Splendours of Vietnam - 15 Day Escorted Tour

Splendours of Vietnam - 15 Day Escorted Tour

Discovering rich history whilst exploring more remote areas, this tour combines the famous landmarks and hidden gems. Such as floating markets, the colonial hilltop town of Dalat, beautiful beaches of Hoi An, and the ancient imperial city of Hue.

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itineraries:
Day 01 - UK to Saigon

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Saigon International Airport.

Day 02 - Saigon

Also known as Ho Chi Minh, the dynamic city of Saigon is the start point of the tour. Spend half a day visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum before enjoying a local Vietnamese welcome dinner.

Day 03 - Saigon to Can Tho

After breakfast experience the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta. Journey, by motorboat, to the atmospheric Cai Be floating market to watch the locals trading. Visit a small family business and immerse yourself in the nature of Binh Hoa Phuoc Village. Fresh river food, traditional folk music and a bonsai garden await you before continuing to Vinh Long and then on to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta.

Day 04 - Can Tho to Saigon

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. Before cruising back to land enjoy tasting tropical fruits at the Ba Cong Garden House. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the Cao Dai temple before being transferred back to your hotel in Saigon.

Day 05 - Saigon to Dalat

This morning travel to the underground village of Cu Chi and discover the incredible 200km network of tunnels where the Viet Cong lived and fought during the war. Transfer to Saigon for a local lunch before catching your flight to Dalat.

Day 06 - Dalat

During this full day tour you will visit the French colonial town of Dalat, located in the South Central Highlands. Explore the unique Railway Station and marvel at the Linh Phuoc Pagoda. The cultural north gives you the chance to understand the daily life of the Lach minority, the indigenous people of Dalat. A cable car ride allows you to take in the panoramic views of Dalat before heading down to the beautiful Tuyen Lam Lake, surrounded by pine forests and the serene Truc Lam Zen Monastery. Finishing in the west, visit the Bao Dai Summer Palace to learn more about Vietnam's history.

Day 07 - Dalat to Hoi An

Leaving Dalat, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival transfer to Hoi An.

Day 08 - Hoi An

From your hotel, you will be taken to a port where you will embark on a boat trip to Thanh Ha pottery village to learn about the daily life of the local people that live there. See various pottery items being made before returning to the boat to visit Kim Bong carpentry village where you will learn about the history of the village and see their local handicrafts. This afternoon enjoy a tour of Hoi An. You will visit the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community. Next see the Sa Huynh Museum which contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. You will also see the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Finally, finish the tour with a visit to a lantern making workshop and visit one of the many local tailors who can make up bespoke clothing at incredible prices.

Day 09 - Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to relax or further explore the town at your leisure.

Day 10 - Hoi An to Hue

The scenic drive from Hoi An hugs the coastline to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. With a stop at the Marble Mountain to see the five marble and limestone hills, you will then reach Hue to visit the ancient Forbidden City. You will have some free time at Dong Ba Market before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11 - Hue to Hanoi

Begin your day by boarding a traditional Dragon boat for a tranquil trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, then travel by coach to Royal Mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue over 100 years ago, before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh. Later, fly to Hanoi.

Day 12 - Hanoi

A full day tour of this historic city begins with the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the father of modern-day Vietnam declared the nation's independence in 1945. Visit sites including the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda, then drive to the Temple of Literature. After lunch, visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology before the evening highlight - a Water Puppet Performance, a unique form of Vietnamese art derived from the wet rice civilisation of South East Asia.

Day 13 - Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Depart for Ninh Binh and take a boat trip to visit Tam Loc floating past idyllic rice field and mountain scenery. Stop off at some of the most beautiful caves in Vietnam. Explore Hoa Lu in the afternoon stopping at the temples to the Dinh & Le Dynasties.

Day 14 - Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

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 Thien Canh Son Cave, an ethereal wonderland of ancient carvings and suspended stalactites that hang beneath a canopy of glistening gems. Anchoring in the Cong Do area, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner on board before you retire to your cabin for the evening.

Day 15 - Halong Bay to Hanoi

Start your day with a calming Tai Chi session before a rowing boat takes you to Vung Vieng fishing village, a settlement completely floating on water and dating back hundreds of years. In the afternoon you will travel back to Hanoi for a farewell dinner before connecting to your flight back to the UK or move on to start your chosen extension.

Includes:
  • 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

  • Meals - Please refer to Itinerary or Travel consultant for more details.

  • Sightseeing and entrance fees

  • All transportation and transfers

  • 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

Excludes:
  • 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.

Conditions:
  • 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.

  • 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.

Cancellations:
  • The Cancellation policy will advise time of the reservation .

Hints:
  • Tour Highlights 01 - City tours of Saigon, Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An

  • Tour Highlights 02 - Dragon Boat ride along the Perfume River

  • Tour Highlights 03 - Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels

  • Tour Highlights 04 - Overnight Cruise of stunning Halong Bay

  • Tour Highlights 05 - Explore the French Colonial town of Dalat

  • Tour Highlights 06 - Boat trip through the Vietnamese rural life at its most scenic in Ninh Binh

  • Tour Highlights 07 - Daytime Mekong River Cruise

  • *******Extended tour option available on requrest ******