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Highlights of Vietnam Tour

Home Icon 15-day Highlights of Vietnam starting at £2,795 £2,645pp

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.

If you like the idea of just travelling as a couple, or even with a group of friends, then why not consider travelling on our Highlights of Vietnam tour, as a Private Tour. You’ll have the same expertly crafted itinerary and stay in the same hand-picked hotels, yet have the exclusivity of your own vehicle and guide. You can even choose your own departure date. With supplements for two people from just £445 per person, taking your own Private Tour is surprisingly affordable.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book by 30th June 2022 to save £150 per person on all tours to Vietnam departing from September 2022.

Highlights of Vietnam, 15 days from only £2,795 £2,645 per person

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.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Hanoi, 3 nights
  • Day 3: Hanoi
  • Day 4: Hanoi
  • Day 5: Ha Long Bay, 2 nights
  • Day 6: Ha Long Bay
  • Day 7: Hoi An, 3 nights
  • Day 8: Hoi An
  • Day 9: Hoi An
  • Day 10: Hue, 2 nights
  • Day 11: Hue
  • Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City, 2 nights
  • Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 14: Depart Vietnam
  • Day 15: Arrive UK

Three Vietnamese Girls Wearing Traditional Ao Dai Dresses in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart with Cathay Pacific from the UK airport most convenient for you. Choose from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester. Or, if you prefer, fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester. If you prefer to fly direct to Hanoi from London Heathrow, flights with Vietnam Airlines may be available. 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 from £195 per person

 

Aerial skyline of Hanoi and Linh Dam Peninsula at twilight. Vietnam

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

 

Front Pagoda of the Unesco Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam

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

 

Tourists on the river viewing the towering limestone formations of Ninh Binh

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

 

Towering limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Day 5: Ha Long Bay, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

Known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforest, Ha Long Bay has become one of Vietnam’s must-see destinations. We travel to Ha Long, 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

 

Colourful floating villages on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

Day 6: Lan Ha and Ha Long Bays

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, Lan Ha 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

 

Hoi An Old Town and Thu Bon River, Vietnam

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

 

Picturesque temple in Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam

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

 

Vietnamese Lady in conical hat, working in the fields at an organic vegetable farm in Tra Que Village, Hoi An, Vietnam

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

 

Hai Van Pass between Hoi An and Hue in Vietnam

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

 

Hue's Imperial City, Vietnam

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

 

Aerial view of Notre-Dame Cathedral of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

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

 

Man climbing out of one of the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

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

 

Vietnamese Women in traditional Ao dai dresses_Imperial City_Hue_Vietnam

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. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via either Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, Singapore with Singapore Airlines, Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines or Dubai with Emirates

 

Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks

 

Two Vietnamese Florist Vendors in the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam

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

 

Highlights of Vietnam – Departure dates & prices

All of the departure dates for our 2022/2023 season Highlights of Vietnam tours have an exciting Special Offer. Book by 30th June 2022 to save £150 per person on all tours to Vietnam departing from September 2022.

Please note that our holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. Air fares have risen steeply in recent weeks, and as a result there may be a flight surcharge to add to the price of your holiday. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases.

 

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 2022
 13 November £2,795 £2,645 HALF FULL SAVE £150 per person
 2023
 05 February £2,895 £2,745 ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT SAVE £150 per person
 19 February £2,895 £2,745 ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT SAVE £150 per person
 05 March £2,895 £2,745 ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFT SAVE £150 per person

Private Touring Supplements

Should you prefer to take the Very Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour as a private tour, please add the relevant supplement below to the main tour price.

 Number of Guests Tour Supplement (pp)
 All Dates
 2 guests £445
 3 guests £395
 4-5 guests £245
 6-7 guests £195
 8 guests £95
 9-12 guests £45
 13+ guests No extra charge

 

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

Single occupancy supplement: £545

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 Singapore, Sentosa Island or Dubai. Prices from £295 per person. Please call for details.  from £345 per person.

Flight upgrades

  • Cathay Pacific or Vietnam Airlines –  Premium Economy from £1,295 per person return, or Business Class from £2,995 per person return.
  • Singapore Airlines – Premium Economy from £1,295 per person return, or Business Class from £3,495 per person return.
  • Emirates upgrade to Business Class flights from £3,995 per person return.

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

Important information

Prices and flight upgrades are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights. The correct price will be confirmed before you book.

For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

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 Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester
  • 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

All-inclusive on the Au Co, Ha Long Bay Cruise

  • Two-night cruise around Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay
  • All land excursions and selected on-board experiences
  • All meals and welcome drink

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • 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 covered by our Covid Guarantee
  • 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, Ha Long Bay

A cruise through Ha Long 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… 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 Offer

Special Offer
When booking onto any of our Highlights of Vietnam tour departing from September 2022, save £150 per person by booking your place by 30th June 2022. Please call our team for more details.

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