Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi & Cai Be
This introductory tour allows you to experience Vietnam’s history, culture and its people in a compact yet impressive program. Enjoy the planned visits to all the must see attractions in the main cities of this beautiful country. While immersing yourself in the local culture, you will stay in four star accommodation to ensure you are comfortable the entire trip. Domestic flights allow you to make the most of your time in Vietnam, giving you a taste of the many wonderful delights of this wonderful country! The Vietnam Express should not be missed!
Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Hanoi (-/-/-)
Take a morning flight to Hanoi. Welcome to Vietnam! You will be met on arrival and transferred to check in at The Ann Hanoi Hotel or similar for two nights stay.
Day 02: Hanoi (B/-/D)
After breakfast, spend the full day exploring the capital of Vietnam and its rich culture. A fusion of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French, Hanoi is one of the most ancient capitals in the world. Take a leisurely stroll around the Temple of Literature; the stilt houses and gardens of the One Pillar Pagoda; the HCM Mausoleum; and the Museum of Vietnamese Women. You will enjoy a traditional trishaw ride through the hustle and bustle of the city centre, and walk through the famous streets of the Old Quarter. Spend some time shopping, then enjoy your delicious Welcome Dinner.
Day 03: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to the World Heritage Listed Halong Bay and embark on your Halong Bhaya Classic Cruise. Cruise amongst the beautiful and intriguing islets, caves, and grottos of Halong Bay, enjoying fresh seafood. You can also partake in swimming or fishing. Spend the night onboard the cruise ship.
Day 04: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue (B/L/-)
Continue your cruise and enjoy an early lunch on board before disembarking. You will be driven back to Hanoi to catch your flight to Hue. If time permits you can stop at the Old Quarter for shopping on your way. Upon arrival in Hue, check in to the Eldora Hotel Hue or similar.
Day 05: Hue – Danang – Hoi An (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast before taking a tour of Hue City, with visits to the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market. Enjoy the beautiful scenic Hai Van Pass drive to Hoi An. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautiful Lang Co Beach and stop in Danang to see the Cham Museum and its fine artworks, as well as climbing the magnificent Marble Mountains. Once you arrive in Hoi An late in the afternoon, check in to the Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa or similar for two nights. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps visiting a local tailor to have high quality clothing made overnight.
Day 06: Hoi An (B/-/-)
Today you will take a bicycle ride to Thanh Dong Organic Farm, the first and only organic farm in Hoi An. At the farm you will experience daily farm life and the benefits of organic farming. Enjoy a bamboo boat ride followed by a traditional cooking class and organic lunch. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, exploring beautiful Hoi An.
Day 07: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport in the morning to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival you will be met by your local guide and take a tour of the city. Visit the War Remand Museum, Notre Dame, Post Office Centre, and People’s Committee Hall. Explore the bustling Ben Thanh Market, then be entertained by a unique water puppet show. Check in to the Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel or similar for two nights.
Day 08: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be (B/L/D)
After breakfast, explore Binh Tay Market in China Town. Boat along the river in Cai Be, where you will cruise quietly through the river traffic and watch the locals popping rice and corn, as well as making traditional coconut candy. Travel by Sampan through the small canals and experience local hospitality amongst the orchards, with local fruit and traditional music. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City and feast during a Farewell Dinner Cruise on the famous Saigon River.
Day 09: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
After breakfast, visit the historical Cu Chi Tunnels (70km from Ho Chi Minh City), the former stronghold of the Viet Cong. The network of tunnels stretch for over 200km and three levels underground. Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
Day 10: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home in the morning with memories to last a lifetime!
Number of Days 10
Price From $2985
24th February – 5th March*
24th March – 2nd April*
21st April – 30th April*
19th May – 28th May
16th June – 25th June*
21st July – 30th July
18th August – 27th August
6th September – 15th September
29th September – 8th October*
20th October – 29th October
17th November – 26th November*
23rd February – 4th March**
23rd March – 1st April**
20th April – 29th April**
*Peak season surcharges apply from $200 per person
**Peak season surcharges apply from $300 per person
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Domestic airfares and taxes
Tipping for guide and driver
Most meals as indicated
Daily mineral water
4* accommodation with buffet breakfast
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking guide
*Surcharges may apply for select dates
( Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $2,985 per person, Departing Sydney & Melbourne, flying Vietnam Airlines
From $3,195 per person, Departing Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth,flying Singapore Airlines
Single Room Supplementfrom $695pp
Land Only Including Tipping from $2,285pp (8 Nights)