Holiday Itinerary - Highlights of Vietnam

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi (2 Nights)

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 travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

Hotel: Melia Hanoi - Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing

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. After lunch, 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.

Meals Buffet Breakfast

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise

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. After lunch on board, we'll take a small boat transfer to the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village, whose residents still live in traditional floating houses. We return to our Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck before dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.

Hotel: Jasmine Cruise Authentic Accommodation - Meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An (3 Nights)

The graceful practice of T'ai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom. Join a 'Local Specialist' on the deck of the Junk boat for a morning class in exquisite natural surrounds. You'll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay's quiet beaches and, if you're feeling energetic, a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.

Hotel: Royal Hoi An - Meals Buffet Breakfast

Day 5: Hoi An Sightseeing

'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.

Meals Buffet Breakfast

Day 6: Hoi An

Spend the morning exploring Hoi An on your terms or simply relax at your hotel. Your choice of activities this afternoon could see you learn how to craft your own colourful 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.

Meals Buffet Breakfast

Day 7: Hoi An - Hue (2 Nights) 

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 Sculpture before arriving in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, for our overnight stay.

Hotel: Imperial Meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Hue Sightseeing

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.

Meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City (3 Nights)

A short flight this morning brings you to Ho Chi Minh City, where you'll enjoy some time at leisure before lunch at KOTO restaurant. Your visit will 'Make a Difference' to this non-profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. 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.

Hotel: Sofitel Saigon Plaza - Meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch

Day: 10 Mekong Delta

The mighty Mekong beckons today, as we take a day trip to My Tho, a nearby Delta market town. We'll transfer to a small sampan boat and navigate the maze of small canals before stopping for a Regional Meal of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. After a short walk along village roads, we'll visit the house of a former soldier, a 'Local Specialist' who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Indulge in the family's colourful stories and learn how they make a living crafting rice paper, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.

Meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City

We'll delve into Vietnam's turbulent history from the previous century, boarding a private speedboat to visit 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, 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.

Meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 12: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

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

Meals Buffet Breakfast

Departure dates & prices 2019 Highlights of Vietnam - 7% discount on all dates

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Starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City

January 19

£2295
£2135

April 6, 20

£2295
£2135

February 16

£2295
£2135

May 4, 18

£2295
£2135

March 2, 23

£2295
£2135

June 15

£2295
£2135

Starting in Ho Chi Minh City and ending in Hanoi
July 13

£2295
£2135

October 12

£2295
£2135

August 10

£2295
£2135

November 16

£2295
£2135

September 7, 14, 28

£2295
£2135

December 7, 14

£2295
£2135

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single Supplement (add to price above): £670p.p

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Highlights of Vietnam

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Float on the sparkling emerald waters of Halong Bay on a traditional Vietnamese Junk. Glide past hidden islets, giant limestone karsts and colourful fishing villages, stopping only to gain insight into the lives of the local fishermen at Cua Van and to practice T'ai Chi in exquisite surroundings.

This exciting 12 day Highlights of Vietnam escorted tour comes with a 7% discount saving. To book call Trafalgar Tours direct on 0800 5335616 and quote Travel ref: TT55 plus the tour code.

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Trip Highlights

Here’s just a sample of the many special handcrafted Trafalgar highlights included in your trip.

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Enjoy lunch at one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue and admire the family's fascinating collection of mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. (Day 8)

DIVE INTO CULTURE

Visit Ho Chi Minh's house in Hanoi (Day 2), the colourful market of Hoi An (Day 5). Join a Lant ern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour to learn about the lives of the local fi shermen (Day 6). Visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s (Day 11).

STAYS WITH STORIES

Stay on a traditional style Vietnamese Junk boat for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay. (Day 3)

Highlights of Vietnam

  • Trip Style: Country Explorer
  • 12 days – 1 Country
  • Code: CTVA
  • From: £2135 (per person twin share)
  • Includes: 11 nights’ accommodation. 11 buffet breakfasts. 8 lunches (including Connect with Locals). 3 dinners.
  • All transfers shown

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Porterage and local charges included

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR of Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City

  • SEE Red Beach in Danang

  • 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, the Cu Chi Tunnels

Halong Bay Cruise

The Icons

CITY TOUR of Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, 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,
the Cu Chi Tunnels

SEE Red Beach in Danang

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