12 day Private Vietnam Heritage & Taste Tour from $2999 pp incl. flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $2999 per person twin share   Private Tourenglish speaking guides  Like the name suggests this tour focuses on natural & cultural; intangible and tangible heritages of Vietnam. And the other essential element is Vietnamese cuisine which takes in delicious foods from north to south – an experience that will last a lifetime.

A fantastic introduction to Vietnam – visiting Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels

This is a special way to visit Vietnam, with your own local contact and experienced drivers to have your trip run smoothly.

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 29 APR 2018 

Departs BNE 14 OCT ’18
flying

or 
 Final Book By:29 APRIL 2018  Deposit: $1499pp
Final Balance: 14 JUL 18

Telephone 03 90159378 ( NZ 09 8899151)
or  enquire online or by  email

Booking Terms and Conditions

Prices correct as at 2018-04-04 08:00:55

Travel Dates

This is a private tour, so we can start the departure on almost any day you need. Airfares based on the following dates;

 

Departing Australia Per Person Pricing Airline
Brisbane; 2 Passengers 4 Passengers Own Room
10-Jun $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
24-Jun $ 3499 $ 3299 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
08-Jul $ 3399 $ 3299 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
22-Jul $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
05-Aug $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
19-Aug $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
02-Sep $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
16-Sep $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
30-Sep $ 3299 $ 3199 $ 430 Cathay Pacific
14-Oct $ 2999 $ 2899 $ 450 Singapore Airlines
28-Oct $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 450 Cathay Pacific
11-Nov $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 450 Cathay Pacific
25-Nov $ 3299 $ 3199 $ 450 Cathay Pacific
09-Dec $ 3399 $ 3199 $ 450 Cathay Pacific
23-Dec $ 3399 $ 3299 $ 450 Singapore Airlines
06-Jan $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 450 Singapore Airlines
20-Jan $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 450 Singapore Airlines
03-Feb $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 450 Singapore Airlines
17-Feb $ 3199 $ 3099 $ 450 Cathay Pacific
03-Mar $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 450 Cathay Pacific
17-Mar $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 450 Cathay Pacific

~ Ask about price to fly your preferred airline or alliance.*prices based on two people travelling and correct as at 2018-04-04 08:00:55, with Twin Share Accommodation, and flying Economy Class. Sale airfares are correct and available as at date of eBrochure, but strictly subject to availability and confirmation from the Airlines. Space on escorted tours is subject to confirmation from tour operator. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability.

Private Touring Package Includes
  •  10 Nights Accommodation in chosen hotels – Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
  •  1 night on a boat cruise in Halong Bay.
  •  All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers
  • Experienced local English speaking guide and guide on board in Halong Bay
  • Private motor-boat cruise in Hue
  • Meals as indicated in the programme
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • 1 hour cyclo ride & First class water puppet tickets
  • All VAT and other government taxes
  • International economy Flights and pre paid taxes
  • International economy Flights and pre paid taxes
Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you’ll be welcome by one of our representative and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Visit Thang Long Citadel, Street Food on Food Tour 
After breakfast, you will visit the Thang Long Imperial Citadel which has been declared a World Heritage in 2010, is a very strong citadel, standing in Hanoi from 11 century after Ly Thai To moved the capital here. The Citadel was once the living place of many royal families and nowadays become one of the most famous Citadels of the country. Continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples (OR visit the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070).

Around noon, embark on a Hanoi street food tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter where your expert English-speaking 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. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dishes at local eateries. 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 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. At the end of your tour you are free to continue exploring the area.

The tour today also takes in a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter – a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Free day to Hanoi
A day to explore on your own.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals Breakfast


Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise) 
At 08.00, you’ll leave for Halong Bay with a refreshment break en route.
12.15 Upon arrival at Ha Long city, Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay.
12.30 Transfer to cruise ship.12.45 Check in cabin, Start sail from Bai Tu Long Bay area, Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among beautiful of islets (Tea pot islet, Mat Quy –Monster Face islet, Yen Ngua islet, Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet etc.
13.00 Lunch is served in the restaurant at the first deck.
14.30 Explore surprising cave (Hang Sung Sot), one of the largest and most famous grottoes in the entire Halong Bay
16.15 Back onboard and continue cruising through limestone islets.
16.30 Visit Ti Top Island where you can enjoy swimming or walking up to the summit and admire a fantastic view onto Halong Bay.
17.15 Enjoy Happy hour with special menu from 17.15pm to 18.30 pm
18.00 Onboard the vessel, surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.
19.30 Gala Elegant dinner served onboard.
21.00 Evening activities: relax at leisure; enjoy our Movie Night, Board Games or our Massage & Spa services. Squid fishing and chatting with your partner, friends, family.

