11-Day Central and Northern Vietnam School Tour

HANOI -  DONG NGAC - SA PA - HALONG BAY - DANANG - HOI AN MY SON

Spend 11 days discovering the best experiences Vietnam tourism has to offer. This itinerary will allow your students to explore in-depth the mountainous North Vietnam and the culturally-diverse Central Vietnam. This tour includes visits to famous sites such as My Son Holy Land, Hoi An Ancient town, Halong Bay and more. Your students can actively engage with the local communities through homestay accommodation options and community service projects.  

Trip code : VN01

Duration : 11 days

Destination : Vietnam

Travel Dates : 2019/2020

  • Stay in the picturesque cities of Hanoi and Hoi An
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ha Long Bay and My Son
  • Stay overnight in Ha Long Bay on-board cruise ship
  • Explore Vietnamese history, war, military and art museums
  • Interact with local people and culture
  • Explore the daily life of the Hilltribe people and cultures
  • Join in a fun traditional Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An
 
Your flight will leave Adelaide at 96.25am. Transit via Hong Kong and arrive in Hanoi around 6.40pm. On Arrival your group will be welcomed by our Tour Director and Tour Guide before transferring to your hotel where our Tour Director will assist your group with checking-in. After check-in, you will have some free time to rest and then our Tour Director and Tour Guide will take your group out for a Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast our tour director, driver and local tour guide will pick your group up from your hotel at 8am. We will then venture out to visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the Museum of Ethnology. The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back a thousand years. After lunch we will take a 'cyclo' tour in Hanoi's old quarter and experience traditional street life before watching Water Puppet show. In the afternoon you have the option to visit museums such as the Hanoi Hilton or Hoa Lo Prison, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Vietnam Military History museum, and the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. Our driver will drop you off at your Hanoi Hotel around 5 pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Our tour guide and driver will pick your group up from your hotel at 7.45am and then take a short drive to Dong Ngac village. When we arrive at the village, we will stop at a local market to buy the ingredients which we will use to cook for your lunch today. After the market, we transfer to a traditional house and welcomed by our host. We will have a short break before taking our bikes to venture deeper into the village to visit Dong Ngac communal house, the oldest house in the village. Next we join our cooking demonstration in hour host's house and enjoy the dishes we have prepared. After lunch, our driver and Tour Director will transfer you to Sapa. Arrive in Sapa around 7.30pm where our tour director will assist your group to check-in to your accommodation. Enjoy your evening dinner. Overnight in Sapa. *Note: Accommodation options in Sapa include a Homestay or Hotel Accommodation.
After breakfast, our Tour Director will take your group to visit the less fortunate children of the village. The local council will be notified of your group's visit and after metting at the local community hall, you will have time to interact with the village children. We strongly encourage people to make much needed contributions of old clothing and toys to the local children. Sapa in the Northern Highlands of Vietnam can experience very cold temperatures and many of these local children cannot afford or have access to warm clothing. After lunch, our tour director will take you to participate in projects such as building a school for the children of the community. Overnight in Sapa.
After breakfast our Tour Director and driver will transfer your group to Halong Bay which takes approximately 8 hours. We will stop along the way for lunch and have a rest before arriving in Halong Bay around 4.30pm. Embark onto your cruise boat and enjoy dinner on-board. In the evening participate in a squid fishing competition with your crew. Overnight on Halong Cruise.
After breakfast onboard your cruise, we transfer to the day boat and visit Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba island. On arrive at Viet Hai pier we take the bicycle trip along the village paths through rain forests and dark tunnels. Enjoy the wildlife, stunning scenery with rice fields and fresh water dike. We will then stop at the village to chat with the locals before a short trek in the Cat Ba National Forest to visit Bat cave Next we cycle back to Viet Hai pier and embark back onto the boat and continue cruising before lunch is served on board. After Lunch enjoy kayaking in Dark Cave, Light Cave or in the 3-Peach lagoon or have a swim on the beach (weather and tide condition). Next we will cruise back near Drum Cave. In the afternoon relax and enjoy the sunset or join a cooking demonstration on the sundeck and learn to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce. After that we will enjoy a luxury buffet BBQ dinner. Evening activities onboard the cruise include: film entertainment in the outdoor bar; Board and card games; or squid fishing on a boat with our crew. You can enjoy the squid cooked with assistance from our chef. We then anchor overnight near Drum cave. Overnight on Halong cruise.
We have an early start today. After breakfast your group will disembark the cruise boat around 7.00am. Then our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from the port and transfer you to the airport. On the way to the airport we will stop for an early lunch and you will arrive to the airport around Midday. Your group’s flight will depart Hanoi at 2pm. On arrival in Danang, you will be welcomed by our local driver and tour guide before being transferred to your Hoi An accommodation where our tour director will help your group check in. Overnight in Hoi An.
Our Tour Director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and we will cycle to Hai Scout Café at 98, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. From here we will leave our bikes at the café and continue walking to the markets to buy ingredients before heading to the restaurant for your cooking class. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours with each dish first being demonstrated by the Red Bridge’s master Chef before we prepare the same dish ourselves. After your cooking class, we will return to our hotel for a rest and freshen up before this evenings river cruise. Our driver and tour guide will pick you up from your Hoi An hotel at 4pm for your transfer. Next we board Jack Tran’s boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea. Witness the daily ritual of the local Hoi An fishing fleet venturing out to the Cua Dai Sea. Join local fisherman on the river and enjoy the hands-on experience of round net and cast net fishing. Learn how to paddle the Vietnamese basket boat before re-boarding Jack Tran’s boat to enjoy a cool beverage and Vietnamese snack. Your group will be transferred back to your hotel in Hoi An around 7pm. Overnight I Hoi An.
Our tour director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel at 7.30am and transfer you to My Son Holy Land. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious centre of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries which were built from the 7th to 13rd centuries. Next we will transfer to Hoi An for lunch and a short break we will explore the town of Hoi An, visiting the 400 year old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temples and 200 year old Vietnamese former merchants’ houses. Our driver will drop your group off at your hotel around 4 pm to freshen up before our tour director takes you out for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.
After Breakfast, our tour director and driver will pick your group up from the hotel lobby and transfer you to Danang Airport for your 10am departure flight home. Vietnam School Tour ends.
Your flight will arrive back in Adelaide around 5.10am.

