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12 Day Incredible Vietnam & Mui Ne Beach Break

This tour includes return international airfares. See the Fine Print section for further details.

Airfares
Included

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted
Small Group Tour
3375 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Return international airfares included
✓ Incredible sightseeing including the vibrant capital Hanoi, overnight cruise in Halong Bay, exploring Ho Chi Minh City & a relaxing beach break in quiet Mui Ne
✓ 5 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
✓ Overnight cruise on Halong Bay
✓ 4 nights at a relaxing 4 star beach resort in Mui Ne
✓ Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
✓ Local, English-speaking guides in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
✓ Air-conditioned transportation throughout
✓ All entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
The Q Hotel or Similar

Chao mung! Or welcome, to Vietnam.

Upon arrival to the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the beautiful ancient capital city before a big day of touring tomorrow.

Check in: Passengers will be arriving at various times throughout the day . If you arrive prior to standard check-in time (generally 3pm), you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and enjoy the hotel facilities or explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotels discretion.

Some flights may depart the night before and fly overnight, to arrive on Day 1

Hotel
The Q Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, join a city tour of Hanoi and explore the city’s main attractions such as the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda) and Tran Quoc Pagoda - one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. After a morning of sightseeing, visit a local food outlet and learn how Australia’s beef is imported and commercialised to Vietnamese customers. Lunch today is included.

Hotel
Oriental Sails or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will travel by coach through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta to arrive at Halong Bay. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty.

Upon arrival you will board a ship to visit the thousands of limestone islands filled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnificent scene that blends into the sky. You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering cliffs.

Hotel
The Q Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands, a sight not to be missed! Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy a light lunch before heading back to shore. Your driver will then meet you at the Halong jetty for your drive back to Hanoi.

Optional Tour - Australian premium beef with a Vietnamese twist dinner

Join a local restaurant where a talented chef combines Australian premium beef and Vietnamese ingredients into a local experience locals can’t have enough of. Pair your meal with a  Dalat red wine for memorable evening full of Vietnamese flavours.

Optional Tour - Hanoi Street Food Tour

Enjoy a walk around the Old Quarter in the afternoon and appreciate the local lifestyles as you wind through Hanoi’s streets. You will have a taste of Northern Vietnamese delicacies such as: stuffed pancake, banh mi, stuffed sticky rice balls, unique egg coffee and much more.

Starts: approx: 6pm
Duration: approx. 3 hours

Please note the start and duration times outlined are subject to change based on factors beyond our control such as traffic and weather conditions. Your Tour Guide will confirm operation times with you whilst on-tour and can answer any further questions you may have.

Hotel
Ramana Hotel Saigon or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to Ho Chi Minh City.

Once you are checked-in and comfortable, we will embark on a tour of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). Visit highlights such as the Post Office, the War Remnant Museum, photograph the Notre Dame Cathedral and soak up the atmosphere at Ben Thanh market, one of Ho Chi Minh’s liveliest areas.

Optional Tour - Saigon River Cruise with Dinner

Tonight, indulge yourself on the beautiful and serene Bonsai river cruise within the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh, including a scrumptious dinner. The cruise will run from 6:45pm to 9:00pm, which will allow you to enjoy a fusion style buffet and an open bar.

Starts: approx: 6:45pm
Duration: approx: 3 hours 

Please note the start and duration times outlined are subject to change based on factors beyond our control such as traffic and weather conditions. Your Tour Guide will confirm operation times with you whilst on-tour and can answer any further questions you may have.

 

Hotel
Ramana Hotel Saigon or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is free for you to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace. Alternatively, you can opt to take one of the below optional activities.

Optional Tour - The Mekong "Visit the Locals" Tour

Start your Mekong Delta exploring to Ben Tre Province to embark on board cruise on Ben Tre river (one of tributaries of Mekong river, sight-seeing lively activities along river as fishing, water transferring). Visit one of plenty of coconut processing workshops located along canal. Turn on natural scissors creeks where they look smaller and smaller to go to village and take a walk to family workshop making sleep mats and enjoying some fruits and tea. Continue taking a motor cart (xe lôi) or cycle riding under tree shades, pass by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on really life and find out about tropical culture from Peasants. Lunch is served at the restaurant riverside. Afternoon, you take rowing-boat along water palm creek and boat back to Hung Vuong Pier, where your transport is waiting back to Saigon.

