Essence of Vietnam

8 days Ho Chi Minh City-Hoi An-Hanoi-Halong Bay Private Tour

From $ 1425 USD/pax
From $ 1425 USD
EXCELLENT

7 reviews
3 Reviews
4.9

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh
2days
Cu Chi Tunnels & Reunification Palace

Da Nang
1day
Marble Mountains

Hoi An
2days
Boat trip on Thu Bon River

Halong Bay
1day
Seafood dinner

Hanoi
1day
Local family & Water puppets

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Hanoi

Highlights

  • Hotel: 4 Stars
  • Attractions: 8+
  • Destinations: 5
  • Age: All age
  • Comfort: Moderate
  • Style: History & Culture

Uncover the vibrant mix of the various major influences of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi

Discover places of eternal beauty of Hoi An and Halong Bay

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

    • Accommodation:

      Grand Silverland hotel  

    • Meals:

      None
    • Activity:

      Welcome to Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In your free time, we encourage you to head out and get your first taste of what Ho Chi Minh City has to offer.

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  • Day 2 - Cu Chi Tunnel and Reunification Palace

    • Accommodation:

      Grand Silverland hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      This morning you will head out of the city to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is the name of the district that covers the extensive network (approximately 200 kilometres) of underground tunnels dug by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools, and were used for refuge, storage and as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Ho Chi Minh City. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow visitors to enter and get a feel for what the life underground must have been like (please note that this will be hot and sweaty, and claustrophobic for some). You will then return to Ho Chi Minh City for an afternoon tour of the city, where daily life plays out on the streets and the dynamic atmosphere is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. Your leader will take you to the Reunification Palace, formally the Presidential Palace and the site of South Vietnam’s surrender in 1975, before visiting the War Remnants Museum. This illuminating museum features equipment and vehicles from the Vietnam War, and here you can gain a deeper understanding of the how the Vietnamese view the war. The rest of the evening is free - perhaps explore the food stalls at Cho Ben Thanh market.

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  • Day 3 - Transfer to Hoi An

    • Accommodation:

      Hoi An River Beach Resort & Residences  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      This morning you will leave Ho Chi Minh City and fly north to Da Nang(approximately 1 hour). You will have the chance to enjoy some spectacular scenery on the drive(approximately 1 hour) including the sensational Marble Mountains. The five peaks, limestone with marble outcrops, are seen to epitomise the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood and metal. The history of the mountains is rich - the Champas once used them for religious purposes, and in more recent times they were a haven for the Viet Cong. You will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon, when you can settle in for your two-night stay in this atmospheric old town.

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  • Day 4 - Stroll around Hoi An

    • Accommodation:

      Hoi An River Beach Resort & Residences  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Today, explore some historical sites in the small town of Hoi An, including the Japanese Bridge, the renowned Chinese Temple and Vietnamese former merchants’ houses. After that, you will learn about how to make a lantern through a visit to the home of a craftsman, exploring the authentic rural life, and you are able to keep the lantern you make as a souvenir.

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  • Day 5 - Fly to Hanoi and visit Major Sites in Hanoi

    • Accommodation:

      Silk Queen Grand hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Today, transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang, then fly to Hanoi. And then under your guide’s introduction, you are going to visit the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and Pillar Pagoda. After that, experience the buzz of Hanoi in the Old Quarter by rickshaw, where you can see, hear, smell the life of the busy Vietnamese. Finally, watch a water puppet show in the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake, which people use water as the stage for the puppets and tactfully hide the puppet strings and puppeteers’ movements.

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  • Day 6 - Cruise and Overnight on Halong Bay

    • Accommodation:

      Halong Bay Flamingo Cruises  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Today you will leave Hanoi and drive north(approximately 4 hours) to the famous Halong Bay. You can leave your luggage behind at the Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag for staying on the boat. Halong Bay is listed as a World Heritage site and is one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders. The views of sailing junks navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are nothing short of spectacular. You will travel to Bai Chay Beach(Halong City West) where you will board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available), as well as spending a night on board. We visit a cave in the area and, in the warmer months, you can enjoy a swim from Ti Top Island Beach. A night on the boat under the stars is very special, but another highlight of this evening is a delicious candlelit dinner out on deck (weather permitting). This is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, dining on a seafood feast.

