13 DAYS ●
Offering a more luxurious look at the wonders of Vietnam including Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay, a series of exclusive experiences will give you insights into the rich history and natural beauty of this compelling country.
Get to grips with the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine
Venture down to the verdant landscape of this biological treasure trove
Discover Vietnam's grand history at the Imperial Citadel
Cruise on the emerald seas of these stunning water vistas
Our Exclusive Collection Jewels of Vietnam Tour Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Explore the Mekong Delta on a traditional Sampan
Create delicious Vietnamese food at a cooking class in Hoi An
Travel by speedboat to a riverside restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine
Meet the local nuns and enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Lien Hoa pagoda
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel.
This morning see the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of China town before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views.
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a local home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying a lunch served in a colonial style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the 'A O Show', staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House.
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Pay a visit to a cricket farm and return to Saigon. Fly to Hoi An.
This morning, tour the market to choose fresh ingredients from a colourful array of local produce for your Vietnamese cookery class, where you'll learn to create a number of local dishes. This afternoon wander the old streets, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the 200-year old Tan Ky House and the elaborate Japanese Bridge before taking tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech impaired locals, to savour the flavours of local produce. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An where you can further explore, relax by the pool or take a trip to the beach. Depart for Hue, travelling over the Hai Van Pass. Later, cruise along the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda.
Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from 1802 to 1945. Enter through its grandiose entrance and you'll be able to explore before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang's tomb. This afternoon try your hand at making paper flowers, in a village that is known for the art. Visit the regal surroundings of Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty.
Travel to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Visit the Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, where you'll gain a great insight into Vietnam's history and character before enjoying a rejuvenating spa treatment.
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 Quarter and learn about the life of 'Uncle Ho'. Visit the revered Temple of Literature and meet a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th century art and put on a private water puppet show. You will also be able to get involved in creating the puppets.
Halong Bay's thousands of limestone islands project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Board your deluxe cruise ship and enjoy a seafood lunch before setting sail into the bay. Drift amongst the karst pinnacles stopping to explore mysterious caves as you go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery.
Rise early to see the sun rise over the karst scapes of the bay and savour the serenity of the early morning. Join a Tai Chi lesson this morning on deck. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there's time for a hearty late breakfast before disembarking and returning to Hanoi. Later let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea Experience whilst later in the evening there will be a sumptuous farewell dinner.
Fly back home, arriving the same or following day and journey home by chauffeured transfer.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
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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 2018. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2018 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount 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 is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 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 high quality coverage. 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.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
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.
A classic resort set in twelve acres of lush, landscaped gardens, the Palm Garden is just metres from Cua Dai Beach. Rooms are spacious and classically decorated with a balcony complete with garden or sea views, whilst hotel facilities include a spa, outdoor pool and tennis courts. There is also a free shuttle services to Hoi An old town, just five minutes away....Read more
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....Read more
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....Read more
A traditional wooden junk in design, the two Paradise Prestige ships offer a sophisticated and luxurious cruise experience. With a classically elegant interior, both ships have just 15 traditionally-styled cabins, each with large picture windows (plus balconies for some), an en suite bathroom and air-conditioning. The sun deck and lounge area are perfect for relaxation, whilst the dining room serves up freshly prepared Vietnamese and international dishes. Activities offered onboard include fishing, cooking classes, kayaking and Tai Chi.
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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