Vietnam Panorama
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Vietnam Panorama

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Travel overland through the verdant south of Vietnam – from the riverside life of the Mekong to lush and fresh Dalat, up the beautiful coastline to ancient Hue. Finish off by exploring colonial Hanoi and cruising on tranquil Halong Bay.

Places Visited

Ireland - Saigon (3N) - Mekong Delta (1N) - Dalat (2N) - Nha Trang (1N) - Qui Nhon (1N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (2N) - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Ireland

Day 1 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon.
Day 1 Fly to Saigon
Day 2 Saigon
On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Saigon
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before return to Saigon this afternon. See Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central post office, reunification palace and the War remnants Museum.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Days 4-5 Mekong Delta Cruise
Travel to Ben Tre and cruise on the Mekong river to explore the Delta, the rice basket of Vietnam. Travel through palm-lined canals on wooden sampans passing stilt houses and fish farms. Later on, you'll travel to Can Tho where you'll stay overnight. The next day, Visit the Cai Rang floating markets and soak up its vibrant atmosphere. Observe a demonstration on how vermicelli rice noodles are made before returning to Saigon.
Days 4-5 Mekong Delta Cruise
Day 6 Journey to Dalat
Travel to the beautiful hill station of Dalat, located in the cooler climate of the Central Highlands. en route you ll stop for lunch at Bao Loc and also visit a tea plantation. Dalat, known as the City of eternal spring, is surrounded by stunning forests and waterfalls. In the afternoon, why not relax with a coffee and take in picturesque views of Xuan Huong lake?
Day  6 Journey to Dalat
Day 7 Dalat Hill Station
Visit the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop before boarding an open-air train to journey out through the fantastic scenery of Trai Mat village. End the day browsing the stalls of Dalat's busy market.
Day 7 Dalat Hill Station
Day 8 Nha Trang Island Cruise
We wind our way from the highlands and along the coast to Nha Trang, Vietnam's beach capital. Take the turquoise waters for a cruise around the bays many islands with a stop off at one to enjoy a swim in the balmy waters.
Day 8 Nha Trang Island Cruise
Day 9 Qui Nhon
Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers and continue on to the city of Qui Nhon.
Day 9 Qui Nhon
Day 10 Son My & Hoi An
The Son My area saw some of the most horrific crimes of the Vietnam War - the My Lai massacre. Visit the memorial placed in honour of the victims. Continue on to Hoi An.
Day 10 Son My & Hoi An
Day 11 Hoi An Walking Tour
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An - a wonderfully laidback and traditional town that has managed to retain the charms of a bygone era. Visit a lovely old-style house, the Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the market.
Day 11 Hoi An Walking Tour
Day 12 Hue's Royal Tombs
Take the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnams dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. On arrival in Hue you will explore the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex with almost 40 monuments and beautiful gardens and pools
Day 12 Hue's Royal Tombs
Day 13 Imperial Citadel, Hue
This morning visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City before visiting the An Hien House on the outskirts of the city. This afternoon take a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda where you will have some time to explore. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 13 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Day 14 Fly to Hanoi
Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Admire the collections of the Fine Arts Museum and take a cyclo tour of the atmospheric tangle of streets that make up the Old Quarter.
Day 14 Fly to Hanoi
Day 15 Discover Hanoi
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. This afternoon is free for you to spend at your leisure before an evening performance of the famous water puppets.
Day 15 Discover Hanoi
Days 16-17 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend the day aboard a traditional junk cruising through the awe-inspiring beauty of Halong Bay. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. This evening stay overnight on your cruise ship. The next day cruise through the Bay and disembark your cruise, returning to Hanoi. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Days 16-17 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Day 18 Fly Hanoi to Ireland
Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 18 Fly Hanoi to Ireland

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Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

See our private departure itinerary of this tour

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Prices are based on Dublin departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €2290 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from €430
Tipping paid locally USD85

Additional Price Information:

Prices are based on Dublin departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €2290 (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room from €430
Tipping paid locally USD85

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Lan Lan 2
Lan Lan 2 - Saigon, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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La Sapinette
La Sapinette - Dalat (2 Nights)
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Located near the centre Dalat’s famous Liang Biang Plateau, and a short drive from the central market. The accommodation combines a first class traditional French Art Nouveau design with a modern convention centre. The 91 rooms have all got a fully equipped mini bar, cable TV, full bathroom amenities and complimentary daily bottled water. The hotel offers guests a fully equipped Gym, Sauna and Steam Bath as well as a Spa and Soothing Massage centre.



Asia Paradise
Asia Paradise - Nha Trang, Vietnam (1 Nights)
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Ideally located in central Nha Trang, Asia Paradise Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the sand and sea at Nha Trang Beach. Rated as one of the best 3* hotels in Nha Trang, Asia Paradise Hotel is famed for their spacious en-suite rooms, fitted with large windows, air-conditioning, satellite TV and minibars. The hotels onsite restaurant serves a selection of fresh seafood, superb European food and exquisite Asian dishes.



Seagull Hotel
Seagull Hotel - Qui Nhon, Vietnam (1 Nights)
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Located in the heart of a dynamic city, Seagull Hotel is a luxurious 4-star hotel featuring 170 well-equipped rooms with balconies facing the sea or the city. Guests can enjoy the hotel's excellent facilities and services including shops, a bar, laundry service and restaurants. Recreational activities include water sports, the health club and spa, massage treatments, swimming pool and Jacuzzi.



Vinh Hung Riverside
Vinh Hung Riverside - Hoi An, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Located on the bank of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is within a 5-minute walk to the ancient town of Hoi An. The 4-star resort has 89 well-appointed rooms, elegantly designed with the comfort of guests in mind. Guests can swim in the outdoor pool or work out at the fitness centre. Other recreation choices include enjoying a massage or attending a cooking class.



Mondial Hotel
Mondial Hotel - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A 5-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh Museum and Dong Ba Market, Mondial Hotel features a swimming pool, three dining options and lobby bar lounge. Free in-room Wi-Fi is also available. The hotel provides guests with air-conditioned en-suite rooms offering city, pool or mountain views, each equipped with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.



Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel
Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel - Hanoi, Vietnam (3 Nights)
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Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel is home to 108 comfortable en-suite rooms. All are tastefully furnished with amenities including complimentary internet access, air conditioning, a mini bar and desk. The hotel also offers many unique recreational opportunities such as a hot tub, massage and steam room. The hotel is ideally situated in Ninh Kieu Quay and is 0.34 km from the city centre, allowing guests to enjoy the town’s local attractions and activities.



Sapa Extension - 3D/2N

Sapa Extension - 3D/2N

duration 3 Days from price 330pp

A visa is required for entry into Vietnam. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into Ireland. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 60 days prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those who have an extensive period of time and who are interested in visiting the main cities and scenic spots of Vietnam. This tour journeys much of the itinerary by road which allows you to see the spectacular and colourful countryside of Vietnam. Travelling by road for extensive periods of time adds to the off the beaten track feel of this itinerary.

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