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Hanoi • Halong Bay • Hue • Hoi An • Nha Trang • Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive in the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh for an overnight stay in the former capital of Vietnam. If time permits during the day, enjoy some of the tourist spots including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum.
Days 2 & 3: Mekong Delta
After an early breakfast transfer by road to the Mekong River. Arrive at the embarkation point where you will board your boat to cruise along the mighty Mekong River before spending the night with a local family as their guest in their homestay accommodation by the water. Arrive back in Ben Tre in the afternoon where you will disembark and transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City to board your overnight train to Nha Trang.
Day 4 & 5: Nha Trang/Overnight Train
Arrive at Nha Trang and transfer to your hotel for a couple of nights where you can spend your days here soaking up the sun on a lovely beach, exploring the local markets or checking out the ancient Cham Towers nearby. Perhaps bask on Nha Trang’s golden beaches, take an optional boat trip to nearby islands, or head out to the nearby mud baths (own expense).
Almost untouched by time, Hoi An is enthralling. Wander through the atmospheric Phung Hung Old House or check out the carp-
Departing Hoi An, stop at China Beach before crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick stop, continue on to Hue (approx 5 hours including stops). As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings (day free to explore). On the second day, transfer to Hue train station in the afternoon where you will board an overnight train bound for Hanoi.
Day 12: Hanoi
The capital of Vietnam is a charming city with a population of around four million. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter where you’ll visit the Dong Xuan Market, the biggest wholesale market in northern Vietnam, stroll through the ancient ‘36 streets’ where you can discover an amazing selection of shops selling everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, beautifully embroidered tablecloths. If time permits, a water puppet show is a great way to cap off the day (own expense).
Day 13: Halong Bay
Drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hours), stopping en route for refreshments at a handicraft village run by disabled people. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam’s most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board our boat and cruise the breathtaking bay with its limestone karsts rising from the clear emerald waters. We enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch on board, explore some of the limestone caves in the area and go swimming during the warmer months. Stay overnight in a hotel in Halong City.
Days 14 & 15: Hanoi
Take the ferry, followed by bus back to Hanoi (approximately 3 hours) for some free time and a optional final group dinner.
PRICES FROM: £1485.00
• 14 nights’ accommodation (10 nights in hotels, 1 night homestay, 3 nights on sleeper train)
• Meals as specified: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
• Touring by boat, overnight train, private minibus
• Services of a qualified English-
DEPARTURES FROM: Durham Tees Valley,Leeds/Bradford or Newcastle
TOUR STYLE: Small Group
GROUP SIZE: 16 max
PHYSICAL DEMAND: 2/5
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 2 stars
Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.
INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Cruise stunning Halong Bay
• Explore Imperial Hue
• Relax on the beaches of Nha Trang
• Stroll the atmospheric streets of Hoi An
Optional Pre/Post Stay
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