3 November 2019
Day 1: Fly Australia to Saigon
Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest, and most vibrant, city. On arrival at the airport you will be met by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team and transferred to the hotel for a three night stay.
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels
Head out as a group to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Returning to the city, admire Vietnam's colonial past with a visit to the Central Post Office before exploring the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. This evening, ascend to a downtown rooftop and mingle with cocktails, followed by dinner.
Day 3: Mekong Delta
Journey to Ben Tre to discover the Mekong Delta. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Taste some of the produce of the area, enjoy traditional music, paddle through the palm-lined canals in a sampan and pass local fish farms.
Day 4: Journey to Hoi An
Catch a flight to Danang, then transfer to the wonderfully laid-back and charming Hoi An. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 5: Tra Que Village
This morning, share a community experience in the rural village of Tra Que, admiring the gardens of vegetables and herbs, and joining a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration. Wander the sights of Hoi An in the afternoon, stopping at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and meet the artisans before enjoying a well-deserved tea break in the tea house.
Day 6: Fly to Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city. This afternoon, begin your explorations with visits to the Museum of Ethnology and the gatehouse of the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Later, take a twilight walking tour of the Ho Chi Minh Quarter of the city, with a stop for a refreshing glass of beer at Ta Hien beer corner.
Day 7: Explore Hanoi
Return to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter this morning to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Confucian monument, the Temple of Literature. Sit and sample traditional Vietnamese egg coffee, then take a free afternoon to explore.
Day 8: Mai Chau
Travel to Mai Chau, a rural village set in a lush valley, and the home to ethnic minority communities like the White and Black Thai people. Walk amongst the rice paddies this afternoon, visiting hill tribe villages and meeting friendly members of these communities. Dinner tonight will be a barbeque at a local stilt house, treated to a traditional dance performance and a traditional rice wine tasting.
Day 9: Return to Hanoi
Your morning is free to relax before travelling back to Hanoi.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.