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10 Day Vietnam Tour Including Flights and Luxury Cruise
Explore the wonders of Vietnam in modern luxury on an unforgettable ten day/nine night journey including return flights from Australia to Vietnam, five star accommodation, select meals and a three day Ha Long Bay cruise for only $2,699 per person (twin share) instead of $3,990
With over 16 years 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 in bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City with its eclectic mix of modern-high rises and ancient temples, enjoy a Bonsai dinner cruise along the Saigon River, explore the underground maze of the Cu Chi Tunnels and head to the colourful floating markets of the Mekong River with stops at the exotic Unicorn island in order sample tropical fruits
Walk the ancient street of Hoi An and swing by the Tra Que Organic Village in order to stock up on fresh herbs - ingredients you will later use to craft four delicious dishes at the Red Bridge Cooking School including the famous Vietnamese Pho
Spend time in the enchanting city of Hanoi before making your way to UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay for a three day luxury cruise - marvel at the grand rock formations and quaint floating fishing towns along the way, take part in a cooking demonstration, wake up to Tai Chi lessons, hike through national parks, swim in the Viet Hai Lagoon and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony before disembarking and making your way to the airport
Unwind in five star style the whole way through with two nights at the Grand Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, an overnight stay at Victoria Can Tho in Can Tho, two nights at the Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An, two nights at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi, and two nights aboard the Au Co cruise in Ha Long
Departure dates are available through to November 2015 – see the 'Fine Print tab' for all departure dates
Check out the 'Itinerary' tab for more information on your tour
You package also includes:
Return economy class airfare with Vietnam Airlines from Sydney or Melbourne in addition to two domestic flights - see 'Fine Print' tab for information on departures from alternate Australian cities
Five-star accommodation, ensuring comfort throughout your journey - including seven nights in five-star hotels 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, eight lunches and three traditional dinners throughout the tour - whether eating lunch at the hip Koto restaurant, sampling the result 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
Two airport transfers - one from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City) to the Grand Hotel on the first day of the tour and one from the cruise deck at Tua Chan on the final day of the tour to Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
Sightseeing with an experienced local English speaking guide with all the insider knowledge of the regions throughout the tour and an intimate small group of no more than ten people
Single Traveller Option
Travelling by yourself or don't want to share a room? Single traveller options are available for only $850 more per person ($3,549 instead of $4,840 per person)
What We Like
Treat your tastebuds to the sweeter things in life with a coconut candy workshop
Enjoy a cruise along the famous Mekong River as you marvel at the fish-floating market and the island of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle, Phoenix
Few locations can rival the incredible natural beauty and serenity of Halong Bay. The World Heritage site is a mystical labyrinth of limestone karsts and isles, caves, lakes, secluded beaches and abundant sea life
Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling metropolis full of old world charm and traditional culture offering ancient pagodas and vibrant markets alongside skyscrapers and designer malls
To view all the terms and conditions relating to this deal, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab above
Valid for tours departing Ho Chi Minh City on 7 November 2014, 26 December 2014; 2 January 2015; 27 February 2015; 13 March 2015; 3 April 2015; 6 May 2015; 12 June 2015; 3 July 2015; 14 August 2015; 18 September 2015; 9 October 2015; 20 November 2015;
High Season Surcharge: Departures for tours on 26 December 2014 and 2 January 2015 will incur a surcharge of $800 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) we will give you a FULL refund (evidence of attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period). Refunds are not available if you are unable to secure your preferred dates after the booking guarantee period
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
Tour departure date is secured once a minimum of two people have confirmed booking (tour dates are flexible and booking guarantee applies). The tour date will be cancelled if the minimum number is not reached
Voucher includes return economy class airfare with Vietnam Airlines departing from Melbourne or Sydney. Flight departures are available from Brisbane or Adelaide for a surcharge of $300 per person or from Perth for a surcharge of $500 per person
Please note flight will be booked directly with the tour operator, including the domestic flight which has a 20kg luggage allowance
Flight dates are flexible (subject to availability).
Departure flights from Australia are to Ho Chi Minh City and return flight from Hanoi to Australia
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, a visa fee, travel insurance, and meals (other than the ones noted in the programs) are not included
Participants must be aged over 12 years old. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult
Minimum Group Requirement: The minimum group capacity is two people. Tour departure date is secured once a minimum of two 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 10 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 operators 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
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
Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher
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How to get there
Make your way to Melbourne or Sydney from any major Australian city with daily depart departures from Qantas, Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Virgin Australia and more in order to hop on your complimentary 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).
What do I need to do?
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Meals (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) as indicated in the program (Local food)
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh
Also known as Saigon – the most dynamic city of Vietnam where modern high-rise buildings sit next to ancient temples.
Check-in hotel and free till dinner
A dinner cruise onboard of the Bonsai cruise on the Saigon River is served for you
Overnight in Saigon. (D)
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City
Drive 70kms from Ho Chi Minh City, stopping en route to visit a rice paper making village, and you will reach Cu Chi Tunnels. After an introductory video, viewing various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters, you will spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong survived in this underground network.
Lunch at local restaurant then drive back to the city
Start your visit of Saigon and take in remarkable panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City from its highest building. At 68 floors, the Bitexco Building was opened in 2011and rises 262 meters into the sky. The eye-opening view from the Skydeck gives you a sense of the vibrant city you will be exploring during your stay.
