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Offer valid: 25/03/2011 - 25/03/2012
Duration: 18 days
Departure airport: Any UK airport
Board basis: Full Board
Wendy Wu - Vietnam Panorama Tour - 18 days
Ancient and Modern
Our best value tour to Vietnam travels overland for much of its route to allow full enjoyment of the delightful countryside. Along the way, visit the famous sights of this fascinating land as well as many of its hidden treasures including the hill station of Dalat and an overnight stay in Can Tho in the Mekong Delta.
Wendy Wu - Indochina Vietman Panorama includes:
• All international airfares
• All domestic transportation
• Departure taxes
• Current fuel surcharges
• All accommodation
• All meals
• Entrance fees, guides and daily tours
• Visa fees for UK passport holders
Days 1-2: UK – Saigon
Fly overnight from the UK (via Hong Kong) to Saigon. You will be met at Saigon Airport in the arrivals hall by your Local Guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. This is an opportunity for your group to meet and learn more about travelling in Vietnam.
Day 3: Saigon
Sightseeing today in downtown Saigon and the Cholon district, includes a visit to the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum, the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral and the French-style Post Office. We also visit Cholon (Chinatown), Thien Hau Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market for some shopping.
Days 4-5: Saigon – Mekong Delta – Saigon
Travel to My Tho and enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River to explore the delta, also known as the ‘Rice Basket’ of Vietnam. Visit floating markets, villages, home industries and plantations as well as Thoi Son Island and Vinh Trang Pagoda.
Later, travel to Can Tho city and stay overnight. The next day, continue exploring the Mekong Delta before returning to Saigon. The Mekong Delta is primarily rural; however, it is the most densely populated area in Vietnam. Life revolves around the river as people live, trade and travel along the river. The area’s rich and fertile lands are perfect for growing rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. The Mekong Delta gives a perfect glimpse into how life once was.
Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels & Tay Ninh day tour
Visit the famous tunnel system at Cu Chi and then attend the noon service at the Cao Dai Temple, which is one of the most striking structures in Asia.
Days 7-8: Saigon – Dalat
Travel to the beautiful hill station of Dalat, located in the cooler climate of the Central Highlands. Dalat is also known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ and the honeymoon capital of Vietnam with its stunning forests and waterfalls. The next day, visit Lat Village, Lake of Sighs and Truc Lam Pagoda.
Day 9: Dalat – Nha Trang
Travel to the coastal town of Nha Trang. Later, enjoy a cruise around the nearby islands. Visit the Tri Nguyen Aquarium at Mieu Island, Tam Island and a local fishing village.
Day 10: Nha Trang – Qui Nhon
Visit the ruins of Po Nagar Cham Tower which date from the Hindu Kingdom of Champa which ruled from the 2nd to 15th centuries before travelling to Qui Nhon.
Day 11: Qui Nhon – Hoi An
Pay homage to the victims of the My Lai massacre at Son My before continuing to the UNESCO listed town of Hoi An.
Days 12-13: Hoi An
Enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An and visit one of the oldest homes, which is still occupied by the descendants of the merchants that built it over 200 years ago.
The afternoon and the following day are at leisure to visit the renowned tailors, stroll through the local markets or relax in a riverside café.
Day 14: Hoi An – Hue
Visit Marble Mountains and China Beach before driving over the Hai Van Pass, which provides a spectacular panoramic view of the central coastline. Continue to Hue, the former historic capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty and enjoy a cyclo tour to the Imperial Citadel - the centrepiece of the royal empire which was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War.
We also take a boat trip on the Perfume River and visit Thien Mu Pagoda. In the evening, take part in a cooking class focusing on select local dishes designed for the Royal Courts.
Day 15: Hue – Hanoi
Visit the Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Royal Tombs. Later, fly to Hanoi, a charming and richly historic city of lakes, parks and shaded boulevards, also known as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. In the evening, enjoy a performance of the famous Water Puppets.
Day 16: Hanoi
Sightseeing today includes visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. We also enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter and a drive around Hoan Kiem Lake.
Day 17: Halong Bay Junk Cruise
Drive to Halong Bay, the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Vietnam and commence cruising onboard the traditionally designed junk boat. Relax and enjoy a seafood meal onboard whilst cruising between the nearby islands.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions and features more than 3,000 limestone karsts rising from the Gulf of Tonkin dotted with caves, grottoes, reefs, forests and lakes. Return to Hanoi in the afternoon, driving through the striking rural countryside of the Red River Delta.
Day 18: Hanoi – UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same day filled with many happy memories.
Review of the Wendy Wu Vietnam Panorama Tour
Date: Thurs 29th March 2012
Subject: Wendy Wu Vietnam Panorama Review
Good morning, Maria
After having had time to 'recover' from our super holiday in Vietnam, we would like to thank you and your colleagues for the very professional manner in which you dealt with our Wendy Wu holiday booking.
Everything went extremely well, the Cathay Pacific flight out was full but the return flight was two-thirds empty, so we had at least 3 seats each, in which to get comfortable.
The trip itself was extraordinary from beginning to end.
The organisation was excellent, as was our Tour Manager (Huan) and our Coach Driver (Bin). The catering was far beyond anything we had expected, as were the hotels.
We were a part of 18, as a group of 12 Australians and 8 British -we all mixed extremely well and were sorry when the end of the tour arrived.
Once again our sincere thanks to you for the friendly manner in which you helped us along with our booking.
We will have no hesitation in recommending both Travel Club Elite and Wendy Wu to others who are thinking of visiting an extremely fascinating and friendly country.
Regards, Amber and Keith McDonald