Journey through Vietnam
Duration: 13 nights escorted tour
Price from: £2499pp
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. The rest of the day is at leisure.
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. A one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter is a relaxing way to end the day and includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese "long house." In the evening, you will see a water puppet show.
Day 4 Hanoi/Mai Chau: Morning departure for Mai Chau. On arrival, take an afternoon walk around Mai Chau which is home to tribal villages of ethnic minority groups.
Day 5 Mai Chau/Ninh Binh: Drive to Pu Luong (approx 2 hours) and on arrival embark on a two hour walk down hill, taking in the views of the paddy fields. After lunch in a local village drive onwards to Ninh Binh.
Day 6 Ninh Binh: Morning at leisure before driving to But Cave. After lunch take a sampan ride through the But Cave complex, exploring the dry cave as well as the wet caves. The trip concludes at Thung Nham dock.
Day 7 Ninh Binh/Halong Bay: Depart by road for Halong Bay where you will board your boat for a cruise around this huge and magnificently beautiful 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: This morning travel by coach to a local fishing village near the mouth of Thu Bon River to learn about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen and their families. Later, board the Hoi An Eco-Tour boat and cruise on the Cua Dai River to witness fishing activities and then can try catching fish yourself. The fun really begins as you board a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat, grab a paddle and join in a basket boat 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 fisherman's lunch. This 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: Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport and flying onwards 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 where you board your boat for a cruise to the Tan Phong islands. Here, you'll take a sampan ride before a walk along small village roads to glimpse local life. Cruise onwards to Vinh Long before disembarking and driving to Can Tho.
Day 14 Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City: Enjoy a 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: Morning at leisure before an afternoon drive to the airport where your tour concludes.
Why not consider a beach extension? Optional beach stays are available after day 11: Hoi An or Danang or before flying home: Ho Tram or Phan Thiet, Con Dao 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 including coach tour on day 8, private services of an English speaking guide and entrance fees.
Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance during 2019.