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Vietnam Revealed tour - 15 Days

Revel in seeing the real Vietnam

Tour Prices

fr £1625pp

Valid between:

  • 05/01/2017 - 30/04/2017
  • 01/07/2017 - 22/12/2017

Rates based on twinshare

Price includes

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night cruise accommodation
  • 1 night overnight train
  • Daily Breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport by Air Conditioned Vehicle
  • Western tour leader when a minimum of 7 travelling
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Return transfers

Not included

  • International Flights

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

Vietnam is a country blessed with a beautiful coastline, emerald-green mountains, breathtaking national parks, dynamic cities, outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines. This south east Asian country really has it all, and on this great 15 day tour from north to south, you will discover that it is a nation that's going places. Poor in parts but never squalid, Vietnam is developing at an astonishing pace and you will see so much of what's happening as you travel from Hanoi to Saigon stopping at beautiful Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Dalat on the way.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi in the north of Vietnam you will be met at the airport by one of our experienced travel representatives and transferred to your hotel. Time to relax and possibly go out and do some exploring or shopping on your own before an evening meeting with your tour leader and the rest of the group for welcome drinks and a briefing about all the exciting things that you will be seeing and doing over the next 15 days.

Accommodation: Classic Golden Silk Boutique Hotel, Deluxe Room

Day 2: Hanoi

Begin your discovery of Hanoi, Vietnam’s gracious capital, which has been the political and historical centre of the country for more than 1,000 years. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter - starting at the Old Citadel, walk along beautiful tree-lined boulevards to Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the humble house on stilts from which ‘Uncle Ho’, ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next visit the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ - the former central prison - and in the evening enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famed water puppets.

Accommodation: Classic Golden Silk Boutique Hotel, Deluxe Room

Day 3: Hanoi to Halong Bay

This morning you travel east to Hon Gai, the gateway to Halong Bay, passing fields of busy workers farming their rice using traditional methods of cultivation. Stunning Halong Bay always captures the imagination of visitors and on arrival you board your boat for a cruise out to the Bay, enjoying a fresh seafood lunch along the way. Considered Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts more than 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural environment. Visit some of the caves and islets then enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board before retiring to bed.

Accommodation: Classic Overnight Boat, 2 Berth Cabin

Day 4: Halong Bay to Hue

Today you rise early to enjoy Halong Bay’s stunning scenery. After breakfast, visit more of the spectacular islets and explore some of the caves that make this area so unique, before heading back to Halong City, enjoying a tasty seafood lunch on board. In the afternoon you are driven back to Hanoi and on arrival in the city you will be taken to the station to board the overnight train to Hue.

Accommodation: Classic Overnight Train, 4 Berth Cabin

Day 5: Hue

Hue is a beautiful and welcoming city. As Vietnam’s capital throughout the Nguyen Dynasty, it was the centre of Vietnamese Buddhism and scholarship and the setting for some of the Vietnam War’s most bloody fighting. The city provides a unique window into Vietnam and its complex past. Visit the impressive home of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors, the Citadel, much of which was destroyed during the Tet Offensive in 1968 but is now being restored. Then visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s oldest religious monument, alongside the Perfume River.

Accommodation: Classic Moonlight Hotel, Deluxe City View Room

Day 6: Hue to Hoi An

After breakfast visit the magnificent tomb of the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Tu Duc. Then stop at an incense workshop and test your craftsmanship skills before a drive south to the beautiful town of Hoi An via the spectacular Hai Van Pass. This drive is considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam and takes you through both rural and coastal settings. Take a late afternoon walking tour of the old town and see an old merchant house, a Chinese Assembly Hall and the Japanese Covered Bridge.

Accommodation: Classic Ancient House Resort, Superior Room

Day 7: Hoi An

Today experience life as a local fisherman when you are taken from your hotel to the jetty to board a private boat for a cruise through Water Coconut Palm Canal – a tranquil area little visited by tourists. Learn about the history of the area and the lives of the locals. Discover local fishing techniques and how to navigate a basket boat through the narrow waterways. Complete your morning with a sumptuous seafood lunch on board and in the evening dine at one of Hoi An’s restaurants or take part in a fun cooking class.

