Vibrant Vietnam


It’s a real signature Vietnam experience, taking you from top to toe, 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.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hue (2N) - Hoi An (2N) - Nha Trang (1N) - Dalat (2N) - Saigon (3N) - New Zealand

DAYS 1-2: FLY TO HANOI
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's elegant capital city for a two-night stay.
DAYS 1-2: FLY TO HANOI
DAY 3: HANOI TO HALONG BAY
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.
DAY 3: HANOI TO HALONG BAY
DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI
Spend the morning sailing through Halong Bay. After an early brunch meal, disembark your cruise and transfer back to Hanoi. Head to the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays), before a water puppet show. Continue to experience an exhilarating cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Each cyclo takes one passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. Tonight, enjoy a local dinner with a cooking demonstration of the Hanoi speciality, Bun Thang.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY - HANOI
DAY 5: HANOI TO HUE
Discover the rest of the sights of Hanoi today, starting with a stop at a local coffee shop. Take a walk in Ba Dinh Square, followed by the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Next, visit the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda before driving to the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Hue.
DAY 5: HANOI TO HUE
DAY 6: CRUISE THE PERFUME RIVER
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.
DAY 6: CRUISE THE PERFUME RIVER
DAY 7: HOI AN WALKING TOUR
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.
DAY 7: HOI AN WALKING TOUR
DAY 8: TRA QUE VILLAGE
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.
DAY 8: TRA QUE VILLAGE
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO NHA TRANG
Transfer to Danang and fly to the sunny city of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. The rest of the day is free.
DAY 9: TRAVEL TO NHA TRANG
DAY 10: NHA TRANG COASTAL 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, and a visit to a fishing village. Head up into the cooler climes of the South Central Highlands to the lovely town of Dalat.
DAY 10: NHA TRANG COASTAL CRUISE
DAY 11: EXPLORE 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.
DAY 11: EXPLORE DALAT
DAY 12: TRAVEL TO SAIGON
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.
DAY 12: TRAVEL TO SAIGON
DAY 13: CU CHI TUNNELS
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.
DAY 13: CU CHI TUNNELS
DAY 14: MEKONG DELTA
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.
DAY 14: MEKONG DELTA
DAYS 15-16: FLY SAIGON TO NEW ZEALAND
Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to New Zealand, arriving the following day.
DAYS 15-16: FLY SAIGON TO NEW ZEALAND

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Supplement from $760: ask about our 'Willing to Share' option
Land Only (Hanoi to Saigon) 14 days from $3,780 per person twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping - US$84 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost
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 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.


A visa is not required for visitors to Vietnam if your stay is less than 16 days. If your stay is for longer than 16 days then a visa is required by all nationalities and a single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. 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. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with 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 Wi-Fi 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.


Why Book This Tour?

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.

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