THE BEST OF VIETNAM

  
Code VNN20D

£3,395 per person

Best time to go : Nov - Mar
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This amazing tour is designed for those who wish to return to Vietnam after a first memorable visit. The tour takes guests closer to the friendly Vietnamese people and their daily life and invites them to taste the most authentic Vietnamese food.

Best cruise in Halong and the Mekong delta, best 4/5* hotels and a relaxing beach stay in Phu Quoc Pearl island.

HANOI – MAICHAU – NINH BINH - HALONG – HOIAN – SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA – PHU QUOC

Price includes : Visa for Vietnam, private a/c chauffeur driven car, English speaking local guides, luxurious AuCo 3D/2N cruise in Halong Bay, Bassac cruise in Mekong delta, hotels with daily breakfast, daily lunch, dinner where stated, internal flights, boat rides, admission fees.

Price excludes : International flights, other meals, drinks, optional visits and entertainments, tipping and any service not specified.

Day 1 Departure from the UK

Day 2 HANOI (-/-/-)
On arrival meeting with your local guide at Noi Bai airport and car transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after long flight. Overnight at Hanoi La Siesta Luxury boutique hotel in the Old Quarter.

Day 3 HANOI (B/L/-)
visit asia - tours to asia visit asia - tours to asia Breakfast at hotel. Morning Hanoi city tour with guide taking in the main boulevards of Hanoi, Hanoi Citadel, Hoa Lo Prison known as Hanoi Hilton, 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 hotel. Overnight at Hanoi La Siesta Hotel.

Day 4 MAI CHAU (B/L/D)
After breakfast overland transfer to MaiChau. On arrival check in at Mai Chau Ecolodge. After lunch climb up Pu Luong mountain for a panoramic view over Mai Chau valley before driving to the Cham mountain stream where you will take a short walk before enjoying a slow journey on a bamboo raft taking in the stunning rural scenery. Back to the valley for a walking tour to the villages of Pom Coong and Lac, home to the White Thai ethnic group. Dinner with traditional dance performance by the local Thai tribe. Overnight at Mai Chau Ecolodge.

Day 5 MAI CHAU - NINH BINH (B/L/-)
visit asia - tours to asia visit asia - tours to asia After Breakfast drive to Xam Khoe where we set off on a walking tour in Bouc village, home to the Thai people. Drive back to MaiChau stopping at the magnificent Van Mai valley. Afternoon depart by road to Ninh Binh. Lunch en route. Overnight in Ninh Binh at Emeralda Hotel.

Day 6 NINH BINH - HAI PHONG (B/L/-)
Drive on the national road 12B with a stop en route to visit Bai Dinh pagoda. Optional cycling trip through rural landscapes towards Dong Tam village. Alternatively continue by car and walk to the village. Meeting with the locals and take part in lunch preparation before sharing it with a family. Afternoon take a sampan ride through the But Cave Complex. Explore the dry caves as well as the water caves. The trip ends at Thung Nham dock. Drive to Hai Phong with a stop in Thai Binh for a visit to the beautiful Keo pagoda. Overnight at 4* Harbourview Hotel.

Day 7 HAI PHONG - HALONG - AUCO CRUISE(B/L/D)
Leisure breakfast at hotel. Mid morning depart by road to Halong. At noon time embark The Au Co and start cruising leisurely towards Vung Vieng in Bai Tu Long. Before lunch introduction by the Chef to the 5 elements cuisine. Lunch on board. Arrive at Vung Vieng fishing village. Transfer to rowing boats for the visit to a floating village. Back onboard and experience a High tea ceremony. At dinner enjoy a 5 elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Evening time to relax in Lan Ha bar or join our crew for squid fishing. Au Co cruise is by now anchored for the night.
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Day 8 AU CO CRUISE(B/L/D)
visit asia - tours to asia Early risers start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay as the boat quietly resumes its cruise. Breakfast on board while cruising in Bai Tu Long Bay Mid morning guided kayaking in Vung Ha area The Au Co then slips towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island while lunch is served in Ha Long restaurant. Afternoon off the boat for a guided biking or walking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and a visit to Au Co organic farm. Before dinner join in a Cooking Demonstration Happy Hour and visit to the Bridge and Engine Room BBQ buffet dinner available at the restaurant. Evening enjoy a drink in Lan Ha bar or join the crew for squid fishing. Moor for the night

Day 9 HALONG - HANOI - HUE (B/-/-)
Coffee and bakeries on board Morning guided visit to Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave Mid morning farewell brunch and check-out at 10.45. Disembarkation at Tuan Chau pier where you will be picked up for car return to Hanoi. Evening flight to the Imperial city of Hue. On arrival meeting with your local guide and car transfer to La Residence Hotel & Spa.

