Vietnam Panorama Private Tour


Travel overland through the verdant south of Vietnam – from the riverside life of the Mekong to lush and fresh Dalat, up the beautiful coastline to ancient Hue. Finish off by exploring colonial Hanoi and cruising on tranquil Halong Bay.

tour duration 18 Days from
tour price 3,390pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Saigon (4N) - Mekong Delta (1N) - Dalat (2N) - Nha Trang (1N) - Qui Nhon (1N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (3N) – Halong Bay - UK

Tour Highlights

Discover the lush Mekong Delta, the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’
Infiltrate the mystery tunnel system of the Vietcong at Cu Chi
Cool off in the highlands of Dalat
Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers of Qui Nhon
Immerse yourself in the dynastical architecture of Hue
Drift on emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Halong Bay

Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels. The cramped tunnels were central to a few of the war’s strategic operations, including the famous 1968 Tet Offensive, and they did not escape damage. American B52 bombers dropped hundreds of missiles leaving huge tell-tale craters behind. The Cu Chi experience can be emotional for some visitors, but it offers a fascinating window into the hardship and traumas of war. This afternoon explore modern day Saigon with its heady mix of local culture and colonial influences. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Later visit Ben Thanh Market. (B,L)
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Drive down to the picturesque province of Ben Tre situated along the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, because its Visit wendywutours.co.uk Call 0800 630 0888 to speak to a Reservations Consultant rich and fertile lands produce large amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Spend the day cruising and exploring these waterways before travelling to Can Tho for an overnight stay. (B,L)
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 5 Can Tho Floating Markets
Can Tho is the largest city along the Mekong Delta and central for trade. Visit the Cai Rang floating markets and soak up its vibrant atmosphere. Observe a demonstration on how vermicelli rice noodles are made before returning to Saigon. (B,L)
Day 5 Can Tho Floating Markets
Day 6 Saigon to Dalat
Depart the bustling city of Saigon for the cooler climate and picturesque scenery of Dalat. Sample some locally grown tea from one of the many plantations in the region at Bao Loc. Arriving into Dalat, this afternoon the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 6 Saigon to Dalat
Day 7 Dalat
A full day of sightseeing in Dalat today, firstly with a visit to Domain de Marie Church built in 1943 followed by a visit to the Flower Gardens. Next stop is an embroidery workshop. Here you will gain an understanding of this special handicraft, kept alive for generations in Dalat. After lunch visit the former railway station, where you will enjoy an open-air train ride to Trai Mat hamlet (one way only). Disembark the train and drive to the colourful Dalat market where we can stroll through and witness the daily life of the locals. (B,L)
Day 7 Dalat
Day 8 Dalat to Nha Trang
This morning leave the highlands of Dalat behind and drive to the coastal city of Nha Trang. Upon arrival at the port, board a boat for an afternoon cruise on the turquoise waters. You will have the opportunity to stop at one of the many islands where you can enjoy a swim in the balmy water before returning to Nha Trang. (B,L)
Day 8 Dalat to Nha Trang
Day 9 Nha Trang to Qui Nhon
This morning visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers, a complex of granite temples before continuing to the coastal city of Qui Nhon (B,L)
Day 9 Nha Trang to Qui Nhon
Day 10 Son My and Hoi An
Leave Qui Nhon and travel to Hoi An, stopping en route at My Son to pay homage to the victims of the My Lai massacre. Arriving into Hoi An, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 10 Son My and Hoi An
Day 11 Hoi An
Enjoy a walking tour this morning of this laid back and wilfully traditional UNESCO listed town to see the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese temple, a traditional house occupied by the same family for over 200 years and lastly a trip to the bustling markets. After lunch, the rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore Hoi An’s narrow and ancient streets, or go to the beach. (B,L)
Day 11 Hoi An
Day 12 Hoi An to Hue
This morning leave Hoi An for Hue, this journey will take you over the scenic Hai Van Pass. Hue is the epitome of Vietnam's dynamic past, and considered a scholarly city. Upon arrival, explore the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. (B,L)
Day 12 Hoi An to Hue
Day 13 Hue
This morning enjoy a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's oldest and most beautiful pagoda. Afterwards you will drive to the outskirts of Hue to visit An Thien House, which was the original residence of Emperor Tu Duc's 18th daughter. After lunch, visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang – a UNSECO world heritage site (B,L)
Day 13 Hue
Day 14 Hue to Hanoi
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will visit the Fine Arts Museum for an overview of art and its development in Vietnam. After lunch, experience an exhilarating cyclo ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter. (B,L)
Day 14 Hue to Hanoi
Day 15 Hanoi
Discover the sights of Hanoi today. First stop will be the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and view Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum from the outside only, followed by the Humble House on Stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening you will watch a performance of the famous Water Puppets, which have a history dating back thousands of years. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Hanoi
Day 16 Halong Bay
Depart Hanoi today and board your traditionally designed junk boat. Cruise amongst the magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay whilst spending the night on board the boat. (B,L,D)
Day 16 Halong Bay
Day 17 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Spend the morning sailing through Halong Bay. Disembark your cruise and return to Hanoi this afternoon where the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (B)
Day 17 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Day 18 Depart Hanoi
Any time before your flight is free is at your leisure today. You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. (B)
Day 18 Depart Hanoi

Also Available

Group Departures for this tour

If you'd prefer to travel as part of a group and you are more flexible about the dates when you are available to travel, this tour is also available as a group tour. You'll have the opportunity to share your travel experiences with new people and we often find that customers make lifelong friends on our tours. Your tour will be led by one of our experienced National Escorts who will guide you through your tour every step of the way.

See our group departure itinerary of this tour

Tailor Your Tour

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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Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional connections to London Heathrow are available on request
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,680pp (Saigon – Hanoi)
Single room option from £440 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping 2012 payable locally US$90pp

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.

What's Included

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

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those who have an extensive period of time and who are interested in visiting the main cities and scenic spots of Vietnam. This tour journeys much of the itinerary by road which allows you to see the spectacular and colourful countryside of Vietnam. Travelling by road for extensive periods of time adds to the off the beaten track feel of this itinerary.

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