Vietnam Discovery

17 day Small Group Tour - from £1889

Experience the energy of Saigon, the scenic countryside of Dalat in the Central Highlands, historic Hoi An and Hue in Vietnam’s centre, and the graceful capital of Hanoi.

Highlights:

  • Saigon city and overnight on boat in Mekong Delta
  • Home stay experience
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Winding streets of Dalat and UNESCO town of Hoi An
  • Halong Bay and Hanoi’s tree lined streets
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Your Itinerary

Days 1-4: Saigon & Mekong Delta

On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel, in time for welcome drinks with the small group of new friends who will share this incredible journey. The following day, travel out of the city to the amazing Cu Chi tunnels which were established as a means of waging guerilla warfare against the French and later the Americans. Spend a few hours exploring the various levels and exhibits, before returning to the city to visit the sights including Dong Khoi Street, the Notre Dame Cathedral and War Remnants Museum.

On the third day head out into the Mekong Delta, known as the rice bowl of Vietnam where you will spend a night on a small boat. Relax as you meander along the canals and visit family run farms and experience the floating market. Return to Saigon the next day for one more night.

Hotel: Grand Hotel, Saigon & 1 night Mekong Cruise
Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5: Da Lat

A short flight brings you to the former French hill station of Dalat, a fascinating town of winding streets, colourful markets and abandoned French villas. Visit a Zen Monastery and the former railway station before taking an open-air train ride to Trat Mat hamlet. Explore Dalat market and enjoy free time in the afternoon.

Hotel: Saigon Dalat Hotel, Dalat
Meals: 1 Breakfast

Days 6 - 8: Hoi An

Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An. The architecture of the town reflects a number of influences over the centuries from European to Asian. Take a walking tour of this charming town and visit an old merchant house, Chinese assembly hall, and the iconic Japanese Bridge. Enjoy the next day at leisure where you may like to explore the town further, or perhaps head to one of the popular beaches just a short drive away.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel, Hoi An
Meals: 3 Breakfasts

Day 9 & 10: Hue

A morning free allows time for shopping or to relax, before driving along the spectacular coastal scenery of the Hai Van pass on your way to Hue.

The next day explore this laid-back city, visiting historic sites such as the Citadel and elaborate emperors’ tombs which reveal a complex and intriguing past. Later visit the SPIRAL foundation to meet the deaf and mute workers who will assist you in making a souvenir.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin, Hue
Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Day 11 & 12 Phong Nha

Drive to 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.

Enjoy a free day exploring the national park at your leisure. Kayak among the limestone karsts or explore the cave system of Paradise Cave.

Hotel: Chay Lap Farmstay
Meals: 2 Breakfasts

Day 13 & 14: Hanoi

Travel from Phong Nha to Dong Hai before flying to Hanoi. In the afternoon, visit a market and sample delicious local snacks in the Old Quarter.

On a city tour, visit the Hanoi Hilton prison, walk through the Old Quarter and stop at the Temple of Literature. Visit the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts.

Hotel: Tirant Hotel
Meals: 2 Breakfasts

Day 15-16: Halong Bay & Hanoi

Drive to Halong Bay and board your junk boat. Feast on fresh seafood before exploring an enormous grotto.

Rise early to make the most of Halong Bay. Enjoy brunch before returning to Hanoi. This evening, relax with a farewell group dinner

Hotel: Overnight boat and Tirant Hotel (Hanoi)
Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Day 17: Farewell

Enjoy free time until your departure transfer.

Meals: 1 Breakfast

17 day Small Group Tour - from £1889

With flights from £2559

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Tour departs on selected Sundays. All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Prices are subject to seasonality.

Your Touring Experience

Make friends along the way as you discover the sights and experience the culture of this fascinating region.

Your small group tour includes:

  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Maximum 16 passengers
  • Western tour guide based on minimum 4 travellers

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