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  • Home Away From Home

    Code: VFT05 - Duration: 13 Days
    Start: Hanoi | Finish: Saigon
  • Your whole family will fall in love with Vietnam thanks for its great cuisine, breathtaking scenery and lots of warm and friendly locals with everlasting smiles. Designed and adapted to match the pace of the children, Home Away From Home is a perfect family-friendly introduction to the highlights of Vietnam. We experience rich Vietnamese culture in charming Hanoi capital by observing iconic temples, gorgeous French buildings, fascinating museums, beautiful lakes and dropping a visit to Bat Trang Ceramic village to make your own products and let your children get creative before experiencing the emerald water, sparkling caves and mysterious islands of Halong Bay. Leaving this wonderful land, we head to Central Vietnam with its trail of World Heritage Sites: Hue Imperial City and Hoi An’ ancient town. The next destination is Ho Chi Minh City in Southern Vietnam before immersing yourself in the tropical vibrancy of the Mekong Delta with floating markets and complicated waterways on private Song Xanh Sampam Cruise.

    Highlights:Home Away From Home 13 days

    • Very moderate pace combining the most beautiful places of the country, from the Northern towns to villages in the South
    • Discover the graceful and exotic Hanoi capital - thousand years of culture, and Bat Trang Ceramic Village
    • 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 an overnight on private Song Xanh Sampan  
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Hanoi City (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Hanoi – Bat Trang – Hai Phong (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Hai Phong – Halong Overnight on Boat (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Halong Boat Trip – Hanoi – Flight to Hue (Br/-/-)
    Day 6: Hue – Thuy Bieu Eco-village (B/D/-)
    Day 7: Hue – Danang - Hoian (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Hoian (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Hoian – Free (B/-/-)
    Day 10: Hoian – Danang – Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)
    Day 11: Saigon – Cai Be – Sa Dec – Can Tho (B/L/D)
    Day 12: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Saigon (B/-/-)
    Day 13: Saigon – Departure (B/-/-)

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

    Notes:

    + We specialize 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 "TOUR PRICE" above

    + 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 .

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)

    Hanoi – Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    hanoi

    Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, meet our guide and driver who then escort you to the city center. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi City (B/L/-)

    hanoi city tour

    After breakfast at hotel, we start the day trip with a visit of the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This famous site compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum (closed on Mondays & Fridays), his former stilt-house residencethe Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We then visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which was served as the first University of Vietnam. The site also honors 82 Vietnamese doctorates who passed a number of rigid exams in the feudal ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in 82 headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring luck. Its peaceful green compound with its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. Lunch will be served at a nice local restaurant. 

    In the afternoon, we visit Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative is the History Museum) dedicated to Vietnam's 54 officially recognized ethnic groups with both indoor and outdoor sections. While the in-housed exhibition is particularly informative, the outdoor display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. We then enjoy a 1-hour-cyclo tour to the Old Quarter where you can see streets with century-aged trees and French Colonial buildings. We then head to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny islet in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple dates back to the 13th century, and the lake itself is the picturesque heart of Hanoi, frequented by tourists and locals alike. 

    In the evening you enjoy the water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art is originated from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artists-men and women-stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 3: Hanoi - Bat Trang - Hai Phong (B/L/-)

    Hanoi - Hai Phong: 122km, ~2h drive

    bat trang

    After breakfast at hotel, you can surprise your children with an excursion to Bat Trang ceramic village, situated 13km from Hanoi. Nestled on the bank of Red River, Bat Trang is known as the ceramic and pottery centre of Vietnam. Here you can have fun making your own products and letting your children get creative. You will the ride a buffalo cart to visit the village and stop at one of the home factories for some shopping and more pottery practice.

    We then depart for Bo Duong village in Hai Duong province where meetings with the artisans of the village that will delight the whole family. The artisans of the village are indeed recognized for their expertise in making puppets. You attend a puppet show on water, an ancient art, which tells the story of Vietnam magical and fun way. You then go to visit the workshops where puppets are made. Then time for your children to discover the Kite game in the field, very popular for local children in the area of ​​the Red River Delta.

    Visit a nursery / primary school in the country where you can attend a class and share a lively time with local children by teaching them English and discovering better their living conditions and schooling. Possibility for gifts (notebook, pencil, ...) to give to children. We then continue our drive to Hai Phong. Upon arrival, check-in hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 4: Hai Phong - Halong Overnight on Boat (B/L/D)

    halong cruise

    After breakfast at hotel, we visit Halong market before boarding to a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay to enjoy a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone this World Heritage Site. While being on board, we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by swimming and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Try the feeling of witnessing the sunset on boat is really great. Dinner on board. 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 5: Halong Boat Trip - Hanoi - Flight to Hue (Br/-/-)

    Hanoi – Hue: 770km, 1h flight

    hueWaking up surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the bay, we have time for an early morning dip with joys and emotions for watching sunrise on sea followed by breakfast. The cruise continues to move around the bay for us to discover more secluded areas, we then take kayaking and swimming in the stunning bay. The junk will be near us at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. At around midday we will return to the main harbor before transferring to our awaiting vehicle for a 3-hour journey to Noi Bai airport for flight to Hue. Upon arrival Hue, pick up & transfer to hotel in Hue.

