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Essential 13 Day Vietnam Tour with private guides, meals and activities!

$ 1429 or 5 monthly payments of $285.80
13 days/12 nights
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Essential Vietnam Tour 13 days

Showcasing the best of what Vietnam has to offer, From Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi travel with award winning Sens Asia as you uncover the essence of Vietnam and it’s people. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Vietnam, Whether it's Halong Bay one of the most picturesque natural wonders, unique history ...

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Highlights

  • Discover Vietnam with award winning tour operator Sens Asia Travel.
  • Choose from 3 levels of accommodation: Comfort, Superior or 5 star Deluxe!
  • Explore the Surprise Cave in Halong Bay, DMZ zone, Hoi An Ancient town & Mekong Delta just to name a few exciting stops on your journey    
  • Transport, selected meals and English speaking guide included.
  • Offer valid for travel till December 31st 2018.

Itinerary

Day 1 -  Ho Chi Minh
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, formerly Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling economic capital and cultural trendsetter of the country, yet holds the timeless traditions of an ancient culture. You are greeted by your guide and driver at international airport for your transfer to the hotel.
Meals Included: Dinner


Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh
This morning, visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Explore this underground village, legendary for its role in the Vietnam/American War, which was part of an underground network stretching from the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the Sai Gon River. Following by the afternoon, Visit Reunification Palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam.  You can visit the “War Room” from where the South Vietnamese forces were controlled, and the room where the North Vietnamese army finally took control in the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Built between 1877 and 1883, Saigon's Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral is a major Centre of Catholicism in modern Vietnam, and one of the city’s major landmarks. The Saigon Post Office, a classic French colonial structure, is still a functioning post office today and features huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many other beautiful details.The War Remnants Museum, contains countless artefacts and photographs documenting said crimes.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh
At 8.00am, depart for a 1.5 hour drive from Saigon to Ben Tre, one of the country's southern provinces, situated in the Delta of the Mekong River.  Take in the highway as you leave behind the busy city. Pass Rach Mieu bridge before reaching Huu Dinh hamlet. Get on a tri-motor cycle (xe loi) ride to enjoy the lush surroundings of rice paddies and fruit farms alongside the narrow village roads.

Arrive at the waterfront, board the charming Cruise for a glimpse at the Delta scenery while enjoying coconut juice. First stop for a visit at the coconut processing, then back to your cruise and the cruise will stop at a brick making shop, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand where you will start a Bicycle trip around Phong Nam village around 4km, through gardens and stop at the a rice noodles factory “hu tieu”, one of most popular breakfast dishes in the region .Walk about 3 minutes to visit at Mrs. Huong’s home. Her family live on fishing, shrimp and farming. Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in her garden before taking the rowing  sampan , be paddled by a personalized rower trip to discover the maze of small canals.

Then rowing you back to your mango boat and head to Mango home restaurant, enjoy your 5 course lunch and freshen up before switch to a bicycle and ride  500m About 4 minutes( or 7-10 minutes walk) on village roads past green gardens and local houses, and stop at another local house of Mr Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made. After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Saigon.
Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Hue
After a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue, you are met at Hue Airport and taken you to your hotel in Hue. You with then start the Hue city tour by Visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This 7-storey octagonal tower is a symbol of Hue. Behind the pagoda are peaceful gardens and, somewhat incongruously, the old Austin car which transported the bonze Thich Quang Duc to Saigon in 1963 for his self-immolation. King Tu Duc's Tomb is a sprawling compound centred around a lake and including numerous separate memorials connected by pleasant walkways. The major portions of the tomb complex were completed from 1864-67, along with future temple buildings that served as a retreat for Tu Duc and his many wives during his lifetime. Next, you will visit the only-in-Vietnam Royal arena names Ho Quyen. This is the only Royal Arena in Asia where fights between tigers and elephants were organized during the Nguyen Dynasty. A visit to the Elephant Shrine will tell you about the legends of the honored Elephants.
The Imperial City at Hue is the remnant of a vast citadel. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 - Hue
Commence your drive early this morning to visit the DMZ zone; the 10km wide strip across the narrowest part of the country (there is only 100km between the Vietnamese coast and Laos). The DMZ zone separated North and South Vietnam prior to reunification in 1975 and has a significant military history. The Vinh Moc tunnels were constructed by residents of Vinh Moc and served as an underground village during the Vietnam War. The underground network consists of three levels and served all the community's needs, with a school, hospital, etc. Hien Luong Bridge crosses the Ben Hai River at the middle of the DMZ, marking the former border between North and South Vietnam.  From 1954 to 1972, when the North Vietnamese Army pushed the border farther south, the bridge was painted with the two different colours. While peaceful and bucolic today, this historical sight is, for many, profoundly evocative. A simple monument stands on the north side of the bridge.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 -  Hoi An
Head out to Hoi An. The route south from Hue hugs the coast before climbing Hai Van Pass. Stop to admire stunning views over Lang Co Beach and Da Nang City and continue along the beach to Hoi An. Walk Hoi An's ancient streets lined with old wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés and outlets. Hoi An's unique architecture is well displayed in what is arguably Vietnam's most tourist-friendly town. Not only the architecture, Hoi An is also famous for its delicious street foods. Along the ancient road will you  have chance to taste some of the best traditional street foods in town.
Meals Include: Breakfast, light Dinner

