Overview

Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Hanoi
Day 3 - Hanoi
Day 4 - Hanoi – Ha Long
Day 5 - Ha Long Bay
Day 6 - Ha Long/Lan Ha Bay
Day 7 -Hon La and Phong Nha NP
Day 8 - Vinh Moc and Khe Sanh
Day 9 - Hue
Day 10 - Danang – Hoi An
Day 11 - Hoi An
Day 12 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

Scenic Splendours of Vietnam

Explore the enchanting Northern Coast of Vietnam, from fascinating Ha Long Bay to Historic Hue, experience the unrivalled scenic splendour of this incredible coastline

A country of breath-taking natural beauty, exotic in every sense of the word, intrepid travellers revel in its unspoilt wilderness and networks of limestone outcrops. A land of ancient temples, rugged mountains, palm-lined beaches, verdant rice fields and welcoming people. With its hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline, this new and enchanting small-ship sailing provides the opportunity to experience the perfect pairings of ancient and contemporary scenes. Explore the delightful historical city of Hanoi, an intricate maze of streets with French architectural influence and an abundance of scenic lakes, the UNESCO World heritage site of Hue on the Perfume River, once home to the Ngyuen dynasty, filled with historic palaces, pagodas and tombs. Be enchanted by the dreamlike scenery of Ha Long Bay, a natural wonder of limestone islands. Venture where few tourists have gone before to the extraordinary Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Explore the old town of Hoi An with its grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting and visit the holy land of the Cham people where life has changed little over time.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Small Ship Cruise
Guaranteed Departure
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Group Size 2 – 28

 

Day 1 Fly overnight from London to Hanoi.

Day 2 Take breakfast and freshen-up, then explore the Ho Chi Minh Complex. Transfer to the 4-star Lan Vien Hotel for two nights. (B)

Day 3 Day at leisure to relax and explore independently, enchanting Hanoi has an abundance of lakes and parks. In the evening meet your cruise companions. (B)

Day 4 Morning walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, witness 'laughing yoga', tai chi and other lakeside activities. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and visit a traditional water puppet theatre, visit your host’s home, a small-scale theatre that continues a long family tradition. Witness the show and learn how the puppets are made and animated. Embark Panorama II in Ha Long Bay. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Take a smaller local boat around beautiful Ha Long Bay. Take in glorious views of this UNESCO World heritage site in all is splendour and enjoy the beauty of its limestone islands. Explore the geology of the region from coves to caves with a swim stop at Ti Top Island. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Enjoy a full Day's sailing south from Ha Long Bay via Lan Ha Bay to Hon La. Relax as the glorious coast streams by. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Transfer to unspoilt Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Spanning 885 sq. km and home to some of Asia's most ancient limestone karst landscapes. Visit the Thien Duong cave (Paradise Cave) discovered in 2005, an astounding 31 km long. Night sailing to Vinh Moc. (B, D)

Day 8 Morning arrival for an incredible, but very different, underground site. Tunnels were built to shelter local communities in the Demilitarised Zone during the war, and many resided in this underground village until the early 1970s. Later visit the Khe Sanh Combat Base, where the bloodiest battle of the conflict took place. (B, D)

Day 9 Moor at Chan May and transfer by road to Hue, the former imperial capital. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, that dates back to 1601. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch and visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees. Final dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Sail to Danang disembark and travel to Hoi An. Lunch at a local restaurant and afternoon walking tour. Check in at the 4-star Hoi An Historic Hotel for a two night stay. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Drive to My Son, the holy site of the Cham people for a tour. Cruise on Thu Bon River to Kim Bong and Thanh Ha villages. (B, D)

Day 12 Full Day at leisure to enjoy Hoi An. Transfer to Danang for return flight. (B)

Day 13 Arrive London Heathrow.

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

Notes

Panorama II moves under engine power, sails may be raised in favourable conditions.
The cruise vessel takes up to 48 guests but groups will be divided for sightseeing.

2019

per person in a Lower Deck, standard double cabin
Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow

2020

per person in a Lower Deck, standard double cabin
Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow

Date Price
April 7 £3395
May 3 £3195

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1295

Cabin Upgrades

Lower Deck Twin Cabin £295
Sole use Lower Deck Twin £1690
Main Deck Premium Twin/Double cabin £395
Sole use Main Deck £1890
Upper Deck Premium Twin/Double cabin £595
Sole use Upper Deck £2190

Flight Options

London/Ho Chi Minh City/London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £595
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £2145

Independent Arrival

Save £650
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers and all port charges, 4 nights‘ hotel and a 6-night cruise, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 8 dinners, itinerary as described, the services of expert local guides, a cruise director 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, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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