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Days 16
Private Tour
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Classic & Culture Tour
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16
Private Tour
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Classic & Culture Tour
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam! On arrival you will be greeted by your private driver and guide, and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. You will have the remainder of the day free to rest and relax after your flight. Overnight in Hanoi
Meals included: Not available

DAY 2: TOUR OF HANOI CITY

This morning you will spend the day to learn about the long-standing historical Hanoi by taking in some of the city's major sites including Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and his former home, the Temple of Literature (Vietnam’s first university in Hanoi) and a visit to one of the following museums (you can pick the one you like): Ethnology Museum, Military History Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum). Late in the afternoon, take a short walk to visit a Taoist temple on a small island of Hoan Kiem Lank before experience a cyclo (sort of local rickshaw) ride in the Old Quarter to view the busy streets in an interesting way. End the day with the unique water puppet show at Thang long Theater. Overnight in Hanoi
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: HANOI > NINH BINH

Depart from your hotel in Hanoi early in the morning, the drive to Ninh Binh province takes you about 2,5 hours through the fertile land of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, you will take 2-hour sampan boat trip at Tam Coc (Three Caves). This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations. It is very beautiful scenery along the row with vertical sides of Limestone Mountains and rice paddy-fields. The local rowers will take you gently through three beautiful limestone caves with hundreds of stalactites above your heads. Back to the dock and transfer to a local restaurant for a Vietnamese lunch. In the afternoon, you will jump on a bike for a stunning ride along the back roads through the beautiful scenery of sheering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages in the area. On the bike, you will have as many stops as you want to take photographs. One of the stop is Bich Dong Pagoda. Bich Dong pagoda is an important religious place for the locals in the region. It comprises three structures: Ha (Low), Trung (Middle), and Thuong (Upper) pagodas in ascending order at the side of a rocky mountain. We will take a slow hike up to visit the three structures. Beside learning about the local belief, you will get a beautiful view when you reach the highest one. Thence, pedaling back and make your way to your hotel. Check in and rest. Dinner and Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: NINH BINH > CAT BA ISLAND > HALONG BAY

After breakfast at the hotel, start early for the drive overland to Haiphong City where you will board a speed boat to Cat Ba Island. Take a break at a local café while waiting for boarding your private cruise at 12:30 PM. The afternoon cruise give you a chance to admire another wonder of Karst formations. The junk firstly cruises through a busy fishing village. Lunch is served while you are gently winding through the beautiful landscape of Lan Ha. After lunch, you will arrive Vung Kiem Lam area where you will get off the boat for padding your kayaks through tunnel-like caves and discover the hidden lakes and swimming off your kayak. In this area, if you are lucky enough, you may witness some normal monkeys or other type, called Cat Ba langur (primate species). Get back on your boat and carry on the cruise to Cha Bau area. This is a remote corner of the World Heritage. Get the anchor dropped as you are spending the night here. Take more swim of the boat or just relax on the open deck while waiting for your fresh dinner. Overnight on board.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: HALONG BAY > LAN HA BAY

Wake up early for the sunrise and fresh air from the top deck if you wish otherwise you are able to remain on bed until breakfast time (around 8:00AM). After breakfast, continue on cruising Halong Bay to Rang Dua area and Ngon Tay Islet. Turning backward to Lan Ha Bay for the rest of the morning cruise. The boat will stop by Ba Trai Dao beaches for you to take the swim of day before lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Viet Hai dock where you will embark on a scenic cycling ride into a part of the national park, visit Viet Hai village, the only one community allowed to stay in the park area. Get some local interactions with the assistance of your guide and learn about the local life. Ride back to the boat and head to the night place in Lan Ha Bay. Dinner and overnight on boat.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: LAN HA BAY > BAC NINH HOMESTAY

This morning, after the breakfast. The junk will meandering in between the sheer cliffs toward Monkey Island whose beach is sandy and ideal for the last swim. Here, the guide will hike you up to a viewpoint on a mountain where you can get a beautiful bird-view from the high. Get back on boat and get ready for the brunch. Check out of your cabin (10:00 AM) on the way back to Beo Wharf. 11:30: Disembarkation at Ben Beo Wharf. The afternoon public speed boat ride will take you back on land. Your private transport will take you to Bac Ninh province in the Red River Delta for a home-stay experience with a typical Vietnamese family. Dinner and overnight at the local house.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: VISIT CERAMIC VILLAGE & FLY TO HOI AN

