Arrive in Hanoi
Upon arriving in Vietnam, you will be met by our local representative in the airport before being transferred to your hotel which will be your base for the following two nights.
Later that evening, you will be transferred by cyclo to a Water Puppet Theatre performance, followed by dinner at the Wild Lotus Restaurant.
Hanoi City Tour
Begin your holiday with a full day guided excursion of the capital city of Hanoi.
Here you will see fascinating sites, such Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, a stunning building where Ho Chi Minh read the declaration of Independence and the One Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist Temple sitting within a lake.
You will also visit the world famous 11th century Temple of Literature, the former Hỏa Lò Prison and finish your day with a walking tour of the Old Quarter and area around the beautiful Hoàn Kiếm Lake.
Hạ Long Bay
Today, you will leave Hanoi and travel to the magnificent Hạ Long Bay to sail on board the Paradise Explorer. You will visit some of the caves and grottos of the spectacular limestone islands in this UNESCO World Heritage Site before enjoying lunch on board.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit, the serene blue waters and towering caves of this bay look like something out of a Disney film. Afterwards you will spend the night in Ha Long.
Transfer to Da Nang
After breakfast you will transfer to Hanoi Airport for your morning flight to Đà Nẵng in central Vietnam. The following three nights will be spent in Hoi An.
Today you will enjoy a morning boat tour on the Thu Bồn River, where you will be able to see the fascinating daily activities of the local people who live along its banks.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour of Hội An, where you will see have a guided walking tour of Hoi An to include the Japanese Covered Bridge.
Hội An Tour
On this full day guided excursion, you will travel to the Hội An countryside where you will see the farmers working their fields and get an insight into the daily life of Vietnamese farmers.
Vietnamese Cookery Class
In the evening you will enjoy a cooking class, where you can learn traditional Vietnamese cooking methods and recipes. It will include a talk on the art of Vietnamese gastronomy, vegetables, herbs and spices and how to prepare and use them.
Transfer to Huế
Today, you will transfer from Hội An to Huế. Upon arrival in Huế, you will have a half day guided excursion of the city, where you will visit the walled fortress of the Imperial Citadel and the 19th century Tomb of Tự Đức.
Perfume River Cruise
You will finish with a cruise along the Perfume River – named because falling orchids give the water a pleasant scent – to Thiên Mụ Pagoda, followed by dinner in a local restaurant. You will spend the night in Hue.
Transfer to Ho Chi Minh
On day 9 you will be transferred from Huế to the city of Ho Chi Minh where you will spend the following four nights.
In the afternoon of your arrival, you will have a guided city tour of Ho Chi Minh to see the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral; a beautiful church built by French colonists. You will also visit the Reunification Palace and the Bến Thành Market. Later, you will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Today you will enjoy a half day guided excursion of China Town, which will include a visit to Cha Tam Church, Thien Hau Temple, Binh Tay Market and Cao Dai Temple.
Củ Chi Tunnels
Today you will embark on a tour where you will discover the Chu Chi network of underground tunnels which were the location of many of the Viet Cong’s military campaigns during the Vietnam War. The tunnels were used as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and living quarters for the Vietnamese fighters.
For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above.
Lunch is included.
Enjoy one final day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City for independent exploration. Your guide will be happy to suggest something to suit your taste.
Today you will enjoy a full day guided excursion to Cái Bè which includes a cruise on the mighty Mekong Delta on a motorized sampan boat. Here you can shop for market bargains in Cái Bè before continuing on to the town of Vĩnh Long.
After lunch you will arrive to your hotel in Can Tho, where you will have the afternoon at leisure.
Cái Răng Market & Khmer Temple
On day 13 you will take a morning cruise to the bustling market town of Cái Răng and ride through the colourful floating market. Here you will witness hawkers jostling for space to sell their wares, with everything from exotic fruit and vegetables to plastic sunglasses for sale.
You will further travel to the Delta area to see one of its most spectacular temples, the Khmer monastery of Kh'leng. Inhabited by a group of young Buddhist monks, the temple is a learning centre for the many members of Khmer race that have remained there for centuries. The monks study English and Vietnamese within the grounds, and are keen to talk to foreign visitors.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance. Dinner is included en-route.
Arrive home following your adventures in fantastic South East Asia.