From $4,042 - 18 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
On this wonderful journey you will explore the highlights of Vietnam; its 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 while cruising around the islands. Soak up the charming atmosphere in Hoi An before viewing the scenic Hai Van Pass. Hue is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most historically significant cities and it is here you have the opportunity to explore the history of the Royal Empire.
Enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets in Hanoi and be enchanted by Halong Bay. You also have the option to extend your tour with a visit to Sapa, where you will enjoy light hikes 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 SAIGONFly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon for a two night stay.
DAY 2: SAIGONVisit 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 the lively Ben Thanh Market.
DAY 3: SAIGON TO MEKONG DELTA (HOMESTAY 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 SAIGONContinue exploring the Mekong Delta area, including Cai Be Floating Market, before returning to Saigon.
DAY 5: 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 6: SAIGON TO NHA TRANGFly to Nha Trang. The afternoon is free at your leisure to stroll along the beach or explore this seaside town.
DAY 7: NHA TRANGSpend 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 ANFly to Danang and travel to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, visiting Marble Mountains en route.
DAY 9: HOI ANTake 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 SONTravel 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 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. Enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda.
DAY 12: HUE TO HANOIThis morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.
DAY 13: HANOIVisit 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 you will enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.
DAY 14: HANOI – DUONG LAM VILLAGETravel to Duong Lam Village, well-known for its preserved ancient houses, some of which date back 400 years. Visit Mong Phu Temple in Mong Phu Hamlet and observe the daily lives of the locals. This evening watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years.
DAY 15: HANOI TO HALONG BAYThis morning you will travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Cruise through the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, stopping to explore limestone caves. Spend the night on board relaxing and watching the sun set over the bay.
DAY 16: HALONG BAY TO HANOIContinue cruising around the bay this morning. Enjoy brunch on board your junk boat before sailing towards port this afternoon and returning to Hanoi.
DAY 17: DEPART HANOIThis morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 18: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
DAY 16: HANOI TO SAPAThis evening you will leave the group and transfer to Hanoi railway station where you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to the hillstation town of Sapa.
DAYS 17-18: SAPAArrive in Sapa early this morning. Over the next two days embark on light hikes to explore Sapa and the surrounding area, including different villages of the minority tribes and spectacular valleys to see fine examples of traditional Vietnamese agriculture.
DAY 19: SAPA TO HANOIContinue exploring Sapa this morning, visiting Suoi Ho, Ma Tra and Ta Phin villages. This evening you will board your overnight soft sleeper train back to Hanoi.
DAY 20: DEPART HANOIArrive in Hanoi early this morning and enjoy the day free at your leisure. This afternoon you will be transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive 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
Prices are for departures from Sydney and Melbourne. Please contact reservations for pricing departing other cities.
Important Note: Prices include Vietnam Airlines Fuel surcharges and tipping of $432 (correct as at Nov 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD80 (AU87) is payable on arrival in Vietnam
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