Optional Tour - Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Cu Chi is a network of more than 120 km under the ground and were built by 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 Vietnam war. We will take time to explain the methods of creating, maintaining and living in these tunnels as well as the special technique of hiding smoke invented by the guerrillas.

Hotel
Sunny Beach Resort & Spa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy an early breakfast before transferring to Mui Ne - approximately 3 hours away. Mui Ne and its tranquil white sand beaches offer the perfect location to relax and unwind before returning home. Enjoy leisurely walks at the beach, cocktails by the pool, continue treating your taste buds to local Vietnamese cuisine and make sure to enjoy the photogenic sunsets over the Eastern Sea.

Hotel
Sunny Beach Resort & Spa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is free to do as little or as much as you like. Relax in your hotel or explore Mui Ne at leisure.

Optional Tour - Mui Ne sand dunes tour

You will be collected from your hotel after breakfast and head straight to white sand dunes area. Those active may want to practice their sand sliding skills. Later you will visit the lotus lake, located in the heart of the dunes. Later on visit the red sand dunes area where slopes are less steep than the white sand dunes and offer great photo opportunities of the red sand contrasting the ocean. Finally, pay a visit to the local fishing village and observe the daily lives of local fishermen.

Hotel
Sunny Beach Resort & Spa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is free to do as little or as much as you like. Relax in your hotel or explore Mui Ne at leisure.

Hotel
Sunny Beach Resort & Spa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is free to do as little or as much as you like. Relax in your hotel or explore Mui Ne at leisure.

Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy one final leisurely breakfast and make the most of your final hours in Mui Ne. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh City in time board your flight back home.

Arrive home today after your amazing adventure, we hope you have been Inspired!

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • Incredible sightseeing including strolling around the vibrant capital Hanoi, overnight cruise in Halong Bay, exploring Ho Chi Minh City & a relaxing beach break in quite Mui Ne
  • 5 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • 1 overnight cruise in Halong Bay
  • 4 nights at a relaxing 4 star beach resort in Mui Ne
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
  • Local English speaking guides in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
  • Air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • Return airport transfers
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the program

 

  • Stroll around the vibrant capital of Vietnam, Hanoi.
  • Overnight cruise in Halong Bay, a UNESCO Heritage Site.
  • Discover the Ho Chi Minh City’s highlights including Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, War Remnant Museum and Ben Thanh market.
  • Enjoy free time in Ho Chi Minh City to unwind or continue exploring the Mekong Delta on a full day tour (optional)
  • Relax & unwind at a stunning beach resort in quite Mui Ne

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This package includes international airfares or has the option of adding international airfares to your booking when selecting your departure city.

If international airfares are included this will be stated in the ‘Inclusions’ section

Alternatively, if international airfares can be added to your booking you will be able to select your departure city after clicking ‘Book Now’ and a cost will be stated next to your selected departure city. This cost will then be added to your booking and flights will be added to your booking.

Conditions of flights for this package bookable by Inspiring Vacations:

  • Flight Offer valid from select departure cities within the purchase path only
  • Flights will be booked with the best available airline/s with luggage included. Low-cost carriers may be booked in conjunction with a full-service airline. Depending on the carrier, entertainment and meals may not be included but payable at an extra cost on-board. We cannot specify or guarantee the airline booked. If you would like a specific airline, please request this at the time of purchase. To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchases to make your request. 
  • Flights may not be direct and may include multiple connections
  • Due to disrupted airline schedules globally with the pandemic, stopovers/transit times may be longer than usual (up to 12 hours in duration in some circumstances).
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable; any changes will be subject to the airline rules, Airline change fees and an Inspiring Vacations change fee of $250 per person.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required at the time of submitting your traveller booking form. Any error in the names submitted will be subject to an Inspiring Vacations name change fee of $150 plus any applicable fees charged by the airline, or the ticket may be non-refundable with the purchase of a new ticket required. 
  • If the required booking class is unavailable at time of booking, surcharges may apply. Total cost is final only at time of ticketing. Once issued, air tickets are subject to amendment and cancellation fees or may be non-refundable
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are outside of our control. It is important that you, as the customer, stay up-to-date with the latest airline schedule information prior to your departure. If a schedule change results in extended transits or an earlier/later departure from your destination, any additional accommodation or alternative arrangements will be at the traveler's expense.
  • After booking, the price payable may be subject to change as a result of factors beyond the control of Inspiring Vacations. Inspiring Vacations reserves the right to increase the price payable and this will be reflected on the customer's invoice. Increases may be in relation to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, airline taxes, airfare increases and fuel surcharges.
  • Internal airfares (where applicable and included in the itinerary) will be using a local carrier and may include low-cost carriers without meals or entertainment. Checked baggage will still be included for each passenger. Any additional baggage required is payable at time of check-in. 
  • If you are travelling with another party on a separate booking, we cannot guarantee that the same flights will be booked for all parties, as this strictly depends on availability. 
  • You will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters are not included. If travelling over the recommended amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable directly.
  • In the event of that you no-show on your scheduled flight, please be aware the airline will require you to pay a no show fee, Airline reissue fee plus any additional airfare and taxes. Inspiring Vacations will also charge a $250 admin fee to assist re accommodating you on the next available flight. Please note that depending on the airline's policy, purchasing a new ticket may be required.

