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Vietnam Highlights

4.7
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The one that explores Vietnam’s vibrant nightlife, secret gardens & fresh cuisine

Duration
10 Days
Places
6 places

Visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 24 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach + Internal Flights

Highlights

  • View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
  • Learn of the tragically fascinating Vietnam war at the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh
  • Included flight to Nha Trang
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

9 nights accommodation

8 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Cruise

Guest houses and 3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up on an Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. We like to keep it intrepid without compromising on comfort.

12 Meals

9 Breakfast, 1 Dinner, 2 Lunch

Re-fuel with our hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and delicious dinners, plus we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best eats in the East. We'll get 12 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - spicy street eats, the freshest fruit and delicious gourmet dining.

Team

Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Getting around Asia is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.

Experiences

15 included, 7 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office and Presidential Palace of Ho Chi Minh City
- Unwind in the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, known for its unspoiled beaches
- Dabble in the fresh and tasty cuisine of Vietnam with a cooking class in Hoi An*
- Spend a night adrift on a traditional wooden junk boat around the limestone islands of Halong Bay
- Mosey around Hue on a traditional 3-wheeled Cyclo taking in the city's impressive Imperial Citadel
- Journey through the Thuy Son caves and grottos of Vietnam's Marble Mountains*

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Vietnam Highlights is the perfect way for a taste of Vietnam’s best in a short amount of time. Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, relax and soak up the rays on a beach in Nha Trang, hit Hoi An by bike & chill out in the amazing scenery of Hue. Later, sit back & discover the amazing limestone formations of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat as you indulge in Vietnam’s coolest spots.

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Top Experiences

Some are available to purchase while on the trip

Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town

Nha Trang

Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride

Hue

Visit the Temple of Literature

Hanoi

Drift off to sleep on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat in Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class

US$22.00

Nha Trang

Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak

US$14

Hanoi

Vietnam Highlights

15 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
  • Learn of the tragically fascinating Vietnam war at the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh
  • Included flight to Nha Trang
  • Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters
  • Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge
  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town
  • Included flight to Hoi An
  • See stunning scenery en route to Hue
  • Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride
  • Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel
  • Flight to Hanoi
  • Visit the Temple of Literature
  • Drift off to sleep on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat in Halong Bay
  • Visit the wild grottos of the Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay
  • Visit Ti Top islands

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Explore Nha Trang's tropical waters with swimming & snorkelling US$25.00
  • Relax with a warm mineral mud bath & hot spring experience in Vietnam's resort town of Nha Trang US$19
  • Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class US$22.00
  • Take a tour of the breathtaking Marble Mountains, Da Nang US$19.00
  • Group Photo at Hue’s Imperial Citadel US$9
  • Get a taste of authentic Vietnam with a delicious Hue street food tour US$27.00
  • Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak US$14

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
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1 night
Ho Chi Minh City
2
2 nights
Nha Trang
2
2 nights
Hoi An
1
1 night
Hue
1
1 night
Hanoi
1
1 night
Halong Bay
1
1 night
Hanoi
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

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