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Vietnam in Depth 2019/20

1 country
3 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Vietnamese cruise boat, Halong Bay | River cruise vessel, Mekong Delta
From the bustling city of Hanoi, through the terraced rice paddies of Sapa, breathtaking Halong Bay and historic Hue, to the beaches of charming Hoi An and cosmopolitan Saigon, immerse yourself in exotic Vietnam on this in-depth journey.Historic HanoiFrom 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.Hills of Sapa & Halong BayTravel north through scenic rural Vietnam to the hills of Sapa. Meet the people of the Black Hmong hill tribe and the Giay minority in local villages and admire the incredible terraces of rice paddies. 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!Imperial HueTour the former capital and seat of the Nguyen Dynasty's emperors, Hue. Discover the imperial tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and enjoy a cruise along the perfume river to Thien Mu Pagoda.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, $140pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 13 nights in good quality hotels (4 star)
  • 2 nights on board a Vietnamese cruise boat on Halong Bay
  • 1 night on board a river cruise vessel on the Mekong Delta
  • 16 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 6 lunches and 7 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 the Mekong Cruise

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Hanoi, Halong Bay and the hills of Sapa

  • Go behind the scenes at a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
  • Tour stately Hanoi including the Ho Chi Minh Memorial, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter on foot.
  • Discover the city of Hanoi as it awakens, visiting the flower market, old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake before a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee.
  • Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi and explore a rarely seen side of Vietnam's capital city! We meet the locals and see how they have adapted to daily life along the rail tracks.
  • Discover the scenic rice terraces and undulating landscape of Sapa Hills and meet the local hill tribes.
  • Take the cable car and travel to the top of Mt Fansipan.
  • Spend 2 nights on a Vietnamese Cruiseboat exploring beautiful Halong Bay.

Heritage-listed Hoi An and Hue

  • Explore ancient Vietnam's capital Hue including the vast 19th century Citadel.
  • Travel by boat to Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • Journey through Kim Long Village in Hue by cyclo and learn about the lifestyle of the upperclass in Hue over hundreds of years, depicted by their Garden Houses. Meet a Master of Calligraphy and learn about this ancient art while he performs some traditional music by bamboo flute.
  • Spend 3 nights in World Heritage-listed Hoi An and explore the town on foot, including the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, the 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, Reunification Palace and the very moving War Remnants Museum.
  • Visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnel complex north of Saigon, with a veteran. This elaborate 200 kilometre-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, shipbuilding yards, and the rural and water activities of the Mekong.
  • Cruise to Can Tho and visit the Cai Rang floating market, the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
19
Price From
AUD $5,495
Start Location
Vietnam
End Location
Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
07 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
21 Apr 201909 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $5,120
05 May 201923 May 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
19 May 201906 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
02 Jun 201920 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
16 Jun 201904 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
30 Jun 201918 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
14 Jul 201901 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
28 Jul 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
11 Aug 201929 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
25 Aug 201912 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
08 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
22 Sep 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
06 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
20 Oct 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
03 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $5,120
17 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $5,420
01 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $5,420
02 Feb 202020 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $5,220
16 Feb 202005 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $5,220
01 Mar 202019 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $5,220
15 Mar 202002 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $5,220
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Vietnam in Depth 2019/20

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 special experience and group welcome dinner in the Old Quarter. [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

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.

A full afternoon of sightseeing in Hanoi. Highlights include the beautiful Temple of Literature, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoan Kiem Lake. [B]

Day 4. Hanoi - Sapa

An early start this morning to discover Hanoi as the city awakens. We'll visit the flower market and the Old Quarter and finish our tour with a Vietnamese breakfast and coffee. This afternoon we take a scenic journey through some of northern Vietnam's breathtaking scenery to the hills of Sapa, stopping at Silver Waterfall (one of the most beautiful in Vietnam) and Heaven Gate along the way. [B,D]

Day 5. Sapa

We begin the morning in Muong Hoa Valley alongside the largest rice paddy terrace in the Sapa area. In Lao Chai we'll meet people of the Black Hmong hill tribe, then walk to Ta Van village, home to the Giay minority. [B,L]

Day 6. Sapa - Hanoi

Special Experience: Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way.

This afternoon we return to Hanoi. [B]

Day 7. 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. We'll sail past amazing limestone rock formations, be able to swim or hike at Titov Island 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 8. Halong Bay

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. After breakfast we'll be able to discover one of the limestone caves by boat and this afternoon there is a visit to Virgin Grotto by kayak. Enjoy another beautiful evening aboard. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Early this morning we'll explore the Hidden Cave by bamboo boat. After brunch back aboard we'll disembark and return to Hanoi for our flight to Hue, Vietnam's former capital and the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty's emperors. [B,Brunch]

Day 10. Hue

This morning we'll enjoy a dragon boat cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and visit the Imperial Citadel. This afternoon we'll visit the imperial tombs of emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh before enjoying an evening at leisure. [B]

Day 11. Hue - Danang - Hoi An

Special Experience: Cycle through Hue to visit its famous Garden Houses, many of which have ties with the old imperial court.

In the afternoon we'll depart for Hoi An via the scenic Hai Van Pass. [B,L]

Day 12. 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 portion subject to prevailing water levels).

Day 13. 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 14. 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 15. 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 16. 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 17. 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. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner back in Saigon. [B,D]

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. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner back in Saigon. [B,D]

Day 18. Depart Saigon

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 19. Arrive in 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.