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Highlights of Vietnam Tour

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A land of staggering natural landscapes and vast cultural diversity – a journey through Vietnam is compelling. With so many varied attractions and experiences across the length and breadth of the country, Vietnam has fast become one of South Asia’s gems and our Highlights of Vietnam tour provides you with the perfect way to explore this wonderful country.

 

You will experience all the must-see attractions of north, central and southern Vietnam; discover the ancient history of the country through its temples, pagodas; enjoy bustling moped-filled cities with streets full of vendors; tantalise your taste buds with the renowned flavours of Vietnamese cuisine and have time to relax whilst enjoying some of Asia’s finest scenery.

 

With highlights such as the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the Cu Chi Tunnels, we have also included a very special two-night cruise in Vietnam’s most famous natural beauty, Ha Long Bay. Watching the sun set over the towering limestone formations is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: Book by 1st March 2021 to save £200 per person on all tours to Vietnam departing from September 2021.

Highlights of Vietnam itinerary

Discover why Distant Journey’s Highlights of Vietnam escorted tour is a leisurely paced exciting holiday that uncovers the wonders of this fascinating country. If you would like more information about a particular hotel or destination, please click on the orange text as you scroll through the day by day itinerary.

15-day Highlights of Vietnam, from £2,695

 

  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Hanoi, 3 nights
  • Day 3: Hanoi
  • Day 4: Hanoi Freedom Day
  • Day 5: Halong Bay, 2 nights
  • Day 6: Halong Bay
  • Day 7: Hoi An, 3 nights
  • Day 8: Walking tour of Hoi An
  • Day 9: Hoi An Freedom Day
  • Day 10: Hue, 2 nights
  • Day 11: Hue’s Imperial Citadel
  • Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City, 2 nights
  • Day 13: Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 14: Depart Vietnam
  • Day 15: Arrive UK

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Cathay Pacific from the UK airport most convenient for you. Choose from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester. If you prefer, you can choose to fly from London Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines direct to Hanoi. Whichever airline you choose, there is no extra cost.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

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 £145 per person

 

Day 2: Hanoi, 3 nights

Those flying with Cathay Pacific to Hanoi will travel via Hong Kong. After clearing customs, we transfer to our hotel, the delightful Pan Pacific Hanoi, which will be our home for the next three nights. Those flying with Vietnam Airlines will arrive in Hanoi early in the morning, so may wish to arrange an early check-in – please enquire for details.  Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and its vibrant Asian culture is mixed with influences of its status as a former French colony. This afternoon is at leisure to settle in to your surroundings; maybe stretch your legs and soak up the peace and tranquillity of Hoan Kiem Lake. Tea is an important part of Vietnamese culture and there’s the opportunity to meet Mr Nguyen Viet Hung, former winner of the Tea Masters Cup. Listen to his stories, taste different teas and learn the secrets to brewing the perfect cup of tea. This evening, your Tour Manager will host a welcome drink so we can get to know our fellow travellers and learn more about the adventures which lie ahead.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 3: Hanoi

Our day in Hanoi begins with a morning tour cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Cyclos are a traditional form of transport in Vietnam, similar to a rickshaw, and our journey will take us through streets full of charming colonial architecture, past Buddhist temples and pagodas, and along the ancient commercial streets named after the original businesses that were once housed here. Lunch is served at Koto restaurant, a not-for-profit social enterprise that aids disadvantaged Vietnamese youth through its training programme.

We will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of Bác Hồ, or Uncle Ho, before viewing the 11th century Temple of Literature and The One Pillar Pagoda, an historic Buddhist temple. Our busy day concludes with a visit to the fascinating Ethnology Museum, together with a traditional water puppet show.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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 sunset, followed by dinner.

 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

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!

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Day 14: Depart Vietnam

The day is ours until it is time to depart for the airport. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via either Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines, or Dubai with Emirates.

 

If you would like to break the journey home with a stopover in either Hong Kong (if flying with Cathay Pacific) or Dubai (if flying with Emirates), we have a choice of hotel packages offering a 2-night stay including breakfast and return airport to hotel transfers.  If you’d like a longer stay, extra nights can be added.  Please contact us for full details.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 15: Arrive UK

This morning we arrive into our chosen airport. Filled with amazing memories to cherish, our Vietnamese adventure comes to an end.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Departure dates & prices

To celebrate the launch of our departure dates for our 2021/2022 season Highlights of Vietnam tours, we have an exciting Special Launch Offer. Book by 1st March 2021 to save £200 per person on all tours to Vietnam departing from September 2021.

 

Highlights of Vietnam

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 2021
 18 February SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 18 March £2,695 ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT
 11 November £2,895 AVAILABLE SAVE £200 Per Person
 2022
 13 January £2,895 AVAILABLE SAVE £200 Per Person
 10 February £2,895 ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT SAVE £200 Per Person
 03 March £2,895 ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT SAVE £200 Per Person

Departures before November 2021: If you are travelling before November 2021, your International flights will be with Vietnam Airlines, rather than Cathay Pacific.

 

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

Upgrade your flights with Cathay Pacific or Vietnam Airlines. Premium Economy from £995 per person return, or Business Class from £2,995 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.

So much included

Our escorted holidays 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.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Choose to fly with with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester or 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 £145 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 Tour Manager and local guides
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid-19 policy

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

A cruise through Halong Bay on the Au Co is not to be missed. With space for just 66 guests, the cruise is an intimate journey through one of the world’s most spectacular natural landscapes, marked a world heritage site… Find out more >
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Silk Marina Resort & Spa, Hoi An

A peaceful oasis and a tranquil retreat from the lively city of Hoi An, the Hoi An Silk Marina Resort is located two kilometres outside of the city, overlooking the banks of the Thu Bon River. Hoi An Silk Marina… 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

On the edge of Ho Chi Minh City’s Central Business District, overlooking the Saigon River, the Liberty Central Saigon Riverside hotel offers four-star accommodation and a stylish base for your stay in Ho Chi Minh City. This hotel is well-placed… Find out more >
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Special Launch Offer

Special Offer
When booking onto any of our Highlights of Vietnam tour departing from September 2021, save £200 per person by booking your place Book by 1st March 2021. Please call our team for more details.

 

Customer reviews

Our Highlights of Vietnam tour is a new itinerary with departures in 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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