19 Day Vietnam Hilltribes & Red River Cruise

Hanoi - Sapa - Red Dzao Village - Muong Hoa Valley - Ha Giang - Ma Pi Leng Pass - Meo Vac - Hoa Binh - Viet Tri - Red River - Kinh Thay Rivers - Halong Bay

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19 FEB 2019
+$1,000.00 p.p
25 FEB 2019
+$1,000.00 p.p
07 MAY 2019
+$1,000.00 p.p
14 MAY 2019
22 JUN 2019
10 AUG 2019
27 AUG 2019
01 SEP 2019
18 SEP 2019
+$1,000.00 p.p
28 NOV 2019
15 DEC 2019
20 DEC 2019
06 JAN 2020
13 JAN 2020
06 FEB 2020
13 FEB 2020
01 MAR 2020
22 APR 2020
14 MAY 2020
04 JUN 2020
20 JUN 2020
25 JUN 2020
11 JUL 2020
16 JUL 2020
01 AUG 2020
06 AUG 2020
22 AUG 2020
27 AUG 2020
12 SEP 2020
17 SEP 2020
29 OCT 2020
14 NOV 2020
19 NOV 2020
+$250.00 p.p
+$250.00 p.p
+$250.00 p.p
Land Only
-$800.00 p.p If selected, flights and airport transfers are excluded from the tour
Interstate surcharge may be applied for some departure cities.
1 Adult
2 Adults
3 Adults
4 Adults
5 Adults
6 Adults
7 Adults
8 Adults
9 Adults
10 Adults
1 x Single Room
Single Supplement is $1,799.00 per single room.

Please insert any special requests below.

Upper Deck Cabin Upgrade (select number of passengers first)
Upgrade to an Upper Deck cabin on your cruise (subject to availability).

Ho Chi Minh City 3 night Extension (Post Tour) (select number of passengers first)
Includes a flight from Hanoi - HCMC. 3 Nights at the 5 star Rex Hotel (or similar). Private half day Ho Chi Minh City tour with entrance included. Return private airport transfers.

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Pay now a $2,500.00 deposit to confirm your booking. Final payment due 120 days prior to travel.

Inclusions & Fine Print


  • Return international airfares with Vietnam Airlines (or Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways if unavailable)
  • Return airport transfers
  • All port transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation including 5 star accommodation in Hanoi and Sapa with authentic stay in Meo Vac
  • Overnight train Hanoi to Sapa on the deluxe Victoria Express in a comfortable twin share cabin
  • 10 nights fully-inclusive expedition cruise on board one of Pandaw's handcrafted ships including daily guided shore excursions, all meals & most drinks
  • 46 meals - Daily breakfast, 16 lunches & 13 dinners including a memorable cooking class in Hanoi with the guidance of a skilled chef.
  • The services of a professional English speaking local guides
  • Air-conditioned transportation 
  • In depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All entry fees
  • Small group tour - up to 16 people

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Hanoi - Indepth cooking class
  • Hanoi - Temple of Confucianism
  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's complex 
  • Hanoi - Old Quarter
  • Sapa - Red Dzao Village
  • Sapa - Muong Hoa Valley
  • Ha Giang - Sung La Village
  • Ha Giang - H'mong Palace
  • Dong Van - Ma Pi Leng Pass
  • Meo Vac - Village walk
  • Meo Vac - Central market
  • Hoa Binh - Hoa Binh reservoir cruise
  • Hoa Binh - Local Hilltribe performance
  • Viet Tri - UNESCO praised village of Duong Lam
  • Red River - Hung Lo Temple
  • Red River - Gia Thanh village
  • Red River - Bat Trang seven century-old pottery village
  • Kinh Thay Rivers - Thanh Ha Commune
  • Kinh Thay Rivers - Water Puppets performance
  • Halong Bay - Dark and Bright Cave
  • Halong Bay - Viet Hai Village floating fishing village
  • Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay

Inspiring Stays

  • Stay 1 night in the incredible 5 star Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, with views over the charming town of Sapa.
  • Cruise for 10 nights on board Pandaw's handcrafted teak ships, the only cruise venturing along the Red River. Enjoy a 3-to-1 staffing ratio, all meals and meals and unlimited local soft drinks, local beer and local spirits. 

