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Vietnam & Laos Explorer

Small group tour
15 days - From AU$3740*PP

A journey through Vietnam and Laos will leave you energised and inspired. Encounter welcoming people throughout, including Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang. Uncover the vibrant cities of Saigon and Hanoi, explore historical Hoi An and Hue, then unwind on the banks of the Mekong in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Take in the region's breathtaking scenery, from mountainous regions to river life and sparkling bays.

Inclusions

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night cruise accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 1 brunch
  • 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 4 regional flights
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles (tuk tuk touring not air-conditioned and touring of Luang Prabang old town is on foot)
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • Tour Leader based on a minimum of 10 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • porterage and incidental tipping
  • arrival and departure transfers
  • Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent^

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JULY 28th
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AUGUST 11th
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AU$3740*

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AU$945*
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AUGUST 25th
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SEPTEMBER 8th
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SEPTEMBER 22nd
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OCTOBER 6th
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OCTOBER 13th
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OCTOBER 27th
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AU$3900*

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AU$960*
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OCTOBER 27th
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NOVEMBER 10th
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AU$3900*

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AU$960*
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NOVEMBER 17th
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DECEMBER 1st
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AU$3900*

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AU$960*
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DECEMBER 1st
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DECEMBER 15th
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AU$3900*

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AU$960*
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DECEMBER 15th
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DECEMBER 29th
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AU$3900*

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AU$960*
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2018

DAY 1: SAIGON (VIETNAM)
On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel and embrace the frenetic energy of Vietnam before meeting your fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Northern Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS
Venture to Cu Chi and discover the incredible network of underground tunnels. Explore Saigon on a walking tour taking in the city's most impressive sites and landmarks. Sip a cocktail as you watch the evening lights come to life over Saigon.

Hotel: Northern Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA
Travel south of Saigon to the Mekong Delta and explore the palm-fringed canals and tributaries of the Mekong in your private boat. Learn about the main local industries of the area as you visit a traditional brick factory and meet a family of weavers. Feast on a delicious lunch prepared using fresh local ingredients.

Hotel: Northern Hotel (or similar)

DAY 4: SAIGON TO HUE
Fly to Hue, a former imperial capital, and see the city's most famous sites including Emperor Tu Duc's tomb, Imperial Palace and Citadel. Visit Spiral Foundation, a unique enterprise which employs people with disabilities who make souvenirs from 100% recycled materials.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin (or similar)

DAY 5: HUE TO HOI AN
Drive along the Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An and soak in some of Vietnam's most stunning scenery. Hoi An is a charming riverside town famous for its tailors and preserved architecture influenced by Chinese, Japanese and French culture. Spend time exploring the World Heritage listed old town.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel (or similar)

DAY 6: HOI AN
Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An. Choose to explore the old town or cycle to An Bang Beach.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7: HOI AN TO HALONG BAY
Fly to Haiphong and drive to Halong Bay. Board your luxurious private junk boat and cruise impressive Halong Bay. Begin your exploration of the magnificent bay which boasts over 3,000 islands that rise from the sea.

Cruise: Overnight boat (or similar)

DAY 8: HALONG BAY TO HANOI
Rise early to watch the sunrise as you greet the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Explore a remote island and climb to the peak for a 360 degree view of Halong Bay. Travel to Hanoi before discovering the Old Quarter and meet some boisterous locals at a 'Bia Hoi' establishment.

Hotel: The Ann Hanoi (or similar)

DAY 9: HANOI CITY TOUR
Discover Hanoi's must-visit sites including Ho Chi Minh Quarter, House on Stilts, Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy a farewell group dinner to celebrate your time in Vietnam.

Hotel: The Ann Hanoi (or similar)

DAY 10: HANOI TO VIENTIANE (LAOS)
Depart Hanoi and fly to Vientiane. In the evening, meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (local guide).

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel (or similar)

DAY 11: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR
Enjoy an authentic Lao coffee at a local cafe. Discover Vientiane's main sites including Wat Sisaket, Pha That Luang, Patuxai Monument and COPE Centre before receiving a traditional 'baci' blessing to welcome you to Laos.

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel (or similar)

DAY 12: VIENTIANE TO LUANG PRABANG
Fly to Luang Prabang and explore the National Museum. Visit serene Wat Mai temple before enjoying free time to explore Luang Prabang independently. In the evening, take part in a fun private cooking demonstration at Tamarind cooking school.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

DAY 13: LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR
Begin the day with a steaming-hot noodle soup breakfast. At the tip of Luang Prabang peninsula, visit Wat Xieng Thong temple, one of the most beautiful in Laos. Take a boat trip to visit Pak Ou Caves, a sacred shrine where local people add to a repository of thousands of Buddha statues.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

DAY 14: KUANG SI FALLS
Rise early to see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms. Explore a lively morning market before travelling to Kuang Si Falls and cooking your own lunch. Spend time exploring Luang Prabang independently. In the evening, participate in a game of petanque followed by sunset drinks overlooking the Mekong River. Celebrate a memorable visit to Laos with a farewell group dinner.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

DAY 15: LUANG PRABANG
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

  

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