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17 day Vietnam tour with Halong Bay & Mekong River cruise and flights

17 day Vietnam tour with Halong Bay and Mekong River cruise including return international Vietnam Airlines flights, overnight stay aboard a junk boat in Halong Bay, overnight cruise on the Mekong Delta, all accommodation and internal flights, in-depth sightseeing, and more.

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  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
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  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights
  • 17 day Vietnam tour with flights



Vietnam is home to untouched landscapes, energetic cities, fascinating history and delicious cuisine. Experience all Vietnam lays claim to with this 17 day tour, which includes a Halong Bay adventure and a Mekong River cruise.

The experience starts in Hanoi, the feverish capital in Vietnam’s north. Explore the Old Quarter’s maze of alleyways, and then swap the cityscape for the sea by travelling to Halong Bay. Set out on an overnight cruise on the picture-perfect bay and experience an island snorkelling tour of Nha Trang.

More watery thrills await with a cruise on the mighty Mekong Delta. There are visits to villages and experiences at local sights along the way. Watch colourful lanterns light up the river and night sky in Hoi An and get lost in market stalls throughout Ho Chi Minh City. There is also chance to learn about 20th century Vietnamese history at Cu Chi Tunnels


Day 1: New Zealand –airplane-takeoff– Hanoi 

Depart New Zealand for Hanoi International Airport (HAN). 

Day 2: Hanoi 

Upon arrival, travellers are met and transferred to the hotel for check in. 

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay cruise-icon (B,L,D) 

Travel by coach to the rich farmland of the Red River Delta and arrive at Halong Bay. A World Heritage-listed site since 1994, Halong Bay is made up of a sprinkling of islands and wind- and wave-eroded grottoes. Aboard a ship and be ferried for a closer look at the bay’s limestone islands and caves. There is an opportunity to visit some of the hidden grottoes, tucked beneath the towering cliffs. 

Day 4: Halong Bay Hanoi  cruise-icon (B,L) 

Wake early to participate in Tai chi on the ship’s top deck or to watch the sunrise over the bay’s islands. Sip a cup of coffee or tea on deck before clambering into a rowboat and exploring the nearby isles. Return to the junk for breakfast and enjoy the rest of the morning aboard. A light lunch is served and then it is back to the mainland for the return drive to Hanoi airport. Take the short flight to Hue in the late afternoon. A hotel transfer is waiting upon your arrival. 

Day 5: Hanoi –airplane-takeoff– Hue (B,L)

Leave your hotel this morning for a city tour of Hanoi and take in sights including the Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum,One Pillar Pagoda and Tran Quoc Pagoda. In the afternoon prepare for your flight to Hue.

Day 6: Hue (B,L)

Visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long today. Once the centre of power for the Nguyen dynasty, the citadel holds attractions including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace, and the Forbidden Purple City. Later, board a boat for a trip on the Perfume River and a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda where a vegetarian meal is prepared and served by local nuns. The rest of the day is at your leisure.    

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An (B)

Say goodbye to Hue as you move towards Hoi An. The itinerary today takes you to the Hai Van Pass, which, as well as once forming the boundary between the kingdoms of Dai Viet and Champa, marks the border between the varying climates of north and south Vietnam. The pass also acts as a weather shelter for Da Nang. On the other side of the pass is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An. 

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Become acquainted with the charm of Hoi An by exploring this popular town by foot. See an old merchant home, the Hoi An market, a local Chinese temple, and the Japanese Covered Bridge. The bridge dates to the 1590s and was built by the town’s Japanese community as a link with the Chinese quarters. You will have free time in the afternoon. 

Optional tour: Hoi An Cooking class
Optional tour:  A O Show or Teh Dar Show

Day 9: Hoi An (B)

A free day. You might continue exploring the Hoi An Ancient Town, or you can make your way towards the beach for a dose of sand and surf. Or, simply hang out by the hotel pool.

Optional tour: My Son Sanctuary and Thang Ha Village 
Optional tour: Tra Que Vegetable Village

Day 10: Hoi An – Danang –airplane-takeoff– Nha Trang (B)

Today, there is a short flight from Da Nang to Nha Trang, a popular beach city. There is a hotel transfer upon arrival, and the rest of the day is spent at leisure exploring this seaside stay. 

Optional tour: Vietnam’s new attraction – Golden Bridge

Day 11: Nha Trang – Islands and Snorkelling Tour (B,L)

Prepare for a day of hopping between Nha Trang’s islands and beaches. The first stop is Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island, which showcases many species of sea life. Strap on a snorkel for a trip to Mun Island, a great spot for peeking into the world of colourful coral and fish. Keep an eye out for the local swallows that nest in the caves. There are opportunities to swim, relax and take up water sport activities on Mot Island, Tranh Beach or on a smaller island dubbed ‘Mini Beach’. Visit a local fishing village on your way back to the mainland, where a hotel transfer awaits. 

Day 12: Nha Trang –airplane-takeoff– Ho Chi Minh City (B)

There is some free time before a transfer to the airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The remainder of the day is at leisure once you have been transferred and checked in at the hotel.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City Tour – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L)

A half-day tour of Ho Chi Minh City starts after breakfast. Highlights on this excursion include Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market. In the afternoon, travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This tunnel labyrinth was built by guerrilla Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam War and were used to hide during bombing raids and to stage surprise attacks. The tunnel system is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s top sights and it provides a unique perspective into this 20th century conflict. 

