13 DAYS ●
Explore the best bits of Vietnam - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon, on a flexible itinerary that gives you the choice to discover each destination independently or choose between a series of cultural experiences. This tour is Vietnam, your way.
PLEASE NOTE: The below Itinerary is based on 2020 Departures.
Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay
Optional cycle through rural Hue
Visit the Reaching Out arts & crafts workshop
Discover the Mekong Delta just outside of Saigon
Our Vietnam Explorer 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 Hanoi, Vietnam's colonially influenced, atmospheric capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Start the day exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. This evening, enjoy a performance of a traditional water puppets show. (B,L,D)
Travel to Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. You’ll pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you’re on-board - take a swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite-filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season). (B,L,D)
Rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practice Tai Chi on the deck. After brunch onboard, return to the dock and travel back to Hanoi. On arrival, enjoy free time or choose from two optional activities (at your own expense).
1) A mini backstage tour at the Hanoi Opera House of the cultural show ‘Lang Toi’, followed by dinner and the evening performance of the show itself.
2) discover the varied and delicious flavours of Vietnamese street food on a tour of Hanoi’s very best street eats. (B)
Fly to Hue, Vietnam’s old imperial capital and a city considered the country’s hub of culture. This afternoon, visit the imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, set on peaceful spot outside the city, before exploring the decaying grandeur of Hue’s imperial citadel. Admire the Thien Mu Pagoda before boarding a boat to cruise along the picturesque Perfume River. Later, choose between a free evening for your own explorations, or a unique royal dining experience, where you will dine on authentic food and be entertained, all in the imperial style (at your own expense). (B,L)
Today is a day at leisure for your own explorations, or you can choose between the following experiences (at your own expense):
1) Take a half day cycling tour of Hue and its beautiful rural surroundings, stopping for lunch with the nuns of a nearby pagoda.
2) learn ‘truc chi’, creating art with bamboo paper, on a half day visit to a workshop. (B)
Journey by road to the charming town of Hoi An, crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, wander the old cobbled streets and soak up the delights of Hoi An, with visits to a pagoda, an old Chinese meeting house and the Reaching Out arts and crafts workshop. (B,L)
Today is a day at leisure for your own explorations, or you can choose between the following experiences (at your own expense): 1) A cooking class, with a visit to the produce market to select fresh, local ingredients, where you’ll learn the tricks and techniques of Vietnamese cuisine or 2) A full day farmer and fisherman experience, where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques in the rural village of Tra Que, before learning to paddle round bamboo boats and cast fishing nets. (B)
Fly to Saigon and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)
This morning, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground network used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and tour the city, visiting the grand Central Post Office as well as delving into Vietnam’s recent history at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. This evening is free for your own explorations, or you can opt for dinner and a performance of the AO Show, a music, dance and acrobatic spectacular at the Saigon Opera House. (B,L)
Transfer to Ben Tre, in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where visiting local cottage industries and taste the delicious produce of the region, before lunching on typically Mekong fare. This afternoon, take a boat trip through the palmed-lined canals and waterways to visit small islands, a floating village and pagoda. Return to Saigon. (B,L,D)
This morning is at leisure for your own explorations, or you can take an optional cyclo tour around Saigon’s Chinatown (at your own expense).Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all 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. Hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. View Hotels Here
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