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Vietnam Discovery

Small group tour
17 days - From £0*PP

Discover Vietnam's fascinating culture, charming locals and delicious cuisine. Be engaged by living history and ancient relics in Hoi An and Hue, take in the thriving culture of Saigon and Hanoi, and unwind on board an overnight cruise in the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay. Explore the cave systems of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Experience Vietnam's diversity, from the bustling cities and rural villages to the stunning beaches and soaring mountains.

Inclusions

  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights cruise accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 1 brunch
  • 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 3 domestic flights
  • 2 cruises
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • English-speaking Tour Leader
  • all tipping
  • return transfers

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: SAIGON
On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Grand Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS
Drive to the Cu Chi to discover the underground tunnels. Return to Saigon and enjoy a bowl of Pho noodle soup at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, take a walking tour along Dong Khoi Street, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the War Remnants Museum. As the sun sets, relax with sundowner drinks at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon.

Hotel: Grand Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3: SAIGON TO MEKONG DELTA
From Saigon, travel south to the Mekong Delta and board your overnight cruise boat, Mekong Eyes. On a walking tour through a rural village, gain a glimpse into local life before returning to the boat for sunset and dinner.

Cruise: Mekong Eyes (or similar)

DAY 4: MEKONG DELTA TO SAIGON
Continue exploring the tributaries and canals of the Mekong Delta. Marvel at the vibrant scenes of the authentic floating market before returning to Saigon.

Hotel: Grand Hotel (or similar)

DAY 5: SAIGON TO DALAT
An early flight takes you to Dalat, a former French hill station. Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery on the drive to a Zen monastery which features a delightful garden. Take a train ride on a restored French train before ending the day wandering through the central market. 

Hotel: Saigon Dalat Hotel (or similar)

DAY 6: DALAT TO HOI AN
Fly from Dalat to Danang, then drive to Hoi An. The evening is free for you to explore Hoi An or you may wish to take part in an optional cooking class.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7: HOI AN
Explore the old town on a morning walking tour. Visit a traditional ancient house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel (or similar)

DAY 8: HOI AN
Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An. Choose to explore the old town, have a tailor create a new wardrobe or cycle to An Bang Beach.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel (or similar)

DAY 9: HOI AN TO HUE
Enjoy more free time in Hoi An before travelling along spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue. Drive a short distance to a nearby village and spend the evening sampling regional dishes. This unique experience offers the opportunity for you to gain an insight into life within a family home.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin (or similar)

DAY 10: HUE CITY TOUR
Embark on a tour of some of Hue’s most famous sites including Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, Imperial Palace and Citadel. Visit Spiral Foundation, a unique enterprise which was established in 2001 to employ people with disabilities. With the help of the local people, enjoy making a souvenir from recycled materials.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin (or similar)

DAY 11: HUE TO PHONG NHA 
Drive north of Hue across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) at River Hai. Continue to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park and cruise through some of Asia’s oldest limestone karst mountains. Nestled in landscaped gardens, Chay Lap Farmhouse is an idyllic rural escape with the national park on your doorstep.  

Hotel: Chay Lap Farmstay (or similar)

DAY 12: PHONG NHA KE BANG NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a free day exploring the national park at your leisure. Cycle through the beautiful countryside, kayak among the limestone karsts or explore the cave system of Paradise Cave. Bicycles and kayaks are available for hire.

Hotel: Chay Lap Farmstay (or similar)

DAY 13: PHONG NHA TO HANOI
Travel from Phong Nha to Dong Hai before flying to Hanoi. In the afternoon, visit a market, sample delicious local snacks and drink beer local-style at a ‘Bia Hoi’ establishment in the Old Quarter. 

Hotel: Tirant Hotel (or similar)

DAY 14: HANOI CITY TOUR
On a city tour, visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, walk through the Old Quarter and stop at the tranquil Temple of Literature. Visit the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts.

Hotel: Tirant Hotel (or similar)

DAY 15: HANOI TO HALONG BAY
Drive to Halong Bay and board your junk boat to explore the magnificent bay. Feast on fresh seafood before exploring an enormous grotto.

Cruise: Indochina Sails overnight boat (or similar)

DAY 16: HALONG BAY TO HANOI
Rise early to make the most of Halong Bay’s stunning scenery. Enjoy brunch before returning to Hanoi. This evening, relax with a farewell group dinner.

Hotel: Tirant Hotel (or similar)

DAY 17: HANOI
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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