From $3,870 - 16 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
On this wonderful journey you will explore the highlights of Vietnam; historical treasures, beautiful scenery and remarkable culture.
Begin in the dynamic city of Saigon where you become acquainted with the Vietnamese lifestyle and learn about the country’s moving history. Be amazed by the diverse culture as you travel south to the Mekong Delta where you will spend the night with a local family.
Welcome the leisurely pace in Nha Trang as you relax whilst cruising around the islands. Soak up the charming atmosphere in Hoi An before travelling over the scenic Hai Van Pass. Hue is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most historically significant cities, where you can explore the history of the Royal Empire.
Enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets in Hanoi and be enchanted with Halong Bay. You also have the option to extend your tour with a visit to Sapa, where you will enjoy a light trek through the expansive countryside and interact with local hilltribes.
Vietnam offers a wealth of unimaginable experiences - join us and find out for yourself.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a two night stay.
DAY 2: SAIGON
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office to view the French Colonial architecture. Learn more about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. End the day at Ben Thanh Market.
DAY 3: SAIGON TO MEKONG DELTA (HOME STAY IN VINH LONG)
This morning drive to the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta, where you will travel by boat to explore the area in and around Vinh Long Province. You will stay overnight at a local home.
DAY 4: MEKONG DELTA TO SAIGON
Continue exploring the Mekong Delta area, including Cai Be Floating Market, before returning to Saigon.
DAY 5: SAIGON – CU CHI & TAY NINH
Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels led by a War Veteran who lived in the tunnels for years. Later you will travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion.
DAY 6: SAIGON TO NHA TRANG
Fly to Nha Trang. The afternoon is free at your leisure to stroll along the beach or explore this seaside town.
DAY 7: NHA TRANG
Spend the day cruising around the islands off the coast of Nha Trang, stopping at an island where you can go for a swim.
DAY 8: NHA TRANG TO HOI AN
Fly to Danang and travel to the town of Hoi An, visiting Marble Mountains en route.
DAY 9: HOI AN
Take a walking tour in the Old Town of Hoi An. See the Japanese Covered Bridge, visit a local Chinese temple and walk through Hoi An Market. You will also visit an old merchant’s home, where descendants of the original merchant still reside.
DAY 10: HOI AN – MY SON
Travel west to the town of My Son where you will visit the Cham Ruins. This afternoon you will return to Hoi An.
DAY 11: HOI AN TO HUE
Head north over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue where you will take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda.
DAY 12: HUE TO HANOI (via Danang)
Hue Airport will be closed from the 20th of March until the 20th of November 2013. During this time our group tours that fly in/out of Hue Airport with Vietnam Airlines will be flying in/out of Danang Airport instead.
This morning you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang before transferring to Danang Airport through the Hai Van Tunnel to fly to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Here you will find a blend of French and Vietnamese architecture alongside lakes and tree-lined boulevards.
DAY 13: HANOI
Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex this morning where you will see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Visit the Temple of Literature and learn about the many ethnic groups in Vietnam at the Ethnology Museum. Later this afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.
DAY 14: HANOI – Tho Ha Village
Travel to the outskirts of Hanoi and board a ferry across the Cau River to Tho Ha Village, known for its rice paper production. While here, visit the home of the village elder. Continue to Tho Ha Pagoda before returning to Hanoi. This evening watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years.
DAY 15: HANOI TO HALONG BAY
This morning you will travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Cruise through the emerald waters, stopping to explore limestone caves. Spend the night on board relaxing and watching the sun set over the bay.
DAY 16: HALONG BAY TO HANOI
Continue cruising around the bay this morning. Enjoy brunch on board before returning to Hanoi.
DAY 17: DEPART HANOI
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 18: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"This was my first group tour and I was unsure what to expect. Congratulations...you have made me a tour group convert!
The trip far exceeded my expectations, partly due to the fantastic group of travellers and partly due to our wonderful guide Ngo Duc Dung, whose expertise made the trip run smoothly. You have a great asset in this man, whose sense of humour, attention to detail and going the extra mile (he gave us all copies of the photos he had taken on his iphone) ensured that not only did we all have a good time but by personalising the service, made us feel as if we were part of a big family rather than a group being shepherded from place to place. I cannot praise him enough. The food was superb. Our accommodation was great although the Mekong Homestay did leave a bit to be desired!
My highlights of the highlights tour were Hoi An (who could resist all that shopping) and Halong Bay which has a magic all of it’s own, although we all felt concern at the amount of rubbish in the water and how long before this beauty will be spoiled if steps are not taken soon. The Travel Guide booklet enclosed with my travel pack was really helpful. Good practical advice.
I had commented to a friend prior to leaving that I thought this might be my last trip to Asia. I am now saving for a trip to Laos or China. I can’t decide which to see first.
Thank you Wendy Wu . I’m fairly well travelled but this was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. I will be recommending you to one and all.
Irene Woodhouse, New Zealand - March 2012
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"We had a great time and found the experience wonderful. The group we travelled with were excellent. All aspects of the trip went extremely well. Vietnam Airlines were excellent and provided all the service we could want. The bus travel within Vietnam was of a high standard and the bus's we travelled in well cared for and in good condition. The drivers and assistants made sure we travelled in luxury and provided any assistance needed during our travel. Boat travel was exactly the same with people provided any assistance they may have needed.
I would also particularly like to highlight our guide Peter from Indochina Tours who was a wonderful ambassador for his country. His Attention to detail and care for the group went beyond the call of duty with many added experiences along the way. Accommodation was all fine and the meals provided were excellent enhancing the wonderful experience we had. Peter was a credit to his company and Wendy Wu. I would recommend Peter to anyone."
Andrew & Sue Mitchell, South Australia - September 2011
# Departure coincides with Tet New Year celebrations and sightseeing may be affected due to public holiday closures.
Prices are for departures from Sydney and Melbourne (Add $400 per person for Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra and $436 per person for Perth departures).
Important Note: Prices include Vietnam Airlines Fuel surcharges and tipping of $400 (correct as at May 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD80 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.