Trip Highlights

An amazing fully escorted trip across northern and central Vietnam, including a cruise to Ha Noi.

  • Destination: Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi
  • Duration: 18 days / 17 nights
  • Commence: 1/09/2018
  • Ends: 18/09/2018
  • Price: USD $1,968

Details:

INCLUSIONS

  • Fully escorted throughout Vietnam
  • Services of English-speaking guides throughout Vietnam
  • All domestic flights within Vietnam as per the Brochure but specifically Ho Chi Minh/Da Nang, Hue/Ha Noi and Ha Noi/Ho Chi Minh
  • All accommodation (all quality 3 and 4 star Hotels) as detailed but specifically 4 nights Ho Chi Minh, 6 nights Hoi An, 2 nights Hue, 4 nights Ha Noi
  • Pelican Cruise (4 star) on Halong Bay 1 night includes Lunch and Dinner, Breakfast and Brunch the following day on the return journey to Ha Noi
  • Private 45 seater Coach for all transfers and tours as detailed in the Itinerary
  • All flight taxes, accommodation taxes and service fees throughout the tour
  • Full cooked Breakfast throughout the tour
  • Half Day orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh with Welcome lunch included
  • Day tour to Mekong Delta (Cai Be, Vinh Long) with private boat cruise and including lunch
  • Half day (morning) orientation tour of Hoi An with lunch included
  • Cooking school in Hoi An
  • Half day (morning) tour of Imperial Citadel in Hue with Rickshaw ride
  • Half day (afternoon) city tour of Ha Noi
  • Ha Noi to Ha Long Bay return transfers with guide at both ends
  • Farewell Dinner in Ha Noi
  • All entrance fees during guided times in the Itinerary
  • The services throughout the tour of one of Vietnam’s pre-eminent Travel providers in Paradissa

COST:

US$1,968 per person
Single Supplement: US$733

Tour Itinerary

NZ – Ho Chi Minh City

SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018

Air New Zealand
Depart Christchurch: 10.00am Arrive Auckland:11.20am
Depart Auckland: 1.20pm Arrive Ho Chi Minh: 7.45pm same day

This tour does not include the cost of flights because among Malaysia, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia & Qantas all these airlines fly in and out of Vietnam and many of you have Loyalty points with different airlines. The flights quoted
above do however work spectacularly well with this tour and are highly recommended.

On arrival into Ho Chi Minh City you’ll be met by a local English-speaking guide and driver and taken into the tour hotel – our home for the next 4 nights.

Ho Chi Minh

SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER – WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

Saigon Continental Hotel – 132 Dong Khoi – P. Ben Nghe – Quan 1 Ho Chi Minh – T: +84 28 3829 9201

  • In Saturday 1 September Out Wednesday 5 September 4 nights in Ho Chi Minh
  • Double Deluxe room
  • Full breakfast included

After the late arrival the evening is your own to relax.

Ho Chi Minh

SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

After breakfast we depart the Hotel at 9.30am for a Half day orientation tour of Ho Chi Minh City taking in: The War Remnants Museum, The Cathedral, The General Post Office, The Municipal Theatre and the Central Market, Binh Tay Market and China town
before arriving at our mid-town Restaurant for the official tour welcome lunch (included) at 1.30pm. We’ll relax and enjoy lunch with a glass of beer and/or wine and then meander back to the Hotel at your leisure where the rest of the day is free (what’s left of it).

Full day tour to the Mekong Delta

TUESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

It’s another 8am start (after breakfast) as our guide picks us up and today we’ll discover the exotic lifestyle of the communities who live on the mighty Mekong River. We travel through the heart of the verdant Mekong Delta to Cai Be for our private boat trip to Vinh
Long.

In Cai Be we will witness an exotic floating market with boats carrying loads of commodities for bartering. We can engage in the bargaining sessions with the local merchants for the fresh fruits of the region. Then we’ll move on to visit exotic occupations still carried out by the locals such as making dry young rice, making rice papers, making coconut candy. After that our tour brings us to an old house with traditional Vietnamese architecture and we’ll learn about agricultural works through the ancient tools used here in the past.

Lunch is served right in a bonsai garden amid trees and tranquility. After lunch, we’ll relax with some walking tours or cycling tours through the village to learn more about the local life. We’ll also sample a bonsai garden and visit a ceramics workshop before rejoining our coach to travel back to our Sai Gon hotel with the rest of the day free.

Ho Chi Minh – Da Nang – Hoi An

WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

Our last day in Ho Chi Minh city and the morning is free but we’re picked up sharp at 12 noon for a transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport where we catch a flight to Da Nang.

Vietnam Airlines Flight VN128
Departs Ho Ch Minh: 2.30pm Arrives Da Nang: 3.50pm

On arrival at Da Nang we’re met and transferred (with English speaking guides) on a 45 minute journey to Hoi An where we’ll be able to check straight into our home for the next 6 nights – the Vinh Hung Riverside Resort.

