Vietnam Heritage

  • 9 Days 8 Nights
  • From $2,390
  • 2024
  • International & Domestic Vietnam Airlines airfare
  • 3-4-5 ⭐️ Accommodation

Overview

Due to the differences in latitude and topography, Vietnam is divided into 3 main regions corresponding with 3 separate weather systems from a temperate to a tropical climate. This variety makes Vietnam a year-round destination for nationwide tours.

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Highlights

Uncover the extraordinary sights and vibrant culture of Vietnam on this comprehensive 09-days tour from the country’s traditional north to its cosmopolitan south. Across 09 unforgettable days, discover French flavours, ancient Chinese influences and the roaring spirit of Vietnam.
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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Sydney / Melbourne – Hanoi – Arrival (International Flight)
Day 2: Hanoi – Half Day City Tour (By Bus)
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise (By Bus & Cruise)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (Domestic Flight)
Day 5: Hoi An – Free Day
Day 6: Hoi An – Hue (By Bus)
Day 7: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (Domestic Flight)
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City (By Bus)
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure – Back to Sydney / Melbourne (International Flight)

Itinerary

Day 1Sydney / Melbourne Hanoi Arrival (No Meal)

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to the hotel for check in. Then you are free.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal included: None

Day 2Hanoi - Half Day City Tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you enjoy a full day of exploring the city starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh and the President Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this site is the One Pillar Pagoda whose origin dates to the foundation of Hanoi a thousand years ago. Your tour in Hanoi continues with a trip to the remarkable Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam first university before walking through the Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional Activity: Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour

This tour into the Old Quarter will begin from your hotel in the early evening. Your English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walk through the maze of bustling streets that is Hanoi’s Old Quarter and tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate to you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing onwards, wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can discover how the locals live in the old quarter. Afterwards you will stop at the barbeque stalls. Settle down with the locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. The search for dessert will take you down to a small alley, here you will find fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed! Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi including Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee along with many other specialties. Follow these delicious meals with an ice-cold local beer. Your trip ends in the middle of the old quarter, and you will continue onwards to discover Hanoi by night at your own leisure, or the tour guide can arrange a taxi for you to go back to your hotel (taxi not included). Inclusions: English speaking tour guide, all food and drink as mentioned above

Tour cost SIC: US$45/pax

Day 3Hanoi Halong Bay Overnight on Cruise (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Halong Bay – the number one destination in Vietnam.

Itinerary for Garden Bay Cruise

08:15 Hotel pick-up in hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter.

12:15 Arriving at Sunworld International Harbor, Bai Chay Ward, Ha Long City. Transfer to Tonkin Cruise Boat by tender (5 -10 minutes)

12:30 Enjoy welcome drink, safety briefing then check in to your cabin

13:00 Cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay & having lunch with Set Menu

15:30 Kayaking to explore some lagoons, Swimming, Relaxing at the Beach in Cap La

17:30 Relax and enjoy the sunset party with Happy Hour (from 5h30pm- 7h30pm) while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong-Cong Do area to anchor for overnight

19:00 Having BBQ dinner (on the sundeck if condition permit otherwise in the restaurant)

21:00 Free evening to join some activities of board games or squid fishing, play guitar, watch movies or karaoke (advance request) or taste the variety of drinks at our luxury sky bar (chargeable) with wines, cocktails, brandy, juices…

Itinerary for Calypso Cruise

12:15 – 13:00 From Tuan Chau wharf, Tuan Chau island of Ha Long city, we go to Calypso Cruise by small boat. A warmly welcome drinks will be served upon arrival the cruise then has a short time for check in proceeds: get a brief introduction and safety guidelines then check in
Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Ha Long Bay, admiring the fascinating nature, then anchor at Lan Ha Bay area.

15:00 Join a guide to explore hidden parts of the bay, the area of Dark and Bright cave where to go through the cave, under the mountain to a lake which is formed by a Karst – well like a dragon eye inside the mountain. This is a very beautiful sight that visitors like the most. You share a sampan with other tourists with a local rower OR take a kayak on your own.
Return to Calypso Cruises for changing swimming suits then join swimming time in the sea or at the swimming pool on sundeck.

