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Highlights of Vietnam Tour

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A land of staggering natural landscapes and vast cultural diversity, of ancient temples and tranquil villages – a journey through Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.  The flavours of Vietnamese cooking are a huge draw for many international visitors, and along the length and breadth of the country, local people will invite you to sample their cuisine with open arms.

Our 15 day Highlights of Vietnam tour includes all the must-see attractions of north, central and southern Vietnam. Experience the ancient history of the country through its temples, pagodas and Imperial City whilst learning more of its recent history with visits to the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum. Enjoy bustling moped-filled cities with streets full of vendors, and take time to relax whilst enjoying some of Asia’s finest scenery.

With first class hotels throughout, all breakfasts and including many other meals, our Highlights of Vietnam tour really does offer exceptional value for money.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFERS: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking the Highlights of Vietnam tour (departing from September 2020) by 30 November 2019, will be entitled to either a complimentary early room check-in in Hanoi if travelling with Vietnam Airlines, or flights from a selection of regional airports with Emirates for just £29pp.

15-day Highlights of Vietnam, from £2,595

Our 15 day Highlights of Vietnam tour includes all the must-see attractions of north, central and southern Vietnam. Experience the ancient history of the country through its temples, pagodas and Imperial City whilst learning more of its recent history with visits to the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum. Enjoy bustling moped-filled cities with streets full of vendors, and take time to relax whilst enjoying some of Asia’s finest scenery.

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Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow for your direct, overnight flight to Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative airline – Emirates

If you prefer, you may fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow, for a supplement of £195 per person.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER:

Book your Highlights of Vietnam tour by 30 November 2019 and fly with Emirates from and to any of the above airports, for only £29 per person.

Day 2: Hanoi, 3 nights

Our flight arrives early morning and after clearing customs, we transfer to our hotel and our home for the next three nights, the delightful Pan Pacific Hanoi. Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi offers a rich Asian culture, mixed with Chinese and French influences. The remainder of our day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake or should you prefer, there is the opportunity this afternoon to meet Mr Nguyen Viet Hung, former winner of the Tea Masters Cup. Be captivated by stories, sample different teas and learn the secrets to brewing the best cup of tea.

In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3: Hanoi

Hanoi is an immediate assault on the senses, and we begin our morning tour with a cyclo (similar to a rickshaw) ride through the Old Quarter. Packed with charming colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagodas, the ancient commercial streets are named after the original businesses that were housed here. We visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of ‘Uncle Ho’, before viewing the one pillar pagoda and the 11th century Temple of Literature. Later we visit the Ethnology Museum for a unique insight into the 54 ethnic groups that make up the Vietnamese people, together with a traditional water puppet show. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers, so we may become better acquainted and learn more about our adventure ahead.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4: Hanoi Freedom Day

Today has been left free so you can continue to enjoy the delights of the city at your own pace. Budding photographers may wish to join a tour to capture the city’s many incredible photographic opportunities. Or maybe take a cookery class and learn the secrets of Vietnam’s delicious cuisine. Alternatively, take a full day excursion to ‘Halong Bay on Land’, Ninh Binh.

Breakfast included

Day 5: Halong Bay, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

Known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforest, Halong Bay has become one of Vietnam’s must see destinations. We travel to Halong, where we board our first class vessel, the Au Co, for a spectacular two night cruise around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch as we cruise into the bay, and visit the floating village of Cua Van, situated in the heart of the bay. Back on board, end the day on deck watching the sun set, followed by dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 6: Halong Bay

Start your day, if you wish, with a Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck before cruising through the lesser-known, but no less dramatic, La Han Bay. We arrive at Cat Ba Island and cycle a short distance to Viet Hai Village, nestled in the heart of Cat Ba National Park, where we learn about community life. Later, we visit Trinh Nu Cave to view its stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites. This evening we enjoy a buffet barbecue on deck with our fellow passengers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 7: Hoi An, 3 nights

Following breakfast, we visit Sung Sot Cave, Halong’s largest and most famous cave. Back on board, spend time soaking up the scenery as we cruise back to the mainland. We board our waiting coach and travel back to Hanoi for our flight to Danang. Upon arrival, we continue to the town of Hoi An and the fabulous Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa, home for our next three nights.

