16 Day Explore Vietnam Small Group Tour

Ho Chi Minh City - Hue - Hoi An - Hanoi - Halong Bay

 

✓ Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
✓ All internal airfares & all airport transfers
✓ 13 nights in 4-5 star accommodation including 2 nights in the luxury 5 star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
✓ 1 night 5 star Halong Bay cruise
✓ 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinners
✓ Professional English speaking guides & sightseeing
✓ Small group touring - 16 people max
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

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Vietnam is the perfect combination of cultural adventure, ancient delights, delicious food and stunning natural beauty. The old and modern worlds seamlessly co-exist, making it a popular and endlessly fascinating travel destination. Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay and take in the bustling sights and sounds of Ho Chi Minh city, plus be awed by the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Extend your trip to explore Siem Reap and Laos too. Full of discovery, history and unforgettable story-telling, this is a journey you will never forget.


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Itinerary

Vietnam and Cambodia Laos
Day 1

Australia Ho Chi Minh City

Your adventure begins! On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel for check in. Enjoy your first night in Ho Chi Minh City, a beacon of modern day Vietnam and a buzz that will leave you spellbound. 

Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.

Hotel: 4★ Silverland Yen or similar

 

 

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Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City

This morning we head out to visit the Re-Unification Palace, the former palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. This building is now a museum and venue for Government official receptions. Your next stops are the two famous landmarks of the city, the Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Cathedral was built in between 1863 and 1880 with materials imported from France and is also referred to as Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Continue to visit the War Remains Museum, where the Vietnam War crimes are displayed. This is the most popular museum in Vietnam with approximately half a million visits annually. Afterwards, enjoy leisure time until you are picked up from your hotel at 16:30 for a drink at the Rex Rooftop Bar to enjoy the fantastic city lights as well as local night life on Nguyen Hue walking street below. 

Tonight enjoy an Inspiring Taste on a progressive Seafood Trail extravaganza – a night eating adventure that starts at 18:00 where you will be picked up from the Rex Hotel. You will discover one of Ho Chi Minh City’s “snail streets”. Here we’ll try a range of “snails” ... but don’t worry, they’re not really snails. Ốc is the Vietnamese word that’s shorthand for all crustaceans, so you will be able to sample a variety of seafood — the best seafood in Ho Chi Minh City, no less — including sea snails that are eaten with a safety pin, mussels, scallops and tasty prawns-on-a-stick. You’ll get the chance to buy some snacks from wandering vendors too, so you’ll get the most authentic experience. Depending on who walks past, the snacks could include sliced green mango, boiled quail eggs or rice crackers, as well as more exotic offerings. On this tour, you will be required to participate in the rowdy Vietnamese toasting ritual (even if you’re only drinking soft drink) of mot-hai-ba-YO! In most cases your tour will start in a little alley near the zoo, then adjourn to Snail Street for two more stops. The progressive tapas-style street food extravaganza usually includes hotpot and a quick dessert at a local market. During the tour, you’ll hear stories of the local area, and learn how to taste the history in simple street food. At the end of the tour you’ll also have a deeper understanding of Vietnamese culture and history (as well as a very full stomach!). This is a fantastic tour for the adventurous. If you’re brave, you’ll have the chance to travel on xe om (motorbike taxis) to order a range of unusual dishes, however, there is a taxi optional available for you too.

Hotel: 4★ Silverland Yen or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

 

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Day 3

Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi Tunnels Ho Chi Minh City

After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked and driven to the eerie Cu Chi Tunnels – a definite highlight of the trip. Cu Chi is a network of more than 120km of tunnels under ground and were built by the sweat and blood of Vietnamese guerrillas to hide and fight against the rival forces. You will be introduced to many kinds of booby traps used during the Vietnam War. You’ll hear the methods of creating, maintaining and living in these tunnels as well as the special technique of hiding smoke invented by the guerrillas. The visit also includes visiting different types of underground halls, secret working and meeting rooms. You will spend an hour experiencing the tunnels with a guide. Afterwards, you will enjoy tea and cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). This afternoon you will return to Ho Chi Minh City for your overnight hotel stay. 

Hotel: 4★ Silverland Yen or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

 

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Day 4

Ho Chi Minh City

You will have a free day to explore the city on your own.

