- 11 day / 10 night tour
- Prices based on recommended hotels or similar
- All parts of this itinerary can be tailor-made to your preferences
Experience the best of Vietnam on this private ten-night tour. Taking you from the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh to the enchanting Halong Bay. Passing captivating cities and attractions along the way with visits to the beachside paradise of Danang, the imperial city of Hue, the ancient town of Hoi An and the cultural capital of Hanoi. But remember, this tour can be tailor-made to your exact requirements. Contact our tailor-made tour specialists to discuss your perfect trip on 020 85908140 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
What is included in the tour
- 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City
- Ho Chi Minh half day city tour
- 5 nights beach stay in Danang
- Hue full day royal kingdom tour
- Hoi An half day walking tour
- 2 nights in Hanoi
- Hanoi half day city tour
- 1 night on luxury Halong Bay cruise
- Return Emirates flights
- Domestic flights included
A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.
Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.
History & Culture
Vietnamese culture is complex, diverse and represents something of a history lesson. The nation's labyrinthine, teeming trading quarters are rich in indigenous crafts and reflect centuries-old mercantile influences. Ancient temples display distinctly Chinese influences in the north and Hindu origins in the south. Meanwhile the broad, tree-lined boulevards and grand state buildings that grace the capital date from the French colonial period. And it's impossible to forget Vietnam's pivotal position close to the epicentre of East Asian power and prosperity, for its cities' skylines are defined by clusters of glass-and-steel corporate HQs and sleek luxury hotels.
A Culinary Superpower
Thailand may contest the top spot, but in Southeast Asia nothing really comes close: Vietnamese food is that good. Incredibly subtle in its flavours and outstanding in its diversity, Vietnamese cooking is a fascinating draw for travellers – myriad street-food tours and cooking schools are testament to this. Geography plays a crucial role, with Chinese flavours influencing the soups of the north, spices sparking up southern cuisine, and herbs and complex techniques typifying the central coastline, rightly renowned as Vietnam’s epicurean hot spot. And up and down the country you can mingle with villagers, sample local dishes and sip rice wine in Vietnam's many regional markets.
Thrills & Chills
If you have the bills, Vietnam has the thrills and chills. Some require a little physical effort, such as motorbiking switchback after switchback up the jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. Others require even more sweat: kitesurfing the tropical oceanic waters off Mui Ne or hiking the evergreen hills around Bac Ha or Sapa. And when you’re done with all that adrenaline stuff, there’s plenty of horizontal ‘me’ time to relish. Vietnam has outstanding spas – from marble temples of treatments to simple family-run massage salons with backpacker-friendly rates.
When to go and weather
High Season (Jul & Aug)
- Prices increase by up to 50% by the coast; book hotels well in advance.
- All Vietnam, except the far north, is hot and humid, with the summer monsoon bringing downpours.
- During the Tet festival (late January or early February), the whole country is on the move and prices rise.
- North of Nha Trang can get cool weather. Expect chilly conditions in the north.
- In the far south, clear skies and sunshine are the norm.
Low Season (Apr–Jun, Sep–Nov)
- Perhaps the best time to tour the whole nation.
- Typhoons can lash the central and northern coastline until November.
Ho Chi Minh City
Days 1 to 2
Meet our representative at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and transfer to the five-star Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City (or similar) - where you'll stay in an upgraded Premier Room. On the second day, enjoy a half day tour of the city and uncover must-see highlights such as the Colonial Post Office, Museum of Vietnamese History and the Reunification Palace.
Accommodation: Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City (or similar category)
Excursions: Half Day Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Days 3 to 7
Fly to Danang and take a transfer to uncover this beachside paradise. Simply unwind or enjoy a hike through the nearby mountain ranges. During the day pay a visit to imperial Hue and take a relaxing boat ride down the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. Explore other historical sites including the Grand Imperial Citadel. A half day excursion of the quaint riverside town of Hoi An is also included, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the famous 400-year old Japanese Bridge and the charming shops and market stalls set along the riverfront.
Accommodation: Centara Sandy Beach Resort Danang (or similar category)
Excursions: Full day royal kingdom tour & half day walking tour of Hoi An
Days 8 to 9
Fly on to Hanoi and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. Uncover the bustling city on a half day city tour and uncover some of the must-see highlights of the city including the Old Quarter.
Accommodation: La Casa Hanoi (or similar category)
Excursions: Half day city tour of Hanoi
Enjoy a luxury one-night cruise on Halong Bay and soak in views of the towering limestone islands. Discover hidden pools, grottoes and enjoy excursions including kayaking and visits to local beaches.
Accommodation: Jasmine Heritage Line Cruise (or similar category)
Halong Bay & Airport Transfer
Spend the morning cruising back to shore and enjoy various activities on offer. You will then be transferred to the airport on your final day where you will fly back to the UK via Dubai.