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A signature Vietnam experience, this 2-week journey takes you from top to tail, featuring all of Vietnam’s must-see sights, as well as plenty of opportunities to soak in the wonderful culture and interact with the local people.
Drift on emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Vietnam's most famous bay
Enjoy the old world ambience of this delightful city
Swim, paddle and cruise in the warm seas of this coastal city
Soak up the beauitful scenery from an open-air steam train
Fly overnight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant
capital city. Depending on your time of arrival,
the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up
the local culture.
Start the day as the locals do with a sip of
coffee in a local coffee shop before heading
to visit the Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, and
the Temple of Literature. Next, enjoy a cyclo
ride through the vibrant backstreets of the
Old Quarter. Later, explore the Museum of
Ethnology where you learn about 54 officially
recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Dinner
tonight will feature a cooking demonstration of
Hanoi’s speciality dish, bun thang.
Transfer to Halong City, climb aboard your
ship and cruise out into the spectacular
Halong Bay. You’ll spend the day sailing
amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green
waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a
vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn’t hard to
see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular
destinations. Spend the night onboard.
Rise early to watch the sun rise over the
bay, and enjoy an invigorating session of Tai
Chi. Transfer back to Hanoi and fly to Hue,
Vietnam’s imperial capital.
This morning visit the imposing Imperial
Citadel and Forbidden Purple City at the heart
of Hue, once the home of Vietnam’s emperors.
Cruise on the picturesque Perfume River
and admire the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, see
the magnificent tomb of Minh Mang before
heading to Zen house where you learn about
architecture and spiritual meaning of this
Leave Hue for Hoi An, taking a scenic route
over the Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, take
a walking tour of this charming town. A
wonderfully laidback place, the streets are a
delight to wander – visit the Japanese Bridge,
the colourful market and Chinese temple.
Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social
enterprise craft workshop, and watch the
artisans at work.
Head out into Hoi An’s verdant surroundings
to Tra Que, where you’ll see the local farmers
at work, tending lush gardens of vegetables
and herbs. Join a local family for lunch and a
cooking demonstration. Back in Hoi An, the
rest of the day is free.
Transfer to Danang and fly to the sunny city of
Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. The rest
of the day is free.
Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise
around the many little islands off Nha Trang’s
coast. There’ll be a stop at an island to enjoy
the balmy waters for yourself, and a visit to a
fishing village. Head up into the cooler climes
of the South Central Highlands to the lovely
town of Dalat.
Spend today sightseeing with visits to the
Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower
Gardens and an embroidery workshop. Climb
aboard an open-air steam train from the old
railway station to journey out through the
fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. This
afternoon browse the stalls of Dalat’s busy
market, ending the day with a cup of locally
grown coffee as you take in the picturesque
Journey across the scenic highlands to Saigon
with a stop en route at the Bao Loc tea
plantation. On arrival, the rest of the day is
Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu
Chi Tunnels, a network of underground
passageways used by the Viet Cong during
the war. Return to Saigon and spend the
afternoon discovering the city’s sights. See
the colonial architecture of Notre Dame
Cathedral and the Central Post Office, as well
as the Reunification Palace and chilling War
Journey to Ben Tre to cruise on the mighty
Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket
of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands
producing a plethora of rice, coconuts,
vegetables and tropical fruits. Here you’ll
paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals,
taste local produce, visit a local family, lunch
on typical Mekong dishes and enjoy traditional
music. Return to Saigon and enjoy a farewell
dinner and the visually spectacular A O Show
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or
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.
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 Vietnam 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.
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience the world. That's why we are touring experts - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing top sights 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 soon!
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