Hanoi, Halong Bay and the hills of Sapa
Heritage-listed Hoi An and Hue
Saigon and the lively Mekong Delta
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|11 Aug 2019||29 Aug 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $5,120|
|08 Sep 2019||26 Sep 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $5,120|
|22 Sep 2019||10 Oct 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $5,120|
|06 Oct 2019||24 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $5,120|
|20 Oct 2019||07 Nov 2019||Available||AUD $5,120|
|03 Nov 2019||21 Nov 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $5,120|
|17 Nov 2019||05 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $5,420|
|01 Dec 2019||19 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $5,420|
|02 Feb 2020||20 Feb 2020||Available||AUD $5,220|
|16 Feb 2020||05 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $5,220|
|01 Mar 2020||19 Mar 2020||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $5,220|
|15 Mar 2020||02 Apr 2020||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $5,220|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Vietnam and bustling Hanoi! This afternoon we’ll enjoy a visit to the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, which is also host to the ‘Imperial Academy’—Vietnam's first university. In addition, we will see the Hanoi Opera House and St Joseph’s Cathedral. Tonight we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together. [D]
This morning, we’ll head to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (outside only) and Ho Chi Minh’s neighbouring traditional Stilt House, where he lived from 1958 to 1969.
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 evening we will enjoy a cultural extravaganza show, which showcases traditional elements of Vietnamese culture in a historic and innovative way. [B]
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]
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]
Special Experience: Ascend beautiful Mt Fansipan by cable car and tram, enjoying spectacular views along the way.
This afternoon we return to Hanoi. [B]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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).
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]
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.