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Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An & Ho Chi MinhVietnam

From £2,544 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Explore three buzzing Vietnamese cities on this week-long adventure. From the french colonial buildings of ancient Hoi An to the chaotic sprawl of Hoi Chi Minh City, you'll see everything this incredible country has to offer.

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Summary

Vietnam

A microcosm of Southeast Asia, Vietnam has it all: glittering temples, unspoiled beaches, buzzing cities and UNESCO monuments. Take it all in on this exclusive private tour, which combines time in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh. Along the way, you’ll savour unique experiences that will make your trip even more memorable – from whizzing through the hectic streets of Hanoi in a motorbike sidecar to tending fields with farmers in a sleepy village outside Hoi An.

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • Savour a sunset drink from 66 floors above Hanoi’s bustling streets
  • Whizz through the city roads on a street food tour by Soviet-era Minsk motorcycle 
  • Journey by seaplane from Hanoi to Halong Bay
  • Spend the night in stunning Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat
  • Visit the incredible Golden Bridge in Da Nang, held up by huge stone hands
  • Explore the streets, temples and ancient merchants’ houses of UNESCO-listed Hoi An
  • Join the farmers in their fields in the famous herb village of Tra Que before enjoying lunch
  • Drift along the Coco River by bamboo boat
  • Zoom to the Viet Cong hideouts of the Cu Chi tunnels by speedboat

Ha Long Bay at Night

From Hanoi’s mesmerising sprawl to tranquil Ha Long Bay Bay, this journey takes in the best of Vietnam’s incredible contrasts. Start with a city break in one of Asia’s most action-packed metropolises: you and your private guide will explore Hanoi’s streets by Jeep and motorbike, taking in swish bars, local delicacies, a captivating theatre show, off-the-beaten track markets and, of course, all the main sites. The days that follow come as a complete contrast, as you cruise the misty waters of UNESCO-listed Halong Bay by traditional junk on an overnight adventure.

Next stop is the beautiful city of Hoi An, a perfectly-preserved melange of temples and merchants’ houses set on the Coco river. You’ll have time to soak up its unique atmosphere, cycling into the countryside to help farmers in a nearby village and floating down the river by bamboo boat, with a freshly-caught dinner waiting for you at the end. After a trip to the surreally stunning Golden Bridge (held up by giant sculptures of hands), you’ll end your adventure in Ho Chi Minh, exploring its sights and districts by Vespa before speed boating to the Cu Chi tunnels, once the hideout of the Viet Cong.


halong junboat


If you would like to extend your experience and spend 4 days relaxing on the beach, check out our Thrill&Chill Vietnam and Cambodia experience here!

Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £700 per person and take approximately 16 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: Hanoi (HAN). Arrive anytime. Hotel check in 2pm. 

End point: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). Depart after 5.30pm

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Vietnam

Day One: Arrive in Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi! Meet your driver and guide, who’ll take you to your hotel for check-in. Then head out by genuine wartime Jeep in the early evening (around 4pm), to take in Hanoi’s best-known sights including the Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ho Chi Minh Memorial. You’ll drive onwards to the Lotte Center Hanoi, a soaring skyscraper, where you can zoom up to the 66th floor for a drink and snacks at the Top of Hanoi bar and incredible sunset views over the city (finish 7pm). You will then return to your hotel for a welcome dinner.  

Overnight in Hanoi

Classic - Hanoi La Siesta

Premium - Silk Path Hanoi

Deluxe - Hotel de L'Opera

Meals included: Dinner

Hanoi Pano


Day Two: Exploring the City

Get ready for an action-packed day in the Vietnamese capital, starting with a private guided tour of its must-sees sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum and One-Pillar Pagoda, the 1,000-year-old Temple of Literature (Vietnam’s oldest university) and leafy Van Mieu Park. After this, it’s time to take a less touristy approach to the city, as you’re whisked through its maze of narrow back streets and alleys riding pillion on a Soviet-era Minsk motorcycle (approx. 3 hours). Travelling through lesser-visited parts of the city you’ll taste street food, meet locals and see the strange and varied produce of the sprawling black market, before whizzing past the Mausoleum again, heading for West Lake. Come evening, experience the ancient Vietnamese art of Tuong, a compelling theatrical performance telling folk stories through music, mime, acting and singing. You’ll also have the chance to meet the performers, play the traditional instruments and try on the intricate costumes.

Overnight in Hanoi

Classic - Hanoi La Siesta

Premium - Silk Path Hanoi

Deluxe - Hotel de L'Opera

Meals included: Breakfast; snacks

To be allowed to enter the mausoleum, you must cover your legs, stand in pairs in silence without crossing your arms, or putting your hands in your pockets.

