Vietnam Escape

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Escape the ordinary and allow the captivating charms of Vietnam to beguile you. Traverse the country from toe to top enjoying the vibrant cities, verdant pastoral panoramas, gentle beach-fringed coastline, and historical treasures en route.

Places Visited

SA (1N) - Saigon (4N) - Dalat (2N) - Nha Trang (2N) - Hoi An (2N) - Hue (1N) - Hanoi (3N) - SA (1N)

tour duration 17 Days from
tour price 38,508
tour grade Moderate
tour type Group Tour
tour style Classic
Fully inclusive
Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnams most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture,.
Day 3 Discover Saigon
Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights andf the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. Experience Vietnams colonial past at Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Also visit hte Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish up browsing for bargains at the lively Ben Thanh Market.
Day 4 Mekong Delta Cruise
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the Rice Basket of Vietnam, the rice and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta.
Day 5 Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh
Get to grips with the horrors of guerilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before travelling to tay Ninh to attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple. Blending the architectural styles of cathedrals and pagodas with vivid, cartoonish colours, it is one of the most fanciful structures in Asia. Return to Saigon.
Day 6 Journey to Dalat
Head up into the cooler climes of the South Central Highland where youll find a distinctly French legacy. The charming town of Dalat sits in a region of lakes, waterfalls, forests and gardens ,all ripe for exploration. This afternoon enjoy a locally grown coffee and take in the picturesque views.
Day 7 Dalat Hill Station
Spend today sightseeing with visits to Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens, and an embroidery workshop. After lunch climb aboard an open-air steam train from the old railway station to journey out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. End the day browsing the stalls of Dalats busy market.
Day 8 Travel to Coastal Nha Trang
We wend our way down from the highlands and along the coast to the laidback town of Nha Trang, Vietnams beach capital. Spend the rest of the day at leisure - the beach is a great place to start.
Day 9 Nha Trang Island Cruise
Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around trhe many little islands off Nha Trangs coast. Therell be a stop at an island to enjoy the balmy waters for yourself.
Day 10 Discover Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed Hoi An, with a stop at the MArble Mountains en route. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander - visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and a Chinese temple.
Day 11 Hoi An Cooking Class
Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Take the afternoon to explore the town further or relax in a riverside cafe.
Day 12 Imperial Citadel, Hue
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnams dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Take a cyclo ride up to the imposing Imperial Citadel to explore.
Day 13 Royal Tombs, fly to Hanoi
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools.
Day 14 Discover Hanoi
Hanoi brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, home of Ho CHi Minh;s Mausoleum, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature before taking a walking tour of the atmospheric streets of the Old Quarter.
Day 15 Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Spend the day aboard a traditional junk boat cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isnt hard to see why it is one of Vietnams most popular destinations. A fresh seafoood meal is included during your voyage. Return to Hanoi.
Days 16-17 Fly Hanoi to SA
Fly overnight to South Africa, arriving home the following day.

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On most Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking driver and you will be met by local guides at each site.

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Additional Price Information:

Fully Inclusive and based on Johannesburg departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only price on request (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room supplement from R7,273
Tipping paid locally US$ 75

Additional Price Information:

Fully Inclusive and based on Johannesburg departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only price on request (Saigon - Hanoi)
Single room supplement from R7,273
Tipping paid locally US$ 75

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Lan Lan 2
Lan Lan 2 - Saigon, Vietnam (4 Nights)
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Ngoc Lan Hotel
Ngoc Lan Hotel - Dalat City, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Perfectly located in the heart of Dalat with stunning views of the picturesque Xuan Huong Lake, Ngoc Lan hotel has been a favourite amongst travellers to Dalat. Guests can enjoy newly furnished en-suite rooms, accompanied by flat-screen cable TV, a telephone and minibar. The hotel also features a spa pool and restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese and Asian dishes.



Asia Paradise
Asia Paradise - Nha Trang, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Ideally located in central Nha Trang, Asia Paradise Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the sand and sea at Nha Trang Beach. Rated as one of the best 3* hotels in Nha Trang, Asia Paradise Hotel is famed for their spacious en-suite rooms, fitted with large windows, air-conditioning, satellite TV and minibars. The hotels onsite restaurant serves a selection of fresh seafood, superb European food and exquisite Asian dishes.



Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel
Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel - Hoi An, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A short distance from the city centre, Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel offers guests easy access to the city's must-see destinations. The hotel features comfortable en-suite rooms, with free Wi-Fi, a balcony and mini bar. Recreational facilities guests can enjoy include, an outdoor pool, spa, massage and children's playground to make your stay truly unforgettable.



Mondial Hotel
Mondial Hotel - Hue, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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A 5-minute walk from Ho Chi Minh Museum and Dong Ba Market, Mondial Hotel features a swimming pool, three dining options and lobby bar lounge. Free in-room Wi-Fi is also available. The hotel provides guests with air-conditioned en-suite rooms offering city, pool or mountain views, each equipped with a TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.



Super Hotel Hanoi Old Quarter
Super Hotel Hanoi Old Quarter - Hanoi, Vietnam (2 Nights)
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Strategically located in the heart of Hanoi, Super Hotel Hanoi Old Quarter offers guests comfortable en-suite rooms featuring modern amenities including, an in-room safe and flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi and a bicycle rental service name just a few of the great facilities on offer. The hotel’s in-house restaurant serves superb Japanese and international dishes daily.



A visa is not required for visitors to Vietnam if your stay is less than 16 days. If your stay is for longer than 16 days then a visa is required by all nationalities and a single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam and visit some more off the beaten track destinations. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam.

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