Floating Houses, Halong Bay
Floating Houses, Halong Bay
Hue
Hue
Halong Bay (left), and Imperial Citadel in Hanoi (right)
Halong Bay (left), and Imperial Citadel in Hanoi (right)

Escorted Tour Vietnam Highlights

Mixed Board Basis 11 nights from £3,849 per person Including Flights

Overview

Set sail on Halong Bay's shimmering emerald waters aboard a traditional Vietnamese Junk. Navigate through secluded islets, towering limestone karsts, and vibrant fishing villages.

Pause at Cua Van to understand the local fishermen's lifestyle. Enhance your journey with T’ai Chi sessions amidst this breathtaking landscape, experiencing peace and harmony.

The serene environment, combined with the gentle motions of the boat, offers a unique perspective of Vietnam's natural beauty and cultural richness, making this an unforgettable part of your travel experience.(TT - CTVA)

Highlights:

  • City Tours of contrasting Hanoi, ancient Hue and Hoi An and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cruise Perfume River in Hue
  • See Red Beach in Danang
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Arrive in Hanoi

Experience the captivating charm of Vietnam and the genuine hospitality of its people. Upon arrival, head to your hotel and later, join your Travel Director and fellow explorers for a Welcome Reception. Enjoy drinks and a selection of local appetizers, setting the stage for your enchanting journey through this mesmerizing country.

Accommodation: Melia Hanoi or similar

Day 2

Hanoi

This morning, explore the legacy of Vietnam's independence leader, starting with the grand Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Nearby, visit his stilt house, delving into the life of Vietnam's revered figure. Then, discover the Temple of Literature, Hanoi's ancient educational site. Later, experience a vibrant cycle tour through the bustling Old Quarter. Spend the evening relaxing or enjoy an optional traditional water puppetry show, depicting Vietnamese daily life.

Accommodation: Melia Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3

Hanoi- Halong Bay

Escape Hanoi's bustle for Halong Bay's calm, boarding a traditional Vietnamese Junk boat. Marvel at limestone karsts and islets during a leisurely cruise, enjoying a Vietnamese buffet lunch. Visit a pearl fishery to learn about pearl crafting. Weather allowing, explore Ti Top beach for views or relaxation. Later, join a cooking class on the Junk, witness a captivating sunset, dine, and spend a tranquil night in this UNESCO-listed haven.

Accommodation: Pelican Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Halong Bay- Hoi An

Start your day with the serene practice of T’ai Chi, a local tradition. Post-breakfast, explore Sung Sot Cave's stunning formations. Enjoy final bay views from the sundeck as you cruise to the wharf. Afterward, drive to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Danang. Arrive in Hoi An, where your evening is free to relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Hoi An or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5

Hoi An

This morning, immerse yourself in Hoi An's ancient town through a walking tour. Experience its timeless allure with narrow lanes, vibrant markets, and historic temples. Explore old merchant houses and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Visit Thanh Dong Organic Village, aiding farmers and understanding their routines. Unwind with a soothing foot massage, then enjoy a leisurely evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Hoi An or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6

Hoi An

This morning offers free time to delve deeper into Hoi An or unwind at your hotel. In the afternoon, choose between crafting a vibrant lantern, believed to bring luck and happiness, or experience life as a local fisherman, weather permitting. Create a personal souvenir or try your hand at fishing—the decision is yours.

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Hoi An or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7

Hoi An- Hue

Experience Vietnamese culinary arts with a boat trip to Red Bridge Cooking School, where you'll learn and enjoy traditional cooking. After lunch, travel over Hai Van Pass to Red Beach, a significant site in American-Vietnamese war history. Visit Danang's Cham Museum, then head to Hue, Vietnam's ancient imperial capital, for the night.

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel Hue or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Hue

Explore Hue's bustling streets via cyclo, heading to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, the Nguyen emperors' former residence. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, a well-preserved religious site, then embark on a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at the former Princess Ngoc Son's house, meeting a family member. Spend the afternoon at leisure or opt for an additional experience.

Accommodation: Imperial Hotel Hue or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest Experience

Day 9

Hue- Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City for leisure time and lunch at Mai Sen, where your visit aids vocational education in hospitality for those in poverty. Then, explore iconic sights on a Dong Khoi Street walking tour, seeing the Opera House and Hotel de Ville. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel-designed Post Office, followed by the War Remnants Museum for local war perspectives. End at Ben Thanh market, a historic landmark, before reaching your hotel.

Accommodation: Sofitel Saigon Plaza Ho Chi Minh City or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Ho Chi Minh City

Today's adventure leads to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta, starting with a visit to a well-preserved 19th-century family home. Then, board a traditional sampan boat, weaving through narrow canals to the distinctive Cai Be floating market, where vendors display goods on bamboo poles. Enjoy a home-hosted lunch featuring Mekong Delta delicacies before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for a free evening.

Accommodation: Sofitel Saigon Plaza Ho Chi Minh City or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Ho Chi Minh City

Explore Vietnam's past at the Cu Chi Tunnels with a Viet Cong veteran, uncovering this vast subterranean network that sheltered guerrillas and included living spaces, hospitals, and supplies. After, speedboat back to Ho Chi Minh City, enjoying free time. Later, visit the home of ex-American Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge from the 1960s, concluding with a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Sofitel Saigon Plaza Ho Chi Minh City or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 12

Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Your journey in Vietnam comes to a close, your transfer will take you to your onward flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

  • International and Domestic flights including taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation throughout the tour (as listed or similar)
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Insider Experiences & Cultural Insights as detailed above
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Porterage and local charges included

What's Not Included:

  • External excursions not listed
  • Meals not in the itinerary

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