Hoi An

WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER – TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort – 111 Ngo Quyen – Hoi An – Tel: +84 235 3910 393

  • In Wednesday 5 September OUT Tuesday 11 September 6 nights Hoi An
  • Double Superior room
  • Full breakfast included

After our 5pm (approximately) Check-In into Hoi An the rest of the evening is free.

Hoi An

THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

We’ll have a guided walking tour of Hoi An, an ancient town which was busy with trade back a few centuries ago. Walking in the narrow streets flanked by old merchant houses we can imagine the hustling and bustling time when the town was filled up with merchants and goods from around the world. We’ll visit some old merchant houses, a Chinese Congregational Hall, the Hoi An Museum, and the famous Japanese covered-bridge. Then, we’re dropped off at a central Hoi An restaurant for a beautiful lunch. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Hoi An

FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

So Vietnam and particularly Hoi An is about exploring and you have 3 days to find out what you love most about this area.

Hoi An

MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

The whole group (or those who want to) is enrolled in a local cooking school where we’ll go to the market to find our fresh ingredients before going back to the Cooking school and cooking our own lunch.

Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue

TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy the morning at leisure and you may like to have an early lunch because at 12 noon we’re picked up and transferred to Da Nang Train Station for the 3-hour train journey bound for Hue.

There are opportunities to interact with locals on the train and great photo opportunities as the train climbs the gradient on to the Hai Van Pass (Pass of Sea Clouds).

Arriving in Hue we’ll be met off the train and taken to the Moonlight Hotel.

Hue

TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER – THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

Moonlight Hotel Hue – 20 Phma Ngu Lao – Phu Hoi – Hue Tel: +84 234 3979 797

  • In Tuesday 11 September OUT Thursday 13 September 2 nights Hue
  • Double superior room
  • Full breakfast included

Hue

WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Out of the Hotel at 8am after an early breakfast and off to Phu Bai Airport in Hue for our flight to Ha Noi.

Vietnam Airlines Flight VN1542
Departs Hue: 10.35am Arrives Ha Noi: 11.50am

We’re met on arrival at Ha Noi and taken straight to the Hotel to drop our bags before having an afternoon orientation tour of Ha Noi with English-speaking guide. The short tour will include visits to Ho Chi Minh Complex, the Temple of Literature and the Hanoi Citadel.

Ha Noi

THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Golden Silk Boutique Hotel – 109-11 Hang Gai – Phuong Hang Gai – Ha Noi – Tel: +84 24 3928 6969

  • In Thursday 13 September Out Saturday 15 September 2 nights Ha Noi
  • Double Luxury room
  • Full breakfast included

Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 15 – 16 SEPTEMBER

Another 8am departure as we have a big day ahead starting with a 3 hour plus journey through the Red River Delta to Ha Long bay. We’re welcomed on board on arrival and will be charmed by a sumptuous lunch and by the unreal landscape as our junk makes its way amid the towering karstic islands. Later in the afternoon, visit Ti Tov Beach where you can climb the mountain to take fantastic panoramic photos of Halong Bay at sunset.In late afternoon and early evening, enjoy cooking demonstrations by our chef and a hands-on experience to make the food yourself. Then proceed to the restaurant on board where a feast awaits.Overnight on board the junk amid the wild Halong Bay.

The next morning begins with some Tai Chi movements on the sundeck amid the freshness of Halong Bay and this is followed by a light breakfast with pastries, coffee and tea. Adore the splendid Sung Sot Cave (the biggest cave in Halong Bay) which requires climbing high steps. Descending the cave, we'll get back on board where we’ll have a delicious brunch with disembarkation at 11:30 A.M and the road trip back to the capital Ha Noi where we’ll spend another couple of nights at the Golden Silk Hotel.

Ha Noi

SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER – TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

Golden Silk Boutique Hotel – 109-11 Hang Gai – Phuong Hang Gai – Ha Noi – Tel: +84 24 3928 6969

  • In Sunday 16 September Out Tuesday 18 September 2 nights Ha Noi
  • Double Luxury room
  • Full breakfast included

A complete day at leisure for what will be our last day together in Vietnam. However,
this evening we have a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant (walkable).

Ha Noi – Ho Chi Minh – New Zealand

TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

The morning is at leisure in Ha Noi before a 1.30pm departure from the Hotel to Ha Noi airport – this is just an example of an excellent flight combination.

Vietnam Airlines Flight VN257
Departs Ha Noi: 4.30pm Arrives Ho Ch Minh: 6.45pm

Then an excellent connection to Air New Zealand.

Departs Ho Chi Minh: 9.25pm Arrives Auckland: 12.30pm (Wednesday 19 September)
…and then onwards flights within NZ

 

 

Your Guide for this Tour

PRICE: $1,968 USD

per person

Single Room supplement is USD$733

All enquiries contact
info@epicjourneys.co.nz or
Phone: 0800 031 539.

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Tour Cost

US$10,940 per person Share Twin US$3,420 Single Supplement

A deposit of US$4,000 required to confirm your place on the tour. A 2nd instalment of US$3,000 is required by 28 February 2019 and the balance is due on or before 31 July, 2019.

Costs do not include flights to/from USA
Please get in touch if you would like us to organise flights for you.