Vietnam Panorama

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Travel overland through the verdant south of Vietnam – from the riverside life of the Mekong to lush and fresh Dalat, up the beautiful coastline to ancient Hue. Finish off by exploring colonial Hanoi and cruising on tranquil Halong Bay.

Places Visited

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

Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Fly with Vietnam Airlines to Saigon. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
Day 1: Fly to Saigon
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. Visit 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: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 3: Mekong Delta cruise
Drive down to Ben Tre to take a cruise through the Mekong Delta. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals. Travel to Can Tho for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Mekong Delta cruise
Day 4: Cai Rang Floating Markets
Visit the Cai Rang floating markets to see the goods on sale and learn how vermicelli rice noodles are made. Return to Saigon.
Day 4: Cai Rang Floating Markets
Day 5: Journey to Dalat
Head up into the cooler climes and wonderful scenery of the highlands to the colonial town of Dalat, stopping at Bao Loc tea plantation en route. This afternoon is free to enjoy a locally grown coffee and the picturesque views.
Day 5: Journey to Dalat
Day 6: Explore Dalat
Visit the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop before boarding an open-air train to journey out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat hamlet. End the day browsing the stalls of Dalat’s busy market.
Day 6: Explore Dalat
Day 7: Nha Trang coastal cruise
Travel down from the highlands and along the coast to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the bay’s many islands with a stop to enjoy a swim in the balmy waters.
Day 7: Nha Trang coastal cruise
Day 8: Qui Nhon
Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers and continue on to the city of Qui Nhon.
Day 9: Son My and Hoi An
Leave Qui Nhon this morning and stop at Son My to pay homage to the victims of the My Lai massacre before continuing on to Hoi An. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 9: Son My and Hoi An
Day 10: Explore Hoi An on foot
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional town that has managed to retain the charms of a bygone era. Visit a lovely old-style house, the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese temple and the market.
Day 10: Explore Hoi An on foot
Day 11: Imperial Hue
Take 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 to the imposing Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City.
Day 11: Imperial Hue
Day 12: Royal Tombs
Cruise along the Perfume River to Thein Mu Pagoda before heading for An Thien House. Visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.
Day 12: Royal Tombs
Day 13: Fly to Hanoi
Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Admire the collections of the Fine Arts Museum and take a cyclo tour of the atmospheric tangle of streets that make up the Old Quarter.
Day 13: Fly to Hanoi
Day 14: Discover Hanoi
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. This afternoon is at your leisure before an evening performance of the famous Water Puppets.
Day 14: Discover Hanoi
Days15-16: Halong Bay
Spend the day aboard a traditional junk cruising through the awe-inspiring beauty of Halong Bay. The next day enjoy a visit to a nearby cave before returning to Hanoi.
Days15-16: Halong Bay
Day 17: Depart Hanoi
This morning is at leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia. 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 $860
Land Only (Saigon to Hanoi) 17 days from $3,054 pp (includes tipping)
Darwin passengers may require a stopover 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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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those who have an extensive period of time and who are interested in visiting the main cities and scenic spots of Vietnam. This tour journeys much of the itinerary by road which allows you to see the spectacular and colourful countryside of Vietnam. Travelling by road for extensive periods of time adds to the off the beaten track feel of this itinerary.

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