18 DAYS ●
Vietnam is a colourful kaleidoscope of local culture, rich heritage and diverse landscapes. Journey through harrowing history, imperial grandeur and natural majesty on a superior itinerary that brings classic sights together with those little added extras.
Explore the water bound world of the Mekong Delta
Delve into Vietnam's dynastic past in this imperial city
Enjoy the old world ambience of this delightful city
Drift amongst the peaks of this famous bay on a 2 night cruise
Our Deluxe Collection Classical Vietnam Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Explore the Mekong Delta on a traditional Sampan
Watch the spectacular AO Show in Saigon
Travel by speedboat to a riverside restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine
Enjoy a private Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
Our Classical Vietnam itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Saigon for a four-night stay.
Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of Chinatown before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D)
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19thcentury house, a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L,D)
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Return to Saigon, visiting a cricket farm en route. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport to fly to Nha Trang. This is Vietnam’s top beach resort destination, a sweep of yellow sand lapped by cool waters and backed by a relaxed urban centre. This afternoon explore the Po Nagar Cham Towers, still used for worship today. (B,L,D)
Spend the day cruising the clear waters and islands off the coast of Nha Trang Bay. Stops will be made at Mun Island and a local fishing village and there may be time for you to take a dip in the cool waters. (B,L)
Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles – its narrow streets retain a quirky, old world charm. (B,L,D)
This morning wander the old streets, visiting Hoi An market, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge before taking tea at the Reaching Out Teahouse, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech impaired locals, to savour the flavours of local produce. This evening, sip cocktails and dine on freshly prepared cuisine as you discover Hoi An’s river culture with a sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a day at leisure where you can further explore, relax or take a trip to the beach. (B)
Taking the scenic Hai Van Pass, travel to the imperial city of Hue. Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945. Cruise on the Perfume River down to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda and take part in a Truc Chi workshop, where you’ll learn to create art with bamboo paper. (B,L,D)
Visit the extravagant Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, an emperor whose reign is remembered for his opposition to French rule. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda. Head to Thanh Tien village to learn about, and create, your own paper flowers before visiting the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House. (B,L)
Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport to fly to Hanoi. This afternoon take a walking tour of the Old Quarter, catching a glimpse of everyday life in the bustling streets and alleyways as you go. Later, relax with a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L,D)
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a mix of the exotic and European elegance. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learn about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature, the Humble Stilt House and the One Pillar Pagoda. This afternoon, let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea experience. (B,L)
Halong Bay's thousands of limestone islets project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which little compares. Spend two nights cruising amongst the karst pinnacles, stopping to explore mysterious caves, taking part in cooking demonstrations and rising early to catch spectacular sunrises and practice Tai Chi. (B,L,D)
Awake to the beauty of Halong Bay one final time. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there'll be time for brunch before disembarking. Back in Hanoi, enjoy a performance of the famous water puppets, a centuries old art developed by farmers of the Red River Delta. Meet a puppeteer and learn about the art of making the detailed puppets. Sit down to a sumptuous farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)
Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.
Set in the heart of downtown Nha Trang, the Sunrise Hotel is a stunning colonial-inspired deluxe hotel located within walking distance of the beaches’ golden sand. Take a dip in the Roman-inspired swimming pool or take in panoramic vistas from the Sky Lounge before retiring to your sea view room for unobstructed views of glistening Nha Trang Bay....Read more
Experience an idyllic blend of beach and river side relaxation and Asian comfort at the Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa. Spend time in the expansive pool, take a sidecar trip into nearby Hoi An, or unwind in one of three bars. There are also plenty of activities to choose from including complimentary mountain bikes and beach sports....Read more
La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station....Read more
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The luxuorious 5* hotel offers guests 105 exquisite en-suite rooms with hand-picked luxurious amenities and 21st Century technology. The hotels facilities include restaurants, a bar, a four-season swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Vietnamese specialties are dishes served at Hotel De L'opera Hanoi....Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Vietnam. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888.
Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288.
You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate.
Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual.
Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate.
Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
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