Overview

Flight - 1 night
Ho Chi Minh - 3 nights
Hue - 2 nights
Hoi An - 2 nights
Ha Long Bay - 2 nights
Hanoi - 2 nights
Luang Prabang - 3 nights
Siem Reap - 3 nights
Phnom Penh - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

GRAND TOUR OF INDOCHINA

The temples of Angkor, the mighty Mekong River, Ha Long Bay overnight cruise and ancient and modern capitals of South East Asia

The expression, Indochina, is perhaps a creation from French colonial times when Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam were administered as one entity, but the meaning becomes clear at Angkor. The original Hindu temples were inspired by India, but the later Buddhist additions came from further east, a fascinating and awe-inspiring combination.

After Angkor was abandoned due to pressure from Thailand, nature overwhelmed the temples and only now have they been partly reclaimed from the jungle. Angkor Wat is the most impressive and Ta Prohm, the 'jungle' temple the most photogenic, but every temple represents a variation on the theme and the accumulated effect is astounding.

Vietnam is historic and scenically beautiful, but also thought-provoking and moving. Increasing prosperity is changing the country, the villages as well as the cities. The palace and tombs of Hue make a strong impression, reminiscent of the Forbidden City and Terracotta Army in China, whilst Ha Long Bay equals the scenic beauty of Guilin. Vietnam has moved on from the 'American War', as they call the 'Vietnam War' - observe how the victors write the history! The Cu Chi tunnels and Presidential Palace with helicopter, present a snapshot of the war, whilst our central Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) hotels facilitate a drink at the iconic rooftop bars of the Caravelle or Rex. The water puppet show and Saigon River cruise are good entertainment, colourful and varied in content.

Laos is a surprising contrast to Vietnam, less developed with everything on a smaller, more personal scale. Local colour can equate to 'tourist shows' in some countries, but here it is the Tagbat: 2,000 monks walking around the old royal capital of Luang Prabang at 6am every morning in a ceremony embraced by the local people, who turn out daily to give food to the monks. You will wonder at the impressive temples and palaces but the gentle people and beautiful scenery may stay longer in the memory - the French called Laos 'the earthly paradise of South East Asia'.

The Mekong River rises in Laos, forms the border between Thailand and Cambodia and finally emerges in the fertile delta to the south of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, creating a connecting thread through the trio of countries.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
5 Lunches and 6 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 - 25

 

Special Events

Baci Ceremony, Apsara Dance and Cruises

In Vietnam, enjoy a medley of cruises, including a Ha Long Bay overnight cruise. Attend a traditional Baci ceremony and Ballet performance unique to Laos. In Cambodia, enjoy an Apsara dance dinner and show.

It was a brilliant tour and loved the culture.

Jennifer Jones
Grand Tour of Indochina

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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, the Opera House and General Post Office. (B)

Day 3 Visit the Cu Chi tunnels. 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. (B, L)

Day 5 Fly to Hue for two nights at the 4-star Saigon Morin (riverside rooms). Visit the Imperial Citadel. (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 Hotel. (B)

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

Day 9 Fly to Hanoi and transfer to Hai Phong for lunch and a city tour. Overnight at the 4-star Wyndham Legend Ha Long Hotel overlooking Ha Long Bay. (B, L)

Day 10 Morning free. Overnight Ha Long Bay cruise with seafood lunch. Visit a variety of islands and caves. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Further cruising, then transfer to Hanoi (4 hrs) to visit the Ethnological Museum. Two nights at the 5-star Melia Hanoi. (B)

Day 12 Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s home and Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and old quarter. Water puppet show. (B)

Day 13 Fly to Luang Prabang. Three nights at the 4-star Villa Santi Resort. Visit Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Vixoune and That Makmo. Baci ceremony with traditional music and dance. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 14 Early morning, witness monks during their ritual of Tagbat. Visit the Royal Palace Museum. Cruise on the Mekong to Pak Ou caves and visit a village. Walk through the Hmong market. (B, L)

Day 15 Visit Kuangsi waterfall (chance to swim). Afternoon free. Evening ballet performance at the Royal Palace. (B)

Day 16 Morning climb up Phousy Hill with panoramic views of the town, then visit the Ethnic Museum. Fly to Siem Reap for three nights at the central 4-star Prince d’Angkor. (B)

Day 17 Visit by tuk tuk the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon temples include Ta Prohm and Preah Khan. Visit ‘Les Artisans d’Angkor’. Apsara dance theatre show and dinner. (B, D)

Day 18 Visit the temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. Afternoon visit to Angkor Wat. (B)

Day 19 Visit Tonle Sap Lake. Fly to Phnom Penh for two nights at the 4-star Sunway Hotel. Farewell dinner at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club. (B, D)

Day 20 Visit Tuol Sleng prison (genocide museum) and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. Cyclo tour of Phnom Penh includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace and take a cruise on the Mekong River. (B, L)

Day 21 Morning free. Visit the National Museum, Ounaloam Pagoda and Wat Phnom. Transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight via Saigon. (B)

Day 22 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.

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

Notes

This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot and some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2019

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

Date Price
March 20 £3445
April 17 £3245
July 3 £2995
August 14 £3295
September 18 £3095
October 9 £3195
October 23 £3295
November 6 £3395
November 20 £3295
December 4 £3195
December 18 £3795

2020

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

Date Price
January 8 £3395
January 22 £3445
February 5 £3495
February 19 £3495
March 11 £3395
April 8 £3295

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £845
(Apr-Sep £795; Oct 9-Mar 2020 £895)

Flight Options

London-Ho Chi Minh City/Ho Chi Minh City-London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £695
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £2995

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Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 19 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 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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