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See Vietnam in style. Staying at deluxe hotels, some with historic origins and built at the turn of the 20th century. This connoisseur tour re-lives the ambience of a time long gone and the slower paced itinerary allows plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere of this ever-changing country.
Witness the spectacular acrobatic A O show
Take a cyclo tour in fascinating Saigon
Gain an insight into local life on the Mekong Delta
Enjoy the beach in laid back Nha Trang
Discover the delights of Ancient Hoi An
Experience the life-style of the local nuns in Hue
Meet a water puppet artist in bustling Hanoi
Relax with a boutique cruise on Halong Bay
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Day 1-2: Fly to Saigon
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Saigon. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel.
Day 3: Discover Saigon
Saigon has evolved from war-town city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. See the French-built Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. After browsing through Ben Thanh Market, enjoy a three-course dinner at Xu Restaurant.
Day 4: Mekong Delta Cruise
Travel to Ben Tre to board your Mekong Delta cruise boat. The delta region is known as the Rice Basket of Vietnam, supplying the country with huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Life here revolves around the river and you'll be able to catch a glimpse of it as you explore the maze of palm-lined canals. Take a cycle tour amongst the verdant fields and meet the local people. Return to Saigon and embark on a culinary adventure through the cities vibrant street food scene.
Day 5: Cu Chi Tunnels and Tay Ninh
Experience the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of the elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Continue to Tay Ninh to see the striking Holy See of the Cao Dai religion. Native to Vietnam is a fascinating blend of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism and Islam.
Day 6: Travel to Nha Trang
Transfer to the airport to fly to Nha Trang. This is Vietnams top beach resort, a sweep of yellow sand lapped by cool waters and backed by a relaxed urban centre. This afternoon explore the Po Nagar Cham Towers, still used for worship today.
Day 7: Nha Trang cruise
Spend the day cruising the clear waters and islands off the coast of Nha Trang Bay. Stops will be made at Mun Island and a local fishing village and there may be time for you to take a dip in the cool waters.
Day 8: Journey to Hoi An
Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An, stopping en route at the Marble Mountains. Dine this evening on the creative Vietnamese cuisine of Ancient Faifo restaurant.
Day 9: Explore Hoi An
Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of China, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles, its narrow streets retaining a quirky, old world charm. This morning wander the old streets, visiting Hoi An market, the Quan Cong Chinese Temple and the elaborate Japanese Bridge before taking tea at a traditional tea house. Afternoon is at leisure.
Day 10: Free Day
Enjoy a day at leisure in Hoi An where you can further explore, relax by the pool or take a trip to the beach.
Day 11: Hoi An to Hue
Taking the scenic Hai Van Pass, travel to the imperial city of Hue. Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945. A cycle will deliver you to its grandiose entrance and you'll be able to explore here and in the Forbidden Purple City. This evening, sit down to a dining experience at Ancient Hue Restaurant.
Day 12: Explore Hue
Visit the extravagant Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, an emperor whose reign is remembered for his opposition to French colonial rule. This afternoon cruise the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda.
Day 13: Journey to Hanoi
Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport to fly to Hanoi.
Day 14: Explore Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, learning about the life of Uncle Ho. Visit the revered Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university and a site of Confucian worship, before wandering the bustling alleys of the Old Quarter.
Day 15: Halong Bay
Halong Bay's thousands of limestone islands project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Board a traditionally-designed junk and enjoy a seafood lunch before setting sail into the bay. Cruise amongst the karst pinnacles, stopping to explore mysterious caves as we go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery.
Day 16: Sunrise over Halong Bay
Rise early to see the sun rise over the karstscapes of the bay and savour the serenity of the early morning. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there'll be time for brunch before disembarking. Back in Hanoi pop into a coffee shop to observe the local cafe culture, enjoy a performance of the famous water puppets, a centuries-old art developed by farmers on the Red River Delta, followed by dinner at classically designed Press Club.
Day 17: Halong Bay to Hanoi
After a morning of Tai Chi lessons on the deck, disembark your cruise to return to Hanoi.
Day 18: Fly Hanoi to UK
Fly to the UK arriving home the same or following day. Journey home by chauffeured transfer.
These tours have been meticulously designed with the more discerning traveller in mind. Our deluxe journeys through Asia feature distinctive and exclusive experiences which bring the region to life. Exclusive collection tours include:
- Unique experiences
- Spa treatment
- Afternoon tea experience
- 2 soft drinks during lunch; soft drinks/local wine/beer served during dinner
- Small group sizes
- Complimentary UK chauffeur transfers available for travellers who live within 50 miles of the airport
- Porter service to and from your hotel rooms
- A mid tour Laundry service
- Drinks provided during lunch/dinner service
As the ‘Classical Vietnam’ tour is part of our Exclusive Collection, you will be staying in 5* accommodation throughout your tour. We have provided time in your itinerary to have the opportunity to experience the facilities of your accommodation, or relax, allowing you to get the most out of the hotel experience. On this tour, you will spend 3 nights aboard a river cruise boat on the Mekong, all cabins feature private bathrooms and balcony access.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary. However, mini buses may be used for smaller groups (under 10 passengers).
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a national escort. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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