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11 day Best of Vietnam tour

Including 9 nights' accommodation, an overnight Halong Bay cruise, all internal flights within Vietnam, delicious breakfast daily, dedicated coach transportation, extensive sightseeing and more.

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  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
  • 11 day Best of Vietnam tour
 

Highlights

 

Journey to Vietnam and experience some of its most spectacular and scenic sights, from historic man-made monuments to breathtaking natural landscapes, on this 11 day Best of Vietnam tour.

Arrive in Hanoi and get your first taste of the city’s buzzing energy. Cruise the emerald green waters of the famous island-dotted Halong Bay and board a traditional Vietnamese junk boat for an overnight cruise. Catch a flight to Da Nang bound for the ancient town of Hoi An.

Next stop is Hue, the former political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. Head south to Ho Chi Minh City and meander through one of the city’s biggest markets at Ben Thanh. Learn about the history and impact of the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels site, before enjoying a drive through the scenic Mekong Delta.

 
 

Day 1: Hanoi

Check in to your hotel in Hanoi City to rest up for the tour ahead. Hanoi is over 1000 years old and is currently the capital of Vietnam, as well the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

This morning you will be picked up by your guide. First up is a visit to the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, followed by the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam that was built for the sons of mandarins (high government officials). Then it’s on to West Lake and Tran Quoc Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, located on a small island near the southeastern shore of the lake. After lunch, visit Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh’s House. Then, transfer by bus to the ancient ’36 Meandering Streets’ of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you will have a chance to explore before before returning to the hotel.

Optional: Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Foodie tour.

A one thousand year old tradition, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hanoi, Water Puppet Theatre is considered to be one of the cultural highlights of Northern Vietnam. Tonight, you’ll walk through the bustling Old Quarter as your guide tells you about the various foods on offer – stop and try some if you like! The sidewalks are full of pop-up restaurants which offer truly local food like bánh cuốn (rice rolls with pork and herbs inside), and many kinds of noodle dishes.  End the night with a drink at a local coffee shop, talking about life in Vietnam, before heading back to your hotel.

Please note: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum can only be viewed from the outside if your visit is on a Monday or Friday, and from 5 September to 5 November due to annual maintenance. Rules regarding dress and behaviour are strictly enforced by staff and guards. Legs must be covered, with no shorts or skirts permitted. 

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Travel by coach to Halong Bay. One of Vietnam’s most recognisable landscapes, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a sprinkling of islands, caves and grottoes. A popular way for seeing the bay is aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat and that is what is in store for you with this evening’s overnight cruise. 

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi –  airplane-takeoff  – Danang – Hoi An (B, L)

Enjoy the emerald waters of the bay as the junk continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations. Disembark from the junk at noon and transfer to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Da Nang. On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to Hoi An, an ancient town recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. Check into your hotel in Hoi An.

Note: In the event that sufficient seats are not available for the Hanoi to Da Nang flight, the group will instead fly from Hai Phong.

Day 5: Hoi An (B)

You will be escorted by our local guide to discover Hoi An by foot, wandering through the narrow streets of this charming town. Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an influential port along the Silk Road. For over 500 years merchants from China, Japan, France, and Portugal settled in the prosperous town, resulting in a distinctive blend of culture, cuisine, religions and architecture. In 1999, the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit the highly-regarded Bebe Tailor Shop to discover the story behind Vietnam’s traditional outfits. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure. You may also join one of our optional tours.

Optional: Half-day cycling tour from Hoi An to Tra Que Village

Take a scenic bicycle ride through the rice paddies to Tra Que Village just outside Hoi An. This little village is well-known for supplying the many restaurants and hotels in the area with fresh herbs and vegetables. You will walk through the vegetable gardens, experience how the local farmers work the land and learn more about the history of the village and the importance of herbs in Vietnamese medicine and cuisine, before your relaxing pedal back to town. Additional costs applies.

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Optional: Fishing Village and Waterway Eco-tour

Enjoy an authentic social and cultural insight into the local Vietnamese way of life. Drive to a local farming village travelling along picturesque country roads. Explore the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Meet local fishermen and experience their daily life. You will then take a wooden boat to a ‘water coconut forest’, and join local fishermen on the river to experience round net and cast net fishing. Learn to paddle bamboo basket boats and join in a basket boat race. You’ll also learn how to use reeds or palm leaves to make grasshoppers, birds, rings, sunglasses, etc. Return to the boat to enjoy lunch and a cold beer or soft drink and then return the hotel by car. Additional costs applies.

