Vietnam Trails


Discover Vietnam's many gems, from buzzing Saigon and quaint Hoi An to stately Hanoi and magnificent Halong Bay. Top this off with an adventure to visit the terraced rice fields and hill tribes of Sapa, a vision of verdant scenery.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (1N) - Hanoi (1N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Sapa (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hanoi (1N) - New Zealand

Days 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. 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: Discover Saigon
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels, then return to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and a city that is driving Vietnam towards a bright future. Experience Vietnam’s colonial past at the Central Post Office. Also, visit the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 3: Discover Saigon
Day 4: Mekong Delta
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta and lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
Day 4: Mekong Delta
Day 5: Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laidback and traditional town. Visit an old merchant’s house, Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work
Day 5: Journey to Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An Cooking Class
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your delicious creations for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to get acquainted with this delightful and quirky town.
Day 6: Hoi An Cooking Class
Day 7: Hoi An
Enjoy a day at leisure to further explore the town.
Day 7: Hoi An
Day 8: Imperial Hue
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking the scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River.
Day 8: Imperial Hue
Day 9: Water Puppets
Fly to Hanoi this morning. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start your explorations of Vietnam's capital. Enjoy a traditional water puppet performance this evening.
Day 9: Water Puppets
Day 10: Explore Hanoi
Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year) and the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also, visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the day with a thrilling cyclo tour through Phan Dinh Phung street and the Old Quarter. Wrap up your ride with a strong Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking St. Joseph's Cathedral Hanoi. Board your overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 10: Explore Hanoi
Days 11-13: Sapa
On arrival in Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa. Spend the next three days discovering this verdant area of rolling hills and rice terraces with some light hiking through the surrounding valleys and villages, and visit ethnic minority communities. Take a cable car up Mt. Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina, arriving at the summit to enjoy incredible views from a breathtaking 3,143 metres. Board the overnight train to Hanoi.
Days 11-13: Sapa
Days 14-15: Cruise Halong Bay
Spend two days aboard a traditionally-designed boat cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. 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 14-15: Cruise Halong Bay
Days 16-17: Hanoi to New Zealand
This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.
Days 16-17: 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 $1,390
Land Only (Saigon to Hanoi) 15 days from $3,780 pp twin share
Additional charges: Customary tipping - US$75 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
29 Jan 2019 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.


Why Book This Tour?

It's the perfect length for a more in-depth exploration of Vietnam, starting in teh very south in Saigon, venturing north through Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay and then heading up into the highlands to spectacular Sapa,

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