Continue with a leisure walking tour, start at the Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many beautiful details. You continue to Notre dame. Built between 1877 and 1883, Saigon's Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a major centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and one of the city’s major landmarks.
View the vibrant pulsing streets of the city centre as you walk along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) to Ho Chi Minh City’s Gothic 1901 Opera House. Along Le Loi Boulevard, you will pass the Saigon People's Committee building, the famous Rex Hotel and pause at Bach Dang Ice-cream, an authentic Saigon ice cream shop.
Overnight in Saigon. (B / L)
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre - Can Tho
We leave Saigon in the morning then depart to My Tho boat station
Cruising on the Mekong river for sightseeing: the view of the river’s banks, fish-floating market and islands of Dragon, Unicorn,Turtle, Phoenix.
Landing on Unicorn island, visit an orchard of tropical fruits: Enjoy seasonal fruits and listen to Southern traditional music.
Visit coconut candy workshop, taste fresh candy. Get on a horse-cart on the countryside road. Visit a bee- farm and enjoy honey- tea.
Discover Vam Chua natural canal (Ben Tre province ) by rowing boat.
Back to My Tho then we get on our van to drive to Can Tho. Check-in and free for the evening.
Overnight in Can Tho. (B / L)
Day 4: Cai Rang - Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang - Hoi An
We spend the early morning discover the floating market named Cai Rang which is one of the most colorful markets in the area. Visit some orchards then back to the hotel to pack the luggage. Lunch to be at a local restaurant before transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport for the flight to Da Nang
Up on arrival, met and transferred to Hoi An town
Overnight in Hoi An. (B / L)
Day 5: Hoi An
Walk the ancient streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Explore the beautiful 16th century Japanese Bridge. Hoi An's unique fusion of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture is well displayed here, in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town.
Next you will enjoy a cooking class. After enjoying your welcome drink, you'll be transferred to Tra Que Organic Village to select fresh herbs for your cooking lesson. You'll stop by the local village market for other ingredients, then arrive at Red Bridge Cooking School and begin your class (joining class). Working with the Red Bridge Chef, you'll prepare 4 famous dishes, including ‘Pho’. After the class you'll sit down and savour the dishes you have prepared, then enjoy a leisurely 25 minute cruise along the Hoi An River back to central Hoi An. Bring your swimsuit, after the cooking tour has finished you can enjoy free use of our 20 metre swimming pool.
In the late afternoon, you will sit down and learn how to make traditional lantern out of bamboo and silk.
Overnight in Hoi An. (B / L)
Day 6: Hoi An - Da Nang - Hanoi
Take a short flight from Da Nang to Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture and history. You are met at Noi Bai airport by your local guide and learn a bit about this fascinating city on the way to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Vietnam History museum. Established in the 1920s as the Musée Louis Finot, the Vietnam History Museum is housed in an ‘Indochinese style’ structure and traces the history of the Vietnamese people from the earliest times to the present day.
Then leisurely walk to nearby Hanoi Opera House for photos of the most beautiful French architectural buildings left in Hanoi.
Drop by a local coffee and ice cream shop to relax and enjoy the atmosphere while observing the local life.
Explore the Old Quarter at a casual pace on golf cart style buggies, so you can enjoy the scenery and take photos. 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. (B / L)
Day 7: Hanoi
In the morning you will take a walk on the Ba Dinh Square and visit the Ho Chi Minh complex. This complex features the mausoleum of the founder of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. If it is open, you can walk through the mausoleum to view his body. You can also see the Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho's house on stilts in the park-like complex.
Continue with the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, was built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles. Enjoy lunch at KOTO restaurant.
Located on the outskirts of Hanoi by the banks of the Red River, Bat Trang is a traditional handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Discover the small, hidden alleys of this village and visit a local workshop to interact with the craftsmen and observe the complete production cycle, from preparing the clay to shaping the products, painting them and firing them in the kiln.
Overnight in Hanoi. (B / L)
Day 8: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Breakfast at hotel before heading out to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Ha Long you will board your luxury boat for an overnight cruise amongst the more than 3,000 limestone islands rising majestically out of the turquoise bay. You pass grand rock formations and quaint fishing towns, and sample a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and seafood.
Check in at the cruise center
Depart from Tuan Chau – Safety briefing – Presentation of the team .
Introduce the 05 elements cuisine. Lunch on board while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards to Sung Sot (Surprise) cave.
Visit the wheel house & Engine room.15.45: Guided visit of Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.
Take part in cooking demonstration.
Enjoy Happy hour in 1 hour (Buy one get one free).
Savour 5 elements signature dinner on board
Relish a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing at the reception
Overnight on The Au Co Cruise. (B / L / D)
Day 9: Halong Bay
Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while the ship begins cruising quietly.
Have breakfast on board while The Au Co cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay.
Visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat.
The Au Co cruises towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island while lunch is served in Ha Long restaurant. 13.45: Guided biking or hiking excursion through the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit to The Au Co organic farm.
Swim & kayak in Viet Hai Lagoon.
Happy Hours in 2 hours (Buy one get one free).
Have a deluxe dinner
Enjoy a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing at the reception
Overnight on The Au Co Cruise. (B / L / D)
Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Start the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Ha Long Bay.
Have full breakfast.
Passenger’s bags must be put in corridor & prepare for check out process.
Join the Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony.
Disembark in Tuan Chau then transfer to Noi Bai International airport for your onward flight. (B)