Accommodation: Classic Ancient House Resort, Superior Room

Day 8: Hoi An to Nha Trang

After breakfast you are taken on a local market and backstreets tour of Hoi An to learn about local produce together with some students from Streets Cafe. This will help them improve their language and interaction skills as part of their accredited training with the New York Culinary Institute. Enjoy a small tasting menu of some of the products bought in the market when you return to Street Cafe. Then take the short flight from Danang to Nha Trang where you stay tonight.

Accommodation: Classic Novotel Hotel, Standard Sea View Room

Day 9: Nha Trang

Today you are taken on a boat trip to the islands off Nha Trang – including a chance to swim and snorkel. Take the opportunity to walk around a local fishing village, as well as a enjoying lunch on the boat. Other options for your free time include taking a bike ride to the “Big Buddha” statue or the town market, a visit to the mud baths, relaxing around the hotel pool, or visiting one of the beachfront restaurants and bars in this beautiful coastal town.

Accommodation: Classic Novotel Hotel, Standard Sea View Room

Day 10: Nha Trang to Dalat

This morning leave Nha Trang for the cooler climate of the Central Highlands and the former French hill station of Dalat, a journey that takes you over the spectacular Ngoan Muc Pass. Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang, some of the best-preserved remnants of the Cham Kingdom, before starting this incredible drive. The Cham people occupied Southern and Central Vietnam before being overrun by the Viet people from the north in the 16th and 17th centuries. You arrive in Dalat with free time to relax before dinner at a restaurant.

Accommodation: Classic Saigon Dalat Hotel, Deluxe Room

Day 11: Dalat

Dalat was founded by the French at the beginning of the 20th century as a retreat from the constant heat of Saigon. Today it is a city with lots of character and faded French elegance. Take a city tour visiting the Central Market then stop at the Summer Palace of the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai, which was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style. Later take a drive around the Xuan Huong Lake in the centre of Dalat and then enjoy spectacular views riding a cable car to a beautiful Zen Monastery and wander through its tranquil gardens.

Accommodation: Classic Saigon Dalat Hotel, Deluxe Room

Day 12: Dalat to Saigon

Head down from the highlands and visit a Kriang village in a valley below. Wander through the tiny community, where your local guide will be able to tell you more about the life of these people. Then travel from the mountains, stopping on the way to take a closer look at the tea and coffee plantations for which the Central Highlands is well known. The scenery then changes to rubber plantations before you pass a floating fishing village on Lake Langa and arrive in the late afternoon in Vietnam’s largest city, Saigon.

Accommodation: Classic Palace Hotel, Deluxe City View Room

Day 13: Saigon

Saigon is Vietnam’s commercial capital and a city of extraordinary energy. It is a friendly and welcoming place with many reminders of its turbulent past. First travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, established as a means of waging guerrilla war against French and later American forces. Then take a walking tour of Saigon’s famous and historic landmarks seeing the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Ho Chi Minh Square, and the Municipal Theatre.

Accommodation: Classic Palace Hotel, Deluxe City View Room

Day 14: Mekong Delta

This morning travel south from Saigon to the Mekong Delta, known as the 'rice bowl' of Vietnam, stopping on the way at an unusual Cao Dai pagoda. On arrival board a boat and cruise along tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. Explore some of the narrow canals and gain a real insight into the lives of the local people. Visit a brick factory and a home and after a delicious lunch featuring some specialties, including Elephant Ear Fish, return to Saigon and spend your last night enjoying a group dinner at a top local restaurants.

Accommodation: Classic Palace Hotel, Deluxe City View Room

Day 15: Depart Saigon

After your wonderful 15 day tour around North and South Vietnam it's time to say farewell to new found friends. Possibly time for some more last minute shopping or sightseeing before you are picked up and taken to the international airport to begin your journey back home taking with you so many great memories and lots of stories from your exotic travels around one of south east Asia's most fascinating countries.