After having breakfast at the home-stay. Take a short drive to visit Phu Lang traditional village where the locals specialize in make ceramic productions. Take a walk along the village roads to visit some family-owned workshops. Learning the local techniques of producing different types of ceramics. The main categories that Phu Lang potteries focus on includes: Pottery in credence, Domestic pottery (used in family) and Pottery in decorating. After that, make your way to the airport for a short flight to Danang City in the central Vietnam. Get picked up on arrival for hotel check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: HOI AN FREE DAY

The whole day is yours. Just relax on the beach and enjoy the resort’s facilities or do some shopping in Hoi An’s Old Quarter. Overnight in Hoi An.
Included meals: Breakfast

DAY 9: HOI AN > HUE

This morning, you will be escorted for a walking tour to learn about the cultural Hoian. The tour offers you a chance to see how lovely the Old Quarter of Hoian is. The sites include the Japanese Covered Bridge; Phuoc Kien Assembly; Tan Ky ancient house; Hoi An Culture and History Museum and Quan Cong temple. Get back to your hotel for refreshment before checking-out. In the afternoon, you will make your way to Hue. Have a photo stop on Hai Van Pass where you can view the beautiful Lang Co beach and Danang City at the other side. Arrive in Hue, check in and rest for the remainder of the day. Overnight in Hue.
Included meals: Breakfast

DAY 10: HUE > SAIGON (HO CHI MINH CITY)

Hue city is one of the most cultural and historical territories of the country, once ruled by Emperors of Nguyen dynasty. To start the day, you will embark a dragon boat at a little dock by the bank of the poetic Perfume River for a short cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda, constructed in 1601; the 21-meter stupa tower is the masterpiece of this charming pagoda. Thence getting back to your private vehicle and drive out of the city to visit Minh Mang King’s tomb. This imperial tomb is without doubt the best-combined natural landscape and architectural complex. It was designed on a symmetric axis. Visiting the tomb, you will be impressed by the majesty and symmetry of the architectural constructions. After that, you will enjoy a beautiful lunch at a nice garden restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be visiting the Royal Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. The Imperial City is located in the center of the Citadel where established highest offices of Vietnam's feudalism and sanctums honoring the cult of decreased Emperors. Together with your personal guide, you will take a walk throughout the complex and enjoy the beautiful constructional works divided many sectors. Late in the afternoon, drive to the airport for your early evening flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in southern Vietnam. Get picked up, hotel check-in and overnight in Saigon.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11: CITY TOUR OF SAIGON
After your breakfast in the hotel, start the day by visiting War Remnants Museum and the former Presidential Palace. Thence walk to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office. After lunch, the car will take you out of the bustling city for Cu Chi District, locates approximately 70 km northwest of Saigon. This is a beautiful green land with fruit gardens, rice paddies and plantations. Cu Chi Tunnels are like a spider web in the soil of Cu Chi District. It consists of more than 200km of narrow underground tunnels that connecting half or total covered hideouts, shelters, fighting bunkers, hospital, school, living rooms and so on… All was built and used by Viet Cong for resistance against their enemy during the French and American war. Thence we will drive back to the city in the late afternoon. Overnight in HCMC
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 12: SAIGON > MEKONG DELTA

After having breakfast at the hotel, drive southward to Mekong Delta where you will start your 2-day-1night cruise on a boutique Song Xanh. Boarding from Phu An jetty at 10h00am. Stop along the way for glimpses of local handicrafts that provide a living for the river people. Observe from the comfort of your boat life as it play out on the riverbanks - the people, the stunning landscapes - while your attentive crew serves tea and seasonal fruit. Before arriving at Sa Dec, go ashore to visit a pottery factory where everything is made by hand and all is recycled. Arrive in Sa Dec and take a stroll to the outdoor market. Visit the local celebrity: the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, real-life character of the novel and film “The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Lunch is served on board while cruising towards Can Tho along a narrow canal teeming with life. You will pass monkey bridges and tiny villages before stopping for a visit to a Cao Dai Temple. Cycle or row in a small boat around the countryside to explore the surroundings. Your last stopover before sunset is at an ancient house, a “Nha Co” dating back to the 19th Century. The owner welcomes you and a candlelit dinner is served in this authentic countryside setting. After dinner return on board while Song Xanh continues its cruise towards Hau River. Overnight on board
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: MEKONG DELTA > SAIGON

