Vietnam Signature Tour - Guided Tour

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One of the most coveted tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam promises visitors a truly unforgettable experience. Stretching across 3000 km of coastline, this vast nation is home to diverse and contrasting landscapes – from remote villages in soaring mountains, lush jungles, mangroves, and floating islands, to glitzy metropolises and colourful crowded markets. Made up of 53 distinct ethnic groups, Vietnam’s culture and cuisine are equally diverse. This 11-day Vietnam Signature Tour is an opportunity to delve deep into Vietnam’s history, culture, cuisine and natural world with visits to its top sights and hidden gems. Covering north, south and central Vietnam with a private, English-speaking guide, you’ll be able to observe the divergent cultures and panoramas that make up this incredible nation while benefiting from the insights of a local. You’ll visit vibrant cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), stunning natural areas including Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, and significant historical sites such as Hue’s Ancient Citadel.

£1399

from / per person

Excludes international flights

  • Hanoi + Hoa Lu + Halong Bay + Hue + Hoi An + Da Nang + Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta
  • 10 nights
  • Rates vary. Price based on 2 people sharing over 10 nights on 29/01/19. Includes accommodation, transfers, representation services and UK airport taxes. Excludes international flights.

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Day 1 - Hanoi

Your Vietnamese adventure begins! Your driver and guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Hanoi. Later in the afternoon you’ll explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo (Vietnamese rickshaw), and finish of the evening with a welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Uncover Hanoi

Situated in the North, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second largest city in the country. More than a thousand years old, Hanoi’s rich history can still be observed to this day in the ancient architecture of its Old Quarter, as well as in the remnants of French and Chinese-style buildings across the city. This bustling metropolis is home to fascinating museums, turn-of-the-century temples and important historical sites.

Day 2 - Hanoi

Explore Hanoi’s rich culture and history with a morning tour of the city’s most important sites and museums: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (comprising the late Vietnamese leader’s tomb, Presidential Palace, and house, within an extensive complex of beautiful gardens), the One Pillar Pagoda (just a few meters from the Mausoleum, this is a small and curious Pagoda designed in the shape of a lLotus flower), Ho Chi Minh’s private residence, the Tran Quoc Royal Pagoda (a stunning Pagoda situated between city’s two lakes, offering stunning views of Hanoi) and the Temple of Literature (erected in honour of Confucious, this is a peaceful haven in the bustling city of Hanoi and was the first University of Vietnam). Later in the afternoon you’ll continue your tour with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology and Ngoc Son Temple, a mesmerising sacred structure situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. You’ll then have the opportunity to go shopping on Silk Sstreet (famous for its tailor-made silk stores), before heading to the famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to witness the mesmeriszing ancient tradition of water puppeteering.

Day 3 - Hoa Lu

Your transfer will take you to the picturesque province of Ninh Binh, where you’ll visit the elaborate temples of Vietnam’s ancient imperial capital, Hoa Lu. Particularly impressive is the former palace and citadel of the emperor Tien Hoang De, which was reconstructed in the 17th century. In the afternoon, you’ll be escorted along the Ngo Dong River on a traditional sampan, finally reaching the Red River Delta where you’ll be able to visit the Tam Coc caves. One of the most popular sites in northern Vietnam, Tam Coc is a complex of three caves hidden beneath enormous rock formations, which have been gradually eroded by the river. Once back in Hanoi, you’ll enjoy an authentic rural meal from one of Vietnam’s rural regions at a local restaurant.

Day 4 - Hanoi - Halong

After breakfast, your guide will take you to the spectacular Halong Bay. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, admiring the landscapes of rice fields, water buffalos and interspersed Vietnamese villages. Once in Halong Bay, you’ll cruise through the poetic landscape on a traditional Junk (sailing ship). Throughout the day you’ll explore the array of naturally formed islets and caves scattered across the seascape. You’ll even be able to visit Luon cave by paddle boat! In the evening, you’ll enjoy a fresh seafood dinner on the moonlit bay, with the option of either sleeping onboard overnight or staying at a hotel.

Sail through the deep blue waters of Halong Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is scattered with more than 2000 floating islands of karstic rock. Legend has it that these floating islands were created by a family of dragons who were invoked by the Emperor to protect Vietnam against Chinese invaders. The dragons flew across the bay, spitting out jewels and jade, which magically turned into scattered islands. Together, these islands linked to create a protective barrier, which can still be admired to this day.

Day 5 - Halong – Hanoi – Hue

Enjoy a refreshing morning swim in the waters of Halong Bay, before journeying to Halong City for a fresh seafood lunch. You’ll then be transferred to Noi Bai International Airport, where you’ll take a one-hour (approx.) flight to Hue.

Experience the magic of Hue

Situated in central Vietnam, Hue was formerly the imperial capital and is one of Vietnam’s most important historical sites. Hue is best known for its impressive architecture – with citadels, pagodas, tombs, palaces and temples set against the atmospheric backdrop of the Perfume River. In 1993, Hue became Vietnam’s first UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Day 6 - Hue

Explore the city of Hue, starting off with a visit to the impressive Minh Mang Tomb (a 19th century tomb complex whose with magnificent architecture is set against a sublime forest) and Khai Dinh Tombs (the last imperial tomb built in Hue - it took 11 years to build and is considered the most majestic imperial tomb in all Vietnam). In the afternoon, you’ll be taken on a private tour of the sprawling grounds of the imperial city, comprising the Royal Citadel and Forbidden Citadel. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River and finish off with a visit to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, a 17th century seven-story temple, and the unofficial symbol of Hue.

