Great Cities of Vietnam


Dip into cosmopolitan Saigon and colonial Hanoi to discover their remarkable history, incredible sights and fantastic cuisine on this private tour.

tour duration 8 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (3N) - Hanoi (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Infiltrate the secret underground network of the Vietcong at Cu Chi
See the mixture of French and Vietnamese architecture in buzzing Saigon
Admire the stunning intricacies and religious blends at Holy See Temple in Tay Ninh
Explore the colourful architecture and atmosphere at the Hanoi Old Quarter
Wander through the colourfully chaotic lanes of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Be inspired at the Confucian Temple of Literature

Day 1 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative and largest city.
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. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
Day 3 Discover Saigon
A seamless blending of past and present, Saigon offers a high-octane ride into Vietnam's ever brighter future. Whilst this exuberant city is the main force driving the country forward, it also has a treasure trove of fascinating heritage to explore. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office – grandiose legacies of a colonial past; the Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up by browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market. (B)
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before travelling to Tay Ninh to attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple. A blend of architectural styles with vivid, cartoon-ish colours, it is one of the most striking structures in Asia. Return to Saigon. (B)
Day 4 Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Day 5 Journey to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi where the rest of the day is free to begin your explorations. (B)
Day 5 Journey to Hanoi
Day 6 Explore Hanoi
Hanoi brings together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet graceful city. Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you'll pass Ho Chi Minh's monumental mausoleum, Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, and the Confucian Temple of Literature. Enjoy the sights of Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple before strolling through the atmospheric streets of the Old Quarter, the soul of the city. (B)
Day 6 Explore Hanoi
Day 7 Hanoi at Leisure
Today is free for you to explore Hanoi at your leisure. Wander down to the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake in the tranquility of the early morning to see the locals practicing Tai Chi or delve deeper into the vibrant Old Quarter. (B)
Day 7 Hanoi at Leisure
Day 8 Fly Hanoi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day, or extend your trip with one our extensions. (B)
Day 8 Fly Hanoi to UK

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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.

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

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
meals as stated
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a short period of time to travel and who are interested in visiting the two most famous and iconic cities in Vietnam: Saigon and Hanoi. This tour is a private tour so not all meals are included; this gives you a chance to immerse yourself further into Vietnamese culture and dine out with the locals.

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