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (Cai Be – Vinh Long) cruise-icon (B,L,D)

A post-breakfast pick-up transfers you to Cai Be. On arrival, embark on a cruise and relax with a refreshing welcome drink. The cruise makes stops along the way, allowing you to visit villages where rice and coconut products are produced. There will also be an opportunity to walk through orchards and sample tropical fruits. Lunch is served aboard the boat while cruising to Can Tho. Head back to shore in the afternoon and explore more villages by foot or bike. Return to the boat in the evening for dinner and enjoy an evening on-board. 

Day 15: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City  (B)

Set an early alarm to wake in time to see dawn on the Mekong River. Disembark the cruise and then be transferred by small boat to the floating market at Cai Rang. You will return to Ho Chi Minh City by bus. 

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City –airplane-takeoff– New Zealand (B)

Make the most of free time before an airport transfer to board a flight back to New Zealand.

Day 17: New Zealand

Arrive home today.  



  • Return international flights; plus, all internal flights within Vietnam and airport transfers
  • 12 nights’ superior hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily 
  • Overnight Halong Bay cruise, including all meals while on-board
  • Overnight Mekong River cruise, including all meals while on-board
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides throughout


  • Experience the mighty Mekong Delta on an overnight cruise on a traditional sampan 
  • Relax on board a traditional Vietnamese Junk while cruising the UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay 
  • Discover Vietnam’s grand history at the Imperial Citadel in Hue
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient history of charming Hoi An
  • Enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling around Nha Trang’s beautiful islands and pristine beaches
  • Experience bustling Ho Chi Minh City before learning about the eerie history of the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Enjoy a in depth city tour of Hanoi and its best sights 

Fine Print


How to book:

  • Within 72 hours of completing your booking request online you will receive an email from our Travel Partner which will include a link to complete their mandatory booking form.
  • Our Travel partners booking form must be completed to secure your requested travel date.
  • If your requested date of departure is not available, the tour supplier will contact you directly.
  • Completion of this booking form will allow the tour supplier to secure air tickets and tour components.
  • Voucher valid for 1 person(must purchase 2 vouchers)

Payment Information:

  • Auckland:
    • 17 day itinerary – $1,039 deposit per person  
  • Wellington & Christchurch:
    • 17 day itinerary – $1,389 deposit per person  
  • In addition to the deposit, peak season and interstate surcharges (if applicable) are all due at the time of booking and will be reflected at checkout.
  • If you are a solo traveller, single supplements will be collected by our Travel Partner after the booking has been made
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel and will be collected by our Travel Partner. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferrable
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of booking. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Tour Excludes: Travel insurance, Tipping, Visas and anything which is not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘Optional’

Single Supplement:

$1026 per person in addition to the twin share voucher.

You will be contacted after submitting your booking form to pay this single supplement. 

Triple Share: Not available 

Group Sizes: 2 -30 people 


Hanoi – La Casa Hotel Hanoi or similar
Halong Bay Cruise – Oriental Sails or similar
Hue – Romance Hotel or similar
Hoi An – Belle Maison Hadana Resort & Spa or similar
Nha Trang – Yasaka Hotel Saigon Nha Trang or similar 
Ho Chi Minh City – Silverland Central Hotels & Spa or similar
Mekong River – Mekong Eyes or similar 

Bedding configuration: 1 x double or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Optional Tours:

  • Hanoi Street Food Tour – $103 per person
  • My Son Tour – $103 per person 
  • Saigon Dinner Cruise – $124 per person 
  • Mekong Delta – $186 per person

You will be contacted after submitting your booking form to book any optional tours. 

For more information see the itinerary.

Tipping: tips and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. NZD $5-$10 per person, per day as per the industry standard). While not compulsory on your trip, tips can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Important Visa Notices

  • For both Vietnam and Cambodia, e-Visa is not accepted.
  • When entering Cambodia, we highly recommend you have a Visa on Arrival.
  • When entering Vietnam, we highly recommend you have a Visa Before Arrival. If passengers decide to use Visa On Arrival, they must specify the port of entry to be “Vinh Suong” on the Visa Application Letter. Without the name of the port of entry, the Visa Application Letter will NOT be valid.


Travel Dates



31 January***
14 February***
13 March
27 March
3 April**
1 May
15 May
29 May
5 June
19 June
3 July**
17 July **
31 July**
14 August
11 September*
25 September*
2 October
16 October
30 October
13 November
27 November
4 December*** 

* $200 peak season surcharge per person applies

** $400 peak season surcharge per person applies

*** $800 peak season surcharge per person applies

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure


Flight Information


 Airline Information: 

  • Return economy airfare with China Airlines, China Southern, Thai Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Thai airlines or similar full service carrier
  • Including a minimum of 1 x checked bag up to 23kg per passenger.
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher.
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights Conditions:

  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Arriving early/Extending your trip: From $220 per person (subject to availability and applicable fare difference). If you wish to alter or extend your trip, please purchase your voucher first and submit a request on your booking form. We will then provide quotations for any alternations or extensions. Should you wish to proceed any additional charges will be collected. 


Travel Information






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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights; plus all internal flights within Vietnam and airport transfers
  • 12 nights’ superior hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily 
  • Overnight stay aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk boat in Halong Bay, including all meals while on-board
  • Overnight stay on a Mekong River cruise, with all meals while on-board
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English speaking tour guides
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