17:30 Enjoy happy hours with various drinks on discounts, try swimming pool and charming the bay with our handsome bartenders. Sun set can be seen from the sundeck if it is a lucky day.

18:00 Take part in a cooking demonstration and food décor with our Chef.

19:00 Join dinner at Calypso Cruises restaurant.

20:30 – 22:00 Time for relaxation after a day on the sundeck, leisure in a room for watching films, singing karaoke in a restaurant or going to tender for squid fishing with cruise staff.

Overnight in Lan Ha Bay.

Itinerary La Regina Grand Cruise

08:00 – 08:30 La Regina Grand Cruise luxury limousine picks you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to start your journey to La Regina Private Lounge.

11:30 Arrive at La Regina private lounge – Lot 24, Tuan Chau Marina – Ha Long, enjoy a welcome drink and express check-in before boarding.

12:15 Transferred by speed boat to La Regina Grand Cruises. Welcome aboard the cruise, refresh with our welcome drink while Cruise Manager briefing cruise orientation, activities & on board safety. The boat starts cruising to Lan Ha bay.

13:00 Cruise leaves to explore Lan Ha Bay. You will be enjoying a meal that features the distinctive Vietnamese cuisine taste while relaxing and avoiding the crowds on well-traveled roads.

15:30 You will arrive at Light and Dark Cave – one of the best attractions on Lan Ha Bay which is best known for its pristine and tranquil beauty. Exploring the area by local boat or kayaking. After that, you can swim in the green emerald and cool water around the cruise.

17:30 Return to the cruise and enjoy the Bay sunset while enjoying the “Happy Hour” special. You may also join our chef in the kitchen to learn how to make traditional spring rolls.

19:00 If the weather permits, enjoy dinner on the sundeck or in HaLong Bar & Restaurant, which is on the second floor. You will have the chance to savor meals produced from premium, fresh ingredients in a distinctive fusion style that fuses the essence of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the innovative influences of modern cuisine.

After dinner, it’s your choice for a fun squid fishing, spa (charge fees) or relaxing.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner on cruise

Day 4Halong Bay Hanoi Danang Hoi An (Breakfast / Brunch)

Suggestion flight time from 16:30 – 17:30

Itinerary for Garden Bay Cruise

06:30 Wake up early in the morning for Taichi exercise.

07:00 Have a light breakfast.

07:45 Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village by bamboo boat to discover the daily life of the fisher communities

09:00 Back to the main boat, relaxing, packing up

09:30 Checking-out and relaxing on the sundeck

10:30 Enjoy the last scenery of the HaLong Bay over lunch when the boat cruises back to shore.

11:45 Disembark and relax in our cafe lounge

12:15 Transfer back to Hanoi.to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to Hoian ancient town. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Itinerary for Calypso Cruise

06:00 Welcome a new day with amazing dawn on the Legendary Gulf of Tonkin. Refresh your body & soul by taking a Tai-chi lesson on the sundeck.

06:45 – 7:30 Have breakfast in the restaurant.

07:30 – 08:30 Join a guided tour and get your hands on some Kayaking to explore Tra Bau area. Those who do not fancy kayaking can swim at the swimming pool on the sundeck or swim in the sea.

08:30 – 9:30 Return to Calypso Cruises for a shower. Check out of your room.

09:30 – 10:30 An early lunch will be served.

10:45 – 11:00 After paying the bills, a small boat will take all of us to Tuan Chau wharf.

11:00 – 11:45: Disembark at the pier and return to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to Hoian ancient town. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Itinerary for La Regina Grand Cruise

06:00 Greet the new day on the sundeck with a tachi session. Enjoy the fresh air on the bay while you unwind with a cup of tea or coffee.

06:45 Enjoy a quick breakfast on board and get your day going with plenty of energy.

07:30 You will join the tour of Cat Ba World Biosphere. It will take you around 30 minutes to transfer from Gia Luan to Trung Trang – one of the most impressive caves in Cat Ba Island, Vietnam.

09:40 Lunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor.

11:00 Disembark from the cruise with our crew as farewell, back to Tuan Chau Marina by our speed boat. Then we will return to Hanoi to take a flight to Danang. Upon arrival at Danang airport, you are met and transferred to Hoian ancient town. Then you are free. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch on cruise

*Details of the cruise program will be updated upon confirmation. Anyway it still can change prior to departure date without notification due the weather or quay policy.

