From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

In Vietnam you’ll discover a country of beautiful landscapes and smiling friendly people. Our journey takes us from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the north.

From Ho Chi Minh City, with its beautiful French colonial buildings, we’ll explore the Cu Chi tunnels used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. We’ll also travel the waterways of the Mekong Delta and visit a floating market as well as some island villages.

Da Lat, the former premier French Hill Station, is often called the City of Eternal Spring; and here we’ll ascend Lang Bian Mountain in the National Park. In Nha Trang we include a boat trip to one of the coastal islands for a relaxing day. Next step is Hoi An, the first World Heritage area on our tour. Whilst here we also visit the UNESCO site of My Son.

We travel over the breathtaking Hai Van Pass to the Imperial City of Hue and take a trip on the Perfume River before continuing to the city of Hanoi. We visit traditional local villages from Hòa Bình before continuing to Ninh Bình via Cuc Phuong National Park. Halong Bay is next, where we have an extensive cruise amongst the distinctive 3000 limestone islands and ‘stacks’ forming this remarkable scenic phenomenon.

Vietnam is a wonderful holiday experience but requires a ‘Pioneer’ grade as alterations to hotel bookings, rescheduled or cancelled flights, and other changes to arrangements can take place without prior notice.

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This is an active sightseeing holiday off the tourist track. The Pioneer grade indicates that the local conditions, facilities, and transport could be basic and holiday itineraries may change at short notice - but the experience will be well worth it!

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    13 Dec 2016 - 01 Jan 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    Depart on an overnight flight to Bangkok from London Heathrow with Thai Airways.

    Day 2 - Ho Chi Min City
    Arrive Bangkok and continue on Thai Airways flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Depending on how everyone is feeling, we may have a familiarisation walk on arrival.

    Day 3 - Ho chi Min City
    We spend the morning visiting the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietcong during the Vietnamese war and the afternoon exploring the sights of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon).

    Day 4 - Ho Chi Min City
    We have a day on the Mekong south of Ho Chi Minh City exploring the river delta area by boat and sampling the wonderful produce from local markets.

    Day 5 - Da Lat
    Moving north from Ho Chi Minh City we travel by road to Da Lat, a pleasant hill station in the southern highlands.

    Day 6 - Da Lat
    We spend the day in the Langbian National Park where we have the chance to climb up the mountain for some spectacular views. We also have a chance to ride on the Dalat Cremaillere Railway for a round trip on the preserved line.

    Day 7 - Nha Trang
    We travel north again by road to the coast at Nha Trang. Here we should have time for a beach walk before dinner in our hotel.

    Day 8 - Nha Trang
    We will have a trip out from Nha Trang by boat to one of the beautiful coastal islands. We have time to walk, swim and relax before returning to the mainland.

    Day 9 - Hoi An
    A morning flight from Nha Trang to Danang and transfer by road to our hotel at Hoi An. We have free time in the afternoon to explore this delightful World Heritage town which seems to be in a time warp. Hoi An is an excellent place to buy made-to-measure clothing.

    Day 10 - Hoi An
    We visit the temples at My Son, a UNESCO heritage site, formerly the centre of the Champa Kingdom. The site is spread out and we’ll have time to walk between the temples.

    Day 11 - Hue
    Continuing north by road we take the morning to reach Hué, perhaps the city in Vietnam where the French colonial legacy remains most evident. We’ll stop at Lang Co Beach en route and visit the Royal Tomb of Ming Mang King and Khai Dinh.

    Day 12 - Hanoi
    We have the morning to finish looking around Hué before flying on to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam for a thousand years. Hanoi is a more relaxed place compared with Saigon and has many attractions to keep us occupied.

    Day 13 - Hanoi
    We spend the day taking in the sites of the city including the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s house, with the famous water puppet theatre in the afternoon.

    Day 14 - Mai Chau
    We now move out of Hanoi and head for the Mai Chau Valley via Hoa Binh to visit the Master Pagoda an a walk around the local villages.

    Day 15 - Mai Chau
    We will journey out from the hotel to spend another day walking in the cooler hills for a local walk and picnic lunch. Returning to Mai Chau we have a short cookery lesson with a local family.

    Day 16 - Ninh Binh
    We depart for Ninh Binh. En route we’ll visit Cuc Phuong National Park and view a prehistoric cave and a local animal rescue centre.

    Day 17 - Halong
    After breakfast we drive to Hoa Lu for a short walk and some sightseeing and include a boat ride in Trang An. We’ll have some lunch before the 5 hour drive to Halong.

    Day 18 - Hanoi
    We have a 6hr boat cruise Halong Bay with stops for swimming (weather permitting), cave exploration and Titov island. We’ll have lunch on board our boat and then it’s onto Hanoi for our last night and a farewell dinner.

    Day 19 - In flight
    Free time, dinner and transfer to Hanoi Airport for the overnight flight to UK.

    Day 20 -
    We arrive back in the UK.

  • Accommodation
    Vietnam Adventure Hotels

    We generally stay at good standard tourist class hotels but in Mai Chau we have a simpler hotel. The meals are a mixture of local Vietnamese and international cuisine with fresh fruit being particularly outstanding. Although the programme is very full, there will be time to take advantage of the many shopping bargains in Saigon, Hanoi and Hoi An.

    Accommodation is in twin bedded and single rooms with shower and wc. The electricity supply can be erratic, and is generally 220 volts AC although you may 
    find 110V AC supplies occasionally. Also please note that the water in the hotels is not drinkable but bottled water can be purchased everywhere. 

    Breakfasts, dinners and five lunches are included in the holiday charge, other lunches are not (please allow sufficient funds for lunch). Please note the 
    Vietnamese are not used to catering for vegetarians and although wholesome vegetarian meals will always be provided some may find the food uninspiring.


  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • All local travel, transfers and entrance fees.
    • Half board accommodation.
    • Five lunches.
    • Dinner taken in hotels and local restaurants.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • Local English speaking guides throughout the tour.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Ascent of Lang Bian Mountain in Langbian National Park for spectacular views.
    • A relaxing Ha Long Bay Cruise – among the natural wonders of thousands of limestone islands and grottos.
    • The ruined jungle temple complex of My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Meeting local people whilst walking to villages around Hoa Binh.

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    Please note: A visa is required, which we obtain for you and is included in our holiday charge. Details provided with your holiday confirmation.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights Heathrow–Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi –Heathrow via Bangkok both ways (c14hrs + stops), Thai International Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.
    • A visa is required.

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