If you like the itinerary below please quote REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 415 when enquiring for further details.
Alternatively you may like modify this trip with your own Holiday Wish List
Welcome to Saigon, the largest and busiest city in Vietnam. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
This morning a visit to the Old Post office then Reunification Palace (also known as Independence Palace) and nearby is the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum, where we can learn more about the "American" War as it is referred to in Vietnam. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the FITO museum, where you will learn everything about traditional medical plants of Vietnam.
We travel overland through the beautiful countryside of the Mekong Delta to Vinh Long province. On arrival, we take a boat ride to visit a local orchard and the Cai Be floating market. Everyday, approximately 400-500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other local products anchor along the banks of the River, waiting for traders and customers. Here we observe the local people buying selling and exchanging goods from their boats. Later we leave Cai Be, and visit a local family producing coconut candy, a specialty of the region. After lunching with a family we spend time in the village and getting to know the locals. (OVERNIGHT CAI BE HOMESTAY)
This morning bid a fond farewell to your family hosts and then drive back to Saigon, stopping along the way for a hearty lunch.
In the morning, we depart for Cu Chi Tunnel, an underground maze, which became legendary during the 1960s for its role in the Vietnam War. Located about 75 km northwest of Saigon, the tunnels were part of an underground network that zigzagged from the southern tip of the Ho Chi Minh trail near the Cambodian border to the Saigon River. We return to Saigon and enjoy free time to explore the city.
Today and tomorrow are completely at your leisure to explore Saigon.
This morning we set off to the airport and assist with your check into the midday flight destined for Nha Trang. Arriving here, our local team are on hand to drive you to your hotel.
In the morning, we visit Ponargar Tower and Long Son Pagoda. We then visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium where there are thousands of sea animals to see and learn all about always a hit with the kids.
Spend the next days at leisure in Nha Trang. The resort is ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on the sandy beach. Sample some of the delicious seafood in some of the many restaurants and perhaps enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Cho Dam Market.
Returning to the airport today you fly north to Danang. Here, our local team are on hand to drive you through some stunning mountain scenery to the ancient capital of Hue.
Your tour begins after breakfast with the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Spend the morning wandering through the enclosure before lunch and a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of the Emperors at two of the most impressive Royal Tombs. Later, a boat ride along the romantic Perfume River, with stops made at Thien Mu Pagoda and the Minh Mang Tomb.
Heading back to the coast today we drive to Hoi An which was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house and the Japanese Covered Bridge.
Enjoy a morning excursion to My Son, the holiest and most evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites. Here at the ancient Kingdom of Champa you'll see the burial tombs of the Cham royals and national heroes. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.
For the next days enjoy free time to explore or perhaps book a village experience? or learn about the ancient Cham civilization? Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday page for info.
Taking to the sky again today, we transfer to Da Nang airport for the flight to Hanoi, where on arrival our team drives you to the hotel. Later, enjoy a first class dinner in Hanoi before attending a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance. Water puppet theatre commonly depicts the various facets of Vietnamese life and historical legends with many modern theatres employing the use of light effects and music.
In the morning, we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex where you can go inside the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. We then go further to see his house-on-stilts, the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. This is followed with visiting the Temple of Literature, Vietnams first university built in 11th Century and a lovely lunch. Later, we explore the Museum of Ethnology where you can learn more about the cultures of many ethnic groups living in Vietnam. We conclude the day with walk around the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.
Spend the morning taking the kids to Bat Trang Ceramic Village. Here you will learn all about the process of making pottery products and get to paint and make your own.
Early this morning journey north to Halong Bay (approx 4 hours drive), stopping for refreshments en route. UNESCO Listed Halong Bay is undoubtedly one of Vietnam's most spectacular regions. Spend the day cruising around the islands aboard a traditional Junk boat. Stopping to explore caves and coves and to swim in the emerald waters. You can also take a row boat to visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng - where you'll gain a fascinating insight into the daily life of the local people. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and set dinner whilst onboard.
Enjoy fresh air and the gentle breeze of the bay this morning as you relax aboard the Junk. There will be more opportunities to swim and explore hidden caves before returning to port. Transfer back to Hanoi for an afternoon free to explore the city.
We set off to Hanoi airport for your flight to Saigon and onward transfer to your hotel.
Today is free for you to explore and make the most of your last day in this incredible country.
Sadly your exploration of Vietnam comes to its conclusion, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.