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Embark on a deluxe adventure of Vietnam's highlights. Uncover poignant history, natural beauty and a charming chaos as you work your way up from the lush plains of the Mekong Delta to the enchanting limestone pillar seascapes of Halong Bay.
Get to grips with the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine
Venture down to the verdant landscape of this biological treasure trove
Discover Vietnam's grand history at the Imperial Citadel
Cruise on the emerald seas of these stunning water vistas
Our Deluxe Collection Jewels of Vietnam Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Explore the Mekong Delta on a traditional Sampan
Create delicious Vietnamese food at a cooking class in Hoi An
Travel by speedboat to a riverside restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine
Meet the local nuns and enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Dong Thuyen pagoda
Our Jewels of Vietnam 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 for a three-night stay.
Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever-brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office, a beautiful neoclassical edifice; the Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of Chinatown before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D)
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19thcentury house, visit a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying a lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the ‘A O Show’, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L,D)
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Pay a visit to a cricket farm and return to Saigon. Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. (B,L,D)
Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles, its narrow streets retaining a quirky, old world charm. This morning, tour the market to choose fresh ingredients from a colourful array of local produce for your Vietnamese cookery class, where you’ll learn to create a number of local dishes. This afternoon wander the old streets, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House and the elaborate Japanese Bridge before taking tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech impaired locals, to savour the flavours of local produce. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An where you can further explore or take a trip to the beach. Depart for Hue, travelling over the Hai Van Pass. Later, cruise along the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening, indulge yourself with a royal dining experience (B,L,D)
Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. Enter through its grandiose entrance and you’ll be able to explore before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda, before you try your hand at making paper flowers in a village that is known for the art. Visit the regal surroundings of Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Visit the Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, where you'll gain a great insight into Vietnam's history and character before enjoying a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L,D)
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learn about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature and meet a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th century art and put on a private water puppet show. You will also be able to get involved in creating the puppets. (B,L)
Halong Bay’s thousands of limestone islands project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Board your comfortable cruise ship and enjoy a seafood lunch before setting sail into the bay. Drift amongst the karst pinnacles, stopping to explore mysterious caves as you go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery. (B,L,D)
Rise early to see the sun rise over the karst-scapes of the bay and savour the serenity of the early morning. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there’s time for a hearty late breakfast before disembarking and travelling to Hanoi. Later let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea experience whilst later in the evening there will be a sumptuous farewell dinner. (B,D)
Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the following day. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our 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. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Experience an idyllic blend of beach and river side relaxation and Asian comfort at the Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa. Spend time in the expansive pool, take a sidecar trip into nearby Hoi An, or unwind in one of three bars. There are also plenty of activities to choose from including complimentary mountain bikes and beach sports....Read more
Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.
La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station....Read more
Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The luxuorious 5* hotel offers guests 105 exquisite en-suite rooms with hand-picked luxurious amenities and 21st Century technology. The hotels facilities include restaurants, a bar, a four-season swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Vietnamese specialties are dishes served at Hotel De L'opera Hanoi....Read more
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 +64 9 975 8117. 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 New Zealand. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Southeast Asia is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount 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 is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
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.
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