14 Days Vietnam School Tour 'The Amazing Race'

HO CHI MINH - SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA - HOI AN - HANOI - HALONG BAY

Enjoy your 14 days discovering the highlights of Vietnam in a very highly active way, as well as take part in a community project and interact with local people ! Commencing in Ho Chi Minh, your journey works from Southern to Northern Vietnam. This itinerary features amazing-race-style exploration around Ho Chi Minh City, eco-tours in Hoi An Ancient Town, homestay, community projects and more! Finish the trip by cruising the picturesque waters of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay.

Trip code : VNST02

Duration : 15 days

Destination : Vietnam

Travel Dates : 2019/2020

  • Experience the Mekong Delta by boat
  • Visit the unique Cai Be floating market
  • Stay in the picturesque cities of Hanoi and Hoi An
  • Explore Vietnamese history, war, military and art museums
  • Interact with local people and culture
  • Join in a fun traditional Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An
 
Your flight will depart Adelaide at 09.10am. Transit via Singapore and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City around 06.40pm. On Arrival your group will be welcomed by our Vietnam School 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.
Today we begin our sightseeing around Vietnam’s largest and busiest city - but we do it “Amazing Race” style. Teams will each be given a guide and a van and will need to join forces in a team work of map reading, negotiating and interacting with locals and displaying creative communication skills whilst appreciating Saigon’s attractive sights like the Presidential Palace, The Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Markets. Today we will explore Saigon, its lifestyle and famous landmarks whilst engaging with one another and the locals at the same time. The final check in point will be at a local Vietnamese restaurant where we sit down to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Tonight we enjoy a Saigon River Dinner Cruise. We will spend 2 hours cruising and reflecting on-board the ‘’BONSAI”- the largest existing dragon boat in Vietnam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
At 07.30am our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and head to Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival we will start off at the Vinhlong market where we will see everything from Vietnam’s beautiful tropical fruits to delicacies such as rice-field rats and even snakes! Our boat ride today will include a trip to the brick kilns where we will witness potters at work sculpting their amazing clay pots. Following this we will visit a nursery garden and sample a vast array of the wonderful fruits which he cultivates on this land. At the end of our boat ride our tour director and driver will take you back to your Mekong accommodation for a rest before dinner. Overnight in Mekong Delta. *Note: Accommodation options in Mekong Delta include Mekong Homestay, Mekong Lodge or Hotel Accommodation.
After breakfast, our Tour Director will take your group to visit the less fortunate children of the Mekong Delta. The local council will be notified of your group’s visit and after meeting 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. After lunch, our tour director will take you to participate in projects such as building schoolrooms for the children of the community. Enjoy afternoon activities and games with the local children of the village, before transferring back to your Mekong accommodation. Overnight in Mekong Delta.
We will have a very early start at 07.00am this morning as we prepare to visit the famous Cai Be Floating Market. We are certainly in for an amazing experience as we watch the local farmers selling their produce from their boats at this amazingly colourful market right on the waters of the Mekong. Following this we will stop at various local workshops where we will have a chance to see rice-paper and coconut candy being made. Our Driver and Tour Director will transfer your group back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh around 4.30pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Our Driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for your short flight to the enchanting port town of Hoi An which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998 (Hoi An is a great case study for any student who is interested in sustainable tourism). On the way we stop at the famed China Beach. This evening our driver and tour director will take you into Hoi An to explore the town famous for its tailors and great food. After dinner your group will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Our Tour Director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel lobby at 07.45am. We then head out cycling to Tre Que Village, taking the opportunity to take some photos of the picturesque landscape on the way. Visit the village’s gardens, meeting local farmers, learn about Tra Que “Organic farm” and join in with various farming activities. Next we continue cycling through the rice paddy fields before arriving at Mr. Nhi’s house, the local farmer at Cam Thanh Ecological village. Here we will hear stories of his life, join in on farming activities and ride a water buffalo, before enjoying lunch with Mr. Nhi’s family. After lunch we will enjoy a rest and food massage at Mr. Nhi’s house before transferring down to the local fishing village where we will join in fishing and experience the local cast net “CHAI”. From here we will enjoy a basket boat cruise through the water coconut palm forest and have fun catching little crabs. In the afternoon we will walk around the Eco –village and meet a local former guerrilla who will talk about his/her memories and the history of the U.S – Vietnam War. We then return to our boat and enjoy traditional Vietnamese food before being transferred back to our hotel in Hoi An around 6pm. 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 cycle around Hoi An town and visit the beach. Return to your hotel around 5pm. Overnight in Hoi An.
Our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby at 10.30am and transfer you to the airport for a short domestic flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, our local tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer your group to the hotel where our tour director will assist you to check-in. After check-in, your group will have time for a short rest before our Tour guide and Tour Director takes you out for lunch. After lunch we will visit the Ho Chi Minh complex where we will spend time at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Following this we visit the infamous Hanoi ‘Hilton’ Prison, where former US presidential candidate John McCain was incarcerated for 5 years. Overnight in Hanoi.
Our Cruise bus will pick your group up from your Hanoi Hotel at 8am and we will take a scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way. Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise around Midday followed by a short cruise briefing. Cruise among the limestone islands while enjoying a delectable lunch. After lunch, enjoy kayaking among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Luon Cave area. In the afternoon we will head back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise and then visit Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay. In the afternoon we return to the main boat to freshen up, relax or take some photos as the sun sets. After dinner on board we have time to socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or simply relax. Overnight on V’Spirit Cruise.
Start your morning with a Tai Chi exercise or a photo hunt. After breakfast we will visit the amazing Sung Sot Cave. After that we will return to the boat to freshen up and check out of your cabin. Later Next we continue cruising to exploring the Bay, visiting Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and many more attractions. We then head back to the harbor and watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch we disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruise and your group will be transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi around 5pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day at Leisure. Our driver and tour director will take you out for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
After Breakfast our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight home around 10.45am. Vietnam School Tour Ends.
Your flight will arrive back in Adelaide around 7.30am.

  • All international airfares with Singapore Airlines
  • Vietnam Visas
  • All Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation in 3-star PLUS hotels
  • Option of accommodation at Mekong Eco-Lodge or Mekong Homestay
  • Services of a  dedicated Tour Director
  • Professional Driver and English speaking Tour Guide
  • Domestic Flights between Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang, Danang and Hanoi in Economy cabin.
  • 1 Night on Halong Bay Private Cruise
  • Hoi An  Cooking Class
  • Pre-paid tips
  • Entrance Fees at monuments
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Water during the tour
  • 12 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 12 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.

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