13-Day Best of Vietnam W/Air

Tour Route: China: Guangzhou, Vietnam: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Tour Code: IOT-CZ-AUS-03
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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Day 1: Fly to Hanoi from Australia via Guangzhou

Start your fantastic journey fly from Australia to Hanoi onboard China Southern Airlines, stopover at Guangzhou. Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your private guide will meet and escort you to your hotel for some rest or adventure on your own.

Sydney-Guangzhou: 
CZ602 (8:15-15:00) with China Southern Airlines
Guangzhou-Hanoi: CZ371 (22:10-23:15) with China Southern Airlines

Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Discovery

Your private tour today takes you out to the city highlight of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Museum of Ethnology and cycle through the Old Quarter of Hanoi (by Rickshaw) (about 1hr), last stop is Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy a Water Puppet Show to learn more about Vietnamese traditional culture.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Halong Bay Vacation

You will be transferred to Halong Bay (about 3.5 hours' driving from Hanoi) to embark your ship at around 12 noon. A variety of optional activities like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip. 

Overnight: Onboard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fly to Da Nang & Overnight at Hoi An

Discovering the amazing scenery and relaxation your Halong Bay holiday has to offer this morning. Disembark the ship at noon and drive to Hanoi airport (about 4 hours' drive) to fly to Da Nang. Upon arrival in Danang airport, your private guide and driver transfer you to Hoi An. This evening is free to explore this tranquil town on your own. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meal: Brunch

Day 5: Charming Hoi An

Explore this charming historic town by visiting the Japanese Bridge, the famous Chinese Temple, and Vietnamese former merchants house. And then you will visit the home of a craftsman in the old street in Hoi An Town where you will discover the daily life of Hoi An people and see how they make a lantern. You will have a chance to enjoy Paper Lantern Making and keep it as a souvenir. 

Overnight: Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Coastal Line & Lush Forest Drive to Hue

Today you will be driven to Hue. On the way view the coast and Da Nang from the top of the Hai Van Pass. Continue to visit Non Nuoc Beach, Cham Museum and the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature. Have lunch at local restaurant in Da Nang city. You will arrive in Hue in the afternoon, check in upon arrival and have some free time on your own.

Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Highlights of Ancient Hue

Your full-day private tour of Hue to those must-see sites includes the majestic Minh Mang Tomb and sail the Perfume River by Royal Dragon Boat to the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda. Head to the Imperial Citadel with cobbled paths and tour the Forbidden Purple City. Later on, absorb the energy, sounds and odors of the bustling Dong Ba Market

Overnight: Hue
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel for some rest. The rest day is yours to walk around on your own or go back to the hotel for relaxing. 

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Finding Cu Chi Tunnels & Traditional HCMC

This morning you will set out for the incredible underground Cu Chi Tunnels, and then drive back to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace (the former Presidential Palace), the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office and Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) absolutely nice choices for a free stroll.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Taste of Mekong Delta

Head to Mekong Delta Area with your private guide and driver this morning. You will then enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River, taste tropical fruits at a local farm and listen to Southern traditional music. Next, you will land on Dragon Island and transfer by cycle or motorbike to a local home. Have a homemade lunch and enjoy cooking time with the house owner. Afterward, drive back to Saigon to explore the city on your own. 

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Fly to Guangzhou & City Impression

You will leave Vietnam this morning, as you transfer to the airport to await your flight to Guangzhou. Before checking in the hotel, you will have a classic city tour to the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees and the Flower City Square. 

Ho Chi Ming City - Guangzhou: 
CZ372 (08:35-11:10) with China Southern Airlines

Overnight: Guangzhou
Meal: Breakfast

Day 12: Flavors of Guangzhou

After breakfast, You will be guided by your private guide to have the city tour including: Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Shamian Island, Qingping Market and the stone sculpture of the Five Rams.

Overnight: Guangzhou
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Guangzhou, Departure

This morning in Guangzhou is relaxed and euphoric. You will then enjoy a private transfer to the airport for flight home. 

Guangzhou-Sydney:
CZ601 (18:20-06:45+1) with China Southern Airlines

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

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Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

 

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

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You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

 

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