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. Hanoi private street food tour
  2. Ta Van Village Trek Sapa
  3. Dong Xuan Market tour
  4. Relaxing 60 minute body massage

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

Inspiring Taste

  • Spend the morning with a professional chef in Hanoi where he'll guide you through the local market picking fresh produce. Then enjoy a hands on cooking class at Duong's Restaurant.
  • Enjoy sumptuous on board your expedition cruise. Enjoy unlimited local soft drinks, local beer and local spirits. 


For further information on your Ree River cruise, click HERE.

Cabin Upgrade

You may choose to upgrade to an Upper Deck cabin on your cruise for an additional $1000 per person on all dates.

Please make your selection prior to finalising your payment. 

Wine Package

You may select a pre-bookable unlimited house wine with lunch and dinner package on your 10 night cruise for $239 per person.

Please make your selection prior to finalising your payment. 

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.

Ho Chi Minh City Stopover Package (post tour) - $599 per person, twin share

  • Internal airfare Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
  • 3 nights at the 5 star Rex Hotel (or similar)
  • Return private airport transfers
  • Half day city tour 

If you wish to book the stopover package after your Vietnam tour please make your selection prior to finalising your payment.

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

Fine Print

Departure Dates:

Please note, the itinerary operates in two directions, Upsteam and Downstream. 

Upsteam - View the upstream itinerary HERE.

  • 27-Dec-2018
  • 19-Feb-2019
  • 7-May-2019
  • 31-May-2019
  • 22-Jun-2019
  • 27-Aug-2019
  • 18-Sep-2019
  • 15-Dec-2019
  • 6-Jan-2020
  • 6-Feb-2020
  • 1-Mar-2020
  • 20-Jun-2020
  • 11-Jul-2020
  • 1-Aug-2020
  • 22-Aug-2020
  • 12-Sep-2020
  • 14-Nov-2020

Downstream - View the downstream itinerary HERE.

  • 25-Feb-2019
  • 14-May-2019
  • 10-Aug-2019
  • 1-Sep-2019
  • 28-Nov-2019
  • 20-Dec-2019
  • 13-Jan-2020
  • 13-Feb-2020
  • 8-Mar-2020
  • 22-Apr-2020
  • 14-May-2020
  • 4-Jun-2020
  • 25-Jun-2020
  • 16-Jul-2020
  • 6-Aug-2020
  • 27-Aug-2020
  • 17-Sep-2020
  • 29-Oct-2020
  • 19-Nov-2020

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 a given two options.
  • Pay using your Paypal account
  • 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

  • Full service airline used will be Vietnam Airlines (Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways or similar)
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage
  • 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.


  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities (not included as part of your two inspiring sights)
  • Personal expenses

Travel Insurance

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All Australian passport holders will require a visa to enter Vietnam. The visa must be issued prior to departing Australia. 

How: Vietnam has an e-visa system which can be applied for online by CLICKING HERE
Cost: USD $25 per person (subject to change)
Visa Type: Tourist Visa / Single Entry
When to apply: 30 days prior to departure

Please note: Do NOT apply for your visa until you receive your tour documentation from Inspiring Vacations 30 days prior to your departure.

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

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1,749 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $800 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: Not available

Premium Economy Upgrade: Available from an additional $1,000 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $2,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

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. If you wish to purchase the remaining 2 you may purchase the additional optional tours as follows:

  • Private Hanoi street food tour - $59pp
  • Dong Xuan Market tour - $59pp
  • Sapa Ta Van Village Trek - $59pp
  • 60 minute body massage - $59pp

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.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.