Breakfast included

Day 8: Walking tour of Hoi An

Tour Highlight

Once a major trading port, historic Hoi An is a delightful UNESCO World Heritage Site of grand architecture, Chinese warehouses, Dutch and French colonial houses and Japanese temples. The best way to explore Hoi An is by foot. During our walking tour we visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Tan Ky House and the 17th century Japanese Bridge. We finish with a boat trip on the Thu Bon River. The remainder of our day is at leisure. Relax by the hotel pool, or maybe join an optional lantern making class. Breakfast included

Day 9: Hoi An Freedom Day

Today has been left free, so you may choose how to spend your day. Perhaps visit the local community of Tra Que Village and learn about the techniques used by its farmers, then enjoy a delicious lunch made from locally farmed ingredients. Alternatively, you may prefer to take a cookery class at a local organic farm, visit the enchanting temples of My Son, or simply relax and enjoy your hotel’s facilities. Breakfast included

Day 10: Hue, 2 nights

This morning we begin our spectacular drive over the Hai Van Pass. This 19km stretch of road climbs 3,000ft (914m), following the Vietnamese coastline. This afternoon we visit the elaborate Minh Mang Tomb and continue to Thien Mu Pagoda, before cruising back to the city along the Perfume River. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Eldora Hotel, centrally located for exploring the city. Breakfast and lunch included

Day 11: Hue’s Imperial Citadel

Originally the settlement of the Cham people, the Imperial city of Hue was capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast we visit the Imperial Citadel modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. Many of the buildings as well as the citadel were destroyed by war, but these are slowly being rebuilt and restored. We then visit Ngoc Son, the former residence of Princess Ngoc Son. Our afternoon is free to spend as we please. Try your hand at the delicate art of truc chi, paper made from bamboo pulp, or alternatively travel to the local village of Than Tien to learn the craft of paper flower making, a tradition the local residents have been practicing for over 300 years.

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City, 2 nights

It’s an early start this morning as we journey to the airport for our flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Visit the city’s Central Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral, and explore the War Remnants Museum. A stark, and often graphic representation of the impact of the Vietnam War, the museum provides a fascinating insight into this country’s history. We finish the day with a stroll along Dong Khoi Street to the Saigon Opera House. Our home for the next two nights is the perfectly located Liberty Central Riverside Hotel.

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 13: Cu Chi Tunnels

Tour Highlight

This morning we head out of the city and travel to the countryside which was once the stronghold of the Viet Cong. We visit the Ho Chi Minh Agricultural Village, where we join a Vietnamese cooking class, and continue afterwards to the Cu Chi Tunnels. This vast underground network of tunnels was used by the Viet Cong, and at its peak, the tunnel system in the district of Cu Chi covered more than 250km. Our visit provides a fascinating insight into how the Viet Cong lived and fought the war. This evening there is an optional dinner at ‘Dining in the Dark at Noir’, a dining experience like no other! Breakfast and lunch included

Day 14: Depart Vietnam

As your flight departs in the evening, there is further time to explore Ho Chi Minh City or to purchase any last-minute souvenirs. This evening we transfer to the airport for our flight with Vietnam Airlines, via Hanoi, to London Heathrow. Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 15: Arrive UK

This morning we arrive into London Heathrow. If choosing Emirates, you will fly via Dubai into London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow. Filled with amazing memories to cherish, our Vietnamese adventure comes to an end.

