From $2,865 - 9 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
This tour has been designed for those who are short of time; it aims to give you a wonderful introduction to the vibrant country of Vietnam.
Explore the capital Hanoi where you can discover the story behind Ho Chi Minh. A magical and relaxing moment for many will be the cruise on Halong Bay. Travel to Hoi An, a charming town where you will learn the secrets of preparing Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class.
Saigon is the cultural heart and the industrial powerhouse of the nation. In this fast paced city you will learn more about Vietnam turbulent war history. Further south your camera will work overtime as you explore the fascinating area of the Mekong Delta by boat.
This tour offers a glorious mix of sightseeing in a concise, yet impressive programme.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO HANOI
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi for a three night stay.
DAY 2: HANOI
Tour the city this morning, visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Drive to the serene Temple of Literature and later enjoy a walking tour of the bustling Old Quarter. This evening you will watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years.
DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Early 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. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you have lunch on board. After your cruise you will travel back to Hanoi.
DAY 4: HANOI TO HOI AN
Fly to Danang this morning. Upon arrival transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at Marble Mountains en route. This evening partake in a cooking class where you can taste your own dishes for dinner.
DAY 5: HOI AN
Tour the charming town of Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. This afternoon is free at your leisure to soak up the atmosphere of Hoi An at one of the many cafés along the Thu Bon River.
DAY 6: HOI AN TO SAIGON
This morning you will fly to the cosmopolitan city of Saigon. Upon arrival you will explore the city with a visit to the French-style Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the emotional War Remnants Museum. End the day at the lively Ben Thanh Market where you can enjoy some shopping.
DAY 7: 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 during the American War in Vietnam. The tunnels were used by the Viet Cong guerrillas for concealment, food and weapon storage as well as living quarters. You can even crawl through the tunnels if you are feeling brave! Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion.
DAY 8: MEKONG DELTA – DEPART SAIGON
This morning travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Life in the Mekong Delta mainly revolves around the river and many of the villages are only accessible by the canals. 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 and coconut candy. Return to Saigon this afternoon where you will be transferred to Saigon airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 9: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
We returned to Australia last Sunday morning 9th December, 2012, having travelled to Vietnam on a Wendy Wu 9 Day Impressions Tour.
Mr and Mrs McAlpine, Western Australia - December 2012
Important Note: Prices include Vietnam Airlines Fuel surcharges and Tipping of $365 (correct as at Mar 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD58 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.#Prices are for departures from Sydney and Melbourne (Add $400 per person for Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra and $426 per person for Perth departures).