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Appreciate the very best of Vietnam’s wonderful sights with a leisurely itinerary that takes you from the verdant Mekong Delta and booming Saigon in the south to graceful Hanoi and magnificent Halong Bay in the north with captivating landscapes and rich heritage in between.
Discover this lush area known as the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam'
Infiltrate the mysterious tunnel system of the Viet Cong
Experience the charming beauty of this ancient town
Drift on the emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Vietnam's most famous bay
Our Vietnam Highlights itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Saigon.
On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam to a brighter future. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, both legacies of a colonial past. Spend time at the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish up by browsing for bargains in the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Journey to Vinh Long province to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong river. This area is known as the Rice Basket of Vietnam, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Stay overnight at a local farmer's house to experience authentic Vietnamese hospitality.
Continue your exploration cruising through the Cai Be Floating Market, where you'll see boats piled high with colourful local produce. Return to Saigon.
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Saigon
Fly to Nha Trang, Vietnam's beach capital. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
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.
Fly to Danang and transfer to the ancient town of Hoi An.
Visit a local community farming project just outside of Hoi An where the local community has come together to create a vegetable farm. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An - a wonderfully laidback and willfully traditional place to explore. Visit a historical house, the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese Temple and the bustling market. The afternoon is at leisure.
Explore the enchanting Cham ruins of My Son. Built in the 4th century, the temples aren't in perfect condition but the site is intimate and swallowed up by lush jungle, which adds to the sense of adventure. Return to Hoi An.
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam's dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Take a drive to the imposing imperial Citadel to explore, visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and take a cruise on the Perfume River.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang before flying to Hanoi.
Hanoi brings all the charms of past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature before a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter's atmospheric streets.
Duong Lam is well known for its wonderfully preserved historic houses. Visit Mong Phu Temple and observe the daily life of the locals in traditional village surroundings before returning to Hanoi. In the evening see a performance of the famous water puppets.
Spend two days aboard a traditionally designed junk boat cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Spend the night on the boat and enjoy fresh seafood prepared aboard.
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi....Read more
This three-star hotel, centrally-located in Nha Trang and just 3 minutes on foot from the beach, boasts chic and modern interiors. The 114 spacious rooms have large windows to make them bright and airy, whilst the en suite bathroom has a shower and/or bathtub. You’ll also find a bathrobe and slippers to make you feel more at home. Spa facilities include Jacuzzi and sauna and there is also an outdoor pool to enjoy. Make use of the bar, restaurant and coffee shop....Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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