VIVID VIETNAM
VIVID VIETNAM
12 Day tour from $1,999
HANOI • HALONG BAY • HO CHI MINH CITY
INCLUDING FLIGHTS 06 August - 26 November 2018

Diverse landscapes, fascinating history, intriguing culture, and mouth-watering cuisine – these are just a handful of the good reasons why Vietnam sits atop the wish lists of so many travellers.

From the north to the south, every step leads to another incredible sight, sound, taste or experience. Fall in love with the wonders of Vietnam on this incredible 12-day package visiting Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and beyond.

Travel through diverse cities and landscapes, soak up the historical importance of UNESCO listed sites including My Son Holy Land, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride on the Mekong River, experience an unforgettable overnight cruise on Halong Bay, and so much more. The Imperial Citadel, Thiên Mụ Pagoda, and Cu Chi Tunnels are just a few of the sights you’ll encounter on this fascinating journey.

With return flights, nine nights hotel accommodation, a one-night cruise, and 16 meals, experiencing this amazing country is now easier than ever.

Tour Highlights
  • Experience the culture of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Sail among the limestone islands of Halong Bay
  • Enjoy free time at leisure in Hanoi
  • See the Citadel and Dong Ba Market on a Hue city tour
  • Take a boat cruise on the Perfume River
  • See the UNESCO listed ruins of sacred My Son Holy Land
  • Enjoy leisure time in Hoi An
  • Explore the historical Cú Chi Tunnels
  • Enjoy an afternoon free at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Admire the beautiful scenery in My Tho
  • Cruise along the scenic Mekong River
  • Visit a traditional Vietnamese village
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    HANOI • HALONG BAY • HO CHI MINH CITY

  • When
    :

    06 AUGUST – 26 NOVEMBER 2018

  • What
    :

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

Itinerary

Depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or Perth for your flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Fly with either Vietnam Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific to name a few (subject to availability).

On arrival, be picked up at Hanoi Airport and be transferred to your hotel. Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the night before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Hanoi (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: In-Flight

This morning after breakfast drive through beautiful green rice paddy fields on the way to the coast (approx. 4 hours) where you will board a Junk boat for an overnight cruise through the thousands of towering limestone islands and emerald waters of Halong Bay.

Enjoy a seafood lunch before taking part in some afternoon activities such as swimming, relaxing on a remote beach, climbing to the top of a lookout for an amazing panoramic view or take a ride on a rowing boat into a secluded bay. Also cruise further into the bay to visit a Pearl Farm. Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.

Overnight: Traditional Junk Boat, Halong Bay

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Early risers can take part in an optional Tai Chi class on deck this morning. After breakfast climb aboard the tender for a visit to Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, a colourful grotto of giant stalactites and stalagmites.

Return to the boat and enjoy a short cooking class where you will learn to prepare local delicacies such as spring rolls. Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a relaxing trip back in to port, where you will disembark and return back to Hanoi by bus (approx. 4 hours). Optional Activity: Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour – $55 per person This tour into the Old Quarter will begin from your hotel in the early evening.

Your English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walk through the maze of bustling streets that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter and tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate to you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing onwards, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can discover how the local’s live in the old quarter.

Afterwards you will stop at the barbeque stalls. Settle down with the locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. The search for dessert will bring you down to a small alley, here you will find fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed!

Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi include Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee along with many other specialties. Follow these delicious meals with an ice cold local beer.

Your trip ends in the middle of the old quarter and you will continue onwards to discover Hanoi by night at your own leisure, or the tour guide can arrange a taxi for you to go back to your hotel (taxi not included). Inclusions: English speaking tour guide, all food and drink as mentioned above.

Overnight: Hanoi (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

This morning enjoy leisure time until your transfer to the airport for your onwards flight to Hue in central Vietnam.

Upon arrival, be transferred to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hue (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning take a boat cruise on the peaceful Perfume River to visit the Thiên Mụ Pagoda and then take a car to the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc.

In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance to strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and Colleges. After this tour return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hue (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

After an early breakfast this morning, be picked up and transferred by bus to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Town.

Arrive in Hoi An and check-in at the hotel and then enjoy the day at leisure to discover the fascinating culture and beauty of Hoi An.

Overnight: Hoi An (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

Depart early this morning and travel to My Son (approx. 1 hour), a UNESCO World Heritage site located 40km southwest of Hoi An. My Son was once the capital and religious centre of the Cham people and is believed to be the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina.

The ruins of My Son were built between the 7th to 13th century BC and are located in a valley surrounded by mountains, the sides of which are covered in thick jungle. Hon Quap (Cat’s Tooth Mountain) overlooks the site, its crooked peak mimicked by the architecture of some temples’ roofs. These mountains are the source of the Thu Bon river, a holy river which flows through the site. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant and after the day’s tour of this magnificent site be transferred back to the hotel in Hoi An.

Overnight: Hoi An (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Today enjoy a relaxing morning before transferring to Da Nang Airport around midday to fly onwards to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning be picked up from the hotel and head to the Cu Chi Tunnels (approx. 1 hour) for a half day tour. The Cu Chi Tunnels were constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the country’s long fight for independence.

The network of tunnels which make up this underground city include living rooms, kitchens, hospitals, weapons factories, storage facilities and a command centre. The tunnel system was an excellent way for the Vietcong to move around the countryside undetected by foreign troops and was at one stage home to around 10,000 people.

After exploring these tunnels along with nearby remains of American tanks and numerous bomb craters drive back to Ho Chi Minh City arriving in the mid afternoon. The rest of the evening will be spent at leisure.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast be picked up from the hotel and travel to the city of My Tho (approx. 1.5 hours) on the banks of the Mekong.

Upon arrival board a motor boat and cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you to Xep Canal, a lovely place where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. Stop at a local family’s home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers.

Afterwards continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family. In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City for one last night.

Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City (Standard or Premium Hotel Option)

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and free time at leisure until you transfer to the airport for departure.

Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight 

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Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions

    PRICE $1,999

    INCLUSIONS

    FLIGHTS

    • Return international flights (economy class) from SYD/ MEL/*BNE/*ADL/PER
    • 2 x internal flights: Hanoi to Hue and Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City

    Interstate Surcharges
    *Brisbane or *Adelaide: $150 per person

    ACCOMMODATION

    • 9 nights hotel accommodation

    CRUISE

    • 1 night cruising beautiful Halong Bay
    • Sail aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat

    DINING

    • Enjoy 16 meals including daily breakfast

    TOUR ESSENTIALS

    • All sightseeing entrance fees
    • English-speaking guide
    • Airline taxes and surcharges

    TRANSPORT

    • Transportation by A/C coach

    TRANSFERS

    • Return airport transfers
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