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The perfect length for a more in-depth exploration of Vietnam, start in the very south in Saigon, venturing north through Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay before heading up into the highlands to spectacular Sapa.
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
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.
See Vietnam’s colonial past at Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office.
Also visit the Reunification
Palace and the chilling War
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. Lunch on typical
Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
Fly to Danang 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,
Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate
Japanese Bridge and the bustling
market. Stop en route to visit
Reaching Out, a social enterprise
craft workshop, and watch the
artisans at work.
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. Perhaps
savour a relaxing coffee, pop into
the town for a stroll or even head
to the beach.
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. 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
Fly to Hanoi this morning. The
rest of the day is free for you to
relax or start your explorations
of Vietnam's capital.
Sightseeing today includes a
wander through the Ho Chi Minh
Quarter, where you’ll visit Ho
Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed
at certain times of year) and 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
Phan Dinh Phung street and the
Old Quarter. Wrap up your ride
with a strong Vietnamese coffee
at a café overlooking St. Joseph's
Cathedral. 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 walking through the
surrounding valleys and villages,
and visits to ethnic minority
communities including those
of the H’mong people.
Take a cable car ride up Mt
Fansipan, the highest mountain
in Indochina, arriving at the
summit to enjoy incredible views
from a breathtaking 3,143
metres. Also visit Sapa museum
and Sapa church. Board the
overnight train to Hanoi.
Spend two days aboard a
cruising amongst magnificent
karst peaks on the tranquil green
waters of Halong Bay. You'll even
explore one of the bay's many
caves. Spend a night onboard
before returning to Hanoi the
next day. On your last evening, attend The Quintessence
of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air
performance celebrating the rich history of
Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day.
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. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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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 2018. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2018 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
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.
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.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
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
Well-located in Hue' s city centre, the Emm Hotel is a contemporary, comfortable hotel. It has gardens and a swimming pool and 2 restaurant options, serving authentic Hue dishes, Vietnamese food and international fare too. Bedrooms have large windows (some also have balconies), a bathroom with shower, television, minibar and kettle. You are also provided with slipper and a bathrobe....Read more
The hilltop Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa offers scenic views across the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. The resort is a blend of French and Indochinese architectural style, and offers a variety of amenities including a therapeutic spa, gym, library and heated indoor pool. Guests can choose between the lively Sky 6 Lounge and the relaxed coffee lounge with its views of the mountains and the hotel gardens. ...Read more
A replica paddle steamer that oozes a nostalgic charm of bygone Indochina, the Emeraude brings a timeless elegance to the waters of Halong Bay. With classical brass fixtures and warm, characterful cabins, the ship serves up fusion cuisine in its restaurant, a range of drinks at the bar and offers relaxation on the sun deck. There is also a spa, Tai Chi and cooking classes and Wi-Fi. Whilst some cabins have a private balcony, all have air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower. ...Read more
In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. ...Read more
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