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  • Taste of Vietnam

    Code: VFT02 - Duration: 16 Days
    Start: Hanoi | Finish: Saigon
  • This tour is designed for your family to discover the many magnificent natural, cultural and historical sites of Vietnam. We believe every good holiday will include components of culture, cuisine and a little relaxation. We will begin in charming Hanoi, a city filled with a rich history. After a visit to some historical sites, your family will join a cooking class where you will create your own authentically Vietnamese dishes. We follow this with a two-night cruise in Halong Bay with fresh seafood and kayaking opportunities around the emerald waters. Taste of Vietnam gives you a chance to enjoy local cuisine and cycle through peaceful Thuy Bieu village to meet friendly locals. We drop by for visit to Hoi An ancient town before heading to vibrant Saigon. Next, the peace and beauty of Mekong Delta are waiting for your exploration on a traditional boat. We will end the trip with relaxing beach holiday in Phu Quoc island.

    This trip can be easily altered to suit the ages of your children. Please contact us for a tailor-made itinerary.

    Highlights:

    • Discover the exotic Hanoi capital - thousands of years of culture
    • Join a cooking class to discover Vietnamese cuisine and prepare your own dishes
    • Explore the breathtaking beauty of more than 2000 islands rising from emerald water of Halong Bay, recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO
    • Explore Imperial city Hue well-known for its temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas
    • Gain more knowledge on impressive, historic homes of Hoi An, recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO
    • Discover the bustling and dynamic Saigon with French colonial structures, pagodas and markets
    • Explore the intricate network of canals and channels in Mekong Delta area by taking a private traditional boat
    • Unwind on the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc Island
    • Charming hotels in ideal locations
    • Comfortable spacious vehicle for transfers
      Tast of Vietnam Family Tour

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Hanoi - Cooking Class (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Overnight on Boat (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Halong Bay (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Halong Boat Trip - Hanoi - Flight to Hue (Br/-/-)
    Day 6: Hue - Thuy Bieu Eco-village (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Hue Imperial City (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)
    Day 9: Hoi An - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 10: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)
    Day 11: Saigon - Ben Tre - Saigon (B/L/-)
    Day 12: Saigon - Flight to Phu Quoc (B/L/-)
    Day 13: Phu Quoc - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 14: Phu Quoc - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 15: Phu Quoc - Flight to Saigon (B/-/-)
    Day 16: Saigon - Departure  (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Laos or Cambodia 

    Notes:

    - Tonkin-Travel specializes in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on “Customize this trip” 
    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in “Customize your trip
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request (excluding holiday periods). 

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)

    Hanoi - Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    hanoiUpon arrival in Hanoi, you will meet your guide and driver at Noi Bai airport who will then transfer you to your hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day is yours to relax after your long flight! Don’t forget to ask us for a dinner recommendation for later that night.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi - Cooking Class (B/L/-)

    hanoi tours

    Breakfast is served at your hotel. Later that morning, your guide will meet and transfer you to a cooking class and you will meet the chef. Next stop is a local market to shop for ingredients. This is a chance to discover what food culture in Vietnam is really like! At the end of the class you will get to eat the dishes you have prepared and the chef will even give you feedback on your cooking skills.

    After lunch (that you cooked!) we spend the afternoon exploring Hanoi. The first site will be the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius. This also served as the first Vietnamese university.  The site is dedicated to the eighty-two doctorates that passed a number of rigid exams in the medieval ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. Its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat.  The tour will continue at the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative is the History Museum) dedicated to Vietnam's fifty-four officially recognised ethnic groups with both indoor and outdoor sections. While the in-house exhibition is particularly informative, the outdoor display continues in the museums garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous traditional groups, from the Kinhs to the H’Mong people. The rest of the day is yours free to continue discovering this exotic city. We recommend a visit to the Old Quarter!

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Overnight on Boat (B/L/D)

    Hanoi - Halong: 180km, ~3h30min drive 

    halong bayAfter breakfast at the hotel, we commence a three hour driving through the Red River Delta to Halong City. We will stop for some photo opportunities and a delicious Vietnamese coffee along the way. We then transfer to a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay to enjoy a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending the sky and 3,000 islands of this World Heritage Site. While being on board, we will be served fresh local seafood lunch followed by swimming and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Later, we stop to watch the sunset over the water. Regardless of age, this is something we are sure all ages will appreciate! We have another delicious meal for dinner and then the captain then will anchor for the night nearby a remote island.  In the evening, there is the option for night fishing or just sit out on the deck and relax under the stars.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on Junk

    Day 4: Halong Exploration (B/L/D)

    halong bayUpon wakening, savour a cup of tea or coffee whilst you enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape of the bay and take in the fresh sea air. The cruise continues along where we will discover more of the beautiful aspects of this awe inspiring UNESCO Heritage listed site. You’ll spend the day kayaking through hidden lagoons and parks. There will be time too for swimming in the crystal waters. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Overnight on Junk

    Day 5: Halong Boat Trip - Hanoi – Flight to Hue (Br/-/-)

    Hanoi - Hue: 770km, 1h flight

    halong bay boatWake up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay.  We have time for an early morning dip whilst witnessing another sunrise on the sea followed by a delicious breakfast. The cruise continues to move around the bay for us to discover more secluded areas. You will have the chance to go kayaking again and for another swim. The junk will be near us at all times serving as an alternative to those that would rather relax. Around midday, we will return to the main harbour before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Hue. Upon arrival, another driver and your new guide will be waiting to assist with your transfer to your hotel.

    Meals Included: Brunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 6: Hue - Thuy Bieu Eco-village (B/L/-)

    thuy bieu eco village cycling

    After breakfast at the hotel, we start the day with a leisurely boat trip along the Perfume River. There will be a stop at Dong Ba Market to buy ingredients for the midday cooking class. We will then continue the cruise towards Thuy Bieu eco-village, an ancient village situated on the bank of the Perfume River. After arriving here, we will take part in a cooking class to prepare typical Hue dishes with instructions from the chef. You will then enjoy your creations in the open air riverside restaurant.

    The afternoon is reserved for cycling through the peaceful village, visiting several communal houses, ancient temples and the tour highlight: The Garden House. This is a typical and unique feature of Hue. We end the day with you soaking your feet in medicinal herb water followed by a soothing massage which will refresh you after a day of sightseeing. The evening is yours to discover the rest of Hue.

    The afternoon is reserved for cycling through the peaceful village, visiting several communal houses, ancient temples and the highlight: the garden- house, a typical and unique feature of Hue. Soaking your feet in medicinal herb water followed by an excellent massage by blind people will refresh you after a day of sightseeing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 7: Hue Imperial City (B/L/-)

    hue

    After breakfast at the hotel, we set out for the exploration of Hue's famous highlights, starting with a boat trip on Perfume River to reach the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda also known as Heavenly Lady Pagoda. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963 drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its treatment of Buddhists. The picture taken by Malcolm Browne is arguably most of the most seminal of the 20th century. We then disembark the boat for a visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc, which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers. It includes fifty monuments surrounded by a 1500m long wall. We transfer back to Hue after lunch.

    In the afternoon, we visit Hue Imperial City, the last royal city of Vietnam with various beautiful structures including the Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and Tu Cam Thanh to name a few. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the city was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We then do a little bit of walking and shopping in Dong Ba Market to enjoy the many specialities of Hue city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 8: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)

    Hue - Hoi An: 140km, ~2h30m drive

    hoian

    After breakfast at the hotel, we bid Hue farewell and continue our south bound journey to the old trading town of Hoi An. Along the way, we will stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments. From here, we head up to the Hai Van pass, stopping at the top to take in the stunning views over Lang Co beach and Danang city.

    Upon arrival in Hoi An, we take a walking tour to Hoi An Ancient Town - an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th century. We start our day with one of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions, the Japanese Covered Bridge. The bridge was created by the Japanese living in Hoi An in the 1590s as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water and is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. However, no visit to Hoi An is complete without a visit to Tan Ky House - one of the many ancient houses that make up Hoi An Ancient Town. Built two centuries ago with both Japanese and Chinese influences on architecture, this house has been preserved through several generations.

