The Mekong Delta Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 571

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Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 1: Saigon

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Saigon.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 2: Saigon - The Mekong Delta

Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at 8.30am and transfer to Can Tho. Board Bassac and cruise towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river while enjoying lunch on the upper deck. We will visit a village on the bank of Co Chien, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life of the local inhabitants. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising through Mang Thit river.

Day 3: The Mekong Delta - Saigon

Rise to the bustling sounds of Mekong river life. At 6.30am the boat will depart towards Cai Be. Enjoy breakfast while cruising the canals amongst the bustling morning river life. The Bassac cruises along the Mekong through sand and rice barges, fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards before arriving in Cai Be. We then board a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft villages. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City for the night

A street trader in Saigon by William Cho

Day 4: Saigon

Today is free for you to continue exploring this city your way. Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City as it is officially known) is the vibrant, cosmopolitan hub of Vietnam and the original ‘Pearl of the Orient’. In this thriving metropolis, old and new collide. Gleaming sky scrapers, expensive restaurants, bars and designer shops, stand in stark contrast to the ancient pagodas, colonial era landmarks, ramshackle markets and wandering monks. Overnight Saigon.

The Peoples Committee Building at night in Ho Chi Minh

Day 5: Saigon - Nha Trang

Today is Free until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Nha Trang at the Six senses Ninh Van Bay in a Beach Front Pool Villa

Day 6: Nha Trang

Enjoy today at your leisure. Located along a sublime stretch of beach on the south-central coast, Nha Trang is blessed with a spectacular backdrop of towering mountains and exquisite offshore islands dotted around its turquoise bay. Nha Trang has a dual persona, inland it’s a bustling city of commerce; whilst along the coast it is Vietnam’s most popular beach resort and a veritable haven for tourism. Overnight Nha Trang.

Day 7: Nha Trang - Hoi An

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Hoi An

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 8: Hoi An

Another day is free for your to explore Hoi An your way. A UNESCO Listed Hoi An in central Vietnam is a historic, former merchant trading post, famed its beautifully preserved Old Town, with distinctive architecture, ancient cobbled streets and picturesque riverside location. The influence of past traders from Japan, China and Europe is evident in Hoi An, whose backstreets are lined with large, attractive merchant houses and pagodas. Overnight Hoi An.

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Hue

Today we take the scenic Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds), which offers magnificent views of beaches to one side and lush hills to the other, to Hue. A stop is made en route at China Beach. Overnight Hue

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 10: Hue - Hanoi

Today you take the flight from Hue to Hanoi. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Overnight Hanoi.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 11: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Hanoi – Halong Bay - breakfast. Early this morning we drive to the strikingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, we board our traditional wooden junk boat and cruise the emerald waters studded with a thousand or so karst limestone islands. Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served. Overnight - Halong Bay, Deluxe Junk Boat

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 12: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Start the day with Tai Chi on the sundeck or a traditional massage. After exploring a lofty grotto hidden beneath towering cliffs we return to Hanoi. Arriving to Hanoi mid afternoon an hour or so is spent exploring the labyrinth of streets, known as the ‘36 streets of the old quarter’. Each of the narrow lanes are named after various guilds of the city’s artisan who established themselves here centuries ago. On a hair raising cyclo (rickshaw ride) we'll see the old quarter and the delightful Hoan Kiem Lake. Overnight Hanoi

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 13: Hanoi

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight to your onward destination.