Asia

Scenic Vietnam (Solo)

From €3290pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Cork or Dublin, Tour starts in Saigon
Departure Date
Departures throughout 2019 and 2020
Duration
13 Days
Destination
Vietnam
Price
From €3290pp including flights
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Perfect for solo travellers who want to join a group of like-minded people. Fly from Cork or Dublin to Saigon and spend 13 days exploring Vietnam.

Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest, and most vibrant, city. On arrival at the airport you will be met by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

The following morning, you will meet your fellow travellers and head out as a group to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Returning to the city, we’ll admire Vietnam’s colonial past with a visit to the Central Post Office before exploring the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. This evening, we’ll ascend to a downtown rooftop and mingle with cocktails, followed by dinner. 

We journey to Ben Tre to discover the Mekong Delta. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Today, we’ll taste some of the produce of the area, enjoy traditional music, paddle through the palm-lined canals in a sampan and pass local fish farms. 

Catching a flight to Danang on day 5, we'll transfer to the wonderfully laidback and charming Hoi An. The rest of the day is at leisure. The morning of day 6, we will share a community experience in the rural village of Tra Que, admiring the gardens of vegetables and herbs, and joining a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration.

That afternoon we will wander the sights of Hoi An, stopping at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, where we’ll meet the artisans before enjoying a well-deserved tea break in the tea house. 

The next day, fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city. This afternoon, we’ll begin our explorations, with visits to the Museum of Ethnology and the gatehouse of the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Later, we’ll take a twilight walking tour of the Ho Chi Minh Quarter of the city, with a stop for a refreshing glass of beer at Ta Hien beer corner. 

Return to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter the next morning to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Confucian monument, the Temple of Literature. We’ll then sit down together to sample traditional Vietnamese egg coffee. The afternoon is free – you may wish to wander the Old Quarter to do some shopping. 

Travel to Mai Chau, a rural village set in a lush valley, and the home to ethnic minority communities like the White and Black Thai people. We’ll walk amongst the rice paddies this afternoon, visiting hill tribe villages and meeting friendly members of these communities.

The highlight of any trip to Vietnam, on day 11 we'll take to the waters of the incredible Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, we’ll sail lazily amongst the limestone karst peaks, soaking up the views from the deck of your traditional vessel and docking to visit an impressive cave. 

Rise early the following morning to watch the sun rise over the bay, and to take part in an invigorating session of Tai Chi on deck. Cruise back to the dock and transfer back to Hanoi. The final evening together will include dinner, where we can reflect on our journey together before sitting down to the visually spectacular ‘Quintessence of Tonkin’ show. 

On day 13, fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day. 

To know more about Solo Travel, visit our information page here. Most tours can also be arranged on a private basis. Please ask us for further information.

With plenty of opportunities to mingle with your fellow travellers and free time for independent exploration, this tour encompasses Vietnam’s highlights as well as taking you to more undiscovered places, like the spectacular Mai Chau valley.

Tour Type: 

Solo

Maximum Group Size:

18 people

Not Looking To Join A Group?

Would you like something a little more personal or to rearrange the touring to suit your needs? Ask our travel agents for more information

This Tour Can Also Be Offered Privately

Call us to arrange this itinerary as a private tour

DAYS 1-2: FLY TO SAIGON

 Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest, and most vibrant, city. On arrival at the airport you will be met by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

DAY 3: CU CHI TUNNELS

This morning, you will meet your fellow travellers and head out as a group to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war.

Returning to the city, we’ll admire Vietnam’s colonial past with a visit to the Central Post Office before exploring the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. This evening, we’ll ascend to a downtown rooftop and mingle with cocktails, followed by dinner. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4: MEKONG DELTA

We journey to Ben Tre to discover the Mekong Delta. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Today, we’ll taste some of the produce of the area, enjoy traditional music, paddle through the palm-lined canals in a sampan and pass local fish farms. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 5: JOURNEY TO HOI AN

Catching a flight to Danang, we transfer to the wonderfully laidback and charming Hoi An. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 6: TRA QUE VILLAGE

This morning, we will share a community experience in the rural village of Tra Que, admiring the gardens of vegetables and herbs, and joining a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration.

This afternoon we will wander the sights of Hoi An, stopping at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, where we’ll meet the artisans before enjoying a well-deserved tea break in the tea house. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 7: FLY TO HANOI

Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city. This afternoon, we’ll begin our explorations, with visits to the Museum of Ethnology and the gatehouse of the infamous Hanoi Hilton.

Later, we’ll take a twilight walking tour of the Ho Chi Minh Quarter of the city, with a stop for a refreshing glass of beer at Ta Hien beer corner. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 8: EXPLORE HANOI

Return to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter this morning to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Confucian monument, the Temple of Literature. We’ll then sit down together to sample traditional Vietnamese egg coffee. The afternoon is free – you may wish to wander the Old Quarter to do some shopping. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 9: MAI CHAU

Travel to Mai Chau, a rural village set in a lush valley, and the home to ethnic minority communities like the White and Black Thai people. We’ll walk amongst the rice paddies this afternoon, visiting hill tribe villages and meeting friendly members of these communities.

Dinner tonight will be a barbeque at a local stilt house, where we’ll be treated to a traditional dance performance and a traditional rice wine tasting!

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 10: RETURN TO HANOI

Our morning is free to relax before travelling back to Hanoi. 

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11: HALONG BAY

The highlight of any trip to Vietnam, today we take to the waters of the incredible Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, we’ll sail lazily amongst the limestone karst peaks, soaking up the views from the deck of your traditional vessel and docking to visit an impressive cave. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 12: THE QUINTESSENCE OF TONKIN

Rise early to watch the sun rise over the bay, and to take part in an invigorating session of Tai Chi on deck. Cruise back to the dock and transfer back to Hanoi.

This final evening together will include dinner, where we can reflect on our journey together before sitting down to the visually spectacular ‘Quintessence of Tonkin’ show. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 13: FLY HANOI TO IRELAND

Fly to Ireland, arriving home the same or following day. 

Meal included: Breakfast

Departures:

  • 6th April 2019
  • 5th October 2019
  • 2nd November 2019
  • 29th February 2020
  • 4th April 2020
  • 2nd May 2020
  • 3rd October 2020
  • 31st October 2020

Price is per adult and includes:

  • Return flights and charges from Dublin or Cork
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Domestic transportation 
  • Accommodation (single room for solo use)
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Explore vibrant Saigon 
  • Discover the Mekong Delta 
  • Learn traditional farming techniques in Hoian 
  • Meet the locals in Mai Chau 
  • Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay  
  • The Quintessence of Tonkin show

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Ask us about arranging this itinerary as a private tour
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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