Vietnam your Way

Duration: 9 nights part-escorted tour

Price from: £1649pp

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. Later, a guided city tour includes the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Day 3 Hanoi: At leisure to explore. 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 (see page 175).

Day 4 Hanoi/Halong Bay: Depart by road to Halong Bay and this afternoon board a wooden sailing junk for an overnight cruise around the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Halong Bay, a truly stunning bay.

Day 5 Halong Bay/Hue: Soak up the enchanting vistas this morning before you disembark and are driven to Hanoi. En route visit Phu Lang ceramic village where you can stroll, watch the skilled potters at work and meet the locals. Fly to Hue and on arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 6 Hue: At leisure in Hue, Vietnam’s former imperial capital. You may prefer to simply relax by 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 can visit the home of a city resident for a hosted lunch. This afternoon, take a guided 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 there’s 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; a cycle ride through the stunning rural scenes of Kim Bong Village; or a half day Vietnamese cooking class.

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. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and can relax or step out to explore. This evening, why not book a fun-filled vespa tour (additional expense).

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City: The day is yours to sightsee and explore as you choose. If you prefer, optional tours can be booked (additional expense) and include a day trip to discover the Mekong Delta’s splendour; 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.

Departures: Daily.

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.

Note: Notre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing renovation and maintenance during 2019.

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