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Impressions of Vietnam

  • Route:
  • Saigon
  • Can Tho
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
TOUR PACE:
8 DAYS from $1675pp

Tour Highlights

  • City tours of Saigon & Hanoi including a walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Daytime Mekong River Cruise and Can Tho Canal Ride
  • Vietnamese cooking demonstration
  • Overnight Halong Bay Cruise and Me Cung Caves

To book call us on 1300 286 155

Impressions of Vietnam

From the ancient waterways of the Mekong Delta to the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon, this captivating tour is a great introduction to this unique and vibrant country.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Saigon

On arrival in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel to meet your guide and the rest of the group. Relax in the afternoon before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

  • Dinner

Day 2: Saigon

After breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. En route your tour will pass through a traditional rice paper making village before your lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, start your city tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace, the former home and workplace of the president of South Vietnam during the war. Continue to the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral which was built between 1877-1883 and is the major seat of the Catholic religion in Vietnam. You will then travel to the French-style Saigon Post Office followed by the Thien Hau Pagoda and a local lacquer ware workshop.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Saigon to Can Tho

In the morning you will drive to My Tho where you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River, passing floating markets, local villages and the four islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Turtle. Your boat will dock at Unicorn Island, giving you the chance to visit farms selling exotic fruits and a coconut sweet workshop where you can sample these local delights. A horse drawn cart ride will follow, arriving at a bee farm to enjoy their traditional honey tea, then a tour down the Vam Chua Canal on a rowing boat. Continue to Can Tho where you will spend the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Can Tho to Hanoi

Your morning in Can Tho will begin with a gentle trip through the picturesque canals and waterways in a small boat, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the small boat vendors of the floating markets who live along these Mekong canals, as well as stopping at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market - the largest in the entire Mekong Delta. Before cruising back to land enjoy tasting tropical fruits at the Ba Cong Garden House. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred to the airport in Can Tho for your flight to Hanoi where you will then have the night to settle in.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Hanoi

Your full day tour of Hanoi begins with the ancient Temple of Literature, then the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. A short drive out of the city centre follows where you can take part in a local Vietnamese cooking demonstration and enjoy your delicious creation for lunch. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Vietnam History museum, and a photo opportunity at the Hanoi Opera House, a beautiful colonial building, then a walking tour of the Old Quarter. In the evening sit back and enjoy a thousand year old Water Puppet Show.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Hanoi to Halong Bay

This memorable day takes you to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay where you will explore these tranquil islands on a luxury cruise boat, passing local towns and intricate limestone formations on the way.Take a tour of Vung Vieng fishing village by rowing boat, a settlement completely floating on water and dating back hundreds of years. Anchoring at Ho Dong Tien, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner on board before you retire to your cabin for the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Start your day with some calming Tai Chi before your boat then takes you to discover the prehistoric Sung Sot 'Surprise Cave' before cruising through the labyrinth of islands on your way back to the mainland. In the afternoon you will travel back to Hanoi for a local dinner and your overnight stay.

  • Brunch & Dinner

Day 8: Hanoi

Following breakfast the day is left at leisure before your transfer to Hanoi airport where this tour ends, or continue to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
Your Meals
  • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
  • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

Included in the Price

  • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Included Accommodation in 4* hotels & Halong Bay Cruise
  • Included 19 Meals including 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 7 Dinners
  • Included Entry fees to all sights
  • Included Arrival Transfer
  • Included Departure Transfer

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for travel to Vietnam. A person must hold a valid visa, a visa exemption document or a written approval letter for a visa on arrival. It is strongly advised that travellers do not opt for the 'visa on arrival' approval letter due to recent cases of scams, and instead it is recommended that a visa is obtained through the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam.
Vietnam has recently introduced an online information portal containing visa information, including which type of visa you should apply for: visa.mofa.gov.vn/Homepage.aspx
There is also an application form which you can complete online, print and take to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure and be able to provide evidence of your cover to our agents and ground suppliers.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is adequate for your particular needs. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of $250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All internal flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong, known as VND. You can exchange your currency in Vietnam, however US Dollars are widely accepted in Vietnam should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, known as AHR. You can exchange your currency in Cambodia, however US Dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately $200 -$400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

StartEndPrice
2017 Dates
23 Nov 201730 Nov 2017$1675pp
07 Dec 201714 Dec 2017$1675pp

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Extensions

  • Vietnam
    Hoi An Beach Stay4 nights from $670pp View
  • Cambodia
    Visit the Temples of Cambodia4 nights from $1215pp View

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Extensions

Hoi An Beach Stay

Vietnam

Tour route

  • Saigon
  • Can Tho
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hoi An Beach

Extend your trip in Vietnam with a 4 night stay on the stunning beach just outside Hoi An, a beautifully authentic town where hundreds of tailors line the narrow low-rise streets and riverside cafes overlook the waterside edge.

This add-on must be taken at the end of the main tour.

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Visit the Temples of Cambodia

Cambodia

Tour route

  • Saigon
  • Can Tho
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Siem Reap

Extend your Impressions of Vietnam Tour with our extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia from $1215pp. This extension includes visits to some of the most iconic and atmospheric sites in Cambodia, including the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest religious monument in the world.

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