Includes 11 nights' accommodation in Vietnam - comprising two nights in Hanoi, one night in Ha Long Bay, three nights in Hoi An, two nights in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, and three nights in Phan Thiet.
This 12-day Discover Charming Vietnam trip starts with your flight from the UK to Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport. Transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. The following day, enjoy a full-day Relive 1950's Hanoi tour to take in Ba Dinh square, One-Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace, the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison, and the bustling streets of the 'Quarter of the 36 guilds'.
Transfer from Hanoi to the port and begin your exploration of magical Ha Long Bay, tuck into a brimming feast of fresh seafood aboard the charming boat, and then enjoy a restful night onboard. The following day, explore the bay before you reach Trung Trang cave, and later there will be a tea ceremony aboard the boat to learn how to enjoy Vietnamese tea and cultural art. Next, take your flight from Noi Bai airport to reach Danang.
Spend the next two days exploring all that Hoi An is so famous for; its UNESCO World Heritage site ancient town, blend of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and French architecture, Japanese Bridge, Chinese Temple, and Tan Ky trading house. Afterwards, spend the next few days discovering the best parts of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, which include the Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and iconic Dong Khoi Street.
Your next three days are filled with adventure as you see exactly what the charming seaside town of Phan Thiet has to offer. Begin your time here with some relaxation time to build sandcastles or simply rest on the shores. Spot the scenic stream Fairy Springs and hike through the red-rock cliffs and jungle trees, kite surf from Mr Dia Rock, and visit the resorted ruins of Thap Po Sah Inu.
|Day 1||UK - Hanoi|
|Day 2||Hanoi full day tour - Relive 1950's Hanoi on a cycle rickshaw|
|Day 3||Hanoi to Ha Long Bay to Lan Ha Bay|
|Day 4||Lan Ha Bay to Hanoi with flight from Danang to Hoi An|
|Day 5||Visit Hoi An ancient town|
|Day 6||Hoi An free day|
|Day 7||Hoi An and flight to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon with a visit to the tumultuous capital of the South|
|Day 8||Ho Chi Minh City free day|
|Day 9||Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet/Mui Ne|
|Day 10||Phan Thiet free day|
|Day 11||Phan Thiet free day|
|Day 12||Phan Thiet to Ho Chi Minh City|
Today marks the start of your exciting trip to uncover the delights of Vietnam. Fly from the UK to reach Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, where you'll be warmly welcomed by your local guide for your transfer to the hotel. Spend the evening relaxing in your comfortable hotel room or perhaps head out for a bite to eat.
Start your adventure this morning with a visit to Ba Dinh square, known famously as the centre of the Ho Chi Minh complex and includes the Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda, and the Presidential Palace. Cross from one side to reach the other of a grand rectangular square which allows you a wide view of the impressive mausoleum. Afterwards, visit the Temple of Literature that was once known as the first university of Vietnam. Inside discover 82 of the original 116 stela engraving the names of the winners from doctorate competitions. This afternoon journey to Hoa Lo Prison which was demolished in the 1990s but through the gatehouse remains as a museum. Later you'll have the chance to experience the life of a Hanoian in the 1950's and travel through the Old Quarter on a cycle rickshaw. During your time discover the bustling streets of the 'Quarter of the 36 guilds', a place of unique charm and endless activity. Find artisans, stalls, tinsmiths, jewellers, calligraphers, carpenters, leather and rattan goods, silk, paper, and so much more. you'll spend tonight at a hotel in Hanoi.
This morning leave Hanoi for Ha Long Bay on the shuttle bus. Once you arrive, prepare to board a charming boat and begin your exploration of magical Ha Long Bay, one of Southeast Asia's premier tourist destinations. Tuck into a hearty and delicious fresh seafood lunch onboard the boat and enjoy a one-night stay.
Sample a nutritious breakfast onboard this morning and continue your cruise to explore the bay. Progress your journey onwards to reach Trung Trang cave or catch the bus on Cat Ba island, located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park with Kim Giao forest around the cave. Carved by nature for more than 2000 years and with many stalactites that take on various shapes that will awe and inspire you to use your imagination. You'll be welcomed back on your Peony Cruise and while you cruise back tuck into a delightful brunch. Attend a tea ceremony served in the restaurant, where you'll learn how to enjoy Vietnamese tea and cultural art. Later, return to the quay side in the south of the bay, where you'll disembark and bid farewell to your captain and crew. From Hanoi centre your driver will take you to Noi Bai airport for your flight to Danang. you'll be welcomed by your driver at Danang airport and transferred with your guide to the city for check-in at the hotel in Hoi An where you'll spend the night.
Visit Hoi An this morning, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its well-preserved ancient streets and houses. This charming town features a harmony of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and French architecture elements which can be observed from the famous Japanese Bridge, Chinese Temple, and Tan Ky trading house. After you've had lunch the driver will bring you back to your hotel and you'll spend overnight here.
Today you’re free to explore the wondrous city of Hoi An at your leisure. Enjoy lunch and dinner as you wish and spend one night in a hotel.
Your guide today will warmly welcome you at the airport and from here you'll travel to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon you'll embark on a half-day tour to admire the architecture in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City; still a representative of the colonial era and Chinese influence. No visit would be complete without a visit to the city's main historical sites, including the Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and iconic Dong Khoi Street. Later you'll head back to the hotel to enjoy a one-night stay in Saigon.
You’re left at your own leisure today to explore Ho Chi Minh City and its incredible sights and attractions. Sample the delicious local eateries for lunch and dinner and spend overnight at the hotel in the city.
Depart this morning from Ho Chi Minh City to the seaside town of Phan Thiet, where you'll arrive in the afternoon. There's then plenty of time to relax and enjoy the gorgeous beach; work on your tan and build sandcastles. Experience an overnight stay in Phan Thiet tonight.
Today is at leisure for the chance to uncover what makes Phan Thiet so great.
Make the most of your time again today in Phan Thiet leisurely exploring the charming features and main attractions.
Until your driver arrives today explore freely, before you make your way to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight home.