In-flight meals and drinks included

 

Departure dates & prices

Our escorted holidays to Vietnam & Cambodia are designed to include must-see sights and memorable experiences in your tour price. And the new Highlights of Vietnam tour is no exception as so much of what you will experience is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast and several other meals too, experienced local Tour Manager and several amazing excursions, already paid for.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFERS: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking the Highlights of Vietnam tour (departing from September 2020) by 30 November 2019, will be entitled to a complimentary early room check-in in Hanoi if travelling with Vietnam Airlines.

Alternatively, fly with Emirates, via Dubai, from a selection of regional airports for just £29pp. The usual supplement for these flights is £195pp. See the ‘Offers’ tab for more details.

2020 / 2021 Highlights of Vietnam departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2020
01 October *£2,595 NEW TOURCall for details
05 November£2,695 NEW TOURCall for details
2021
21 January£2,695 NEW TOURCall for details
18 February£2,695 NEW TOURCall for details
18 March£2,695 NEW TOURCall for details

 

* The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be closed for renovations.  Alternative sightseeing to Tran Quoc Pagoda has been arranged.

Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £695

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Stopovers: Extend your holiday with a stopover in Dubai from £345 per person return.

Visa information: Visas are not required for British Citizens staying fewer than 15 days.

Flight upgrades

Vietnam Airlines upgrade to Premium Economy from £995 per person return, or Business Class from £2,395 per person return.

Emirates upgrade to Business Class flights from £3,495 per person return.

Travel times

For information on daily travel timings, please refer to the relevant itinerary on our website.

Important information

Prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest available booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book.

Your holiday includes

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow
  • Alternatively, fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow. A supplement from £195 per person will apply
  • All domestic flights within Vietnam
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

 

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

 

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £165 per person
  • Seven lunches
  • Two dinners

 

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Two night cruise around Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay
  • Vietnamese cookery class
  • Cu Chi Tunnels

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

 

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected

Pan Pacific Hotel, Hanoi

Enjoying views over West Lake, the Red River and Truc Bach Lake, the Pan Pacific Hanoi offers a calm oasis to relax in during your stay in Vietnam after a day exploring the bustling city. It’s set in the Old… Find out more >
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Au Co Cruise, Halong Bay

Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese experience on board Au Co.  Accommodating just 66 guests and with a crew of 45, the Au Co is a world away from giant cruise ships.  Cabins are decorated in traditional Vietnamese style, with a private… Find out more >
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Silk Marina Resort & Spa, Hoi An

In the heart of Hoi An and located on the banks of Thu Bon River, Silk Marina Resort and Spa is a perfect blend of European and Asian style.  Guest rooms are modern and well-equipped, and the large swimming pool… Find out more >
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Eldora Hotel, Hue

Located just 500 metres from the Perfume River, the Eldora Hotel in Hue is the perfect base from which to discover Vietnam and the historic city of Hue, once the country’s capital. With its opulent, French-inspired décor, this is a… Find out more >
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Liberty Central Riverside Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

As the name suggests, Liberty Central Riverside Hotel is centrally located in Ho Chi Minh city with spectacular views of Saigon River.  The modern, comfortable guest rooms have all the expected amenities, and there's an outdoor pool and fitness centre.… Find out more >
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Special Launch Offers

Book your place on our brand new Highlights of Vietnam tour by 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

Enjoy a complimentary early room check-in in Hanoi if travelling with Vietnam Airlines.  Your hotel room will be ready on your arrival, so you can freshen up before heading out to start your explorations, or recharge your batteries with a sleep before your adventures begin.

Option 2

Alternatively, enjoy the convenience of flying from your closest airport with Emirates, via Dubai.  Choose from either London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow for just £29pp. The usual supplement for these flights is £195pp.

Customer reviews

The Highlights of Vietnam tour is a new itinerary with departures in late 2020 and early 2021. This page will be updated with reviews as soon as our returning customers are contacted by the independent reviews company Feefo. In the meantime, please feel free to look at the reviews for our other tours – we’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive and the great reviews they kindly give us!

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