Vietnam at a Glance
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Vietnam at a Glance

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Relish Vietnam’s distinct and energetic character as you journey from Saigon in the south up to Hanoi in the north. Explore the country’s turbulent past, meet the friendly, resilient locals, and get lost in spectacular panoramas on this two-week tour of discovery.

tour duration 12 Days from
tour price 2,190pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (3N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (1N) - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Experience Saigon's edgy and evocative blend of past and present
Discover the legendary Cu Chi tunnel network used by the Viet Cong
Catch a glimpse of rural Vietnam in Tra Que village
Delve into Vietnam's dynastic past in imperial Hue
Soak up the charms of Vietnam's fast-paced yet graceful capital Hanoi
Drift on emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Halong Bay

Day 1 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon.
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. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Experience Vietnam's colonial past at Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Also visit the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Journey to Ben tre to take a cruise on the Mekong River. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route back to Saigon.
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 5 Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of charming Hoi An - wonderfully laid back and a willfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchants house, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and a bustling market.
Day 5 Journey to Hoi An
Day 6 Tra Que Village
Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. This afternoon can be spent on the nearby Cua Dai beach or with a free afternoon back in Hoi An.
Day 6 Tra Que Village
Day 7 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Leave Hoi An for Hue via a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnams dynastic past, Hue is a dignified city. Visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City before exploring the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang; this complex comprises of almost 40 monuments and is surrounded by gardens and pools. Continue by road to Thien Mu Pagoda and take a cruise on the Perfume River before returning to your hotel in Hue.
Day 7 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Day 8 Royal tombs, fly to Hanoi
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River. Fly to Hanoi.
Day 8 Royal tombs, fly to Hanoi
Day 9 Discover Hanoi
Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you will pass Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum and visit the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the days exploration with a walk through the Old Quarter and enjoy a traditional water puppet show.
Day 9 Discover Hanoi
Days 10-11 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend the day aboard a traditional junk cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it is not hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. Stay overnight. The next day enjoy a Halong Bay sunrise and visit the Sung Sot Cave, return to Hanoi.
Days 10-11 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Day 12 Fly Hanoi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 12 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

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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.

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Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1590 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from £290
Tipping paid locally US$55

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1590 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from £290
Tipping paid locally US$55

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.

Lan Lan 1 Hotel
Lan Lan 1 Hotel - Saigon, Vietnam (4 Nights)
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One of the most beautiful hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, Lan Lan Hotel 1 is located in an exciting location, close to Ben Thanh Market, Unification Palace and Revolutionary Museum. LanLan Hotel 1 has over 60 comfortable en-suite rooms, all featuring modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, cable LCD TV with a selection of international TV channels, an in-room safe and mini bar.

Emm Hoi An
Emm Hoi An - Hoi An (2 Nights)
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This light, bright and stylish hotel, perfectly located for all of Hoi An’s attractions, perfectly combines French colonial and Vietnamese architectural elements. 92 innovatively-designed guest rooms are spacious and have views over the pool, gardens or street – little pops of colour make each room bright and airy. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, and there are little extra touches such as bathrobes to enjoy. The hotel’s facilities include a contemporary bar and restaurant, while there is a large swimming pool and lush, tropical gardens to explore.

Mondial Hotel
Mondial Hotel - Hue, Vietnam (1 Nights)
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A 5-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh Museum and Dong Ba Market, Mondial Hotel features a swimming pool, three dining options and lobby bar lounge. Free in-room Wi-Fi is also available. The hotel provides guests with air-conditioned en-suite rooms offering city, pool or mountain views, each equipped with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

La Casa
La Casa - Hanoi (3 Nights)
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This well-located four-star hotel is sat in Hanoi’s French Quarter offers simple, elegant accommodation. With just 88 recently renovated rooms that boast a tasteful combination of Vietnamese and French décor, this intimate establishment comes with swimming pool, gym, sun terrace and sauna. There are two stylish restaurants, one of which is on the hotel’s rooftop, giving breathtaking 360 degree views of the city.

Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 199pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 370pp

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.

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What's Included

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

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a short period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam.

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