14 day Private Vietnam tour from $3199 pp including flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $3199 per person twin share   Private Tourenglish speaking guides  A great cultural discovery tour which covers the highlights of Vietnam including the best of 3 regions: the North, the Center and the South of Vietnam. The tour can be combined with extended nights or added more activities to your wish

This is a special way to visit Vietnam, with your own local contact and experienced drivers to have your trip run smoothly. Your introduction to Vietnam – visiting Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a cyclo ride of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture
  • Experience the uniquely northern Vietnamese water puppet performance.
  • Spend a night cruising Halong Bay aboard a traditional Junk
  • Visit the sights of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An on foot
  • Tread in the footsteps of emperors from the Imperial Citadel to the Royal tombs of Hue
  • Explore the engrossing underground network of Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Visit the Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, cruise the watery through sleepy villages and green fields, visit one of the most lively floating market in the region
 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 29 APR 2018 

Departs BNE 14 OCT ’18
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 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 2018-04-05 10:30:13

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This is a private tour, so we can start the departure on almost any day you need.  Please note the Cathay Pacific Flight leaves Brisbane just after Midnight, so your check in will be 10PM Saturday night.  Singapore Airlines flights depart around 9-10AM

Airfares based on the following dates;

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 29 APR 2018 
Departing Australia Per Person Pricing Airline
Brisbane; 2 Passengers 4 Passengers Own Room
10-Jun $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 310 Cathay Pacific
24-Jun $ 3499 $ 3299 $ 310 Singapore Airlines
08-Jul $ 3499 $ 3299 $ 310 Singapore Airlines
22-Jul $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 310 Singapore Airlines
05-Aug $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 310 Cathay Pacific
19-Aug $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 310 Singapore Airlines
02-Sep $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 310 Cathay Pacific
16-Sep $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 310 Cathay Pacific
30-Sep $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 310 Singapore Airlines
14-Oct $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 610 Cathay Pacific
28-Oct $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 610 Cathay Pacific
11-Nov $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 610 Cathay Pacific
25-Nov $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 610 Singapore Airlines
09-Dec $ 3499 $ 3299 $ 610 Singapore Airlines
23-Dec $ 3499 $ 3299 $ 610 Singapore Airlines
06-Jan $ 3399 $ 3199 $ 610 Singapore Airlines
20-Jan $ 3399 $ 3099 $ 610 Singapore Airlines
03-Feb $ 3299 $ 3099 $ 610 Singapore Airlines
17-Feb $ 3299 $ 2999 $ 610 Cathay Pacific
03-Mar $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 610 Cathay Pacific
17-Mar $ 3199 $ 2999 $ 610 Cathay Pacific

~ Ask about price to fly your preferred airline or alliance.

*prices based on two people travelling and correct as at 2018-04-05 10:30:13, 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. Book and confirm early to guarantee availability. Sale airfares sell out and may not be available on your preferred departure date, but are available at time of publishing this eBrochure. Payment of deposit required in 48hour from booking.

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  •  12 Nights Accommodation  – 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 boat trips in Hue and in the Mekong Delta
  • 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.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: A Day in Hanoi – Vietnam’s Capital (B, L)
After a truly scrumptious breakfast, you’ll jump head-first into Hanoi’s sights and sounds on a tour that covers all the essentials. You’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Mausoleum, Uncle Ho’s former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and The Temple of Literature, which, dating back to 1070, is Vietnam’s oldest university.

In the afternoon, explore the enthralling Museum of Ethnology, which contains an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities. Next, enjoy an hour-long cyclo ride winding 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.

Note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all day on Monday and Fridays, as well as from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.

Overnight in Hanoi  

Day 3: A Free Day in Hanoi – Vietnam’s Capital (B)
A day to explore the city on your own

Overnight in Hanoi  

Day 4: Off to Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you’ll leave for Halong Bay with a refreshment break en route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and invigorated and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.

Overnight on a wooden junk in Halong Bay

Day 5: Halong Bay Cruising – Hanoi – Flight to Danang thence Hoi An (B, Brunch)
Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. The tour then visit one of the famous caves in the middle of the bay before cruising back to the main harbor for the 4 hour drive straight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon flight to Danang. On arrival, met and transferred to your selected hotel in Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An – Guided Walking Tour ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure (B, L)
09:00 a.m., your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and show you around the old town. You’ll start a walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, a museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you walk along tiny streets with houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures.