Overnight on a cruise ship in Halong Bay
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Halong Bay Cruising – Flight to Danang – Transfer to Hoi An
7.00 Tai Chi session on the sundeck at the break of dawn.
7.00-7.30 Coffee & tea with cookies and pastries available (light breakfast).
7.45-8.30 Enjoy the charm and tranquility of the lagoon at Luon cave on-board by a traditional rowing boat or kayaking.
9.00 Check out your cabin and settle bills.
9.30-10.30 International breakfast buffet served in the restaurant
11.00 Arrive back at Ha Long city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon/evening flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the city centre.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals Breakfast, Brunch

Day 6: Hoi An – Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure
At 8:30 sharp, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to give you a proper show-around of the old town. You’ll start a walking tour with a lion’s share of places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls; the museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you’ll meander through tiny streets studded by houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures.

After such gallavanting, your time will be your own to wander around or getting amongst some retail therapy. This afternoon is your own. If you wish to get your clothes tailored, head to a tailor in town and he will turn back to you within 24 hours at a reasonable cost.

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Hoi An – 
Cooking Class ½ Day (9.15 to 14.00) [Join In] 
The day starts at 8.15 am with a welcome drink at Hai Café in the Ancient Town of Hoi An. You will visit Hoi An’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. You will then board a boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, you will explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, sit down and sample what you have cooked. Please bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool – towels and showers provided. The afternoon will be your own!

Overnight in Hoi An
Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Hoi An  Drive to Hue – River Cruise, Royal Tomb & Garden House Dinner
This morning you’ll drive north to the Royal City of Hue with en-route stop to visit either the Cham Museum in the city centre OR the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature. Continue the scenic route to Hue, enjoy the view of the coast line and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds) makes your journey interesting and have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. In the afternoon, you will cruise the Perfume River by a dragon boat to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and drive to visit the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang or King Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel by road just before sunset.

Evening enjoy a candle-lit dinner set in a garden house which is a traditional feature of Hue’s culture. Both the garden house and the cuisine are great introduction into Hue’s culture.

Overnight in Hue
Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Hue – Visit Imperial Citadel – Flight to Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast visit the ancient walled Citadel including the former Imperial Palace. You’ll then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue. You might get some great deals done at the local Dong Ba Market.

After lunch, you will then be picked up and transported to airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Upon arrival, another local guide and driver will pick you up and transferred you to your chosen hotel. The remainder of the day will be your own!

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration & City Tour (Optional Evening Street Food Adventure by Vespa Scooter

 

After breakfast, drive for 1,5 hour drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels, which was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers during war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. Return to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch.

Afternoon city tour with the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office for great photo opportunities to capture your memories of the big, modern city of Vietnam. You will then continue by heading to Chinatown with a walking tour through the back streets of China town near Cho Lon to observe local daily life. Then you’ll head back to your hotel.

At 18.00, you might consider to embark on a part night excursion, part local street food [at extra cost]. You will experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Stops include drinks at Zoom cafe to watch  the world go by, food and drinks at local restaurants (one stop for sea food and one stop for Southern food), samplings of Saigon best authentic street local food, a Vietnamese-style coffee shop (with live music). Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese night life with friends. You’ll be taken back to your hotel at the end of the trip.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: A free day in Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Your time will be your own today to explore 

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Meals Breakfast

Day 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Your time will be your own until being picked up to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your international departure flight.

Other information
Visa Info

Australians should check information on the Smartraveller Website

Most Australians traveling on an Australian passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Entry to Vietnam requires a visa in advance, however most Australians will be able to complete an electronic version. Check for updated information on the Smartraveller Website

Most New Zealanders traveling on a New Zealand  passport will require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website.

Visa on Arrival is available for this itinerary, however it is my recommendation to have a full visa done in advance.

 

Accomodation

Hanoi – La Siesta Classic Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Deluxe room 

Halong Bay – Dragon Pearl Junk Cruises  ☆☆☆☆

 Deluxe cabin

Hoi An – The Beach – Little Boutique Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Deluxe room

Hue – Moonlight Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Deluxe City View room

 

Ho Chi Minh City -The Alcove Library Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Alcove King room

 

 

 

Optional Tours
Prices are per person and can be booked individually if only one person wishes to go

Optional Evening Street Food Adventure by Vespa Scooter –  $ (POA) pp