Discover Vietnam in style

Discover Vietnam in style At a Glance

Located in More of Asia's Vietnam Region

A Deluxe Fully Guided Small Group Tour
12 Days/ 11 Nights
Hanoi - Saigon

Couples only

Mainland

No

Full Service Resort

Some Meals

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Discover Vietnam in style

Designed to show the Best of Vietnam at a leisurely pace, this tour includes...

Hanoi with a visit to the bustling old quarter and an insight into Ho Chi Minh - the famed leader

Halong Bay with a cruise on board a replica superior junk and the thousands of islands jutting from the sea.

Hue and the Imperial City and the spectacular Hai Van Pass, a winding road where the sea stretches out before you. with stops at China Beach and Marble Mountain

Hoi An a charming beach town full of delightful art galleries, shops, markets and tailors.

Ho Chi Minh City including the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels

To make the most of your holiday we include:

2 night stays to ensure your holiday is leisurely and enjoyable and 4 nights in Hoi An!

Cruise Halong Bay on a Superior junk style boat

Deluxe Hotels 4 star centrally located hotels

One friendly helpful guide throughout your tour

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner indicates what meals are included on the day.

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Day 1 & 2

Arrive Hanoi where your local English speaking guide will meet you as you exit the arrivals hall of Hanoi airport for the transfer to your hotel.

For those who arrive before midday, your guide will take you on an afternoon walking tour of the fascinating old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Tonight get to know your guide and other tour members over a group dinner at a local restaurant, a great introduction to the local cuisine.

2 nights in Hanoi in a 4 Star Hotel

Day 2 Hanoi (B,L)

This morning a city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (photo stop outside) and tour his Historic House to learn more about the great man himself – Ho Chi Minh. Then tour Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton. Afterwards visit the Women’s Museum, a fascinating insight into the Vietnamese culture and traditions including the women’s role in supporting the family and country.

Visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 it was Vietnam’s first University and dedicated to Confucius. Your day concludes with lunch at KOTO a not-for-profit restaurant helping trouble youth learn life and culinary skills to bring them an education and a brighter future.

After lunch the afternoon is yours at leisure – you may wish explore one of the many other Museum’s in Hanoi, enjoy Hoan Kiem Lake – or simply shop!

Optional experiences:

Chocolate High Tea - The famous and impressive historic hotel, Hotel Metropole Hanoi offers an exquisite afternoon Chocolate High Tea! starting at 3pm

Street food tour - Sample the special flavours of vietnam on this walking tour of street food of Vietnam. Guided walk from 4 - 7pm

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Day 3 & 4

Day 3 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

After a leisurely breakfast depart by road to the coast at Halong Bay. Halong Bay is a legendary world just waiting to be explored. Your cruise combines oriental style with contemporary luxury. Together they are the perfect recipe for an enchanting and relaxing holiday.

Arriving at Halong Bay, board your cruise vessel for a delicious lunch as the cruise departs. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with a stop to explore the Cave of Surprise (Sung Sot Cave). On board enjoy optional activities including sunbathing, traditional massage and cooking demonstrations. Anchorage is made around sunset

Overnight and Dinner on-board.

Each cabin offers all the amenities necessary for you to feel comfortable: twin beds or a queen-size bed, air-conditioner, wall fan, refrigerator, en-suite bathroom with shower. Each features expansive windows providing added light and memorable views.

Day 4 Halong Bay to Hoi An (B)

For the early risers you can join in with Tai Chi on the sundeck, feel the early morning salt water scent and bask in the sun rising from behind the mountains. After a light breakfast, stop to explore surprise cave,one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay then cruise back to port and enjoy a buffet brunch.

On return to land your guide greets you for the return drive to Hanoi with a visit to a local village popular for embroidery and textile products. Late afternoon arrive Hanoi airport for the short flight to Danang. We have included access to a lounge at the airport so you can relax before your flight.

Transfer on arrival to your hotel in Hoi An.

4 nights, Hoi An in a 4 Star Resort

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Day 5 & 6

Day 5 Hoi An (B)

After a leisurely breakfast, a later start this morning visiting Hoi An historic town – we begin with a walking tour inside and around the historic old buildings.

