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Highlights Of Vietnam

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  • 12 Days/11 Nights
  • Max People : 18
  • Wifi Available
  • Oct 08 - Nov 05
  • Min Age : 16+
  • Pickup: Airport

This fantastic introductory tour covers the main highlights of north, central and south Vietnam – a historical and once turbulent land. Experience the stunning beauty of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise, soak up local life on the Mekong Delta, ‘the rice bowl of Vietnam’, during a river cruise, and enjoy immersive local experiences while discovering intriguing cultures.

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
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Itinerary

Day 1UK to Hanoi

Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to HaNoi

Day 2:Hanoi (Dinner)

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. If you’d like to catch up on your sleep before any sightseeing then you can book a day room. This evening, enjoy a traditional water puppet show before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi (or similar).

Day 3:Hanoi (Breakfast, Dinner)

This morning, visit the monumental marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, his former residence – the One Pillar Pagoda – and the 11th-Century Temple of Literature. This afternoon, visit the iconic Ngoc Son Temple which occupies a tiny island on 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. Visit a traditional coffee shop to enjoy a taste of Vietnamese egg coffee, a sweet drink made with egg yolk and condensed milk, before embarking on a Street Eats tour. Begin at Bia Hoi corner where you can pull up a stool and enjoy a local beer. Continue through the Old Quarter, sampling street food while learning about traditions and mingling with locals. Enjoy a flame-grilled barbecue of beef, chicken, tofu and vegetables on skewers followed by a sweet treat from the city’s best-known ice-cream parlour.
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 beautiful Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3½-4 hours) and board a junk. Enjoy lunch while gliding past limestone peaks and islands in the bay. This afternoon, transfer by tender to the Tien Ong cave where human bones and artifacts 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 demo before admiring the sunset over the bay. Dinner is served on board and you’ll have the chance to try squid fishing.
Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar).

Day 5:Halong Bay to Hue (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. 2-3 hours) for your evening flight to the Imperial City of Hué.
Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar).

Day 6:Hue (Breakfast, Lunch)

A full day of cultural exploration begins with a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the UNESCO-listed Imperial City, a walled fortress and palace that was the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. During a short cycling tour of the ancient village of Thuy Bieu you can enjoy a glimpse into local life. Join a local family in one of the city’s ancient garden houses – traditional timber houses set in landscaped gardens. Learn about their lifestyle and join them in preparing an authentic home-cooked meal, using fresh ingredients from the garden. Have a relaxing herbal footbath before heading back to the city and shopping for bargains at the historic Dong Ba Market. Stay: Pilgrimage Village (or similar).

Day 7:Hue to Hoi An (Breakfast)

Journey south to the charming town of Hoi An. The drive is incredibly picturesque, taking you past Lang Co beach and over the winding Hai Van Pass, otherwise known as the ‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’. Weather permitting, the views of the coast, mountains and local villages are spectacular. Hoi An has a unique heritage and striking blend of French Colonial and Asian architecture. Begin your walking tour of this UNESCO-listed Ancient Town which was once a thriving port. 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. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky, the home of an 18th-Century merchant, and cross the iconic 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. End your afternoon with a relaxing boat trip along Thu Bon river. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Resort & Spa (or similar).

Day 8:Hoi An (Breakfast)

Enjoy a whole free day. You may prefer to relax on a white-sand beach, explore local art galleries or soak up the vibrant atmosphere during a stroll along the river bank. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Resort & Spa (or similar).

Day 9:Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast).

Transfer to Danang (approx. 1 hour) for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approx. 1¼ hours). A half-day city tour takes in the Central Post Office, which was designed by renowned French architect, Gustave Eiffel, and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Admire grand colonial buildings as you stroll along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) which featured in Graham Greene’s novel, The Quiet American. Continue heading towards the Saigon River to see the elegant Saigon Opera House which sheltered French citizens fleeing North Vietnam in 1954. Stop at the Reunification Palace and discover the country’s turbulent past at the poignant War Remnants Museum. Stay: Amena Residence & Suites (or similar).

Day 10:Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Journey southwest to the town of Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta for another highlight – a cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Board your boat and witness life on and around the water as you pass floating markets. Continue through a maze of narrow canals to visit a local family and watch as they use centuries-old methods to produce rice paper. Return to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon and enjoy a farewell dinner on the Bonsai Cruise as it glides along the Saigon River. Stay: Amena Residence & Suites (or similar).

Day 11:Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

Today you’ll have the chance to explore the remarkable underground network of tunnels at Cu Chi which served as a hideout and home for scores of Vietnamese insurgents during the war (approx. 1½ hours). Return to the city this afternoon. You have the option of booking a day room 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.

What to expect

• Some days involve a lot of travelling time on the road and late arrivals at your hotel.
• Exploration on foot and by cyclo, bike, cruise boat and sampan boat.
• Time at leisure to relax or explore.
• Insect repellent and waterproofs are essential for the Mekong Delta cruise on Day 10 if you are travelling during the wet season (May-October).
• The itinerary may is subject to change due to weather conditions and the season.

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FAQ

Accommodation on tour?

We’ve selected comfortable hotels that are centrally located for sightseeing or offer a peaceful escape from the cities. Pilgrimage Village is a countryside retreat just outside of Hué. The charming rooms feature private balconies and facilities include a pool, spa and free yoga and t’ai chi classes. During your overnight Halong Bay cruise you can enjoy an authentic stay on board the Bhaya Classic, a traditional-style wooden junk.

Is this for you?

Great for those looking for an introductory tour which visits iconic sights and natural wonders such as Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. It can easily be combined with a beach stay or exploration of Siem Reap in neighbouring Cambodia.

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?

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