13 nights private tour
Price from: £2649pp
Hanoi 2 nights
Mai Chau 1 night
Ninh Binh 2 nights
Halong Bay 1 nights
Hoi An 3 nights
Ho Chi Minh City 2 nights
Can Tho 1 night
Ho Chi Minh City 1 night
Day 1: Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 Hanoi: Begin with a walk along the back roads of Hanoi for a glimpse of local life, followed by a short train trip 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. Later, enjoy a fun one-hour cyclo tour of the Old Quarter with a stop at an ancient Vietnamese “long house.” This evening, watch a water puppet show.
Day 4 Hanoi/Mai Chau: Morning departure for Mai Chau, home to tribal villages of ethnic minority groups. After arriving this afternoon, step out for a walk around.
Day 5 Mai Chau/Ninh Binh: Drive to Pu Luong (approx 2 hours) and on arrival there’s a two hour walk down hill, to take in views of the paddy fields. After a local village lunch drive on to Ninh Binh.
Day 6 Ninh Binh: At leisure before driving to But Cave. After lunch take a sampan ride through the cave complex, exploring the dry cave as well as the wet caves. Return to Ninh Binh.
Day 7 Ninh Binh/Halong Bay: Depart by road for Halong Bay where you board your boat for a cruise around this huge and magnificent bay.
Day 8 Halong Bay/Hoi An: Disembark and transfer to Hanoi airport for the evening flight to Danang. On arrival drive to Hoi An.
Day 9 Hoi An: Morning departure by coach to a fishing village near the mouth of Thu Bon River to learn about the daily lives of fishermen and their families. Later, board the Hoi An Eco-Tour boat and cruise on the Cua Dai River to witness fishing activities and even try catching fish yourself. The fun really begins as you board a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat, grab a paddle and join in a race on the river! Continue to explore the Bay Mau tranquil waterways before you row your basket boats back to the Hoi An Eco-Tour boat for a traditional lunch. Afternoon is at leisure.
Day 10 Hoi An: Morning cooking class at Red Bridge Restaurant before an afternoon walking tour of this wonderful World Heritage Site. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market.
Day 11 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City: At leisure before transferring to the airport and flying to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon is free to relax before an evening Vespa tour for an exhilarating view of the city after dark.
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City: Morning visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, built by Vietnamese guerrillas as hideouts during the Vietnam War. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a city tour which includes the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saigon Post Office, Chinatown, the Ben Thanh Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda.
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City/Can Tho: Travel to Cai Be for a cruise to the Tan Phong islands. Here, take a sampan ride before a walk along small village roads for a peek at local life. Cruise onwards to Vinh Long before disembarking and driving to Can Tho.
Day 14 Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City: Morning cruise to the Cai Rang Floating Market with goods from all over the Mekong Delta. Observe the merchants as they trade their produce and perhaps try some of the seasonal fruit. Continue to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City: Transfer to the airport this afternoon for your onward journey.
After day 11, why not spend time by the beach in Hoi an or Danang? Or, before flying home, add on time at a choice of beach resorts: Ho Tram or Phu Quoc.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on days 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 & 14. Dinner is also included on day 5.
Tour price: The price shown for this privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward domestic flights where indicated, private transfers between your hotels, 4* accommodation, all sightseeing as outlined, private services of an English speaking guide and entrance fees.
Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance until 2023.