Tour Code: AVG5L

12 Day 5 Star Vietnam Vacation

Day by Day Itinerary

Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights

  • Return international flights from New Zealand
  • Incredible sightseeing, 5-star hotels and resort stays including an overnight luxury cruise on Halong Bay as well as guided tours of Hanoi, Sapa, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta
  • Small group tour, maximum of 16 travelers
  • 11 nights in 5-star hotels & resorts
  • Overnight on Halong Bay Luxury 5* Cruise
  • Domestic flights from Hanoi to Danang and Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Daily breakfasts, 03 lunches and 2 dinners
  • The services of a professional, English-speaking guide in each city
  • Dedicated, air-conditioned transportation
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From pp twin/double share
NZ$3,999
Typically NZ$5,890 -32%
Single traveller
NZ$1,199
Land tour only
NZ$2,299

Welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city centre. Check in at the 5-star hotel located in the heart of Hanoi.
Meals: In-flight meals
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hanoi 5* or similar

Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). Later in the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hanoi 5* or similar

After breakfast at hotel, your driver will meet you at hotel to take you on a 4-hour drive passing the countryside of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay.
Welcome on Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise and set sail through Halong Bay while seafood lunch is served. Rest your eyes on the azure waters of this magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth, passing picturesque area around Frog Lagoon area and Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy sunset cocktails and Dinner served on cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Heritage Cruise Binh Chuan Cat Ba Archipelago 5* or similar

Early wake up and welcome the energetic new day with Tai-chi Class on the deck and watch
the sunrise at Ocean Sky Sundeck. A light breakfast is served at the Harmony of the Sea Restaurant.
Visit the Dark & Bright cave by traditional rowing bamboo boats. Cruising to Bright Cave, you will see an angled passageway opening the cave at water level and a serene round lake surrounded by lush trees and precipitous stone cliffs. Return to the Capella cruise after the time of sightseeing. This is the time that you return to the cabin and recheck your personal belongings before checking out. Brunch served at Harmony of the Sea Restaurant after check-out while cruising towards the port. Back to Tuan Chau International Port by tender boat and get back to Hanoi.
Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hanoi 5* or similar

Optional tour: Hanoi Street Food (Dinner included)

Enjoy a walk around the Old Quarter in the afternoon and appreciate the local lifestyles as you wind through Hanoi’s streets. You will have a taste of Northern Vietnamese delicacies such as:
Stuffed pancake, banh my, stuffed sticky rice balls, the unique egg coffee and many more.

This morning, you will drive from Hanoi to Sapa. On arrival in the afternoon, discover Lao Chai village, Muong Hoa Valley, Black H’mong village and take a soft-trekking further to Ta Van village.
Please noted that today requires comfortable walking shoes as the trek will take approximately 3 hours.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa 5* or similar

After breakfast, continue exploring Sapa’s local life on foot. The soft-trekking will last approximately 3 hours to Ta Phin Village. In the afternoon, free time at leisure as you wish.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa 5* or similar

This morning, you will leave Sapa back to Hanoi for flight to Danang.
On arrival in Danang airport, our driver picks up to transfer to the resort. Overnight at resort.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bliss Hoi An Beach Resort & Wellness 5* or similar

Explore Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, Hoi An Market, a local Chinese temple and the Japanese Covered Bridge. The bridge was first constructed here in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters. Over the centuries the ornamentation has remained relatively faithful to the original Japanese design. The French flattened out the roadway for cars, but the original arched shape was restored in 1986.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bliss Hoi An Beach Resort & Wellness 5* or similar

Today, you are free or you can buy optional tours we suggest below:
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Bliss Hoi An Beach Resort & Wellness 5* or similar

Optional tour: Golden Bridge Tour (Lunch Included)

On arrival at the foot of Ba Na Mountain, we’ll travel by cable car up to the Marseille station. Then it’s a short walk to the Golden Bridge which appears to be lifted by two “hands of the Gods”. When you’re on the bridge, you’ll feel like you’re walking on the clouds.
Time for taking photos of the breathtaking view. Afterwards, it’s on to a romantic flower garden – Le Jardin D’Amour. The 9 gardens are 9 stories in 9 unique architectural styles.
Next, it’s time to visit Linh Ung Pagoda to admire its sophisticated architecture and the 27m high Shakyamuni statue.
Finally, we’ll catch the cable car down the hill for the transfer back to Hoi An.