  • All International Airfares
  • Vietnam Visas
  • All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation in 3-Star PLUS Hotels
  • Option of Sapa Homestay or Hotel Accommodation
  • Services of a dedicated Tour Director
  • Professional Driver and English speaking Tour Guide
  • Domestic Flights between Hanoi and Danang in Economy cabin
  • 2 Nights on Halong Bay Private Cruise
  • Hoi An Cooking Class
  • Pre-paid tips
  • Entrance fees at monument
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Water during the tour
  • 9 Breakfasts (B), 8 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival or a visa exemption certificate) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Some travellers with e-visas have reported having to pay a second visa fee on arrival because of differences between their passport and e-visa application. Make sure you correctly enter your details when applying. Print a copy of your application and carry it with you.

If you're planning to stay longer than 30 days or require multiple entries, you'll need to apply for a visa directly from the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam. Complete the visa application form online, then print it and take it to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam. If you arrive in Vietnam with a written approval letter for a visa to be issued on arrival, you'll need to pay the fee in cash, either in US dollar or Vietnamese dong. Check whether you will require a single entry or multiple entry visa.

If your spouse or parent is a national of Vietnam, you can apply for a visa exemption certificate. The certificate is valid for five years and allows multiple entries into Vietnam for up to six months.

If your visa expires or is otherwise no longer valid, you will face delays and fines when leaving.

You cannot change the status of your entry visa (such as tourist visa or spouse visa) to any other visa type (such as a working visa) in-country.

To obtain a visa extension from the Vietnamese immigration authorities (including for overstaying your visa), your passport must have at least six months validity remaining at the time of application.

There are value and quantity restrictions on the import and export of prescription medicines.

And 'addictive medicine' (used for the treatment of addiction). Prescriptions and medicines must be shown to customs.

Vietnam has health screening for all inbound travellers. All foreigners must register their place of residence with the local police within 24 hours of arrival. The Australian Embassy and Consulate-General can't provide translation services to assist with registration.

If you stay at a hotel, confirm you'll be registered as part of the normal check-in process. They'll need your passport details.

Many hotels ask foreigners to leave their passport with hotel staff for registration purposes. It isn't a legal requirement for hotels to retain your passport for the duration of your stay.

If you stay with family, friends or in another private residence, you'll need to register at the local police station, with a translator if needed.

Local hosts need to pre-register foreign guests – if you stay in a private residence, make sure your host has satisfied this legal requirement.

By law, you must use only one passport for your entry, exit, transit and residence in Vietnam.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. If your passport has less than six months, validity, you could be refused, or may not be permitted to board your flight.

Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. BOOKING

Passenger names must be provided exactly as per passport at the time of booking. Any spelling corrections made after a deposit is paid must be sent in writing and will incur additional fees, including local suppliers’ fees, admin fees, any ticket/voucher re‐issue fees, etc.

Tweet World Travel reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted/invoice or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Even once payment has been paid in full but an error in price has been found, Tweet World Travel reserve the right to correct any error of outstanding amount.

Any booking valued at or less than $1,000 must be paid in full amount after booking confirmation. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

1.1 Deposit

You will be required to pay deposit after booking confirmation:

  • Private Tours or small Group Tours is $500 Per Person
  • Large Groups (more than 15 people) / School Tours is $700 Per Person
  • Short packages, shore excursion, hotel etc. is $250 Per Person

If you cancel your booking at any time, your deposit is non-refundable, or depend on each package's terms & conditions.

