Best of Vietnam

  • 12 Days 11 Nights
  • $2,890
  • 2024
  • International & Domestic Vietnam Airlines airfare
  • 4-5 ⭐️ Accommodation

Overview

Sail among the limestone islands and immerse yourself in tranquil waters of Ha Long Bay, experience ancient Hanoi on cycle tour and food tour, marvel at Hoi An – the bewitching ancient town drenched in yellow, visit house of the last Vietnam’s royal family in Hue, travel back to the war time in Cu Chi Tunnels and enjoy your free time in bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Besides, you have 02 optional day tours to Hue Traditional folk song on perfume river boat trip and the tropical charm of Mekong Delta.

Return international airfares, 02 domestic flights, 10 nights of superior hotel accommodation, 01 overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay, standard meals & daily breakfast are all included for your best comfort.

This journey takes you to: HanoiHa Long Bay – Da NangHoi AnHue – Ho Chi Minh CityCu Chi TunnelsMekong Delta

Highlights

      • Start in Hanoi and End in Ho Chi Minh city with the in-depth cultural tour Classic Vietnam taking you through main cities rich in cultures and history.
      • Romantic program designed for relaxing and discovering traditional cultures as well as culinary cultures of Vietnam.
      • Explore traditional Hanoi by cyclo (tricycle) around the old quarters and enjoy the unique water puppetry.
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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Sydney / Melbourne – Hanoi Arrival (International Flight)
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight On Cruise (SIC) (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (SIC) (By Bus)
Day 4: Hanoi – City Tour (By Bus)
Day 5: Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An (Domestic Flight)
Day 6: Hoi An
Day 7: Hoi An – Hue (By Bus)
Day 8: Hue – City Tour (By Bus)
Day 9: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (Domestic Flight)
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City – Free & Easy
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Free & Easy
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (Evening Flight) Back to Sydney/Melbourne (International Flight)

Itinerary

Day 1Sydney / Melbourne Hanoi Arrival (No Meal)

Depart Wednesdays from Sydney or Thursdays from Melbourne, Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to hotel for check in. Then you are free.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2Hanoi Halong Bay Overnight On Cruise (SIC) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

08:00 – 08:30: Shuttle bus of cruise will pick you up from your hotel to transfer to Halong Bay – the number one destination in Vietnam.
12:15 – 12:30: Check in aboard with Welcome drink from crew member while manager introduce the safety briefing and the boat cruising forward to the Ha Long Bay.
13:15: Let your vacation start with a delicious lunch in restaurant.
15:30: Discover Thien Canh Son cave were located on top of mountain, contain the long history of geological value and the natural beauty. Recommend you bring camera and wear sport shoes for hiking.
17:30: Enjoy your time with the beautiful sunset on the bay and join “Happy Hour”.
18:00: Cooking class on sundeck with the Deep-Fried Spring rolls, one of the unique flavour of Vietnamese food
19:30: Dinner will be served on sundeck or restaurant.
21:00: Feel free to relax on boat, join Squid fishing at the area of Reception deck.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel
Lunch and Dinner on board

Day 3Halong Bay Hanoi (SIC) (Breakfast / Brunch)

06:30: Start your day with the Taichi on sundeck.
07:00: Light breakfast serve in dining room.
07:45: Visiting Vung Vieng floating fishing village, one of the biggest villages in HaLong Bay, you will have chance to learn about the living of fishermen and feel free with some option activities: bamboo boat or kayaking.
09:00 – 09:30: Back to the main boat for relaxing and check out at the reception, please put all your luggage at the outside of your cabin door, crew member will help to bring luggage on land.
09:45: Brunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor.
11:00: Disembark at pier and return to Hanoi.
Check in hotel. Free time for a short rest. Late in the afternoon, exploring the Hanoi Old Quarter by getting on a cyclo. Witnessing the bustle and hustle of local life in this ancient city will be an unforgettable experience for you. Then you are taken to the Thang Long theatre, which is located near Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoying the traditional water puppet show will bring you exciting fairy tales or historical stories about this country. Dinnner on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

*The itinerary can be changed depends on the weather condition for tourist comfort and safety.

Meals: Light breakfast and brunch onboard.

