Travel Dates: October 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020
Book this vacation by March 31, 2019 to avail this special price.

On this grand tour of Vietnam, discover the country in depth from its famed UNESCO sites to its sizzling cities. Delve into the thriving food culture, both at bustling markets and at local homes, uncover hidden gems with unique activities in the company of the best guides, and enjoy a scenic stop amid the white sands, blue waters and swaying palms of sleepy Mui Ne. Also included are special dinner affairs, spa treatments, and an exclusive excursion, with our best compliments!

This offer is not valid for travel between April 18 – 21, 2019. 


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3HanoiColonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient ArchitectureThe Lapis Hanoi, Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi
3 - 4Halong BayUNESCO World Heritage Site, Limestone Formations, Kayak PaddlingA Class Legend Cruise, Dragon's Pearl
4 - 6HuéPerfume River, UNESCO World Heritage Site Imperial Citadel, Tombs and Pagodas, Incense Stick-Making HousePilgrimage Village
6 - 8Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau TempleLiberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel, Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection
8 - 14Mui NeCoconut Palms, Beach and Relaxation, Red Sand Dunes, Seaside Golf CourseAnantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa
14 - 14Ho Chi Minh City/SaigonFrench Colonial Buildings, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau Temple

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Hanoi Airport to your Hotel


2 Days

Hanoi has served as a beautiful capital city and the seat of government for Vietnam for over a thousand years.

Included Activities

Half Day Highlights Tour of Hanoi
Soak in some old-world charm! Tree-lined pathways, glittering lakes and charming colonial buildings make Hanoi a visual treat! Your half day tour of this historic city starts at the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where Ho’s preserved body rests, except on Mondays and Fridays, when visitors are not allowed. At Ho’s beautiful house behind the mausoleum, you can view his belongings which are on display. Follow this up with a cyclo ride through the bustling Old Quarter, where almost everything in the world is on sale! The fascinating maze of back alleys offers great insight into Vietnamese culture. (Half Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs; Private activity & transfers; Fitness level: Easy. Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every afternoon on weekdays except Monday and Friday when it is closed all day; between September to December, it is closed everyday.)

Hanoi’s Street Eats After Dark
Discover Hanoi’s thriving street food culture! Step out of your hotel late evening to see an array of items on offer and lanes buzzing with activity. Walk with your guide to the Old Quarter, while listening to interesting trivia about Hanoi’s food and also its people. Stop at a local coffee shop for some of its specialty beverage and then continue with your walk. You will spot some delightful Vietnamese snacks including pillow cakes and fried sweet cakes – try some and move on, for there’s much more to come. For instance, you can’t miss the Vietnamese noodle soup with chicken, called Pho Ga, which some say should be Vietnam’s national dish! Also try the banh mi pate (or baguette sandwich with pate) at Ban My Lan Ong, one of Hanoi’s most famous food joints. Next, find your way to the Dong Xuan night market, where you’ll see a plethora of items including souvenirs. Wind up with a glass of chilled Bia Hoi (fresh draught beer) at a place called Beer Corner. (Time of the Day: Evening, 1800 hrs; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Private Activity with a maximum of 8 people; Meal included; Fitness level: Moderate.)

Hotel Options
The Lapis Hanoi – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe City View
RoomSuperior Deluxe Room
Day 3 - 4

Day bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay (0800 - 1200 hrs)

Halong Bay

1 Day

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can witness the dense cluster of over 3,000 limestone islands as they rise spectacularly from the ocean in Halong Bay.

Included Activities

Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Dragon Pearl)
Enjoy a marvellous one night cruise aboard the Dragon Pearl! From your hotel you will be taken to the harbor where you can check-in, meet your crew and receive a safety briefing. The you can set sail to the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay and Cap La, where the astonishing formations of Halong Bay await you. Enjoy a delicious lunch en route. If you wish, you can disembark and visit the local fishing village or go kayaking. Back on board, relax and unwind or have a swim before dinner. The following day you can cruise through an incredible panorama of grottos and explore Thien Canh Son cave. Enjoy a swim and another delicious lunch aboard the junk before a smooth cruise back to the harbor at Hanoi. (Open all year; Best Time to Travel: March – May, October – November; Full Day; Duration: Overnight; Shared Activity; Private Transfer; Meal included; Fitness level: Easy)

A Class Legend Cruise in Halong Bay (One Night/Two Days)
Day One: Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay making a quick stop en route for some refreshment. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise boat as you sail towards mysterious Sung Sot Cave on Bo Hon Island, one of the finest and widest grottoes in Halong Bay. Next, stop at Ti Top Island for some swimming and snorkeling. Trek up to the highest point on the island for a bird’s eye view of the panoramic bay. Return to the boat in time to catch the sunset as you enjoy a cocktail party followed by dinner featuring an authentic Vietnamese menu. Before you retire for the night, try some squid fishing, read a book, watch a movie, or play board games. Day Two: Get up early in the morning for a Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck before you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast. Sail down to Luon Cave and go exploring on a kayak or jump into one of the bamboo boats rowed by friendly locals. Return to the cruise boat and participate in a cooking demonstration on making spring rolls. Check out and have an early lunch as you sail back. Transfer back to Hanoi by road stop at a local village in the countryside to stretch your legs. (2 Days/1 Night; Shared Activity; Private Transfers; Meals Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change.)

