Vietnam Highlights

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Appreciate the best of Vietnam's wealth of sights with a leisurely itinerary that takes you from the verdant Mekong Delta and Saigon in the south to graceful Hanoi and magnificent Halong Bay in the north with captivating landscapes and rich heritage in between.

Places Visited

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

Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative and largest city.
Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Day 3: Discover Saigon
Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. Visit the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish up the day by browsing for bargains in the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 3: Discover Saigon
Day 4: Mekong Delta cruise
Journey to Vinh Long province to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Spend the night in the vibrant Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
Day 4: Mekong Delta cruise
Day 5: Floating Markets
Depart Can Tho to cruise through the Cai Rang Floating Market, where you’ll see boats piled high with the colourful produce of the delta. Return to Saigon.
Day 5: Floating Markets
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels
Discover the history of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels. Transfer to the airport and fly to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s premier beach capital.
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 7: Nha Trang Cruise
Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the little islands off Nha Trang’s coast. There’ll also be a visit to a local fishing village.
Day 7: Nha Trang Cruise
Day 8: Travel to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An.
Day 8: Travel to Hoi An
Day 9: Tra Que Village
Drive to Tra Que, a small farming community, and enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, take a walking tour of Hoi An, visiting the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the Reaching Out Arts & Crafts workshop.
Day 9: Tra Que Village
Day 10: My Son
Explore the enchanting Cham ruins of My Son. Built in the 4th century, the temples aren’t in perfect condition but the site is intimate and swallowed up by lush jungle, which adds to the sense of adventure. Return to Hoi An.
Day 10: My Son
Day 11: Perfume River Cruise
Spend the morning in Hoi An, before travelling to Hue over the scenic Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. On arrival, embark on a scenic cruise of the Perfume River and visit the magnificent Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 11: Perfume River Cruise
Day 12: Hue's Imperial Citadel
The river banks outside of Hue are dotted with UNESCO-listed imperial tombs – visit the ones belong to Khai Dinh and Minh Mang. Learn the traditional art of ‘truc chi’ and a workshop before visiting the imposing Imperial Citadel, and Forbidden Purple City.
Day 12: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Day 13: Fly to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi. Bringing together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast paced yet graceful city, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Explore the Confucian Temple of Literature and take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter’s atmospheric tangle of streets. Stop off for a ‘ca phe trung’ or egg coffee, a local Hanoi speciality.
Day 13: Fly to Hanoi
Day 14: Discover Hanoi
Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll pass Ho Chi Minh’s monumental mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. Also, visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Museum of Ethnology.
Day 14: Discover Hanoi
Day 15: Duong Lam Traditional Village
Duong Lam is well known for its wonderfully preserved historic houses. Visit Mia Pagoda and observe the daily life of the locals. Enjoy lunch at the home of a local family before returning to Hanoi. In the evening, see a performance of the famous water puppets.
Day 15: Duong Lam Traditional Village
Day 16: Halong Bay
Cruise amongst spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. Spend a night on board your junk boat.
Day 16: Halong Bay
Day 17: Return to Hanoi
Spend the morning sailing through Halong Bay. After an early lunch (or brunch meal), disembark your cruise and return to Hanoi. This evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin show, an artistic open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.
Day 17: Return to Hanoi
Days 18-19: Hanoi to New Zealand
Transfer to the airport for your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.
Days 18-19: Hanoi to New Zealand

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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:


Single Supplement from $850
Land Only (Saigon to Hanoi) 17 days from $3,780 pp twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping - US85 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 port 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 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.

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Why Book This Tour?

It ensures you don't miss any of Vietnam's captivating landscapes and rich heritage. Exploring from top to toe, this tour includes a chance to relax on Nha Trang beach and experience local life on the Mekong Delta

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