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Vietnam Adventure

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An incredible 20 Day adventure, exploring Vietnam - from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
  • Product Code 47700
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 1
  • Holiday Duration 19 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Vietnam Adventure

Look just beneath the surface 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 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 and some island villages. Da Lat, the former premier French Hill Station, is often called the City of Eternal Spring; from 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 stop is Hoi An, the first World Heritage area on our tour. Whilst there we also visit the UNESCO site of My Son.

We travel over the breath-taking 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 in the city. We move on to the attractive Mai Chau Valley to visit some of the local villages before moving on to Ninh Binh via Cuc Phuong National Park. Halong Bay is next, for an extensive cruise amongst the distinctive 3000 limestone islands and ‘stacks’ forming this quite remarkable scenic phenomenon. We then return to Hanoi for our last night.


Holiday Highlights

  • Ascending Lang Bian Mountain for spectacular views across Lanbiang National Park.
  • Cruising around Halong Bay amongst the natural wonders of limestone islands and grottos.
  • Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage jungle temple site of My Son.
  • Meeting local people in the villages around Hoa Binh.
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 Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City returning Hanoi to Heathrow via Bangkok both ways (Thai International Airways).
      Airport transfers.
      All local travel and entrance fees.
      Half board accommodation and five lunches.
      Dinner taken in hotels and local restaurants.
      Local English speaking guides.
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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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

  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Flights: Heathrow-Ho Chi Minh City/ Hanoi-Heathrow via Bangkok both ways, Thai International Airways.        
  • UK add-on flights and/or upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

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Emeralda resort, Ninh Binh

Emeralda resort Ninh Binh sits on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve - a primeval tropical forest. The resort is styled with traditional Vietnamese elements in architecture and furnishings, with natural materials used for construction and finishes, with local produce and ingredients combined to create memorable dining experiences. There are a total of 172 rooms, 3 restaurants and bar, the Spa La Cochinchine, and mini golf course.

Rooms are equipped with a TV, telephone, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi access and a separate bathtub and shower, bathrobe and slippers.



Mai-Chau-Ecolodge

Perched on a private hill in Na Phon village, Mai Chau Ecolodge is located in the most wonderful, secluded spot, with a stunning backdrop of lush rice paddies and emerald mountains. The lodge has a large outdoor swimming pool with stunning views of the surrounding landscape, a panoramic restaurant and a spa.  

Rooms are airy and spacious and are equipped with air-conditioning unit, a minibar, telephone, hair dryer, daily complimentary water , a safe, tea and coffee making facilities, wifi internet, slippers and a bathrobe.

 

 



Royal Lotus Hotel Halong

Royal Lotus Hotel Halong has 147 elegant rooms with luxurious amenities and modern touches. The hotel facilities include an in-door Swimming Pool, Bai BuaThai Spa, Fitness Center, and the Sky Bar.

 

 

 

 



Sammy Dalat Hotel

The four star Sammy Dalat Hotel is located in the heart of Da Lat and within walking distance to the Cathedral of Da Lat and other tourist sights. Hotel facilities include multiple restaurants, a bar and lounge area, a coffee shop and snack bar and a spa tub.

Rooms are equipped with a TV, minibar, free wifi access and a bathrobe and slippers.

 

 



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