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Discover Vietnam's many gems, from buzzing Saigon to quaint Hoi An to stately Hanoi and magnificent Halong Bay. Top this off with an adventure to visit the terraced fields and hilltribes of Sapa, a sea of verdant scenery.
Infiltrate the complex network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong
Journey to the verdant palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta
Hike the majestic green rice terraces of this frontier township
Take to the emerald waters of Vietnams most famous bay
Our Vietnam Trails 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, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels afterwards returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a bright future. 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.
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Return to Saigon.
Fly to Da Nang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchant’s house, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market.
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure to further
explore this delightful town.
Enjoy a day at leisure to further explore this idyllic town. Perhaps savour a relaxing coffee, relax on the beach or pop into the town for a stroll.
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War. Also 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.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. The evening is at leisure.
Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll pass Ho Chi Minh’s 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 day’s explorations with a thrilling cyclo tour through the Old Quarter and enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Board your overnight train to Lao Cai.
On arrival in Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa. Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces with some light hiking through the surrounding valleys and villages.
This morning take a cable car up to the summit of Mount Fansipan, Vietnam's highest mountain. You will have stunning views of the surrounding Muong Hoa Valley and Hoang Lien National Forest. Learn more about the local hilltribes at the Sapa Museum before transferring to the station for your overnight train to Hanoi.
Spend two days aboard a traditionally-designed junk cruising amongst magnificent
karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi.
Fly to the UK, arriving home 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 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
Located at the heart of Sapa Town with spectacular views down over the surrounding valley to the mountains beyond, the Chau Long Hotel has 65 homely rooms and suites. Each spacious room has a flower-covered balcony from which you can enjoy the views, and an ensuite bathroom with a bath and shower. The hotel is housed in a quirky circular building with facilities that include a sauna, Jacuzzi, indoor pool and buffet restaurant. ...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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