Vietnam Encounters tour

Vietnam Encounters tour

Tour Experience

This comprehensive tour of Vietnam covers the whole country from North to South

Available

All year round

Location

Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City

This comprehensive Vietnam tour is a perfect introduction to Vietnam, with tours to visit many of the countries tourist highlights combined with some less visited rural areas. This exciting adventure begins in the capital Hanoi where you’ll have guided tours to all of the cities important monuments and buildings along with plenty of free time to soak up the culture in the Ancient Quarter together with a guided street food tasting tour. Leaving Hanoi behind you head to famous Halong Bay which many regard as one the Natural Wonder of the World. Whilst here you’ll spend 2 days onboard a traditional Junk boat meandering around the thousands of tiny islands. Halong Bay is an awe-inspiring site which will leave you dumbstruck by its natural beauty.

After spending a night onboard the Reunification Express you’ll arrive in Hue where you’ll have a guided tour of this imperial city before heading on to beautiful Hoi An with its traditional architecture and laid-back life-style. Whilst in Hoi An you’ll join a bicycle tour out of the city to visit some of the nearby rural villages and maybe even partake in some ‘manual labour!’.

The last stop on this tour is the former capital of the French Colony of Chochin India – Ho Chi Minh City, though many still refer to it as Saigon. Ho Chi Minh is the vibrant business hub of the country where you’ll see newly building sky scrapers standing in contrast beside traditional Vietnamese buildings. You’ll have guided tour of the city and also take an interesting side-trip to the Mekong Delta where you’ll spend the night in the home of a local family

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide during sightseeing and activities
  • Admission fees, with instruction where necessary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Internal Flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Visas fees (we can arrange a pre-registration VISA Letter for you for Vietnam, you will still need to pay for visa stamp fee upon arrival into the country (at customs check in counter) at a cost of $45 per person together with 2 passport photos. Please contact us for more information about the cost of this letter as prices vary depending on nationality.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive into Hanoi

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi for the start of your trip.
OVERNIGHT
Hanoi hotel
EXTRAS
Single Room Supplement, Extra night – pre-tour

DAY 2 Hanoi, full day city tour

Today you will take a tour of the Ho Chi Minh complex in Hanoi, including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. We then take a one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter – a must for any visitor to Hanoi! In the evening we enjoy a guided street food tasting tour through the Old Quarter.
Please note: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed from 1st October to 30th November (approx.) for annual conservation.
OVERNIGHT
Hanoi hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Drive to Halong Bay for overnight cruise

At around 8 am start your journey to Halong Bay and arrive at around midday to board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Thousands of towering pillars of sea and wind wind-carved limestone karst make the bay an unforgettable and iconic sight. After lunch, explore some of the huge limestone caves dotted around the bay and visit a floating fishing village. Then the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim, soak up the sun on the top deck, or try your hand at kayaking. In the evening enjoy a seafood feast for dinner.
OVERNIGHT
Halong Bay Junk Boat
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Morning swim, afternoon return to Hanoi

Enjoy an early morning swim (during the summer), followed by breakfast as you cruise through more spectacular scenery. In the afternoon drive back to Hanoi for your overnight train to Hue. You may have a few hours in Hanoi before the train departs. We recommend that you take time to get a good meal before transferring to the train station.
OVERNIGHT
4-birth sleeper train
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 5 Arrive in Hue, city tour

Upon arrival in Hue you are met and transferred to your hotel. Early check in is subject to availability but breakfast is included.
Today enjoy a private tour of this beautiful city which is rich in history, culture and ancient temples. Spend the day exploring the Citadel, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, before relaxing on a sunset cruise on the Perfume River
OVERNIGHT
Hue hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 Drive the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, city tour

Drive south along a beautiful stretch of coastline and over the scenic Hai Van Pass, to the picturesque riverside community of Hoi An. On arrival, enjoy a walking tour of this charming traditional town now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. Today, it remains a quaint riverside town, renowned for its silk and popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century and much of the town is now heritage-listed.
OVERNIGHT
Hoi An hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 7 Bicycle tour to Tra Que village

Tra Que is a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An town. The village is particularly famous for its sweet scented green vegetables that spice up the famous Cao Lau and Quang noodle dishes that Hoi An locals favour. Upon visiting the village you will have the chance to discover the art of cultivating the plants and have the opportunity to take part in a fun cooking class, where you can learn how to prepare some local dishes.
Ride a bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village, where you will be introduced to the history of the village and the cultivation of the vegetables. You will also discover how some of the crops are used in traditional Vietnamese medicine. As you visit the surrounding vegetable gardens you will join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed. You will have the chance to participate in activities such as raking the ground, sowing, watering and picking the greens. Spend the rest of the morning working the land in the time honoured way, before breaking for lunch with a local family. Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring rolls and banh xeo, which is a local pancake dish that is popular in central Vietnam. After your lunch and the exertions of the morning, take a traditional Vietnamese post-prandial nap.
At around 3:00pm, bid farewell to your host family before heading back to Hoi An. On the return journey you will stop at Nhat tomb and Ba Le Well. Arrive back in Hoi An town at around 4:00pm.
OVERNIGHT
Hoi An hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), city tour

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the highlights of this bustling, cosmopolitan city. In the evening, you may like to enjoy a fun cooking class or take a cruise down the Saigon River, complete with local entertainment and a fantastic traditional and international buffet dinner.
OVERNIGHT
Ho Chi Minh city hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 9 Mekong Delta and Vinh Long homestay

The morning begins with a drive through the Mekong Delta to the town of Cai Be, famous for its floating markets. After touring the markets, board a private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways and canals to Vinh Long. Here, feast at the home of a Bonsai gardener for a sumptuous Delta lunch, including the popular ‘Elephant ear fish’, before continuing to explore the tributaries and canals of the Delta. Towards the end of the day, arrive at the home of a local family. The evening is spent with the family, learning about life in the Delta.
OVERNIGHT
Mekong delta homestay
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 Mekong Delta tours, return to Ho Chi Minh

Rising to the sounds of life on the Delta, have an early breakfast before boarding a riverboat to cruise to Vinh Long town, stopping along the way to visit local cottage industries. Then, transfer by vehicle to the town of My Tho to visit the Vinh Trang pagoda, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
OVERNIGHT
Ho Chi Minh city hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 11 Ho Chi Minh City departure day

Free day. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra night – post-tour

DURATION

11 days

Price

A$2012

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