16 DAYS ●
It’s a real signature Vietnam experience, taking you from top to tail, featuring all of Vietnam’s must-see sights, while offering plenty of opportunities to soak in the wonderful culture and interact with local people along the way.
Infiltrate the mysterious tunnel system of the Viet Cong
Swim, paddle and cruise in the warm seas of this coastal city
Get to grips with Vietnamese cooking with a cooking class in this fabulous city
Cruise into the still, green waters of Vietnam's most famous bay
Our Vibrant 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 Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city for a two-night stay.
Drive around 2 and a half hours today from Hanoi to Halong, where you will take an overnight cruise to the far-most corners of the bay by boat. Boarding your boat could involve navigating your way over and through other boats, moored between it and the dock, sometimes without handrails, ladders or assistance from staff. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise out into the bay, stopping to anchor for an afternoon of activities. Activities are subject to change due to cruise selection and weather conditions. Sightseeing usually includes visiting underground caves on the islands which involves climbing up and down lots of steps. End the day on deck with a drink in hand to watch the sunset over the bay followed by a freshly prepared dinner, before retiring to your cabin for the night.
After an early brunch, disembark your cruise ship in Halong Bay. Return to Hanoi to enjoy a water puppet demonstration at the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s oldest university. Next, experience an exhilarating cyclo ride through the vibrant backstreets of the Old Quarter. Visit a local café to try ca phe trung – authentic Vietnamese egg coffee. Dinner tonight will feature a cooking demonstration of Hanoi’s speciality dish, bun thang.
Discover further sights in Hanoi, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh Square. Continue to the Humble House on Stilts, also known as Uncle Ho’s House, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Later, explore the Museum of Ethnology, where you learn about 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Following lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Hue.
This morning visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City at the heart of Hue, once the home of Vietnam’s emperors. Cruise on the picturesque Perfume River and admire the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, see the magnificent tomb of Minh Mang before heading to Zen house where you learn about architecture and spiritual meaning of this beautiful place.
Leave Hue for Hoi An, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laid-back place, the streets are a
delight to wander – visit the Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and Chinese temple.
Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the
artisans at work.
Head out into Hoi An’s verdant surroundings to Tra Que, where you’ll see the local farmers at work, tending lush gardens of vegetables and herbs. Join a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration. Back in Hoi An, the rest of the day is free.
Transfer to Danang and fly to the sunny city of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. The rest of the day is free.
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, and a visit to a fishing village. Head up into the cooler climes of the South Central Highlands to the lovely town of Dalat.
Spend today sightseeing with visits to the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower
Gardens and an embroidery workshop. Climb aboard an open-air steam train from the old railway station to journey out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. This afternoon browse the stalls of Dalat’s busy market, ending the day with a cup of locally grown coffee as you take in the picturesque views.
Journey across the scenic highlands to Saigon with a stop en route at the Bao Loc tea
plantation. On arrival, the rest of the day is free.
Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground
passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and spend the
afternoon discovering the city’s sights. See the colonial architecture of Notre Dame
Cathedral and the Central Post Office, as well as the Reunification Palace and chilling War Remnants Museum.
Journey to Ben Tre to cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Here you’ll paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals, taste local produce, visit a local family, lunch on typical Mekong dishes and enjoy traditional music. Return to Saigon and enjoy a farewell dinner and the visually spectacular A O Show this evening.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to New Zealand arriving the same or following day..
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.
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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