After your walking tour, your time will be at leisure to wander around or go shopping. Your lunch will be at a local restaurant. The remainder of the day will be your own.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An – Free Day of Leisure (B)
A free day in Hoi An to spend as your wish!

Apart from exploring Hoi An’s World Heritage architecture & colorful market on foot, you might visit Vietnam’s grandest Cham ruins at My Son; attend a cooking class at a riverside restaurant; or join other travelers to get up close and personal to daily farming and fishing life. For early risers, why not capture the real Hoi An by joining a 4-hour photography tour led by a local expat expert? If you want to go below, hop on a boat to Cu Lao Cham Island for a fun and relaxing day to explore exotic coral reefs and marine life [best between March & September]. If you’d like any of these activities to be included during your free time in Hoi An, just let it be known during your enquiry.

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Morning Drive to Hue – Afternoon Boat Trip on Perfume River and Visit Royal Tombs (B, L)
This morning 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.

Overnight in Hue

Hue was the Vietnamese capital during the Nguyen Dynasty 1802-1945 and ruins of the city s regal past can still be seen inside the Citadel and the Imperial City. Created in the 19th century, the Imperial City was modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing and holds many palaces and temples inside its giant walls. Many of the buildings were damaged by French aerial bombing and the Tet Offensive in 1968. Now it is slowly being restored thanks to generous funding by UNESCO.

Day 9: Hue – Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market – Afternoon Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
After breakfast, you’ll spend the full day for a city tour of Imperial City of Hue, firstly with 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.

Afternoon drive to Phu Bai airport in Hue for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you will be met by another local expert guide who will escort you to your hotel.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, you will drive for 1.5-2 hours to the Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the 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.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll return to the city for a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum – a real eye-opening part of Vietnam’s proud history; followed by the Reunification Palace; the former South Vietnam Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office to get your camera working overtime peeking into the past of Vietnam’s biggest, most energetically progressive city. Delve deeper into Chinatown by visiting the amazing Cholon and Binh Tay Market (or Ben Thanh market) for an insight into where the locals actually shop. Then it’s back to your hotel by around 17.30
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11: Explore the Mekong Delta, Transfer to Can Tho (B, L)
At 8.00am, depart for a 2 hour drive to Ben Tre, one of the country’s southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city. On arrival, take a boat on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of Mekong River to witness lively activities along river such as fishing, water transferring. Stop at brickwork to see how to make bricks in traditional style by printing and baking. You will 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. Take a walk to family workshop making sleep mats and enjoying some fruits. Later, pick up your bicycle to ride on shady village paths, passing by green rice fields and vegetable plains to be able to touch on real life and find out about tropical culture from peasants. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, enjoy rowing-boat along water palm creek, and boat trip back to pier where you will be taken by your private car to Can Tho for overnight accommodation.

Overnight in Can Tho

Day 12: Boat Trip to Visit Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Today an half hour boat cruise will take you to visit the vibrant Cai Rang floating market to experience a special type of market in which all purchasing activities take place on boats and ships. Then continue to small a canal to visit a fruit garden where your guide will show you around before having a plate of delicious fruits. Return to Can Tho and observing the rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch en-route, arriving in the late afternoon.

Note: Cai Rang market is one of the three biggest markets (Cai Be, Phung Hiep, Cai Rang) in the Mekong Delta. You can visit the market at any time of the day but it is most crowded and busy from sunrise to 9:00 am.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: 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 14: Depart Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Your time will be your own until being picked up to head to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport for your onward journey or departure flight. Be warned, though: you’ll probably want to come back. Farewell from Vietnam!!

Other information
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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.

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☆  – This tour is priced with lovley 3 star hotels. 

Hotel List TBA based on departure date.

Hanoi – Gondola Hotel

  Deluxe room

Halong Bay – V’spirit Classic Cruises

Deluxe cabin

Hoi An – Lotus Hotel

Superior room

Hue – Thanh Lich 2 Hotel

Superior room

Ho Chi Minh City – Le Duy Hotel

Deluxe room

Can Tho – Hau Giang Hotel

Superior room

Upgrade to 4 ☆ hotels for +AUD 250 per person

Hanoi – Silk Path Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Deluxe room 

Halong Bay – Victory Cruises ☆☆☆☆

 Deluxe cabin

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

Deluxe room

Hue – Moonlight Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Deluxe City View room

 

Ho Chi Minh City – Eden Start Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Deluxe room

 

Can Tho – TTC Premium Hotel ☆☆☆☆

Deluxe City View room

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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