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Classic Ho Chi Minh City Tour

(4 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai Temple

 

Saigon, the city on the river, is more than just the modern day city it appears to be. It is filled with history, beauty and culture. This four day tour allows you to experience the Saigon many people miss through all the hustle and bustle. Allow yourself to relax and go out and see a new side of this incredible city.

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

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Day 1: Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

 

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at Saigon Tan Son Nhat Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Formerly known as Saigon, today’s Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River.

 

Our guides are the experts so we leave you in their hands to discuss and decide what you want to see and do with your half day. There are some great markets if you are in the mood to shop or you can visit some of the museums like the History Museum, or some pagodas, like Thien Hau Lady Goddess Pagoda and Jade Emperor Pagoda. If you are interested in the history of the Vietnam War, then we recommend that you take the time to visit the Reunification Palace, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, and the War Remnants Museum. Chat with your guide and decide what suits you!

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Grand Hotel, Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel, Villa Song Saigon

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Park Hyatt Saigon, InterContinental Asiana Saigon, The Reverie Saigon

 

Day 2: Mekong Delta Exploration

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Your guide will meet you at 8am at your hotel. Leave the city and drive south to Cai Be in the Mekong delta, a journey of approximately 2 hours. The Mekong Delta is Vietnam's 'rice bowl' - a fertile region of flat farmland interlaced with thousands of waterways and tributaries of the Mekong. The delta's waters are interspersed with rice fields, colourful floating markets and isolated villages accessible only by boat.

 

Upon embarkation on Cai Be Princess junk boat, clients are welcomed with fresh cotton towels. The tour will start with the visit of Cai Be colourfull floating market. We will proceed by the visit of some local home factories such as rice paste making, rice popcorn, coco candies, and longans drying processing. You will then return on board Cai Be Princess to proceed the excursion to Dong Hoa Hiep island located between Vinh Long and Cai Be during a 40 minutes cruise to discover beautiful landscapes along the river and observe the typical Mekong delta rural life. Stops on the way can be made upon request for particular visits or photos making. These evergreen islands among the Mekong River still remain unknown to many people. Visit at an ancient mandarin house dating from the last century where the family descendants will welcome you with a cup a warm green tea. Back on board Cai Be Princess for a 20 minutes cruise to Phu An hamlet passing by Cai Be beautiful church.

 

Lunch will await you at Le Longanier restaurant, a superb Indochine style two stories villa decorated with several antiques and furnitures from the 1930’ period, located in a lush tropical garden by the river among pomelo, longan, mango, and coconut and banana trees. After a short walk along a beautiful canal, the excursion will end at approx. 3.30pm at Ba Bon Bridge where your private transport will be waiting for you. Relax on the drive back to your hotel in Saigon (a drive of about 2 ½ hours), where you should arrive around 5:30pm.

 

Day 3: Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple Tay Ninh

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Today is an 8am start. Leaving Saigon behind and heading to Tay Ninh, a province 95 km South East of Ho Chi Minh City and close to Cambodia border. Visit the Cao Dai cathedral which is the main shrine of the Caodaism in Vietnam. The cathedral exterior is decorated with multi-colour dragons of all shapes and sizes competing for space with a number of swastikas. Above the main entrance is the all-seeing holy eye, the symbol of the Cao Dai sect. The interior is just as engaging as statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side. You will have the opportunity to watch the worshippers in their white long tunics during noon mass.

 

Have lunch at a local restaurant in Tay Ninh. After lunch you will be driven back in a southeasterly direction to arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Arriving at the Cu Chi Tunnels to explore part of the 151-mile underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Cambodia to the Saigon River. Cu Chi is a must for anyone interested in understanding a vital aspect of guerrilla warfare fought by the Vietnamese against both the French and the Americans. These criss-crossing tunnels were begun in the late 1940s by local resistance fighters looking for a place to hide their weapons from the French. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. Here you will have the opportunity to shoot AK-47, M-16, M-60, 30 Cal & machine gun (on your account) before heading back to Saigon.

 

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport for your departing flight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

Inclusive of: 

• Accommodation as specified above

• Private transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle – Toyota, Honda or Ford

• Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees

• Boat cruise as specified above

• Meals as specified in itinerary

• Professional English Speaking guide

• 02 bottles of mineral water per person

VAT and all taxes and service charge

 

Exclusive of:

Drinks, meals and any other incidental expenses not mention above

Personal, travel and health insurance

 

 

Price

 

2 pax

3 – 4 pax

5 – 6 pax

     > 6 pax

12 years and  older

$ 555/pax

$ 503/pax

$ 408/pax

$ 395/pax

Children 7-11

$ 395/pax

$ 360/pax

$ 290/pax

$ 280/pax

Children 3-6

$ 270/pax

$ 250/pax

$ 200/pax

$ 195/pax

Children under 3

Free of charge

 

 

For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com