Vietnam Trails
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Vietnam Trails

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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.

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 2,490pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

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

Tour Highlights

Infiltrate the complex network of the Vietcong at the Cu Chi Tunnels
Journey to the verdant palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta
Wander the charming town of Hoi An
Cruise on the splendid Perfume River
Hike the green rice terraces of Sapa
Take to the emerald waters of Halong Bay on a relaxing Junk boat cruise

Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
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.
Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Day 3 Discover Saigon
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.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Day 4 Mekong Delta
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.
Day 4 Mekong Delta
Day 5 Journey to Hoi An
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.
Day 5 Journey to Hoi An
Day 6 Hoi An Cooking Class
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.
Day 6 Hoi An Cooking Class
Day 7 Hoi An
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.
Day 7 Hoi An
Day 8 Imperial Hue
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.
Day 8 Imperial Hue
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. The evening is at leisure.
Day 9 Fly to Hanoi
Day 10 Explore Hanoi
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.
Day 10 Explore Hanoi
Days 11-12 Sapa Rice Terraces
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.
Days 11-12 Sapa Rice Terraces
Day 13 Mount Fansipan
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.
Day 13 Mount Fansipan
Days 14-15 Cruise Halong Bay
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.
Days 14-15 Cruise Halong Bay
Day 16 Fly Hanoi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 16 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

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:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1890 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from £380
Tipping paid locally USD75

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1890 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from £380
Tipping paid locally USD75

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 2
Lan Lan 2 - Saigon, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Lan Lan 2 Hotel is located in an exciting commercial area and houses over 100 guest rooms with all basic amenities. From Lan Lan 2 Hotel, it takes only a few minutes to walk to Ben Thanh Market, Unification Palace, the City’s French Post Office, Revolutionary Museum and it is a convenient 20 minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.



Palm Garden Resort
Palm Garden Resort - Hoi An, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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A classic resort set in twelve acres of lush, landscaped gardens, the Palm Garden is just metres from Cua Dai Beach. Rooms are spacious and classically decorated with a balcony complete with garden or sea views, whilst hotel facilities include a spa, outdoor pool and tennis courts. There is also a free shuttle services to Hoi An old town, just five minutes away.



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.



Demantoid 2 Hotel
Demantoid 2 Hotel - Hanoi, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A short distance from Dong Xuan Market and the Weekend night market, Demantoid 2 Hotel in Hanoi offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy views of the city or Hong River in the en-suite rooms, which are fitted with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a microwave and a personal safe. Sky View Restaurant-Bar is located on the 13th floor and serves tasty Asian and Western flavours.



Chau Long Hotel – New Wing
Chau Long Hotel – New Wing - Sapa, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Designed as a red-stone castle, Chau Long Sapa Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Sapa town - home to many colourful native hill tribes, near to Sapa market and the Church. The new wing of Chau Long Sapa Hotel features 65 comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities including free Wi-Fi and TV. The hotel also features shops, a lounge area and superb restaurant.



Bangkok Extension

Bangkok Extension

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 380pp
Cambodia Extension

Cambodia Extension

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 810pp
Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 240pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 420pp

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

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those who have a reasonable amount of time available and who are interested in seeing the main sights and cities of Vietnam. This tour is also suitable for those looking for a slightly more active tour as there will be long walks in Sapa. This tour includes a Halong Bay overnight junk boat cruise.

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