Vietnam at a Glance
From $3,199 - 12 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
This introductory tour covers the essentials of Vietnam in one compact programme.
The fascinating city of Saigon will leave a mark on your soul as you explore its many historic landmarks. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An; this charming town offers wonderful architecture characterised by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. Take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel in Hue and enjoy a boat trip on the Perfume River.
Discover Hanoi, a charming city renowned for its wide boulevards lined with trees and magnificent French villas. A tour to Vietnam would not be complete without a visit to beautiful Halong Bay, where you spend a relaxing day cruising its emerald waters.
This tour will allow you to experience Vietnam’s history, culture and people, leaving you with many wonderful memories.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SAIGONFly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a four night stay.
DAY 2: SAIGONVisit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office to view the French Colonial architecture. Continue to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market.
DAY 3: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTATravel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Explore the river by boat, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea. Later this afternoon you will return to Saigon.
DAY 4: SAIGON – CU CHI & TAY NINHThis morning explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. Later you will travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion.
DAY 5: SAIGON TO HOI ANFly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. An important trading route during the 15th to 19th centuries, Hoi An displays a unique blend of culture, cuisine and architecture.
Day 6: Hoi AnTour Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. Enjoy the afternoon free at your leisure to wander through the town or relax at one of the many cafés along the picturesque Thu Bon River.
Day 7: Hoi An to HueView the scenic Hai Van Pass before entering the Hai Van Tunnel and continuing the drive to Hue. Take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Continue to Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise along the Perfume River.
Day 8: Hue to HanoiThis morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang before flying to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.
Day 9: HanoiVisit Ho Chi Minh Complex to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the serene Temple of Literature. Later, enjoy an afternoon walking tour of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. This evening watch a performance of the Water Puppets.
DAY 10: HANOI – HALONG BAYEarly this morning you will travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Board a junk boat for a relaxing cruise through the emerald waters and around the limestone islets of the Gulf of Tonkin. After lunch on board you will travel back to Hanoi.
DAY 11: DEPART HANOIThis morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 12: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
DAY 11: HANOI TO LUANG PRABANGTransfer to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. Tour the city by tuk-tuk, visiting Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sene and the National Museum. (L,D)
DAY 12: LUANG PRABANGThis morning travel to Kuangsi Waterfalls. Later, visit Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre before returning to Luang Prabang. This afternoon climb Phousi Hill to view the sunset. (B,L,D)
DAY 13: LUANG PRABANGCruise along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. Afterwards, stop at Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong villages. (B,L,D)
DAY 14: LUANG PRABANG TO VIENTIANERise early to view the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat and visit the local market before flying to Vientiane. This evening enjoy a traditional music and dance performance. (B,L,D)
DAY 15: DEPART VIENTIANEVisit Thongkhankham Market, Wat Si Saket, That Luang Stupa, Patuxai Victory Monument and Wat Phra Keo. This afternoon you will be transferred to Vientiane airport for your overnight flight to Australia (via Saigon). (B)
DAY 16: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"Our Guide, Mr Tang Ngoc Quyen needs to be highly commended. He was absolutely amazing. His attention to everyone’s needs, knowledge, professionalism there are not enough words to describe how very happy we were with him. My husband has a fear of being at the rear of the plane, but Quyen made sure we were seated at the front on all three flights.
Wendy Wu Tours are to be commended at the very highest level. We personally will be travelling with you again on our China tour. We had no problems at all, only praise for you. It was an emotional, educational and wonderful experience. Thank you very much."
Mr and Mrs M Ferronato, Victoria - June 2012
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Mrs Adrianne Miles, New South Wales – February 2012
Prices are for departures from Sydney and Melbourne, please contact reservations for all other departure cities.
Important Note: Prices include Vietnam Airlines Fuel surcharges and Tipping of $438 (correct as at Dec 13 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD70 (AU76) is payable on arrival in Vietnam.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.