Explore Stunning Vietnam: 8-Day Tour
Embark on an 8-day tour of exotic Vietnam. Visit the vibrant and bustling cities, see landscapes of staggering natural beauty and spend a memorable night on a traditional Vietnamese junk in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong bay. This incredible tour includes 7 nights in handpicked accommodation, daily breakfasts, all-inclusive meals while sailing the turquoise waters of Halong Bay, return airport transfers, private transport throughout the tour, and return economy class international flights from Sydney or Melbourne.
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Imagine paddling through emerald waters, exploring ancient towns and embarking on adventures through lush green landscapes: pack your bags and set off to spend eight unforgettable days in the verdant oasis of Vietnam. Discover the delicious food and diverse culture of this country, as you tour through Vietnam's most famous and vibrant cities: Hanoi, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City. Set off to cruise the waters of Halong bay, and visit the most incredible sites this stunning country has to offer.
The Experiences – From a night on a traditional boat to the buzzing city of Ho Chi Minh City
Your adventure in Vietnam starts in the capital city, Hanoi. Known for its centuries-old architecture and rich culture, with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences, Hanoi will capture your heart from first glimpse. Wander the streets of the Old Quarter and the commercial heart of the city where you will be able to sample the most delicious Vietnamese street food and embrace the metropolitan lifestyle. Pay a visit to the ancient temples and picturesque pagodas around the city.
Sail the waters of UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay with an incredible overnight cruise on a traditional Vietnamese junk sailing ship. As you set off to explore the unspoiled beauty of limestone islands, your onboard chef will prepare a lunch for you and your travel companions. Gain insight into local life as you row around a traditional fishing village, or kayak the waters of the bay at your own pace, taking in the breathtaking views of the crystal waters. A delicious dinner awaits you back onboard your junk, as you enjoy the sun setting on the postcard-perfect landscape.
On your way to Hoi An, pay a visit to the incredible Marble Mountains. Each mountain is named after a natural element: Thuy Son (Water), Moc Son (Wood), Hoa Son (Fire), Kim Son (Metal or Gold) and Tho Son (Earth). Home to many Buddhist temples, the spirituality of these mountains is immensely important to locals.
Next on your list is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, where you will be able to explore pagodas, museums, the busy streets of the city and see the famous Japanese covered bridge, the emblem of the city that has survived for centuries.
Hop on a flight to the buzzing metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. Potter along timeless alleys, visit bustling markets, incense-infused temples and pagodas, and indulge in the most authentic street food.
Outside Ho Chi Minh City visit the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels. The network of tunnels over 200km long - still containing trapdoors, living areas, kitchens and storage facilities - became legendary during the Vietnam War. Used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding places during combat, the tunnels also served as communication and supply routes - and stand now as a poignant reminder of those harrowing war years.
The Accommodation – Central locations and all of the comforts
Spend your first nights in Hanoi at the internationally renowned Mercure Hotel, located just a stroll away from the city's Old Quarter. When in Hoi An, you will enjoy two nights at the charming Belle Maison Hadana, located near the ancient town of Hoi An. Soak up amazing views of the city, pool garden or paddy fields from your private balcony. Last but not least enjoy your stay at the Golden Central Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh. Located just minutes from the markets and the city center, this hotel is the perfect starting point for exploring this lively city.
Your Package includes:
- 6 nights of handpicked accommodation, including two nights at the Mercure Hotel Hanoi, two nights at Bella Maison Hadana Hoi An, and two nights at Golden Central Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
- One overnight cruise in Halong Bay with all meals included
- Return Economy class International flights (Sydney or Melbourne)
- Return airport transfers and private transport throughout the tour
- Two internal flights, from Hanoi to Danang and Danang to Ho Chi Minh
- Daily breakfasts
- All entrance fees and a local expert guide
Extend your journey
Take your tour of Vietnam to the next level, with an exceptional cruise along the delta of the Mekong River. This extension will see you sail the waters of one of the world's greatest waterways, the Mekong River, flowing for thousands of kilometres through six countries. During your cruise you will encounter spectacular nature and fantastic scenery, and have the chance to taste some local produce, with a guided visit to one of the villages along the river.
Your extension includes:
- One overnight cruise on the Mekong Delta with all meals included
The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.