    We will continue our walking tour and encounter many other quintessential Hoi An houses from wealthy Chinese merchants. Another ‘must-see’ is the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Built in 1690, this hall is, in fact, a temple dedicated to the sea goddess Thien Hau. It is widely considered an outstanding work of architecture and was a uniting presence to the many cultures that influenced Hoi An.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 9: Hoi An - Free (B/-/-)

    hoi an day toursAfter breakfast at the hotel, time is free for your own exploration and shopping. Hoi An is home to some of the most skilful tailors in Vietnam. You can get your clothes custom-made at a fantastic price.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 10: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)

    Danang - Saigon: ~850km, 2h flight

    saigon

    After breakfast at the hotel, our driver will meet and transfer you to Danang Airport for the flight to Saigon. Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, meet your new guide and driver who then escort you to the hotel for check-in. You will then have time for lunch and some well-deserved relaxation.

    In the afternoon, we take a half day to visit all famous sites of this bustling city. The first destination is the now-demolished wartime American Embassy. After that, we head to the Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until April 30, 1975 when the North Vietnamese tanks came crashing through the front gates, bringing the U.S.-Vietnam War to a dramatic end. This will be followed by some French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1877 and 1883 where the stones used to create it were exported entirely from France. Apart from the religious meaning, the most captivating point of this Cathedral is its special neo-Romanesque style of architecture. Adjacent to the cathedral stands the Central Post Office, finished in 1891. It is another fine example of French architecture and is Vietnam's largest post office. After visiting the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is a fantastic place for bargains of all kinds. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers fresh local dishes. You also can find many goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching souvenirs.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 11: Saigon - Ben Tre - Saigon (B/L/-)

    Saigon - Ben Tre: 107 km, ~2h drive

    ben tre

    After breakfast at the hotel, we leave the bustling city of Saigon behind us and depart for the Mekong Delta known to local as ‘Vietnam’s biggest rice basket’. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, we embark a boat to cruise along Ben Tre River, a tribute to the Mekong. With stops at the brickfield to see how bricks are made by hand and a coconut candy home factory located along the canal where we witness how to make these local delicacy. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow abundantly in the orchards of the Mekong Delta. You can then walk or cycle through the coconut groves and green rice paddies to soak up and relax in the tranquil countryside atmosphere.

    After lunch at a popular local restaurant, we take a trip on small rowing boats through a maze of water ways lined by two rows of palm trees. Upon cruising back to the pier, we drive back to Saigon in the late afternoon for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 12: Saigon -– Flight to Phu Quoc (B/-/-)

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    Saigon - Phu Quoc: 435 km, 1h flight

    You will be picked up by your driver at your hotel in Saigon and taken to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight to Phu Quoc. After arriving in Phu Quoc and checking into your hotel, you will have free time to relax and explore the island on your own. Phu Quoc is a paradise for sun and sea lovers. Here, you can spend a whole day swinging away in a hammock on a deserted beach, listening to the sound of the surf and then witness a mesmerising sunset. Those members of the family who love being active can keep themselves busy with cycling, trekking, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phu Quoc

    Day 13: Phu Quoc Island - Free (B/-/-)

    Relax and enjoy your Phu Quoc sandy beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort. Optional sightseeing or a visit to offshore islands, scuba diving and other water sports are available. Or, just relax and enjoy the resort facilities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phu Quoc

    Day 14: Phu Quoc Island - Free (B/-/-)

    Relax and enjoy your Phu Quoc sandy beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort. Optional sightseeing or a visit to offshore islands, scuba diving and other water sports are available. Or, just relax and enjoy the resort facilities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phu Quoc

    Day 15: Phu Quoc Island - Free (B/-/-)

    Relax and enjoy your Phu Quoc sandy beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort. Optional sightseeing or a visit to offshore islands, scuba diving and other water sports are available. Or, just relax and enjoy the resort facilities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phu Quoc

    Day 16: Saigon - Flight to Saigon – Departure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at the hotel, time is free until your driver meets and transfers you to the airport for your flight to Saigon. Safe travels for your next adventure!

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Halong Bay overnight on boat (sharing boat)
    • Flights: Hanoi – Hue; Danang - Saigon; Saigon - Phu Quoc - Saigon (E-Class on Vietnam Airlines)
    • Private boat excursion in Hue, Mekong Delta
    • Shuttle bus airport transfer in Phu Quoc
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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