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10 Day Northern Vietnam Tour with Flights and Luxury Cruise
Explore the wonders of Vietnam in modern luxury on an unforgettable ten day/nine night journey through the country’s stunning northern region and enjoy return international flights from Australia to Vietnam, a mix of four and five-star accommodation, select meals and a three day Ha Long Bay cruise for only $2,899 per person (twin share) instead of $4,480 per person
With over 16 years’ worth of experience, VN holidays are experts in all things Vietnam - they have used their incredible local knowledge to create wonderful itineraries packed with exciting highlights
No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund
Begin your adventure Vietnam’s energetic capital city of Hanoi where you’ll take part in an engaging cooking class with a local host and lunch on the traditional Vietnamese dishes you make; set-off on a Hanoi City tour and see Ba Dinh Square, the Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature, before heading to the Old Quarter to get your fill of shopping and history
Board the tour bus and transfer to Sapa to visit the Cat Cat Village and gain a better understanding of the local culture, explore a gorgeous French Catholic church, trek along well-worn buffalo trails to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, and hike to Ham Rong Mountain for a once-in-a-lifetime view
Depart from Lao Cai Station and spend an evening sleeping on the night-train as you journey back to Hanoi – once there, enjoy a tour of the breathtaking flower market at Quang Ba Village before transferring to Ninh Binh where you’ll be spellbound by the pagodas, palaces, tombs and pavilions of Hoa Lu (the capital of the Dinh and early Le Dynasties in the 10th and 11th Centuries); and also embark on a boat trip through the UNESCO Heritage-Listed Trang An caves
Make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay for a three day luxury cruise - marvel at the grand rock formations and inspiring scenery as you cruise to Vung Ha, take part in an on-board cooking demonstration, hike through national parks, swim in the Viet Hai Lagoon, and tour the Sung Sot Cave before disembarking in Tuan Chau and transferring back to Hanoi where your tour will culminate
Unwind in four and five-star style the whole way through with four nights at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, an overnight stay at the U Sapa Hotel, an overnight stay on the night train to Hanoi, a night at the Emeralda Resort in Ninh Binh, and two nights aboard the Au Co cruise in Ha Long
Departure dates are available from June 2015 to December 2015 – see the 'Fine Print tab' for all departure dates
Check out the 'Itinerary' tab for more information on your tour
Return economy class airfare with Vietnam Airlines departing from Sydney or Melbourne - see 'Fine Print' tab for information on departures from alternate Australian cities
Plush accommodation, ensuring comfort throughout your journey - including six nights in Deluxe and Superior Rooms at four and five-star hotels, one night in a twin-share night train cabin, and two nights aboard a luxury cruise
An incredible three day luxury cruise heading out to Ha Long Bay with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable stops along the way
Enjoy nine breakfasts, six lunches and three traditional dinners throughout the tour - whether dining at a local restaurant, sampling the results of your cooking class creations or taking part in a five element signature dinner aboard the cruise, one can expect the pinnacle of the incredibly unique and authentic flavours of Vietnamese cuisine
Sightseeing with an experienced local English speaking guide with all the insider knowledge of the regions throughout the tour
All transfers via air-conditioned vehicles for optimum comfort throughout your journey and enjoy two complimentary bottles of mineral water per person on transfer days
Single Traveller Option
Travelling solo? Single traveller options are available for only $3,999 per person instead of $5,670 per person
What We Like
Few locations can rival the incredible natural beauty and serenity of Ha Long Bay. The World Heritage site is a mystical labyrinth of limestone karsts and isles, caves, lakes, secluded beaches and abundant sea life
See the best of northern Vietnam with a helpful English-speaking local guide – tour highlights include Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh and much more
Forget about planning your Vietnam escape from scratch – the experts at VN Holidays has you all sorted!