Day 10 HUE(B/L/-)
Morning enjoy a boat ride on the romantic Perfume river to the elegant Thien Mu Pagoda to witness a daily Buddhist prayer recital by the monks and TuDuc Mausoleum. Lunch of Hue specialties at Y Thao Royal Garden. Afternoon leisurely cyclo ride passing by Dong Khanh secondary school, the old Truong Tien Bridge, DongBa market then to the Imperial Citadel. The day ends with a stop at the intricated Khai Dinh Mausoleum. Overnight at La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue. visit asia - tours to asia

Day 11 HUE - HOIAN (B/L/-)
Drive to Danang via the breathtaking HaiVan pass, one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. Stop at the Marble Mountains to climb Water Mountain and explore the cave pagodas before visiting the Cham Museum with its collection of relics from the Cham Kingdom. After lunch of Danang specialty ( Mi Quang ) car transfer onward to the ancient trading town of HoiAn with its mix of Japanese and Chinese architecture. Overnight at Essence HoiAn Hotel.

Day 12 HOIAN (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
After breakfast join in a day tour to the local fishing village near the mouth of Thu Bon River. Walk through the fishing village and learn about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, mingle with their family and community members. Next board the Hoi An Ecoboat and ride along Cua Dai River. See fishing activities and experience the art of catching fish by using local round nets. Have fun paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats and participate in a basket-boat race on the river. Continue to explore the Bay Mau tranquil waterways and also learn how water coconuts are used by the locals. Row your basket boat back to the Hoi An Ecoboat. Enjoy a cold beer / soft drink and a traditional fisherman's lunch. Afternoon is free in HoiAn.
Evening experience a 'Dine-Around' tour which is aimed to introduce visitors the most delicious and authentic local cuisine in different restaurants. This offer is especially suitable for those who have limited time for Hoi An but don't want to miss local dining experience. Overnight at Essence HoiAn Hotel.

Day 13 HOI AN - DANANG - SAIGON (B/-/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Transfer to the airport for a late morning flight to Saigon. On arrival, be welcomed at airport and transferred to The Reverie hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure
Evening enjoy a Vespa adventure in the streets of Saigon after dark. Be picked up from your hotel and start your Vespa night trip by riding it in the crowd of locals going home after work. Take in the scene of complex traffic riding through different districts of old Saigon. Stop by some street food restaurants to try Vietnamese seafood and crepes, and discover the diversity between the local Cafés with Vietnamese music and popular bars with the oldies, jazz or rock. Enjoy the music before returning to your hotel.

Day 14 BASSAC CRUISE IN MEKONG DELTA (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Car transfer to CaiBe. Board a Mekong boat (The Bassac ) for a 2 nights cruise on fullboard basis. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into your cabin. Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river. Lunch while cruising. Rest on the sundeck, or enjoy the open bar. Branching into Cho Lach canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards. Walk in a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit the orchards and rice fields nearby. Complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Enjoy some time in the bar or on the deck admiring the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac cruises back on Mang Thit river. The Bassac runs upstream Co Chien river then sets anchor for the night, not far from the large My Thuan bridge.

Day 15 BASSAC CRUISE (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Departure towards Cai Be. Passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the river banks. The Bassac follows around Binh Hoa Phuoc peninsula then reaches the First River bordered by freshwater mangroves. Arrive in Cai Be, transfer on local boats to ride inside the floating market and to Cai Be handicraft centre. Boarding back departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river. Lunch en route. Leisure time on the sundeck. The Bassac slips into the Cho Lach canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life inland and on the water. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac cruises Mang Thit river. The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.

Day 16 CANTHO - PHU QUOC (B/-/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Early morning the boat resumes its cruise in Tra On floating market. It then departs towards Can Tho. On arrival at Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto local boats to visit this busy and colourful floating market. Disembark at Ninh Kieu pier. Transfer to CanTho airport for flight to Phu Quoc. On arrival, transfer ( by hotel ) to La Veranda Phu Quoc Resort & Spa for 3 nights beach stay on bed & breakfast basis.
Day 19 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport for flight home
Day 20 Arrive home