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Vietnam Classic

From RMB 10600
Travel days:  8 days
 /  7 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program in economy class, including the airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • Transfers mentioned in the program with English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in twin-bed room with bath/shower and WC.
  • English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request).
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast. L: lunch).
  • TUI China 24-hour hotline service (German or English).
  • Tips and personal expenses.
  • Visa fees.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Domestic airport tax in Vietnam.
  • Hanoi 3* 
    Flower Hotel
    Superior Deluxe/F. Superior
  • Hue 4* 
    Pilgrimage Village
    Villa Deluxe
  • Hoi An 4* 
    Hoi An Pacific Hotel
    Deluxe Room
  • Saigon 4* 
    Kim Do Hotel
    Deluxe Room (No Extra Bed)
  • All rates and accommodations are subject to availability.
  • Min. 2 people
  • Hotel upgrade available upon request at a surcharge.

Travel content

Vietnam offers a rich variety of stimulating experiences: intriguing pagodas, lively markets, scenic beaches, picturesque riverside towns and renowned historical heritage sites. This round trip takes you to Vietnam's most significant attractions. Our tour leads you to Hanoi with its intriguing pagodas and museums. A walk through the lively streets in the Old Quarter and the culinary delights of Hanoi's nightlife should not be missed either. The former capital Hue has been the cultural and political centre of Vietnam for a long time. Several of its historical buildings are rated as UNESCO World Heritage. Via the famous seaside town Danang and the picturesque riverside town of Hoi An you reach Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam's largest city. Apart from impressive pagodas and historical buildings, the street life with markets, simple pavement cafes, stylish coffee shops and popular bars is an exciting experience.

Beijing departure: From RMB 10, 600 p.p.
Shanghai departure: From RMB 10, 800 p.p.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing / Shanghai - Hanoi

    Take the flight from Beijing / Shanghai to Hanoi via Guangzhou.
    Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to hotel.
    Overnight in Hanoi

  • Day 2:
    Hanoi (B, L: Seafood Lunch on Boat Trip)

    Transfer from Hanoi to Halong.
    Excursion to Halong Bay with boat trip including lunch.
    The day cruise starts at 12.30 pm. Cruise on a traditional wooden boat among the emerald waters and craggy limestone cliffs of Halong Bay, stopping at different islands to explore some of the many caves in this area.
    Sail past floating villages, pearl fisheries, fishermen casting their nets and observe the rhythm of daily life on the bay.
    The boat returns to Halong pier at approximately 16:30.
    Transfer back to Hanoi.
    Overnight in Hanoi

  • Day 3:
    Hanoi (B) Sightseeing in Hanoi (full day)

    Sightseeing in Hanoi by cycle tour of the Old Quarter. Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shops invite bicycle exploration. Its many beautiful public spaces - lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.

    Begin your day visiting the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best surviving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. Continue to the miniature One Pillar Pagoda. Also dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. It is situated near the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, a lovely park setting which is the site of Ho Chi Minh's final resting place, as well as a museum and other memorials. Begin at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where visitors can pay respects to the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. The Mausoleum has limited opening times and is closed every afternoon, all day Monday and Friday, and closes annually in October and November for restoration.
    Continue through the park to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the simple two-room dwelling where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1948 until his final days. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.

    Afterwards head to Hoan Kiem Lake, located in heart of Hanoi, which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Enroute, pass other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (which may only be seen from the outside) and St. Joseph's Cathedral.
    From the lake, begin exploring the Old Quarter by cycle. This fascinating network of narrow alleys and shops is also known as 'The 36 Streets,' each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts to medicines to tombstones. It is a handicraft-lover's paradise and an endlessly interesting place to explore local life. The cycle ride lasts approximately one hour.

    In the afternoon, visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, either the History Museum or the Museum of Ethnology. Formerly known as the museum of the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient, the History Museum (Bao Tang Lich) is housed in an elegant building from the 1930s, and includes exhibits spanning the entirety of Vietnam's history. These include prehistory, proto-Vietnamese civilizations, the Dong Son culture, the Oc-Eo culture and the Khmer Kingdoms.

    The Museum of Ethnology brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam, with art and artifacts from the 54 different ethnic groups that inhabit the country. Inside the museum are detailed descriptions of minority groups, with examples of their traditional clothing and way of life. Outside are faithful reconstructions of traditional longhouses, cemeteries and other distinctive ethnic buildings.
    Overnight in Hanoi

  • Day 4:
    Hanoi - Hue (B)

    Transfer to flight from Hanoi to Hue.
    Sightseeing in Hue

    Hue served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. It houses ancient temples, imperial buildings and French-style edifices. It was established in the 17th century.

    Visit to the Old Imperial City

    IMPERIAL CITY: This is in the Citadel and was built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. There are numerous palaces and temples within these walls, as well as towers, a library and a museum.

    NGO MON GATE: This is the principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure and faces the Flag Tower. The central passageway with its yellow doors was reserved for use by the emperor, as was the bridge across the lotus pond.

    THAI HOA PALACE: Built in 1803 and moved to its present site in 1833, Thai Hoa Palace is a spacious hall with an ornate roof of huge timbers supported by 80 carved and lacquered columns.