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

Optional Inspiring Sight (1 of 4): Mekong Delta Full Day Tour with Lunch: You will be picked up at your hotel, then depart for My Tho. On arrival at My Tho, visit Vinh Trang pagoda, take a leisurely boat ride along the river, see the stilt houses, fruit plantations and the fishing villages along the river bank. You will proceed to Tortoise islet, have lunch in the orchard garden. Then a boat ride to An Khanh in Ben Tre, where you will visit a family business which epitomizes the idyllic rural lifestyle, taste the delicious coconut candy and observe the pastoral life as you roam through the fruit plantation and village. You will then enjoy cruising on a hand-rowed sampan under the shadows of the water coconut trees along natural canals then enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea to the sound of "Southern Vietnamese folk music", performed by locals. The bus will then take you back to your hotel in Saigon. 

Hotel: 4★ Silverland Yen or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 5

Ho Chi Minh City Hue

You will have free time until your airport transfer for your flight to Hue. On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at your leisure before dining at the hotel for dinner. 

Hotel: 4★ Cherish Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

 

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Day 6

Hue

Today, visit the Imperial Citadel, that was the centre of power for the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled between 1802 and 1945. Here, you will visit Flag Tower, NoonGate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Forbidden Purple City. We will board a boat for a wonderful trip on Perfume River and then visit Thien Mu pagoda. You’ll get the chance to stop at a local restaurant for lunch too. The afternoon continues with a visit to the fantastic tombs of the emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh. Your guides will give you a deep understanding of the King’s philosophy of geomancy and how this affected royal life. 

Hotel: 4★ Cherish Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

 

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Day 7

Hue Hoi An 

After breakfast, drive to Hoi An, through the renowned and spectacular Hai Van Pass. You’ll then check in to your hotel and get ready for an afternoon tour exploring the Hoi An ancient town on foot. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you through the Ancient town of Hoi An. You will visit the Temple Kwan, Phuc Kien Temple, Tan Ky Ancient House, Phung Hung house, Japanese Bridge and cultural show rooms in Hoi An. Learn a great deal about the history and culture of this exciting town.

After the tour, enjoy an Inspiring Taste evening cooking class. The evening class is an interesting and fun way to learn about the local cuisine. You will get to prepare three dishes before sitting down for dinner to enjoy your creations! Your chef will introduce you to the local ingredients, take you through the preparation, and explain the Hoi An style of cooking. Then it is your turn to chop, grate, crush, slice, roll and cook the ingredients into a delicious meal. Your 5 course dinner also includes 2 additional Hoi An specialties* - White Rose and Fried Wanton. These secret recipes are made by only 1 family in Hoi An, and are included in the meal, but are not part of the cooking class. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy free time to explore Hoi An by night. 

Hotel: 4★ Hoi An Waterway Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

 

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Day 8

Hoi An

Today you will have a free day to explore Hoi An on your own. Pick up some souvenirs, meet some locals or take in the wonderful sights of the city. 

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package. 

Optional Inspiring Sight (2 of 4): My Son Sanctuary Half Day Tour with lunch - Your guide will pick you up at around 8.00am and take you to My Son, a World Heritage site, 50 km southwest of Hoi An. You will learn about the Cham history and how this massive sanctuary was built. My Son is a complex consisting of more than 65 architectural towers and temples dating back to 4th century. The site was used for religious ceremonies for Kings of the ruling dynasty as well as a burial site for national heroes and royal family up to the 19th century. My Son is considered to be of the same historical significance as Southeast Asia's greatest archaeological sites, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar, Ayutthaya in Thailand and Borobudur in Indonesia. After the visit, you will be taken about 30km by bus and embark on a boat for the trip back along the Thu Bon River to Hoi An for lunch. After lunch, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Hotel: 4★ Hoi An Waterway Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

 

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Day 9

Hoi An

Today you will have a free day to explore Hoi An on your own or relax by the beach. 

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package. 

Optional Inspiring Sight (3 of 4): Hoi An Boat and BBQ Sunset Tour - Take to the streets and the waterways to discover the charm of one of Vietnam’s most loved towns. On this unique boat and bike tour in Hoi An, you will escape the hustle and bustle, weaving through the backstreets to reach the country lanes that lie outside the town’s borders. Start your Hoi An tour with the bike portion, and follow country laneways to reach some of the villages that are dotted throughout the region, stopping to talk to the locals and learn more about life in this part of Vietnam. Pass emerald rice paddies, snaking waterways and plenty of waving children as you discover some of the beautiful landscapes found in this region. Next up, your Hoi An boat tour! Follow your guide to the banks of the Thu Bon River to take to the waterways and discover even more of the area. Cruise the river, heading out to one of the river’s small islands where a barbecue feast awaits. Feast on local specialties and watch as the sun sets over the river, with bobbing local fishing boats adding to the atmosphere. Jump back in the boat to cruise along the river, watching the last of the sun’s rays disappear behind the rice paddies before heading back to Hoi An. Watch the twinkling lights of the city appear as you approach the dock, before heading through the bustling waterfront crowds and back into town. This unique Hoi An bike and boat tour comes to an end back in the heart of the town.