After breakfast, you will have your free time before transferred to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour through Ho Chi Minh City’s bustling streets en route to the hotel. Have lunch at your own and visit the War Remnants Museum, learn about Vietnam’s recent history at Reunification Palace, visit the nearby neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the City’s Centre Post Office before passing by the ornate Opera Theatre and the City Hall. Finally, end up at the Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon 5* or similar

Optional tour: Dinner on Saigon River Cruise

While most tourists stay in one spot for the night, why not enjoy dinner while cruising down the Saigon River on a huge wooden barge? Observe the picturesque lights from nearby
bars reflecting off the rivers surface as you listen to traditional music.
An experience not to be missed.

<!–Dinner on Saigon River Cruise offers an opportunity to witness another side of Saigon. The city is not only a bustling metropolis but also a romantic land.
Hop on a huge wooden barge and sail down the river. Feel the gentle breeze caressing your skin and enjoy a lovely dinner accompanied by the traditional music and dance performances.
**Dinner is included with this tour.–>

After breakfast, you leave your hotel for Mekong delta. Embark on a cruise to Ben Tre River and visit brickwork, coconut processing workshop, a local village making sleep mattresses. Continue taking a motor cart (xe lôi) or cycling through the green rice fields and vegetable plains. Lunch is served at the restaurant riverside. In the afternoon, sail through water palm creek by rowboat and get back to Hung Vuong Pier for departing to Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Eastin Grand Hotel Saigon 5* or similar

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or your next destination.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: On Plane

Included

  • Return flights from New Zealand to Hanoi and back from Ho Chi Minh City
  • 02 domestic flights from Hanoi to Danang and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Bottled water per person per day
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
  • 11 nights in 5* hotel accommodation
  • Dedicated transportation in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Fully escorted by English-speaking local guides
  • In-depth sightseeing and all entry fees as per the itinerary

Excluded

  • Meals and drinks are not mentioned in theprogramm
  • Tipping for driver and tour guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Trip delay or interruption by airline schedule change
  • Extra cost or missing tour caused by flight delay or cancel
  • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program

Fine Print

Asia Vacation Group offers you a “3 Instalment Payment Plan”, you will be required to settle a small deposit followed by a series of installments when you select to book your departure tour.

  • First Payment: You will be required to settle NZ$300pp deposit online through our website link.
  • Second Payment: You will be required to settle second payment at NZ$2,000 with after 7 days.
  • Final Payment: Final payment will be collected at 120 days before your departure and you will only pay when you receive our company invoice.

However, you will have 7-day cooling off period. Please refer to “Flexible Cancellation” section.

Flexible Cancellation
If you change your mind within 7 days of making your booking online, you can request a refund of your initial deposit payment. Once your purchase date falls outside of the 7-day period, our standard terms and conditions will apply.

Please ensure that any request to cancel your booking is received via email to [email protected], including the reason for cancellation.

This package includes international flights from Auckland and surcharge NZ$250 from Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington

In this packages, we will use some different airlines such as: Air New Zealand, Qantas Airlines, Jetstar Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines or similar airlines (20kg for checked baggage per passenger and 7kg hand luggage per passenger, 01-piece check-in baggage).

