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Vietnam Trails

  • Duration

    16 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
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    £2,990pp
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The perfect length for a more in-depth exploration of Vietnam, start in the very south in Saigon, venturing north through Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay before heading up into the highlands to spectacular Sapa.

Tour Highlights

Our Vietnam Trails tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Tour Itinerary

This tour is suitable for those who have a reasonable amount of time available and who are interested in seeing the main sights and cities of Vietnam. This tour is also suitable for those looking for a slightly more active tour, with three nights in the scenic hiking region of Sapa. This tour includes a Halong Bay overnight junk boat cruise.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly to Saigon

    Days 1-2 Fly to Saigon

    Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam's largest and most evocative city. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

  • Day 3

    Discover Saigon

    Day 3 Discover Saigon

    Contemplate the realities of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, the incredible network of tunnels used by the VietCong resistance during the Vietnam War. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a bright future. See Vietnam's colonial past at Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office. Also visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.

  • Day 4

    Mekong Delta

    Day 4 Mekong Delta

    Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.

  • Day 5

    Journey to Hoi An

    Day 5 Journey to Hoi An

    Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchant’s house, Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.

  • Day 6

    Hoi An Cooking Class

    Day 6 Hoi An Cooking Class

    Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure to further explore this delightful town.

  • Day 7

    Hoi An Free Day

    Day 7 Hoi An Free Day

    Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps savour a relaxing coffee, pop into the town for a stroll or even head to the beach.

  • Day 8

    Imperial Hue

    Day 8 Imperial Hue

    Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River.

  • Day 9

    Fly to Hanoi

    Day 9 Fly to Hanoi

    Fly to Hanoi this morning. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the city, taking in the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the day's explorations with a thrilling cyclo tour through Phan Dinh Phung street and the Old Quarter. Wrap up your ride with a strong Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking St. Joseph's Cathedral.

  • Day 10

    Drive to Sapa

    Day 10 Drive to Sapa

    Travel to Sapa by coach through the Northern Highlands, arriving in the mid to late afternoon. Vast panoramas of stepped rice terraces ribbon their way across these hills; a testament to the extraordinary skills of the local farmers.

  • Days 11-12

    Sapa

    Days 11-12 Sapa

    Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces with some light walking through the surrounding valleys and villages, and visits to ethnic minority communities including those of the H'mong people.

  • Day 13

    Mount Fansipan

    Day 13 Mount Fansipan

    Take a cable car ride up Mt Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina. Arrive at the summit to enjoy incredible views from a breathtaking 3,143 metres. Return to Hanoi after lunch.

  • Days 14-15

    Cruise Halong Bay

    Days 14-15 Cruise Halong Bay

    Drive east to Halong Bay, where you'll spend the afternoon and night cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay, and even explore one of the bay's many caves. The next day, enjoy a morning cruise back to the pier and transfer back to Hanoi to enjoy a farewell dinner and attend a spectacular Vietnamese stage performance.

  • Day 16

    Fly Hanoi to UK

    Day 16 Fly Hanoi to UK

    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.

  • Nights 3

    Muong Thanh Saigon Centre 4 Star Hotel

    Muong Thanh Saigon 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.

  • Nights 3

    Emm Hoi An 3 Star Hotel

    Emm Hoi An

    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.

  • Night 1

    Emm Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    15 Ly Thuong Kiet, Vinh Ninh, Hue
    Emm Hotel

    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.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Nights 2

    Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa, Sapa 5 Star Hotel

    Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa, Sapa

    The hilltop Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa offers scenic views across the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. The resort is a blend of French and Indochinese architectural style, and offers a variety of amenities including a therapeutic spa, gym, library and heated indoor pool. Guests can choose between the lively Sky 6 Lounge and the relaxed coffee lounge with its views of the mountains and the hotel gardens.

    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
  • Emeraude Classic Cruises 4 Star Hotel

    No T7 Villa, Tuan Chau Marina, Tuan Chau, Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
    Emeraude Classic Cruises

    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.

    • Wi-Fi
  • Muong Thanh Hanoi Centre 4 Star Hotel

    78 Tho Nhuom, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    Muong Thanh Hanoi Centre

    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.

    • Wi-Fi

The best times to visit Vietnam as a whole are the spring (March and April) and autumn (September to December).

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 14mm
  • Hoi An
  • 22°c
  • 92mm
  • Hue
  • 21°c
  • 145mm
  • Hanoi
  • 16°c
  • 19mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 16°c
  • 27mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 32mm
  • Hue
  • 22°c
  • 45mm
  • Hanoi
  • 17°c
  • 26mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 17°c
  • 31mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 29°c
  • 10mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 30mm
  • Hue
  • 24°c
  • 59mm
  • Hanoi
  • 20°c
  • 44mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 20°c
  • 43mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 50mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 34mm
  • Hue
  • 27°c
  • 68mm
  • Hanoi
  • 24°c
  • 90mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 24°c
  • 91mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 218mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 56mm
  • Hue
  • 29°c
  • 122mm
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 188mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 168mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 99mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 87mm
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 240mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 244mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 294mm
  • Hoi An
  • 30°c
  • 90mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 66mm
  • Hanoi
  • 30°c
  • 288mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 29°c
  • 267mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 270mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 104mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 194mm
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 318mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 327mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 297mm
  • Hue
  • 28°c
  • 509mm
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 265mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 206mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 267mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 526mm
  • Hue
  • 26°c
  • 898mm
  • Hanoi
  • 25°c
  • 131mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 25°c
  • 119mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 27°c
  • 116mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 363mm
  • Hue
  • 24°c
  • 682mm
  • Hanoi
  • 22°c
  • 43mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 21°c
  • 55mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 48mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 206mm
  • Hue
  • 21°c
  • 350mm
  • Hanoi
  • 19°c
  • 23mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 18°c
  • 24mm
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