Vietnam Insight 13 Days / 12 Nights – Luxury Tour

Single (Deluxe) from AUD $9419.00

Twin (Deluxe) from AUD $5232.00

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Tour Description

Immersing you in a new culture from an insiders’ point of view, our Vietnam Insight tour offers discerning travellers an unforgettable journey of discovery. Beyond normal sightseeing, we showcase the country through the eyes of specialist guides, introduce you to intriguing locals and lead you off the beaten path to the heart of Vietnam.

Day 1 – Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City – Upon arrival your guide will greet you and transfer by private car to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon wind down and indulge in a chic city spa followed by a Vietnamese dinner in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s best restaurants. (D)

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City – This half-day tour on a vintage Vespa will give you a unique look at familiar and not-so-familiar landmarks in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The tour begins in the early morning with a pickup at your hotel, our first stop is Tao Dan Park to catch the bird lovers club, the next stop is the monument of Thich Quang Duc , then take a quick stop at the colourful Ho Thi Ky flower market before riding to the Funeral Home to get to know about Vietnamese funeral ceremonies. Roll through Chinatown to Nhi Phu temple, continue through the alley full of tailor’s supplies then back to Nhi Phu temple to return to district one by bike. Visiting a local market before heading back to District 1 visit the Post Office,  followed by Cathedral of Notre Dame (“Our Lady”). Moving then to the Reunification Palace and the historic Opera House (now the Municipal Theatre). The final stop is an outside view of HCM City People’s Committee (formerly Hôtel de Ville) which is one of the most photographed buildings in Vietnam before ending the tour at your hotel. This evening enjoy a private home dinner in Ho Chi Minh City. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta – After breakfast, depart for the Mekong Delta, upon arrival in the Delta board the private ‘Song Xanh’, modelled after a traditional sampan. The boat’s small size allows you to discover the smaller canals and tributaries of this region. Continue to Can Tho stopping en-route at a Cao Dai Temple. Before sunset, the last stop is at a splendid 19th century house where an unforgettable dinner will be served. After dinner, proceed for one hour to Can Tho where your sampan will be moored for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Mekong Delta return to Ho Chi Minh fly to Danang and drive to Hoi An – cross the Mekong this morning on the way to Cai Rang Floating Market. After visiting the colourful floating market, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City’s airport for the flight to central Vietnam.  From the Danang airport, it’s a 30-minute drive to the ancient port town of Hoi An. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 5 – Hoi An – Pick up from hotel and from here ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que  Village. Take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilising it with seaweed. Continue gardening activities such as raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens etc. A walking tour is the best way to see Hoi An and you will visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and market. Sample the town’s delicate cuisine with lunch at the famed Brother’s Cafe. Dinner will at one of Hoi An’s best restaurants which serves original and creative cuisine that can only be described as Vietnam-Latin American-Japanese fusion. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Hoi to Hue via Danang – Morning at leisure before leaving Hoi An for Hue for the 3-hour drive to Hue. Later today enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a Buddhist pagoda with monks. This intimate experience will allow you to gain knowledge on Buddhism in Vietnam. Dine tonight at the private ‘garden house’   This traditional style house, which is set in a large and attractive formal garden has connections with the ancient Hue Royal Imperial Court. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Hue – Rise for an early breakfast followed by a visit to the city’s vibrant Dong Ba Market, then continue to the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Depart to the Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum before enjoying lunch at the boutique Pilgrimage Village Resort. Following your meal continue to the Mausoleum of Tu Duc and at
the end of the day visit the tomb of Khai Dinh. (B, L)

Day 8 – Hue to Hanoi –After a morning at your leisure, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon, visit Temple of Literature, next stop at picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, and visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Hanoi – Hit the streets of Hanoi for a full day street food tour and cooking class. Continue to a local market within the city to learn about and taste some of the ingredients used in the local cuisine and to watch the buying and selling rituals of a Vietnamese market. Lunch at one of Hanoi’s best bún chả establishments, Bún Ch Chanh. A final stop at one of Hanoi’s renowned Bia Hoi.  (B, L)

Day 10 – Hanoi to Halong Bay – After breakfast leave Hanoi for an overnight boat trip on Halong Bay and on arrival in Halong City late morning and board your traditional wooden junk for the overnight journey into the Bay. Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Halong Bay to Hanoi – On your return to Halong City disembark and your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi.  (B)

Day 12 – Hanoi to Duong Lam return to Hanoi – Depart your hotel at 0830 and travel west of Hanoi to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the northern Red River Delta which still preserves many hundred-year-old houses. For lunch enjoy a local style meal in a 100-year old house. After your meal, continue driving to Mia Pagoda (another hamlet of Duong Lam), built in the 15th century. On the way back to Hanoi stop at Tay Phuong Pagoda, one of the 1st pagoda’s built in Vietnam. Your farewell dinner will be held in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Hanoi and tour departure – You’re private car and guide will be at your disposal before your transfer to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a double/ twin share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Transfer and transport in private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Boat trip as per the itinerary
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 12 Breakfasts / 9 Lunches / 8 Dinners

Please note – domestic Vietnam airfares are not included in the price. Please contact your travel agent to obtain a price.