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Vietnam Adventure

from £2780
An incredible 20 Day adventure, exploring Vietnam - from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

Look just beneath the surface of this country and you’ll discover the authentic Vietnam; a potpourri of beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities, striking coastlines, sandy beaches and welcoming locals. A Vietnam where ancient custom sits happily alongside the modern and where the street is still the heart of social life – colourful floating markets bobbing on the river, vendors selling local delicacies, the washing of laundry alongside the riverbank and market squares where gossip and tales are shared. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Vietnam.

Our journey takes us from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) 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. Next to the charming, ancient town of Hoi An, where we visit the UNESCO site of My Son, and visit some local villages to get acquainted with the local people.

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 where we have a full day sightseeing. We move on to the attractive Mai Chau Valley to visit some of the local villages and walk in the tropical countryside. Halong Bay is next, for an extensive cruise amongst the distinctive 3000 limestone islands and ‘stacks’ forming this quite remarkable scenic phenomenon. We enjoy some breathtaking walks in Sapa’s lush countryside before we return to Hanoi.

Please note that our December 2018 and January 2019 departures have an alternative itinerary (Grade 1); please see our Holiday Information Sheet or contact us for more details.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cruise around Halong Bay amongst the natural wonders of limestone islands and grottos, and spend the night at sea.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage jungle temple site of My Son.
  • Meet local people while exploring villages.
  • Experience breathtaking walks in Mai Chau and Sapa.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City returning Hanoi to Heathrow via Bangkok both ways (Thai International Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts to be taken at the hotels
      Dinner taken in hotels and local restaurants
      Eight lunches
      Local English speaking guides
      All local travel and entrance fees.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 1

  1. Day 1

    Depart on an overnight flight to Bangkok from London Heathrow with Thai Airways.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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).

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

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

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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.

  9. Day 9

    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.

  10. Day 10

    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.

  11. Day 11

    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.

  12. Day 12

    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.

  13. Day 13

    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.

  14. Day 14

    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.

  15. Day 15

    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.

  16. Day 16

    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.

  17. Day 17

    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.

  18. Day 18

    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.

  19. Day 19

    Free time, dinner and transfer to Hanoi Airport for the overnight flight to UK.

  20. Day 20

    We arrive back in the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City returning Hanoi to Heathrow via Bangkok both ways (Thai International Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Bhaya Classic

While in Halong Bay, we stay on board the Bhaya Classic for 1 night. Bhaya Classic Cruises is a member of what is now Halong Bay’s largest fleet of cruise boats and ships. The 4 Bhaya Classic boats are constructed in a classic oriental style. The Bhaya Classics first sailed in 2007 and are traditional long wooden boats with 15-20 cabins. Its four decks are newly refurbished but still maintain its classic décor. There is a restaurant and a bar area. The spa area offers a unique open air zone where you can relax with the quiet sounds of Halong Bay whilst receiving a relaxing massage. The top deck offers a sundeck with wooden loungers where you can relax and enjoy the scenery of Halong Bay. Treatments and massages are at an additional price. There is also a boutique library and equipment for fishing, kayaking and swimming. Cabins are equipped with a shower cabin, a toilet and bathroom amenities. There is air conditioning, a mini bar, slippers, life vest and fire extinguishers. We will participate in a safety briefing before setting sail for the night.

Grand Hotel Saigon

The Grand Hotel Saigon is one of the oldest hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. It is located on Saigon’s scenic riverside and is only a short walking distance from the main areas and popular attractions. There is an outdoor swimming pool, a Western restaurant, an Asian restaurant, a bar and a spa area. The ensuite rooms have a French colonial style décor with traditional furnishings. There is air conditioning, TV, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. There is free WIFI access throughout the hotel.

Hoi An Silk Village Resort

The tropical Hoi An Silk Village Resort resembles an original silk village. The resort is set in a spacious garden connected with rocky garden paths, offering plenty of privacy for guests. There is an outdoor pool, garden, spa and wellness centre. The resort also has a gift shop and salon! The ensuite accommodation has air conditioning, TV, safety deposit box, mini bar and kettle.

Sapa Highland Resort

The four star Sapa Highland Resort is located in the heart of Sapa. There is an indoor pool, spa and fitness centre, and restaurant. There is free WIFI access throughout the hotel. The ensuite rooms are fitted with air conditioning, TV and refrigerator.

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