Glimpses of Vietnam
Duration: 13 nights escorted tour
Hanoi 2 nights
Halong Bay Cruise 1 night
Hanoi 1 night
Hue 2 nights
Hoi An 2 nights
Ho Chi Minh City 2 nights
Mekong Delta cruise 1 night
Ho Chi Minh City 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi: On arrival transfer to your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. Why not book an evening Vespa Tour.
Day 3 Hanoi: Begin with a walk along Hanoi's back streets for a true glimpse of city life and then enjoy a short train ride across the Red River. This afternoon, visit Ho Chi Minh's former residence, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and the Lake of Restored Sword. A cyclo tour of the Old Quarter is a relaxing way to end the day and includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese "long house". In the evening see a water puppet show.
Day 4 Hanoi/Halong Bay: Drive to Halong Bay (approx 125 miles/4 hours drive) and board a wooden sailing junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay.
Day 5 Halong Bay/Hanoi: Spend the morning cruising through the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Disembark at noon and en route to Hanoi, stop at a ceramic factory.
Day 6 Hanoi/Hue: Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue. On arrival enjoy time at leisure.
Day 7 Hue: Once the capital of Vietnam, a city of pagodas, temples and royal tombs; enjoy a boat trip to Thien Mu Pagoda and tour the ancient Royal Citadel. This afternoon visit the tombs of Emperor Khai Dinh and Emperor Tu Duc.
Day 8 Hue/Hoi An: Drive to Hoi An (approx 90 miles/4 hours drive). En route you will stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain, arriving in Hoi An later afternoon.
Day 9 Hoi An: Visit a family-run business making lantern, and design your own lantern before setting out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage Site. Highlights include ancient merchants' houses, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-yearold Japanese Covered Bridge and riverside market.
Day 10 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City: Morning at leisure before you transfer to Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day is free to relax
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City: This morning drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels (approx 45 miles/1½ hours drive), used by the Vietnamese army as living quarters, hospitals and escape routes, with an option to join a guide to explore a short stretch of the tunnels. This afternoon visit the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda and the Ben Thanh Market.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City/Mekong Delta cruise: Depart by road for Cai Be (approx 70 miles/2½ hours drive) and board the Bassac riverboat. Cruise to Cho Lach where you stop for a brief walking tour. Dock at Tra On with an overnight stay on board.
Day 13 Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City: Early morning cruise to the bustling floating market at Cai Rang. Disembark at Can Tho and explore the local market before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City: Full day at leisure.
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your holiday?
Why not extend your stay?
After day 10 why not add on an optional beach extension in Hoi An? Or before flying home, beach extensions are available in Ho Tram or Phan Thiet, Con Dao, or Phu Quoco Tram, Phan Thiet, Con Dao or Phu Quoc.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner also included on days 4 and 11.
Tour price: The price shown for this private tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward domestic flights, private transfers between your hotels, 3 accommodation, private services of an English speaking guide, sightseeing as outlined and entrance fees.
Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance until 2019.
4* and 5* hotels also available at a supplement. Extensions and additional day and overnight excursions available in each destination at a supplement. Please ask for details.