Vietnam at a Glance

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Relish Vietnam’s distinct and energetic character as you journey from Saigon in the south up to Hanoi in the north. Explore the country’s turbulent past, meet the friendly, resilient locals, and get lost in spectacular panoramas on this two-week tour of discovery.

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (1N) - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (1N) - UK

Day 1 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon.
Day 1 Fly to Saigon
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Experience Vietnam's colonial past at Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Also visit the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish up browsing at the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Journey to Ben tre to take a cruise on the Mekong River. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route back to Saigon.
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 5 Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An stopping en route at the Marble Mountains. This afternoon take a walking tour of charming Hoi An - wonderfully laid back and a willfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchants house, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and a bustling market.
Day 5 Journey to Hoi An
Day 6 Tra Que Village
Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. This afternoon can be spent on the nearby Cua Dai beach or with a free afternoon back in Hoi An.
Day 6 Tra Que Village
Day 7 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Leave Hoi An for Hue via a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnams dynastic past, Hue is a dignified city. Take a cyclo ride up to the imposing imperial citadel. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War.
Day 7 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Day 8 Royal tombs, fly to Hanoi
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River. Fly to Hanoi.
Day 8 Royal tombs, fly to Hanoi
Day 9 Discover Hanoi
Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you will pass Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum and visit the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the days exploration with a walk through the Old Quarter and enjoy a traditional water puppet show.
Day 9 Discover Hanoi
Days 10-11 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend the day aboard a traditional junk cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it is not hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. Stay overnight. The next day enjoy a Halong Bay sunrise and visit the Sung Sot Cave, return to Hanoi.
Days 10-11 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Day 12 Fly Hanoi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 12 Fly Hanoi to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

See our private departure itinerary of this tour

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,360pp (Saigon – Hanoi)
Single supplement from £280 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$55pp

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,360pp (Saigon – Hanoi)
Single supplement from £280 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$55pp

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,360pp (Saigon – Hanoi)
Single supplement from £280 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$55pp

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Liberty Green View
Liberty Green View - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (4 Nights)
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The Liberty Saigon Green View Hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment district. All 60 en-suite rooms are equipped with modern amenities to ensure guests have a comfortable stay. The Highland Café is an ideal place to chat with friends while enjoying cold drinks and popular Western food. The hotel also offers room service and internet access.



Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel
Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel - Hoi An, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A short distance from the city centre, Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel offers guests easy access to the city's must-see destinations. The hotel features comfortable en-suite rooms, with free Wi-Fi, a balcony and mini bar. Recreational facilities guests can enjoy include, an outdoor pool, spa, massage and children's playground to make your stay truly unforgettable.



Mondial Hotel
Mondial Hotel - Hue, Vietnam (1 Nights)
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A 5-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh Museum and Dong Ba Market, Mondial Hotel features a swimming pool, three dining options and lobby bar lounge. Free in-room Wi-Fi is also available. The hotel provides guests with air-conditioned en-suite rooms offering city, pool or mountain views, each equipped with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.



Super Hotel Hanoi Old Quarter
Super Hotel Hanoi Old Quarter - Hanoi, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Strategically located in the heart of Hanoi, Super Hotel Hanoi Old Quarter offers guests comfortable en-suite rooms featuring modern amenities including, an in-room safe and flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi and a bicycle rental service name just a few of the great facilities on offer. The hotel’s in-house restaurant serves superb Japanese and international dishes daily.



Hong Kong  Extension - 4D/3N

Hong Kong Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 320pp
Cambodia Extension (pre-tour) - 6D/5N

Cambodia Extension (pre-tour) - 6D/5N

duration 6 Days from price 690pp
Kuala Lumpur Extension - 4D/3N

Kuala Lumpur Extension - 4D/3N

duration 4 Days from price 220pp
Mui Ne & Phan Thiet - 5D/4N

Mui Ne & Phan Thiet - 5D/4N

duration 5 Days from price 240pp

A visa is not required for visitors to Vietnam if your stay is less than 16 days. If your stay is for longer than 16 days then a visa is required by all nationalities and a single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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This tour is ideal for those with a short period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam.

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