- 8 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.
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
Tour programs are very much set 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 final trip dossier about seven or eight weeks prior the travel date.
Trip Activity Level
This trip is basically motor vehicle-based sightseeing with some boating excursions and some long days driving. Road conditions vary, but generally they are paved. 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 serious hiking or physical challenges, and so travelers with generally good health conditions can enjoy the trip. Still, the fitter you are, the better you can enjoy the trip.
Accommodations are in comfortable mid-range hotels which are four star by 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 own 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 minimum 2 blank visa pages. You need to obtain Vietnam visa before the trip starts but now it's simple. US citizens now can apply electronic visa online. For information on application for evisa, please, visit the following official website of Vietnamese government.
Booking Deposit and payment schedule
US$ 300 that can be paid by major credit cards or PayPal is requested at the time of booking. Balance payment is due before 90 days prior departure. Balance payment on credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee. During the tourist season, some hotels may request deposit to secure the booking and in that case, we will notify you and request for the second part payment before the deadline for the final payment.
- 180 days prior departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 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 will be informed 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 tour begin. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.