7 Day Express tour of Vietnam, $1199pp including flights

Includes Flightsreturn economy airfares  from $1199 per person twin share   escorted tourenglish speaking guides

Expand your travel horizons with a tour that takes you to Vietnam’s most exciting cities!

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy time at leisure, plus a tour including the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the French-style Central Post Office, City Hall, the magnificent Saigon Opera House and Ben Thanh Market.

Fly to Hanoi and travel through the lush countryside to Halong Bay, considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet. Here, enjoy an excursion by traditional wooden boat and visit one of the many caves and grottos, filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites.

Your Vietnam experience ends with two full days at leisure in Hanoi to discover the city’s delights. Optional tours are available to get to know the city better and attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, or you may wish to visit the stunning Thay Pagoda and So Village.

 THIS DEAL EXPIRES at 5PM 16 MAY 2018 

Departs SYD 06 SEP ’18
flying 
 Final Book By:16 MAY 2018  Deposit: $1199pp
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Travel Dates 2018

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Travel Dates 2019

*prices based on two people travelling, 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.

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Escorted Package Includes
  • Flights Sydney-Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi-Sydney
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight: Ho Chi Minh-Hanoi
  • 6 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Ho Chi Minh
    • 1 night Halong Bay
    • 2 nights Hanoi
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 7 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Leisure time to enjoy Hoi Chi Minh former Saigon with its magnificent French colonial architecture
  • View the thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea during the Halong Bay excursion
  • Time to explore the capital city of Hanoi, a fascinating blend of East and West, at your own pace

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday – Depart for Vietnam
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon), the largest city in Vietnam. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival
06 Sep 2018 10:15AM Vietnam Airlines 772 Sydney, Ho Chi Minh, 06 Sep 2018 04:00PM

DAY 2, Friday – Full Day in Ho Chi Minh
Spend the full day at leisure or, join the optional morning half day tour to Cu Chi Tunnels. They were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. In the afternoon, choose to participate in an optional half day tour of Ho Chi Minh City, which includes the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent Saigon Opera House. From here, visit lively Ben Thanh Market – where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the center of the city. Early in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager. Remainder of the evening is at leisure. Be sure to check out the diversified dining scene in this culinary rich city
Optional: Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels (AM)
Optional: Half Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour (PM)
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Saturday – Full Day in Ho Chi Minh
Today is at leisure to further explore the city on your own or, join the optional full day Mekong Delta River Tour. Today’s journey into the Mekong Delta region will take you along the newly built highway, picturesque countryside and seemingly endless paddy fields. Upon arrival at My Tho, you will board a private motor boat for a fascinating cruise along the river, observing the daily life of local people on the waterways. The tour includes a visit to a coconut factory, handicraft workshop and honey bee farm. You will be introduced to the daily life of the local people, learning about local fruit and plants as well as an opportunity to sample some local tropical fruit in an orchard. The tour ends with a great lunch at a local restaurant by the river bank
Optional: Full Day Mekong Delta River Tour
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday – Flight to Hanoi, Transfer to Halong Bay
Depart Ho Chi Minh on a flight to sparkling Hanoi, cultural center of the country. Upon arrival, travel overland and through the lush Vietnamese countryside to picturesque Halong Bay, considered one of Vietnam’s most celebrated attractions. As you approach, you’ll see thousands of limestone islands rising out of the sea creating a truly magical scene. Arrive at your hotel in Halong Bay for overnight
Overnight: Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday – Cruise Halong Bay, Travel to Hanoi
Incredible views await you today! Halong Bay is considered one of the most breathtaking places on the planet, added to the list of UNESCO Heritage sites and declared recently as one of the “New Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. There are over 3,000 islands in the emerald waters and over 1,000 have their own names. Numbers of caves and grottos of all sizes and shapes are filled with small waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites. Sail on a traditional wooden boat on the tranquil bay with lunch served on board. Visit one of the caves and afterwards, travel to Hanoi, Vietnam’s vibrant capital and check into your hotel. This city’s history is tied to French colonialism – its architecture, cuisine and local culture still bear evidence of the French influence
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday – Full Day in Hanoi
Spend a full day at leisure discovering all of the delights of Hanoi independently, or enjoy an optional half day tour of Hanoi including a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Tonight, join an optionalCyclo Ride & Water Puppet show with dinner. Take a cyclo ride around the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam. Afterwards, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. Savor a delightful dinner of Vietnamese delicacies before returning to your hotel
Optional: Half Day Hanoi City Tour (AM)
Optional: Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show with Dinner
Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday – Depart Vietnam
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Departure Airline Flight #   From To Arrival
12 Sep 2018 05:00PM Vietnam Airlines 259 Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, 12 Sep 2018 07:15PM
12 Sep 2018 09:00PM Vietnam Airlines 773 Ho Chi Minh, Sydney, 13 Sep 2018 08:15AM
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Visa Info

