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Highlights of Vietnam - Superior Tour

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Wander from exciting cities to astonishing scenic beauty via peaceful beaches and the best preserved old towns in Southeast Asia on a tour through this most remarkable of countries.

  • See the sunrise over Halong Bay Watch the first rays of dawn wash over one of the world's most magnificent natural sights from the deck of your traditional designed, well-appointed, Halong Bay Junk Boat
  • Discover a different way of living Spend time wandering and floating through the Mekong Delta and encounter a unique way of life and culture
  • Relaxing hassle-free way to see all the highlights of Vietnam including internal flights Let our experts take the effort out of travel on this relaxing tour through Vietnam with knowledgeable local guides, free entrance to all included sightseeing and time to relax on the beach

Day 1: Fly overnight to Saigon

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Saigon

Day 2: Saigon arrival

Arrive in Saigon and make your way to your hotel
Saigon is one of the world's truly cosmopolitan cities with a history, culture and style obtained from colonial France, ancient China and the art deco era.
Although the city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in 1975, the government soon realised that the proud 'Saigonese' would never stop calling it Saigon. Now it's accepted that Ho Chi Minh City refers to the greater metropolitan area, while the older and central suburbs are called Saigon.

Overnight in Saigon

Day 3: Explore Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels

This morning head to the Cu Chi Tunnels which are located in an area known during the American War in Vietnam as the 'Iron Triangle', on account of the strength of its Communist insurgency. The network, which is several storeys deep in some parts, includes trapdoors, living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.
In the afternoon, you will begin your sightseeing around Vietnam's largest and busiest city with a visit to the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, the French-style Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace.
After lunch by your own account you will be transferred to Ben Thanh Market where you can enjoy some bargain hunting!

Breakfast included

Overnight in Saigon.

Day 4: Discover the Mekong Delta

This morning we will drive to Ben Tre, a southern province located in the Mekong Delta. We will pass lush rice paddies and fruit farms emerging alongside the highway as we leave the city behind.

Explore the Mekong Delta by boat and on foot, visiting markets and observing local riverside life.

Later we continue by road to our hotel in Can Tho city located deep in the Mekong Delta for an overnight stay.

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight in Can Tho

Day 5: Can Tho to Saigon

We take a boat trip today from Nink Kieu pier to Cai Rang Floating Markets where everything the local villagers could ever need is on sale. From haircuts and coffins to fruit and vegetables. As we cruise through, each boat we pass has a sample of its produce hanging from a bamboo mast in its bow so that we know what each vendor is selling.

Return to Saigon in the afternoon. Take the rest of the day at leisure to shop for souvenirs, relax or explore the bustling city.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Saigon

Day 6: Travel to Hoi An

This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Danang. Transfer to the charming town of Hoi An via the Marble Mountains.

Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. In 1999, the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage listed site for having the most unique architecture in Southeast Asia.
The rest day is free in Hoi An

Breakfast included

Overnight Hoi An

Day 7: Atmospheric Hoi An

Today we enjoy a walking tour of the narrow and ancient streets of this charming town. We will visit one of Hoi An's oldest homes, built over 200 years ago and still occupied by the descendants of the merchant family that originally built it. We will also visit the traditional Hoi An Market, the Quan Cong Chinese Temple and the Japanese Covered Bridge.
Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the town, shop for souvenirs or relax on the beach.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An and the beach

Take a full day to relax and explore this beautiful town. You might choose to get some clothes made at Hoi An's world famous tailors, shop for souvenirs, or head to the gorgeous beach for a day of relaxation

Breakfast included

Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An transfer to Hue

We leave Hoi An this morning and head north to Hue. This drive will take us over the scenic Hai Van Pass, passing the fishing village of Lang Co, as we enjoy panoramic views of the central coastline.

Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945, when the last emperor abdicated the throne, yet even today it is still regarded as the seat of Vietnam's culture and religion.
This afternoon we will visit to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, which was built only for the Imperial family, concubines and eunuchs.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Hue

Day 10: Hue fly to Hanoi

This morning we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Emperor Minh Mang reigned in the Nguyen Dynasty, the last of the Vietnamese dynasties, from 1820-1840.
Continue by road to Thien Mu Pagoda; the seven-storey tower is built on a hill overlooking the Perfume River and is Hue's oldest and most beautiful pagoda. From the pagoda we take a cruise on the Perfume River before returning to our hotel.
You will then transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.
Upon arrival in to Hanoi, we will be transferred to our hotel. Hanoi is a charming and richly historic city of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks, with a population of about four million. The city centre is like an architectural museum, with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a provincial French town from the 1930s.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi

This morning we will explore Ho Chi Minh Quarter for a look at the life of the father of modern Vietnam. First we will visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, which sits in Ba Dinh Square and is where Ho Chi Minh first declared independence from French rule in 1945.

In the same complex we will see the Humble House on Stilts, from which 'Uncle Ho' ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969, as well as Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One Pillar Pagoda.

Next we will drive to the serene Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university dating back to 1070 and a historical centre of learning, now dedicated to Confucian worship.
The rest of the day is free to relax in Hanoi, shop for souvenirs or simply enjoy the local cafe culture and watch the world pass by.

Breakfast included

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 12: Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning we drive to the area that is regarded as the 'Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam', Halong Bay.
Upon arrival in Halong Bay, we board our boat for a cruise around the 3,000 islets that rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Bizarre rock sculptures jutting dramatically from the sea and numerous grottoes have created an enchanted, timeless world; the sails of the junk boats and sampans add further to the scenic beauty.
Enjoy a seafood lunch on board before we set sail. We cruise around the bay this afternoon stopping to explore fascinating caves and to enjoy a swim at one of the beaches. Dinner will be served on board while watching the sun set over the bay. The remainder of the night is ours to relax on board the anchored junk boat.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Overnight Halong Bay

Please note that our itinerary in Halong Bay is subject to change due to local conditions.

Day 13 Sunrise over Halong Bay

One of the most special experiences for travellers in Vietnam is to watch the sun rise over Halong Bay. If you are up early enough you can watch this spectacular and peaceful scene. After our breakfast we continue cruising through the bay.
We enjoy a late lunch on board before arriving at the wharf around midday and travelling back to Hanoi.
The rest of day is free at leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of Hanoi

Breakfast and lunch included

Overnight Hanoi

Day 14: Hanoi departure

This morning is at leisure enabling us the chance to grab that last bargain in the Old Quarter or take a stroll around the lakes and boulevards to soak up the colonial and romantic atmosphere that is Hanoi.

Breakfast included

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Highlights of Vietnam - Superior Tour

highlights of vietnam - superior tour
  • Day 2Saigon
  • Day 3Saigon
  • Day 4Can Tho
  • Day 5Saigon
  • Day 6Hoi an
  • Day 7Hoi an
  • Day 8Hoi an
  • Day 9Hue
  • Day 10Hanoi
  • Day 11Hanoi
  • Day 12Halong Bay
  • Day 13Halong Bay
  • Day 14Hanoi Departure

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