Gain a deeper understanding of magical Vietnam with a more in-depth journey through its historic cities, provincial culture and glistening coastline. Be enchanted by the smiling locals you meet throughout your journey, on the bustling streets of Hanoi and Saigon, or the tranquil villages of the Mekong Delta. Explore the relics and living history in Vietnam’s ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue, and absorb the sparkling beauty of Halong Bay.
Highlights: Hanoi's Old Quarter, Halong Bay overnight, Thien Mu Pagoda, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels
Includes: 9 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, 2 internal flights within Asia, 1 day train, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, small group touring, entrance fees, Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers, local English-speaking guides, return transfers
Grading: Max 16, Avg 12
Our insider experiences:
Reach fascinating tributaries of the vibrant Mekong Delta on an unforgettable speedboat tour.
Enjoy a traditional local breakfast in Saigon, an authentic and fascinating experience.
Explore the bustling streets and local markets in Hanoi, and gain inside knowledge on the best local dishes to try.
DAYS 1-4: HANOI & HALONG BAY
On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel. Meet your small group for a tour briefing and welcome drinks. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter, and visit sites including the ancient Temple of Literature and infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison. Drive to Halong Bay and cruise amongst thousands of limestone islands. Fall asleep to the water lapping at your boat, your accommodation for the night, before returning to Hanoi. Join a backstreets walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter with the chance to see and try some local snacks.
Hotel: Tirant Hotel
Hotel: Overnight boat
DAYS 5-7: HUE & HOI AN
Fly to the former imperial capital of Hue and explore its monuments including the Citadel, an elaborate emperors' tomb and the tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda. From Hue, take a train journey to Danang before short driving to charming Hoi An. Enjoy a market tour with the young people from the Streets Foundation who introduce you to some of the local produce. Stroll Hoi An’s streets to discover traditional houses and temples and the iconic Japanese Bridge. In your free time, you may opt to join a fun cooking class, take a short bicycle ride to the beach, or visit one of the town's many tailors.
Hotel: Moonlight Hotel
Hotel: Hoi An Trails Resort
DAYS 8-11: SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
Fly from Hoi An to the bustling Saigon. Enjoy an authentic local breakfast, then travel to the amazing Cu Chi tunnels to gain an insight into Vietnam’s war history. Take a walking tour along historic Dong Khoi Street, and visit sites including the War Remnants Museum. Explore the heart of the Mekong Delta as you travel down its rivers and canals by speedboat. Enjoy a farewell dinner, then on your last day, you have free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Paragon Saigon Hotel