SHORTLIST

Vietnam at a Glance

Relish Vietnam’s distinct and energetic character as you journey from Ho Chi Minh City in the south up to Hanoi in the north. Explore the country’s turbulent past, meet the friendly, resilient locals, and get lost in spectacular panoramas on this two-week tour of discovery.
Price notes:
  • Prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023, subject to change.
  • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
  • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$70pp is paid locally in Vietnam.
  • Based on departures from Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
  • Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available upon request
  • Land only (Saigon - Hanoi) 11 days from $4,380 per person, twin share
  • Single supplement from $800 (ds not apply to Solo Exclusive Departures)
Tour details
Tour Provider Wendy Wu
Price From
$5,380
Number of Days
13
Start Location
Vietnam
End Location
Hanoi, Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 60+
Group Size
10 to 28
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy
Includes Flights
Yes
Itinerary Open all
Day 1-2: Fly Overnight To Saigon
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam's most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Discover Saigon
This morning, contemplate the struggles of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. This exuberant city is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. See the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
Day 4: Mekong Delta
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palmlined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong dishes. Make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route back to Saigon.
Day 5: Journey To Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town '“ a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchant's house, Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
Day 6: Tra Que Village
Head out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later spend the afternoon at leisure back in Hoi An.
Day 7: Imperial Hue
Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam's dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River.
Day 8: Fly To Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi. Take the afternoon at leisure or start your explorations of Vietnam's capital.
Day 9: Explore Hanoi
Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you'll visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year) and the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the day's explorations with a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.
Day 10: Halong Bay
Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations. Dinner is included during your voyage.
Day 11: The Quintessence Of Tonkin
Rise early this morning for a beautiful sunrise over the bay. Return to Hanoi this
afternoon and later, see the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.
Days 12-13: Fly Hanoi To New Zealand
Fly to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.
Inclusions
  • Domestic transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees, guides and daily tours
  • All Meals
  • Standard group visa fees included and fees may apply for foreign passport holders or other visas
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
26 Mar 2024 06 Apr 2024 56 $6,080
30 Apr 2024 11 May 2024 56 $5,880
07 May 2024 18 May 2024 28 $5,880
06 Aug 2024 17 Aug 2024 28 $5,380
17 Sep 2024 28 Sep 2024 28 $5,880
24 Sep 2024 05 Oct 2024 28 $5,880
01 Oct 2024 12 Oct 2024 28 $5,580
08 Oct 2024 19 Oct 2024 28 $6,080
22 Oct 2024 02 Nov 2024 28 $5,580
29 Oct 2024 09 Nov 2024 24 $6,080
05 Nov 2024 16 Nov 2024 28 $5,980
12 Nov 2024 23 Nov 2024 28 $5,980
19 Nov 2024 30 Nov 2024 28 $5,980
14 Jan 2025 25 Jan 2025 28 $6,280
04 Feb 2025 15 Feb 2025 28 $6,280
11 Feb 2025 22 Feb 2025 28 $6,280
18 Feb 2025 01 Mar 2025 18 $6,980
04 Mar 2025 15 Mar 2025 28 $6,280
18 Mar 2025 29 Mar 2025 28 $6,080
01 Apr 2025 12 Apr 2025 28 $6,080
29 Jul 2025 09 Aug 2025 28 $6,080
23 Sep 2025 04 Oct 2025 28 $6,080
07 Oct 2025 18 Oct 2025 28 $6,280
21 Oct 2025 01 Nov 2025 28 $6,280
04 Nov 2025 15 Nov 2025 28 $6,280
11 Nov 2025 22 Nov 2025 28 $6,180
18 Nov 2025 29 Nov 2025 28 $6,180