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Classical Tour of Vietnam

From busy cities to blissful scenery and beguiling Buddhist temples, this classic tour takes you from buzzing Ho Chi Minh City to Hue, Hoi An, the capital, Hanoi, and Ninh Binh; via cruises on the Mekong River and Ha Long Bay, and sampan sailing into karst rock caves

Eye-opening, intriguing and ethereal, Vietnam reveals its history, mysteries and modernity in this tour of its famous sights and less-visited landmarks. It begins in Ho Chi Minh City, the phoenix of former Saigon mixing old and new in a smörgasbord of soaring skyscrapers and riverside stilt-houses, chic boutiques and smoky temples, thriving commerce and thrilling culture. The Mekong Delta makes a calm interlude, known as the Nine Dragons delta for its nine tributaries, where rivers and streams form highways and alleys between islands and villages, orchards, and coconut palms. Hue hems the Perfume River, a seat of Nguyen royalty, its contemporary towers contrasting with the vast UNESCO listed citadel, a centre of culture and religion. Hoi An is an architectural portrait of its past, with Chinese temples, French colonial colour-washed buildings, and Vietnamese ‘tube houses’. Hanoi is as lovely as it is historic, rooted in a thousand years of heritage, with a tangible sense of tradition. Ha Long (‘Descending Dragon’) Bay is mesmeric, its 2,000 islands UNESCO protected, its scenery even more spectacular when colour-washed by sunset skies; and Ninh Binh is a beautiful blending of ornate pagodas and other-worldly landscapes.

Overview

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

Overview - Oct 2024

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Ho Chi Minh City  - 4 nights
  • Hue  - 2 nights
  • Hoi An  - 2 nights
  • Hanoi  - 2 nights
  • Ha Long Bay  - 1 night
  • Ninh Binh  - 2 nights
  • Hanoi  - 2 nights
  • Flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Ho Chi Mihn City (Formerly Saigon)
  • The Mekong Delta River of the 'Nine Dragons' Cruise
  • Tour of Khiêm Mausoleum - the Tomb of Emporer Tu Duc
  • Tam Coc 'Three Caves' Sampan Rowboat Exploration
  • Ninh Binh's Hang Mua Peak Viewpoint & Temple
  • Duong Lam Ancient Village 

From busy cities to blissful scenery and beguiling Buddhist temples, this classic tour takes you from buzzing Ho Chi Minh City to Hue, Hoi An, the capital, Hanoi, and Ninh Binh; via cruises on the Mekong River and Ha Long Bay, and sampan sailing into karst rock caves

Notes:

Some visits are on foot including uneven surfaces and inclines.

Hang Mua Temple has 500 steps to climb.

Accommodation

Novotel Saigon Centre - Ho Chi Minh City

A 4-star hotel located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 247 comfortable and contemporary designed rooms with a stunning city view, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Senna Hue Hotel - Hue

A 4-star boutique hotel located in the centre of Hue, near the Imperial Citadel, Truong Tien bridge and Dong Ba market. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 129 comfortable contemporary designed rooms with astunning city view, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa - Hue

A 4-star boutique resort located in a rustic village and surrounded by peaceful countryside – yet just a 15-minute drive from historical Hue. Restaurants, bar, gym, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 173 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and balcony.

Allegro Hoi An Hotel - Hoi An

A 4-star hotel situated in the heart of the ancient town. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Almanity Hoi An Resort & Spa - Hoi An

A modern 4-star hotel in the heart of Hoi An, a 15-minute walk to Hoi An Market. Restaurants, bar, gym, outdoor pool, spa and WiFi (free). 140 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV and terrace/balcony.

Grand Mercure Hanoi – Hanoi

A contemporary 5-star hotel infused with Vietnamese elements, close to the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Restaurants, bars, gym, outdoor pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 181 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Emeralda Hotel - Ninh Binh

Emeralda Resort is nestled in the Van Long Natural Reserve and surrounded by spectacular mountains. Restaurants, bars, pools, gym, sauna and spa. 172 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Vessels

Au Co Cruises - Ha Long Bay

Au Co Cruises is part of Bhaya Cruises and is the largest and most reputed cruise operator in Halong Bay. Established in 2007, it is the first company to introduce the overnight cruise service with innovative ships and unsurpassed customer service.

Au Co vessels were built in 2011/12 and are an amazing mix of oriental style with contemporary design. Two wooden boats with 32 cabins incorporate modern state-of-the-art facilities to serve passengers to the most comfort while bringing about mystery feeling of featured oriental culture. The vessels offer a dining room, authentic Vietnamese cuisine, bar, spa, jacuzzi and spacious sundeck. Cabins are air-conditioned with private facilities, Panoramic window, hairdryer, safe and mini-fridge.

Extra Nights

Stay in Ho Chi Minh before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Hanoi before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Novotel Saigon Centre
(per night) £70
Single supplement £68
Arrival transfer add £22 (2025 £28)

Grand Mercure
(per night) £72
Single supplement £72
Departure transfer add £28

Novotel Saigon Centre - Ho Chi Minh City

A 4-star hotel located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 247 comfortable and contemporary designed rooms with a stunning city view, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Grand Mercure Hanoi – Hanoi

A contemporary 5-star hotel infused with Vietnamese elements, close to the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. Restaurants, bars, gym, outdoor pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 181 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Dates & Prices

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

October
October 7 (Monday)
November
November 14 (Thursday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 1-night cruise, 13 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 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.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Nov 14
  • £845
  • 2024: Oct 07
  • £895
  • 2025: Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov
  • £825
Flight Options
  • Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £585 (Nov, Jan - Feb)
  • On request, please call
  • Vietnam Airlines Business Class
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided tour available
  • £765 per person
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £400
  • Arrival transfer
  • £22 (2025 £28)
  • Departure transfer
  • £28

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