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  • Vietnam Passion

    Code: VFT06 - Duration: 12 Days
    Start: Hanoi | Finish: Saigon
  • This family tour will bring you and your family lots of fun and delight within 12 days. Start with charming Hanoi, nothing is more interesting than 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. You then depart for Halong Bay to admire its emerald water, sparkling caves and mysterious islands. Leaving this wonderful land, we head to Central Vietnam with its trail of World Heritage Sites: Hue Imperial City and Hoi An’ ancient town where you will be impressed by a cyclo tour. The next destination is Ho Chi Minh City in Southern Vietnam before taking beautiful beach holiday in Mui Ne, and play in the sand. Mui Ne sports one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam plus some incredible sand dunes waiting to be explored.

    Highlights:Vietnam Passion Family

    • Discover the graceful and exotic Hanoi capital - thousands of 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 taking a private traditional boat
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Hanoi - Bat Trang (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Overnight on Boat (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Halong Boat Trip - Hanoi - Flight to Hue  (Br/-/-)
    Day 5: Hue - Thuy Bieu Eco-village (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Saigon - Ben Tre - Saigon (B/L/-)
    Day 9: Saigon - Mui Ne (B/-/-)
    Day 10: Mui Ne - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 11: Mui Ne - Free (B/-/-)
    Day 12: 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"

    + 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

    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 - Bat Trang (B/L/-)

    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. On the way back to Hanoi we will drop by Bo De Pagoda, home to orphaned and disadvantaged children.

    Back to Hanoi, we head to 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.

    In the evening, we 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 - Halong Overnight on Boat (B/L/D)

    Hanoi - Halong: 180km, ~3h30min drive 

    halong bayAfter breakfast at hotel, we start a 3-hour driving through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Comfort stop en route for photos and coffee before arriving to Ha Long City. We then transfer 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 4: Halong Boat Trip - Hanoi – Flight to Hue (Br/-/-)

    Hanoi - Hue: 770km, 1h flight

    halong bayWaking 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 5: Hue - Thuy Bieu Eco-village (B/L/-)

    hue

    After breakfast at hotel, we start the day with a leisurely boat trip on the poetic Perfume River. Embarking on boat for cruise along the poetic Perfume River you can see a pavilion that the king and royal family used to have bath. You also experience the daily life of local people as well as contemplate the beauty of landscapes and fill your heart and mind with fresh air. Main destination of our journey is the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda (Heavenly Lady Pagoda) which was built in 1601-the symbol of Hue city.

    Continuation by boat to the grapefruit village of Thuy Bieu, between the city center and tombs of Nguyen emperors. The ancient village is specialized in the plantation of grapefruits, famous for their quality. In the past, they were given to the royal family

    Cradle of culture of Hue, Thuy Bieu is an old village currently developing eco-tourism. The village contains many centenarian houses lost between the fruits trees, especially the grapefruits trees. All of them are covered with a green color. The characteristics of these houses-gardens contribute to the preservation of the customs and traditions of the Vietnamese culture and architectural of the Nguyen Dynasty.

    During the walk, some stops are prevised: to the old temple dedicated to the genius of the village, at school, and in a family which owns three of the older houses. These buildings are characterized by engravings and sculptures in wood: dragons, phoenix and other natural landscapes on columns, beams or rafters.

    Continuation by bike all along the river of perfumes in the nature, among flowers and thousands of grapefruits.

    Stop at the local market to buy ingredients for the midday cooking class.

    Return by bike to the family house. Participate in the preparation of the lunch with the family: figs salad, lemongrass duck… After the lunch, rest with a foot massage with medicinal herbs. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

    Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B/L/-)

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

    hoi an

    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. We then visit the elaborate mausoleum of former emperor Tu Duc, which was built between 1864 and 1867 by 3000 soldiers and workers.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, 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 7: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Saigon (B/L/-)

    Danang - Saigon: ~850km, 2h flight

    ben thanh market

    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 8: Saigon - Ben Tre - Saigon (B/L/-)

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

    mekong deltaAfter breakfast at hotel, we leave the bustling city of Saigon behind to depart for the Mekong Delta considered Vietnam’s biggest rice basket. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, embark your boat to cruise along Ben Tre River, a tributary of the great Mekong, to explore the local lifestyle and the daily hustle and bustle. Stop at the brickfield to see how bricks are made by hand in Vietnam and a coconut candy home factory located along the canal to witness the process of making this local candy and other souvenirs. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow amply 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. Lunch at a local restaurant by the river. In the afternoon, take rowing boat along water palm creek and a long Cai Coi creek. Stop to see rice workshop before back to Ben Tre town, where we  visit to Vinh Trang Pagoda before heading back to Saigon where you will arrive in the afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Saigon

    Day 9: Saigon - Mui Ne (B/-/-)

    Saigon - Mui Ne: 218 km, ~4h25min drive

    mui neIn the morning after breakfast, we drive to Mui Ne where you can unwind on soft white sand beaches considered amongst the best in Vietnam. Arrival here, after check-in hotel, time is free on your own to xplore quaint fishing villages and have fun sliding down red sand dunes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mui Ne

    Day 10: Mui Ne - Free (B/-/-)

    mui ne beachAfter breakfast at hotel, time is free on your own to relax and play on the beach to explore Mui Ne’s vibrant lifestyle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mui Ne

    Day 11: Mui Ne - Free (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free on your own to relax and play on the beach to explore Mui Ne’s vibrant lifestyle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Mui Ne

    Day 12: Mui Ne - Saigon - Departure (B/-/-)

    After breakfast at hotel, time is free until you are met and transferred by our driver to Tan Son Nhat airport in Saigon for your flight to your next destination or back home.

    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 (E-Class on Vietnam Airlines)
    • Private boat excursion in Hue, Mekong Delta
    • Overnight on private Song Xanh Sampan in Mekong Delta
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • 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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