This cultural journey has been designed for those keen to experience Vietnam's diversity in a luxurious way, and with limitted time to spare. In just 11 days, you will discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the magnificent Halong Bay, the historical Hoi An the mysterious Cham Towers in My Son, and the ancient capital Hue. You'll start in the colonial Hanoi and conclude your visit in the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon). Islands on turquoise waters, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas, temples, colourful floating markets, not to mention the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used during the Vietnam War, all await you!See more
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Upon arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel.
You'll be treated to a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an evening water puppet performance before an overnight stay in Hanoi.
Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of speciality shops selling silk clothing, lacquer ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more.
Of course, there'll be plenty of time to enjoy people-watching at stylish cafés and shop for impressive modern art in the city's myriad of galleries.
You will also visit Hanoi's main cultural attractions, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel or Vietnam Ethnology Museum.
Overnight stay in Hanoi.
In the morning, depart Hanoi at 8am for a three and a half hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay City.
On the way, you'll stop off for refreshments, and upon arriving in Halong City, transfer to your boat and set sail through the bay while lunch is served.
As you cruise along the bay, keep your cameras ready to snap up the thousands of sculpted limestone islands rising from the waves.
Later in the afternoon, you'll visit a fishing village, with the opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations.
Back on board, you'll enjoy cocktails or a cooking class while watching the sunset, and later you can unwind at a restaurant with a lavish dinner.
To end the day, enjoy evening activities such as a movie night, board games, or a beauty treatment, before an overnight stay on the boat.
After waking to the sound of the ocean, you'll enjoy breakfast, take a Tai Chi class, and watch the sunrise over the bay (if you choose to get up that early!)
You will then visit a beautiful limestone grotto, and head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.
Disembarking at the Cruise Café Lounge, rejoin your private car for transfer back to the airport for one hour flight to Hue.
Upon arrival at Phu Bai Airport, you will be transferred directly to your hotel and have free time before an overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel, board a private traditional boat for a cruise on the romantic Perfume River as you head out to the countryside.
Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded by ancient tombs of past emperors, and a visit to some of these tombs is on today's itinerary!
The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop.
From here, you will rejoin your car to pay a visit to ornate Minh Mang's and Tu Duc's tombs.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to visit Hue Citadel, the Imperial city, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Imperial Museum.
Overnight stay in Hue.
Today you will travel over Hai Van pass to visit the Cham Ruins at My Son Holy Land.
The site is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam.
As one of 5 UNESCO-listed sites in Vietnam, the complex is a must for history lovers, comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century.
You will then drive on to Hoi An for hotel check in and have some free time to explore the town.
Overnight stay in Hoi An.
Hoi An used to be a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders.
These people came primarily to trade in high grade silk (which is still produced in the area) as well as ceramics.
Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and numerous cafés.
You will enjoy a half day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
Following the tour there will be free time for shopping, ordering some fast service tailor-made clothing or simply relaxing.
Overnight stay in Hoi An.
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
In the afternoon, you will have a private tour of Ho Chi Minh City, the country's commercial centre and home to a growing number of up-scale restaurants and shops.
You'll visit the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville - and optionally you can visit the powerful Remnants Museum.
Later, explore colourful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city's main shopping boulevard, with fashionable boutiques and accessories designed by up-and-coming Vietnamese designers.
There are also hill tribe crafts and high quality linen and houseware to be found before your overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City.
Set off from Ho Chi Minh City and head for the lush My Tho, where you will board a private boat.
Cruise through the green vegetation of the canals to reach an orchard, where guests will be treated to a delicious lunch in a local restaurant in the heart of the Mekong, complete with succulent tropical fruits.
You will also visit the Dong Tam Snake Farm that breeds snakes for (among other things) snake wine before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.
In the morning, enjoy a half-day private excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, which consist of more than 200 kilometres of underground channels.
This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels.
The network includes innumerable trap doors, constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.
Today, the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life was like during the US-Vietnam War.
Free time in the afternoon and overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh.
Feel free to enjoy your final day souvenir shopping until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.
We hope you had an amazing time!
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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|November 2019 to April 2020||£3,010|
|May 2020 to October 2020||£2,880|