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Simply Vietnam 8 Days

$3,399.00 $1,699.00

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels, Halong Bay Cruise, Hanoi

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant city life of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Savour the rural delights of the Mekong Delta
  • See the remnants of the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Relax on board a traditional Vietnamese Junk while cruising the UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay in an overnight cruise
  • Enjoy a in depth full day city tour of Hanoi and its best sights

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Departure Dates

2017 Price Per Person Single Supplement
18 Feb # 27 May 02 Sep $3,399
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$499
25 Feb # 03 Jun 16 Sep
04 Mar # 10 Jun 23 Sep *
11 Mar # 17 Jun 30 Sep *
18 Mar # 24 Jun 07 Oct *
25 Mar 01 Jul * 14 Oct
01 Apr * 08 Jul * 21 Oct
08 Apr * 15 Jul * 28 Oct
15 Apr * 22 Jul 04 Nov
22 Apr * 29 Jul 11 Nov ^
29 Apr 05 Aug 18 Nov ^
06 May 12 Aug
13 May 19 Aug
20 May 26 Aug
* Peak Season Surcharge: $200

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying Vietnam Airlines (or if not available, China Southern Airlines/Thai Airways)
  • Internal flight within Vietnam
  • 1 night Halong Bay cruise and 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tour guide and driver tipping prepaid in Australia: $80
  • Vietnam visa application fees
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary

Accommodation

Ho Chi Minh City Signature Saigon Hotel local rating or similar
Hanoi La Dolce Vita Hotel local rating or similar
Halong Bay Cruise Oriental Sails or similar

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Classic China 8 Days

From $999 per person twin share

Beijing, Shanghai

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Taste authentic Peking Roast Duck
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

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Fly to Ho Chi Minh City via a connecting city. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast, we travel by road from Ho Chi Minh City to the peaceful countryside in Ben Tre. Embark on a local boat ride on Ben Tre River – one of tributaries of the Mekong River. Stop at brickwork to see how to make brick by hand. Visit the perfume coconut garden and coconut processing workshops located along river canal and enjoy fresh fruit and coconut juice. Continue the trip by boat through criss-crossed with countless canals where they look more narrow to countryside. Walk on peaceful paths to the farmer house to see people weave mats. Take a motor cart (xe loi) or bicycle on shady road, pass by rice ­fields and vegetable plains discover tropical culture and real living conditions. Enjoy lunch at farmer house on the riverside. In the afternoon, board a rowing boat along water palm canal and then proceed to Ben Tre before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
This morning, you travel to visit Cu Chi Tunnels – known as the “Iron Triangle” during the war of the 60’s, the story of Cu Chi is one of struggle, determination against all odds, and eventual victory Arriving at the tunnels you will have an opportunity to go underground to see the intricate system of tunnels, learn tactics of revolutionary forces and understand what life was like for the Vietnamese soldiers during wartime. Then visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market before transfer to the airport to catch the departure flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel.

Day 4: Hanoi Halong Bay Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)

Travel by coach to Halong Bay and take a boat trip to explore one of the world’s great natural wonders cruising the thousands of limestone islands filled with caves of all shapes and sizes. The sails of junks and sampans gliding along the clear and emerald waters of the bay form a magnificent picturesque scene that blends with the sky. You also get a chance to visit some of the hidden grottoes beneath the towering cliffs. A seafood lunch and dinner will be served on board the charming junk. Stay overnight on board.
Enjoy the aquamarine waters of the bay at its best as the boat continues to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations. Disembark from the junk at noon and return to Hanoi. Check in & free at leisure.
Enjoy a city tour of Hanoi’s most famous sites: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (outside view), One Pillar Pagoda, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Later, enjoy a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter to discover the lifestyle of locals. Enjoy a Water Puppet Show, a traditional form of Vietnamese folk art.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home via a connecting city. The trip may be over but the experiences and memories will certainly last a lifetime.
Arrive home today

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Classic China 8 Days

From $999 per person twin share

Beijing, Shanghai

Tour Highlights:

  • Walk on the incredible Great Wall
  • Uncover the mystery of the Forbidden City
  • Taste authentic Peking Roast Duck
  • Stroll in the exquisite Summer Palace
  • Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis Shanghai

Please click here for details.

You will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Beijing (may be via a connecting city). Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for rest.
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Continue on to the Temple of Heaven, one of the best examples of Ming Dynasty architecture and also an ornate sanctuary where Chinese emperors offered sacrifices to heaven and prayed for good harvest. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Today’s highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall at Juyong Pass, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia en-route. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné Factory, and visit the Changling Exhibition Hall of the Ming Tombs, where thirteen of the sixteen Ming dynasty emperors are buried. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (at your own expense).
Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China. Then, visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Later, join a “Hutong Life Tour” (at your own expense), a special journey which explores Beijing’s ancient alleyways or “hutongs” by pedicab followed by a stroll in Wangfujing, one of the Chinese capital’s most famous shopping streets. After dinner, cap off the day by attending a superb and thrilling Chinese Kung-Fu Show (at your own expense).

Experience the high-speed train to Shanghai – the modern metropolis and commercial centre of China. This morning we visit a Silk Spinning Mill and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth. Then we walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. Continue to the Old Town which is a perfect combination of gardens, temples, old architecture, civil culture, business souvenirs and food. In the evening, you may join an optional “Huangpu River Night Cruise” (at your own expense).

This morning visit Shanghai Museum to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. Then we explore the Xintiandi Area, an affluent and fashionable pedestrian street composed of unique Shikumen (stone gate) and modern architecture style. Our farewell dinner this evening will be a banquet of delicious Shanghai cuisine. You can cap of the celebrations by attending a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show – “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (at your own expense).

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Shanghai Airport this afternoon for your flight home via a connecting city.

Arrive in Australia this morning.