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Highlights of Vietnam

Acquaint yourself with diverse Vietnam, a captivating mix of culture, scenery, people and history. You'll discover the cities of Hanoi and Saigon and wander the streets of charming Hoi An, cruise breathtaking Halong Bay and observe life on the tributaries of the Mekong.Hanoi to Halong BayFrom the moment you arrive in the historic Vietnamese city of Hanoi, you're truly immersed into traditions and culture. See both sides to Vietnamese life, as we explore the bustling city of Hanoi. Absolutely breathtaking, Halong Bay is a feast for the eyes, dotted with hundreds of rocky islands and outcrops. Sit back and relax, cruising around this natural wonder and sampling some of the freshest local cuisine in the world!Traditional ExperiencesHoi An will beguile you with its charm. Wander the quaint streets, visit a traditional home and take an aromatic cooking class. We juxtapose this against the lively city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the largest in Vietnam. See the historic architecture and immerse yourself in the history of the Vietnam War. Traverse the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels a base for the Viet Cong, where they remained undiscovered throughout the conflict. Explore the Mekong Delta by boat, enjoy a sampan cruise through the small canals and visit a floating market.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Vietnam. Taxes included
  • 2 economy-class flights within Vietnam
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding water based activities)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $100pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 1 night on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches and 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout
  • English-speaking local Guide on board Mekong Cruise

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Explore stately Hanoi & amazing Halong Bay

  • Go Behind-The-Scenes at a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Discover the city of Hanoi as it awakens, visiting the flower market, old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake before a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.
  • Tour stately Hanoi including the Ho Chi Min Memorial, Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter on foot.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city! Meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Spend the night on beautiful Halong Bay on a Vietnamese Cruiseboat.

Heritage-listed Hoi An

  • Spend 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore the town on foot, including the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, Culture & History Museum, the Chinese Assembly Hall of Fujien Chinese Community and an old historic house (UNESCO Site).
  • Cruise down Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Saigon and the lively Mekong Delta

  • Tour bustling Saigon including the French-style Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Opera House, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon, with a veteran guide. This elaborate 200km-long tunnel complex was built by the Viet Cong and never discovered during the Vietnam war.
  • Enjoy an "A Little out of the Ordinary" tour of Saigon - a unique look at Saigon visiting the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street (Le Cong Kieu), Fanny's Ice Cream Parlour, the trendy boutiques and shops of Ton That Thiep Street.
  • Spend the night on the Mekong River, exploring the tributaries and canals while observing daily life along the banks.
  • Visit the Cai Be Floating markets and walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek witnessing local houses, green orchards, ship building yards, the rural and water activities of the Mekong.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $4,295
Start Location
Vietnam
End Location
Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,850 
18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,850 
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,850 
15 Nov 201827 Nov 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $3,950
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $3,950
13 Dec 201825 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,950
27 Dec 201808 Jan 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $3,950
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $3,950
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,850
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $3,850
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,850
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $3,850
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,850
ItineraryExpand
Highlights of Vietnam

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before this evening's group welcome dinner. [D]

Special Experience: A tradition dating back to the 11th century in northern Vietnam, we'll enjoy a water puppetry performance by a local renowned puppet master where we will go behind the scenes.

Day 3. Hanoi

An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We'll visit the flower market, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.

Special Experience: Walk along the 'Rail Tracks of Hanoi' and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital. We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life just metres from the trains.

This afternoon our sightseeing highlights include the Presidential Palace, the beautiful Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. [B,L]

Day 4. Hanoi - Halong Bay

Today we travel to breathtaking Halong Bay, through the picturesque farming lands and rice paddies of the Red River Delta. Here we'll board our overnight cruise. After a decadent Vietnamese lunch, we'll sail past amazing limestone rock formations and have the opportunity to discover hidden caves by boat or kayak. We'll be able to swim at an exclusive platform and witness a traditional cooking and fruit-carving demonstration. Relax with a sundowner this evening and enjoy the incredible views as the sun sets. You might also like to join the crew fishing for squid later this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoi An

This morning you might like to take part in a tai chi lesson on the sundeck or just sit back and relax as we cruise the waters and islets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. We'll explore Surprise Cave after breakfast. Return to Hanoi after brunch to fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. [B,Brunch]

Day 6. Hoi An

We begin the day with a walking tour of charming Hoi An. Highlights include the Culture & History Museum, the famous Japanese covered bridge and a historic, UNESCO Heritage-listed house. [B,D]

Special Experience: Visit the colourful local market before taking a short cruise along the Hoi An River to the secluded Red Bridge Cooking School for an aromatic and informative cooking class (cruise subject to prevailing water levels).

Day 7. Hoi An

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this picturesque town at your own pace. Hoi An's centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, free from cars and a lovely area to explore on foot. [B]

Day 8. Hoi An - Saigon

This morning we fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). In the afternoon we'll take a walking tour of the bustling metropolis. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office and Opera House. We'll also visit the Presidential Palace and the moving War Remnants Museum. [B]

Day 9. Saigon

Today we travel by boat to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels for a tour with a veteran guide. This network of tunnels served as a base for the Viet Cong and remained undiscovered during the Vietnam War. [B,L]

Special Experience: Go off the beaten track to discover Saigon's a-little-out-of-the-ordinary sights. We'll visit the peculiar Dan Sinh Market, the Beaux-Arts Museum, Antique Street and the traditional French-style Fanny's Ice Cream Parlour, Vietnam's leading ice cream producer.

Day 10. Saigon - Mekong Delta

We make our way to the Mekong Delta to board our traditional-style cruise boat. We'll observe life along the banks of the delta and hop on and off smaller boats on shore excursions, passing villages and rice paddies. Relax on board this evening with an aperitif as the sun sets. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Mekong Delta - Saigon

This morning we travel to Cai Rang by traditional sampan boat to experience all the action of the floating market - the liveliest market in the Mekong Delta. We'll also witness rice-paper and coconut candy making, and visit a local farm and tropical fruit orchard. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner back in Saigon. [B,D]

Day 12. Depart Saigon

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 13. Arrive Australia

Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.