- Eight nights' hotel accommodation.
- Daily breakfast.
- All ground transportation by a private vehicle with driver.
- English speaking local guides.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- In-tour airfares (Hanoi-Hue and Hue to Saigon).
- Daily supply of bottled water.
The trip does not include
- Vietnam visa.
- International return airfare to Vietnam.
- Lunch and dinner.
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, internet usage, and other expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel insurance.
Note on Itinerary
This is a very much set tour program, and we do our best to adhere to the itinerary. But the sights listed should be taken as a general guideline that, given local circumstances, might differ in sequence or substance on a given day. You will be provided the final trip dossier about seven or eight weeks before the travel date.
Trip Activity Level
This trip is a motor vehicle-based sightseeing with some boating excursions and some long days driving. Road conditions vary, but generally, they are smooth. Sightseeing or excursions usually start in the mid-morning, and you will be back to the hotel by late afternoon. The trip does not involve any severe hiking or physical challenges, and so travelers with generally good health conditions can enjoy the journey. Still, the fitter you are, the better you can enjoy the trip.
Accommodations are in comfortable mid-range hotels, which are four-star by a local standard where possible and the best available where there are limited choices. Our preferred hotels ensure adequate amenities and facilities. You will have private bathrooms with running hot and cold water.
All tour guides are local, and they change when you fly from one city to the other. They are local people with college degrees, government certifications, and experience with and knowledge of the destinations, their history, culture, and region. Our guides are, just as importantly, easy-going, detailed oriented, patient, and committed to a high level of customer service. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations that you would never find on your own, and make sure your tour unfolds without a hitch. Your guide will also deal with the bureaucracy and passport or permit control, carry all necessary documents and vouchers, and stay alert to road and weather conditions.
We use clean, reliable, comfortable vehicles for all transfers and tours, often the Toyota Hiace microbus (capacity 8-9 persons) and Toyota Coaster Bus (capacity up to 20 persons). Depending on group size, we might also use Japanese-made sedans, SUVs, or minivans. We provide separate drivers and guides. Our drivers might speak little or no English, but they know the roads and are, in a pinch, mechanically skillful.
International and Internal Flights
The trip starts in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You can make your arrangement or ask us for help. All internal airfares within Vietnam are taken care of by us and already included in the trip.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid at least for six more months when you return home and make sure you have a minimum of two blank visa pages. You need to obtain a Vietnam visa before the trip starts, but now it's simple. US citizens now can apply for an electronic visa online. For information on an application for e-visa, please, visit the following official website of the Vietnamese government.
Booking Deposit and payment schedule
We request you to pay US$ 300 at the time of booking, and you can make the payment by major credit cards or PayPal. Balance payment is due before 90 days before departure. Balance payment on credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee. During the tourist season, some hotels may request a deposit to secure the booking. In that case, we will notify you and ask the second part payment before the deadline for the final payment.
- One hundred eighty days before departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
- Ninety days before departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- Sixty-Eighty-nine days before departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Forty-five days to Fifty-nine days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Thirty days to Forty-four days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than Thirty days: 100%.
Cancellation and refund of air tickets cost will be as per rules and regulations of the concerned airlines plus a service charge of US$ 25 per segment will be levied. Cancellation terms and conditions of certain services may vary, which we will inform per case to case basis.
No refund or adjustment to other services will be made for any unused land or air services for any reason whatsoever, once the tour begins. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.