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Flavours of Vietnam

Hanoi 2 nights
Ninh Binh 1 night
Halong Bay cruise 1 night
Hue 2 nights
Hoi An 2 nights
Ho Chi Minh City 3 nights

Day 1: Fly to Hanoi.

Day 2 Hanoi: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Join the rest of your group for an evening of Vietnamese cuisine together.

Day 3 Hanoi: Your guide will lead you through Hanoi today, where you will see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. In the city's Old Quarter, join a family who produce traditional papier-mache masks and this evening feast on street food as you tour the stalls and sample some of the local delicacies.

Day 4 Hanoi/Ninh Binh: Travel to the beautiful Ninh Binh Province where you'll take a short boat trip through the Van Long Nature Reserve, which is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and rolling jungle hills. After a cooking demonstration and traditional lunch with a local family, you'll transfer to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 5 Ninh Binh/Halong Bay: This morning's journey takes you through lush rural scenery to Halong Bay where you board a traditional paddle steamer for an overnight cruise. After a stop off at the Sung Sot Grotto, return to the boat for a delicious dinner.

Day 6 Halong Bay/Hue: Enjoy breakfast on board the boat before time to relax and explore. Later, catch a flight to the imperial city of Hue.

Day 7 Hue: After a free morning you'll explore Hue's famous royal tombs and the illustrious examples of grand dynasties past: the garden houses. Before lunch, take a boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh (143 steps) and Ming Mang. This evening, dine at the 19th century Tha Om Garden House, which is owned by a local historian.

Day 8 Hue/Hoi An: Visit the Cham Museum before travelling along the Han Vai Pass to Hoi An. This afternoon, take a walking tour before hopping on a boat trip along the Thu Bon River followed by an evening of delicious street food.

Day 9 Hoi An: You'll have the opportunity to learn the craft of coloured silk lanterns at the Lifestart Foundation, a local social enterprise.

Day 10 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City: Relax this morning before flying to Ho Chi Minh City. After heading to the magnificent Opera House to see the spectacular A O Show - a fusion of Vietnamese culture and performance art - you'll end the day with a culinary feast.

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City: TToday's journey begins with a ride to Cho Lon Chinatown, where you'll hop on board a cyclo to take in the Cha Tam Church and the Chua Ong Pagoda. After a chance to see a traditional herbal medicine street and stock up on herbal teas, visit the Reunification Palace, before lunch at Mandarine restaurant. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City: Embark on a journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a strategic operation base during the Vietnam War. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a final street eats adventure.

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City: At leisure before you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Why not extend your stay? 

Alternatively, before flying home, beach extensions are available in Ho Tram or Phan Thiet, Con Dao, or Phu Quoc.

What you need to know

Departures: Tour operates on fixed departure dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: Chi Boutique, Hanoi; Tam Coc Garden Resort, Ninh Banh; Emeraude Classic cruise, Halong Bay; Eco Lodge, Hue; Maison Vy, Hoi An; Fusion Suites Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on days 4-5, 7 & 11-12 and dinner also included on days 2-3, 5, 7-8, 10 & 12.

Tour price: The price shown for this escorted small group tour with Back-Roads Touring by air-conditioned premium mini-coach is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, onward domestic flights, private transfers on arrival and departure,  accommodation and meals as outlined, sightseeing tours with guide as stated and entrance fees.

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

The tour operates with a minimum of 4 passengers and maximum of 14. Luggage is restricted to one suitcase (up to 20kg) and one small carry-on bag per person. 

A variety of additional tours with Back-Roads Touring are also available. Please ask for details.


11 night small group tour from 2597pp

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