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11 Day Tour | Savour Vietnam with Flights | East Coast

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Danang - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh

Return International and internal Domestic Airfares with Vietnam Airlines

9 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation throughout with 1 night on a 4 Star Ha Long Bay Cruise

Experience the wonders of Vietnam with a focus on its unique cuisine

Travel through Vietnam's main capital cities including Hanoi, Ho An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City!

From $3,299 Typically $3,999 Include flight pp twin share

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This program has been designed especially for those who love to savor Vietnamese cuisine and culture. Travel through it's main cities starting in the North and making your way South. 

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Learn about the history of the various regions, their origins and experience authentic dishes with the help from your local guides. Every dish has its story and every step you take on this tour has a history behind it.

Taste most of the must-try Vietnamese dishes such as Cha Ca La Vong, Cao Lau Hoi An, Hoi An chicken rice, Vietnamese noodles, Spring rolls and so much more!

Other experiences include the opportunity to stargaze as you sail through spectacular Ha Long Bay on a luxury cruise. Visit the Imperial Citadel and Royal Tomb in Hue. Explore traditional Vietnam by cyclo (tricycle) around the city center and enjoy the unique water puppetry before cruising along the Saigon River whilst having dinner. All the dishes you taste and the cities in Vietnam you will visit, will make it an unforgettable trip. 
 
 

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Day 1

Australia Hanoi

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and be transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day/evening is yours at leisure.

Meals: Inflight Menu

Accommodation: The Q Hotel

Day 2

Hanoi Halong Bay

Breakfast this morning will be at the hotel. Our guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby for your transfer to Halong Bay by shuttle bus. Arrive at Bai Chay- Ha Long, enjoy a welcome drink and express check-in before boarding at the waiting lounge. Check in on the cruise with a Welcome drink from a crew member while the manager introduces you to the safety briefing. The boat will then begin its cruise into Halong bay. Let your on board experience start with a delicious lunch set menu in the restaurant. Your first excursion is a visit to Luon Cave. This is considered one of the most ideal places in Halong for kayaking or using a rowing boat. After, you can visit Titov Island, where you can go swimming or hike to the summit for another stunning, panoramic view of the Bay. Come back to the cruise to relax. Enjoy your special dinner in the restaurant. After dinner, it’s your choice for squid fishing, use of the spa, karaoke or relax under the stars.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: La Regina Royal Cruise

Day 3

Halong Bay Hanoi

Greet the new day early this morning on the sundeck with tai chi. Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. After breakfast, your next excursion is a visit to the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, where you can take in the panoramic views across Halong Bay. On return to the boat, you will then check out. Vietnamese cuisine buffet is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. Disembark at the harbor. Take the shuttle bus transfer back to Hanoi. Check into the hotel then the rest of the day is yours at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast and Brunch

Accommodation: The Q Hotel

Day 4

Hanoi Danang Hoi An

After breakfast at the hotel, take a tour to visit the Ho Chi Minh complex including Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Stilt House, and One Pillar Pagoda. Then proceed to visit Hoa Lo Prison which one known as “Hanoi Hilton”. Exploring the Hanoi Old Quarter, and witnessing the bustle and hustle of local life in this ancient city will be an unforgettable experience. You will have lunch with Cha Ca La Vong, a traditional Vietnamese dish originating from Hanoi. It consists of grilled fish with turmeric and dill served with vermicelli noodles, roasted peanuts, and a dipping sauce consisting of lime juice, garlic, fish sauce, and sugar. This dish dates back to the French Indochina days of Vietnam when the resistance fighters used to meet in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. After lunch, transfer to the airport for a flight to Danang. A local guide will meet you at Danang International Airport. Transfer to Hoi An to check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Rosemary Hotel

Day 5

Hoi An

Breakfast will be at the hotel this morning. Your guide will take you to explore the World Heritage ancient town of Hoi An. Today, it is recognized for its well-preserved architecture, pedestrian-only streets and distinctive local cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. Hoi An’s narrow lanes are ideal for a guided walking tour of its many atmospheric sights including the Japanese covered bridge, Fujian assembly hall, Trieu Chau assembly hall and the colorful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two. Lunch with specialties in a local restaurant such as Chicken Rice, White Rose and Cao Lau, a signature dish of Hoi An, that anyone visiting this ancient town should try at least once. Cao Lau used to be served only to the upper classes. The name “Cao Lau” means “high floor” where the rich would sit in restaurants in the olden days, has been around since the 17th century when ships from Western and Eastern countries, including Japan and China, came to trade at the bustling Hoi An port. The afternoon is free to discover Hoi An town or head back to the hotel to relax.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Rosemary Hotel

Day 6

Hoi An

After breakfast at the hotel, the day is yours at leisure to continue exploring Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Rosemary Hotel

Day 7

Hoi An Hue

Breakfast will be at the hotel this morning. Your guide will take you by car to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Arrive in Hue city around lunchtime. Lunch will be experienced in a local restaurant with local cuisine, which is beautifully presented in tiny portions for greater variety. Continue on to visit Thien Mu Pagoda located on the northern bank of the Perfume River which 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 the city. Continue your trip to visit the Imperial Citadel, famous for 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 the hidden charm of Vietnam. The Imperial Citadel was the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years dating 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 was finally completed under the reign of Minh Mang in 1832. You will then return to the hotel and the rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Eldora Hotel

Day 8

Hue Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast this morning will be at the hotel. Your guide and car will pick you up and take you 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 follows Chinese architectural concepts and is one of the most impressive royal tombs. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. A local guide will meet you at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. You will be transferred to the city center. Dinner will be a special Vietnamese cuisine. Check in and enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Central Palace Hotel

Day 9

Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast at the hotel, the day is yours at leisure to explore Ho Chi Minh City and its surrounds. 