Hotel: 4★ Hoi An Waterway Resort or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

 

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Day 10

Hoi An Hanoi

Today you will be picked up from your hotel to head to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel where you’ll enjoy dinner to usher in your first night in Hanoi.

Hotel: 4★ Mon Regency or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

 

 

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Day 11

Hanoi

Today head out on a city tour of Hanoi and begin with a visit to Tran Quoc Pagoda, a 1400 year-old temple, the oldest in the city and is located near West Lake offering a watery landscape. This pagoda is a very beautiful and popular attraction. The next destination is the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will have the chance to visit President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Uncle Ho's House and the One-pillar pagoda – a very iconic temple in Vietnam. Temple of Literature will be your next stop, here education and study is centre point. After lunch, you will explore Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of Jade Mountain), dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero Tran Hung Dao. The temple with its famous Huc bridge is in the center of Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake. You will then take a short ride around old town on a cyclo (rickshaw) before enjoying a show of traditional Water Puppets! Water puppetry is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. After the show, you will be dropped off at your hotel for dinner.

Hotel: 4★ Mon Regency or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

 

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Day 12

Hanoi Halong Bay

We leave the hotel this morning for an incredible day in Halong Bay and a fabulous overnight Halong Bay cruise. On the way, you will get to stop at a handicraft workshop for a short break. You’ll enjoy the journey through Red River Delta with lush rice fields, water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese rural life. After we arrive in Halong, you will check-in to the cruise and relax before your captain lifts anchor and sails to visit Sung Sot caves where you’ll get the chance to explore the area on kayaks. You will be  cruising between the many lime stones and set anchor at a beautiful spot to watch the sun set over the bay, where dinner is served on board. Relish the fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. There will also be a cooking class on board, where you can learn to cook some basic Vietnamese dishes before spending the night on the cruise ship.

Ship: 5★ Athena Elegance or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

 

 

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Day 13

Halong Bay Hanoi

The beautiful sunrise on Halong Bay should never be missed, especially if you are into photography. You can also start your day with a Tai chi session on the boat deck! Breakfast will be served on the boat around 7.30 am then you will have more time to enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through the magnificent limestone karst formations on your return towards Halong City. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. You’ll get to stop at a workshop in Hai Duong province for your lunch break before arriving in Hanoi that evening to begin your Inspiring Stay at the pure 5 star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. 

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package. 

Optional Inspiring Sight (4 of 4): Hanoi Street Food on Foot - Your expert 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. You will eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty Frenchinspired snack from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you will wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. Your next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. You can sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. It’s then time for dessert as you adventure down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this  specialty is one not to be missed!

Hotel: 5★ Sofitel Legend Metropole
Meals: Breakfast, lunch 

 

 

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Day 14

Hanoi

Today enjoy a free day in Hanoi to lap up the luxury at your Inspiring Stay or explore the city at your own pace. This afternoon, enjoy high tea at the Sofitel Legend Metropole where you can indulge in an afternoon tea set with fine tea, fancy finger sandwiches, warm scones and delicate pastries. 

Hotel: 5★ Sofitel Legend Metropole
Meals: Breakfast 

 

 

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Day 15

Hanoi Australia

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. We hope you had a wonderful and fulfilling journey in Vietnam.