Temple of Literature


Day Three: Halong Bay Seaplane and Cruise

Leave Hanoi by seaplane bound for the stunning UNESCO-listed Halong Bay.* You’ll combine your transfer with a scenic 45 minute flight high above the bay, admiring its 1,600-strong collection of rocky islets. Arriving at the nearby marina, you’ll transfer to a traditional junk and spend the day cruising past craggy limestone peaks, soaking up the magical atmosphere. You’ll be served lunch and dinner made from just-caught local seafood and, after admiring a stunning sunset, you’ll get the chance to try your hand at night fishing yourself. Spend your night aboard the junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle waves of the bay.

*Please note that the seaplane transfer is weather dependent. In the case of adverse conditions, the transfer will be by road. Your departure from Hanoi will either be at 9 or 10am. 

Overnight in Halong Bay 

Classic - Pelican

Premium - Indochina Sails Premium

Deluxe - Ha Long Jasmine

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Ha Long Sunset


Day Four: Onwards to Hoi An

Wake to an incredible sunrise over the water, then set out into the bay one last time. Your private road transfer back to Hanoi airport (3hrs 30mins) heads through a shimmering sea of paddy fields, taking in the tranquil scenery of the Red River Delta on the way. From Hanoi, you’ll take a flight to Da Nang, where your driver will collect you and drive onwards to the wonderfully-preserved UNESCO town of Hoi An (40mins), where temples and merchant houses jostle on the riverbanks. You'll have a free evening to get your bearings and grab some dinner. 

Overnight in Hoi An

Classic - Ancient House Resort

Premium - Little Hoi An Boutique & Spa Hotel

Deluxe - Palm Garden Resort

Meals included: Breakfast

Hoi An Bridge


Day Five: Exploring by bike and boat

This morning you can stroll the stunning streets of Hoi An’s Old Town, taking in centuries-old houses and temples with your private guide. Afterwards, you’ll hop on a bike and head out through the countryside to Tra Que herb village, known for its aromatic herbs. Join the farmers as they work at picking and planting in its fields, then sit down to a delicious lunch of the village specialities. You’ll return to Hoi An in the early afternoon, with plenty of time to explore at leisure or relax on the beach. Just as the sun begins to set, set off on another adventure – travelling along the Coco River by traditional bamboo basket boat*. You’re heading for the blissful countryside setting of The Field restaurant, for a delicious dinner of freshly-caught fish, cooked in front of you as you sit on a bamboo raft on the river.

*Weather dependent

Overnight in Hoi An

Classic - Ancient House Resort

Premium - Little Hoi An Boutique & Spa Hotel

Deluxe - Palm Garden Resort

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Bamboo Boat


Day Six: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh

After a leisurely start, you’ll be transferred back to Da Nang Airport, ready for your next stop, Ho Chi Minh City. On the way, you’ll get to see the incredible Golden Bridge, a glimmering architectural feat that’s held up by gigantic stone hands and has incredible views over the Ba Na hills. After check-in at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh, you’ll whizz through the streets on an evening tour by Vespa (6-10pm). As a passenger, you’ll gain a unique view of District 4’s maze of alleys, stopping to snack on fresh seafood, before heading off again to the temples and pretty streets of District 3 and the better-known District 1. Enjoy a locals-only night out, with live music in a cafe well off the tourist trail, and finish up at a lively bar before being transferred back to your hotel for the night.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh

Classic - Nhat Ha 2

Premium - Grand Hotel Saigon

Deluxe - Hotel Des Arts Saigon

Meals included: Breakfast; street food

Saigon Tracks


Day Seven: Speedboats and Cu Chi Tunnels

Start the day in an exhilarating way, as you take a speedboat ride out of Ho Chi Minh. Watch the city segue to lush jungle over a breakfast of pastries, fruit and Vietnamese iced coffee. You’ll arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels before the tourist buses turn up, giving you time to explore this vast network of Viet Cong underground passageways (including kitchens, a firing range and much more) before they get crowded. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river, before boarding the speedboat to return to Ho Chi Minh. Later, a driver will pick you up from the hotel and drop you at the airport, ready for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Cu Chi Tunnels

International flights are not included


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 3 lunch; 4 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and internal flights unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • All internal transport and accommodation

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.


When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


If you would like to extend your experience and spend 4 days relaxing on the beach, check out our Thrill&Chill Vietnam and Cambodia experience here!

For Home Office travel advice for Vietnam, click here

Children: If you're travelling with children, please click here for the Tailored form to request child prices.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £700 per person and take approximately 16 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). Arrive anytime. Hotel check in is from 2pm.

End point: Hanoi (HAN). Leave in the evening.

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