16 DAYS ●
Escape the ordinary and discover the captivating charms of Vietnam. Traverse the country from Saigon to Hanoi exploring all the wonders in between - from the cool
highland town of Dalat and seaside Nha Trang, to vibrant Hoi An and imperial Hue.
Infiltrate the mysterious tunnel system of the Viet Cong
Swim, paddle and cruise in the warm seas of this coastal city
Get to grips with Vietnamese cooking with a cooking class in this fabulous city
Cruise into the still, green waters of Vietnam's most famous bay
Our Vietnam Escape 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, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Discover the history of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war before returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a bright future. Experience Vietnam’s colonial past at the Central Post Office. Also, visit the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish up browsing for bargains at the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Paddle through the maze of palm lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typical Mekong dishes. Return to Saigon.
Enjoy your morning at leisure before flying to the cooler climes of the South Central Highlands where you’ll find a distinctly French legacy. The charming town of Dalat sits in a region of lakes, waterfalls, forests and gardens, all ripe for exploration.
Spend today sightseeing with visits to Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens, and an embroidery workshop. After lunch, climb aboard an open-air steam train from the old railway station to journey out through the picturesque scenery to Trai Mat village. This afternoon browsing the stalls of Dalat’s busy market. End the day with a cup of locally grown coffee, taking in the picturesque views.
Wind your way down from the highlands and along the coast to the laidback town of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. Spend the rest of the day at leisure – the beach is a great place to start.
Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the many small islands off Nha Trang’s coast. There’ll be a stop at an island to enjoy the refreshing waters for yourself, and a visit to a fishing village.
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and a Chinese temple. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Take the afternoon to explore the town further or relax in a riverside café.
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. This afternoon visit Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise on the picturesque Perfume River.
This morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh and Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set amongst gardens and pools. Continue on to a beautiful old maison that has been transformed to Truc Chi workshop, where you’ll learn to create art with bamboo paper. End the day with a visit to the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City.
Fly to Hanoi this morning. This afternoon take a thrilling cyclo ride through the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Spend the evening watching a traditional water puppet show.
Drive to Halong Bay where you will cruise amongst the karst peaks on tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn’t hard to see why this is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations.
Enjoy a Halong Bay sunrise, before returning to Hanoi. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hanoi combines all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, home of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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