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Classic Central Vietnam

(5 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Danang, Hoi An, My Son, Hue


Experience the country’s fascinating culture in the imperial capital of Hué and in Da Nang and Hoi An, a World Heritage site. Plus, take a cruise along Hue’s Perfume River and visit peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery, and the palatial Tomb of Minh Mang.


** 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 Danang

Fly to Danang, VIETNAM


Welcome to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang 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. Hoi An, known to early Western merchants, was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets is still virtually intact. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars carved with ornamental designs.


Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.


Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Hoi An


First Class 4 Star Hotels: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort, Hotel Royal Hoi An


Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Fusion Maia Resort, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula, The Nam Hai Resort


Day 2: Hoi An Exploration

Meals included: Breakfast


Today, discover how the traditions of the past are treasured in the present in Hoi An on the Thu Bon River, a key international trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved, centuries-old streets, dwellings, temples and pagodas, touring Hoi An's historic highlights via cyclo with your guide. Highlights of your walking tour through its charming streets, visit Hoi An history Museum, Fukkien Assembly hall with Thien Hau temple dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, visit a typical ancient house of Tan Ky House and 17th century Japanese Covered Bridge. Enjoy a boat trip along the Thu Bon River seeing life along the river. Return back to hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day is free at leisure.


Hoi An, the cobblestone streets in the old French Quarter are a delight to roam with many cafes, art galleries and handicraft shops. Hoi An is especially well known for its local artists and tailor made clothing, with over sixty shops providing this service in town.


Day 3: Trip to My Son & Drive to Hue

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and you will head inland to My Son, passing through small towns with markets in full swing, often journeying alongside the wide reaches of the Han River. As you draw closer to My Son, which translates literally as "Beautiful Mountain" the condition of the road begins to deteriorate and the last few kilometres of track are often rutted and potholed. On arriving at the My Son area and after crossing a bamboo "Monkey Bridge". Finally, a 500m walk through lush hillsides, trees and brush, before emerging into the main site. There are over 70 classic Cham monuments at My Son, dating from the 7th - 13th Centuries. Set against the backdrop of the appropriately named Cat's Tooth Mountain, they would have been an awesome sight in their prime. Until 1968 they remained, remarkably, in almost perfect condition, having been sheltered from the worst excesses of weather by the surrounding hills. Regrettably, however, man achieved what nature could not and B52 bombers destroyed most of the towers when My Son found itself in a free-fire zone during the Vietnam War. Your guide will offer full commentary on the Cham heritage of My Son whilst you wander at will around this historic site. Take the opportunity to do so now, as My Son is due to become part of UNESCO's protected monuments list and access may well be restricted in the future. At 10:30am and 3pm daily there is a 15 minute indoor “Cham Apsara dance” show that you may wish to see.


From here, your guide will accompany you on the 3 ½ hour private road transfer to Hue. After passing through the port of Danang, the highway meets the Hai Van Pass (meaning Pass of the Ocean Clouds). There are some spectacular vista points and photo opportunities en-route as the Truong Son mountain range cuts across the narrow centre of the country. The mountain range has created a barrier to the cold airstreams from the north which often results in thick cloudbanks over the peaks. The pass has been a strategic military focal point during Vietnam's turbulent history and from the top there are views of the curve of Danang Bay. There will be a stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which houses some magnificent examples of Cham art, China Beach, made famous during the American war and the Marble Mountains. Continue north to Hue where you will check-in to your lovely hotel. La Résidence Hue Hotel & Spa is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Endowed with opulence, excellence and warmth, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was painstakingly restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel.


Hué, Vietnam’s most beautiful city, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site housing fantastic artistic and architectural treasures. The Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors are the main attraction. The Ancient Citadel of Hué has not fared well and stands as a reminder of the infamous 1968 Tet Offensive. From Hué, the Nguyen dynasty merged the lands of Vietnam and ruled it for almost 150 years.


This evening, your guide will take you to Tha Om Ancient House located in Kim Long Village near Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue. This is a beautiful home with gardens exemplifying the use of Feng Shui in ancient architecture. The owner of the home is from mandarin royal family descent and designs houses. He will give you a personal tour and you can then stay and enjoy a home cooked meal with the family served in the Ancient House.


Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Hue


First Class 4 Star Hotels: Indochina Palace Hotel, Saigon Morin, Pilgrimage Village


Luxury 5 Star Hotels: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa


Day 4: Royal Tombs and Citadel

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


Your guide will meet you at 8am at your hotel and take a morning cruise on the Perfume River, named after the tree resins and blossoms it carries on its way to the Pacific. Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, sitting on the riverbank outside the city, this octagonal seven tier stupa has long been regarded as the symbol of Hué and was founded in 1601. It is still a site of Buddhist worship and its huge bell is said to be audible from the city. Next, you’ll visit the historical Imperial Citadel. Often referred to as “ancient”, Hue’s Citadel is comparatively modern in European terms. Built over thirty years in the early part of the 19th century, the Citadel encompasses three “courts” covering a total of 6 km. The Imperial City, built along the same lines as the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, was the country’s administrative center. Senior mandarins, court officers and civil servants would have entered by the “Ngo Mon” (noon gate). Directly behind were the Dai Trieu Nghi (great rites courtyard) and the Thai Hoa Palace (throne hall) where the Emperor would meet foreign rulers and emissaries, high-ranking ministers and other dignitaries. At the heart of the Imperial City was the “Tu Cam Thanh” (Forbidden Purple City). Only members of the royal family, the Emperor’s concubines, and trusted senior mandarins and officers such as the royal doctor were allowed through the sole entry gate. Inside were various palaces and the Emperor’s private apartments. Despite more than fifty years of decay and attrition, the Citadel is still imposing, and recent renovation work has restored several of its buildings to their previous glory.


After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll continue to explore Emperors Tombs Hue’s environment is dotted with tombs of past emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Construction of the tombs was meticulous carried out starting whilst the king was still alive in order to ensure his comfort in the next life. Most of the tombs have courtyards, a temple for worship, statues of elephants and figures and a pond, but the layout of each is different reflecting differing each king’s personality and style. They have a lovely peaceful atmosphere. Khai Dinh and the tomb of 19th-century emperor Tu Duc, considered the most beautiful mausoleums around Hue. Then, continue to visit the Minh Mang Royal tomb, set amidst a lush pine hill by the river and considered to be one of the most beautiful mausoleums. Each ruler of the Imperial City built his own tomb during his reign.


Day 5: Hue Departure

Meals included: Breakfast


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



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





2 pax

3 – 4 pax

5 – 6 pax

> 6 pax

12 years and  older

$ 695/pax

$ 648/pax

$ 586/pax

$ 553/pax

Children 7-11

$ 515/pax

$ 465/pax

$ 420/pax

$ 410/pax

Children 3-6

$ 350/pax

$ 315/pax

$ 285/pax

$ 280/pax

Children under 3

Free of charge



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