Set departures dates apply between 02 Sep – 18 Dec 2023
From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture and national monuments, to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay and bustling Ho Chi Minh City on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is as colourful as it is diverse. See the very best of vibrant Vietnam in 10 captivating days.
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Day 1: Hanoi
Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi, perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and
exotic capital city in Asia. Airport to hotel arrival transfer. The remainder
of the day offers free time for you to explore the wide tree lined avenues,
beautiful lakes, ancient pagoda’s and the thriving historic old city, all easily
navigated on foot. This evening you have the opportunity to meet your
tour guide and other travellers at our welcome meeting which takes place at
17:00. If you are arriving overnight, your guide will relay this information to you
in the morning.
If you have pre booked the optional Back Streets of Hanoi add-on, please
meet in reception for departure at 8am from your hotel. This excursion
ends back at the hotel at approx 5pm.
Overnight – Hanoi
Day 2 : Junk boat cruising, Halong Bay
Hanoi – Halong Bay. After breakfast this morning we leave Hanoi and
transfer to the crown in Vietnam’s scenic crown – the incredibly beautiful
Halong Bay. We explore the jade waters studded with karst islands aboard a
traditional wooden junk boat and after embarkation there’s time for lunch
soaking up the views.
This afternoon we visit Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest caves in Halong
Bay, covering an area of 2,000m² with a stunning array of stalactites
and stalagmites. There’s also the opportunity to go kayaking and enjoy a
refreshing swim. Later this evening back on board, watch a Vietnamese cooking
demonstration held on the sundeck before settling down for a sumptuous
Please note: the itinerary in Halong Bay can vary dependent upon the
cruise we use and weather conditions.
Overnight – Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk
Boat (B, L, D
Day 3 : Hanoi cyclo ride
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Hue. Early birds can start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi
class on the sundeck or a traditional massage – the perfect way to start
the day. Before heading back to port this morning we explore the beautiful
Sung Sot cave (Surprise Grotto), which is 10,000m² and consists of two
major chambers. These spectacular chambers are spacious enough to hold
thousands of people.
On arrival back into Hanoi midafternoon we explore the maze of
streets in the French Quarter on cyclo (rickshaws), taking in highlights such
as the Opera house and Ly Thai To park. We then swap our wheels for
a leisurely walk through ‘36 streets of the old quarter’, named after the
numerous guilds that once set up shop on a particular street from silk tailors to
traditional medicine shops.
Time is given to freshen up before boarding our train (4 berth sleeper
cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to
If you’ve booked our Hanoi – Hue flight add-on you are transferred to the
airport early this evening and touch down in Hue an hour later.
Overnight – Hue Hotel. Tomorrow we rendezvous
with our guide and group (arriving off the overnight train) in the hotel upon at
Overnight – Sleeper train (B)
Day 4 : Imperial Hue
Breakfast boxes are served on the train. Arriving to Hue, we disembark and drive
to our hotel. If rooms are ready we can check in, if not we depart shortly after
on a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century Nguyen empire capital.
We visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city,
whose 21m high tower has become something of a symbol for Hue and
the citadel. Within the citadel is the Imperial Purple Palace, an exact copy
of the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its impressive ramparts, formal moats and
imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.
In the countryside lies the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, here we view the
elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. As the sun sets there is an optional
cruise in a long boat along the gentle Perfume River or you can enjoy some
retail therapy at the ever lively Dong Ba Market, a few minutes’ walk from our
Overnight – Hue (B, L)
Day 5 : Delightful Hoi An
Hue – Road of the Ocean Clouds – Hoi An. Today we take the scenic
Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent
views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other. En route we stop for a walk along My Khe beach,
a beautiful stretch of coastline which was nicknamed ‘China Beach’ by
the Americans during the war and famously featured in Francis Ford
Coppola’s movie ‘Apocalypse Now’. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in
the sea before continuing our journey south along the coast to Hoi An.
The charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An with its cobbled streets,
traditional homes and tiny shop houses is a perfect place to lose yourself in a
bygone era. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful
craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors
(whose services come at a nominal price), all can be found here.
On a short walking tour of the enchanting historical town, we visit the
Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house,
former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.
Note: Travellers that have pre booked the optional Hoi An Street Eats addon, your guide will inform you today
of which evening this will take place during your stay in Hoi An.
Overnight – Hoi An (B)
Day 6 : Tra Que Village
A bicycle ride into the countryside leads us to Tra Que village. Here, we
discover age old farming practices and learn about traditional medicine. It’s
a hands-on experience today where we assist with tending the fields and
gardens and cooking lunch!
Overnight – Hoi An (B, L)
Day 7 : Hoi An – at leisure
A free day for you relax or further sightsee. You may wish to take a
relaxing rowboat journey along the river or spend the day lazing by the beach or
hotel pool. Alternatively you can opt to take an excursion to the UNESCO-listed
My Son sanctuary or enjoy a day trip to the Ba Na Hills, where you can ride the
second longest cable car in the world, explore the resort and walk along the
striking Golden Bridge (book and pay locally).
Overnight – Hoi An (B)
Day 8 : Cruising the Mekong
Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City. Early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Then a drive
to the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the
fertile Mekong Delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits,
flowers and rice, as well as its fantastic views while boating along the canals.
Taking our sampan from Cai Be we cruise through the maze of waterways
watching the hubbub of daily life on the river. Passing colourful trading
boats, house boats and children swimming we stop to visit some of the
local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper
along the way. Lunch is served today in a traditional wooden home on Dong
Hoa Hiep Island.
Overnight – Can Tho (B, L)
Day 9 : Mekong & Ho Chi Minh City Can Tho – Ho Chi Minh City. Early
today we visit the ever lively Cai Rang floating market. Watch as melons,
pineapples, fresh greens, sacks of rice and children’s toys get tossed from one
sampan to another at great heights and speed before driving back to Ho
Chi Minh City. Once called the Pearl of the Orient, modern Ho Chi Minh City is a
thriving metropolis on the move. Sleek sky scrapers, gourmet restaurants,
designer malls and swanky bars and spas are scattered between ancient
pagodas, colonial era landmarks and lively street markets. Our walking
tour of Ho Chi Minh City includes visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral,
Old Post office and the sobering War Remnants Museum. Evening is at
Overnight – Ho Chi Minh City (B)
Day 10 : Ho Chi Minh City
Monday. Today is free for you to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City before your departure
transfer to the airport. Opt for a relaxing foot massage, shop for souvenirs at
Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace, with its secret
bunker and military command centre beneath!
You could also extend your stay and join us on a day trip to Cu Chi. Here you
can go underground to explore the vast network of tunnels and hideouts
used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters, see booby traps, trap doors or test your skill
with an AK 47 at the firing rang
Cuddled up beside Laos and Cambodia, lining the South China Sea is Vietnam, a southeast Asian country well known for its bustling cities, cultured cuisine and iconic bicycles. With an estimated 90.5 million inhabitants and almost 3,500km of coastline, this slimline country boasts sensational beaches, dynamic landscapes and compelling history to entertain the most avid of travellers.
Imagine a scene of bustling street food and rich culture all tied up with centuries-old architecture, and you’re likely thinking of the country’s capital, Hanoi, which lies in the northern highlands. Pass through the bustling streets to the soundtrack of scooters as you wander through the original streets of the Old Quarter to enjoy harming colonial architecture, beautiful bakeries, tempting boutique shops and galleries.