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Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Enjoy a full-day tour with a private guide who shows you iconic sites in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the morning, then takes you outside the city to Cu Chi Tunnels in the afternoon. Admire French colonial architecture at Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, then head into Chinatown (Cholon) to see Thien Hau Temple and the Central Market. After lunch, drive out to Cu Chi Tunnels to explore the elaborate tunnel complex. Includes lunch and round-trip transport by private vehicle.
  • Full-day Ho Chi Minh City private sightseeing tour with Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Admire the French architecture of the Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Visit Thien Hau Temple and Chinatown with its bustling Central Market (Binh Tay Market)
  • Explore underground at the Cu Chi Tunnels with a private guide
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private, air-conditioned vehicle
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Lunch
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Your private sightseeing tour begins with hotel pickup, then takes in the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City on a morning sightseeing tour.

Travel around the city in an air-conditioned private vehicle accompanied by your informative guide. Hear about the history of France in Vietnam (Indochina) as you check out French colonial landmarks such as Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) in the late 19th century.

Afterward, head over to Chinatown (Cholon) to see the early 19th-century Thien Hau Temple, which honors Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers, who is said to have protected Chinese migrants coming by sea to Vietnam. Then visit the bustling Binh Thay Market, where the Hoa (ethnic Chinese) have established thriving shops that sell a bit of everything from produce to consumer goods.

Have lunch in Saigon then set out on the scenic 2.5-hour drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Approximately 46 miles (75 km) of the Cu Chi Tunnels form a war memorial park. Before the Tet Offensive of 1968, the 125-mile (200-km) tunnel complex served as a military base for approximately 10,000 North Vietnamese (Viet Cong) troops. Here how this fascinating site from the Vietnam War (known as the ‘American War’ in Vietnam) contained military war rooms, hospitals, kitchens, schools, and hid soldiers, weapons and enemy booby traps.Some of the tunnels have been widened and installed with lights, and visitors are permitted to squeeze through sections of the underground labyrinth. Above ground, take in displays and a photo gallery that details the historical importance and construction of the tunnels.

At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to Ho Chi Minh City and drops you off at your hotel in the late afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Central Post Office
After hotel pickup, your private sightseeing tour begins at two famous French-style architectural landmarks – the Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica. One of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, the Saigon Central Post Office was designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, when Vietnam was part of French Indochina. Admire the neoclassical-style of the post office interior as your guide points out the ainted maps of former Saigon, once the capital of South Vietnam. Afterward, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere inside the iconic Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, located on Paris Square and renowned for its neo-Romanesque architecture.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ba Thien Hau Temple
Next, visit Thien Hau Temple, built by the Cantonese Congregation in the early 19th century. Dedicated to Thien Hau – the goddess of seafarers – for her protection during Chinese migration to Vietnam, the temple is situated in the center of Chinatown. Explore this exciting quarter with your guide, including the dynamic Central Market, where the Hoa (Chinese minority) have achieved success trading a variety of goods and communicating in both languages.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cu Chi Tunnels
After lunch in Saigon, relax on a 2.5-hour drive northwest to the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the ‘American War’). At its peak, prior to the Tet Offensive of 1968, the 125-mile (200-km) tunnel complex – dug by hand – was used as a military base for almost 10,000 Viet Cong troops. The tunnels housed schools, hospitals, kitchens and military war rooms, and served as hiding places for food, people and weapons. The Vietnamese government has preserved approximately 46 miles (75 km) of the Cu Chi Tunnels as a war memorial park. Although the tunnels remain largely untouched, some have been widened and installed with lights so that visitors can fit through the underground labyrinth. At the end of your tour, you’ll be driven back to Ho Chi Minh City by private vehicle with drop-off at your hotel in the late afternoon.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Grayline Vietnam Threeland Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
We had a great time. The guide...
ljocht6
, Jul 2016
We had a great time. The guide explained a lot about the Vietnam war and was a nice guy. The car had air conditioning. The exposition at the War Museum was very impressive.
star-5
Our tour guide was amazing. Ebela...
Michael R
, Dec 2014
Our tour guide was amazing. Ebela was simply awesome. She took and showed great pride in showing us her homeland. Her English was very good and we could clearly understand all that she said. We think she went out of her way to make sure we were able to see all we could see in the time allowed. The tour itself was also amazing. We give Ebela five stars and recommend this tour highly.
star-3
Our guide was "OK", but could have...
Peter J
, Nov 2014
Our guide was "OK", but could have been so much better. The quality of her english was minimal. I don't expect that english should be spoken well by everyone in a non english speaking country.....but, I expect that a GUIDE on an english speaking tour will speak english well. And, there was so much more information that the guide could have provided about Vietnam and life in Ho Chi Minh City. I understand that Vietnam is not a democracy and that there might be some self censoring of comments a wise business person might make, but, still, there were things I think could have been said and talked about.
star-4
Cu Chi Tunnels was amazing and well...
Jacquelyn C
, Oct 2014
Cu Chi Tunnels was amazing and well worth the visit. Loved it very much. The Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing tour did not live up to expectations and was just ok. I highly recommend the tunnels (that's the 4 stars) tour but do not recommend the city tour.(2 star)
star-2
Visit to Cu Chi tunnels was...
John B
, Mar 2014
Visit to Cu Chi tunnels was enlightening but very anti American Waste of time touring Ho Chi Minh city - there's only the Post office and Notre dame to see :-)

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