Day 7 - Hoi An
The day is free at leisure to enjoy the shopping in Hoi An – a paradise for custom made silk and fashionable clothing and accessories.
Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 8 - Hanoi

This morning, you will take the transfer from Hoi an to Danang airport and then take your flight to Hanoi. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel. You will then visit Hanoi with some war memorial historical sites with Hoa Lo Museum, Ngoc Ha Lake and Tran Quoc Pagoda. Referred to ironically as the 'Hanoi Hilton' by American POWs, Hoa Lo Prison was built by the French in 1896 and used to house Vietnamese political prisoners. The prison was just one in a series of northern incarceration centers. By 1954 there were over 2000 inmates within the cold, damp walls of Hoa Lo and the jail had become, in the eyes of the Vietnamese, an emblem of colonialist abuse and betrayal. Chilling displays include nasty instruments of torture and restored prison cells. Continue toward to Huu Tiep Lake or B52 Lake to meet an elderly resident who tells stories of the past in a 400-year-old temple, and walk through a tiny local market street to see the lake, which is the crash site of a B52 shot down in 1972. A stroll around Ngoc Ha Market provides the vibrant atmosphere that typifies Hanoi.
Another stop can be made at Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas of Hanoi located on an islet connected to the eastern shore of West Lake.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Hanoi Sens and the city
Wake up early and do a walking tour around Hoan Kiem lake to feel the true atmosphere of Hanoi. Hanoi once known as the most peaceful city of the country before the invasion of those noisy motorbikes and autos. Now a day, only in the early morning can you live again the once-upon-a-time Hanoi with old people practicing Tai – Chi and the young doing exercises around the lake, added by some vehicle brings goods from outskirts to local retail markets in the city. Time seems to be standing still that moment.
We will join an open-air Laughing Yoga club next to the lake, take some morning physical exercises and laugh out loud with everybody. Not only SEE and HEAR people laughing, you will also feel like being home with your best neighbours while HOLDING hands of the friendly Hanoian. Then you might think you already know this city for your whole life time.  
After starting your day in the most happy way, it's time to active your SCENT and TASTE with one of the most yummy breakfast in the world - Phở! Hop in a local Phở restaurant in the Old Quarter and take a big bowl with beaf or chicken, herbs and lemon.Explore the Old Quarter, a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping/ economical/commercial and cultural/historical sites all wrapped into one. End up the morning tour in an ancient house hidden in the middle of the Old Quater. Hardly anybody can find it, except the one who understands Hanoi as his lover. Talking about the people, the culture, the life style, the ancient houses that remain, taking an Egg Coffee – the unique drink that you can only taste in Hanoi and watching this strange city  get into rush-hour. You can never expert such a morning like that in any other way.   
Mid-morning, take your free time to visit around the lake and Old Quarter if you still want to, or come back to hotel and reload your energy before heading to another site of the city.Later, we will take you to a local house located right in the heart of the city; the host will introduce you about their cozy house along with chatting and enjoying local tea.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Free for the rest time in the afternoon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
   

