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Vietnam Highlights and Nha Trang Beach

PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 2941

Private Tour Highlights

  • Wander through the Ancient Quarter of Hanoi
  • Enjoy the colors and cuisines of Saigon
  • Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex to learn more about the first President
  • Explore the beautiful countryside of Nha Trang
  • Take the opportunity to see a delightful performance of water puppetry
  • Wander around and mingle with the friendly locals
  • Witness how Hoi An thrived despite the Vietnam War’s carnage
  • Visit Vietnam’s premier beach destination, Nha Trang
  • Check out Hue’s citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Privately guided tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast underground network built as a war defense
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Tour Overview

Visit all of Vietnam’s must see cultural cities and towns before ending your vacation in Nha Trang, Vietnam’s finest beach location. Beginning in Hanoi, visit the extraordinary Ho Chi Minh Complex and wander the Ancient Quarter before making your way through the charming port towns of Central Vietnam. After a short flight, end your exploration in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) enjoying the colors and cuisines of the local Chinese markets.

Justifiably beginning in the nation’s capital, Hanoi is an old fashioned town with tree lined streets and classic French architecture. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex to learn about his life and tenure as ruler and take the time to walk around the Old Quarter to discover some of the age old customs still in practice. Known to hold the largest collection of Cham artifacts in the world, Danang is the entry point into Central Vietnam. A quick walking tour of Hoi An will show you around this charming port, before visiting the ancient Citadel, mausoleums and tombs that make Hue a popular World Heritage site.

The next few days spent in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, will bring you through the Chinese community of Cholon for its fine markets, followed by a visit to the Presidential Palace, the History Museum, Notre Dame and some other noteworthy attractions. Also visit the nearby Cu Chi region to experience the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French and later expanded during the American War.

Finally in Nha Trang, you will have several opportunities to explore the local villages and stunning scenery, both on the mainland and at sea. Explore the local markets, cafés and tropical fruit orchards of the nearby countryside and take advantage of the unique opportunity to visit some local homes. You will also have the chance to visit some of the popular fishing villages on the outlying islands to wander around and mingle with the locals. Each afternoon will be free with plenty of time for further exploration or to simply take in the sun on the beautiful beaches.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
Domestic airfare from Hanoi to Saigon and round trip airfare from Saigon to Nha Trang, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Private transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Private guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Meals where specified (food only), Bottled water and cool towels provided for transfers and sightseeing, Vietnam government tax and service charge, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* Additional supplements may apply between 19 December – 8 January.

* Additional supplements may apply during the weeks immediately preceding and following the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. The dates vary each year, but fall sometime between January 21st and February 20th:
2016 – Monday, February 8th
2017 – Saturday, January 28th
2018 – Friday, February 16th
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Single £$3732 £$4832 £$6261 £$11015

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Hanoi

Overnight international flight to Hanoi.

Overnight international flight to Hanoi.

Day
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Arrival in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi, airport reception and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Hanoi, airport reception and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

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City Tour of Hanoi

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Morning tour of the Ho Chi Minh Complex with a private guide. Visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. See the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked and visit the nearby Ho Chi Minh Museum - an extraordinary tribute to the life of the "father of the country." Carry on to the Governor's Residence, a fine example of Hanoi's French architecture, followed by a stop at the One Pillar Pagoda to hear the legend of its construction.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a private afternoon tour of the Hanoi City highlights. Marvel at the tree lined streets on the way to the Opera House and pass by Hoan Kiem Lake en route to one of the city's fascinating museums of choice: the Museum of History of Vietnamese Military, Vietnam History Museum, or Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Continue to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, for a quick escape from the busy streets. Afterwards, enjoy a private guided walking tour of the Ancient Quarter, also known as the 36 Streets District, where a nice mix of ancient homes, temples and small shops will be found.

Note: The Ho Chi Minh Museum is closed for maintenance on Mondays and Fridays from September to November annually.
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Pagodas of Hanoi

Take a morning excursion outside of Hanoi to the surrounding countryside with a private guide. Rich in Buddhism, the north of Vietnam is home to the country's most colorful and revered pagodas and temples. The Thay Pagoda (Master's Pagoda) is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Hanoi. While a temple is a place to worship the dead, a pagoda is a place to worship the Lord Buddha. Thay Pagoda is widely known for its finely carved lacquer and gold statues of Buddha in his past and present form, as well as the colorful Buddhist ceremonies performed here during auspicious dates of the Lunar calendar.