Hotel Options
MealsFull Board plus Activities
Dragon's Pearl – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Cabin
MealsFull Board plus Activities
Day 4 - 6

Day bus from Halong Bay to Hanoi (1200 - 1600 hrs)

Flight from Hanoi to Hue

Transfer from Hue Airport to your Hotel


2 Days

The ancient Imperial Capital of Hué, lies at the mouth of the Perfume River and is considered the fulcrum of Vietnam’s two rice baskets – the Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta.

Included Activities

Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
Immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich imperial heritage on this tour of historic Hué. The town is dotted with ancient pagodas, royal tombs, and the remains of an imperial stronghold. Set off after breakfast to visit Hué’s iconic, 17th century monument of Thien Mu Pagoda, whose narrow, seven-storied structure stands atop a hill by the Perfume River. Afterwards, you could either explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hué Monuments centered on the Imperial Citadel, or the royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. At the Imperial Citadel, be dazzled by the regal architecture and royal gardens. Set amid a forested area, the Royal Tomb is equally spectacular. In the afternoon, drive down to the charming little village of Duong No, which was home to the young Ho Chi Minh. Walk over to the ornate Thanh Toan Covered Bridge spanning the Perfume River, featuring traditional Asian design and a timber arch dotted with ceramic elements and elaborate calligraphy. (Best Time to Travel : Oct – Mar;Times : 9 AM – 3 PM;Duration – 5 hours;Private Activity;Fitness level: Easy).

A Family Meal in Hue
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon with a local family in Hue, Vietnam. After a green tea welcome, take a guided tour of the ancestral home, browse through family albums, and be introduced to the entire household. Visit the family temple, and understand the customs and rituals associated with ancestral worship. This is your chance to hang out with the friendly family and get a glimpse into their lifestyle. Follow your host to the bustling Dong Ba market on the banks of Perfume River, and shop for a plethora of fresh produce from the region. Back at the home, learn about the history of unique ingredients that go into making Hue’s traditional folk dishes. You’re welcome to assist the family in the kitchen, preparing an array of well-plated meals. Later, gather with your host family, and enjoy a delicious multi-course lunch over conversation. Exchange cultural stories and anecdotes of the Royal land before bidding farewell. (Half Day; Time: 1100 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 6 - 8

Transfer from Hotel to Hue Airport

Flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh / Saigon

Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon Airport to Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

2 Days

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony.

Included Activities

Half Day Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
Explore the commercial capital of Vietnam! Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City has more than eight million people and four million motorbikes and yet retains its old world charm. A half day tour takes you to the Notre Dame Cathedral – a replica of the Parisian marvel across the square from which lies the Central Post Office – designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel. The former Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum tell the story of Saigon’s turbulent past. Enjoy a break with your guide at a local coffee shop, to see the city’s famed street coffee culture and learn interesting tidbits about life in Saigon.

Hotel Options
Day 8 - 14

Drive from Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon to Mui Ne (150 km, 4 hrs)

Mui Ne

6 Days

Mui Ne is a three hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City and boasts a gloriously long arc of white sands that is dotted with towering coconut palms.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Bungalow
StyleBeach Resort
Day 14 - 14

Drive from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon (150 km, 4 hrs)

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

0 Days

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), still often referred to as Saigon, was a Khmer seaport in the 17th century before becoming a French colony.

Transfer to the Airport

International departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,042 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,435 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 14 days / 13 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Hanoi – Hue
    • Hue – Ho Chi Minh / Saigon
  • All activities as listed :
    • Hanoi: Half Day Highlights Tour of Hanoi
    • Hanoi’s Street Eats After Dark
    • Halong Bay: Halong Bay Cruise Activities (Dragon Pearl)
    • A Class Legend Cruise in Halong Bay (One Night/Two Days)
    • Hue: Imperial Vietnam by the Banks of the Perfume River
    • A Family Meal in Hue
    • Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: Half Day Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

This offer is only available for Australian nationals. 

Book this vacation by March 31, 2019 to avail this special price.

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Grand Tour of Vietnam – Australia Special

14 days $ 4,042 / person

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