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18 Day North to South Vietnam Small Group Tour with Flights

Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Trang An - Sapa - Halong Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Small-group tour of only 15 travellers

Roundtrip international flights from Australia included

2020 departure dates available

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Description


The group size for this tour is a maximum of 15 travellers. 

Immerse yourself in a new and unique Vietnamese experience!

Your journey includes famous tourist destinations not to be missed such as Halong Bay cruise, Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta. Besides, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the northern mountains with the shuttered terraced fields creating spectacular views, and experiencing the lives of local ethnic minorities.

We'll visit the thousand-year ancient capital Hoa Lu and discover the last feudal dynasty with the ancient citadel in Hue. In the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoian, we will visit a charming village, pick some fresh fruits and vegetables and get ready for a cooking class. Trust you will fall in love with it.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18

Day 1

Australia Hanoi

Depart Australia and fly to Vietnam! Upon arrival in Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Accommodation: Chalcedony Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meal included: Inflight only

Day 2

Hanoi

Meet your tour guide in the morning at the suggested place around Hanoi Old Quarter. Begin your tour with a visit to the Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Head over to Ho Chi Minh complex, the final resting place of Vietnam’s greatest father; his house-on-stilts and one pillar pagoda – modelled after a lotus flower are a symbol of Hanoi. Next, visit the Temple of Literature, constructed in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. It was also the first university of Vietnam. Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter before making your way to explore the daily life of the traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit showrooms and see how they model the incredible products before visiting the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake. As your tour draws close to an end, tick off the Ngoc Son Temple from your bucket list - dedicated to Tran Hung Dao - General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians. As you head back for the day, you’ll be dropped off at the hotel around 15:30. The rest of your day is free at leisure! 

Accommodation: Chalcedony Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast

Optional activities at an additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally

  • Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour for approx. AU$60 pp
Day 3

Hanoi  Hoa Lu  Trang An 

Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter in the morning, then leave by coach to Hoa Lu. Visit the historic capital of Vietnam and the famous ancient temples of Le and the Dinh Dynasties. Then our bus will transfer to a local restaurant for lunch at noon. 

Depart to visit Trang An tourist attraction, take a boat trip to visit cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see the scenery of mountain and rivers. In the afternoon, we get on the car for returning to Hanoi. 

Accommodation: Chalcedony Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4

Hanoi  Sapa Cat Cat 

In the morning, we get on a big bus and depart for Sapa Town. After having short breaks in Lao Cai city on the way, we arrive at Sapa Town with colourful traditional costumes of ethnic people in the early afternoon.

Have lunch and check-in the room. Then, we will then depart from the hotel and walk down 3 km to explore Cat Cat village. You will be visiting the Hydropower station, the waterfall of Cat Cat village as well as learning about the culture, customs and unique people here with traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver, hand forged agricultural tools.  We then walk back to Sa Pa to relax and have dinner.

Accommodation: Freesia Hotel or similar, Sapa

Meal included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 5

Sapa  Y Linh Ho  Lao Chai 

We will have breakfast, then walk down to Y Linh Ho, a village inhabited by the Hmong minority. This is a great opportunity to take photographs of hereditary terraces that are estimated around 100 years old. From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai village where you will visit the Hmong home town. Stop in Lao Chai for lunch break around 1 hour. 

You will then continue to Ta Van, an established Hmong and Giay village. Here you will be warmly welcomed by a local Giay family and stay here for the night in their home-stay, where you have a chance to cook and have dinner with a local family. 

Accommodation: Traditional Homestay, Ta Van

Meal included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 6

Giang Ta Chai  Sapa  Hanoi

Get the wake up by a rooster or the pigs, have breakfast with some pancakes, hot tea or hot coffee outdoor — you will be treated to sensational views across the rice terraces. After breakfast, you'll say goodbye to the local then trek through an enchanting bamboo forest, silk waterfall to Giang Ta Chai. After a few hours of trekking, we will stop and enjoy a picnic lunch with our scenic views. We then walk back to the main road and catch a car or minivan back to Sapa Town! 

We get back to Sapa in the afternoon and go back to Hanoi. Arrival Hanoi and enjoy your evening at the leisure.

Accommodation: Chalcedony Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7

Hanoi  Halong

In the morning, the shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and start our trip to explore the most amazing bay in the North of Vietnam. On the way, we will have a quick stop in the middle of the way to rest. Enjoy a welcome drink and spend a couple of minutes to briefing about safety on boat and activities included then we check in our cabin. For the lunch today, delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into Bai Tu Long Bay. 

Arrive in kayaking area in the early afternoon – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing. Then, we get back to the boat and enjoys our Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage and have a sumptuous set-dinner on board. Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gathers your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply has a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay. 

Accommodation: Renea Cruise in a Deluxe Cabin 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Halong  Hanoi 

Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt. After having breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay, we'll kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau area.

Then, continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more. While the cruise heading back to the harbour, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Disembark V’Spirit Classic, we transfer back to Hanoi.

Accommodation: Chalcedony Hotel or similar, Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 9

Hanoi  Hue 

There is some free time for your own exploration in Hanoi until we transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. On arrival Hue, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: Moonlight Hotel or similar, Hue

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10

Hue 

Your wonderful Hue historical heritage journey starts from Dong Ba Market to see the daily life of local people. Next, we have a boat trip to Thien Mu pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Hue city, situated in Perfume River. Then continuing to the Imperial Citadel – home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945) 

After that, visiting  Hue Royal Antiques Museum, where stores the collection of ornaments from the Nguyen Dynasty.

We stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit a beautiful village called Conical hat village in the afternoon. Leaving there to keep exploring a stunning Khai Dinh tomb Which is mixed the West and East Architecture. As for changing to a new style: Minh Mang tomb Visit is one of the popular places with the King who had a huge number of children  

Accommodation: Moonlight Hotel or similar, Hue

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 11

Hue - Danang - Hoi An 

There is some free time in Hue until we transfer to Hoian ancient town. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoian. 

Accommodation: Rosemary Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12

Hoi An - Tra Que & Cooking Class 

After breakfast, we take a short drive through the local countryside to arrive at Tra Que Village and the home of your host. A welcome drink of freshly picked fruits is waiting before we take a walk around the village and learn about the history and customs of this charming village. We walk through the organic herb gardens where hundreds of local farmers work their fields using the traditional methods of hundreds of years ago - no electrical machinery here. 

We return to the home of host and this is where the real fun begins. Everyone is given farming instruments, and we set about joining the farmers in preparing the land for sowing or planting. Our farmer describes the traditional farming methods while we help fertilize the garden using seaweed from the local river, and then water it using huge tin cans strapped to our back. Time is then spent picking vegetables and herbs, and learning how to wrap them to prevent damage. Sharing with you about the traditional methods of gardening in an organic way. Many of the local herbs are used by the farmers for traditional village medicines. You will have a chance to enjoy the herbal foot massage with a real farmer concept. 

Experience half day to be in the farmer house you will have the opportunity to interact with loc and learn about all the ingredients to be used in daily cooking life. It's now time to try our hands at making the village speciality named “Tam Huu” spring rolls - local herbs and vegetables we have just picked or Xeo Cake (Banh Xeo). We then sit down a lovely local meal before return to your hotel for leisure. 

Accommodation: Rosemary Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 13

Hoi An - Free Day

Today you are free for your own exploration in Hoian. 

Accommodation: Rosemary Hotel or similar, Hoi An

Meals included: Breakfast

Optional activities at an additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally

  • My Son tour for approx. AU$80 pp
  • Bana Hills tour for approx. AU$170 pp
Day 14

Hoi An  Danang  Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you will be transferred to nearby Da Nang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City - a bustling metropolis located in the south of the country. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City. 

Accommodation: Lotus Central Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15

Ho Chi Minh City  Cu Chi 

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Once upon a time, the tunnel system stretched over 250km from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction providing visitors with a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the U.S and Vietnam War. In the afternoon, you are free.

Accommodation: Lotus Central Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16

Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta 

This morning after breakfast is picked up from the hotel and travel to the city of My Tho on the banks of the Mekong. Upon arrival, board a motorboat and cruise along the Mekong River. The boat will take you to Xep Canal, a lovely place where you can escape the traffic of the main river. Here you will cruise under coconut trees before arriving at a small islet. Disembark and walk around a small local village. Stop at a local family's home to enjoy tropical fruit, honey tea and wine and listen to traditional Vietnamese music performed by the villagers. Afterwards continue onwards to another islet where a traditional Vietnamese lunch will be prepared by a local family (included). In the afternoon return to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Accommodation: Lotus Central Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17

Ho Chi Minh City - Free Day

Today you are free for your own exploration in Ho Chi Minh. 

Accommodation: Lotus Central Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18

Ho Chi Minh City  Australia

After breakfast free at leisure till transfer to airport for return flight back home. We hope you have brought home find memories of Vietnam! 

Meals included: Breakfast and inflight 

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return Economy Class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, *Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth (*surcharge applies)
  • International flights with Vietnam Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 16 nights of hotel accommodation on a twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
  • 1-night (2 days) Halong Bay cruise (shared twin accommodation, private bathroom facilities)
  • Meals as indicated: 17 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All transfers and transportation with comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
  • Transfer between Hanoi to Halong is via shuttle bus
  • Local English-speaking guides 
  • Half-day tour of Cu Chi Tunnels, including lunch
  • All entrance fees as program
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person/per day on days of sightseeing and transfer

 

4-star Accommodation

Hanoi: Chalcedony Hotel in a deluxe room
Sapa 1st Night - Freesia Hotel in a superior room
Sapa 2nd Night - Homestay experience
Halong: Renea Boat in a deluxe cabin
Hue: Moonlight Hotel in a deluxe room
Hoi An: Rosemary Hotel in a deluxe balcony room
Ho Chi Minh City: Lotus Central Hotel in a senior deluxe room

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended) 
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Drinks
  • Visas to Vietnam
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • Peak season surcharges if any
  • All not mentioned above

 

Optional Activities

These are available at an additional cost. To be booked and paid for locally.

  • Day 2: Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour approx. AU$60 pp
  • Day 13: Hoi An - My Son tour approx. AU$80 pp
  • Day 13: Hoi An - Bana Hills tour approx. AU$170 pp

 

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $1250.

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

 

Extra Service

Looking to arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at info@traveldream.com.au to inquire.

More details also available under Extra Services during checkout.

Departure Dates


APR 2020
25 th
Saturday 25 Apr 2020  ‐  Tuesday 12 May 2020
MAY 2020
09 th
Saturday 09 May 2020  ‐  Tuesday 26 May 2020
JUN 2020
13 th
Saturday 13 Jun 2020  ‐  Tuesday 30 Jun 2020
JUL 2020
22 nd
Wednesday 22 Jul 2020  ‐  Saturday 08 Aug 2020
AUG 2020
01 st
Saturday 01 Aug 2020  ‐  Tuesday 18 Aug 2020

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