The visit concludes with your chance to witness how the beautiful lanterns are made – and give it a go yourself!

The afternoon is yours at leisure. Hoi An is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam with its charming cobblestone streets and old shop houses filled with art shops, home-wares, cafés and tailors. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre, it is a wonderful town for getting clothes tailor made or for buying souvenirs, Hoi An also boasts an excellent beach.

Day 6 Hoi An (B)

This morning discover an insight into the ancient ruins of My Son Holy Land.

Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Vietnam. This is graphically illustrated by the My Son remains of impressive towers located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.

My Son is considered to be Vietnam’s counterpart to the grand cities of other Asian civilizations such as Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Myanmar), Ayutthaya (Thailand), and Borobudur (Java).

You’ll return to Hoi An by boat for a relaxing view of the surrounding area. Arriving into Hoi An town the afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy Hoi An or return to your hotel

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Day 7

Day 7 Hoi An (B)

We have included a full day at leisure in Hoi an as it is the jewel in anyone’s visit to Hoi An.

Relax, explore, swim or shop – the choice is yours.

Optional experiences you may like to book with your guide (additional cost)

Red Bridge Cooking class - offers one of the most professional and fun cooking classes in Vietnam. Beginning with a market visit to purchase produce, followed by a boat trip to the school. Red Bridge will teach you how to create many of the popular Vietnamese dishes you will encounter on your holiday. Begins at 8.15am in Hoi An town.

Cycle to Countryside Village -

Using quality local bikes your guide will collect you from your hotel for a cycle through the countryside to a local village where the way of life remains as it has for generations.

You’ll see pottery making and visit the Tra Que farming Village, the fresh vegetable gardens and many of local farmers work at their fields using traditional methods. On the way see small handicrafts, such as rice paper making. Lunch is included of local food before biking back to your hotel. Fitness level: Average. Grade: Easy

Full details will be made available by your guide.

Alternatively you may simply relax beside the beach or enjoy shopping in the old town.

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Day 8

Day 8 Hai Van Pass (B)

This morning travel to Hue via the spectacular Hai Van Pass.

After leaving Hoi An the first stop is Marble Mountain, a whole village devoted to carving beautiful sculptures, then we stop briefly at the Cham Museum in Danang before heading over the pass.

Once rated by National Geographic as one of the 50 ‘must-do’ journeys in the world. Stunning views await at the top of Lang Co Beach and out to the South China Sea.

On arrival in Hue check in and relax

2 nights in Hue in a 4 star hotel

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Day 9

Day 9 Hue (B,L,D)

Today explore the historical significance on a city tour of the small city of Hue - the former imperial city.

Start the day with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601. Then continue by car to the Ancient Citadel, the capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945, where the last King of Vietnam – Bao Dai King – abdicated on 30 August, 1945.

After lunch at a delicious and popular local restaurant – visit Khai Dinh Tomb with its mix of Asian and Western architecture.

This evening discover the cuisine the Emperor’s dined on at a special Imperial banquet dinner.

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Day 10 & 11

Day 10 Hue to Saigon (B)

This morning transfer to Hue airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

On arrival transfer to your hotel for check-in and to freshen up, then tour the main sights in and around Saigon visiting the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office and the War Museum – a stark reminder of the War. You will then visit a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicines. We end the day with a stop at a local brewery for those who want to sample an ice cold beer.

Tonight enjoy the many restaurants and bars on offer in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. From French, Italian, Vegetarian to traditional Vietnamese, Saigon offers great dining. For a special touch we recommend a drink (not included) at the ‘Saigon Saigon’ Bar on the top floor of the Caravelle Hotel across from the opera house. Reminiscent of Raffles in Singapore with its wooden bar and open shutters giving nice views out to the city.

2 nights in Saigon

Day 11 (B,D)

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the wharf for a magical speedboat trip up the River to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. A video shows their use and parts have been excavated for you to see inside.

We then return to Saigon where the afternoon is yours at leisure explore or shop.

Tonight we celebrate our tour with a farewell dinner on an evening cruise.

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Day 12

Day 12 Departure (B)

Today is at leisure until your transfer for your International flight departure.

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