    Meals Included: Brunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

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

    thuy bieu

    After breakfast at hotel, we start the day with a leisurely boat trip on the poetic Perfume River. There will be a stop at Dong Ba Market to buy ingredients for the evening cooking class. En route you will visit Thanh Tien village where paper flower are produced, Van Mieu Temple and Thien Mu Pagoda also known as “Heavenly Lady Pagoda”, the symbol of Hue city. 

    We will then continue the cruise towards Thuy Bieu eco-village, an ancient village situated on the bank of the Perfume River. Arrival here, we will take part in a cooking class to prepare typical Hue dishes with the instructions from our chef, then enjoy your creations in the open air riverside restaurant surrounded by luxuriant trees.

    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, Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 7: Hue – Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)

    Hue - Hoi An: 140km, ~2h30min drive

    lang co

    After breakfast at hotel, we set out for the exploration 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 the Forbidden City or Tu Cam Thanh. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc, which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers. Afternoon leaving Hue, we continue our south bound journey to the old trading town of Hoi An. The scenery en route is very beautiful. We make a stop at Lang Co beach for coffee and refreshments before winding our way up the spectacular Hai Van Pass to admire the stunning views north to Lang Co beach and south to Danang City. Continue on our way down to the other side and head to Da Nang where we will stop at the Cham Museum, the famed Danang Beach, and the Marble Mountains. Arrival in Hoi An, we check in the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 8: Hoian (B/-/-)

    hoi an

    After breakfast at hotel, we follow the narrow lanes lined with centuries-old houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures and visit its numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge – the symbol of Hoian, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls typical of Hoian’s original architecture, the local market, etc. We will drop a visit to a workshop where artisans produce one of Hoian specialties: lanterns, widely used in Vietnam for decoration on the occasion of the feast days. Initiated by the craftsmen who will show the manufacturing process, you learn how to make a lantern that you can keep as a beautiful memory of your stay in Hoi An. The rest of the day is free for your personal discovery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 9: Hoian - Free (B/-/-)

    Breakfast at hotel and then day is yours to freely explore the peaceful riverside town in your own time.

    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 hotel, our driver will meet and transfer you to airport for flight to Saigon. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will meet and escort you to hotel in city center for check-in.

    After having lunch at a local restaurant, 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, which was the former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975, followed by some French colonial structures including the Old Saigon Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral. Apart from the religious meaning, the even more special captivating point of this Cathedral is its special neo-Romanesque style of architecture. After visiting the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is firstly well-known as the place for real Vietnamese food. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers guests many freshly delicious dishes. You also can find any goods for daily use as well as variety of eye-catching local handicrafts, souvenirs here

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 11: Saigon - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Can Tho (B/L/D)

    Saigon - Cai Be: 140km, ~2h30min drive

    mekong

    Breakfast is served at hotel. 08:00a.m: our driver will meet and transfer you to Cai Be - approximately 2h drive south from Saigon. 10.00a.m: Get welcome onboard. Upon embarkation on your sampan you will be welcomed with fresh towel by our crew. Start to visit some local home factories to observe the traditional procedure of making rice ice paste, coconut candies and other specialties. Proceed to Cai Be colorful floating market, cruise among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Take a direction to Vinh Long and Sa Dec, cruise upstream Tien Giang River is, one of the two largest arms of the Mekong. Sail into a narrow canal to discover the hideaway unspoiled landscapes, luxuriant gardens and enjoy the airy atmosphere in countryside. Pass several traditional brick factories while cruising and have an interesting onsite visit to one of them. Continue the journey to Sa Dec, the little "Venice" in the Mekong Delta with numerous narrow canals, and different kinds of trading activities. Disembark at the local market place and begin your exploration in this charming Sa Dec town by walking along narrow streets and take pictures of beautiful old houses and Chinese temples. Stop at an ancient house dating from 1890, home of Ong Huynh Thuy Le, former "lover" of famous French novelist Marguerite Duras. Lunch will be served on board while cruising down to Can Tho along a beautiful narrow canal. Passing under Several wooden "monkey bridges" and tiny typical villages before pulling a stop to visit Cao Dai Temple. The last stop before sunset is a splendid ancient house or "Nha Co" dating from the early 19th century. After the personal welcome of owner, a romantic candlelight dinner will be catered in an unique atmosphere. After dinner, continue to proceed to Can Tho.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Song Xanh Sampan Cruise

    Day 12: Can Tho - Cai Rang - Saigon (B/-/-)

    Can Tho - Saigon: 180km 4h drive

    cai rangThe journey starts at 6.00 AM with breakfast being served at 7.00 PM, while approaching Cai Rang floating market, the largest market in the whole Mekong Delta Region. Cruise Among local barges full of fruits and vegetables and enjoy the hustle and bustle of morning market. The excursion ends at around 10.00a.m at Ninh Kieu Pier after-visiting Can Tho's local market. Drive back to Saigon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 13: Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free until our driver meet and transfer you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight to your next destination or back home. Thank you very much for travelling with us!

    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:

    • The period: during high season (from October till April), the price of services is generally higher compared to the low season (from May till September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you travel together, the less you will pay.
    • The choice of hotels: a 5-star hotel for example can cost ten times as much as a 2-star hotel; two hotels all classified among the three stars may have different prices if they are more or less charming.
    • 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, too close booking departure date can raise the price due to the low availability of services.

    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
    • Flights: Hanoi – Hue; Danang - Saigon (E-Class on Vietnam Airlines)
    • Halong Bay overnight on boat (sharing boat)
    • Private boat excursion in Hue
    • Overnight on private Song Xanh Sampan Cruise
    • 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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