Ancient waterways of the Mekong Delta to the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon, this captivating tour is a great introduction to this unique and vibrant country.
Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Saigon International Airport.
On arrival in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax in the afternoon before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.
After breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels spanning 75 miles in length, used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Pass through a traditional rice paper-making village before lunch, then start your city tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Continue to the Notre Dame Cathedral and travel past the grand French-style Saigon Post Office.
This morning drive to My Tho, stopping on the way at the Thien Hau Pagoda, an intricately designed temple. On arrival in My Tho, you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River, passing floating markets and local villages. Your boat will dock at Unicorn Island, giving you the chance to visit fruit farms and a coconut sweet workshop where you can sample these local delights. Visit a bee farm to enjoy traditional honey tea, before a boat tour takes you to Can Tho for the night.
Your morning in Can Tho will begin with a gentle trip through the picturesque canals and waterways in a small boat, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the small boat vendors of the floating markets who live along these Mekong canals, as well as stopping at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market - the largest in the entire Mekong Delta. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred to the airport in Can Tho for your flight to Hanoi where you will then have the night to settle in.
Your full-day tour of Hanoi begins with the ancient Temple of Literature, then the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. A short drive out of the city centre follows where you can take part in a local Vietnamese cooking demonstration and enjoy your delicious creation for lunch. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Vietnam History museum, and a photo opportunity at the Hanoi Opera House, a beautiful colonial building, then a walking tour of the Old Quarter. In the evening sit back and enjoy a thousand-year-old Water Puppet Show.
This memorable day takes you to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay where you will explore these tranquil islands on a luxury cruise boat, passing local towns and intricate limestone formations on the way. Take a tour of Vung Vieng, an old floating village, by rowing boat. Anchoring at Ho Dong Tien, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the sun deck, followed by a seafood dinner on board before you retire to your cabin.
Awake to the rising sun's glistening reflection from the centre of Halong Bay and begin your day with some calming Tai Chi. Later, embark on a small rowing boat on a tour of Vung Vieng, a scenic floating village in the heart Halong Bay's spellbinding emerald waters, before visiting the Pearl Farm, learning about how natural pearls are grown and cultivated. Return to your cruise and participate in today's Vietnamese cooking demonstration which takes place atop the sun deck; savour the tastes of your skilful work for lunch, before arriving into Hon Gai Harbour where you will disembark and travel back to the capital of Hanoi for your overnight stay.
Following breakfast the day is left at leisure before transferring to the airport for your evening flight back to London.
Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges - Alternative Flights are available, please contact us for details.
Accommodation - The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
All meals - Please refer to Itinerary or Travel consultant for more details.
Sightseeing and entrance fees
All transportation and transfers
Tour Guide - This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide
Any additional expenses which are not included or detailed in the programme.
The thing you may have to pay for are personal expenditure e.g. drinks, optional excursions or shows, insurance of any kind, tipping, early check-in or late checkout and other items not specified on the itinerary.
Insurance - We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday.
Group - The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40.
If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked - may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
Throughout the tour you will be required to get on and off varying sizes of boats without assistance, This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
The Cancellation policy will advise time of the reservation .
Tour Highlights 1 - City tour of Hanoi including a walking tour of the Old Quarter
Tour Highlights 02 - Vietnamese cooking demonstration
Tour Highlights 03 - Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
Tour Highlights 04 - Overnight Halong Bay Cruise and Me Cung Caves
Tour Highlights 05 - City tours of Saigon
Tour Highlights 06 - Daytime Mekong River Cruise and Can Tho Canal Ride
Tour Highlights 07 - Visit the floating market at Cai Rang
*******Extended tour option available on requrest ******