To view all the terms and conditions relating to this deal, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab above
Valid for tours departing Hanoi on 3 June 2015; 3 July 2015; 3 August 2015; 10 September 2015; 9 October 2015; 6 November 2015; 4 December 2015
IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made before 30 June 2015
High Season Surcharge: Departures for tours on 4 December 2015 will incur a surcharge of $500 per person (twin share or single supplement option). Surcharges are payable directly to the tour company on booking
Bookings are essential and are subject to availability
Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates within the validity period of the deal then we will give you a FULL refund. Please note that evidence of an attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period. At this point, we will escalate with management to try and secure your preferred dates and if they are still unavailable, a full refund will be payable (bookings must be made before 30 June 2015)
Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis
Standard voucher is valid for one person (twin share). You must purchase and redeem TWO VOUCHERS per booking if travelling with someone. If travelling alone, the Single Traveler Option must be purchased
Voucher includes return economy class airfare with Vietnam Airlines departing from Melbourne or Sydney. Flight departures are available from Adelaide, Brisbane or Canberra for a surcharge of $300 per person or from Perth for a surcharge of $500 per person
Please note that your international flight will be booked directly with the tour operator. Flight dates are flexible (subject to availability)
Return flights are from Australia to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport
Please note: Airport transfers are only available if arriving on the first day of the tour and departing on the last day of the tour. Otherwise you will need to organise your own airport transfers if arriving or departing the cities at different times
Please note that gratuities (approx. $5 per person per day), visa fees, travel insurance, and meals (other than the ones noted in the programs) are not included
Participants must be aged over 16 years old. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult
Minimum Group Requirement: The minimum group capacity is six people. Tour departure date is secured once a minimum of six people have confirmed booking. The tour date will be cancelled if the minimum number is not reached
Maximum Group Capacity: The maximum group capacity is 16 people
Hotel Rooms Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity for hotel rooms is two people
Please note that no extra beds may be added to any of the hotel rooms
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher
Tour operator’s cancellation and change of date policy applies
Due to operational requirements, the tour company reserves the right to substitute a hotel with one of similar standards
Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash
Package cannot be split
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations
Additional expenses are not included with this voucher
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. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes
Value has been determined based on the tour company's published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions
All activities, services and menu options are subject to availability
Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher
How to get there
Make your way to Melbourne or Sydney from any major Australian city with daily departures from Qantas, Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Virgin Australia and more in order to hop on your included return flight to Vietnam
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Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.
And why do we offer this?
Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!
How does it work?
It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account). Please note, if you get your preferred dates and later change your mind on when you want to travel, the Booking Guarantee will not apply to your request for a change of dates.
What do I need to do?
Simply make your booking with the tour company by e-mail within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates simply contact our support team via email with evidence of your attempted booking - within 16 days from purchase to get a full refund.
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Northern Vietnam Highlights 10 Days 9 Nights
Day 1: Melbourne/Sydney - Hanoi (-/ -/ -)
Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International airport for your transfer to Hanoi City
Check-in hotel and free for the rest of the day
Overnight in Hanoi
Note: Normal check-in time is 1400pm. Early check-in is subject to availability
Day 2: Cooking demo - Hanoi City’s Highlights (B/ L/ -)
After breakfast, you will be transfer to a local family, where the host will take you to the local market nearby to visit and buy some ingredients for the cooking demonstration.
She then will instruct you to make some nice traditional dishes and carving some fruite. You will also have chance to discover her garden and story about the village while having lunch together.
After lunch, we say farewell to the host and start an afternoon tour around the city
You will head out to Ba Dinh Square to visit The Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda.
Following is a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century.
You then drive to Hanoi Center, explore the lively Old Quarter of Hanoi. This bustling heart of Hanoi has been a commercial centre since King Ly Thai Tobuilt his palace there in the 11th century. Skilled craftsmen started to migrate and artisan guilds were formed on the famous "36 Streets". Previously, each street carried the name of the item produced and sold there, and many still have the same names. This is a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping and cultural/historical sites all wrapped into one.
Overnight in Hanoi
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his Museum are closed on Monday, Friday and the whole months of Oct/Nov
- Ho Chi Minh House and all Museums are closed on Monday
Day 3: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa on new highway (B/ L/ D)
After breakfast, you will transfer by bus on the new highway from Hanoi to Lao Cai and then reach to Sapa town at around 1300pm. (Estimated 4.5 hours of driving in total: Hanoi – Lao Cai takes 3.5 hours/ Lao Cai – Sapa takes 1 hour)
Lunch to be served at local restaurant then you could check-in hotel and have a short rest
In the mid-afternoon, you will visit to Cat Cat village to study about the local ethnic culture and daily life
After that, you will visit the French Catholic church and walk along the town for a while before getting back to your hotel for dinner and night
Overnight in Sapa
Day 4: Hill tribe villages– Night train to Hanoi (B/ L/ -)
Today you will have a soft trek along a buffalo trails to visit villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van. You have great chance to visit the ethnic families, seeing their nice terraced fields..
