19 DAYS ●
Travel overland through the verdant south of Vietnam – from the riverside life of the Mekong to lush and fresh Dalat, then up the beautiful coastline to ancient
Hue. Finish off by exploring colonial Hanoi and cruising on tranquil Halong Bay.
Discover the lush area of the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’
Infiltrate the mysterious tunnel system of the Viet Cong
Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers of this coastal city
Drift on the emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Vietnam's most famous bay
Our Vietnam Panorama 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 Saigon for a two-night stay. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. Visit the Central Post Office. Spend time at the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Drive down to Ben Tre to take a cruise through the Mekong Delta, an area known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals, and enjoy a typical Mekong lunch. Travel to Can Tho for an overnight stay.
Visit the Cai Rang floating markets to see the goods on sale and learn how vermicelli rice noodles are made. Return to Saigon.
Head up into the cooler climate and wonderful scenery of the highlands to the colonial town of Dalat, stopping at Bao Loc tea plantation en route.
Visit the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop. Board an open-air train for a journey through fantastic scenery to Trai Mat hamlet. End the day with a local coffee by Xuan Huong lake.
Travel down from the highlands and along the coast to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the bay’s many islands, including a stop to enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters.
Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers and continue on to the coastal city of Qui Nhon.
Leave Qui Nhon this morning stopping at Son My to pay homage to the victims of the My Lai massacre before continuing to Hoi An. The afternoon is at leisure.
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional town that has managed to retain the charms of a bygone era. Visit a lovely old-style house, the Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
Take the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.
Take a drive to the imposing Imperial Citadel to explore. Cruise along the Perfume River Thien Mu Pagoda before heading to An Hien House.
Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old and new Asia. Admire the collections of the Fine Arts Museum and take a cyclo through the atmospheric tangle of streets that make up the Old Quarter. Later enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. In the evening, watch a performance of the famous water puppets.
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, passing by Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature.
Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing through the awe-inspiring beauty of Halong Bay. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day. On your last evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to New Zealand, arriving home to same or following day.
Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability. 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.
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