Vietnam Essential Package Tour: 8 days

This 8 days / 7 nights of Vietnam Essential Package Tour delivers the essential Vietnamese destinations for budget-conscious travelers or those who have limited amount of time. All of the historical, cultural and natural “must-see” attractions are visited, including an overnight train journey, as the tour makes its way from north to south. This is an ideal trip to take in the very essence of Vietnam and can easily be taken in conjunction with an extended holiday or seaside vacation along the beach coast of south central Vietnam.

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL – CITY TOUR – WATER PUPPET SHOW ( None )

  • Welcome to Hanoi Noi Bai international airport
  • You are welcomed by Impress Travel’s guide & driver then it takes about 50 minutes by vehicle to get into Hanoi city. ( Notice: hotel official check in is from 14:00, hotel early check in is NOT included, and is subject to hotel availability and regulation; hotel early check in can be available on request )
  • In the afternoon, sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first National University. It was built in 1070 by Ly Emperor which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
  • Next is a visit to one of the most beautiful lakes of Hanoi – the Hoan Kiem lake (Restore Sword Lake) & Ngoc Son Temple located on a beautiful islet in middle of the lake.
  • Watching water puppet show
  • Return to the hotel for check in, free  & easy
  • Your own arrangement for dinner on own payment
  • Free time & overnight at hotel in central Hanoi city

OPTIONAL TOUR: STREET FOOD TOUR AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

SURCHARGE, PRICE: $26 USD/ PER PERSON

Day Inclusions: Private A/C transfer, English speaking tour guide,  entrance fees, water puppet tickets, hotel accommodation, water

DAY 2: HANOI ARRIVAL – HALONG BAY – OVERNIGHT ON CRUISE (B/ L/ D)

  • Breakfast at the hotel, check out
  • Pick up at 07:30 from your hotel to travel to Halong Bay ( distance 160km, a stop for a break time on half way for a refreshment ).
  • You enjoy the drive and sightseeing the peaceful country side scenery during the bus trip ( 4 hours ), we arrive at the at Ha Long bay sea port at around noon time
  • At 12.00 noon, you aboard the cruise, check in & enjoy a welcome drink while your cabin will be asigned.
  • Check in your cabin and put your luggage in, relax and may do a short inspection tour by moving around the cruise to descover about the cruise’s architecture & design
  • Relax, sightseeing and taking photographs before lunch is served.
  • A sumptuous lunch with fresh seafood meal will be served while cruise slowly gliding out into the Halong bay.
  • It’s a wonderful opportunity to admire thousands of islands and islets with magnificent caves and grottoes at the inside the islands, admiring sparkling stalactites and stalagmites like germs and listening to the legends of the Dragons and the land and sea scape in the area,
  • You may enjoy extra activities organized on board ( depends on each cruise’ program, such as visiting a floating village, going for kayaking ( notice: extra activities subject to availability, kayking fee is on own expense, can be available on request at Cruise’s reception )
  • Relax on cruise during the happy hours or may join in a cooking demonstration, watching the sunset on Cruise.
  • Dinner is served on cruise
  • After dinner, free at leisure time to relax on Cruise and socialize with other guests or can join in some other evening activities such as squid fishing…,
  • Overnight in your cabin on the Cruise.

Inclusion: Hotel breakfast, shuttle bus A/C transfer, local English speaking tour guide on Cruise only, entrance fee, cruise in Ha Long bay with full meals on board, water

Day 3: HALONG BAY CRUISE TOUR – HANOI – FLIGHT TO DANANG – HOI AN ( B / L )

    • Early bird risers may be awarded a great chance to enjoy the sunrise and enjoy the amazingly peaceful breath-taking beauties of Ha Long Bay’s seascape in early morning.
    • Refresh your body & soul with a Tai-chi martial art less on on the   sundeck.
    • Breakfast will be served
    • You continue enjoy the sightseeing tour on the cruise until noon time, sightseeing, taking photographs & relax on board
    • At about 09:30 – 10:00, packup your luggage and check out your cabin while cruising returning to the boat pier.
    • Lunch will be served on Cruise ( or in restaurant in land in Halong city, depends on different cruise’s program)
    • 11:30 am – Return to prier, and disembark the Cruise & say fare well to all crew member,
    • Meet again the driver and the bus for another 4 driving back to Hanoi,
    • About 16:00 – Arrival back to Hanoi central city, you will be picked up and transferred to Airport for a short flight to Danang city
    • On arrival Danang city airport, pick up and transfer from Danang to hotel in Hoi An, check in, free & easy
    • Free time & Overnight in Hoi An city

Inclusions: breakfast, shuttle bus A/C land transfer, lunch, local English speaking tour guide on Cruise, entrance fee, Halong cruise – disembark at noon time, private transfer to Airport, tour guide in Danang and send to Hoi An & hotel accommodation, water

Day 4: HOI AN – COUNTRYSIDE TOUR - FISHING - BIKING - COOKING- FARMING ( B/ Local family Lunch )

