Private Ba Na Hill + The Golden Bridge + Cable Car Shore Excursion

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ & drop-off shipside* at Chan May Port or Tien Sa port
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. We always make sure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship.

First established in 1919, Ba Na was built as a hill resort for the colonial French to escape the summer heat of Central Vietnam’s coast.  From the original’s ruins, Ba Na was rebuilt into an eco resort and fantasy theme park starting 1998.  It is still evolving today and for the second year running, Ba Na Hills has been awarded the title of ‘Vietnam’s Leading Resort’. 

We start our day by greeting you shipside at Chan May or Tien Sa port.

* If time & weather permits, travellers coming from Chan May port will have the opportunity to drive past beautiful Lang Co bay and the stunning 21km Hai Van pass – made famous by the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ programme who described it as; ‘a deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world’! 

Driving straight to Suoi Mo cable car station in our modern air conditioned vehicle.  You’ll experience the stunning 20 minute ride above spectacular jungle and waterfalls on one of the world’s longest cable car systems – travelling about 5.7km.  Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes and maybe an extra layer of clothes, when 36C in Da Nang it can be 15C on the mountain!  

Ba Na is becoming ‘the‘ popular attraction of Central Vietnam. You will discover a replica French provincial town, a funicular railway and exciting downhill alpine luge. There are formal gardens (now with the already famous ‘Golden Bridge‘ towering above the Thien Thai garden), often singers & dancers perform.

Mountain tracks lead to waterfalls and viewing points. Near the mountaintop is Linh Ung Pagoda built 2004 with a giant 24m-high white seated Buddha – visible for miles around! There are many free facilities for children of all ages. 

At the end of your time with us, we transfer you back to Chan May port in plenty of time for your ships onward journey.

What’s included:

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ at Chan May port or Tien Sa port
  • a full 8 hour private guided tour in English 
  • all entry fees
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towelettes
  • use of a modern air conditioned vehicle & my professional driver 

What’s excluded:

  • any meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Hoi An ‘Highlights’ + Food Tasting – A Private Shore Excursion

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ & drop-off shipside* at Chan May Port or Tien Sa port
  • Duration: Approximately 6 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. We always make sure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship.

With a shipside ‘meet & greet’ Da Nang (Chan May) Port, we make the 90 minute-drive directly to Hoi An through the Hai Van Tunnel and outskirts of Da Nang city.

* If time & weather permits, travellers coming from Chan May port will have the opportunity to drive past beautiful Lang Co bay and the stunning 21km Hai Van pass – made famous by the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ programme who described it as; ‘a deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world’! 

We enter UNESCO listed Hoi An old town for our walking tour visiting temples and historic houses with Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese and Portuguese influences. And of course our Japanese Bridge of 1719. We visit the Central Market to see how our local people shop daily for foods that are picked fresh for market that same day. And this is THE place to start our foodie journey.

This is about food for everyday central Vietnam and prepared with pride at an everyday price for local people at market food stalls, street restaurants and what sometimes appears to be the owner’s front room!

We try 10+ local delicacies of Hoi An!

Vietnamese coffee to central Vietnam’s famous spring rolls and BBQ pork skewers, from steam savoury rice cakes to deep fried seafood wonton ending with locals favourite street dessert, we try it all! And this tour can be tailored for vegetarians – please let us know in advance.

And at the end of your culinary journey, we ensure you are returned safely to your ship in plenty of time for your onward journey.

What’s included:

  • a full 6 hour private guided walking tour in English
  • all entry fees
  • all food taken
  • cold bottled mineral water & moist towelettes
  • ‘Meet & Greet’ & drop-off shipside* at Chan May Port or Tien Sa port
  • use of our modern air-conditioned vehicle & my professional driver

What’s excluded:

  • alcoholic drink if taken (payable locally)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Private Da Nang and Hoi An Shore Excursion

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ & drop-off shipside* at Chan May Port or Tien Sa port
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. We always make sure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship.

This is Xuan Tu’s very special 2-centre excursion, encompassing the historic Old Town of Hoi An with the vibrant city of Da Nang.  Hoi An is along with a visit to Da Nang can absorb your day with ease.  My Private Shore Excursion is a full 8 hours long and includes an initial snapshot of modern Vietnam as we pass through the vibrant city of Da Nang on our journey to Hoi An.

