Eco Tour : 38 USD/person

Others

X Beverage, Personal expenses, tips, and gratuities

X Early check-in and late check-out (If not mentioned)

X Compulsory Gala Dinner on 24 Dec, 31 Dec and 21 Jan (Tet)

X Public holiday surcharge (Christmas and New Year, Tet holiday) if applicable

X Surcharge for airport cabs from 12:00 am – 05:00 am

X Services not mentioned above

Map

FAQ

Any policies are in place for children?

The rate for children applicable for child sharing a room or cabin with two adults:

  • For infant (<02 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost.
  • 02 – 11 years old: 85% adult rate.
  • Child from 12 years old and above will pay as adult.

All tickets: Based on each airlines policy, the price for children will be applied at time of booking.

What are the typical steps in the payment process?

Deposit: In order to secure your spot for the tour, an amount 10% of land service are required to pay (the amount vary based each on tour basis). The amount should be made via bank transfer or our online payment method. After receiving the deposit of your tour, a voucher confirmation will be sent to you within 24-48 hours. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Final payment: The balance of your tour will be made one month before the travel date. Payment by bank transfer or online payment is accepted.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing

Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Will be there any alterations of the itinerary?

Alterations to your itinerary before the booking is processed are happily processed free of charge. We want to provide the best tour possible for you.

Alterations, after you have received your booking confirmation letter, will attract a fee of $10 USD per request.

Vietnam Tour Fun reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond its control make such alteration necessary.

In this event, any of the increase or reduction of the tour cost will be calculated and charged accordingly.

If the tour is to be changed at the request of the client(s), the client will be required to pay any additional cost in advance.

What are the cancellation policies and how can I change mine?

We would deeply regret your decision to cancel your trip to Vietnam & Indochina; however, we realize that there are many reasons for this event.
In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to Vietnam Tour Fun given that a cancellation fee is applicable.

The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:

  • 31 days and more before departure: 10% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 15-30 days before departure: 30% of the full payment + airfare cancellation fees (if any).
  • 14 days and less before departure: 100% of the full payment.
  • No-show travelers will be charged 100% of the full payment.

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

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Brian

Couple Traveller

I and my wife had a wonderful trip to Vietnam organized with the team to add an additional 4 days onto our tour. Dat and his team were brilliant to deal with and did and an amazing job accommodating for our request to extend the tour and also to meet my husband dietary requirements. The local tour guides were great and provided great information and were very helpful. The hotels locations were fantastic and close to everything. Again, We had a fantastic time and hope to travel with Vietnam Tour Fun again in the future,

December 4, 2019

Henrik

Family Traveller

Excellent travel itinerary to Vietnam with 24hrs support, great hotels provided. Thanks Minah for your support throughout the tour and making it a memorable family vacation.

December 3, 2019

Michael

Couple Traveller

Me and my friend had a 9 day tour in Vietnam in January this year…It was absolutely fantastic from the first approach of my travel referent from Vietnam Tour Fun , Ms Minah. She helped us made some changes with tour and still have plenty of time for us doing our things. We could not have been more pleased.

February 14, 2019

Natasha

Solo Traveller

It’s a good tour if you don’t have much time to explore Vietnam, you get to see a lot of what Vietnam is about

November 23, 2018

Vicky

Group Traveller

Deep into culture and boarden my mind a lot on this tour. We met many mind-like travellers and listened to many good stories from our guide Hannah. She is so good that no words can describe. Everything is great except for the lady in Hanoi hotel, but then it’s not a big problem at all.

February 10, 2018
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