Vietnam Essential Tour 10 Days

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Vietnam Essential Tour

This fantastic school trip takes us in the highlights of beautiful Vietnam. We will fly from city to city enabling us to see as much as possible in 10 days. We start in the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City, then flying up to Da Nang, transfer to Hoi An, a charming town with fascinating architecture and a laid back atmosphere  before. We will then drive along the coast to Hue, the ancient capital. Fly to stately Hanoi, and then explore the magnificent Halong Bay.

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    Vietnam Essential Tour 10 Days

    This fantastic school trip takes us in the highlights of beautiful Vietnam. We will fly from city to city enabling us to see as much as possible in 10 days. We start in the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City, then flying up to Da Nang, transfer to Hoi An, a charming town with fascinating architecture and a laid back atmosphere  before. We will then drive along the coast to Hue, the ancient capital. Fly to stately Hanoi, and then explore the magnificent Halong Bay.

    Duration: 10 Days /9 Nights
    Start/End: Ho Chi Minh/Hanoi
    Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi tunnel – Danang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi

    1. Day1 Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (-/-/D)

      On arrival, teachers and student will be welcome and transfer to the hotel.

    2. Day2 Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B/-/D)

      This morning, start our day by visiting General Post office, Notre Dame Cathedral, former Presidential Palace and War Remnants Museum. Following by that, we have some time shopping in Saigon at Ben Thanh Market. We will then make our way back to the hotel to prepare for dinner.

    3. Day3 Ho Chi Minh City – – Cu Chi (B/L/D)

      Travel through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies to the Cu Chi tunnels (located 70 kilometers to the northwest of Saigon). On arrival and before entering the tunnels see a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. Following this, starting our exploration of the maze of tunnels (some of which have been widened to allow tourist access). Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters, trends, firing post… For those who are interested you may also decide to fire off some rounds, at targets, from the various guns which are available (at a cost of $1 US per bullet!); examples include the American made M-16 or the Russian AK47. Once we are finished at Cu-Chi we will head off for a magnificent lunch and then head off to our hotel.

    4. Day4 Ho Chi Minh City – Danang – Hoi An (B/L/D)

      This morning, transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport to fly to Danang. Upon arrival, board the coach and head for the enchanting port town of Hoi An. On the way, stop at the famed China Beach (called My Khe Beach in Vietnam). Upon arrival in Hoi An, check in our hotel and have time to wind down and relax, game of beach volley ball or swimming. Later that afternoon we head into Hoi An to explore the charming town. You may choose to have a whole new wardrobe tailored or sit in one of the many coffee shops and soak up the atmosphere. After dinner we will return to our hotel.

    5. Day5 Hoi An Cooking Class (B/L/-)

      Start today by visit Hoi An’s colourful market to experience the sights, sounds and aromas of this amazing place. During our market experience we will have the opportunity to interact with local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in our impending cooking lesson. After that we make our way to The Market restaurant where we will learn about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s most well-known dishes. We then begin to cook! The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours with each dish first being demonstrated by the The Market’s master chef before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving and plate decoration. After the lesson we will sit down and enjoy what we have just prepared for lunch.
      Afternoon at leisure, some may choose to swim and lay by the pool; others will enjoy organised games of volleyball or football…

    6. Day6 Hoi An to Hue (B/L/D)

      After breakfast today we will drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue, which was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Upon arrival in Hue, having lunch then take a boat trip along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and then the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Tu Duc.

    7. Day7 Hue – Hanoi (B/L/D)

      In the morning, we will spend some time at the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. After lunch, farewell Hue and transfer to the airport for our flight to Hanoi (Afternoon flight).

    8. Day8 Halong Bay (B/L/D)

      This morning, Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay, travel through the lush Red River Delta en route to a World Heritage area of outstanding beauty. Upon arrival we will board our private boat and spend the next 4 hours cruising around this secluded bay which has been referred to as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. Whilst cruising we will feast on a seafood extravaganza for lunch, explore forgotten caves and have the opportunity to canoe or swim from the boat. Later that afternoon we will board the bus and head back to Hanoi for dinner. After dinner we will spend some time perusing the local markets in the hope of snapping up a bargain.

