Vietnam Panorama

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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.

Places Visited

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

Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
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.
Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels
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.
Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 4: Mekong Delta cruise
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.
Day 4: Mekong Delta cruise
Day 5: Cai Rang Floating Markets
Visit the Cai Rang floating markets to see the goods on sale and learn how vermicelli rice noodles are made. Return to Saigon.
Day 5: Cai Rang Floating Markets
Day 6: Journey to Dalat
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.
Day 6: Journey to Dalat
Day 7: Explore Dalat
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.
Day 7: Explore Dalat
Day 8: Nha Trang Coastal Cruise
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.
Day 8: Nha Trang Coastal Cruise
Day 9: Qui Nhon
Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers and continue on to the coastal city of Qui Nhon.
Day 10: Son My and Hoi An
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.
Day 10: Son My and Hoi An
Day 11: Explore Hoi An on foot
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.
Day 11: Explore Hoi An on foot
Day 12: Hue
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.
Day 12: Hue
Day 13: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Take a drive to the imposing Imperial Citadel to explore. Cruise along the Perfume River Thien Mu Pagoda before heading to An Hien House.
Day 13: Hue's Imperial Citadel
Day 14: Old Quarter Cyclo Tour
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.
Day 14: Old Quarter Cyclo Tour
Day 15: Discover Hanoi
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.
Day 15: Discover Hanoi
Days 16-17: Halong Bay
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.
Days 16-17: Halong Bay
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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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 $840
Land Only (Saigon to Hanoi) 17 days from $3,480 pp twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping - US$85 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
03 Feb 2019 & 26 Jan 2020 departures coincides with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected
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 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?

This all-encompassing tour not only showcases Vietnam's highlights but absorbs you in its rich history and culture too. Spend more time interacting with locals and visiting lesser-known places alongside the usual highlights

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