Vietnam Impressions Private Tour


Get a more intimate view of Vietnam’s highlights on a private tour from awe-inspiring Halong Bay to the lush scenery of the Mekong Delta.

Places Visited

Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay - Hoi An (2N) - Saigon (3N) - Mekong Delta Cruise

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Travel to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Board a junk boat for an overnight cruise through emerald waters past limestone islets. In the afternoon take a sampan to discover village life on the water or there is the option to kayak (at your own expense). Return to the junk boat for a sunset drink and dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 2: Hanoi to Halong Bay
Day 3: Halong Bay to Hanoi
The sunrise over Halong Bay is a view not to be missed – why not awaken your senses with a dawn Tai Chi session on the ship’s deck? After breakfast explore Me Cung Cave with an expert guide. Enjoy a light brunch on board the junk boat before returning to Hanoi. Visit Ngoc Son temple set on a tiny island on picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. End your day with a Water Puppet show. (B,L)
Day 3: Halong Bay to Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi to Hoi An
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, with visits to the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Humble House on Stilts. Continue to the Temple of Literature, then take a cyclo ride through the bustling alleys of the Old Quarter. This afternoon, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi An, stopping at the Marble Mountains en route. (B)
Day 4: Hanoi to Hoi An
Day 5: Hoi An
Tour Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)
Day 5: Hoi An
Day 6: Day at leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure to further explore Hoi An. (B)
Day 6: Day at leisure
Day 7: Hoi An to Saigon
Fly to the cosmopolitan city of Saigon. Upon arrival explore the city with a visit to the French-style Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about the American War in Vietnam with a visit to the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. After lunch, drive to Cholon, the Chinatown of Saigon, to visit the beautiful Thien Hau Pagoda. End your day at the lively Ben Thanh Markets. (B,L)
Day 7: Hoi An to Saigon
Day 8: Cu Chi & Tay Ninh
Travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. After lunch, explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. You can even crawl through the tunnels if you are feeling brave! Return to Saigon this afternoon. (B,L)
Day 8: Cu Chi & Tay Ninh
Day 9: Mekong Delta – Depart Saigon
Explore the Mekong Delta by speed boat, 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 this afternoon and transfer to the airport where your arrangements end. (B,L)
Day 9: Mekong Delta – Depart Saigon

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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 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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