This fabulous tour includes plenty of leisure time to enjoy both Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi as well as an opportunity to view the thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea during a Halong Bay cruise.
Book by 26 Sep 2019 and save up to $250 per person!*
Your package includes:
Northern Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh (4-star)
This first class hotel is a short walk from the Saigon Opera House.
May De Ville City Centre, Hanoi (4-star)
This first class hotel overlooks the magnificent Halong Bay.
Halong Palace Hotel, Halong Bay (4-star)
This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Hanoi Opera House.
*Book by 26 Sep 2019 and save up to $250 per person!
The below pricing is based on the 05 Mar 2020 departure:
Twin share - from $1619 per person*
Sep 2019 - 05, 12, 26, 29
Oct 2019 - 03, 08, 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov 2019 - 07, 10, 21, 26, 28
Dec 2019 - 05, 15, 26, 29
Jan 2020 - 02, 07, 12, 30
Feb 2020 - 04, 13, 16, 25
Mar 2020 -01, 05, 10, 15, 22, 26
Apr 2020 - 09, 16, 26
Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your seats or enquire about solo traveller rates.
Note: your itinerary may change depending upon the day of the week you depart. The following is based on a Sunday departure.
DAY 1 - Sunday - Depart for Vietnam
Depart for Vietnam. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
DAY 2 - Monday - Full Day in Ho Chi Minh
Spend the full day at leisure or, join the optional morning half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. They were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. In the afternoon, choose to participate in an optional half day tour of Ho Chi Minh City, which includes the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market - where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the centre of the city. Early in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager. Remainder of the evening is at leisure. Be sure to check out the diversified dining scene in this culinary rich city
Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels (AM)
Optional: Half Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour (PM)
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
DAY 3 - Tuesday - Full Day in Ho Chi Minh
Today is at leisure to further explore the city on your own or, join the optional full day Mekong Delta River Tour. Today’s journey into the Mekong Delta region will take you along the newly built highway, picturesque countryside and seemingly endless paddy fields. Upon arrival at My Tho, you will board a private motor boat for a fascinating cruise along the river, observing the daily life of local people on the waterways. The tour includes a visit to a coconut factory, handicraft workshop and honey bee farm. You will be introduced to the daily life of the local people, learning about local fruit and plants as well as an opportunity to sample some local tropical fruit in an orchard. The tour ends with a great lunch at a local restaurant by the river bank
Optional: Full Day Mekong Delta River Tour
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
DAY 4 - Wednesday - Fly to Hanoi, Transfer to Halong Bay
Depart Ho Chi Minh on a flight to sparkling Hanoi, cultural centre of the country. Upon arrival, travel overland and through the lush Vietnamese countryside to picturesque Halong Bay, considered one of Vietnam's most celebrated attractions. As you approach, you’ll see thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea creating a truly magical scene. Arrive at your hotel in Halong Bay for overnight
Overnight: Halong Bay
DAY 5 - Thursday - Cruise Halong Bay, Travel to Hanoi
Incredible views await you today! Halong Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and declared recently as one of the "New Seven Natural Wonders of the World". There are over 3,000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1,000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board. Visit one of the caves and afterwards, travel to Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant capital and check into your hotel. This city's history is tied to French colonialism - its architecture, cuisine and local culture still bear evidence of the French influence
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 - Friday - Full Day in Hanoi
Spend the day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hanoi independently, or join the optional full day tour of Hanoi City and Water Puppet Show with Lunch. Embark on a city tour of Hanoi that includes a cyclo ride around the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. The cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam. Visit the Ho Chi Minh historic complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (where the late president's embalmed body is displayed), the Presidential Palace, House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards, learn the craft of Vietnamese cooking! Visit the local market with a Chef, followed by a private cooking class. Sample and savour your personally cooked lunch. In the afternoon, visit Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi's most visited temple and one of the city's Tube Houses, a tall dwelling with narrow frontage, to see first-hand how residents once lived. Later, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. Tonight, join you Tour Manager and newfound friends for a Farewell Reception
Optional: Full Day Hanoi City Tour and Water Puppet Show with Lunch
DAY 7 - Saturday - Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Is This Trip Right for You?
This program is minimally active, unless all optional tours are selected. If so, this moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. The pace is moderate, however the majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs and steps. This is a Value program.
Travel at 60 and supplier conditions apply.
*Promotion code must be supplied at the time of making a new reservation to obtain the discount. Applicable discount tier is calculated on full booking value (including airfare, tours, optional tours & transfers), with one promo code per reservation. Valid only on new bookings with deposit paid between 19 August – 26 September, 2019, for travel in 2019, 2020 & 2021. Can be used in conjunction with advance ‘Book By’ rates, but not combinable with other offers or travel credits. Discount is valid for escorted tours, river cruises, sea cruises and independent packages. Passengers sharing one room must book on the same reservation number. Advertised pricing is based on twin occupancy. If booking as a single, a single supplement may apply. If booking online, the discount will be applied after entering the promotion code during the reservation process.For full Sale conditions please call 1300 653 618