$3,170.00 per person (members)
$3,280.00 per person (non members)
- Return international economy class airfares, taxes and current fuel surcharges (subject to change)
- All transportation and transfers
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- Most meals (11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 4 dinners)
- Comprehensive tour dossiers and travel guides
- Visa fees for Australian passport holders
Fly To Hanoi - Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's colonially influenced, atmospheric capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening
Discover Hanoi - Start the day exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. This evening, enjoy a performance of a traditional water puppets show.
Cruise Halong Bay - Travel to Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. You’ll pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you’re on-board - take a swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite-filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season).
Tai Chi - Rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practice Tai Chi on the deck. After brunch onboard, return to the dock and travel back to Hanoi. On arrival, enjoy free time or choose from two optional activities (at your own expense). 1) A mini backstage tour at the Hanoi Opera House of the cultural show ‘Lang Toi’, followed by dinner and the evening performance of the show itself. 2) discover the varied and delicious flavours of Vietnamese street food on a tour of Hanoi’s very best street eats.
Imperial Hue - Fly to Hue, Vietnam’s old imperial capital and a city considered the country’s hub of culture. This afternoon, visit the imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, set on peaceful spot outside the city, before exploring the decaying grandeur of Hue’s imperial citadel. Admire the Thien Mu Pagoda before boarding a boat to cruise along the picturesque Perfume River. Later, choose between a free evening for your own explorations, or a unique royal dining experience, where you will dine on authentic food and be entertained, all in the imperial style (at your own expense).
Hue Experiences - Today is a day at leisure for your own explorations, or you can choose between the following experiences (at your own expense): 1) Take a half day cycling tour of Hue and its beautiful rural surroundings, stopping for lunch with the nuns of a nearby pagoda. 2) learn ‘truc chi’, creating art with bamboo paper, on a half day visit to a workshop.
Travel To Hoi An - Journey by road to the charming town of Hoi An, crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, wander the old cobbled streets and soak up the delights of Hoi An, with visits to a pagoda, an old Chinese meeting house and the Reaching Out arts and crafts workshop.
Hoi An Experiences - Today is a day at leisure for your own explorations, or you can choose between the following experiences (at your own expense): 1) A cooking class, with a visit to the produce market to select fresh, local ingredients, where you’ll learn the tricks and techniques of Vietnamese cuisine or 2) A full day farmer and fisherman experience, where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques in the rural village of Tra Que, before learning to paddle round bamboo boats and cast fishing nets.
Fly To Saigon - Fly to Saigon and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Cu Chi Tunnels - This morning, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground network used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and tour the city, visiting the grand Central Post Office as well as delving into Vietnam’s recent history at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. This evening is free for your own explorations, or you can opt for dinner and a performance of the AO Show, a music, dance and acrobatic spectacular at the Saigon Opera House (at your own expense).
Mekong Delta - Transfer to Ben Tre, in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where visiting local cottage industries and taste the delicious produce of the region, before lunching on typically Mekong fare. This afternoon, take a boat trip through the palmed-lined canals and waterways to visit small islands, a floating village and pagoda. Return to Saigon.
Saigon To Australia - This morning is at leisure for your own explorations, or you can take an optional cyclo tour around Saigon’s Chinatown (at your own expense).Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.