Lunch to be at a local restaurant on the way
In the afternoon, you will hike to Ham Rong Mountain where you will have a great view over the town and villages.
Drive to Lao Cai Station in the late afternoon to take the night train to Hanoi
Overnight on train (shared cabin of 4 sleeping berths)
Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh- Trang An (B/ L/ -)
Arriving Hanoi in the early morning. Your guide will take you a tour around the morning flower market at Quang Ba village. Here thousands of flowers from all over the country and imported from others are gathering before being delivered to the shops.
You then have breakfast at a local noodle shop before heading out to Ninh Binh with 2 hours of driving and start with Hoa Lu, which was the capital of the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. Its palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions built by different dynasties will bring you to a few imperial capitals of the country in the ancient and medieval eras.
End the day by boat trip through the caves of Trang An which has been listed as a UNESCO Heritage. A boating journey will take you through karts landscape, varied caves,and green trees in fresh air will amaze you
Overnight in Ninh Binh
Day 6:NinhBinh – Halong Bay (B/ L/ D)
Breakfast at hotel before heading out to Ha Long Bay with about 4 hours of driving, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Ha Long you will board your luxury Au Co cruise for the 3 day – 2 night cruise program
The first day of your cruise provides an introduction to the amazing scenery of Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Cruising through Halong Bay will literally take your breath away.
Depart from Tuan Chau, meet the on board team and receive a safety briefing. Acquaint yourself with the five elements cuisine with lunch on board, while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards to Vung Ha area. First, visit the beautiful Vung Ha beach for swimming and water acitivities.
Back to The Au Co to join a Cooking demonstration then enjoy Happy Hour with “Buy One Get One Free”: Beer, House wine (by the glass), Soft drinks, Long drinks, Cocktails
Savour our five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. After that, you could relax with a drink at Lan Ha bar or enjoy squid fishing from the main deck
The boat will anchor for the night in a peaceful location.
Overnight on Au Co Cruise
Day 7: Halong Bay (B/ L/ D)
Start the day with Tai Chi - physical movements designed for relaxation, balance and health - on the sundeck of the boat while enjoying the panorama.
After breakfast on board, visit the VungVieng by rowing traditional bamboo boats for about 01 hour.
Then, come back to the boat and take a tour of the Captain's Bridge and the Engine Room. After that, savour a delicious lunch in the Halong Restaurant while the ship cruises towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island for a guided biking or hiking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit of The Au Co Organic Farm. Another option for visiting the island and the organic farm is to use the electric trolley service available (at a bit of extra cost). After that, kayak and swim in Viet Hai Lagoon.
Back to The Au Co to enjoy an extended Happy Hour for two hours (half price drinks). Try the barbeque buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor.
The day ends with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
Last but not least for the day, join our kitchen staff for a fun fruit carving sessions.
Overnight on Au Co Cruise.
Note: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions
Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/ -/ -)
Halong Bay, designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its limestone rock formations, is home to about 2,000 isles and islets of different shapes and sizes, creating a truly breath-taking seascape. Halong Bay is also attractive for beautiful beaches on the small islands. Awake early and join the Tai Chi session on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Halong Bay.
On the way back to port, enjoy breakfast and take a last glimpse of the beautiful scenery from the bar or sundeck. Then, participate in a guided tour of Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.
After breakfast, prepare for check out: your bags must be put in the corridor. You can also join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony. Finally, the ship disembarks in Tuan Chau and return to Hanoi with 4 hours of driving
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi at leisure (B/ -/ -)
Whole day at leisure
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi x/Saigon – Melbourne/Sydney departure (B/ -/ -)
Free at leisure till transferring to the airport for the flight him
End of the trip