Highlights of Vietnam

Highlights of Vietnam

12 Days Starting in Hanoi, Vietnam and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Visiting: Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay, Hội An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Cu Chi Tunnels

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

CTVAZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Vietnam with our "Highlights of Vietnam" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure invites you to explore the rich tapestry of Vietnam's history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the serene beauty of Halong Bay, and the historic depths of Hue to the vibrant pulse of Ho Chi Minh City, each destination offers a unique glimpse into the soul of Vietnam. Highlights include visits to iconic sites such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, the Imperial Citadel, the War Remnants Museum, and the Cu Chi Tunnels. With cherry-picked hotels for your comfort, an expert Travel Director to guide you, and a host of included meals and sightseeing experiences, this tour promises a journey filled with discovery and delight. Enjoy the convenience of internal flights, luxury coach transportation, and a selection of optional experiences to personalize your adventure.

Highlights

  • Explore Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City

  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, the Imperial Citadel in Hue, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City and the Cu Chi Tunnels

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Hanoi
Location: Hanoi
Accommodation Name: Meliá Hanoi
Meals Included: Dinner

Relish the warm embrace of Vietnam and her welcoming people, who will touch you with their humility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout your journey across this intoxicating land. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: A Day To Discover Hanoi Dive Into Culture
Location: Hanoi
Accommodation: Melia Hanoi
Accommodation Name: Meliá Hanoi
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning is dedicated to the revolutionary leader who fanned the flames of Vietnam’s independence. We begin our day with a visit to the final resting place of “Uncle Ho”, the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. A short walk from here, we’ll find Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, where we’ll Dive Into Culture exploring the grounds surrounding the humble abode of Vietnam’s most famous son. We’ll continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins, to gain insights into Hanoian culture.
This afternoon, we’ll embark on a cyclo tour, weaving through the lively Old Quarter past colourful shopfronts and street food vendors. Enjoy an evening at leisure or consider joining one of our recommended Optional Experiences to watch a show that uses the ancient art of water puppetry to story-tell the daily lives of Vietnamese people.

Day 3: Set Sail For Halong Bay Stays With Stories
Location: Hạ Long Bay
Accommodation: Pelican Cruise
Accommodation Name: Orchid Cruise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where we’ll board a traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat. The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for our leisurely cruise. Enjoy a buffet lunch of Vietnamese specialities whilst cruising through some of the most beautiful and quiet areas such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet and Soi Sim Beach. After lunch we’ll visit a cultured pearl fishery where the pearl maker will explain the process from culturing, harvesting, and sculpting these precious gemstones. Followed if weather permitting a stop at the beautiful Ti Top beach where for those wishing to climb to the top will be rewarded with panorama views of the bay or you may choose to relax on the beach with its smooth white sand. We return to our Junk boat for a cooking class with the chef and enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck before dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.

Day 4: Onwards To Danang And Hoi An
Location: Hanoi, Hội An
Accommodation: Royal Hoi An
Meals Included: Breakfast

It is a perfect time to refresh and indulge yourself in the peaceful beauty of the bay with a Tai Chi session. After breakfast discover the hidden charm of the Ao Ech area by kayak. There will be time to relax on the sundeck and take in the last views of the bays landscape, whilst cruising back to the Wharf before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An where you have the evening at leisure.

Day 5 : Uncover Historic Hoi An
Location: Hội An
Accommodation: Royal Hoi An
Accommodation Name: Hotel Royal Hoi An
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dive Into Culture this morning, embarking on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Embrace its charm of yesteryear – the narrow lanes, colourful marketplaces and ancient temples providing insights into the Vietnam of old. See the old merchant houses and 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, before visiting Thanh Dong Organic Village where you’ll spend some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines. Kick back and enjoy a relaxing foot massage that will set the pace for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.

Day 6 : Local Life In Hoi An
Location: Hội An
Accommodation: Royal Hoi An
Accommodation Name: Hotel Royal Hoi An
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore Hoi An further or simply relax at your hotel. Your choice of activities this afternoon could see you learn how to craft your own colorful lantern or gain insights into life as a local fisherman (subject to weather conditions). Create a work of art to bring your home luck and happiness, or cast your net wide for the catch of the day – the choice is yours.

Day 7 : Head To Hue Via Red Beach
Location: Hue
Accommodation: Imperial
Accommodation Name: Imperial Hotel Hue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

The healthy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine take centre stage as we travel by boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. We’ll have an opportunity to savour the dishes we’ve prepared for lunch before returning to Hoi An. This afternoon, our journey takes us over Hai Van Pass en route to Red Beach, where the American Marines first landed in Vietnam during the decades-long war. We continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum before arriving in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, for our overnight stay.

Day 8 : See The Sights Of Hue
Location: Hue
Accommodation: Imperial
Accommodation Name: Imperial Hotel Hue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest

We’ll navigate the busy streets of Hue on the back of a cyclo en route to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, once home to Nguyen emperors. From here, we drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument. Boarding a local dragon boat next, we cruise along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son where we’ll Connect With Locals and meet a family member for a Be My Guest lunch to gain a glimpse of their life in this historic house. The afternoon is ours to enjoy at leisure or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences.

Day 9: Journey To Ho Chi Minh City Make Travel Matter
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation: Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Accommodation Name: Sofitel Saigon Plaza Ho Chi Minh City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

A short flight this morning brings you to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll enjoy some time at leisure before lunch at Mai Sen restaurant. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visit supports those affected by poverty to provide opportunities and a vocational education in the hospitality sector.
The iconic sights of Ho Chi Minh are revealed on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street next. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Then, wander up to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, designed by the renowned Gustave Eiffel. Continue to the War Remnants Museum where you’ll have a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals.
Your final stop today is Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in old Saigon, before arriving at your hotel.

Day 10: Meander Along The Mekong Delta
Location: Mekong Delta
Accommodation: Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Accommodation Name: Sofitel Saigon Plaza Ho Chi Minh City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

The mighty Mekong beckons today, as we take a day trip to Cai Be town, in the heart of the Mekong Delta with the first stop today being at an ancient house dating back to the 19th century beautifully preserved and passed down through many generations of the family. We’ll transfer to a traditional sampan boat and navigate the maze of small canals to the unique Cai Be floating market where stall holders show their goods by hanging them on bamboo poles, stopping for a home hosted lunch of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. Before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.

Day 11 : Visit The Cu Chi Tunnels
Location: Cu Chi Tunnels
Accommodation: Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Accommodation Name: Sofitel Saigon Plaza Ho Chi Minh City
Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

We’ll delve into Vietnam’s turbulent history from the previous century with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels built to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. We’ll explore the underground compounds with a VC veteran and gain an understanding of the history of the tunnel, which once served as living quarters and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City by private speedboat, we’ll enjoy some free time this afternoon. Later, we’ll Dive Into Culture during a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, followed by a Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Farewell To Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our discovery of the iconic and unexpected highlights of Vietnam at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Flights from Hanoi to Danang and Hue to Ho Chi Minh City.

What's Not Included

  • Flights

    International airfare to/from the start/end of your tour

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs of optional experiences

Mode of Transport

Flights from Hanoi to Danang and Hue to Ho Chi Minh City.

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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14-Jan-2023

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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