Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoian, Hue, Saigon, Mekong Delta
Culture & History
Minimum 02 Pax
Private & Luxury
All year round
Discover the varied sights, sounds and flavours of this enchanting country, touring the fascinating cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the Vietnam war-era Cu Chi tunnels, and the historic pearls of Hué and Hoi An. A cruise on the Mekong delta and through the magnificent landscapes of Halong Bay, including a night on a traditional junk boat, are all included in this superb tour of Vietnam.
Highlights: - Cruise on the waters of the spectacular Halong Bay and the Mekong delta - Explore the charming towns of Hoi An and Hué - Dinner at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty
Day by Day Itinerary: Day 01: Start in Hanoi Morning arrival. Transfer to the Sofitel Legend Metropole for 2 nights. Welcome dinner at Le Tonkin. (D)
Day 02: Hanoi Morning tour of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum†, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple. Lunch is at KOTO restaurant, an organisation that provides vocational training for underprivileged youth in Vietnam, followed by a visit to the Museum of Ethnology. Optional evening excursion to a water puppet show (payable locally). (B, L)
Day 03: To Halong Bay Morning drive to Halong Bay to board a junk boat (traditional Chinese sailing vessel) and cruise around the limestone islands. Overnight on board. (B, L, D)
Day 04: To Hoi An Morning cruise in Halong Bay. Disembark and drive to Hanoi airport and fly to Hoi An, one of Asia’s most enchanting towns. Stay 3 nights at the Palm Garden Resort (B, L)
Day 05: Hoi An Morning tour of the ruined temple of My Son. Lunch at Streets International restaurant, a social enterprise initiative with the purpose to develop and operate sustainable programmes for street children. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of the former trading port of Hoi An, which has historic Chinese, Japanese and European influences. (B, L)
Day 06: Hoi An Day at leisure. Optional classes at the Red Bridge cooking school (payable locally). (B)
Day 07: To Hué Morning drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) to Hué, visiting the Museum of Cham Sculpture en route. Afternoon visit to the tombs of the Nguyen Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Stay at La Residence Hué for 2 nights. (B, L)
Day 08: Hué Morning cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel and the Purple Forbidden City, then cruise to the Thien Mu pagoda. After lunch, visit the Dong Ba market, then continue to the Kim garden to see a martial arts performance. Dinner is taken at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty. (B, L, D)
Day 09: To Ho Chi Minh City Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City, and transfer to the Caravelle Hotel for a 3-night stay. Afternoon tour of the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. (B)
Day 10: To the Mekong delta Full-day exploration of the Mekong delta, including a boat trip along the Bamboo Canal and sampan boat ride exploring the smaller creeks. (B, L)
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City After breakfast, drive through southern Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. Rest of the day at leisure. (B, L)
Day 12: Saigon Departure Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly overnight to London. (B)
Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
NOTES: Luxury Tour: Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation in each destination throughout the tour.
† Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum: Every year, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is closed between October and December for reembalmment of the body and can only be visited from outside.
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