We start our excursion by greeting you shipside at Chan May port or Tien Sa port

* If time & weather permits, travellers coming from Chan May port will have the opportunity to drive past beautiful Lang Co bay and the stunning 21km Hai Van pass – made famous by the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ programme who described it as; ‘a deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world’! 

Then we drive along the seafront of Da Nang Bay where we pause briefly to see fishermen’s wives selling their husband’s fresh catch – see if you can identify each fish on sale!  We see coracle shaped boats still in use today.  Frequent comfort stops are made during the day to freshen-up if required.  

We had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend Xuan Tu’s tour company. It is very professional, organized, and staff are obviously concerned that each customer goes away happy. We did!

– Client TripAdvisor Review

Hoi An is an expanding country town surrounded by paddy fields farmed mainly by women in ‘coolie’ hats growing rice, verdant fields full of herbs and vegetables worked by water buffalo and a river where fishermen use methods unchanged through generations.  It has beautiful beaches and an old port overlooking the East Sea.  But the real attraction of Hoi An is it’s historic Old Town dating mainly from the 15th – 19th centuries, it possessed the largest harbour in S.E. Asia back in the 1st century.  Hoi An Old Town is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and offers our visitors outstanding sightseeing opportunities.  

Arriving in Hoi An we embark on our walking tour of this charming Old Town, including visits to temples, old houses with a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese & Portuguese influences, some dating back to 1780 and not forgetting the famous Japanese Bridge built in 1719.  Hoi An is a shoppers paradise and not all are its well known tailor and shoe shops!  Look out for Hoi An’s famous lanterns which adorn its streets and buildings, these are a good souvenir of your visit here.  The Central Market is a perfect choice to see local food too – during the day you will be offered either a typical Vietnamese lunch at an excellent local restaurant or snacks along the way if required.  This is something we will discuss on our way to Hoi An as we are conscious you will have dinner on-board when you sail! 

Leaving Hoi An we make our short coast-road drive back to Da Nang.  Da Nang is my ‘hometown’ and with my team I really love sharing it with our overseas friends.  Today you will see a wealthy, modern and rapidly expanding city, comfortable with itself and where many Vietnamese aspire to live!  But it has a long history too – with origins that date back to the ancient kingdom of Champa established in 192AD it was originally called Cua Han during early Dai Viet times, and Tourane during French colonial rule.

Our first stop in Da Nang is ancient ‘Marble Mountains’.  A stunning cluster of 5 limestone & marble hills this is a well known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels & temples reached by a short elevator ride.  We should have time for a brief visit plus great photo opportunities at this outstanding location. 

Visiting anywhere in and around Da Nang it is difficult not to see remnants of, or escape discussion of the effects of the Vietnam War – in 1965 the US Marine Corp landed at ‘Red Beach 2’ just north of Da Nang and our International Airport was once the giant US Da Nang airbase.  My Khe Beach was an area for R&R.  Marble Mountains was not immune to the war’s effects, so remember to ask your guide about its use during the conflict.

Moving into Da Nang city we pass the ever growing number of beachside hotels along My Khe Beach, voted as one of the ‘top-10’ world beaches by Forbes Magazine.  We see Han market which at 28,000m2 plays an important part in the daily life of ordinary Vietnamese, and if time permits our driver will take us over Da Nang’s famous Dragon Bridge. 

One of our most sacred places of worship is the 18th century pagoda of Ling Ung on Son Tra peninsular and this is our final destination,  Here you will enjoy breathtaking views of Da Nang and its beaches, and along with groups of rural Vietnamese visiting the pagoda you can marvel at the gigantic 67m tall ‘Lady Buddha’ statue as she gazes out over the East Sea and Cham Islands in the distance. 

We must eventually say goodbye to beautiful central Vietnam and at the end of your memorable day, return you safely to port in plenty of time for your ship’s departure.

What’s included:

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ at Chan May port or Tien Sa port
  • a full 8 hour private guided tour in English 
  • all entry fees
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towelettes
  • use of a modern air conditioned vehicle & my professional driver 

What’s excluded:

  • any meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Private Hue Shore Excursion

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ & drop-off shipside* at Chan May Port or Tien Sa port
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. We always make sure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship.

The Imperial City of Hue is 65km north west of Chan May port and is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  It is a historic Vietnamese centre for food, religion, culture, royal palaces and tombs.  From 1802 to 1945 Hue was the national capital of Viet Nam.  Xuan Tu’s full 8 hour private tour to Hue aims to give a snapshot of Vietnamese history, it’s people, and Vietnam today from within this historic city.  

