Overview

Flight - 1 night
Ho Chi Minh - 3 nights
Hue - 2 nights
Hoi An - 2 nights
Ha Long Bay - 2 nights
Hanoi - 2 nights
Ninh Binh - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

CLASSICAL TOUR OF VIETNAM

From capitals ancient and modern to Hoi An town, the Mekong, rural mountain landscapes and an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay

Vietnam is not only historic and scenically beautiful, but also thought provoking and moving. In central Vietnam, the palace and tombs of the former capital, Hue, are reminiscent of the Forbidden City and Terracotta Army in China, whilst Ha Long Bay more than equals the scenic beauty of Guilin. Hoi An old town and the Mekong waterways are a pleasing contrast to the modernity of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

In Hanoi, traditional Chinese influences and French colonial architecture combine with numerous temples and the narrow streets of the Old Quarter whose traders have specialised in local silk, jewellery and handicrafts for centuries.

Ha Long Bay, meaning the “Bay of the Descending Dragon”, is home to almost 2000 limestone islands and islets, each topped with dense jungle vegetation and rising spectacularly from the ocean. Although only two of the islands are permanently inhabited, many are hollow with enormous caves and grottoes and some support entire floating villages of fisherman. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, Ha Long Bay’s ethereal beauty has survived the ravages of history.

The Cu Chi tunnels and Presidential Palace with helicopter and exhibition present a snapshot of the ‘American War’, as they call the ‘Vietnam War’, and the Ho Chi Minh memorial is reminiscent of Mao or Lenin.

The water puppet show and a village dinner provide contrasting but rewarding experiences.

You also have the option to extend to the famous terraced rice fields of Sapa, experiencing life of the hill tribes peoples whilst staying in a breathtaking location.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders

Jules Verne Sightseeing 

4 UNESCO Heritage Sites

5 Lunches and 3 Dinners

Local Expert Guides

Guaranteed Departure

Group Size: 2 - 25 

Special Events

Cruising in Vietnam

Enjoy a medley of cruises on the Saigon River (dinner), Mekong River, Thu Bon River, Perfume River, Tam Coc in Ninh Binh and at Ha Long Bay (overnight).

An excellent, well organised small group tour.

Laurence Anderson
Classical Tour of Vietnam

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Day 1 Fly overnight direct from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Saigon Prince Hotel (early check-in) for three nights. Visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, Reunification Palace, Opera House and the Post Office. (B)

Day 3 Visit the underground tunnel network of Cu Chi. Dinner cruise on the Saigon River. (B, D)

Day 4 A scenic drive through the Mekong Delta to Vinh Trang Pagoda and My Tho for a cruise on the Mekong River. (B, L)

Day 5 Fly to Hue to visit the Imperial Citadel. Two nights at the 4-star Saigon Morin (riverside rooms). (B)

Day 6 Cruise on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the tombs of the Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Village dinner with a family. (B, D)

Day 7 Cross the Hai Van Pass to Danang to visit the Cham Museum. At Hoi An, a walking tour visits merchants' houses and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. Two nights at the 4-star Hoi An Historic Hotel. (B)

Day 8 Visit the My Son ruins of the Champa Kingdom. Cruise on the Thu Bon River. (B)

Day 9 Fly to Hanoi and transfer to Ha Long Bay (2019-Apr 2020 includes a stop in Hai Phong) for overnight at the 4-star Wyndham Legend Ha Long Hotel. (B, L)

Day 10 Morning free before boarding an overnight cruise visiting islands and caves. Seafood lunch on board. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Extended cruising of Ha Long Bay. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi (4 hrs) to visit the Ethnological Museum. Two nights at the central 5-star Melia Hanoi. (B)

Day 12 City tour of Hanoi visiting the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh's home and Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and old quarter. Evening water puppet show. (B)

Day 13 Visit to Duong Lam ancient village and lunch with a local family. Continue to Ninh Binh. Two nights at the 4-star Emeralda Hotel. (B, L)

Day 14 Visit the Tam Coc Caves by sampan row boat, an area known as the Ha Long Bay on land, Bich Dong Pagoda and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu with temples from the Dinh and Le dynasties. (B, L)

Day 15 At leisure before returning to Hanoi for evening flight to Heathrow – or add extensions to Sapa and/or Siem Reap. (B)

Day 16 Arrive early morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Some visits are on foot including uneven surfaces and inclines.

2019

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
September 18 £2095
October 23 £2245
November 6 £2295
November 20 £2245
December 18 £2995

2020

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 8 £2295
January 22 £2345
February 5 £2395
February 19 £2395
March 11 £2345
April 8 £2295
July 1 £2195
September 16 £2245
October 7 £2395
October 21 £2395
November 4 £2445
November 18 £2445
December 16 £2695

2021

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 6 £2395
January 20 £2445
February 3 £2495
February 17 £2495
March 10 £2445
April 14 £2345

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £745
(2019/Apr-Sep £695)

Flight Options

London-Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi-London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £645
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £3295

Extension Options

Extension - Siem Reap 
4 nights £545
(Apr/Jul £445; 2021 £495)
Single supplement £95
(Apr/Jul £65; 2021 £115)

Extension - Sapa
3 nights £695 
(2019-Apr 2020 £595)

Single supplement £255
(2019-Apr 2020 £225)

Privately Guided

Add £495 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £400 
Transfers to/from airport with group included.

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 13 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 3 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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