|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
|Destination:||South East Asia|
18 Day Vietnam Panorama Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2 FLY TO SAIGON
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3 CU CHI TUNNELS
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. See Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office, both legacies of a colonial past. Spend time at the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
DAY 4 MEKONG DELTA CRUISE
Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise through the Mekong Delta. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’ paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and enjoy a typical Mekong lunch. Travel to Can Tho for an overnight stay.
DAY 5 FLOATING MARKETS
Visit the Cai Rang floating market to see the goods on sale and learn how vermicelli rice noodles are made. Return to Saigon.
DAY 6 DALAT HILL STATION
Head up into the cooler climate and picturesque scenery of the highlands to the colonial town of Dalat, stopping at Bao Loc tea plantation en route. This afternoon is free to enjoy locally grown coffee and the picturesque views.
DAY 7 DALAT’S LOCAL STEAM TRAIN
Visit the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop before boarding an open-air train to journey out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. End the day with a local coffee by Xuan Huong lake.
DAY 8 COASTAL NHA TRANG
We wind our way down from the highlands and along the coast to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the bay’s many islands with a stop off at one to enjoy a swim in the balmy waters.
DAY 9 QUI NHON
Wander Dam market before visiting the Po Nagar Cham Towers and continue on to the city of Qui Nhon.
DAY 10 SON MY AND HOI AN
The Son My area saw one of the most horrific crimes of the Vietnam War the My Lai massacre. Visit the memorial placed in honour of the victims. Continue to Hoi An.
DAY 11 EXPLORE HOI AN ON FOOT
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional town that has managed to retain the charms of a bygone era. Visit a lovely oldstyle house, the Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
DAY 12 ROYAL TOMB OF MINH MANG
Take the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.
DAY 13 HUE’S IMPERIAL CITADEL
Take a drive to the imposing Imperial Citadel to explore. Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda after visiting the charming An Hien Garden House.
DAY 14 OLD QUARTER CYCLO TOUR
Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Fly here to admire the collections of the Fine Arts Museum and take a cyclo through the atmospheric tangle of streets that make up the Old Quarter. Later enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a caf overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.
DAY 15 DISCOVER HANOI
Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year), the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature.
DAYS 16-17 HALONG BAY
Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing through the awe-inspiring beauty of Halong Bay. You’ll even explore one of the bay’s many caves. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day. On your last evening, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.
DAY 18 FLY HANOI TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.