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9 DAYS VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS

9 Days / 8 Nights

Private tour (HANVNHL09): Daily departure from Hanoi with local English or French-speaking guides (other language speaking guides at surcharge)

Day 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL (-/-/-)
Meet on arrival at Hanoi / Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi

Meals included: None

Day 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L/-)
FULL DAY HANOI CITY TOUR


Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his former residence (closed on Monday and Friday), One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam and built more than 1,000 years ago.

Continue the city tour to one of the following museums (Note that museums are closed on Mondays.):
• Fine Arts Museum
• History Museum
• Revolutionary Museum
• War Museum
• Museum of Ethnology

After a delicious lunch at Au Lac restaurant, enjoy a leisurely one-hour cyclo tour through Hanoi. Visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.  Hoan Kiem Lake was already considered the most beautiful lake in Hanoi when Ngoc Son Temple was built on an island in the 19th century. Initially, the temple was called Ngoc Son Pagoda and was later renamed Ngoc Son Temple, since temples are dedicated to saints. Saint Van Suong, considered to be one of the brightest stars in Vietnam's literary and intellectual circles, was worshipped there along with other National heroes.
Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi
Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch Au Lac restaurant or similar

Day 3: HANOI – HUE (B/-/D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue, the former Royal City of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties.

HALF DAY HUE CITY TOUR
Located in Central Vietnam, Hue was the former capital of the last Dynasty of Vietnam and has an elegant setting on the banks of the Huong Giang or Perfume River surrounded by lush green hills. Founded as a Royal city in 1687, this small and quiet city is known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty. The city has preserved its cultural heritage including music, the arts and many other traditions and is probably the best place in Vietnam to get a sense of the past and imperial court life.

Explore the Imperial City of Hue. The first stop is the Hue Citadel. The Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River and built by Emperor Gia Long it was designed for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his household. The Citadel is a square 2 km wall  encompassing 3 walled enclosures; the Citadel, Kinh Thanh Hue, the Yellow  Imperial city, Hoang Thanh and in the centre the Forbidden Purple city Tu Cam Thanh where the Emperor lived. The Hue royal complex has been officially recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Afterwards, you will visit one of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue:
• Minh Mang Royal Tomb
• Tu Duc Royal Tomb
• Khai Dinh Royal Tomb

Accommodation at hotel in Hue
Meals included: Breakfast
Dinner at hotel


Day 4: HUE – DANANG – HOI AN (B/L/-)
In the morning, drive south to the charming historic city of Hoi An. The scenic 4-hour drive via Hai Van pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages.

HOI AN AND SURROUNDINGS


Explore the Ancient Town of Hoi An and its surroundings. Known to early Western merchants, Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses are constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs.

Take a short boat ride across the river to a boat builder’s yard and woodcarvers. You will also visit a pottery and brick-making village. Return to the town for a discovery tour on foot through Hoi An Ancient Town which has been enlisted as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1999. You will visit some of the historic merchant and community houses, places of worship and famous bridges.
Accommodation at hotel in Hoi An

Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at Brother Café

Day 5: HOI AN – DANANG – TRAIN TO NHA TRANG (B/L/-)
Transfer to Danang Railway Station for the day train to Nha Trang (local train, sharing 4-berth air-conditioned compartment).

Upon arrival to Nha Trang at approx. 21:42 hrs, transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Notes:
Your guide will not accompany you during the train journey.
Train schedule is subject to change (ETD: 13:03 hrs).
Private compartments on request at surcharge.
Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for - with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Accommodation at hotel in Nha Trang

Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch box on train

Day 6: NHA TRANG CITY AND ISLAND TOUR (B/L/-)
NHA TRANG CITY AND ISLAND TOUR


Visit the Po Nagar Temples – outstanding examples of Cham architecture situated on Mount Cu Lao. Savour the panoramic views of the surrounding bay and countryside from the hilltop. The Po Nagar Cham Towers are sacred Hindu site dating back to the 2nd century AD. The town was built between the 7th and 12th centuries and is still used as a place of pilgrimage for Cham and Vietnamese Buddhists.
Then, drive to Cau Da pier for a scenic boat cruise to some of Nha Trang’s beautiful offshore islands and a fishing village.

Accommodation at hotel in Nha Trang
Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch on Bamboo Island

Day 7: NHA TRANG – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/-/D)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, meet your tour guide and transfer to the hotel.

HALF DAY SAIGON CITY TOUR
Formerly known as Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River.
Your sightseeing tour includes visiting bustling Cho lon (Chinatown), Thien Hau pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas of the Chinese in the area and colourful Ben Than Market. Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station.
Photo stop at the former Presidential Palace, renowned for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in 1975 and continue to visit the War Remnants Museum.