Day 6: Hoi An (B) 

This morning, you will visit the Réhahn Museum to view the ‘Precious Heritage Collection’, by French Photographer Réhahn. This work focuses on the endangered cultural heritage of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups, attempting to document their rapidly-changing ways of life. Afterwards, you have free time at leisure, or you may enjoy the following optional activities (at your own expense):

Optional: Half-day Da Nang tour (Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge)

Explore Ba Na hills and admire the panoramic views of Quang nam. Discover the famous Golden Bridge and see places such as the French Village Campanile, Nine Floor Goddess Shrine, Tombstone Temple, Linh Phong Monastery, and Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple. Lunch is included. Additional costs applies.

Optional: Evening Cultural Stage Show

The Lune Performing Centre in Hoi An is known for such performances as My Village, Teh Dar, and The Mist. The shows portray the daily lives of farmers, minority tribes, and urban and rural dwellers, and carry Lune Productions’ vision of upholding Vietnam’s culture and heritage, creating a whole new destination where heritage and art converge. Depending on the day of arrival in Hoi An, you may instead see the stunning Hoi An Memories Show. This colourful and musically dazzling show, with a cast of nearly 500 actors and actresses, recalls the memories of Hoi An as a prosperous trading port over 400 years. It took nearly two years to produce the one-hour show. The theatre uses the waters of the Hoai River as its 25,000 m2 stage along with state-of-the-art lighting technology and sophisticated sound effects. Additional costs applies.

Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (B)

Today drive to Hue City stopping along the way to take pictures at Lang Co Beach. During the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945), Hue was the political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam, and its historical monuments were recognised as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993. One of the largest battles of the Vietnamese revolutionary war was fought in Hue, as part of the 1968 ‘Tet Offensive’ that turned the tide of the war against the US-backed Republic of Vietnam. On arrival, you will take a boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda – an historic pagoda on the banks of the Perfume River. Apart from the scenic riverside and hilltop location, the Thien Mu Pagoda and its environs are rich in history, standing witness to almost four hundred years of tumultuous nation-building in Vietnam. Transfer back to the centre of Hue city to visit the massive Kinh Thanh Citadel, the most well-known and iconic site in Hue, a sprawling complex within 2.5 km of walls, comprised of the Imperial City, several museums, lakes, and lovely gardens, all laid out in a series of concentric circles. Return to the hotel.

Optional: Enjoy a sumptuous Royal Dinner

Dress in beautiful traditional clothes (provided by the restaurant) and be served dishes which use to be made for the royal family. Enjoy live music during dinner. Additional costs applies.

Day 8: Hue – airplane-takeoff  Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Transfer to Hue Airport this morning to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival at the airport, you’ll will be picked up for transfer to the city centre to visit the imposing Dong Khoi Street (formerly Catinat street) before heading to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is the most famous landmark in Vietnam, as the twin bell towers can be seen from a great distance. In the same square is the famous Saigon Post Office, the largest functioning post office in Vietnam. Continue on to visit Reunification Palace, the palace of the presidents of South Vietnam before 1975, and the War Remains Museum, where you can learn about the Vietnam War. At the end of the day, visit Ben Thanh Market before returning to your hotel, after which you are free at leisure.

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B,L)

Depart with our guide and driver for a scenic drive through the Mekong Delta, home to the richest agricultural lands in Vietnam. On arrival at My Tho City, take a boat trip on the Mekong River to fishing villages and Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle and Phoenix Islands. Crossing the Mekong River, you’ll cruise along a small canal to see the daily life of locals in Bến Tre Province, visiting Quới An bee farm and handicraft workshop to enjoy some honey-tea and see how people make things from coconut wood. Take a horse-cart along country roads to visit fruit orchards, enjoy tropical fruit and listen to traditional music. Then, take small sampans back to your cruise to ‘Coconut Village’ for a coconut candy workshop and tasting. Visit Phoenix Island for a rice-paper workshop, then return by boat to My Tho and then by road back to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

After breakfast, we visit the eerie Cu Chi Tunnels, a well-known historical vestige of the Vietnamese revolution. This cobweb-like tunnel complex is a network of underground dug-outs over 200 km long, consisting of many layers and turnings with meeting, living, and fighting quarters. Learn firsthand how the Viet Cong survived their extraordinary underground existence during the Vietnam War. Visit a lacquerware factory on the way back to the city, and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City.

