An 8 day escorted private tour with 5 star hotels, and HaLong junk overnight cruise. Daily departures.
£995 PER PERSON
HANOI - HALONG BAY - HO CHI MINH CITY - CUCHI – MYTHO
Prices includes: Visa, airport/hotel transfers, hotels as above or similar with daily breakfast, air conditioned chauffeur driven cars, internal flights, guided sightseeing, excursions, overnight cruise in Halong, boat ride in Mekong delta, admission fees, meals where indicated.
Price excludes: International flights *, insurance, other meals, optional entertainment and any service not specified above.
Price is per person based on 2 persons sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplement is £350 per person. Children: 75% of adult’s price (child sharing parents’ room).
* To make your holidays even more hassle-free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.
DAY 01 DEPARTURE
International flights to Hanoi.
DAY 02 HANOI (-/-/D)
On arrival, transfer to Melia 5* hotel in city centre. Hanoi is a charming city with tree-lined boulevards and beautiful colonial buildings. In the afternoon, visit the remarkable Temple of Literature, known as Vietnam’s first university, then the Old quarter of Hanoi followed by an hour cyclo ride for photo snaps of Hanoi’s daily activities. Welcome dinner at local restaurant and enjoy the incredible Water Puppet performance. Overnight in Hanoi at Melia Hotel.
DAY 03 HANOI / HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Morning drive (3hrs) to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark and check into either the Huong Hai or Bai Tho junk. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the bay stopping to explore some of the many islands, caves and grottoes including Dinh Huong, Ga choi, Dog islets, and Sung Sot cave. After a seafood lunch on board, relax on deck or stop off at Titov beach for a swim. Optional kayaking and other island activities, weather permitting. Unwind on deck with some local rice wine and enjoy a sumptuous freshly caught seafood dinner and overnight on board. Experience the dark silhouettes, and the surreal tranquility of the bay beneath the eerie light of the moon as you drop anchor for the night.
DAY 04 HALONG BAY / HANOI (B/-/-)
After an early breakfast served onboard, continue the cruise to see the Man’s head, Tortoise islands and transfer to a small bamboo sampan to go inside Luon cave. Check out whilst the junk heads back to Halong wharf, where you will be picked up and transferred to airport ( approx 4 hours drive ) for your flight to Saigon. On arrival at Saigon, you will be met and transferred to 5* Sofitel Plaza located in the prestigious Le Duan street. Overnight in Saigon.
DAY 05 SAIGON / CU CHI TUNNEL (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel before a morning guided tour of the major attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, starting with the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the South Vietnam President until 30th of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office. Next visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the best examples of Taoist temples in Vietnam. Afternoon drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network of approximately 200km tunnels dug by Vietcong fighters during their long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation and schools on 3 levels, and were used as a military base in the American War. Overnight at Sofitel Plaza.
DAY 06 MEKONG DELTA (B/L/-)
Morning drive to Ben Tre, an island province renowned for its coconuts. Start a leisurely bicycle ride (~7km) through the villages for a first hand experience of life in the Mekong Delta and the flora & fauna. Stop by the local cottage industries to view the process of making coconut candy. Taste a variety of tropical fruits and enjoy a traditional Mekong Delta music performance, followed by a sampan ride on a quiet creek before lunch at a floating house. Relax with the breeze from the Mekong River before transferring to the mainland and driving back to Saigon for overnight.
(Optional evening VESPA tour of Saigon after dark: weave through the streets and back alleys on old Vespa motorbikes exploring local haunts, street food and experience the night activities of the Vietnamese.)
DAY 07 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Programme extendible to Cambodia, Phu Quoc Island, or Phan Thiet for a beach stay.
DAY 08 Arrive home