Day 4Hanoi City Tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast at hotel, take a tour to visit Ho Chi Minh complex including Ba Dinh square, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Stilt house, one pillar pagoda. Then proceed to visit Hoa Lo Prison which one known as “Hanoi Hilton”. Lunch on your own. Free afternoon for your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 5Hanoi Da Nang Hoi An (Breakfast)

Flight: Vietnam Airlines @ 10:30 – 11:55

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to airport for your fight to Da Nang. On arrival at Danang you are met and transferred to Hoi An. Then free afternoon for your activities.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 6Hoi An (Breakfast)

Free whole day for your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 7Hoi An Hue (Breakfast)

After breakfast, checking out. Car and guide will take you to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Check in hotel in Hue. Free for your own activities. Overnight in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour:

Program: (seat in coach tour) Hue Traditional folk song on perfume river boat trip

Duration: 1 hour (show 1: 19:00 – 20:00/ Show 2: 20:00 – 21:00)

Itinerary: Pick up at your hotel. Begin to explore Hue traditional folk song on Perfume River by meeting the musicians and singers. After a short briefing introduction of the team, the boat begins to move slowly along the Perfume River, you will admire the most beautiful and extremely splendid riverside landscape at night when the lights are on.

Especially, you have a chance to see the colorful Truong Tien bridge. Listen to the singers performing Ca Hue on Perfume River who sing folk songs to the tune of traditional woodwind, and stringed instruments. Before the program ends, release the candle lanterns on the river to pray for the good things. Come back to the boat station and drop-off at hotel.

Included: Pick-up and drop-off at hotel lobby. Boat trip on perfume river. Musicians and singers. Lotus lanterns.

Day 8Hue City Tour (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Start tour in Hue by taking dragon boat to visit Thien Mu pagoda located on the northern bank of the Perfume River and was built in 1601 by Lord Nguyen Hoang. Nowadays, it is the oldest and most beautiful pagoda in Hue which has become an iconic symbol of Hue.

Continue our trip to visit the Imperial Citadel, famously being one of Vietnam’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Imperial City of Hue has long been a must-see attraction for tourists visiting a hidden charm of Vietnam. The Imperial Citadel was a capital of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years date back from 1805 until 1945 and was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. It was built in 1805 by Gia Long and finally completed under the reign of Minh Mang in 1832.

Coming back to present time by a visit at Dong Ba market, the largest commercial centre in Hue, a place that has an importance in the everyday life of Hue people and one of the best shopping sites in the city. It is also a place where you can find anything as presents for friends and relatives. Check in hotel. Free afternoon for your leisure. Overnight in Hue.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 9Hue Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Flight Vietnam Airlines @16:15 – 18:15

Breakfast at hotel. Our guide and car pick up to visit Minh Mang tomb, located 12 km away from Hue city on mount Cam Khe. The tomb of Emperor Minh Mang (1820-1841), the 2nd King of the Nguyen Dynasty was constructed between 1940-1943 by his successor, Thieu Tri. The tomb following the Chinese architecture concepts and one of the most impressive royal tombs. Back to hotel for checking out and luggage packed for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

Upon arrival Tan Sơn Nhat airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then you are free for your own activities. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel.

Day 10Ho Chi Minh City - Free & Easy (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Free whole day for your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour:

Program: VIP CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY TOUR. Seat in coach tour maximum 9 pax/ group

Duration: half day tour

Itinerary: 08:30 our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby. Start to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their day, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”. Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Ho Chi Minh city. Tour ends at around 15:30.

Included: Pick-up and drop-off at hotel lobby. Transportation by Limousine D’car. Entrance fees. Experienced English-speaking guide. Vietnamese set menu lunch. Local beer, coke, fruits, cold tissues and mineral water during car ride.

Day 11Ho Chi Minh City - Free & Easy (Breakfast)

Breakfast at hotel. Free whole day for your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour:

Program: VIP MEKONG DELTA DAY TOUR. Seat in coach tour maximum 9 pax/ group

Duration: 8am Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, then transfer to the City of My Tho by bus (1.5 hours).

Itinerary: On the way, we will visit Vinh Trang pagoda, the biggest pagoda in the Mekong delta. Upon arrival in My Tho, we will take a boat trip along the Mekong River, where you can see fish cages and floating houses on the river. The boat takes you to a small canal, where you can totally escape from the busy town. The boat cruise in the coconut trees canal takes you to a coconut island in Ben Tre. We disembark and have a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea, honey wine, and listen to Vietnamese traditional music, performed by the villagers.
Stop by the village coconut candy shop, learn how to make candy, and see some handicraft made from coconut trees. Take a walk through the village and admire the fruits, flowers, trees, local houses, children, and people. Then, we head to the local restaurant. Lunch is set with special Vietnamese food at here. After lunch, relax, go for a walk or bicycle around the area. We’ll then travel back to the river ferry and head back to Saigon by bus, arriving at around 4:30 pm.

Included: Pick-up and drop-off at hotel lobby. Transportation by Limousine D’car. Entrance fees. Experienced English-speaking guide. Vietnamese set menu lunch. Local beer, coke, fruits, cold tissues, and mineral water during car ride. Motorboat trip. Small rowboat. Fresh fruit, honey tea. Vietnamese traditional folk music.

Day 12Ho Chi Minh City Departure (Evening Flight) Back to Sydney/Melbourne (Breakfast)

After breakfast free at leisure till transfer to airport for return flight back home. We hope you have brought home fond memories of Vietnam!

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Notes:
Check out time: 12:00. You can leave your luggage at hotel and come back at 18:00 to transfer to airport for your flight departure. During your fee time you can visit some attractions in Saigon as below:

  • Central Post Office
  • The Independence Palace
  • Saigon Opera House (Ho ChI Minh Municipal Theatẻ)
  • Bitexco Financial Tower
  • Ho Chi Minh Squares
  • Ben Thanh market
  • Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

Tour Prices & Hotels

Tour Prices

Net Tour Cost Per Person in AUD Base on Double/Twin Sharing
Land + Airfare from Sydney & Melbourne & Perth
* Our Add-on Interstate Surcharges from Brisbane/ Adelaide & New Zealand to Sydney/ Melbourne will be the BEST to create through Airfares.
Group size (Min.2 person) Superior Class (4*) Deluxe Class (5*)
Price per person $ 2,890 $ 3,290

List of Hotels (or Similar)

Optional Hotels

Superior Class (4*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi THE Q Deluxe
Halong Bay LA REGINA ROYAL CRUISE Noble Suite
Hue ELDORA Deluxe City View
Hoi An LE PAVILLON LUXURY Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City CENTRAL PALACE Deluxe

Deluxe Class (5*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi PAN PACIFIC Deluxe
Halong Bay LA REGINA LEGEND CRUISE Princess Suite
Hue INDOCHINE PALACE Palace Deluxe
Hoi An LE PAVILLON HOI AN GALLERY Gallery Superior
Ho Chi Minh City GRAND SAIGON Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Departure Dates

Departure Dates from Sydney & Melbourne:

2024: 08 May, 12 Jun, 24 Jul, 21 Aug, 18 Sep.

Departure Dates from Perth:

2024: 21 Apr, 08 May, 09 Jun, 21 Jul, 25 Aug, 08 Sep.

Traveling on a date outside of the listed departure date may incur an additional surcharge.

The price is quoted per person based on twin share and not effect on high season.

We tailor-made holidays to your schedule with the best prices for small private groups.

Please email us your departure date & departure city => [email protected] or hotlines 1300 309 117

Flight

  • Return international Vietnam Airlines airfare from Sydney/ Melbourne
  • 02 domestic airfares: Hanoi to Da Nang, Hue to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Consider before you fly (Click here)

Cruise

  • 1-night / 2 days on cruise in Halong Bay (share cruise/ shared cabin of twin or double)
  • Boat trip as mentioned (Dragon boat in Hue, boat, and sampan in Mekong Delta)

Meal

  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in itinerary (Vietnamese local cuisine)
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 01 lunch + 01 dinner + 01 brunch on cruise in Ha Long Bay

Drink

  • 02 bottles of mineral water/ person/ day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing

Tour guide

  • English-speaking local guides
    • Hanoi: 01 guide.
    • Ha Long Bay: cruise’s guide
    • Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue: 01 guide
    • Ho Chi Minh City: 01 guide

Transport

  • Transportation by mini van with air-conditioner.
  • Private return airport transfers.

Tour Exclusions

Tour Exclusions

  • Visa to Vietnam (Clients can click here to apply E-visa online or contact VN Holidays team to help with service fee.) or contact VNH team to help with service fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Hoi An town
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Meals, drinks, tips, and all not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages,…)
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Peak season surcharges if any

Other Information

Changes

  • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels, and operating conditions.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.

Special requests

  • Your special requests (diet, vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date.

VN Holidays' responsibility

  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices.
  • VN Holidays is not responsible for any loss or theft, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers.
  • Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
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