SMALL GROUP TOUR : a deluxe 17 day complete programme. Luxurious hotels, night on board a HaLong junk, ethnic villages, “cyclo” tour in old quarter, sampan ride to floating markets and much more. Departure on the second Thursday of each month.
UNBEATABLE VALUE £1,695 PER PERSON
HANOI - NINH BINH - HALONG BAY – HUE – HOIAN – DANANG – NHATRANG – HOCHIMINH – CUCHI – VINHLONG - CANTHO
Price includes: visa, airport/hotel transfers, deluxe hotels as stated or similar with daily breakfast, half board meals i.e. lunch en route during excursions as stated, air conditioned coaches, internal flights, guided sightseeing, excursions, boat trips, admission fees.
Price excludes: International flights *, dinners, insurance, tipping, optional tours and entertainment and any service not specified.
Approx. group size: 16 persons. Price is per person sharing twin or double room. Single room supplement is £695 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.
Note : Our tour operation depends on many factors some of which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to amend programmes in case of unexpected problems caused by weather, airlines, transport companies and local organisations. For Tailor Made options please enquire.
DAY 01 DEPARTURE (-/-/-)
Depart on scheduled flights from London Heathrow. Fly to Hanoi via Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.
DAY 02 HANOI (-/-/D)
On arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to Melia deluxe hotel conveniently located in the heart of this charming Capital. Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. Evening welcome dinner at a typical Vietnamese restaurant. Overnight at Melia hotel.
DAY 03 HANOI (B/L/-)
Hanoi morning city tour with guide takes in the main boulevards of Hanoi, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son Temple, HoChiMinh Mausoleum, The Old Quarter and the famous One Pillar pagoda. Enjoy a one hour “cyclo” ride around the Old Quarter. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure for a stroll experiencing the Old Quarter and/or shopping. In the evening enjoy the incredible water puppet performance before returning to the Melia hotel for overnight.
DAY 04 VAN LONG / KENH GA (B/L/-)
Drive to Van Long, a nature reserve in Ninh Binh filled with untouched landscape, limestone cliffs and caves. Take small bamboo sampans to explore the caves. Then onwards to Kenh Ga floating village, where we will travel through the village by motor-boat and rowboat taking in scenes of fishermen, children going to school, and daily life along the river front. Disembark for a brief walk through green rice paddy fields to visit Van Trinh cave. Return to Hanoi for overnight.
DAY 05 HALONG (B/L/D)
Morning car transfer to HaLong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board the luxurious Bhaya junk for an overnight cruise through the bay stopping to explore some of the many islands, caves and grottoes. Lunch & dinner of fresh seafood served onboard. Relax on deck or stop off at a nearby island for a swim. Optional kayaking and other island activities, weather permitting. 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 06 HUE (B/L/-)
Morning cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of HaLong bay. Lunch before transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to the Imperial city of Hue. Located in central Vietnam, Hue has always been considered the fulcrum of the country’s two rice baskets, the Red river delta and the Mekong delta; and was Vietnam’s capital in 1802 under King Gia Long (1762-1819). On arrival, transfer to colonial La Residence hotel. Overnight in Hue.
DAY 07 HUE (B/L/-)
Morning guided visits to the Imperial citadel followed by a boat ride on the Perfume river to the elegant Thien Mu Pagoda to witness a daily Buddhist prayer recital by the monks and TuDuc Mausoleum. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure or optional bicycle ride on village tracks to experience the local life. Overnight at La Residence Hotel in Hue.
DAY 08 HOIAN (B/L/-)
After breakfast, drive to HoiAn ancient town via the breathtaking HaiVan pass, one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. When traversing the steep winding roads of this paved mountain pass, you will have a chance to discover peace, quiet and history along the way. Lunch on arrival in HoiAn. Rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore HoiAn on your own and overnight at 4* Life Resort.
DAY 09 HOIAN (B/L/-)
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of the old streets of HoiAn; learn how the mix of Japanese and Chinese architecture reflects its past history as an important trading port. Visit the Ancient merchants' houses, a Hokkien temple, a 400 year old Japanese covered bridge, the vibrant riverside market and a lantern workshop where you can learn to create your own lantern. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon is at leisure to take in the charm of this ancient town. Overnight at Life Resort.
DAY 10 NHATRANG (B/L/-)
Transfer to Danang airport for flight to Cam Ranh. On arrival, transfer to 5* Sunrise beach resort in Nha Trang. After lunch, start a guided city tour of Nha Trang taking in the Ponagar Cham temple towers founded before 781 AD and dedicated to Yan Po Nagar, the goddess of the country, who came to be identified with the Hindu goddesses Bhagavati and Mahishasuramardini; visit a fishing village and the Aquarium. Overnight at Sunrise Beach Resort.
DAY 11 NHATRANG (B/-/-)
Day at leisure in NhaTrang to enjoy the beach, and sun & seabathing. Overnight at Sunrise Beach Resort.
DAY 12 SAIGON (B/L/-)
Transfer to Cam Ranh airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival in this bustling metropolis, check in at the prestigious Caravelle 5* hotel in city centre. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and explore at your own pace. Overnight in Saigon at the Caravelle Hotel.
(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 local night life.)
DAY 13 CUCHI (B/L/-)
Morning visit to the famous Cu Chi tunnels to experience how the Viet Cong lived underground during the American war. Lunch during visits at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, embark on a city tour of Saigon’s main boulevards, Notre Dame Cathedral, the splendid Post Office, the bustling Ben Thanh market and ChoLon China town. Evening at leisure and overnight at Caravelle Hotel.
DAY 14 SAIGON / VINH LONG / CANTHO (B/L/-)
Excursion to VinhLong in the Mekong delta where you will enjoy a boat trip on the legendary Mekong River visiting Cai Be floating market before cruising along small canals towards one of the islands, and a typical plantation growing a variety of tropical fruits. Lunch in a bonsai garden before visiting a local farmer’s village before driving on to CanTho city. Overnight at Victoria CanTho.
DAY 15 CANTHO / SAIGON (B/L/-)
Early morning boat trip to visit CaiRang, the busiest floating market in South East Asia. You may have a chance to see the age old practice of bartering, or even try your hand at it. Return to Saigon with a stop at MyTho for lunch. My Tho was the traditional gateway to the Mekong Delta and is famous for its noodle soup “Hu Tieu Nam Vang” and beef balls “Bo Vien”. Return to Saigon for overnight at Caravelle Hotel.
DAY 16 SAIGON (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for flight home.
DAY 17 Arrive home