Valid for select departure dates below:
12 May 2018
9 June 2018
18 August 2018
8 September 2018
13 October 2018
1 December 2018
19 January 2019
16 February 2019
9 March 2019
Tour includes accomodation at the following hotels:
Golden Central Hotel
Flights: Return flights from Sydney/Melbourne are included with your purchase. A surcharge of AU$300 will incur if departing from Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.
Leave Early / Stay Behind Surcharge: Customers may choose to depart earlier or return later. An AU$200 or more fee per person will be charged (fees subject to availability & applicable fare difference.)
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers must purchase the single traveller option and will get their own room throughout the tour.
Tour capacity: Maximum tour capacity is 20 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.
All prices mentioned in this package are for AUD$ unless otherwise specified.
All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.
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Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion.
Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.
Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.
Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.
Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.
Please note, connecting rooms are not available.
All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.
Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.
Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.
Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Additional expenses are not included with this tour package.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.
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DAY 1 - HANOI
Welcome to Hanoi. After arriving at the airport, you’ll be met by a local representative before transferring to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel, Hanoi
DAY 2 - HANOI – HALONG BAY (OVERNIGHT CRUISE)
This morning after breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and journey out of the city to the Wharf, where you will embark on your Vietnamese style junk boat and accommodation for the night. As you set off on your cruise, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch by your onboard chef while taking in the amazing surrounds and limestone islands.
Stop by a local fishing village and spend some time either on a small row boat taking in a closer look of the fishing village or take a kayaking trip around the fishing village for a up close experience.
Later return to your junk boat, for some rest and relaxation in a truly memorable location. Take in the sunset and enjoy a cooking demonstration before sitting down to a delicious dinner.
Note: Local authorities only permit a limited number of boats to stay overnight in Halong Bay. To ensure all travellers can be accommodated on board available boats, you may share your boat with other travellers or groups
Accommodation: Overnight cruise Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 3 - HALONG BAY – HANOI
If you’re an early riser, take part in the daily Tai Chi on the sundeck of your junk cruise. After breakfast, travel to the Thien Canh Son Cave, one the less visited caves in the area. As you sail back to the harbour enjoy lunch and take in the last views of the bay.
On arrival back to Hanoi you will have free time at your leisure. You may consider wandering the old quarter in Hanoi and seeing the bustling streets alive with food vendors all waiting to tempt you with delicious dishes.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel, Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 4 - HANOI – DANANG – HOI AN
After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Hanoi airport for your fight to Danang. After arriving in Danang you will be transferred to the beautiful quaint town of Hoi An. On the way stop at Marble Mountain named after the 5 elements and an important site to the Vietnamese locals. Also stop by Stone village before arriving at your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Hoi an with its Japanese covered bridge, pagodas, museums and handicraft vendors to explore.
Accommodation: Bella Maison Hadana, Hoi An
DAY 5 - HOI AN
Today is your free day to explore Hoi An on your own.
Accommodation: Bella Maison, Hadana
DAY 6 - HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY
After breakfast you will be transferred to nearby Danang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho chi Minh city is a bustling metropolis located in the south of the country. On arrival to your hotel the rest of the day is at leisure to discover the bustling city
Accommodation: Golden Central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 7 - HO CHI MINH CITY
This morning you will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 60km from Ho Chi minh city the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their day, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. Afterwards return back to the city and the rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Accommodation: Golden Central, Ho Chi Minh City
DAY 8 - DEPARTURE DAY
This morning will be at your leisure until the transfer to your onward flight home.
Arrive in Sydney or Melbourne.
DAY 8 - MEKONG DELTA CRUISE
This morning you will travel from Ho Chi Minh city to Can Tho where you will be welcomed onboard your home for the night. While you enjoy lunch watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people unfold before you.
In the afternoon explore more of the way of life on the Mekong on a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards and rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits. Return back to you cruise boat and relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong River. The cruise boat will anchor for the night and the day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 9 - MEKONG RIVER CRUISE
Enjoy watching sunrise from your cruise boat and enjoy breakfast while taking in the views of daily life on the Mekong river. After breakfast, we explore the canals of the Mekong Delta around Cai Be with a small sampan or by foot.Then travel back to Ho Chi minh city. Stop along the way in Vinh Long as you enjoy a lunch with traditional Mekong delta dishes.
On arrival back into Ho chi Minh city you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.
The tour begins in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh. Getting to Vietnam is easy with return flights from major Australian cities included in your package. Flights will be with Vietnam Airlines, with an approximate flight time of 12 hours.