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  • Day 7 - Disembark from Halong Cruise and transfer to Hanoi

    • Accommodation:

      Silk Queen Grand hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Brunch

    • Activity:

      This morning, start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay. After breakfast at Halong Bay, return to Hanoi (approximately 3.5 hours). The rest of the day is free at your leisure.


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  • Day 8 - Return Flight

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      Your Vietnamese adventure will come to an end after breakfast this morning. After checking out, set apart to the airport for your intrnational flight.

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Accommodation

Grand Silverland hotel

125-133 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 6.8km Airports
  2. 4.1km Public Transport
  3. 1.2km Center
Why This Hotel:

Rooftop swimming pool

1-minute walk from Ben Thanh Market

Within a 10-minute walk from Sunwah Tower, Opera Building

Hoi An River Beach Resort & Residences

Cua Dai Street, Cua Dai,Hoi An, Vietnam

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 28km Airports
  2. 7km Public Transport
  3. 4.7km Center
Why This Hotel:

3 minutes walk from the beach

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An

4.8 km from Japanese Bridge

36 sqm spacious deluxe room

Silk Queen Grand hotel

36 Lo Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 25km Airports
  2. 1.5km Public Transport
  3. 0.5km Center
Why This Hotel:

200 m from Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

300 m from Ngoc Son Temple

400 m from Hoan Kiem Lake

35 sqm spacious executive room

Halong Bay Flamingo Cruises

Tuan Chau Harbour, tp. Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Việt Nam

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 65km Airports
  2. 12.8km Public Transport
  3. 9.4km Center
Why This Hotel:

All cabin rooms feature elegant décor with a mesh of cool and neutral colours

Guests can join the Tai Chi sessions, cooking lessons, or enjoy some alone-time on the sun deck. Water activities include swimming and kayaking.

    All transfers specified, in private car or air-conditioned minibus

    The service of an English Speaking guide

    Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)

    The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai to Phuket, Phuket to Bangkok, including baggage fee

    All excursions specified in the itinerary

    All entry fees

    All meals specified in the itinerary

    All bank charges and exchange rate changes at time of payment

    All insurances including cancellation, travel, repatriation and lost luggage insurances

    All drinks with meals and other items of personal expenditure

    All tips

    All services not specified in the itinerary

    All meals not specified in the itinerary

    Domestic flights not mentioned

    International flights

    Additional insurance

    Entry visas and visa fees (contact us for further information)

    Travel Insurance (Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip)

3 Reviews
4.9

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  • Ross363
    4.8

    We didn't plan too much but we planned to take 8 days of Vietnam tours with UME Travel - It was great! Our guide, Lisa was beside us everywhere. It was truly the best trip we have ever done. Other guides might be cheaper but can only recommend this!

  • Maurice L
    4.9

    Thanks to Diana who made the tours personal and intimate and fun for us. The drivers we had were always timely, the cars were clean, water was always provided, items were watched and secure. Guides are knowledgeable, nice and love their country. The service was truly amazing and above any expectations we had.

  • KarenAndy S
    5.0

    I can't imagine a tour company or quality of tours and guides better than what we experienced with UME Travel. Our travel advisor is Phoebe and local guide is Lisa. They are very nice and always give us best suggestions. Scenic natural beauty, old City & unforgettable local dining lunches!

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    We offer professional private tour guides with over 10-year experience, well-performed vehicles less than 5-year service life and licensed drivers with 5-year practice. Each of our employees undergoes rigorous screening before they can join our network.

  • Professional Guides & Drivers

    Well-selected Scenic spots and Hotel

    All the hotels we advised have been inspected by our team and we spend time each year to top up our knowledge on the spot. Continuing Positive feedbacks on them from former customers because of their outstanding and unique characters.

  • Professional Guides & Drivers

    Local Available 7/24

    All the hotels we advised have been inspected by our team and we spend time each year to top up our knowledge on the spot. Continuing Positive feedbacks on them from former customers because of their outstanding and unique characters.

  • Professional Guides & Drivers

    Warm Welcome Kits

    We provide the welcome kits for each customer, you will receive the SIM card, city map, a bottle of drinking water and a cool towel per guest per day for FREE. Get all first-step information and useful tips in one profile and make your first tour simple and easy.

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