From the cradle of Vietnamese civilisation in the north, to the hustle and bustle of modern Vietnam in the south, you will tour the length of Vietnam and its most important cities, towns and natural wonders. Discover Vietnam’s past, its varied landscape, fascinating culture and unique modern way of life.
Depart London Heathrow for international economy flight to Hanoi. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.
Arrive in Hanoi where you will meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. This evening meet your guide for tour briefing at your hotel before dinner at one of the city’s finest restaurants. After dinner, transfer back to your hotel for overnight.
This morning we tour Hanoi’s charming French colonial boulevards and the Embassy Rows by a cyclo ride, visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the house on stilts and The One Pillar pagoda. Next, visit the ancient Temple of Literature. In the afternoon we explore Hanoi on foot, walking through the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers trade their wares the way they have done for centuries. Visit an old house that’s typical of dwellings in the Old Town in Ma May Street and then walk through Hang Be market to the famed water puppet theatre for an evening show.
Today we journey east through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta to Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay. Once you reach the bay the rest of the day is at leisure aboard to explore this extraordinary piece of Vietnam. Cool breezes, opal water, magnificent limestone islets, amazing caverns, exotic seafood, kayaking, boating, fishing all make it unforgettable. Overnight on junk.
Wake up to a perfect sunrise with fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before disembarkation at 11:30. Bid farewell to Halong Bay and head straight back to Hanoi airport for a late afternoon flight to Danang in Middle Vietnam. Meet up with our local guide at Danang airport and continue by road to the little tranquil town of Hoian for overnight.
After breakfast we explore this charming and wonderfully preserved merchant town that retains Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences from its flourishing old days. We will walk narrow colourful lanes, admire historic architectures, and hunt for the unexpectedly good bargains of silk wares. Afternoon is free at leisure.
This morning we leave Hoian for Danang and fly to Saigon, the largest and most dynamic city in Vietnam. We’ll have our lunch in local style, a tasty bowl of “Pho” noodle soup at “Pho 24”.
Afternoon time will be for the city’s architectural highlights the Notre Dame Cathedral, French Post Office, Reunification Palace, colonial Dong Khoi Boulevard, etc.
We start today with a drive out of the city to Cu Chi amazing tunnel system built by communist guerrillas during the Vietnam War. This incredible system, covering almost 250km in length, was shelter to over 16,000 Vietcong guerrillas during the wars. Initially started in 1948 to provide shelter against the French air and ground sweeps, the network went on to serve as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for Vietnamese fighters throughout the wartime. We can even descend into the tunnels to learn more about the tunnel life. After lunch in Cu Chi we return to Saigon and delve into the hustle and bustle of Cho Lon, Saigon’s Chinatown. There we’ll see a have-all market and the elaborately ornate pagoda of Lady Hau
Today we enjoy a day trip to My Tho to sample life on the Mekong River. My Tho is a prosperous town of 170,000 inhabitants, famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields. We’ll ride a local boat on the criss-crossing waters of the area to the orchards on Phoenix Island, where local handicrafts and sweets from coconut are being produced. Enjoy fresh seasonal fruits and traditional live music and songs performance and relax under the restaurant’s garden canopy. Take a horse cart ride to a farm to taste some homemade honey-tea and proceed by boat through the small canals and side arms of the river to observe the daily life along the river banks. Then return to Saigon for overnight.
Free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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