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Classic Vietnam

A panoramic journey through the highlights of Vietnam   

A Private 12 day itinerary with International and domestic airfares, accommodation, travel insurance, visa, transfers, guides, meals & more!

From AUD $3790 per person twin share Ex Australia based on 2 travellers* Low Season

From AUD $3890 per person twin share Ex Australia based on 2 travellers* High Season

Uncover Vietnam’s most iconic sights and sounds. Embrace the kaleidoscopic bustle that is the cultural centre of Vietnam, Hanoi before being whisked away to the tranquillity of the emerald shores and pinnacles of Halong Bay. Explore the charming maze-like streets of the world heritage port city, Hoi An, a striking combination of natural beauty and serenity. Learn about traditional handicrafts in a Silk Village before travelling south to the historical imperial town of Hue, nestled along the banks of the Perfume River.

Spend the last few days in the capital city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), visiting the astounding Cu Chi Tunnels and the city highlights. Cruise along the might Mekong River between vast rice paddies and awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Trip Duration: 12 days
Grade Adventure touring, light adventure Touring
 8 nights in tourist class hotels and Homestay and 1 night junk boat 

 Board your flight from Australia to Singapore.  On arrival in Singapore you will be collected from the airport and transfer to your hotel for check in, day is at leisure.

Accommodation at Mid Range Hotel, Standard room.

 Meet on arrival at Hanoi / Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and transfer to the hotel for check-in. (Check-in time: 14:00 hrs – early check-in is not included.)

Afternoon Hanoi city tour including the historic Hochiminh Mausoleum compound viewed from the outside, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature (or the Museum of Ethnology) and a cyclo ride through the bustling Old Quarter of 36 streets and 36 wares.

Accommodation at Skylark Hotel or similar, Superior room.

Morning transfer by the cruise company’s group transfer, a journey of up to 4 hours, to Halong and on arrival board your boat for a cruise among the rocky limestone islands in the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Seafood lunch and dinner are served on board.

Accommodation On board Glory Legend, Deluxe Ocean View Cabin with en-suite.

Breakfast at hotel, lunch & dinner on board

Further cruising around Halong Bay this morning. Disembark at Halong and return to Hanoi and your hotel by the cruise company’s group transfer.

Afterwards check in the hotel and have time at leisure.

Accommodation at Skylark Hotel or similar, Superior room.

Breakfast on board

Morning private transfer (vehicle with driver) from your hotel to Hanoi airport to check in for your flight to Danang (Economy Class Vietnam Air).

On arrival in Danang take a private guided transfer to your hotel in Hoian. In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchant’s houses, the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge and colourful silk and antique shops.

Accommodation at Van Loi Hotel or similar, Superior Garden View or Pool View room.

Breakfast at hotel

 Morning at leisure. Please check out and leave your bags with the hotel concierge until time for the departure transfer. Leave the hotel at 1300 hrs this afternoon for a private transfer (vehicle with driver) to Hue via the scenic Cloud Pass**. The transfer takes approximately 3 hours.

**If the weather may turn bad on the day, for the safety of tour passengers and the local drivers, this transfer will be done via Hai Van Tunnels.

Accommodation at Romance Hotel or similar, Deluxe Mountain or Stadium View room.

Breakfast at hotel.

 This morning visit the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and you will appreciate the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains about the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well preserved sections still intact and others which are being lovingly restored. Take a short private guided drive to the boat pier for a boat trip along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold. Return to the hotel late morning in time for the hotel check out at noon.

Private guided transfer to Hue airport to check in for your flight to Saigon (Economy Class Vietnam Air).

On arrival in Saigon take a private guided transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Accommodation at Huong Sen Hotel or similar, Premium Deluxe room.

Breakfast at hotel.

 Begin your exploration of bustling Saigon with visits to the Presidential Palace, the War Museum (or the History Museum) and the Ben Thanh Market.

In the afternoon travel to Cu Chi to explore the amazing underground tunnel system built by Vietnamese guerilla fighters during the war.

Accommodation at Huong Sen Hotel or similar, Premium Deluxe room.

Breakfast at hotel.

This morning depart for a 2.5-hour drive to Cai Thia located in Tien Giang province. On arrival, leave your luggage on the local boat and start cycling 15km on small quiet paths around this beautiful and peaceful village. Stop at an orchard to taste tropical seasonal fruits. Then get back to your boat and cruise 60 minutes to a local home restaurant for lunch. Store luggage at the home-stay. Continue by boat to visit a local brick kiln to see how they create lovely potteries from clay and how bricks are burnt. Then take the rowing boat to go deeper inside the maze of small & quiet canals. Chance to see traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves, learn how local farmers catch fish** or pick up fruits by ancestral ways.

Continue to Ut Trinh home where you will stay for the night; enjoy tropical fruits and tea while listening to the traditional folk music of Mekong Delta. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax at the hammock in front of the house or stroll around the islet to find out more about the local community. This evening, join with the owner to prepare some dishes for an authentic home-style dinner. (Note: The homestay is non air-con; the bedding and mosquito net may be not as luxurious as a hotel; however, this is a great way to get in tune with nature and to experience life in the Mekong Delta).

Enjoy fishing by hands in mud pond.

Accommodation at Ut Trinh House or similar, non air-conditioned Private room with private facilities.

Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local home Restaurant, Dinner at local Homestay.

Your new exciting day starts with a simple breakfast prepared by our hosts. After breakfast, take a 45-minute boat trip to visit Cai Be floating market just to experience the agricultural river activities. Continue to the handicraft village to learn how local people make the Mekong Delta specialties: spring roll paper, roof thatching, fish sauce and soya sauce. Get back to your boat and cruise to visit an ancient Mandarin house where four generations of family members live together. Lunch will be served at the home restaurant. After feasting on Mekong Delta specialties, you may wish to straight your legs around the orchard to see how fruit is cultivated. Walk along the shady village path to your vehicle waiting for a 2.5-hour private guided drive back to Saigon.

Accommodation at Huong Sen Hotel or similar, Premium Deluxe room.

Breakfast at homestay & lunch at local home Restaurant.

A day at leisure time. Please check out before 1200 hrs noon and leave your bags with the hotel concierge until time for the departure transfer to the airport.
Return economy International flight with Singapore Airlines
Domestic airfare and taxes
Current airline fuel levy (subject to change)
Meals as indicated
Accommodation on twin share basis
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Boat trips as specified
Professional English speaking guides
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour
Vietnam tourist visa
Includes comprehensive Travel Insurance (Excludes pre-existing medical conditions and surcharge for over 70 year old travellers

Excludes :
Personal expenditures such as laundry, phone calls, beverages etc
Tipping for guide, driver and porters

Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure

Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only

T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all and taxes. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.

NOTE: Your itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions.  In light of recent safety reviews, local authorities have the power to close Halong Bay to all cruising due to threats of inclement weather.  Closures are advised the day before or, more often, on the actual day.  Such closures and the timing of notice are outside the control of any travel company. Our local operators will do all possible to inform affected travellers as promptly as possible, but please note that sometimes travel to Halong Bay has already commenced when we are notified.  Local operators will also offer alternative tour arrangements for any affected travellers!

**Surcharges may apply for travelling between 20 Dec and 10 Jan – Specific surcharges will be advised at time of booking.


Featured Accommodation or highlight


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UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vietnam

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C Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City

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