We start your tour by greeting you shipside at Chan May port or Tien Sa port.

* If time & weather permits, travellers coming from Tien Sa port will have the opportunity to drive past beautiful Lang Co bay and the stunning 21km Hai Van pass – made famous by the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ programme who described it as; ‘a deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world’! 

Xuan Tu arrived well before our boat had even docked as she mentioned traffic is always unpredictable. We could see that as the owner of her own company she takes great care and responsibility for any one of her bookings whether she leads the tour or whether one of her associates do

– client TripAdvisor review

Our Hue city tour has to start at the amazing 19th century Citadel of Hue which surrounds the original Imperial City, the Purple Forbidden Palace and various shrines.  More recently in 1968, and during the Tet Offensive, the ‘Siege of Hue’ resulted in enormous damage to both the city and Citadel – you will see signs of this and rebuilding works to this day.

We must eventually leave the Citadel of Hue and its intriguing history to visit the very special Thien Mu (Fairy Lady) pagoda overlooking the Perfume River which at 7 stories high it is the tallest religious building in Vietnam – original construction started in 1601.  If time permits we will arrange a private boat trip along the Perfume River from city to Pagoda.

There are 7 Imperial tombs to the Nguyen kings along the Perfume River and surrounding countryside.  In Vietnam’s last dynasty our kings ruled for 143 years until 1945.  We visit the most beautiful tomb of Emperor Tu Duc (1829- 83).  Located in a narrow valley 8 km from Hue in Duong Xuan Thuong village, Tu Duc’s tomb is one of the most beautifully designed complexes and is embedded in a lush pine forest.  Tu Duc had the longest reign of any Nguyen dynasty emperors. 

Returning to Hue city we visit Dong Ba market, an amazing place where you can observe the daily life of our local people.  And a perfect choice to see and try local foods – during the day you will be offered either a typical Vietnamese lunch at an excellent local restaurant, or snacks along the way if required.  This is something we will discuss on our journey to Hue as we are conscious you will have dinner on-board when you sail! 

We must eventually say goodbye to Hue, this most famous of historic S.E. Asian cities, and at the end of your memorable day we retrace our steps and return you safely shipside in plenty of time for your departure.

What’s included:

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ at Chan May port or Tien Sa port
  • a full 8 hour private guided tour in English 
  • all entry fees
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towelettes
  • use of a modern air conditioned vehicle & my professional driver 

What’s excluded:

  • any meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Private Hoi An Shore Excursion

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ & drop-off shipside* at Chan May Port or Tien Sa port
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. We always make sure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship.

Hoi An is an expanding country town surrounded by paddy fields farmed mainly by women in ‘coolie’ hats growing rice, verdant fields full of herbs and vegetables worked by water buffalo and a river where fishermen use methods unchanged through generations.

It has beautiful beaches and an old port overlooking the East Sea.  But the real attraction of Hoi An is it’s historic Old Town dating mainly from the 15th – 19th centuries, it possessed the largest harbour in S.E. Asia back in the 1st century.  The Old Town is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and offers our visitors outstanding sightseeing opportunities with a rural twist.

My Xuan Tu private excursion is a full 8 hours long and includes a snapshot of modern Vietnam as we journey through the vibrant city of Da Nang on way into Hoi An. 

We start our day by greeting you shipside at Chan May or Tien Sa port.

* If time & weather permits, travellers coming from Chan May port will have the opportunity to drive past beautiful Lang Co bay and the stunning 21km Hai Van pass – made famous by the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ programme who described it as; ‘a deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world’! 

Then we drive through the centre and along the seafront of Da Nang bay onto ‘Million Dollars Road’, passing My Khe Beach voted as one of the ‘top-10’ world beaches by Forbes magazine. 

To summarise – a great company, great tour guide, great locations and the best day we had on our holiday where we visited several ports in 14 days. Highly, highly recommended and very good to deal with – book with confidence….thanks to all involved

– client TripAdvisor review 

Arriving in Hoi An we cross the Thu Bon River to Cam Kim Island where you will experience the AUTHENTIC Viet Nam: visiting a carpentry village with its apprentices, wooden boat builders and local homes where families still make rice paper, noodles and woven mats by traditional methods – you WILL be invited to try your hand!  In this part of our tour you will be welcomed as friends by locals who speak little or no English and lead a basic lifestyle little changed over the years.

