Day 1: Fly to Hanoi
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines on new state-of-the-art Dreamliner aircraft
Day 2: Hanoi
Morning arrival. Transfer to the Mövenpick Hotel / Sofitel Legend Metropole* for 2 nights. Welcome dinner at Le Tonkin. (D)
Day 3: Hanoi
Morning tour of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum†,the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple. Lunch is at KOTO restaurant, an organisation that provides vocational training for underprivileged youth in Vietnam, followed by a visit to the Museum of Ethnology (subject to local conditions). Optional evening excursion to a water puppet show (payable locally). (B, L)
Day 4: Halong Bay
Morning drive to Halong Bay to board a junk boat (traditional Chinese sailing vessel) and cruise around the limestone islands. Overnight on board. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Fly to Hoi An
Morning cruise in Halong Bay. Disembark and drive to Hanoi airport and fly to Hoi An, one of Asia’s most enchanting towns. Stay 3 nights at the Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa. The luxury category tour will stay at the Hotel Royal Hoi An*, which is located within walking distance of Hoi An Ancient Town. (B, L)
Day 6: Hoi An
Morning tour of the ruined temple of My Son. Lunch at Streets International restaurant, a social enterprise initiative with the purpose of developing sustainable programmes for street children. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of the former trading port of Hoi An, which has historic Chinese, Japanese and European influences. (B, L)
Day 7: Hoi An
Day at leisure. Optional classes at the Red Bridge cooking school (payable locally). (B)
Day 8: To Hué
Morning drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) to Hue, visiting the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang en route. Afternoon at leisure. Stay at the Pilgrimage Village / La Residence Hué* for 2 nights. (B, L)
Day 9: Hué
Morning visit to Hue citadel, which encompasses the numerous pavilions, temples and courtyards of the former Imperial City, including the Purple Forbidden City. Continue to Thien Mu pagoda, then take a short cruise on the Perfume River back to the city centre. After lunch, visit the tombs of the Nguyen emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Dinner this evening will be at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty. (B, D)
Day 10: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the Saigon Prince Hotel / Caravelle Hotel* for a 3-night stay. Afternoon tour of the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. (B)
Day 11: Mekong delta
Full-day exploration of the Mekong delta, including a boat trip along smaller creeks. (B, L)
Day 12: Cu Chi tunnels
After breakfast, drive through the southern Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cu Chi tunnels*. Remainder of the day at leisure. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 13: Fly to London
Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport then fly overnight direct to London. (B)
Day 14: London
Early morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Hanoi.
† Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is closed between 4 September and 4 November for re-embalmment of the body and can only be viewed from outside.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call contact us for further information.
Superior tour departures are based in 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category, unless otherwise stated.
This tour is also available using luxury five-star accommodations. Please ask for details
Single person supplement
A single person supplement is offered from £585
21st Feb – 6th March 2019: £2295
17th Oct – 30th Oct 2019:
14th Nov- 27th Nov 2019:
20th Feb – 4th March 2020: £2395
What is included?
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, itinerary and meal basis as described
- Local transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- ATOL and ABTA protection for your financial security
- RB Collection ‘VIP Experience’ service
from £1,995 per person
This two-week tour takes you to the main sights of Vietnam and offers an insight into this fascinating destination. You will visit the main highlights of the country with plenty of opportunities to meet the locals and learn about their way of life. It offers plenty of time to immerse yourself into the culture but I would recommend an extension at the end of the tour to immerse at your own leisure.