Day 1: Australia – – Hanoi
Board your flight bound for beautiful Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours at leisure.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast this morning today the rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore or simply relax.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
Begin to get to know your fellow travellers over breakfast at the hotel, and then set out for the drive through the farmland of the Red River Delta. Your destination is Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most prolific UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The bay’s stunning natural beauty has seen it featured on endless postcards, and seeing the scattering of islands and eroded grottoes in person is even better. Step aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat to embark on your overnight cruise through the bay. Your junk takes you through the emerald waters, past towering cliffs, limestone isles and more. All meals are included while you are sailing. Other optional activities aboard include cooking demonstrations.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Those keen on starting the day early can partake in a morning Tai chi session on the boat’s sundeck. A light breakfast is served around 7:00am with tea, coffee and bakery goods. After that, it’s time to hop into smaller rowboats and make the trip out to some of the bay’s smaller islands. You might also flex your photography muscles by getting up in time to see sunrise. Your group returns to the main junk to have time to refresh and have an early lunch (brunch) on-board while the boat then makes its way back to the jetty where your driver waits. Disembark at around 12:00pm and set out on the drive back to Hanoi to arrive in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is yours as free time.
Day 5: Hanoi – – Hoi An (B, L)
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 8:00am to begin your tour around the city. Head to the iconic Tran Quoc Pagoda, a 1,400 year old temple that is the oldest in the city. It’s then on to the Ho Chi Minh Complex where you’ll have the opportunity to see the President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, before visiting the Temple of Literature and stopping for lunch. The last site of the day is Ngoc Son Temple, a monument dedicated to the ancient Confucian and Taoist philosophers. After that we will have lunch and then get back to your hotel to pick up all the luggage and head to the airport for your flight to Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An (B, L)
Rise early this morning ready to set out on a city tour of stunning Hoi An. Top sites you’ll see today include the iconic Japanese Bridge, Temple Kwan, Tan Ky Ancient House and the Phun Kien Temple. Have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 7: Hoi An (B)
Today is yours to do as little or as much as you like. Set out to explore any of the cities iconic sites you may have missed out on seeing the day before, or visit one of the markets to indulge in some delicious street eats!
Day 8: Hoi An – – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast, head to the airport ready to board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of evening is yours at leisure.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)
Today your group visits the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam War, guerrilla fighters built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels, using them to hide in during bombing raids and to stage surprise attacks. Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving visitors a unique understanding of what life was like during the Vietnam War. The visit also includes visting different type of underground halls and secret meeting rooms. Finish the tour enjoying an afternoon tea of the traditional food eaten during the war, and watch a short documentary to learn more about the tunnel.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – – Phnom Penh (B, L)
After breakfast, you will have free time before your transfer arrives to take you to the airport for your flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the evening is yours at leisure.
Day 11: Phnom Penh (B, L)
After taking breakfast at the hotel, your group will be picked up at 8:00am to set out to discover the city of Phnom Penh. You will have the opportunity to tour the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge prison. This is an opportunity to reflect, remember and pay respect to all those whose lives were affected by this tragic part of Cambodian history. Journey to Royal Palace, a complex of buildings which is the royal residence of the king of Cambodia, built in 1866, see Silver Pagoda which is located within the Royal Palace and then onto Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda that sits atop a hill – it’s the tallest religious structure in the city. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and have time in the afternoon to choose how you wish to spend your time: visiting more local attractions or exploring a local marketplace.
Day 12: Phnom Penh – – Siem Reap (B)
After breakfast, you will have free time before your transfer arrives to take you to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of evening is yours at leisure.
Day 13: Siem Reap – Angkor Wat (B, L)
Wake up after a restful nights’ sleep and prepare for your day trip to the most famous of all temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The mystical complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China. Your time in Angkor begins at Angkor Wat, and you then move on to Ta Prohm. There are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. Some of the other sites within Angkor that you’ll encounter include the Elephant Terrace and the Leper King Terrace. Be sure to wear good shoes today as this outing requires a solid amount of walking. Lunch is included. You return to Siem Reap by evening and have the night at your leisure.
Day 14: Siem Reap – – Australia (B)
This morning is free time for you to explore or wander around Siem Reap however you like until it is time to head to the airport for your return flight home.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way to your next travel arrangements.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.