Receipt of Deposit

By sending/paid a deposit the client agrees to be bound by the terms, conditions and responsibilities set forth in this booking. The client also agrees that:

  • All persons are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
  • All parties understand that any medical or dietary information provided to us does not, under any circumstances, make Tweet World Travel liable if a particular condition exacerbates while on tour or cruise which might affect their ability to participate in any portion of the tour or cruise

1.2 Final balance

Outstanding balance depends on the type of service you are undertaking:

  • For private tours/packages or other products, outstanding balance is due 65 days before departure. If the outstanding payment is not received by day 65, your booking will automatically be cancelled.
  • For large group tours and school tours, outstanding balance is due 90 days before departure. If the outstanding payment is not received by day 90, your booking will automatically be cancelled.

2. PAYMENT

  • All airfares must be paid in full at the time of booking confirmation
  • Deposit will due immediately or within three day of your booking confirmed. It will be applied based on the specific product
  • Final balance will be due before 65 days or 90 days before departure date
    • You can make a payment by  Enett, Bank Transfer, Cheque or Credit Card

Credit Card Fee

  • The following Card Fees apply:
  • Visa Credit Card - 1.8% fee and MasterCard Credit Card ‐ 1.76% fee applies.
  • American Express (Amex) ‐ 2.8% fee applies.
  • For late payment or urgent bookings, please notify us via email at payments@tweetworldtravel.com.au

3. LATE BOOKING

Any booking made within 110 days before departure will require payment in full when the booking is confirmed.

Bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure for Group Tours or Escorted Tours will incur a late booking fee of $120 per person and must be paid in full at the time of booking.

4. AMENDMENTS FEES

After bookings are deposited, any amendment has to be requested in writing and incurs $69 fee per person, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the alteration.Alterations will be made at our discretion and may not always be possible.

5. SAFETY NET PROTECTION

  • Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $95 per person will occur. This is only valid for one-time use (claim).

·         Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise on the same destination departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties. The new tour must be at the same cost or higher, but cannot be at lower cost than the initial tour booked. If the passengers choose the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

·         Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable  

·         Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares, or third-party fees and charges.

·         Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.

 

6. TRAVEL VOUCHER

Your travel voucher will be issue and send that to you or your travel agent from 15 -30 days before your departure. Make sure you have your travel voucher before you travel.

7. CANCELLATION

Please check with your consultant, your travel insurance provider or read our cancellation policy carefully before cancelling or amending your booking. For a specific tour / cruise package, a separate cancellation policy might be set out and applied to your booking.

Please see the below for our general cancellation policy.

7.1 Cancellation by customer

Before the travel date the following fees will be apply:

Private Tours or Group Tours/ Packages

Large Group Tours & School Tours

(More than 15 people)

65 days or more before departure – loss of deposit

90 days or more before departure – loss of deposit

64‐40 days before departure – 55%

89‐79 days before departure – 65%

39‐31 days before departure – 75%

78‐61 days before departure – 85%

Within 30 days of departure – 100%

Within 60 days of departure – 100%

Any 'no show' – 100%

Any 'no show' – 100%

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to        your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

If your tour/package includes international/domestic flights the airlines cancellation policies will   be apply.

7.2 Cancellation by Tweet World Travel

For group set departure date tour, if the minimum number of the group is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel or vary the tour 30 days prior to departure. If this event occurs, an alternative guaranteed travel date will be offered. Should these options not be acceptable Tweet World Travel will refund the full price paid, less visa cost.

If a tour is cancelled or varied prior to departure due to unforeseeable circumstances such as, but not restricted to, severe weather conditions or force  majeure, Tweet World Travel will refund all monies prior to departure less visa cost, fuel surcharge and any other cancellation fees levied by airlines and other third parties.

 

7.3 Cancellation by Local Supplier or Third-Party Travel Provider

If the Local Supplier or Third Party Travel Provider changes any part of your booking for reasons beyond its control, for example, if a Local Supplier or Third Party Travel Provider changes its schedules, overbooks, or if there are any changes in applicable surcharges, fees or taxes, we will use our reasonable endeavors to notify you. If any such changes result in your Travel Product costing more or otherwise being materially different, then you may cancel the Travel Product and we will refund any monies already paid less any fees charged by us under these terms and conditions and by the Local Supplier or Third Party Travel Providers under the terms and conditions you agreed with them.

8. PUBLICITY

When you book with Tweet World Travel, you agree that we may use images of you taken during the trip and any comments made in writing by you regarding the trip, without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium we choose.

If you do not want your images to be displayed, you have to advise us in writing at the time of booking, or when you collect your travel documents.

9. PRIVACY

Tweet World Travel collects information about you (including health information where necessary) to process your travel arrangements, facilitate your participation in loyalty programs and conduct marketing activities and market research. If the information is not provided, we may not be able to make travel arrangements for you. We may disclose your personal information to our related companies, carriers, travel service providers, organisations which provide services to you.

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