A private luxury seven-night journey in Vietnam with stays in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue & Hoi An. Your holiday begins in the Oriental Pearl Saigon with the city tour and a day trip to Mekong River. Then travel to Hue and Hoi An, two of Vietnam’s scenic and historic highlights and a ‘must seex’ on most people’s visit to this most wonderful country. The luxury tour offers you the best of Southern and Central Vietnam...
Best Of Southern & Central Vietnam - 8 Days - Vietnam Tours
Start city: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Finish city: Danang (Vietnam)
Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
Departure: Private Luxury Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Hue - Hoi An
- Extendable with optional tours from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and from Danang (Vietnam)
- Stay at luxury 5 star accommodations
- Discover bustling China Town in Saigon
- Enjoy the luxury dinner on cruise on Saigon River
- Explore the rustic Mekong area
- See the most highlights of Hue, the ancient capital
- Wander UNESCO Hoian ancient town.
- BRIEF & PRICE
- TOUR MAP
BRIEF & PRICE
Day 1: HCMC Arrival
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City - the most hustling and bustling city of Vietnam. Your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Tan Son Nhat International Airport then take you to the hotel in city center. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to recover from jet lag.
This evening, enjoy the impressive dinner on Saigon River cruise, explore the city by night. Overnight in Saigon.
Accommodation: Hotel in HCMC.
Day 2: HCMC Tour
The tour will start with a visit to China Town in Saigon, which dominates the west bank of the city, boasting the attractions of Quan Am Pagoda, Thien Hau Temple, Binh Tay Market and numerous teahouses. Explore the vivid and distinct charm of this little-explored corner of the city - and learn the local secrets behind one of the world's oldest and largest Chinatowns. Stop by a Chinese medicine shop to learn how herbal tea is prepared. Visit the iconic Binh Tay Market (Cho Lon), famed for its Sino-French architecture and amazing food. Here, learn about the day-to-day lifestyles of shopkeepers here, who spend their days selling fruit and vegetables to local residents within this bustling commercial melee.
This afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum and the former Presidential Palace. Continue with a stroll to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. Finish your full day tour with the visit to Ben Thanh Market where an incredible display of fresh produce is offered.
Accommodation: Hotel in HCMC.
Day 3: HCMC - Mekong Delta day trip
Today you spend a day away from the busy city of Saigon and drive to Ben Tre Province. Visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, an ancient southern architectural gem in Tien Giang en route. On arrival at Hung Vuong Pier, board on your private boat for a glimpse at the delta scenery while enjoying coconut juice. Experience the unique lifestyle of the Mekong Delta as you visit fruit orchards, coconut groves, brick workshops, and home-made products such as coconut candies, rice cakes, handicrafts etc. After a short walk to visit a local family to learn how they make sedge mat and enjoy tea, tropical fruits, take “Xe Loi”, a kind of motorized rickshaw or you can hop onto your bicycle and peddle through picturesque villages (about 20 minutes). Stop at a riverside restaurant for a delicious and filling lunch. Then board a sampan for a relaxing trip along narrow canals. The boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre where your car will take you back to Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4: HCMC - Fly to Hue - Sightseeing Tour
Today you leave Ho Chi Minh City for Hue – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the afternoon on a leisurely walking tour through Vietnam’s ancient capital city. You will visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of King Tu Duc – a replica of the king’s palace built for the next reincarnation of the king. Then, take a walk through the vibrant Dong Ba Market.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 5: Hue Sightseeing Tour
This morning, you start the tour with the scooter to Phuoc Tich village (Optional: If you cannot drive a scooter, a car with driver will be arranged to escort you). It will take one hour for us to get to the village. Upon arrival, we drive around the village to visit the ancient houses, traditional handcrafts such as rice flour making, hand-made pottery (nowadays, the production has not been as frequent as before and guide will help you learn more about its history). Take a break and walk around the village to view the charming scenery, communal houses, river wharfs, and Cham culture vestiges that remain. Meet and talk with locals. By strolling along O Lau River, the village facilitator and our guide will help you know more about the village as well as O Lau River’s geographic location that is one of the three largest rivers in Hue leading to Tam Giang Lagoon, which is the biggest one in the Southeast Asia region.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 6: Hue – Drive to Hoian
After breakfast, transfer to the sleepy riverside town of Hoian. Along the way, you pass over the epic Hai Van pass or Pass of the Cloud, a spectacular mountain pass between Hoian and Hue, with views of the East Vietnam Sea on one side and the lush mountainous landscape on the other. Stop en route in Lang Co Bay, a long white-sand beach with blue seawater which offers great view of a peaceful fishing village with boats sailing in Lap An lagoon and flocks of storks flying back to their nests at dusk. Visit Cham Museum and handicraft villages at the foot of Marble Mountain in Danang before arriving in Hoian.