Optional Lunch: Hội An Sense restaurant has a beautiful harmony between refined cuisine and unique architecture. Set on an opulent rooftop with intimate terrace, relaxing fish pond and vivid lanterns, Hội An Sense draws influences from vibrant flavours of Vietnam’s central region. Additional costs apply.

Optional Dinner Cruise: Cruise on Saigon River and enjoy a delicious selection of local dishes as you take in the ambience of this charming city. Additional costs apply.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Check out of the hotel after breakfast. Your tour concludes today.

*Please note, the 2020 itinerary is subject to minor adjustments and substitutes of similar quality to ensure smooth running of the tour.

 

Inclusions

 
  • 9 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Overnight Halong Bay cruise with all meals whilst on-board
  • All internal flights within Vietnam
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 4 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Dedicated coach transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All entrance fees and tipping as per the itinerary
 

Fine Print

 

To book your Tour:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form.
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed to secure your requested travel date.
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly.
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person(must purchase 2 vouchers)

How to book:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form.
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed to secure your requested travel date.
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly.
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)

Tour Excludes: 

  • International flights 
  • Airport transfers 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

To book your international flights, please visit www.webjet.com.au

Payment Information:

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided within 2 weeks prior to departure. A preliminary itinerary will be sent you prior to this time to ensure that you can arrange your Visas (where required) in a timely manner. 

Single Supplement: 

$500 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Payable directly to the Travel Partner upon confirming your booking. 

Group Size: 20 – 40 people 

Triple Share: Not available

Optional Activities: 

Water Puppet Show and Hanoi Foodie Tour: includes show, English-speaking guide, transportation, sample food, Southern-style beef noodle dinner, local beer/soft drink/coffee at Bia Hoi – $65 per person
Cycling Tour from Hoi An to Tra Que Village – $45 per person
Tour from Hoi An to Fishing Village and Waterways – $110 per person
Evening Cultural Stage Show – $105 per person
Half Day Da Nang Tour (Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge) – $160 per person
Royal Dinner in Hue – $95 per person
Lunch at Hoi An Sense – $40 per person 
Dinner Cruise on Saigon River: – $60 per person 

All optional tours are subject to availability and minimum numbers. Tours must be booked and paid at least 2 months prior to departure and payable directly upon booking with our Travel Partner.

Coach transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Hanoi:  Hotel Le Carnot or similar                
Halong Cruise: Bellezza Cruise, Bai Tho Cruise, or similar
Hoi An: Hoi An CoCo River Resort or similar
Hue: Park View Hotel Hue or similar
Ho Chi Minh City: Silverland Centre or similar

Please note: all star ratings are local ratings 

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation: From $150 per room per night for twin share and from $150 per room for a single room. The rate includes breakfast and return airport transfers. Pre and post tour accommodation is subject to availability and payable directly to our Travel Partner upon booking confirmation. 

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years. Infants under 2 years of age $350 per person apply.

Itinerary: Adjustment of the itinerary and substitutes of similar quality might be required to ensure smooth operations. Passengers must remain with the group at all times. Several shopping stops are included as cultural learning experiences with no obligation to purchase local speciality products. The 2020 itinerary is subject to change.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

06 April
20 April
18 May
15 June
13 July
27 July
10 August
24 August
07 September
19 October
02 November 
16 November 

2020:

22 February
07 March
21 March
21 April
16 May
13 June
25 July
22 August 
12 September
17 October 
14 November

**Nexus booking link must be submitted within one week of purchase otherwise departure date cannot be guaranteed**

Bookings not accepted when within 45 days of departure 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • 9 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Overnight Halong Bay cruise with all meals whilst on-board
  • All internal flights within Vietnam
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 4 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Dedicated coach transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All entrance fees and tipping as per the itinerary
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