Returning to Hoi An we embark on our short walking tour of this charming Old Town, including visits to a temple, old houses with a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese & Portuguese influences, some dating back to 1780 and not forgetting the famous Japanese Bridge built in 1719.  Hoi An is a shoppers paradise and not all are its famous tailor and shoe shops!  Look out for Hoi An’s famous lanterns which adorn its streets and buildings, these are a good souvenir of your visit here from the lantern shops.  The Central Market is a perfect choice to see local food too – during the day you will be offered either a typical Vietnamese lunch at an excellent local restaurant or snacks along the way if required.  This is something we will discuss on our way to Hoi An as we are conscious you will have dinner on-board when you sail!

We must eventually say goodbye to this most pretty of Vietnam’s towns and, at the end of your memorable day retrace our steps and return you safely to port in plenty of time for your ship’s departure. 

What’s included:

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ at Chan May port or Tien Sa port
  • a full 8 hour private guided tour in English 
  • all entry fees
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towelettes
  • use of a modern air conditioned vehicle & my professional driver 

What’s excluded:

  • any meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Private Da Nang Shore Excursion

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ & drop-off shipside* at Chan May Port or Tien Sa port
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours or longer depending on your time constraints. We always make sure that you return on-time to board the cruise ship.

Da Nang is my hometown and with my team I really love sharing it with passengers visiting central Vietnam often for the first time.  Da Nang is some 45km south of Chan May port and is wealthy, fairly modern and rapidly expanding – its THE city where many Vietnamese aspire to live! In this full 8 hour private excursion we look closely at my country’s culture, history & beliefs  and will visit at least 6 destinations in and around this thriving city.

We start our day by greeting you shipside at Chan May or Tien Sa port.

* If time & weather permits, travellers coming from Chan May port will have the opportunity to drive past beautiful Lang Co bay and the stunning 21km Hai Van pass – made famous by the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ programme who described it as; ‘a deserted ribbon of perfection, one of the best coast roads in the world’! 

Then we drive along the seafront of Da Nang bay stopping to see fishermen’s wives selling their husband’s fresh catch – see if you can identify every fish on sale!  We see coracle shaped boats still in use today.

When the four of us were picked up on time by Xuan Tu from our cruise ship port we could not anticipate what a special day this was going to be. Xuan Tu who speaks perfect English is most delightful, enthusiastic and also her knowledge of her country and city was amazing. Her passion for Vietnam and Da Nang was remarkable

– client TripAdvisor review

One of our most sacred places of worship is the 18th century pagoda of Ling Ung on Son Tra peninsular and this is our next destination,  Here you will enjoybreathtaking views of Da Nang and its beaches, and you will certainly meet groups of rural Vietnamese visiting the pagoda, and can marvel with them at the gigantic 67m tall ‘Lady Buddha’ statue as she gazes out over the East Sea and Cham Islands in the distance.

We drive onto ‘Million Dollars Road’, passing My Khe Beach voted as one of the ‘top-10’ world beaches by Forbes magazine, to ‘Marble Mountains’.  A stunning cluster of 5 limestone & marble hills it is a well known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels & temples reached by a short elevator ride.  Visiting anywhere in and around Da Nang it is difficult not to see remnants of, or escape discussion of the effects of the Vietnam War – in 1965 the US Marine Corp landed at ‘Red Beach 2’ just north of Da Nang and our International Airport was once the giant US Da Nang airbase.  My Khe Beach was an area for R&R.  Marble Mountains was not immune to the war’s effects, so remember to ask us about its use during the conflict. 

Returning into the city we include a visit to Han Market, which at 28,000m2 offers a great insight into the daily life of ordinary Vietnamese.  Feel free to shop here, and at least try the local specialities such as coconut candy or lotus & dried melon seeds.  The market is a perfect choice to see local food too – during the day you will be offered either a typical Vietnamese lunch at an excellent local restaurant or snacks along the way if required.  This is something we will discuss on our way to Da Nang as we are conscious you will have dinner on-board when you sail! 

At sometime during our private tour we cross one or more of the 3 bridges of Da Nang: Han River Bridge, Tran Thi Ly Bridge and the famous Dragon Bridge. 

We must eventually say goodbye to my hometown and, at the end of your memorable day, return you safely to port in plenty of time for your ship’s departure. 

What’s included:

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ at Chan May port or Tien Sa port
  • a full 8 hour private guided tour in English 
  • all entry fees
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towelettes
  • use of a modern air conditioned vehicle & my professional driver 

What’s excluded:

  • any meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed