Private Vietnam Tours & Private Vietnam Shore Excursion

Private Vietnam Shore Excursions

Vietnam is truly amazing, and with my team, I am proud and passionate about my country, its people and our culture – we really look forward to sharing its beauty and history with you.

My Private Shore Excursions are specially designed, allowing you to experience authentic Vietnam with first world comforts & levels of customer service. We welcome couples, families and small groups of friends for a truly private experience. With prior coordination, I can accommodate groups formed on Cruise Critic ‘Roll Call’ forums.

Chan May Tien Sa Private Shore Excursion

“Other people on our cruise ship organized private tours but none came close to what we experienced. I can therefore say with confidence that Xuan Tu’s tour company is the best” – Client TripAdvisor Review

“She took us to places that a normal commercial trip would not reach and she was genuinely concerned at showing us as much as possible. Her driver Binh was also excellent, managing to navigate his way round the scootered masses and delivering us back to the Cruise Ship in good time” – Client TripAdvisor Review

Central Vietnam is served by two ports although your ship itinerary will often just say ‘Da Nang’ as port of arrival: Chan May Port is best suited for Private Shore Excursions to either the Imperial City of Hue or the metropolitan city of Da Nang and UNESCO listed Hoi An, as it is located roughly halfway between each. Tien Sa Port is part of Da Nang itself and is best for Private Shore Excursions into Da Nang and Hoi An. The ancient Champa ruins of My Son Sanctuary are also a popular destination from Tien Sa.

Sài Gòn in Vietnamese is still the official name of central Saigon, with the greater city now known as Ho Chi Minh City (or just HCMC). It is served by two ports depending on the size of your ship – small & medium sized vessels can navigate the winding Saigon River almost into the city centre while larger ships berth at Phu My Port, a 65km drive to Saigon centre. Depending on your port of arrival, my Private Shore Excursions can include Saigon city itself, the Mekong Delta or South Vietnam’s own ‘seaside’ city of Vũng Tàu.

“We utilized the services of Xuan Tu Tours on Nov 29th in Da Nang and on Dec 1-18 in Ho Chi Minh City.

A five-star rating is in order to describe our excursions. Xuan Tu communicates perfectly while writing and her English is fluent and easily understood. On both occasions, we were picked up at the designated time and location. The van was comfortable and clean. Xuan Tu’s knowledge of history, customs, societal issues were clear and concise.

We were encouraged and felt comfortable in asking questions. She made sure that we experienced the true flavour of Vietnamese food and local markets. We went places that no tour bus could ever penetrate!! Schedule flexibility was evident when we determined it was time to move along.

Above and beyond the service; Xuan Tu has an exceptional sense of humour! We have great memories and we highly recommend Xuan Tu Tours. You will NOT be disappointed” – Client TripAdvisor Review

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Chan May port


I do ask for a 20% deposit payable on receipt of my PayPal invoice. This is used to pay Vietnam Port Authority fees prior to your arrival (a legal requirement here, to allow shipside pick-up & drop-off). Your Shore Excursion balance is payable at the end of your excursion in cash – $USD or our local currency (VND) at the exchange rate prevailing on the day.


100% deposit return – if cancelled 28 days or more before your arrival date
50% deposit return – if cancelled between 28 & 14 days before your arrival date, unless your tour slot can be rebooked. Every effort is made to rebook
0% deposit return – if cancelled less than 14 days before your arrival date, or for ‘no-shows’ after the ship has docked. Unfortunately, I cannot offer a refund in the unlikely event your ship is unable to dock due to inclement weather


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My Private Shore Excursions of Saigon, Hoi An, Da Nang, My Son, Hue and the wonderful rural beauty of central & South Vietnam, are based on my successful Private Day Tours but add-in special requirements always requested by discerning cruise ship clients, including:

  • University educated English speaking & government licensed guides
  • Mandarin-speaking guides if required
  • Fully escorted itineraries
  • ‘Meet & Greet’ + Drop-Off shipside (no searching for the port gates!)*
  • Structured itineraries ensuring a timely return to shipside
  • Modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Professional drivers
  • Free chilled & sealed
  • bottled mineral water in your vehicle
  • Moist, scented towelettes to freshen-up
  • An authentic Vietnamese lunch can be provided (please ask for details)
  • And lastly, not a factory or shopping outlet visit in sight!

* The ports of Vietnam are used extensively for cargo/freight operations so their busy industrial nature can present a challenge when walking between ship and port gates. This can take up to 30 minutes. For your convenience and safety, I include the extra port fee to meet you shipside – there is no requirement to locate port gates.

Xuan Tu Tours are TripAdvisor top-rated for private Vietnam tours & Vietnam shore excursions with first-world comforts and unforgettable experiences.

International Tour Operation Licensce No. 48-121/2016/TCDL-GPLHQT issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports on 07/10/2016.

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