Day 5Hoi An - Free Day (Breakfast)

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Optional tour to Ba Na Hills

07:00 – 08:00: Pick up at your hotel and depart for Ba Na hills.

09:00: Arrive at the cable car station Hoi An. Sitting in the cabin, in midair, looking upon the endless tree line of the forest. Experiencing the pristine ecological system of the Ba Na Mountain will leave you with a sense of unforeseeable discovery.

09:30: Visit the Le Jardin, old wineries – remains of French Villas and Linh Ung pagoda with a 27m high Buddha statue. Leave Le Jardin for Gare Debay, the second cable car station, to go to the top of Ba Na

10:30: Visit and play games at the Fantasy Park- Ba Na Hills Fantasy Park- the third largest indoor amusement park in the world (only some free games depending on Ba Na policy).

11h30: Have a lunch buffet at Restaurant.

12:30: Conquer the Peak of Chua Mountain at the height of 1,487m. Enjoy the panorama view of the Da Nang from the top of Ba Na Hills. And then visit Golden Bridge.

14:30: Return to cable car station and transfer to Da Nang

15:00 – 15:30: Return to your hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 6Hoi An Hue (Breakfast)

This morning, you’ll be transferred to Hue – Vietnam’s last feudal capital. This small and quiet city is widely known for its magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in many small villages and surrounding hills. The scenic road hugs the coastline before crossing over the winding Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes of Lang Co Beach.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a boat cruise downstream to visit the charming pagoda of Thien Mu built in 1601 lying on the top of Ha Khe Hill, hidden behind 7 layers of Phuoc Duyen tower. You also visit Tu Duc tomb – one of the most beautiful royal architectures of the Nguyen dynasty.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 7Hue Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Suggestion flight time from 10:00 – 12:00

This morning, we will take a short drive to explore the massive Hue citadel built in 1832 – Western architecture combined with Eastern the citadel contains the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This Royal Residence was destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive but with renovations by a great work of local artist have restored most of it to its former glory. Then we will transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh.

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

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Day 8Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi Tunnels Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60 km from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200 km 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 buffaloes happily coexist 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 of 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). Return to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Option 2: Mekong Delta

This morning after breakfast be picked up from the hotel and travel to the city of My Tho (approx. 1.5 hours) on the banks of the Mekong. Upon arrival, board a motorboat and cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you to Xep Canal, a lovely place where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. Stop at a local family’s home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Afterwards continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family (included). In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City and your hotel accommodation.

Surcharge for changing from Cu Chi tunnel to Mekong Delta

Day 9Ho Chi Minh City Departure 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 tranasfer to airport for your flight deparute. 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

End of services.

Have an enjoyable journey!

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) Standard Class (3*) Superior Class (4*) Deluxe Class (5*)
Price per person from $ 2,390 $ 2,590 $ 2,990

List of Hotels (or Similar)

Standard Class (3*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi Chalcedony ROH
Halong Bay Garden Bay Cruise Deluxe
Hue Emm Hue Superior
Hoi An Lantana Riverside Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City Acnos Deluxe

Superior Class (4*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi The Q Superior
Halong Bay Calypso Cruise Deluxe
Hue Eldora Hue Deluxe
Hoi An Hadana Boutique Resort Deluxe
Ho Chi Minh City Alagon D’antique Deluxe

Deluxe Class (5*)

City Hotel Room Type
Hanoi Pan Pacific Deluxe
Halong Bay La Regina Grand Bai Tu Long Suite
Hue Indochine Palace Deluxe
Hoi An Little Oasis ROH
Ho Chi Minh City Grand Premium Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Departure Dates

Departure Dates from Sydney & Melbourne to Hanoi:

on Mondays and Wednesdays

Departure Dates from Perth to Hanoi:

on Fridays

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Flight

  • Return international Vietnam Airlines airfare from Sydney/ Melbourne
  • 02 domestic airfares: Hanoi to Da Nang, Hue to Ho Chi Minh City
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Cruise

  • 1-night / 2 days on cruise in Halong Bay (share cruise/ shared cabin of twin or double)

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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