  • Some flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 20 kilos checked baggage per person, along with 7 kilos of hand luggage.
  • Despite the airlines baggage allowance, we recommend travelling with 20 kilos per person due to restrictions with internal flights (where applicable), as well as coach and train transportation. Also, you will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters is not included. If travelling over this amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable direct.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules, Airline change fees and an Asia Vacation Group change fee of NZ$250 per person.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required. Any error in the names submitted will be subject to an Asia Vacation Group name change fee of NZ$150 plus any applicable fees charged by the airline, or the ticket may be non-refundable with the purchase of a new ticket required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control. It is important that you, as the customer, stay up-to-date with the latest airline schedule information prior to your departure. If a schedule change results in extended transits or an earlier/later departure from your destination, any additional accommodation or alternative arrangements will be at the traveler’s expense.
  • Any airline ‘extras’ such as pre-allocated seating is at your own arrangement (additional charges apply)
  • After booking, the price payable may be subject to change as a result of factors beyond the control of Asia Vacation Group. Asia Vacation Group reserves the right to increase the price payable and this will be reflected on the customer’s invoice. Increases may be in relation to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, airline taxes, airfare increases and fuel surcharges.
  • Internal airfares (where applicable and included in the itinerary) will be using a local carrier and may include low-cost carriers without meals or entertainment. Checked baggage will still be included for each passenger. Any additional baggage required is payable at time of check-in.
  • If you are travelling with another party on a separate booking, we cannot guarantee that the same flights will be booked for all parties, as this strictly depends on availability.
  • You will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters are not included. If travelling over the recommended amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable directly.
  • In the event of that you no-show on your scheduled flight, please be aware the airline will require you to pay a no show fee, Airline reissue fee plus any additional airfare and taxes. Asia Vacation Group will also charge a NZ$250 admin fee to assist re accommodating you on the next available flight. Please note that depending on the airline’s policy, purchasing a new ticket may be required.

Important Information
Physical Requirements
A reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Please be advised that tipping for tour guides, drivers and bellmen are required and will be collected by your travel consultant 7 days before you depart. A gratuity of NZ$10 per person/day can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry as they have done an impeccable job to serve you through your holiday.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is NZ$1,199 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Paired Solo Traveler
Not available.

Group size:
From 2 to 16 persons

Triple Share
Upon your request except for cruises

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with Kiwi Holidays Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply with us.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return and must have more than 2 blank pages.

A visa is required for travel to Vietnam. The visa is easiest to complete with Asia Vacation Group and just need to pay NZ$160 for single entry for Vietnam Visa.

Tour Documentation
Final documentation, including e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Children
Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can pay extra for arriving early or extension your trip.

Pre-tour night: NZ$ 280/room/night based on twin/double sharing
Post-tour night: NZ$ 210?room/night based on twin/double sharing

Dates & Prices

Choose your departure month
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Depart Date
Return Date
Price
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Monday
26 Aug 2024
Wednesday
04 Sep 2024
NZ$3,999
Monday
16 Sep 2024
Wednesday
25 Sep 2024
NZ$4,199
Monday
30 Sep 2024
Wednesday
09 Oct 2024
NZ$4,499
Monday
14 Oct 2024
Wednesday
23 Oct 2024
NZ$4,499
Monday
28 Oct 2024
Wednesday
06 Nov 2024
NZ$3,999
Monday
18 Nov 2024
Wednesday
27 Nov 2024
NZ$4,199
Friday
20 Dec 2024
Sunday
29 Dec 2024
NZ$5,499

Christmas in Vietnam

Monday
06 Jan 2025
Wednesday
15 Jan 2025
NZ$5,499
Monday
17 Feb 2025
Wednesday
26 Feb 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
10 Mar 2025
Wednesday
19 Mar 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
24 Mar 2025
Wednesday
02 Apr 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
07 Apr 2025
Wednesday
16 Apr 2025
NZ$4,499
Monday
21 Apr 2025
Wednesday
30 Apr 2025
NZ$4,499
Monday
05 May 2025
Wednesday
14 May 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
19 May 2025
Wednesday
28 May 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
09 Jun 2025
Wednesday
18 Jun 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
23 Jun 2025
Wednesday
02 Jul 2025
NZ$4,399
Monday
14 Jul 2025
Wednesday
23 Jul 2025
NZ$4,499
Monday
04 Aug 2025
Wednesday
13 Aug 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
18 Aug 2025
Wednesday
27 Aug 2025
NZ$3,999
Monday
08 Sep 2025
Wednesday
17 Sep 2025
NZ$4,199
Monday
22 Sep 2025
Wednesday
01 Oct 2025
NZ$4,499
Monday
06 Oct 2025
Wednesday
15 Oct 2025
NZ$4,499
Monday
20 Oct 2025
Wednesday
29 Oct 2025
NZ$4,099
Monday
10 Nov 2025
Wednesday
19 Nov 2025
NZ$4,199
Monday
24 Nov 2025
Wednesday
03 Dec 2025
NZ$4,199

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