13 DAYS ●
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With plenty of opportunities to mingle with your fellow travellers and free time for independent exploration, this tour encompasses Vietnam’s highlights as well as taking you to more undiscovered places, like the spectacular Mai Chau valley.
Enjoy the old world ambience of this delightful city
Drift on emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Vietnam's most famous bay
Meet ethnic minority tribes and experience traditional life
Wind over these sleepy backwaters discovering a relaxed pace of life in the Delta
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest, and
most vibrant, city. On arrival at the airport you
will be met by a member of the Wendy Wu
Tours team and transferred to the hotel. The
rest of the day is free.
This morning, you will meet your fellow
travellers and head out as a group to the
fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground
network of passageways used by the Viet
Cong during the war. Returning to the city,
we’ll admire Vietnam’s colonial past with a
visit to the Central Post Office before exploring
the Reunification Palace and the chilling
War Remnants Museum. This evening, we’ll
ascend to a downtown rooftop and mingle
with cocktails, followed by dinner. (B,L,D)
We journey to Ben Tre to discover the Mekong
Delta. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of
Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing
a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and
tropical fruit. Today, we’ll taste some of the
produce of the area, enjoy traditional music,
paddle through the palm-lined canals in a
sampan and pass local fish farms. (B,L)
Catching a flight to Danang, we transfer to the
wonderfully laidback and charming Hoi An.
The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
This morning, we will share a community
experience in the rural village of Tra Que,
admiring the gardens of vegetables and herbs,
and joining a local family for lunch and a
cooking demonstration. This afternoon we
will wander the sights of Hoi An, stopping
at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft
workshop, where we’ll meet the artisans
before enjoying a well-
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city.
This afternoon, we’ll begin our explorations,
with visits to the Museum of Ethnology and
the gatehouse of the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Later, we’ll take a twilight walking tour of the
Ho Chi Minh Quarter of the city, with a stop
for a refreshing glass of beer at Ta Hien beer
Return to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter this
morning to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the
Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Confucian
monument, the Temple of Literature. We’ll
then sit down together to sample traditional
Vietnamese egg coffee. The afternoon is free –
you may wish to wander the Old Quarter to do
some shopping. (B,L)
Travel to Mai Chau, a rural village set in a lush valley, and the home to ethnic minority communities like the White and Black Thai people. We’ll walk amongst the rice paddies this afternoon, visiting hill tribe villages and meeting friendly members of these communities. Dinner tonight will be a barbeque at a local stilt house, where we’ll be treated to a traditional dance performance and a traditional rice wine tasting! (B,L,D)
Our morning is free to relax before travelling
back to Hanoi. (B)
The highlight of any trip to Vietnam, today we
take to the waters of the incredible Halong
Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a
vision of awe-inspiring beauty, we’ll sail lazily
amongst the limestone karst peaks, soaking
up the views from the deck of your traditional
vessel and docking to visit an impressive cave.
Rise early to watch the sun rise over the bay,
and to take part in an invigorating session
of Tai Chi on deck. Cruise back to the dock
and transfer back to Hanoi. This final evening
together will include dinner, where we can
reflect on our journey together before sitting
down to the visually spectacular 'Quintessence
of Tonkin' show. (B,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
following day. (B)
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. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
Want to fly direct to your destination? Choose Manchester, Heathrow or Gatwick for the biggest selection of direct flights.
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.
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.
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