This journey is a true reflection of everyday life in Vietnam, from the ancient traditions and contemporary features of Ho Chi Minh City to the charming qualities of an imperial capital from bygone years, Hue.
Day 1 FRI: ARRIVE SAIGON
On arrival you will be transferred to the Grand Hotel for two nights.Day 2 SAT: SAIGON
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam War. Continue to the Reunification Palace, History Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Dong Khoi Street and Ben Thanh Market. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 3 SUN: SAIGON/CAN THO
Spend a day exploring the colourful floating markets and lush back waterways of the Mekong Delta. Journey to Cai Be and Vinh Long. Walk to the villages and wander amongst vibrant tropical fruit gardens. Continue to Can Tho and stay one night at the Victoria Can Tho Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 4 MON: CAN THO/SAIGON
Early this morning visit the bustling floating markets of Cai Rang where countless boats, loaded with local produce are moored alongside the riverbank ready for trading. Sail through the markets and watch the locals haggle and trade their wares to interested buyers. Explore the rural city of Can Tho, passing the local market and Khmer Pagoda. Return to Saigon and stay two nights at the Grand Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 5 TUE: VUNG TAU EXCURSION
Travel to Vung Tau and explore the war sites which were significant to the Australian experience of the Vietnam War. Visit Nui Dat, the Australian War Memorial, Long Phuc Tunnels, Long Tan, Long Hai hills and tunnels. Return to Saigon early evening.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 6 WED: SAIGON/HOI AN
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival, travel to the charming ancient town of Hoi An. Along the way stop at Non Nuoc Beach and Cham Mountain. Stay two nights at the Hoi An Historic Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 7 THU: HOI AN
Described as a ‘living museum’ with narrow winding streets and rows of carefully-preserved ancient houses, Hoi An has unique charm and atmosphere. Enjoy a cyclo tour, visit the Japanese covered bridge, a Chinese communal house, take a boat ride on the Thu Bon River and visit Thanh Ha where skilled locals produce beautiful pottery.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 8 FRI: HOI AN/HUE
Travel via Marble Mountain to Danang. Continue to Hue and stay three nights at the Alba Spa Hotel. This afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel, built in the 19th century and modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. A stop will be made at Duong No village to see how traditional Vietnamese hats are made.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 9 SAT: HUE
Visit the Imperial Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Take a boat ride along the Perfume River and see the Thien Mu Pagoda which is regarded as the most beautiful of Hue’s pagodas. Stop at Dong Ba Market before returning to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 10 SUN: DEMILITARIZED ZONE
Early morning departure for a full day excursion north and stop at La Vang Cathedral and Quang Tri Citadel where a fierce battle raged for 81 days in 1972. Visit the demilitarized zone, Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai River which demarcated North and South Vietnam and saw some of the heaviest fighting during the war. Continue onto Vinh Moc Tunnels which were built as a refuge by the villagers. Drive onto Truong Son National Cemetery where remains of some 15,000 Vietnamese soldiers and civilians have been laid to rest. Continue south west to Khe Sanh where one of the most important battles of the Vietnam War took place. Return to Hue for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 11 MON: HUE/HANOI
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi and stay one night at The Ann Hotel. Enjoy lunch at KOTO Restaurant. This afternoon visit the Temple of Literature.
Meals: Breakfast | LunchDay 12 TUE: HANOI/HALONG BAY
Travel to Halong Bay to join your overnight cruise on board the “Indochina Sails” junk. Observe the natural beauty of the unique grottoes that rise towards the sky as you leisurely sail the emerald green waters of the bay.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 13 WED: HALONG BAY/HANOI
Watch the sun rise over the bay before you return to the pier and transfer back to Hanoi. Stay two nights at The Ann Hotel. This evening enjoy the Water Puppet show.
Meals: BreakfastDay 14 THU: HANOI
Today visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, his wooden cottage and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to Hao Lo Prison, formerly known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ during the Vietnam War. Visit the History Museum, Quan Thanh Temple and the Museum of Ethnology. This evening enjoy dinner at the Ly Club.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | DinnerDay 15 FRI: DEPART HANOI
Farewell Vietnam as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Vietnam domestic economy class air travel
- 13 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
- 1 night on board the “Indochina Sails” junk
- 14 buffet breakfasts,12 lunches and 6 dinners
- 1 evening cultural show with transfers
- Return transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees
- Vietnam visa for Australian passport holders
- Travel kit and backpack