Vietnam Highlights

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Appreciate the best of Vietnam’s wealth of sights with a leisurely itinerary that takes you from the verdant Mekong Delta and Saigon in the south to graceful Hanoi and magnificent Halong Bay in the north with captivating landscapes and rich heritage in between.

Places Visited

Australia - Saigon (4N) - Mekong Delta (1N) - Nha Trang (2N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (1N) - Hanoi (4N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Australia

Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. Darwin passengers may depart two days earlier.
Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Day 2: Discover Saigon
Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, both legacies of a colonial past. Spend time at the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish up by browsing for bargains in the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 2: Discover Saigon
Day 3: Mekong Delta cruise
Journey to Vinh Long province to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Stay overnight at the house of a local to experience authentic Vietnamese hospitality.
Day 3: Mekong Delta cruise
Day 4: Floating Markets
Continue your explorations cruising through the Cai Be Floating Market, where you’ll see boats piled high with colourful local produce. Return to Saigon.
Day 4: Floating Markets
Day 5: Cu Chi Tunnels
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Saigon.
Day 5: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 6: Travel to seaside Nha Trang
Fly to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Travel to seaside Nha Trang
Day 7: Nha Trang cruise
Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the many little islands off Nha Trang’s coast. There’ll be a stop at an island to enjoy the balmy waters for yourself.
Day 7: Nha Trang cruise
Day 8: Travel to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, with a stop at the Marble Mountains en route.
Day 8: Travel to Hoi An
Day 9: Explore Hoi An on foot
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place to explore. Visit a historical house, the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 9: Explore Hoi An on foot
Day 10: My Son
Explore the enchanting Cham ruins of My Son. Built in the 4th century, the temples aren’t in perfect condition but the site is intimate and swallowed up by lush jungle, which adds to the sense of adventure. Return to Hoi An.
Day 10: My Son
Day 11: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Take a drive up to the imposing Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City to explore.
Day 11: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Day 12: Fly to Hanoi
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Cruise on the Perfume River before flying to Hanoi.
Day 12: Fly to Hanoi
Day 13: Discover Hanoi
Hanoi combines all the charms of past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, the Ethnology Museum and Temple of Literature before a thrilling cyclo tour of the Old Quarter’s atmospheric streets.
Day 13: Discover Hanoi
Day 14: Duong Lam traditional village
Duong Lam is well known for its wonderfully preserved historic houses. Visit Mong Phu Temple and observe the daily life of the locals in traditional village surroundings before returning to Hanoi. In the evening see a performance of the famous Water Puppets.
Day 14: Duong Lam traditional village
Day 15-16: Halong Bay junk cruise
Spend time aboard a traditionally-designed junk cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Spend the night on the boat. Tomorrow, return to Hanoi.
Day 15-16: Halong Bay junk cruise
Day 17: Depart Hanoi
This morning is at leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia, arriving home the following day. Due to flight schedules, Perth passengers will arrive home on Day 17.
Day 17: Depart Hanoi
Day 18: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
Day 18: Arrive Australia

Tour prices are per person, twin share

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2017

Additional Price Information:

Single Hotel Room and Junk Boat Cabin Option from $850
Land Only (Saigon to Hanoi) 17 days from $3,415 pp (includes tipping)
Sapa Extension +add from $950 pp^ (twin share)/ sole traveller from $1,130
^Note shoulder and high season surcharges may apply
Darwin passengers may require stopovers in Singapore at an additional cost
Passengers departing Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra will fly with Virgin Australia to connect with Vietnam Airlines departing Sydney or Melbourne
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Vietnam and you will find high quality coverage. Vietnam has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam and visit some more off the beaten track destinations.. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam. This tour also allows you to experience a night in a homestay.

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