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Am: Pick up from the hotel in Hoi An and takes you to Cam Nam fishing village to learn fishing for more experience under the instruction of the local people, especially, you will practice how to catch fish, how to cast a fish net into the river… next, proceed to the green Bay Mau water coconut forest, where you will get a chance to row a basket boat and using a fishing tool to catch field crabs while admiring the tranquil atmosphere of the real peaceful countryside area once the revolutionary base of Hoi An in the past, Leaving the coconut forest, you will be transferred and to ride a bicycle for visiting Tra Que Vegetable Village, You will ride through peaceful villages and enjoy the beauties of the countryside of surrounding area in Hoi An.
  • On arrival Tra Que, you are welcomed with the friendly smiles and special drink; “E” water or local tea.
  • It is here that you will have a chance to do a cooking class with the family, under the instruction of the house owner, you will practice how to prepare ingredients, and cook the Hoi An special authentic dishes.
  • Have lunch at the local family.
  • Pm: You will dress in farming clothes, take a short walk around to visit the garden where local farmers work and use the traditional methods without having electrical machines support. After that you are under the instruction of household; he will show you how to prepare and make the land, you fertilize green manure before growing vegetables. Watering the vegetables, which you have just grown, is the last activity in the procedure of planting them. After that, you come back the house to relax by soaking your feet in Vietnamese herbs. This is one of the ways to refresh ourselves after the hard time in garden of Vietnamese.  Then you be transferred back your hotel in Hoi An.
  • Free time and overnight in Hoian

Inclusion: hotel breakfast, private A/C transfer, local boat, basket boat and fishing tools, bicycle & helmet, English Speaking guide, entrance fees, cooking clas, lunch, hotel accommodation, water

Day 5: HOI AN WALKING TOUR – – FLIGHT TO HO CHI MINH CITY ( B, L )

  • Have breakfast at hotel.
  • This morning you will take a tour to wandering around the old streets to visit Hoi An ancient town including the Japanese Covered Bridge, the beautiful Chinese Assembly Halls, the Phuoc Kien Pagoda, and the local market…
  • Lunch is served at restaurant
  • You are free & easy before being transferred to Danang Airport for a short flight to HCM city
  • On arrival in HCM city, being picked up and transferred to Hotel in HCM city
  • Free time & overnight in HCM city

Inclusion: hotel breakfast, private A/C transfer, English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunch, hotel accommodation, water

Day 6: HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR – CU CHI TUNNELS ( B, L )

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 08:00am, the sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office
  • The Reunification Palace
  • The War Remnants Museum
  • Lunch is served at restaurant
  • Watching a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers. For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range

Inclusion: hotel breakfast, private A/C transfer, English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunch, hotel accommodation, water

Day 7: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG – CAI BE – VINH LONG – HO CHI MINH CITY ( B, L )

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Pick up from the hotel, and transfer you to Mekong River Delta to Cai Be.
    • On arrival, start your tour with a visit to Cai Be floating market place ( the market is most busy in very early morning only, which is a very typical floating market in the Mekong delta region ).
    • Our boat will stop for a visit to some local factories making Coconut candies, rice crispy cakes, rice papers making workshop, you will have chance to visit to some Ancient houses typical of local land lords in the early 20th century, with the blend of Oriental and Western architectural styles
    • A delicious lunch will be served at a local house in the cool shade of An Binh Island’s orchards.
    • In the afternoon, take a traditional rowboat and venture deeper into the countryside, floating through narrow canals to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stop at a nursery garden to discover how farmers along the delta produce their world famous fruits and vegetables.
    • The cruise ends around 3:30 PM in Vinh Long. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Saigon
    • Free time & overnight at hotel in central Ho Chi Minh city

Inclusion: hotel breakfast, private A/C transfer, English speaking tour guide entrance fee, lunch, hotel accommodation, water

Day 8: Farewell to Vietnam and See you again!

    • Enjoy your time at leisure.
    • You will be transferred to the Ho Chi Minh city airport via your schedule flight back home or continue seeing other cities in Vietnam.
    • We hope you enjoyed your trip and see you again!

Today Inclusion: Transfer, hotel breakfast

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  • Hotel accommodations with daily breakfast in the hotels, 2 person share 1 room, double or twin
  • 2 Private air-conditioned transfers with 45 seaters per bus
  • 04 private 29 seaters buses in Sapa to LAO CHAI – TA VAN and 8 A/C vans to CAT CAT VILLAGE ( due to no 45 seaters buses allowed to operate in Sapa town to the small mountain villages )
  • 02 domestic flight ticket during the tour: Hanoi – Danang, Hue – Sai Gon
  • Water puppets show performance in Hanoi
  • 02 local  tour guide in Sapa  ( to assist take care of the group in Sapa as you will need to use 2 buses )
  • 2 day 1 night Cruise trip in Halong bay, stay overnight on joint Cruise, 2 person share 1 private   cabin
  • Meals as listed on itinerary ( 13 BREAKFASTS + 9 LUNCHES + 8 DINNERS )
  • Sightseeing with admissions as specified
  • Local English-speaking tour guides
  • Boat trip in Hue,
  • Boat trip in Mekong in My Tho
  • All services mentioned in the detailed itinerary

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  • Travel insurance
  • International flight fly in and out Vietnam
  • Excess baggage fees levied by airlines
  • VISA Invitation letter and visa fee
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay
  • All the meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, crew members, hotel porters, water, sampan rowers…
  • Any personal expenses such as telephone calls, laundry, drinks, mini bar, etc. and other not mentioned
  • Early check in ( before 14:00 ) and late check-out ( later than 12:00 mid-noon )

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Wonderful trip of VIETNAM ESSENTIAL PACKAGE TOUR: 8 DAYS
Fatane
It such an unforgettable experience. I really enjoy my fam-holiday in Vietnam. The unique culture, kind and helpful tour leaders, amazing sceneries and histories really make me miss Vietnam right now.

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