From $4,242 - 18 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
Explore the highlights of Vietnam including 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 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 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 SAIGON
Continue exploring the Mekong Delta area, including Cai Be Floating Market, before returning to Saigon.
DAY 5: SAIGON – CU CHI & TAY NINH
This morning explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which housed entire underground guerrilla 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 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 UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, visiting Marble Mountains en route.
DAY 9: HOI AN
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town. 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
Drive north over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue. Enjoy a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, built for exclusive use by the imperial family.
DAY 12: HUE TO HANOI
Visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang and Thien Mu Pagoda. Enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River before flying to Hanoi.
DAY 13: HANOI
Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you pass by Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and tour Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Drive to the Temple of Literature and learn about the many ethnic groups in Vietnam at the Ethnology Museum. Later, stroll Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter.
DAY 14: HANOI – DUONG LAM village
Travel 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 BAY
This 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 HANOI
Continue cruising around the bay this morning. Enjoy brunch on board your junk boat 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.
DAY 16: HANOI TO SAPA
This evening you will be transferred to Hanoi railway station where you will board your overnight soft sleeper train to the charming hillstation town of Sapa.
DAYS 17-18: SAPA
Arrive in Sapa early this morning. Over the next two days embark on light hikes to discover Sapa and the surrounding area, visiting different villages of minority tribes to witness the everyday life of the locals. Explore spectacular valleys and see examples of traditional Vietnamese agriculture.
DAY 19: SAPA TO HANOI
Continue 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 HANOI
Arrive 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 AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"The food was great & the variety of restaurants fantastic"Reviewed:
Peter (the tour guide) gave us a very personal tour of his country. His stories brought us to tears on a couple of occasions. The resilience of the Vietnamese was heart-warming their resourcefulness amazing and their driving skills being a chaotic sense of order.
Loved the variety and Peter giving us flexibility to move the itinerary around to suit us. The free day in Hoi An was loved by us all wanting time just to chill out, shop and explore more without the structure.
The food was great & the variety of restaurants fantastic from upmarket to family owned small restaurants. I especially love going to KOTO in Saigon.
I would love to see Wendy Wu do some tours based on seeing some of the charitable organisations and playing a part somehow in doing something hands on for these charities i.e. buying books & school supplies etc. or helping out the poorer villages or street kids.
Loved the homestay and the food, coffee and accommodation surprised us all how good it was – we were told not to expect much.
Would love to go back to Vietnam on a Wendy Wu tour but all the itineraries are similar. Some new itineraries would be good e.g. longer stays in Halong Bay or Nha Trang and visiting some off the track places (from other tour companies).
Travelled on: Vietnam Highlights
"All aspects of the trip went extremely well"Reviewed:
Andrew & Sue Mitchell
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.
Travelled on: Vietnam Highlights
Dates & Prices
* Operates back-to-back with Classic Mekong Downstream
Vietnam Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $480. Please note the Tipping amount of USD80 (AUD87) is payable on arrival in Vietnam.
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