Classical Vietnam


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Vietnam is a colourful kaleidoscope of local culture, rich heritage and diverse landscapes. Journey through harrowing history, imperial grandeur and natural majesty on a superior itinerary that brings classic sights together with those special little added extras

tour duration 18 Days from
tour price 3,490pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (4N) - Nha Trang (2N) - Hoi An (3N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Explore the verdant, water bound world of the Mekong Delta
Infiltrate the secret tunnel network of Cu Chi
Sit back and relax in Vietnam's beach capital Nha Trang
Enjoy the old world ambiance of delightful Hoi An
Delve into Vietnam's dynastic past in imperial Hue
Drift amongst the peaks of Halong Bay on a 2 night cruise

Exclusive Experiences

Explore the Mekong Delta on a traditional Sampan
Watch the spectacular AO Show in Saigon
Enjoy a BBQ dinner on the Lady Hau Dinner Cruise in Saigon
Enjoy a private Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

Day 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel.
Day 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Saigon has evolved from war-torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. Start at the central Post Office and the Opera house then continue on to Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. After browsing through Ben Thanh Market, take off on your cyclo tour of fascinating Chinatown. Tonight glide along the Mekong Delta for a dinner cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
This morning board a traditional riverboat made from native bamboo, wood and rattan and explore the waterways of the Mekong Delta, making stops along the way to provide glimpses of local life. Return to Saigon for the AO Show, a spectacular showcase of Vietnamese culture (B,L,D)
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh
Experience the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of the elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Visit a cricket farm on your return to Saigon. (B,L)
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh
Day 6 Travel to Nha Trang
Transfer to the airport to fly to Nha Trang. This is Vietnam's top beach resort, a sweep of yellow sand lapped by cool waters and backed by a relaxed urban centre. This afternoon explore the Po Nagar Cham Towers, still used for worship today. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Travel to Nha Trang
Day 7 Nha Trang cruise
Spend the day cruising the clear waters and islands off the coast of Nha Trang Bay. Stops will be made at Mun Island and a local fishing village and there may be time for you to take a dip in the cool waters. (B,L)
Day 7 Nha Trang cruise
Day 8 Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Journey to Hoi An
Day 9 Explore Hoi An
Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of China, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles, its narrow streets retaining a quirky, old world charm. Wander the old streets, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Jinshang Temple, Tan Ky House and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Enjoy a cup of tea at the Reaching Out Tea House before taking a sunset dinner cruise. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Explore Hoi An
Day 10 Free Day
Enjoy a day at leisure in Hoi An where you can further explore, relax by the pool or take a trip to the beach. (B)
Day 10 Free Day
Day 11 Hoi An to Hue
Taking the scenic Hai Van Pass, travel to the imperial city of Hue. This afternoon cruise the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda before visiting a workshop to learn about art form of ‘Truc Chi’, paper made from bamboo pulp. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Hoi An to Hue
Day 12 Explore Hue
Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945, spend the morning exploring here before visiting the extravagant Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Meet the nuns and enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Dong Thuyen pagoda. Continue on to Thanh Tien village to learn about ornate paper flower making and the traditional 19th century Tha Om Garden House. (B,L)
Day 12 Explore Hue
Day 13 Journey to Hanoi
Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport to fly to Hanoi. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Journey to Hanoi
Day 14 Explore Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university and a site of Confucian worship. Later take a walking tour around the bustling alleys of the Old Quarter. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Explore Hanoi
Day 15 Halong Bay
Halong Bays thousands of limestone islands project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Board a traditionally-designed steam paddle cruiser and enjoy a seafood lunch before setting sail into the bay. Cruise amongst the karst pinnacles, stopping to explore mysterious caves as we go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Halong Bay
Day 16 Sunrise over Halong Bay
Wake up to the beauty of the bay and enjoy breakfast on board the cruise. Today enjoy a range of activities like swimming, kayaking and cave visits. As the sun begins to set, relax on deck with a drink followed by another al fresco dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 16 Sunrise over Halong Bay
Day 17 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Rise early this morning to participate in a tai chi lesson on the sun deck or to watch the sunrise over the karst-scapes. Disembark your cruise returning to Hanoi. Later, visit the home of a water puppet artist, where you will participate in the process of making the puppets, and enjoy a private water puppet show. (B,D)
Day 17 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Day 18 Fly Hanoi to UK
Fly to the UK arriving home the same or following day. Journey home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
Day 18 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 Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

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.

28-Oct > 13-Nov - £3,490 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,590 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from £1,190
Tipping paid locally US$136

03-Mar > 20-Mar - £4,190 BOOK NOW
27-Oct > 13-Nov - £4,290 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,590 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from £1,190
Tipping paid locally US$136

02-Mar > 19-Mar - £4,590 BOOK NOW
26-Oct > 12-Nov - £4,690 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,590 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from £1,190
Tipping paid locally US$136

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.

Caravelle Hotel
Caravelle Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (4 Nights)
hotel star rating

Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5* address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel boasts elegantly decorated rooms featuring full-length windows which overlook the city or Saigon River. Modern comforts include a flat-screen TV, a pillow menu and 24-hour room service in all rooms. Guests can enjoy an international meal served in a casual buffet style on-site.



Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa
Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa - Nha Trang (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

This colonial style hotel overlooks a stunning beach on Nha Trang Bay. Minimalist rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a minibar. Room service is available 24/7. There are 2 restaurants and 3 bars, including one on the rooftop. There's an outdoor pool, a private beach and a luxurious spa.



Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa - Hoi An (3 Nights)
hotel star rating

Located beside Cua Dai Beach, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort features an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with views of the river or sea. The spacious rooms at the resort come with traditional Vietnamese, French or Japanese décor. Overlooking the sea, Annam Restaurant serves a selection of local and international dishes. Fresh seafood is also offered.



La Residence Hue
La Residence Hue - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa is a classic colonial villa spread over 2 hectares on the banks of the scenic Perfume River. The well-appointed en-suite rooms are individually designed with beautiful Art deco furniture and spacious terraces. All rooms include a TV, minibar and breath-taking views of the city or river. The hotel is close to Vietnam’s superb attractions - Ho Chi Minh Museum, Dong Ba Market and Hue Train Station.



Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi
Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - Hanoi, Vietnam (3 Nights)
hotel star rating

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is located in the heart of Hanoi, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The luxuorious 5* hotel offers guests 105 exquisite en-suite rooms with hand-picked luxurious amenities and 21st Century technology. The hotels facilities include restaurants, a bar, a four-season swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Mediterranean inspired cuisine and Vietnamese specialties are dishes served at Hotel De L'opera Hanoi.



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tour duration 3 Days from tour price 240pp
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Dubai and the Desert

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UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.

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.

What's Included

International flights
UK chauffeur transfer (50m airport radius)
Domestic transportation
5* luxury accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Mid-tour laundry service
2 bottles of water per day

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time available to travel and who are looking to tour the most iconic and popular destinations and cities in Vietnam. This tour is a luxury tour and is suitable for the more discerning traveller.

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