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12 Days / 11 Nights
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 40

Vietnam Discovery Tour

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  • 12 Days/11 Nights
  • Max People : 18
  • Wifi Available
  • Oct 15 - Dec 21
  • Min Age : 16+
  • Pickup: Airport

Discover Vietnam’s historic cities, iconic attractions and beautiful scenery on this small group tour that takes you on a captivating journey from south to north. Travel by boat, cyclo and road while learning about Vietnam’s culture, traditions and recent history. Highlights include cruises on the Mekong Delta and in Halong Bay, and visits to hill tribe villages.

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
  • All specified flights.

Price Excludes

  • Drinks order on board
  • Tips and personal expenses
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Itinerary

Day 1UK to Ho Chi Minh City

Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2:Ho Chi Minh City

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (or similar).

Day 3:Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)

A half-day city tour takes in the Central Post Office and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Stroll along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) which featured in Graham Greene’s novel, The Quiet American, and continue heading towards the Saigon River to see the Saigon Opera House. Stop at the Reunification Palace and discover the country’s turbulent past at the War Remnants Museum. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore or relax. This evening you can enjoy entertainment and views of the city’s skyline as you glide down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise. Stay: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (or similar).

Day 4:Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho (Breakfast, Lunch)

Drive south to Cai Be in the heart of the fertile Mekong Delta for one of the highlights of the tour – a cruise on the Mekong River. Board your boat and witness life on and around the water as you pass floating markets. Visit a local family and watch as they use centuries-old methods to produce rice paper. Disembark at Vinh Long Pier and continue your journey by car to Can Tho. Stay: Vinpearl Can Tho Hotel (or similar).

Day 5:Can Tho to Hoi An (Breakfast)

Rise early for a visit to Cai Rang floating market, one of the largest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Return to your hotel for breakfast and then transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to Danang (approx. 3½ hours). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the pretty UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An (approx. 40 minutes). Stay: Almanity Hoi An (or similar).

Day 6:Hoi An (Breakfast)

Explore Hoi An during a walking tour with visits to the 17th-Century Chua Ong Pagoda, the ornate Fujian Assembly Hall and the Jinshang Temple. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky, which was 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. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Stay: Almanity Hoi An (or similar).

Day 7:Hoi An to Sapa (Breakfast)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi (approx. 1¼ hours). Journey by road from the capital to the mountain town of Sapa (approx. 5 hours). Vietnam’s beautiful northern region is renowned for its stunning mountain scenery and distinct cultures. Stay: Victoria Sapa (or similar).

Day 8:Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, drive to the Black H’mong village of Lào Chai, enjoying views of the mountains and rice terraces along the way. You are likely to pass locals from a number of ethnic minority groups including H’mong, Zay and Red Dao, as well as stalls serving tea, fruit and sweets. Stroll around the village before walking to Ta Van village to gain an insight into the life of the Zay hill tribe. After a picnic lunch prepared by your guide in a local home, transfer back to Sapa town. Stay: Victoria Sapa (or similar).

Day 9: Sapa (Breakfast)

Follow a winding road downhill to the Black H’mong village of Cat Cat and walk through the village, observing the traditional homes and rural life here. Return to your hotel. This afternoon, drive to Ta Phin village which is home to the Black H’mong and colourful Red Dao hill minorities. Experience the differences between the two groups – that live without mixing with one another – by visiting local homes and meeting the villagers. Stay: Victoria Sapa (or similar).

Day 10:Sapa to Hanoi (Breakfast)

Return by road to Hanoi (approx. 5-6 hours). This is a great opportunity to quiz your guide about local culture. This afternoon, explore the Old Quarter and the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural – the world’s longest ceramic mosaic mural – during a walking tour. End your day with a visit to the Giang Cafe, a coffee shop founded by Nguyen Giang who famously invented the Vietnamese egg coffee. Stay: The Ann Hanoi (or similar)

Day 11:Hanoi to Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today is another of the tour’s highlights – a cruise in Halong Bay. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3½-4 hours) and board a junk. Enjoy lunch whilst 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 demonstration 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 12: Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Early risers can join a t’ai chi exercise on the deck at sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, continue cruising the bay and transfer to the Bhaya Spirit (a day boat) for a day of activities. Cruise past the Ang Du area, Hang Du, where Kong: Skull Island was filmed, to reach the peaceful Coc Cheo Islet area. Spend time here swimming and kayaking (subject to availability) before returning to the Bhaya Spirit and visiting a floating pearl farm for an authentic Vietnamese lunch. Learn about the cultivation of pearls and how they are used to make handicrafts. Return to your junk and enjoy a relaxing evening with a set-menu dinner on board. This evening there’ s an opportunity to try squid fishing on the deck. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar).

Day 13:Halong Bay to Hanoi (Breakfast, Dinner)

Rise early to make the most of the stunning scenery at first light. 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. Drive back to Hanoi (approx. 3½-4 hours) and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can explore further before returning to your hotel for a farewell dinner. Stay: The Ann Hanoi (or similar).

Day 13:Hanoi (Breakfast)

Visit the marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda and 11th-Century Temple of Literature. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the evocative Old Quarter. Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK, or choose to extend your holiday.

What to Expect
  • A considerable amount of travelling with some early starts
  • A gentle pace that builds as you journey north
  • Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot
  • Authentic local experiences
  • Unsuitable for those with walking difficulties
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FAQ

Accommodation on tour.

Experience the Mekong Delta without compromising on quality or comfort by staying at one of the best hotels in the area. Set on the banks of the Hau River with the Mekong Delta as a scenic backdrop, Vinpearl Can Tho is a modern retreat with a rooftop pool. Your hill tribe adventure includes a stay at the cosy chalet-style Victoria Sapa which is surrounded by forest and you can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed experience on board the Bhaya Classic, a traditional-style wooden junk, during your two-night cruise in Halong Bay.

Is this for you?

Perfect if you want to explore the main attractions and also venture slightly off the beaten track to enjoy some authentic local experiences.

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.