DINNER CRUISE ON SAIGON RIVER


Escape the hustle & bustle of the city and cruise the waters of the Saigon River. Savour a sumptuous dinner, accompanied by live entertainment, while floating past Ho Chi Minh’s enchanting night-time cityscape.
Pick up at your hotel and drive to the Bach Dang Pier for embarkation. Complimentary cocktails, canapés, and a friendly crew welcome you aboard the biggest dragon boat in Vietnam, the double-decker Bonsai. A multi-member band sets the mood with a musical fusion of the East and West as you cruise out into the Saigon River. Settle in as the executive chef and Vietnamese show cooks prepare, in concert, an impressive Eurasian buffet. The Bonsai also offers cocktail lounges and airy verandas for an after-dinner stroll. Relax with a complimentary head and neck massage and enjoy the live entertainment that continues throughout the evening, concluding with a fire-dance performance.
Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Meals included: Breakfast
Dinner on Bonsai Cruise

Day 8: HO CHI MINH CITY – CAI BE – HO CHI MINH CITY (B/L/-)
MEKONG DELTA ACTIVE DISCOVERY TOUR


Transfer to Cai Be, a 3 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a boat trip through the floating market in Cai Be. Visit some local handicraft workshops and then transfer to the Mekong Lodge. A delicious lunch will be served at the riverside restaurant of the Mekong Lodge.
After lunch, cycle to Tan Phong Island to visit fruit gardens, local houses and observe the daily activities of the locals living along the “Mighty Mekong”. Taste some seasonal fruits of the Mekong Delta and enjoy a cup of local green tea before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at Mekong Lodge

Day 9: HO CHI MINH CITY – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Morning at leisure and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast

“WE WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE JOURNEY”

TOUR PRICE BASED ON HOTEL CATEGORIES
Deluxe: Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel – Deluxe room (Hanoi), La Residence Hotel & Spa – Superior room (Hue), Victoria Hoian Beach Resort & Spa – Superior room (Hoi An), Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa – Deluxe Ocean View room (Nha Trang), Moevenpick Saigon Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City)
First: Silk Path Hotel – Deluxe room (Hanoi), Saigon Morin Hotel (Hue), Hoi An Historic Hotel – Deluxe room (Hoi An), Novotel Nha Trang Hotel – Standard room (Nha Trang), Equatorial Hotel – Deluxe room (Ho Chi Minh City)
Superior: Boutique Hotel 1 (Hanoi), Festival Hotel (Hue), Ancient House Resort (Hoi An), Hon Tam Sea and Sun Hotel – Deluxe room (Nha Trang), Sapphire Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City)
Please contact us for rates based on different hotels.

TOUR PRICE

 

Price in USD per full paying guest in shared twin/double
room occupancy in a party of

Service Description

1 guest

2 guests

3-5 guests

6-9 guests

Child (*)

Single room supplement

Category Deluxe

2,620.00

1,463.00

1,311.00

1,169.00

955.00

588.00

Category First

2,470.00

1,362.00

1,210.00

1,068.00

868.00

542.00

Category Superior

1,843.00

1,044.00

892.00

750.00

549.00

250.00

Domestic airfare HAN-HUI & NHA-SGN on economy class

 

184.00

184.00

184.00

184.00

138.00

 

(*)  Child policy:
Discounted rates are applicable for 1 child (from 2 – 11 years of age) accompanied by 2 full-paying passengers (in other words, for every 2 full-paying participants 1 child is entitled to the special child rate).

OUR TOUR PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF
Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
Transfers and tours with local English or French-speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees, boat fees and / or cyclo fees as mentioned in the programme
Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
Train ticket Danang – Nha Trang in shared compartment

NOT INCLUDED ARE
• Domestic airfare (quoted separately)
• International airfare to / from Vietnam (quoted separately, if requested)
• Optional tours
• Surcharges for other language guides
• Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
• Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
• Drinks with meals
• Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
• Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

CANCELLATIONS
• Refunds will not be given for unused or cancelled services after the tour arrangements have commenced.

• FIT (Individuals): Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the company or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors, other penalties imposed by suppliers such as hotels):
• Between 29- 21 days before departure:  According to the costs incurred will be charged
• Between 20 days and 15 days prior to departure: 25% of package price
• Between 14 days and 8 days prior to departure: 50% of package price
• Between 07 days and 2 days prior to departure: 75% of package price
• 1 day prior to departure or no show:   100% of package price

• GIT (Groups): Cancellation of tours due to minimum number of participants will be advised 6 weeks before departure of the tour; in which case Happy Go Travel will offer an alternative tour of a similar standard or a full refund. Cancellation policy for GIT bookings will be advised separately case by case.

• HOTEL ONLY
• Between 29- 21 days before departure:  no charge
• Between 20 days and 15 days prior to departure: 60% of accommodation price
• Between 14 days and 0 days prior to departure: 100% of accommodation price
• Certain Hotels impose stricter cancellation policies which will be advised separately.

PLEASE NOTE
• For air ticket reservations, we require the guests’ full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS. Airfares and reservations are always subject to change until paid in full and ticketed.
• Airfares are subject to increase without prior notice.
• Please be advised that prices will be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers.
• This is a quotation only and neither reservations for services nor hotel bookings have been made.
• Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.

CONTACT INFORMATION OF HAPPY GO TRAVEL
HAPPY GO TRAVEL - HANOI HEAD OFFICE:
Address:  5th floor,  130F Thai Thinh str, Trung Liet, Dong Da,  Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone during office hours:  +84 24 32 686 686; +84 24 32 898 898
Fax:  +84 24 32 171 783

EMERCENCY CONTACTS (ENGLISH AND GERMAN-SPEAKING)
Mobile: Mr. Thang (Managing Director) (+84) 934556056

IMPORTANT NOTICE
 Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Happy Go Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmes. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
 Programmes, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
 We strongly advise to leave valuable items (money, passport, credit cards, jewellery, sensitive documents, laptop computer, etc.) in the hotel safe. During excursions and roundtrips, personal belongings, especially money and valuables should NEVER be left on vehicles, even during short breaks, and carried around at all times. Happy Go Travel is not responsible for any loss or theft.
 Vietnam being a developing country is in full process of upgrading its infrastructure. Therefore, driving overland can be cumbersome due to ongoing road constructions.

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