Early wake-up for a visit to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market up at 6h00am which only operates from 5h00 to 8h00am every day. Breakfast is served on board while the Song Xanh navigates towards the market among local barges laden with fruit and vegetable. Be sure to have your camera ready! Later on, cruise towards Victoria Can Tho and disembark at the hotel’s private jetty. The afternoon drive takes you back to Saigon for the last night at the hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: DEPARTURE FROM SAIGON

Today you will visit the featured sites of the city such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old French Post Office, Re-unification Palace and the War Remnants Museum… After lunch, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Goodbye Vietnam!
Included meals: Breakfast

What's included

Accommodation (Hotels, home-stay,on an overnight boat)

  • 10 nights at hotels (twin/ double/ triple share)
  • 1 night at a home-stay (Basic)
  • 2 nights on an overnight boat (twin/ double/ extra bed)

Transport (Bus/ car/ Domestic flights)

  • Private vehicles with air-condition, all entrance fee per itinerary
  • 2 in-tour airtickets: (Hanoi - Danang; Hue - Saigon)

Tour guide (Local expert guides)

  • English speaking tour guides (Other language on request)

Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as indicated in the itinerary)

  • 13 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Others (as follows)

  • Sightseeing tickets & permits during the guided time
  • Sampan boat & bicycle rides in Ninh Binh
  • Two-way public speed boat tickets to/from Cat Ba Island
  • Package cruise in Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay
  • Package of Song Xanh Cruise in Mekong River
  • Motorized boat ride in Perfume River
  • Two bottles of mineral water/person/day
  • Government Taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
  • International flight tickets
  • Compulsory dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec surcharge will be advised and added by CAT's travel specialist
  • Drinks and other meals
  • Visas (Approval Letter is on request)
  • Tips and gratuities (See Tipping Guidline)
  • Others that are not mentioned clearly in the INCLUSION list
Gallery

Dinner at the homestay

Hoi An Old Quarter

Hue Citadel

War Remnants Museum

Ben Thanh market, Saigon

Sampan boat ride in Mekong

At the temple of Literature, Hanoi

HCM Mausoleum

Tam Coc sampan boat ride

Halong Bay

Halong Bay Kayaking

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  • Steven G
    Written on November 5, 2014
    5 - Excellent

    We recently traveled to Vietnam, planning much of our trip with Smiley and the people at Custom Vietnam Travel. Our time in Hanoi was specifically spent with Smiley, who owns the company with his wife. I cannot praise their organizational and people skills too highly, and strongly recommend working with this wonderful business.

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    Trip date: August, 2014
  • Joan Peck
    Written on September 16, 2014
    5 - Excellent

    Both Mr. & Mrs. Phuong made our trip a remarkable experience! Mr. Phuong, who is called "Smiley" by his clients for good reason, took us to out of the way places in Northern Vietnam that we never would have seen on our own. His agency comes by the name "Custom" honestly. He designed a special trip for us based on our desires & interests in the history of culture of Vietnam, not a packaged trip--and, at a very reasonable cost. We truly got value for our travel dollars. It was my second trip to Vietnam with them, and I have recommended them to many other friends traveling in Vietnam. I wouldn't use anyone else for my travel plans in SE Asia.

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    Trip date: May, 2014
  • megamiles
    Written on October 3, 2012
    5 - Excellent

    When travelling in Vietnam, there are many tour companies from which to choose, but after much research we opted to go with Custom Vietnam travel. What a great choice they turned out to be! They really went above and beyond what we had expected and gave us many wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. We found their services excellent and the prices very reasonable. The owner is nicknamed 'Smiley' and when you meet him you will see why. Just a delightful fellow with a great sense of humor - and boy, does he know his stuff! We had so much fun with them, and will continue to do so whenever we are in Vietnam.

    We would absolutely recommend Custom Vietnam Travel to anybody - we can't imagine a better choice.

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    Trip date: March, 2012
Starts
Hanoi
Destinations
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Ends
Ho Chi Minh City

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