Vietnam Discovery

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12 days | Departs year round –
Relish Vietnam’s distinct and energetic character on a journey from south to north. Explore the country’s turbulent past, meet the friendly, resilient locals and get lost in spectacular panoramas on this tour of discovery.

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Highlights
  • Sightseeing in Saigon
  • Drift along the Mekong Delta
  • Explore charming Hoi An
  • Explore Hue’s Forbidden City
  • Wake to a Halong Bay sunrise
  • Stroll through old Hanoi
Inclusions
  • Return flights to Ho Chi Minh City & from Hanoi
  • Touring with guides & entrance fees
  • Visa fees for Australian passport holders
  • 11 breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L) & 11 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Homeport to Saigon (LD)

Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

❱ Hotel stay: Ho Chi Minh City (3 nights)

Day 2 – Discover Saigon (BLD)

This morning, confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. The exuberant city of Saigon may appear modern but is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.

Day 3 – Mekong Delta (BLD)

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. Enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong dishes. Make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route back to Saigon.

Day 4 – Journey to Hoi An (BLD)

Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town – 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.

❱ Hotel stay: Hoi An (2 nights)

Day 5 – Tra Que Village (BLD)

Travel into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Spend the afternoon at leisure back in Hoi An.

Day 6 – Imperial Hue (BLD)

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 Perfume River.

❱ Hotel stay: Hue (1 night)

Day 7 – Fly to Hanoi (BLD)

Fly to Hanoi. Take the afternoon at leisure or start your explorations of Vietnam’s capital.

❱ Hotel stay: Hanoi (2 nights)

Day 8 – Explore Hanoi (BLD)

Sightseeing today includes a walking tour 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 cyclo tour through the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Spend the evening watching a traditional water puppet show.

Day 9 – Halong Bay (BLD)

Spend the night cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty.

❱ Scenic cruise: Halong Bay (1 night)

Day 10 – Sunrise over Halong Bay (BLD)

Rise early this morning for sunrise over the bay. Return to Hanoi this afternoon.

❱ Hotel stay: Hanoi (1 night)

Day 11 – Depart Hanoi (BD)

This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Australia.

Day 12 – Arrive Homeport (B)

Arrive back in Australia this morning on your flight from Hanoi (depending on your flights, you may arrive in Australia on the night of Day 11 instead).

Additional information
Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

05 Jun 2019, 10 Jul 2019, 07 Aug 2019, 28 Aug 2019, 11 Sep 2019, 18 Sep 2019, 25 Sep 2019, 09 Oct 2019, 23 Oct 2019, 06 Nov 2019, 08 Jan 2020, 12 Feb 2020, 04 Mar 2020, 11 Mar 2020, 18 Mar 2020, 25 Mar 2020, 01 Apr 2020, 08 Apr 2020, 15 Apr 2020, 06 May 2020, 13 May 2020, 03 Jun 2020, 05 Aug 2020, 09 Sep 2020, 16 Sep 2020, 23 Sep 2020, 30 Sep 2020, 07 Oct 2020, 21 Oct 2020, 04 Nov 2020

Month

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on group airfares with Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways or Vietnam Airlines in Economy Class, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    76 to 90 days before departure – 25% of total booking value plus deposit;
    61 to 75 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 60 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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