This afternoon you join us on a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the ancient town Centre, visiting its highlights such as Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge. Later, board a traditional wooden boat to cruise along the poetic Thu Bon River and enjoy the sunset over the charming town.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 7: Hoi An free
Today, you are totally free to choose what you want to do.
You may just relax at the sunny beaches or by the hotel pool. If you love your day to be more active, please do not hesitate to contact our consultant to have one of the following options arranged.
- My Son a day trip.
- Hoi An Eco tour.
- Cycling tour.
- Cooking class.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 8: Danang Departure
Have breakfast at hotel then enjoy a free time before taking the airport transfer. Get ready for your departure flight. Thank you for traveling with us!
1. Are tour dates of "Best Of Southern and Central Vietnam" flexible?
Yes, this luxury tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.
2. Can I extend or change my stay?
Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).
3. Are meals included?
We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler’s interest & budget.
4. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?
Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.
5. What if I have a special request on food?
You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.
6. What are the accommodations like?
For luxury travel packages, we only choose 5 star accommodations or if not – they will be the best ones in their regions. In case you prefer to stay at the TOP luxury hotels/ resorts/ cruises or higher room category, just ask our travel consultants to revise the quotation. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.
7. Can I get early check-in or late check-out?
Yes this may be possible but is wholly at the discretion of the hotel and is often charged extra. We can, if you wish, book you additional nights at the hotel to guarantee that you check in as soon as you arrive or to enable you to keep your room until your departure time. We usually recommend this for flights through the night or at unsociable hours. Some hotels have courtesy room/luggage storage facilities and we advise you to check if this is possible at the time of your booking.
8. What are the guides like?
All of our tour guides are professional, helpful and friendly! They are fluent in English (or French, Spanish etc.). They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our guides treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.
9. What type of transportation is used?
Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.
10. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.
11. How many people are typically on your tours?
We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.
12. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?
Yes, it is. Many of our guests travel solo. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, and transportations because no-one shares cost with.
13. What vaccinations are recommended for this holiday?
It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.
14. What's the climate like?
Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region and seasons, so please check with our travel consultants for more information.
15. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?
Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately to ensure the best interests of the group.
16. What is tipping information?
If you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for tour guides, drivers - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.
17. Do tour rates include international flights?
This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.
18. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?
The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.
19. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?
The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.
20. Are there any discounts available?
We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.
21. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?
We accept payment by debit/ credit card such as Visa, Master, Amex (additional service fee 3% is applicable), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.
22. What happens if I fall ill or injure myself?
Most travelling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller's tummy. Our tour guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, we will seek local medical assistance. We suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.
23. I can't use my holiday anymore – can I give it to someone else?
Yes, our packages are usually transferable (unless the terms of a specific offer state otherwise). So long as you haven’t used part of your package, you can (generally) give it to a friend or family member.
24. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?
Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend that you seek the assistance of a qualified insurance broker to buy travel insurance which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
25. How to change or cancel my reservation?
You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html
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- Luxury 5* accommodations
- Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
- 1 domestic flight: Ho Chi Minh City - Hue
- Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
- Service of English speaking guides
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- International flights into and out Vietnam
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Tips for tour guides and drivers
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee.
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