Classic Vietnam

Summary

Vietnam is a country steeped in drama and excitement from its craggy coastline to lush interior, a country that has survived wars, invasions and colonisation with grace, grit and good humour; a country which embraces the future and yet never forgets its past. It is a nation of colours, from the vivid green of the rice terraces to the white sand of the beaches and the deep turquoise of the sea which edges it.  It has much to flaunt from temples and pagodas to the exquisite scenery.

This programme will introduce you to Vietnam’s three main regions, the natural splendour and majesty of the north, the historic charm of the central provinces and the beauty and vibrancy of the south. It is aimed at more intrepid explorers who wish to venture off the beaten track to explore the real Vietnam and see more of the country’s stunning scenery and ancient culture.

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Tours in Hanoi, Sapa, Da Nang, Hue, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Hill-tribe experience
  • Return international economy class flights 
  • Internal flights as specified
  • Private transfers

  Duration

12 Days

Price

From £2,593 per person based on two people sharing [Guide Price*]

Best time to go

There really is no best or worst time to visit Vietnam as it totally depends on where you are visiting.  However, the official peak season is from September to April.

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise through rice paddies & Karst limestone peaks
  • Visit the sacred Tam Coc caves
  • Walk through Hanoi's captivating Old Quarter
  • Embark on a light trek across Sapa's quaint hill tribe villages
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise aboard a junk boat
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son
  • Explore the charming city of Hue in a cyclo
  • Go on a canal ride in the Mekong Delta through intricate waterways

Day 1 - Departure

Overnight flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 - Hanoi

Transfer to the hotel for a two-night stay. The afternoon is at leisure.​​

Overnight: Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake

Day 3Hanoi

Travel through the countryside to Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital. Visit the remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel and travel by boat through the rice paddies and karst limestone peaks to reach the sacred Tam Coc Caves.

Overnight: Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake

Day 4Hanoi to Sapa

Spend the day sightseeing around the busy, bustling, fascinating city of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of Literature, The One Pillar Pagoda, and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. At the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, explore the bright yet charming Hang Be Market and then finish the day with a Water Puppet show. In the evening, take a trip to the Hanoi Train Station for an overnight train ride to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa.

Overnight: Victoria Express Sleeper Train

Day 5 - Sapa

On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. Embark on a light trek and discover Sapa's quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina's highest peak, Mt. Fansipan.  A picnic lunch will be had en-route.

Overnight: Victoria Resort and Spa

Day 6 - Sapa to Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast before driving to visit the local market. Continue your tour with a short walk to a hill-tribe village. Where you’ll explore their village, culture and traditions. Transfer back to the train in the evening for the return to Hanoi

Overnight: Victoria Express Sleeper Train

Day 7 - Halong Bay

After arrival in Hanoi, a hotel will be available to freshen up, before you journey to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise aboard the Ginger Junk. As the sun sets, enjoy dinner onboard and your boat will anchor in the bay for the night.

Overnight: Ginger Junk

Day 8 - Da Nang

After a sunrise breakfast, travel to Hanoi and fly to Danang. Stay for two nights in Da Nang at the Hyatt Regency.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency

Day 9 - Da Nang

Visit My Son, the capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom, and then take a stroll to Tra Kieu to view the Cham ruins and artefacts.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency

Day 10 - Hue

Spend the morning at leisure wondering the quaint streets of Hoi An before travelling to Danang to visit the Cham Museum. Continue to Hue to stay for two nights at the La Residence Hotel & Spa.

Overnight: La Residence

Day 11 - Hue

Enjoy the city sights from a cyclo before exploring the Imperial Citadel and continuing onto the elaborate mausoleums of former Emperors.

Overnight: La Residence

Day 12 - Saigon

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy an afternoon city tour taking in the delights of this famous city.

Overnight: Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Day 13 - Saigon

Enjoy a full day in the Mekong Delta where hundreds of intricate narrow waterways and islands create a network of paths that can only be explored by a local boat.

Overnight: Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Day 14 – Departure

Depart on overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.

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