Meals: Breakfast 

 

 

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Day 16

Australia

Arrive home today 

 

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
  • All internal airfares
  • All airport transfers
  • 13 nights in 4-5 star accommodation throughout including 2 nights at the colonial and neo-classical 110 year old, luxury 5 star Sofitel Legend Metropole 
  • 1 night on-board a luxury 5 star Halong Bay cruise 
  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 7 dinners. Including:
    Enjoy 1 hour of sunset drinks at the famous Rex Hotel roof bar
    Go on a progressive tapas-style street food extravaganza on motorbike taxis in Ho Chi Minh City
    Enjoy a decadent high tea at the Sofitel Hanoi
    Experience an authentic cooking class in Hoi An
  • The services of professional, English speaking guides
  • incredible sightseeing including all entry fees as per the the itinerary

Unbelievable sightseeing including:

  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification palace, Notre Dame Cathedral & Central Post Office
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Hue - Imperial Citadel, Forbidden Purple City, Thien Mu Pagoda, Perfume River
  • Hue - Hai Van Pass
  • Hoi An - Cooking Class, Japanese Bridge, Ancient House
  • Hanoi - Cyclo Tour, Water Puppet Show, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum,Temple of Literature
  • Halong Bay - Sung Sot caves, Crystal waters of Halong Bay
  • Plus so much more!

Inspiring Stays

Stay 2 nights at the colonial and neo-classical 110 year old, luxury 5 star Sofitel Legend Metropole

Inspiring Sights

The choice between 2 of 4 bonus sightseeing experiences to enhance your journey. You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

  1. Mekong Delta with Lunch day tour
  2. UNESCO My Son Sanctuary tour
  3. Hoi An Bike & Boat with sunset BBQ
  4. Hanoi Street food tour

The remaining three inspiring sights may be purchased prior to departure if you would like to participate in all optional inspiring sights.

Inspiring Taste

  • Enjoy 1 hour of sunset drinks at the famous Rex Hotel roof bar
  • Go on a progressive tapas-style street food extravaganza on motorbike taxis in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Enjoy a decadent high tea at the Sofitel Hanoi

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $1,700 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Cruise Details

For further information on your Halong Bay cruise, click HERE.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind. If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.

  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.

  3. In the 'special requests', field please specify your extension requirements.

  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.

  5. After finalising your purchase a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contact after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Laos & Cambodia extension - $1,500 per person

22 Day Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. For a full itinerary please CLICK HERE:

  • International flights with Vietnam Airlines
  • Includes all of the 16 day Vietnam inclusions, plus;
  • Intra asia airfares
  • All transfers
  • 3 nights 4 star Siem Reap accommodation
  • 3 nights 4 star Luang Prabang accommodation
  • Additional sightseeing
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • Additional 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner

If you wish to book the Laos & Cambodia extension package, please request 'Laos & Cambodia package' in the 'Special Requests' field prior to making your purchase. The cost will be added to your final invoice and collected 120 days prior to departure.

Not available to Perth passengers.

Pricing is in addition to the 16 day twin share price.

Singapore Stopover Package - $499 per person

  • 3 nights at the 4 star Furama Riverfront or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return airport transfers

If you wish to book the Singapore stopover package either before and/or after your Vietnam tour please request 'Singapore stopover package' in the 'Special Requests' field prior to making your purchase. Please note, the Singapore stopover package must be paid in full after paying your tour deposit. You will be invoiced to collect this payment.

Not available if purchasing the 22 Day Explore Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos tour.

The $150pp extension supplement does not apply if selecting this option.

Pricing is in addition to the 16 Day twin share price.

Fine Print

Booking Process 

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts.
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you are given two options:
  • Pay using your Paypal account OR
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required.
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation! 

Airfare Information  

  • You will travel with the full-service Singapore Airlines.
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 20kgs checked baggage (due to limits on internal Vietnam flights).
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities not included as part of your chosen 'Inspiring Sights'
  • Personal expenses

Documentation: Final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement:

16 Day - Single supplement is $1,049 per person in addition to the twin share price.
22 Day - Single supplement is $1,349 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $700 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'.

Triple share: Available. 3 x twin share packages must be purchased. If you wish to purchase triple share please phone 1300 376 832.

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available for an additional $2,500 per person in addition to the standard package price (subject to availability). Please request ‘Business Class’ in the ‘Special Requests’ field prior to making your purchase and you will be contacted to arrange payment.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Optional tours: You have the choice of 2 of 4 ‘Inspiring Experiences’ to enhance your journey included in your tour. If you wish to join the remaining 2 optional tours, these may be purchased seperately: 

  • Mekong Delta - $55pp
  • My Son Tour - $65pp
  • Hoi An Bike & Boat - $75pp
  • Hanoi Street Food Tour - $55pp 

Group Size: 2-16 people

Children: Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Departure Dates

Tuesday
19 FEB 2019
Tuesday
12 MAR 2019
Tuesday
26 MAR 2019
Tuesday
16 APR 2019
Tuesday
30 APR 2019
Tuesday
21 MAY 2019
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