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A signature Vietnam experience, this 2-week journey takes you from top to tail, featuring all of Vietnam’s must-see sights, as well as plenty of opportunities to soak in the wonderful culture and interact with the local people.
Our Vibrant Vietnam tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Drift on emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Vietnam's most famous bay
Enjoy the old world ambience of this delightful city
Swim, paddle and cruise in the warm seas of this coastal city
Soak up the beauitful scenery from an open-air steam train
Fly overnight to Hanoi, Vietnam's elegant capital city. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Transfer to Halong City, climb aboard your ship and cruise out into the spectacular Halong Bay. You'll spend the day sailing amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. Spend the night on board.
Spend the morning sailing through Halong Bay. After an early brunch meal, disembark your cruise and transfer back to Hanoi to visit the Temple of Literature and witness a water puppet show. Continue to experience an exhilarating cyclo ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter. Each cyclo takes one passenger and is operated by a cycle driver behind the carriage. Tonight, enjoy a local dinner with a cooking demonstration of the Hanoi speciality, Bun Thang.
Discover the rest of the sights of Hanoi today, starting with a stop at a local coffee shop. Take a walk in Ba Dinh Square, followed by the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Next, visit the Humble House on Stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda before driving to the Museum of Ethnology. Following lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport and fly to Hue, Vietnam's imperial capital.
This morning visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City at the heart of Hue, once the home of Vietnam’s emperors. Cruise on the picturesque Perfume River and admire the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, see the magnificent tomb of Minh Mang before heading to Zen house where you learn about architecture and spiritual meaning of this beautiful place.
Leave Hue for Hoi An, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laidback place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and Chinese temple. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
Head out into Hoi An's verdant surroundings to Tra Que, where you’ll see the local farmers at work, tending lush gardens of vegetables and herbs. Join a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration. Back in Hoi An, the rest of the day is free.
Transfer to Danang and fly to the sunny city of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. The rest of the day is free.
Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the many little islands off Nha Trang’s coast. There’ll be a stop at an island to enjoy the balmy waters for yourself, and a visit to a fishing village. Head up into the cooler climes of the South Central Highlands to the lovely town of Dalat.
Spend today sightseeing with visits to the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop. Climb aboard an open-air steam train from the old railway station to journey out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. This afternoon browse the stalls of Dalat’s busy market, ending the day with a cup of locally grown coffee as you take in the picturesque views.
Journey across the scenic highlands to Saigon with a stop en route at the Bao Loc tea plantation. On arrival, the rest of the day is free.
Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and spend the afternoon discovering the city’s sights. See the colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, as well as the Reunification Palace and chilling War Remnants Museum.
Journey to Ben Tre to cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Here you’ll paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals, taste local produce, visit a local family, lunch on typical Mekong dishes and enjoy traditional music. Return to Saigon and enjoy a farewell dinner and the visually spectacular A O Show this evening.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.
A replica paddle steamer that oozes a nostalgic charm of bygone Indochina, the Emeraude brings a timeless elegance to the waters of Halong Bay. With classical brass fixtures and warm, characterful cabins, the ship serves up fusion cuisine in its restaurant, a range of drinks at the bar and offers relaxation on the sun deck. There is also a spa, Tai Chi and cooking classes and Wi-Fi. Whilst some cabins have a private balcony, all have air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower.
Well-located in Hue' s city centre, the Emm Hotel is a contemporary, comfortable hotel. It has gardens and a swimming pool and 2 restaurant options, serving authentic Hue dishes, Vietnamese food and international fare too. Bedrooms have large windows (some also have balconies), a bathroom with shower, television, minibar and kettle. You are also provided with slipper and a bathrobe.
This light, bright and stylish hotel, perfectly located for all of Hoi An’s attractions, perfectly combines French colonial and Vietnamese architectural elements. 92 innovatively-designed guest rooms are spacious and have views over the pool, gardens or street – little pops of colour make each room bright and airy. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, and there are little extra touches such as bathrobes to enjoy. The hotel’s facilities include a contemporary bar and restaurant, while there is a large swimming pool and lush, tropical gardens to explore.
This three-star hotel, centrally-located in Nha Trang and just 3 minutes on foot from the beach, boasts chic and modern interiors. The 114 spacious rooms have large windows to make them bright and airy, whilst the en suite bathroom has a shower and/or bathtub. You’ll also find a bathrobe and slippers to make you feel more at home. Spa facilities include Jacuzzi and sauna and there is also an outdoor pool to enjoy. Make use of the bar, restaurant and coffee shop.
Located near the centre Dalat’s famous Liang Biang Plateau, and a short drive from the central market. The accommodation combines a first class traditional French Art Nouveau design with a modern convention centre. The 91 rooms have all got a fully equipped mini bar, cable TV, full bathroom amenities and complimentary daily bottled water. The hotel offers guests a fully equipped Gym, Sauna and Steam Bath as well as a Spa and Soothing Massage centre.
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
The best times to visit Vietnam as a whole are the spring (March and April) and autumn (September to December).
Places Visited: UK - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hue (2N) - Hoi An (2N) - Nha Trang (1N) - Dalat (2N) - Saigon (3N) - UK
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