Optional tour
Program: VIP MEKONG DELTA DAY TOUR. Seat in coach tour maximum 9 passengers per group
Duration: Full-day tour
Itinerary: 8AM Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, then transfer to the City of My Tho by bus (1.5 hours). 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 cruises through the coconut tree canal and takes you to the 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 handicrafts 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 a set menu with special Vietnamese food. After lunch, relax, go for a walk or bicycle around the area. We’ll then travel back to the river, take the ferry and head back to Saigon by bus, arriving at around 430PM.

Included: Pick-up and drop-off at the 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 the car ride. Motorboat trip. Small rowboat. Fresh fruit and honey tea. Vietnamese traditional folk music. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Central Palace Hotel

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast this morning will be at the hotel. Today is a free day for you ti continue to enjoy the city. Why not try shopping whilst discovering the biggest city in Vietnam.

Early in the evening, at around 6PM, your guide will pick you up at the hotel for the Cyclo Tour which begins with a  trip from your hotel to the water-puppet theatre. Water puppetry is an ancient puppet tradition and an important part of Vietnamese culture. In water puppetry, puppets are played on the surface of a pool of water, while a Vietnamese orchestra of professional musicians accompanied by an array of talented singers provides background music for the performance. Enjoy watching the puppet show and learning more about Vietnamese rural life and folklore. Many of the programs, especially those involving the tales of day-to-day living, often have a humorous twist. After the show, we’ll take you to Saigon River to board a junk boat for a dinner cruise. Take the time here to admire the lights of Saigon City from the river. Dinner will be served on the cruise, which you can enjoy while cruising along the Saigon River. The tour ends around 930PM , when we’ll return you to your hotel.

Optional tour:
Program: VIP CU CHI TUNNELS HALF-DAY TOUR. Seat in coach tour maximum 9 passengers per group
Duration: half-day tour
Itinerary: 830AM your guide will pick you up at the 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 your 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, and cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Lunch will be in a local restaurant. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. The tour ends at around 330PM.

Included: Pick-up and drop-off at the 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. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Central Palace Hotel

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh Australia

Breakfast this morning will be at the hotel. You will then have the whole day free for your leisure. Check-out will be at 12PM. You can leave your luggage at hotel reception until its time to transfer to the airport for your evening flight home. 

Meals: Breakfast and Inflight Menu

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • International and domestic Economy airfares 
  • 9 nights 4-star accommodation in a twin/double room with daily breakfast 
  • 1 night/2 days on a cruise in Halong Bay (cruise cabin - twin/double)
  • All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local English-speaking guides at each destination
  • All entrance fees as per the program
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch Dinner) as indicated in the program (Vietnamese Local food)
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

Flight Information: 

Flights based on Economy Airfares. 

Upgrades available at check-out are as follows: 

  • Airfare upgrade to Premium Economy Class surcharge 
  • Airfare upgrade to Business Class surcharge for the whole itinerary 

Flight date changes: will incur a $200pp fee, plus any difference in fare and taxes.

(Flight with Vietnam Airlines the new Dreamliner 787 and Airbus A350) 

Exclusions

  • Optional tours 
  • Personal travel insurance 
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc
  • Meals and services other than those mentioned in the program
  • Drinks with meals 
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking 
  • Visa application and visa stamp fees at Vietnamese embassies overseas and/ or upon arrival (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.) 
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program

Accommodation Upgrades: Available at check-out.

Single Supplement: Please speak with our Customer Service Team for a quote on a single supplement. If upgrading to a 5-star program, the single supplement will be slightly higher.

Visas: Australian passport holders need to apply for a visa to visit Vietnam. The visa-free stay period is counted from THE DATE OF ENTRY. Please apply E-Visa to Vietnam at least 15 days before the date of entry. The Vietnam visa, can be easily obtained online via this link: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn  

It takes 3-5 working days for the visa to be issued. The VISA STATUS can be checked at: https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/web/guest/tra-cuu-thi-thuc after entering the registration code, email, and date of birth. Once the visa is issued, the PDF file can be downloaded and printed. It is advisable to have 2 printed copies to enter/exit Vietnam.

Travel Insurance: We recommend Covermore travel insurance. To quote and book, please click HERE.

Departure Dates


FEB 2024
26 th
Monday 26 Feb 2024  ‐  Thursday 07 Mar 2024
MAR 2024
11 th
Monday 11 Mar 2024  ‐  Thursday 21 Mar 2024
APR 2024
24 th
Wednesday 24 Apr 2024  ‐  Saturday 04 May 2024
MAY 2024
15 th
Wednesday 15 May 2024  ‐  Saturday 25 May 2024
JUN 2024
12 th
Wednesday 12 Jun 2024  ‐  Saturday 22 Jun 2024

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