    9. Day9 Hanoi City (B/L/D)

      This morning, start a new day by visiting Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his house on Stilts, outside of Presidential Palace. Continue to head off for lunch. Lunch today will be at K.O.T.O restaurant. After lunch, embark on a one hour cyclo ride around the old quarter. The old quarter was once the heart of Hanoi and is still an unbelievable sensory overload; its bustling functionality will astound all first time visitors. Following this we visit the infamous Hanoi ‘Hilton’ prison and then head back to our Hotel to get ready for an early dinner. After dinner, enjoy watch a unique Water Puppet show and then head back to the hotel.

    10. Day10 Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)

      Enjoy some leisure time in Hanoi in order to do some last minute shopping. Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer.

    Accommodation for Your Journey

    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 properties we selected are either located in 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 on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

    Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture 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 pick up. 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

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Accommodation for Your Journey

    The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge buat EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.
    Important note:
    – Price is in United State Dollar (USD)
    – Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.
    – Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.

    Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.
    Re-check the services you would like to book then click “Submit Booking” (“Send My Inquiry” for Land Tours) to navigate to the final step. At the final step, fill your necessary information in the detail information form.
    Please fill correct information, especially the email address and phone number so that we can contact with you to process the booking. Once finish filling the information, click “Submit” button to send the request to us.
    Note: An automatic email will be sent to your email address and our salespeople will soon contact you regarding the reservation. In the meantime, you have successfully sent your request to us. Please remember to utilize our “Book Together” feature in reservation process to have more savings.

    The booking process is represented through 5 steps below:

    Step 1: Check Rates

    Fill in the numbers of adults, children and infants of your group, enter your departure date and click ‘Check Rates’ button, you will see the accommodation prices.

    Once you selected an accommodation, click ‘Book It’ button to continue.

    Tips: To get more special discounts, please take a look at ‘Trip saving for booking together’ section where you can check rates and get a discount for booking 02 services at the same time. The discount amount ranges from US$3 to US$60 per room per night (hotel) or per pax (tour).

    Step 2: Book Extra Services

    This step meets your needs in booking optional services like transfer, visa, kayaking or other interesting activities related to your current booking.

    Tips: Don’t forget to book hotels, tours together in this step! It’s a smart way to get more savings.

    Step 3: Submit Booking

    Here you can review, add or remove your booking items, complete and submit your booking form.

    After your booking is submitted, the system navigates to a ‘Thank you page and send you an automatic email listing all the services you requested.

    Our travel consultant will get in contact with you within 01 working day to inform about the service availability & payment.

    Step 4: Confirm Availability & Deposit

    1. Check availability :

    After receiving your booking request, our consultant will check the availability of the services. If the services are available, our consultant will send you a payment link for the deposit by email, otherwise we will give you some alternative suggestions.

    Notice: our email may go to your spam mailbox, please check your spam mailbox if you don’t receive our response in one working day.

    2. Deposit:

    After receiving the payment link in the email sent from our consultant, please make the deposit as soon as possible to secure your booking. When we receive your deposit payment, our consultant will reserve the services for your booking as following:

    If all of the services are reserved successfully, we will send you a Confirmation Email including the deposit invoice and other useful information

    If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.

    Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.

    Step 5: Final Payment

    The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.

    The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.

    Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.

    At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.

    The deposit is required to guarantee your reservation (tours, hotels, transfer, etc.). After receiving your deposit, we’re going to reserve the services for you. So the deposit is required to secure your booking. Normally, 30% of total cost will be required for deposit at the booking time. For some urgent cases or special types of promotion, we will require full payment at the booking time. Learn more: how to pay deposit

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


    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.


    Lunches are usually set menu at 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.


    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

    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 Journey Expedition Travel 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

    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 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.

    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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