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Best of Vietnam

13 nights from $2,149 per person

  • Included:
  • International airfare & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact center
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Overview

From the lush scenery and floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south to the dramatic limestone islands and emerald coves that dominates Halong Bay in the north, each destination offers a window into Vietnam’s centuries-old cultural traditions as well as its vibrant present. (LT-VCBV14D)

Highlights

  • Wander around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and dine in a French colonial villa
  • Visit the Hill Tribes and Cat Cat people of the Sapa Valley
  • Watch the sunrise from your traditional junk boat on the stunningly beautiful Halong Bay
  • Take the stunning scenic coastal drive across the Pass of Ocean Clouds to the ancient citadel of Hue
  • Spend an evening in the charming town of Hoi An, an UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Experience the metropolitan city of Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) and the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Cruise the Mekong Delta visiting floating markets and rural villages

Details

Day 1 - Hanoi

You will be met upon arrival at Hanoi airport by your private driver and transferred to your hotel. After check in, you will get to know the city with a private walking tour of the markets and the Old Quarter. In the evening experience a traditional Water Puppet show before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay in Hanoi.

Overnight: 1 night in your chosen hotel (Dinner included)

Standard: Hanoi Peridot hotel | Superior: Sunway Hotel | Deluxe: Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake |Luxury: Sofitel Legend Metropole

Day 2 - Hanoi City and Lao Cai

This full day tour takes you around the capital city’s most interesting sights, including the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Complex dedicated to the father of post-colonial Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and his Stilt House where he lived from 1958 to 1969.

Your adventure trip to Sapa will then begin with an overnight train from Hanoi to the border town of Lao Cai.

Overnight: Train to Sapa (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 3 – Lao Cai and Sapa

The train arrives at Lao Cai train station at approximately 6:00 a.m. and there will be a vehicle waiting to transfer you to Sapa (around 90 mins drive). On arrival at your chosen hotel, you will have breakfast and then enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the town. In the afternoon a walking tour will take you into the valley below Sapa to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat.

Overnight: 1 night in your chosen hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Standard: Bamboo Sapa Hotel | Superior, Deluxe or Luxury: Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Day 4 – Sapa to Hanoi

Following breakfast, you will explore the Sapa Sunday market and then set out on a 3-4 hour trek that will take you along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H'mong and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the way to Ta Van village. You will be transferred to Lao Cai for the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Overnight: Train to Hanoi (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5 - Halong Bay

Arriving in Hanoi around 5am, your driver will collect you and take you for breakfast before departing for Halong Bay, arriving at the jetty around noon. You will join your chosen ‘junk’ (traditional Chinese sailing boat) and after your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy the spectacular scenery from various viewpoints, enjoy some swimming in a quiet cove or sunbathe on deck. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight: 1 night on your chosen vessel, (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Standard: Dragon Pearl Cruise | Superior: Pelican Cruise | Deluxe: Indochina Sails Cruise | Luxury: Emporer Cruise

Day 6 – Halong Bay – Hanoi - Hue

Enjoy waking to the sound of the lapping water and watch the sun rise over stunning Halong, breakfast is served on board (brunch on some boats) while the vessel cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark around noon and transfer back to Hanoi airport for a short flight to Phu Bai Airport and a short road transfer to your hotel in Hue.

Overnight: 2 nights in your chosen hotel, (Breakfast)

Standard: Emm Hotel Hue | Superior: Eldora Hotel | Deluxe: Imperial Hotel | Luxury: La Residence Hotel & Spa

Day 7 - Hue

You will embark on a tour of this imperial city, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and the colourful Dong Ba market. You will stay overnight in Hue.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 8 - Hue - Danang - Hoi An

Spend the morning cruising on the Perfume River to see the elaborate tombs of the emperors. Leave Hue for the incredibly scenic drive to Hoi An; you’ll climb over the Pass of Ocean Clouds, stop at a village at the foot of Marble Mountain and then drop down to the coast with its photogenic fishing villages to arrive in Hoi An for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: 2 nights in your chosen hotel, (Breakfast and lunch included)

Standard: Ancient House | Superior: Boutique Hoi An Resort | Deluxe: Palm Garden Resort | Luxury: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 9 – Hoi An

Hoi An is an attractive riverside town, formerly a trading port, the architecture carries Japanese, Chinese, French and Portuguese influence and much of the town has remained unchanged for over a 100 years. You will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls and the Japanese Bridge, then enjoy some shopping or time at leisure in your hotel.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 10 – Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Depart for Danang Airport for a 1 hr flight to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon you will embark on a city tour of the city formerly known as Saigon, including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and bustling Ben Thanh Market.

Overnight: 2 nights in your chosen hotel, (Breakfast and lunch included)

Standard: Alagon City Point Hotel | Superior: Liberty Central Hotel | Deluxe: Sofitel Plaza Saigon | Luxury: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel

Day 11 - Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi underground

A fascinating day ahead; spend the morning learning about the Cao Daism religion whose followers worship Jesus Christ, Confucius, Taoism, and Buddha with the symbol of the Divine Eye at the Holy see Temple.

After lunch drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, 200km of underground tunnels that were used as hideouts and shelters, field hospitals, factories and homes during the US-Vietnam War.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Tonight you will be staying in the heart of the Mekong Delta at Can Tho, and en-route you can enjoy a very special private boat tour through the canals to a local farm restaurant for lunch.

Overnight: 1 night in your chosen hotel, (Breakfast and lunch included)

Standard: Ninh Kieu 2 hotel Can Tho | Superior or Deluxe: Victoria Hotel and Resort | Luxury: Victoria Hotel and Resort Can Tho

Day 13 - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

You wake up to the sounds of the Mekong River welcoming a new day and you can take a boat trip to the bustling floating market in the Mekong Delta, with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space to sell their goods. You will have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay.

Overnight: 1 nights in your chosen hotel, (Breakfast and lunch included)

Standard: Alagon City Point Hotel | Superior: Liberty Central Hotel| Deluxe: Sofitel Plaza Saigon | Luxury: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel

Day 14 - Departure

Your private car will collect you and take you to the airport for your flight home (time at leisure until your selected departure time).

(Breakfast included)

  • Private transportation throughout including airport transfers in Vietnam
  • Accommodation shared in a double room with daily breakfast
  • All domestic and international flights
  • Group size of 1-14 people
  • An experienced English speaking guide
  • Overnight cruise on Halong Bay
  • Train ticket from Hanoi - LAoCai-Hanoi (shared 4-berth cabin)
  • Private boat trip as stated in the itinerary
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Tissues and water on the coach
  • All sightseeing tickets and admission
  • Services charges and government tax
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

What’s excluded:

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Peak season or public holidays surcharge if any
  • Compulsory Gala dinners for Christmas and New Year’s Eve
  • Other services not mentioned above

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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