Only 6 kilometers (4 miles) away lies Tay Phuong Pagoda, situated at the top of a small hillock. Built in 1794, the pagoda is famous for its vast display of finely carved wooden statues of former monks from the 18th Century. Afterwards, return to Hanoi to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Lunch is included today.
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Hanoi- Danang

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Private morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival, airport reception and private transfer to the city for a visit to the Cham Museum. Then continue on to visit Hoi An. Close by Danang is My Khe Beach, immortalized for many by U.S. television shows, and still one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia. Also nearby are the Marble Mountains. A climb inside through the hundreds of natural caves and grottoes is a must.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (included) in Hoi An before taking a walking tour with a private guide through this small town. Wander the completely traffic-free streets and discover the historic old town center before transferring to the hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
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Danang – Hue

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Morning transfer to Hue in a private vehicle. The overland journey will go through the most beautiful scenery in Vietnam while traversing the Hai Van or "Cloudy Pass." There will be plenty of photo opportunities and stops at beaches en route. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (included).

This afternoon, take a private guided tour of the Imperial Citadel. In the early 19th century, when the Nguyen Dynasty ruled Vietnam from Hue, the Emperor constructed a mighty citadel from where he could both live and rule. The resulting Imperial Citadel was modeled on the Forbidden City in Beijing, but suffered much damage during years of war. Many of the pavilions, bridges, libraries and great halls are now being carefully restored with help from UNESCO. Marvel at the legends of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors who built the fortress and lived within its moated walls for nearly 150 years.
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Visit to Thien Mu & the tomb of Manh Mang

This morning, visit the Thein Mu Pagoda with a private boat and guide. Built in 1601 between a river and a pine forest, the "Heavenly Lady Pagoda" is one of the oldest and most attractive religious buildings in the country. Among the many interesting artifacts housed at the complex is the car that transported the monk Thich Quag Duc to the site of his self-immolation in 1963 Saigon.

Continue by boat to the less visited, yet most majestic of all of Hue's tombs - the tomb of Minh Mang. Built around 1840, this tomb is well known for its harmonious blend of architecture and the natural landscape. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the remainder of the day at leisure.
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Hue – Saigon

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Morning transfer to the Hue airport for a flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. After check-in, enjoy an afternoon tour of China Town with a private guide. Cholon, which literally translates to "big market", is the focus of the Chinese community in Saigon. See the former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Saigon Post Office. Continue on to visit the impressive Thien Hau Temple dedicated to the goddess of the seas, who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. Here, huge coils of incense hang from the ornate ceiling, and can burn for up to three months at a time. Visit Binh Tay Market and the surrounding area, which bustles with trading activity. Return to the hotel. ...read less

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City Tour of Saigon

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Morning city tour with a private guide. In this essential highlight tour, visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the American War. Continue to the History Museum, which houses an excellent display tracing the origins of the indigenous Vietnamese. Take the opportunity to see a delightful performance of water puppetry in the grounds. Then visit the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the center of city, the "wedding cake" styled Hotel De Ville, and Dong Khoi street, formerly the center of haute couture in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) when it was known as Rue Catinat.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a privately guided half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This vast underground network of tunnels was first built as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American War. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare. Marvel at their ingenuity and resilience as secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms can all be seen.

The more adventurous travelers may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. The guide will advise guests of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering. Some are easily accessed by stairs. Yampu recommends good walking shoes and sun protection for this tour and advise that there may be a little mud! Return to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure.
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Saigon – Nha Trang

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Transfer to the airport for a flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to a hotel in a private vehicle. Then, begin a privately guided morning exploration of the countryside, which is dotted with palm trees and fruit orchards. Board a small motorized boat for a delightful look into the nearby rural areas. Visit the household bakery that supplies the surrounding villages with delicious French style baguettes and then continue along the village path to the home of a family that weaves mats from local growing rushes.

As the day continues, pass through a fruit orchard that boasts a plentiful supply of tropical fruits, which can be sampled at a nearby riverside cafe. Time permitting, there will be a chance to visit the local market at the village hub, where the townswomen gather every day to barter. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Nha Trang for an afternoon at leisure on the beach.
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Cruising the South China Sea

Enjoy a morning cruise on the turquoise waters of the South China Sea with a private guide. The boat is a simple, but safe and comfortable, reconverted fishing boat. Off the shore of Nha Trang lie numerous islands, some inhabited and many dotted with idyllic fishing villages. Take a brief stop at one of these villages, Bai Tru, and wander around at will. The local people are very friendly and hospitable to visitors. Young children will ferry guests between the boat and shore by coracle, the round bamboo boats so commonly used in coastal Vietnam.

If interested, there will be an opportunity to swim and snorkel in some of the secluded bays around the area. Afterwards, a feast of local specialties will be prepared and provided for lunch on board or at a local beach. Transfer back to the mainland to enjoy the remainder of the day on the beach or explore the town.
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International flight home via Saigon

Depending on the departure time, spend the day at leisure until a private transfer to the airport for a connection to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Depending on the departure time, spend the day at leisure until a private transfer to the airport for a connection to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and flight home or continue with the Yampu Tours add-on of choice.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Huế, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam

Saigon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam

Places You'll See

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    Hanoi

    Meaning “embraced by the river”, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. Visit the many temples and parks of this beautiful city, such as the Temple of Literature or Hoan Kiem Lake Park. Visit the Army Museum and hear retellings of many battles fought throughout the country’s history. Take the little ones to the Ha Noi circus for some family fun.