Day 7 - Hue – Da Nang- Hoi An

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a picturesque journey to Hoi An. Venturing across the Hai Van mountain pass, one of the most beautiful roads in all of Asia, you’ll traverse through verdant mountains flanked by the South China Sea and stop for a glimpse of the panoramic view over Lang Co beach. The highest point of the pass sits at 1,627 ft. and is perpetually shrouded in clouds. Continuing your journey south, you’ll stop at the fascinating Cham museum in Da Nang, where you’ll be able to explore the Buddhist Shrines of the Marble Mountain Caves before arriving at your hotel in Hoi An.

Immerse yourself in the ancient town of Hoi An

A picturesque riverside town, Hoi An was formally the port of the Cham Kingdom. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town’s architecture – with narrow streets, roof-tiled houses, carved pillars and lacquered panels - lays testament to the heavy Chinese influence in the area during the height of Hoi An’s trading years in the 16th century.

Day 8 - Hoi An

Take a stroll through the ancient streets of Hoi An, admiring the complex of 844 houses and temples, and exploring the colourful market on the right bank of the city’s river. You’ll have free time in the afternoon to experience Hoi An’s mouthwatering street food and pack in some extra shopping.

Day 9 - Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh

You’ll be transferred to Da Nang Airport, where you will take a one-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). After settling in at your hotel, you’ll be taken on a morning city tour, where you’ll be able to admireincluding some of the country’s finest examples of French colonial architecture, such as (including the 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Saigon Post Office). In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to explore the History Museum, Reunification Palace, Criminal Museum, Big Market (Cho Lon) and Ben Thanh Market.

Experience the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, the capital of Southern Vietnam was baptised Ho Chi Minh City after the Vietnam war. This rapidly-developing metropolis is buzzing with restaurants, bars and shopping centres. At night, the city transforms into a Tokyo-esque light-fest, with coloured lights beaming from high-rise buildings. Vibrant and fast-paced, Ho Chi Minh even has the greatest number of motorcycles in the world! Modernity is met by tradition, however, as the city is also renowned for its French colonial buildings, internationally-acclaimed museums and historic landmarks.

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City – The Mekong Delta

Embark on an excursion to the Mekong Delta, a breathtaking maze of canals, swamps and islands. You’ll visit Cai Be, a floating market where you can try exotic fruits. After an atmospheric lunch in a bonsai garden, you’ll be taken back to Ho Chi Minh City for a leisurely afternoon.

Travel through the Mekong Delta

This vast expanse of land is home to more than 20 million people and is renowned for its picturesque panoramas of rice paddy fields, floating villages, and jungle-like rivers. An agricultural centre, the Mekong Delta is teeming with coconut palms, sugarcane groves and fruit orchards. The region truly gives an authentic insight into rural Vietnam, with its friendly locals and laidback atmosphere.

Day 11 - Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Enjoy your free time at your hotel or some last-minute souvenir shopping on the last day of your trip. Your guide will meet you later to transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel

Located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the family-run Hanoi Golden Holiday Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from a number of important sites in the city. With its French-style architecture and superb service, Hanoi Golden Holiday is glamorous and luxurious, whilst maintaining an atmosphere of intimacy and homeliness. The hotel’s facilities include a café, dining room and restaurant, with exquisite Vietnamese cuisine on offer.

Annam Junk

The Annam Junk is a traditional Vietnamese ship, inspired by 14th-century wooden junks. Staying overnight aboard this exquisitely decorated vessel, you’ll be able to enjoy some spectacular views of Halong Bay as the sun rises and sets over its glistening waters. The ship houses a restaurant and bar serving fresh seafood dishes 18 hours a day. It also offers a beautiful terrace and 28 guestrooms. The Annam Junk’s deluxe cabins are each 10m2, fitted with panoramic windows, heated wooden wall panels, air-conditioning and a hot-water walk-in shower. A night aboard promises a truly unforgettable experience in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Serene Palace Hotel

Stylish and sleek, the brand-new Serene Palace Hotel is centrally located in Hue – just a 5-minute walk from the Perfume River and a number of important attractions. The Hue Serene Palace promises lavish comforts and excellent service, with free WiFi, laundry services, room service, and money exchange. Serving breakfast daily at the Serene Palace Restaurant, guests can also request for their breakfast be delivered to their room. Rooms are spacious, elegantly decorated, and beautifully-lit. Each room features air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a personal computer, a safe, and an ensuite bathroom.

Green River Boutique Hotel

Just a short walk from the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Green River Boutique Hotel sits on the Hoai River in the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting an outdoor swimming pool, a spectacular spa, and a luxury bar and restaurant, the Green River Boutique is a truly exquisite hotel. Offering a choice between city or river views, the Deluxe Rooms come equipped with a private balcony, as well as an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower and bathtub. The interior design beautifully blends traditional and contemporary styles.

Sonnet Hotel

Just a stone’s through away from the Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Tanh Market and the War Remnants Museum, Sonnet Hotel has the ideal location for those looking to get to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. A modern hotel, each room offers panoramic windows and a balcony with views of the city, as well as an ensuite bathroom and a flat-screen TV. Equipped with a restaurant, a café and free WiFi, Sonnet Hotel guarantees a comfortable stay in Vietnam’s most cosmopolitan metropolis. Conveniently, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

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