From $4,008 - 18 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Our most popular tour travels overland from the south to central Vietnam and allows you to appreciate Vietnam's stunning scenery as it unfolds before your eyes.
Explore Saigon’s history at the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Discover beautiful Dalat, an old French hill station. Relax as you cruise around the islands off the coast of Nha Trang and soak up the atmosphere in the picturesque town of Hoi An. Drive over the spectacular Hai Van pass to Hue where you will explore the history of past emperors.
In Hanoi, the streets of the Old Quarter are alive and bustling. In contrast, Halong Bay is perfect for a relaxing cruise around the limestone islets.
This tour offers a panoramic insight into a magnificent country – you will not be disappointed!
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Saigon for a two night stay. Adelaide passengers may need to depart one day earlier.
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 the lively Ben Thanh Market, where you can enjoy some shopping.
DAY 3: SAIGON TO MEKONG DELTA
Travel 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. Travel to Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta, where you will stay overnight.
DAY 4: MEKONG DELTA TO SAIGON
Further explore the Mekong River this morning and soak up the vibrant atmosphere at Cai Rang Floating Markets 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 DALAT
Drive north to Dalat, stopping en route for lunch at Bao Loc where you will also visit a tea plantation.
DAY 7: DALAT
Visit Domain de Marie Church, Da Thien flower and vegetable garden hamlet to learn about traditional gardening methods, followed by an embroidery shop. After lunch visit the former railway station and take an open-air train ride to Trai Mat Hamlet. End the day with a visit to Dalat Market and the peaceful Xuan Huong Lake, which is in the shape of a crescent moon.
DAY 8: DALAT TO NHA TRANG
Travel to the coastal town of Nha Trang. Upon arrival you will cruise around the nearby islands, stopping at an island where you can go for a swim.
DAY 9: NHA TRANG TO QUI NHON
Continue driving north along Highway One to Qui Nhon, stopping en route at the Dam Market and Po Nagar Cham Towers.
DAY 10: QUI NHON TO HOI AN
Leave Qui Nhon this morning and stop at Son My to pay homage to the victims of the My Lai Massacre before continuing to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An. This afternoon is free at your leisure to wander through the town.
DAY 11: HOI AN
Tour Hoi An on foot this morning, visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge, a local Chinese temple, Hoi An Market and an old merchant’s home, where descendants of the original merchant still reside.
DAY 12: HOI AN TO HUE
Leave Hoi An and drive north to Marble Mountains before continuing over the Hai Van Pass to Hue. Take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City.
DAY 13: HUE
Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Travel to An Thien House, the original residence of Emperor Tu Duc’s daughter and later, visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.
DAY 14: 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.
Transfer to Danang Airport through the Hai Van Tunnel and fly to Hanoi. Visit the Fine Arts Museum, showcasing both 20th-century artworks as well as prehistoric artefacts and famous Buddhist sculptures. Later, explore Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.
DAY 15: HANOI
Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will see the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards drive to the Temple of Literature. This afternoon enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years.
DAY 16: HANOI – HALONG BAY
Early this morning travel to the area that is regarded as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Relax as you cruise through the emerald waters and around the spectacular scenery of limestone islets. After lunch on board return 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:
"I have just returned from Vietnam Panorama with your company and just had to say a big THANK YOU for such a wonderful holiday. Being a single traveller for the first time I was unsure as to what to expect. I need not have worried, all aspects of the holiday were great. Our guide Duc shared so much information of the country he so loves, was efficient and caring to the groups needs-he is one in a million!
From the booking, to being meet at the airport, the hotels, restaurants, buses and the tour itself was fantastic. Just having to sit back and really having all the stress lifted from us was just great. Will recommend Wendy Wu to my friends and I will travel again with you. Thanks for such an insight to Vietnam."
Roslyn Parker, Queensland - February 2012
#Departure coincides with Tet New Year celebrations and sightseeing may be affected due to public holiday closures.
Important Note: Prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $433 (correct as at May 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD90 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.