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    Danang

    There is much to do in the busy city of Danang. View the artistic quality of the sandstone sculptures in the Cham Museum. Hike the trails of the Marble Mountains and explore the Buddhist temples built into the caves and grottoes. Take a Da Nang Food Tour and experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of the city, then spend time relaxing on one of the beaches.

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    Hue

    Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue is a city rich in history and culture. During the Vietnam war, much of the city was destroyed, but the buildings and ruins that are left are worth visiting. Much of the Imperial Citadel still stands and houses interesting shops, museums, and galleries. See the Tombs of the Emperors along the pristine Perfume River.

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    Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

    The metropolitan Ho Chi Minh City is always bustling with activity, and full of historical attractions. Visit the beautiful French-built Catholic Notre Dame Cathedral in the city center. For a look at the Vietnam War through the eyes of the Vietnamese, take a tour of the War Remnants Museum. And for unbelievable views of the city, visit the Saigon Skydeck in the Bitexco Financial Tower.

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    Nha Trang

    Visit the seaside town of Nha Trang, the scuba diving center of Vietnam. Enjoy surfing, sailing, and swimming at the beaches. Bring the family to the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam to see some rare species of the sea. See the brick Po Nagar Cham Towers, built between the 7th and 12th century by the Cham Civilization. Listen to live music in the evenings at the local cafes.

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    Hoi An

    Once a trading port in the 15th century, this beautifully preserved city is a prime example of Southeast Asian culture. The architecture showcases a fascinating blend of local and foreign influences. Enjoy exploring the old town by motorbike, kayak, motorboat, and more. Visit the Museum of Folk Culture and learn about traditional Vietnamese dress and culture.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Hanoi : Church Boutique Hotel Hang Gai

Hanoi : La Belle Vie Hotel

Hanoi : Golden Silk Boutique Hotel

Hanoi : Skylark Hotel

Hoi An : Essence Hotel & Spa

Hoi An : Ancient House Village Resort

Hoi An : Vinh Hung Riverside Resort

Hoi An : Phu Thinh Boutique Resort & Spa

Hue : Mondial Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Aquari Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Asian Ruby Luxury Hotel

Nha Trang : Green Hotel

4 Star Properties

Hanoi : Silk Path Hotel

Hanoi : Sunway Hotel

Hanoi : Mercure Hanoi La Gare

Hoi An : Boutique Hoi An Resort

Hoi An : Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort

Hoi An : Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa

Hoi An : Hoi An Chic Hotel

Hue : Eldora Hotel

Hue : Imperial Hue Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Liberty Central Riverside Hotel

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Hotel Majestic Saigon

Nha Trang : Hotel Novotel Nha Trang

Nha Trang : Evason Ana Mandara

5 Star Properties

Hanoi : Hotel De L’Opera

Hanoi : Melia Hotel

Hoi An : Hotel Royal Hoi An

Hoi An : Anantara Hoi An Resort

Hoi An : Alma Courtyard Hoi An Resort

Hue : La Residence Hotel & Spa

Hue : Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : InterContinental Asiana Saigon

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Caravelle Hotel

Nha Trang : Nha Trang: Sheraton Hotel & Spa

Nha Trang : Nha Trang Hotel: Intercontinental

Luxury Properties

Hanoi : Sofitel Legend Metropole

Hoi An : The Nam Hai

Hue : Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa (Aqua Bungalow)

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) : Park Hyatt Hotel

Nha Trang : Nha Trang Hotel: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Testimonials

Pritam D.

Traveled October, 2012

We had a nice visit to Vietnam and Cambodia.

We had a nice visit to Vietnam and Cambodia. We enjoyed it a lot and will recommend to other people.

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Traveled October, 2014

So overall great trip and MERCI BEAUCOUP

My congratulations on the organization, very balanced and diverse.Very nice choice of hotels. Guides all very different but very nice, particularly Sinat in Siem Reap. Great boat and team in Ha Long. So overall great trip and MERCI BEAUCOUP!!!!

Gunnar

Traveled December, 2015

We had a wonderful trip to Vietnam

We had a wonderful trip to Vietnam.The guides both in Hanoi and Saigon were very nice and helpful and made the trip very successful. The wonderful sights in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cu Chi Tunnel and all the museums was very interesting. The relax days at Phu Quoc was beautiful. Once again you and Yampu made our holiday a great experience with a lot of good memories.

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