Australians should check information on the Smarttraveller 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 not require a visa for this itinerary. Please check the Safetravel Website.

Accomodation

 

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

 

Day #2   AUD$54.00

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Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels were part of an underground tunnel network built by the Viet Cong to control a large rural area near Saigon. These tunnels were first used during the French/Vietnamese War (1946-1954) and later used by the Viet Cong as a base of operations during the 1968 Tet offensive. The Cu Chi network includes 125 miles of tunnels with many branches connecting to underground hideouts, weapon factories, hospitals, shelters and other tunnels. The entire structure was dug out of the rock by hand tools without the use of cement. On this tour, you’ll learn about the tunnels and other aspects of the war. Opportunity for a brief view of life underground as you enter areas that have been enlarged to create easier access for visitors. The majority of the tour will be above the tunnels. Please note: This tour is presented from a Vietnamese perspective, based on past wars with France and the United States. If you are uncomfortable with the expressed point-of-views and prefer not to hear this discussion, then we recommend that you do not participate.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

 

Day #2  AUD$45.00

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Half Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere. Admire the impressive neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office with its French style architecture, City Hall, and the magnificent French colonial façade of Saigon Opera House. From here, head to the lively Ben Thanh Market – where an unbelievable assortment of wares and crafts are sold under one roof. Continue to Dong Khoi Street, a major shopping thoroughfare in the center of the city with beautifully restored French colonial buildings.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

 

Day #3 AUD$90.00

Full Day Mekong Delta River Tour

Full Day Mekong Delta River Tour ThumbnailThe Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. It starts from Tibet, running through 5 countries before entering Vietnam and created a great basin via its 9 tributaries. Today’s journey into the Mekong Delta region will take us along the newly built highway, picturesque countryside and seemingly endless paddy fields. Upon arrival at My Tho, you will board a private motor boat for a fascinating cruise along the river, observing the daily life of local people on the waterways. The tour includes a sampan ride through the winding canals, a visit to a coconut factory, handicraft workshop, honey bee farm. You will be introduced to the daily life of the local people, learning about local fruit and plants as well as an opportunity to sample some local tropical fruit in an orchard. The tour ends with a great lunch at a local restaurant by the river bank.
Return to H Chi Minh City by bus.

Approximate tour duration is 8.5 hours

 

Day #6 AUD$54.00

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Half Day Hanoi City Tour

Begin this half day tour of Hanoi and view Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, West Lake and the Quan Than Pagoda. Continue with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, center for the preservation and exhibition of cultural heritage for over 50 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

 

Day #6  AUD$76.00

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Cyclo Ride & Water Puppet Show with dinner

Take a cyclo ride around the bustling Old Quarter of Hanoi. Witness the daily life of the city as you wind through the narrow streets and alleyways. The Cyclo is a very common mode of transportation in Vietnam. Afterwards, attend a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Show, accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra and Cheo (a form of opera). The show depicts a series of ancient Vietnamese folktales, acted out by puppets over a pool of water. Enjoy a delightful dinner of Vietnamese delicacies before returning to your hotel.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.