Gain an insight into Vietnams diversity, and take the time to soak up her rural charm and natural beauty on this 12-day journey. We begin in the vibrant city of Saigon, where we will discover the local sights and take the time to absorb the relaxed river lifestyle of the Mekong Delta with an overnight stay. Head north to the charming towns of Hue and Hoi an before continuing on to Hanoi Vietnam’s graceful capital. Here we have the opportunity to learn more about the nations complex history, and spend a night on board our private boat on beautiful Halong Bay. Choose our Deluxe option for that extra level of comfort, and to stay in some of the most atmospheric hotels in Indochina.
Tour Highlights & Inclusives:
Days 1-4: Saigon and Mekong Delta
Arrive in Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city. Here we stroll along the city’s historic Dong Khoi Street, the former Rue Catinat, and visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Gain a true insight into the resilience of the Vietnamese people at the amazing Cu chi tunnels then travel to Can Tho in the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Deltas. Explore the rivers and canals of this fascinating region by boat, visiting local farm houses and fruit orchards and meeting some intriguing local characters. This evening, why not join the locals on a riverside promenade, savoring the relaxing ambience while you watch sampans glide across the slow-moving river.
Days 5-6: Hoi An
Your day begins with an early morning boat trip to the floating markets of Cai Rang – a fascinating spectacle. Return to Saigon and fly north to Danang, gateway to charming Hoi An. Discover traditional houses and temples and the iconic Japanese Bridge on a walking tour. For something different, we embark on the family-run ‘Fisherman eco-tour’ that gives you a real insight into Vietnamese life. Try your hand at their fishing techniques and learn how to navigate a basket boat through narrow waterways! In your free time join a fun cooking class.
Day 7: Hue
Leaving charming Hoi An behind, drive through spectacular coastal scenery to Hue, visiting the sacred Marble Mountain along the way. In the former imperial capital we explore the city’s historic sites, including the Citadel, elaborate emperors’ tombs and the Thien Mu Pagoda.
Days 8-12: Halong Bay Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and visit the ancient Temple of Literature and infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, and enjoy a famous water puppet performance. We travel to Halong Bay, where we experience an overnight cruise on our private boat – the perfect opportunity to truly appreciate this magical bay with it’s thousands of limestone islands. On our return to Hanoi discover more of the city on a fascinating cyclo ride through the colorful Old Quarter and learn about the life and legend of ‘Uncle Ho’ at his former home and mausoleum. Your journey ends with an airport transfer on day 12.