An affordable introduction to the places and sights most travellers wish to see.
Saigon • Mekong Delta • Hoi An • Hue • Hanoi • Halong Bay
- Vietnam Essentials Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Saigon
You will be met on arrival at Saigon airport and transferred to your hotel. Stay three nights at the Lan Lan 1 Hotel in downtown Saigon.
Day 2 – Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels
Begin your exploration of bustling Saigon with visits to the Presidential Palace, the Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market. Early afternoon guided transfer to Cu Chi to explore the amazing underground tunnel system built by Vietnamese guerilla fighters during the war. Return to Saigon early in the evening. (B)
Day 3 – Mekong Delta excursion
Full day visit to the watery world of Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Take a boat trip to see stilt houses and fish farms and try exotic fruits in one of the many orchards. Visit a local farmer on Turtle Island then board a sampan to glide along the narrow canals overhung with dense vegetation, stopping for a cup of honey tea and a folk song performance. A lunch of local delicacies is served in My Tho. (B,L)
Day 4 – Saigon – Danang – Hoi An
Transfer to Saigon airport for your morning flight to Danang. Stop to visit the Marble Mountains on the transfer to Hoi An. Your guide will take you on a short walking tour of ancient town centre of Hoi An to visit the local market, the former merchant’s houses and the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. Stay two nights at the Kiman Hotel in downtown Hoi An. (B)
Day 5 – Cooking class
Arrive at Hai Café, the Red Bridge Cooking School’s meeting point by 8.15 am. Select fresh produce from the market before boarding a boat to cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school for a hands-on culinary experience, preparing a feast for your lunch. Return to downtown where the balance of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 6 – Hoi An – Hue
Travel to Hue this morning across the scenic Cloud Pass. In the afternoon visit the Tu Duc Mausoleum and the Citadel. Stay one night at the Cherish Hotel. (B)
Day 7 – Hue – Hanoi
Transfer to Hue airport for your flight to Hanoi where your guide will meet you for the transfer to your Hanoi hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Stay two nights at the Skylark Hotel. (B)
Day 8 – Hanoi
Morning city tour of Hanoi, visiting the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Compound viewed from outside, Museum of Ethnology or the Temple of Literature, and a local market. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 9 – Hanoi – Halong
Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site, is comprised of over 3000 limestone islands soaring out of emerald green waters. In the morning take a four hour coach ride to Halong to board your cruise boat for an unforgettable overnight cruise on the bay. Stay one night on the Huong Hai cruise boat. (B,L,D)
Day 10 – Halong – Hanoi
Further cruising on the bay before travelling back to Hanoi and your hotel. Stay one night at the Skylark Hotel. (B)
Day 11 – Depart Hanoi
Leisure time until the transfer to the airport. (B)
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- Vietnam Essentials Group Tour Dates & Prices
Departure Dates Twin Share Land only Single Supp. 26-Mar-16 $2000 $540 23-Apr-16 $2000 $540 21-May-16 $2000 $540 18-Jun-16 $2000 $540 16-Jul-16 $2000 $540 20-Aug-16 $2000 $540 17-Sep-16 $2000 $540 15-Oct-16 $2000 $540 19-Nov-16 $2000 $540 3-Dec-16 $2000 $540 7-Jan-17 $2000 $540 4-Feb-17 $2000 $540 4-Mar-17 $2000 $540 15-Apr-17 $2000 $540 20-May-17 $2000 $540 20-May-17 $2000 $540 17-Jun-17 $2000 $540 15-Jul-17 $2000 $540 19-Aug-17 $2000 $540 16-Sep-17 $2000 $540 21-Oct-17 $2000 $540 11-Nov-17 $2000 $540 2-Dec-17 $2000 $540
Prices are in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- 9 nights in 3 star hotels as listed, or similar
- 1 night 3 star Halong Bay cruise in en-suite cabin
- 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- Domestic economy class flights Saigon-Danang and Hue-Hanoi including taxes and fuel surcharges
- Return transfers, sightseeing tours, entrance fees
- Quality air-conditioned vehicles, experienced drivers and guides
- Visa fees
Group tour prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers. Group size is limited to a maximum of 12 passengers.
Dates don’t suit? Travel anytime for just $100 per person more, subject to local holiday and peak season surcharges.
International airfares are not included in the tour price. Ask InterAsia for the current fare with our airline partners SINGAPORE AIRLINES, VIETNAM AIRLINES, THAI AIRWAYS and MALAYSIA AIRLINES.