Flavours of Vietnam with Back-Roads Touring
Duration: 11 nights escorted tour
Price from: £2499pp
Hanoi 2 nights
Ninh Binh 1 night
Halong Bay cruise 1 night
Hoi An 2 nights
Hue 2 nights
Ho Chi Minh City 3 nights
Day 1: Fly to Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi: On arrival you will be met and transferred by private car to your hotel. Join the rest of your group for an evening of Vietnamese cuisine together.
Day 3 Hanoi: Begin with a walking tour of Hanoi’s most iconic sights before an afternoon cyclo tour through the Old Quarter which concludes at the home of a family who produce traditional papier-mache masks. This evening feast on street food as you tour the stalls and sample some of the local delicacies.
Day 4 Hanoi/Ninh Binh: Travel to the beautiful Ninh Binh Province where you’ll take a short boat trip at Tam Coc. After stopping at the 14th century Thai Vi Temple, visit a local family where you’ll tuck into a traditional lunch. Continue to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5 Ninh Binh/Halong Bay: This morning's journey takes you through lush rural scenery to Halong Bay where you board a traditional paddle steamer for an overnight cruise. After a stop off at the Sung Sot Grotto, return to the boat for a delicious dinner.
Day 6 Halong Bay/Hoi An: Enjoy breakfast on board the boat before time to relax and explore. Later, catch a flight to Hoi An.
Day 7 Hoi An: This morning, get acquainted with Hoi An’s Old Tour during a guided tour. This evening hit the streets to sample some of the local fare before settling down to an alfresco Vietnamese dining experience.
Day 8 Hoi An/Hue: Channel your inner creativity with a silk lantern making workshop. Later, visit the Cham Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Cham sculptures. Continue to Hue.
Day 9 Hue: The morning is at leisure to relax before you set off on a boat trip on the Perfume River. Visit the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, prepare for dinner at the 19th century Tha Om Garden House, a charming restaurant owned by a local historian.
Day 10 Hue/Ho Chi Minh City: Transfer to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You'll end the day with a culinary feast at a restaurant that specialises in contemporary Vietnamese cuisine.
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City: Today's journey begins with a ride to Cho Lon Chinatown, where you'll hop on board a cyclo to take in the Cha Tam Church and the Chua Ong Pagoda. After a chance to see a traditional herbal medicine street and stock up on herbal teas, enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch at Mandarine Restaurant.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City: Embark on a journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City: At leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Why not extend your stay?
Alternatively, before flying home, beach extensions are available in Ho Tram or Phan Thiet, Con Dao, or Phu Quoc.
Departures: Tour operates on fixed departure dates between Sep 19-Mar 20. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: La Siesta, Hanoi; Tam Coc Garden Resort, Ninh Banh; Jasmine cruise, Halong Bay; Maison Vy, Hoi An; Pilgrimage Village, Hue; Fusions Suites Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on days 4-5, 9 & 11-12 and dinner also included on days 2-3, 5, 7, 9-10 & 12.
Tour price: The price shown for this escorted small group tour with Back-Roads Touring by air-conditioned premium mini-coach is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward domestic flights, private transfers on arrival and departure, accommodation and meals as outlined, sightseeing tours with guide as stated and entrance fees.
Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance during 2019.
The tour operates with a minimum of 4 passengers and maximum of 14. Luggage is restricted to one suitcase (up to 20kg) and one small carry-on bag per person.
A variety of other touring itineraries with Back-Roads Touring are also available. Please ask for details.