 

Baggage

Included baggage differs based on your country of origin. Included baggage will be as per the following:

Country of Origin

Carry-on Baggage

Checked Baggage

Australia

7kgs

20kgs

New Zealand

7kgs

20kgs

United States of America

15lbs

45lbs

Canada

15lbs

45lbs

India

7kgs

20kgs

United Kingdom

7kgs

20kgs


Baggage allowances provided by the airline might differ to the values stated above. However limitations are required due to transport storage restrictions on your selected tour or package.

Flight requests, amendments or preferences

We understand customers may wish to request changes to their included airfares. If you wish to fly with a certain airline, land at a certain time or change your flight in other ways we will gladly provide you with a personalised quote tailored to your specific requirements.

To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchase to make your request.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

If we can’t fulfill your request and you still wish to proceed with the booking, please select Land Only (excluding UK customers). This will allow you to travel on the land portion of the package without the included airfares. You will then be able to arrange your own flights separately.

FAQs

For more frequently asked questions please view our FAQs section. 

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

You may also consider tipping your tour leader and driver for outstanding service throughout your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

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.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $867.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Visa & Passport information

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return from your journey.

Most passport holders require a visa to enter Vietnam.

You will need to arrange your Visas for travel to Vietnam closer to departure. Please note, we don't recommend applying for the e-visa until around 30-45 days prior to your departure.

Visa's are easiest to complete online and take approximately 72 hours to confirm.

You will be able to obtain your e-visa when you have your flight documents indicating your date of entry into Vietnam. Remaining tour documentation, including hotel details, will be sent 4 weeks prior to departure.

Please note the e-visa is limited to 30 days validity from the date of arrival and is only valid for 3 months from date of issue.

You must make sure that the same travel document that was used for applying online is used for entering into Vietnam.

Visit https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ to apply for an e-visa.

Information required:

  • Personal and passport details
  • Arrival date and departure date (no specific flight details are required)
  • Purpose of entry (tourist)
  • Passport information
  • Passport scanned copy
  • Passport size photo scanned copy
  • The name and address of your first hotel in Vietnam
  • Pay USD $25per person by credit card
  • Wait for it to be approved and you will be notified via email within approximately 72 hours.

Once approved, please ensure that you travel with the following documentation as they are required to present to customs upon arrival into the country:

  • Passport with 6 months validity
  • E-visa printout
  • Travel itinerary (provided 30 days before departure)
  • Hotel list (provided 30 days before departure)

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://www.safetravel.govt.nz for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size
20-30 people

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Tour Length
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.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

  • Pre Tour Accommodation - $126 per room, per night for double/twin/single
  • Arrival Transfer from the Airport to Hotel - $126 per car, maximum of 2 travellers

Your transfer may be shared with other Inspiring Vacations customers.

Please specify in the 'Special Request' field when making your purchase your preferred travel arrangements and if you would like our team to book additional nights' accommodation. The additional cost for these land arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Australian premium beef with a Vietnamese twist dinner (Day 4) - $161 per person
  • Hanoi Street Food Tour (Day 4) - $121 per person
  • Saigon River Cruise with Dinner (Day 5) - $121 per person
  • Optional Tour - The Mekong "Visit the Locals" Tour (Day 6) - $214 per person
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Tour (Day 6) - $121 per person
  • Mui Ne sand dunes tour (Day 8) - $214 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

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  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
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