Vietnam is a nation that perhaps can only be explained by stories. And surrounded by the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, or the improbable splendour of the Hanoi Opera House or the hospitable reflections of a Buddhist monk in Hue, it’s easy to understand why. The landmarks, history and people of this country are so utterly unique as to render the usual reference points redundant. Liberating themselves from the Chinese in the first millennium, and from the French, Japanese and Americans in the second, the Vietnamese have a prevailing sense of self. Timeless food, religion and courtesy are the order of the day here. Yet the symbols of colonial culture remain, co~opted and repurposed in a typically efficient manner.
- Discover the power of indigenous herbs and remedies at the Vietnamese Traditional Medicine Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
- Visit the Viet Cong’s tunnels at Cu Chi
- Create your own pho at the famed Red Bridge Cooking School
- Enjoy a spiritual discussion with Buddhist monks in Hue
- See the wonderful Halong Bay in a five~star luxury junk
- Days 1 & 2 Ho Chi Minh City
On arrival, you’re met and transferred to the Hotel Majestic in the heart of the city. In the evening, meet your leader and companions at Vietnam’s premier French restaurant, Le Bordeaux.
On the morning of Day 2, you have a choice of either travelling by road or boat to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the war~winning lifelines of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese.Hotel Majestic
- Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City ~ Hoi An
Your morning stroll through Chinatown takes you to the Thien Hau Pagoda, then to the Vietnamese Traditional Medicine Museum and Binh Tay Market. Time for your first (and perhaps definitive) pho for lunch. Fly north to Danang and transfer to Hoi An where the afternoon is yours to enjoy.Life Resort
- Days 4 & 5 Hoi An
On the Thu Bon River, this beautiful port city reveals its 17th century French, Portuguese and Japanese influences during a morning walking tour. Take a countryside bicycle tour in the afternoon, or discover the city on your own.
The next day’s cooking class at the famous Red Bridge Cooking School reveals some secrets of Vietnamese cuisine.Life Resort
- Days 6 & 7 Hue
Travel to the ancient capital by road, dissected by the delightfully named Perfume River. Cycle tour through the streets, and see why the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City are World Heritage listed by UNESCO. Travel along the river to Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, enjoy an introduction to Vietnamese calligraphy and hold a discourse with a local monk about Buddhism.Le Residence
- Day 8 Hanoi
You fly north to the capital Hanoi where you can discover the famous sites of Ho Chi Minh’s House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Dine at Madame Hien’s and in the evening enjoy a performance of the famous water puppets.Sofitel Legend Metropole
- Days 9 & 10 Halong Bay
Depart Hanoi for the famous Halong Bay. The level of luxury you enjoy on the Violet Junk, styled after 1930s Indochine is something to behold.
On Day 10 you transfer to a small private boat to discover the bay’s most untouched beaches, tunnels and caves. Return to the Violet Junk for the night.Violet Junk
- Day 11 Hanoi
Return to Hanoi where you have free time to explore, relax or design your own itinerary. Your leader will provide ideas and options. Enjoy your final dinner at the fine dining establishment of Club Opera Novel.Sofitel Legend Metropole
- Day 12 Hanoi
In the morning you’re transferred to the airport to bid farewell to Vietnam.Hotels listed are subject to availability.
Getting there and away
This tour starts in Ho Chi Minh and ends in Hanoi. You will arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) and depart from Noi Bai International Airport (HAN).
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