Experience the highlights of Vietnam from North to South with a taste of limestone island beauty, fascinating history and colourful culture! Sail the serene waters of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay on a traditional Junk Boat. Uncover the best of hustling Hanoi from street food to unique architecture with local guides. Take a domestic flight to Danang, the gateway to exploring the Imperial City of Hue and the colourfully french-inspired town of Hoi Ain. Plus, fly to the vibrant metropolitan of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, and learn of Vietnam’s rich war history from your local guide. This 9-day adventure is bursting with fast-pace Vietnamese flavour!
Learn of Vietnam's incredible war history, historic dynasties, and captivating cultures
Shape your adventure with unforgettable optional extras including Kayaking in Halong Bay
Sail amongst the UNESCO World Heritage-listed limestone islands of North-West Vietnam and spend an evening onboard a traditional Junk Boat
Welcome to Vietnam! Meet your guide and new tour mates in the hotel lobby at 6.00pm for an informal welcome meeting. Afterwards, get amongst the hustle of Hanoi for an optional tour group dinner or explore the night markets and busy streets as they come to life after dark!
Enjoy a full day in Hanoi to explore the streets swarmed with buzzing motorbikes, delicate scents, and delicious street food. Be sure to try a traditional Vietnamese coffee and wander the Old Quarter for an epic fusion of French, Chinese, and Vietnamese architecture. Then, meet up with the tour group at 1.00pm for a half-day guided city tour! You’ll visit President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, residence, and One Pillar Pagoda. Then, visit the breath-taking Temple of Literature and surrounding gardens, built as a university in 1080, and dedicated to Confucious. Finish the guided city tour with a walk around the famous Hoan Kiem Lake to take in the peace and quiet of Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting on a small island in the centre of the lake! Wrap up your last night in Hanoi exploring the streets or join an optional Hanoi street food by night walking tour.
Today you’ll farewell the capital and head towards the dreamy, UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of Halong Bay! On the way, you’ll pass lush paddy fields by the Red River Delta before arriving at Tuan Chau wharf by midday. Then it’s all aboard a traditional Junk Boat for the true Halong Bay experience. Kick back and soak in the serenity on board as you drift past the abundance of limestone islands with lunch served at 1.00pm. In the afternoon, stop to visit some islands, explore the intricate cave systems on foot, or join the optional Kayaking activity. Then it’s back on board to savor sunset moments over the picturesque backdrop before dinner is served at 7.00 pm. Spend the evening relaxing on board, chatting at the bar, or trying your luck at squid fishing off the Junk Boat.
Accommodation Name: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort - 4 Star
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Morning views don’t get much better than this! Coffee and tea will be served from 7.00am, but take it slow as you enjoy the leisurely vibes from the Junk Boat deck. Snap some final pics of the dreamy islands of Halong Bay, including Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island and Sail Island. Check out is at 9.00am and Brunch will be served by 9.30am as you cruise back to the pier and say farewell to Halong Bay and your incredible Junk Boat Crew! This afternoon we’ll make our way to Danang via domestic flight, then transfer to our hotel in Hoi An — one of Vietnam’s most beautiful cities!
Accommodation Name: Vinh Hung Riverside Resort - 4 Star
Good morning from Hoi An! In centuries gone by, Hoi An was once a bustling port for a myriad of various traders. Today, it is a delightful riverside town with tranquillity and charm that attracts visitors far and wide. Get your bearings with a guided tour through the Old Quarter and fall in love with the Japanese Covered Bridge, visit a historic trader’s home, check out the French Colonial architecture and Chinese Assembly Hall. In the afternoon enjoy free time to visit one of Vietnam’s famous tailors for custom-made clothing or hire a bicycle and head to An Bang beach for seaside vibes and fresh seafood. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, join an optional city and street food tour on Vespa, take a guided countryside bike tour or put your cooking skills to the test with a Vietnamese cooking class!
Hoi An, Marble Mountain, Golden Hand Bridge, Hue
Accommodation Name: Muong Thanh Luxury Hotel - 4 Star
Free time in the morning to catch some final sights in Hoi An, pick up your tailor-made clothing or wander the boutique stores. In the afternoon, travel from Hoi An to visit the Marble Mountains and Cham Museum. Don’t miss out on the optional visit to the Golden Hand Bridge. Standing 1,400m above sea level the gold-coloured footbridge held aloft by two giant stone hands offers majestic panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Then, hit the road and take in the scenic views of Hai Van Pass en route to Hue. There’ll be free time in the afternoon to explore the beautifully decorated pavilions and lotus flower ponds at your own pace. We recommend hopping on a Cyclo ride to see the city from a new and exciting angle in your own time.
Hue City Tour, Flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Although many of the finest buildings of Hue (pronounced ‘hway’) were devastatingly destroyed during the American War, the historic UNESCO World Heritage-listed city still resonates with the glories of imperial Vietnam. Today we’ll spend a full day exploring Hue on a guided city tour from 8.00am. You’ll visit the Old Imperial City, Flag Tower, Thien Mu Pagoda, Dong Ba market and Royal Tombs of Khai Dinh. Have your camera ready for some of the most beautiful architecture you’ll see in all of Vietnam! In the afternoon, take a domestic flight to Ho Chi Min and rest up for a big day to come.
Kick-start your time in Ho Chi Minh City with a guided city pickup at the hotel for half day city tour through the highlights of the exhilarating city. Visit the historic Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, followed by the architectural treats of French colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and the iconic Post Office. Take an optional tour to the world-famous Cu Chi Tunnels and learn stories of the Vietnamese who dug these tunnels and started a new life underground, to escape the war. Then, end your day at the Ben Thanh Market and try some traditional Bánh mì, Pho and Bia hơi.
Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast at the hotel, our trip will end in Ho Chin Minh City as we say goodbye to our new travel mates and check-out of the hotel by 11.00 am.
4 Star hotels, Traditional Junk
Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi access ( where available )
Domestic Flights between Hanoi & Danang, Hue & Saigon
A/C coach or mini-bus, domestic flights
Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism
8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Airport transfers for the included domestic flights on the tour.
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