Vietnam is a nation best explained through its stories. When you’re surrounded by the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the splendour of Hanoi Opera House or the reflections of a Buddhist monk in Hue, it’s easy to understand why. The landmarks, history and people of this country are utterly unique. 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, yet the symbols of colonial culture remain.
- Enjoy a café sua da with the locals at the birds’ club at Tao Dan Park
- Learn to make Pho at the famous Red Bridge Cooking School
- Enjoy an introduction to Vietnamese calligraphy
- Enjoy a spiritual discussion with Buddhist monks in Hue
- See the wonderful Halong Bay in a five~star luxury junk
- Days 1 Ho Chi Minh City
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Villa Song, your riverfront home for the next two nights. Meet your leader and travelling companions over dinner at Cuc Gach Quan.Accommodation:Villa Song
- Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City
Take a tour of several icons including the Post Office, Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Reunification Palace and the former CIA offices. No visit to Ho Chi Minh City would be complete without a bowl of pho and a trip to Fanny’s, the famous French ice cream parlour.Accommodation:Villa Song
- Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City ~ Hoi An
Watch the city come to life in peaceful Tao Dan Park as you sip a ca phe sua da (coffee). Freshen up before the flight to Hoi An, where you’ll settle into the hotel and take a walking tour before an evening of leisure.Accommodation:Anantara Hoi An Resort
- Day 4 Hoi An
Feel the wind in your hair on a cycling tour through the countryside. Ride at a leisurely pace through palm forests and fields of water buffalo. Stop for lunch then ride or take your private vehicle back to town.Accommodation:Anantara Hoi An Resort
- Day 5 Hoi An
Enjoy a free morning to make your own discoveries. Your tour leader will be on hand to offer suggestions. Discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine at the renowned Red Bridge Cooking School then dine on the fruits of your labour.Accommodation:Anantara Hoi An Resort
- Day 6 Hue
Travel to the ancient capital by road, dissected by the gentle Perfume River. Cycle through the streets and discover why the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City have been World Heritage listed by UNESCO. Dine at Y Thao Garden tonight.Accommodation:La Résidence Hotel & Spa
- Day 7 Hue
Travel along the Perfume River to Emperor Tu Doc’s tomb. Highlights of today will include learning the art of Vietnamese calligraphy and holding a discourse with a local monk about Buddhism.Accommodation:La Résidence Hotel & Spa
- Day 8 Hanoi
Fly north to the capital of Hanoi and visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda and Hanoi’s Old Quarter. The evening is at leisure to make your own discoveries.Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Metropole
- Day 9 Halong Bay
Arrive at Halong Bay and board the luxurious Violet Jasmine, styled after 1930s Indochine. Drop anchor near a secluded beach and make the short trek to a nearby summit for panoramic views. Swim, recline on sun lounges and visit a local fishing village. Watch sunset from a kayak or row boat.Accommodation:Violet Jasmine
- Day 10 Halong Bay
Board a private boat to cruise the bay’s most untouched areas. Swim, relax on the beach or explore mysterious tunnels and caves. Back on board, lunch is prepared by your private chef.Accommodation:Violet Jasmine
- Days 11 & 12 Hanoi
Return to Hanoi where you have free time to explore or relax at the hotel. Your leader can provide suggestions. In the evening, sit in the audience for a performance of the famous water puppets followed by a final group dinner at Madame Hien’s. The next morning you are transferred to the airport for your departure.Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Metropole
All accommodation, private transportation, the services of an exceptional local leader & local guides at some sites, are included in the price of Reserve tours. Please see below for all other inclusions relevant to this itinerary.
- Domestic economy class flights, with airport assistance, as indicated in the itinerary.
- Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 6 dinners.
- Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary.
- Comfortable private transportation with driver. Other modes of transportation include luxury junk boat & bicycle.
- Snacks and refreshments along the way.
- Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way.
- Airport meet and greet service.
- Departure transfer.
- International flights
- Airport taxes
Visit the Contact us page for help with booking flights and extra accommodation, or organising visas, transfers and insurance.
The price of your journey will vary depending on whether you wish to book a group departure, or take a private journey.
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All of our itineraries can be taken as a Private Journey. Simply choose the dates that suit you, and your travelling companions, while we take care of all the arrangements. We can also amend this itinerary to suit your needs and interests. The only limit is your imagination! Contact a Reserve Specialist to start planning your ultimate journey.
We want you to be able to book your Reserve journeys with confidence, which is why every itinerary has at least one guaranteed departure date. This means you can plan your journey ahead of time and take advantage of airfare sales knowing that the tour is guaranteed to run. For this tour the guaranteed departures are:
20 Sep 14 ~ 01 Oct 14
14 Mar 15 ~ 25 Mar 15