Day 10 - Ninh Binh
Take the drive to Ninh Binh. You first visit Hoa Lu, which was the capital under the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. Its palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions, built by different dynasties, still carry the features of an ancient imperial capital. Board a sampan for an extended journey along the winding river lined with trees and Trang An’s limestone mountains. You will stop at several small, historic temples which are the pride of the area’s inhabitants. The lush forests, clear river water, fresh air, magical caves and dramatic mountains will charm you from first glance. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11- Halong Bay
After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea. On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. You spend the rest of the day cruising the myriad of tiny islands and many grottoes created by wind and the waves over the centuries.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 -  Hanoi  
Start the day with a calming Tai Chi session, accompanied by an amazing sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of the bay’s landscape. The cruise passes beautiful locations such as Trong, Trinh Nu and the Me Cung Caves, and you get the chance to explore Surprise Cave before having buffet brunch on board. Back at the dock, you will be met and transferred to Hanoi. Free time for rest of the day.
Meals Included: Brunch


Day 13 - Hanoi departure
The morning is free at leisure in Hanoi City for some last minute shopping before transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 
Meals Included: Breakfast

INCLUDES

INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights’ in twin/double room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
  • 2 Days/1 Night cruise on a cruise boat in Ha Long Bay (shared cabin on shared boat)
  • All transfers with air-con vehicles and the mentioned boats
  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
  • Local ENGLISH speaking guides
    1. South (Ho Chi Minh – Mekong Delta): 1 guide
    2. Centre (Hue – Da Nang – Hoi An): 1 guide
    3. North (Hanoi – Halong Bay): 1 guide
  • Private boat trip in Hue, Mekong delta
  • Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program (Local food)
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

EXCLUDES:
  • Airfares (international and domestic)
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Drinks
  • Visas - A visa is required for all Australian Passport holders travelling to Vietnam
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Tips
  • Insurances
  • 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

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fine print

CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS & AMENDMENTS

  • Cancellation must be made in writing for your reservation to be cancelled.
  • Any cancellations of the tour will result in the following cancellation fees:
  • 39-30 days before arrival: cancellation fee equal to the previously agreed down payment or equal to 20% applies
  • 29-15 days before arrival: 30%
  • 14-8 days before arrival: 60%
  • 7 days before arrival: 100 %
  • No show: 100%
  • Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the My Discoveries Booking Guarantee applies. The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.
HEALTH & FITNESS/ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • You must ensure that you are aware of any health requirements for your travel and that you are able to participate in the activities included in your itinerary.
  • This tour requires a moderate fitness level to participate.
  • All passengers must be able to:
  • Walk 10 mins without having to stop, sit down or rest
  • Walk over uneven ground with no paving
  • Walk an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
  • Get in and out of transportation unassisted
  • Stand for 30 mins, without needing to sit down
  • Manage own luggage.

PRICES
  • Schedules and availability, fare conditions and prices can change at any time.
  • Price changes may occur for reason or matters outside our control which increase the cost of the products or service.
  • Such factors include adverse currency fluctuations.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS
  • Passports are required at your own expense for travel outside of Australia.
  • Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity beyond the return date from the destination.
  • Some countries require a visa in addition to a valid passport for entry into the country.
  • You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate embassy or consulate for specific information and entry requirements.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
A visa is required for all Australian Passport holders travelling to Vietnam.  Visa fee of approximately $100 per person applies for Single Entry Visa valid for stays of up to 30 days.  Please note that this information is to be used as a guide only and can change at any time.   Please go to https://visasdirect.com.au/requirements for further information and to apply.

booking essentials

  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased simply call the customer service team on 1300 404 606 who are on-hand to answer your questions and complete your holiday booking.
  • If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)  
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.

booking guarantee

The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.

travel period

Travel Periods

  • Shoulder: Oct 17- 30 Apr 18 & 1 Oct - 31 Dec 18
  • Low: 1 May 18 - 30 Sep 18 

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