Vietnam your Way
Duration: 9 nights escorted tour
Hanoi 2 nights
Halong Bay cruise 1 night
Hue 2 nights
Hoi An 2 nights
Ho Chi Minh City 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi: On arrival transfer to your hotel. This afternoon take a guided city tour including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake.
Day 3 Hanoi: At leisure to explore independently. Alternatively, a selection of optional tours are available (additional expense), including a trip to Hoa Lu, an old Vietnamese capital brimming with temples; a half day railways walk to glimpse local life; half day cooking class or a vespa tour to experience Vietnam as the locals do.
Day 4 Hanoi/Halong Bay: Morning departure by road to Halong Bay and this afternoon board a wooden sailing junk for an overnight cruise. Magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed Halong Bay is a truly stunning bay scattered with over 3,000 limestone islets and cliffs.
Day 5 Halong Bay/Hue: Soak up the enchanting vistas this morning before you disembark and transfer by road to Hanoi. En route visit Phu Lang ceramic village where you can walk around, watch the skilled potters at work and meet the locals. Fly from Hanoi to Hue and on arrival transfer to your hotel.
Day 6 Hue: Morning at leisure in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. You may prefer to simply relax beside the hotel pool or head out and explore yourself. There are also several optional sightseeing tours available (additional expense), including a vespa tour, combined boat and road tour to Thien Mu and Minh Mang Tomb or perhaps you'd like to visit the home of a city resident and enjoy a hosted lunch. This afternoon, join your guide for a city tour which will include Hue Citadel and the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum.
Day 7 Hue/Hoi An: Morning departure by car to Hoi An via Hai Van Pass. On arrival in Hoi An take an afternoon guided walking tour of this ancient trading town.
Day 8 Hoi An: Full day at leisure. If you're happy to explore under your own steam you'll find lots to see. Once a major port, it boasts grand architecture and a beguiling riverside setting with merchant houses and temples. Optional excursions (additional expense) include historic My Son which dates back to the 3rd century; the chance to cycle through the stunning rural scenes of Kim Bong Village; or a half day cooking class to learn more about Vietnam's delicious cuisine.
Day 9 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City: At leisure before you depart by car to Danang Airport and fly onwards to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, there is the option of a fun-filled vespa tour of this vibrant city (additional expense).
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City: The day is yours to sightsee and explore at your leisure. If you prefer, optional tours are available (additional expense) and include a full day tour to enjoy the splendour of the Mekong Delta; a half day excursion to the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels, the impressive underground network built by the Vietnamese army; a fascinating cooking class or a half day guided city tour.
Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City: At leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Why not extend your stay?:
After day 9 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 Quo.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also included on day 4.
Tour price: The price shown for this part-escorted 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 (some with guide), 4* accommodation, private sightseeing tours with guide as stated and entrance fees. 5* hotels also available at a supplement. Extensions and additional excursions available in each destination as highlighted in itinerary at a supplement. Please ask for details.
Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance until 2019.