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Highlights of Vietnam Tour

Home Icon 15-day Highlights of Vietnam starting at £3,595 £3,445pp

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 take the opportunity to explore more of this fascinating country, by extending your holiday with a fascinating guided 3 night tour to the Mekong Delta.

Save £150 per person on all Vietnam & Cambodia tours departing from September 2024 when you book by 1st July 2024.

Day 1

Depart UK

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

Depart with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow. Flights with Singapore Airlines from Manchester are available on selected dates, please speak with one of our travel experts for more details. No matter which airport you choose, there will be no additional 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, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow for a supplement, from £100 per person.

Day 2

Hanoi, 3 nights

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

Those flying with Singapore Airlines to Hanoi will travel via Singapore. After clearing customs, we transfer to our hotel, the delightful Pan Pacific Hanoi, which will be our home for the next three nights. This evening, our 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


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

Our day in Hanoi begins with a morning cyclo tour 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. We visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of Bac Ho, or Uncle Ho, before viewing the 11th century Temple of Literature and The One Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist temple. Our 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

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

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 ‘Ha Long Bay on Land’, Ninh Binh.

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We Recommend – Ninh Binh
A mesmerising region known as ‘Ha Long Bay on Land’. The best way to get a sense of this UNESCO-protected area is by taking a paddleboat tour along its shimmering rivers.

Day 5

Ha Long Bay, 2 nights

Towering limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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 the waterways, 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.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Lan Ha and Ha Long Bays

Colourful floating villages on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

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

Day 7

Hoi An, 3 nights

Hoi An Old Town and Thu Bon River, Vietnam

Following breakfast, we visit Sung Sot Cave, Ha Long’s largest and most famous cave. Back on board, spend time soaking up the scenery, or join a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony, as we cruise back to the mainland. We board our waiting coach and travel back to Hanoi for our flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, we continue to the town of Hoi An and the fabulous Bel Marina Hoi An Resort, home for our next three nights

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Day 8

Walking tour of Hoi An

Picturesque temple in Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam

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.

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Day 9

Hoi An Freedom Day

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

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.

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We Recommend – Tra Que Village

Experience the Vietnamese countryside and meet the farmers of Tra Que Village, where organic vegetables are produced using traditional methods.

Day 10

Hue, 2 nights

Hai Van Pass between Hoi An and Hue in Vietnam

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. Arriving in Hue 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

Hue's Imperial City, Vietnam

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. Perhaps travel to the local village of Thanh 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

We Recommend – Thanh Tien

Learn the craft of paper flower making in the local village of Thanh Tien, where residents have been practicing this local tradition for over 300 years.

Day 12

Ho Chi Minh City, 2 nights

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

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

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

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 cookery 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.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch

Day 14

Depart Vietnam

Vietnamese Women in traditional Ao dai dresses_Imperial City_Hue_Vietnam

As our flight departs in the evening, there is further time to explore Ho Chi Minh City or to purchase any last-minute souvenirs. We head for the airport to embark on our return flights with Singapore Airlines via Singapore or Emirates via Dubai.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Why not extend your holiday with a tour of the Mekong Delta? 4 days from £725 per person

In a region known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, discover floating markets, cone-hatted farmers working the fields and small villages surrounded by rice paddies alongside one of Asia’s greatest rivers. Find out more.

Homebound Stopovers from only £295 per person

Explore somewhere new on your way home, with a city stay in Dubai or Singapore, or relax beachside on Sentosa Island. Prices include return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in a four-star hotel and daily breakfast.

Day 15

Arrive UK

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

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

Save £150 per person on all Vietnam & Cambodia tours departing from September 2024 when you book by 1st July 2024.

To be added to our waiting list for any of the sold-out dates listed below, please contact us. 

If you would prefer to travel to Vietnam on a Private Tour, supplements to the main tour price can be found here.

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
30 September£3,595 £3,445AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person
03 November£3,595 £3,445AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person
11 November£3,595 £3,4452 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
26 January£3,795 £3,645AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person
09 February£3,795 £3,6452 ROOMSSAVE £150 per person
09 March£3,795 £3,645AVAILABLESAVE £150 per person

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

Single occupancy supplement
2024 departures £795
2025 departures £895

£1,000 per person if travelling Economy Class, £1,950 per person if travelling in Premium Economy, and £3,750 per person for Business Class.

Private Touring
The same expertly crafted itinerary and hand-picked hotels, combined with the exclusivity and convenience of your own friendly and knowledgeable guides, your own private vehicle and your own choice of departure date.

Flight upgrades
Singapore Airlines upgrade to Premium Economy from £1,395 per person return, or Business Class from £3,595 per person return.

Emirates upgrade to Business Class from £3,595 per person return.

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 Booking Conditions page.


Private Touring Supplements

Should you prefer to take our Highlights of Vietnam tour as a private tour, please add the relevant supplement below to the main tour price.

Guests choosing a private tour may select their own departure date.

 Number of Guests Tour Supplement (pp)
 All Dates
 2-3 guests From £495
 4 guests From £395
 5 guests From £295
 6-8 guests From £195
 9-16 guests From £95
17+ guests  No extra charge

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin or double room, on departures from September 2024. Please contact us for prices prior to this.

Please note, alternative airlines may be considered or further supplements may apply in certain periods when international flight prices are higher.

So much included

Our escorted holidays are designed to include must-see sights and memorable experiences in your tour price. And our 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
  • Fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore from London Heathrow or Manchester on selected dates
  • Alternatively, fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow.  A supplement, from £100 per person, will apply.
  • All domestic flights within Vietnam are also included
  • All airport charges, security charges, any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty.

Carefully selected hotels

  • Carefully selected hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals worth £386 per person

  • Daily breakfast
  • Five lunches
  • All meals on board the Au Co cruise

Unforgettable experiences

  • City sightseeing tours in Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Learn to cook Vietnamese dishes
  • Explore the intriguing Cu Chi Tunnels

All-inclusive cruise on board the Au Co

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

On the ground

  • Services of 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

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 >

Bel Marina Hoi An Resort

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

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