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The Best of Vietnam 12 Days



Price Per PersonSingle Supplement
From $1899 AUD$500 AUD

2019 Departure Dates
March: 09, 23June: 01, 15,29**September: 07, 21*December: 07**
April: 06, 20*July: 13*,27October: 05,19* = Shoulder season surcharge: $200
May: 04, 18August: 10,24November: 02, 16, 30*** = Peak season surcharge: $400

Accommodation
Ho Chi Minh CitySilverland Centre3 Star local rating or similar
HanoiHotel Le Carnot3 Star local rating or similar
Halong Bay CruiseBellezza Cruise, Bai Tho Cruiseor similar
Hoi AnHoi An CoCo River Resort3 Star local rating or similar
HuePark View Hotel Hue3 Star local rating or similar

Price Guide:

  • Price Guide: *Peak Season Surcharge: $200, **Peak season surcharge: $400
  • Interstate Surcharge: Brisbane/Adelaide $300, Perth $600 (interstate flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Stay Behind Surcharge: From $200 (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Pre/Post Tour Accommodation (including breakfast): From $100/person/night (twin share), $200/person/night (single)
  • Child Price: Same as adult
  • Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 3 weeks before departure and involve transits 

Tours are subject to availability and payment deadlines. Please check with your travel consultant for more details.




Tour Highlights:


  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant city life of Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Savour the rural delights of the Mekong Delta 
  • See the remnants of the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels 
  • Relax on board a traditional Vietnamese Junk while cruising the UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay in an overnight cruise 
  • Enjoy a in depth full day city tour of Hanoi and its best sights 

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Hanoi via connecting cities. On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and driver who will bring you to your hotel in Hanoi City to rest up for the tour ahead. 

Day 2:  Today travelers will visit Hoa Lo Prison first, then the Temple of Literature and Ba Dinh Square.Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (only viewable from outside if your visit is on a Monday or Friday, and from 5 Sep. to 5 Nov. due to annual maintenance), , and then a bus will transfer the group directly to the ’36 Meandering Streets’, which you can explore on foot before returning to the hotel.

Day 3: Travel by coach to Halong Bay and take a boat trip to explore one of the world’s great natural wonders, cruising the thousands of limestone islands filled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnificent picturesque scene that blends with the sky. You also get a chance to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering cliffs. A seafood lunch and dinner will be served on board the charming junk. Stay overnight on board.

Day 4: Enjoy the aquamarine waters of the bay at its best as the junk continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations. Disembark from the junk at noon and transfer to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Da Nang. On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to Hoi An, an ancient town recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. Check into your hotel in Hoi An.

Day 5:You will be escorted by our local guide to discover Hoi An by walking tour through the narrow streets of this charming town. Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an influential port along the Silk Road. For over 500 years merchants from China, Japan, France, and Portugal settled in the prosperous town resulting in a distinctive blend of culture, cuisine, religions and architecture. In 1999, the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free at your own leisure. You may also join our optional tours (at your own expense).

Day 6: This Morning, you will visit the Réhahn Museum, to view the ‘Precious Heritage Collection’ by French Photographer, Réhahn. This work focuses on the endangered cultural heritage of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, attempting to document their rapidly-changing ways of life. Then, visit the highly-regarded Bebe Tailor Shop to discover the story behind Vietnam’s traditional outfits. Afterwards, you may enjoy the following optional activities (at your own expense)

Day 7: Today you will drive from Danang to Hue City stopping along the way to take pictures at Lang Co Beach. On arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy free time at leisure. NOTE: In 2019, travellers will have transferred to Hue from Hoi An and checked in on the previous day.Hue City, during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945), was the political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam.On arrival, you will take a boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda – an historic pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River.Transfer back to the centre of Hue city to visit the massive Kinh Thanh Citadel, the most well-known and iconic site in Hue.

 


Day 8: We transfer to Hue Airport to catch a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you are picked up for transfer to the city centre to visit the imposing Dong Khoi Street (formerly Catinat street) before going to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is the most famous landmark in Vietnam, as the twin bell towers can be seen from a great distance. In the same square is the famous Saigon Post Office, the largest functioning post office in Vietnam. Continue on to visit Reunification Palace, the palace of the presidents of South Vietnam before 1975, and the War Remains Museum, where you can learn about the Vietnam War. At the end of the day, visit Ben Thanh Market before returning to your hotel, after which you are free at leisure.

Day 9: Depart with our guide and driver for a scenic drive through the Mekong Delta, home to the richest agricultural lands in Vietnam. On arrival at My Tho City, take a boat trip on the Mekong River to fishing villages and Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. Crossing the Mekong River, you’ll cruise along a small canal to see the daily life of locals in Bến Tre Province, visiting Quới An bee farm and handicraft workshop to enjoy some honey-tea and see how people make things from coconut wood. Take a horse-cart along country roads to visit fruit orchards, enjoy tropical fruit and listen to traditional music. Then, take small sampans back to your cruise to ‘Coconut Village’ for a coconut candy workshop and tasting. Visit Phoenix Island for a rice-paper workshop, then return by boat to My Tho and then by road back to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 10: After breakfast, we visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels, a well-known historical vestige of the Vietnamese revolution. This cobweb-like tunnel complex is a network of underground dug-outs over 200 km long, consisting of many layers and turnings with meeting, living, and fighting quarters where we learn firsthand how the Viet Cong survived their extraordinary underground existence during the Vietnam War. Visit a lacquerware factory on the way back to the city, and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 11: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Day 12: Arrive home


Package Inclusions:

  1. Vietnam Airlines return economy class airfares departing Sydney or Melbourne (or if unavailable, China Southern Airlines, China Airlines or Thai Airways)

  2. Internal flight within Vietnam 
  3. 9 nights accommodation (twin/double) plus 1 night on board during your Halong Bay cruise
  4. Round trip airport and hotel transfers 
  5. Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  6. Coach transportation 
  7. Admissions to scenic attractions 
  8. English speaking tour guide(s) 
  9. Government taxes and service charges

Package Exclusions:

  1. Tour guide and driver tipping prepaid in Australia: $100 
  2. Vietnam visa application fees 
  3. Travel insurance (strongly recommended) 
  4. Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary 

*Terms and Conditions: 

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