Vietnam at a Glance Private Tour


Get up close and personal with the very best of Vietnam, from the urban sophistication of Hanoi, to the charming quaintness of Hoi an to the cosmopolitan buzz of Saigon.

Places Visited

Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (1N) - Hanoi (2N) – Halong Bay (1N) - Hanoi (1N)

Day 1: Arrive Saigon
Upon arrival at Saigon airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (D)
Day 1: Arrive Saigon
Day 2: Cu Chi and Saigon
Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Visit the Central Post Office to view the French Colonial architecture. Learn about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the emotionally charged War Remnants Museum. (B,L,D)
Day 2: Cu Chi and Saigon
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Travel to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Explore the river, passing stilt houses and fish farms. Paddle through palm-lined canals in sampans and walk through villages, where you can sample local tea. Return to Saigon later this afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Day 4: Saigon to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An’s Old Town. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Saigon to Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An
Journey to Tra Que village to learn about traditional rural life. After lunch return to Hoi An and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An to Hue
Drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue, the former imperial capital. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang and continue by road to Thien Mu Pagoda. Enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Hoi An to Hue
Day 7: Hue to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Hue to Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi
This morning, pass Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and visit Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature. Take a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter. Watch a water puppets performance. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Board a junk boat for a relaxing cruise through the emerald waters overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Day 10: Halong Bay to Hanoi
Spend the morning cruising the bay. After brunch, disembark the cruise and return to Hanoi. The afternoon is at leisure. (Br,D)
Day 10: Halong Bay to Hanoi
Day 11: Depart Hanoi
You will be transferred to Hanoi airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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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:

Price excludes:
International airfares
Visa fees for New Zealand passport holders
Tipping for this tour is at your own discretion

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 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. 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 New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
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 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.


Why Book This Tour?

This private tour is ideal for those with a short period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam.

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