    HALLS OF THE MANDARINS: These buildings, in which the mandarins prepared for court ceremonies, held in Can Chanh Reception Hall, were restored in 1977.

    NINE DYNASTIC URNS: These were cast in 1835-36. Traditional ornamentation was then chiselled into the sides of the urns, each dedicated to a different Nguyen sovereign.

    FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY: Today in ruins, this area was reserved for the personal use of the emperor. The only servants allowed into the compound were eunuchs, who would pose no threat to the royal concubines. Today the site is in ruins.

    Visit to the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc

    TU DUC TOMB: Once the Royal Palace of Tu Duc, who ruled Hue more than 100 years ago, this tomb consists of pavilions in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The tomb was constructed between 1864 and 1867. Tu Duc, who was the longest reigning Emperor, lived a luxurious life.

    Overnight in Hue

  • Day 5:
    Hue - Hoi An (B)

    Excursion to Thien Mu Pagoda with a boat trip on the Huong Giang River. Embark on a local boat and cruise down the Perfume River to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower which has become Hue's most widely recognizable monument. During the early 1960s, this became a center of anti-government protest, and the site of the famous self-immolation of the monk Thich Quang Duc.
    Continue by vehicle from Hue to Hoi An with sightseeing in Danang Journey from Hue over scenic mountainous roads with spectacular views of the coastline. Halfway between Danang and Hue lies the dramatic Hai Van Pass, the dividing line between the climatic zones of north and south Vietnam.

    Continue southwards passing Lang Co, a lovely stretch of beach curving outwards between a clear blue lagoon and the South China Sea. After arriving in Danang, tour the Cham Museum, an elegant colonial building which now houses the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world. Then you will briefly pass China Beach, a famous R&R spot for American soldiers during the Vietnam-American War.
    Continue south to Hoi An, stopping enroute to visit the Marble Mountains, five stone hillocks, once islands, that now rise sharply from the surrounding ricefields. Riddled with caves and shrines, they are said to represent each of the five elements of the universe.
    Overnight in Hoi An

  • Day 6:
    Hoi An - Danang - Saigon (B)

    Sightseeing in Hoi An with a boat trip on the Thu Bon River The exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Its colorful shops and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shoppers' paradise, best explored on foot.
    Wander through the cobbled streets, past low tile-roofed buildings, the bustling central market and the small harbour where colorfully painted boats are moored. The walking tour will include visits to a private house, where members of the same family have lived continuously for centuries in a traditional setting. Also visit one of the family chapels built by prominent merchant or official families as centers for ancestor worship. Then on to a typical Chinese-style pagoda or assembly hall.

    Finally, continue to the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, first constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream.
    In the afternoon, board a local boat and cruise down the Thu Bon River, enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit pottery and wood-carving villages before returning to Hoi An harbour.
    By vehicle from Hoi An to Danang.
    Flight from Danang to Saigon, then transfer to hotel.
    Overnight in Saigon

  • Day 7:
    Saigon (B) Sightseeing in Cholon (Chinatown)

    A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorcycles, chatting on cellphones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.

    Begin your tour of this exciting city with a tour of the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

    Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style palace was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.

    Continue to the harrowing War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam- American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions; outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions.

    In the afternoon, head out to Cholon (Chinatown), stopping to visit two of Saigon's most interesting pagodas, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest in the city. The sprawling, densely packed Cholon retains a traditional Asian feeling, unlike the more modern Saigon city center. Explore the highlights of this fascinating area, beginning with a brief visit to Binh Tay Market, the vast wholesale market selling every kind of goods from dried foods to T shirts to electronics.
    Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda, built by the Cantonese congregation and dedicated to the heavenly goddess. End your tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
    Overnight in Saigon

  • Day 8:
    Saigon - Guangzhou - Beijing / Shanghai (B)

    After breakfast, transfer to airport for the flight back to Beijing / Shanghai via Guangzhou.


    Hotel Information:

    Flower Hotel 3*
    Located in the heart of Hanoi, It is within walking distance from the city centre and tourist attractions. such as Restored Sword Lake, West Lake and the Red River. From here tourist buses can be easily accessed. From Flower Hotel, it is only 5 minutes to the Old Quarters, 30 minutes to Noi Bai airport and 10 minutes to the railway station.
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    Pilgrimage Village 4*
    Pilgrimage Village will help you rediscover the past in an atmosphere of gracious hospitality. Pilgrimage Village offers the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture. Delicious meals, and the peaceful life of our quiet countryside combine to refresh your spirits and help to forget the troubles of life. It is also a place where skillful artists carve, polish and weave to create authentic works that are beautiful remembrances that reflect the traditional culture of Hue.
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    Hoi An Pacific Hotel 4*
    Providing you with exceptional facilities and services with efficiency, comfort, security and the highest of quality, Hoi An Pacific Hotel is centrally located and within walking distance to Hoi An Ancient town, just 2 kilometers from the center of town, and is situated only 2.5 kilometers to the beautiful Cua Dai Beach.
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    Kim Do Hotel 4*
    Kim Do Hotel offers comfort designed to insure that both business and leisure travelers visiting this emerging and bustling new gateway city of Asia will find charming hospitality and personalized service. All guest rooms and suites are elegantly designed and tastefully decorated.
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