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9 Days / 8 Nights
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 40

Essential Vietnam

  • 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Max People : 18
  • Wifi Available
  • Oct 01 - Nov 05
  • Min Age : 16+
  • Pickup: Airport

This short tour is a great introduction to Vietnam’s highlights and it perfectly complements a beach stay if you’re looking for a combination of relaxation and exploration. Discover key cultural and historic sights, soak up the beauty of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise and see local life on the river during a Mekong Delta cruise.

Departure & Return Location

United Kingdom.

Price Includes

  • Quality accommodation
  • Insightful local tour leaders
  • Hand-picked itineraries
  • Flexible arrival times
  • Small groups and a relaxed approach
  • Porterage and guide tips
  • Professional guide
  • Meals where most convenient or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
  • All specified flights.

Price Excludes

  • Drinks order on board
  • Tips and personal expenses

Day 1:UK to Hanoi

Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to HaNoi

Day 2:Hanoi (Dinner)

Upon arrival in the city, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. If you’d like to catch up on your sleep before any sightseeing then there’s the option to book a day room. This evening you can look forward to a traditional water puppet show before getting to know your guide and fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar).

Day 3:Hanoi (Breakfast)

This morning, visit the monumental marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the man who led Vietnam’s campaign for independence from French colonial rule. Stroll around the grounds to discover his former residence, the One Pillar Pagoda, and the 11th-Century Temple of Literature, the original university in Vietnam, which was built in honour of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. This afternoon continue your exploration of the capital with a visit to the iconic Ngoc Son Temple which occupies a tiny island on picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake. Admire elegant French Colonial architecture during a cyclo ride through the narrow streets of the evocative Old Quarter which was once a thriving centre for craftsmen. End your day with a visit to the Giang Cafe, a traditional coffee shop founded by Nguyen Giang who famously invented the Vietnamese egg coffee. Enjoy a tasting of this sweet after-dinner drink which is made with egg yolk and condensed milk.
Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar).

Day 4:Hanoi to Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today is one of the tour’s highlights – a cruise in stunning Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage area of natural beauty known locally as ‘dragon descending to the sea’. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3½-4 hours), passing workers traditionally farming rice in the fields. On arrival, board a junk and enjoy lunch whilst gliding past limestone peaks and islands in the magnificent bay. This afternoon, transfer by tender to the mysterious Tien Ong cave where human bones and artefacts dating to 10,000-8000 BC were discovered. You can also see beautiful stalagmites and stalactites here. Return to the ship to join a cooking and fruit-carving demonstration before admiring the sunset over the bay and anchoring for the night. Dinner is served on board and you’ll have the chance to try squid fishing on the deck. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar).

Day 5:Halong Bay to Hoi An (Breakfast)

Early risers can join a t’ai chi exercise on the deck (6.30am) as the sun rises over the bay. After a light breakfast, continue cruising the bay and visit Cua Van, a large floating fishing village. Reboard the junk and enjoy brunch as you make your way back to the harbour to disembark. Transfer to Hanoi airport (approx. 1¼ hours) for your flight to Danang (approx. 1 hour 20 minutes) and continue to the charming town of Hoi An. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Resort & Spa (or similar).

Day 6:Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Begin your walking tour of the coastal town of Hoi An which was once a thriving port and is now home to winding streets lined with ramshackle shops, art galleries and colonial houses. This UNESCO-listed Ancient Town has a unique heritage and striking blend of French Colonial and Asian architecture. Visit the 17th-Century Chua Ong Pagoda, a colourful Chinese-inspired structure. Continue to the beautifully ornate Fujian Assembly Hall and the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and is the protector of sailors. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky, which was the home of an 18th-Century merchant, and cross the iconic and much photographed 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. End your afternoon with a relaxing boat trip along Thu Bon river. This afternoon transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approx. 1¼ hours). Stay: Amena Residences and Suites (or similar).

Day 7:Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch)

This morning, journey southwest to the charming town of Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta for another incredible highlight – a cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Board your boat for the chance to see life on and around the water and gain real insight into the lives of the local people. Pass floating markets and continue through a maze of narrow canals to visit a local family and watch as they use centuries-old methods to produce rice paper. Enjoy a short ride on a traditional Mekong River sampan boat and soak up the scenery before enjoying late lunch at a local home and learning how to make traditional savoury Vietnamese pancakes during a cooking demonstration. Ride a boat back to Cai Be and return to Ho Chi Minh City by late afternoon. Stay: Amena Residences and Suites (or similar).

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Today you’ll have the chance to explore Cu Chi, the remarkable underground network of tunnels and passageways that formed an underground city of sleeping quarters, kitchens and command centres during the Vietnam War (approx. 1½ hours). Cu Chi served as a hideout and home for scores of Vietnamese insurgents and it highlights the resilience and ingenuity of the Vietnamese in times of intense hardship. Watch a short film to learn what life was like for the soldiers who lived there during the war. Return to the city this afternoon. You have the option of booking a day room for the afternoon so that you can relax before transferring to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK, or you may choose to extend your holiday with a beach stay.

What to Expect
  • Some days involve a lot of travelling time on the road and some domestic flights.
  • Exploration on foot and by cyclo, bike, cruise boat and sampan boat
  • Insect repellent and waterproofs are essential for the Mekong Delta cruise on Day 7 if you are travelling during the wet season (May-October).

Accommodation on tour

We’ve selected comfortable hotels that are either centrally located for easy exploration of the main sights, or offer a quiet escape from the cities. The elegant Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi is located in the capital’s evocative French Quarter, just a short stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake. During your overnight cruise in beautiful Halong Bay you can look forward to a comfortable and authentic stay on board the Bhaya Classic, a traditional-style wooden junk.

Is this for you?

Ideal if you’re planning a beach break but also want to visit some of Vietnam’s key sights and experience the culture and history of this intriguing country.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

– Austria – Euro (EUR)
– France – Euro (EUR)
– Germany – Euro (EUR)
– Italy – Euro (EUR)
– Netherlands – Euro (EUR)
– Switzerland – Swiss franc (CHF)
– United Kingdom – Pound sterling (£)

What is cancellation policy?

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite.